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Archive for February 15th, 2015

Dr. Willie Wilson to Bid for Chicago Republican Vote Today; Will Speak Sunday Evening in Greektown

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CHICAGO, IL -  Dr. Willie Wilson, candidate for Mayor, will address Chicago Republican committeemen, volunteers, and supporters this Sunday evening, February 15, at 6:00 p.m., in Greektown.

The candidacy of Dr. Wilson has started to gather interest from Republicans across the city. Dr. Wilson has expressed conservative positions on business, taxes, the Second Amendment and traditional values. Wilson was among those Chicago African-Americans who helped Governor Bruce Rauner earn 21% of the Chicago vote in the fall.

Dr. Wilson arrived in Chicago with little money or education. He rose to become the owner of five McDonald’s franchises and the founder and CEO of one of America’s fastest-growing international medical supply companies. He founded a television production company where he  produces SINGSATION,  the first nationally-syndicated gospel entertainment show on network television. He is a philanthropist who gives hundreds of thousands of dollars to Chicago-area churches every year.

The Republican Party receives just under 20% of the vote in Chicago, a number which could have a significant impact on the race for Mayor.

Regular meeting of the Chicago Republican Party
Sunday, February 15, 6:00 pm
Location: The Parthenon Restaurant, 314 S. Halsted St.

The meeting will be free and open to the public.

For more information, contact:
Chris Cleveland
312 339 2677 mobile

People’s Hearing Held on Chicago Police Torture Reparations Ordinance

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The hearing was held on the Same Day Jon Burge was Paroled

Hundreds of organizers and activists joined with politicians, faith leaders and Chicago Police Torture survivors to rally for the Chicago Police Torture Reparations Ordinance and hold a People’s hearing.

The People’s hearing was held Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Sanctuary of Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, in Chicago.

Co-Sponsors Aldermen Joe Moreno and Howard Brookins; Rev. Marshall Hatch of the New Mount Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church (NMP); Torture Survivors Darrell Cannon, Mark Clark, Anthony Holmes and representatives of Amnesty International, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide. All of the Mayoral candidates were invited to attend.

Burge was released yesterday from house arrest and given the opportunity to begin his life anew with the benefit of his police pension funded by Chicago taxpayers’ money.  Yet, scores of Chicago Police Torture survivors continue to suffer from the psychological effects of the torture they endured without any compensation, assistance, or any legal recourse for redress.

Despite the support of over half of the City Council, 3 Mayoral candidates, and the UN Committee Against Torture, Mayor Rahm Emanuel has failed to take meaningful steps to move the ordinance forward and demand a hearing in the Finance Committee.

The People’s Hearing featured testimonials by survivors of Burge torture, experts in psychological counseling and reparations and community leaders who will give voice to the specific objectives of the Ordinance and urgent need for its passage.

Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti’s Campaign Announces Weekend Public Schedule

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CHICAGO, IL - The following is the public schedule for mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti.

Saturday, February 14

10:00 am:  FAiR press conference – Bob will attend and speak at a press conference for Fair Allocation in Runways (Wilson Park, 4630 North Milwaukee)

4:00 pm:   Citron meet and greet – Bob will attend a meet and greet at Citron Salon (135 S Clinton)

6:00 pm:   Equality Illinois Gala – Bob will attend the annual Equality Illinois gala (Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan)

Sunday, February 15:

8:00 am: 47th Ward Breakfast – Bob will enjoy breakfast with Aldermanic candidate Tracy Bey at the Original Pancake House (1358 East 47th)

10:00 am: Salem Baptist Church – Bob will speak to congregants at Salem Baptist Church (752 E 114th St)

11:00 am: Pickens Memorial – Bob will speak to congregants at Pickens Memorial (5655 S Union)

12:15 am: Apostolic House of Prayer – Bob will speak to congregants at Apostolic House of Prayer (4952 S Paulina)

1:00 pm – Spiritual Rock Missionary Baptist Church – Bob will speak to congregants at Spiritual Rock Missionary Baptist Church (1624 W 51st)

3:00 pm – JoAnn Thompson visitation – Bob will attend the visitation for Alderman JoAnn Thompson

5:00 pm – Christ Universal Pentecostal Church of Holiness in Christ​ – Bob will speak to congregants (10140 S. Halsted)​

Remarks by the President on Request to Congress for Authorization of Force Against ISIL

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Roosevelt Room

President Barack Obama: Good afternoon.  Today, as part of an international coalition of some 60 nations — including Arab countries — our men and women in uniform continue the fight against ISIL in Iraq and in Syria.

More than 2,000 coalition airstrikes have pounded these terrorists.  We’re disrupting their command and control and supply lines, making it harder for them to move.  We’re destroying their fighting positions, their tanks, their vehicles, their barracks, their training camps, and the oil and gas facilities and infrastructure that fund their operations.  We’re taking out their commanders, their fighters, and their leaders.

In Iraq, local forces have largely held the line and in some places have pushed ISIL back.  In Syria, ISIL failed in its major push to take the town of Kobani, losing countless fighters in the process — fighters who will never again threaten innocent civilians.  And we’ve seen reports of sinking morale among ISIL fighters as they realize the futility of their cause.

Now, make no mistake — this is a difficult mission, and it will remain difficult for some time.  It’s going to take time to dislodge these terrorists, especially from urban areas.  But our coalition is on the offensive, ISIL is on the defensive, and ISIL is going to lose.  Its barbaric murders of so many people, including American hostages, are a desperate and revolting attempt to strike fear in the hearts of people it can never possibly win over by its ideas or its ideology — because it offers nothing but misery and death and destruction.  And with vile groups like this, there is only one option:  With our allies and partners, we are going to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist group.

And when I announced our strategy against ISIL in September, I said that we are strongest as a nation when the President and Congress work together.  Today, my administration submitted a draft resolution to Congress to authorize the use of force against ISIL.  I want to be very clear about what it does and what it does not do.

This resolution reflects our core objective to destroy ISIL.  It supports the comprehensive strategy that we have been pursuing with our allies and partners:  A systemic and sustained campaign of airstrikes against ISIL in Iraq and Syria.  Support and training for local forces on the ground, including the moderate Syrian opposition.  Preventing ISIL attacks, in the region and beyond, including by foreign terrorist fighters who try to threaten our countries.  Regional and international support for an inclusive Iraqi government that unites the Iraqi people and strengthens Iraqi forces against ISIL.  Humanitarian assistance for the innocent civilians of Iraq and Syria, who are suffering so terribly under ISIL’s reign of horror.

I want to thank Vice President Biden, Secretaries Kerry and Hagel, and General Marty Dempsey for their leadership in advancing our strategy.  Even as we meet this challenge in Iraq and Syria, we all agree that one of our weapons against terrorists like ISIL — a critical part of our strategy — is the values we live here at home.  One of the best antidotes to the hateful ideologies that try to recruit and radicalize people to violent extremism is our own example as diverse and tolerant societies that welcome the contributions of all people, including people of all faiths.

The resolution we’ve submitted today does not call for the deployment of U.S. ground combat forces to Iraq or Syria.  It is not the authorization of another ground war, like Afghanistan or Iraq.  The 2,600 American troops in Iraq today largely serve on bases — and, yes, they face the risks that come with service in any dangerous environment.  But they do not have a combat mission.  They are focused on training Iraqi forces, including Kurdish forces.

As I’ve said before, I’m convinced that the United States should not get dragged back into another prolonged ground war in the Middle East.  That’s not in our national security interest and it’s not necessary for us to defeat ISIL.  Local forces on the ground who know their countries best are best positioned to take the ground fight to ISIL — and that’s what they’re doing.

At the same time, this resolution strikes the necessary balance by giving us the flexibility we need for unforeseen circumstances.  For example, if we had actionable intelligence about a gathering of ISIL leaders, and our partners didn’t have the capacity to get them, I would be prepared to order our Special Forces to take action, because I will not allow these terrorists to have a safe haven.  So we need flexibility, but we also have to be careful and deliberate.  And there is no heavier decision than asking our men and women in uniform to risk their lives on our behalf.  As Commander in Chief, I will only send our troops into harm’s way when it is absolutely necessary for our national security.

Finally, this resolution repeals the 2002 authorization of force for the invasion of Iraq and limits this new authorization to three years.  I do not believe America’s interests are served by endless war, or by remaining on a perpetual war footing.  As a nation, we need to ask the difficult and necessary questions about when, why and how we use military force.  After all, it is our troops who bear the costs of our decisions, and we owe them a clear strategy and the support they need to get the job done.  So this resolution will give our armed forces and our coalition the continuity we need for the next three years.

It is not a timetable.  It is not announcing that the mission is completed at any given period.  What it is saying is that Congress should revisit the issue at the beginning of the next President’s term.  It’s conceivable that the mission is completed earlier.  It’s conceivable that after deliberation, debate and evaluation, that there are additional tasks to be carried out in this area.  And the people’s representatives, with a new President, should be able to have that discussion.

In closing, I want to say that in crafting this resolution we have consulted with, and listened to, both Republicans and Democrats in Congress.  We have made a sincere effort to address difficult issues that we’ve discussed together.  In the days and weeks ahead, we’ll continue to work closely with leaders and members of Congress on both sides of the aisle.  I believe this resolution can grow even stronger with the thoughtful and dignified debate that this moment demands.  I’m optimistic that it can win strong bipartisan support, and that we can show our troops and the world that Americans are united in this mission.

Today, our men and women in uniform continue the fight against ISIL, and we salute them for their courageous service.  We pray for their safety.  We stand with their families who miss them and who are sacrificing here at home.  But know this:  Our coalition is strong, our cause is just, and our mission will succeed.  And long after the terrorists we face today are destroyed and forgotten, America will continue to stand free and tall and strong.

May God bless our troops, and may God bless the United States of America.  Thank you very much, everybody.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

NAACP Statement on the Indictment of NYPD Officer Peter Liang

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BALTIMORE, Md. — A Brooklyn grand jury has indicted NYPD officer Peter Liang, who allegedly ​​ ​fired his gun​ by accident, killing an unarmed man ​ in the darkened stairwell of an East New York housing project last year. In light of this development, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:
“While the NAACP cannot celebrate any indictment, we commend the grand jury’s careful deliberation and determination in holding officer Liang accountable for the death of Akai Gurley. Our fight doesn’t end with an indictment. The NAACP will continue our work both locally and nationally to secure justice for Mr. Gurley.”

From Hazel Dukes, New York State Conference President and National Board Member:
“The grand jury’s decision to indict officer Peter Liang is emblematic of the type of action we need to see in cases where unarmed, law-abiding citizens are gunned down for no reason. Officer Liang is now subject to the same due process afforded to anyone involved in the accidental death of another. The New York State Conference will be monitoring this case closely to ensure that justice is served.”

From L. Joy Williams, Brooklyn NAACP Branch President:
“The Brooklyn NAACP commends District Attorney Kenneth Thompson and his office for charging the officer responsible for the shooting of unarmed Akai Gurley, and we applaud the grand jury on their decision to indict. Brooklyn deserves police officers who are committed to serving and protecting all members of the community. This incident of police violence and so many others demonstrate that police reform is sorely needed. We are clear that while this indictment is a victory, it is also a first step in what will likely be a long judicial process and we are hopeful that true justice will ultimately prevail. Our hearts and thoughts continue to be with the Gurley family.

Tell Congress: Quit Playing Games With National Security; Add Your Name

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Congressional Republicans are playing a reckless game with our national security.

From Congressman Tammy Duckworth

In December, Congress worked out a budget deal for most government agencies, but conservative members refused to fully fund the Department of Homeland Security in order to make a political point about President Obama’s executive order on immigration.

Now, the Department of Homeland Security’s funding is set to expire in 17 days, and Congressional leaders have yet to pass a clean bill that would keep the department running.

Tell Congressional Republicans to quit playing games with national security and fund the Department of Homeland Security.

After the far right shut down the government in 2013, I wrote to you that it was time to stop manufacturing crises around essential government funding. So I’m appalled that members of Congress are continuing to make irresponsible threats, this time targeting the department charged with keeping our country safe.

If the Department of Homeland Security shuts down, thousands of national security personnel would be sent home, putting our nation at risk. Other staff, like Secret Service agents or active duty Coast Guard members, would be forced to work without pay.

The men and women who stepped up to protect our country deserve better than worrying about bills while Congress plays games with their paychecks.

It’s long past time for a Congressional debate on immigration reform. But the solution is to vote on a comprehensive reform bill, not to jeopardize the funding that protects our nation.

Please join me in urging Congressional Republicans to fund the Department of Homeland Security.


Thank you for speaking up,


Major Revival of Two Trains Running is on Track at Goodman Theatre, March 7 – April 12

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Chuck Smith’s Production is the Centerpiece of Citywide Celebration of Playwright August Wilson

CHICAGO, IL – “There are always only two trains running. There is life and there is death. Each of us rides them both.” –Playwright August Wilson (1945 – 2005). Goodman Theatre revives Two Trains Running, Wilson’s poetic and personal portrait of the small dreams that fuel societal revolution. Resident Director Chuck Smith directs Wilson’s masterpiece, praised by Variety as “perfection…a writer at the peak of his powers.” Seven Chicago favorites—Chester Gregory (Sterling), Anthony Irons (Wolf), Nambi E. Kelley (Risa), Ron OJ Parson (Memphis), Ernest Perry Jr. (Hambone), A.C. Smith (West) and Alfred Wilson (Holloway)—portray the denizens of a Pittsburgh diner who “talk and testify, dream and doubt, their fantastic speech almost qualifying as song” (Chicago Sun-Times), as “Wilson’s genius for translating common language into poetry through rhythm, repetition and telling imagery reveals a world of myth, religion and folk spirit” (Chicago Tribune). The creative team for Two Trains Running includes Linda Buchanan (set design); John Culbert (lighting design); Josh Horvath and Ray Nardelli (sound design); and Birgit Wise (costume design). Neena Arndt is the Dramaturg. Two Trains Running appears March 7 – April 12, 2015 in the Albert Theatre (opening night is Monday, March 16). Tickets ($27 - $80; subject to change) are on sale at GoodmanTheatre.org/TwoTrains, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn).

One of the 20th century’s most acclaimed playwrights, August Wilson won the Pulitzer Prize for Fences and The Piano Lesson, as well as Rockefeller and Guggenheim fellowships, a Tony Award, Drama Desk Award and four New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards. Coinciding with Two Trains Running, the Goodman honors his artistry and influence on American culture with a citywide career retrospective, The August Wilson Celebration, March 7 – April 18. Celebration Curator Chuck Smith, together with Constanza Romero (Wilson’s widow), Ron OJ Parson (actor/director and Two Trains Running cast member) and Dr. Harvey Young (Northwestern University), partners with more than 20 theaters, schools and organizations. The Celebration features FREE concert (script-in-hand) readings of Wilson’s nine other “20th Century Cycle” plays, educational seminars, discussions, poetry and more. The Goodman was the first theater in the world to produce all 10 plays in the cycle.

“Of all the Goodman’s artistic partnerships in my tenure as artistic director, none has been more meaningful than our 20-year association with August Wilson—a crucial voice in the American theater, an esteemed colleague, and a great personal friend,” said Artistic Director Robert Falls. “As the centerpiece of a massive Celebration that demonstrates August’s indelible effect, Chuck has chosen to revive Two Trains Running; we produced the Chicago premiere in 1993, and are thrilled to revisit this eloquent and powerful play two decades later.”

At the time of the Goodman’s Chicago premiere, directed by Lloyd Richards, August Wilson recalled, “The so-called ‘red letter events’ of the 1960s—the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy, the anti-war demonstrations, etc.—sometimes didn’t reach the average person who was confronted with just simply living. I was concerned about those people, how they were doing, where they were going.”

The civil rights movement is sweeping across Pittsburgh’s Hill District in 1969—but the promise of a better tomorrow hasn’t quite reached all the city’s residents. Folks gather daily at Memphis Lee’s once-prosperous diner to gossip about the neighborhood, blighted by the missteps of urban renewal and decimated by crime and poverty, and dream about the future. Memphis must decide if he should allow the government to take over his building or sell it to a ruthless businessman.

“The two trains, or two ideas, in the play—cultural assimilation or cultural separatism—have confronted black America since the emancipation,” said Chuck Smith, who previously directed Wilson’s Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (1997) and also served as dramaturg for the world premiere of Gem of the Ocean (2003) at the Goodman. “It’s a gift to work with this cast, whose many previous August Wilson credits deepen the process and enrich the experience.”

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