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Chicago Urban League, Business Leadership Council and CBS 2 Chicago to Host Gubernatorial Debate

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Live event will feature Pat Quinn, Bruce Rauner with focus on African American Issues

CHICAGO, IL – The Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council, in partnership with CBS 2 Chicago, will present Campaign 2014: The Illinois Governors Debate on Tuesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m. at the DuSable Museum of African American History.

The live, televised debate will feature Governor Pat Quinn and challenger Bruce Rauner and will focus on key issues that impact the African American community and the state as a whole, including job creation, business growth, education and public safety.

The debate will be moderated by CBS 2 Chicago anchor and reporter Jim Williams. The panelists will include: Perri Small, host of “The Perri Small Show” on WVON, Corilyn Shropshire, business reporter at the Chicago Tribune, and Jay Levine, chief correspondent at CBS 2 Chicago. The broadcast will be anchored by CBS 2 Chicago’s Rob Johnson and Kate Sullivan.

“Problems that persist in the African American community impact the well-being of the entire state and require action at all levels,” said Andrea L. Zopp, president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League. “This debate gives the public a unique opportunity to hear directly from the candidates about the issues at stake in this election and how they plan to address them. We want the community to be fully engaged and, on November 4, make an informed decision about the future of Illinois.”

“This gubernatorial debate provides a platform for the Black community to raise issues that uniquely affect our community and impact the state of Illinois,” said Frank M. Clark, chairman of the board and president of the Business Leadership Council.  “Issues such as education, economic and business development as well as the violence in our neighborhoods deserve specific plans on how these matters will be addressed by the next Governor of the state of Illinois. We hope to hear that response.”

“As part of our strong commitment to the community, CBS 2 Chicago is proud to broadcast this debate in collaboration with the Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council,” said Marty M. Wilke, general manager and president of CBS 2 Chicago. “All elections are important, and we look forward to presenting the gubernatorial candidates to the public in this in-depth conversation on issues that will resonate with everyone who tunes in.”

The debate will take place before a live, invitation-only audience at the DuSable Museum of African American History. In addition to watching the debate live, the Chicago Urban League and the Business Leadership Council encourage citizens to submit questions to the candidates for consideration. Two community questions will be selected and asked on-air during the debate. Community questions for the gubernatorial candidates can be submitted via email to debate2014@thechicagourbanleague.org.

CBS 2 Chicago will preempt their regular 6:00 pm newscast and Entertainment Tonight on Tuesday, October 14 to broadcast the full, one-hour gubernatorial debate. The broadcast will also stream online at CBSchicago.com.  In addition to the CBS 2 Chicago broadcast, the debate will be broadcast live on WVON 1690 AM.

Kirk to FAA Administrator Huerta: Keep Chicago’s Passengers On Time and In The Sky

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U.S. Economy Lost More Than $123 Million Due to Flight Disruptions

FAA Acting on Kirk’s Request to Expedite Repairs and Investigate Security Procedures

AURORA, IL. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) toured the Air Route Traffic Control Center (ARTCC) in Aurora with Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta in order to hear directly from the FAA about their plans to repair the damage the ARTCC incurred on September 26th, and to ask specifically what the Administration is doing to ensure timely arrival and departure times for those traveling to and from Illinois.

On September 26th, contract employee Brian Howard deliberately sabotaged the ARTCC telecommunications equipment, which knocked the Aurora control center off-line and caused major disruptions to our national transportation system. More than 3,900 flights were canceled in the Chicago area, and since then passengers have continued to face countless delays and cancellations. It is estimated that $123 million in revenue has been lost due to the flight disruptions.

“We must focus on a robust continuity of operation in any type of event, purposeful or accidental,” Senator Kirk said. “Illinois passengers and travelers at the world’s busiest airport deserve better.”

Following news of the disruption and the lack of adequate security measures and back-up procedures in place at the ARTCC, Senator Kirk requested a full investigation by the FAA be completed within 30 days to prevent future attacks on our telecommunications systems and control towers. Shortly after Senator Kirk requested the investigation, Administrator Huerta confirmed that their security systems, processes and procedures would be swiftly reviewed.

In today’s meeting, Senator Kirk posed a number of questions to Administrator Huerta regarding the progress of repairs at the center and the expected date the ARTCC will be fully operational. The questions posed to Administrator Huerta are below:

  • The target date to restore the ARTCC is October 13th, but what is the FAA doing in the interim to ensure passenger safety and an on-time travel experience? Should passengers expect further delays beyond October 13th?
  • Is the FAA considering other options to mitigate travel delays and further disruptions to the system, such as moving equipment from other centers or diverting additional air traffic to other FAA air traffic control facilities?
  • I understand the FAA is working as quickly as possible to replace the damaged telecommunications network at the Chicago Center and technicians are onsite rebuilding the damaged system. Are their additional resources or personnel that FAA is considering to expedite this process?

Put Our Children 1st: Common Core for Common Goals

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Opening ReMARCs


By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

Last week, we launched the second phase of our Put Our Children 1st: Common Core for Common Goals campaign in partnership with One Solution, the creative and branded entertainment arm of Radio One, to stress the value of a public school education that provides all students with the best possible opportunity to reach their full potential and succeed in college/career.

As the national debate heats up around Common Core State Standards – which establish clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in Math and English Language Arts from kindergarten through 12th grade – the National Urban League has put a stake in the ground via Put Our Children 1st to encourage the African-American community to fight for equitable implementation of these educational standards in public schools across the nation. By raising standards for everyone, Common Core can help bridge the education achievement gap and create a new reality in which all students are adequately prepared to excel regardless of family income, ethnicity or where they live.

Common Core will not address every concern about our educational system, but its equitable implementation will help pave the way to ensuring that all children have a fair shot at a high-quality education. This phase of Put Our Children 1st includes two TV One and two Radio One spots that emphasize the possibilities for our children when we put politics aside and put the interests of all children first.

To view/listen to these spots or for more information on the campaign and Common Core, visit www.PutOurChildren1st.org.

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The School Project Explores Pressing Issues Currently Facing Chicago Public Schools

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Unprecedented collaboration between Chicago’s top documentary and media companies on new web series and live events

First segment premieres at Chicago History Museumon Tuesday, October 28

CHICAGO, IL – Five of Chicago’s top documentary production companies will present the world premiere of a new web series examining public education after the fallout from the city’s historic closing of 49 public schools.

The School Project, a six-part series of 10-minute segments, will launch with a free public screening and discussion at the Chicago History Museum on Tuesday, October 28. The series’ interactive website will launch simultaneously at www.schoolprojectfilm.com, and air on Chicago’s PBS station.

The School Project’s co-production partners include Free Spirit Media, Kartemquin Films, Kindling Group, Media Process Group, Siskel/Jacobs Productions, and producers Rachel Dickson and Melissa Sterne. Outreach partners include WTTW/Channel 11, the Chicago Sun-Times, Catalyst Chicago, the Chicago History Museum and Ebony.com.

“After the decision to close 49 public schools in Chicago, we knew we had to look at the issue of public education, but we couldn’t cover it alone. We decided to ask other top companies to collaborate with us on the project,” said Jon Siskel, of Siskel/Jacobs Productions.

The October 28th kickoff event “Chicago School Reform: Then & Now” will feature a panel moderated by veteran news journalist Carol Marin following the premiere of the documentary’s first segment, “Chicago Schools: The Worst In The Nation?”, produced by Siskel/Jacobs Productions. The moderated panel will engage in a conversation about the city of Chicago’s reform efforts from the mid-1980s through today. FREE, RSVP here: http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/the-school-project

The School Project series will look at local perspectives on the recent mass school closings in Chicago, the expansion of charter schools, the controversy surrounding standardized testing, school discipline policies, and the history of reforms and educational models. The series examines the roots of these issues and how each policy impacts the wider school community in Chicago and its implications on a national level. The Oct. 28th event will be the first of several in a series of live, free, public events, premiering new installments of The School Project over the 2014-2015 school year.

The first of six School Project segments, “Worst In The Nation?” will address Chicago’s grassroots, education reform efforts of the late 1980s, which were already building at the time then-U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett bestowed the notorious “worst in the nation” title on the city’s schools. The segment will also explore why the phrase has been re-quoted for three decades, and what the city can do to get rid of that title for good.

The interactive website, www.schoolprojectfilm.com, will allow visitors to watch the documentary and see how it maps to the Chicago Public Schools system. Users can explore news media and content related to individual schools, data trends and demographics, and share their stories and opinions about public school education.

Chicago’s PBS station WTTW will also broadcast each segment during their flagship “Chicago Tonight” News Program, and the Sun-Times, Ebony.com and Catalyst Chicago will contribute additional web-based content.

“A collaboration like this has never been done before, and we’re thrilled to be a part of it,” said Dustin Park, the Executive Producer of the Chicago Sun-Times.

Funders for the series include the MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Digital Media Production Fund, and the Driehaus Foundation.

Collectively, the filmmakers have won multiple Emmy, Peabody and DuPont Columbia awards, and are responsible for acclaimed projects such as Louder Than a Bomb, Radical Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger, Hoop Dreams, The Interrupters, and The Calling.

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Production Companies

Media Process Group is a 29 year old Chicago-based production company whose work has been shown on PBS, IFC, Discovery Channel and TLC. Their DP’s shoot regularly for PBS’ Frontline, CBS’ 60 Minutes and for Oprah Winfrey’s Prime show. They produced the award-winning Radicle Disciple: The Story of Father Pfleger and are currently producing Maya Angelou: The People’s Poet. http://mediaprocess.com/

Kartemquin Films is an award-winning social issue documentary company based in Chicago since 1996. Films such as The Interrupters, Hoop Dreams, and The Trials of Muhammad Ali have left a lasting impact on millions of viewers. A revered resource within the film community on issues of fair use, ethics, story and civic discourse, Kartemquin is internationally recognized for crafting quality documentaries backed by audience and community engagement strategies. Their most recent films premiered in 2014 are Life Itself, on Roger Ebert, and The Homestretch, on homeless youth within Chicago Public Schools. www.kartemquin.com

Siskel/Jacobs Productions is a Chicago-based documentary and televisión production company founded in 2005 by Jon Siskel and Greg Jacobs. Their work has been seen widely on Discovery Channel, OWN, A & E and the National Geographic Channel. Their most recent film, Louder Than a Bomb was shown on OWN in 2012 and won the Audience Award at the Chicago, Philadelphia, Palm Springs, Cleveland and Woods Hole film festivals. They also produced the Emmy award-winning 102 Minutes That Changed America for the History Channel in 2009. http://www.siskeljacobs.com/

The Kindling Group crafts powerful documentaries and engagement campaigns to ignite change. They are known for their innovative strategies that take media and impact across platforms, genres, and technologies. They have produced many acclaimed documentaries inlcuding the PBS series The Calling (2010), A Doula Story (2007), and Legacy, a feature length documentary for HBO, which was nominated for a 2001 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature and an Emmy for Best Documentary. www.kindlinggroup.com.

Free Spirit Media provides education, access, and opportunity in media production to over 500 underserved urban youth every year. Free Spirit won a Midwest Emmy in 2010 for a PSA they produced and have won several Media That Matters Awards. https://www.freespiritmedia.org/

“Chicago School Reform: Then & Now” Panel

Moderator

Carol Marin is an NBC5 political editor, Chicago Sun-Times political columnist and WTTW interviewer. She joined WTTW’s Chicago Tonight team in January 2006 to host discussions on local issues and news. As a twice-a-week contributor, Marin also conducts timely interviews with Chicago newsmakers. Marin has worked as an anchor and network correspondent, has been awarded two George Foster Peabody awards, two National Emmy awards, and two Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University awards. She has worked for NBC-5, CBS-2, and CBS on 60 Minutes, 60 Minutes II, the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, and 48 Hours.

Panelists

Victor M. Montañez is a lifelong artist and educator. As an education advocate, he has championed educational fairness and has presented on education leadership and pedagogy issues. He was policy co-director for Designs for Change, the premier school reform, educational research and advocacy organization that led the way for the historic school reform movement in Chicago. His involvement in education spans more than three decades. Victor serves as parent-student services specialist for NEIU’s GEAR UP. He is also the founder of several citywide art and music festivals and collectives.

William A. Sampson is a Professor of Public Policy at DePaul University. He holds a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology from Howard University, an M.A. in Urban Affairs from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, and a PhD from The Johns Hopkins University in Social Relations. He has been a Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University and the President of Chicago United, a non-profit corporation founded by the leaders of the largest companies and partnerships in Chicago devoted to improving race relations in Chicago. Dr. Sampson’s research centers on the relationship of the family to the academic achievement of poor non-white students, and DePaul students have been instrumental in the research that has led to four books published on that subject. His work continues to focus on race, education, and politics.

Penny Bender Sebring is a senior research associate at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute and co-founder of the University of Chicago Consortium on School Research. She is one of the authors of the book Organizing Schools for Improvement: Lessons from Chicago, cited as the some of the most important research of the decade by Educational Researcher and Education Next. The research underlying Organizing Schools is the empirical foundation for the 5Essentials Survey, a school improvement survey used by over 5,400 schools in Illinois and districts across the nation. Dr. Sebring earned her BA from Grinnell College and subsequently served as a Peace Corps volunteer and high school teacher. She received her PhD in education and social policy from Northwestern University. She is currently a Life Trustee of Grinnell; the chair of the Policy Advisory Board for Northwestern’s School of Education and Social Policy; and a member of the board of directors for the Chicago Public Education Fund.

NAACP Justice Tour Begins in El Paso, Texas, and will traverse the South, West, Midwest and East

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From Cornell William Brooks

President and CEO
NAACP

“If there is no struggle, there is no progress….This struggle may be a moral one; or it may be a physical one; or it may be both moral and physical; but it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” ― Frederick Douglass

The words of our great American freedom fighter inspire me as I embark upon the NAACP Justice Tour today, visiting NAACP members in large and small branches and chapters throughout our country.  These activists — these “foot soldiers for justice” — are the very foundation of the Association.

And as the new NAACP president and CEO, I want to see that work first hand—I want to join you as you fight for Justice in small towns and big cities across America.

Stay in touch and learn about the Justice Tour stops via our mobile activist list–sign up here today.

We begin this tour today in the city of my birth—El Paso, Texas, and will traverse the South, West, Midwest and East. Along the way, I will participate in Get Out the Vote Canvasses,  engage with young activists and veteran civil rights leaders, talk to our community at NAACP state conventions, deliver sermons, and work with you all to build the ranks of NAACP membership to ONE MILLION STRONG.

We are still fighting for justice on so many fronts: racial profiling, equitable health opportunities, economic opportunities, education, and voting rights. Will you stand with us?

Sign up for our mobile list, and we’ll let you know how you can be a part of the Justice Tour. The NAACP grows stronger with your continued support.

In solidarity,

Cornell William Brooks

President and CEO NAACP

P.S.  Follow Cornell William Brooks  on Twitter @CornellWBrooks. Join the conversation via social media using the #JusticeTour hashtag.

“Join The Rebirth!” Detroit Weekend of Service From October 10-11, 2014

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Local Detroit presidents and volunteers from across the country team up for a city-wide volunteer event to help revitalize community parks and residential neighborhoods in the city of Detroit

T.R.I.P. USA, a national non-profit organization, is collaborating with several civic and community organizations to host a city-wide, two-day volunteer event in the city of Detroit on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, 2014. “Join The Rebirth!”Detroit Weekend of Service is currently seeking volunteers to participate in a variety of activities; such as planting trees, neighborhood clean-up, creating garden beds, removing brush and debris, painting structures, and landscaping. The projects start at 9:00 AM and end at 3 PM.

Volunteers may choose from (5) different meaningful service projects. This weekend of service is hosted by: Arise Detroit, Detroit Future City, Detroit Housing Commission, Kendall Park Community, T.R.I.P. USA and Wayne County.

According to The Detroit Blight Task Force, there are a total of 84,641 blighted properties within the city of Detroit: 73,035 are residential structures; 6,135 are vacant lots that require clearing; and 5,471 are non-residential structures (commercial, civic, church). The Task Force believes that blight can be eliminated through several initiatives, including coordination and partnerships among residents, public and private sectors. Therefore, the Detroit Weekend of Service is a joint effort of community partners who have come together to carry out this model and work successfully in support of this goal.

The Detroit Weekend of Service Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11 from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M., at various work sites throughout the city:
1.) Kendall Park Community – 12236 Sorrento Street
2.) George Evans Recreational Center – 13950 Joseph Campau
3.) Denby High School – Grayton Street
4.) Rouge Park – 8049 Spinoza Drive

All registered volunteers are invited to a Welcome Reception and Orientation on Thursday, October 9 from 7- 9 P.M. at the DoubleTree Suites at 525 W. Lafayette Blvd. During the reception, the late Reverend Angelo B. Henderson, renowned as an award-winning journalist and community pioneer, will be honored for his outstanding service to the city of Detroit.

REGISTER: Register before Monday, October 6 at www.TRIPusa.org.

Or visit the volunteer registration portal:
http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07e9uxledv7dbf6ff4&llr=5qsvarcab
(Registration includes complimentary event t-shirt, continental breakfast, lunch and beverages.)

Media Details: Representatives from each organization will be onsite for comments at the reception and projects. Event photos will be available after the event.

About T.R.I.P. (Travel. Rebuild. Inspire. Progress.)
T.R.I.P. USA (www.TRIPusa.org) is a 501(c) (3), non-profit organization that helps rebuild underserved communities in need. The group consists of concerned citizens from across the country who combine their love of travel and community service for the good of improving lives. The mission of the organization is to travel to predominantly low-income, African-American communities to help rebuild neighborhoods and improve the quality of life for local residents. T.R.I.P. has hosted volunteer-vacations and weekend service projects in several cities including: Atlanta, GA; Columbus, OH; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New Orleans, LA; New York City; NY; Oakland, CA; and Washington, DC; and has a network of more than 1,000 volunteers across the country.

ARISE Detroit!
Funded by the Kresge Foundation, ARISE Detroit! is a non-profit coalition of more than 400 block clubs, churches, community groups and media outlets, promoting volunteerism, community activism and positive media images to create a better Detroit. For information, visit www.arisedetroit.org.

Detroit Future City
The Detroit Future City Implementation Office was formed to be the steward of the DFC Strategic Framework Plan. It strategically coordinates actions and resources to maximize their impact and catalyze long-term capacity within all contributing stakeholders.  For more information, visit www.DetroitFutureCity.com.

The Greening of Detroit
The Greening of Detroit is a nonprofit environmental organization committed to inspiring the sustainable growth of a healthy urban community through trees, green spaces, food, education, training and job opportunities.  For more information, visit www.greeningofdetroit.com

Wayne County
Wayne County is the largest, most populous of Michigan’s 83 counties. Comprised of 43 cities, townships and villages, Wayne County is home to 34 school districts and nearly 1.8 million residents. Wayne County is the economic development hub of Southeastern Michigan and the State as a whole. Since 2009 38% of investment and 43% of new job creation has happened in Wayne County. In the last 2 years, Wayne County has been responsible for attracting more than 1.8 billion investment to the region. For more information, visit www.waynecounty.com.

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Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill to Head Two Racially Diverse Congregations

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Historic installation is Sunday

By Chinta Strausberg

In an expanded move towards racial reconciliation, Rev. Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill, Senior Pastor of Evangel World Outreach Center, will be installed this Sunday as the Pastor of the retiring Apostle David Rivera’s Centro Cristiano Bethesda Church and will oversee a racially diverse more than 1200 member congregation under the new name of Resurrected Life Church International.

History will be made on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 10 a.m., 4538 West Fullerton, where Rev. Berryhill will take another leap of faith from a 10,000 square foot church to a 48,000 square foot complex. He and Apostle Rivera will be celebrating diversity and honoring the legacy of two churches bonding to become one under the leadership of Berryhill.

Referring to Apostle Rivera, Rev. Berryhill said, “After much thought and prayer, when pastor chose to retire, he also desired to place his congregation into my care. Apostle Rivera is one of the most respected Hispanic clergyman in the Chicagoland area.”

Berryhill feels it is an honor to lead both congregations. As pastor, he served the Belmont-Cragin community since 1992. He moved his church from 5100 West Diversey Avenue to his current 4538 West Fullerton site in the neighboring Hermosa community on August 3, 2014 and looks forward to utilizing this worship complex to address critical community concerns including hunger,education, youth mentoring, and anti-violence.

“It is not just a church building. It is a complex and a community center,” said Berryhill. It houses a beautiful sanctuary which holds 800, a full-service daycare, a small chapel, a commercial kitchen, a beautiful banquet room which seats 200 comfortably; a full-court gymnasium; a dance studio; a weight room; a youth recreation area complete with pool, ping pong, air hockey and video games; plus classrooms, offices and much more.

While Bethesda is predominately Hispanic, Berryhill said Evangel World Outreach Center has 40 different nationalities including German, Italian, Polish, Asian, Filipino, Latino, African and African American.

“As one church, we can continue impacting our neighborhood with multicultural, multilingual, multigenerational ministry at multiple service times. I am privileged that in a time when there is so much racial tension and hostility to have been chosen by God and this Pastor to be a standard-bearer for reconciliation.” said the 58-year-old Dr. Berryhill.

Additionally, Berryhill said the union “is also an opportunity to expand blessing the communities.” Berryhill was referring to “40 Days of Blessing” which he organized and partnered with Saint Sabina’s Father Michael L. Pfleger and 30 other churches. Berryhill gave away cars, oil changes, gasoline, paid utilities/mortgages/rents, and a Free Store providing clothing, shoes, furniture, appliances, toys and games to all who were in need.

“So I am thrilled over the merger of two powerful and robust ministries and their continuation of community service to expand the Kingdom of God. ” said Berryhill. “…And to have a prominent Hispanic pastor with a legacy of 32-years entrusting his congregationi nto my care as an African American, it is not only amazing…it is unprecedented.”

Dr. Berryhill is married to Adrienne for more than 40-years. She serves as the Women’s Pastor and performs a myriad of administrative functions. Together they have seven children and eight grandchildren.

“Not only is my church multicultural but my family is also multicultural. Two of my sons married Latino women and have given me four beautiful biracial grandchildren.” Rev. Berryhill also speaks Spanish, but he uses an interpreter when preaching to his Spanish-speaking congregants. ResurrectedLife Church International “ is a place to belong committed to passionately making disciples of all nations.”

Berryhill attended Moody Bible Institute, Chicago Baptist Institute and Bakke University, majoring in theology. He also attended DePaul University for business administration. Berryhill received an honorary doctorate from St.Thomas Christian University and Theological Seminary in Jacksonville, Florida.
In an expanded move towards racial reconciliation, Rev. Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill, Senior Pastor of Evangel World Outreach Center, will be installed this Sunday as the Pastor of the retiring Apostle David Rivera’s Centro Cristiano Bethesda Church and will oversee a racially diverse more than 1200 member congregation under the new name of Resurrected Life Church International.In an expanded move towards racial reconciliation, Rev. Dr. Ray Allen Berryhill, Senior Pastor of Evangel World Outreach Center, will be installed this Sunday as the Pastor of the retiring Apostle David Rivera’s Centro Cristiano Bethesda Church and will oversee a racially diverse more than 1200 member congregation under the new name of Resurrected Life Church International.History will be made on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 10 a.m., 4538 West Fullerton, where Rev. Berryhill will take another leap of faith from a 10,000 square foot church to a 48,000 square foot complex. He and Apostle Rivera will be celebrating diversity and honoring the legacy of two churches bonding to become one under the leadership of Berryhill. Referring to Apostle Rivera, Rev. Berryhill said, “After much thought and prayer, when pastor chose to retire, he also desired to place his congregation into my care. Apostle Rivera is one of the most respected Hispanic clergyman in the Chicagoland area.”History will be made on Sunday, October 5, 2014, at 10 a.m., 4538 West Fullerton, where Rev. Berryhill will take another leap of faith from a 10,000 square foot church to a 48,000 square foot complex. He and Apostle Rivera will be celebrating diversity and honoring the legacy of two churches bonding to become one under the leadership of Berryhill. Referring to Apostle Rivera, Rev. Berryhill said, “After much thought and prayer, when pastor chose to retire, he also desired to place his congregation into my care. Apostle Rivera is one of the most respected Hispanic clergyman in the Chicagoland area.”History will be made come 10 a.m., Sunday, October 5, 2014, when an Hispanic church bonds with a racially diverse African American church and become one. Resurrected Life Church International “is a place to belong committed to passionately making disciples of all nations.”History will be made come 10 a.m., Sunday, October 5, 2014, when an Hispanic church bonds with a racially diverse African American church and become one. Resurrected Life Church International “is a place to belong committed to passionately making disciples of all nations.”

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.

Steppenwolf Theatre Company Announces Leadership Transition and Vision for Major Campus Expansion

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Ensemble Member and Tony Award-Winning Director Anna D. Shapiro to become Artistic Director in fall 2015; Steppenwolf Managing Director David M. Schmitz to assume the responsibilities of principal financial and administrative leader in early 2015

Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson to continue to play central roles in campus expansion

CHICAGO, IL – Steppenwolf Theatre Company, the nation’s longest-standing, most distinguished ensemble theater, announced today new leadership and unveiled plans for a future campus expansion. Steppenwolf ensemble member and Tony Award-winning director Anna D. Shapiro will succeed Martha Lavey as artistic director at the conclusion of the current season in fall 2015. Lavey will remain a Steppenwolf ensemble member and focus on the expansion. In addition, Steppenwolf Managing Director David M. Schmitz will succeed David Hawkanson in January 2015 and oversee the management and operations of the theater. Hawkanson, too, will work with Steppenwolf to facilitate the company’s campus expansion.The announcements were made at a news conference today at which Steppenwolf leadership, members of the Board of Trustees and ensemble and the design team, led by internationally acclaimed architect Gordon Gill, shared renderings of an expanded Steppenwolf in Chicago’s Halsted Street corridor on the city’s near north side.

“Anna Shapiro and David Schmitz are long-standing members of the Steppenwolf family who will ensure a seamless transition and help to build Steppenwolf for the future. At the same time, we are delighted Martha Lavey and David Hawkanson will remain on the Steppenwolf team and play crucial roles in our growth,” said Nora Daley, chair of the Steppenwolf Board of Trustees.

“Steppenwolf has always been at the center of everything in my professional life,” said Anna D. Shapiro. “Members of this ensemble and the work they have created have shaped not only who I am as an artist but as a human being. It has been my distinct honor to work alongside Martha Lavey since we both came onto the artistic staff 19 years ago and I feel very fortunate that our wishes for the company, as well as the evolution of our own lives has led us to the transition together. I look forward to serving this incomparable organization, to continuing the great work of this storied ensemble and helping to imagine the unlimited future of this great theater.”

“David Hawkanson and Martha Lavey have been generous mentors to me over the last nine years and I am honored to continue to work with them in this new capacity. There is no better ensemble of actors and professionals than the one we have at Steppenwolf, and it will be a privilege to serve alongside Anna Shapiro, a dynamic and inspiring leader,” said David M. Schmitz.

“Anna and I began our tenure together at Steppenwolf 19 years ago when I came in as artistic director and she led our New Plays Lab. In the intervening years we have worked together closely as colleagues and fellow ensemble members. Anna has directed some of Steppenwolf’s most memorable productions over the past ten years, including August: Osage County, The Motherfucker with the Hat, and most recently, This is Our Youth. She is ready to lead Steppenwolf, which has been her artistic home her entire adult life. I am enormously proud to hand over the stewardship of this treasured company to Anna,” said Martha Lavey. “David Hawkanson and I have worked with David Schmitz for nearly a decade. David Hawkanson, one of the best managers in the profession, has mentored David Schmitz for an easy transition. Together, Anna Shapiro and David Schmitz represent Steppenwolf’s bright future. The theater is in capable and caring hands, and I look forward to continuing to work with them as an ensemble member and in new capacities,” Lavey said.

“Serving Steppenwolf for the past 11 years has been a highlight of my 40 years in arts management. Being able to shift my focus to the campus expansion, which is ambitious and bold with two new state-of-the-art theater spaces, is a new challenge I look forward to. David Schmitz, a highly respected colleague and a core part of the Steppenwolf family, is ready for his new responsibilities,” said David Hawkanson.

The Vision for Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf has established itself as the nation’s premier ensemble theater since moving into its current campus on Halsted Street 22 years ago. On average, Steppenwolf stages 16 productions a year on three stages and attracts an annual audience of 200,000 people. In addition, Steppenwolf hosts approximately 700 public events, which serve artists, audiences and the broader community.

“Steppenwolf remains successful nearly 40 years after its founding because it is relevant,” said member of Steppenwolf’s Board of Trustees Eric Lefkofsky. “The company’s performances address contemporary and social issues of the day while creating a forum for discussion and reflection.”

The phased campus expansion will allow Steppenwolf to replace its two temporary performance spaces with purpose-built, state-of-the-art theaters, providing more flexibility and creating opportunities to extend productions, enhance facilities, upgrade audience services and encourage more community engagement. With the additional space, Steppenwolf plans to expand the number of educational and community-based programs offered to the public.

“Steppenwolf is a center for artistic excellence and a foundation for arts and culture in Chicago and Illinois. The state-of-the-art campus will create a local resource not just for artists, but also for patrons, students and the broader community,” said Daley.

The architects for the expansion are Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture and the theater consultants are London-based Charcoalblue. The vision for Steppenwolf’s future plan will expand and unite its campus, adding two buildings that will complement the intimate 500-seat main theater. A new facility south of the main building will house a 400-seat theater to replace the temporary Upstairs Theatre and a Public Square atrium dedicated exclusively to audience engagement and community building. To the north, the newly renovated building at 1700 North Halsted will serve as the Lab at Steppenwolf, housing a black box theater, a flexible space for community and teen programs and offices for artistic, production and administrative staff. The lobby of the existing main building will also undergo major renovation, allowing the three structures to connect seamlessly on the ground floor.

“The new campus will meet Steppenwolf’s theatrical and programming needs while being in the scale and context of the neighborhood,” said award-winning Gordon Gill, architect for the expansion. “The result will be a unified campus that connects with the community and utilizes a palette of materials that are of Chicago, and on a scale appropriate for the neighborhood.”

“Evolution is the lifeblood of Steppenwolf and its strength has been its ability to adapt and stay ahead of the times,” said Lefkofsky. “This bold vision for an expanded campus respects Steppenwolf’s past, and positions the company for welcoming new generations of artists and audiences.”

Tell Congress: We MUST protect our vote – Sign The Petition

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The voting rights of millions of Americans were made more vulnerable by the Supreme Court’s devastating ruling in Shelby County, Alabama v. Holder, in which the Court struck a core provision of the Voting Rights Act, rendering the Section 5 “preclearance provision” inoperable.

Without your help, voters like Imani Clark could be turned away from the polls on Election Day.

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Without your help, voters like Imani Clark could be turned away from the polls on Election Day.

Push for critical protections for voters this election season. Sign our petition urging your representatives in Congress to strengthen and support The Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014 (VRAA).

Imani Clark is a 22-year-old student at a rural Texas university. She is one of nearly 800,000 registered voters – many of whom are Black and Latino – who lack the ID required to vote under a new photo ID law in Texas.

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In previous elections, Imani was able to use her student ID to cast her ballot. But the Supreme Court’s decision last year to invalidate Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act – a key provision that required areas with a history of discrimination to submit proposed voting changes to the federal government for approval – has left millions of Americans vulnerable to voter restrictions like the one in Texas.

With no car and no public transportation in the area, Imani can’t get to a state office to get another form of identification. Imani has not voted since this ID law went into effect.

The VRAA is the first step to restoring the vital protections of the Voting Rights Act – and because the amendment has bi-partisan support, we have a strong chance of getting it passed if we act now.

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Chicago Man Honored as Illinois Veteran of the Month

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Jaime P. Pesongco, as a young man in the Philippines joined U.S. Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) in the initial days of the United States’ involvement in World War II.  Once Imperial Japanese troops had overrun the Allied forces in the Philippines in 1942, he joined the Resistance.  There he served for over 30 months fighting the Japanese forces and providing support to American and Allied efforts to liberate the Commonwealth, at times only armed with a bolo, the traditional knife of the Philippines.

“We congratulate and thank Mr. Pesongco, not only for his time fighting to free his country, but for his contributions since,” said Rodrigo Garcia, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA).  “His steadfast commitment in the Philippine jungles is easily matched with his unwaivering support of his fellow veterans and his community.  We are grateful for his continued efforts.”

The IDVA was represented at this event by Simon Wlodarski, Chief of Staff, IDVA, who presented the award, which includes a framed proclamation as well as a State Flag on behalf of Governor Pat Quinn to Pesongco.  The ceremony was held at the Consulate General’s Office of the Philippines on Michigan Ave. in Chicago late in the afternoon on Thursday, Oct. 2.

Pesongco was mustered out of the service on May 19, 1945 after helping free his country.  His awards and decorations for his service, including the Philippine Liberation Medal, Philippine Independence Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, Philippine Military Civic Action Medal, and Philippine Republic Presidential Unit Citation.

As a veteran Pesongco has been active in helping homeless veterans, raising awareness for the “All or Nothing” effort to gain full veterans’ benefits for his fellow veterans and is well-known in Chicago and regional veteran activities.  He was nominated for this recognition by Marty Smith, President, Marine Corps Coordinating Council, Chicago.

The Veteran of the Month award highlights and honors the work of Illinois veterans whose contributions in service to the veteran community and their local communities are truly above and beyond. Nominees are evaluated on the basis of their leadership, dedication, innovation, and impact in serving these communities. Award recipients are those whose efforts add to the powerful narrative that veterans are dedicated, lifelong public servants from whose efforts all of Illinois’ communities stand to benefit. In contributing to this narrative through their service to veteran and local communities, recipients not only impact the lives of those they serve, but also the overall advocacy effort for Illinois veterans.

For additional information, please contact Ryan Yantis, communication manager, IDVA, ryan.yantis@illinois.gov or 312-814-0778.

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