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Petition to Raise Voluntary Reparations for Slavery Through a Lottery

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Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — The Reparations Labor Union (RLU) proposes that the African-American descendants of slaves receive voluntary reparations through a National Jubilee Lottery.  Many state lotteries sell Powerball and Mega Millions tickets to generate funds for education, environmental protection, the general fund, or other specific purposes.  The RLU wants the federal government to create a lottery for the specific purpose of distributing reparations to the American descendants of slaves.

The Reparations Labor Union is a grassroots organization that posted its online voluntary reparations petition at www.reparationslaborunion.com.  The petition will go to all members of Congress and the President.  Blacks are particularly urged to sign the online petition. At least 100,000 signatures are needed for the petition to receive White House attention.

Anita Belle, President of the Reparations Labor Union, says,”African-Americans with slave ancestry can finally receive reparations if the money is generated through voluntary lottery ticket sales. Anyone, regardless of race, could win the lottery, but proceeds from the ticket sales would be dedicated to reparations. Raising money for slavery reparations through a lottery is a viable solution to the problem of repairing the breach in Americas race relations. In this way, paying reparations for slavery wouldnt raise taxes or increase the national deficit.”

She continues, “Some Native Americans receive reparations by owning casinos. Many other groups have received reparations for the wrongs committed against them. America will commemorate the 400th anniversary of her involvement in the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in 2019. Justice so long delayed is justice denied.”

“For too long, African-Americans have believed receiving reparations for slavery is impossible. However, once upon a time, we also believed it was impossible for an African-American to be elected President of the United States. The impossible is now possible! All we have to do is be bold enough and free enough to advocate specific justice for our economic interests,” she adds.

To learn more about the voluntary reparations petition or to join the Reparations Labor Union, please contact:
Anita E. Belle, President
Phone: (313) 736-5505
Website: www.reparationslaborunion.com
Email: anita.belle@reparationslaborunion.com

Chicago has Appeal for Injustices: “Mayoral Candidates Debate Needed for An Accounting”

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As Chicago citizens peer from behind their curtains, many contemplate the activities that would take them across gang-turf and into various battle-zones.

By Rev. Harold E. Bailey
Founder & President, Probation Challenge & The PCC Network

CHICAGO, IL – It is reported by the 2010 US Census data, that the city was home to about 2,695,598 people. The racial composition of Chicago (based on the results of the 2010 census) is 45% White (31.7% non-Hispanic White), 32.9% Black, and 5.5% Asian.

It’s bitterly noted that the middle-class tax payer, continues to bare the financial burden of holding the city of Chicago together! It’s also noted that the same working-class are taken for granted! These struggling, hard working people are forced to swallow harsh and empty promises from the mouths of those politicians who utter words of hopelessness! Yes, A Candidates Debate is Necessary!

Those of whom I speak are; the not-so-hidden-hands of those elected officials who sit at the helm of deceit, pretending to be about the matters of business! A political roll-call must come into play, as loud sounding ‘political  empty-wagons’  are exposed for a lack of credibility. Awful to say, but quite a few of our politicians have forgotten that they are employees who are hired by the tax payers!  Yes, A Candidates Debate is Necessary!

Voters, after decades of merely existing under the bondage of false pretenses, and the blatant lie that things are going to get better, have established that things are not going to merely change – for the sake of change, but they are tired of being fed an over-dose of misgivings as in Castrol without a chaser.

Just think a moment after paying revenue-taxes through the nose, that the tax payer still has to struggle and fight to travel the criminally insane streets of Chicago!  We have to openly talk about constructive change! Yes, A Candidates Debate is Necessary!

Through years of blinding trusting political candidates vying for the mayor’s position, many citizens settled for what was considered to be the lesser of the evil! However, in recent elections, it appears that the public settled for cunning  craftiness, with a mischievous pat on the head of a child!

Candidates, should considered without question, why there are so many closing of schools… especially in the black communities! Why there are the many  killings mostly in black communities! Why are there so many organized gang-conflicts! Why are gangs affiliates and their leadership having detrimental  conflicts over drugs and violence! And, let’s not forget the tons of unsettled issues involved in and with the Chicago Police Department and their conflict of counting crime figures. There are other acute issues too numerous to mention!

Do we dare to say that crime has invaded what was the safety of the tax payer’s home? Residents now shutter and duck as they hear a fire-cracker… presuming it to be gun-shots!

Chicago with its infamous reputation from coast-to-coast has regrettably  become a bitter financial battle-ground for crime and drugs! The battle over gang-turf has yet to be resolved by police or gang-leaders!  What use to be murder under the guides of darkness, is now an act of murder by day!

It’s a shame to admit, but the magnificent City of Chicago, on the shores of the beautiful Lake Michigan, is now addressed as The Murder Capitol of the World. Stats indicate that there are more killings in Chicago… than in Afghanistan!

Yes, A Candidates Debate is Necessary!

As the result of tax increases and criminal acts, many money making businesses have refused to bow to the elements of crime and the high cost of losing dollars, thusly, a noticeable number of business owners have pulled up stakes and abandoned the city’s business industry.

Yes, A Candidates Debate is Necessary!

Unbelievable data suggest that something is drastically wrong with leadership, when African American youth in the Chicago School System, have the highest high-school dropout rate – while having the highest drop-in rate, to become  candidates for the justice system. Blacks incarcerated are: 1.) High School Dropouts. 2.) From a One Parent Family. 3.) Socially deprived. Yes, A Candidates Debate is Necessary!

Racial injustices and divides have been permitted in the United States far too often… includes the City of Chicago! These measures often occur without  serious outcry from city administrators. There is too little transparency in local government. Much is intentionally concealed from the public! Yes, A Candidates Debate is Necessary!

Accountability for all injustices as it relates to the public should be publicly noted and aired by assigned leaders in the areas of: Criminal Justice or from the Office of the Mayor and other public offices which are supported and funded with revenue from the tax payers.

A large segment of the public rejects any notions that detrimental interferes in their lives be kept secret! Without any reservations, the Mayor’s Office, coupled with a segment of Aldermen/women, are mute about accountability!

A fair minded politician (off record) agreed that it’s pass the time for an open government (transparent) and that it should be done in association with an honest accountability to the public. Yes, A Mayoral Candidates Debate is Necessary!

Bailey: The Mayoral Candidates Debate

The Rev. Harold E. Bailey, president of the Probation Challenge organization, sponsor of the event said, “We honestly… without biasness, seek to awaken those that perhaps might be slumbering from the hardships that have been intentionally bestowed upon them by spiritually evil political forces!”  Bailey said, “These measures are coupled with the spiritual demonic rulers that have sought to suppress and depress a deprived body of striving people for freedom. I speak of the evil forces which in the 20th and this 21st Century, have worked with a large degree of success in the demise of the African-American and Hispanic youth. The circumventing of youth has been by a well generated map orchestrating crime, and permitting drugs into the communities along with a  fellow-companion which is none other than violence!

We cannot give a license to an elected mayor to render injustice! Bailey also stated that “naysayers and those seeking to disrupt should deposit their attitudes at the door.”

It is reported that over the last four decades, the United States has undertaken a national project of over criminalization that has put more than two million people behind bars at any given time, and brought the U.S. incarceration rate far beyond that of any other nation in the world. A closer look at which communities are most heavily impacted by mass incarceration reveals stark racial and ethnic disparities in U.S. incarceration rates in every region of the country.

Note: Nationally, according to the U.S. Census, Blacks are incarcerated five times more than Whites are, and Hispanics are nearly twice as likely to be incarcerated as Whites:

The racial and ethnic make-up of incarcerated populations is dramatically different from that of the U.S. as a whole.


% of US population

% of U.S.
incarcerated population

National incarceration rate
(per 100,000)

White (non-Hispanic)



450 per 100,000




831 per 100,000




2,306 per 100,000

Social science research has time and again come to the robust conclusion that exposure to the criminal justice system has profound and intergenerational negative effects on communities that experience disproportionate  incarceration rates. It is imperative that we are able to measure the extent to which the criminal justice system disparately impacts our communities.

Until 2006, researchers, advocates, and policymakers could rely on state-level race and ethnicity incarceration rate data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics “Prisons and Jails at Midyear” series. Unfortunately, these state-level statistics have not been updated in eight years. This report endeavors to meet this data need to the extent possible with existing data by using 2010 U.S. Census counts to measure each state’s incarceration rates by race and ethnicity. This report accompanies a web database of graphs and statistics with incarceration rates by race and ethnicity data for all 50 U.S. states.

‘The Chicago Mayoral Candidates Debate’ will be held:

Saturday, November 1, 2014, 12 O’clock Noon

St. Paul Community Development Ministries, 4526 South Wabash

Chicago, Illinois

Free Parking Available. Elder Kevin Ford, Facilitator
For more information, Contact Rev. Harold E. Bailey at 773.978.3706.

President Obama to Award the Medal of Honor

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WASHINGTON, DC – On November 6, 2014, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to Army First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing for conspicuous gallantry.

First Lieutenant Alonzo H. Cushing will receive the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions while serving as commanding officer of Battery A, 4th United States Artillery, Artillery Brigade, 2nd Corps, Army of the Potomac during combat operations in the vicinity of Cemetery Ridge, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, on July 3, 1863.

During Longstreet’s Assault, also known as Pickett’s Charge, First Lieutenant Cushing’s battery took a severe pounding by Confederate artillery.  As the Confederate Forces advanced, he manned the only remaining, and serviceable, field piece in his battery.  During the advance, he was wounded in the abdomen as well as in the right shoulder.  Refusing to evacuate to the rear despite his severe wounds, he directed the operation of his lone field piece continuing to fire.  With the Confederate Forces within 100 yards of his position, Cushing was shot and killed during this heroic stand.  His actions made it possible for the Union Army to successfully repulse the assault.

First Lieutenant Cushing’s cousins, Frederic Stevens Sater and Frederic Cushing Stevens III, and families will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service and sacrifice.



The Medal of Honor is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves conspicuously by gallantry above and beyond the call of duty while:

  • engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States;
  • engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or
  • serving with friendly foreign forces engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party.

The meritorious conduct must involve great personal bravery or self-sacrifice so conspicuous as to clearly distinguish the individual above his or her comrades and must have involved risk of life. There must be incontestable proof of the performance of the meritorious conduct, and each recommendation for the award must be considered on the standard of extraordinary merit.

Illinois Receives $1.9 Million to Increase Mental Health Awareness and Promote Healthy Development

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Grant funds will help create safe, supportive school environments prepared to meet students’ diverse needs

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) will expand its efforts to help schools better identify and respond to mental health issues among youth through a $1.9 million federal grant program. A large portion of the funds will be shared among three Illinois school districts to build relationships with their community health providers to better serve students with behavioral health issues.

“Social, emotional and behavioral issues directly influence educational outcomes,” said State Superintendent of Education Christopher A. Koch. “Students with social and emotional needs are more likely to struggle making it to school each day and may lose their focus on academics.   Helping students stay connected to peers, role models, and other supports helps them to avoid poor attendance and performance.  Preventing problems in school is always better for the students and more cost effective than dealing with issue later following a crisis.”

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), sponsors the grant, called “The Project AWARE” grant (or IL-AWARE). Illinois received state-level Project AWARE funding, which aims to develop a comprehensive, coordinated plan for Advancing Wellness and Resilience in Education (AWARE) for school-aged youth. The funding supports two components:

1.                  Addressing the mental health needs of children, youth, families/caregivers and communities.

2.                  Implementing mental health training at both the state and local community levels.

Text Box: Mental Health Promotion Works Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness start by age 14, and long delays can occur between the first onset of symptoms and when people seek and receive treatment.  School staff members often play an important part in helping identify behavioral problems early so that students can receive the resources and support they need. Strong social support systems for youth have also been shown to reduce the risk of developing mental, emotional and behavioral disorders.Source:  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

Through the state IL-AWARE grant, ISBE will roll out Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) training and Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training for adults 18 and older in school districts statewide over the next five years.  This training will help school personnel, emergency first-responders and other adults who interact with school-aged children learn how to detect and respond to mental illness in children, youth and young adults, including how to encourage adolescents and families experiencing these problems to seek and receive treatment.

IL-AWARE will also fund work within three school districts. The grant will help assemble students, parents, educators, mental health providers, local law enforcement, juvenile justice agencies and other community-based organizations within districts with specific needs to develop and implement a comprehensive plan that promotes mental health and a safe and supportive school climate. All three districts have previously reached out to the agency for behavioral health supports. They are:

·         East Aurora School District 131, a densely populated urban district in northern Illinois. This district has a large immigrant and low-income population and is in need of connections with community mental health providers.

·         Decatur Public School District 61, a middle-size district in central Illinois in need of a community-based mental health infrastructure for children and adolescents.

·         Harrisburg Community Unit 3 School District, a southern Illinois community whose rural nature creates issues for connecting individuals with services.

In collaboration with ISBE, these three districts will build their capacity to put violence prevention strategies and safe school policies into practice and develop partnerships with local behavioral health providers and children’s organizations.

The program aims to ensure these systems and resources work well together and are sustainable to meet the mental health needs of youth over time.

Another three Illinois school districts have each separately received a local Project AWARE grant, which is meant to improve the mental health literacy of adults who interact with students and raise awareness of youth mental health issues. Illinois’ local Project AWARE recipients are:

·         City of Chicago School District 299

·         Wabash Community Unit School District 348

·         Champaign Community Unit School District 4

These three districts will be invited to serve on the State Management Team for IL-AWARE, along with East Aurora, Decatur and Harrisburg. This team will develop and implement the grant’s coordination and integration plan, which will ensure that systems and policies that support mental health and wellness for schoolchildren are continually developed and reviewed and remain highly collaborative. The team will also work to promote coordinated care among multiple organizations and systems that serve children at the state level and in partnership with the participating school districts.

National Coalition on Black Civic Participation Launches 10-Day Voter Education and Mobilization Countdown

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Florida Black Youth Vote kicks off 10-day countdown to Election Day on FAMU campus

Washington, DC – In an effort to increase Black voter turnout for the Nov. 4 election, this past Saturday the National Coalition on Black Civic Participation (NCBCP) kicked-off an aggressive 10-day voter mobilization countdown to close out its #Vote4Justice Campaign focused on motivating Black women and youth voters to seize the voting power they have to impact the outcome of the 2014 Midterm Elections and effect issues they care about in their local communities.

“Because of the lagging economy in Black communities, each candidate’s position on issues like jobs with livable wages, equal pay for women, retirement security, and student loan relief is motivating people to vote,” said Melanie L. Campbell, president and CEO, NCBCP and convener, Black Women’s Roundtable (BWR). “But, all politics is local, so for this countdown period we have neighbors talking to neighbors via personal phone calls, robo calls, door-to-door canvassing, and social media, to remind them they have the power to make change in their community .”

Affiliates of the NCBCP’s youth initiative, Black Youth Vote!, and their women’s empowerment program, Black Women’s Roundtable, are leading the mobilizing efforts on the ground in AL, FL, GA, MI, NC, OH, PA. Volunteers are disseminating non-partisan information about state and local ballot initiatives that will determine whether medical marijuana use should be legal, if the governor should have the power to appoint certain judges, or if they need public transportation in a predominately Black county with a 9.4 percent unemployment rate.

“Throughout Florida we’ve hosted a BWR Don’t Count Us Out statewide tour, town hall meetings on college campuses, , and partnered with the AME Church for a march to the polls for early voting,” said Salandra Benton, convener Florida BWR. “We are making personal contact to remind voters that in Florida this election will give voters an opportunity to send a message about the 15 million Black Floridians without health care.”

Helen Butler, convener of Georgia BWR, adds, “Early voting already started and we’re busy giving rides to the polls. What’s driving a lot of voters in Georgia is their rejection of attempts to suppress the Black vote. Also, Black voters are excited about the fact that five Black women are running for state offices at one time for the first time in history.”

The myriad of get-out-the-vote (GOTV) activities include: hosting rallies, festivals, #PoweroftheSisterVote events, twitter townhalls, and other social media events to motivate voters. Volunteers are providing rides to the polls and coordinating marches from churches and college campuses for early voting. Celebrity voices enlisted to urge Black women to vote include TV Judge Glenda Hatchett and actress, Janet Hubert (The Fresh Prince of Bel Air).

“In Michigan, access to good jobs with good wages, childcare and the shifting of the tax burden to the poor and middle class are key issues,” says Danielle Atkinson, convener, Detroit BWR. “Black mothers are also worried about the lack of school programs and high expulsion rates for Black children.”

According to Black Youth Vote fellow, Sherman Justice, young voters are still motivated by the Michael Brown killing in Ferguson and other police brutality and criminal justice issues so they are getting a lot of students volunteering for the final push on college campuses.

On Election Day, in addition to the local mobilizing efforts in the states, in Washington, DC the NCBCP will host a national war room – The Ronald H. Walters Election Day Command Center – monitoring voter turnout and potential problems at the polls. This year the command center will be co-hosted by Howard University’s Ronald W. Walters Leadership and Public Policy Center on Howard’s campus.

For anyone interested in volunteering or participating in any of the state events, NCBCP has a detailed schedule of GOTV activities and local contact information on their website at www.ncbcp.org or call the national office at (202) 659-4988.


Founded in 1976, NCBCP is a 501c3, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing civic engagement and voter participation in Black and underserved communities. The women’s initiative, BWR stays at the forefront of championing just and equitable public policy on behalf of Black women and girls. Established in 1996 to address the chronic decline in Black youth voter participation, Black Youth Vote! has served as one of the leading youth-led movements focused on training the next generation of civic leaders and organizers, and increasing Black youth voter participation and engagement.

Two Free Panel Discussions Explore Issues of Race, Gender, Art

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Speakers to discuss themes related to Block exhibit, “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey”

  • Prominent scholars and Chicago-based artists to analyze themes in

Wangechi Mutu’s work

  • Two free November talks offer Block Museum visitors a multi-faceted experience
  • Topics: “Afrosurrealism and Afrofuturism” and “Deploying and Shattering Stereotypes”

EVANSTON, IL –  Northwestern University’s Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is bringing “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” off the gallery walls with two compelling panel discussions this November.

Northwestern faculty and staff, Chicago-based artists and prominent scholars will examine themes in Wangechi Mutu’s work, which is currently on display at the Block Museum. Each event is free and open to the public, in order to offer visitors a multi-faceted experience of the exhibition “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” which is open to the public through Dec. 7. (See below for full biographies of panel participants.)


• “Voyaging the Fantastic: Afrosurrealism and Afrofuturism in Wangechi Mutu and Contemporary Black Art,” 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1 at the Block Museum. Moderated by Northwestern African American studies faculty member Alexander Weheliye, this roundtable with preeminent Chicago-based artists will discuss Mutu’s work as a springboard to Afrosurrealism and Afrofuturism in contemporary black art. The artists on the panel will be D. Denenge Akpem, Afrofuturist interdisciplinary artist and professor at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Krista Franklin; poet and visual artist who often explores Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism in her work; and Ayanah Moor, associate professor in print media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Co-sponsored by Northwestern’s Department of African American Studies, the Black Arts Initiative, the Program of African Studies and African American Student Affairs.

• “Deploying and Shattering Stereotypes,” 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12 at the Block Museum. Joy Bivins, curator, Chicago History Museum and organizer of the recent exhibition, “Inspiring Beauty: 50 Years of Ebony Fashion Fair”; Maud Lavin, faculty member and cultural historian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and Kathleen Bickford Berzock, the Block’s associate director of curatorial affairs and an expert on African art, will explore Wangechi Mutu’s work as a starting point for considering and challenging stereotypes around women and the body, blackness, and what it is to be African. Co-sponsored by One Book One Northwestern, Northwestern’s Women’s Center, the Program of African Studies and African American Student Affairs.


“Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey” is the first U.S. survey for Wangechi Mutu, a contemporary African artist and sculptor who has achieved great global acclaim for her works in a diverse range of artistic media. The exhibition was organized by the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University and will remain on view at the Block Museum until Dec. 7.

Mutu, who was born in Nairobi, Kenya, often explores issues of gender, race, war, globalization, colonialism and the eroticization of the black female body in her work. She is best known for large-scale collages depicting powerful hybrid female figures in lush, otherworldly landscapes. Many of her most iconic works are included in “A Fantastic Journey,” which features more than 50 works from the mid-1990s to the present.


Alexandar Weheliye is professor of African American studies at Northwestern University where he teaches black literature and culture, critical theory, social technologies and popular culture. He is the author of “Phonographies: Grooves in Sonic Afro-Modernity” (Duke UP, 2005) and “Habeas Viscus: Racializing Assemblages, Biopolitics, and Black Feminist Theories of the Human” (Duke UP, 2014). Currently, he is working on two projects. The first, “Modernity Hesitant: The Civilizational Diagnostics of W.E.B. Du Bois and Walter Benjamin,” tracks the different ways in which these thinkers imagine the marginal as central to the workings of modern civilization. The second, “Feenin: R&B’s Technologies of Humanity,” offers a critical history of the intimate relationship between R&B music and technology since the late 1970s.

D. Denenge Akpem is an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator whose award-winning work bridges the disciplines of interior design, site-specific sculpture, public art practice and science fiction. She creates interactive spaces that interrogate stereotypes and is concerned with issues of incarceration and liberation, both physical and metaphoric. Denenge developed the course “Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation” and has taught at Columbia College Chicago and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, as well as conducting community-based artworks, including the South Side Community Art Center and Young Women’s Leadership Charter School in Bronzeville.

Krista Franklin is a poet, visual artist and performer who lives and works in Chicago. Much of her creative output involves the intersection of the literary and the visual, and often explores concepts related to Afrofuturism and Afrosurrealism. Franklin is the recipient of the Chicago’s Community Arts Assistance Program Grant, the Albert P. Weisman Award, and Columbia College Chicago’s Aiko Fellowship. She has held residencies at Cave Canem, A Studio in the Woods, and Arts + Public Life/Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture at University of Chicago. Franklin holds an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College Chicago.

Ayanah Moor is associate professor in print media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her creative tools include drawing, performance, print media and video. Moor’s work has been featured in “Troubling Vision: Performance, Visuality and Blackness,” and “What is Contemporary Art?” She has held artist residencies at Proyecto ‘ace (Buenos Aires, Argentina); Auckland Print Studio (New Zealand); Vermont Studio Center, (Johnson, VT); Women’s Studio Workshop, (Rosendale, NY); Blue Mountain Center, (Blue Mountain Lake, NY); and Atlantic Center for the Arts, (New Smyrna Beach, FL). Moor holds a BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University and MFA from Tyler School of Art.

Joy Bivins is curator at the Chicago History Museum. As a native Chicagoan, Bivins is passionate about her city, its history and people, and she has used that passion to help develop diverse exhibitions, including “Chicago History in Pictures” (2002); “Teen Chicago” (2004); “Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America” (2005); and “Colonia to Community: The Southeast Side” (2006). Most recently, Bivins co-curated “Facing Freedom,” an exhibition that examines conflicts over the meaning of freedom in U.S. history. Bivins is a regular presenter at local elementary and high schools, and she has also taught courses at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago. She holds a M.P.S., Africana Studies from Cornell University (2003) and a B.A., History and Afro-American and African Studies from the University of Michigan (1998).

Maud Lavin is professor of visual and critical studies and art history, theory and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her most recent book is “Push Comes to Shove: New Images of Aggressive Women” (MIT Press, 2010 hardcover; paperback and Ebook, 2012). Lavin is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an N.E.A. grant, and a Senior Research Residency at Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, among other awards, for her writings on genders, sexualities and cultures.

Kathleen Bickford Berzock (Ph.D., art history, Indiana University, 1995) is associate director of curatorial affairs at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art, where she provides artistic leadership of the museum’s exhibition program and collection strategy. Berzock has a strong interest in museum practice and history, particularly in regard to African art. She was curator of African art at the Art Institute of Chicago from 1995–2013 where she presented internationally acclaimed exhibitions, including “Benin—Kings and Rituals: Court Arts from Nigeria” (2008) and “For Hearth and Altar: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection” (2005). She was also research assistant for African art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (1993-1995). She is co-editor (with Christa Clarke) and contributor to the volume “Representing Africa in American Art Museums: A Century of Collecting and Display” (2010).


The Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art is the Northwestern University’s art museum. It serves the academic and cultural needs of the University and community with thought-provoking exhibitions, a rich and diverse permanent collection, and dynamic educational and cultural programming.

The Block currently has two exhibitions open in its galleries for fall: “Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey,” which runs through Dec. 7, and “Ecological Looking: Sustainability and the End(s) of the Earth,” which runs through Nov. 30. Admission is free and open to all.

For more information, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/.


A long-term construction project on Northwestern’s south campus has limited access to the Block Museum and Arts Circle Drive. Parking is always free after 4 p.m. on weekdays and all day on weekends in the lot directly south of the museum. For directions and additional parking information, visit www.blockmuseum.northwestern.edu/visit/directions-and-parking/index.html.

Contacts: Joanna Gueller, communications manager, Block Museum, at 847-467-4602 or joanna.gueller@northwestern.edu; Susy Bielak, associate director of engagement/ curator of public practice, at 847-467-5034 or susy.bielak@northwestern.edu).

NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

Illinois Department of Public Health Issues Ebola Safety Guidance

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck  provided further guidance on Illinois’ Ebola safety guidelines, including mandatory home quarantines for individuals who have a high-risk of exposure to the virus.

“The Ebola safety guidance IDPH issued on Friday was designed to ensure that the public is protected without discouraging our health care workers from volunteering to fight this virus at its source,” Dr. Hasbrouck said.  “These guidelines ensure that we appropriately address the risks posed by workers who have been directly exposed to the Ebola virus without the necessary protective gear or procedures.  These individuals have a higher probability of becoming ill and a home quarantine is the most responsible way in which to manage this situation.”

The guidance on Friday was issued in light of the need for direction to local health departments about following up on passenger returning from Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) plans to issue guidance on this topic soon.

The IDPH guidance calls for a 21-day home quarantine for any returning traveler who has had high-risk exposures to Ebola.

High-risk in this context refers to anyone who:

  • Had unprotected (percutaneous or mucous membrane) contact with infectious blood or body fluids of an Ebola patient.
  • Made direct skin contact with blood or body fluids of an Ebola patient without appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Processed blood or body fluids of an Ebola patient without appropriate equipment or standard biosafety precautions.
  • Made direct contact with the dead body of an Ebola patient without appropriate PPE.
  • Lived with or shared a household with an Ebola patient in an outbreak affected country.

For individuals who meet any of the high-risk criteria, a formal home quarantine order will be issued. This will ensure that the movements of all those who are potentially at high risk of developing Ebola are limited. These individuals can stay at home for the 21-day duration of the Ebola virus’s incubation period.

Our Friday, October 24 guidance places health care workers returning from outbreak-affected areas and who used appropriate PPE with no known infection control breach in a “low risk” category, and specifically recommends “no quarantine, no travel restrictions and verified self monitoring.” (Verified self-monitoring means checking and reporting one’s temperature and other potential symptoms twice daily and reporting to local public health, by phone or other means.)

IDPH’s guidance from Friday, October 24 is available at www.ebola.illinois.gov and includes a chart summarizing tiers of risk, airport procedures and local health department monitoring activities.

“It is critical that measures pertaining to returning travelers are rational and science-based,” Dr. Hasbrouck said. “We will not stigmatize health care workers, subject health care workers to undue restrictions or impair our ability to fight the epidemic at its source. The only way to reduce the risk of Ebola infections in the U.S. to zero is to extinguish the outbreak in West Africa.  We gratefully acknowledge that U.S. health care workers are critical to that effort.

“We deeply respect and support the health care workers, hospitals and local health departments who are working together to address Ebola worldwide. Science-based efforts to protect the public and ensure the safety of health care workers are foremost in our minds as we forge ahead to prepare and manage any future public health challenge in Illinois.”

For questions about Ebola, call the hotline at 800-889-3931.

Lt. Gov. Simon Presents $10,000 Verizon Donation for Domestic Violence Prevention

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Verizon HopeLine cell phone drive helps domestic violence survivors

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon brought her office’s fourth annual Domestic Violence Awareness Month cell phone drive to a successful conclusion with the presentation of two $5,000 donations from Verizon’s HopeLine program to the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois and Chicago-based Connections for Abused Women and their Children.

“Organizations like these help survivors to protect their families and themselves as they get back on their feet after abusive relationships,” Simon said. “Each year, Domestic Violence Awareness Month is about educating ourselves about domestic violence. I hope this has called some attention to the issue, and I know that the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois, and Connections for Abused Women and their Children will use this money to help those who most need it.”

Collected phones will be donated to Verizon’s HopeLine program. Phones will be refurbished and sold, with the proceeds going to support local domestic violence shelters and programs. The program also provides domestic violence agencies with wireless phones and airtime for use by domestic violence victims. If a phone can’t be refurbished, it will be recycled in an environmentally sound way.

“Verizon is dedicated to supporting organizations like Connections and the Violence Prevention Center,” said Mike McMahon, director of business sales, Verizon Wireless. “We applaud their important contribution to our community to help victims and raise awareness of the pervasive problem of domestic violence.”

Based in Belleville, the Violence Prevention Center of Southwestern Illinois provides shelter and other services to domestic violence survivors in St. Clair, Monroe and Randolph Counties. The donation will be used to support the services provided by the Center’s legal advocacy program, said Lisa Chilton, Director of Legal Advocacy for the Violence Prevention Center.

“The Violence Prevention Center is grateful to Verizon for this financial gift because of how it will help eliminate the barriers a domestic violence survivor faces when trying to get to safety,” Chilton said. “We know lack of resources and legal assistance become barriers to safety. These additional resources will allow victims to get to safety and for the community to focus on the more important question:  “How can we stop this abuser from abusing?”

Half of the proceeds from the drive will also go toward Connections for Abused Women and Children (CAWC). Based in Chicago, the group provides domestic violence relief services to families in need. CAWC Executive Director Stephanie Love-Patterson said the cell phone drive is important and timely.

“On behalf of the board of directors and staff of Connections for Abused Women and their Children, we appreciate the generous gift from Verizon,” Love-Patterson said. “These funds will help CAWC to continue to provide life-saving services and work toward our mission of ending domestic violence. We greatly value community partners like you!”

As Lt. Governor, Simon’s office has collected more than 4,000 used cell phones to help benefit survivors of domestic violence. Simon’s office also launched the Virtual Legal Clinic, a program aimed at providing free, confidential legal consultation to domestic violence survivors in rural and underserved counties. The program, which will continue under the purview of the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, connects survivors to lawyers with expertise in family law via internet technology.

Singer-Songwriter Livingston Taylor Opens Club Mac’s 2014-2015 Season With Concerts Nov. 14 & 15

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GLEN ELLYN, IL –McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage opens its 2014-2015 Club MAC season with concerts by singer-songwriter and consummate stage performer Livingston Taylor, Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. For these performances, the MAC’s intimate Playhouse Theatre will be transformed into a unique cabaret setting complete with café tables, a full bar and great music from a legend. This will be Taylor’s only Midwest stop on his “Blue Sky” tour promoting his most recent CD. For tickets or more information, visit AtTheMAC.org.

Taylor’s latest album, “Blue Sky,” released this past April, will be showcased in the Club MAC concerts. “Blue Sky” features a mixture of original material as well as covers of songs he has long admired including the Beatles “Paper Back Writer,” “I Have Dreamed” from the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic musical “King and I,” Dolly Parton’s crossover hit “Here You Come Again” and more. Taylor’s extensive musical knowledge has inspired his varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres—folk, pop, gospel, jazz—and styles from upbeat storytelling to touching ballads. A seasoned performer, he has gained a loyal fan base not only with his acclaimed musical talent, but through his charming personality, warm stage presence, and songs rich in wordplay, depth, and humor.

Taylor picked up his first guitar at age 13, launching an expansive 40-year career of performance, songwriting and teaching. His compositions include “Going Round One More Time” and “Boatman” (both which were also recorded by elder brother James) and the Top 40 hits “I Will Be in Love with You” and “I’ll Come Running.” Taylor has toured with major artists including Jimmy Buffet and Jethro Tull and today balances his busy tour schedule with a full professorship at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Mass. Taylor’s courses, Stage Performance I and II, give him the ideal forum to impart the lessons learned through his own career to a new generation of musicians. These classes are some of the most popular at the College and his book, “Stage Performance” (2000/Pocket Books) is drawn from those classes.

Glen Ellyn’s McAninch Arts Center (MAC) located on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.) presents Livingston Taylor in concert Friday, Nov. 14 and Saturday, Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. This performance is part of the MAC’s 2014-2015 Club MAC series.Tickets: $45 Table Seating/ $39 Theater Seating. To order tickets, call 630.942.4000, or visit AtTheMAC.org.

About the MAC
McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The MAC began major renovations in fall 2012 to update its three performance spaces, construct a new art gallery and outdoor pavilion, and make improvements to the infrastructure, teaching and learning spaces and patron service areas. The MAC renovation was funded as part of the $168 million referendum that voters of District 502 passed in November 2010. The MAC completed its 14-month, $35 million renovation in December 2013 and officially opened its doors to the public with the MAC Madness Celebration on March 8. The MAC’s 2014-2015 Season is its first full season following the landmark renovations.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org. You can also learn more about the MAC on Facebook at facebook.com/AtTheMAC or on twitter at twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) is supported in part by the College of DuPage Foundation. Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through funding from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Miss Earth Congo 2015 National Competition to Take Place in Charlotte, NC on July 8-31, 2015

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Miss Earth Congo

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Ms. Mukon Ngoyi, the Miss Earth Congo National Director, along with Mr. Miguel Lagado, the Miss Earth Congo Artist from Manila, Philippines, announced today that the Miss Earth Congo 2015 national competition will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 8-31, 2015. This Miss Earth Pageant will feature 100 contestants, native born Congolese girls aged between 18 and 25 years old, coming from North Carolina and other states in the United States, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, and other parts of the world. The contestants will compete for the title of Miss Earth Congo.

This pageant aims to give these beautiful girls an opportunity to gain a scholarship to further their education. Furthermore, the pageant will (a) raise the awareness on the issues of environmental degradation, global warming as well as climate change; (b) promote the protection of Mother Earth; and (c) remind all of us about the plight faced by women not only in the two Congo, but also throughout the African continent, others poor countries, as well as many war ridden countries in the world.

Applications are now officially open and applicants must meet the following criteria, which can also be found at www.MissEarthCongo.tv:

a) Being single, never married, and without children;

b) Having a minimum height of 55 (165.1 cm);

c) Being of good moral character (never engaged in any form of prostitution; never participated in any obscene or X-rated exhibitions, whether print, stage, televisions or movies; never worked as a model, hostess, or in establishments generally reputed to be girlie joints);

d) Never been convicted of any crime; and e) Being familiar with her countrys culture and environmental issues. If you think that you have what it takes to be crowned Miss Earth Congo 2015, you can apply at www.MissEarthCongo.tv/apply. For more information on the beauty pageant, go to www.MissEarthCongo.tv/contact.

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