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Archive for August 11th, 2014

NAACP’s Response to the Death of 18-Year-Old Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO

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Editor’s Note: Michael Brown is the unarmed teen shot down by police which  sent hundreds of angry residents to the streets in protest. County Executive Charlie Dooley called for an FBI investigation and it was reported that Attorney General Eric Holder has instructed the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division to monitor developments in the case.

WASHINGTON, DC – The NAACP released the following statement on the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, MO.

From Cornell William Brooks, President & CEO, NAACP:

“Our prayers go out to the family and friends of 18-year-old Michael Brown of Ferguson, Missouri. The death of yet another African-American at the hands of those sworn to protect and serve the community where he lived is heartbreaking. Michael Brown was preparing to begin college, and now his family is preparing to bury their child – his life cut short in a tragic encounter with the police.

As the NAACP’s Missouri State Conference and St. Louis Branches seek answers about the circumstances surrounding Michael Brown’s death, the National office will remain vigilant until accountability and justice are served for the countless individuals who lose their lives to misguided police practices throughout the country. Even as we call for accountability by those charged with protecting the community, we call on the community to act–collectively and calmly until we secure justice for the family of Michael Brown.”

Evanston Censorship Struggle Challenges Taboo on Palestinian Narrative and False Call for ‘Balance’

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Library director Karen Danzig Lyons reverses cancellation of event in wake of First Amendment outcry, as organizers brace for opposition to Palestinian author.

EVANSTON, IL: After a pitched struggle between peace activists and Evanston Public Library staff, a book reading and community forum with Palestinian author, Ali Abunimah, will go ahead as planned (8/11/14) Monday evening at the suburban library. Organizers are bracing for opposition voices to mobilize to attend the event in the wake of their successful battle to push the library to reinstate Abunimah’s presentation.

The library had sought to cancel Abunimah’s discussion of his book, “The Struggle for Justice in Palestine,” because the library had not yet scheduled additional programs to offer a ‘balance’ to Mr Abunimah’s point of view, i.e. an event with a pro-Israeli frame. Peace activists decried the library’s viewpoint particularly when, to their knowledge, no similar request had ever been made in reference to an author event for a recently published book. They argue, when pro-Israel voices already dominate media and public policy discussion on the Israeli occupation and Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, there is a standard being imposed, that is not imposed for any other topic.

“Palestinians are the only people whose mere existence in any cultural, academic or intellectual space is required to be “balanced” by the presence and voice of their oppressors or their oppressors’ apologists,” says Abunimah.

Online registration for Abunimah’s event filled to capacity within hours, with organizers expecting a lively debate with pro-Zionist activists who are expected to attend to challenge Abuhimah personally now that the library has relented in the face of concerns about censorship and First Amendment rights. 120 seats are reserved in the library, with an expected overflow crowd to be housed to watch the event remotely at nearby Lake Street Church.

The library had announced that it was cancelling Abunimah’s appearance barely a week before he was scheduled to speak, setting off a firestorm of criticism in social media – and the demand for Palestinians to be heard, not just seen and characterized by others. Peace activists have worked with the library to web-cast the event live as part of a larger effort to breach what they say is endemic pro-Israeli media bias.

Abunimah will read a section about Gaza from his book that provides context for the current struggle that the Palestinian people are waging in the beleaguered open-air prison, at an almost unbearable cost, to end Israel’s murderous siege and bombardment. He will discuss what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has termed Israel’s “genocidal slaughter” in Gaza, which since July 8 has killed over 2,000 people – over 80% percent of whom are civilians, including 450 children.

Forum/Reading: 7PM, Monday, August 11, 2014

Evanston Public Library Community Room, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Overflow room location: Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St, Evanston, IL 60201, (847) 864-2181

URL for web-cast – live stream: http://www.chicagoactivism.org/live

Latino Voices Will be Heard in 2014 Elections But Not Enough–Why Not Shout Louder?

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Latino Voices Will be Heard in 2014 Elections But Not Enough--Why Not Shout Louder?

New America Media

By Ed Kissam

On August 4, a provocative article from Nate Cohn appeared in the New York Times—“Why House Deportation Vote Won’t Hurt the G.O.P.” Cohn argues, accurately, that the low proportion of Latino voters who are eligible to vote in eight of the nine states with competitive Senate races means the Latino vote won’t have a big impact on Senate outcomes in 2014. That’s an unpleasant analysis but well-justified wake-up call for those who care about political equity for Latinos and eventual passage of immigration reform.

Where Cohn over-extends his analysis is in arguing that Latino voters won’t have much impact on the 2014 House races either. He says that since Hispanics make up only 7.4 percent of the eligible voters in Congressional districts held by Republicans the party will retain their majority in the House—even after infuriating Latino voters (and many others) with their mean-spirited vote on deportation of Central American children and the effort to ban administrative relief for undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children (DACA).

Cohn is probably right about the dynamics of this year’s Senate elections and about Republicans’ continued control of the House in 2014, but the party’s anti-immigrant stance will actually inflict a good deal of pain on many of its candidates. At least in California. Republican efforts to block immigration reform as their best recipe for winning elections is already a losing gambit.

There are real uncertainties about how rapidly the real-world changing demographic profile of U.S. communities will affect national politics and the extent to which right-wing anti-immigrant politicians in Congress can continue to perpetuate de facto segregation on the basis of immigration status. But in California and in other states (including those in the South and the Midwest), as increasing numbers of U.S.-born children of Latino immigrant parents reach voting age, their votes will very soon tip the balance toward social policies which more fairly and inclusively represent community perspectives. Given the social and economic consequences of failing to act, particularly in the rural communities where demographic change is moving fastest, there’s a critical need to accelerate the slow pace of progress toward a future with truly inclusive democracy.

This future has already arrived in California. The Republican Party’s anti-immigrant stance will hurt its candidates in each of the competitive House races in California in 2014—even in the cases where local Republican Congressional candidates have attempted to distance themselves from their party’s anti-immigrant mainstream.

How important are the California 2014 House races? The Cook Political Report identifies 36 House races across the nation as being highly competitive—i.e. they are characterized as leaning red or blue or as a tossup. Six of these races considered to be competitive are in California (in the 7th, 21st, 26th, 31st, 36th, and 52nd Congressional districts). In contrast to the low national proportions of Latino voters cited by Cohn, Latino voters make up 8 to 23 percent of the registered voters in each of these competitive House races in California—substantially more than the national average. Even if we adjust for historically low Latino turnout in mid-term elections, 5 to 15 percent of the likely voters in the 2014 voting in these House races will be Latinos. At least in these races, their votes will make a big difference.

It’s worthwhile to remember what happened in the 2012 House races. In 2012, demographics had already caught up with the status quo in two of the currently six competitive California districts which went from red to blue in that cycle. Both newly-elected Congressional representatives (Ami Bera in the 7th District and Raul Ruiz in the 36th District) are the U.S.-born sons of immigrant parents. Bera won by 3.4 percent and Ruiz won by a margin of 5.8 percent. Both were strong and open supporters of immigration reform as well as being highly-qualified candidates for public office and were elected in part because of their progressive stance on immigration reform.

Do we need to resign ourselves to the current statistical reality of Latino under-representation in the electorate? Why not work harder and faster to help democracy keep up with real-world change? Why not address the huge economic and social issues faced by undocumented immigrants (which author Michelle Alexander correctly refers to as an American “human rights problem”) by investing more in vigorous voter registration and get-out-the-vote initiatives to mobilize the large numbers of Latinos (and others) who are eligible to vote in opposing the proponents of perpetual official inequality? Social and political equity for immigrants is not simply a partisan issue

Even if we fail to act, pundits’ dismal warning that Latino voters don’t matter has to be discounted—certainly in these 2014 competitive House races in California, and eventually everywhere in the U.S. Given the likelihood that the spread between candidates in these six California House races in 2014 which are competitive will be only 5 to 10 percent everyone who is concerned about practical and just immigration policy should join in efforts to assure that Latino and other under-represented groups of voters’ voices will be heard still more loudly in November.

Communities’ stakes in equity for immigrants are too high to be relegated only to the realm of partisan messaging. Latino families’ stakes in immigration reform and upward career pathways for DREAMers are high. But they are also high for all of us, whatever our ethnic group, wherever we live.

Ed Kissam has led various studies of immigrant settlement in the United States over the past decade, including the New Pluralism Study of immigrants in rural areas and the Latino Entrepreneurship study focusing on North Carolina and Iowa . He is currently working with a research task force on strategies to improve educational outcomes for Latino youth in rural communities throughout the United States.

Atty. General Madigan Applauds Governor’s Action to Increase Protections for Low Wage Workers

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Bill Crafted by Attorney General Madigan Signed into Law by Gov. Quinn to Protect Workers from Unnecessary Fees on Payroll Cards

CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan applauded Gov. Pat Quinn for signing into law a bill drafted by her office to better protect low wage workers who receive their wages on a payroll card. The new law implements protections for workers against unreasonable fees to access their paychecks on this increasingly common method of payment used by Illinois employers.

“Before today, there were better protections on gift cards than payroll cards in Illinois,” Madigan said. “But with this new law, which will be the strongest of its kind in the country, Illinois employees will no longer have to pay just to get their pay.”

“We need to make sure that all Illinois residents are treated fairly when it comes to receiving their hard-earned pay,” Governor Quinn said. “No one should be penalized by unnecessary fees when they are trying to collect their wages. I applaud Attorney General Madigan for pushing this common-sense legislation to protect the hardworking men and women of our state. Not only are we fighting to raise the minimum wage in Illinois, now employees will have the choice between proven and safe ways of receiving all the wages they rightfully deserve.”

Payroll cards are an increasingly popular form of payment used by employers of hourly, low wage workers at fast food restaurants and stores. Instead of issuing paper checks, employers are providing wages on payroll cards. But employees are charged numerous fees to access or spend their earned wages, such as: a $5 account inactivity fee, a $3 fee for requesting a monthly statement of their account or 50 cent fees every time they want to make a purchase or check their account balance.

Last year, Madigan’s office began investigating the use of payroll cards after receiving complaints from employees in Illinois and discovered the unreasonable fees attached to the cards and other practices that reduce the employees’ earnings. The Attorney General’s office crafted the legislation, with the assistance of the Illinois Department of Labor, to put a stop to these harmful practices. The legislation, House Bill 5622, was sponsored by Rep. Arthur Turner and Sen. Kwame Raoul during the spring session.

The law will help ensure payroll cards benefit employees by prohibiting fees for simply accessing their wages or checking an account balance, while also providing employers with flexibility to meet the proposed requirements. The law will provide guidelines for employers wishing to use this new form of wage payment. Specifically, the new law will:

  • Ensure employees can access their wages without incurring fees, including a prohibition on fees for overdrafts, transaction history requests and purchases;
  • Limit fees for card inactivity and declined transactions;
  • Preserve employees’ right to choose the payment method that works for them, whether that method is check, direct deposit or payroll card; and
  • Require employers to give employees notice of the terms of the payroll card program
The new law will take effect Jan. 1, 2015.

State’s Attorney Alvarez Hosts National Prosecutors Conference

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Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently brought together top prosecutors and staff from major jurisdictions throughout the country for a conference in Chicago aimed at enhancing the effectiveness of prosecutors in their efforts to create safer communities in major metropolitan cities.

The two-day event, co-hosted by Alvarez and the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys, focused on criminal justice issues affecting major jurisdictions including reducing gun violence, improving and enhancing the process of eyewitness identification, and the development and operation of prosecutorial conviction integrity units.  The agenda was developed with input from all attendees, who participated in roundtable discussions about all issues and shared innovative developments in their own jurisdictions.

Attendees included prosecutors from Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Jacksonville, Manhattan, Nashville, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco and Seattle.

“This conference provided an extremely meaningful opportunity for spirited discussion and collaboration between my office and similar jurisdictions across the nation,” Alvarez said.  “We are all dedicated to the pursuit of justice and the best way to improve upon that goal is to share both common and individual experiences and ideas with our counterparts.”

The conference also included a presentation on the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Regional Organized Crime Task Force. State’s Attorney Alvarez formed the nation’s first Regional Organized Crime Task Force in 2010, to serve as a public/private partnership between businesses and law enforcement dedicated to combating the escalating incidents of organized retail theft and fencing operations.

The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys was founded as a national think tank to provide prosecutors with timely training and technical assistance, and is dedicated to facilitating the exchange of ideas between criminal justice partners throughout the country.

State Education and Health Agencies Issue Reminder for Immunizations as Students Head Back to School

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August marks National Immunization Awareness Month

SPRINGFIELD, IL —As Illinois students prepare to start a new school year, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) encourage parents and guardians to ensure their children’s immunizations are up to date. The IDPH has implemented a few changes in the current requirements.

Beginning this fall, the hepatitis B vaccination requirement has been adapted to apply to students entering sixth grade instead of students entering fifth grade. Also, students must show proof of having received two doses each of the live rubella and mumps virus vaccines. In addition, any child entering kindergarten, sixth grade or ninth grade for the first time shall show proof of having received two doses of varicella (chicken pox) vaccine. The IDPH rule requiring students for all grades sixth through twelfth to show proof of receiving the Tdap vaccine, a booster shot for continued protection against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, is still in effect. ISBE’s Immunization Quick Reference Guide provides additional details about the 2014-2015 requirements.

“Immunizations help to ensure that students are happy, healthy and ready to take on the new school year,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “If a student falls victim to any one of these diseases, it could result in the student missing school, parents missing work and potentially putting other family members’ health at risk.”

The State of Illinois requires vaccinations to protect children from a variety of diseases before they can enter school. For school entrance, students must show proof of diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, measles, mumps, rubella, haemophilus influenza type b, hepatitis b, varicella and pneumococcal (depending on age) vaccinations.  For more information about immunizations, including vaccination schedules, visit www.idph.state.il.us/about/shots.htm.

“This year’s new requirements come on the heels of two separate mumps outbreaks in Illinois,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.  “Schools are highly susceptible to outbreaks of infectious diseases because students can easily pass illnesses to one another as a result of poor hand washing, uncovered coughs and crowded settings.  It’s important that all students are up to date on their vaccinations – not only to protect themselves, but other students, teachers, friends and family.”

A new vaccine requirement has been proposed for the 2015-2016 school year. If passed, IDPH rules will require students entering sixth and twelfth grade to receive an immunization containing meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4).

August marks National Immunization Awareness Month (http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/events/niam/default.htm) which aims to educate people of all ages about the importance of protecting their health by being immunized against infectious diseases.

In addition to immunizations, all students enrolling in kindergarten in a public or private school and any student enrolling for the first time in Illinois (with the exception of preschoolers) must have an eye examination. The eye exam needs to be performed by a licensed optometrist or medical doctor who performs eye exams and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. All eye exams must be completed within one year prior to Oct. 15.

Furthermore, all students enrolled in kindergarten and the second and sixth grades are required to have a dental examination.

Also, all children must complete a physical examination prior to entering Illinois schools for the first time, prior to the date of entering kindergarten or first grade, prior to entering sixth grade, and prior to entering ninth grade. The exam includes gender and date of birth; an evaluation of height, weight, BMI, blood pressure, skin, eyes, ears, nose, throat, mouth/dental; cardiovascular, respiratory, gastrointestinal, genito-urinary, neurological, and musculoskeletal evaluations; spinal examination; evaluation of nutritional status; lead screening; and other evaluations deemed necessary by the health-care provider. Illinois’ health exam requirements are aligned with recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) on adolescent vaccinations.

Parents and guardians should contact their health-care provider, local health department or pharmacy to schedule an appointment to receive the recommended and required vaccinations. It is important to keep an immunization record card for your child’s entry into school.

IDPH offers a “Parents Guide to Childhood Immunizations” at www.idph.state.il.us/about/pgci.htm. There is also the Illinois Help Me Grow helpline at 1-800-323-GROW (voice and TTY) for additional immunization information. For parents who may not be able to afford immunizations, IDPH lists the Vaccines for Children program, which is a federally funded program that provides vaccines at no cost to children from low-income families. For information, call (312) 746-6050 in Chicago or (217) 785-1455 for the rest of the state.

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“Get On Up” – and Go See the James Brown Biopic

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From Marc Morial, President & CEO, National Urban League

“Get On Up,” the new James Brown biopic, came in with a third place showing at the box office over the weekend – but without a doubt, this is a first-rate movie.

Granted, I happen to be a big fan of the “Hardest Working Man in Show Business.” But anyone who sees this movie will walk away enlightened about Brown’s life. We hosted a red carpet screening of the movie during our Annual Conference in Cincinnati a couple of weeks ago – and our attendees, like myself, were awed by Chadwick Boseman’s spot-on portrayal of Brown, from his iconic dance moves to his unmistakable voice. The movie itself is well done in its depiction of such a supremely complex and talented individual.

It is also a reminder to us of the impact James Brown had on this nation. In addition to being the “Godfather of Soul” (and other genres of music and dance), he was the musical godfather of economic empowerment and equal opportunity. From songs like his 1968 “Say It Loud: I’m Black and I’m Proud” that unified and energized the African American community after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination to his 1969 “I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get It Myself)” and his 1972 “King Heroin,” Brown chronicled the challenges faced by Blacks in the U.S. during that time.

The greatness of James Brown’s legacy is also embodied in his pervasive influence across generations – from the late Michael Jackson to Mick Jagger, from Prince to Usher.

Brown was a consummate showman and courageous visionary, and through “Get On Up,” we are able to see sides of him that we never knew. I encourage everyone to see this movie.

Avoiding Illness Due to Ticks, Bats and Wild Animals

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Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, babesiosis, ehrlichiosis, rabies

CHICAGO, IL – As the weather remains warm and people continue to spend more time outdoors, Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck reminds residents of the importance to take precautions against illness caused by tick and animal bites.

Ticks can carry diseases like Rocky Mountain spotted fever, Lyme disease, tularemia, babesiosis, and ehrlichiosis, while bats and other wild animals pose the risk of transmitting rabies, a virus that affects the nervous system of humans and other mammals.  A bite from ticks, bats or wild animals could cause severe illness in both children and adults.

One way to avoid a tick bite is to wear a repellent that contains 20 to 30 percent DEET on exposed skin, and if you are in a heavily wooded area, walk in the center of trails so that weeds do not brush against you.  Also, check yourself, children and other family members, including pets, every two to three hours for ticks.  If you become ill with fever and/or rash after being in tick habitat contact your health care provider.

While bats are the primary carrier of rabies in the state, any wild mammal such as a raccoon, skunk, fox, or coyote, can have rabies.  Humans can get rabies after being bitten by an infected animal.  Rabies can also be contracted when saliva from a rabid animal gets directly into a person’s eyes, nose, mouth or a wound.  So it’s important to teach children never to handle unfamiliar animals, and encourage them to immediately tell if they are bitten or scratched by an animal; keep vaccinations up-to-date for all dogs, cats and ferrets; and supervise your pets so that they do not come in contact with wild animals.  If you find a bat in your home, do not release it until you have called your local health department.

Call the local health department or animal control agency to remove stray dogs or cats in your neighborhood.

“We want residents to enjoy their summer, but we also want them to take the necessary precautions to avoid illness and disease,” Dr. Hasbrouck said.  “While there are medical treatments available for persons exposed to infected tick and animal bites, the best approach is to protect yourself from being bitten or scratched in the first place.”

More information about preventing tick bites and disease can be found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/pccommonticks.htm.

For information on rabies, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infect/reportdis/rabies.htm.

Misclassified Employees Force Taxpayers To Subsidize Costs, Harm Economy

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Illinois Led Nation in Auditing Problem Employers

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois employers wrongly classified nearly 20,000 of their workers as independent contractors rather than full-time employees in 2013, skipping out on more than $250 million in wages and contributions to funds that support laid-off and injured workers, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said today.

Taxpayers ultimately cover the costs of misclassified workers because it robs the state of payroll taxes normally removed from a worker’s paycheck. Those funds typically are not removed from payments given to independent contractors. In some cases, a homeowner could be responsible for costs incurred if a misclassified worker is injured while working on the owner’s dwelling.

“The consequences of misclassification are easy to see when a worker is hurt or an honest business owner is under-bid for a project. What hides in plain sight are the socialized costs that occur when a dishonest employer deceives a customer and cuts corners by not playing by the rules,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said.

“The labor movement is about creating strong communities and protecting workers from unscrupulous employers,” said Chicago Federation of Labor President Jorge Ramirez. “Tactics like worker misclassification erodes that by violating workers’ employment and labor rights.”

The audits also showed that Illinois held the most productive employer auditing effort in the nation, according to data compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Illinois audited 3,635 employers in 2013. In doing so it identified 19,765 misclassified employees, $245.6 million in unreported taxable wages and $5.1 million in unreported contributions that fund unemployment insurance benefits. Illinois led by a wide margin all other states in Effective Audit Measures.

Fighting misclassification fraud is critical to workers, employers and taxpayers. Workers benefit because misclassification leads to less money in trust funds used to pay unemployment insurance and worker’s compensation claims. Employers benefit because companies that misclassify workers can under-bid law-abiding employers by as much as 30 percent. Taxpayers benefit because employers who misclassify employees typically do not carry insurance, or do not carry insurance at appropriate levels to protect the consumer if a worker is injured on the job. If a worker who has been misclassified and could arguably be considered an employee of the homeowner, the homeowner bears liability for any injury.

Generally speaking, to be considered an independent contractor, a worker must be free from direction or control. A worker is not an independent contractor just because an employer designates him or her as such – even if the worker agrees to the designation. Employers breaking the law could face fines of at least $10,000 and up to 60 percent interest on failed payments. The Illinois Department of Labor, Illinois Department of Employment Security, Illinois Department of Revenue and Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission are working together to help responsible business owners and punish fraud. More is available at www.illinoismisclassification.com

Like several other states, Illinois uses the ABC test to determine if an individual is an employee or an independent contractor. Construction related workers are presumed employees, and not independent contractors, unless the company can prove that the worker is A) free from direction and control of the company and B) the work performed is generally outside the scope of work performed by the company and C) the worker is engaged in an independently established trade or business.

ICFilmFest to Premiere at Budlong Elementary School Festival – features 23 films from 15 countries

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Chicago IL/Summer 2014-The ICFilmFest, the first touring festival of world class children’s film programs, presents two special screenings at Budlong Elementary School (2701 W. Foster Ave.) on Monday, August 18th at 1 and 3pm. Students, parents, teachers, and neighbors of Budlong are invited to the ICFilmFest’s showcase of 23 films from 15 countries.
Two lively shorts programs feature films as diverse as previous Best of the Fest winner Love Bug;an exciting romp through the jungle in Amazonia; the Danish short Flap Crashers, in which a bird must overcome his fear of flying; and One Shoe Blues starring legendary blues man, B.B. King. The International Children’s Film Festival is curated by Nicole Dreiske and presented by the International Children’s Media Center in collaboration with Budlong Elementary School.
Budlong Principal Naomi Nakayama applauds the interactive focus of the Festival: “Watching movies shouldn’t be a passive experience for children and at the ICFilmFest, it isn’t. Lively discussions and voting are designed to make the experience memorable and interactive for students of all ages.”
Children have the opportunity to vote for their favorite films immediately following each program. Their participation determines the winner of the “Best of the ICFilmFest” to be awarded to the film that receives the greatest number of votes.
ICMC Director Nicole Dreiske comments, “Forty languages are spoken by parents whose students attend Budlong, and it’s one of the most culturally diverse schools in the city. Budlong School is a perfect partner for an event that celebrates global culture.”
Tickets (per screening) are $5 for general public, FREE for Budlong students and parents. For more information, please visit www.icmediacenter.org or call 773-528-6854
Budlong Elementary School ICFilmFest 2014 Schedule:
Mouse for Sale, Belgium
Kosher (UK)
Monday, August 18 at 1pm CREATIVE CRITTERS, CLEVER KIDS Ages 5+ (67mins)
From the musical to the practical, inspiration strikes these characters when they need it most. Laugh with Superdad and Pelé on an unexpected day off, fly with Mama Crow as she shields her nest from a greedy fox, and root for Fly Guy as he competes for the title of Best Pet Ever. Creative Critters, Clever Kids features 11 films from 9 countries: There’s Bliss in the Kiss (Germany/Singapore), Collective Consciousness #6 (Brazil), Most Scary Animal (Russia), Chopin’s Drawings (Poland), Edeltraud & Theodor (Germany), Hi! Fly Guy (USA), Mama Crow and the Fox (Iran), Kosher (UK), Nully & Preisemuth – Different Dinners (Germany), Superdad & Pelé (Norway), and The Princess’ Painting (Germany).
What Makes Me Happy? Tung’s Film, Vietnam
Amazonia, US
Monday, August 18 at 3pm TOUCH OF GENIUS Ages 8+ (69min)
There’s something special in every one of us. But like the characters in these clever films, we have to find that special something and cherish it. Jam along with the great B.B. King and some quirky sock puppets (One Shoe Blues, US), stay one step ahead of colorful rainforest predators (Amazonia, US), and discover how to escape the mysterious Kingdom of Cats (The Kingdom of Cats, Russia). Catch all 12 live action and animated films from 10 countries including: Mouse for Sale (Belgium), Lexdysia (Poland), Percuissons (France), What Makes Me Happy?: Tung’s Film (Vietnam), Love Bug (US), Flap Crashers (Denmark), Monarch (Mexico) Lizard (Australia) and Papa’s Boy (Poland).
The ICFilmFest is supported by the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation at the MacArthur Foundation and by Howard and Pam Conant.

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