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Probation Challenge Celebrates 35 Years of Helping Thousands of Men and Women Filtering Through the Criminal Justice System; Education and Training is the Key

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Probation Challenge Celebrates 35 Years of Helping Thousands of Men and Women Filtering Through the Criminal Justice System; Education and Training is the Key

Please Lend Your Support to this Much-Needed Organization with a Passion for Helping Troubled Youth

(A Message from Juanita Bratcher & Chinta Strausberg)

In 1979, Rev. Harold E. Bailey developed an ambitious plan to save young people from the criminal justice system. He founded Probation Challenge. His plan was quickly picked-up, backed and supported by Prominent Justice R. Eugene Pincham.

The Probation Challenge program was now on its way – implemented from the courtroom of Justice R. Eugene Pincham, and sanctioned by the late Mayor Harold Washington. The program was housed for 27 years on the campus of Olive-Harvey College, one of the City Colleges of Chicago.

The program brought about many successes – through education and training, the Probation Challenge organization sent youth on to various colleges and universities. Many of the program’s clients received grants and scholarships, and are now productive citizens and taxpayers. And a large majority has never returned back to the criminal justice system.

Bailey, founder and president of Probation Challenge, has advised and counseled thousands of young men and women filtering through the criminal justice system. For 14 years, he served as a Cook County Adult Probation Officer, and served 14 years as Chairman of the Cook County Board of Corrections. He is also the founder of the PCC Network.

A devoted minister of the gospel, Bailey has become more than acquainted with youth and their troubled spirits. He says a large majority of youth filtering through the criminal justice system are:

1. From one-parent homes;

2.  High school dropouts;

3. Involved with drugs; and,

4. No firm spiritual foundation. And, all with a common denominator, the large majority are African Americans, followed by Hispanics.

Bailey, with a passion for youth insist that “Education brings about awareness, and awareness brings on the ability to think. And when a student can think… they then can prayerfully make rational decisions.”

Today, financial problems are hovering over the organization, yet Bailey and Board Members’ serious aim is to re-establish the sought after program back into the community. You can support Probation Challenge by buying tickets to its August 2014 annual ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards Dinner or by donation. Probation Challenge is a 501-C3 organization.

Probation Challenge’s annual ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Awards Dinner will be held Friday, August 15, 2014, 7:00 P.M., at the  Condesa del Mar, 12220 South Cicero Avenue, Alsip, Illinois. The complete evening is only $50 per person.

Marshall Thompson, now the only original member of the Chi-lites, is one of this year’s ‘Portrait of Achievers’ Award Recipient. Thompson will also perform during the ‘Show of Shows’ segment of the event.

For more information and ticket reservations, please call Rev. Harold E. Bailey, 773.978.3706.

Probation Challenge will celebrate its 35-year anniversary with a different flare! Award Recipients are: Marshall Thompson, Mother Christine Moore and Clarence McMillan. The organization will offer a Prayer Vigil, Dinner, Entertainment and The Show of Shows.

Please support Rev. Harold Bailey and the Probation Challenge program, a program that is designed to help keep troubled young people away from the criminal justice system, make them productive citizens through education and training, and to decrease crime activities in the city of Chicago and the state of Illinois.


Juanita Bratcher, Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

Chinta Strausberg, Editor-in-Chief, 316 Magazine, Host of the Strausberg Report, and a Contributor to several publications

For New Grads, Depression After the Diploma

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on For New Grads, Depression After the Diploma

For New Grads, Depression After the Diploma

New America Media

By Raymond Fong

SAN FRANCISCO  -  For Dolaphine Kwok, the euphoria of graduating from college was quickly replaced by a growing unease about the road ahead.

“You just feel scared. Your academic bubble is popped, you feel unsure of yourself,” says the 22-year-old California native who graduated earlier this year from the University of Arizona with a degree in Optical Engineering.

The uncertainty eventually led to doubts about her choice of career path. “You feel trapped by your degree, and you wonder if you are really doing the right thing for yourself.”

Her experience is not unique. Many young people experience post-college depression.  For most, the period marks the first time outside of a school setting, causing an identity crisis of sorts. No longer students, work becomes the next foundation upon which to build a life.

But with youth unemployment persistently high across the country, a number of new graduates are struggling to make the transition from student to professional life. Many are returning home instead, with one-in-five Americans under 30 now living with their parents. That’s up from one-in-10 a generation ago.

And while overall unemployment numbers have dipped recently, for 18-29 year olds it continues to hover around 16 percent. For Hispanics and African Americans in the same age bracket the figures are even higher, at just under 16 and 24 percent, respectively.

The consequences for the economy are dire: apart from the billions in lost taxes, studies show billions more in lost earnings and lost years of potential experience for young people who remain unemployed for extended periods.

“I graduated a quarter early to hopefully get a head start on finding a job,” says Bowen Tan, 22. With a degree from UC Santa Cruz in Business Management, Tan says the job search has taken longer than anticipated. In the meantime, he’s returned to his parent’s home in the Bay Area. “It was pretty stressful, but after I moved back home, the anxiety hit hard, it felt like the stress doubled.”

Like Kwok, Tan says coming home after four years in college has led him to question the value of his time in school. “You lived here before you went you college, and now, you’re living here after college. It almost feels like my four years at college were a waste.”

UCLA psychology graduate TK Truong spent two years on the Student Advisory Council for the school’s mental health organization Active Minds. She says a lot of students don’t talk about depression, whether during school or after graduation.

“Depression is many times pushed to the side [because of the] negative stigma around it,” she says. “At a lot of big schools, mental health is also combined with general health services” and so gets less attention.

As for graduation, she says it’s a time when “everyone is taking pictures, asking about future plans … there is so much pressure.”

Glenn Matchett-Morris, associate director of Counseling and Psych Services at the University of Arizona, agrees. “Graduating is a major life transition,” he explains. “It actually is similar to college freshman moving away from home to go to school, but … scarier.”

As Matchett-Morris notes, returning home can be troubling for students who see no alternative. “You think going home is like it was before you went to college, but everything has changed. In your mind, it isn’t a safety net anymore. Suddenly, you think to yourself, ‘even home isn’t okay.’”

Matchett-Morris adds that if left unaddressed, these bouts of post-graduate depression can lead to more serious issues, including disruption of sleep patterns and withdrawal from daily social activities.

That’s what happened to Jeff Clear, who recently finished his degree in computer science. After returning to his parents’ home in Tucson, Clear, 22, took to video games and streaming movies on the Internet. “I would kill a season in a few days, and would just keep watching,” he says. “When I finished, I would immediately try to find another show to watch.”

Enrique Morales works as an academic counselor at City College of San Francisco, where he says he sees an increasing number of these kinds of cases. He warns parents not to ignore signs of possible depression in their kids, including excessive gaming or sleep.

But he adds that not all new grads are taking things lying down. Many are returning to school to gain skills employers are looking for. “There’s been a ridiculous amount of college graduates not being able to find work,” he says, and so they come to places like CCSF, which offers skills-based courses that can lead directly to jobs.

At the height of the Great Recession community colleges across the country saw spikes in enrollment ranging anywhere from 5 to 10 percent. While those numbers have dipped, Morales says there remains a steady stream of college graduates aged 22 to 25 without work and in need of additional training.

Many, he notes, tell him they are “scared about their future.”

Raymond Fong is a recent graduate from the University of Arizona and will be pursuing his Master’s degree at Columbia University’s Teachers College in the fall.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Announces Charges in Rackeetering Operation

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on State’s Attorney Alvarez Announces Charges in Rackeetering Operation

Cook County prosecutors execute second long-term investigation using state RICO laws

Five people have been charged with Super Class X felonies in connection with a proactive state racketeering investigation targeting members of an organized crime street crew that engaged in a wide array of criminal activity including drug trafficking, home invasions and kidnapping, Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez announced today.

Cook County prosecutors announced RICO and other related charges against the defendants who are associated with a sophisticated and high tech criminal enterprise that operated in the Chicago area for years.   The criminal complaints against the defendants were filed in Cook County Criminal Court today.  The case marks the second state RICO prosecution by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office since the Illinois Street Gang RICO law was passed in 2012.

Three men have been charged with the Super Class X felony offenses of Racketeering Conspiracy and Criminal Drug Conspiracy, including Robert Panozzo, age 54, and Paul Koroluk, age 55, as well as Maher Abuhabsah, age 33.  Panozzo’s son, Robert Jr, age 22, was charged with Criminal Drug Conspiracy, and Koroluk’s wife, Maria Koroluk, age 53, was charged with Possession with Intent to Deliver a Super Class X amount of cocaine as a result of this investigation.

After the bond hearing, State’s Attorney Alvarez noted that, like the prior RICO case brought by her office against the violent Black Souls Street Gang, her investigation was triggered when a criminal enterprise plotted to kill a witness, saying that “in both matters, organized crime sought to attack the criminal justice system itself, and now, armed with a proper state RICO statute, my office can fight back effectively and hold the right offenders accountable for their crimes.”

“The completion of this second proactive investigation is yet another example of the vital importance that our Illinois RICO law now plays in our ability to combat violent organized crime in the state of Illinois, and I am pleased to work in collaboration with our law enforcement partners at the local and federal level once again, and use this critical tool to send a strong and lasting message to criminals who plague our communities with violence and crime,” Alvarez said.

“Operation Crew Cut” was a 10-month long-term covert investigation, which targeted members of the Panozzo-Koroluk street crew (P-K street crew), who at times posed as police officers to rob drug cartel stash houses for illegal contraband including drugs and cash proceeds.  The ongoing pattern of criminal activity included home invasions, robberies, kidnapping and insurance fraud among other offenses.  The joint state-federal investigation included the use of advanced law enforcement tools such as court-ordered electronic surveillance, consensual overhears, tracking orders, and search warrants of cell phones and email accounts.

According to prosecutors, the investigation began in October 2013 after law enforcement authorities developed evidence that a member of the P-K street crew attempted to solicit the murder of a state witness who was set to testify against members of the P-K street crew in a pending home invasion and kidnapping case.  Specifically, investigators discovered that Robert Panozzo Sr., along with other individuals, solicited another individual to kill the victim on that case to prevent them from testifying at the trial.

Based on that information, prosecutors, along with other law enforcement agencies began the proactive racketeering investigation into the illegal activities of the close-knit P-K street crew.  The investigation revealed evidence that the crew engaged in a wide array of crimes including drug trafficking, murder, home invasion, armed violence, burglary and weapons offenses.  As the investigation progressed, it became clear that the scope of the crimes committed by members of the P-K crew were quite substantial and violent.

The investigation also revealed that the members of the P-K street crew routinely obtained information from Chicago street gang members to determine the location and contents of drug cartel stash houses.  The P-K street crew members would then utilize high tech equipment, such as video surveillance and GPS trackers placed on the cars of drug dealers, to determine the location of the stash house.  Once the location was obtained, P-K street crew members would then enter the houses, posing as police officers and steal large quantities of contraband including drugs and other items.

According to court documents, during the course of one home invasion and kidnapping in 2013, Panozzo sliced off the ear of a victim at the location after Panozzo heard the man speaking English after claiming he only spoke Spanish.  During this particular incident, the P-K street crew stole over 25 kilograms of cocaine and two cars.

The defendants in this case were arrested on July 16, 2014 after Panozzo, Koroluk, Abuhabsah and Panozzo Jr, attempted to steal approximately 44 kilograms of cocaine stored at what they believed was a drug dealer’s stash house.  Unbeknownst to the defendants, however, law enforcement authorities had obtained court authorization to rig the house with audio and surveillance equipment as part of a covert sting operation.  The defendants entered the home and took possession of cocaine, and shortly after emerging from the location, the men were arrested by police who were monitoring the operation.

The  “Street Gang Rico” bill written by the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office and passed by the state legislature in 2012, allows  prosecutors at the state level to target gang and organized crime enterprises who engage in a pattern of crimes involving violence such as illegal weapons, sex-offenses, drug trafficking and other offenses.

The investigation was conducted by the State’s Attorney’s Office in cooperation with the Chicago Police Department, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, the Drug Enforcement Administration, and the United States Attorney’s Office.

The public is reminded that criminal charging documents contain allegations that are not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which time the state has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Bruce Rauner’s presentation at CSU not enough to sway votes

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Bruce Rauner’s presentation at CSU not enough to sway votes

Dr. Willie Wilson to offer another forum

By Chinta Strausberg

When GOP gubernatorial hopeful Bruce Rauner recently gave his economic development presentation at Chicago State University, he didn’t sway the political convictions of many including Congressman Danny K. Davis (D-7th) who said supporting the right candidate in this race is a “matter of trust.”

Business icon, humanitarian and chairman of the Chicago Baptist Institute International Willie L. Wilson and a coalition hosted the forum. While Gov. Pat Quinn was invited, he could not make the event.

Wilson said he is holding a second forum “to show the interest of the black community. It also shows we are not just Democrat or Republican.” He hopes both candidates will attend his next event.

In reacting to Rauner’s speech, Dr. Gale Frazier, Construction Management Consortium, Limited and Associate Minister–Reformation Evangelical Church, said,  “I thought that the topic Rauner was discussing was very progressive. I believe that he does want to work with African American contractors and other things pertaining to the economic programs. We should consider him as a viable alternative if necessary.”

However, Rep. Davis said, “There is nothing better than a good meeting….” On Rauner, Davis said, “There isn’t anything he can say that’s going to change my position.” Quoting his mother, Davis said she taught him, “What you do speak so loudly until I can’t hear what you say.”

“I want to see the minimum wage raised in Illinois and throughout the country,” said Davis. “I want every citizen to have access to health care. You show me a governor anywhere in this country who has done more to make healthcare accessible to low and moderate income people than Pat Quinn and I’ll walk across Lake Michigan….” Davis said Illinois has one of the best records of implementing the Affordable HealthCare of any state in the country.

“I want to create jobs and see jobs and work opportunities created. It’s tough. We need some public job creation…and I don’t think Mr. Rauner is in favor of any of that. Mr. Rauner’s party (Republican) in the House of Representative will not provide unemployment checks to over 3 million people in this country. I know he is not in Washington, but birds of a feather stick together.’ Davis said if elected, Rauner would support the Republican agenda.

In his district, Davis said he has already come up with a slogan for this gubernatorial campaign—“7th CD is all in with Quinn.”

“I think not only has he made a difference in public life, but he will continue to make a significance difference in elevating the quality of life for the people of Illinois,” said Davis. He added, “Who do you believe is going to get to where you’re trying to go.

Referring to Rauner’s alleged billionaire status, Davis said, “It’s not whether you’re a billionaire. It’s what do you do with your billions and what will you do with state resources. Will you provide bread for the hungry?

“It’s a matter of trust,” said Davis. “You trust those whose philosophies are more similar to yours. I trust Pat Quinn. I know that he wants as many people in the state of Illinois to get health care as he can possibly get because he expanded Medicaid. He’s already done it.  I know that is what he wants. I know he is in favor of childcare or as many people who can get it.

“I also know that Pat Quinn believes in the restoration of folks and in favor of banning the boxes for people who have fallen off the track. People who committed offenses and will never be able to get a job in a lifetime who will be dependent on the state as long as they live.

“Many of them will go out and commit crimes putting them back into the penitentiary and the state tax payer will continue to take care of them as long as they are alive. I’m a Pat Quinn man. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Pat Quinn,” said Davis.

When told that Rauner is allegedly giving money to black ministers, Davis said,  “If he is, that is all right. Man does not live by bread alone. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world at the same time suffer the loss of his soul.”

Told that sources say some ministers need money to pay their mortgages, Davis said,“They don’t have to just mortgage the church but don’t mortgage your principles. Always try and deal with politics from the vantage point of what is good for the masses, and if you do that, there is no way in the world you can miss voting for Pat Quinn.”

Dr. Margaret King, professor, Geography and Economics and director of International Studies at CSU, voiced strong support for equal education and believes all schools should offer the same quality courses. Rauner promotes charter schools.

Also reacting to Rauner’s presentation was A. Ariel Adkins, an architectural consultant for the Triad Consortium, Ltd. “This was a very interesting presentation, but I didn’t get anything out of it other than another political speech from someone who is not in a position to do anything…. Present your credentials…what have you done?

“How many black folks do you have in your billionaire business”? Asked Adkins. “He didn’t tell us that. All of this about what his wife does is just smoke and mirrors….”

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Advocates Protest City Flip-Flop on Mental Health Clinic Hearing

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on Advocates Protest City Flip-Flop on Mental Health Clinic Hearing

Press conference on mental health crisis and cancelation of hearing, today, Monday, July 21, 2014, 10:15 a.m., at City Hall, 2nd Floor

Mental health consumers, policy experts, advocates, supporters will be in attendance

Frustrated mental health advocates will hold a press conference on Monday morning to protest the cancellation of a hearing on the city’s mental health clinics and renew demands for adequate staffing and outreach for the clinics.

Members of the Mental Health Movement obtained official notice of a hearing by the City Council Committee on Health and Environmental Protection in response to a Council resolution calling for a hearing on the six public mental health clinics.  After recruiting experts and clients to testify the group learned that the Committee had removed the issue from the agenda at the request of the Chicago Department of Public Health.

Advocates have pressed for a hearing for over two years, in response to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s decision to close six of the twelve mental health clinics.  The Mental Health Movement fought hard to stop the closure of the clinics and points to the serious impact of those closures – a spike in hospitalizations, hundreds of former clients unaccounted for, a growing mental health problem in Cook County jail and many individuals who suffered serious consequences.

Mental Health Movement representatives will also discuss the most immediate threat to the viability of mental health clinics – the city’s failure to join any provider network, triggering the termination of services for current Medicaid patients as the state moves towards managed care.  Presenters will also address the severe shortage of mental health services for Chicago’s most vulnerable, many of whom now have coverage through expanded Medicaid.

The group is demanding an increase in funding for the remaining six clinics, with a focus on improved outreach and adequate staffing.  They are also calling for the Chicago Department of Public Health to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment of mental health services in the city.

BET.COM Adds LGBT Writer to this Summers You Gotta Have It List

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on BET.COM Adds LGBT Writer to this Summers You Gotta Have It List

Terry E Hill's Sunday Morning Trilogy
Terry E. Hill’s Sunday Morning Trilogy

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — BET, via their web site at BET.com, has chosen writer Terry E. Hills Sunday Morning Trilogy as three of this summers must-read novels. Often compared to the late E. Lynn Harris, whose popular novels chronicled the lives of “down low” African-American men, Hill tackles a subject that is deemed just as taboo: scandals in prominent mega churches. The series consists of three books: Come Sunday Morning, When Sunday Comes Again and The Last Sunday.

Also included on BETs You Gotta Have It list are Kanye West’s Fall/Winter ’14 A.P.C. Collection, Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club DVD featuring Nia Long, Cocoa Brown and Perry, and tickets to Beyoncé and Jay Z’s summer On the Run Tour.

The Sunday Morning Trilogy provides a look into one of Americas largest mega churches and into the personal lives of Pastor Hezekiah Cleveland and his lovely wife Samantha. Its the story of Pastor Clevelands homosexual affair and the depths to which his wife sinks to preserve her extravagant lifestyle and to gain control of their international ministry.

Samantha is the real power behind New Testament Cathedral. She runs the church and their television ministry from behind the scenes with a firm hand and together they are building a new 25,000 seat church. Samantha arranges Hezekiahs assassination, on a Sunday morning when she learns of his affair.

To learn more about the Sunday Morning Trilogy, visit www.terryehill.com.

To purchase the trilogy on Amazon.com, visit:

NAACP Responds to Death of NYC Man after Police Chokehold

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on NAACP Responds to Death of NYC Man after Police Chokehold

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA -  In response to the death of Mr. Eric Garner who was put in a chokehold by a NYPD officer, the NAACP released the following statement.

Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“The death of Mr. Eric Garner is a deeply troubling tragedy. The use of an apparently illegal chokehold by police officers on a citizen demands a thorough investigation by every appropriate body as quickly as possible. Anything less, or anything later, is unacceptable. The NAACP will not rest until justice is served for Mr. Garner, his family, and the citizens of New York.”

Hazel Dukes, President of the NAACP New York State Conference:
“Our hearts go out to the family of Eric Garner, who senselessly lost their loved one at the hands of an officer, whose job was to serve and protect,” said Hazel N. Dukes, President of the New York State Conference of the NAACP. “Communities of color are sick and tired of this familiar story. Mr. Garner is one of too many New Yorkers who have unjustly had their lives cut short by police officers over the past decades. The NAACP is committed to working with Mayor De Blasio and Commissioner Bratton to ensure that justice is served and mechanisms are put in place to prevent these types of tragedies from happening again in our city.”

Dr. Niaz Kasravi, NAACP Criminal Justice Director:
“In recent months, we have witnessed a troublesome reliance on ‘broken windows’ style policing, where officers target low level offenders under the misguided assumption that this tactic will ultimately create safer communities and reduce violent crimes,” said Dr. Niaz Kasravi, the NAACP Criminal Justice Director. “This tragedy is a grim reminder that aggressive over-policing of apparent low level offenses does not work and will ultimately lead to unnecessary and tragic outcomes. The only proven method to reduce violence is for officer to focus on violent crime incidents, use reliable policing tactics, and work with members of the community to create greater safety for all.”

President Obama’s Weekly Address: Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on President Obama’s Weekly Address: Equipping Workers with Skills Employers Need Now and for the Future
WASHINGTON, DC — In this week’s address, the President discussed the importance of ensuring that the economic progress we’ve made is shared by all hardworking Americans. Through his opportunity agenda, the President is focused on creating more jobs, educating more kids, and working to make sure hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits. This week, the President will visit a community college in Los Angeles to highlight the need to equip our workers with the skills employers are looking for now and for the good jobs of the future, and he will continue looking for the best way to grow the economy and expand opportunity for more hardworking Americans.
The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, July 19, 2014.

Remarks of President Barack Obama

Weekly Address

The White House

July 19, 2014

Hi, everybody.  Over the past 52 months, our businesses have created nearly 10 million new jobs.  The unemployment rate has fallen to its lowest point since 2008.  Across lots of areas – energy, manufacturing, technology – our businesses and workers are leading again.  In fact, for the first time in over a decade, business leaders worldwide have declared that China is no longer the world’s best place to invest – America is.

None of this is an accident.  It’s thanks to your resilience, resolve, and hard work that America has recovered faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth.

Now we have the opportunity to ensure that this growth is broadly shared.  Our economy grows best not from the top-down, but from the middle-out.  We do better when the middle class does better.  So we have to make sure that we’re not just creating more jobs, but raising middle-class wages and incomes.  We have to make sure our economy works for every working American.

My opportunity agenda does that.  It’s built on creating more jobs, training more workers, educating all our kids, and making sure your hard work pays off with higher wages and better benefits.

On Thursday, I traveled to Delaware to highlight how we’re trying to create more good, middle-class jobs rebuilding America: rebuilding roads and bridges, ports and airports, high-speed rail and internet.

This week, Vice President Biden will release a report he’s been working on to reform our job training system into a job-driven training system.  And I’ll visit a community college in L.A. that’s retraining workers for careers in the fast-growing health care sector. Because every worker deserves to know that if you lose your job, your country will help you train for an even better one.

In recent days, both parties in Congress have taken some good steps in these areas.  But we can do so much more for the middle class, and for folks working to join the middle class.  We should raise the minimum wage so that no one who works full-time has to live in poverty.  We should fight for fair pay and paid family leave.  We should pass commonsense immigration reform that strengthens our borders and our businesses, and includes a chance for long-time residents to earn their citizenship.

I want to work with Democrats and Republicans on all of these priorities.  But I will do whatever I can, whenever I can, to help families like yours.  Because nothing’s  more important to me than you — your hopes, your concerns, and making sure this country remains the place where everyone who works hard can make it if you try.  Thanks so much, and have a great weekend.

Tell the NSA to Remove Racial Slurs From Training Materials!

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Supposedly, the NSA does not spy on Americans unless a secret court determines that they are involved in illegal foreign-terrorist activities. Representatives claim that when the NSA does “incidentally” spy on Americans, it tries to “minimize the harm done.” Yet according to new documents, the agency covertly monitored the emails of dozens of prominent Muslim-Americans.

And the clear evidence of racism doesn’t stop there. In training documents, one such surveillance target is given a fake name based the slur “Mohammed Raghead.”

Tell the NSA to make a public apology and remove all bigotry from training materials immediately.

Many of the people targeted by the NSA are upstanding members of their communities. Some served in the armed forces; others work for the government; still others teach young students at public universities. Yet likely because of their religious affiliation, their intimate emails — pictures of babies, reminders to call Grandma, links to friends — have been pored over by strangers.

This is discrimination, plain and simple, and it’s disgusting that our government is continuing to propagate it. The NSA has been ordered to “review” its training materials, but that just isn’t enough. Tell the NSA to officially apologize and take concrete action to end the bigotry.

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HotHouse Announces Lineup for Jazz Fest Aftersets

Posted by Admin On July - 21 - 2014 Comments Off on HotHouse Announces Lineup for Jazz Fest Aftersets

Chicago Jazz Festival Concert headlined by Harrison Bankhead and Vincent Chancey

HotHouse was one of the originators of the “Afterset” – a now ubiquitous panoply of concerts that happen around the city once the lights dim for the night at the Chicago Jazz Festival in Grant Park.

In fact, the now infamous story of the raid on the Adams Street loft during the 1982 Eight Bold Souls afterset is ensconced in the annals of jazz lore. When HotHouse opened legitimately in the storefront on Milwaukee Avenue, famous afterfest sessions there included the legendary father and son pairing of Dewey and Joshua Redman, the Chicago debut of Charles Gayle, and the showcasing of most of the young lions emerging on the scene (Vijay Iyer, Dafnis Preito, Danilo Perez, et.al.).

The tradition continued when HotHouse moved just blocks from the bandshell in its second space downtown. There, with close proximity to the Festival and down the block from the Jazz Showcase, fans could count on an entire block of star power into the wee hours. While the Showcase attracted the boppers, HotHouse favored the avant-garde- democratically ensuring various strains of jazz music was being expressed.

When HotHouse moved out of its last permanent home in 2007, organizers affiliated with HotHouse have been carrying out the legacy of their award winning programs by presenting in a variety of venues around the region. With many of their jazz programs presented in a seasonal series across the lake, this concert marks an ideal opportunity to experience the HotHouse presenting difference in its home city.

On Sunday August 31, HotHouse will present Harrison Bankhead’s Velvet Blue Quartet with special guest Vincent Chancey and other musicians direct from the stage at the Chicago Jazz Fest. Especially anticipated are members of the Sun Ra Arkestra and the appearance of band director and elder member of the band, Marshall Allen. The concert is being presented in a rooftop garden at 117 N. Jefferson. Tickets are $20 in advance via the HotHouse web-site or $25 at the door. Tickets are limited to 70 people.

Event Summary /Calendar listing

HotHouse presents its annual Jazz Fest Aftersets

Sunday August 31, 2014  9pm

117 N. Jefferson penthouse / rooftop garden (between Washington and Randolph)

Tickets for each concert are $20 per person in advance via the HotHouse web-site www.hothouse.net

$25 walk up- tickets limited to 70



Chicago bassist plays with a number of combos, from mainstream to avant-garde (Witches and Devils). Says the Chicago Reader jazz critic  Neil Tesser, “Bankhead’s playing is firmly rooted in a Chicago bass lineage that stretches back to Milt Hinton and includes Wilbur Ware and Malachi Favors; the dry warmth of both his tone and his melodies has proved welcome, even comforting, in the many contexts in which he’s performed.”  He regular performs with Dee Alexander, Roscoe Mitchell and has recently released his first CD as a leader  – Morning Sun Harvest Moon

EDWARD L. WILKERSON, JR., is an internationally recognized American jazz composer, arranger, musician, and educator based in Chicago. As founder and director of the cutting edge octet, 8 Bold Souls, and the 25 member performance ensemble, Shadow Vignettes, Wilkerson has toured festivals and concert halls throughout the United States, Europe, Japan, and the Middle East. One of the great saxophone and clarinet players on the Chicago scene, Edward Wilkerson Jr., from the ’80s into the new millennium may have become best known as a bandleader and composer, particularly associated with medium- to large-scale projects. He has also been a major presence in Chicago’s Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM), teaching composition at the organization’s music school and serving for a time as AACM president.

MARS WILLIAMS is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock. John Zorn credits Mars as “one of the true saxophone players–someone who takes pleasure in the sheer act of blowing the horn. This tremendous enthusiasm is an essential part of his sound, and it comes through each note every time he plays. Whatever the situation, Mars plays exciting music. In many ways he has succeeded in redefining what versatility means to the modern saxophone player.”

In 2001 Mars received a Grammy Nomination for Best Contemporary Jazz Record with his group Liquid Soul. Despite his busy touring schedule with Liquid Soul and The Psychedelic Furs, Mars manages to stay active on the Chicago underground improvising scene.


is a renowned musician always in demand among visiting jazz artists in Chicago. Avreeayl’s father, Arthur “Swinglee” O’Neil, was a tenor saxophonist who was mentor to many young Chicago musicians, including John Gilmore, later the mainstay of Sun Ra’s Arkestra. (Avreeayl reports that John Gilmore had a crush on Avreeayl’s sister and so spent as much time as he could at the family house.) Swinglee O’Neil played in one of Sun Ra’s early Chicago bands, and Sun Ra played in one of Swinglee’s groups as well.

Avreeayl is a long-term member of the Chicago AACM, his relationship with the seminal music organization having begun with early studies with AACM co-founder Kelan Philip Cohran. Avreeayl has performed and /or recorded with Fred Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Fontella Bass, Lester Bowie, Ari Brown, Oscar Brown, Jr., Henry Butler, Henry Byrd (“Professor Longhair”), Hamid Drake, Malachi Favors, Donald Raphael Garrett, Charles Gayle, Henry Grimes, Billy Harper, Joseph Jarman, Edward “Kidd” Jordan, Nicole Mitchell, Sun Ra, Pharoah Sanders, Malachi Thompson, and many more.

VINCENT CHANCEY French Horn and Composer
Over the past 25 years Chancey has built a solid reputation as an accomplished French horn player, performing in a wide variety of musical contexts. He first came to prominence as a regular member of the Sun Ra Arkestra in the late 1970’s. After he worked for six years with the Carla Bley Band, in 1984, he joined Lester Bowie’s Brass. For many years, he has also been part of the David Murray Big Band. Elsewhere he has played with Chick Corea, Cassandra Wilson, Shirley Horn, Randy Weston, The Gil Evans Orchestra and The Mingus Orchestra. In the Contemporary Classical idiom, he has worked with Guus Janssen on varied projects in The Netherlands as well as become an accomplished composer in his own right.

ABOUT HotHouse

HotHouse was founded in 1987 to provide a forum for expression in the arts that was under-represented elsewhere in the Chicago cultural community. It was created primarily to curate multi-arts and educational activities that bolstered the prominence of innovative artists working in the margins of the commercial market and to facilitate events that amplified a variety of progressive social movements. The New York Times wrote of HotHouse “few clubs anywhere offer a wider range of first-rate world music, from wildly vibrant Afro-pop to avant-garde jazz than HotHouse.” And a  “Best of Chicago” award opined “from European avant-garde jazz acts that don’t even play in this hemisphere to performance art to world music to the city’s more esoteric acts, [HotHouse] has consistently pulled in some of the planet’s most innovative acts.”

For two decades the organization maintained two cultural centers where it presented its award-winning programs-the first catalyzed growth in the Wicker Park neighborhood (1987-1995) and the second spurred development in the South Loop in downtown Chicago (1995-2007). The board of directors is currently pursuing plans to build its third site.

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