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Trial begins for patients and advocates who occupied Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic

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Denied right to “necessity defense,” Mental Health Movement holds press conference about why they occupied the clinic and continue to fight

On April 12th, 2012, twenty-three mental health patients, nurses, therapists, caregivers and advocates were arrested at a sit-in at the Woodlawn Community Mental Health clinic. After years of other tactics, the sit-it group and its thousands of supporters sought to stop the closure of the City’s clinics and prevent the impending death, hospitalization, and incarceration of those who need them.
Judge Chiampas has assured both sides the trial will take place today without any more continuances or pre-trial motions. Previously, Judge Chiampas denied the defense motion to present a “necessity defense” about the greater harm that protesters were trying to prevent when they barricaded themselves inside of the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic. Due to the denial of this motion, the defense expects difficulty introducing evidence as to the disastrous consequences that have come about as a result of the closure of half the city’s mental health clinics. Nonetheless, witnesses will attempt to provide this explanation and the Mental Health Movement will be releasing a report on the consequences of the clinic closures at the City Council Progressive Caucus’s October 30th Budget Hearing,

The City administration responded to the peaceful sit-in with SWAT and other CPD armed with guns and chainsaws to

cut through barricades. All were arrested. On Monday 10/15 the arrestees who plead not-guilty to trespassing will stand trial for their actions.

“They’re killing us, without our clinics and therapists we have nowhere to turn,” said Helen Morley, who went to the now closed Beverly/Morgan Park Mental Health Clinic and passed away two months after the clinic’s closure.

Trial of Mental Health Movement members who occupied Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic to fight Rahm’s mental health clinic closures will be held today, October 15, 2012. A press conference will take place beforehand,Monday 10/15 – 8:30 a.m., in front of 2600 S. California at 8:30am, then 9am trial inside room 102, branch 46.

The trial will take place in front of Judge Chiampas Court Room 102 Branch 46.

First class of 21 military veterans earns certification through Gas Utility Program from City Colleges of Chicago, Utility Workers Union of America and Peoples Gas

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$3.5 Million “Training to Placement” Program Offers Veterans Real-World Skills, Paid Internship


CHICAGO, IL – A $3.5 million multi-partner and union-backed “training to placement” Gas Utility Workers Training Program for military veterans graduated its first group of 21 students this morning.  The students, who earned their Gas Utility Worker Advanced Certification, were recognized in a ceremony at Dawson Technical Institute in the city’s Bronzeville neighborhood. Dawson Technical Institute is a satellite site of Kennedy-King College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.

The training program, run by City Colleges of Chicago, Utility Workers Union of America (UWUA) – Local 18007 and Peoples Gas, is designed to develop highly skilled, on-the-job trained workers for entry to the Illinois natural gas industry. The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) is a funding partner of the program.

“The Gas Utility Workers Program is an example of how City Colleges of Chicago is working to help students realize an immediate benefit from their education and training,” said Dr. Joyce C. Ester, President of Kennedy-King College. “This program provides a clear path to the practical skills needed in today’s natural gas job market.”

The Gas Utility Workers Program is being administered by the UWUA’s Power 4 America Training Trust Fund, which connects workers with the highest quality training available to meet the needs of industry and the global marketplace. The program is also affiliated with the Utility Workers Military Assistance Program (UMAP).  UMAP is a national training-to-placement model that assists those who have honorably served their country in transitioning their military occupational skills into gainful career opportunities in the gas sector.

“The public-private partnership that UMAP has developed is critical to the future of America’s communities and our veterans and military families. The skills learned while deployed in the military at taxpayers’ expense will be enhanced by the UMAP program,” said Richard Passarelli, Utility Workers Union of America UMAP Chairman. “The support of the program will bring a return on investment to the taxpayers and to our veterans and military families. It will allow those who have honorably served the opportunity to sustain a lifelong career with benefits.”

A total of 67 students are enrolled in the program, which is divided into three cohorts. Cohort I, composed of the 21 students that were recognized today, is the first to complete six months of credit-based classroom training, where they earned 52 college credits toward an A.A. Degree. Classroom training addresses safe construction and operation of natural gas distribution systems and provides required industry certifications. Cohorts 2 and 3 will complete their classroom training in November 2012 and December 2012, respectively.

With classroom training complete, students will complete an application process and transition immediately into a one-month, on-the-job, temporary paid internship with Peoples Gas, which is designed to provide real-world application of the skills learned in the classroom.

“Congratulations to the students on completing their course at City Colleges and earning their Gas Utility Worker Advanced Certification, said Will Evans, president Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas.  Peoples Gas is pleased to offer to continue their training in the field, alongside our experienced technical experts.  The combination of classroom and on-the-job training will ensure these graduates are highly qualified candidates for the natural gas industry.”

Training facilities at Dawson Technical Institute recently underwent renovation with support and equipment donations from Peoples Gas, the program’s instructors and local companies, including Corrigan Company and Reeder Heating. One of the Practical Training Labs – the Metering Room – features 56 natural gas meters which use compressed air to simulate natural gas. The Metering Room is designed to help students understand how to work both outside and inside confined spaces. Another lab houses water heaters, furnaces, dryers and stoves, all of which offer students the rare opportunity to work with live gas and gain valuable job-related experience even as they are training.

“One of the best parts of the training program is the chance to work with the tools, instruments and machines that utility workers use on the job every day,” said Chicago student Ray Rau, a 25-year-old Army veteran who served for two tours of duty in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  “This experience will help me to be more prepared, comfortable and successful once I’m actually working in the industry.”

In addition to earning their Gas Utility Worker Advanced Certification, students will also receive a year-long membership in the American Legion courtesy of Women for Wounded Warriors.  American Legion houses 106,000 members in Illinois and more than 2.3 million veterans nationally dedicated to helping veterans and their families.  

About City Colleges of Chicago

The City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) is the largest community college system in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation, with 5,800 faculty and staff serving 120,000 students annually at seven campuses and six satellite sites city-wide. The City Colleges of Chicago is in the midst of a Reinvention, a collaborative effort to review and revise CCC programs and practices to ensure students leave CCC college-ready, career-ready and prepared to pursue their goals.

The City Colleges of Chicago includes seven colleges: Richard J. Daley College, Kennedy-King College, Malcolm X College, Olive-Harvey College, Harry S. Truman College, Harold Washington College and Wilbur Wright College. The system also oversees the Washburne Culinary Institute, the French Pastry School, two restaurants, five Child Development Centers, the Center for Distance Learning, the Workforce Institute, the public broadcast station WYCC-TV Channel 20 and radio station WKKC-FM 89.3. For more information about City Colleges of Chicago, call (773) COLLEGE or visit www.ccc.edu.

About Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Integrys Energy Group, Inc. (NYSE: TEG), is a regulated natural gas delivery company that serves approximately 826,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in the city of Chicago. For more information about Peoples Gas, visit the company’s website: www.peoplesgasdelivery.com.

Transit Riders, Advocates urge city to rethink transit on Western and Ashland Avenues

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Infographic portrays transformative power of Bus Rapid Transit


CHICAGO, IL – Chicagoans who are fed up with buses stuck in traffic, causing slow and unreliable transit service, should attend upcoming meetings and sign a petition calling for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service to come to Western and Ashland Avenues. Transit riders can add their names to those of the 1,300 of their fellow Chicagoans who have signed the Riders for Better Transit petition at http://tinyurl.com/BRT2012.

Fast, reliable transit service is a critical need for communities along the Western and Ashland corridor; 3 in 10 workers who live in the area take transit to work. By reinventing the bus and rethinking our streets, BRT can bring dramatic improvements to public transit. For example, in Cleveland, Ohio, BRT has improved transit speeds by 34% and increased ridership by 60%.
(Infographic: Rethinking Our Streets: Transit on Western and Ashland (JPG). Available in various print and web formats as needed.)

“Bus Rapid Transit presents an incredible opportunity to strengthen our neighborhoods by moving people faster and more conveniently than most people imagine riding a bus can be,” says Ron Burke, Executive Director of the Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans), which organizes the Riders for Better Transit initiative.

The CTA will pilot elements of BRT with its new Jeffery Jump service starting this fall, but transit riders and advocates are asking to take the concept further on Western and Ashland Avenues, where the city is currently considering a 21-mile BRT corridor. The plan could create a world-class BRT system with bus-only lanes, new transit stations and high-tech traffic signals.

CTA and CDOT will host their second round of public meetings about BRT on Western and Ashland on Oct. 16, 17 and 18, where people can provide feedback on several design proposals for bus-only lanes. Meeting details can be found at http://www.transitchicago.com/westernashlandbrt/.
Active Trans strongly encourages transit riders to attend and offer comments supporting bus-only lanes. Two important lessons from successful BRT systems in other cities to keep in mind include:

  • Bus-only lanes in the center of the street provide better transit than curbside lanes. Placing bus lanes in the center of the street helps to reduce conflicts with existing local bus routes, cars parking and turning, and other vehicles that may end up obstructing a lane near the curb. It significantly reduces the chances that the bus lane will be blocked and therefore makes everyone’s transit trip both faster and more reliable.
  • Wide sidewalks and on-street parking should be maintained. The new bus lanes could be created by taking a combination of car travel lanes, parking lanes, and/or sidewalk and median space. Rather than narrowing sidewalks or removing parking, Active Trans supports reprioritizing how we use the existing traffic lanes. Placing bus lanes in current car travel lanes preserves quality public space on our sidewalks that growing business districts can use for sidewalk seating. Replacing parking lanes with bus lanes would create six lanes of fast-moving traffic where there’s now only four. This will feel significantly less comfortable for people walking, especially if cars or buses are speeding by right against the sidewalk. On-street parking not only provides access to local businesses, but also provides a barrier between pedestrians and traffic that can make a street feel safer. Active Trans believes replacing car lanes will have a minimal impact on car travel speeds, and considering Chicago’s notorious congestion problem, it is essential that we provide better public transit options.

Riders for Better Transit ( www.ridersforbettertransit.org) is an initiative of the  Active Transportation Alliance (Active Trans). Active Trans is a non-profit advocacy organization supported by more than 7,000 members that works to improve conditions for biking, walking and transit in the Chicago region.

Occupy Chicago: From Tents to Homes: Celebrating Eviction Resistance!

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CHICAGO, IL – On October 15, 2011, thousands marched with Occupy Chicago, from Jackson and LaSalle to Congress Plaza, attempting to establish an encampment to bring attention to mass inequality and corporate control of our political system. The City of Chicago responded by illegally evicting demonstrators, arresting 305 protesters over the course of two weeks. Meanwhile, the U.S. faces an ongoing eviction and foreclosure crisis, destroying lives and damaging the stability of our communities.

“Occupy is celebrating a victory today, on the one year anniversary of our eviction from Grant Park,” says Kyla Bourne. “A judge ruled this September that our eviction was illegal. When will the City and the Banks stop committing the crime of eviction against homeowners in Chicago?”

On October 15, 2012, Occupy Chicago, Occupy el Barrio, and Occupy Rogers Park will rally and march with The Anti-Eviction Campaign, and Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction, to celebrate resistance against the eviction of Occupy camps across the country, and the struggles of community groups fighting to keep people in their homes.
Demonstrators will rally at 6pm at Jackson & LaSalle, marching to Congress Plaza (Congress & Michigan) for a 7:15pm press conference. They will be joined by the Overpass Light Brigade (http://overpasslightbrigade.org), who’s large illuminated signs have supported Occupy and other movements across the Midwest. At 8pm, Occupy will host a Free Speech Fest in Congress Plaza, with music and dancing.


Monday, October 15, 2012

6pm: Speak Out at Jackson & LaSalle, march to Congress Plaza (Congress & Michigan)

7:15pm: Press Conference & Overpass Light Brigade Display, Congress Plaza

8pm: Free Speech Fest, Congress Plaza

Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/events/500818669928488

Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign: http://chicagoantieviction.org

Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction: https://stopeviction.wordpress.com

Dr. Gail C. Christopher issues statement on Fisher v. University of Texas

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Dr. Christopher is Vice President for Program Strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation             



The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments this week on why the University of Texas should be allowed to continue applying an admissions policy that helps create a diverse student body, one that is representative of the state’s growing multi-racial communities. At the private, independent W. K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), our work calls for healing the profound gaps and inequities that exist in our country, and places the health, education and well-being of children at the center of all we do. Thus, we steadfastly support college admission policies that identify qualified students of all races and also consider their academic achievements, leadership, racial and ethnic backgrounds, socioeconomic status and athletic or artistic talent among other qualities.   


Often this process is called affirmative action, a term that has become far too ambiguous and divisive in American society. It’s critical for our Supreme Court justices to look beyond the loaded wording to consider the immense value in providing educational opportunities for young people from diverse communities. In many ways, America’s future is at stake.


The population of the United States is swiftly moving towards majority minority. For America to stay strong, we must be competitive in the world. And that competitiveness begins with education. We must continue to nurture the best and the brightest at our colleges and universities. But the nation must recognize there may be a brilliant future physicist living in a Baltimore row house, a skilled mathematician being raised by parents who pick grapes in Napa Valley or a Native American child on a reservation in New Mexico who has what it takes to be a savvy military leader.


There is a shared national interest in providing educational opportunities. We are building a stronger America when young people from different backgrounds and perspectives interact and learn from each other in an educational setting. This better prepares our future leaders to represent America’s interests around the globe, where the ability to relate to different cultures is vital to achieving success in a global economy as well as in national security and keeping our communities safe.


The University of Texas, like other colleges and universities, seems to recognize that some of our brilliant young people are filled with boundless potential, but these students and their families are facing daily obstacles ranging from poverty to unconscious and implicit bias evident in education, health, housing, employment and other aspects of society. Admissions policies, such as those at the University of Texas, provide opportunities for young people to overcome these challenges.         


WKKF applauds the University of Texas for striving to create a diverse student body, for helping ensure that there are opportunities for qualified students of all races and ethnicities to excel and make contributions to their communities and this nation. We urge the Supreme Court to uphold their right to do so.

Faith-Based Radio Station, PWICU, brings in tax expert to address 2012 questions

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Lakehurst, NJ (BlackNews.com) — While the presidential debates barely mention tax cuts and increases — as the subject is subtly spoken of between unemployment and other topics – the Prophetic Worship Intensive Christ Unit (PWICU) will help to address questions about personal income taxes with its newest surgeon, Diane Kennedy, CPA of USTax Aid.

According to Kennedy, “Taxmageddon” is coming to the US, “because (we) are about to see the perfect storm of expiring tax cuts, new surtaxes and lost deductions.” She warns in an email that taxes are slated to increase in the coming year, which goes against what either President Obama or presidential hopeful Mitt Romney has declared during the campaign season.

Kennedy is a New York Times bestselling author who has co-authored installments for the Rich Dad Poor Dad series. Robert Kiyosaki, the brainchild behind Rich Dad Poor Dad is a client of Kennedy’s. The speaker and student of tax law has also been featured as a guest on several platforms, which reads as a who’s who in economic empowerment: CNBC, CNN, CBS MarketWatch, The Wall Street Journal, and Bloomberg. Kennedy brings 30 years of education into PWICU.

“PWICU is focused on the total individual, which includes his or her finances. The Word of God says that money solves all problems. It’s one thing to make money, but it’s another to keep and maintain it. As we’re in the last quarter of 2012 what better way to prepare for 2013 than to invite Diane Kennedy in to PWICU to assist our listeners with their tax reporting. We’re serious about this season’s message, Liberation Now, Restoration Present, and part of that liberation and restoration is having a woman of valor such as Diane Kennedy to set this season ablaze,” says Tabitha Vinson, Motivational Worshiper and CEO of PWICU.

In addition to Kennedy, this season of PWIC programming will introduce Cassietta Jefferson, author and blogger. Beginning February 2013 Jefferson will deliver weekly inspirational commentary, snippets from her from her blog Setta Says. Visit www.cassiettajefferson.org and www.virtuousinkpublishing.com for more information.

About Diane Kennedy

Diane Kennedy, CPA has been coming to the rescue for her clients, saving them up to tens of thousands of dollars in taxes each year. With 30 years of experience and 1.5 million pages of tax law under her belt, Kennedy is a leading national financial expert. Find Kennedy online at www.USTaxAid.com, www.USTaxAidServices.com, www.DianeKennedyCPA.com or www.NexusNegotiator.com


Prophetic Worship Intensive Christ Unit (PWICU), is a faith-based inspirational variety media platform for those who have a message based on proven Biblical principles. Dubbed as the spiritual hospital for the spiritually infirmed PWICU is on a mission to catapult the listener or viewer into taking full control of their destiny. A 2010 Black Essence Award nominee, PWICU’s radio station is heard in over 74 countries worldwide, including Switzerland, Ghana, Nigeria, Canada, Brazil, Vietnam and India. PWICU is a wholly owned subsidiary of ForEver Word International LLC.

For more information on PWICU:

Web: www.pwicu.com Phone: 732-637-9794 Follow on Twitter: PWICU PWICU Broadcast airs 9:00 PM EST Thursdays on www.facebook.pwicu.com

Indie Filmmaker Bobby Mardis addresses black homicides through films

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Filmmaker Bobby Mardis

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Bobby Mardis, a native Hammond, Indiana filmmaker, now based in Los Angeles will be screening the first in a series of projects called Peace on the Streets at the Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF). This music video features various Bay Area artists who have joined in the fight against violence on the streets that have plagued not only their neighborhoods, but also most major metropolitan cities around the country. The HBFF searches, acquires and programs the best films that stand out from the pack, in a week-long event which features African American filmmakers.

Peace on the Streets is a part of The Black Male: An Endangered Species slate of projects geared to create an awareness of the problem and make a difference in the number of young Black men that we are losing. Mardis’ recognizes the problem as being intricate and complicated, but after years of seeing young black men gunned down on the streets by not only the authorities, but by themselves, the problem is now at epidemic proportion. Chicago alone has seen over 400 homicides by September 2012 and on the path of reaching 500 by the end of the year. This problem affects all communities but significantly impacts the African-American population, productivity and future of Black teenagers and their potential contributions to society.

The Black Male: An Endangered Species series of projects include one sixty minute television special, one documentary feature, six music videos, a book and a free self help website which will feature support material. Although the website is in beta test, interested ones can go to the site (www.brotha2brotha.com) and view solutions, celebrity appeals, resource information, audio messages, over six hundred links, success stories, and a host of other information that is all geared to uplift the young Black male. Interested ones can also support this movement by going to the site and clicking on “support,” and by attending the screening. Money raised will complete the slate and fund a national media & billboard campaign.

The Festival will start October 25 and continue until the 28th. Visit www.HBFF.org and find out all information about the festival including all the films being screened. Peace on the Streets will be screened as part of the “Black Men in Film Series” on Saturday, October 27 at 4:30pm at the Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

For more information about the film or to schedule an interview, please call Bobby Mardis at (323) 882-4130 or email at bobmardis2@aol.com


12th Hollywood black film festival announces opening and closing night films

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HBFF 2012 will open with World Premiere of “Note to Self” Starring Christian Keyes, LeToya Luckett, Richard T. Jones, Brian McKnight and Valarie Pettiford


Festival Closes with “24 Hour Love” Starring Melinda Williams, Tatyana Ali, Flex Alexander, Chico Beynmon, Lynn Whitfield and Darius McCrary


Hollywood, CA (BlackNews.com) — Tanya Kersey, Founder and Executive Director for The Hollywood Black Film Festival (HBFF) announced Note To Self will open the 12th Hollywood Black Film Festival on Thursday, October 25, 2011, 7pm, at the Montalban Theater, 1615 Vine Street, Hollywood, CA. The festival will close with 24 Hour Love on Sunday, October 28 at 6 pm at the same location. HBFF 2012 runs October 25-28 in Hollywood, CA.

Note to Self centers around a handsome and popular student-athlete who embarks on a journey of self-realization while navigating the choppy waters of a love triangle. The film stars Christian Keyes, LeToya Luckett, Richard T. Jones, Brian McKnight, Eva Marcille, Clifton Powell, Valarie Pettiford, Jason Weaver, Brely Evans, Sebastian Siegal, Willie Taylor, Mishon Ratliff, Brian McKnight, Jr. and more. Trey Haley directs from a script by Christian Keyes. ND Brown, Eric Tomosunas, Veronica Nicholas and Keith Neal are the producers. Gregory Anderson and Reginald Jones are the executive producers. The film is produced Tri Destined Studios and Swirl Films, and is being distributed by One Village/Image Entertainment. Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the director, writer and cast, and a college-themed after-party will follow.

Closing Night will feature the world premiere of 24 Hour Love, which showcases seven stories of everyday people experiencing love, laughter, life and relationships of the heart … the Good, the Bad and the Ugly. The film stars Melinda Williams, Tatyana Ali, Keith Robinson, Eva Marcille, Flex Alexander, Chico Benymon, Lynn Whitfield and Darius McCrary. Fred Thomas directs from a script by Don B. Welch. The producers are Eric Tomosunas and Don B. Welch.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the director, writer and cast. The festival wrap-party will follow.

About the HBFF

Founded in 1999, The Hollywood Black Film Festival aims to enhance the careers of emerging and established North American filmmakers through a public exhibition, competition program and industry panels. Known amongst the entertainment industry’s powerbrokers as, “The Black Sundance,” the festival brings independent works of accomplished and aspiring black filmmakers to an environment encompassing the mainstream Hollywood community and Southern California film-going audiences. The festival’s goal is to play an integral role in discovering and launching independent films and filmmakers by bringing them to the attention of the industry, press and public. For more details, visit www.hbff.org

HBFF Sponsors

HBFF 2012 is made possible by the generous support of its sponsors. Official sponsors are NBC/Universal, Wells Fargo, Nike and Studio System. Donor sponsor Greenhouse Studios. Patron sponsors are Final Draft, Hawaiian Springs Water, Michael Baisden, Motions Haircare, Syncom and Waves & Trails Travel. Festival friends include CC Nails, Cofer Entertainment Group, Creative Handbook, Emma’s Cupcakes, Glidecam and Sony Creative Studios. BlackPR.com and Naija Standard Newspaper are media partners. One Village Entertainment, Tri Destined Studios, Swirl Films and Southern Girl Desserts are the Opening Night sponsors. Additional thanks to the W Hotel and The Montalban.

State’s Attorney Alvarez celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

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  20th Annual El Humanitario Awards Ceremony honors two prominent Latino community leaders


In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, along with members of the office’s Hispanic Advisory Council, recently presented awards to two individuals who have made contributions to the Hispanic community through their professional and personal lives.

The Honorable Jesse G. Reyes (left), Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr., (right) President of the United States Hispanic Leadership Institute (USHLI) received the office’s El Humanitario Award for their professional excellence and community involvement.

The Honorable Jesse G. Reyes has a distinguished legal career both on and off the bench.  Among his many honors are being named Judge of the Year by the North Suburban Bar Association, Person of the Year from the Latin American Police Association, honorary memberships with several local bar associations and vice president of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation.

Dr. Juan Andrade, Jr. is considered one of the most highly decorated and educated Latino leaders in the nation.  His many honors include being recognized four times as one of the “100 Most Influential Hispanics in America” and being the 4th Latino in history to be honored by both the United States and Mexican governments.

 The El Humanitario Awards were held October 10, 2012 at the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago.

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