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Archive for September 26th, 2013

State’s Attorney and Attorney General target Internet sex crimes against children

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Cook County and Illinois law enforcement authorities are stepping up efforts to raise public awareness about the threat of crimes of sexual violence against children on the internet and through social media, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced recently.

Alvarez and Madigan joined Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy at a specialized training for law enforcement officers designed to provide investigators with the most updated technologies and tools that can be used in the investigation and prosecution of cases involving online child sex predators. The training also instructed investigators on how to identify subjects likely to use social networks to exploit children.

The State’s Attorney’s Office administers the Cook County Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC) which is comprised of multiple law enforcement agencies dedicated to conducting proactive investigations, forensic investigations, and subsequent prosecutions involving crimes of sexual violence against children. The Attorney General’s Office administers the ICAC task force in Illinois in every county outside of Cook County.

Through these efforts, the ICAC task forces promote the coordinated investigation of cyber cases and the protection of children.

According to State’s Attorney Alvarez, investigators and prosecutors have noticed an increasing trend of internet sex crimes targeting children, particularly those that involve the use of social networking sites such as Facebook.

“As the number of children who use technology continues to soar, the need for education and the commitment to the protection of children who are exposed to online predators must also increase,” Alvarez said. “It is imperative that we take proactive steps to educate and raise awareness about the dangers that loom when children are online or using social media.”

“Training law enforcement officers and raising public awareness about the dangers children face online go hand in hand,” Madigan said. “We cannot arrest our way out of this problem, so any solution must address this criminal activity on multiple fronts.”

“We are very proud to host this important training for investigators throughout Cook County in order to provide our officers and departments with the very best technological tools to protect our children and to target internet predators,” said Chief McCarthy.

Alvarez also announced her office will be distributing free parental internet monitoring software designed to help parents track their children’s online activities.

The “Computer Cop” software serves as a quick and easy way for parents to review what their children are doing while using the internet and to assess if they are being exposed to inappropriate or even harmful content.

State’s Attorney Alvarez also thanked the Comcast Corporation for their support and for providing technological assistance for the online officer training program.

Garfield Ridge family fights eviction by TCF Bank, family tells bank, “Don’t make us homeless!”

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Gutierrez family tells TCF Bank: Don’t Make Us Homeless!

CHICAGO, IL – Home prices in Chicago may be on the rise again, but the housing recovery is bypassing families like the Gutierrez’, who face eviction this winter.

Today (Thursday) at noon, supporters of the Garfield Ridge family and members of Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction will gather at TCF Bank at 29 E. Madison to demand that the family be offered a chance to buy their house back at market rate. TCF foreclosed on the home and bought it back at auction on May 13th.

Time is running out for Domynika Pawelczak, Juan Gutierrez and their teenage daughter, who have been ordered to leave their home by early November.

Unemployment and medical bills from their daughter’s scoliosis surgery put the family thousands of dollars behind on payments, but they owe far more than the underwater home is worth. A HUD-certified counselor told the couple that TCF Bank had a reputation for not working with customers, saying there was nothing they could do.

“This bank doesn’t like working with people; they just see you as another number,” says Pawelczak.

The only offer that TCF Bank made to the family to help them avert the foreclosure would have added, instead of reduced, the principal they owed on their loan. After the Gutierrez family began writing letters to TCF, the bank offered them a new loan less than a week before the May auction. But the offer increased the principal by $22,000, asked for $4,000 up front and reset the mortgage for 30 years again.

“It was like we had never made a payment, even though we have lived in this house for over 8 years now,” says Pawelczak.

Afraid of being even deeper underwater and finding themselves in further financial trouble, Domynika and Juan refused this offer and begged the bank to give them a principal reduction—rather than a principal addition—but to no avail.

While many commentators have heralded a housing recovery, the Gutierrez’ are one of many families for whom the foreclosure crisis continues. Nearly 7,000 Chicago-area families received notices of foreclosure activity in August. Nationwide, as many as 10 million individuals have been forced out of their homes since 2007, many of whom are still struggling to find housing.

“The housing crisis is not over. What many have called a recovery is actually investors driving up prices by buying up foreclosed homes in bulk,” says Sabrina Morey, an organizer with Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction. “Meanwhile, the pain continues for families like the Gutierrez’. We demand real relief.”

For more information, contact Domynika Pawelczak, (773) 490-5273

National Anti-War Leader Medea Benjamin joins Midwest Anti-War Activists to Say, “No Killer Drone for Boeing!”

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Anti-war activists from six Midwest states are gathering in Chicago Saturday to oppose drone warfare.  Their target:  Boeing Company.

“Boeing is vying for a contract with the Navy for a new combat drone – a contract that they say they must win to stay competitive among arms manufacturers,” said Kait McIntyre of the Anti-War Committee – Chicago (AWC).    “It’s time to end the drone wars, not prepare to build another generation of deadly weapons.”

The protest march will be held Saturday, September 28th, 2013, 3:00 P.M., at the Northwest corner of Monroe Street and Columbus Drive, Chicago

For this march, AWC will be joined by groups that have been protesting outside drone command centers, such as Camp Ripley in Minnesota and Camp Williams in Wisconsin.

They’ll also be joined by Medea Benjamin, a national spokesperson for the anti-war and anti-drone movements.  The world watched as Benjamin and her organization, Code Pink, disrupted both President Obama’s speech justifying drone warfare in May, and Secretary of State John Kerry’s saber rattling remarks against Syria in early September.

AWC is against the drone wars being waged in Pakistan and Yemen.  “Unbiased sources estimate 800 civilians, including almost 200 children, have been killed by U.S. drone strikes,” explained McIntyre.

According to member Joe Iosbaker, the AWC also opposes Boeing’s new drone for economic reasons.  “The City of Chicago gave Boeing $63 million in taxpayers’ money to move to Chicago.  That was supposed to create jobs, not to be used for building a deadlier killer drone.”

More local groups are starting to take a stand against drone warfare and other new wars, such as in Syria.  American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 2858, adopted a resolution this month against war on Syria.  That statement read in part, “… the enormous financial costs of bombing and war could be better spent on public services such as healthcare, education, jobs, safety for our children or to feed the hungry…”

BRAG to honor Terry Lundgren, Iman and Alain LaFontant at the 43rd Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala

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Iman, CEO & Founder of Iman Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances will be honored with the BRAG Legacy Award

New York, NY (BlackNews.com) — BRAG announced three exceptional honorees for the organization’s 43rd Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala. Terry Lundgren, Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s Inc., will receive the BRAG Business Achievement Award, and Iman, CEO & Founder of Iman Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances will be honored with the BRAG Legacy Award. Additionally, for the first time in BRAG’s history, a graduate of the BRAG internship program will be honored. Alain Lafontant, who graduated from the internship program in 1996, went on to successfully ascend the ranks to become Vice President of Brand Development for Sean John. For his remarkable achievements, he will receive the BRAG Special Recognition Award. The black tie gala will be held at the Marriott Marquis in Manhattan on Thursday, October 17th, beginning with the cocktail reception at 6:00pm and program at 7:00pm.

With over 800 guests expected to attend this year, the annual scholarship and awards gala has become BRAG’s marquee event. Each year as BRAG celebrates excellence in fashion and retail, it also awards scholarships to students who are interested in careers in the industry, have achieved academic success, and exhibit the financial need. As advocates for diversity in retail-related industries, BRAG serves as one of few organizations that offer guidance to high school students, college students and young professionals. To date, BRAG has awarded over $800,000 in scholarships to more than 400 students, and will award over 50 scholarships at the upcoming 2013 gala.

The scholarship and internship programs are essential components of the BRAG platform. This, coupled with the professional development programs implemented at 9 college chapters across the country, has allowed BRAG to successfully launch careers and provide well-needed finances for students to pursue their dreams. Since 1975, over 1,100 interns have participated in the BRAG program. Gail Monroe-Perry, BRAG President, states, “Our Internship program and Scholarship Awards are important components of the BRAG structure. With strong sponsors and supporters of our mission, we have been able to leverage our current partnerships to prepare, mentor and develop our interns to be leaders for the future.”

This year, Mr. Lundgren, Iman and Mr. Lafontant will be added to an impressive list of BRAG honorees including Magic Johnson, Tim Belk, Tracy Reese, Tommy Hilfiger, John Dempsey, Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell, Daymond John and June Ambrose. Ms. Monroe-Perry states, “It is our privilege to have the opportunity to celebrate these outstanding individuals. Our honorees exemplify this year’s theme Imagine, Inspire, Ignite.” She adds, “We are especially excited to honor one of our own intern graduates whose level of accomplishment is the perfect example of how BRAG is supporting the industry and its future leaders.”

Sponsors of BRAG include Macy’s, Bloomingdale’s, Belk, Saks Fifth Avenue, Estee Lauder, TJX, Old Navy and Stop and Shop.

For more information about BRAG visit www.bragusa.org.

About BRAG
BRAG is a non-profit organization that prepares and educates professionals, entrepreneurs and students of color for executive leadership in the retail, fashion and related industries. For more than 42 years, BRAG has served as one of the rare organizations that offer guidance to high school and college students and young professionals entering the retail and fashion industries. As BRAG celebrates excellence in fashion and retail, it also awards scholarships to students who are interested in careers in the industry, have achieved academic success and who have exhibited financial need.

About Terry Lundgren
Terry Lundgren is Chairman, President and CEO of Macy’s, Inc. In his capacity as chief merchandising officer, Lundgren was credited with effectively easing the merger of Federated’s and Macy’s merchandising functions, and initiating the strategic development and marketing of a strengthened private brand program within Federated. As chief executive officer, Lundgren led Federated’s acquisition of The May Department Stores Company in August 2005, again nearly doubling the size of the company. Today, Macy’s is a premier national retailer with more than 850 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico.

About Iman
Iman is Founder and CEO of IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances, a beauty company that created the first cosmetics and skincare collection designed for all women with skin of color. Launched in 1994, the IMAN brand philosophy holds that women with skin of color represent many races, cultures and ethnicities. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances are designed for African American, Asian, Latina and multi-cultural women with skin tones in a myriad of shades. The brand offers skincare and cosmetics, including 16 foundation shades. IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances are sold throughout the world including the United States, Canada, UK, France, Africa, and the Caribbean. In 2004, IMAN Cosmetics, Skincare and Fragrances announced its strategic alliance with Proctor & Gamble. Under the licensing and distribution agreement, the prestige brand once again broke convention and is now available at mass retailers including Target, Wal-Mart, Walgreens and Duane Reade.

About Alain Lafontant
As a BRAG intern at Penn State, Alain LaFontant was placed at renowned retailer, Bloomingdales. Upon graduating with honors, his performance led to a job offer as an assistant buyer with the much-lauded institution. He quickly rose through the ranks, parlaying his experience there into a 5 year stint as Senior Account Manager and later, National Sales Manager at Sean John Clothing. Moving from one fashion powerhouse to another, Alain accepted a position as Vice President of Men’s Sales at Jay-Z’s clothing label, Rocawear. In this role, and after being promoted to President of the Juniors division, Alain used his expertise to implement new initiatives and strategies that grew the business exponentially. In 2010, Alain returned to Sean John, focusing on strategic planning and profitability in his role as Vice President of Business Development/Brand Manager.

Renown Anheuser-Busch Great Kings and Queens of Africa Art Collection inspires Scholarship and Mentoring Program

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Brewer grants $150,000 in scholarships along with professional development to HBCU student leaders nationwide

Actor and author, Hill Harper, will provide the keynote speech to 30 Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown Leadership Scholars on Friday, as part of a two-day leadership symposium in St. Louis.

St. Louis, MO (BlackNews.com) – A popular and influential collection of artwork featuring African leaders and rulers, ‘The Great Kings and Queens of Africa,’ is the inspiration for a unique leadership symposium at the Anheuser-Busch headquarters in St. Louis this week. The brewer designed the two-day symposium to encourage its 30 Legends of the Crown Leadership Scholars by engaging them with the artwork, original artists, Anheuser-Busch executives and keynote speaker – actor and author, Hill Harper (Letters to a Young Brother, Letters to a Young Sister).

The art collection – commissioned by Anheuser-Busch from 1975-2000 – lives on as it was donated to art galleries at six Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), with the agreement that the collection will reunite annually at the Anheuser-Busch Legends of the Crown Leadership Symposium. The collection has been viewed by more than 40 million people and is valued at more than $1 million.

‘Anheuser-Busch believes in supporting educational opportunities, advancing cultural awareness and preserving the historic legacy rendered in the ‘Great Kings and Queens’ series,’ said Margarita Flores, Vice President of Community Affairs for the company. ‘Anheuser-Busch wanted to do even more to contribute to the future of its scholarship recipients. Now under the program, the students will receive professional guidance and support after the initial scholarship donation.’

The leadership symposium, Sept. 27-28, will include in-depth discussions with some of the original artists, career-building workshops, resume and interview feedback, and impactful networking opportunities. Anheuser-Busch has committed to providing the 30 Leadership Scholars with mentors from the company. The company is considering this class of scholars as candidates for 2014 summer internships.

The symposium culminates with the Legends Scholars completing a wall-sized mural designed by Cbabi Bayoc. The mural will be donated and displayed at, the Kingdom House, a nearby social services organization. The mural connects today’s student leaders with prominent, African kings and queens.

Anheuser-Busch, in partnership with the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), established the Legends of the Crown Leadership Scholarship in 2012. This year, Anheuser-Busch is awarding 30 $5,000 scholarships for the up and coming leaders. The brewer has partnered with UNCF for more than 30 years.

About the Anheuser-Busch ‘Great Kings and Queens of Africa’ Collection
First commissioned by Anheuser-Busch in 1975, ‘The Great Kings and Queens of Africa’ is a series of 30 works by 23 African American artists, many of whom went on to have successful careers in fine art. It features the great leaders and rulers throughout African history, researched by leading African history scholar, Prof. John Henrik Clarke. The paintings became a valued part of teaching African history throughout the country. The collection has been viewed more than 43 million, including exhibits at the 1982 World’s Fair, 1996 Summer Olympics and on Capitol Hill. The collection’s award-winning artists included Jonathan Knight, Alexander Bostic, Barbara Higgins-Bond, Paul Collins, John Biggers, Lydia Thompson, Jerry Pinkney, Leo Dillon and Carl Owens. Reprints of the artwork were featured in Anheuser-Busch advertising, calendars and posters. To view the collection, visit www.anheuser-busch.com/index.php/our-responsibility/community-our-neighborhoods/education/legends-of-the-crown/.

About The Anheuser-Busch Foundation
For more than 100 years, Anheuser-Busch and the Anheuser-Busch Foundation have reached out to groups in need, contributing to community organizations across the country and touching countless individual lives. Since 1997, the company and its foundation have donated nearly $515 million to charitable organizations, including those that support education, the environment, economic development, disaster preparedness/relief and support of those who serve our country. For more information, visit www.anheuser-busch.com.

About UNCF
UNCF (United Negro College Fund) is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. To serve youth, the community and the nation, UNCF supports students’ education and development through scholarships and other programs, strengthens its 38 member colleges and universities, and advocates for the importance of minority education and college readiness. Today, UNCF supports more than 60,000 students at over 900 colleges and universities across the country. UNCF administers more than 400 programs, including scholarship, internship and fellowship, mentoring, summer enrichment, and curriculum and faculty development programs. UNCF institutions and other historically black colleges and universities are highly effective, awarding more than 20 percent of African American baccalaureate degrees. The UNCF logo features the UNCF torch of leadership in education and its widely recognized motto, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”® Learn more at www.UNCF.org.

National Bankers Association convenes 86th Annual Convention in Atlanta

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Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry to Keynote Annual Awards Dinner

The Late Former Mayor Maynard Holbrook Jackson to be Honored

Outstanding Community Service Awardees: JP Morgan Chase’s Jamie Dimon and Fifth Third Bank’s Randy Korporc, Coca-Cola Foundation and Thomas Dortch, Jr., TWD, Inc. also honored

The National Bankers Association, a trade association representing the interests of minority-owned banks, will hold its 86th Annual Convention in Atlanta October 1 – 4, 2013, at the Hilton Atlanta Hotel with Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, giving the keynote address. Highlighting the convention will be a special tribute to the late Mayor Maynard H. Jackson who championed minority businesses in the awarding of city contracts.

Also being honored is Jamie Dimon, Chairman/CEO of JP Morgan Chase, for his work in supporting economic development in communities across America and around the world.


“Celebrating Success: A legacy of Community Service and Social Responsibility”


The late Honorable Maynard Holbrook Jackson, former Mayor, City of Atlanta

Awardees: James “Jamie” Dimon, CEO, JP Morgan Chase

The Honorable Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta

Thomas Dortch, Jr. – President/CEO, TWD, Inc.

Randy Koporc, CEO, Fifth Third Bank Georgia

Christopher C. Womack, President, External Affairs, Southern Company

Curley M. Dossman, Jr., President, Georgia-Pacific Foundation

Coca-Cola Foundation

Where: Hilton Atlanta Hotel

255 Courtland Street, NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

When: Oct. 1-4, 2013

Welcome remarks by Ceasar Mitchell, President, Atlanta City Council

Awards Luncheon

Thursday, October 3

12:00 noon – 1:30 p.m.

Welcome Remarks: Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta

Luncheon Address: Randy Koporc, CEO, Fifth Third Bank Georgia

Annual Awards Dinner

Thursday, October 3

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Thomas Curry, Comptroller of the Currency, U. S. Department of Treasury.

The National Bankers Association founded in 1927, is a trade group of minority-owned banks.  Membership is comprised of African-American, Hispanic-American, Native-American, Asian-American and women-owned banks.  The Association is headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Michael A. Grant, J.D.

President/CEO, National Bankers Association

Library hopping – give it a try, you just might like it!

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SoapBox Rants

By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan
President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al.

People that know me well know that I enjoy hanging out at the library taking advantage of the free Wi-Fi and the books they have to offer. I love visiting libraries in the ChicagoLand and Northern Indiana areas. They all have their own unique environment and books on the shelves. For example, at the Hammond Indiana Library, the two levels have a generous amount of space for hanging out utilizing brain power. The first thing I noticed when I approached the second floor was the large quantity of Graphic Novels/Comics.

This week, I visited the Oak Lawn Library, South Holland Public Library, Lansing Public Library, and the Calumet City Public Library.  All of these libraries were clean and well-kept with very helpful staff.

I visited Oak Lawn Library this week, probably the largest amongst them all, with several floors. They also provide training for Microsoft Office and Adobe products via online instruction. They also have a few more conference areas than most libraries for studying and meetings.

South Holland Library is a nice library with plenty of activities taking place from learning Microsoft Excel to playing video games. There is plenty of seating available with many little quiet and private areas for studying without distraction.

As I entered the Lansing Public Library what struck me most was the waterfall. Not only is it nice to look at in the middle of the library area, I found the sounds of the waterfall very relaxing. It set up a tranquil place for learning. They even allow Lansing Library card holders to check out laptops to use in the building. That means you can pretty much sit anywhere you’d like in the library and “get your study on.”

The Calumet City Public Library has a very spacious open area as you enter. One cannot help but want to hurry and find a spot to get “geeky.” Entering the foyer, right away I noticed the outstanding art. Several sculptures await you as you walk in. You have to keep an eye out for it as you travel east on State Street off Torrence Avenue or you could miss it nestled in the background of the Lansing Police and Fire Station.

I enjoy Chicago Public Libraries, but towns with their own library can be quite an adventure. They are usually unique in that they are the only public library in that town. So take time and map out your project, pack your laptop, mouse and headphones and head over to one of these libraries or even two or more this week. And you’ll see just how much more you can get done when you are sitting around others looking to gain knowledge to improve their lives, work on projects or just plain learning something.

Believe me, there is a difference!

Pamela Bratcher-McMillan is a technology Expert and President, Chair & CEO, of PETAL et al. She is also a weekly columnist for CopyLine Magazine

Teatro Luna brings their new original performance LUNA UNLACED home to Chicago!

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At the Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, October 4 & 5 as a part of Teatro Vista’s New Late Night TV Series

CHICAGO, IL – Teatro Luna will be bringing their work home to Chicago on October 4-5, 2013 at Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, in association with Teatro Vista’s Late Night TV. This summer, Teatro Luna toured LUNA UNLACED over twenty-eight times in sixteen cities throughout Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Oregon, Washington, New York and Massachusetts in preparation for their first appearance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, the largest arts festival in the world. Teatro Luna has ambitiously taken steps to reach their goal of establishing themselves as a national institution for Women of Color and the development of New and Original work by embarking on a national tour that has taken them all the way to the United Kingdom!

With LUNA UNLACED, A Choose Your Own Adventure Play, the ladies of Luna give you a chance to decide the show live from moment to moment! Using monologues, songs, scenes and poetry, they delve into a whole slew of issues ranging from sexuality, latinidad, adventures in immigrant story archives, racist encounters, and the sometimes self-induced drama that makes up their lives as Latinas in the USA. The idea is simple: they’ve picked twenty of their favorite small plays from the past seven years, and through a series of random draws, Twitter battles and trivia questions, the audience picks the twelve plays they want to see. The show is different every night, and the actors are as surprised as the audience. Anything can happen with the Ladies of Luna!

“Slightly campy, sometimes serious, always deployed with meticulous timing, professionalism and talent, Luna Unlaced is a show with staying power.” (TheatreJones Dallas)

This is the first time in Luna’s thirteen year history the company has embarked on a tour of this magnitude. Without much more than hope, a few suitcases and a brand new show, the company set off for South Texas to start performing in June. Over the next six weeks, the company performed LUNA UNLACED twenty-eight times, many times for audiences that paid nothing at the door. They stayed in housing donated from Luna fans all over the country, purchased gas with donations collected at the show the night before, and answered individual requests by companies to come perform the next week. Executive Director of Teatro Luna, Alexandra Meda, adds that “It’s exciting for Teatro Luna to travel all over the country to perform our new original work. This show was intentionally crafted to be one of the most entertaining evenings spent at the Theatre all year, and yet, we still manage to jam-pack our social justice mission into every heartbeat of the performance. We’re so thrilled to have shared it with these unique communities.” And now, they’re bringing the show to Chicago!

“The show is performed with aplomb…The writing is crisp and the performances winning.” (Diane Rodriguez, Center Theatre Group, Los Angeles)


Where: Victory Gardens Biograph Theatre, 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue, Chicago, IL

When: Friday, October 4 & Saturday, October 5 @ 10:30 PM

How Much: $10 General Admission, $8 Student Tickets

How to Get Tickets: Go to www.victorygardens.org or click here. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

Starting in Edinburg, TX, Teatro Luna went on to perform their original “Choose Your Own Adventure Play” in San Benito, TX, Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, San Antonio, TX, Albuquerque, NM, Santa Fe, NM, Phoenix, AZ, Los Angeles, CA, Santa Cruz, CA, San Francisco, Berkeley, CA, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, Boston, MA, New York, NY, and finally, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Notable partner theatres and organizations included Teatro Vivo (Austin), Say Sí (San Antonio), Company of Angels (Los Angeles), Teatro Milagro (Portland), eSe Teatro (Seattle) and INTAR (New York City). In addition to bringing LUNA UNLACED to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Teatro Luna performed the European revival of YOUR PROBLEM WITH MEN by Emilio Williams, the last show of their Season 12, which opened in Chicago in March 2013 to critical acclaim.

This play is presented in English with a sprinkle of Spanish. Visit www.teatroluna.org for more information. Please see link for more press photos: http://teatroluna.org/book-us-2/press-foto-galleria/

About Teatro Luna

Teatro Luna is America’s all-Latina theatre dedicated to creating original devised and single-author work that honors Latina lives and showcases the talents of Latina/Hispana artists. Founded in 2000, Luna is dedicated to expanding the range of Latina roles visible on the Chicago stage and beyond. Luna produces a full season of their original full-length and one-off events year-round and tours colleges/universities, festivals and venues across the country with a blend of ensemble-created performances, workshops, and lectures. Our varied education programs serve both Adult Latina/All Women of Color and Youth including our ambitious LUNALABS series dedicated to providing free training for women pursuing professional careers in playwrighting, directing, producing, acting, and dramaturgy. 2012 marked the launch of their VERA LUNA YOUNG ARTIST LABS. Luna is an award-winning theatre company whose work has been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, American Theatre Magazine, NBC, Univision, NPR, and other major outlets and publications on a wide spectrum ranging from scholarship to cultural, and everything in between.

Some of our most well-known work is currently on tour: S-E-X-Oh!, Machos! BE A MAN, Not Your Generic Latina, & Crossed: an investigation on borders & immigration. For more information please visitwww.teatroluna.org or like us at facebook.com/teatrolunachicago or follow us @teatroluna on twitter.

State highlights the benefits of older workers during Awareness Week from September 22nd to 28th

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Observance highlights program that provides training to seniors

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) Director John K. Holton, Ph.D., is encouraging employers to recognize the contributions of older adults in the workplace in observance of National Employ the Older Worker Week. Each year during the last full week of September, the observance sponsored by the U.S Department of Labor highlights how communities benefit from the contributions of older workers who have remained on the job. The theme for this year’s observance is that older workers are a valuable asset for employers, especially as it relates to mentoring and being a role model for younger workers.

“According to statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor, by next year, 41% of Americans age 55 and older will be employed, accounting for more than 21% of the work force. And since people are healthier and living longer, many will probably remain on the job longer than previous generations of workers. This can benefit employers because older workers have a wealth of knowledge, and can teach skills and mentor newer staff,” said Director Holton.

There are many reasons older adults choose to remain in the workforce. A 2013 survey by the National Council on Aging cites the most common reason is to stay active and productive. The second most common reason is respondents said they enjoyed their work, more than 60% said they needed the money, and more than half surveyed said that working gave them a sense of purpose and allowed them to stay connected to other people.

National Employ the Older Workers Week also marks the anniversary of the Older Americans Act of 1965, which led to more program services to benefit older adults. One such program is the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP) to provide on-the-job skills training to individuals age 55 and older who have limited financial resources. SCSEP is federally funded through a grant from the U.S Department of Labor under Title V of the Older Americans Act. IDoA administers SCSEP through the Area Agencies on Aging and providers at the local level to provide assistance to low-income seniors who are looking to re-enter the workforce.

SCSEP participants are enrolled to work at community service or non-profit agencies usually for 20 hours a week at minimum wage. Through the program they receive personalized employment-related counseling and job-related training designed to assist them in finding permanent employment. Training may include improving existing skills, developing new skills, and educational opportunities.

Since its inception, SCSEP has helped more than one million older Americans re-enter the workforce. Last year in Illinois, 502 older adults participated in SCSEP and 50 participants were hired for permanent employment.

For more information about programs to assist older adults in Illinois and their caregivers, including the Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), call the Department on Aging Senior HelpLine at 1-800-252-8966, or for TTY (hearing impaired use only) call 1-888-206-1327.

National Veterans Art Museum launches new website

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New website designed to provide user-friendly experience, improved navigation and functionality and better access to the NVAM Collection Online, a database of art from the permanent collection

CHICAGO, IL – The new website for the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) went live at midnight on Wednesday, September 25, 2013. Available at www.nvam.org, the site offers an entirely redesigned user interface, prioritizing the user experience. Visitors now have easier access to high resolution images through the award-winning NVAM Collection Online as well as videos, and upcoming exhibits and events.

Designed with the user experience in mind, the website has employed the latest technology to make the site compatible with current browsers and will anticipate and be responsive to future browsers.

In addition, the site makes the museum’s five organizational pillars–arts, education, therapeutic art, civics and international outreach–easy to browse and explore. The arts are prominently highlighted in the NVAM Collection Online (NCO), a database of art and biographies of artists launched in 2011. Additional images and resources are continually being added to the NCO, and developers have indicated that a Curator’s Only section will launch in the coming months.

The homepage will highlight upcoming events and exhibitions, and visitors can stay up-to-date with the NVAM’s latest news and opportunities for artists. Visitors will be able to share events and pages that interest them with others across Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

Visitors are encouraged to share their feedback on the new website by posting a comment on the NVAM’s Facebook page (www.Facebook.com/NationalVeteransArtMuseum).

About the National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and exhibition of art inspired by combat and created by veterans. The National Veterans Art Museum addresses both historical and contemporary issues related to military service in order to give patrons of all backgrounds insight into the effects of war and to provide veterans an artistic outlet to work through their military and combat experiences.

The National Veterans Art Museum is located at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago, Illinois. The National Veterans Art Museum will be open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. For group admission reservations, call the Museum at 312/326-0270 or visit www.nvam.org.

Patrons of the museum can access art from the permanent collection and biographical information on the artists through the NVAM Collection Online, an award-winning archive of art in the museum’s permanent collection. The NVAM Collection Online can be found at www.nvam.org/collection-online.

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