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W.K. Kellogg Foundation Hosts Panel with Civil Right Leaders to Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) will host a panel discussion with our nation’s most prominent civil rights leaders for a dialogue on the legacy of racism in America. The 11 groups represented on the panel are at the forefront in the march for equality, and are the partner organizations for WKKF’s America Healing initiative. The panelists will discuss the long struggle for equal opportunities for all Americans, assess the effects of conscious and unconscious biases and advocate the need to implement concrete steps toward a stronger future for America’s children.  

Who:  Moderator: Carolyn Sawyer

Panelists:

Kathleen Ko Chin, president and chief executive officer of the Asian &
                        Pacific Islander American Health Forum
·        

Judith Browne Dianis, co-director of the Advancement Project·        

Ralph Everett, president and chief executive officer of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies Inc.·        

Alvin Herring, director of training at the PICO National Network·        

Benjamin Jealous, president and chief executive officer of the NAACP·        

Marc Morial, president of the National Urban League Inc.·        

 Jacqueline Pata, executive director of the National Congress of
                        American Indians
 
        
Delia Pompa, senior vice-president, programs of  

the National Council of La Raza

Miles Rapoport, president of Dēmos:  A Network for Ideas and Action·        

Rinku Sen, president and executive director of the Applied Research Center·        

Philip Tegeler, executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council 

 What:“No Lie Can Live Forever:” Healing America for Our Children 

 America Healing Anchor Panel

                        When:  Monday, Aug. 26, 2013

                                     10:00 a.m. -12:10 p.m.

Where:           Newseum Knight Conference Center, 8th Floor, 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20001

BET is webcasting the event live.  It can be viewed at:   

www.BET.com/americahealing

 

About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation 

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. WKKF launched its America Healing strategy in 2010 to support programs that promote racial healing and address racial inequity, with the goal to ensure that all children in America have an equitable and promising future. 

Governor Quinn Addresses Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Annual Convention

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
 
Signs New Law to Boost Small and Minority-Owned Businesses in Illinois
 
PEORIA , IL – Governor Pat Quinn addressed the Eighth Annual Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce Convention and signed a new law that will support and strengthen small and minority-owned businesses in Illinois. Governor Quinn made this issue a priority in his 2013 State of the State address, and this new law is part of his agenda to make business opportunities available to everyone in Illinois and drive the state’s economy forward.

“I applaud the work of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce and share their commitment to promoting the development and growth of minority-owned businesses across our state,” Governor Quinn said. “Our collaborative efforts to expand opportunities for small and minority-owned businesses are critical to driving the state’s economy forward and ensuring the long-term prosperity of our communities.”

Senate Bill 572, sponsored by State Senator Kimberly Lightford (D-Maywood) and State Representative La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago), creates the Illinois Small Business and Workforce Development Task Force to identify issues of importance to small business with a focus on issues of critical importance to the minority-owned business community, including increasing access to capital funding, understanding of procurement for greater contracting opportunity, and workforce development. The task force will make recommendations that can be addressed by the Illinois General Assembly, submitting its first report by the end of November 2013.

“As chairman of the Illinois House’s Small Business Empowerment and Workforce Development Committee, I know how important it is that every effort be made to strengthen businesses and grow jobs in Illinois,” Representative Ford said. “Illinois has many valuable assets available to improve our revenue problem and move our state forward. Our universities are some of our most valuable resources available for research and leadership. This task force will be led by the chairman of the University of Illinois’ board of trustees, and I am confident that he will make sound and meaningful recommendations for policies to help make Illinois stronger.”

Senate Bill 572 takes effect immediately.

At the Black Chamber of Commerce Convention, Governor Quinn also discussed House Bill 3267, a new law supported by the Governor that creates the Disadvantaged Business Revolving Loan Program. This program allows the Illinois Department of Transportation to make low-interest loans to certified minority- and female-owned businesses that have construction contracts with the agency.

Senate Bill 2320, another law recently signed by the Governor, allows businesses that are owned by females who are also minorities to be certified as both “female-owned businesses” and “minority-owned businesses.” Previously, when participating in state contracts, a firm had to choose one designation or the other. This law will directly increase the pool of vendors in both categories and increase the chance these firms have of participating in state contracts.

Earlier this year, Governor Quinn directed the Illinois Finance Authority to develop the Small Contractor Bridge Program in partnership with the Chicago Community Loan Fund. The program fills a gap in the market, helping credit-disadvantaged businesses compete for projects and boosting economic development across Illinois by pairing essential infrastructure improvements with support for small contractors.

In addition to these new laws and programs, Governor Quinn has appointed members of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce to key state advisory positions. Larry Ivory of Peoria, President, CEO and Founder of the Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce, serves on the Business Enterprise Council as well as the Procurement Policy Board. Rev. Arthur Gass Sr. of Waukegan, Chairman of the Black Chamber, serves on the African American Employment Plan Advisory Council, as does Chamber board member Irene Brown from Peoria.

The Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce is dedicated to the empowerment of black entrepreneurs across Illinois and supports job creation by helping members to strengthen their businesses and hire workers in their communities. The Illinois Black Chamber of Commerce is the leading voice of the black business community in the State of Illinois. For more information, visit www.ilbcc.org.

Chicago Southside NAACP travels to Washington to reignite the Flame of Hope

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
 
Remembrance, Resolution, Restoration 
 
CHICAGO, IL – On August  24th , 2013, The Chicago Southside National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will join thousands from around the country in Washington, D.C. for the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Rose Joshua, Chicago Southside NAACP President is making the appeal for you to get on the bus with us to Washington, DC to reignite the flame of hope ignited by Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech 50 years ago.

The NAACP asks that you “Stand with us as we answer the call to action in the name and honor of Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Dr. King, and Trayvon Martin.”

The rally will begin at 8:00 A M, the Lincoln Monument will once again be the site of a unified gathering of souls rededicating themselves to standing for trust, justice, and equality for all. After a short program, we will march to the beautiful monument erected for Dr. King. 

Civil rights, labor, immigrant rights leaders as well as social justice organizations will speak after the march concludes.

Act NOW, reserve your place in history or help sponsor someone less fortunate than you, to take this history-making journey. Round trip transportation on a luxurious bus and one night’s double occupancy at a nationally known motel chain is only $250 per person. Renew, reunite, and remember the dream. Ride with us on the bus August 23rd through the 25th.

For more information chgossnaacpmarch@gmail.com or call us 773-429-9830 or 773-403-1876

July Local Unemployment Falls in Seven Metros

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Chicago Adds +69,800 Jobs; Payrolls up in Champaign

 

CHICAGO, IL – July local unemployment rates fell in seven of 12 metro areas, according to preliminary data released by the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). Not seasonally adjusted data compares July 2013 to July 2012. Largest decreases: Metro East (‑1.0 point to 8.6 percent), Lake County (-0.4 to 8.4 percent) and Rockford (‑0.3 to 11.4 percent). Largest increases: Decatur (+1.9 points to 13.2 percent), Peoria (+1.4 to 9.4 percent), Danville (+1.2 to 11.8 percent) and Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+0.3 to 9.7 percent).

Jobs increased in four metros and declined in eight. Largest increases: Champaign-Urbana (+2.4 percent, +2,400), Chicago-Joliet-Naperville (+1.9 percent, +69,800), and Kankakee-Bradley (+0.5 percent, +200). Industry sectors increasing in the most metros: Leisure and Hospitality (eight of 12) and Educational and Health Services (seven of 12).

“Chicago and suburban job growth are drawing more people to look for work. Weaker manufacturing touched Downstate,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said.

Not seasonally adjusted data compares the current month to the same month of the previous year. The July 2013 not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 9.6 percent and 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the unemployment rate was 7.7 percent in July and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits. Historically, the state unemployment rate is higher than the national rate.

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area July
2013*
July
2012
Bloomington-Normal 7.8% 7.7%
Champaign-Urbana 8.9% 9.1%
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville 9.7% 9.4%
Danville 11.8% 10.6%
Davenport-Moline-Rock Isl. 6.9% 7.1%
Decatur 13.2% 11.3%
Kankakee-Bradley 11.2% 11.3%
Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI 8.4% 8.8%
Peoria 9.4% 8.0%
Rockford 11.4% 11.7%
Springfield 8.0% 8.1%
St. Louis (IL-Section) 8.6% 9.6%
* Data subject to revision.    

 

Metropolitan Area July
2013*
July
2012**
Over-the-Year Change
Bloomington-Normal MSA 88,600 89,100 -500
Champaign-Urbana MSA 103,400 101,000 2,400
Chicago-Joliet-Naperville Metro Div. 3,799,000 3,729,200 69,800
Danville MSA 29,200 29,600 -400
Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA 185,900 185,600 300
Decatur MSA 50,100 52,200 -2,100
Kankakee-Bradley MSA 43,500 43,300 200
Lake County-Kenosha County Metro Div. 392,400 392,700 -300
Peoria MSA 182,500 186,300 -3,800
Rockford MSA 148,700 149,500 -800
Springfield MSA 111,100 111,300 -200
Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA 227,900 230,200 -2,300
 Total Non-farm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – July 2013                 *Preliminary    **Revised

Lt. Gov. Simon announces 2013 Du Quoin State Fair tent

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

 

Lt. Gov. providing easy, helpful ways to give back to the community 

DU QUOIN – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon announced that fairgoers will be able to donate old phones to benefit domestic violence victims, pose in a photo booth commemorating past Lt. Governors and take a no-texting-while-driving pledge at her tent this year at the Du Quoin State Fair.
 
“The Du Quoin State Fair is a fantastic opportunity to experience the many things that make our state great,” said Simon. “Whether you are looking to sample some excellent Illinois products or enjoy family-friendly fun, the fair has something for everyone.”
 
 Simon is encouraging visitors to her tent to bring used cell phones, which will be refurbished and donated to survivors of domestic violence. Attendees will also be able to join Simon in taking the “It Can Wait” pledge to not text while driving. In addition, visitors to her tent can learn a bit of Lt. Governor history and pose with portraits of those who have held the office.
 
 Simon is also urging fair attendees to participate with her in a blood drive from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31 in the First Heat Building. This will mark the third year Simon’s office has joined efforts to collect lifesaving blood donations from local residents.
 
According to the Illinois Department of Agriculture, the Du Quoin State Fair will also include: livestock shows, harness racing, car shows, daily entertainment, agricultural exhibits, two carnival midways, and much more. For more information on the fair call 618-542-1515.
 
 Lt. Governor Simon’s tent is located in front of the main entrance to the grandstand and will be open Friday, Aug. 23 to Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays and 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on weekends.

NAACP calls for housing finance policies that increase homeownership; applauds President Obama for not endorsing the Corker-Warner legislation

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Statement By Hilary O. Shelton

Senior Vice President for Advocacy for the NAACP 

 
WASHINGTON, IL -The NAACP strongly believes that homeownership is a catalyst for safer and more secure communities, and is an important vehicle for creating and sustaining wealth in communities of color.  For decades, the equity in our homes has provided the capital for start-up businesses and college educations for our children. In the aftermath of the housing collapse in 2007, government policies have focused on helping Wall Street and the Big Banks, not the middle-class or families of color. Minorities lost millions of dollars of wealth from the sharp decline in housing values, yet we are faced with a series of public policies that offer little assistance to troubled homeowners and are now poised to construct new roadblocks on the path to homeownership. 
We want to applaud President Obama for not endorsing the Corker-Warner legislation; the Corker-Warner bill is a threat to the middle-class, and to communities of color.  It will take us backwards and not forwards.

Before the 1930s, home mortgages were largely short-term loans that only the upper class could afford – only the privileged could purchase a home in America. After the Great Depression, the nation enacted polices and incentives that made the 30-year mortgage, with no pre-payment penalties, the foundation of housing finance. This new standard loan made homeownership affordable to more people, an expansion that would not have been sustained without federal support through Fannie Mae, the Federal Housing Administration, the Federal Home Loan Bank (FHLBank) System, the mortgage interest deduction and other incentives.  

With these agencies and policies in place, America’s housing market grew substantially, lifting the economy as well as increasing the wealth of many urban and rural families. From the 1940s until the recent mortgage crisis, homeownership rates rose from 40 percent to more than 66 percent. It changed America, helping build middle-class communities.  These policies helped build wealth in working-class families-whites and people of color.  Families built solid financial security.

 Any restructuring of the housing finance industry must sustain home ownership opportunities so the next generation can have opportunities to prosper.

But what we are seeing are proposals that will make it virtually impossible for many in the middle – class, and particularly people of color, to purchase homes in the future.  

 In fact, none of the legislation under consideration will assure that there will be low-cost, mortgage financing available for families and individuals that have good credit histories, stable income and want to buy homes. America needs a fair housing finance system that can spur a robust recovery for housing, as well as the overall economy.  

Going forward, our nation’s housing financing system must balance the needs of families with the needs of Big Banks and Wall Street. To be blunt, the pending legislation fails to prioritize the needs of working families. Since the housing market crash in 2007, measures have focused on restoring Wall Street and the Big Banks, with not enough attention on Main Street and the homeowners facing foreclosures.  By raising interest rates, insurance premiums and down payments, the pending legislation will construct more roadblocks for working families. These measures will represent more failed public policy.  

Specifically, here are some of our concerns about the Corker-Warner legislation:

Ø  It fails to mention that the mission of any successor to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must include that of ensuring universally available, low cost mortgage credit for working and middle class families.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac perform that function and are measured by that objective.  The Corker-Warner created insurance fund does not have that goal/objective. 

Ø  The mission of any successor to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac must include ensuring that universally available, low cost mortgage credit is available for working and middle class families.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac perform that function and are measured by that objective.  The Corker-Warner created insurance fund does not have that goal/objective.

Ø  The affordable housing entity contained in the Corker-Warner bill will not meet the housing finance needs of very low, low, moderate and middle-income families.  Middle and moderate-income families have about $5 trillion in outstanding mortgages today.  The fund would have about $250 billion.  The fund is necessary to provide rental subsidies and some lower income homeownership gap financing, but it needs to be charged with meeting the credit needs of at a minimum working and middle-income homeowners.

Ø  An explicit on budget guarantee will squeeze funding from other lower income housing programs and FHA. The current implicit guarantee that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac enjoy is not on budget and thus does not impact FHA funding or funding for other housing credit program.  Putting the FMIC on budget could also allow housing opponents to limit the amount of insurance funds available for mortgage finance independent of market demand.   

Ø  It allows unlimited guarantee fees to be charged.  The mortgage insurance fund would be paid for by its guarantee fee income.  The guarantee fees would be largely based upon potential risk, with no caps, and these fees could be passed on to struggling homebuyers because there is no prohibition on the fees being included on the mortgage cost to the homebuyer. Unlimited guarantee fees could also be raised to shift the mortgage backed securities market toward private label mortgage backed securities-the very instruments used to expand the subprime and predatory mortgage markets in the 2004-2008 period. 

Ø  Non-depository banks and intermediaries that would be issuing MBS with government insurance would not be required to have solid Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) ratings, meet Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (“HMDA”) standards or meet proxy standards for CRA or HMDA (depository institutions would obviously have to be CRA compliant). 

Ø  Nothing would ensure that insurance is being provided to entities that serve low, moderate and middle income communities or that meet the race and gender scrutiny of HMDA.  Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac as secondary market entities were subjected to ensuring that they provided secondary market access for lower, moderate and middle-income communities. 

Ø  It facilitates big institutional intermediaries.  There is no requirement for minority participation in the private mortgage insurers or servicers that are eligible to participate. The governing structure of the insurance fund does not include any community representation.  The 5-person commission that would govern the FMIC should include someone engaged in community based lending or a policy maker with experience in low, moderate and middle income housing finance.   

Our communities need a finance system that provides credit to a broad and diverse population, rather than one in which credit and housing choices are more costly, more limited, and less sustainable, especially for low- and moderate-income households, households of color, and rural households. Without this broad access to credit, neither buyers nor sellers can transact business as they would like, which could once again destabilize home values.  

It is critical that the government not withdraw from supporting homeownership.  There needs to be sustained public-private partnerships that can provide liquidity for lenders and support the 30-year-fixed rate mortgage, a product that has played a major role in supporting homeownership for America’s families.   

Hilary O. Shelton is the Senior Vice President for Advocacy for the NAACP where he directs the NAACP Washington Bureau. Mr. Shelton has more than 20 years of experience in government relations and federal advocacy.

Roche Schulfer Celebrates 40 years with Goodman Theatre

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

Executive Leader to be honored on the “Walkway of Stars” on September 4, and at the September 24th Season Opening Celebration

 

Chicago, IL – Lifelong Chicagoan Roche Edward Schulfer’s 40 years of distinguished service to Goodman Theatre—a rarely-exceeded tenure at a single American theater—will be celebrated with a star on the “Walkway of Stars” beneath the iconic Goodman marquee, and at the 2013/2014 Season Opening Celebration on September 24. One of the most respected theater producers in the country, Schulfer has been central to the Goodman’s emergence as a major cultural institution and leading U.S. theater. He began his theater career in the Goodman’s box office in 1973, and quickly rose through the ranks; he currently serves as Goodman Theatre’s Executive Director (a position he has held since 1980) and, with Artistic Director Robert Falls, shares a 27-year producing partnership—one of the longest in the industry.  Schulfer has overseen the production of close to 350 plays (including 125 world or American premieres), has negotiated the presentation of Goodman productions at national and international venues and established Charles Dickens’ classic tale A Christmas Carol as an annual Chicago holiday tradition (marking its 36th production this season). He coordinated the development of the $46 million new Goodman Theatre complex from 1998 – 2000, which served as a catalyst for Chicago’s Theater District. In honor of Schulfer’s milestone anniversary, the Goodman’s Boards, artists, staff and friends contributed more than $1 million in special gifts, bringing the $15 million Endowing Excellence Campaign near completion. Schulfer’s star will be unveiled on September 4 at 11am; call 312.443.5151 to make media arrangements.

“On behalf of the City of Chicago, I congratulate Roche Schulfer on four decades of leadership of Goodman Theatre,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Roche’s efforts at the Goodman have helped Chicago earn our reputation as a global destination for theater, and his visionary leadership has transformed the Goodman and introduced theater to thousands across our City. I congratulate Roche on this milestone achievement.”

During the leadership of Schulfer and Falls, the Goodman’s attendance has averaged 90% capacity; sales revenue has grown from $2.5 million to $11.5 million; and public support has grown from $2 million to $6.6 million. Under their leadership, the theater has made community engagement a core value of the institution, establishing a diverse array of youth and lifelong learning programs. The Goodman has received numerous awards and accolades for excellence, including the Pulitzer Prize for Ruined by Lynn Nottage (2009); “Best Regional Theater in the United States” by Time magazine (2003); the Tony Award for Outstanding Regional Theater (1992); and numerous Joseph Jefferson awards for outstanding achievement in Chicago-area theater. Schulfer is a founder and two-time chairman of the League of Chicago Theatres and a founding member, past chair and current board member of Arts Alliance Illinois. “Schulfer’s love for the theater is palpable, but his business skills have made the difference in what his loyalists believe is the Goodman’s very existence” (Chicago Sun-Times).

“As the current Goodman Theatre Chair and on behalf of those who have preceded me in this role, it is a privilege to work with Roche Schulfer—a charismatic arts advocate with remarkable business acumen whose leadership led to the establishment of quality, diversity and community as the core values of the Goodman,” said Ruth Ann M. Gillis, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Exelon Corporation, and President, Exelon Business Services Co. “Roche has championed cultural diversity and gender equality on and off the stage, and his entrepreneurial and strategic initiatives have made theater accessible to all.”

Theater management as a career evolved during the 1960s and 1970s, after the founding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the rise of both public and private funding for the arts.

“Roche is among the early trailblazers of this work, and has set a towering and inspiring example for the field,” said Teresa Eyring, Executive Director of Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for more than 450 not-for-profit theaters. “He is one of the only practitioners in the American theater field who has been elected to multiple separate terms on TCG’s board over the last three decades, and is deeply respected by his peers and by emerging leaders—who literally soak up his wisdom. As a producer, Roche is well known for his fiscal brilliance, but he is also a tremendous advocate for artists—helping to ensure that artists have a home at the Goodman, and that the wider community is aware of the challenges faced by freelance theater artists. He has also been a committed, consistent presence at the national level advocating for the entire performing arts sector.”

Following Schulfer’s graduation from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in Economics, he was hired on September 4, 1973 as a Box Office Attendant at Goodman Theatre under then-Artistic Director William Woodman (at the Goodman’s previous 200 S. Columbus Drive location). He was promoted to Assistant to the Managing Director in 1974 (under Managing Director John Economos); General Manager in 1977 (working with Managing Director Janet Wade) and was named Managing Director in 1980, working with then-Artistic Director Gregory Mosher. From 1974 to 1983, Schulfer produced the works in Goodman Stage 2, which became a force in the growth of Chicago theater through premieres of David Mamet’s American Buffalo, A Life in the Theatre, Edmond and Glengarry Glen Ross. He also worked with Mosher to make Goodman productions more representative of the diverse Chicago community through new programming, casting and marketing strategies. In addition, in 1976, he founded the off-Loop Producers Association—the predecessor of the League of Chicago Theatres.

“There simply is no better, smarter or more generous collaborator in the American theater than Roche Schulfer,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “An enormously gifted producer and shrewd business strategist, he has shepherded productions like Death of A Salesman, Desire Under the Elms and Chinglish to theaters on Broadway and beyond. Roche is also a thoughtful, caring leader who has promoted diversity, inclusion and support for theater workers fighting HIV/AIDS, consulted with many emerging theater companies and mentored countless young professionals—including many outstanding leaders in the Chicago and national theater community.”

One such leader, Rachel Kraft, worked for 12 years at the Goodman under Schulfer prior to becoming Executive Director for Chicago’s celebrated Lookingglass Theatre. “When Roche hired me to be the Director of Development for Goodman Theatre, I had only been working there for six months and was still very green in the field. He explained my promotion to the board as ‘we hire people, not resumes’—which not only reinforced his confidence in my work, but in me as a person. His philosophy informed every hire I’ve made since, and I know that it was his investment in me that directly led to my current position,” said Kraft.

In addition to his work with TCG, Schulfer has served in leadership roles with the Performing Arts Alliance (the national advocacy consortium of more than 18,000 organizations and individuals); the League of Resident Theatres (the management association of 65 leading US theater companies); and Lifeline Theatre of Rogers Park. He has been recognized by Actors’ Equity Association for promoting diversity and equal opportunity in Chicago theater; the American Arts Alliance for national arts advocacy leadership; the Arts & Business Council for distinguished contributions to Chicago’s artistic vitality for more than 25 years; Chicago magazine and the Chicago Tribune as a “Chicagoan of the Year”; the City of Chicago; Columbia College Chicago for entrepreneurial leadership; Arts Alliance Illinois for state and local advocacy leadership; the Joseph Jefferson Awards Committee for his partnership with Falls; North Central College with an Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree; Lawyers for the Creative Arts; Lifeline Theatre’s Raymond R. Snyder Award for Commitment to the Arts;  Season of Concern for support of direct care for those living with HIV/AIDS; and the Vision 2020 Equality in Action Medal for promoting gender equality and diversity in the workplace. He is a longtime adjunct professor at DePaul University, helping to nurture the next generation of theater professionals. He is married to the distinguished actor Mary Beth Fisher.

State Senator Collins’ tenant protections signed into law

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL — In a ceremony at the home of a neighborhood advocate, legislation Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) sponsored to protect tenants affected by foreclosure became law.

“Tenants should not suffer for the financial troubles of their landlords,” Collins said. “This legislation extends our foreclosure relief efforts to renters, who make up 40 percent of households affected by foreclosure.”

The law was signed at the 16th District home of Charles Brown, a retired Chicago police officer who joined the advocacy group Action Now and worked for the passage of Senate Bill 56 after watching families move out of his neighborhood (due to foreclosure) and crime move in.

Currently, tenants living in foreclosed properties are protected under federal law, but those protections are set to sunset in 2014.

Under the new state law, an owner who acquires a property in a foreclosure proceeding can evict a tenant only at the end of the lease or, if there is no lease, with 90 days’ notice. If the new owner intends to use the property as his or her primary residence, he or she may terminate the lease but must still give 90 days’ notice. A bank foreclosing on a rental property also must inform tenants of where they should pay their rent.

Web Site publishes top 25 scholarships for women in 2013-2014

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
The scholarships are available to all women, regardless of age, ethnicity, and financial need

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Billions of dollars in scholarships are available every year to women, and one web site, ScholarshipsOnline.org, is helping women apply for these financial aid opportunities. The web site has recently published the top 25 scholarships available for women and girls in 2013-2014.

Scholarships are monetary gifts awarded to students who demonstrate outstanding academic or athletic ability. Because of increasing expenses for tuition, boarding and books, more and more organizations and corporations are giving away scholarships as a part of their public or community affairs programs.

Federal government agencies, local government agencies, and educational institutions themselves are also giving away millions of dollars in scholarships every year. In total, it is estimated that more than $5 billion in scholarships will be given away this year, and perhaps even more next year.

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OFA Truth Teamers: Get out the truth on Obamacare

Posted by Admin On August - 23 - 2013 ADD COMMENTS
 
Truth Team
Guess how some members of Congress are spending their August vacation: They’re touring the country, going state by state and district by district to convince people that Obamacare isn’t working — never mind the benefits that millions of families are already feeling.After trying and failing to repeal the law (40 times!), they’re starting to get desperate. OFA’s Truth Team is here to set the record straight.

Fight back against the cynical opponents of Obamacare by sharing some truth about how Obamacare is already helping folks all across the country — here’s a perfect graphic to get started:

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They’re trying to take health care away from millions of Americans — and they’re doing it by fudging the truth.

Make no mistake: The other side is spending millions on TV and advertising designed explicitly to mislead Americans.

When one of these ads got fact-checked by an independent organization, the group behind it didn’t flinch. They just bought more air time.

The next fight is already on the horizon: Some of these representatives are the same folks pledging not to pass any budget as long as it continues to fund Obamacare.

They’d even go as far as to shut down the government if they don’t get their way. That’s right — if we don’t jettison a law that passed three years ago so millions of Americans could get affordable care, some members of Congress want to take their ball and go home.

We know the American people are smarter than this — so it’s our job to make sure that they have the facts.

Make sure your friends, family, and neighbors know the truth about Obamacare — share this graphic on Facebook:

http://my.barackobama.com/Obamacare-Truth-Team-Graphic-FB

Or if you’re on Twitter, tweet it out:

http://my.barackobama.com/Obamacare-Truth-Team-Graphic-TW

Thanks Truth Teamers — more coming soon,

Erin Hannigan
Health Care Campaign Manager
Organizing for Action

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