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Clifford Law Offices Files First Lawsuit Arising Out of Bus Crash at O’Hare Airport

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Clifford Law Offices has filed a personal injury lawsuit against the bus company and bus driver allegedly involved in Friday’s crash at O’Hare Airport that left numerous people severely injured.

Michael S. Krzak, partner at the firm, filed the complaint in Cook County Circuit Court on behalf of Talipha Charles, 52, of Waukegan.  Ms. Charles was a passenger sitting on the shuttle bus that unexpectedly and violently crashed early Friday morning into a concrete median as it proceeded down I-190 toward the terminals at O’Hare International Airport.

Ms. Charles of Waukegan was one of at least a dozen people who were on the shuttle bus that crashed into the concrete median.

The lawsuit was filed against Delaware Car Rental, Inc. of Schiller Park and Queshonyas Eubanks, the bus driver.  Chicago police reportedly are still investigating the occurrence.  Eubanks reportedly was cited for failing to produce a driver’s license and failing to stay in her lane.

Ms. Charles was taken by ambulance to a local hospital where she was treated for broken bones, contusions and other injuries.  “It was imperative that Ms. Charles file this lawsuit so that we can take the appropriate steps to seek a protective order relating to the bus and the employment file of the bus driver so that the bus is maintained in its current condition and so that we can begin our own investigation into this completely preventable tragedy,”  Krzak said.

The lawsuit seeks a minimum of $50,000 in damages, which is the jurisdictional minimum for the Law Division in the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Who Plays The Race Card? – The Trust Gap Between Blacks and Whites

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
By Kwame S. Salter

Kwame Salter

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Robin Williams, the brilliant late actor/comedian, once remarked, “Reality! What a concept.” When the discussion comes around to race relations in America, we seem to have a difficult time dealing with the reality of race. On both sides of the racial divide, opinions seem to be set in quick drying concrete. Many whites feel that any mention of race is an attempt by blacks to justify or excuse some action or reaction. On the other hand, too many blacks believe that no white person can be trusted to be fair and objective in encounters between the races. In reality, the truth lies somewhere between these two extremes. Clearly, not every compliant by blacks is frivolous or a blatant attempt to obfuscate by playing the so-called “race card.” And, in spite of the sordid history of social injustices, political disenfranchisement and state sponsored terrorism in the guise of the Klan and other white supremacist groups, many brave and courageous whites have stood up for both our civil and human rights.

The recent phenomenon of rewiring racial injustices to be viewed as something other than reality has been aided and abetted by the talking heads of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh et al. Some whites have a problem with Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson and, even, President Obama injecting themselves into race issues. However, more blacks find the right wing rants of the Fox commentators both insulting and a gambit – as they, not so subtlety, use race as both sword and shield to boost their ratings and line their pockets. Jon Stewart, the insightful and comic genius anchor for The Daily Show (http://youtu.be/n-cfi-zzNzM) assembled and dissected a block of videos from these media agitators. After viewing the Stewart video, I am sure you will agree that facts to these guys get in the way of their goal of whipping their fan base into frenzy. While selected and isolated so-called facts are introduced with glaring graphics and amplified by angry guest commenters, the objective reality doesn’t support their position. In their worldview, the only race that counts and should be acknowledged as legitimate is a NASCAR event. Yet still, they raise issues that must either be countered or addressed– not only by blacks, but also all of America.

Issues such as black on black crime and the scourge of vicious black criminal cartels loosely referred to, as gangs must be faced up to and discussed. Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, making up 40% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009). Crime, whether committed by blacks or whites, has become pandemic in our large urban centers. What are the contributing factors; why is our criminal justice system so efficient in the capture and incarceration of black offenders; and, how many are in prison due to being targeted in the putative War on Drugs? “Too many,” as George Wallace was said to have quipped when asked, “how many blacks are there in America?” But, why are we so protective of so many of the truly bad guys who live in and terrorize our black communities? Is it that we dont trust the police? Many of the police patrolling these black communities are themselves black. Are these black officers quid pro quo better or fairer than their white counterparts? Some are and some aren’t.

Just recently, a highly commended black Police Commander in Chicago was stripped of his badge and gun while facing two felony charges. This top cop allegedly put his gun in the mouth of a black suspect. DNA test verified the presence of the gun in the suspects mouth. By the way, this cop, over the years, had been the subject of many citizen complaints. What comes of the complaints from black citizens against these black cops? According to records, only two citizen complaints resulted in discipline. Is this behavior by a black cop surprising? No, not if you consider that during WWII the Nazis used Jewish prisoners as “Kapos” or prisoner trustees to watch over and brutalize their fellow Jewish prisoners. The more brutal these Kapos the more rewarded by the SS Guards. As I pointed out in my piece of Ferguson, what we need is not, necessarily more black officers – but better officers. Attracting, developing and retaining better police officers is the key to tamping down some of the potential of violence by and against police. Having a close relative that was a police officer who was shot and blinded in the course of duty, I know their job is not an easy one. Every split second is over loaded with information and data that must be correctly deciphered – their life and the suspects depend on it. This is the reality of the situation.

Having discussions aimed at bringing about positive race relations appears to be a topic that America is not eager to put on the table. America, we have a problem. This is not a new problem; it is not even an isolable problem; still, it is a wicked problem. According to the Australian Public Commission, a wicked problem is one “that is difficult or impossible to solve because of incomplete, contradictory, and changing requirements that are often difficult to recognize. The term “wicked” is used to denote resistance to resolution, rather than evil.” Improved race relations in America can be achieved by applying our unique American “can do” attitude. We have a blueprint. That blueprint is the Kerner Commission formed by President Lyndon Johnson in 1967 to understand the root causes of the urban riots that plagued our cities from starting in 1964. Johnson rejected the Commissions recommendations. Still, the Commissions findings, known as the Kerner Report were spot on and prescient. The Commission stated that the nation was “moving toward two societies, One Black, One White – Separate and Unequal.” Moreover, the Report warned our country faced a “system of apartheid in its major cities.”

Obviously, we have not heeded the warning. Today, the concentration of blacks in the inner cities remains more fixed than fluid; the predicted racial divide has widened; and, poverty is more structural than generational. We need President Obama to issue a call to action, much like President Johnson did over 40 years ago. Thus, my modest proposal is for the President to create the Biden Commission on race relations. Joe Biden, our straight shooting Vice-President has both the street cred and needed gravitas to lead such a Commission – his 2007 primary gaffe, notwithstanding, of describing Obama thusly: “I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy,” Biden said. “I mean, that’s a storybook, man.” I’ve heard worse and Biden has more than atoned for that politically incorrect statement.

Finally, I would also highly recommend that Sean Hannity, Bill OReilly and Rush Limbaugh be invited to join this august body. Why not? They always seem to have the right answers.

Kwame S. Salter is President of The Salter Group LLC, and the author of two books including “Striving While Black”. For details about his company, visit www.talenttrumps.com

Wilco, Capitol Theatre and Ticketfly Team Up; Donate to HeadCount’s #GoVote Campaign to Drive Turnout in November Mid-Term Elections

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Ticketfly and Concert Venue to Direct Portion of Ticket Sales to Voter Turnout Efforts led by HeadCount

Wilco announced a special collaboration with The Capitol Theatre and Ticketfly to donate a portion of ticket sales from their concerts on Oct. 28 and Oct. 29 in Port Chester, New York, to the non-profit group HeadCount. The donation will directly support HeadCount’s “#GoVote” campaign, aimed at driving voter turnout in the midterm elections in November.

“This will make a huge difference as we gear up for the elections in November. We are running a big get-out-the-vote initiative in the next two months. Every dollar translates into more people at the polls,” said HeadCount Executive Director Andy Bernstein.

HeadCount’s team will be at Wilco’s Capitol Theatre concerts on Oct. 28th and 29th encouraging attendees to turn out in the upcoming elections. These are two of more than 600 live music events where HeadCount will register voters and promote voter participation this year.  HeadCount also has a partnership with the Capitol Theatre to send area teachers to the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame and Museum for curriculum training on how to bring the history of music and activism into their classrooms.

To learn more about HeadCount, please visit http://www.headcount.org/. For interviews and more information, please contact Christina DiPasquale at 202.716.1953 or christina@fitzgibbonmedia.com.

PHOTO: Jeff Tweedy and Wilco supports HeadCount and its work to turn out young voters

State Board Moves Forward With`Seal of Biliteracy’

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Certificate recognizes high level of proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English


SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois State Board of Education is moving forward with an initiative that aims to promote mastery in two or more languages. The state is among the first in the country to allow school districts to award a State Seal of Biliteracy for students who demonstrate a high level of proficiency in one or more languages, in addition to English. The Seal would be placed on a student’s academic transcript and diploma.

“Language skills are increasingly valuable in today’s global economy,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “The Seal will help promote and acknowledge the great value and many benefits that come with being multilingual and multicultural.”

Illinois was the third state to pass legislation offering a Seal of Biliteracy, joining California and New York.  States such as New Mexico, Washington and Louisiana are among those that have since passed legislation offering the Seal as well.

Illinois education officials hope the Seal will inspire students to pursue biliteracy, recognize students who excel in language skills, and provide evidence of these achievements to future employers and college admissions offices.

“We hope the opportunity to earn this credential will be another tool to encourage schools to offer foreign language earlier in students’ education, ideally before high school,” said Illinois State Board of Education Chairman Gery J. Chico. “Even with the rigorous process proposed for earning this Seal, we expect thousands of Illinois students will attain this credential within a few years.”

School districts will use the language proficiency standards established by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) to qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy program, which is optional for districts. The proposed rules also include standards for proficiency in American Sign Language, which is defined in the law as a foreign language for purposes of qualifying for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

10 Most Common EL Languages
Spanish
Polish
Arabic
Urdu
Filipino (Tagalog)
Gujarati
Cantonese (Chinese)
Korean
Vietnamese
Mandarin (Chinese)

In addition to demonstrating proficiency in a target foreign language, a student also must demonstrate proficiency in English in order to qualify for the State Seal of Biliteracy.

“The Seal of Biliteracy capitalizes and validates the linguistic assets that many students already bring to Illinois classrooms and will motivate all students to add an important skill set for college and career readiness,” said Josie Yanguas, chair of the Illinois Advisory Council for Bilingual Education and director of the Illinois Resource Center. “I hope that many Illinois school districts will consider adopting and implementing the Illinois Seal of Biliteracy.”

In the 2012-13 school year, Illinois enrolled more than 200,000 EL students. That’s about 10 percent of the state’s more than 2 million public school students.  While the majority of EL students attend schools in Chicago and the collar counties and speak Spanish, EL students in Illinois speak more than 160 languages, in addition to English. The chart to the right lists the 10 most common languages spoken by English Learners in Illinois.

The following chart highlights the 25 districts with the highest number of EL students, broken down by number and percentage of Spanish-speaking students and non-English-, non-Spanish-speaking students, based on data from the 2012-13 school year.

Illinois districts with most EL students

District/Entity Name Language Total
Spanish Non-English Other Than Spanish
No. of EL who speak Spanish % EL who speak Spanish No. of EL who speak other % of EL who speak other No. of EL

in the district

District % of EL

in the state

City of Chicago SD 299 60,310 86.5 9,379 13.5 69,689 33.60
SD U-46 9,186 90.7 941 9.3 10,127 4.88

Cicero SD 99

7,667 99.5 38 0.5 7,705 3.71
Aurora East USD 131 5,722 99.4 37 0.6 5,759 2.78

Waukegan CUSD 60

5,032 98.1 98 1.9 5,130 2.47
Rockford SD 205 2,773 78.1 777 21.9 3,550 1.71
Schaumburg CCSD 54 1,487 49.6 1,508 50.4 2,995 1.44
Palatine CCSD 15 2,055 76.3 637 23.7 2,692 1.30
Wheeling CCSD 21 2,116 79.7 540 20.3 2,656 1.28

CUSD 300

2,333 88.6 301 11.4 2,634 1.27

West Chicago ESD 33

2,535 97.4 69 2.6 2,604 1.26

Valley View CUSD 365U

1,964 85.1 343 14.9 2,307 1.11

Comm Cons SD 59

1,641 73.6 588 26.4 2,229 1.07

Joliet PSD 86

2,171 98.6 31 1.4 2,202 1.06

Plainfield SD 202

1,491

70.6 622 29.4 2,113 1.02

Aurora West USD 129

1,862

89.8 211 10.2 2,073 1.00
Round Lake CUSD 116 1,929 98.3 33 1.7 1,962 0.95

Indian Prairie CUSD 204

705

40.0

1,056 60.0 1,761

0.85

CCSD 62 1,043 65.2 556 34.8 1,599 0.77
Maywood-Melrose Park-Broadview 8 1,554 99.4

10

0.6 1,564

0.75

Addison SD 4 1,293 92.4

106

7.6

1,399

0.67
East Maine SD 63 450 34.2 867 65.8

1,317

0.63
CUSD 200 692 55.9

547

44.1 1,239 0.60
Cook County SD 130 1,001 97.5

26

2.5

1,027 0.50

Berwyn South SD 100

982

96.8

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The Grass Isn’t Greener

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

By William Spriggs

News last month showed that the Eurozone countries had a bad second quarter of economic growth. For the three-month period that ended in June, the Eurozone economies grew at 0.0 percent. Germany, the largest economy in that group, shrank by 0.2 percent, and Italy, the third largest, fell back into recession. While initially there was much celebration that Germany’s work-sharing schemes prevented the massive job losses experienced in the United States, Germany’s tepid fiscal response, and weak accommodation by the European Central Bank (ECB) to the global downturn of 2008, have meant Europe continues to flounder. This should be a real lesson that austerity is not a better proscription than the policies pursued in the United States.

This week, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis posted an upward revision to America’s second-quarter growth, a healthy rebound from the decline of the first three months that ended in March. Comparing Europe with the United States, some may view the 4.2 percent growth as a sign this country is roaring. But, that should be tempered because against the 2.1 percent shrinkage of the first quarter, it means so far this year the United States is growing well below the the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank growth target.

At Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming last week, several of the Federal Regional Bank presidents, Chair Janet Yellen and Vice Chair Stanley Fisher of the Federal Board of Governors and high-ranking central bankers from Japan, Brazil and the U.K. convened to discuss the very fine points of whether the labor market is tight enough to exert inflationary pressures on the economy. While Mario Draghi, president of the ECB, painted a “grass is greener” picture of the U.S. labor market, his cautious tone suggesting it may be time for the ECB to be more aggressive echoed the standard view of many that central bankers really don’t understand the precarious position of working people. To that end, a group of workers, organized by the Center for Popular Democracy, also convened at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium to put names and faces to the more sterile unemployment numbers and esoteric discussion of whether long-term unemployed workers are the cause of weak labor pressures on wages.

In her remarks, Yellen explained the more aggressive stance U.S. monetary policy has taken. She did appear, however, to waiver on how weak the U.S. labor market is. Since the gathering in Wyoming was about to hear research on the subject, perhaps she wanted to offer a balanced stance to encourage engagement of the regional bank presidents in the dialogue. In the face of continued moderate price inflation despite the continued expansion of the labor market, “hawkish” economists have new explanations to tout why inflation is just around the corner.

One novel idea is that firms have a hard time cutting the wages of existing workers, and so are now engaged in pent-up wage deflation-gaining a return to targeted profits by suppressing wage growth. Under this theory, at any moment the current unemployment rates will pressure firms to escalate wage growth. Another is that because the long-term unemployed are viewed as undesirable by firms, firms react only to the short-term unemployed and are willing to bid up wages to hire them, and do not hold over workers the presence of large numbers of jobless people who might take the job for less. All this to maintain a theory that unemployment and inflation are strongly related, and unemployment cannot continue to fall without costing the economy with higher rates of inflation.

But when there is uncertainty, the best way may be to look at the costs of the relative risks in the economy. Right now, the automobile market, a key ingredient in U.S. resurgence, is fueled by loans to people with scarred credit records. That debt is sustainable as long as those workers can keep their jobs and keep making payments. So the cost of raising interest rates and making those loans more costly is the threat of repossessions growing, flooding the auto market with thousands of used cars and plunging demand for new automobiles and jobs. That’s a big downside risk, since new auto sales also generate tax revenues for state and local government-the weakest segment of the recovery. Add to that it has taken us five years to get to this point of recovery, and the downside risk looks very high.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

TimeLine Theatre Company Presents Chicago Premiere of New Play Based on True Events, “Danny Casolaro Died For You”

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL — While its critically acclaimed production of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV continues at Stage 773 through October 18, TimeLine Theatre Company continues the 2014-15 season with its second production, this one presented at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago.

The Chicago premiere of DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU, written by Dominic Orlando and directed by TimeLine Associate Artistic Director Nick Bowling, runs October 2 – December 21, 2014 (previews September 23 through October 1). Press opening is Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.

This political conspiracy thriller is based on the true story of Danny Casolaro, a freelance reporter investigating high-level corruption in the Reagan/Bush Justice Department. A year into uncovering information, Casolaro was found dead in a Virginia motel room, his arms slashed more than a dozen times. The authorities called it suicide, but a host of conspiracy theorists—and the House Judiciary Committee—disagreed. Casolaro’s recovered notes detailed his plan to expose several major players behind numerous clandestine activities, including the Iran hostage situation, Nicaragua arms-for-drugs deals, and much more. Playwright Dominic Orlando—a cousin of Casolaro—pulls the curtain back on Danny’s journey and the ultimate price he paid trying to find the truth.

DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU received its world premiere at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theatre in Massachusetts in 2010 and is being adapted into a feature film scheduled to begin production in 2014. For TimeLine’s production, which is the play’s second production and its Chicago premiere, Orlando has participated during the rehearsal process, including making new changes to the script.

DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU features a six-person cast led by Kyle Hatley playing the title role (in his return to the Chicago stage after several years in Kansas City, notably performing and directing at Kansas City Repertory), with Philip Earl Johnson, TimeLine Associate Artist Mark Richard, Demetrios Troy, Dennis William Grimes and Jamie Vann.

Production staff includes Collette Pollard (Scenic Design), Jesse Klug (Lighting Design), Austin Pettinger (Costume Design), Josh Horvath (Sound Design), Vivian Knouse (Properties Design), Megan Geigner (Dramaturgy), Dina Spoerl (Lobby Display Graphic Design), Lauren Sheely (Assistant Director), Eva Breneman (Dialect Coach), Jinni Pike (Stage Manager) and Cordie Nelson (Production Assistant).

For more information and to purchase tickets, call the TimeLine Theatre Box Office at (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.

Performance Schedule/Events

PREVIEWS: Tuesday, September 23 at 8 p.m.; Wednesday September 24 at 8 p.m.; Friday, September 26 at 8 p.m.; Saturday September 27 at 8 p.m.; and Sunday September 28 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

OPENINGS: Press Opening on Wednesday, October 1 at 7:30 p.m.; Opening Night on Thursday, October 2 at 7:30 p.m.

REGULAR RUN: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m (except no performance on 11/27), Fridays at 8 p.m. (also 4 p.m. on 11/28), Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. through December 21, 2014.

DISCUSSION EVENTS:

  • Post-Show Discussions: A brief, informal post-show discussion hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and featuring the production dramaturg and members of the cast on Wednesday, October 8; Thursday, October 16; Sunday, October 19; Thursday, October 23; Wednesday, October 29; and Sunday, November 16.
  • Pre-Show Discussions: Starting one hour before these performances, a 30-minute introductory conversation hosted by a TimeLine Company Member and the production dramaturg with members of the production team on Sunday, October 26 and Wednesday, November 5.
  • Sunday Scholars Panel Discussion: A one-hour post-show discussion featuring experts on the themes and issues of the play on Sunday, November 9.
  • Company Member Discussion: A post-show discussion with the collaborative team of artists who choose TimeLine’s programming and guide the company’s mission on Sunday, November 2.

All discussions are free and open to the public. For further details about all planned discussions, visit timelinetheatre.com/danny_casolaro/events.htm.

BUYING TICKETS

Ticket prices (inclusive of all fees) are $39 (Wednesday through Friday), $49 (Saturday) and $52 (Sunday). Preview tickets are $25. Student discount is $10 off the regular ticket price with valid ID. Special rates for groups of 10 or more are available. Advance purchase is recommended as performances may sell out. For more information and to purchase tickets, call (773) 281-TIME (8463) or visit timelinetheatre.com.

LOCATION / TRANSPORTATION / PARKING

DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU will take place at TimeLine Theatre, 615 W. Wellington Ave., Chicago. TimeLine Theatre is located near the corner of Wellington and Broadway, inside the Wellington Avenue United Church of Christ building, in Chicago’s Lakeview East neighborhood. The location is served by multiple CTA trains and buses. The LAZ Parking Lot at 3012 N. Broadway is the closest parking and costs $6 for 1-5 hours. TimeLine also offers discounted parking at the Standard Parking garages at Broadway Center ($8 with validation; 2846 N. Broadway, at Surf) or the Century Mall ($9 with validation; 2836 N. Clark). There is also limited free and metered street parking.

ACCESSIBILITY

TimeLine Theatre is now accessible to people with disabilities with the addition in November 2013 of two wheelchair lifts that provide access from street level to the theatre space and to lower-level restrooms. Audience members using wheelchairs or others with special seating needs should contact the TimeLine Theatre Box Office in advance to confirm arrangements.

BIOGRAPHIES

Dominic Orlando (Playwright) is a playwright whose other works include an adaptation of Don DeLillo’s HAMMER AND SICKLE for ArtsEmerson; book and lyrics for THE WORKING BOYS BAND, premiering in spring 2014 at The History Theatre in St Paul, Minn.; and book and lyrics for THE BARBARY COAST for Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Orlando is a two-time Jerome Fellow and McKnight Fellow to the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, where he is a founding producer at The Workhaus Collective, the Center’s company-in-residence. With them he has co-produced 18 world premieres since 2007, including his SHORT PLAY ABOUT GLOBALIZATION, THE SENSE OF WHAT SHOULD BE and A SHORT PLAY ABOUT 9/11. Other fellowships include The MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Edward Albee Foundation and The Atlantic Center for the Arts (with Paula Vogel). He is a co-creator of FISSURES (lost and found), which was commissioned by the Center and Actors Theatre of Louisville and had its world premiere at the 2010 Humana Festival of New American Plays. Other plays include JUAN GELION DANCES FOR THE SUN and REPARATIONS. DANNY CASOLARO DIED FOR YOU has been optioned by Caliber Media/Aviation Films, and Orlando is currently working on the screenplay.

Nick Bowling (Director) was the founding Artistic Director and is now Associate Artistic Director and a Company Member of TimeLine Theatre. He is the recipient of an Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Direction (THE HISTORY BOYS at TimeLine) and four Non-Equity Jeff Awards for Outstanding Direction (FIORELLO!, THIS HAPPY BREED and THE CRUCIBLE at at TimeLine, ANOTHER PART OF THE FOREST at Eclipse Theatre) and also received Jeff Award nominations for BLOOD AND GIFTS, THE FARNSWORTH INVENTION, HAUPTMANN and THE LION IN WINTER at TimeLine and for CLOSER THAN EVER at Porchlight Music Theatre. Recent credits at TimeLine include JUNO, THE NORMAL HEAR, 33 VARIATIONS and MY KIND OF TOWN. Other Chicago credits include Northwestern University’s CABARET, Porchlight Music Theatre’s A CATERED AFFAIR, Writers Theatre’s BACH AT LEIPZIG, Shattered Globe Theatre’s TIME OF THE CUCKOO and FROZEN ASSETS and Rivendell Theatre’s FACTORY GIRLS, among others.

ABOUT TIMELINE THEATRE COMPANY

TimeLine Theatre Company, named one of the nation’s top 10 emerging professional theatres (American Theatre Wing, founder of the Tony Awards®), Best Theatre in Chicago (Chicago magazine, 2011) and the nation’s theater “Company of the Year” (The Wall Street Journal, 2010), was founded in April 1997 with a mission to present stories inspired by history that connect with today’s social and political issues. Over its first 17 seasons, TimeLine has presented 59 productions, including nine world premieres and 20 Chicago premieres, and launched the Living History Education Program, which brings the company’s mission to life for students in Chicago Public Schools. Recipient of the Alford-Axelson Award for Nonprofit Managerial Excellence and the Richard Goodman Strategic Planning Award from the Association for Strategic Planning, TimeLine has received 50 Jeff Awards, including an award for Outstanding Production 10 times over 14 seasons of eligibility.

Also now playing:

  • Chicago premiere of MY NAME IS ASHER LEV by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok, directed by Kimberly Senior, now playing through October 18 at Stage 773, 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago

TimeLine is led by Artistic Director PJ Powers, Managing Director Elizabeth K. Auman and Board President John M. Sirek. Company Members are Nick Bowling, Janet Ulrich Brooks, Lara Goetsch, Juliet Hart, Mildred Marie Langford, Mechelle Moe, David Parkes, PJ Powers, Maren Robinson and Benjamin Thiem.

Major supporters of TimeLine Theatre include Alphawood Foundation, The Crown Family, Forum Fund, Lloyd A. Fry Foundation, MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Pauls Foundation, Polk Bros. Foundation and The Shubert Foundation.

TimeLine is a member of the League of Chicago Theatres, Theatre Communications Group, Lakeview East Chamber of Commerce and Chicago’s Belmont Theater District.

Black Travel Club Offers Travel Rewards Program and Free Vacations

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS

Black Travel Club

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Black Travel Club, a new travel club catering primarily to the black travel market, is announcing a new travel rewards program that allows its members to earn free vacations. In conjunction with its rewards program, the club has also launched an online social network where members can interact with others, sharing ideas and information about past, present, and future vacations. An annual group vacation is also on deck to round out the clubs offering.

Black Travel Rewards Program:

The rewards program currently offers members a $50 travel credit for every friend they refer to Black Travel Club. Travel credits can be collected and used toward the clubs annual group vacation, other travel at the members discretion, or non-travel products and services wherever members enjoy shopping. The program is designed to go viral and drive growth of the club as members encourage their friends to join. “It’s a perfect way to make vacations more affordable,” explains club founder Aubrey Williams. “Vacations like Caribbean cruises and Hawaii trips are still out of reach for many people, and our program bridges the gap.”

Online Social Network:

BlackTravelClub.com allows members to interact via messaging, photos, blogs, forums, and more. The online social network can be described as somewhat of a Facebook-like environment, but its entirely dedicated to travel & vacations. Its also much less complicated than Facebook, so it takes only a few minutes to master. Members can post vacation photos, trade vacation tips, discuss good deals they’ve spotted, and make new friends.

Annual Group Vacation:

One of BTC’s goals is to bring people together around travel as a common interest. To help accomplish this goal, the club is planning annual group vacations to destinations like The Caribbean, Hawaii, Mexico, and Europe. While these events are optional for members, they are designed to get members offline for real face to face time with other BTC members.

Free Lifetime Memberships:

As of September 3rd, the club was offering free lifetime memberships to help build an initial base of members. Free lifetime memberships are available while the normal $99 fee is temporarily being waived. More information is available at www.blacktravelclub.com

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

Posted by Admin On September - 3 - 2014 ADD COMMENTS
WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance

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

Thursday, September 4, 2014, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

“Grow Your Business with WBDC: An Intro to Services”

Description: This interactive, networking session is for both prospective and established business owners. Whether you’re thinking about starting your own business or growing the business you already have, this session will help you clarify your needs and learn more about WBDC resources.

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

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

Registration: http://goo.gl/3TKDKb

Friday, September 26, 2014, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

“Empowering Emerging Entrepreneurs: New Business Boot Camp”

Description: This workshop is tailored to entrepreneurs and new business owners who want to learn how to successfully launch and grow a new business venture, and features a panel of industry leaders in the areas of legal, insurance and commercial real estate who will share their business insights.

Cost: $20.00

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

Registration: http://goo.gl/bSy2oR

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. Now in its 28th year of operation, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in Spanish and English.

Study: Wealth of Calif. Nonprofits Not Evenly Spread Throughout State

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Study: Wealth of Calif. Nonprofits Not Evenly Spread Throughout State

New America Media

By Anna Challet

SAN FRANCISCO — Nonprofit organizations are an economic force in California – as an industry, they’re now the fourth largest employer in the state – but the ones that do work in communities of color and low-income areas have far fewer financial resources than their counterparts in wealthier and less diverse areas, according to a new study.

“Nonprofits are working to correct inequalities, and yet those same inequalities are reflected in the nonprofit sector,” said Jan Masaoka, the CEO of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits), a statewide advocacy group for nonprofits that produced the report. “Wealthy communities are tending to give to nonprofits in wealthy communities.”

The San Francisco Bay Area, for example, has less than a fifth of the state’s total population, but has nearly half of the assets of all the state’s nonprofits, according to the study. On the other end of the spectrum, the San Joaquin and Inland Empire regions, which comprise sweeping areas of Central and Southern California, contain more than 20 percent of the state’s population, but have just over 5 percent of the sector’s assets.

“I don’t think anybody’s surprised to hear that wealthier communities have wealthier nonprofits than poor communities, or that communities of color have poorer nonprofits than mostly white communities, but when you come face to face with the actual data you say ‘Wait a minute, what’s going on here?’” said Masaoka.

The first of its kind, the report measures the economic and social impact of the state’s nonprofits, and was produced by CalNonprofits with research conducted by the University of San Diego’s Caster Family Center for Nonprofit and Philanthropic Research.

According to the study, nonprofits are the force behind one-sixth of California’s GDP (Gross Domestic Product), and in 2012 they generated $37 billion in taxes (at federal, state, and local levels). By employment numbers, they’re the state’s fourth largest industry – larger even than the financial sector – and they employ proportionately more women and people of color than the overall workforce. Close to a million Californians work full-time at nonprofits, and at least half of the staff at over a third of the organizations surveyed is comprised of people of color.

But the study found serious disparities in the number of nonprofits serving certain regions and populations, as well as disparities in the financial resources at those organizations’ disposal.

While immigrant and minority communities account for the majority of the state’s population, the study found that there are only half as many nonprofits per capita that are located in communities with primarily ethnic communities (defined as zip codes where at least a fifth of the population identifies as non-Hispanic whites) as there are in less ethnically diverse areas. And the nonprofits in the communities of color have less than half of the assets per capita as do the nonprofits in less diverse places.

Additionally, wealthier areas like that of the Bay Area have five times as many nonprofits per low-income person than regions with higher concentrations of low-income people, like the San Joaquin and Inland Empire regions.

The findings are all the more significant given that the study found that over 80 percent of nonprofits focus their work locally – on their immediate neighborhood, city, or county – and that the most common work done by the organizations includes mobilizing around community issues and meeting with public officials.

And according to Masaoka, these are findings that those who fund nonprofits need to keep in mind: “For individual donors and for foundations, I think it’s worth saying ‘How about directing some of your donations to communities with fewer resources?’”

Maggie Brown to Sing at Captain Hardtimes (Josephine’s Cook Restaurant)

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Event to honor Josephine Wade and Mozell Barnes


By Chinta Strausberg


Maggie Brown, the daughter of the late singer, actor and songwriter Oscar Brown, Jr., is performing at Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, formerly Captain Hardtimes, 436 E. 79th Street., Saturday, September 20, 2014.

The event is to honor restaurateur Josephine “Mother” Wade, co-owner of Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, who has been in business for 57-years, and businessman/real estate giant Mozell Barnes. The doors will open at 4 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. dinner and the show featuring Maggie Brown begins at 8 p.m.

Brown, who is civil rights minded, is the daughter of the late singer/actor and songwriter Oscar Brown, Jr. She just held a tribute for her father at the Ravinia.

When asked about the violence in the community, Brown recited one of her favorite poems: “Need healthy words to say to bring a brighter day, something that is positive a better way to live. Children look up to you. They’re watching what you do. Influences are so strong. They’re going to tag along. What will we talk about today?

“We need to rearrange. We want to make a change. Use affirmations when our rap and rhymes begin. Write lyrics to increase and have a spirit of peace. May God’s questions bring solutions to the thing? Can you and I be the change we need? Can you and I help to plant the seeds to make our future grow so we will know? The earth is calling upon the ones to heal our planet and get it done today,” said Brown.

“In the sluggish sleep of slaves from your cradles to your graves, you live ignorant of your great power and where its gotten from but as soon as you awake, this whole planet earth will shake to your liberating drum. With the grace of God you’ve got, you need never fire a shot,” Brown said quoting her father from a play, “Great Nitty Gritty.”

Concerned about the violence that is taking so many lives especially young children, Brown added, “We don’t understand who we are. We do not understand what our gifts are. We’ve been made to believe that we are from the permanent underclass, but you can’t just keep showing people who are supposed to be content with being in the permanent underclass a bunch of rich people always balling, having these great cars and homes and think they don’t want those things as well.”

When asked what would she tell a street gangbangers, Brown said she would sit them down “and make them see my legacy show and hope at the end I would have given them something.” She said her legacy show gives people the history about black music and also “shows the resilient spirit of our ancestors. It is my intention to encourage a deeper respect for the positive outcome of our future and by realizing that we are people who came from other people. Those ancestors are not just a bunch of dead people. They accomplished things. They made things happen and you can too….”The ancestors, Brown said,  “are worth respecting and representing in a positive way.”

Calling herself more of a “grassroots” person, Brown wants to use her life experiences as possible solutions to this violence. “If I could, I would change what we accept as entertainment in this country and that would change the world because we are being fooled into thinking that” it’s entertainment.

To the rappers who negatively address women and fill the airwaves with violent and profane lyrics, Brown said, “They have been tricked, and I am fed up. I think we should use our words to uplift people…healthy words…something positive so that they can begin to value life…. What we are experiencing is the opposite of that. It is anti-life.”

As an example of her work, Brown said, “I perform shows at schools that are edutainment. I teach about the history of entertainment, the history of our music.” Brown said there is a need for community leadership but the “good news is that artists can get to the audience now without” going through the middleman. “People don’t have to wait for a record deal.”

Brown began singing professionally at the age of 15. “I had a natural inclination to sing. It was my father who discovered my talent. He did not recognize me when I was performing because of my costume, and he noted my talent.” Brown said her father was stunned to learn it was his own daughter’s voice.

Since then, Brown has performed with a number of high profile artists like the South Side Big Band,the Chicago Jazz Philharmonic, Columbia College Chicago’s new Music Repertory Ensemble and other groups.

The 51-year-old vocalist has produced two CD’s, “From My Window,” and “We’re Live,” on her own record label, Magpie Records.

In an effort to keep her father’s legacy alive, Brown has included her youngest sister, Africa, who sang with her on her last CD. Brown, whose father died on May 29, 2005 at the age of 78, would have celebrated his 88th birthday on October 10,2014.

She is honoring her dad with a birthday celebration at the Promontory Social Club, 5311 South Lake Park, Friday, October 10, 2014, at 8 p.m. Brown will be performing with her sister, Africa and noted jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran. Brown is celebrating her dad’s birthday over several days “because the work he left is so broad.” She wants people to see “the breadth of his work” and like a candle,Brown is keeping the memory of her father’s life lit and his works alive through her performances hoping that it will be a guiding light for others to
follow.

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Maggie Brown, the daughter of the late singer, actor and songwriter Oscar Brown, Jr., is performing at Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, formerly Captain Hardtimes, 436 E. 79th Street., Saturday, September 20, 2014.  (This photo by Chinta Strausberg)Maggie Brown, the daughter of the late singer, actor and songwriter Oscar Brown, Jr., is performing at Josephine’s Cooking Restaurant, formerly Captain Hardtimes, 436 E. 79th Street., Saturday, September 20, 2014. (This photo by Chinta Strausberg)Maggie Brown is honoring her dad, the late Oscar Brown, Jr., with a birthday celebration at the Promontory Social Club, 5311 South Lake Park, Friday, October 10, 2014, at 8 p.m. Brown will be performing with her sister, Africa and noted jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran.Maggie Brown is honoring her dad, the late Oscar Brown, Jr., with a birthday celebration at the Promontory Social Club, 5311 South Lake Park, Friday, October 10, 2014, at 8 p.m. Brown will be performing with her sister, Africa and noted jazz musician Kelan Phil Cohran.

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.

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