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Black leaders to discuss impact of election on Black America

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Town Hall Meeting to kick-off State of the Black World Conference III 

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. Black leaders, activists and organizers from around the country are slated to converge on Washington, D.C.’s Howard University, November 14-18,  for State of the Black World Conference III (SOBWCIII) —  which is being billed as the first “Great Gathering  of Black People” after the re-election of President Barack Obama.  Organized around the theme – State of Emergency in Black America: Time to Heal Black Families and Communities, a primary goal of the Conference is to assess the impact of the election on the interests and aspirations of people of African descent.  Now that President Obama has been elected to a second term with a solid 93% of the Black vote, what demands, if any, should Black people make on his administration in the next four years to address the State of Emergency? According to Dr. Ron Daniels, President of the Institute of the Black World 21st Century (IBW), the convener of the Conference, “this is the burning question which must be answered after Black voters marched on ballot boxes with the determination to beat back the tide of the radical conservatism as represented by Mitt Romney. Will the Obama administration finally explicitly address some of the critical needs of the Democratic Party’s most loyal and reliable constituency?”

The Conference will begin November 14th with the launch of the Damu Smith Leadership Development and Organizer Training Institute which is designed to hone the skills of “servant leaders and organizers to do vital work in Black communities across the country. The Institute will be limited to one hundred participants. The first public event of the Conference will be a high profile National Town Hall Meeting, November 15,7:00 – 9:30 PM at Cramton Auditorium on the campus of Howard University. Some of  Black America’s most influential leaders will assess The Impact of the 2012 Election on the State of Emergency in Black America. Joblessness, economic underdevelopment in the Black community, the epidemic of violence and fratricide plaguing many distressed Black communities, mass incarceration’ the assault on voting rights, and the Black stake in immigration policy reform are among the issues expected to be discussed at the Town Hall Meeting.  

 

Susan Taylor, Former Editorial Director, Essence Magazine, New York; Dr. Marc Lamont Hill, Host of Our World Today with Black Enterprise, New York; Dr. Julianne Malveaux, President Emeritus, Bennett College for Women, Washington, D.C.; Dr. Mtanguizi Sanyika, African American Leadership Project, Houston, Texas; Jeff Johnson, Political Commentator, B.E.T. and the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Washington, D.C.; George Fraser, President, FraserNet, the largest network of Black professionals in the world, Cleveland, OH; Atty. Faya Rose Sanders, Founder, National Voting Rights Museum, Selma, AL; Rev. Dr. Willie Wilson, Pastor, Union Temple Baptist Church, Washington, D.C., and Congresswoman Karen Bass, Congressional Black Caucus, Los Angeles, CA are the confirmed  Panelists. Congresswoman Yvette Clarke, Congressional Black Caucus, Brooklyn, NY, and  Rev. Al Sharpton, President, National Action Network have also been invited to join the Panel. Mark Thompson, Host of Make It Plain, SIRIUS/XM, and Bev Smith, Host, the Bev Smith Show, Empowerment Radio, SIRIUS/XM will serve as Moderators.

 

The Conference will continue Friday through Sunday November 16 – 18, with a series of Special Affinity, Plenary and Working Sessions dealing with a wide range of issues affecting Black families and communities, particularly in urban inner-cities areas. More than one hundred speakers and resource people will present models and strategies and engage the participants in these sessions. The organizers hope to adopt a Declaration of Intent to Heal Black Families and Communities as a blueprint and action agenda to be implemented as outgrowth of the Conference. In summing up the rationale and expectations for the conference, Dr. Daniels states that ” we’re certainly proud to have a Black family in the White House, but this achievement does not mean that we now live in a post-racial society. There is a state of emergency in America’s ‘dark ghettos’ where millions of Black people are suffering from the effects of structural/institutional racism. Faced with this reality, it is imperative that we discuss what we must do for ourselves to heal Black communities, what we must demand of private sector institutions in terms of reinvesting in our communities, and what we must demand of the federal government. We must leave the conference with a fighting spirit and renewed resolve to end the state of emergency in our communities.”

 

Dr. Daniels is former Executive Director of the National Rainbow Coalition and Deputy Campaign Manager for Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s 1988 campaign for President. He was an independent candidate for President in 1992. Dr. Daniels is also former Executive Director of the Center for Constitutional Rights. He is currently a Distinguished Lecturer at York College, City University of New York. His Vantage Point articles and essays are regularly featured by Black Star News.com  and can be viewed  on the website www.ibw21.org 

 

For further information or to arrange interviews, contact Carolyn McClair 917.686.0854.

Federal housing programs fail to place minority and low-income families near high quality schools

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New Study Finds Affordable Housing Located Near Low Performing, High Poverty Schools

 

WASHINGTON, DC – Across the country, tenants receiving federal housing assistance rarely reside in neighborhoods near high quality schools, according to a study released today bythe Washington-based Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC).

 

The study, Do Federally Assisted Households Have Access to High Performing Public Schools?, found that assisted households are more likely to live near low-performing schools than other households. Of the nation’s 100 largest metropolitan areas, Grand Rapids, MI, Monmouth, NJ, Scranton, PA and Bergen County, NJ ranked last in how well four specific housing programs located assisted households near quality schools.

 

In urban areas such as Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; Syracuse, NY; Milwaukee, WI and Indianapolis, IN federal housing units are rarely located near higher performing schools, and even housing voucher holders rarely live near higher performing schools. By contrast, among the metropolitan areas with the highest rankings for locating assisted households near quality schools are San Antonio, TX; Mobile, AL; San Jose, CA; San Diego, CA; Omaha, NB;  Tulsa, OK;  Tampa, FL; and Albuquerque, NM.

 

“It is unfortunate that housing assistance programs across the country aren’t helping families improve the quality of education for their children,” said Philip Tegeler, executive director of PRRAC, which is a civil rights policy organization. “Even housing assistance programs specifically designed to help families move to better neighborhoods are failing to achieve that objective.” 

 

Georgetown Law Professor Sheryll Cashin, a PRRAC Board member who has written about race and housing issues, said the study has uncovered “a missed opportunity” to improve life outcomes for low-income families. “Education is the only route to a better life for children growing up in poor communities,” said Cashin. “Federal housing assistance programs should expose our nation’s most vulnerable children to the best available educational opportunities.”

 

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development HUD) currently spends about $18 billion annually on Housing Choice Vouchers, and the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program (administered by the Treasury Department) currently costs $6.5 billion annually in foregone revenues. These are extremely important programs for low-income families, and they should serve as a means for families to reach high opportunity areas with better schools.  This new study suggests that rarely do these programs accomplish that goal. 

 

The PRRAC study, which was authored by Ingrid Gould Ellen and Keren Horn at the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at NYU, found that even though the Housing Choice Voucher Program was created, in part, to help low-income households relocate to better neighborhoods, these voucher holders frequently live near low-performing schools.

 

Background and methodology

 

The study analyzed the latest data available from HUD and the U.S. Department of Education, including HUD’s 2008 file of subsidized housing tenants, which lists the residential addresses of most assisted households; HUD’s LIHTC data that includes the addresses of every project in service by 2009; and Education Department’s math and English proficiency rates for the 2008-2009 school year. Thus, the study provides an important baseline for analyzing the reform of federal housing programs.

 

Researchers identified the elementary school nearest to each household with school-age children that receives federal housing assistance. While the nearest school might not always be the household’s zoned school, research showed that it served as a good proxy for the educational opportunities available.

 

“These findings are particularly salient as the wealth gap continues to widen in our country,” Mr. Tegeler said. “An affordable home in a good neighborhood can connect families to broader opportunities by providing access to quality schools, stable jobs, and safer and healthier outdoor space. This not only helps individuals, but is an investment in our nation’s future economy-in particular by connecting children to better schools.”

 

Mr. Tegeler said that access to a high performing secondary school can greatly impact a child’s life, including whether he or she will graduate or will go on to attend an institution of higher education. “These opportunities are particularly crucial for low-income children in affordable housing,” he said. 

 

Metropolitan rankings, with supporting data, are available at:

www.prrac.org/housing-schools.php.

Irregularities Cast Pall Over Arpaio Election Win

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New America Media

By Valeria Fernandez

Irregularities Cast Pall Over Arpaio Election Win

PHOENIX – After moving to the Phoenix area, the Bustamante family made sure to reregister under their new Maricopa County address. Mom registered as a libertarian, dad as a democrat and the couple’s 18-year-old son as an independent.

Come Election Day, the family found their experiences at the polling booth were as divergent as their political leanings.

“I heard some stuff on the news that said maybe us Latinos didn’t understand the ballots or maybe we didn’t understand how to vote,” said Daniel Bustamante, 41. “I’ve been voting since I turned 18, so I definitely understand what it takes to vote,” he added.

Bustamante arrived at his local polling station last Tuesday with an early ballot, his ID and a voter registration card, all of which should have allowed him to cast his vote then and there. Instead, he was asked to submit a provisional ballot.

His wife, Maria, did not bring her early ballot, but was nevertheless allowed to cast a regular ballot, while their son never received his ballot in the mail and so, like his father, was forced to vote provisionally.

“I believe there was something done to maybe regulate the outcome,” said Bustamante.

Such suspicions are part of what is fueling a growing chorus of Latino voters calling for a federal investigation into irregularities ranging from failure to receive early ballots to numerous cases of eligible voters, like the Bustamantes, who were forced to vote provisionally.

They are also casting a shadow over results in local elections, where Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio eked out a narrow victory in a bitter recall effort spearheaded by Latino advocacy groups. Arpaio first gained attention for what many called a racially biased policy targeting Hispanics in his effort to crack down on illegal immigration.

To date over 250,000 provisional and early ballots remain uncounted in the county. Arpaio beat out his Democratic challenger, Paul Penzone, by just 80,000 votes.

For his part, Bustamante said he can’t be sure whether his own vote and that of his son’s has been counted yet. Neither supported Arpaio.

Voter mobilization groups and civil rights activists behind the recall campaign say they have been receiving similar complaints from Latino voters across the county. Together the groups registered over 34,000 new Latino voters in Maricopa.

A report by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) projects Latino voter turnout in the state could hit record numbers, possibly reaching 359,000, up from about 291,000 in 2008. A final tally won’t be possible until all votes are counted.

Daria Ovide, spokesman for the Campaign for Arizona’s Future, which advocates on behalf of the state’s hotel workers, said her group has already reached out to the Voting Rights Division in the Department of Justice (DOJ).

Joined by Citizens for a Better Arizona (CBA) and Promise Arizona, volunteers from the campaign are staging a 24-hour-vigil in protest outside the Maricopa County Recorders Office. “Adios Arpaio,” the name of the recall campaign, is emblazoned across their tee shirts.

Ovide said there is growing concern over the number of reports coming from voters who say they experienced problems at the polls. Over the weekend, her campaign made about 4,000 phone calls, reaching anywhere between 500 to 600 Latino voters to survey their experience. By Wednesday, they expect to make 20,000 phone calls.

Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, meanwhile, has said that all votes will be counted. Her office has provided a series of daily updates on the count. As of Sunday, there were 140,000 early ballots and 122,000 provisional ballots yet to be counted — the later figure has grown from the original count on election night.

“We know they’re counting the ballots,” said Ovide. “We don’t know yet whether the issue is disproportionately affecting Latinos.”

Ovide said hers and other groups want an investigation to figure out how it was that so many were made to vote provisionally or never received their early ballots, to determine whether election reform is needed.

It’s an issue that Democratic House Minority Leader Chad Campbell has already taken up. He is among a small coterie of lawmakers calling on the creation of a bi-partisan committee to investigate allegations of voting irregularities.

“In light of the hundreds of thousands of ballots that have yet to be counted, the apparent increase in the number of provisional ballots this election year, and the statewide irregularities that have been reported by voters, I am calling on Arizona’s leaders to conduct a bipartisan investigation of the 2012 general election,” said Campbell in a written statement. “We must determine the cause of the problems and identify ways to correct them before the next election.”

On election night, activists sounded the alarm that there were still close to half a million ballots that had not been counted and that could potentially change the outcome of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s race, as well as the Senate race between Democrat Richard Carmona and Republican Jeff Flake.

Penzone conceded on election night, giving the 80-year-old Arpaio a sixth term as sheriff.

The following day the Maricopa County Recorders Office and the Secretary of
State acknowledged there were still 600,000 ballots to be counted statewide, two thirds of them from Maricopa County. The numbers exceeded expectations from election authorities based on previous elections.

Still, Ovide said she doesn’t expect the results in the sheriff’s election to change. As for Monday mid-afternoon, Arpaio had 52 percent of the vote, followed by Penzone with 44 percent and the Independent candidate Michael Stauffer with 4 percent.

“Looks like sheriff Joe won again,” said Ovide, who added, “He obviously knows that he didn’t win by much.”

Blacks and Hispanics lost $1 trillion in Home Equity

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(A Reprint from Louisiana Weekly) 

Among the 10.9 million homes that went into foreclosure between 2007 and 2011, more than half of the “spillover” cost to nearby homes have led to a $1 trillion loss in home equity for African-American and Latino families., according to a new report by the Center for Responsible Lending titled, “Collateral Damage: The Spillover Costs of Foreclosures.”

The report said, “Families impacted in minority neighborhoods have lost or will lose on average, $37,084 or 13 percent of their home value.” By comparison, the overall average American homeowner affected by nearby foreclosures will lose only seven percent of their home value, or $21,077.

The most recently-available census data shows that African Americans and Latinos comprise less than 30 percent of the nation’s population. Yet together, neighborhoods of color shoulder more than half of the $1.95 trillion in the drain on neighboring property values as a result of foreclosures.

“CRL’s report is troubling evidence of how much the economic cost of foreclosures are spilling over into communities all over America,” said Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. “Communi­ties of color—which have been targeted for years by predatory lenders, and abused for years by mortgage servicers—have been practically drowning. Until policymakers get serious about reducing foreclosures and restoring meaningful home ownership in all communities, a full economic recovery will likely remain out of reach.”

Compounding the problem, communities of color still suffer from stark wealth gaps when compared to whites. Earlier this year, the U.S. Census Bureau found that African Americans, Latinos and Asian-Americans together lost nearly 60 percent of median household net worth from 2005-2010. Over that same period, median net worth for white families dropped by 23 percent, about a third of the loss rate for people of color. With fewer investment portfolios and lower earnings, the hope to build wealth for communities of color often rests with the value of their home investment.

Chicago kids get together to make a Super Hero film about taking their neighborhoods back one block at a time

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Chicago, IL. – With the super success of “The Avengers” and the soon to be released “Super Man” and “Spiderman” movies, a group of kids decided to get together and create their own super hero short films. After hearing all about the cities recent crime and violence problems the kids decided that it was up to their generation to come up with ways to take their neighborhoods back one block at a time. The free holiday film screening is sponsored by the films young Chicago native producers Lordez (12 years old) and his brother Masiyah (9 years old). They have all done many great up beat in studio interviews! Kids who have straight A’s on their report cards will get awards of excellence plaques and prizes. The films will screen:

It will be held at the SALVATION ARMY’S RAY & JOAN KROC CORPS COMMUNITY CENTER, 1250 W. 119th STREET, Saturday, November 24th, 2012, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

After the screenings there will be a free “Breaking into entertainment workshop” with award winning filmmaker Tim Greene of Tim

Greene Films.com and the creator of the Greene “LiL Homies” Kids film series. There will be over 50 prizes given away during the screenings including a home theatre projection system, mp3 players and 30 new cell phones.

“The Re-Programmers”, is about a group of kids who invent a new device that re-programs thugs and leads them back to school to get their diplomas and business licenses to open a legitimate business in their neighborhoods.

“The Supa Kidz”, is about a group of kids who got fed up with thugs in their neighborhood using them to carry out their dirty work. So all of the kids come together to rid their hood of the bad elements.

Unsuspecting cyclists surprised with free bike lights

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 Distribution promotes safer cycling after daylight-saving time change  Hundreds of unsuspecting cyclists were surprised with free bike lights on their evening commute Tuesday night. A group of volunteers from the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce and staff from the Active Transportation Alliance were stationed near Lincoln Ave. and Southport Ave. to pass out white headlights and rear red reflectors to cyclists who ride past without proper lights. The City of Chicago requires cyclists by law to have a front white light and red reflector.

Active Trans will be giving away 750 lights at this and couple more distribution events within the next few weeks. Lights were donated by the offices of Attorney Jim Freeman and Get Lit, a project of Grid Chicago.

More than 20 percent of all reported bike crashes in Illinois took place after dark last year. Lights are essential to staying visible and safe on a bicycle after dark. Bike crashes are more likely to occur with reduced visibility, and failure to use a light may also hinder legal action following a crash, even if the driver is otherwise at fault.

Headlight giveaways are not announced to the public in advance in order to ensure that the free lights make it onto the bikes of cyclists most in need – those riding without lights at night. The event will continue until supplies run out.

Ethan Spotts, 312-427-3325 ext. 287
Mobile: 312.919.1423
ethan@activetrans.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 builds 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 5,000 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.

 

The Better Business Bureau finds holiday shopping lists focus on value and service

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CHICAGO, ILWhile everyone has their own holiday shopping list, two areas that seem to be important to everyone when purchasing gifts are value and service.

 

“In today’s economy it shouldn’t come as a surprise that value and service are highly prized in the consumer’s mind,” explained Steve J. Bernas, president and CEO of the Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Other factors that may have attracted a consumer’s interest in better economic times are now way down on the list for most people faced with today’s tougher economic reality.”

 

In the BBB poll, more than 55 percent of respondents selected value and service aspects of a business as key attractions for holiday shopping. These were followed by “product selection” picked by 18 percent, “location” by 15 percent, and “ease and comfort of shopping at a business” by 12 percent.  

 

“Value and service may mean different things to people in different economic categories. However, these two attributes appear to be a key focus for most shoppers,” Bernas explained.     

 

The BBB offers these other tips to consumers while holiday shopping:

  • Review the return policies. Before making a purchase, ask the merchant about its refund and exchange policy. A store is not obligated to accept items for refund, exchange, or credit unless the item is defective or was misrepresented. It is important to know if there is a time limit to the return, usually it is 30, 60 or 90 days.
  • Research the store. If you’re interested in trying a new or unfamiliar merchant, check out its BBB Business Review. This will provide some detail about past company performance. These free Business Reviews are located at bbb.org
  • Understand the fine print. Be informed about your rights when placing orders through catalogs, mail order, TV shopping networks or online venues. Additional information on mail and telephone order shopping is available from the Federal Trade Commission (www.ftc.gov). Ask about delivery times, delivery costs and how returns are handled.
  • Ask for gift receipts. When you are buying gifts there is always a chance that the item will not work out. Providing a gift receipt will make the return process smoother after the holidays.

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular to bring an all new production to the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont December 14-30, 2012

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The Rockettes take Chicago on an unparalleled Christmas journey this holiday season featuring new scenes, dazzling costumes and a 50-foot LED screen coupled with show stopping Rockettes performances

 

Chicago, IL  – MSG Entertainment (MSGE) announces an all new production of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes, as Chicago audiences will experience the magic of Christmas like never before. In this multi-faceted production, the Rockettes will dance their way through an awe-inspiring journey with new scenes, an array of glamorous new costumes, dramatic lighting effects, and a 50-foot LED screen that will enhance the show with breathtaking new imagery. The Christmas Spectacular will run at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont from December 14-30, 2012.

“We are thrilled to return to Chicago at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont with an all new edition of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular,” said Don Simpson, executive vice president of productions, MSG Entertainment. “With new technological enhancements and show-stopping performance elements, the 2012 production offers a truly immersive experience like nothing Chicago audiences have ever seen before. Returning audiences will be amazed by the transformation of the Christmas Spectacular, and new fans will not want to miss this show.”

The Rockettes have a long-standing relationship with the Rosemont Theatre with the debut of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular in 1997. This year marks the 11th season the Christmas Spectacular will perform at the Rosemont Theatre, the last production being in 2008.For many Chicago area families, seeing the Rockettes perform in the beloved holiday show has become a family tradition and this year audiences can experience the magic of the holidays with an all new production. While in Chicago, the Rockettes also become known as an embodiment of the spirit of giving and embracing the community by participating in many great local charitable initiatives including collecting coats and canned food for the needy, visiting children’s hospitals and helping to raise awareness for worthy causes.

This year, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular celebrates 85 magical years of the Rockettes, commemorating their past, present and future in this unprecedented milestone year. The Rockettes have remained a timeless tradition as American icons throughout their 85 year legacy. They continue to take the Christmas Spectacular to new heights, dazzling audiences with their performance style as it continues to be both deceivingly complex and entirely glamorous. 

This year’s production will feature a 50-foot LED screen that will transport the audience to Times Square and Santa’s Workshop with Santa and the Rockettes, using new technology with the Christmas Spectacular’s classic holiday numbers to enhance the production. The 2012 edition of the show will introduce new sets and special effects that will immerse audiences in the magic of Christmas like never before.

In addition to fan favorite scenes, including the high-energy, tap-infused number “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” the Rockettes will debut new numbers that will showcase their signature precision dance technique alongside challenging and dynamic new choreography.

In a brand new scene, “New York at Christmas,” the Rockettes will board a life size double-decker tour bus, taking audiences on a guided tour through the streets of New York City. This scene includes show-stopping choreography performed across the landscape of iconic New York City landmarks and culminates in the “crossroads of the world,” Times Square.

Santa Claus will take center stage in two magical new scenes: “Magic is There,” in which Santa takes two young brothers on a journey to the North Pole, and “Here Comes Santa Claus,” a number that reveals how Santa can be in multiple places at once. These heartwarming moments highlight the true meaning of Christmas in a way that only Santa himself can convey. 

A new Rockettes finale will honor and celebrate the stars of the Christmas Spectacular featuring dazzling new costumes and choreography. The Rockettes will sparkle from the stage in the finale performance “Let Christmas Shine,” wearing a costume featuring over 3,000 crystals. As the performance comes to a close, audiences will have the opportunity to lend their voices alongside the “Radio City Singers” in an energetic rendition of “Joy to the World.”

Beloved numbers such as “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” which continues to set the standard as the signature Rockettes number for precision performance, and “The Living Nativity,” both of which have been performed since the Christmas Spectacular’s inception, still remain a vital part of the show’s core.

In the Christmas Spectacular’s18-year combined history outside of New York, as well as the production at Radio City Music Hall, the show has played to more than 72 million people. The Christmas Spectacular continues to create memories that audiences have come to treasure, and this year will mark an all new Spectacular experience for Chicago.

Ticket Information

The Radio City Christmas Spectacular, presented by Chase, plays at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont during the 2012 holiday season for 34 dazzling performances, December 14-30, 2012. A limited number of Premium seats are available for $79.00 – $89.00 and single ticket prices range from $30.00 – $75.50. Tickets for the Radio City Christmas Spectacular are on sale to the public at the Akoo Theatre at Rosemont box office, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000. Groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets now by contacting Group Theater Tix at 312-423-6612.

About MSG Entertainment

MSG Entertainment (MSGE) is one of the country’s leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, starring the Rockettes. MSG Entertainment also presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in MSG’s diverse collection of venues. These venues include Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, the Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre and the Wang Theatre. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.

About The Akoo Theatre at Rosemont

Opened in 1995, the 4,400-seat theater is known as one of the Chicago areas best venues for music and theatrical performances and special events. Located at 5400 N. River Road in the Rosemont region, the venue has one of the largest stages in the area, with a superior sound and lighting system, sizable backstage and roomy dressing rooms. Audiences appreciate the theater’s unobstructed sightlines, comfortable seating and extra-wide aisles. Additional amenities include a multi-level grand lobby featuring a beautifully paneled mahogany staircase and glittering French crystal chandelier, ample concessions areas, a multi-level VIP Suite and parking lots and sheltered garages adjacent to the theatre. The theater is easily accessible by car or public transit and is within easy walking distance of numerous hotels, restaurants and the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. www.akootheatre.com

Coca-Cola Foundation to award the Vive En Forma Organization a $100K Community Grant at the 10th Annual Illinois State Legislative Caucus Conference

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CHICAGO, IL – Supporting nutrition education initiatives and physical activity programs helps people understand the importance of consuming a sensible, balanced diet and maintaining energy balance.

Through the generous support from the Coca Cola Foundation, Chicago based Vive En Forma has been awarded a $100, 000 community grant.  Vive En Forma is a non-profit organization whose mission is to educate Latinos in embracing healthier and more active lifestyles.  “Get Fit Live Fit.”

This grant makes a significant impact by creating opportunities for nutrition education and physical activity program expansion throughout Chicagoland communities, schools and organizations says Cesar Rolon, President of the Vive En Form organization.

A formal grant check will be presented on Friday, November 16, 2012, 10am, at the Illinois State Legislative Caucus Conference at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center 5555 N. River Road. Rosemont, IL.

“Coca-Cola is committed to supporting active, healthy lifestyles through product variety, nutrition education and physical activity programs,” said Lori George Billingsley, Vice President, Community Relations, Coca-Cola Refreshments. “Our investment in Vive en Forma reinforces this commitment and will help us share the importance of health and wellness education in a more impactful way.”

About The Coca-Cola Company

The Coca-Cola Company (NYSE: KO) is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands. Led by Coca-Cola, the world’s most valuable brand, the Company’s portfolio features 15 billion dollar brands including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitamin water, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia. Globally, we are the No. 1 provider of sparkling beverages, juices and juice drinks and ready-to-drink teas and coffees. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the Company’s beverages at a rate of 1.7 billion servings a day. With an enduring commitment to building sustainable communities, our Company is focused on initiatives that reduce our environmental footprint, support active, healthy living, create a safe, inclusive work environment for our associates, and enhance the economic development of the communities where we operate. For more information about our Company, please visit our website at www.thecoca-colacompany.com.

About Vive en Forma

In the belief that a healthy lifestyle leads to less physical and mental disease, the mission of Vive en Forma, a 501(c) 3 organization, is to educate and motivate the Hispanic community to achieve a healthy lifestyle to prevent life-threatening and debilitating illnesses, in particular, diabetes. The focus has been on the Hispanic community due to its higher-than-average rates of obesity and, consequently, higher-than-average rates of diabetes and other related illnesses. Vive en Forma achieves its mission through a grassroots program that reaches Hispanics at festivals, schools and health fairs as well as through media and online channels.

Obesity in Illinois

Over the past 15 years, Illinois has seen its obesity rate increase 80 percent, which is relatively in line with the vast majority of the rest of the country. Currently Illinois has broken into the top half of the annual rankings of the most obese states ranking 23rd among the 50 states and is tied for fourth amongst 10 – 17 year olds.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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