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Archive for September 24th, 2012

Businessman Edward Gardner, former President of Soft Sheen Products, threatens to disrupt construction today, September 24, 2012, to protest lack of African American participation in construction

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Businessman Edward Gardner, former President of Soft Sheen Products, threatens to disrupt construction today, September 24, 2012, to protest lack of African American participation in construction

CHICAGO, IL.  On Friday, September 22, Ed Gardner was outraged when he saw concrete being laid and other construction going on at 2210 West 95th Street, yet not a single Black worker in sight.

“Every worker was either Caucasian or Hispanic,” said Gardner, “except the foreman, he was (East) Indian.”  

Gardner stepped out of his car with the intention of “wallowing in the wet concrete” in spite of the foreman’s warnings.  This quickly got the attention of the foreman, and before Gardner could make good his threat, two squad cars arrived.  Shortly afterward Alderman Brookins and Alderman Rugai were on the scene, and along with the four police officers begged Gardner not to do this.  Finally, Gardner retreated, but not before promising to return Monday morning at 10:30 AM to stage a one-man protest by walking through the wet concrete.

“Down the street I see young Black men selling drugs on the corner because they can’t find any work, and here in a neighborhood that is nearly 40% Black and only 4% Hispanic, there are only whites and Hispanics working, and no Blacks.” 

Gardner will protest at the construction site at 2210 West 95th Street (Former Border’s location) today, Monday, September 24, 2012, at 10:30 a.m. 
Ed Gardner is asking the community to come out to support this cause and to witness his protest.

For more information, contact Emma Young at – 773-651-6049;    312-953-6363

The Black Revolution on Campus: A Conversation With Martha Biondi

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on The Black Revolution on Campus: A Conversation With Martha Biondi

A conversation with author and scholar Martha Biondi, who vividly demonstrates the critical linkage between the student movement and changes in university culture through her new book, The Black Revolution on Campus will be held Wednesday. October 3. at  the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street, in the Claudia Cassidy Theatre in Chicago, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Historian Barbara Ransby will moderate this conversation. Book signing to follow.

The Black Revolution on Campus is the definitive account of an extraordinary but forgotten chapter of the black freedom struggle. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Black students organized hundreds of protests, turning the slogan “black power” into a social movement. Biondi illustrates how victories in establishing Black Studies ultimately produced important intellectual innovations that have had a lasting impact on academic research and university curricula over the past 40 years. The book makes a major contribution to the current debate on Ethnic Studies, access to higher education, and opportunities for all.

The event is FREE to the public, though reservations are required. Reservations can be made by visiting www.prairie.org  or emailing: events@prairie.org.

The event is part of the IHC’s program, The Public Square, which fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice.

For more information, contact Carlos Velázquez at (312) 422-5580, x233 or cav@prairie.org 

Recording Artist and Grammy® Award-Winning Songwriter Pastor Charles Jenkins aims for the best of both worlds

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Recording Artist and Grammy® Award-Winning Songwriter Pastor Charles Jenkins aims for the best of both worlds

Music that inspires people and encourages good works

Chicago, IL (BlackNews.com) — Pastor Charles Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago have had an “Awesome” summer, and it looks like the fall will be just as uplifting. The Inspired People/EMI Gospel recording artists released their new album, The Best of Both Worlds, in June, 2012, to critical acclaim and extraordinary fan support. The album was number one on Billboard’s Top Gospel Albums chart for three consecutive weeks when it was released, and is currently in the Top 10. “Awesome,” the first single from the album, has resonated with choirs, gospel lovers and consumers all over the world. Radio, retail, media and pastors have been huge champions of the recording, which was penned by Jenkins, a GRAMMY® Award-winning songwriter. “Awesome” has held at number one for 12 weeks on Billboard’s Hot Gospel Songs Chart.

Jenkins, a visionary faith and community leader who is the senior pastor of the legendary 8,000 member Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago, Illinois, is not surprised that the album, especially the single, “Awesome,” has inspired so many people. “I believe everyone has a ‘my God is awesome’ testimony,” he says. “If we pause and ponder, we see God’s hand all through our lives,” says Jenkins. “He moves mountains, keeps us in valleys and hides us from the rain in stormy circumstances. We hope people will receive the album as practical yet profound. We tried to create music that is simple and theologically sound, yet singable and relatable in a way that will engage people to engage God. In a cultural climate where so many things can bring you down, we’re really excited to create music that will lift people up.”

Jenkins and Fellowship Chicago have been ministering “Awesome” and other songs on the album to large and enthusiastic crowds all over the country, including New York City’s Central Park, Atlanta’s Centennial Park, Bishop T.D. Jakes’ Manpower conference in Dallas, and Jay-Z’s Made in America Music Festival during the Labor Day Weekend in Philadelphia, among others major events and conferences.

But Jenkins is determined that the inspiration we get from the music should lead to action, not merely a moment of reflection and gratitude. “The idea is to marry music and mission to drive people to a higher calling of responsibility beyond their own inspiration and enjoyment,” he says. “If all we are is inspired, we are not impactful. Inspiration without impact is impotence,” he adds. “You are all riled up by the music. So what are you going to do with that?”

Jenkins believes he has one answer. He wants artists to use their celebrity to “encourage people to live beyond the lyric, to reach beyond the rhythm, to serve beyond the song,” and he’s leading by example. He’s using his concerts and other appearances as a call to action for the audiences that come to hear them. “As we’ve been going around the country, we’re inviting people to get involved in doing something to help others.” They spotlight charities or nonprofits that are helping people and communities, urge people to get involved, and they provide information and opportunity for them to do so.

The first efforts he is encouraging people to support are HopeMob (www.hopemob.org) and Charity Water (www.charitywater.org). HopeMob is an online philanthropic community that brings together people in need with a group of “generous strangers” who want to help. The goal of the site is to quickly meet needs of one person or family at a time. Charity Water is a nonprofit organization with a goal of bringing clean, safe drinking water to some of the 800 million people who live in developing countries and do not have access to clean water. The next effort he wants to focus on is violence in inner cities. “We want to raise awareness around this issue and challenge people to get more engaged and involved in serving youth – a forgotten population in our cities,” he says.

Jenkins’ ultimate goal is to build a network of artists who want to use their music and celebrity to help people – especially at-risk young people – and to improve communities. His plan is to identify nonprofits and “do-gooder” for-profits that are serving their communities in cities around the country, and to create an infrastructure through which artists can spotlight those organizations and provide information and opportunity for their audiences to connect with and support those efforts.

He believes there is a great appetite among musicians to be involved with work that lifts people up; he just wants to find ways to coordinate those efforts. “I’ve been approached by artists or their management about engaging in some of these initiatives” says Jenkins. “There are lots of artists doing great stuff, and lots of others who want to do great stuff but don’t know how. I’m excited that as ground work is laid and as clarity is given, we can create that kind of consistent good work on behalf of people who need it. As musicians we should be using our gifts not just to make a living but to give life.”

Volunteering, says Jenkins, doesn’t just help those in need, it helps the volunteer as well. “We are blessed when we are a blessing, we grow when we give,” he says. “Scripture challenges us to serve, give, and love, and the Glory will go to God. I want to be on the side of scripture – contributing not just my music but my life beyond the music.”

Pastor Jenkins’ efforts to tie inspirational music to a call to action, is part of his larger vision of strengthening the ties between faith-based institutions and the communities in which they are located. Since taking the helm at Fellowship as senior pastor almost twelve years ago, at age 24, He has created a variety of life changing programs and services for children, youth, and adults within the church and in the community. Under his leadership, Fellowship has provided food, clothing, personal care items, and critical assistance to tens of thousands of people in need through several of the church’s outreach programs. His concern about young people moved him to establish Maximum Exposure, a youth development program designed to elevate the thinking, understanding, and behavior of urban youth. Jenkins also founded Gladiators, a mentoring group that focuses on the growth and progress of young African American boys.

Jenkins also created the Fellowship Educational and Economic Development Corporation to further focus on community improvement and empowerment. He is currently spearheading The Legacy Project, a transformative enterprise with the goal of changing the landscape of urban Chicago while producing cultural amenities, vocational opportunities, an educational hub, and a worship facility. The campus will include, among other things, a school, a health center and eateries, and will create 400 new jobs in the community. Fellowship will break ground on the campus in January 2013.

The author of the leadership book, Thriving In Change, and a sought-after adviser to leaders in government, politics, advocacy organizations and business, Jenkins believes that people who get involved with helping others and their communities will not only be fulfilled, but they will also expand their legacy footprint. “After Jesus finished preaching the gospel, he did something,” he says. “Martin Luther King, Jr. is remembered not just for what he said, but what he did. We always remember what people do.”

For more details, visit www.inspiredpeoplemusic.com and www.emigospel.com

Photo Caption: Pastor Charles Jenkins

Republican election judges wanted

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Republican election judges wanted

(Letters to the Editor)


In conjunction with the efforts from the Cook County Republican Election Integrity Committee, Cook County GOP Chairman Aaron Del Mar, and Chicago GOP Chairman Adam Robinson, announce extended deadlines on filling crucial Republican Election Judge positions in Chicago and Suburban Cook County. The newly formed Election Judge Recruitment Program has been instrumental in recruiting Republicans for election judges for November’s election!   This extra week is critical as we still have about 500 openings!

Thursday is our new deadline!!!!!

We have openings in Cook County (only)  for Equipment Managers which requires 3 training sessions, but then pays $300 a day… forever! 

We also need election judges throughout Chicago and Cook County.  These positions pay $170 for the day and require one training class. 

Election Judges can also serve in additional positions (not on Election Day) such as nursing home judges or absentee voting judges.

Election judges can request to be assigned close to home, or agree to travel as needed.  To serve as a Republican Election Judge in Cook County or Chicago, you must be a Republican, and a registered voter in Cook County.

All Republican election judges will receive additional training on security in the polling place.  In October, this training can be viewed on-line or in CD format.

Applicants should go to www.ElectionJudges.US for specific application information, or call 312-242-1818 for assistance.  PLEASE DO NOT DELAY!

Balanced staffing of election judges is key to election security!  In Chicago and Cook County, we have a severe shortage of Republican election judges!

Mary Todd Lincoln insanity re-trials September 24 in Chicago and October 1 in Springfield will feature modern judges as the attorneys and audience members as the jury

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Mary Todd Lincoln insanity re-trials September 24 in Chicago and October 1 in Springfield will feature modern judges as the attorneys and audience members as the jury

CHICAGO, IL  – Was Mary Todd Lincoln insane?  The troubled former First Lady, who was judged insane at an 1875 Chicago trial, will get another day in court – two days, in fact – as retrials on those charges using modern laws will occur Monday, September 24 in Chicago and Monday, October 1 in Springfield.  A roster of well-known modern judges will serve as attorneys for the petitioner and respondent, and audience members at each location will decide Mrs. Lincoln’s fate after hearing the arguments and testimony.          

Auditorium seating for both events is no longer available.  However, an additional 100 auxiliary seats at both the Chicago and Springfield events are available – these allow patrons to see live video of the re-trials projected on a large screen.  These auxiliary tickets are $15 each and may be reserved through the event website, www.wasmarylincolncrazy.com.  In addition,  details concerning broadcasts of the re-trials will be finalized in the near future, allowing a much wider audience to view the proceedings.  The media will be allowed in during rehearsals from 3-4:30 p.m. TODAY to shoot limited video.  Please contact Dave Blanchette to make arrangements.

The re-trials will take place at Chicago’s Murphy Auditorium at 50 E. Erie at 5:30 p.m. on September 24 and at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield at 6:30 p.m. on October 1.   The events are produced and sponsored by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission and the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

The re-trials of Mary Lincoln will occur in a courtroom setting to give her a hearing using current laws regarding her alleged insanity.  The participants will use their own words and strategies to make their cases.  Actors portraying Robert Lincoln and Mary Lincoln, in period costume, will testify, as well as an expert witness – a mental health professional – for each side.   Following instructions to the jurors (the audience), Mrs. Lincoln’s fate will be in the hands of those attending each event. 

The Hon. Maureen Connors, who serves in the 2nd Division of the First District Appellate Court, will be the presiding judge at the September 24 Chicago re-trial.  The petitioner, Robert Todd Lincoln, will be represented by Hon. Warren Wolfson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the DePaul University College of Law; and Hon. Erica Reddick, Cook County Circuit Court, Child Protective Division of the Juvenile Court.  Mary Todd Lincoln, the respondent, will be represented by Hon. Lorna Propes, Cook County Circuit Court; and Hon. Mark Drummond, Circuit Court Judge in Adams County, Illinois.  Expert witnesses will include Dr. Bennett L. Leventhal, Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at New York University and an internationally renowned psychiatrist; and Dr. James Cavanaugh, Professor of Psychiatry at Rush Medical Institute.  Famed broadcast journalist Bill Kurtis will be the narrator for the Chicago event.

The presiding judge in the October 1 Springfield re-trial will be Hon. Michael P. McCuskey, Chief United States District Judge for the Central District of Illinois.  Representing the petitioner will be Hon. Ronald D. Spears, Circuit Court Judge in Christian County, Illinois;

And Hon. M. Carol Pope, Appellate Court Judge for the Fourth District of Illinois.  The respondent will be represented by Hon. Lisa Holder White, Macon County Circuit Judge and the Supervising Judge for the Criminal Law Division of the Sixth Judicial Circuit; and Hon. R. C. Bollinger, Associate Circuit Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Decatur.  Expert witnesses will include Terry Killian, M.D, who has a private practice of general psychiatry in Springfield; and

Lawrence Jeckel, M.D., a board certified psychiatrist, forensic psychiatrist, and psychoanalyst in Champaign.  Former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar will narrate the Springfield event. 

Springfield resident Pam Brown will portray Mary Todd Lincoln at both re-trials.  Brown has portrayed the former First Lady in numerous stage productions and in two National Geographic documentaries: Lincoln’s Last Night and Secret Lincoln.  Chicago actor Zach Kenney will portray Robert Todd Lincoln.  He has appeared in numerous Chicago area productions at the Steppenwolf, Goodman, Biograph, American Blues, Victory Gardens, and TimeLine Theatres.

The re-trials are part of a year-long series of events marking Mrs. Lincoln’s life and emphasizing the evolution of mental health laws in Illinois.  Funds raised beyond the cost of the events will be used for the preservation of historic documents owned by the sponsoring organizations. 

Mrs. Lincoln was tried in 1875 at the instigation of her son Robert on allegations of insanity, which ultimately led to her being declared a “lunatic” and placed in the Bellevue Sanitarium in Batavia, Illinois.  Mary Lincoln obtained an early release from Bellevue with the assistance of her friend, Myra Bradwell.  One year after the original insanity trial another jury found her sane, restoring her legal control over her assets.  Even today, historians disagree whether the evidence against the First Lady was “trumped up,” whether the procedures used constituted due process, and what would occur if today’s modernized health laws were applied to the same facts.

Another event in the series, the “culture of clothing,” will feature Mary Todd Lincoln’s life and fashions as a homemaker, the First Lady, and a widow in mourning after the loss of three sons and a husband.  This special show will take place in the Driehaus Museum in Chicago on November 12, where the dresses she had made, the jewelry she wore, and the long lasting elements of design that she created will be used to demonstrate the changing roles of women through fashion.  The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield will have a similar event on November 19.  Tickets are $50 for the Chicago event and $25 for Springfield, and must be purchased in advance through www.wasmarylincolncrazy.com.  Only a limited number of tickets remain for these two events.     

A theatrical project bringing the relationship of Mary Lincoln and her advocate, Myra Bradwell, to life will be developed from their correspondence with Springfield actors Susan Jeffers and Aasne Vigesaa.  Performance dates in Chicago and Springfield will be announced.

The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (www.presidentlincoln.org) is the nation’s largest and most visited presidential library complex, and immerses visitors in Lincoln’s life and times.  The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission (www.illinoiscourthistory.org) assists the Supreme Court in acquiring, collecting, documenting, preserving, and cataloging documents and artifacts important to the history of the Illinois judicial system.

Leading ladies of Cinema Joan Allen, Viola Davis and Helen Hunt will be honored with the Silver Hugo at 48th Chicago International Film Festival

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Leading ladies of Cinema Joan Allen, Viola Davis and Helen Hunt will be honored with the Silver Hugo at 48th Chicago International Film Festival

 CHICAGO, IL – It’s a “Woman’s World” as three mesmerizing, versatile actors are honored with the Chicago International Film Festival (CIFF)’s Silver Hugo for their significant achievements and contributions to the arts. Joan Allen (October 14), Viola Davis (October 22) and Helen Hunt (October 20) will accept the awards during three respective special evenings at the AMC River East (322 E. Illinois St.).

“Each of these actors brings so much passion and charisma to the roles they portray. It is our privilege to honor them at this year’s festival,” said Head of Programming of the Chicago International Film Festival Mimi Plauché. “Their work has transcended time and I know that we will continue to see great things from each of them for years to come.”

“An Evening with Joan Allen,” on October 14, will celebrate the Illinois native and Steppenwolf Theatre ensemble member as she participates in an intimate discussion about her extensive career and various accomplishments on both stage and screen. The Winner of a Tony® Award for Best Actress (Lanford Wilson’s “Burn This”) and three time Academy Award® nominee (“Nixon,” “The Crucible” and “The Contender,” will also appear as part of the Festival’s “The Chicagoans” and “REELWOMEN” programs. “The Chicagoans” presents a series of master classes and conversations with notable native and adopted Chicagoans who have left their mark in the movie industry while “REELWOMEN” celebrates the contributions women made and continue to make to film around the world. “An Evening with Joan Allen” begins with a red carpet presentation at 6 p.m. at the AMC River East.

Recognized as one of the most versatile and commanding actresses of this generation, Viola Davis receives the CIFF’s Career Achievement Award during the festival’s Black Perspectives program October 22 at the AMC River East. A powerhouse talent of stage, television and film, the Academy Award® nominated actress (“Doubt,” “The Help”) will join the ranks of past recipients including Morgan Freeman, Halle Berry and Sidney Poitier as she accepts a Silver Hugo for the rich characters and nuanced performances she has embodied throughout her career. The red carpet event begins at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by the award ceremony and a retrospective of Davis’ work.
Academy Award®, Golden Globe®, and Emmy® award winning actress Helen Hunt (“As Good As It Gets,” “Castaway”) will attend the Special Presentation of Ben Lewin’s much anticipated film “The Sessions”, October 20 at the AMC River East. Based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien and co-starring John Hawkes and William H. Macy, “The Sessions” tells the story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined, at age 38, to lose his virginity. Hunt will accept the Silver Hugo for her breadth of work and participate in a post-screening Q&A session. The red carpet event presented by the Cinema/Chicago Junior Board starts at 7 p.m.

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 11-25, 2012.
The full schedule will be announced on September 20th.
Festival Passes, and Theater and Ticket Info
A variety of Festival Passes are on sale now. Pass options include:

Moviegoer (10 regular admissions): $95 for Cinema/Chicago members, $125 for non-members.
Passport (20 regular admissions): $180 for Cinema/Chicago members, $240 for non-members
Passes can be obtained by visiting www.chicagofilmfestival.com or by calling 312.683.0121. Moviegoer and Passport Passes are not valid for Special Presentations, Gala Presentations, Tributes, Opening Night, Centerpiece, and Closing Night. Passses must be picked up and redeemed in person at a Festival box office.
Festival screenings will be at the AMC River East 21 Theater (322 E. Illinois St.).

Festival Sponsors
Led by Presenting Partner, Columbia College Chicago, the 48th Chicago International Film Festival’s sponsors include: Official Airline – American Airlines; Producing Partners: AMC Theaters, The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Major Partner: Intersites;

Supporting Partners: DePaul University School of Cinema and Interactive Media, Stella Artois, Chris Pagano – Realtor, Land Rover, WBBM NEWSRADIO 780 AND 105.9FM, ShutterBox Photobooth, Cultivate Studios; Participating Partners: iN Demand, EC Charro, Brugal Rum, Creative America, Gibsons Restaurant Group, Second City Computers, Optimus; and the Festival’s Headquarters Hotel, JW Marriott Chicago.

About Cinema/Chicago

Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit cultural and educational organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is part of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include the International Screenings Program (May-September), the Chicago International Television Competition (April), CineYouth Festival (May), Intercom Competition (October) and year-round Education Outreach and Member Screenings Program.

Father Pfleger: ‘Seeds of love harvest miracles’ on 79th Street

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Father Pfleger: ‘Seeds of love harvest miracles’ on 79th Street

The purpose of peace and star power continue

By Chinta Strausberg


The colors of their T-shirts could have mirrored a rainbow, but the strategy of having the four Auburn Gresham rival street organizations compete in Saint Sabina’s historic basketball tournament Saturday was to erase lines of demarcation, eliminate negative labels and images of violent youth and prove to the world that by planting seeds of love there can be a harvest of peace in the community.

After three games including a playoff, the red shirts one 36-13 and team members received their trophies—a far cry from the trophies of death and destruction they are accused of perpetrating in the community almost every day.

Referring to the Saint Sabina ARK’s gym at 7800 S. Racine, Pfleger told reporters,  “You walk in that gym and you see the passion, the excitement, see the smiles…. You see kids who used to shoot at each other playing ball with each other. You tell me anything is wrong with this. I’m in heaven right now.” Pfleger said his heart is saddened when he has to rush to a scene of a shooting where he tells the dying youth, “You are not alone.”

Saturday was truly a day of peace in the community, but it took a labor of love on the part of Father Pfleger to make his dream a reality and a great deal of belief in God to overcome the naysayers who told him to cancel the game.

According to the RedEye crime tracker, last week there were four days without a homicide; however, Chicago had 11 homicides in five days. Nine men, who ranged from 21 to 38, were fatally shot from September 12th through last Monday.

Pained by the violence that has wreaked havoc in the Auburn Gresham community and taken so many young lives, Father Michael L. Pfleger decided to try something new—pure and simply love. He began holding weekly Friday night marches reaching out to the youth who initially ran when they saw him coming.

That didn’t stop Pfleger and his supporters. He began to offer them free social programs like GED, an opportunity to use his new music studio, and they began to sign up…60, 70 and more.

Pfleger began to hug them and to unashamedly tell them that he loved them and one night when he was accompanied by the NBA legendary Isiah Thomas he challenged them to accept a one-day peace basketball tournament. Father Pfleger even offered to pick up all four factions of that gang in different buses and to provide non-police security.

Saturday’s basketball game was the crop from those seeds when 28 players wearing white, black, red and blue peace T-shirts stunned hundreds of cheering adults an children as they watched these talented youth “balling for peace’ on Saint Sabina’s ARK court. It was an evening of non-violence, family fun, and it netted them a meal from Leona’s and some even got jobs. And, he kept his word about providing non-police security. Pfleger used the Nation of Islam’s Fruit of Islam (FOI). The youth were very respectful to the FOI.

“Today we proved that when we come together and show love and let our young brothers know we care, we can see miracles happen right before our eyes. Thanks to all the NBA players who believed in our kids and showed up and showed love,” said Father Pfleger.

He was referring to the professional football and basketball players who volunteered their time to work with the youth and who pledged to continue working on this mission to bring peace in the community.

Pfleger thanked: Chicago Bulls star Joakim Noah, Orlando’s Quentin Richardson, whose brother, Cedric, attends Saint Sabina, Chicago Bears Derrick Rose, Chicago Bears J’Marcus Webb, Chicago Bulls star Taj Gibson, L.A. Clipper’s Bobby Simmons, Memphis Grizzlies Zach Randolph, Chicago’s Simeon’s Jabari Parker and especially those who helped him organized Saturday’s event, Asa “Duce” Powell, owner of the 5×2.org promotions and marketing company and Kobe Williams from the acclaimed documentary “The Interrupters.”

Interviewed on the court, Tio Hardiman, director of CeaseFire Illinois, said he wants to ask Father Pfleger to let him take this model to the West Side of Chicago. He said the looks on the faces of the youth reminds him of Christmas Eve.

Hardiman, who said homicides are up by 24 percent, said because playing basketball is a team sport; they will learn “the team ethics. They will learn that they can play with their perceived enemy and hopefully after the of the tournament we can get these brothers to embrace one another and begin to look at each other eye-to-eye and say, ‘look, you’re my brother. We’re not enemies anymore.”

He called violence as an “infection disease” that “spreads from one person to another.” Hardiman said violence is a “public health” problem.” He praised Pfleger for his ability to put on this tournament and hopes it will become a national model to end the violence.

 “We have a lot of work to do. A lot of guys have grown up in a culture of violence and some people feel that violence is the norm. We have to change that. Violence is abnormal behavior,” said Hardiman. “That is why it is so good to see NBA players involved because so many people say when are the athletes going to step up, well, Father Pfleger got the athletes to step up.

“Father Pfleger has been a pillow and a champion all throughout the process. This is nothing new to Father Pfleger. He’s been on the streets standing up against violence dealing with gun control issues, and he’s taken a lot of hits at times. A lot of people get mad at Father Pfleger, but he’s standing in the gap for the underdog…and he’s making this happen today all praises to the Saint Sabina community… It’s all about the follow-up plan, now,” said Hardiman. He said the NBA player’s role is key and that the follow-up dialogue can result in a true peace. “This is a start,” he said calling the tournament historic.

Ameena Matthews, with the “Violence Interrupters,” said, “We’re here to promote peace. Over the last couple of nights, there have been some serious homicides over gang retaliation, click retaliation. Hopefully, the right guys come through the doors and click with the NBA players and other celebrities that are in the house and fill a part of to be able to obtain their dreams of saying I can be like them.”

Community activists Andrew Holmes said the basketball game “to let these young men know that they can enhance the quality of life other than picking up a gun, discharging a weapon taking somebody’s life.” Holmes said the goal is also to stop them from “bickering back and forth” on Facebook he says sometimes leads to violence.

He said they can bond “other than being a gang member…representing. Represent yourself in life, your mother, your father because who is going to take care of your kids if you’re incarcerated if someone takes your life,” Holmes said.

Shaykh Rashied, spiritual advisor for the Alhiseez Community Center, is known to promote peace in the community. “We are God made, not man made. We are here to keep the peace and the message of the Creator has put in us to keep. Whose interest is it in that we are killing each other and we’re divided and conquered…. It’s not in our interest,” he said. “We are killing each other because we don’t understand who we are and whose we are…. ”

Roseanne Townsend, a member of Saint Sabina, said, “I think it is going to be an awesome time. I think it is a great time for victory as we come together to make history. I’m really excited about that.”

Father Pfleger thanked “all the brothers who are here from the different teams to come together today to play a family thing together,” he told the standing-room only crowd. “I want to thank all of the NBA players…” and all those who contributed to they what he called a nationally historic event.

Pfleger wants everyone to stay tuned because he said there would be more peace initiatives he hopes will supplant the roots of violence.

Father Pfleger, along with the NBA players, have vowed to continue these peace initiatives saying they will not abandoned these youth.

On his Facebook page, Father Pfleger said he has been in the Auburn Gresham community for 37-years “with so many great experiences, but for this day I will give God thanks for the rest of my life. I tasted heaven today and will do what ever I have to do to help these brothers reach their dreams.”

The Endure dance group performed along with the Chicago Luvabulls. J Allen Minor was the D.J. along with D.J. Armando, and D.J. Trump Nice, provided the music that sometimes caused children to take to the court with some funky gyrations.

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.

Active Transportation Alliance design manual honored for best practices by Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association

Posted by Admin On September - 24 - 2012 Comments Off on Active Transportation Alliance design manual honored for best practices by Illinois chapter of the American Planning Association

The Active Transportation Alliance was honored for best practices by the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association for its recently published Complete Streets, Complete Networks transportation design manual.

The manual was developed for the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Communities Putting Prevention to Work program, which focused on improving health and active transportation options in suburban Cook County communities. Active Trans staff wrote and designed the manual to fill a gap in previous street design manuals by focusing on good policies, good design, a transparent process and complete networks where people get around safely, whether they are walking, biking, taking public transportation or driving.

“People want policies that improve transportation choices and they want better designed roads, streets, trails and transit systems,” said Paul Lippens, senior planner at the Active Transportation Alliance. “The Complete Streets, Complete Networks manual provides the guidance and checklists needed to help communities meet these needs.”

To develop the manual, Active Trans worked extensively with the Public Health Institute of Metropolitan Chicago, Cook County Highway Department, Cook County Bureau of Community Development, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Pace, councils of government and many suburban Cook County communities to ensure the manual works well for many different types of agencies and their needs.

“Des Plaines has created transportation policy and planning goals so our citizens can walk and bike easily and safely,” said Derek Peebles, a civil engineer for the City of Des Plaines. “This manual is a comprehensive, one-stop reference guide for our staff to use in advancing our transportation goals.”

The Complete Streets, Complete Networks design manual is not location specific. It is a collection of best practices from around the world organized in a way useful to most metropolitan areas, smaller cities and suburbs in the U.S.

The  Complete Streets, Complete Networks design manual can be used by anyone in the planning and design of roadways, and can be downloaded for free in editable formats at ATPolicy.org

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety, and advocates for a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is North America’s largest transportation advocacy organization, supported by more than 6,000 members, 1,000 volunteers and 35 full-time staff.

For more information on the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.


Totally Positive Productions auditioning Spoken Word Artists

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CHICAGO, IL – Totally Positive Productions is searching for positive youth Spoken Word Artists for its upcoming “Putting God First” Spoken Word Talent Competition 2012 to be held at Gorilla Tango Theatre (Bucktown) on Saturday, October 20, 2012.  The winner will receive $300 but before performing in the competition, hopefuls must first audition at one of four dates to ensure that the message and/or performance are free of derogatory messages and profanity.

“The winner will not only be judged on style and delivery, but their content must be clean and family friendly. We don’t allow our participants to use any derogatory or negative language in their music and spoken word piece in our competitions,” said Taj Jones, the organization founder and director. “We are about promoting our youth who uplift and respect themselves. This is to give them an outlet and to showcase those youth doing right.”

Auditions are being held at Gorilla Tango Theatre (1919 N. Milwaukee Ave. Chicago, IL.) Audition dates and times are as follows:

Saturday, September 29, 2012 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Sunday, September 30, 2012 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 7, 2012 from 2:00pm to 5:00pm

To register for auditions or for more information, contact TPP at 773.488.9553.

Totally Positive Productions can be found online at www.TotallyPositiveProductions.com or on, www.Facebook.com/TotallyPositive  and www.Twitter.com/TotallyPositive

Totally Positive Productions (TPP) is a not-for-profit organization started in 1993.  Our mission is to produce Positive Rap, Singing, Dance and Spoken Word Talent Competitions as well as positive “Off the Street” activities for youths and young adults as a deterrent to drug and gang involvement.

Gorilla Tango Theatre (GTT) provides year-round theatrical venues where audiences of all ages can consistently go to see a wide variety of talented artists. GTT exists to provide artists with an opportunity to produce their work in professional environment. GTT was created by Dan Abbate and boasts two venues: an 80-seat performance space in Bucktown and a 150-seat performance space in Skokie. GTT Bucktown is conveniently located at the intersection of Western and Milwaukee in Chicago’s Bucktown neighborhood. Easily accessible by public transportation, GTT is steps away from the Western Blue Line stop and the #49 Western, #73 Armitage and #56 Milwaukee buses. Street parking is readily available.  Gorilla Tango’s Skokie Theatre is located in the heart of Downtown Skokie; street and lot parking available. With shows for all ages, all GTT performances are on a rating system, similar to the one used in movie theatres. GTT offers a variety of affordable beer and wine for purchase. Consult the website for show details, rating information, tickets, and more.

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