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President Obama’s Weekly Address: American Operations in Iraq

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WASHINGTON, DC —In this week’s address, President Barack Obama detailed why he authorized two operations in Iraq—targeted military strikes to protect Americans serving in Iraq and humanitarian airdrops of food and water to help Iraqi civilians trapped on a mountain by terrorists. The President saluted America’s brave men and women in uniform for protecting our fellow Americans and helping to save the lives of innocent people. The President also made clear that the United States will not be dragged into another war in Iraq – that American combat troops will not return – because there is no American military solution to the larger crisis in Iraq.

The audio of the address and video of the address will be available online at www.whitehouse.gov at 6:00 a.m. ET, August 9, 2014.

Remarks of President Barack Obama
Weekly Address
The White House
August 9, 2014

This week, I authorized two operations in Iraq.  First, I directed our military to take action to protect our American diplomats and military advisors serving in the city of Erbil.  In recent days, terrorist forces neared the city.  Thursday night, I made it clear that if they attempted to advance further, our military would respond with targeted strikes.  That’s what we’ve done.  And, if necessary, that’s what we will continue to do.  We have Americans serving across Iraq, including our embassy in Baghdad, and we’ll do whatever is needed to protect our people.

Second, we’ve begun a humanitarian effort to help those Iraqi civilians trapped on that mountain. The terrorists that have taken over parts of Iraq have been especially brutal to religious minorities—rounding up families, executing men, enslaving women, and threatening the systematic destruction of an entire religious community, which would be genocide.

The thousands—perhaps tens of thousands—of Iraqi men, women and children who fled to that mountain were starving and dying of thirst.  The food and water we airdropped will help them survive.  I’ve also approved targeted American airstrikes to help Iraqi forces break the siege and rescue these families.  Earlier this week, one anguished Iraqi in this area cried to the world, “There is no one coming to help.”  Today, America is helping.

The United States cannot and should not intervene every time there’s a crisis in the world.  But when there’s a situation like the one on this mountain—when countless innocent people are facing a massacre, and when we have the ability to help prevent it—the United States can’t just look away. That’s not who we are. We’re Americans.  We act.  We lead.  And that’s what we’re going to do on that mountain.  As one American who wrote to me yesterday said, “it is the right thing to do.”

As Commander-in-Chief, I will not allow the United States to be dragged into fighting another war in Iraq.  American combat troops will not be returning to fight in Iraq, because there’s no American military solution to the larger crisis there.

What we will do is continue our broader strategy in Iraq.  We will protect our citizens.  We will work with the international community to address this humanitarian crisis.  We’ll help prevent these terrorists from having a permanent safe haven from which to attack America.  And we’ll continue to urge Iraqi communities to reconcile, come together and fight back against these terrorists so the people of Iraq have the opportunity for a better future—the opportunity for which so many Americans gave their lives in Iraq in a long and hard war.

Today, we salute our brave men and women in uniform—especially our courageous pilots and crews over Iraq.  They’re protecting our fellow Americans.  They’re helping save the lives of innocent people on a mountain—people who today know that there’s a country called America that cares for them, too, and that is willing to stand up—not just for our own security, but for the dignity and freedom that belongs to all people.

Chief Apostle McCoy shrugs off Rauner’s $1 mil offer to a SS credit union

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Says “I’m a Quinn man since 2010”

By Chinta Strausberg

Reacting to GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s promised to give $1 million to a South Side credit union, promoted by a chapter of the Black Wall Street group, Chief Apostle William McCoy Saturday said it’s quite clear that Gov. Pat Quinn “doesn’t have the war chest” Rauner has but he’s been a “Quinn man since 2010.”

“Gov. Quinn has put sweat equity in the community, and he’s got a track record of being not a traditional person. He has a track record of working with the people and that is what we all have,” said McCoy who along with his wife, co-pastor Dr. Rose McCoy, heads the Brothers Keeper Outreach Church in Chicago Heights.

Interviewed at his second annual Cook County and Community Celebration in Chicago Heights, McCoy said Quinn’s record reflects the track record of “faith based movement…of helping people. It’s not about the money.”

Refusing to be condescending to those people billionaire Rauner “is blessing” with his money, McCoy said, “Some of them are my peers.” McCoy said he would not speak negatively about Rauner either. “I’m a Quinn man. I like what Quinn is doing.”

Asked if Rauner is trying to buy the black vote, McCoy said, “I don’t know what he’s trying to do. All I know is that a lot more people are looking at the past how” Rauner’s track record “has kept us one dime short. My support is with Quinn.”

When asked his feelings about Rauner’s allegedly not having one black on his business staff but did have one Latina, McCoy said, “I guess he didn’t have that revelation. It irritates me.”

Referring to Rauner’s publicly surrounding himself with African Americans when the cameras are around, McCoy laughed saying, “I think that is a wise move for him to do that. If he didn’t have the revelation in the past (of hiring blacks), then what inspired him to get this revelation now”?

Rauner told reporters he is not trying to buy black votes and that he gives to community groups all the time. The Black Wall Street Journal wants the gubernatorial candidates to share their ad dollars with African American businesses and organizations.

And, Mark Allen, chairman of the Black Wall Street group that hosted the meeting with Rauner, said, “He did not offer to give $1 million to our group. We have been consistent in asking both sides (Quinn and Rauner) to spend their money in the black community during this campaign.”

As the November general election gets closer, sources say the battle for the black vote will get even more intense.

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.

Press conference, rally Sunday to highlight global support for Gaza and US complicity in Israel’s crimes against Palestinians

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(Letters to Editors)

From the Coalition for Justice in Palestine

CHICAGO, IL – On a day when President Barack Obama said that when the United States has the “unique capability to help avert a massacre,” of minorities in Iraq, we cannot “turn a blind eye.” The Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine condemns Mr. Obama’s blatant hypocrisy and calls on the U.S. government to end all diplomatic, political and financial support of Israel.

Israel has been targeting civilians in Gaza since July 8 in a military onslaught the United Nations has warned may amount to war crimes. Israel has killed nearly 2,000 people, including more than 370 children, and wounded more than 9,000. Several Latin and South American countries have cut ties with Israel and a member of the British Cabinet resigned in protest over the UK’s stance on the massacre in Gaza. The Chicago Coalition says it is time for the United States to end its complicity in the death and destruction of the Palestinian people!

WHAT: Press conference and rally

WHERE: Southeast corner of Michigan and Congress
WHEN: 2:15 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10

WHO: Speakers will include lay representatives of several Latin American countries as well as interfaith peace activists.

The Chicago Coalition also encourages people to remember that even if a truce is reached and Israel’s attacks against Palestinians ends, the occupation and siege on Gaza are still in full force. The Coalition demands an immediate end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people and an end to the siege on Gaza. Both contravene international law and deprive Palestinians of their human rights.

The rally will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a march to Federal Plaza.

Sunday’s protest is being convened by the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, whose members include American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Chicago Islamic Center, Islamic Community Center of Illinois, Mosque Foundation, Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-Chicago, and United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). Groups, including ANSWER Coalition, the Anti-War Committee-Chicago, the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Jews for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Palestine Solidarity Group, are supporting the rally.

We Can Do Something About Gun Violence

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A Message from U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly: Add Your Name in Support of Common-Sense Measures to prevent gun violence

I represent a district here in Chicago that’s been devastated by gun violence.

And we’re not alone. I’m sure you’ve seen the headlines — our city is suffering from an epidemic of violence and shootings.

The question is: How many people have to die before we do something about it?

How many hearts do we have to see broken? How many families do we have to see torn apart before we act?

Last month, our city took an important step forward.

Cook County Board members agreed to place a referendum on the ballot in November that will let voters voice their support for common-sense gun reform: strengthening background checks and banning military-style assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

Add your name in support of these common-sense measures to prevent gun violence.

Governor Quinn is fighting for sensible gun reform in Illinois, and I’m proud to stand with him.

We are losing a generation of young people — but we have a chance to do something about it.

We can strike the right balance between protecting the Second Amendment and protecting public safety. That starts with banning military-style assault weapons and keeping guns out of the wrong hands.

Send a message to lawmakers: This cannot wait any longer.

Add your name:


Thank you.


Rep. Robin Kelly

Father and Son Sentenced in 2011 Murder

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A father and son who conspired and carried out a plan to shoot and kill a Chicago woman over a romantic relationship have been sentenced to prison for a combined total of 145 years, according to the Office of Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez.

Devin Bickham Sr., 42, was sentenced late yesterday to 95 years in prison while his son, Devin Bickham Jr., 23, was sentenced to 50 years last month.  The two were previously convicted in separate jury trials for the murder of Chervon Alexander, 29, who was shot and killed while she sat in a car at a park in west suburban River Forest.  A third defendant, Cardell Taylor, 38, was also charged in the case and is currently awaiting trial.

According to prosecutors, the victim and Bickham Sr. were involved in a dating relationship and had planned to get married. However, Bickham Sr. was already married to another woman. To avoid being found out, Bickham Sr. devised a plan to have his son and Taylor carry out the murder.

According to prosecutors, on the night of July 11, 2011 Bickham Sr. drove the victim to the Dominican Priory Park in River Forest in his 2005 Buick and they parked their vehicle. At approximately 10:20 p.m., Taylor arrived at the scene armed with a handgun and fired several shots into the passenger side of the car, striking the victim multiple times. Taylor then fled the scene in a vehicle in which Bickham Jr. served as the getaway driver.

Both men were arrested by responding Forest Park Police Officers within one mile of the crime scene. A search of the vehicle revealed a .38-caliber handgun and several witnesses were able to place the car at the scene of the crime.

Through extensive interviews and an examination of the defendant’s cell phone records police discovered that Devin Bickham Sr. had planned and arranged the murder and all three men were charged in connection with the plot.
State’s Attorney Alvarez thanked Assistant State’s Attorneys James McKay, Russell Baker, and Thor Martin as well as the Forest Park and River Forest police departments for their work on the case.

Atty. General Madigan Urges FDA to Better Regulate E-Cigarettes

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Madigan & 28 Attorneys General Urge the FDA to Strengthen Proposed Regulations of E-Cigarettes to Better Protect Youth

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan  joined with 28 other state attorneys general to urge the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to strengthen its proposed regulations of electronic cigarettes to better protect children and young adults from nicotine addiction.

In comments submitted to the FDA this morning, Madigan and the attorneys general specifically urged the agency to prohibit marketing tactics designed in particular to attract children and young adults. The attorneys general pressed the FDA to prohibit manufacturers from selling e-cigarettes with flavors and to apply the same advertising and marketing restrictions that traditional tobacco manufacturers must comply with to ensure that ads are not targeting children and young people.

“Manufacturers and their advertisers are targeting young people with flashy marketing campaigns,” Madigan said. “We appreciate the FDA’s first step toward regulating e-cigarettes, but the agency must strengthen its proposal to make sure more young people do not become addicted to nicotine.”

E-cigarette use among teens and youth has increased exponentially in recent years. In 2013, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that from 2011 to 2012, the percentage of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes had more than doubled – from 4.7 percent in 2011 to 10 percent in 2012, or approximately 1.78 million students. In a study conducted this year, among 13- to 17-year-olds, 14 percent were using e-cigarettes.

The e-cigarette advertising industry has responded dramatically to the trend with increased ads on the radio and television and in print. In 2010, the industry spent $5.6 million on e-cigarette advertising. In 2013, they spent $82.1 million. A survey of five leading e-cigarette companies indicated that their marketing expenditures increased by 164 percent from 2012 to 2013.

In the spring, the FDA issued its proposed rules for e-cigarettes, which was the first step to regulate the new product. But Madigan and the attorneys general said in their comments to the FDA that stronger and more comprehensive regulations are needed to adequately protect youth from the potential harms of addiction to nicotine.

Currently, there are more than 7,000 different flavors of nicotine in e-cigarettes that are available for sale. In particular, Madigan and the other attorneys general argue that these varieties of flavors are specifically designed to attract young smokers. In addition to calling on the FDA to prohibit flavors in e-cigarettes other than tobacco and menthol, Madigan and her colleagues urged the FDA to:

  • Restrict advertising, marketing, and promotion of e-cigarettes in the same way it currently restricts the advertising, marketing and promotion of cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, as well as strengthening and updating those restrictions;
  • Strengthen health warnings for e-cigarettes;
  • Restrict the advertising, promotion and sale of e-cigarettes and all tobacco products over the internet;
  • Define e-cigarette components and parts and apply the proposed restrictions on age verification, vending machine sales, and health warnings, regardless of whether such components and parts contain nicotine;
  • Extend the regulations to include “little cigars,” which are nearly identical to traditional cigarettes but lower in cost; and
  • Regulate pipe tobacco to prevent the use of pipe tobacco as a way to avoid the regulations that apply to roll-your-own tobacco.

Joining Madigan in submitting the comments to the FDA were the attorneys general of the following: Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, the territory of Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

New Discovery of Jonestown Remains Reopens ‘Painful Wounds’

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Dr. Jynona (Pronounced WY-NO-NA) Norwood of Los Angeles, Calif. released the following statement in response to the discovery of nine unclaimed containers inside a former Dover funeral home holding the ashes of nine victims of the 1978 Jonestown Massacre:

“Shock waves ran through my body when the news media contacted me today with the breaking story that nine more bodies from the Jonestown massacre were discovered in a Dover Delaware Funeral Home. Since we lost 27 loved ones, including my mother, with roughly 22 identified, I immediately wondered if any of those remains were our loved ones. And how many of those nine were children who were never allowed to fulfill their God-given destiny because of an ego maniacal man (Herod) who ordered “To kill the babies first!” The senseless deaths of 305 innocent children and over 600 trapped visionary and hard-working victims will not and cannot be forgotten. Although this is a horrific discovery that causes painful wounds to be reopened, I pray that whoever the next of kin is receives some closure today.  My prayers and sympathy goes out to the family members of these sacred remains. We will honor each of the newly discovered victims at our 36th Official Annual Memorial Service this year on November 18, 2014, on the Mass Gravesite where 406 unidentified or unclaimed bodies lay at rest ………“GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN.”

More Information: http://www.delawareonline.com/story/news/local/2014/08/07/ashes-jonestown-massacre-found-dover/13724579/

Contact: Dr. Jynona Norwood

P.O. Box 3330
Hollywood, CA 90078

Department on Aging Hosts Activities for Senior Day at the Illinois State Fair

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August 11 “Senior Day” admission is free for guests age 60 years & older

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) hosts activities for seniors and their families during the Illinois State Fair in Springfield, August 8 – 17, in the air conditioned setting of the Illinois Building located near the fairground main gate.  In addition, IDoA offers a lineup of special events for Senior Day Monday, August 11 when attendees 60 years of age and older are admitted free to the fair.

“We look forward each year to hosting fun activities during the state fair.  Our staff and partner agencies do a great job keeping things fun while offering information about program and services that serve older

adults and their families,” said IDoA Director John K. Holton, Ph.D.

(The full line up of IDoA activities follows this release).  Some state fair Senior Day favorites include the

“NOT SO Newlywed Game” where couples, ages 50 years and older, test how much they really know about their spouse.  Later, IDoA will host the Illinois Senior Spelling Bee State Finals.  Seniors who won regional competitions held across the state will correctly spell words until judges crown a spelling bee champion.  And families are encouraged to pre-register for the “Grandparent Grandchild Contest”, when (on August 14) participants are judged on resemblance, costumes, talent and interviews.  To pre-register, call (217) 785-3390.

Each day St. John’s Hospital and the Lion’s Club offer free health screenings, including:

  • Body Composition
  • Blood Pressure/Stroke
  • Blood Sugar/Glucose
  • Cholesterol Diabetic Eye Testing
  • Health/Weight
  • Hearing
  • Heart Risk Assessments
  • Mental Health
  • Overactive Bladder
  • Pulmonary Function
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Skin Cancer (Derma Scan)



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The Illinois Department on Aging thanks representatives from the state agencies, organizations and private companies who will be on hand during the entire fair to provide information about services to help older adults.  They include:

  • AARP
  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
  • Illinois Bee Keepers
  • Illinois Department of Employment Security
    • Illinois Department of Public Health
    • Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs
  • Illinois Historic Preservation
  • Illinois Lion’s Club
  • Illinois State Treasurer’s Office
    • Logan County Senior Center Bingo
    • Prairie Heart Institute
  • The Office of the Attorney General
  • The Office of the Secretary of State
  • St. John’s Hospital
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • United Access
  • United States Social Security Administration
  • Watkins Home Products
  • Illinois Assistive Technology Project and Battery Specialists

For more information about the Department on Aging, call (800) 252-8966 or (or TTY for the hearing impaired at 888-206-1327), or log on to the website at www.state.il.us/aging.

Tell the NRA: There’s No Place For Hate Speech!

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With complete disregard for constructive gun safety debate, an NRA lobbyist reached a whole new level of hateful disrespect. The lobbyist told voters that a Jewish person who wants strong gun laws supports “the same policy that led to his family getting run out of Germany by the Nazis.” It’s shocking that the NRA still hasn’t condemned their spokesperson for this blatant hate speech.
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Dear juanita,

An NRA lobbyist has compared Jews fleeing Nazi Germany to the push for stricter gun protection in the U.S. The NRA should condemn their lobbyist for what he said:

“It’s like any Jewish people I meet who are anti-gun, I think, are you serious? Do you not remember what happened? …You come to this country and you support gun control? Why did you have to flee to this country in the first place?”

Comparing gun safety regulation to the Holocaust is hate speech and the NRA should immediately condemn its lobbyist. But the NRA has gone completely mute. Without any comment whatsoever, it’s almost like the NRA doesn’t have a problem with what their lobbyist said! Hateful comments fuel the kind of gun debate that will only makes matters worse. This is not the kind of speech that we should tolerate.

If we are going to create a solution to America’s gun problem, then both sides of the gun debate need to come together. Any chance to unite for commonsense gun solutions is thrown out the window with these kinds of hateful comments. Tell the NRA: your lobbyist’s hateful comments have no place in our nation’s debate about gun safety.

Thanks for all you do,

Alex B.
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Chicago Sinfonietta Selects First Members for Project Inclusion Conducting Fellowship

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Nation’s Most Diverse Orchestra Chooses Two Career-Ready Conductors to Launch Groundbreaking Conductor Training Program

Chicago, IL –  Chicago Sinfonietta, a professional orchestra focused on promoting diversity, inclusion, and innovative programming in the field of classical music, has chosen two candidates to be personally mentored by Music Director Mei-Ann Chen, distinguished faculty comprised of classical music industry leaders, and the Chicago Sinfonietta administrative staff through its Project Inclusion Conducting Fellowship (PICF). Roderick Cox and Sameer Patel are career-ready conductors who will be the inaugural members of the PICF program. Maestro Paul Freeman founded Project Inclusion in 2008 to cultivate diverse orchestral musicians. With this expansion of Project Inclusion, the program will now include emerging professional conductors, furthering the mission of institutional inclusiveness in classical music. What is unprecedented about PICF is that the conducting fellows will receive both on-the-podium training and off-the-podium guidance as well, receiving a more practical and holistic approach to conductor training.

“It is my pleasure to welcome young conductors Roderick Cox and Sameer Patel to the Chicago Sinfonietta family as the first recipients of Project Inclusion’s Conducting Fellowship. I look forward to working with these talented artists, contributing to their growth and development, and helping them to shape their achievements as they work towards developing potentially significant careers”, said Mei-Ann Chen, Music Director, Chicago Sinfonietta.

Both Maestro Paul Freeman, who founded the Sinfonietta in 1987, and Chen come from backgrounds that are underrepresented in classical music. Freeman, a pioneer in the field, was a leading African-American conductor who conducted over fifty orchestras worldwide. Chen, a native of Taiwan, is one of America’s most dynamic young conductors.

An alumnus of Northwestern University and Columbus State University, Roderick Cox is the winner of the Aspen Music Festival’s 2013 Robert H. Harth Conducting Prize. There, he was a conducting fellow in the acclaimed American Academy of Conducting and has worked with Robert Spano, Hugh Wolff, and Larry Rachleff. Cox is the current Assistant Conductor of the Alabama Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Alabama Symphony Youth Orchestra. He led ASO’s annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., featuring new works commemorating the Civil Rights struggle in Birmingham and drawing not only the largest audience in the concert’s history but a five-star review.

Sameer Patel has received both his undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Michigan. He recently spent three seasons as Associate Conductor of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, conducting over 100 performances, and was one of only six conductors selected for the Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview with the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra. In 2011, he received an award presented by former New York Philharmonic Music Director Kurt Masur and assisted Masur with orchestral engagements abroad. Patel’s upcoming and recent engagements include performances with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the San Diego Symphony.

Through the PICF program, both fellows will have opportunities to conduct live ensembles with leading music organizations and educational institutions in Chicago. They will also receive personalized instruction from Cliff Colnot, DePaul University’s Director of Orchestral Activities and Wind Ensemble, the Principal Conductor of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Principal Conductor of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra’s contemporary MusicNOW Ensemble. Colnot also conducts ensembles at the University of Chicago and Indiana University. He is an experienced arranger and bassoonist and has worked with the Lyric Opera Orchestra of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and the Contemporary Chamber Players.

In addition, former Chicago Symphony Orchestra CEO and former League of American Orchestra CEO Henry Fogel will provide mentoring and audition preparation advice for the fellows. Fogel is the former Executive Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington, D.C. and was Orchestra Manager of the New York Philharmonic. Currently, Fogel serves as the Dean of the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. He received a Cultural Leadership Citation from Yale University and was named an Illinois Arts Legend by the Illinois Arts Alliance.

Additional instruction will cover arts administration responsibilities including board development, financial statement analysis, marketing and audience development, working with a unionized labor force, fundraising, and stewarding long-term relationships with funders and donors. The program will also be observed by auditors who will attend PICF sessions to observe and foster their own professional network.

All participants are thrilled to be guided by Chen. “Maestro Chen is a deep artist and an inspiring leader…she brings a contagious energy to her music making and understands the importance of the conductor’s role in galvanizing positive change in our communities through the spirit of music,” states Patel.

This seminal program is made possible through support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Chicago Community Trust, the Ann and Gordon Getty Foundation and the League of American Orchestras. “These organizations have been instrumental in allowing the Chicago Sinfonietta to expand Project Inclusion,” confirms Chen.

The Chicago Sinfonietta’s season begins on September 20th with a five-concert series at Wentz Concert Hall in Naperville, IL and Symphony Center in downtown Chicago. The season will feature innovative programming unlike traditional orchestral concerts. For more information on the season, please visit www.chicagosinfonietta.org or call 312-284-1554. Follow Chicago Sinfonietta on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and #redefineclassical.

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