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Study: 1 in 3 Asian-American Voters Is Undecided

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Study: 1 in 3 Asian-American Voters Is Undecided

New America Media

By Khalil Abdullah

 

WASHINGTON, IL – Asian Americans have been trending Democratic in their voting patterns but remain highly independent in party allegiances, according to a newly released survey. In 1992, less than one-third of Asian Americans for the Democratic presidential candidate but more than two-thirds voted for Obama in 2008.

Today, 33 percent now identify themselves as Democrats, 14 percent are Republicans, and two percent cite some other affiliation.

The other 32 percent of likely voters remains undecided in their choice for president.

Despite the upward Democratic trend and the 2008 vote for Obama, the majority of Asian Americans, 51 percent, now consider themselves non-partisan.

The longitudinal shift to the Democratic Party is one of the most important stories of the immigrant electorate, according to Karthick Ramakrishnan, University of California-Riverside, who, with co-author, Teaku Lee, University of California-Berkeley, released two studies: Public Opinion of a Growing Electorate: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2012; and The Policy Priorities and Issue Preferences of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

“Politically speaking, Asian Americans nationally do not enjoy the same kind of attention as African Americans and Latinos do,” Ramakrishnan said.

Survey data showed that one-third of the Asian-American adult population resides in California. That, combined with the Asian-American populations of New Jersey, New York, and Texas, accounts for 60 percent of the U.S. Asian American populace. None of the four is considered a battleground state. Most pollsters deem California, New Jersey, and New York as committed to the Democratic presidential candidate; Texas is expected to vote for the Republican.

Yet, as Ramakrishnan noted, the population of Asian Americans is growing in three swing states, Nevada, North Carolina, and Virginia, and their votes have the potential to tip the scale for either political party. He estimated that an additional 600,000 Asian-American voters would likely participate nationally in this year’s election, about as many new voters as they added in 2008.

Still, the trend toward Democrats is not universal among Asian Americans. The data show that Filipino- American voters, who are heavily concentrated in California, are for the first time favoring Romney over Obama. Indian-Americans, on the other hand, are more likely to vote Democratic, a finding that took one Indian-American journalist at the event by surprise. He questioned whether Indian doctors and lawyers, for example, were really more inclined to vote Democratic when, in his opinion, the Republican Party has been more representative of business and conservative values typically associated with the Indian-American professional class.

Ramakrishnan double-checked his data from the podium and said he stood by his research. In an earlier statement he noted that, “Indian-Americans are the most left leaning of Asian-American groups… on a host of issues and also in terms of their political orientations.”

The question about how immigrants are perceived within American culture, and by each other, was at the core of both reports. “It is also important,” Ramakrishnan said, “to pay attention to the foreign-born populations within the Asian-American population.”

Differences are evident, for example, in the health care debate. “Among the various ethnic groups, support was highest among Vietnamese and Korean-Americans for the Affordable Care Act,” Ramakrishnan said, adding “This makes sense because you have high rates of un-insurance among Korean-Americans” even though their income and education levels are competitive with other Americans. He noted also the level of support for the Affordable Care Act among Vietnamese-Americans was similar to that of other Asian Americans, but declined when the law was termed “Obamacare.” 

Ramakrishnan said past political loyalties are the likely reason for the difference in answers on this issue among Vietnamese who have tended to support the Republican Party, though that support too is beginning to ebb.

Overall, however, Asian-Americans have a higher level of support for the Affordable Care Act than Americans generally, regardless of what it is called.

They also identify themselves as environmentalists. Each ethnic group included in the survey — Chinese, Cambodian, Hmong, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Native Hawaiians, Samoans, and Vietnamese – met or far surpassed the 42 percent identification stated by other Americans.

Still, how questions are framed can yield different results. At 78 percent, Asian Americans show stronger support for affirmative action than the average American population. That support waned when the question was posed as a measure of their support to achieve diversity; but increased when presented as a means for minorities to obtain better jobs and education.

Held at the Woodrow Wilson Center, the forum’s panelists included Deepa Iyer, chair of National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) and executive director of South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT); Mee Moua, president of Asian American Justice Center (AAJC); and Miriam Yeung, executive director of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF). Their overarching message was that Asian Americans are not only varied in their ethnic and social outlooks, but that in terms of electoral politics, politicians who continue to ignore these voters do so at their own risk.

Beyond using the authors’ research as a guide to understand Asian-American political evolution or as a roadmap to harness political power, panelists emphasized the need for Asian-American organizations to use the information to improve the work within their communities.

“The most harmful mythical creation about our community has been the model minority myth,” said Yeung. “We are a community of contrasts; we cannot be monolithically portrayed.”

Florida man gets 20 years in state prison for shooting car

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By Kathy Ancar


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — As he did every Saturday night for the previous four years, on August 20, 2011, single dad Joseph A. Blaine Dejoie IV, prepared for work while his seven-year-old daughter played nearby. Joseph’s custody agreement called for his daughter to be picked up by her mother, Dina Moreno West, from Joseph’s place of employment on Saturday nights. Two days prior, Mr. Dejoie testified against Mr. & Mrs. West in custody court, where he sought more time with his daughter.

On this particular Saturday evening, Joseph’s father (Joseph Dejoie III) received a telephone call from Mrs. West asking, “Are you home?” Finding this strange, Mr. Dejoie III immediately called his son and warned him to be careful during the handoff. Mr. Dejoie III had reason to be concerned by the call because Mr. & Mrs. West had a longstanding history of threatening his son. Mr. West, in particular, had on more than one occasion threatened to shoot Mr. Dejoie. This fact has been corroborated by Mr. Dejoie, III, who repeatedly mediated discussions between the Wests and his son.

As they spoke, Joseph told his father, “It’s okay Dad. She’s pulling up now, and she’s alone. I’ll call you back in a minute.”

When several minutes passed with no call from his son, Mr. Dejoie III called his son’s cell phone. After repeated attempts to reach his son failed, the call was finally answered – by a Pensacola Police Department officer, who informed Mr. Dejoie III that his son had just shot Marcus West, his daughter’s stepfather.

When he arrived on the scene, Mr. Dejoie III learned that just as he and his son hung up their phones, Marcus West pulled up in his car, charged across the lawn, shoved and forcefully bore his forefinger into Joseph’s forehead, and began arguing about the custody hearing. Attempting to avoid the situation escalating further, Joseph ordered Mr. West to leave. Several neighbors testified that they did indeed hear a man yell, “Get off my lawn,” several times. Mrs. West also pleaded with her husband to leave, to no avail. Mr. West ignored his wife’s pleas, and in fact, according to Mr. Dejoie, cursed her and pushed her into her car when she attempted to intervene. According to Joseph Dejoie, and neighbors who witnessed the scene, West then claimed to have “something that will blow you and your house down!”

At this point, only after repeated demands that Marcus West leave his property, Joseph pulled a handgun from his belt and again ordered Mr. West off his lawn. Mr. West leaned over and reached into his car, and Joseph fired his weapon, hitting Mr. West in the legs and buttocks. Only then did Mr. West get into the car. Joseph, fearing that Mr. West was now inside the vehicle where he said he had a weapon, ordered him to show his hands. Mr. West continued to rummage under his seat, so Joseph shot again, hitting the car, but not Mr. West. Mr. West fled the scene. Joseph called 911, as had several neighbors before shots rang out, who reported hearing a loud argument between a man and a woman. Joseph remained on the phone with the operator until police arrived. Officers arrived on the scene within minutes.

After speaking with Joseph, the first officer on the scene said to him that this appeared to be a clear-cut case of self-defense. After all, Joseph was assaulted on his own front lawn. However, continued the officer, it all depends on how it is written up in the police report.

The investigator, who did not interview all the witnesses, “summarized” the statements of those she did interview. Neighbors who had called police came outside to tell what they heard and saw, only to be told to go back inside. As a result, Joseph was arrested! Not only that, the attacker, Mr. West, who was treated and released from the hospital two days later, was never charged or arrested. Remember, Mr. West came onto Mr. Dejoie’s lawn, threatened him, struck him, assaulted his own wife, and gave conflicting statements that did not match those of several witnesses. However, Joseph was charged with aggravated battery and firing a weapon into an occupied vehicle. His charge was later elevated to attempted murder.

Joseph’s dad, an Escambia County Sheriff, asked the prosecuting attorney why the state attorney was pursuing these charges, when it was clearly self-defense. According to Mr. Dejoie, the prosecuting attorney responded that it was out of his hands, and that his orders “from above” were to push this case hard.

During his trial, despite the witnesses’ testimonies verifying that Mr. West was clearly the aggressor, the jury found Joseph not guilty of attempted murder, but guilty of firing into an occupied vehicle. For that charge, Joseph IV faced 20 years in state prison. What!? NOT GUILTY for shooting a man, but 20 YEARS, under the 10-20-Life Law, for shooting a car? This gets even better. Under Florida law, the prosecutor, NOT THE JUDGE, is the only person eligible to waive the mandatory minimum!*

Upon learning this, family and friends of Joseph wrote letters to the prosecutor pleading for leniency. The victim, Marcus West, when interviewed by the pre-sentencing PSI, said that he did not want Joseph to go to prison, stating that the only person to suffer if her dad went to prison would be Joseph’s daughter, De’Ana Moreno Dejoie. The PSI requested that Mr. Dejoie be given a reduced sentence, stating that he did not deserve to go to prison at all for this, as it was clearly self-defense. Their pleas fell on deaf ears. At the July 5, 2012 sentencing, Joseph’s parents spoke on his behalf. Joseph read a prepared statement during which he admitted to shooting Mr. West, but reiterated that his sole intention was to defend himself and his daughter from imminent danger.

The judge stated that he believed this was an unfortunate incident that had been brewing for a long time and finally reached a boiling point. He asked the prosecutor if he wished to waive the mandatory minimum, which the prosecutor refused to do. Of course he refused to waive the mandatory minimum. It looks good for his office when he sends the “bad guys” away for a very long time. But, this was not a bad guy.

Joseph Dejoie was employed and paying child support. He was also a full-time student, who was in court fighting for MORE CUSTODY TIME with his daughter just two days prior to this incident. Additionally, he was on his own front lawn. He did not go out looking for trouble; trouble came to his front door, and he defended himself.

It is ill-fated when citizens, in an effort to curtail crime, vote in favor of flawed laws that grant the power to determine a person’s fate to a prosecuting attorney rather than to the judge. Why do we even need a judge to preside over criminal cases if his only power is in ruling in favor of or against objections on the parts of the opposing attorneys?

Joseph Dejoie IV plans to appeal the ruling. In the meantime, he has been sentenced to the mandatory minimum of 20-years in state prison FOR SHOOTING A CAR. This is a travesty. This man is not a career criminal. He is a victim, who in self-defense shot an attacker below the waist, and his wounds were not life threatening. As a result of the prosecutor’s decision to sentence him to the mandatory minimum, his daughter, who was accustomed to speaking to her dad every single day, and being with him four days each week, will not hug him again until she is 28 years-old.

Until citizens stand up to these injustices and blatant abuses of power at the hands of elected officials, we will lose many more men like Joseph Dejoie to the system, and more little girls will suffer the trauma of having their daddies ripped from their lives and their hearts. We cannot let that happen.

If you wish to reach out to Mr. Dejoie, there are several ways to help his case and at the same time, make your voice heard.

* Email justice4blaine@yahoo.com and his parents will print out and mail your letters to him.

* If you wish to contribute to Mr. Dejoie’s appeals defense fund, you can do so via PayPal.

* For Floridians only, contact your local legislators to voice your opinion and the State of Florida Prosecutors Office at:
Office of the State Attorney
190 Government Center
Pensacola, FL 32501
Phone: 850-595-4200 Fax: 850-595-4212 Email: kasha_murphy@sa01.org

* (Florida Statute 775.087) is a mandatory minimum sentencing law in the U.S. state of Florida.)

Photo Caption: Joseph A. Blaine Dejoie IV

Gardner working quietly to get blacks hired but wants Mayor Emanuel to visit sites

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By Chinta Strausberg

 

For those who have been asking what will retired business giant Ed Gardner do after holding a successful silent construction protest over the weekend, he is going to invite Mayor Rahm Emanuel to accompany him to these sites so he can see first hand that blacks are a rarity in the workforce.

Gardner said he would invite Mayor Rahm Emanuel to visit several sites so he can see for himself there are no African Americans working on these construction sites.

In an interview with this reporter and with WVON’s Cliff Kelley and later with Mark Wallace, Gardner, who was also on with attorney Sam Adams, Jr. and his partner, Victor P. Henderson, said, “I want the mayor of Chicago and the mayor of Evergreen Park to take two or three days to digest what they saw yesterday and let them realize that Ed Gardner is a kind of unique item at this time, and I want the black community to use it…” to gain attention to the absence of black workers on construction sites.

“Let me continue to do as much as I possibly can in the next 8 to 10 days…” Gardner said he believes whites “may not be able to find enough of us to fill all of the slots that I think are going to wake up as far as construction industry is concerned.”

Friday, September 21, 2012 at around 10:30 a.m. was a wake-up call for the 87-year-old business icon who was driving past a bunch of black men selling drugs along 95th Street and just blocks further West he drove by a construction site where all the workers were white or Hispanic.

That stark contrast has created a lightening rod that has awaken the sleeping black giant the same giant that in 1983 and 1987 elected the first black mayor…the same giant that wields a $1 trillion buying power in America.

Appearing on WVON’s Cliff Kelley show and later on Mark Wallace’s show, Gardner was asked by a caller why aren’t blacks the recipients of the federal government’s $20 billion to rehab homes in Illinois.

Saying he was not aware of those available dollars, Gardner said, “As we build the strength in our community to control the dollars, then were not going to be recognized as a people who are going to demand those opportunities.” With funding, Gardner said things can change but it is up to elected officials “to make the decisions” so when doors are opened opportunities will be available.

Former U.S. Senator Roland W. Burris said, “Dollars are presented in projects based on the political process. We are not that actively involved in the political process and some of it has to be allocated. The most active minority group in the political process is the Jewish community. They are very active. They put candidates. They put money against candidates. There are certain decisions that are made whether or not it’s a foreign country where you see $40 million you see going some where else or whether it’s a local spending project.”

Burris said when he was in the U.S. Senate, the House of Representatives sent over a bill in 2009 that was for $3 billion for inner city jobs. “The Senate Committee, the Republicans would not even let the bill be heard in committee.”

Trying to overcome that barrier, Burris said he suggested $2 billion, then $1 billion.  However, Burris said the Republicans turned thumbs down on his recommendations.

He said they didn’t want “any dollars spent and the bill didn’t even get a hearing. That’s the political process that took place. In 2009 and 2012, “you didn’t see any of the direct grant money that was trying to make a difference in our community with jobs…because the Republicans wouldn’t let the money come through. It’s just that simple,” said Burris.

Gardner was asked why are so many Hispanics on the construction sites in the black community. He said it is the same reason “you have in some industries the Polish people and the Russian people getting the jobs because they are the ones who take less dollars to do those jobs.”

Gardner said Latinos “are getting that money that they’d never had before to take care of their families. I think it’s up to people in politics to say what can we do to stop…. Do you want immigration to continue or do you not want it to continue? There is some reason why illegal immigration continues in our community.”

He said there are some who are not willing to pay their fair share. Gardner said this has to be resolved by elected officials on the federal level to resolve this problem.

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.

 

 

After we re-elect President Obama, then what?

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(From the Institute of the Black World 21st Century)

 

New York – Dr. Ron Daniels, political analyst, veteran social activist and President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW) commented that the burning question being asked by many Black voters is what happens after the election. “Our response is that all roads lead to Howard University in Washington, D.C., November 14-18 for State of the Black World Conference III”. Daniels noted that the Conference is strategically timed to assess the impact of the 2012 presidential election and devise strategies to combat what the organizers call a “State of Emergency in America’s dark ghettos.” A Declaration of Intent to Heal Black Families and Communities will be developed as a blueprint and action agenda as an outgrowth of the Conference.

The first public event for SOBWCIII will be a high profile Town Hall Meeting where the impact of the election on Black America and the Pan African World will be the focus. Susan Taylor, George Fraser, Dr. Maulana Karenga, Dr. Julianne Malveaux, Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Jeff Johnson, Dr. Cornel West and Atty. Faya Rose Sanders are confirmed Panelists. Congresswoman Maxine Waters has been invited to offer remarks to frame the discussion. Walter Fields, Facilitator for the Shirley Chisholm Presidential Accountability Commission, will provide a perspective on the ongoing need for a Black Agenda to monitor the progress of the Executive Branch, Congress and agencies of the federal government as it relates to Black issues. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS/XM and Bev Smith, Host of the Bev Smith Show, Empowerment Radio, will serve as Moderators.  

Dr. Daniels revealed that more than one hundred (100) Speakers, Panelists and Resource Persons have been confirmed for a broad ranging Program that will include a Pan African Policy Forum, Special Affinity Sessions on HIV/AIDS, Black Media/Communications, Summit on Anti-Violence and Hip Hop Activists, Plenary Session on the War on Drugs and Working Sessions on Business/Economic Development and Black Family, Health and the Environment, Education, Mobilizing the Diaspora for Empowerment to Caucuses for Women and Youth/Students. There will also be a Reception in honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of Jamaica and Trinidad and a Legacy Award Celebration to honor the contributions of individuals who have made significant contributions to the Black Freedom Struggle.  

Dr. Daniels was very blunt about the importance of the Conference. “It’s time out for moaning, groaning and complaining. SOBWC III is about examining real models and solutions to real problems, learning from each other, embracing each other, and developing strategies to engage the struggle to empower our communities. After the election, State of the Black World Conference III is the place to be to plan for our future!”  

For further information about SOBWC III visit the website www.ibw21.org or call 888.774.2921. To arrange interviews, contact Carolyn McClair Public Relations – cmprnews@aol.com – 917.686.0854

Cities look to sports teams for leadership

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The world’s leading sports teams will gather at Yankee Stadium on November 13th, when Beyond Sport United welcomes the leaders of the most popular sports on the planet amongst a powerful group of star names and influential figures who will come together to explore and expand their organizations’ role in social change.

They will be led by America’s most beloved brands – the teams and leagues that draw millions of viewers to their respective sports every week. Beyond Sport United will see the US Major Leagues, who are collectively Founding Supporters of the movement, further develop a multilateral approach to social change that is helping to maximize the impact sports teams can have on their communities.

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NASCAR CEO and Chairman Brian France, MLS Commissioner Don Garber, and NBA Commissioner David Stern will speak on the 2012 edition of the Beyond Sport United Commissioners Roundtable – addressing the major issues and opportunities facing sport, business and society in the USA and beyond. Last year, Bettman, France, Garber and Stern, along with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, co-signed a unique letter acknowledging their member teams’ places as the cultural heartbeats of their respective communities, and vowing to tackle the responsibilities that come with that proud position.

‘This pivotal role is one in which we take immense pride, but it does come with significant responsibilities,’ wrote the Commissioners. ‘It is in recognition of this that we have placed the support of our organizations behind Beyond Sport United.

‘Every city has its unique challenges, but there is much we can learn from each other in terms of our overarching approach to community work and the impact it can have across a range of social issues from youth violence and crime to health to education.

‘We have united to go beyond sport. And, through our collective commitment to this focused aim, there is much we can achieve together.’

Others scheduled to speak at Beyond Sport United include New York Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira, who has been a stalwart of Major League Baseball for a decade; WNBA President Laurel Richie; former Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks; The NASCAR Foundation Board Member and NASCAR Hall of Fame Inductee Rusty Wallace; Women Win Executive Director Maria Bobenreith; psychologist, organizational consultant and former NBA star John Amaechi; GLSEN Executive Director Eliza Byard; and ex-professional soccer player and founder of Grassroots Soccer Ethan Zohn.

Beyond Sport United has been designed to showcase and develop the unique ability of sports teams to become the center of their local community, and emerge as hubs of positive influence and resource within the area – and its reach is not restricted to the USA. Teams from four continents attended last year’s event, with the likes of Barclays Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City amongst delegates from as far afield as the Australian Football League, South Africa’s PSL, the Israeli Premier League and Premiership Rugby, all of whom joined NFL team owners, the presidents of franchises from across the US major leagues and key figures from the sport and business world at one of the most influential business, networking and philanthropic events on the global calendar.

Nick Keller, the Founder of Beyond Sport, commented: “In the week after November’s Presidential election, the world will once again be looking to the USA for leadership. That can come not just from government, but from these powerful and historic brands, which are a focal point for tens of millions of people in their respective communities across the world. Few organizations are better placed to tackle the social issues the public faces than the sports teams they passionately invest in on a day-to-day basis.”

Major League Baseball (MLB); Major League Soccer (MLS); NASCAR, the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Football League (NFL); the National Hockey League (NHL); and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) are Founding Supporters of Beyond Sport United – the first time the major US sports leagues have collaborated around the issue of sport and social change.

Beyond Sport United’s other partners include British Airways, Populous and Sports Illustrated.

Beyond Sport is a global organization that promotes, develops and funds the use of sport to create positive social change across the world. For more information visit www.beyondsport.org

On 13th November, Beyond Sport will once again stage Beyond Sport United at Yankee Stadium with the backing of its Founding Supporters – Major League Baseball (MLB); Major League Soccer (MLS); NASCAR, the National Basketball Association (NBA); the National Football League (NFL); the National Hockey League (NHL); and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Sports teams from around the world will come together at Beyond Sport United to explore and develop their own role within their communities.

Beyond Sport’s Global Partners are Barclays Spaces for Sports, TIME and UNICEF.

For more information, contact: Adam Fraser
Head of Communications
Beyond Sport
020 7240 7700
adam@benchmarksport.com

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival’s Cinema of the Americas Program Showcases One of the Most Exciting Filmmaking Regions of the World

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One Hemisphere, Many Stories

 

CHICAGO, IL – Dystopian futures. Idyllic love stories. Rites of passage. Sweeping epics. The 48th Chicago International Film Festival’s Cinema of the Americas Program will once again celebrate the fresh and vibrant work of emerging and established filmmakers from South and Central America, Mexico and the Caribbean through fifteen films that are as diverse in style as the countries they represent.

The program will feature five North American Premieres (Cannes Film Festival award-winner After Lucia, The Cleaner, The Bella Vista, Germania, and La Playa DC) and four U.S. Premieres (Everybody’s Got Somebody…Not Me, Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica, Post Tenebras Lux, and A Secret World). Other highlights of the program also include Raul Ruiz’s (Mysteries of Lisbon) final film Night Across the City; Drought, Everardo González’s documentary about life in the arid plains of northern Mexico; and Xingu, Cao Hamburger’s (The Day My Parents Went on Vacation) sweeping epic about the ongoing conflicts between modern civilization and Latin America’s indigenous people. Most screenings will feature special appearances by the filmmakers.

The 48th Chicago International Film Festival will take place October 11-25, 2012.

Cinema of the Americas

After Lucia Mexico/France (Director: Michel Franco) – Teenager Alé (short for “Alejandra”) is mourning her mother and lonely in a new school. When a video emerges of her drunkenly having sex in a bathroom, she immediately becomes a target for the school’s popular kids. Their torments grow in intensity and cruelty, wearing down the weary Alé’s resistance. After Lucia’s intense, shocking exploration of the violent effects of bullying earned it the prestigious Un Certain Regard prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. North American Premiere

The Bella Vista Uruguay/Germany (Director: Alicia Cano) – The Bella Vista tells the story of a onetime soccer team’s clubhouse in Uruguay. Left abandoned for years, the house is revived as a brothel for the town’s transvestite prostitutes, raising the ire of residents who seek to reclaim the building for a Catholic chapel. In capturing the opposing sides of this conflict over a rather small, mundane building, director Alicia Cano creates a lyrical, intimate portrait of a provincial city. North American Premiere

The Cleaner Peru (Director: Adrián Saba) – In the midst of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated Lima’s population and shows no signs of abating, Eusebio – a forensic cleaner whose job is to remove corpses and sterilize the apartments of the dead – discovers an eight-year-old boy hiding in an uninhabited house. A grizzled loner who’s never been able to relate to people, Eusebio suddenly finds that he must care for the boy as civilization crumbles around them in this quietly compelling dystopian drama. North American Premiere. Director Adrian Saba and actor Victor Prada are scheduled to attend.

The Delay Uruguay/Mexico (Director: Rodrigo Plá) – Agustin, plagued by the physical and mental ailments of age, lives with his daughter Maria, a single mother who must now care for her father in addition to her three children. When Maria, overworked and overwhelmed, fails in her attempts to find another home for Agustin, she rashly acts out of desperation and must immediately face the consequences. Directed with flair and exquisitely photographed, La Demora is an intimate, touching family drama. Chicago Premiere

Drought Mexico (Director: Everardo González) – In the arid plains of northeastern Mexico, a group of communal ranchers confronts the annual drought, eking out survival as conditions force them to search far and wide for any signs of water. Following the residents of the community throughout their daily lives, the filmmakers create an inspiring portrait of human perseverance in the face of a natural environment that defies domestication in this much-praised, award-winning documentary. Chicago Premiere

Everybody’s Got Somebody…Not Me Mexico (Director: Raúl Fuentes) – Alejandra and Maria make an unlikely couple, to say the least. Alejandra is a painfully shy middle-aged intellectual, while Maria is a loud, outgoing teenager attending a private high school. This stylish film explores the joys, complexities, and limitations of love between two very different people. U.S. Premiere

Fable Cuba (Director: Lester Hamlet) – In a diverse and cosmopolitan contemporary Havana, young Arthur meets and falls in love with Cecilia, a beautiful prostitute. Their idyllic aspirations for love and happiness quickly meet with complications. Fable is ultimately a moving, sincere exploration of the possibilities for love in a city defined by economic and social adversity. Chicago Premiere

Germania Argentina (Director: Maximiliano Sch̦nfeld) РThis gorgeously shot debut feature follows an Argentine family as they prepare to leave their tightly-knit German-speaking village for good. After a plague decimates their farm, they have no choice but to leave their home behind. As they say goodbye to old friends, the family attempts to reconcile the past and all their memories, good and bad, with their uncertain future in a town far away. North American Premiere

Night Across the Street, Chile/France (Director: Raúl Ruiz) – The final completed film from Raúl Ruiz (Time Regained), one of world cinema’s most inventive, iconoclastic filmmakers, Night Across the Street follows the ruminations of Don Celso, an elderly office worker, as he relives memories – both real and imagined – from his life. Stories hide within stories and the thin line between imagination and reality steadily erodes, opening up a marvelous new world of personal remembrance and fantastic melodrama. Chicago Premiere

Once Upon a Time Was I, Veronica Brazil (Director: Marcelo Gomes) – Just out of medical school, Veronica takes a challenging position at a local public hospital. Full of doubts and insecurity and reluctant to give up her sense of freedom, she finds herself questioning her career, personal, and romantic choices. When her beloved father is diagnosed with a life threatening illness, she must face her adult responsibilities head on. U.S. Premiere. Director Marcelo Gomes is scheduled to attend.

La Playa DC Colombia (Director: Juan Andres Arango) – Tomás, an Afro-Colombian teenager driven from his home by war, settles with his brothers in the section of Bogota known (ironically) as “La Playa.” Working as a barber’s apprentice, Tomás is just beginning to find a place for himself when his younger brother Jairo disappears. Tomás must make a risk-filled journey in search of Jairo, a rite of passage that forces him to find, and earn, his own identity in this impressive, wonderfully energetic debut film. North American Premiere

Post Tenebras Lux Mexico (Director: Carlos Reygadas) – An astonishing visual tour de force from Mexican filmmaker Reygadas (whose previous film, 2007’s Silent Light, won the Gold Hugo), this enigmatic, elusive film presents the occurrences around a family of four. Mundane domestic events are punctuated with tableaux of overwhelming beauty, while some sinister force lurks outside. Filled with arresting images from one of world cinema’s most innovative visual masters, Post Tenebras Lux is a truly sui generis work. U.S. Premiere

Rat Fever Brazil (Director: Cláudio Assis) – Zizo, a true rebel, is content to spend his days spewing subversive poetry to an audience consisting mostly of his fellow outsider friends. That is, until the arrival of the beautiful Eneida injects a love story into this carefree romp through the stoned and casually promiscuous world of Brazilian bohemian life. Gorgeous black and white cinematography and a dryly comedic, stylized tone perfectly convey the idealism of the youthful characters. Chicago Premiere. Producer Julia Moraes is scheduled to attend.

 A Secret World Mexico (Director: Gabriel Mariño) – A poetic, tender road movie, A Secret World follows tormented teenager Maria as she makes her way through Mexico seeking her place in life. The film focuses on the pleasant beauty of the landscape and the eccentric, endearing personality of Maria as she comes into her own. Gorgeously filmed, this lyrical coming-of-age story doubles as a wistful hymn to a young woman’s self-discovery. U.S. Premiere. Director Gabriel Mariño is scheduled to attend.

Xingu Brazil (Director: Cao Hamburger) – This sweeping epic chronicles an important, still-relevant struggle in Brazilian history. Seeking adventure, the Villa Boas brothers set off from modern civilization into the jungles of Brazil, where they befriend an isolated Xingu village. Working with the Xingu, they help modernize the village. However, progress brings its own set of devastating problems and the brothers begin a decades-long fight to help the Xingu people. Stylish, energetic, and inspiring, Xingu vividly brings their struggle to life. Chicago Premiere. Director Cao Hamburger is scheduled to attend.

 Festival Passes, Ticket and Theater Info
Tickets for the 48th Chicago International Film Festival are on sale and can be purchased online via Ticketmaster www.ticketmaster.com/chicagofilmfestival; by phone at 312-332-FILM (3456); or by visiting the Festival box office at AMC River East 21 (322 E. Illinois St.) or at the Cinema/Chicago office (30 E. Adams, Suite 800).

 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 Theatres, 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.

New book, “The Final Race”, says racism is a disease – Read the cure

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“The Final Race” by Dr. Oliver Chiapco discusses race, faith, and forgiveness


New Smyrna Beach, FL (BlackNews.com) — A provocative new novel explores the deep and complex interconnections between race and racism, sickle cell disease, malaria, and climate change.

In The Final Race, ($4.95, eBook, Publish Green/$16.95, Softcover, Mill City Press, Pub Date: 8/14/12) author Dr. Oliver Chiapco tackles the subject of race and racism head on. Leaving no stones unturned he skins the subject alive and exposes not only the malignant ideologies that divide us but also the very core of humanity that ultimately unites us.

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The Final Race had earned the Kirkus Star, one of the most revered designations in the industry. In addition, The Final Race was featured in the August 2012 edition of Kirkus Magazine and chosen as one of the Critics’ Picks in Kirkusreviews.com. Kirkus praised The Final Race as “An intriguing, thought-provoking fusion of medical thriller and apocalyptic fiction . . . A page-turner of the highest order.”

Inspired by true events, the novel gives the lowdown on how the elements of race interlock with the complex forces of nature and sharply echoes stories that are here to stay – many less often told:

* The roots of white supremacy
* The tragedy of African slavery
* The ravages of sickle cell disease – a racial affliction
* The curse of malaria – an African scourge
* The paradox of the sickle gene
* The perils of climate change and global spread of disease
* The irony of segregation in light of human evolution

“I learned about Jim Crow, the vicious injustice of apartheid and the Civil Rights Movement when I was growing up,” says Dr. Chiapco. “But I never fully and truly understood what they represented until I came to the United States more than a decade ago and experienced their aftershocks firsthand. Although the contemporary expression of racism may now seem a bit subdued, unfortunately, it still pulsates quite vigorously. I wrote this book to serve as an educational resource for everyone in the national and international stage – to offer a different angle on stories that won’t go away. Perhaps, a totally different vantage point could make other folks better understand the world that we live in and the fact that every person, regardless of race or creed, is so much more than the color of his or her skin.”
About the Author
Dr. Chiapco is a board-certified US physician in private pediatric practice in Central Florida. He graduated in 1990 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines. He obtained his medical degree in 1994 and completed his residency training at Miami Children’s Hospital in 2000. Thereafter, he did two years of fellowship in pediatric hematology/ oncology at Montefiore Medical Center in Bronx, New York. He is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics. He has been in private general practice since 2002.

About the Book
The Final Race ($4.95, eBook, Publish Green/$16.95, Softcover, Mill City Press, 290 pages, 5.250 x 8, ISBN: 978-1-938223-28-0, LCCN 2012938925) is now available at www.TheFinalRace.net, Amazon, and other major online booksellers. It is also available for the Kindle, Nook, Apple iPad and other ereaders.

Mill City Press, Inc. is a Minnesota corporation headquartered in Minneapolis. One of the principal investors is Hillcrest Media Group, Inc, a traditional book publishing and media company. You may reach Mill City Press at 1-888-MILL CITY; by email at info@millcitypress.net; or by mail at 212 3rd Avenue N, Suite 290, Minneapolis, MN 55401.

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Steppenwolf for Young Adults brings One Book, One Chicago Selection, The Book Thief, to the Upstairs Theatre, October 16 – November 9, 2012

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Hallie Gordon directs a cast of 13 in Heidi Stillman’s World premiere Adaptation of Markus Zusak’s Bestselling Novel as part of Citywide Now Is The Time Initiative 

 

CHICAGO, IL – Rehearsals are underway for Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ world-premiere stage adaptation of the bestselling novel, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, adapted by Heidi Stillman. The Book Thief is staged by Hallie Gordon in partnership with Chicago Public Library’s One Book, One Chicago and the citywide, season-long Now Is The Time initiative with Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves and other local cultural organizations. The Book Thief runs October 16 – November 9, 2012 in Steppenwolf’s Upstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St); the press performance is on October 20 at 3pm. Author Markus Zusak will participate in a post-show discussion following the 3pm performance on Sunday, October 21. School performances are sold out, and tickets to public performances are limited.

Leisel Meminger is a young girl struggling to survive in Nazi Germany. Her life is filled with risk and danger but her love of books guides her through a brutal world. Death watches over her, fascinated by humankind’s will to live. The Book Thief looks at the terrible cost of violence, bearing witness to our compassion and complicity. When Death tells a story, you listen.

“In recent years, violence towards youth has become overwhelming,” comments director Hallie Gordon. “As theater artists we work with students scared to play outside, scared to travel to school, scared because they face torment at school from bullying. Therefore, we have engaged with Chicago Public Library, Facing History and Ourselves and other theaters and cultural organizations for Now Is The Time, a season-long partnership inspiring positive change in our great city.”

Now Is The Time is a year-long citywide conversation about how young people can make positive change in their communities and stop the trend of youth violence and intolerance. They are joined by dozens of other organizations and institutions around the city, including a coalition of Chicago’s finest theater companies, for Now is the Time to ACT. Learn more at nowisthetimechicago.org.

Since the fall of 2001, One Book, One Chicago has encouraged Chicagoans of all backgrounds and ages to read the same book at the same time, and come together to discuss a great piece of literature. This marks the third Steppenwolf production of a One Book, One Chicago selection, following The House on Mango Street (2009) and The Crucible (2007).

The cast of The Book Thief features ensemble member Francis Guinan (Him) with Patrick Andrews (Max), Amy J. Carle (Rosa Hubermann), Rob Fagin (Hans Jr.), Rae Gray (Liesel Meminger), Dennis William Grimes (Steiner), Nikki Klix (Ensemble), Ian Knox (Ensemble), Anthony-Jon LeSage (Ensemble), Clancy McCartney (Rudy), Andy Monson (Tommy), Mark Ulrich (Hans Hubermann) and Nicole Wiesner (Ilsa).

Adaptor Heidi Stillman is an ensemble member and Artistic Director of New Work at Lookingglass Theatre Company. Her writing and directing credits at Lookingglass include Cascabel: Dinner, Daring, and Desire, Hephaestus, The Brothers Karamazov (2009 Raven Award), Hard Times (five Jeff Awards) and The Master and Margarita (Jeff Award nomination). Additional writing credits include The Last Act of Lilka Kadison, The Old Curiosity Shop (Jeff Award for adaptation) and The Baron in the Trees (Jeff Award nomination). Directing credits include Trust, The Wooden Breeks and Hillbilly Antigone. Heidi has also staged Around the World in 80 Days (Kansas City Repertory Theatre) and Mary Zimmerman’s The Arabian Nights (Berkeley Repertory Theatre).

Along with selecting the young adult productions each season, director Hallie Gordon has created the Young Adult Council, a group of high school students who collectively help to create innovative programming for their peers. As a theater artist, Hallie has directed Eclipsed at Northlight Theatre. For Steppenwolf, Hallie has directed Heart is a Lonely Hunter, To Kill a Mockingbird, the world premiere of a new adaptation by Tanya Saracho of The House on Mango Street and Harriet Jacobs adapted for the stage by Lydia R. Diamond. A new premiere of Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye also adapted by Lydia R. Diamond and transferred Off-Broadway to The New Victory Theatre. She has directed staged readings for Goodman Theatre, TimeLine Theatre Company, Chicago Dramatists and Steppenwolf Theatre Company. Hallie is the recipient of The Helen Coburn Meier & Tim Meier Achievement Award.

Author Markus Zusak was born in Sydney, Australia in 1975 and is the author of five books, including the international bestseller, The Book Thief. His work has been translated into more than forty languages, and has earned him both critical and readers’ choice awards across Europe, Asia, North and South America, as well as in his native Australia. His first book, The Underdog, was published in 1999, and was followed by Fighting Ruben Wolfe and When Dogs Cry in 2000 and 2001. All of these books were published internationally, and the latter two received various awards for young adult fiction in Australia. The Messenger won the 2003 Australian Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Award (Older Readers) and the 2003 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award (Ethel Turner Prize), and received a Printz Honour in the USA. The Book Thief, first published in 2005, has amassed a number of awards, receives critical acclaim and continues to be a readers’ favorite in many countries across the world. It has spent more than six years on The New York Times bestseller list. Currently, The Book Thief is set to be made into a film by Fox 2000 directed by Emmy Award-winner Brian Percival.

The production team for The Book Thief includes: Lizzie Bracken (scenic design), Sally Dolembo (costume design), J.R. Lederle (lighting design), Rick Sims (sound design and original music), Mike Tutaj (projection design), Trudy White (illustrations) and Ryan Bourque (fight choreography). Additional credits include: Erica Daniels (casting) and Deb Styer (stage manager). Photos and bio information for all artists are available upon request.

Tickets to public performances of The Book Thief ($20) are currently on sale through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St), 312-335-1650 and steppenwolf.org. Tickets to Sunday performances are 2-for-1. Student Discounts: a limited number of $15 student tickets are available through Audience Services (1650 N Halsted St) or by calling 312-335-1650. Must present a valid student ID for each ticket. School Performances are sold out. For information about future Steppenwolf for Young Adult school performances, contact SYA Education Assistant Lauren Sivak at 312-654-5643. Adult Groups: all groups of 10 or more receive a discounted rate for any performance throughout the season. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org/groups.

Free post-show discussions are offered after every performance. Steppenwolf is located near all forms of public transportation and is wheelchair accessible. Street and lot parking are available. Performances featuring American Sign Language interpretation, open captioning and audio description are offered during the run of each play. Assistive listening devices and large-print programs are available for every performance.

Accessible Performances:

Audio-described performance and touch tour: October 27 at 1:30pm (3pm performance)

Open captioned performance: October 28 at 3pm

Sign-interpreted performance: November 4 at 3pm

 

JPMorgan Chase & Co. is the Corporate Sponsor of Steppenwolf for Young Adults. Target is the sponsor of the Target 2-for-1 matinees.

Steppenwolf for Young Adults’ unique approach combines play production with educational components to enhance arts education for young audiences, as well as their teachers and families. SYA creates two full-scale professional productions each season specifically for teens. Working closely with the Chicago Public and metropolitan area schools and other community partners, SYA annually ensures access to the theater for more than 12,000 participants from Chicago’s diverse communities. The initiative also includes post-show discussions with artists; classroom residencies led by Steppenwolf-trained teaching artists in more than 30 classrooms in 12 public high schools; professional development workshops for educators; and the Young Adult Council, an innovative year-round after school initiative that uniquely engages high school students in all areas of the theater’s operations.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company is America’s longest standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, producing nearly 700 performances and events annually in its three Chicago theater spaces—the 515-seat Downstairs Theatre, the 299-seat Upstairs Theatre and the 80-seat Garage Theatre. Formed in 1976 by a collective of actors, Steppenwolf has grown into an ensemble of 43 actors, writers and directors. Artistic programming at Steppenwolf includes a five-play Subscription Season, a two-play Steppenwolf for Young Adults season and three repertory series: First Look Repertory of New Work, Garage Rep and Next Up. While firmly grounded in the Chicago community, nearly 40 original Steppenwolf productions have enjoyed success both nationally and internationally, including Off-Broadway, Broadway, London, Sydney and Dublin. Steppenwolf has the distinction of being the only theater to receive the National Medal of Arts, in addition to numerous other prestigious honors including an Illinois Arts Legend Award and nine Tony Awards. Martha Lavey is the Artistic Director and David Hawkanson is the Executive Director. Nora Daley is Chair of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees. For additional information, visit steppenwolf.org, facebook.com/steppenwolftheatre and twitter.com/steppenwolfthtr.

Currently on stage is Good People by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire, directed by ensemble member K. Todd Freeman (through November 11, 2012) in Steppenwolf’s Downstairs Theatre (1650 N Halsted St).

The 2012/13 Subscription Season also includes The Motherf**ker with the Hat by Stephen Adly Guirgis, directed by ensemble member Anna D. Shapiro (December 28, 2012 – March 3, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter, directed by ensemble member Austin Pendleton (January 24 – May 19, 2013) in the Upstairs Theatre; Head of Passes by ensemble member Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by ensemble member Tina Landau (April 4 – June 9, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre; and Belleville by Amy Herzog, directed by Anne Kauffmann (June 27 – August 25, 2013) in the Downstairs Theatre.

 

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