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Governor Quinn Proclaims September ‘National Preparedness Month’ in Illinois

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Encourages People, Businesses to Plan for Emergencies

SPRINGFIELD, IL – In an effort to increase personal disaster preparedness across the state, Governor Pat Quinn has proclaimed September National Preparedness Month in Illinois. The state will join with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and states across the nation in the month-long campaign that encourages Americans to take simple steps to prepare for emergencies in their homes, businesses and communities.

“The state of Illinois has comprehensive plans for dealing with all types of emergencies,” said Jonathon Monken, director of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA). “But it’s just as important for people and businesses to develop emergency plans and practice those plans regularly. Having a plan that includes where to go and how to communicate during disasters, as well as an emergency supply kit, could save the lives of your family, friends, neighbors and employees,”

IEMA will be working to increase public awareness of emergency preparedness throughout National Preparedness Month. IEMA will post daily preparedness tips during September on the Ready Illinois Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ReadyIllinois) and Twitter (@ReadyIllinois) each day during September.

IEMA also maintains the state’s Ready Illinois website (www.Ready.Illinois.gov), a one-stop resource for detailed information about what to do before, during and after disasters.

During disasters, IEMA uses the Ready Illinois website, Facebook and Twitter to provide critical information about the incident, including shelter locations, road closures, safety information, photos and more.

IEMA will host its annual emergency management conference Sept. 4-6 in Springfield for more than 1,000 representatives from fire, law enforcement, emergency management, public health and other response-related disciplines. The agency also will conduct a summit aimed at seeking solutions to the challenges associated with assisting people with disabilities during disasters.

Federal Judge Imposes Monitor on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Office

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 Federal Judge Imposes Monitor on Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Office

New America Media
By Valeria Fernández

PHOENIX, ARIZ. — Daniel Magos was relieved when a federal judge found last May that Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office engaged in racial profiling of Latinos during traffic stops and patrol operations.

The 68-year-old U.S. citizen, who is a plaintiff in a long-standing class action lawsuit, testified during a trial about his own experience four years ago when a county deputy pulled him over allegedly with no reason, asked his wife for ID and patted him down.

A federal judge said Friday that he will impose a monitor on the law-enforcement agency to ensure the violations don’t reoccur, but sheriff Joe Arpaio faces an arduous task ahead to rebuild trust with Latinos like Magos.

“I don’t think they’ll ever trust him again completely,” said Magos. “Like myself I don’t trust anything he thinks or does. After doing it for so many years, I don’t think he’ll change.”

Federal judge Murray Snow is expected to issue a judgment later this month that would include a court-appointed monitor, training, data collection of traffic stops and the use of video cameras in patrols.

The 2007 lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) cast a light on the impact of community policing when police plays a federal immigration role.

Plaintiffs’ attorneys accused Arpaio’s agency of engaging in a pattern of discrimination against Latinos, specifically targeting them during routine traffic stops as part of a broader crackdown on illegal immigration.

That crackdown, spearheaded by Arpaio, involved what he called “saturation patrols” – essentially broad immigration sweeps in mostly Latino neighborhoods – and began in 2007, when the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) deputized 160 of his officers to enforce immigration law.

On Friday, Magos sat attentively inside a Phoenix courtroom as Snow peppered attorneys from both parties with questions over a proposed resolution that they worked on for months.

There were several areas of agreement, but two of the key points of contention involved the appointment of the court monitor –which Snow said he would support- and the creation of a Community Advisory Board.

“We do not want a court…created body that would be quoted by the media to the public saying he (Arpaio) is not doing what judge Murray says,” argued Tim Casey, the lead defense attorney for Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

Casey equated the creation of such a board to throwing a Molotov cocktail and said it would add fuel to the fire rather than help mend bridges with the Latino community. He also argued that the public will have the perception that it [Community Advisory Board] has authority over the sheriff’s office because it was appointed by the federal court.

Daniel Pochoda, the lead attorney for ACLU said in court that the reluctance of the sheriff’s office to work with a community board reflects “the sheriff anti-Latino attitude.”

“None of those community boards have any power, they can’t order the department to do anything,” said Pochoda to NAM, about the concerns raised by Casey. Pochoda argued that this has been used in the past to help communities work with law-enforcement in instances in which the relationship has been severed.

The proposed board would have six members, with three members appointed by each party.

Detecting racial profiling

Improved data collection, better supervision and accountability by officers was at the heart of the negotiations between both parties in the lawsuit and there were some points of agreement.

But, during the hearing, ACLU attorneys argued for specific changes in the way the sheriff’s office collects data of traffic stops; for example, they asked that deputies disclose to a dispatcher the reason for a stop just like they report a license plate.

Defendants said that relaying that information could endanger deputies and requested to file briefings to argue that point.

“There are a lot of variables during a traffic stop, we want to protect our deputies from sensory overload. They don’t want to spend a whole lot of time on the radio. They’re worried [about] other things at that time,” said Thomas Liddy, a defense attorney for Arpaio at the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office.

There were also discrepancies as to how the sheriff’s office will keep track of the ethnicity of someone they pull over. Defendants argue they should have two choices “Hispanic or not Hispanic” while plaintiffs wanted deputies to use their judgment to document ethnicity without asking questions.

The plaintiffs want to ensure there is a protocol for the public to file complaints of racial profiling and for accusations of misconduct to be properly investigated by the agency. Defendants argued those processes were already in place.

Arpaio’s attorneys are preparing an appeal to the lawsuit. But the sheriff started to implement some changes to his immigration enforcement apparatus since May. He shut down a hotline where people could call to report someone they suspected was in the country illegally.

Before the ruling, he also stopped conducting his patrols, which led to claims by some Latino motorists that they were racially profiled and pulled over for a minor infractions in order to inquire about their immigration status.

Arpaio’s agency still continues to enforce state laws aimed at fighting illegal immigration like an employment sanction law that has resulted in the arrest of hundreds of undocumented immigrants accused of working with false documents.

Those types of operations are beyond the scope of the civil rights lawsuit brought by ACLU and MALDEF, but part of a parallel lawsuit by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that is still pending.

“It’s been a long road, a long process but I think is worth it,” said Magos. “I don’t think he [Arpaio] will be violating as many rights.”

Rise Up, Tear Down: A Celebration of Local Struggles for a World With No Borders, No Cages, and No Profit From the Lives of Human Beings!

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Artists and activists come together to create a concert benefiting the health care hunger strikers “Luchando Por La Vida”—a group of undocumented individuals who have been denied organ transplants and critical care because of their legal status.

The event will be held Friday, September 6th, at Chi-town Futbal, 2255 S Throop St., Chicago, IL, 8 P.M. – 12 Midnight. Suggested Donation: $5-$10

Featured Artists:

Shining Soul (Straight outta occupied O’odham territory in southern Arizona, Shining Soul is a grassroots duo based in Phoenix. They use music to talk about border militarization, the criminalization of people of color, police brutality and the desecration of sacred places.)

Emcee Invincible (Revolutionary emcee from Detroit, Invincible is a co-founder of EMERGENCE Media and a youth worker with Detroit Summer, a multi-racial, inter-generational collective in Detroit that is transforming communities through youth facilitative leadership, creativity and collective action.)

Additional artists include Cihuatl Ce (fierce female emcee from Los Angeles), La Armada (Chicago, Dominican hard-core fury), and Dale Shine (Ruidoson, Doombia, Merengue Dubstep).

Organized by Moratorium on Deportations Campaign (MDC), artists from all over the country are coming together to participate in this cross-genre music uprising in solidarity with Hunger Strike for Health Care/”Luchando por la Vida” — fighting for health care for all people, regardless of immigration status, criminal record or ability to pay. All proceeds will go to supporting the surviving members of Luchando Por La Vida as they petition their cases for critical health care services and organ transplants at Chicago-area hospitals.

This event is organized in conjunction with the “Ni Vencidos, Ni Vendidos: Race, Border Walls and the Politics of not Selling Out” conference and forum scheduled for Saturday, September 7th at Northeastern Illinois University. Artists from the event will also participate and facilitate key workshops at this forum. For more information, visit: http://moratoriumondeportations.org/riseup/

Former Urban High School Principal Barutt K. Kafele’s new book shows how to close the attitude gap to improve student learning

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Alexandria, VA (BlackNews.com) — ASCD, the global leader in providing programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner, is pleased to announce the release of Closing the Attitude Gap by award-winning educator and best-selling education author Baruti K. Kafele.

“Attitude is everything,” explains Kafele, and closing the attitude gap that affects underperforming students is a precursor to closing the achievement gap. In this book, Kafele draws from more than two decades of experience working in inner-city schools to help K-12 educators focus on five areas that will help them achieve remarkable results for their students. Readers will focus on their attitude toward students, their relationship with students, their compassion for students, the learning environment, and cultural relevance in instruction.

A motivational guide for all educators of underperforming students, Closing the Attitude Gap explains how to get results by first helping students develop a foundational “attitude of excellence.” Closing the Attitude Gap is abundant with practical strategies and illustrative anecdotes that offer a wealth of lessons and valuable insights that educators at all levels can use to fire up their students’ passion to learn.

Kafele is known nationally for his successful school turnaround efforts and his deep understanding of what it takes to motivate low-performing students of color. Kafele has published this new book as a follow-up to the 2009 ASCD best seller Motivating Black Males to Achieve in School and in Life.

“With this inspiring publication, Principal Kafele broadens his focus and continues his work to help educators everywhere reach all students and change their learning trajectories,” said ASCD CEO and Executive Director Dr. Gene R. Carter.

About the Author

Baruti Kafele, affectionately known as “Principal Kafele,” excelled as an urban public school educator in New Jersey for more than 20 years. As an elementary school teacher in East Orange, he was selected as the East Orange School District and Essex County Public Schools Teacher of the Year. As a middle and high school principal, he led the transformation of four different schools, including Newark Tech High School, which went from a low-performing school in need of improvement to being recognized by U.S. News and World Report three times as one of the best high schools in the United States. For more information about ASCD, visit www.ascd.org. To learn more about our books program or to read sample chapters from this and other publications, visit www.ascd.org/books.

About ASCD

ASCD is the global leader in developing and delivering innovative programs, products, and services that empower educators to support the success of each learner. Comprising 140,000 members – superintendents, principals, teachers, professors, and advocates from more than 134 countries – the ASCD community also includes 56 affiliate organizations. The nonprofit’s diverse, nonpartisan membership is its greatest strength, projecting a powerful, unified voice to decision makers around the world. To learn more about how ASCD supports educators as they learn, teach, and lead, visit www.ascd.org.

Photo Caption: Best-selling author Baruti Kafele and bookcover

‘Addiction’ receives Theatrical Release in New York City this September and comes out on DVD in December

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After being released theatrically in Los Angeles, California this June, “Addiction”, Perri Pierre’s latest production will be playing in select theaters in Manhattan this September. This touching short film, which recently fulfilled the qualifications set by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for the film to be considered for an Academy Award in the Live Action Short category in 2014, will be screened from September 27th to 29th, at Quad Cinema, 34 W 13th St, New York, NY. ((212) 255-2243)

Come and see filmmaker Perri Pierre’s Live Action Short film that features a unique and heartbreaking story by Australian writers Steven Spiel and Bethany Moriarty, performances by Perri Pierre and one of the stars of Netflix hit series: Orange is the new black Vicky Jeudy, amazing Costume and Production design by Isabelle Parzygnat, original music by composer Leo Kirkpatrick and astounding makeup by Christina Milfort. The film’s total running time is 17 minutes and it was shot in High Definition.

“Addiction”, is the story of a young man who battles between his addiction to drugs and alcohol and his quest to find true love.

The screenings at the Quad Cinema mark the film’s theatrical debut in New York City, and it will continue to run on the film festival circuit for the coming year as the film’s producer makes his push towards the 2014 Academy Awards. Moreover, the movie will come out on DVD on December 28th. The DVDs will be available on amazon.com and at some local stores in New York City. Digital download and online streaming will also become available on that day.

The film’s producer is: Perri Pierre, born in Brooklyn, NY, grew up in Haiti, he’s an award-winning filmmaker and actor. After studying Drama and Theatre at Queens College (City University of New York), he decided to focus solely on his passion for film. In 2011, he wrote, directed and lead starred in his first production J-12, which is scheduled to air on national television soon. He later produced and lead starred in his second production, ‘Three of One Kind’ with which he won his first award, a People’s choice Award by the International Movie Trailer Festival. Addiction is his third production. Other than his own, Perri has appeared in Law & Order: SVU, Cupid and more.

For more information on the film or the film’s filmmakers, email: amisentertains @ gmail.com.

“Addiction” copyright, Amis Entertainment.

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Blue Man Group announces winners of the 2013 Chicago Art Competition

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Winning Works to be Unveiled in New Outdoor Art Gallery at the Briar Street Theater September 20, 2013

CHICAGO, IL– Blue Man Group, announces six winners of the 2013 Blue Man Group Art Competition. The six winning pieces will be unveiled on September 20, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. on the south exterior wall of the Briar Street Theater (3133 N. Halsted) with 10’x10’ reproductions creating a new outdoor art gallery. Each winner will receive $5,000 and be featured in the outdoor art gallery. The original works of art will also be displayed in the lobby of the Briar Street Theater beginning September 20. The winners include: Kathy Czopek, Bridgeton, MO; Kuzana Ogg, Bakersfield, CA; Dan Olvera, Schaumburg, IL; Audrius Plioplys, Chicago, IL; Cody Rounds, Mahwah, NJ; and Candace Wark and Shirley Nannini working collectively as Wind Flow Photography, Chicago, IL.

The juried Art Competition included a judges panel comprising Alison Cuddy, Arts and Culture Reporter, Chicago Public Radio (WBEZ); Tom Galassi, Blue Man Group Chicago Captain; Carolina Jayaram, Executive Director, Chicago Artists Coalition; Stacey Lemp, Hawthorne Scholastic Academy art teacher; Jeff Quay, Associate Director, Blue Man Group Chicago; and Chris Wink, one of the Blue Man Group founders.

The Outdoor Art Gallery unveiling event will be in conjunction with  EXPO ART WEEK (September 16 – 22), a citywide celebration of arts and culture surrounding EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Modern and Contemporary Art (September 19-22). The outdoor portion of the unveiling event will be open to the public. Guests are invited to watch as the Blue Men themselves unveil the six winning pieces in a one-of-a-kind reveal that will be in keeping with the spirit of Blue Man Group.

“Art has always played a key role in Blue Man Group and it is part of our mission to foster creativity in all of our initiatives,” said Chris Wink, a founder of Blue Man Group. “We are thrilled by the pieces these artists have created, as they truly capture the unique spirit of joy, innovation and creative self-expression we strive for in all our endeavors. We hope that they will be seen as a great addition to the cultural vitality of the Lakeview neighborhood. Thank you to all the artists who submitted works; it has been a tremendous experience to see how artists are inspired by Blue Man Group.”

Blue Man Group Art Competition Winners:

Kathy Czopek “Blue Frenzy”
Czopek is a St. Louis resident with close family ties to the Chicago community. Primarily using water colors with strong colors on heavy cotton paper and embellishments of ink and colored pencil, several of Czopek’s pieces have been featured in St. Louis-area galleries and exhibitions. “Blue Frenzy” attempts to capture the energy, colors, rhythm and chaos of the live Blue Man Group experience.

Kuzana Ogg “Khshathra”
Ogg was born in Bombay, India and currently lives in Bakersfield, CA. Inspirations from her childhood in India and subsequent travels can be seen throughout her work with her interest focusing on textile design, botany, biology, language and anthropology.  Her winning piece depicts the colors and form of a figure dancing epitomizing the excitement of participating in the live musical performance that is Blue Man Group.

Dan Olvera “FREN Z”
Olvera is a native Chicagoan who chose photography as his medium for this competition. Vivid color, illusion of depth and light and shadow are all part of his work as an evolving artist. Feeling a strong connection to Blue Man Group as he created his artwork, he drew inspiration from the joy, whimsy and energy of the show. Along with photography, and in light of today’s rapid, ever-changing world of technology, he has embraced the computer as a viable source of creating artwork. His hope is to continue to be excited and challenged in his work for many years to come.

Audrius Plioplys “Blue Consciousness”
Plioplys was born and raised in Toronto, Canada, moving to Chicago as he entered high school at St. Rita. Plioplys then went on to earn his Medical Doctorate in Neuroscience from the University of Chicago. “Blue Consciousness” is comprised of multiple layers of Plioply’s neurons, brain scans and brain wave tracings overlying a transformed photograph he took of a polar bear on Beechy Island, in the Canadian high arctic. The neurons in Plioplys’s piece illustrate the joyful essence of the Blue Man Group which comes from the unbridled creativity, imagination and humor, all arising from the interactions of the brain’s neurons.

Cody Rounds “Pulse”
Rounds lives in Mahwah, New Jersey, creating art his whole life, focusing on the visual arts of painting and sculpture. Recently Rounds has moved his focus to more ambiguous concepts, examining the cerebral, spiritual and internal self. Much of Rounds’s inspiration is drawn from intuitive responses, emotional stimulation and often from the materials themselves. “Pulse” illustrates what music looks like, aiming to act as a physical realization of the beauty of harmony, play and expression of emotion that music inspires in the human spirit.

Wind Flow Photography “Tangled All in Blue 5”
Candace Wark, a lifelong Chicagoan, has been an engineering professor in the field of aerodynamics, utilizing photography in her research for the past 25 years. Shirley Nannini worked as high school teacher, coach and administrator for more than 35 years before recently reinventing herself by pursuing her passion for photography.

Together, Wark and Nannini formed Wind Flow Photography, photographing smoke as it flows in a wind tunnel over a variety of objects producing one-of-a-kind images that reflect the interactions of wind and light, capturing a single moment in time to reveal the transient and dynamic nature of wind. Like the Blue Man Group shows, their art looks at an ever changing dynamic of patterns that evolve and move.

Blue Man Group’s production provides its audience with a unique and thrilling multi-sensory experience that blends innovative theatrical spectacle and dynamic original music with hilarious comedy, art, technology and science to create a performance experience unlike any other. Tickets are available from $49-$99. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or online at www.ticketmaster.com. For more information, visit www.blueman.com/tickets/chicago/.

In an effort to highlight the vast cultural opportunities that Chicago has to offer to collectors, dealers, art enthusiasts and tourists, EXPO CHICAGO, in conjunction with Choose Chicago, the city’s tourism and marketing organization and Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), introduces EXPO ART WEEK September 16 – 22, 2013. With EXPO CHICAGO as the centerpiece, the exposition will join together with the city’s most prestigious cultural institutions for this citywide celebration of arts and culture with over 100 special events, institutions, museums, galleries, theaters and restaurants participating, for residents as well as visiting international cultural tourists.

Rev. Harold E. Bailey will be guest speaker at Pastor Mitty Collier’s Family and Friends Day/Pack-A-Pew Service September 15th

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Rev. Harold E. Bailey, Founder & President of the noted Probation Challenge/PCC Broadcast Network, will be the guest speaker at Pastor Mitty Collier’s Sixth Annual Family and Friends Day/Pack-A-Pew Service on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 8201 South Dobson Avenue, in Chicago. Service will begin at 11 A.M.

Pastor Mitty Collier, formerly known for her R&B rendition of “I Had A Talk With My Man Last Night,” has long turned from worldly pleasures to serving the true and living God, and is now having “a talk with God” every night! Collier recently returned from Porretta, Italy where she left the audience spelled-bound with her hymns and gospel music from her latest CD, “I Own It All To The Word.” She is the dedicated teacher and preacher at More Like Christ Christian Fellowship Ministries, located at 8201 South Dobson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60619.

Pastor Collier invites the public to be her guest for the Sixth Annual Family and Friends Day/Pack-A-Pew Service on Sunday, September 15, 2013, at 8201 South Dobson Avenue. Service will begin at 11:00 am. The theme is: “A Church Forgetting the Past, Committed to the Present, Preparing for the Future – in Hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Bailey will deliver the 11:00 A.M. address. Bailey is known for his blatant approach to spiritual ‘Truth and Solutions’ regarding crime, drugs and acute matters concerning the community and its leadership.

Bailey is listed in The History Makers, and has received many noted tributes and awards. He has been applauded around the world and received praise in Israel for his work with youth in Chicago and the County of Cook.

For more information, Contact Minister Victoria Brady: 773. 408.4586/Jim Carson: 313.613.7196.

CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Internship seeks new applicants for Fall 2013

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — CNN is seeking summer interns for its news show, Anderson Cooper 360. Interns gain insight into the editorial process and strengthen their research skills while contributing to the show and participating in futures meetings. In production, interns learn how to transcribe tape, use the various CNN databases, write for air and work with producers from story inception to finished package. Interns will have the opportunity to accompany producers on stories in the field.

Work Internships are paid at minimum-wage and structured to last approximately 12 weeks during the fall 2013 semester. Students should have a strong academic record (GPA 3.0 or above strongly preferred). In addition, students may not have graduated college or graduate school prior to the start of the internship.

For more details about the Fall 2013 CNN Anderson Cooper 360 Internship, visit:

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Cheryl L. West’s Pullman Porter Blues arrives in Chicago September 14, hits an historic note

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Behind-The Scenes events for Director Chuck Smith’s production include “The Dinner Party” (September 16), “Blues and Brews” (September 19th), “Monday Night Live” (September 30) and more

CHICAGO, IL – The Great Migration. The March on Washington. Change started with the Pullman porter. Goodman Theatre hosts the Chicago premiere production of Pullman Porter Blues, Cheryl L. West’s “refreshingly contemporary” (Washingtonian) play about three generations of African American Pullman porters on the cusp of unionization in the 1930s. Director Chuck Smith, one of the “best directors in the local theater scene in Chicago” (CBS Chicago), marks his 20th anniversary—and 20th production—at the Goodman with this show in the city of the Pullman Company’s origin. It was the porters aboard Pullman rail cars, like the three generations of Sykes men in the play, who tossed copies of the Chicago Defender from the trains and ushered in the Great Migration—the movement of six million African Americans from the rural Southern United States to the Northeast, Midwest and West that lasted up until the 1960s. (A. Philip Randolph, who founded the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters union, served as one of the key organizers of the 1963 March on Washington.) As previously announced, the cast aboard the “cargo of sorrows and struggles as authentic as the tangy music” (The Seattle Times) includes Tony Award winner Cleavant Derricks, Tony Award nominee Larry Marshall, and newcomer Tosin Morohunfola as Sylvester, Monroe and Cephas Sykes, respectively; Chicago stage favorites E. Faye Butler and Francis Guinan and newcomer Claire Kander; and musicians Jmichael, Anderson Edwards, Chic Street Man and Senuwell Smith. Pullman Porter Blues runs September 14 – October 20 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Tuesday, September 24). Tickets ($25 – $75; subject to change) are available at GoodmanTheatre.org/Pullman, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). Abbott Fund and Allstate are Corporate Sponsor Partners. ComEd is the Official Lighting Sponsor. Individual gifts—$200 (for 20 years) or $400 (for 20 years and 20 productions)—honor Chuck Smith’s 20th anniversary at Goodman Theatre, which includes a name listing on a special Pullman Porter Blues lobby display and on the Goodman website; donors at the $400 level receive a special Pullman Porter Blues gift. A full performance calendar and information on other special events appear below.

It’s June of 1937, and the Panama Limited Pullman Train is speeding from Chicago to New Orleans on the night of the Joe Louis/James Braddock world heavyweight championship—a watershed moment for the young African American boxer and his fans. Three generations of African American train porters wrestle with ghosts of the past and dreams for the future as they eagerly await word of Louis, the “Brown Bomber’s,” victory. Set to 12 timeless Blues tunes performed by a live, onstage band, and hot on the heels of runs at Seattle Repertory Theatre and Washington, DC’s Arena Stage (2013 Helen Hayes/Charles MacArthur Award nominee for Outstanding New Play/Musical), Pullman Porter Blues is an unforgettably spirited, music-infused ride.

“Pullman Porter Blues is a quintessentially Chicago play—the train on which the story takes place begins its journey in Chicago, the characters are native-born Chicagoans and the Pullman Company itself was one of the great manufacturing empires that was spawned by the ‘can-do’ spirit of the Windy City,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “There is no director better suited to bring Cheryl’s timely and memorable play to the Goodman stage than Chuck Smith, a native Chicagoan himself, whose 20 years of work at the Goodman pulses with the muscularity and energy of his home city.”


Host Elysabeth Alfano welcomes Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls—who gives a sneak peek of the 2013/2014 Season, Chicago Fire and Sex and the City star David Eigenberg and Second City comedian Katie Rich over dinner from Chef Jason Vince of Nightwood. The cast of Pullman Porter Blues performs.
Monday, September 16, 7pm | City Winery | $40 at FearNoArtChicago.com

Enjoy drinks and light hors d’oeuvres while listening to live blues classics before a performance of Pullman Porter Blues.
Thursday, September 19, 6pm | Goodman Theatre | $49, including performance (use promo code “PORTER”)

A discussion with playwright Cheryl L. West, director Chuck Smith and music director Jmichael. Moderator TBD.
Sunday, September 22, 5pm | Goodman Theatre | FREE for Subscribers, Donors and students with ID; $5 general public
Reservations are required. Call 312.443.3800 to reserve your seats.

Arrive early or stay late for discussions about the play with members of the artistic team | Goodman Theatre | FREE
Pre-show (7pm): Sep 27, Oct 4, 11 and 18 | Post-show: Sep 18, 19, 25, 26, Oct 2, 3, 9, 10, 16 and 17

Host Denise McGowan welcomes the cast of Pullman Porter Blues to this weekly open-mic showcase.
Monday, September 30, 7pm | Petterino’s | FREE admission; prix-fixe menu available

More details coming soon at GoodmanTheatre.org.

Cyber Aces to Find CyberSecurity Talent Veterans, Students Ideal for Recession-Proof Jobs

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Governor Quinn, Illinois Lead National Effort

CHICAGO, IL - The second round of Illinois’ Cyber Aces State Championship to identify individuals with the skills to excel in the emerging cybersecurity field begins this week, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.

The challenge is part of Governor Pat Quinn’s agenda to grow the Illinois economy, increase public safety and help Veterans, students and career changers enter the growing cyber workforce and obtain meaningful employment.

“We are reminded every day of the critical importance cybersecurity jobs have in the public and private sector. These positions are in-demand, pay extremely well, and are recession proof,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “This challenge is a unique way to identify talent, especially among our Veterans, community college students and career changers.”

Here’s how the free, virtual competition works: The competition focuses on three critical modules: computer networking, operating systems and system administration. Anyone can compete. Contestants go to www.cyberaces.org to register, complete a tutorial and practice between now and the first quiz, which will be held on Oct. 15. The competition, also virtual, is at the same website and must be completed Oct. 15 or Oct. 16.

This is the second phase of the year-long effort. The first phase occurred this past spring, and additional competition dates are scheduled to begin Nov. 5 and Dec. 18. Qualifiers who perform best in the three competitions will compete in a championship round Feb. 28-March 1.

“Cyber Aces is thrilled to continue our partnership with Governor Quinn to help Illinois provide its citizens with the opportunity to gain the skills needed to fill critical jobs in online security,” said Alan Paller, founder of Cyber Aces.

Illinois is one of the first states to recruit potential cybersecurity workers through a Cyber Aces State Championship as federal officials quickly expand cybersecurity forces to counter evolving threats.

The Defense Department’s Cyber Command plans to increase its workforce to 4,000, up from 900. Private sector opportunities in cybersecurity also are expanding rapidly. Currently, cybersecurity careers are the second-fastest growing positions in information technology (IT). Cybersecurity positions also are among the most secure and the highest salaried in the IT field.

About Cyber Aces

The Cyber Aces Foundation is a not-for-profit working to discover talent and provide a pathway to employment in critical cybersecurity jobs. The foundation challenges students, Veterans and jobseekers with training and competition, develops their abilities with cybersecurity education and prepares them for cybersecurity careers. It is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit cyberaces.org.

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More than 120,000 help-wanted ads are on Illinoisjoblink.com, the IDES employment website that links job seekers with employers. Keyword matching technology increases the likelihood of a successful new hire and compares favorably to private efforts that cost hundreds of dollars for a single advertisement. No-cost HR recruitment services are available at the website and at (877) 342-7533. Illinoisjoblink.com also is able to contact potential employees with the skills necessary for cybersecurity careers, and will do so again in conjunction with the Cyber Aces State Championship.

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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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