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Archive for August 29th, 2012

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.


Chicago teens share concerns about violence in “Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up”

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High school journalism program at Columbia College Chicago provides outlet
for teens to share fears and hopes with city leaders
CHICAGO, IL – Twenty-two students in the Columbia Links high school journalism and news literacy program at Columbia College Chicago this summer wrote about their fears and hopes for their city to be a safe place to live. The resulting letters, compiled into a booklet “Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up,” available at columbialinks.org, detail student fears about gangs, domestic violence, neighborhood safety and perceptions about Chicago.
The idea for the publication came from Celia Daniels, Columbia Links mentor and reporter. Daniels said she observed that many of the high school students’ applications to be considered for the program expressed an urgent desire to write about the violence enveloping them.
Excerpts from the teen essays, which include students across Chicago, include a quote from a student who compares Chicago to Iraq, because it feels like he’s living in a war zone. Another student says it’s difficult to be proud of her city and invite others to visit. Several suggest there are negative tourism implications as a result of all the neighborhood violence.  
These quotes show the impact of violence on the young author’s lives:
§  “Chicago is also known as ‘Chi-Raq’ to my friends because it feels as if the streets are at war.”–Raymond Roundtree, 17, a sophomore at Options Laboratory School who lives on the South Side.
§  “I love my city, but I’m finding it harder to defend it.”Taylor Nazon, 17, a senior at Trinity High School who lives in Beverly.
§  “Living each day as if it were my last.”–Asia Williams, 15, a sophomore at Westinghouse College Preparatory Academy who lives in the Belmont Cragin neighborhood on the Northwest Side.
§  “I don’t want to be scared.”— Diamond Trusty, 15, a junior at Prosser Career Academy who lives on the West Side.
§  “I don’t want to be next.”–Victoria Susberry, 14, a freshman at Lindblom Math and Science Academy who lives in Beverly.
Columbia Links students hope to present the booklet to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Chief Garry McCarthy in the coming weeks.  “Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up” is viewable online at the Columbia Links website, www.columbialinks.org, and in hard copy by contacting Links Executive Director Brenda Butler at bbutler@colum.edu or (312)369-8993.   

Attorney General Madigan’s statement on first progress report on National Foreclosure Settlement

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CHICAGO, IL — In responding to the first report issued by the national foreclosure settlement’s independent monitor, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan outlined the direct relief Illinois borrowers have begun to receive as a result of the $25 billion settlement reached earlier this year with the nation’s five largest bank mortgage servicers over allegations of widespread “robo-signing” and other fraudulent practices involved in servicing loans of struggling homeowners.

The independent monitor was appointed to oversee compliance with the terms of the settlement reached with Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Citibank and Ally Bank, formerly GMAC. The monitor’s report covers compliance activities from March 1 to June 30, 2012, and provides some indication that Illinois borrowers are beginning to receive relief under the settlement. 

In the first few months of the settlement’s implementation, 5,268 Illinois consumers have already received more than $357 million in relief, which equates to an average of $67,817 in direct assistance per borrower, in the form of principal reductions and refinancing for underwater loans. In an analysis of the monitor’s first report, the Attorney General’s office determined that Illinois ranks among the top five states for the amount of relief directed to homeowners, and the state ranks fourth in the total number of borrowers who’ve received assistance.

Statement from Attorney General Madigan:

“I am cautiously encouraged by the initial progress reported by the independent monitor. In just a few months since we brokered this settlement, we’re starting to see real results for Illinois families. Of course, there is still much work to be done to help homeowners in need. I will continue to monitor the banks’ efforts to fulfill their obligations under this settlement, as my office continues its work to hold banks and other financial institutions accountable for the destruction they’ve caused in our communities.”

Foreclosure Settlement Grant Funds Reaching Illinois Communities

In addition to the direct relief for Illinois borrowers, the Attorney General’s office will recover money from the banks to counteract the effects of historic levels of foreclosures on homeowners and communities, including funding for legal aid services, housing counseling, outreach to borrowers, housing policy development and community revitalization.

Already, Madigan has committed $20 million of those funds for legal assistance programs. Yesterday, Madigan announced a $4.7 million grant to the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago (LAF) to provide much-needed legal services to struggling homeowners in Chicago and suburban Cook County, and last week, Madigan distributed $4.5 million to the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, which will assist homeowners in Central and Southern Illinois. The Attorney General’s office is continuing to analyze grant proposals to meet the $20 million commitment to legal aid groups, and it has also issued a request for proposals to award up to $3 million in settlement funding to create new mortgage foreclosure mediation programs in Illinois counties where such programs currently do not exist.  

For more information on the national settlement, contact Madigan’s Homeowner’s Helpline at (866) 544-7151, or visit her website, www.illinoisattorneygeneral.gov/consumers/bankforeclosuresettlement.html. Borrowers also can visit www.NationalForeclosureSettlement.com.

State Senator Raoul’s Innovative Diversion Plan becomes law

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“It’s not enough to be tough on crime; we have to be smart on crime” – Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-13th)


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Thanks to legislation sponsored by Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-13th), Illinois law now allows first-time, non-violent offenders to participate in a two-year diversion program similar to probation. Once they successfully complete the program, their records will immediately be expunged, increasing their odds of getting a job and staying out of prison.

“It’s not enough just to be tough on crime; we have to be smart on crime,” Sen. Raoul said. “With our prisons filled beyond their intended capacity and our state budget stretched thin, we simply can’t afford to lock away non-violent offenders with a high likelihood of making restitution, addressing any behavioral or substance abuse problems, and turning their lives around. Enrolling these individuals in alternative programs will be cheaper and more effective than traditional incarceration.”

Senate Bill 3349, signed today by Governor Quinn, allows offenders convicted or indicted on certain felony charges (including burglary, theft, forgery, possession of a stolen vehicle, and drug possession) to participate in the “offender initiative” program only with the consent of the state’s attorney and a judge. During their two years in the program, offenders must meet minimum conditions set by a judge, such as making restitution to victims, performing community service, holding a job, completing a treatment program, and/or passing drug tests. Participants may not own a firearm during the probation period, and if they reoffend within five years, the expunged records can still be used against them in a trial.

“It has been an honor to work with Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and her office on this legislation,” said Sen. Raoul, who this spring also sponsored a new “early release” law with comprehensive safeguards. “We have seen this year that there is bipartisan momentum toward addressing the aspects of our correctional system that aren’t working and adopting tools to help us utilize our resources wisely.” 

Lt. Governor Simon recognizes Law Enforcement Medal of Honor recipients

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon honored 69 of Illinois’ courageous law enforcement officers at the Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor ceremony today. The officers, nominated by their commands, are recognized for displaying exceptional bravery and heroism. Two awards were granted posthumously to officers killed in the line of duty.
“Law enforcement officers are dedicated to protecting and serving Illinois communities and deserve recognition for their bravery and commitment,” Simon said. “As a Jackson County prosecutor, I had the privilege of working with many outstanding law enforcement officers, and I am honored to be here today among so many of our state’s heroes.”
Among the honorees was Chicago Police Officer Michael Bailey. Bailey, only a few weeks from retirement, had just returned home after his midnight shift and was cleaning his car when he was shot and killed.
Officer Michael Flisk of the Chicago Police Department also received a posthumous honor. Flisk was responding to a garage burglary when the perpetrator returned to the scene and fatally shot both Flisk and the burglary victim.
“Today we honor these heroes who are tireless and who have all made tremendous personal sacrifices for a cause greater than themselves,” said Illinois State Police Director Hiram Grau. “Police work is a dangerous profession and the heroic acts of these officers reflects what is positive about police work.”
Special Agent Starlena Wilson of the Illinois State Police was also recognized. In 2010 while stopping a violator on a Chicago highway, Wilson was hit and pinned between the violator’s car and another car whose driver was distracted while texting. Wilson sustained spinal injuries, as well as fractures to both legs and her pelvis. Following nine surgeries and hundreds of hours in physical therapy, Wilson returned to full duty just 11 months after the accident.
In an effort to prevent future traffic incidents because of texting, Governor Quinn signed House Bill 5101 into law last month, to prohibit use of a hand-held mobile phone by a commercial vehicle operator. Through House Bill 5099, motorists are now prohibited from using a mobile phone when driving within 500 feet of an emergency scene.
“Our law enforcement officers do an incredible job protecting our communities and keeping us safe,” Simon said. “We owe it to them to ensure their work environment is as safe as possible.”
The Illinois Law Enforcement Medal of Honor was established by law in 1990 and awarded annually until 2010. Under Director Grau’s leadership, the awarding committee was reestablished this year and selected the following recipients from 2009, 2010 and 2011 law enforcement incidents. For more information on the awardees, please click here.
2009 Medal of Honor Recipients
Chicago Police Department:
·         Officer Matthew S. Borkowski
·         Officer Bryan R. Hoffman
·         Officer James D. Sivicek
·         Sergeant James R. Buhrke
·         Officer Efrain M. Carreno
·         Officer Brandon C. Murphy
·         Officer Gerald L. Neals
·         Officer Roman A. Torres
·         Officer Sergio M. Corona
·         Officer Jerry G. Crisp
·         Officer Mahmoud Halcem
·         Officer Enrique Pacheco
·         Officer William Wagner
·         Officer Christopher L. Davis
·         Officer Brian D. Gaffney
·         Officer Robert A. Ontiveros
·         Officer Patrick Glinski
·         Officer Mark O’Hara
·         Officer Brett J. Goldstein
·         Officer Timothy J. Gould
·         Officer Francisco D. Iza
·         Officer Steven D. Jacoby
·         Officer Michael L. Paul
·         Officer Juan R. Rivera
·         Officer Brian A. Sloyan
·         Officer Rafael Magallon
·         Officer Darren A. Wright
Elgin Police Department
·         Sergeant Clay McDonnough
Illinois State Police
·         Trooper Blaine G. McBride (hometown: Murphysboro)
·         Master Sergeant William D. Sons (Carterville)
·         Trooper Brian Wilson (Ava)
·         Trooper Robert D. Swift (Benton)
Justice Police Department
·         Corporal Ronald J. Brenza
·         Officer Carmen R. Scardine
Kinkaid Police Department
·         Chief of Police Richard S. Adams
Lincoln Police Department
·         Chief of Police Stuart R. Erlenbush
·         Officer Michael J. Fruge
2010 Medal of Honor Recipients
Chicago Police Department
·         Officer Vilma S. Argueta
·         Officer Rodrigo J. Corona
·         Officer Michael R. Bailey, posthumously
·         Officer Jesse W. Belcher
·         Officer Francisco J. Gonzalez
·         Officer Michael R. Flisk, posthumously
·         Officer Kevin B. Gibbons
·         Officer Christopher M. Saladino
·         Sergeant Jason A. Kaczynski
·         Officer Kimberly M. Thorp
Illinois State Police
·         Trooper Christopher R. Jones (Midlothian)
·         Trooper Christopher D. Price (Glenwood)
·         Trooper Nick L. Shoemaker (Iroquois)
·         Special Agent Starlena Z. Wilson (Country Club Hills)
University of Illinois Police Department
·         Officer Matthew J. Ballinger
Waukegan Police Department
·         Patrolman Michael P. Donnenwirth
Will County Sheriff’s Office
·         Sergeant Thomas R. Budde
2011 Medal of Honor Recipients
Aurora Police Department
·         Officer Pedro Rodriguez
Chicago Police Department
·         Officer Joseph K. Biggane
·         Officer David G. Hickey
·         Officer Jeffery S. Pacocha
·         Officer Juan J. Perez
·         Officer Thomas M. Hanrahan
·         Officer Patrick S. Kelly
·         Officer James A. McNichols
Harvey Police Department
·         Officer Richard M. Jones
Itasca Police Department
·         Officer Raymond M. Anderson
Pekin Police Department
·         Lieutenant Don Baxter
·         Patrolman Seth J. Ranney
Rock Island County Sheriff’s Office
·         Deputy William R. Baney
Will County Sheriff’s Office
·         Deputy Michael D. Nalley
Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office
·         Deputy Frank A. Pobjecky

The Art Fair Company presents 18th Annual SOFA CHICAGO 2012 in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall November 2-4, 2012

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Special Celebrations Mark 50th Anniversary of Studio Glass Movement


One Ticket Admits Attendees to Fair, Lecture Series, Special Exhibits and Events

VIP Opening Night Preview Thursday, Nov. 1



CHICAGO, IL — The Art Fair Company, based in Chicago, presents the critically acclaimed international art fair SOFA CHICAGO 2012 at historic Navy Pier (600 E. Grand Avenue) Friday, Nov. 2 through Sunday, Nov. 4. The highly anticipated three-day event features masterworks of contemporary and modern art and design, sculpture, functional art, non-traditional and visionary art, plus related special exhibits and a lecture series.


Now celebrating its 19th year, SOFA, the international Sculpture Objects & Functional Art + Design Fair is the largest and longest continually running art fair in Chicago, attracting art and design lovers from throughout the country and adding an element of global flair to the city’s cultural and social calendar.


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 will feature nearly 70 art galleries and dealers from 10 countries along with special exhibits by renowned museums, universities and arts organizations, and an extensive lecture series, all included in the admission price.


For the eighth straight year, SOFA CHICAGO is sponsored in part by Chubb Personal Insurance, one of the world’s preeminent insurers of fine homes, art, antiques, jewelry, automobiles, yachts and other prized possessions. The Art Fair Company is pleased to announce that for first time, Audi, one of the most respected makers of luxury cars, will also be a sponsor of SOFA CHICAGO.


“This year’s fair promises to have a particularly impressive international component,” says Donna Davies, Director of SOFA. “In addition to galleries from Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, Israel, Italy, Japan, Scotland and the U.S., we will be presenting works by more than 800 artists from throughout the world, many of whom will be on hand to present lectures and demonstrations and to greet and talk with attendees about their work.”


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 will have a strong U.K. presence, with London galleries such as Erskine, Hall & Coe highlighting ceramics by established and emerging artists; Sarah Myerscough Fine Art, displaying works by American and European wood artists Philip Moulthrop, John Jordan, Marc Ricourt and Ernst Gamperl; flow, which will showcase works in silver by Maya Selway, as well as Nuala O’Donovan’s ceramic pieces and Sidel Hanum’s porcelain works, and Craft Scotland, the Edinburgh-based organization that promotes Scottish craft featuring artists who work in furniture, jewelry, ceramics and fiber.


Japan will also make a bold showing, with galleries such as Ippodo Gallery (Yokyo, New York), and Tokyo-based galleries Oz Zingaro and Exhibition Space APJ, both making their SOFA debut. Works by Japanese artists will also be represented by U.S. galleries including Dai Ichi Arts (New York), TAI Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.) and Chicago-based Floating World Gallery.


Other international galleries include the stunning glass sculptures presented by the returning Litvak Gallery of Tel Aviv, Israel, and Kirra Galleries from Melbourne, Australia; the father-and-son silversmith team Thalen & Thalen of Francorchamps, Belgium; and Canadian galleries, such as L.A. Pai Gallery of Ottawa, and Montreal’s Option Art and Galerie Elena Lee.


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Studio Glass Movement, SOFA boasts works by both historic and emerging glass artists, presented by some of the world’s leading galleries, Schantz Galleries (Stockbridge, Mass.), Heller Gallery (New York), David Richard Contemporary (Santa Fe, N.M.), and Habatat Galleries (Royal Oak, Mich.).

The start of the Studio Glass Movement can be traced back to a pair of glassblowing workshops given by Harvey K. Littleton and Dominick Labino at The Toledo Museum of Art in 1962. Today, acclaimed glass artists such as Dale Chihuly, Marvin Lipofsky, Toots Zynsky and Lino Tagliapietra continue to develop innovative techniques to produce spectacular works that are recognized and admired throughout the world. A special selection of Littleton’s own glass sculptures will be on display this year at the Maurine Littleton Gallery (Washington, D.C.), owned by the artist’s daughter, who will be on hand to discuss her father’s work.

Another important focus of this year’s fair is cutting-edge design, evident in all media but particularly in the one-of-a-kind or limited edition furniture shown by signature galleries including Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.), who will exhibit innovative designer Vivian Beer; Scott Jacobson Gallery (New York), presenting the work of Swiss-born designer Yves Boucard; and William Zimmer Gallery (Mendocino, Calif.), showing the work of numerous prominent designers and furniture artists.


“Design is one of the most eagerly anticipated aspects of the fair,” notes Davies. “These works marry sculpture, material, and functional art while always pushing the boundaries of technique. These are forms that have grown out of the craft tradition but the artists are exploring and creating a new vocabulary for work that are at once inventive furniture and sculpture.”

SOFA CHICAGO 2012 exhibitors confirmed to date include:

•Aaron Faber Gallery (New York)

•Adamar Fine Arts (Miami)

•Ann Nathan Gallery (Chicago)

•Blue Rain Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Charon Kransen Arts (New York)

•Craft Scotland (Edinburgh, Scotland)

•CREA Gallery (Montreal, Canada)

•Dai Ichi Arts (New York)

•David Richard Contemporary (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Donna Schneier Fine Arts (Palm Beach, Fla. & New York)

•Duane Reed Gallery (St. Louis, Mo.)

•Exhibition Space APJ (Tokyo, Japan)

•Floating World Gallery (Chicago)

•flow (London, UK) Pistachios (Chicago)

•Galerie Elena Lee (Montreal, Canada)

•Habatat Galleries (Royal Oak, Mich.)

•Harvey Pranian Art & Antiques (Evanston, Ill.)

•Hawk Galleries (Columbus, Ohio)

•Hedone Gallery (Leonia, N.J.)

•Heller Gallery (New York) TAI Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Ippodo Gallery (New York)

•Jane Sauer Gallery (Santa Fe, N.M.)

•Jean Albano Gallery (Chicago)

•Kirra Galleries (Melbourne, Australia)

•L.A. Pai Gallery (Ottawa, Canada)

•Lacoste Gallery (Concord, Mass.)

•Lindsay Gallery (Columbus, Ohio)

•Litvak Gallery (Tel Aviv, Israel) Woman Made Gallery (Chicago)

•Lucky Girls Gallery (New Orleans, La.) Yvel (Jerusalem, Israel)

•Maria Elena Kravetz (Cordoba, Argentina)

•Mattson’s Fine Art (Atlanta, Ga.)

•Maurine Littleton Gallery (Washington, D.C.)

•Mindy Solomon Gallery (St. Petersburg, Fla.)

•Next Step Studio + Gallery (Ferndale, Mich.)

•Oliver & Espig (Santa Barbara, Calif.)

•Option Art (Montreal, Canada)

•Orley Shabahang (New York)

•Oz Zingaro (Tokyo, Japan)

•Packer Schopf (Chicago)

•Palette Contemporary Art and Craft (Albuquerque, N.M.)

•Perimeter Gallery (Chicago)

•PISMO Fine Art Glass (Denver, Colo.)

•Sarah Myerscough Fine Art (London, UK)

•Schantz Galleries (Stockbridge, Mass.)

•Scott Jacobson Gallery (New York)

•Sherrie Gallerie (Columbus, Ohio)

•Synderman-Works Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)

•ten472 Contemporary Art (Grass Valley, Calif.)

•Thalen & Thalen (Francorchamps, Belgium)

•Thomas R. Riley Galleries (Cleveland, Ohio)

•Turkish Cultural Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

•UrbanGlass (Brooklyn, N.Y.)

•Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia, Pa.)

•William Zimmer Gallery (Mendocino, Calif.)


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 Special Exhibits

In addition to the fair itself, SOFA CHICAGO 2012 offers a wide variety of special exhibits and events, along with presentations by renowned artists, collectors and arts professionals, all included in the price of a general admission ticket. These special exhibits and events are curated and presented by a host of international arts organizations and include corresponding lectures.


Among the highlights to date: Among Fellows: An Exhibition of Work by the 2012 College of Fellows, presented by the American Craft Council; Gothic Jewelry: Sinister Pleasures—Metalsmith’s 2012 curated Exhibition in Print, presented by Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG); What is Beautiful? Changing Perspectives in Contemporary Wood Art, presented by Collectors of Wood Art; Bags Across the Globe (BAG), presented by the Design Department, University of California, Davis; and Eye of Mr. I: A Tribute, a retrospective tribute presented by the Chicago-based Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.


SOFA CHICAGO 2012 Lecture Series


The SOFA Lecture Series will again feature top museum curators, artists, collectors, scholars and critics who will share their professional and personal experiences in the field.


Among the highlights to date: The Studio Glass Movement: A Driver’s Manual, featuring Stuart Kestenbaum, Director, Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, James Baker, Director, Pilchuck Glass School and Jean McLaughlin, Executive Director, Penland School of Crafts; Intersections: Ideas, Process, Media, and Scale, a discussion with artist Barbara Cooper, represented by Perimeter Gallery, Chicago; Craft and New Technology: A Continuum of Creativity, which explores the innovative collaboration between the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Sculptural Environments in Self-Taught Art, a panel discussion of vernacular art environments, presented by Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art.

Additional lectures will be announced at a later date.


About The Art Fair Company: In 2009 Michael Franks, former Chief Operating Officer of dmg world media, along with Mark Lyman, former Vice-President of dmg world media’s Art & Antiques Fairs and SOFA Founding Director, purchased the internationally renowned Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Fairs — SOFA CHICAGO and SOFA NEW YORK — from dmg world media, creating a new jointly owned firm, The Art Fair Company, Inc. The Art Fair Company, Inc. is based in Chicago. For more information about The Art Fair Company, Inc. and their art fairs, visit theartfaircompany.com.


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SOFA CHICAGO 2012 hours are as follows: Opening Night Preview is Thursday, Nov. 1, 5 to 7 p.m. for VIP passholders only. Public Preview is from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased in advance at sofaexpo.com or at the door. The opening night preview is much anticipated by collectors, museum curators, art advisers, interior designers and architects, artists and cognoscenti, because it offers first viewing and the best selection of outstanding masterworks, as well as the opportunity to meet and mingle with leading members of the art and design communities. The public is invited to enjoy, study and acquire top quality art examples at this year’s preview party. Wine and hors d’oeuvres are included in the price of opening night admission.


General admission fair hours are Friday, Nov. 2 and Saturday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov. 4 from noon to 6 p.m. Tickets are $15 for single day general admission and $25 for a three-day pass. One general admission ticket of $15 admits visitors to the fair, related lecture series, special exhibits and events. Discounted student, senior and group tickets are available. Preview and fair tickets are available online or at the door. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit sofaexpo.com.


College professor publishes the real story behind the movie “Glory”

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Dr. George Junne, professor in Africana Studies at the University of Northern Colorado has written a massive 660-page book entitled “A History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Colored Infantry in the Civil War”

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Dr. George Junne has written a comprehensive and detailed history of the most important African-American Regiment in the Union Army of the Civil War, the Massachusetts 54th Infantry Regiment (Colored). While the film Glory brought that unit to the public’s attention, the real story is even more remarkable.

Their young colonel, Robert Gould Shaw, was reluctant to take command of the unit and initially, did not believe the recruits would make good soldiers. Ironically, his unit changed his attitude, and Shaw began to refer to them as “men.” Massachusetts’ wartime governor, John Albion Andrew, was a key figure in the organization of the unit, as was Frederick Douglass and others.

Although an academic press has published the book, which was released on August 1, it is also geared to the average person who not only is interested in African-American military history, but who also desires to know about the struggles and accomplishments of Black Bostonians before and during the Civil War. Further, one can appreciate the support of some White people who were in the antislavery movement and others who helped to form the regiment.

One can also grasp the resourcefulness of Black people who organized and demanded that they, too, be allowed to participate in that war, including the women. None of them wanted people to say after the war that only White people had rescued Blacks from slavery. However, several years later, the exploits of the 54th and its sister unit, the 55th, would almost be forgotten.

Although many now know about the 54th’s famous battle at Fort Wagner, most people do not know about their other campaigns such as in Florida and other places. After the war, many of the men became noted leaders in both the North and the South. The soldiers came from all occupations and social classes and served with pride and dignity.

A History of the Fifty-Fourth Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteer Colored Infantry in the Civil War
By Dr. George Junne
660 pages
Imprint: Edwin Mellen Press
Price: $179.95

For more information about the book, visit:

Photo Caption: Bookcover and author, Dr. George Junne

Denny’s supports Tom Joyner to help raise health awareness in African American community

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America’s Diner and renowned radio host launch VIP sweepstakes

Spartanburg, SC (BlackNews.com) — Denny’s and Tom Joyner, host of the highly rated radio program the Tom Joyner Morning Show, launched a nationwide sweepstakes to send one lucky fan and a guest to Philadelphia for a VIP experience at the “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day Health Festival.”

The health festival, a new addition to the Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day celebration, will take place Oct. 19 and 20 at the Liacouras Center in downtown Philadelphia. The signature event will include a health expo where attendees can receive more than $1,000 in free health services including immunizations and dental exams, as well as lifesaving health information, seminars and live entertainment.

“Denny’s is proud to support Tom Joyner in his effort to increase health awareness within the African American community,” said John Miller, chief executive officer of Denny’s. “Tom Joyner has made incredible strides to help eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. By encouraging his listeners to make doctors’ appointments for themselves and a loved one, he is empowering this country to be proactive about their health and that’s the first step towards creating a healthier, stronger nation.”

Fans can enter the Denny’s and Tom Joyner Take a Loved One to Philly sweepstakes online at www.TakeaLovedOnetoPhilly.com. One winner, selected at random, will receive roundtrip airfare for themself and a guest to Philadelphia October 19 through 20 for the “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day Health Festival.” In addition to hotel accommodations, spending money and event transportation, the winner will have exclusive photo opportunities with Tom Joyner as well as VIP access and seating at all festival events.

For more than a decade, Take A Loved One to the Doctor Day has helped change lives, and this year’s event is setting out to send a message that being healthy is important.

“I’m excited that this sweepstakes is spreading the word about an issue I’ve been passionate about for years ,” said Joyner, host of the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show and founder of the Tom Joyner Foundation, “that’s making sure we go to the doctor and prevent health problems before they get severe.”

At the “Take a Loved One to the Doctor Day Health Festival,” attendees will experience premiere health and lifestyle services, seminars and exhibitors. General immunizations and dental, eye and HIV/AIDS screenings will be provided free of charge, as well as a beauty salon/barber shop, safety demonstrations, healthy eating seminars and exercise classes, among many others. Attendance is free and promises to be a life-changing experience.

About Denny’s Corp.
Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,680 franchised, licensed, and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Honduras, Guam, Curacao, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at www.dennys.com.


About the Tom Joyner Morning Show
The nation’s #1 syndicated urban morning show, which airs in more than 105 markets reaching nearly 8 million listeners, has distinguished itself over the years as continuously giving back to its audience with quality programming, highly popular promotions, special events and philanthropy. Since 2004, Joyner has awarded millions in cash and prizes to contest winners and his Foundation has raised more than $65 million to help keep students in historically black colleges and universities. The Morning Show with co-hosts Sybil Wilkes, J. Anthony Brown and senior news analyst Roland Martin, also features “Inside Her Story” with Jacque Reid; political commentary from Stephanie Robinson and Jeff Johnson; and celebrity news with Kevin Frazier, as well as comedic observations from D.L. Hughley and the Celebrity Snitch Huggy Lowdown. Joyner’s website, www.BlackAmericaWeb.com, has more than 1.5 million registered users and delivers news with exclusive reports from award winning journalists and unprecedented political coverage as well as interactive elements with on demand audio.

Hip Hop Artist Gaknew Roxwel launches $20,000 Fundraiser for Therapeutic Multimedia Project

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Online campaign raises funds to promote “therapy through art” Hip Hop production


Los Angeles, CA, — Hip Hop artist GaKnew Roxwel is on a mission to raise $20,000 by September 20th 2012, directing all proceeds towards promoting the “Sound of Silence”, an ambitious project about overcoming dysfunction and societal influences. Divided into 3 parts, a CD, book, and theatrical performance, the story follows a cast of young characters as they learn how to triumph over trauma and tragedy. Aimed at audiences of all ages, The Sound of Silence illustrates how external influences shape behavior and affect relationships.  Gaknew’s $20,000 goal will help to manufacture the project and bring the play to various cities across the nation.

GaKnew Roxwel, the creative force behind the project, has been hard at work for the past 2 years. A social work investigator by day, his work ranges from doing graffiti art for the Billboard Awards and showcasing his poetry on Def Poetry Jam to doing voice over for Disney Channel’s top rated movie, “Let It Shine” and touring nationally as a recording artist. But his work in the foster care system is what inspired GaKnew to produce his greatest work yet, The Sound of Silence.  Recognizing that much of the abuse and dysfunction foster children experience is based on unconsciously learned behavior, GaKnew decided to use Hip Hop as a healing medium.  “We’re constantly being influenced and we’re constantly influencing others,” says GaKnew.  “My goal is to help people become more thoughtful of the way they interact with each other.”

GaKnew called on many of his Hip Hop colleagues to contribute to the project. Featured guests include Styliztik Jones, Terrace Martin, and the Pharcyde’s Slim Kid Tre among many other underground heavyweights. 

GaKnew is confident that The Sound of Silence will change lives and impact the nation one show at a time. “Together”, he says, “We all make a difference.”

For more information or to donate to The Sound of Silence fundraising campaign, visit http://www.indiegogo.com/GaKnew?c=home.  Visit GaKnew Roxwell at www.GaKnew.com.

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Build a Buzz Promotions is a Los Angeles based company which specializes in promoting urban culture and lifestyle. We provide cost effective publicity to Hip Hop artists, singers, filmmakers, authors, small businesses, and community based organizations.  Visit us at www.BuildaBuzzPromotions.com & find us on FB and Twitter @BuildabuzzPromo.

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