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Archive for May 2nd, 2015

Criminal Charges Against Six Baltimore Police Officers in Freddie Gray’s Death

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By Juanita Bratcher

Saying Freddie Gray’s arrest was “illegal” and his death a “homicide”, Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby Friday announced criminal charges against six Baltimore, Maryland police officers involved.

The investigation surrounding Gray’s arrest, a 25-year-old black man, at the hands of police officers -  found there was no “probable cause” to arrest Gray, and the knife he was carrying was legal, according to Maryland law; not a switchblade knife as reported by officers.

Mosby brought charges against the six officers – three blacks and three whites, five men and a woman officer. The Maryland state medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.

Officer Caesar R. Goodson, Jr., driver of the police van, was charged with second-degree murder, the most serious crime, manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

Other officers charged were: Lt. Brian W. Rice – manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office, false imprisonment.

Officer William G. Porter – manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

Sgt. Alicia D. White – manslaughter, assault and misconduct in office.

Officer Edward M. Nero – assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Officer Garrett E. Miller – assault, misconduct in office and false imprisonment.

Rioting erupted in the city after the death of Gray, the national guard was called in, and the city is now under a curfew.

Congressional Black Caucus Responds to Charges Filed Against Six Police Officers in the Death of Freddie Gray

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative G. K. Butterfield (NC-01), Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), issued the following statement in response to charges filed against the six Baltimore, Maryland police officers involved in the death of Freddie Gray:

“The Congressional Black Caucus applauds the swift and decisive actions by the Baltimore City State’s Attorney in conducting a thorough and independent investigation of the events surrounding the death of Freddie Gray.

“This is the first of many steps to begin the process of mending the fractured relationship between law enforcement and the people of the City of Baltimore.  Every citizen has a right to due process of law, and we are pleased to see the legal system is working. We continue to call for calm in the weeks and months ahead as we await the outcome of these cases.”

NAACP Statement on Charges Against Officers in Freddie Gray’s Death

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BALTIMORE, MD — Six Baltimore police officers face criminal charges ranging from assault to second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray, who died from injuries suffered in police custody. In light of this development, the NAACP has released the following statement:

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President and CEO:

“The NAACP applauds Maryland State Attorney Marilyn Mosby for taking this bold and important first step toward justice for Freddie Gray, his family and the Sandtown-Winchester community. We are encouraged by today’s charges, but we know that this is just the beginning.  The NAACP has been committed to the fight against racial profiling and police brutality throughout our 106 year history and with this indictment; we will continue our work both locally, statewide and nationally on criminal justice reform including passage of the End Racial Profiling legislation.

We invoke the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Medgar Evers and so many others great practitioners of democracy and peace.  We are grateful for the courage and tenacity of Freddie Gray’s family, whose quiet resolve is helping to shape a national movement for all of America’s children.”

From Gerald Stansbury, NAACP Maryland State Conference President:

“The Maryland State conference of the NAACP is pleased that the justice system has moved swiftly to address the tragedy of Freddy Gray’s untimely and unnecessary demise. This is a step towards due process for the family of Freddie Gray and the community. We hope that the actions taken by the State Attorney Mosby and Baltimore officials serve as an example for other states and for other “Freddie Grays” around the country.”

From Tessa Hill-Aston, Baltimore Branch NAACP President:

“The Baltimore Branch of the NAACP are elated that State Attorney Marilyn Mosby announced that all six officers involved will be charged in the death of Mr. Freddie Gray. All eyes are on Baltimore right now and we see this as the first steps towards justice for Freddie Gray. The Baltimore branch will continue to work for the civil rights of all of Baltimore citizens and to find justice for the young African-American males who have suffered from police misconduct in Sandtown and throughout Baltimore—we will continue to work with Mayor Stephanie Rawlins-Blakely on securing body worn cameras for the Baltimore Police Department. We do all this as we continue to operate the NAACP Baltimore satellite office, serving community members at 1135 N. Gilmor Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland.”

Justice Department Announces $20 Million in Funding to Support Body-Worn Camera Pilot Program

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The Department of Justice announced a $20 million Body-Worn Camera (BWC) Pilot Partnership Program to respond to the immediate needs of local and tribal law enforcement organizations.  The investment includes $17 million in competitive grants for the purchase of body-worn cameras, $2 million for training and technical assistance and $1 million for the development of evaluation tools to study best practices.  The pilot program is part of President Obama’s proposal to invest $75 million over three years to purchase 50,000 body-worn cameras for law enforcement agencies.

“This body-worn camera pilot program is a vital part of the Justice Department’s comprehensive efforts to equip law enforcement agencies throughout the country with the tools, support, and training they need to tackle the 21st century challenges we face,” said Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch.  “Body-worn cameras hold tremendous promise for enhancing transparency, promoting accountability, and advancing public safety for law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.”

Administered by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) under the Justice Department’s Office of Justice Programs (OJP), the BWC pilot program will provide support to help law enforcement agencies develop, implement and evaluate body-worn camera programs across the United States.

“Body-worn camera technology is a valuable tool for improving police-citizen relationships,” said Director Denise O’Donnell of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.  “BJA is committed to helping law enforcement agencies identify the safest and most effective methods for deploying this technology and addressing factors such as privacy, archiving and legal regulations surrounding its use.  BJA stands by to guide agencies through what can be a complex process toward more successful adoption of the technology.”

The Justice Department expects to provide 50 awards to law enforcement agencies, with about one-third of the grants directed toward smaller law enforcement agencies.  The grants, which require a 50/50 in-kind or cash match, can be used to purchase equipment but applicants must establish a strong plan for implementation of body-worn cameras and a robust training policy before purchasing cameras.  The long term costs associated with storing this information will be the financial responsibility of each local agency.

Another $2 million will fund a national BWC Training and Technical Assistance provider through a competitive process, to assist agencies developing and enhancing their BWC programs.  This training and technical assistance will provide support to law enforcement agencies to support successful implementation of their body-worn camera programs.

OJP’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) will receive $1 million of the funds to collect data on body-worn camera usage through surveys of law enforcement agencies.  BJS will also design data collection forms that can be used in future surveys of prosecutors and public defenders to measure how body-worn camera footage is being used by the courts in criminal cases.

BJA will launch a BWC Implementation Toolkit in May, designed as an online resource for stakeholders.  The toolkit will focus on implementation requirements, retention issues, policy concerns, interests of prosecutors, victim and privacy advocates’ concerns, along with community engagement and funding considerations.

For additional information about the BWC Pilot Implementation Program, visit this website: http://go.usa.gov/3BtMW.

Body-Worn Camera Fact Sheet

Prediction: Winner of Mayweather- Pacquiao Fight is Social Media Voting

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Prediction: Winner of Mayweather-
Pacquiao Fight is Social Media Voting

By Mike Green

When Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao square off in the 16,500-seat arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2 in a much-anticipated legendary battle, every aspect of the fight will have been analyzed by experts, including fighters who have been in the ring taking punches from both of these living legends. There’s no consensus on who might emerge victorious, but there are three expected outcomes:

1. It will be the richest fight in history with a $300M split for the fighters (see breakdown)
2. To sit in the arena at the farthest edges will cost between $1,500 – $7,500
3. No matter who is crowned champion, social media voting will be the big winner

Whether you’re one of the lucky 700 fans who score one of few available public tickets at the lowest prices, or you have the deep pockets to purchase a couple of seats down front that top out at nearly $90,000 each, you’re likely to join millions of fans watching on pay-per-view that will also be watching their mobile screens and texting, tweeting and sharing their real-time thoughts and photos on Instagram, Facebook and other social media.
That’s the bet the founders of a new instant voting app called Bedloo are banking on.
What is Bedloo?

Bedloo.com is a popular voting platform for Android and iOS with more than seven million users that allows users to ask a two-choice question by comparing two photos, videos or audio files for a side-by-side comparison that can be shared on the user’s Facebook and Twitter. All votes are tallied in real time and can be shared on social media streams immediately. Boxing fans can easily download the Bedloo app, follow the fight, and then vote round-by-round with instant results.

To vote on the Mayweather – Pacquiao fight now, go to bedloo.com/whowillwin.

Social Fandom
This will be the most watched fight in history and the first mega-fight of the Social Media Age. Everyone has an opinion on not only who will win the fight, but also who will win each round. The Bedloo founders have developed the platform for fans of any sport or activity to express those opinions quickly, in real time, and receive direct polling data from millions of voters.
“We built the Bedloo App for everyday use by individuals and brands,” said Daron Destiny, CEO of Bedloo. “But Bedloo is also great for groundbreaking events like this big fight, so everyone can vote for who they think will win and see the results in real time.”
Bedloo Co-founders Todd Jones, Daron Destiny (CEO) and Vincent Plumber

Social solutions are ubiquitous and embedded in virtually every communications platform. Even as consumers are staring into a variety of screens, they are connecting with other users staring into screens. Audiences are engaging instantly with news media, entertainment, sports and a wide variety of activities using apps that capitalize upon our propensity to use mobile devices as an extension of our social proclivities. Social media is also opening up new markets of commerce. The “selfie” stick is an example of merchandise catering to new consumer behavior. Bedloo is poised to capitalize upon the next stage of progression in the evolution of consumer behavior. It empowers users to quickly and easily ask a simple question: “What do you think, this or that?”

That simple question is a powerful engagement tool for anyone to poll any audience about any two comparisons. Bedloo is currently being used by major networks, including Fox Sports, VH1, WEtv and CBS to poll their audiences in real time.

The Mayweather-Pacquiao fight will be the largest audience participation event in the app’s brief history, which is chronicled in a full-length documentary film produced about the founding team and their effort to build Bedloo from idea to market introduction.
“Our app gives users the feeling that everyone in the world is sitting together on one big couch watching an important event unfold, giving their opinions in real time, seeing the results and knowing their input matters,” said Angela Brewton, VP of Marketing at Bedloo.

Will Bedloo succeed? Download the app and cast your vote.

Mike Green is an award-winning journalist, New York Times Leadership Academy Fellow, Co-founder of ScaleUp Partners and expert consultant on developing inclusive innovation ecosystems. He can be reached via Twitter: @amikegreen2 or email: mike@scaleuppartners.com.

Madigan, Illinois Poison Center Issue Alert to Dangerous Form of Synthetic Drugs

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Attorney General, Illinois Poison Center Warn Illinoisans to Spike in ER visits & Death Due to Synthetic Drugs

CHICAGO, IL ─ Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and the Illinois Poison Center issued an alert today to reports of new, deadly forms of synthetic drugs turning up across the country leading to increased reports of illness, emergency room visits and deaths tied to the drug’s usage.

Madigan and Illinois Poison Center Medical Director Dr. Michael Wahl issued the joint alert following media reports across the country that show many states have seen an increased number of hospital visits and in some cases deaths linked to “Spice,” or “K2,” which are street names for the varying types of synthetic marijuana which contain chemical compounds designed to mimic the effects of THC.

Synthetic drugs pose significant risk after being ingested because the user has no way of knowing what chemicals were used to make that particular package of drugs. Manufacturers of synthetic drugs consistently alter drug formulas to try to evade state laws.

“Ingesting a package of synthetic drugs is like playing Russian roulette,” Madigan said. “Anyone who considers using synthetic drugs is risking their life because there is no way to determine what chemicals were used and in what amounts.”

“The IPC commends Attorney General Madigan on her efforts to combat synthetic drug use across the state. As the nation’s oldest poison center, serving the largest population base in the nation, the IPC is uniquely positioned to aid the Attorney General’s office by identifying and monitoring trends in poisonings and toxic substances,” Wahl said. “With emerging public health threats, the IPC is ready and able to provide Illinoisans and our health care professionals with data, trends and comprehensive information and treatment advice.”

Synthetic drugs are banned in Illinois under a law the Attorney General helped pass in 2012. The law amended the state’s Food, Drug and Cosmetics Act to address the fact that synthetic drugs were being packaged with misleading labels designed to give the impression that the products are legal and “not intended for human consumption” in order to be sold in retail stores. The law now defines a “synthetic drug product” as any product containing a controlled substance not regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The law makes it a Class 2 felony, punishable by three to seven years in prison and a $100,000 first offense fine, to sell or possess with intent to distribute any form of synthetic drug products in Illinois. The law also significantly increased the penalty for selling or possessing with intent to distribute any drug that is misleadingly labeled, making it a Class 2 felony.

Attorney General Madigan has worked on many fronts to increase awareness of the dangers of synthetic drugs. As usage rose in Illinois, Madigan hosted the first-ever statewide emergency summit in 2011 with state, county and local law enforcement officers, educators, health care professionals and parents to talk about the growing use of synthetic drugs. The summit led to the launch of “Operation Smoked Out,” a statewide initiative to remove synthetic drugs from retail outlets and the law’s passage. Madigan’s office also has conducted numerous workshops with prosecutors and law enforcement authorities throughout Illinois to increase the focus on investigating and prosecuting these cases.

NAACP Chairman Roslyn M. Brock Pens Open Letter to Baltimore Mayor

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Baltimore, MD: Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman NAACP National  Board of Directors, penned the following open letter to Baltimore Mayor Rawlings-Blake:

Dear  Mayor Rawlings-Blake:

On behalf of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), we commend your leadership in the wake of the tragic death of Mr. Freddie Gray, Jr. As a life long member of the community, we greatly appreciate your efforts to restore peace and provide a safe haven for families in Baltimore.

We recognize the extraordinary challenges you have faced. However, there remains crucial work to be done to ensure law enforcement accountability, regain the trust of the community, and to rebuild your city.

We commend State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s decision today to begin the judiciary process by issuing criminal charges against the six (6) Baltimore police offiers involved  in  Freddie Gray’s death.

The NAACP has called for passage of The End Racial Profiling Act that addresses the insidious  practice  of discriminatory  treatment  by law enforcement.

We look forward to continuing to work with you, the State’s Attorney office, our NAACP local and state conference leaders, clergy and other dedicated Baltimoreans to not only revive our great Charm City, but to make Baltimore an even better place to live, work and raise our families.


Roslyn M. Brock, Chairman

NAACP National  Board of Directors

Leon W. Russell, Vice Chairman NAACP National  Board of Directors

Chicago Human Rhythm Project Presents 25th Anniversary Rhythm World

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Tap and Percussive Dance Festival Comes Home July 6-August 2

Tony Award Winner Tommy Tune Performs July 30

Presented in Association with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

The Chicago Human Rhythm Project (CHRP), celebrating 25 years of creating community through American tap and contemporary percussive arts in world-class, innovative performance, education and outreach programs, presents the 25th annual Rhythm World. The oldest and most comprehensive festival of American tap and contemporary percussive arts in the world takes place July 6-August 2 at CHRP’s American Rhythm Center in Chicago’s historic Fine Arts Building, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Jazz Showcase. Rhythm World is presented in association with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

In the fifth year of a five-year international focus (Canada, Japan, Brazil, Europe), CHRP’s annual festival, directed by CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander, spotlights Chicago and U.S. artists in an extraordinary roster of virtuoso performers and master teachers. Activities and events include performances at the Jazz Showcase and the Edlis Neeson Theater at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; a tap jam and a student showcase; and a wide range of residencies, courses, workshops, master classes and conferences for the field at the American Rhythm Center, located in the historic Fine Arts Building. Returning this year is Bessie Award winner and STOMP star Nicholas Young and his Institute For The Rhythmic Arts (IFTRA).

Performances: Tony Award Winner Tommy Tune and Master Teaching Artists

The crowning events of Rhythm World are performances by the world’s leading percussive dance artists during the final week. On July 27 at 8 p.m., Rhythm World’s virtuosic master artists perform with the Greg Spero Trio at the Jazz Showcase, 806 S. Plymouth Court. Tickets are $10-25 in advance at 312-542-2477 or at the door.

CHRP’s 25th Anniversary Jubalee gala benefit takes place Thursday, July 30 at the Museum of Contemporary Art. The evening, which includes a reception and dinner, welcomes nine-time Tony Award-winning performer (which will become 10-time Tony winner when he receives the 2015 Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement June 7), choreographer and director Tommy Tune, who performs his one-man show Taps, Tunes and Tall Tales, accompanied by his music director, Michael Biagi. CHRP also presents Tune with its 25th Anniversary JUBA! Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement. For more information, call 312-542-2477 or visit chicagotap.org.

The JUBA! Masters of Tap and Percussive Dance concerts, the grand finale of CHRP’s 25th anniversary season, feature a host of extraordinary foot drummers and percussive arts masters July 31 and August 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Edlis Neeson Theater at the MCA, 220 E. Chicago Avenue. The programs, accompanied by the Greg Spero Trio, are as follows:

July 31-Up-and-coming and international masters of American tap connect with the singular Billy Strayhorn, the late legendary pianist, composer and Duke Ellington collaborator, for new arrangements by Greg Spero as well as new choreography set to Strayhorn’s cherished songbook, including “Take the ‘A’ Train.“Headliners include Martin “Tre” Dumas and Nico Rubio of Jus’LisTeN, tour de force soloists Star Dixon and Jumaane Taylor, Daniel Borak (Switzerland), Marina Coura (Brazil), Yukiko “Smilie” Misumi (Japan) and more.

August 1-The rousing closing performance features performers who hail from Chicago and across the U.S. CHRP resident ensemble BAM! performs Michelle Dorrance‘s Princess Grace Award-commissioned choreography Push Past Break and CHRP Founder/Director Lane Alexander‘s sublime works Reflections and Prisms. Virtuosos gracing the stage include Derick K. Grant of Broadway’s original Bring In ‘Da Noise, Bring In ‘Da Funk, Sarah Savelli, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker and Jay Fagan.

Tickets to the “JUBA!” performances are $25-35 and go on sale May 3.

Call 312-397-4010 or visit mcachicago.org

Performances sell out every year, early purchase is advised.

All programming is subject to change.

Tap Scholar Awards

Each year, CHRP awards thousands of dollars in scholarships to deserving, talented teens so they may participate in Rhythm World. This year, 15 studentswill earn tuition support through auditions in Chicago and around the globe (Tokyo, Zurich, Rio, Stuttgart and Toronto). “These scholarships support CHRP’s mission to build community by bringing together students from different backgrounds and places to meet their international peers and study with great and emerging masters,” said Alexander. Founded in 1995 to honor the life of CHRP Co-Founder Kelly Michaels, the Rhythm World Tap Scholar Award program has provided more than $300,000 in financial aid to more than 300 talented, deserving young dancers from Chicago and throughout the United States as well as international exchange students.

Education programs

Returning this year after its successful debut in 2014 is Nicholas Young’s Institute For The Rhythmic Arts (IFTRA), which provides up to 25 students (selected by application and audition) with a one-of-a-kind experience for emerging young professionals: a three-week (July 6-24) intensive program for advanced and professional tap dancers that integrates foot, hand and body percussion led by STOMP alumnus and tap dancer extraordinaireNicholas Young, Bessie and Princess Grace Award winner Michelle Dorrance, master percussionists John Angeles and Doug Feig, CHRP Founder and Director Lane Alexander, percussive artist Jumaane Taylor and more. Participants will perform with the YTEC participants Sunday, July 26 at a venue to be determined.

Courses, workshops and master classes take place July 27-August 2. The highly respected faculty of master teachers includes special international guests-Daniel Borak from Zurich, Marina Courafrom Brazil and Yukiko “Smilie” Misumifrom Japan-as well as many from the U.S. who have taught at the festival throughout its 25-year history, includingLane Alexander, Bril Barrett, Martin Bronson, Julie Cartier, Zada Cheeks, Star Dixon, Martin “Tre” Dumas, Jay Fagan, Derick K. Grant, Nico Rubio, Sarah Savelli, Jumaane Taylor, Dianne “Lady Di” Walker, Sam Weber,and more.

The Kids Program July 28-31 offers intermediate tappers ages nine through 12 a curriculum including oral and video histories, tap technique classes, improvisation instruction and individual development of style and expressive ability. The Adult Program July 27-30 offers intermediate-level classes and a seminar each day.

Conferences for the field

Now in its 15th year, CHRP’s annual Youth Tap Ensemble Conference (YTEC) and PrepTEC, now in its eighth year, take place July 27-August 2, directed by Gene Medler. YTEC is one of the most comprehensive programs available to tap ensembles. Students work with masters on technique and improvisation, meet with specialists regarding related disciplines and learn new choreography. PrepTEC offers the same opportunities for study to intermediate-level tappers. More than 130 dancers between the ages of 12 and 19, representing 10 youth tap ensembles from the U.S., , will gather to study new choreography, technique, improvisation and theatre-related topics. This year’s YTEC and PrepTEC participants will learn original choreographies from Bril Barrett, Daniel Borak and Cartier Williams. Participants will perform with the IFTRA participants Sunday, July 26 at a venue to be determined.

All education programs take place at the American Rhythm Center,

Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago.

To register, visit chicagotap.org or call 312-542-CHRP (2477) or write to registration@chicagotap.org.

For complete Rhythm World information, visit chicagotap.org or call 312-542-CHRP (2477).


Left: Tommy Tune, photo credit unknown.

Center: Bril Barrett, photo by Michelamon’e Whitaker Chicago Stylz.

Right: Lane Alexander by Noah Stern Weber.


Rhythm World is made possible by support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Art Works, Residence Inn Marriott, Target, The Illinois Arts Council Agency, Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs & Special Events, the Farny R. Wurlitzer Foundation and the Museum of Contemporary Art.

CHRP’s 25th Anniversary Season is supported by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Target, The MacArthur Fund for Arts and Culture at Prince, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, BMO Harris, The Chicago Free For All Fund at The Chicago Community Trust, The Arlen and Elaine Cohen Rubin Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, The Jeanette & Jerome Cohen Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Kansas City, National Endowment for the Arts, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Northern Trust Charitable Trust, , L&L Hardwood Flooring, Peoples Gas, The Service Club of Chicago and generous individual donors.

“March to College”: Chip-Timed 5k Race And Nation’s Only K-12 College Fair — Thursday, 5/7/15 in Grant Park

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“March to College” 5K and All-­Ages College Fair

Thursday, May 7, 2015 @ Grant Park, Chicago

Establishes College-Bound Expectation for At-Risk Students

CHICAGO, IL – On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Center for Companies That Care (www.companies-that-care.org) will host its 4th annual March to College event in Chicago’s Grant Park. Not just another 5k along the lakefront, the March to College is the only event in the country focused on establishing a college­-bound expectation at an early age for urban minority students and kids with disabilities.

This unique event consists of a chip-­timed 5k race and fun run/walk at 5:30pm (an ideal after­-hours workout for those in downtown Chicago) preceded by an all-­ages college fair at 2pm. Both take place at Upper Hutchinson Field in Chicago’s Grant Park, located at the corner of Balbo and Columbus Drive.

The March to College college fair stands alone as the nation’s first such K­-12 event. It allows students (many in elementary school) to meet college admissions professionals and begin, many for the first time, to envision a college education in their future. Reinforcing this message, all participating students receive a College­-Bound ​t­-shirt to wear in the 5k March to College run/walk at 5:30pm. Adults are also given t­-shirts to wear in support of a college education.

“It’s a powerful sight each year as students, families, athletes, professionals, and everyday Chicagoans set out together on the symbolic March to College along the Chicago lakefront,” said Marci Koblenz, president and founder of Center for Companies That Care. “Currently only six percent of Chicago’s public high school students graduate from college by the age of 25. Unlike their middle­-class peers, they don’t grow up surrounded by college­-going expectations, but the March to College establishes this expectation and cements a positive association with college attendance.”

Representatives from at least 25 public and private colleges and universities will participate in the college fair, including: Ashford University, Central State University, Chicago State University, Coe College, Columbia College ­ Chicago, Columbia College ­ Missouri, Concordia College, Cornell College, DePaul University, Dominican University, Hiram University, Illinois State University, Kenyon College, Monmouth College, Northeastern Illinois University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Olivet Nazarene University, Robert Morris University, Roosevelt University, Saint Xavier University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Trinity International University, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois-Springfield, and Western Illinois University. Additional schools are expected to join prior to the event.

Corporate sponsors for the March to College include Convergint, IMC and Sysmex.

A family registration for the March to College, including one adult and two students, is available for $25. Individual adult registration is $35; student registration is $10. Children (5 and under) are free. Every $10 donation pays for a Chicago Public School student’s participation in the 5K March to College.

Proceeds from this event directly benefit Chicagoland’s under-served children through initiatives such as Companies that Care’s AIM High, a multi-year, multi-element ­mentoring program which has successfully sent 100 percent of participating students to college for the past six years; and Invisible Differences, an initiative promoting college completion for the growing number of students with neurobehavioral and learning disabilities.

To register or donate to this year’s March to College event, visit www.companies-that-care.org/March-to-College or call 312.661.1010.

Center for Companies That Care is a national, not­-for-­profit organization dedicated to social sustainability by improving the lives of individuals, families and communities.

For additional information, please contact Dara Stigdon, 312-­661-­1010 or Linda Quinde, 630-­670-­8774

17th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo Presented by the Women’s Business Development Center to be Held June 20

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The 17th Annual Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Expo, presented by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC), will be held on Saturday, June 20, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the UIC Forum, 725 W. Roosevelt Road, in Chicago.

Themed “Excel.Grow.Lead.” and presented in Spanish and English, the Expo is the only event of its kind in the Chicago area that provides business solutions, resources, products, information and services to prospective and established early childhood education entrepreneurs.

Expo highlights include The State of Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Breakfast and Panel; Grow Track Workshops for Start-Up Entrepreneurs and Lead Track Workshops for Established Entrepreneurs; Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Applause Awards Luncheon, honoring outstanding child care providers and activists in the child care community; Exhibition Hall of more than 60 booths featuring insurance vendors, bankers, child care associations, state regulatory agencies for the industry, educational products and curriculum vendors; Chocolate Hour and Graduation Reception, honoring recent graduates of the WBDC’s Early Childhood Education Entrepreneurship Program.

Limited early bird online registration is available for $25 for the first 250 people and includes breakfast and lunch. General admission online, including breakfast and lunch, is $40 prior to June 5th. Limited on-site registration will be available for $75. For more information and to register, visit www.WBDC.org, or call 312-853-3477, ext. 290.

A nationally recognized economic development center now in its 29th year, the WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance in English and Spanish. The WBDC is headquartered at 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603.

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