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Anti-Gay Group targets Latina Legislator on Marriage Rights Bill

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As Illinois’ legislative session comes to an end May 31 and passage of Illinois’ equal marriage rights bill goes down to the wire, pro-gay groups are responding to the targeting by anti-gay groups of a legislator in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood.

The Illinois Family Institute, designated a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center, distributed a flyer a few weeks ago saying that it would demonstrate at the district office of Rep. Silvana Tavares, 2458 S. Millard Avenue, at 11 AM, Saturday, May 18. But on May 16 it distributed a flyer saying that their demonstration would be at nearby Shedd Park, 2221 S. Lawndale (between Lawndale and Millard on 23rd).

Pro-gay groups, led by the Association of Latino Men for Action (ALMA), La Voz de los de Abajo, the Gay Liberation Network, and The Civil Rights Agenda, will hold a counter-protest beginning at 10:30 AM in front of Tavares’s office, 2458 S. Millard, and then march to Shedd Park at about 11 AM.

“It’s time for all Illinois leaders and lawmakers to insure that all residents of the State have the ability to marry the person they love regardless of their sexual orientation,” said Julio Rodriguez, President of ALMA. “And it’s especially important for the Latino community, where we know the recognition of family or relationships is critical to creating a culture of acceptance for Latino LGBT individuals and couples.”

“It wasn’t too many years ago that the Illinois Family Institute was a frequent ally of the notorious Jim Oberweis, perennial Republican candidate and creator of the infamous ‘Soldier Field’ anti-immigrant ads, which many rightly labeled as ‘racist,” said Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network. “It is the height of chutzpah that an Oberweis and anti-immigrant Tea Party ally like the IFI thinks they can target a Latina legislator with their anti-gay filth and get away with it.”

With the Memorial Day holiday falling in a bit over a week’s time, this Saturday’s dueling protests could be the last time the two sides face off before Illinois’s House votes on the equal marriage rights bill.

And with the Supreme Court getting ready to issue decisions in two marriage rights cases sometime before the end of June, what happens in Illinois in this legislative session has taken on national significance. Activists supporting equal rights for gays hope that passage of an Illinois equal rights bill will give more momentum to the Court to more sweepingly strike down the anti-gay “Defense of Marriage Act” and California’s Proposition 8.

For more information about Saturday’s protests, email the Association for Latino Men in Action at info@alma.org or the Gay Liberation Network at LGBTliberation@aol.com

State Senator Raoul rolls out concealed carry plan

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Measure balances statewide framework with local control, passes Senate committee

SPRINGFIELD, IL – State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) presented his comprehensive concealed-carry plan to the Senate Executive Committee, garnering its approval by a vote of 10-4. Raoul, tapped by Senate President John Cullerton to lead negotiations in the Senate, spent months working with gun rights advocates, gun control advocates and his colleagues across the aisle to craft a framework that balances statewide consistency and local control.

“My proposal respects our state’s diversity of gun cultures and public safety challenges while applying careful, sensible regulations statewide,” Raoul said. “The court has said that Illinois must allow law-abiding gun owners to carry in public; I say we can do that and still keep guns away from people who shouldn’t have them and away from places they shouldn’t be.”

Raoul’s legislation requires a person who wants to carry a loaded gun in Chicago to apply for a separate endorsement on top of the license he or she must obtain from the state police to carry anywhere else in the state. But while Chicago police may conduct their own investigation into an applicant for the city endorsement, they may not arbitrarily deny applications or require successful applicants to meet additional criteria.

“If lawmakers do nothing, on June 9 we could have more than 200 different ordinances regulating concealed carry – one for each home rule municipality,” Raoul said. “My plan is a straightforward alternative that gives gun owners predictability while letting local governments, including Chicago, address their unique needs.”

Before the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and 50th year since the 1964 Civil Rights Act, we need a Think Tank in place

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Are we in better shape 60-years later?

By Chinta Strausberg

In just a year, America will celebrate the 60th anniversary of two key U.S. Supreme Court decisions—Brown v. the Board of Education that legally struck down segregated schools and the laws that sanctioned that racist and unequal system and the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act made possible by the Brown case that struck down laws legalizing racism.

The NAACP is to be applauded for the ultimate ruling of the May 17, 1954 U.S. Supreme Court that ruled against segregated schools—a case that overturned the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson law that allowed states to sanction segregated schools.

The NAACP began its fight to end segregated schools decades before this historic case was taken to the U.S. Supreme Court, and while I believe this civil rights agency will take the lead for these two key anniversary events, I am hoping that those responsible will begin to tell their story of this long and hard fought battle for equality.

For historical reasons, I am hope that the children, Linda and Cheryl, of Oliver L. Brown, who filed the case on behalf of one of 13 parents Topeka, Kansas parents chosen by the NAACP to enroll his children in white schools as a test case, will speak out publicly on this ruling that literally changed the entire educational system in America and the souls of this nation.

Back then; Mr. Brown’s school district operated on an 1879 Kansas law, which legalized, on a voluntary basis in 12 communities and only those having a population of 12,000 people or more, separate schools for black and white students. The High Court victory gave courage and conviction to others seeking equality in this country.

The Brown v. Board of Education became a warring cry for other non-black groups wanting to end separate and unequal rights especially the women, gay rights and other groups who took up and sang black civil rights songs and tactics to gain equal footing in America.

Even Chinese students in 1989 held the infamous Tiananmen Square protests where hundreds were killed and thousands injured by soldiers. How can we forget their singing “We Shall Overcome” in Chinese as the military tanks ran over them. The black experience of slavery and discrimination have helped so many movements in this country and abroad, but the current state of black America is troubling some 60-years later.

While we will have a year to honor and remember on whose shoulders we stand today as far as public education is concerned, we will not only have to re-examine the current state of public education in Chicago where more than 50 public schools are being closed while Charter schools are opening but across the nation. There are so many unanswered questions, so much unfairness and still too many segregated schools. The question is why?

With public schools primarily being black and brown, we have to look at why test scores are so low. We have to examine why the dropout rate is so high especially among African Americans. We have to find out why truant officers were removed from CPS and where are the reported 60,000 missing students who dropped out and simply disappeared from the board’s radar screen. Why isn’t there a tracking system and why hasn’t the law been changed to prevent students 17 and younger from dropping out of school because 16 is just too young?

We need to know why civics was removed from the curriculum as well as home economics, which needs to be taught to girls and boys as part of growing up, becoming self-sufficient and good parents. We need to fight for technical courses to be included in all curricula and have each school equal to the magnet schools.

We need to begin the fight to restructure the school funding formula where those high-income parents who pay more taxes get better and more up-to-date school resources. There has to be a better way rather than to short-change poor black and brown students who simply want an equal education and equal opportunities that after nearly 60-years they were supposed to be entitled to.

We need to begin to ask questions about the TIF (Tax Increment Financing) fund that originally was supposed to be a mechanism to finance development predicated on property taxes that were generated within the TIF district. It sounds great especially for struggling minority businessmen and women who need a helping hand to stay afloat especially since the percentage of black contracts still remain in the single digit unlike the double digits during the Mayor Harold Washington era.

We need to ask about the state law that requires the TIF’s to be used for developing blighted or deteriorating communities. After all, wasn’t that the original intent for creating the TIF? Has that law been modified? I know the city of Chicago has since expanded the use of TIF’s to include areas that are not only already economically developed but also stabled unlike the blighted communities.

So with Chicago having 30 percent TIF districts and once again black and brown communities are getting the short stick of these funds, we need to ask the $64 million question: Is it true that in each TIF district funds are taken from the public school taxing body and given to Charter schools and is this amount more than $250 million?

Is it true that there is about $1.7 billion sitting in the TIF funds and if so can those funds be transferred to the CPS budget since it is suffering from a more than $1 billion deficit? Are not our public schools blighted and deteriorating which are some of the reasons they are being closed?

And, since school construction projects are sometimes paid out of the TIF program, we need to ask which schools received these funds, the amount of money and more important the ethnic makeup of the construction crew as well as which prime was chosen and by whom.

We need to address the question should public schools be paying for a private education especially for former CPS students? I’m told that the money follows the student and if that is true isn’t that robbing the public schools of much needed funds?

Yes, parents have a right to send their children to a private school, but then they should do as my parents and grandparents did PAY FOR IT THEMSELVES and not WITH TAXPAYERS MONEY.

For the past 60-years, we have made great civil rights gains thanks to our Civil Rights leaders especially Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who literally gave his own life for the cause.

And, yes, it’s been 40-years since the infamous and histrionic Alabama Gov. George Wallace surrounded by police attempted to block the admission of Vivian Malone Jones and James Hood, two black students seeking to integrate the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963.

Wallace, who has since died and reportedly apologized, had a battle cry for his supporters, “segregation now,” “segregation tomorrow” and “segregation forever.” The Brown vs. Board of Education dashed his dreams and leveled the playing field.

We need to address these and other issues before the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and not just talk about the past. We need to unite and craft an approved agenda then fight for a real change. We need to take the politics out of public education for this restructuring is standing in the schoolhouse door and blocking the equal education our High Court approved.

Every child should have updated books and other resources not just those whose parents pay higher taxes. We owe that to this beloved city of Chicago but more important to our precious students who are our leaders for tomorrow. The elected official who reaches these goals will be office for life for it would be a true sign of leadership for all people and not just for a chosen few.

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.

Ossie Davis Endowment Scholarship Program to grant scholarship awards of up to $6,800

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The deadline to apply is May 31, 2013


Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Ossie Davis Endowment Scholarship program was established to honor the legacy of the renowned actor, Mr. Ossie Davis. Ossie Davis was a writer, actor, activist, director, and producer. He was a well-read thinker, communicator, humorist and humanist who influenced society and cared deeply about the world, the people, and his family.

The program was established by family and friends who understood Mr. Davis’ passion for education and his commitment to the young people who will shape our future. The Ossie Davis Endowment Scholarship program is designed to provide scholarships to African American incoming freshman attending a four- year Historically Black College or University commencing Fall 2012. Applicants must demonstrate the ability and desire to use artistic activism to proactively address the concerns of humanity.

For scholarship award consideration, applicants must upload an essay and letters of recommendation to the online application.

Finalists will receive up to a $6,800 need-based scholarship award in the Fall of 2013. The scholarship is renewable for up to 4 years, provided that students continue to meet the scholarship criteria. For renewal consideration, students will have to re-apply with an updated portfolio each year.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:
www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/05/ossie-davis-endowment-scholarship.html

To find other available scholarships, visit:
www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

Photo Caption: The Late Ossie Davis (1917-2005)

Senate passes Lt. Governor’s ethics reform bill

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Simon calls on House to pass revised Statement of Economic Interests

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon applauded the Senate for its 52-1 passage of Senate Bill 1361, legislation that will reform the state’s Statement of Economic Interests form. The bill now moves to the House.

“The people of Illinois deserve to know if elected officials and high-ranking government employees are working in the public’s interest or in their own self interest,” said Simon, who served on the Illinois Reform Commission. “Increased transparency builds trust and I appreciate Sen. Dan Kotowski’s (D-Park Ridge) hard work in moving this reform measure through the Senate.”

The bill proposes a new disclosure form, known as a Statement of Economic Interests, which would require filers to list outside sources of income, lobbyist relationships and loans made or accepted on terms not available to the general public, for the first time. It also revises questions that allowed filers to answer “not applicable” to almost every item on the current version of the form introduced 40 years ago.

The new form, completed by tens of thousands of public servants each year, will be easier for filers to complete, thanks to the plain-language questions, definitions of terms, and clear connections to information found on tax returns and investment statements. Simon collaborated on the bill with government watchdog groups, and it has received bipartisan support.

Cook County Clerk David Orr, whose office created an online Statement of Economic Interests database to improve transparency, worked with Lt. Governor Simon to overhaul the inadequate disclosure forms and applauds Simon for her leadership. Analysis of the 22,000 local government respondents that filed with his office in 2012 showed that 87 percent answered “not applicable” or “N/A” to every question on the disclosure form.

“I hope the new form will provide better and more information than before,” Orr said. “I’m eager to put this data online next year to shed more light on public officials’ conflicts of interest.”

The Illinois Constitution and Illinois Governmental Ethics Act require elected officials, high-ranking government employees, and political candidates to complete a Statement of Economic Interests each May. State government workers file with the Secretary of State, while workers for local units of government file with their county clerk.

The forms are supposed to expose existing or potential conflicts of interest, but the documents use such vague and cumbersome language that the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform has called them “woefully inadequate” and “a waste of paper.”

“I look forward to working with members of the House to help make Illinois more accountable and transparent,” said Simon.

Legacy Tribute To Dr. C. DeLores Tucker

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The Bethune-DuBois Institute (BDI), an education-focused and solutions-oriented organization founded by the late Dr. C. DeLores Tucker in 1984, will host a Legacy Tribute to her on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. The location is the DoubleTree by Hilton, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The time is 6:00 p.m.-9 p.m.

Honorees at the tribute will include Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Michelle Milliard, Executive Director of the Walmart Foundation. “They have both been deeply involved in missions advocated by my wife, –assisting those yearning for knowledge and leadership development for those who have a commitment to public service,” says BDI Chair, William Tucker.

Dr. Tucker’s numerous accomplishments include being the first African American woman appointed as Secretary of The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, marching with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma and leading a determined campaign against gangsta rap, the psychological toxin delivered to young people by what she called “the unholy alliance of gangstas in the suites and gangstas in the streets.”

She also, among other things, launched the successful campaign to have a bust of Sojourner Truth installed in the Capitol Building and created the visionary College For Teens program that helped to prepare students for higher education, academically and socially.

One of the most perceptive observations on Dr. Tucker was made by Hillary Rodham Clinton who noted that she “….gave a voice to those too timid or too intimidated to speak for themselves.”

A donation of $85 will be accepted at the door. Advance payment is also encouraged. For further information, please call A. Peter Bailey 301-562-8300 or email APeterB@verizon.net.

Chicago Human Rhythm Project presents 2013 Rhythm World

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Guests from Brazil and Top U.S. Tap Talent Highlight 23rd Festival July 22-Aug. 4

Tickets on Sale May 25–National Tap Dance Day

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CHICAGO. IL – Highlighting the depth and breadth of national and international tap artistry, Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), the nation’s premier presenter of American tap dance and contemporary percussive arts, presents Rhythm World, the oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the world, July 22-August 4, 2013 in downtown Chicago.

CHRP’s 23rd annual festival of performance, education and community outreach programs, directed by Founder and Director Lane Alexander, features an extraordinary master faculty in two weeks of residencies, courses, workshops, master classes, student showcases, tap jams, a cutting contest and conferences for the field at the American Rhythm Center, located in the historic Fine Arts Building, as well as faculty concerts at the Jazz Showcase and The Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.

Tap Scholar Awards

Each year, CHRP awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving, talented teens so they may participate in Rhythm World. This year, 20 deserving students earned tuition support during CHRP’s February 2013 Winter Tap JAMboree and at select auditions around the globe (Tokyo, Zurich, Rio, Stuttgart and Toronto). “These scholarships support CHRP’s mission to build community by bringing together students from different backgrounds and places to meet their international peers and study with great and emerging masters,” said Alexander. Founded in 1995 to honor the life of CHRP Co-Founder Kelly Michaels, the Rhythm World Tap Scholar Award program has provided more than $225,000 in financial aid to more than 200 talented, deserving young dancers from Chicago and throughout the United States as well as international exchange students.

Education programs

Rhythm World begins July 22-26 with intensive residencies led by Chicago native, Emmy Award winner and Tony Award nominee Ted Louis Levy; next generation tap phenomenon Jason Janas; and international tap performer Charles Renato from Brazil.

Courses, workshops and master classes take place July 29-August 4. The highly respected faculty of master teachers, many of whom have taught at the festival throughout its 23-year history, includes Lane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Julie Cartier, Zada Cheeks, Starinah Dixon, recent Princess Grace Award winner Michelle Dorrance, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Derick K. Grant, Jason Janas, Lisa La Touche, Nico Rubio, Sarah Savelli, Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Jumaane Taylor, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Sam Weber, Mark Yonally, Nicholas Young and guests from Brazil Marina Coura, Charles Renato and Leonardo Sandoval.

The KIDS Program July 30-August 1 offers intermediate tappers ages nine through 12 a curriculum including oral and video histories, tap technique classes, improvisation instruction and individual development of style and expressive ability. After Work Adult Courses also take place July 30-August 1.

Conferences for the field

Now in its 12th year, CHRP’s annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC) and PrepTEC, now in its fifth year, take place July 29-August 2. YTEC is one of the most comprehensive programs available to tap ensembles. Students work with masters on technique and improvisation, meet with specialists regarding related disciplines and learn new choreography. PrepTEC offers the same opportunities for study to intermediate-level tappers. More than 90 dancers between the ages of 12 and 19, representing 10 youth tap ensembles from the U.S., Brazil and Canada, will gather to study new choreography, technique, improvisation and theatre-related topics. This year’s YTEC and PrepTEC participants will learn original choreographies from Charles Renato, Jumaane Taylor and STOMP’s Nicholas Young.

All education programs take place at the American Rhythm Center,

Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

To register, visit chicagotap.org or call 773-281-1825.

Performances by Rhythm World faculty, students and Virtual Rhythms winners

Rhythm World features a performance component during its second week. The opening night July 29 performance at 8 p.m. features Rhythm World faculty and students performing with jazz musicians at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court. Tickets are $10-25 at the door.

Rhythm World culminates with CHRP’s annual festival concerts, “JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance,” featuring a host of extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters July 31, August 1 and August 3 at 7:30 p.m. in The Edlis Neeson Theater at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Avenue. Also on these programs are the winners of Virtual Rhythms, CHRP’s fourth online competition offering exposure for emerging tap choreographers and videographers. The programs, accompanied by the Greg Spero Trio, are as follows:

  • July 31–Broadway and Bronzeville: Tony-nominated and Helen Hayes and Emmy award-winning performer and choreographer Ted Louis Levy offers an excerpt of his show Sammy – The Life and Times of Sammy Davis Jr., with performances by Chicago’s M.A.D.D. Rhythms and Rhythm World guests including STOMP’s Lisa La Touche and Jason Janas accompanied by the Greg Spero Trio and a screening of the 2013 Virtual Rhythms Videography winner.
  • August 1–Berkshires and Brazil: Brazilian “sapateado” guest artists Marina Coura, Charles Renato and Leonardo Sandoval (featured on Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony’s Q-Vida!), accompanied by their Brazilian quartet-Rodrigo Gudin Paiva, Alexandre Homem, Leandro Rodrigues Fortes and Rafael Calegari Ramos–perform a world premiere evening of Brazilian rhythms and dance created for the MCA. And direct from the world premiere of her evening-length work The Blues Project at Jacob’s Pillow, Bessie and Princess Grace Award winner Michelle Dorrance shares the stage with Broadway stars Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards, Derick K. Grant, STOMP’s Nicholas Young and CHRP’s ensemble BAM! performing Dorrance’s award winning Push Past Break with the Greg Spero Trio.
  • August 3–Bad Boys, Back Beats and Best Bets: Jason Janas, Sam Weber, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Jumaane Taylor and Nico Rubio push the limits of dynamic physical rhythmic expression with the Greg Spero Trio, joined by emerging voices “discovered” at this year’s festival and the 2013 Virtual Rhythms Choreography Winner.

Tickets to the “JUBA!” performances are $25-$32 and go on sale May 25, National Tap Dance Day.

Call 312-397-4010 or visit mcachicago.org. Performances sell out every year, early purchase is advised.

All programming is subject to change.

For complete Rhythm World information, visit chicagotap.org or call 773-281-1825.

PHOTO (L-R): Charles Renato by Adilson Machado; Bril Barrett by Farrad Ali; Michelle Dorrance by Matthew Murphy and Kenn Tam.

Major International Cultural Exchange with Mexico announced – portoluz unveils year-long festival celebrating Son Jarocho culture

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A Kick-off concert and panel discussion Saturday, June 29 at The National Museum of Mexican Art launches Son Jarocho series and portoluz Old and New Dreams cycle of multi-arts events exploring immigration and borders

With support from the MacArthur Foundation’s International Connections Fund, portoluz is organizing a year-long series of concert programs, workshops, and community-based exchange activities centered on the Son Jarocho cultural tradition from southern Veracruz, Mexico.

Like other musical genres of Latin America, Son Jarocho is characterized by its Indigenous, Spanish-Arabic and African “roots,” that are credited with developing the style throughout the colonial period, over 350 years ago. In addition to furthering the quality and knowledge of jarocho music in Chicago, thisexchange project encourages examination of the historical interaction among these cultural groups and its significance in furthering cultural dialogue and synergy today.

Chicago-based musicians and other cultural workers will travel to Veracruz for intensive workshops and immersion in the cultural life that has nurtured the genre over centuries. Renowned musicians from various communities in Veracruz will visit Chicago for presentations at accessible cultural venues including festivals, schools and community-based organizations.

Invited musicians from Mexico include members of the Vega and Utrera families who, in 2012, received one of Mexico’s highest honors, the Premio Nacional de Ciencias y Arte – the National Prize in Sciences and the Arts for their collective work in preserving and disseminating the Son Jarocho tradition. In total, portoluz expects to bring members from six different families from Veracruz to Chicago – a total of 53 different presenting artists – over the course of 2013.

Kenwood Academy handcuffed by CPS rules

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Accepting checks to help student compete in academic showdown. The deadline for contributions is May 25, 2013.

By Chinta Strausberg

Handcuffed by CPS rules banning the paying of out-of-state travel for students, Kenwood Academy business manager, Tanya Towns Thursday said 8th grader Eva Lewis is short $1,950.00 of her $2,000 goal but the school is accepting checks on her behalf.

In an interview with this reporter, Towns explained the denial of the travel funds to Lewis, who along with others won the Illinois History Fair and was also named a National History Day Qualifier enabling her to go to Maryland to compete for a national prize.

“We are not allowed to cover out-of-state expenses for travel,” Towns told this reporter. “Her mother is collecting funds, but all we have received so far is a check for $50.00.”

The lack of travel funds could cost Lewis to forfeit her coveted spot in this year’s competition. The eighth grader’s project is entitled “The South Shore Cultural Center” that highlights the Center’s segregated history and the ethically changing community it sits in.

If you are interested in donating to Lewis’ travel fund, please make checks out to: Kenwood Academy High School, %Tanya Towns, Business Manager, 5015 So. Blackstone, Chicago, IL and in the memo field put for Eva Lewis.

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.

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