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Madigan, 36 Attorneys General reach landmark settlement with Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., over unlawful marketing of Risperdal

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan joined 36 other attorneys general to announce the largest multistate consumer protection settlement ever with a pharmaceutical company, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., over its unlawful marketing of the antipsychotic drug Risperdal.

The record $181 million settlement with Janssen, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, alleges the company improperly marketed Risperdal, Risperdal Consta, Risperdal M-Tab and Invega, all antipsychotic drugs. Illinois will receive $8.3 million under the agreemen

In a complaint filed today, Madigan and the other attorneys general allege Janssen engaged in unfair and deceptive practices when it marketed Risperdal “off-label” for certain treatments and conditions that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved.

The complaint alleges Janssen promoted Risperdal for off-label uses to both geriatric and pediatric populations, targeting patients with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, depression and anxiety, though those uses were not FDA-approved and for which Janssen had not established that Risperdal was safe and effective. 

“Janssen falsely marketed this drug to extremely vulnerable patients in spite of any recognized medical evidence that the drug would be safe or effective for individuals with these conditions,” Madigan said.

Following an extensive, four-year investigation, Janssen agreed to change not only how it promotes and markets its antipsychotics but also agreed to refrain from any false, misleading or deceptive promotion of the drugs. In addition to the record-setting payment to the states, the settlement addresses specific concerns identified in the investigation, including restricting Janssen from promoting its antipsychotic drugs for off-label uses.

Additionally, over a five-year period, Janssen must:

  • Clearly and conspicuously disclose, in promotional materials for antipsychotic drugs, the specific risks identified in the black-box warning on its product labels;
  • Present information about effectiveness and risk in a balanced manner in its promotional materials;
  • Not promote its antipsychotic drugs using selected symptoms of the FDA-approved diagnoses unless certain disclosures are made regarding the approved diagnoses;
  • Require its scientifically trained personnel, rather that its sales and marketing personnel, to develop the medical content of scientific communications to address requests for information from health care providers regarding Janssen’s antipsychotics;
  • Refrain from providing samples of its antipsychotics to health care providers whose clinical practices are inconsistent with the FDA-approved labeling of those antipsychotics;
  • Not use grants to promote its antipsychotics nor condition medical education funding on Janssen’s approval of speakers or program content;
  • Contractually require medical education providers to disclose Janssen’s financial support of their programs and any financial relationship with faculty and speakers; and
  • Implement policies to ensure that financial incentives are not given to marketing and sales personnel that encourage or reward off-label marketing.

Joining Madigan in today’s settlement were attorneys general from: Alabama, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.  

Colorado women have Obama’s Back

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Denver, CO (BlackNews.com) — What happens when you bring together four women owners of small businesses, rooms full of Americans whose lives have been changed by President Obama, a catchy little tune, and a lot of creativity? An inspiring, grassroots video, ready to go viral and share a message of hope for women around the nation.

The “Women For Obama – I Gotcha Back, Obama” video, released this week, is a true example of the modern, entrepreneurial, creative spirit of women and a tribute to President Barack Obama’s dedication to women and women’s rights.

Filmed at the home of Colorado State Representative Beth McCann, attendees at the “Women For Obama” event discussed ways to increase voter participation and support President Obama in his re-election this fall; and how women can work locally to increase women’s voices in the Presidential Election in November.

Included in the activities was the filming of a video with the women in attendance expressing their support of President Obama with gestures of “I Gotcha Back” and sharing why they are voting for him in the upcoming election.

In addition to Rep. McCann, Obama Campaign National Co-Chair Eva Longoria, Operation Vote Director Jamiko Rose and women’s rights activist Sandra Fluke, the video includes footage from President Obama’s and First Lady Michelle’s recent visits to Colorado when they talked about his accomplishments on issues such as healthcare, women’s rights, equal pay for equal work, education and the future of children, and the progress of women.

Realizing that Colorado is a battleground state and that this election is going to be very important, video producer and director Rosalind Harris sought the assistance of other women to create the video to bring awareness of how important the Colorado women’s vote will be in this election. In a grassroots effort, three female small business owners of Buffalo Trails Multimedia Communications, CAM Productions and Anonamiss Productions donated their time and talents to produce the “Women For Obama – I Gotcha Back” video. The ” Gotcha Back” song was composed and created by recording artist Julius.

With the upcoming Democratic National Convention and the Election fast approaching, organizers hope that the video will demonstrate the accomplishments of President Obama and encourage women from all backgrounds and parts of the United States to take action and mobilize their families, friends and associates to do the same.

The “Women For Obama – I Gotcha Back” video can be seen on YouTube at http://bit.ly/RihyQf.

For more information, call 303-638-9126 or email BizzyBee@urbanspectrum.net.

About the Video Production Team:
Rosalind J. Harris, owner of Bizzy Bee Enterprise, is also the publisher of the Denver Urban Spectrum, Denver’s premiere community newspaper, now in its 25th year of spreading the news about people of color (www.denverurbanspectrum.com). Assistant Director, Tanya Ishikawa, is a Federal Heights City councilwoman and owner of Buffalo Trails Multimedia Communications (www.buffalotrailsmultimedia.com). Writer and editor, Hailima Yates, is the owner of Anonamiss Productions, LLC (www.anonamissproductions.com). Recording artist Julius Williams was the Las Vegas entertainer of the Year in 2006 and 2007 (www.thejuliusshow.com).

Photo Caption: 1. Filmmakers working with attendees. 2. Thumbs up from an Obama supporter. 3. Women showing Obama support. 4. Rep. Beth McCann giving remarks. [Click To Enlarge]

The ‘Sleeping Giant’ aims to collect 100,000 signatures for gun reform

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Puts lawmakers on notice, says violence #1 plague in America


By Chinta Strausberg

Vowing to collect more than 100,000 signatures calling for the reinstatement of the ban on assault weapons and passage of HB 5831 that title guns like cars, a diverse group of 100 faith leaders Tuesday said the “sleeping giant” has awaken and that Springfield will feel their fire.

The coalition’s goal is to present the petitions to Governor Pat Quinn, the Speakers of the House and Senate and remind them that “they work for us.” The “sleeping giant” will “deputize” others to become activists and lobby their lawmakers to vote in favor of these bills they say is needed to stem the violence in Chicago.

At a press conference held at New Mt. Pilgrim Baptist Church, 4301 W. Washington, leaders such as Father Michael L. Pfleger, Pastor Ira Acree, Rev. Marshall Hatch, Mark Walsh from Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence (ICAHV), Tio Hardiman from CeaseFire; Father Jose Landaverde; Rev. Marcenia J. Richards; Rev. Susan Johnson from Hyde Park ChurchUrban Dolorosa; WVON’s Mark Wallace, and the mother of a teenage girl who was killed years ago, said the time has come for gun reform.

Rev. Richards urged the public to go online and sign the petitions by clicking www.passthebill.us or call 312-675-2570.

Father Pfleger said, “With 58 percent of the guns recovered in crime in the state of Illinois coming right from the state of Illinois, with 28 percent increase of homicides in this city since last year, there is no time to be waiting. We have to do right now to get the guns and easy access of guns off the streets and out of the hands of those shooting.

“It’s not just guns killing people. It’s people with guns, and we’ve got to take the guns out of hands of people who should not have guns…,” said Pfleger.

“We will educate our members about the lies the NRA has told them that these petitions and these bills are going to take guns from people. No, these bills are to make people responsible for guns. If you own a gun, you will be responsible for guns in he state of Illinois. If you own a gun, you will be responsible for your guns.

“We will re-educate a community that’s been lied to by the NRA and gun manufacturers, and after educating them, we will deputize them so they will go from door-to-door, workplace-to workplace. We call on businesses. We call on stores…. Join this campaign. This is the beginning of the giant coming back in Chicago,” bellowed Pfleger.

“Yes, we can,” said Pastor Walter Turner. “We are here today fighting for our children.” Referring to Tuesday being the 49th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Turner said, “It was during that time when he was alive he talked about the senselessness of the Vietnam War. Well, we’re now here today 49-years later talking about the senselessness about assault weapons in our community….. We’re here today to tell the legislators,  President Obama, yes, we can and yes we will.”

Hardiman said, “We got a lot of cowards out here shooting unarmed people. If you stop the guns from getting into the city, then you stop the coward from getting the gun in his hands because anybody can shoot an unarmed person.”

Pastor Acree said, “We will win in the end. We will pass this bill…. We will stand together Chicago united….”

Rev. Joy Rogers, dean of St. James Cathedral, said she has already collected 1,000 signed petitions. “I’m angry mostly at myself on how easy it is to become numb, to feel helpless and hopeless at the proof that we live in a city whose streets are awash in blood and bullets.” “You should be angry but now turn that anger into action, turn it into power…to forge partnerships, relationships…power…connection to make a difference…to arouse the living….” She said collecting 100,000 signatures are “imminently doable.”

Saying they stand with one voice and one challenge, Hatch said, “We want peace in the streets…. “We are here because the number one plague in our communities, the number one plague in America is the plague of violence. We not only use guns in America but we love and trust them because we’ve misplaced God with guns. We reap what we sow.”

“It is unacceptable when 100,000 people are victims of violence a year,” said Hatch. He said if motorists are required to wear safety belts. “If we can do it for automobiles, we can do the same thing for guns that kill 100,000 people a year.” He called the proposed bills “sensible” that has nothing to do with violating the Second Amendment. “No citizen has the right to have a military assault weapon…in America.”

Looking out over the multi-racial coalition, Hatch said, “Today, we are de-racializing  this issue. We’re declaring that violence is not a black problem. It’s not a white problem… It’s a human problem that can have a human solution. Sensible gun laws now….”

Walsh said, “These weapons of mass destruction are right here in our communities and are killing future generations. Coming together, we will pass these bills, reinstate the ban on assault weapons and help protect the lives of our communities.”

Rev. Johnson referred to the gun statistics saying, “They are stunning and appalling. The level of violence against children and youth is so disproportionally high in Chicago that the statistics are almost unfathomable. In the last five school years, Chicago has lost over 1300 children and youth to violence, 594 under the age of 20, 110 of whom are under the age of 15 and another 731 youths 26-years and under.

“Every child or youth killed in violence in Chicago nearly ten times that number are injured many of them seriously though they live, some with permanent disability,” said Johnson. “During this same time period, five-years, some have been injured more than once, the same surgeon often operating on the same child again.

“If we think of these losses only from the perspective of the medical cost incurred, it would radically reduce our municipal debt to work on the prevention of violence,” said Rev. Johnson. She said there is a long-term affect on surviving family members “and the aftermath of a child in youth homicide” including mental anguish, illness including “levels of post traumatic stress disorder that rival any declared war, depression, financial instability, job loss, housing instability, education deferred, education derailed, futures extinguished.”

Johnson added, “We are only beginning to measure the real impact of violence and how violence against children and youth is perpetuated in a cycle of violence.” While Johnson said there is hope, she quickly said, “There is no immunity.”

She said in Chicago most of the victims of violence are black and Hispanic. However, she added, “There is no neighborhood free from violence…. There is no perfect or good enough parenting that protects a child from violence. There is no family income that makes a child immune. There is no education…no career path and because there is no immunization against violence. We must work together to prevent it.” She said the two bills are key measures.

There were parents there whose children were killed like Alice Thomas-Norris whose daughter, Rolanda Lakesia Marshall, was killed 19-years ago in a drive-by shooting while sitting in a restaurant. Thomas-Norris said no less than 14 bullets were fired into the window of the restaurant. That was on August 28, 1993. That date will forever be etched into the mind of her mother who said after being on life support for eight-days her daughter died on September 6, 1993.

She said her daughter was a gifted honor student and had accomplished a great deal in her short life like singing, dancing, cooking, writing, and teaching. In her memory, Thomas-Norris let go purple 14 balloons, her daughter’s favorite color, and blue balloons to remember her male relatives who were also killed. She also released a pink balloon representing Shavon Dean also killed on August 28, 1994.  She was shot by an 11-year-old boy named Robert “Yummy” Sandifer who was later killed by one of his own gang members some say to silence him.

Willie Williams, Jr. told of how his son, Willie Williams III, was killed on April 1, 2006 coming out of the Ford City movie theater. His son was a Jesse White tumbler and had been accepted to attend Arizona State. Williams supports the gun reform bills.

Jermaine Winfield, who is wheelchair-bound, was shot on June 28, 2011. He was a student at the North Lawndale College Prep. He too supports both bills.

Rev. Darius Dionte Randle gave the closing prayer.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Topinka: Continued delay will cost Illinois

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Comptroller responds to bond rating announcement


SPRINGFIELD , IL –  Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka released the following statement in response to Standard & Poor’s lowering of the state’s bond rating:

“Today’s disappointing announcement by Standard & Poor’s further highlights the importance of addressing Illinois’ massive fiscal challenges. As Chief Fiscal Officer, I cannot stress how imperative it is that the Governor, Labor and Legislative leaders come to the table to address these problems.  Standard & Poor’s has provided yet another cautionary note that cannot be ignored, and Illinois has a responsibility to hear the message being sent. ”

“The rating agencies have made it clear that continued delay will trigger another downgrade. We cannot afford that – it is time to set aside the posturing and get this done.”

Attorney General Madigan’s investigators to monitor for gas price gouging as Hurricane Isaac hits Gulf Coast

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Attorney General Officials Also to Meet with BP to Expand Investigation of Gas Recall


CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan put Illinois gas retailers on notice that her office will be monitoring stations for price gouging as Hurricane Isaac bears down on the Gulf Coast in advance of Labor Day weekend.

Attorney General Madigan noted that under state law her office can investigate gas prices if a natural disaster occurs, such as a hurricane, which disrupts gasoline supply and price gouging occurs related to that supply disruption. Investigators with Madigan’s office will monitor retail price increases to determine whether they are justified by a spike in wholesale prices or are the result of illegal gas gouging.

“As the holiday weekend approaches, Illinois drivers are likely to see higher prices at the pump due in part to Hurricane Isaac,” Madigan said. “But I’m putting retailers on notice that these circumstances are not an excuse to gouge customers at the pump. My office will be closely monitoring gas prices to ensure gas station owners are operating legally.”

Madigan Investigators to Meet with BP Officials on Recall of Contaminated Gas

Attorney General Madigan also announced today that as part of an ongoing investigation her office will meet with BP officials Friday about the recent recall of contaminated gasoline supplied to Chicago area retailers.

While it is now widely known that BP gas stations sold contaminated gas, Madigan said she remained concerned that consumers who purchased gas at other retailers, such as Speedway, Thorntons, Road Ranger, Citgo, Sam’s Club or Meijer stores, may not be aware that those retailers were also selling the contaminated BP-supplied fuel.

“From what we’ve learned, this problem was not isolated to just BP gas stations. Other retailers that receive gasoline from BP’s supply chain also potentially sold the contaminated gas to their customers,” Madigan said. “My office is meeting with BP officials on Friday to get to the bottom of this situation so that we can ensure that all Illinois consumers are appropriately reimbursed for any damage done to their cars after having bought BP’s bad gas.”

The Attorney General urged consumers who suspect they may have purchased contaminated BP gasoline on or after Aug. 13 to call the BP claims hotline at 1 (800) 333-3991 or 1 (800) 599-9040 or visit www.bpresponse.com to file a claim for reimbursement of fuel or repair costs.

State Senator Collins fixes weaknesses in gun ownership oversight

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Measure will keep guns out of the hands of domestic violence offenders


SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) successfully negotiated legislation, signed to tighten state oversight of the Firearm Owner Identification (FOID) card program and keep guns out of the hands of people legally prohibited from owning them. Senate Bill 1034 addresses key findings from the much-publicized Attorney General’s FOID audit, which found many perpetrators of domestic violence, individuals with an active order of protection or “no contact” order against them, and mentally ill individuals illegally owning guns.

“Our firearms laws are designed to protect people from those who may be more likely to commit violent acts; it is thus extremely disconcerting to learn that restrictions on gun ownership often were not enforced,” Sen. Collins said. “Victims of domestic violence in particular should not live in fear that their abusers could have access to a firearm because of a loophole in the law.”

Senator Collins’ measure clarifies that certain domestic violence perpetrators may not own guns whether they plead guilty to the offense or are tried and convicted. It also states that FOID cards must be confiscated immediately from subjects of order of protection or stalking “no contact” orders who are not allowed to possess guns, and it requires a court to immediately notify police when a person becomes ineligible for gun ownership by reason of mental illness.

In addition, the legislation contains protections for lawful firearm owners, such as giving new residents up to 60 days to obtain a FOID card, reducing penalties for gun owners who forget to renew their cards on time and creating a religious exemption to the photograph requirement for firearm owners in the Amish community.

“The intent of the state’s gun laws is to keep guns out of the hands of those who should not possess them, not to harass law-abiding gun owners,” Senator Collins said. “The legislation signed today affirms that intent and makes our communities safer.”


Black organization awards $100,000 in grants to non-profits

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Recipients are: Club Esteem, Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey, Legacy Media Institute and the National Dental Association


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — The Links Foundation, Incorporated announces the awarding of grants totaling $100,000 to support four non-profit organizations that are making a significant impact in communities around the nation.

Grant recipients are Club Esteem’s Challenging Youth – Embracing Excellence after school program, which provides the children of Melbourne, Fla. with the skills and inspiration they need to break the cycle of poverty and develop into healthy, productive, vision-driven adults; the Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey’s arts education programs, which teach youth critical life skills through dance, and make dance accessible to at-risk youth in the Kansas City metro area; Legacy Media Institute’s The Rose Mapendo Project, to produce a DVD, to share the work for peace and reconciliation of this Congolese woman who, along with her family, beginning in 1998 endured 16 months in a death camp and the murder of her husband; and the National Dental Association’s NDA Health Now program, which aims to elevate the oral health and overall health status of underserved and vulnerable populations, in communities of color, in the Chicago and Dallas areas.

“We are proud to award these organizations $25,000 each, to help advance the important work they are doing in our communities,” said Margot James Copeland, national president of The Links, Incorporated and The Links Foundation, Incorporated. “With the current state of the economy, essential funding has been cut for many organizations. We are excited to alleviate some of the financial need in order for these organizations to expand and broaden the reach of their transformational programs.”

The Links Foundation, Incorporated, the philanthropic arm of The Links, Incorporated, has made more than $24 million in charitable contributions since its founding 30 years ago. Working closely with its sponsors and supporters, The Links, Incorporated is focused on creating transformational programming and impacting lives in communities of color through Services to Youth, The Arts, National Trends and Services, International Trends and Services, and Health and Human Services, to improve the quality of life for individuals, families and communities.

The Links, Incorporated celebrates 65 years as a women’s volunteer service organization committed to enriching, sustaining and ensuring the cultural and economic survival of African Americans and other persons of African ancestry. A premier international service organization with more than 12,000 members in 276 chapters located in 42 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, its legacy of friends providing service that changes lives, established by the original circle of nine friends in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1946, is alive and well.

The members of The Links, Incorporated are influential decision makers and opinion leaders. The Links, Incorporated has attracted many distinguished women who are individual achievers and who have made a difference in their communities and the world. They are business and civic leaders, role models, mentors, activists and volunteers who work towards a common vision by engaging like-minded organizations and individuals for partnership.

With more than 2 million service hours recorded in the past three years, members regularly contribute more than 500,000 documented service hours in their respective communities annually. For more information, visit www.linksinc.org.

ScrapArtsMusic makes Chicago debut at Chicago Human Rhythm Project’s Global Rhythms

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The  Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the nation’s premier presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, presents the Chicago debut of ScrapArtsMusic for Global Rhythms 8, CHRP’s annual community-building, shared-revenue performances that spotlight national and international percussive arts companies. Performances are November 24 at 8 p.m. and November 25 at 3 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park.



  ScrapArtsMusic delivers an intoxicating mix of intricate rhythms, raw energy, athletic choreography and a highly inventive percussive arts concert. Created by Gregory Kozak and Justine Murdy, ScrapArtsMusic is an earth-friendly, Vancouver-based company that creates unforgettable percussion performances using kinetic instruments skillfully crafted from offbeat materials ranging from accordion parts to artillery shells.



In conjunction with Global Rhythms and in the spirit of the Thanksgiving holiday, CHRP offers an opportunity to give back to Chicago nonprofits while increasing its exposure to new audiences through the Thanks4Giving program. When purchasing tickets, patrons receive a 10 percent discount by mentioning one of as many as 50 participating Chicago-area nonprofit organizations, and CHRP shares 50 percent of the revenue from that sale with the selected organization. During the last seven years, Thanks4Giving has produced more than $120,000 in revenue for Chicago-based nonprofits.


Ticket information

Global Rhythms performances take place Saturday, November 24 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, November 25 at 3 p.m. at the Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park, 205 E. Randolph Dr. Tickets are $15-55 and are available by calling 312-334-7777 or visiting  harristheaterchicago.org. All programming is subject to change. For information visit chicagotap.org.





About Chicago Human Rhythm Project
CHRP is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Target, The Boeing Company, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, National Endowment for the Arts, Illinois Arts Council, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Arts Work Fund for Organizational Development, Live Marketing, Charter One Foundation, The James S. Kemper Foundation, Dr. Scholl Foundation, Arts Midwest, The Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, The Judd A. and Marjorie Weinberg Family Foundation, L&L Hardwood Flooring, So Danca, People’s Gas, The Service Club of Chicago, The Walmart Foundation and generous individual donors.

Founded in 1990,  Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP) builds community by presenting American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts in world-class and innovative performance, education and community outreach programs. During the last 22 years, CHRP has produced multiple community-based collaborations involving shared revenue programs, concerts and touring opportunities, including:

  • annual National Tap Dance Day concerts, featuring an array of tap and percussive dance artists
  • a shared revenue program designed to assist Chicago’s budding tap community to build capacity through audience development, created in 2001
  • Thanks 4 Giving, another innovative shared revenue program launched in 2005 as part of its annual Global Rhythms concerts at the Harris Theater, through which CHRP has partnered with more than 100 Chicago-based nonprofits to raise funds for a wide variety of service agencies
  • participation in the 5th Anniversary Beijing International Dance Festival, assembling 70 artists to represent the United States
  • establishment of the American Rhythm Center (ARC), providing a shared, affordable and sustainable education, rehearsal and administrative facility for several leading Chicago arts organizations in the historic Fine Arts Building
  • curating the first ever, full-length performance of concert tap dance on a main stage of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on December 7, 2012  

CHRP’s vision is to establish the first global center for American tap and percussive arts, which will create a complete ecosystem of education, performance, creation and community in a state-of-the-art facility uniting generations of diverse artists and the general public.


Director Henry Wishcamper joins Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective, nine distinquished artists of the American Theater

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 Goodman names Chicago Playwright Seth Bockley a two-year Artist-In-Residence
Chicago, IL – Artistic Director Robert Falls names Henry Wishcamper a new resident artistic associate of Goodman Theatre’s Artistic Collective—a group of culturally and aesthetically diverse American theater directors, playwrights and actors who make the Goodman their artistic home and enable the theater’s international reputation for excellence.  Wishcamper joins eight current collective members including Falls, who enters his 26th season as the artistic leader of the Goodman; Artistic Associate Brian Dennehy; Artistic Associate Rebecca Gilman; Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez; Associate Producer Steve Scott; Resident Director Chuck Smith; Artistic Associate Regina Taylor; and Manilow Resident Director Mary Zimmerman. 

“I first met Henry Wishcamper when he assisted me on the 2006 Broadway production of Shining City; and since then established himself as a remarkable young director in his own right,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “His range and talent has been illustrated by his work off Broadway and at venues across the country—including his memorable productions of Horton Foote’s Talking Pictures and the reimagined Marx Brothers musical Animal Crackers here at the Goodman. I am thrilled to welcome him to the Collective.”   
In addition, Falls announced that Chicago-based playwright, director and performer Seth Bockley—winner of the Goodman’s 2009 Ofner Prize and an inaugural member of the theater’s Playwrights’ Unit (2010/2011 Season)—will spend two years as an artist-in-residence at the Goodman. “Seth is a gifted young playwright with an extraordinary commitment to innovation as a writer and theater-maker,” said Falls. “It’s exciting to deepen our collaboration with him in his new capacity as a playwright-in-residence.” 

Wishcamper, who recently relocated to Chicago for his new Resident Artistic Associate position after 15 years in New York City, will direct the Chicago premiere of Jon Robin Baitz’s Other Desert Cities this winter at the Goodman (January 12 – February 17, 2013). “I am extremely honored to make the Goodman, one of our country’s most vibrant and important theaters, my artistic base,” said Wishcamper. “I have fallen in love with Chicago and its theater community, and I am proud to work with Bob and Roche—two of the greatest leaders in the American theater—and the many great actors, writers and designers who live here.”

Congressman John Lewis: August 28 – A story of American Struggle

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“…We must vote in November and vote like never before…”


By U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.)


WASHINGTON, IL – Next year this nation will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington on August 28, 2013. Many of you will be on your way to DC to honor the legacy of a movement that helped liberate, not only African Americans but all Americans from the chains of legalized segregation. As we approach this significant moment in our history, I challenge you to dig even deeper into your own legacy and reflect upon the importance that this one day– August 28th–has played in our history. You will find that its history reads like a chronicle of the modern African American story.


It was on August 28, 1955, that a 14-year-old boy named Emmett Till was kidnapped from his uncle’s home in Money, Mississippi and lynched. Many historians mark his death as the launch of the modern-day Civil Rights Movement in America. Just a few months later on December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks’ action would inspire the boycott of segregated buses in Montgomery, Alabama that lasted 381 days.


On August 28, 1957, Strom Thurmond, a Republican senator from South Carolina and a staunch segregationist held the longest filibuster any one senator ever conducted to block passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1957. The bill was written by then Senate Majority Leader, Lyndon Johnson, and originally devised as an attempt to mandate voting rights for African Americans by outlawing intimidation and coercion at the polls. The filibuster ended with alterations to the bill, but it did not stop its passage. It was ultimately signed into law by President Dwight Eisenhower, establishing the Civil Rights Commission and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. Those two agencies continue to play powerful roles in helping to ensure that the voting rights and civil rights of African Americans and all Americans are enforced to this day.


On August 28, 1963, Dr. King gave his historic I Have A Dream Speech on the National Mall at the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was a testament to the power of non-violent resistance. But just one year later on August 28, 1964, acts of police brutality incited rioting in Philadelphia. Over 300 were injured and over 700 arrested. Altogether seven American cities experienced rioting that summer including the Harlem riots and, Rochester, New York and those in Paterson and Elizabeth City, New Jersey. Violence struck again on the 28th in1968 outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago due to another episode of police brutality.


By midday on August 28, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed the New Orleans coast with 145 mile an hour winds prompting a mandatory evacuation of Orleans Parish. And finally on August 28, 2008, as if to link this great past to a turning point in America’s future, Barack Obama became the first African American Democratic nominee for President of the United States.


The story of August 28 tells a powerful tale of the African American struggle to demand respect for human dignity in America. I was there when Dr. King pricked the moral conscience of the nation calling us to lay down the burdens of hate and division. As the last remaining speaker from the March on Washington I can tell you that the lessons of that make it plain that we cannot defeat the adversaries of justice in one day, a week or a year. Ours is the struggle of a lifetime. We must dedicate ourselves to this higher calling and stay in the struggle. The only way to make a difference is to get involved and stay engaged, through the highs and lows, the easy times and the difficult struggles. That is the lesson of August 28th. We have to keep on pushing and pulling knowing without a doubt that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it always bend toward justice.”


That is why we must vote in November and vote like never before, not because we have gotten everything we ever wanted from the political process. But because, if we do not join forces together and continue to take action,we cannot ever expect to get what we so rightly deserve.


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