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Archive for December 1st, 2014

Illinois Department of Public Health Statement on Negative Ebola Test Results

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck announced negative Ebola test results.

“We have promised the public we would let them know if the Illinois Department of Public Health conducted testing for Ebola, and today, we are doing just that,” said Dr. Hasbrouck.

“IDPH performed testing for Ebola, which was negative, of an individual who traveled from Liberia and arrived in Illinois on November 16.  The individual was evaluated, was determined to be asymptomatic and low risk at the time, and has been actively monitored for symptoms since that time.  On Thursday, November 27, the individual reported having a fever and was transported to a hospital following stringent infection control protocols.  In addition to medical evaluation and testing, and after consultation involving the hospital, local health departments, IDPH and CDC, IDPH performed testing for Ebola as a precaution. The test results were negative for Ebola.

“At this time, there have been no confirmed cases of Ebola in Illinois and there is no threat to the general public.  Travelers from Africa may experience respiratory illness due to malaria or other non-Ebola associated diseases.

“The statewide Ebola Task Force, announced October 22 by Governor Pat Quinn, along with hospitals and local health departments across Illinois will continue to work together to quickly identify a person who could potentially be at risk of Ebola, and take quick action in order to protect the health and safety of all Illinois residents.”

For more information, visit http://www.idph.state.il.us/ebola/index.htm.

To respect and protect the individual’s privacy, no additional information is available.

What Does Spiritual Prostitution Profit a Man or Woman?

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By Rev. Harold E. Bailey

President, Probation Challenge

The Holy Scriptures State: “For what does it profit a man or woman to gain the whole world and lose his soul?”… “What would a man or woman give in exchange for his soul?”

I’ve recently sat in a very lonely and hurtful place as I watched some known ministerial persons, who sit in the  utmost seats, settle for not even 30 pieces of silver for acts of spiritual prostitution, but in doing so, did not render unto Caesar (the world of politics) that which was his… and unto God, that which was His!

I honestly don’t feel the need to get into the depth of what took place in this Chicago political arena, but it has caused the hearts of the True-Baptized-Believers in Christ to bleed as many now ponder their own beliefs.

Those who have committed an act of spiritual distrust have only to carefully read the scriptures for the disposition, which is set-forth by God for those betrayers. It clearly says that after Judas betrayed Christ and took the blood money, it then dawned on him what he had done… Judas, then filled with guilt, went out and hung himself!

You cannot toy with God or his trusted servants. It is wise to render unto Caesar that which is his—and unto God that which is His. Know that—God is not the author of confusion.

Restore the Voting Rights Act!: Sign The Petition

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Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (which gives the Justice Department the authority to review and throw out discriminatory voting restrictions) was revoked recently in a Supreme Court ruling. This decision is a body blow to free and fair elections in America. Don’t allow this injustice to continue.
In North Carolina, for example, the local government was able to eliminate early voting and same day registration — preventing 300,000 citizens from voting through these methods. The margin of victory for the North Carolina Senate race was 48,000 votes — meaning that those discriminatory practices undeniably influenced the election.

Do you want representatives to be elected based on voter manipulation — or based on who best represents the honest selection of the people?

Thank you,
The Care2 Petitions Team Kelsey Dean
The Care2 Petitions Team

DuPage Chorale Performs a Concert of Inspirational Works at the McAninch Arts Center, Sunday, Dec. 7

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Chorale Unites with DuPage Chorale Orchestra for Works Ranging from Antonio Vivaldi to Pete Seeger

GLEN ELLYN, IL – DuPage Chorale, under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman, performs with the DuPage Chorale Orchestra and features narrator Amelia Barrett for a concert of inspirational works at the McAninch Arts Center located on the campus of College of DuPage (425 Fawell Blvd.), Sunday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m.

“This concert highlights works for chorus and chamber orchestra featuring a wide offering of choral tastes including works by American folk singer and activist Pete Seeger, famed Italian Baroque composer Vivaldi’s Credo,  the hauntingly beautiful ‘Snow Angel’ by Sarah Quartel and Ola Gjello’s powerful ‘Sunrise Mass’ ” shares Director Kesselman.

The concert program will include the following works:

  • Antonio Vivaldi (1678 –1741):  “Credo” in E minor (RV 591). The Crede is the profession of faith or creed that is most widely used in Christian liturgy. This is the only extant setting of the Nicene Creed by Vivaldi, who is recognized as one of the most important Baroque composers.
  • Sarah Quartel (b. 1982): “Snow Angel” featuring narration by COD Professor of Theater, Amelia Barrett. Through song and narrative, “Snow Angel” weaves together stories of love and light, rebirth and rejuvenation to highlight the strength and beauty a child’s voice can bring to our often troubled world. First written for treble chorus in 2002, “Snow Angel” was re-written for mixed chorus and orchestrated expressly for this concert in 2014.
  • Ola Gjello (b. 1978): “Sunrise Mass” is a spiritual, extended work which uses the liturgical Latin text. The four movements create a musical metaphysical journey from the heavens to earth, from the echo of The Spheres (Kyrie) to Identity & The Ground (Sanctus) with its earthly themes.
  • Pete Seeger (1919 –2014): Songs of Conscience
  • –   “Where Have All the Flowers Gone?” arr. Mark Sirett
    –   “The Bells of Rhymney,” arr. Lee Kesselman
    –   “If I had A Hammer,” arr. Robert DeCormier
    Seeger was an American folk singer and activist. These are three of his best loved songs.
    DuPage Chorale is based at College of DuPage (COD) and includes college and community singers of all ages and levels of experience. Under the direction of Lee R. Kesselman and accompanist William Buhr, the ensemble performs choral masterworks featuring soloists and the DuPage Chorale Orchestra.

    Performance is Sunday, Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. in the Belushi Performance Hall at the McAninch Arts Center. Tickets are $16 adult/14 senior and youth. For tickets or more information, visit AtTheMAC.org or call 630.942.4000. For more information about this ensemble and other music opportunities at College of DuPage, visit cod.edu/programs/music.

    Lee R. Kesselman, a resident of Glen Ellyn, has been Director of Choral Activities at COD since 1981 and was chosen COD Outstanding Faculty Member for 1994-95. In addition to teaching and composing, Kesselman is active as a conductor, pianist, clinician and lecturer and music director for a variety of opera and musical theater productions His works for children have brought him national attention and he has been commissioned to write for children, school community, church, and professional ensembles and serves as an editor for Boosey & Hawkes Music Publishers. He is Founder and Music Director of the New Classic Singers, a professional choral ensemble and directs the DuPage Chorale and College of DuPage Chamber Singers. A member of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP), he has received annual ASCAP awards for his works since1994. Kesselman holds undergraduate degrees in piano and composition from Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and a master’s degree in conducting from the University of Southern California.

    Amelia Barrett (Reader in the “Snow Angel”) is professor of theater at College of DuPage as well as a professional actor and director.  Barrett has directed numerous COD productions, most recently “The Troll Booth.” She has directed professionally for multiple Buffalo Theatre Ensemble productions, where she is also a member of the acting ensemble.  As an actor, she has appeared with other regional companies such as Idaho Repertory Theatre, internationally at the Edinburgh Festival and in Chicago venues such as City Lit. She is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association as well as the Screen Actors Guild & the American Federation of Radio and Television Artists. She holds a Master of Fine Arts degree in acting from the University of Texas at Austin and a Graduate Certificate in Laban Movement Analysis from Columbia College, Chicago.

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

Chicago Police Violence Against Black and Latino Youth Called Out by United Nations Committee Against Torture

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After report and testimony from Chicago’s We Charge Genocide, UNCAT “particularly concerned” over CPD profiling, harassment and excessive force.


CHICAGO, IL – On Friday, 11/28, the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) issued Concluding Observations after holding their 53rd Session in Geneva, Switzerland earlier this month, during which the U.S. was under review.

From Nov. 12 to 13, We Charge Genocide (WCG) joined groups and individuals from across the country who traveled to the United Nations to expose torture in the U.S., especially at the hands of the police. The eight young delegates from Chicago submitted a report to UNCAT on police violence against youth of color, testified before the committee, and held a historic protest inside UNCAT chambers during the U.S. response to their charges of genocide.

Because of WCG’s report and presentation, UNCAT directly mentions Chicago Police violence against youth of color in their observations:

“The Committee is particularly concerned at the reported current police violence in Chicago, especially against African American and Latino young people who are allegedly being consistently profiled, harassed and subjected to excessive force by Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers. It also expresses its deep concern at the frequent and recurrent police shootings or fatal pursuits of unarmed black individuals. In this regard, the Committee notes the alleged difficulties to hold police officers and their employers accountable for abuses.”

In their observations, UNCAT recommends the the U.S.:

  • Ensure that all instances of police brutality and excessive use of force by law enforcement officers are investigated promptly, effectively and impartially by an independent mechanism with no institutional or hierarchical connection between the investigators and the alleged perpetrators
  • Prosecute persons suspected of torture or ill treatment and, if found guilty, ensure that they are punished in accordance with the gravity of their acts.
  • Provide effective remedies and rehabilitation to the victims.
  • Provide redress for CPD torture survivors by supporting the passage of the Ordinance entitled Reparations for the Chicago Police Torture Survivors.

Regarding Taser use by police, UNCAT also expresses concern “about numerous, consistent reports that police have used electrical discharge weapons against unarmed individuals,” including “Dominique [Damo] Franklin Jr. in Sauk Village, Illinois.” During their protest at the U.N., WCG members held up a poster of Damo, which was shown repeatedly in news reports.

Statement from We Charge Genocide Organizers:

“We went to Geneva as a delegation of We Charge Genocide with the intention of getting Chicago visibly named as a site for systematic, horrific and punitive police violence against Black and Brown youth on a daily basis, and it is safe to say that we achieved our goal. While going to Geneva to present our report on police violence against Black & Brown youth in Chicago was not our end goal as We Charge Genocide, we feel a slight sense of relief in the fact that the violence that Black and Brown youth systematically experience every day in Chicago is now getting the attention, internationally, that it deserves, which will only serve as an uplifting foundation in our continued work in challenging police violence in Chicago.”

UNCAT comments on police torture survivors in Chicago were prompted by members of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) who testified in Geneva and submitted a shadow report on the Burge torture cases.

The report submitted by WCG to UNCAT is titled, We Charge Genocide: Police Violence Against Chicago’s Youth of Color. Key findings include:

  • From 2009 to 2013, although Black people comprised only 32.3% of Chicago’s overall population, 75% of police shooting victims were Black. Additionally, in the first six months of 2014, 23 of 27 people shot by the CPD were Black.
  • Between 2009 and 2011, 92% of Taser uses involved a Black or Latino target, including 49 youth under the age of 16 (with some as young as 8 years old).
  • Black youth accounted for 77% of the arrests of youth in 2011 and 79% in 2012. Latino youth accounted for most of the other arrests, i.e., 18% of these arrests in 2011 and 17% in 2012.
  • A brutality complaint is 94% less likely to be sustained in Chicago than in the nation as a whole: Only 0.48% of brutality complaints against the CPD are sustained (as opposed to 8% nationally).
  • Between 2002 and 2004, Chicago residents filed 10,149 complaints of excessive force, illegal searches, racial abuse, and false arrests against the CPD. Only 124 of these 10,149 complaints were sustained (1.2%), and a mere 19 cases (0.18%) resulted in any meaningful penalty (a suspension of a week or more)

We Charge Genocide is volunteer-run by Chicago residents concerned that the epidemic of police violence continues uninterrupted in Chicago and who seek to equip individuals across the city with tools to more proactively hold police accountable. The name We Charge Genocide comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police.

We Charge Genocide press releases and press kit: http://wechargegenocide.org/category/press-release/

CAT Concluding Observations Press Release | 11/29/14 via U.S. Human Rights Network

UN Committee Against Torture Calls Out Chicago Police for Brutality, ‘Excessive Use of Force’ | 11/29/24 by Kevin Gosztola, Firedoglake

U.N. report on torture recommends prompt, impartial investigations of police brutality | by Susan Weich, St. Louis Post-Dispatch


Opening ReMARCs: Ferguson, Immigration, Middterm Wins & More

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By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

The 58th Annual Equal Opportunity Dinner a Major Success

The National Urban League hosted its 58th Annual Equal Opportunity Dinner (EOD) on November 12, 2014 in New York City. At the event, held in the heart of Times Square at the New York Marriott Marquis, president and CEO of the National Urban League, Marc H. Morial thanked and bid farewell to outgoing National Urban League board chair John D. Hofmeister and welcomed new chairman, Michael F. Neidorff. Neidorff, who currently serves as chairman, president and CEO of Centene Corporation – was also the Gala Chair.

The dinner honored Don Thompson, President and CEO of McDonald’s Corporation, who received the 2014 President’s Award for his outstanding leadership and corporate stewardship. Grammy Award winner Valerie Simpson received the EOD Arts Award for her unparalleled contribution to music and R&B legend Freddie Jackson performed a stirring tribute to her.

“The midterm elections have upended the old tropes about what you can or can’t do or say about guns during campaign season…This year gun sense champions around the country were re-elected. And campaigns around the country showed that candidates can run on the gun issue, not away from it – and win.” – Everytown for Gun Safety memo

Gun Safety and Minimum Wage Big Winners in Midterm Elections

There’s no getting around it. November 4th was not a good day for many of the ideals and policies supported by the National Urban League and the communities we serve. In the coming months, we can expect to see renewed battles over the Affordable Care Act, immigration, voting rights and a host of other issues affecting jobs and opportunity for middle and working class Americans. But all is not lost. There were a few bright spots on Election Day. For example, four states passed legislation to raise the minimum wage – Alaska, Arkansas, Nebraska and South Dakota. This follows a growing trend, considering that as of August 2014, 23 states and the District of Columbia had minimum wage rates higher than the federal rate of $7.25. More states are expected to follow as the debate over a federal minimum wage remains deadlocked in Congress. Another election-day victory that has not gotten much attention was the passage of a major gun safety measure in Washington State and the election of national and state legislators who openly supported common sense gun safety legislation in the face of vigorous opposition by the National Rifle Association (NRA). In the only state where voters had the opportunity to directly cast a ballot for or against a specific gun safety measure, the people of Washington State voted to require background checks for all firearms sales, including atmgun shows and on the Internet. This was an historic victory that may pave the way for other states. As with the minimum wage, states are not waiting for federal gun safety legislation. They are leading the way. According to a recent report on MSNBC.com, on November 4, Washington State became “the seventh state to require background checks on all gun sales and the fifth (after Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware and New York) to do so since the shooting inside Sandy Hook Elementary School.”

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Get Discounted Tickets for the Big Apple Classic on Dec. 7 – Basketball, HBCUs, and More!

Sunday, December 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.
Barclays Center
Brooklyn, NY

If you live in the New York City area, brace yourself for another sports classic! This time the 8th Annual Big Apple Classic featuring basketball, college fair, step show, HBCUs, battle of the bands, and so much more. Take advantage of our DISCOUNTED TICKETS – just use promo code BACNUL. Come watch one of the longest-running rivalries in the history of CIAA as the Virginia State Trojans take on the Virginia Union Panthers; and MEAC rivals Howard University Bison and North Carolina Central University Eagles.

“Special Holiday Gifts for Chicago Architecture Nerds”

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Chicago Detours Offers Gift Cards and Architectural Ornaments


CHICAGO, IL — Tour company Chicago Detours offers a new gift idea for people who love Chicago architecture and history with holiday ornaments made from historic architectural details. These ornaments are available for purchase from their Chicago Detours Store, along with additional gifts such as their gift cards for tours of architectural interiors or historic bars.

These limited-edition holiday ornaments are hand-cast architectural details of a design from the 1920s. Decorator’s Supply Corporation, which has been crafting beautiful moldings, corbels and the like since 1883, made the rosette forms in their Bridgeport neighborhood studio on Chicago’s South Side. The small octagonal objects used for the ornaments are made using composite – a natural material that has been used for architectural ornamentation for centuries.

In order to transform architectural details into holiday ornaments, Chicago Detours staff first painted over the composite. Then they added delicate gold accents by hand and ribbons for hanging. Each ornament comes with a tag that shares historic background on Decorators Supply and their special architectural details, as well as a muslin gift bag. They are for sale for $12 each, or three for $30.

For friends and family who may prefer an experience of Chicago history and architecture, Chicago Detours sells gift cards for regularly scheduled tours of interior architecture and historic bars. These indoor walking tours create memorable experiences of learning and fun for a great holiday activity during the winter or any time of year. Options include the Loop Interior Architecture Walking Tour, available six days a week, and the Historic Chicago Walking Bar Tour, available Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Gift cards are priced for a pair of tickets to either tour or you can set your own gift card amount.


ABOUT CHICAGO DETOURS
Chicago Detours offers guided tours of architecture, history and culture that bring people to explore stories and places locals don’t even know. The tour company is a passionate team of educators, historians, artists and storytellers, and is proud to be one of very few tour companies in Chicago that is rated five stars on both Yelp and TripAdvisor.

For additional information:
Amanda Scotese
312.350.1131
info@chicagodetours.com
www.chicagodetours.com

Department on Aging Observes Family Caregivers Awareness Month by Reminding about Resources to Assist

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Administers the Family Caregiver Support Program


SPRINGFIELD, IL – Family caregivers help their loved ones with a broad range of activities which can be a critical component in providing long term care for older adults.  Without the support of their relatives and caregivers, many older adults would have difficulty remaining in their homes and community.  Increasing numbers in the aging population has led to an increased need for caregivers.  But, caregivers also need support or risk putting their own health and well-being at risk which is the message from the Illinois Department on Aging (IDoA) in observance of National Family Caregiver Month.

“A family caregiver steps in to help a relative who can no longer manage without some assistance.  It can be small tasks that increase over time until the family caregiver becomes the primary person responsible for managing the older adult’s needs.  Often the family caregiver does not realize how important their role is until they need a break.  It can be overwhelming and we want family caregivers to know about resources available to help them in their role of supporting an older adult loved one,” said IDoA Director John K. Holton, Ph.D.

Through IDoA, the state has resources for family caregivers to receive support.  Through its partnership with the 13 Area Agencies on Aging and local service providers, IDoA offers information, assistance, counseling training, and respite care through the Family Caregiver Support Program.  IDoA lists caregiver resources on its website at http://www.illinois.gov/aging/CommunityServices/caregiver/Pages/caregiver_links.aspx.

Director Holton also encourages families to use the upcoming holiday as an opportunity to assess the needs of older adult loved ones.  When families gather for Thanksgiving, it may be determined their loved one needs assistance but does not ask. Some signs that assistance may be needed include:

  • Decreased mobility, forgetfulness
  • Neglected personal hygiene
  • Change in appetite
  • Unfilled and/or unopened medical prescriptions
  • Lack of home maintenance
  • Unusual display of unopened mail
  • A loved one may be mishandling their finances, for example, not paying their bills or losing money.

For more information about programs and services to assist older adults in Illinois, their families and caregivers, including the Illinois Family Caregiver Support Program, log on to the department website at:  http://www.illinois.gov/aging/ or call the Department on Aging at 1-800-252-8966 or (TTY, hearing impaired use) call 1-888-206-1327.

40th Ward Challenger Dianne Daleiden Files; Vows to Break the Machine

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CHICAGO, IL – Dianne Daleiden filed 1587 petition signatures to secure a place on the February 24, 2015 ballot.  She is running against 32-year incumbent Patrick J. O’Connor.

“The Chicago Machine’s time is up.  Voters across the city, and in the 40th Ward, have said, by their signatures, that they want change in the City Council.  They will no longer tolerate paying the high price of pay-to-play politics,” said Daleiden, who added that, “My opponent is the ink for City Council’s rubber stamp.  He must run on his record, which puts him in a difficult place with voters who oppose privatization schemes, and overwhelmingly support an elected school board and a $15 minimum wage.”

Daleiden is a 30-year 40th Ward resident who has been active in ward politics for over 20 years.  Over the years, she has challenged O’Connor on the O’Hare Modernization Plan which now sends 70% of incoming jets over her ward, closing Trumbull Elementary School while expanding a charter, and has demanded the demolition of Edgewater Medical Center, which has been vacant, but left standing, for 13 years.  “In conjunction with community groups and sometimes individually, for 20 years I have tried to persuade Mr.  O’Connor to listen to and act upon residents’ demands.  I am not sitting this out any longer.  As alderman, I will put residents before real estate developers and neighborhoods before downtown,” said Daleiden.

Daleiden (Duh li’ den) is a 30-year, 40th Ward resident, and is currently a Chicago Public Schools math and science teacher at North River Elementary School, Chicago Teachers Union member, and long-standing member of W.A.N.T. (West Andersonville Neighbors Together).  Previously she worked as a social worker, a community advocate with the Illinois Women’s Agenda, and in office furniture sales.  She is divorced and has one son, Griffin Daleiden, who is a practicing attorney.

FB:   dianne4ward40 @diannedaleiden

Liz Brown, Campaign Manager

Dianne Daleiden, Candidate for Alderman of the 40th Ward

773/606-4876

www.Dianne4Ward40.com

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