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Stroke – the leading cause of disability in Illinois and the U.S.

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Learn how to reduce your risk on World Stroke Day – October 29, 2013

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Illinois and is the leading cause of disability. This year’s theme for World Stroke Day, October 29, 2013, is “Because I Care,” which emphasizes that stroke is preventable and the benefits of prevention extend to all those who care.

“Although most people who have a stroke are older, anyone, including children can have a stroke,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “While we cannot control some risk factors for preventing a stroke, like age, sex, ethnicity and family history, we can make healthy changes that can help lower the risk. Changes may include getting more exercise and eating a healthier diet.”

A stroke occurs when a clot blocks the blood supply to the brain or a blood vessel bursts in the brain. Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death and is responsible for 16 percent of all cardiovascular disease deaths in Illinois. In 2009, there were slightly more than 5,000 deaths in adults age 35 and older in Illinois due to stroke. More men die of stroke than women, but more women have a stroke and more women suffer from a disability after a stroke than men. Black non-Hispanics have the highest stroke mortality rate and stroke occurs more in black and non-Hispanic races and ethnicities. The overall prevalence of stroke in Illinois adults is 3.1 percent, or slightly more than 300,000 adults.

The following actions can help reduce the likelihood of having a stroke:

Know your personal risk factors for stroke, including high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, high blood cholesterol and a history of having a previous stroke, and control or manage those condi­tions by working with healthcare providers;

engage in physical activity regularly;

maintain a healthy diet high in fruits and vegetables;

limit alcohol consumption;

avoid cigarette smoke (if you smoke, seek help to stop now. 1-866 Quit Yes.)

Know the signs and symptoms of a stroke. Use the F.A.S.T. test to check for signs of stroke:

FACE – ask the person to smile. Does one side of their face droop?

ARMS – ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?

SPEECH – ask the person to repeat a simple phrase. Is their speech slurred or strange?

TIME – if you notice any of these signs, call 9-1-1.

Other symptoms to look for include sudden leg numbness or weakness, sudden confusion or trouble understanding, sudden trouble seeing in one or both eyes, sudden trouble walking or dizziness, and sudden severe headache with no know cause. If you observe someone with these symptoms call 9-1-1 immediately.

For more information about stroke, log onto http://www.idph.state.il.us/heartstroke/stroke_fs.htm

Astor House Tenants Fight Back with Halloween Week of Action

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In the next week, Astor House residents – who are still fighting for their rights as tenants more than a year after their building was purchased by BJB Properties — will seek to make their voices heard through two events.

On Thursday Oct. 31, tenants and supporters from Northside Action for Justice and Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction will converge downtown to march for tenants’ rights and announce the next steps in their fight.

They will meet at 9 a.m. at Daley Plaza for a march and 10 a.m. press conference, then head to Daley Center Courtroom 1404 at 10:30 a.m. to support tenant Melvin Jennings at his eviction trial.

On Sunday Nov. 3, tenants and activists will seek to hold BJB Properties accountable for its deplorable actions toward tenants. Details of the event will be announced by Sunday morning.

“As we mark a year since BJB began their campaign of gentrification in this building, we see the same story of forced move-outs and homelessness happening all over the city,” tenant Melvin Jennings says. “But we will continue to fight for affordable housing and tenants’ rights.”:

Since BJB bought the Astor House property at 1246 W. Pratt in fall 2012, it has evicted dozens of tenants, and a number of them have ended up in shelters and on the streets.

Even as the building’s property manager claimed tenants were being evicted so the company could make repairs, he rented apartments to new tenants — who found the same mice, bedbugs and roaches that BJB had ignored when tenants complained about them months earlier.

“We were tricked,” says former Astor House tenant Sarah Weinman, who broke her lease just weeks after moving in. “Management never told us about the faulty elevators, the building code violations, or the problems with hot water and heat. No tenant should have to live in these circumstances.”

Collins extends protections for homeowners seeking loan modifications

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-Chicago 16th) secured Senate passage this week of legislation that will extend by two years the part of state law that requires a judge to set aside a foreclosure sale if the bank disregards the existence of a loan modification agreement or the homeowner’s request for a modification through a federal foreclosure assistance program.

“Nearly fifty thousand Illinoisans have been able to keep their homes after receiving counseling and loan modifications,” said Collins, who sponsored legislation in the spring allowing Illinois homeowners to continue taking advantage of federal foreclosure programs that had been renewed for two additional years. “It is essential to keep an enforcement mechanism in place so homeowners have an opportunity to reduce their monthly payments to affordable levels and stay in their homes.”

The Home Affordable Modification Program, part of the federal Making Home Affordable package of foreclosure assistance options, allows homeowners threatened with foreclosure to make mortgage payments that fit within their budgets. Most loan modifications involve a lower interest rate, but more than half extend the repayment term, and almost a third involve principal forbearance. A related program, HAMP-PRA (Principal Reduction Alternative), allows for part of the loan’s principal to be forgiven for some borrowers. The goal is to reduce the monthly payment to 31 percent or less of the homeowner’s gross monthly income.

Under state law, if a financial institution fails to adhere to the rules of the federal program and proceeds with a foreclosure action even though the borrower has requested assistance through HAMP and/or complied with an existing loan modification agreement, the homeowner can ask a judge to invalidate the sale of the home. Collins’ legislation extends the sunset date on that provision from December 31, 2013, to December 31, 2015.

Senate Bill 1045, which passed without opposition in the Senate, is now under consideration in the House.

The Fable of the Long Term Federal Budget Crisis

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By William Spriggs

The Washington elite are returning to their obsession with the long term budget crisis which means extremists are once again calling for benefit cuts to Social Security and Medicare.  Last week as the government reopened, President Obama called for cooler heads to prevail and warned elected leaders to ignore the bloggers and paid activists who have been distracting lawmakers from the real task of growing our economy.  The president’s warning should also apply to so-called moderates who continue to succeed in creating a fable to convince rational people to agree to make sacrifices of family sustaining programs, rather than ask the rich to pay their fair share of taxes.

The plotline of the fable is that the growing share of elderly in our population creates a growing share of “non-workers” the rest of us must “support” through Social Security and Medicare.  In this warped tale, as the elderly become a bigger share of the population, they will take away from resources the rest of us need.  In particular, the rapid increases in medical costs mean the elderly will consume a disproportionate share of resources, because they tend to have more expensive health care needs than the rest of us.  According to current Congressional Budget Office projections, in 2038, when about 21 percent of our population will be older than  65, we would spend 14 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP, all the goods and services produced in the economy) on Social Security and Medicare.

But using the argument that Social Security and Medicare will become a rising percent of GDP is irrelevant.  If the government gets totally out of the business of Social Security and Medicare, and the elderly paid out of pocket for everything on their own, as 21 percent of the population they would still consume the same 14 percent amount of the nation’s income.

The solution from Republicans, and those like Pete Peterson (an 87 year old billionaire) who has personally invested his fortune in perpetuating this fable, is that the government needs to get out of assuring the elderly that the benefits they paid for will be honored to support Social Security and Medicare.

The “smart” people in the Washington elite think we should compromise by lowering the lifestyle of the elderly-or as they euphemistically say “slow the growth of their lifestyle” as the president has proposed by letting the costs of living outstrip the benefit levels by reinventing the formula for adjusting for inflation.

Why do I call this a fable? Because it creates the “evil” grandma to scare rational people to sacrifice the elderly while ignoring the real culprit behind our economic issues. Since 1997, the richest 5 percent got 284.7 percent of the nation’s income growth so they now eat up 22.3 percent of the nation’s income.  The bottom 95 percent lost income and income share, leaving us with less money for our retirement and children’s education and a lower share of the nation’s resources.

Meanwhile the Peterson publicity machine has frightened us into believing that we will all be working to pay taxes to keep the elderly alive.  But their fascination with the growing financial burden of seniors doesn’t extend to the bigger problem of growing income inequality.  Inequality worsened by continued lowering of real wages and less retirement security for the 95 percent of us, higher CEO pay for corporate executives, bigger profits for multinational corporations and more money to Wall Street speculators.  Let’s also be clear that future seniors Peterson wants us to fear are currently around 40 years old and living through a nightmare of an economy. Today’s 40-year-old saw one of the lowest median income growth’s over a decade.  They also have inadequate retirement savings, so except for Social Security, they face a very uncertain future.

Rather than sacrifice current 30 and 40-year-olds to save the rich, we need to move away from fables to solving real economic problems.  The real governing challenge is how to govern in an age of rapidly growing inequality.  Rather than fear the elderly eating up too much resources, we need to fear accepting story lines that reinforce the current path of growing inequality.

We need to look at policies from the perspective of what our nation needs first, and the best policy designs to achieve those goals, rather than what the rich will accept.  Because the tea party and the shutdown of the government and the threatening of the United States’ standing tells us the rich are too greedy to accept anything less than more sacrifice from the rest of us.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs.

Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142.

Topinka opens The Warehouse to Illinois Taxpayers

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Portal puts local finances at residents’ fingertips

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka on Monday launched The Warehouse, a comprehensive online database that puts Local Government financial information and tens of thousands of records at a single location for taxpayer review.

Speaking in Chicago at the first stop of a three-day, seven community announcement, Topinka explained that the Comptroller’s Office collects financial reports from 5,200 counties, municipalities and special taxing districts across the state. In creating The Warehouse, she has made those records and other pertinent local financial information collected by her office immediately available to residents.

The Warehouse is available at warehouse.illinoiscomptroller.com.

“This user-friendly database allows taxpayers to scour our office ‘Warehouse’ from wherever they are located,” Topinka said. “There is no reason that residents should have to file Freedom of Information requests or sort through mountains of paper to see how their money is being spent.

That information should be at their fingertips, and that’s what The Warehouse accomplishes.”

Warehouse visitors are able to search records by report type, unit of government or community name. Once a local government is selected, users will be taken to a landing page where they can view a snapshot of local finances, Annual Financial Reports and Audits. The site also offers a “compare data” feature allowing visitors to see how one government stacks up against another.

The unveiling of The Warehouse follows Topinka’s launch last year of a similar transparency website for state finances, The Ledger, which allows taxpayers to click their way through everything from the state’s daily receipts and bill backlog numbers to state agency budgets and an employee salary database.

Both initiatives are part of Topinka’s ongoing effort to increase transparency and accountability in state and local government. In 2012, she successfully pushed for legislation requiring local governments to file Annual Financial Reports electronically, and implementing penalties for late reports. Last Spring, she worked to pass similar legislation for TIF Districts.

“The fact is that government acts more responsibly when it knows people are watching,” Topinka said. “The Warehouse builds on the tremendous success of The Ledger – and let me assure you, we’re not done yet.”

Web Site helps Obamacare seekers find affordable health insurance

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Amidst technical problems with Healthcare.gov, one web site steps up to help individuals and families find affordable health insurance plans

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Obamacare, also known as the Affordable Health Care Act, has officially gone live, but due to to technical problems with the web site, many have not yet been able to sign up. Meanwhile, one web site, AffordableHealthInsurance.org, has stepped up to help individuals and families find the affordable health insurance plans that they are looking for.

Frequented by thousands of people every month, the web site does more than just offer health insurance quotes; Users can actually learn about how health insurance works, and what such terms as “deductible” and “HMO” actually mean. The site was designed for users who know little about health insurance, and would like to fully understand what they are signing up for.

The site also features a state-by-state healthcare profile, helping users identify what programs are being offered by the state they live in. For example, if a user lives in California, they can learn about CaliforniaKids, a charitable healthcare organization for children; Medi-Cal for people who are 65 or older, blind, pregnant, or disabled; and California’s Partnership for Prescription Assistance program for people who can’t afford their prescriptions.

The site also features a blog for the general public, and another blog for minorities. Both report on the latest happenings in the health and healthcare industries.

For more details, visit www.AffordableHealthInsurance.org

Photo Caption: Web site snapshot

Scorned Motivational Rapper Marcus “M-POSITIVE” Parker fights back with fuel

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Author, speaker, and motivational rapper Marcus “M-Positive” Parker, who recently was part of an internet controversy involving the well-known hip-hop site WorldStarHipHop.com, has launched his boldest motivational product to date. Motivation Fuel is a culmination of years of hard work and experience with bringing uplifting messages to teens and adults alike. It is essentially a collection of Parker’s best work in one easy- to- purchase digital download card.

The morally and spiritually elevating material that is included in this amazing download will immediately raise the spirits of listeners and inspire them to do more for themselves, their communities, and the world at large. At- risk teens and adults who have lost their way in life can especially benefit from Parker’s powerful message, which is all about hope and how anyone can change their lives for the better. The belief that we can transcend our own surroundings, background, and personal difficulties is at the core of Parker’s music, spoken word and lessons.

Parents are urged to consider purchasing this collection for their own teen children, as it offers an alternative message to the violence, sex, and cultural decay that is often perpetuated by music and imagery found in popular culture. In fact, Parker’s own determination to create this package of motivational rap music is in part due to his belief that teens and adults are searching for something other than the negative messages that are delivered to them daily through television and online media. Young people seem to be particularly susceptible to the cynical and defeatist themes that are commonly found in many of the best selling hip-hop songs today. So providing these teens with another point of view that is communicated to them in a way in which they can easily understand and relate to is essential for helping to transform them into responsible and happy adults.

Prospective customers can learn more by visiting Parker’s website at www.MotivationalRap.com. The Motivation Fuel Discount Card can be purchased for only $9.99 and includes digital access to a library of dozens of music tracks, videos, books and more. This library is a substantial amount of material that has taken hundreds of hours to produce and is now being sold in this comprehensive collection of encouraging and stirring content that is sure to help people get back on the right track in life. For those who are searching for a better life, Motivation Fuel Discount Card provides a roadmap to personal success and freedom that stands in stark contrast to the poisonous messages that people are flooded with day in and day out through the media. The download card can also help those who want to learn to sell their music over the internet as it includes Marcus’ book and the video titled “The Secrets to Selling Your Music Online”.

For more information about the Motivational Rap University, visit:

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Women’s Business Development Center Offers November Programs That Support and Accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

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WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneursincluding counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance.

CHICAGO, IL –Workshops/events offered in November 2013 by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), a nationally and internationally recognized women’s business assistance center providing services and programs that support and accelerate women’s business ownership and strengthen the impact of women on the economy, are as follows:

Thursday, November 7, 2013, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

“Starting a Business in Illinois”

Description:  Are you considering starting a business in Illinois? Put yourself ahead of the curve and gain the knowledge you need to assist with a successful launch. The Women’s Business Development Center will share more information on legal structure and other critical questions start-ups often have.

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Ave., 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Registration: http://bit.ly/Hk4E6v

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

“Webinar: Is Certification Right for You?”

Description: Discover the benefits and differences between various certification options at all levels of government, as well as WBENC WBE Certification from the Women’s Business Development Center.

Cost: Free

Registration: http://bit.ly/18Qq8SS

Thursday, November 14, 2013, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

“Mentor/Mentee Meetup”

Description: Are you looking to grow your business through the guidance of a mentor?  Have you reached a point where you’re ready to give back to the entrepreneur community by becoming a mentor?  Join us for an evening of discussion and networking to find out more about mentoring and how the Women’s Business Development Center and Accion can assist you!
Location: Blue 1647, 1647 S. Blue Island Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

Cost: $10.00 in advance, $20.00 at the door

Registration: http://bit.ly/1c1dSyH

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. Now in its 27th year of operation, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English.

19th child of 21 is first to earn college degree – despite significant obstacles

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In riveting new book, the 19th Child of 21 shares overcoming
a lifetime of obstacles to become the first to earn a college degree

“No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child”

An “at-risk” student is generally described as one who, by virtue of his or her circumstances, is statistically more likely than others to fail academically. The criteria of at-risk status often focus on ethnic minorities, those who are academically disadvantaged, disabled, of low socioeconomic status, and students who experience dysfunction in the family. Though an “at-risk” student is not necessarily doomed to be a poor learner, the odds are they will be underachievers for whom higher learning is often not even a feasible concept. Author Paul Lamar Hunter’s tragic background clearly painted him “at-risk,” yet in his later years he triumphantly overcame the dismal odds against his obtaining a college degree, as he became the first in his family to do so.

NATIONWIDE: Glendale, Arizona resident Paul Lamar Hunter beat the odds against poor kids being less likely to obtain a college education. He’s an over comer! The author is excited to announce the debut of his riveting new book “No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child,” a thrilling autobiographical account that describes how he made it, despite overwhelming odds. As the 19th child of twenty-one (all born within 21 years), his troubled life traversed the perils of poverty, neglect, dysfunction, and even deaths. Hunter describes what it was like growing up in the shadows of a famous, yet detached mother whose affections were focused on the homeless shelter that she founded; and not on her children. Though the shelter was supposed to be a haven for the downtrodden, it was actually the breeding ground for dysfunction and despondency.

Hunter receives diploma in 2012 from Upper Iowa Univ.


Poverty: “We grew up in a house where there was insufficient food, clothing and money to take care of us all.  There were times when my siblings and I not only shared clothes, we also shared toothbrushes. We experienced days when we were required to eat homemade biscuits for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We lived in a two-bedroom house until just before the 14th child was born.”

Neglect: “Our mom neglected us while she spent more time at the homeless shelter than at our home.  She instructed older siblings to watch the younger ones while she would do the Lord’s will-taking care of the homeless. Her more than frequent absences led to numerous detrimental results for us children, including when my sister Zollena suffered severe burns and my brother Thomas Hunter died in our house fire in 1976.”

Familial Dysfunction: “Our mother provided only negative feedback and ridiculed my siblings and me. She didn’t allow us to address her as mother or mom; she preferred we call her “E.” She did not advocate education for us, and frequently told us that we would never accomplish anything.  Our mom was unloving, short-tempered, inattentive, and unnecessarily controlling. Additionally, most of us children experienced some forms of mental, physical and spiritual abuse at the hands of “E.” There was no father to take care of us as he died in a car accident in 1978. I was eight-years old.”

Despite Hunter’s misfortunes, failures, and a lifetime of obstacles, his determined spirit and unshakeable faith lifted him above the fray to become the first in his family to graduate from college. Hunter is proud of his academic accomplishments, but equally as proud of having coached a fifth grade basketball team (The Magic) in a championship game to a comeback win from nine points down. His team took the championship by one point (29-28). Having moved full-speed ahead, Hunter is living proof that neither limits nor lineage determine the quality of one’s life. He commented, “Faith, fortitude and determination enable individuals to turn their setbacks into comebacks.”

The author and his living siblings (10 sisters, eight brothers) range in age from 40 to 61; residing in Moreno Valley, CA,  Racine, WI, Memphis, TN. Atlanta, GA, Pittsburgh, PA and St. Paul, MN. Between them, they have 63 children and 55 grandchildren.

“No Love, No Charity: the Success of the 19th Child”by Paul Lamar Hunter

(Life to Legacy, LLC, paperback, 184 pp, ISBN:10-0984797343, ISBN: 13-978-0984797349)


This book is a dark revelation about how traumatic growing up can be. Paul’s story reiterates the fact that those of us who have loving parents are truly blessed. … Despite it all, Paul’s story will encourage anyone that he or she can make it despite all the odds. Certainly, it can be done. It should be done. It must be done! — Kevin Weslaski, Image Management, LLC

“A truly compelling and very interesting book. It holds your attention from beginning to end. A must read!” –   Attorney Thomas W. Durkin – Racine, Wisconsin

The phrase, “reality is stranger than fiction” certainly applies to this poignant story. However, the darkness does not overtake the light. Truly, an over comer’s story. In the end, Paul Hunter prevails.   — Book’s Publisher, Life to Legacy, LLC


Paul Lamar Hunter was born in Racine, Wisconsin on October 16, 1970. He is the 19th child of 21 natural children born to James Hunter Sr. and Louise Hunter. The proud father of four children graduated from Washington Park High School in 1990. In 2005, he earned an Associate Degree in Supervisory Management from Gateway Technical College. In 2012, at age 42, he became the first in his family to earn a college degree-Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Upper Iowa University. Unfortunately, like 53% of recent college graduates,1 Hunter is currently without employment.

Paul Hunter is available for speaking engagements and book signings. He can be reached at Paul@NoLoveNoCharity.com or visit www.NoLoveNoCharity.com | Twitter: @APLH19
Author Paul Lamar Hunter | Instagram: AUTHORPAULLAMARHUNTER

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Black Playwrights seek new productions

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Authors of powerful new play “Dreamland Burning” seek interested parties for new productions

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – The authors of a historically accurate powerful new play depicting the horrors of the Tulsa Riot of 1921 are seeking interested parties (producers, college drama departments, acting companies, and community theaters) for new productions with the aim of bringing the world’s attention to this long-forgotten horrific act that’s still a “stain on America’s soul.”

Dreamland Burning is a stunning new theatre piece that was recently produced at Purdue University Calumet. Praised by faculty and students alike as a “significant new piece of American drama,” the play chronicles the destruction of a Renaissance Black enclave in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Greenwood, as it was called, was the home of the first Black Wall Street. Greenwood was the most socially and economically evolved Black community in American history. Hailed as the “Black Jerusalem,” Greenwood was filled with fine homes, first rate schools, thriving banks and boasted doctors, lawyers, businessmen, tradesmen and artisans. The residents had peacefully co-existed with the whites of Tulsa for years. However, a trivial incident between a white teenage girl and young black boy from Greenwood led to an armed confrontation between the two races after it was rumored the boy was to be lynched. The animosity between the races was stoked by a rabid racist newspaperman named Richard Lloyd Jones who claimed the blacks of Tulsa “were a vile lot of savages who were planning to attack the city and turn Oklahoma into an all-black state.” On the night before the riot began, Jones printed a column titled: To Lynch Negro Tonight.

The blacks of Greenwood had sworn they would fight to the death to stop the lynching and when a marauding white mob attacked Greenwood on the morning of May 31st and began killing innocent men, women and children in the streets, the rioters were met with an heroic and inspired stand by blacks. The battle lasted for two days and eventually the National Guard had to be called in to rake Greenwood with machine gun fire. Finally, in one of the most controversial acts in American history, the Air Force attacked with fire bombs. Most of Greenwood was reduced to smoldering ashes. The death count will never be really known as the dead were hauled off in carts and buried in mass graves. Thousand more blacks were rounded up and put in cattle pens where some, still wounded and dying, were kept prisoner while others faced starvation and disease.

Dreamland Burning was written by award-winning playwright John Lisbon Wood based on an idea from Academy Award nominated songwriter Tevin Thomas.

Mr. Thomas has composed original music for the show. Script and music available by contacting: John Wood: wood.john46@gmail.com or (917-822-8642) (Chicago)
Tevin Thomas: ttproducer@yahoo.com or (917-335-5076) (NYC)

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