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Archive for August 2nd, 2012

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Outreach helps Over 1 Million Illinoisans in 2012!

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EVANSTON, IL – Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, AFSP’s Illinois chapter has already reached over 1 million people this year with its variety of suicide prevention resources as well as support programs for family and friends who lost a loved one. The organization hopes to raise both funds and suicide awareness with its upcoming Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Community Walk.

“I could not be prouder of the amazing work of the thousands of dedicated volunteers who make everything that AFSP Illinois does possible,” said April Jervis MBA, AFSP Illinois Area Director. “Their monumental efforts save lives. They aren’t afraid to talk about mental illness in the same way that most aren’t afraid to discuss a physical ailment. Their volunteerism in Illinois makes it a better place. I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to work alongside them. They are an inspiration!”

AFSP of Illinois’ latest fundraising effort is the annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk, which takes place in Libertyville on September 29, 2012. Volunteers walk for three miles to raise money for AFSP programs. Many also have personal reasons for participating. First year walker Heather Voight said, “I’m walking because I contemplated suicide in 2005. At the time, I felt so alone. I didn’t know that other people experienced depression or that it was a disease-I just thought I was weak. I want other people who are depressed to know there are people and resources available to help them, and that it’s O.K. to ask for help.” Please visit www.ChicagoWalk.org for more information about the walk.

Volunteer fundraising enables AFSP to promote suicide prevention in high schools and colleges. For example, More Than Sad is a program for high schools that educates youth and school personnel about depression and other disorders via a DVD featuring four teens seeking help for depression. The program also includes handouts for viewers, and a depression resource list for teens.

In addition to materials for suicide prevention, AFSP provides resources for friends and family who lost someone to suicide. Since someone in the world dies by suicide every 40 seconds, many people are left behind to try and understand what happened to their loved one. AFSP’s Survivor Outreach Program provides visits from trained local volunteers who help loved ones by listening to their stories and recommending information about suicide and survivor support groups.

The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is the leading not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide. To find out more about the work of AFSP in Illinois, please visit www.AFSP.org/Illinois or call 312-890-AFSP that’s 312-890-2377.

Erika Barber, Walk Chairperson & Board Member on this Achievement 

“The realization that AFSP has reached out to over 1 million people in the state of Illinois is an amazing achievement. As a board member of the Illinois Chapter and a survivor of suicide, I feel so proud of my associatio n with this organization. The fact that AFSP has positively impacted so many people is validation that AFSP and this Illinois Chapter are vital to our communities. Without these resources, these numbers would represent a very different and very sad statistic.”

The New American Leaders Project (NALP) in partnership with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) to hold Candidate Civic Training Program for Immigrants in River Forest, IL

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Ready to Lead Training Prepares Immigrants for Potential Candidacy and Leadership


Riverforest, IL – The New American Leaders Project (NALP) and the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR), in partnership with Wellstone Action and Dominican University will hold its “Ready to Lead” training August 4 – 5, 2012 as part of the “ICIRR Candidate School”.  This is the second non-partisan immigrant candidate training program of its kind to be held in the Chicago-area, and the first to be held in Riverforest.

Twenty-one African, Asian and Latino first- and second-generation immigrants, as well as civic leaders interested in predominantly immigrant communities, will attend the weekend training. “Ready to Lead” is a signature program developed by NALP for potential candidates and other immigrant leaders who want to learn in-depth electoral skills such as communications, base-building and fundraising.

The New American Leaders Project is the only national organization specifically focused on training first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership and has been developing their training programs for immigrant leaders since the fall of 2010.  ICIRR has run the largest non-partisan voter registration and turnout operation in Illinois for the past 4 election cycles. In 2010, the organization’s multiple-contract program reached 133,128 immigrant voters. In that time, the Latino and Asian populations have increased by 32 and 38 percent, respectively.

The event will be held August 4 -5, at Dominican University Illinois, 7900 West Division Street | Parmer Hall 109, River Forest, IL.

About The New American Leaders Project:  The New American Leaders Project (NALP) is the only national organization specifically focused on preparing first- and second-generation immigrants for civic leadership.  NALP recruits recognized individuals with a track record of civic involvement and trains them in the key skills needed for leadership from the community to the Capitol.  Our goals are threefold: to expand the number of immigrants in leadership positions, increase voter participation in immigrant communities and allow immigrant voters more opportunities to engage with leaders who reflect their unique experiences.  We believe that through civic engagement and leadership, first- and second-generation immigrants can help strengthen the fabric of American democracy.  Visit http://newamericanleaders.org for additional information or call Nina Spensley – Media and Communications, at (917) 864.8400.

About the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights: The Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) is a statewide coalition of 138 organizations dedicated to promoting the rights of immigrant and refugees to full and equal participation in the civic, cultural, social, and political life of our diverse society.  For more information about ICIRR, please visit www.icirr.org or contact Monica Trevino, Communications Director, at (312) 344-2239.

Tavis Smiley and Cornel West take “The Poverty Tour 2.0” to battleground states

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As U.S. poverty climbs to a level unseen in nearly half a century, Smiley and West reassert that America’s poor cannot be ignored during this election season


Washington, DC (BlackNews.com) — While the nation awaits the imminent release of the latest numbers on poverty from the U.S. Census Bureau, broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Princeton University Professor Emeritus Cornel West, hosts of the nationally syndicated public radio program Smiley & West from Public Radio International (PRI), are once again bringing national attention to economic injustice by announcing “The Poverty Tour 2.0.”

“The Poverty Tour 2.0” will be on the road September 12-15, 2012, visiting four battleground states: Ohio, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Florida, continuing the moral crusade to make the eradication of poverty a top priority in America – a clarion call to President Obama and Governor Romney as the race for the White House heats up.

“We expect that the forthcoming census data will reveal that poverty in America is not an abstraction; too many Americans are living hand to mouth,” said Cornel West. “Basic needs such as living-wage jobs, food, clothing, medicine, and shelter cannot be ignored by the major parties during the upcoming political conventions, or by their respective nominees on the campaign trail.”

Both Smiley and West have been consistent whistle-blowers on the topic of poverty. In addition to discussing this on their weekly radio show they have:

* Released the text, The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto this past April, which debuted at #1 on The Washington Post Book World Best Sellers List and peaked at #7 on The New York Times Best Sellers List.

* Featured an all-woman panel focusing on the impact of poverty on women and children in America at “Made Visible: Women and Children in Poverty” on March 18, 2012, broadcast nationally on PBS, C-SPAN and PRI. The panel included U.S. Labor Secretary Hilda Solis and president of the American Federation of Teachers, Randi Weingarten.

* Explored how to restore America’s prosperity in a live C-SPAN broadcast of “Remaking America: From Poverty to Prosperity” that included panelists such as Michael Moore, Suze Orman, and Barbara Ehrenreich on January 12, 2012.

* Examined the impact of the Great Recession on America’s poor in a white paper titled, “At Risk: America’s Poor During and After the Great Recession.” This paper served as a factual foundation for the original Poverty Tour and was released in collaboration with Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) on January 11, 2012. This white paper has since been expanded and will be published as a book, America’s Poor, this winter.

* Given voice to the plight of the poor during “The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience,” a week-long special television and radio series on both PBS and PRI that aired from October 7-14, 2011.

* Revealed the new face of poverty with their national 18-city, 11-state “The Poverty Tour: A Call to Conscience” that began on August 6, 2011.

According to last week’s Associated Press article, “Poverty is spreading at record levels across many groups, from underemployed workers and suburban families to the poorest poor. More discouraged workers are giving up on the job market, leaving them vulnerable as unemployment aid begins to run out. Suburbs are seeing increases in poverty including in political battlegrounds [states]…”

During “The Poverty Tour 2.0,” Smiley and West will host FREE and open to the public, solution-providing town hall meetings that will broadcast LIVE on multiple platforms including USTREAM, radio and social media. They will also upload podcasts. In addition to inviting local families, community organizers, job cooperatives, elected officials, war veterans, and religious leaders, the major presidential candidates will also be invited to participate.

“It is our intent that in the sprint from Labor Day to Election Day, poor people do not get trampled on or left behind,” said Tavis Smiley.

To follow “The Poverty Tour 2.0,” please visit www.smileyandwest.com.

About SMILEY & WEST from Public Radio International (PRI)

The weekly program from PRI, Smiley & West, is co-hosted by two of America’s most influential public figures, noted broadcaster Tavis Smiley and Union Theological Seminary Professor Cornel West. The one-hour program features thought-provoking, intelligent, and stimulating conversations. Listen, engage, and discuss on www.smileyandwest.com or follow them on Twitter at @tavissmiley and @cornelwest.


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