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Archive for March 5th, 2014

Congressional Black Caucus Chair “strongly” urges confirmation of Debo P. Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

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Marcia Fudge’s Statement on Upcoming Senate Vote to Confirm Debo P. Adegbile as Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division

WASHINGTON, DC – Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement on tomorrow’s Senate floor vote to confirm Debo P. Adegbile for Assistant Attorney General of the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) Civil Rights Division:

“Since being nominated by President Obama to lead the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, Debo Adegbile has been under an unwarranted attack. Individuals in the media and in this Congress have worked to diminish and discredit Mr. Adegbile’s character and his record of defending the civil and constitutional rights of those in this country who need it most. Every person should be able to exercise their constitutional right to legal representation, and we certainly cannot prevent attorneys from doing their best work on behalf of their clients. Mr. Adegbile should not be penalized or punished for either.

“Throughout his career, Mr. Adegbile has had an unwavering commitment to justice and integrity. His work ethic has earned the respect of those within the civil rights community and from colleagues who have argued cases with and against him. Twice, Mr. Adegbile has defended the Voting Rights Act before the U.S Supreme Court; he spent more than ten years serving in various leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People’s (NAACP) Legal Defense Fund; he has served as Senior Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee; and he has dedicated his time to volunteering, teaching, and to pro-bono legal work in the communities of which he has been a part. Mr. Adegbile is esteemed for his understanding of complex issues within our justice system and is admired for his ability to lead and build consensus in finding viable and applicable solutions.

“Neither Mr. Adegbile’s ability nor his commitment to advocating for the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans can be disputed. I strongly urge the Senate to confirm Mr. Adegbile as the next Assistant Attorney General of the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division.”

“Women of Soul: In Performance at The White House”

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Event includes Evening Performances and Daytime Student Workshop Honoring Women in Music Thursday, March 6 * White House

As part of their “In Performance at the White House” series, the President and First Lady will invite music legends and contemporary major female artists to the White House for a celebration of the great “foremothers” of American music, with songs expressing the struggles and achievements of women. The program will include performances by Tessanne Chin, Melissa Etheridge, Aretha Franklin, Ariana Grande, Patti LaBelle, Janelle Monáe and Jill Scott, with Greg Phillinganes as music director.  The President’s remarks will be pooled press and the entire event will be streamed live at WhiteHouse.gov/live at 7:30 PM ET.  “Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House will be broadcast Monday, April 7 at 9:00 PM ET on PBS stations nationwide (check local listings).  The program will also be broadcast at a later date via the American Forces Network to American service men and women and civilians at U.S. Department of Defense locations around the world.

As with previous White House music events, the First Lady will host a special daytime workshop for students. The First Lady will welcome 124 middle school, high school and college students from across the country to take part in an interactive student workshop: “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul.” Beginning at 11:00 AM in the State Dining Room, Robert Santelli, Executive Director of The GRAMMY Museum® in Los Angeles, will give participating students an overview of the origins of soul music, inform them of important artists, discuss the social climate of the United States in the 1950s and 1960s as it pertains to women’s rights and dissect the elements of soul that helped contribute to the genre’s unique sounds.   Featured performers from the evening event will share their experiences as well as answer student questions about the music and entertainment world.  Students from 11 schools or programs from the following communities will participate: Cleveland, MS; Eddyville, OR; Memphis, TN; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; Oakland, CA; Philadelphia, PA; Potomac and Sandy Spring, MD; Waiʻanae, HI; and Washington, D.C.

The workshop, “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” will stream live on WhiteHouse.gov/live.  This event will be open press, but space is limited. Members of the media who wish to cover this event must RSVP to firstladypress@who.eop.gov by Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM ET. Press who do not have a White House hard pass must include their social security number, date of birth, country of citizenship, current city/state of residence and gender in their request.

“Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House” will be the twelfth “In Performance at the White House” program during President Barack Obama’s administration.  From February 2009 to the most recent broadcast in May 2013, these latest “In Performance at the White House” events have honored the musical genius of Stevie Wonder, Sir Paul McCartney, Burt Bacharach, Hal David and Carole King; celebrated Hispanic musical heritage during Hispanic Heritage Month; marked Black History Month with events featuring the music of Motown, Memphis Soul, the Blues, and from the Civil Rights Movement; explored the rich roots of Country music; and spotlighted Broadway and the unique spirit of the American musical.

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From NNPA to NAACP to Silicon Valley – Ben Jealous Still Pushing Technology for Equality

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By Hazel Trice Edney

Former NAACP President Ben Jealous, seen here leading a protest,
is now fighting for racial justice in a new way.

(TriceEdneyWire.com) – Benjamin Todd Jealous, the former NAACP president, who has weaved a career through politics, the Black press and civil rights, has now announced his next course of action in pursuit of racial equality and economic justice in America.

Jealous and the Oakland, Calif.-based Kapor Center for Social Impact, located in the billionaire- Silicon Valley announced this week that he has joined the Center as its first venture partner. The center’s co-founders and co-chairs Mitchell Kapor and Freada Kapor Klein are bringing Jealous on to find tech-savvy entrepreneurs and inventors with ideas for using technology for social impact, mainly to fill racial and economic gaps in America.

Jealous will help find the entrepreneurs, help them shape their tech visions; plus establish the selection criteria for possible seed money. He will also help lead the center’s effort to make investments in non-profit organizations that are about closing social gaps and will join the board of the Kapor Center-funded Level Playing Field Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to ending racial barriers in science, technology, engineering and math.

“I’ve always been interested in technology. I’ve always been interested in [deepening] the social impact. And I’ve always been very curious about ways to use technology to advance the social impact,” Jealous said in an interview this week. “When Mitch and Frieda came forth and offered me the opportunity to join the Kapor Center for Social Impact and start trying new things every day…while still staying focused on achieving my life’s mission of and leveling the playing field and closing gaps to access and opportunity in our community and the country as a whole, I leapt at it because it had been a long time since I’d tried something new that had the potential to level the playing field for hundreds of thousands and millions of people.”

Jealous says one of his first stops will be a learning tour of Silicon Valley, the South Bay portion of San Francisco, which leads the nation in cutting edge technology. The Kapor Center has a program for underrepresented college students to get paid internships in Silicon Valley companies.

Jealous, who dates his keen interest in technology back to a fourth and fifth grade computer science program, served as president/CEO of the NAACP for five years until his resignation late last year. There, his leadership in technology grew NAACP’s mobile messaging base from 5,000 activists to 423,000 and from 175,000 email activists to 1.3 million.

Jealous’ technological skills also harken back to when he started as executive director of the 200-member National Newspaper Publishers Association in 2000 with a vision of bringing the Black Press on line with websites and a full-service news service for its members. Before his departure almost half of NNPA’s newspapers were on line and the wire service continues to thrive.

Jealous’ record of using technology to fight for racial justice is what established the mutual attraction between him and the Kapor Center.

“Ben has spent his career working to end racial and economic gaps in society, from the criminal justice system to education to health care,” said co-founder Freada Kapor Klein in a statement. “We are tremendously pleased that he will bring his vast experience, strategy and energy to the tech sector as the next frontier in his life’s work for justice and inclusion.”

Jealous’ civil rights career is just as important as his tech interest said co-founder Mitchell Kapor, one of the first Silicon Valley billionaires. “As an entrepreneur and an investor, I’ve built my career on seeing the possibilities of good ideas and the right team, and then bringing that vision to life. By bringing Ben to the Kapor team, we are making a bet that someone who has succeeded in changing the broader world in so many ways will do the same in our world.”

When Jealous left the NAACP last year, he said he would spend more time with his growing family and would also work to start a political action committee (PAC) for transformative Democratic and Republican candidates. He said this week that he will continue to do it all.

“I will reserve a portion of my time continuing my work in politics. This will be 80 percent of my time and 20 percent will be continuing to build the PAC,” he said. “It’ll be separate and ongoing work.”

As for his family, Jealous says he will remain bi-coastal, primarily living in Maryland with his family even as he travels for the Kapor Center.

The Center has already made major strides in its quest for social justice. Jealous ticked off a list of ideas, aps and inventions as examples that have already received funding. They include technology that lowers the astronomical cost of telephone calls from inmates to their families; a blue tooth hearing aid that costs only $75 instead of the normal $3,000-$5,000; technology that helps parents and children with bi-lingual education; a way to send money home to another country without paying a 30 percent remittance fee; and a way to make college education available for the cost of a Pell grant.

“So, that’s what we’re talking about here…Very similar to my work at the NAACP. We’re working on multiple gaps simultaneously,” Jealous said. “It’s impossible not to be excited.”

San Francisco Unified Brings End to Willful Defiance Suspensions

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San Francisco Unified Brings End to Willful Defiance Suspensions

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By Vanessa Tagliabue

SAN FRANCISCO – The Board of San Francisco Unified School District voted last week to pass the Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution, which will ban the use of “willful defiance” as a reason to suspend or expel a student in the district.

The resolution will require the use of alternatives to suspension and expulsion in cases of willful defiance, and paves the way for teachers to receive training in restorative practices and other alternative disciplinary approaches. The new policies will go into effect this fall.

“Willful defiance” refers to a vague section of the California Education Code, which allows students to be suspended or expelled for being disruptive at school or defying the authority of teachers or administrators.

One of the Board’s major aims is to reduce racial disparities in the number of students suspended or expelled for willful defiance; in particular, Latino and African American students have been disproportionately represented in defiance-related suspensions. Data show they account for 81 percent of all “willful defiance” suspensions in the district. African Americans, who account for just 10 percent of the student body, make up more than half of all such suspensions.

Among the students at a rally last Tuesday in support of the resolution was Kevin Murcia, 18, who attends Downtown High School. Murcia had been suspended for willful defiance multiple times prior to enrolling at his current school, because of behavior such as interrupting class and wearing a hat. He said that instead of being suspended, he thinks teachers could “give me a space to cool down and let me think on what I have done.”

Francisco Craig, 17, also of Downtown High School, had been suspended at a prior school for infractions such as talking too much and going to the bathroom without permission. “Once you fall behind, [it’s] trouble to get back,” he said.

Also present at the rally was Kevine Boggess, the director of civic engagement at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, one of the organizations that led the effort to get the resolution passed. “We don’t want to punish or exclude our students. We want to see them grow from their mistakes. For us it’s really about the change in the dynamic, [from] one where students get punished and pushed out to one where students feel supported and respected and they get the help that they need,” he said.

“What we see is that when students get suspended and stay away from school for a long period of time, they lose their connection to the school’s community and then they are less interested in going back and finishing their education,” he added.

Boggess says this can contribute to young people’s entering the criminal justice system.

Matt Haney, the commissioner of the Board of San Francisco Unified, said “We need to make that commitment, that alternatives are in place – whether it’s counseling, whether it’s more support for classroom management, whether it’s additional staff and social workers. All of those things need to be taken into consideration [in] how we support every student in a positive way.”

Photo Caption: Image: Students rally in front of the SFUSD offices in support of the Safe and Supportive Schools Resolution.

State awarding $1 million in grants to reduce youth access to tobacco sales

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First-ever combined tobacco/liquor seminars, teen video contest also announced

CHICAGO, IL – To help protect the health of our children, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission (ILCC) is awarding $1 million in grants to communities throughout the state to implement the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here tobacco enforcement program.

“This effort is a two-pronged approach, featuring both education and enforcement,” says ILCC Executive Director Gloria L. Materre. “Prevention is always our first priority. Communities who participate in the grant program will initially distribute educational materials to all their tobacco retailers, then conduct compliance checks to ensure they are following the law.” (Retailers can also order their own materials by visiting www.state.il.us/lcc/tobacco/orderkit.htm on the web.)

While Illinois continues to exceed the federally required 80 percent compliance rate for tobacco enforcement, the Commission has seen a steady decline in the compliance rate over the past several years. Because of this, a concerted effort is being made this year to implement the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here tobacco program in all areas of the state. “Our goal is to reach those communities that have not participated in the past,” Materre explains. “We want all tobacco retailers to follow the law.”

To obtain a grant application for the Kids Can’t Buy ‘Em Here tobacco enforcement program, please visit www.state.il.us/LCC/tobacco. The deadline for submission is March 31, 2014.

First-ever combined educational seminars on liquor and tobacco laws

In order to educate retailers on how to enforce minimum-age laws for both tobacco and liquor sales, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is hosting FREE regional educational seminars throughout the state over the next two weeks (visit www.DontBeSorry.org for location and registration information).

In addition to learning more about the aforementioned tobacco program, attendees will also learn how their sales staff and patrons can comply with the law by utilizing the ILCC’s Beverage Alcohol Sellers/Servers Education & Training (BASSET) program, the Don’t Be Sorry underage drinking awareness effort, and the new Parental Responsibility and YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! campaigns. Free educational materials from all programs will be distributed at each of the regional meeting locations.

To register for one of the FREE regional meetings—and view the dates, times and locations of all meetings—please visit www.DontBeSorry.org.

Statewide teen video contest

As part of the YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! campaign, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission is holding a statewide Teen Video PSA Contest which is open to all youth in Illinois. The 30 second public service announcement submissions will be judged by the quality of work and their effectiveness in encouraging positive underage drinking prevention behavior by parents, particularly those with young teens.

To select the winning video, the Illinois Liquor Control Commission convened the 2014 YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! Teen Video PSA Youth Art Contest Judging Panel. Below are the panelists, representing all key stakeholder groups, including in the prevention field, at the local level, and in the liquor industry:

· Nolan Burke, Burke Beverage, Inc.

· Heidi Dahnke, Human Resources Center, Edgar/Clark Counties.

· Kay Daniel, Menard County School & Community Task Force.

· Peter Dell’Aquila, Chestnut Health Systems.

· Marne Fauser, IL Alcoholism & Drug Dependence Association.

· Paula Goodwin, Grundy/Kendall Regional Office of Education.

· Sam Grzeca, The LeaderShop.

· Nikki Lay, Breaking Free, Inc.

· Margaret Polovchak, OMNI Youth Services.

· Adam Price, Youth Outreach Services.

· Mayor Sam Pulia, Village of Westchester.

· Judy Randall, Health/Prevention Professional.

· Dr. Julie Tonsing-Meyer, McKendree University.

· Bill Tynan, City of St. Charles.

· Sheriff Kelly Wilhelmi, Whiteside County.

Winner(s) will be announced during the statewide kickoff for the 2014 YOUR ACTIONS MATTER! campaign this April. Then, later this year, the winning video will air on TV stations throughout the

State of Illinois.

Please visit www.YourActionsMatter.org for contest rules, the application form, and more information on judging criteria. Entry deadline for video submissions is Tuesday, April 8, 2014 at 5pm sharp.

Pinterest is Latest Target for Social Media Scammers, Says Better Business Bureau

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CHICAGO, IL – As seen previously with Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, consumers are now being scammed on Pinterest. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) urges consumers to watch out for con artists who pin spammy products and hack into users’ accounts.

Here’s how the scam works: You get an email from Pinterest, saying that a friend has shared a “pin” (the term Pinterest uses for digital scrapbook image). You open the email and click on the pin, since it seems legitimate. But when you click on the image, you aren’t taken to an online article or real business website. Instead, you are taken to a site selling counterfeit products, promoting fraud work from home jobs or telling bogus news stories.

“Pinterest is an easy outlet for scammers to access, just like any social media website,” says Steve J. Bernas, president & CEO of Better Business Bureau serving Chicago and Northern Illinois. “Consumers need to always keep an eye on their Pinterest accounts by reporting suspicious activity online and checking pins before posting.”

Scammers use many techniques to access your Pinterest account. They take advantage of security holes in third party applications that connect to Pinterest (such as those that automatically post to your Twitter) or insert malicious code onto “Pin This” buttons on fraud websites.

Here are ways to keep your Pinterest account secure:

  • Report the pin. Spot a spam pin? Report it to Pinterest by clicking the flag icon at the bottom of the image.
  • Change your password. If you suspect someone hacked your account or you used a malicious app, be sure to reset your password. Do this by clicking your name at the top of Pinterest. Then, click Settings. Follow the prompts to create a new, complex password.
  • Log out of your account. Don’t stay logged into Pinterest when you aren’t using it.
  • Watch where you log in. Only log in on Pinterest.com and the official mobile app. Avoid look alike sites that use a domain name like www.pinterest.something.com. These are not affiliated with Pinterest.
  • Be careful about linking your account to other social media. If scammers get in, they can easily share spam pins on your Twitter and Facebook feeds too.
  • Check before you pin. Before you repin, take a second to hover on the image and check that destination link corresponds with the info on the pin. Scammers have been replacing the links in popular pins with links to websites housing malware.

For more advice on scams, visit bbb.org

Illinois Tollway and Illinois Department of Transportation honored by Hispanic business group for increasing employment opportunities

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DOWNERS GROVE, IL – The Illinois Tollway and the Illinois Department of Transportation announced they have been honored by the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association for their work in promoting equal opportunities in the construction and engineering fields for Hispanic-owned businesses.

The two state transportation agencies will receive the group’s Advocacy Award tonight at its 35th annual awards banquet in Chicago.

“In Illinois, everyone should have an equal chance to participate in construction projects that create new jobs and connect businesses to their customers,” said Governor Pat Quinn. “These two state agencies are leading our efforts to ensure no one is left out as we move forward with improving vital transportation links across the state.”

“We are pleased to be recognized for our efforts to work with minority-owned businesses as we proceed with our Move Illinois Program – the largest capital program of any toll road agency in the nation,” said Illinois Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur. “Governor Quinn and the Tollway Board of Directors have an unshakeable commitment to providing opportunities for a diverse group of people and businesses and we look forward to continuing this important work.”

The Illinois Department of Transportation, on the strength of Governor Pat Quinn’s historic six-year, $31 billion Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, has provided $617 million in contract awards to Hispanic-owned firms over the last five fiscal years. The amount reflects a 24 percent increase in business to Hispanic-owned firms over that time and represents 34 percent of the $1.8 billion paid to disadvantaged, minority and women-owned firms statewide since the start of the 2009 fiscal year. In IDOT’s District 1, which includes Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane, McHenry and Will counties, $491 million of the $1 billion awarded to disadvantaged, minority and women-owned firms went to Hispanic-owned firms during the same timeframe.

“As part of Transforming Transportation for Tomorrow, our vision for a multimodal system of transportation in Illinois, diversity and inclusion are the building blocks to creating a culture that draws on the strength of our differences,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said.  “This award is an honor and demonstrates our commitment to provide opportunities and encourage methods that promote the development of successful businesses throughout our industry.”

Founded in 1979, the Hispanic American Construction Industry Association works to promote diversity in the construction industry, including partnering with public agencies such as the Illinois Tollway to ensure Hispanic- and minority-owned companies can compete for state contracts. The association, which has nearly 300 members, also works to help members of the Hispanic community gain the education and training needed to succeed in the construction, engineering and design industries.

“The Tollway and the Department of Transportation have played a leading role in opening up opportunities for Hispanic-owned businesses and workers to succeed in these vitally important fields,” said Hispanic American Construction Industry Association Executive Director Jorge Perez.

The Tollway has paid nearly $227 million to Hispanic-owned businesses for construction work and another $52 million for professional services between January 1, 2008 and December 31, 2013. That $279 million amounts to nearly 37 percent of the $757 million the Tollway has paid to disadvantaged, minority and women-owned businesses for those services during that time.

The association also has offered the Tollway technical advice to help advance its Small Business Initiative, which identifies segments of large-scale construction and engineering projects that can be targeted for bids by small and minority-owned businesses.

About the Illinois Tollway

The Illinois Tollway is a user-fee system that receives no state or federal funds for maintenance and operations. The agency maintains and operates 286 miles of interstate tollways in 12 counties in Northern Illinois, including the Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) and the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80).

IEMA Encourages Public Schools, Colleges to Submit School Security Grant Application by March 14

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Total of $25 million in grants to be awarded for security enhancement

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) encouraged public elementary and secondary school districts, community colleges and state universities to submit their applications for a portion of $25 million in grants to be awarded under the Illinois School Security Grant Program. The deadline for submitting applications is March 14.

“We encourage every eligible school district and college campus to submit a grant application,” said IEMA Director Jonathon Monken. “We want to support as many security enhancement projects as possible throughout the state with the available funding.”

The grant program is focused on measures that will enhance security for students and staff at elementary and secondary schools, such as installing reinforced doors, shatter-resistance glass and physical locks for the primary public entrance at schools. Schools that have achieved this baseline capability will be able to implement other security measures.

Public community colleges and universities may request funding to install physical security enhancement equipment, inspection and screening systems, information technology and interoperable communication equipment for academic classroom buildings.

Monken said security equipment that is available through this grant program is only a component of a school’s preparedness.

“To truly protect students, schools need to actively participate in other internal and community-wide preparations for an emergency,” Monken said. “A comprehensive program to protect students must involve local public safety and include ongoing planning, training and exercises.”

Only one application per public school district, community college or university will be accepted. Grant awards will be announced this spring. More information about the Illinois School Security Grant Program is available at www.Ready.Illinois.gov. Schools should direct questions to ittf.grants@illinois.gov.

Celebrate Black History All Year Round: Join the NAACP Today

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Black History Month may be over, but we can celebrate the stories that make up our history throughout the year.

We are making history every day thanks to the men and women who serve our communities all over the country, fighting for justice and equality.

The NAACP’s commitment to those who move black history forward has been unbroken for more than a century. Let’s continue that commitment together.

Become a member of the NAACP. Support our work and join us in making new stories—American stories.

Join today!

Every time a new voter is registered, or we march in unison to a state capitol, lifting our voices for those who can’t, or fight to end a “Stand Your Ground” law, we are creating black history—American history. Not every hero is as well known as W. E. B. DuBois, Harriet Tubman, or Rosa Parks, but this in no way diminishes the measure of these accomplishments and contributions.

NAACP members stand behind these champions by fighting for the things that matter to all of us. When we work to ensure every person has the right to vote, when we demand an end to racial profiling, when we help to ensure folks have access to health insurance, when we fight for better education and an end to economic inequality, it amplifies the work being done by our unsung heroes every day.

We all know that black history is more than one month of note—we stand tall throughout the year. Stand with us. Join us in making history. Become an NAACP member today:


Thank you for making history with us,

Lorraine C. Miller
Interim President and CEO

Teatro Luna, America’s All Latina Theatre Company, Joins Forces with Center on Halsted to Launch an Exciting New Series of Storytelling Salons

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Teatro Luna is teaming up with Center on Halsted, the largest LGBTQ community center in the Midwest, to bring some of Chicago’s best storytellers and artists together once a month for a unique, audience interactive and community-building event. Teatro Luna is America’s only Pan-Latina theatre company producing a full season of new and original work, and now they are reviving their popular “One Night Stand” series in a new home!

Teatro Luna continues their tradition of night time performance salons with the BEAUTY BY MOONLIGHT Storytelling Series at a new location – the Center on Halsted at 3656 N. Halsted! Dedicated to showcasing the talents of diverse female-identified artists and storytellers of color from all over Chicago, these evenings will also feature games, drinks and interactive storytelling activities designed to get the audience involved in the sharing. Each month, the event will center around a central theme and we will share our stories in a safe and positive environment that encourages honesty, collaboration and fun. “This event adds another safe space for women of color, both on the Northside and at Center on Halsted, to share their stories and see themselves onstage,” says Alexandra Meda, Executive Producing Director for Teatro Luna. Lynnea Karlic, Director of Community and Cultural Programs at Center on Halsted continues, “We are incredibly excited to bring community born, community driven programming to Center on Halsted. This series will bring to light wonderful stories within the queer, female, and people of color communities. By hosting an event like this, it allows Center on Halsted to respond to the needs to the population it serves and provides a space to share stories and to cultivate LGBTQ self-determination in writing new narratives.”

The inaugural event in March launches during Women’s History Month and will center around the theme “How I Learned to be a Woman” and will feature Chicago favorites Rebecca Kling (as seen in her one-woman show “Get Ready for the Vagina Fairy” at the Chicago Fringe Festival), Dr. Liza Ann Acosta (writer of Teatro Luna’s PUTAS!) and Janeida Rodriguez (Queen of Humboldt Park and owner and writer of fat2flaca.com). “Chicago audiences have seen our shows for the past thirteen years,” says Director of the Artistic Collective, Abigail Vega. “Now it’s time to feature some of the city’s most talented women doing what they – and we – do best: telling stories we all can relate to.”

What: Beauty By Moonlight, March: How I Learned to be a Woman

Who: Featuring Rebecca Kling (http://www.rebeccakling.com/), Liza Ann Acosta, and Janeida Rodriguez (http://fat2flaca.com/)

Where: Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted

When: Friday, March 14, 2014 @ 7:00 PM (Monthly)

How Much: $10 in advance, $15 at the door

How to Buy Tickets: Go to http://teatroluna.org/box-office/buy-tickets/ or call (773) 819 – 5862. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

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