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Archive for July 2nd, 2015

Speaker Madigan: Gov. Rauner Shutdown Looking More Certain With No Budget Agreement

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois House Speaker Michael J. Madigan issued the following statement Wednesday on the House’s plans to pass an essential services budget aimed at preventing or minimizing a service shutdown that would disrupt the lives of many middle-class families.

“The number one issue facing the state of Illinois right now is the budget. In the days ahead, I will work to pass a short-term spending plan to see that the lives of struggling and middle-class families are not disrupted.

“In light of the governor’s unwillingness to work with the Legislature to pass a budget that adequately funds important state services, today the House tried to pass an essential services budget to avoid a shutdown of state government. My goal is to avoid a shutdown of core, critical services. I believe that should be the top priority of the governor and the Legislature at this moment.

“Since January, I have said a budget that protects the middle class and vulnerable residents would require a balanced approach that includes spending cuts and revenue. Rejecting a balanced approach in favor of a budget that focuses on cuts alone will negatively impact middle-class families and severely harm the medical care services of the elderly, the disabled and struggling families, services for victims of child abuse, and nursing home care for thousands of frail elderly residents.

“Despite the governor’s lack of cooperation on the budget, in the spirit of compromise, the House has debated several non-budget issues and given each a fair hearing. The property tax freeze, including the governor’s own proposal, received five chances to pass. Each time, the issue received little support from House Republicans. The House passed a compromise bill to help employers save on workers’ compensation costs and we passed a bill to privatize a portion of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity at the governor’s request.

“My focus remains on passing a budget that takes a balanced approach and includes spending reductions and revenue to preserve the services that the people of Illinois expect the state to deliver.”

NAACP Concerned by the Outbreak of Church Burnings

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In the weeks following a church massacre in which nine people were shot dead by a white nationalist at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina, several predominantly black churches in Southern states have been burned. Federal authorities told The Associated Press that the blaze that destroyed the most recent church, Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Greeleyville, South Carolina, does not appear to be intentionally set by an arsonist. Three of the incidents are being investigated as arsons. Subsequently, the NAACP has released the following statement.

From Cornell William Brooks, NAACP President & CEO:

“The spike in church burnings in Southern states over the past few days requires our collective attention. When nine students of scripture lose their lives in a house worship, we cannot to turn a blind eye to any incident.  As we wait for authorities to conduct their investigations, the NAACP and our state conferences across the country will remain vigilant and work with local churches and local law enforcement to ensure that all are taking the necessary precautions to ensure the safety of every parishioner. For centuries, African American churches have served as the epicenter of survival for many in the African-American community, as a consequence, these houses of faith have historically been the targets of violence. We will use every tool in our advocacy arsenal to preserve these beloved institutions.”

President Obama’s Statement on the Re-Establishment of Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

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President Barack Obama: Good morning, everybody.  Please have a seat.

More than 54 years ago, at the height of the Cold War, the United States closed its embassy in Havana.  Today, I can announce that the United States has agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba, and re-open embassies in our respective countries.  This is a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people, and begin a new chapter with our neighbors in the Americas.

When the United States shuttered our embassy in 1961, I don’t think anyone expected that it would be more than half a century before it re-opened.  After all, our nations are separated by only 90 miles, and there are deep bonds of family and friendship between our people.  But there have been very real, profound differences between our governments, and sometimes we allow ourselves to be trapped by a certain way of doing things.

For the United States, that meant clinging to a policy that was not working.  Instead of supporting democracy and opportunity for the Cuban people, our efforts to isolate Cuba despite good intentions increasingly had the opposite effect -– cementing the status quo and isolating the United States from our neighbors in this hemisphere.  The progress that we mark today is yet another demonstration that we don’t have to be imprisoned by the past. When something isn’t working, we can -– and will –- change.

Last December, I announced that the United States and Cuba had decided to take steps to normalize our relationship.  As part of that effort, President Raul Castro and I directed our teams to negotiate the re-establishment of embassies.  Since then, our State Department has worked hard with their Cuban counterparts to achieve that goal.  And later this summer, Secretary Kerry will travel to Havana formally to proudly raise the American flag over our embassy once more.

This is not merely symbolic.  With this change, we will be able to substantially increase our contacts with the Cuban people.  We’ll have more personnel at our embassy.  And our diplomats will have the ability to engage more broadly across the island.  That will include the Cuban government, civil society, and ordinary Cubans who are reaching for a better life.

On issues of common interest –- like counterterrorism, disaster response, and development -– we will find new ways to cooperate with Cuba.  And I’ve been clear that we will also continue to have some very serious differences.  That will include America’s enduring support for universal values, like freedom of speech and assembly, and the ability to access information.  And we will not hesitate to speak out when we see actions that contradict those values.

However, I strongly believe that the best way for America to support our values is through engagement.  That’s why we’ve already taken steps to allow for greater travel, people-to-people and commercial ties between the United States and Cuba.  And we will continue to do so going forward.

Since December, we’ve already seen enormous enthusiasm for this new approach. Leaders across the Americas have expressed support for our change in policy; you heard that expressed by President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil yesterday.  Public opinion surveys in both our countries show broad support for this engagement.  One Cuban said, “I have prepared for this all my life.”  Another said that that, “this is like a shot of oxygen.”  One Cuban teacher put it simply:  “We are neighbors.  Now we can be friends.”

Here in the United States, we’ve seen that same enthusiasm.  There are Americans who want to travel to Cuba and American businesses who want to invest in Cuba.  American colleges and universities that want to partner with Cuba.  Above all, Americans who want to get to know their neighbors to the south. And through that engagement, we can also help the Cuban people improve their own lives.  One Cuban American looked forward to “reuniting families and opening lines of communications.”  Another put it bluntly:  “You can’t hold the future of Cuba hostage to what happened in the past.”

And that’s what this is about:  a choice between the future and the past.

Americans and Cubans alike are ready to move forward.  I believe it’s time for Congress to do the same.  I’ve called on Congress to take steps to lift the embargo that prevents Americans from travelling or doing business in Cuba.  We’ve already seen members from both parties begin that work.  After all, why should Washington stand in the way of our own people?

Yes, there are those who want to turn back the clock and double down on a policy of isolation.  But it’s long past time for us to realize that this approach doesn’t work.  It hasn’t worked for 50 years.  It shuts America out of Cuba’s future, and it only makes life worse for the Cuban people.

So I’d ask Congress to listen to the Cuban people.  Listen to the American people.  Listen to the words of a proud Cuban American, Carlos Gutierrez, who recently came out against the policy of the past, saying, “I wonder if the Cubans who have to stand in line for the most basic necessities for hours in the hot Havana sun feel that this approach is helpful to them.”

Of course, nobody expects Cuba to be transformed overnight. But I believe that American engagement — through our embassy, our businesses, and most of all, through our people — is the best way to advance our interests and support for democracy and human rights.  Time and again, America has demonstrated that part of our leadership in the world is our capacity to change.  It’s what inspires the world to reach for something better.

A year ago, it might have seemed impossible that the United States would once again be raising our flag, the stars and stripes, over an embassy in Havana.  This is what change looks like.

In January of 1961, the year I was born, when President Eisenhower announced the termination of our relations with Cuba, he said:  It is my hope and my conviction that it is “in the not-too-distant future it will be possible for the historic friendship between us once again to find its reflection in normal relations of every sort.”  Well, it took a while, but I believe that time has come.  And a better future lies ahead.

Thank you very much.  And I want to thank some of my team who worked diligently to make this happen.  They’re here.  They don’t always get acknowledged.  We’re really proud of them.  Good work.

Source: whitehouse.gov.

America The Racist? Why the Cancer of Racism Continues to Destroy the Soul of America!

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A New Book By H. J. Harris

America the Racist? book

Nationwide (BlackNews.com)America the Racist? by author H. J. Harris is a must-read for white and black Americans as current events from police shooting of unarmed black men to the racist massacre of 9 black Americans in a Bible study class in Charleston, South Carolina.

This 172-page book sets forth a concise, easy-to-read, historical, spiritual, and psychological treatment of Racism in America – its causes, evolution, and possibilities for the future. Once we understand why we are where we are as a nation, then we are better equipped to determine what we must do to truly become the one Nation under God described in Dr. Kings dream and the Pledge of Allegiance.

With the election in 2008 of the first African American President, many thought that the scourge of racism in America was finally over. It appeared that America had faced the spiritual dilemma of racism and delivered on its creed of equality and justice for all.

After Barack Obama was elected President of the United States of America, many believed that the race issue was finally resolved. White and black Americans together elected the first African American President in history.

However, immediately after the election of President Obama, a loud raucous segment of America emerged, seeking “to take our country back”. The true meaning of take our country back was a desire to return to the days of Jim Crow – of institutional racism that has defined American since its inception.

Recent examples in the headlines of police brutality and the killing of unarmed black men is the tip of the iceberg of a paradigm of racism that has framed the true meaning of America from the Declaration of Independence to tomorrow’s headlines.

The shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, the shooting in the back of unarmed Walter Scott, in Charleston, South Carolina, and the chocking death of Eric Garner in New York City are all a part of the many instances of fatal interactions between black men and police.

A chapter in America the Racist? entitled Thank God for Television again shows how white Americans are in complete denial of the existence of racism until videos surface that show what is really happening in this country.

The racial discourse that now dominates the news and politics clearly indicates that the information covered is this book is critical to understanding and resolving the Paradigm of Racism that has been a cancer on America since its inception.

America the Racist? shows why the cancer of racism is so deep that many black and white Americans are not able to get beyond the ingrained racism they have been taught from the beginning of this nation.

America the Racist? reveals why the Paradigm of Slavery created by white Americans must be replaced by a Paradigm of Freedom that can only be created by black and white Americans working together to build a New Vision of one nation under God.

Mr. Harris book answers many important questions about Racism in America:

1. How the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were impacted by signers who owned slaves and endorsed slavery. The slavery issue was a deal breaker since many of the original signers of the Declaration of Independence owned slaves.
2. Why the issue of slavery was so important that over six-hundred thousand (600,000) Americans died in the Civil War.
3. How American Christians have perpetuated segregation and separation. 11:00 am on Sunday morning is still the most segregated hour in America.
4. What the Bible has to say about the spiritual impact of slavery on the future existence of America.
5. How sex and economics have been at the core of American Racism, discrimination, and injustice.
6. How racism has impacted every facet of American life from sports to law enforcement, from military service to the color of God. There was a time in the not so-distant past when black police officers couldnt arrest white people or ride together in a police patrol car.
7. Why black Americans rarely form partnerships in business and find difficulty working together. The difference in the psyche of blacks born in America and West Indian blacks.
8. How the white slave master captured, broke the spirit, and institutionalized the vicious, vulgar process employed in the Making of a Slave.
9. How the Hundredth Monkey Phenomenon applies to slavery and impacts condition and behavior of black Americans.
10. Why the power of television was the single most important tool in showing the truth of America racisim to the world.
11. Does America have the Moral Authority to promote liberty and freedom to other countries when racism undermines the liberty and freedom of black Americans?
12. Why the Barack Obama presidential campaign can be the catalyst in healing America of the cancer of racism.

It is for these reasons, the urgency of NOW, that the publisher has elected to re-publish America the Racist?

The information contained in this book is critical to all black and white Americans as they face both the greatest challenge and the greatest opportunity to save America and help it live out its creed.

About the Book
America the Racist? ISBN 978-0-9748362-5-6 ($16.95) is available as a 172 page paperback at www.americatheracist.org, and is also available in paperback and kindle formats on Amazon.com.

Publisher: New Paradigm Publishing, P.O. Box 302, Wilmington, NC 28402; (800) 570-4009

America the Racist? is distributed nationally by Bookmasters, 30 Amberwood Parkway, Ashland, OH 44805; PH: (419) 281-1802

Excerpts of the book are available to reviewers and interviewers by email to info@americatheracist.org or by calling 910-742-9025.

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Is It Time For The Christian Church To Give Up Their 501c3?

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By F. L. Anderson
By a vote of five to four, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled that same-sex couples may now marry in all 50 states, striking down the bans of states who have attempted do so.

On a face book post, I commented that this decision is just the beginning.

Although “the majority believe the First Amendment gives religious groups and people “proper protection” to “continue to advocate” their beliefs on traditional marriage, the dissenters are more skeptical and concerned that “people of faith can take no comfort” in the ruling.”

The concern now is that religious freedom in America is next . Church leaders who refuse to except or marry same-sex couples could be in jeopardy of losing their 501(c)(3) status. Why? Because the funds that support 501(c)(3) are public/government funds. The request and acceptance of the 501(c)(3) status establishes a covenant (a binding agreement and contract) between the government and the church.

( Here’s is what the Supreme Court is saying about Same-Sex Marriage and Religious Freedom )

Now that the SCOTUS has legalized gay marriage, or should I say redefined it to fit the sin nature of man, some evangelicals believe that Christians should opt out of government-sanctioned marriage. But should churches also opt out of taking government funding and tax exempt recognition 501(c)(3)?

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Statement on the Agreement in Principle with BP to Settle Civil Claims for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

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Total Value of Settlement Would Top $18.7 Billion, the Largest Settlement with a Single Entity in American History

Today, BP disclosed that it has reached agreements in principle with the United States, state, and local governments for a settlement of civil claims arising from the April 20, 2010, Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.  The Attorney General made the following statement:

“Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – the largest environmental disaster in our nation’s history – the Justice Department has been fully committed to holding BP accountable, to achieving justice for the American people and to restoring the environment and the economy of the Gulf region at the expense of those responsible and not the American taxpayer.  In December 2010, my predecessor, Attorney General Eric Holder, announced a civil lawsuit against BP and its co-defendants.  Since that time, the Deepwater trial team has fought aggressively in federal court for an outcome that would achieve this mission, proving along the way that BP’s gross negligence resulted in the Deepwater disaster.

“Today, I am pleased to say that after productive discussions with BP over the previous several weeks, we have reached an agreement in principle that would justly and comprehensively address outstanding federal and state claims, including Clean Water Act civil penalties and natural resource damages.  BP is also resolving significant economic claims with the impacted state and local governments.  We will work diligently during the next several months to incorporate the agreement in principle into a consent decree, which would then undergo public comment before court approval.  If approved by the court, this settlement would be the largest settlement with a single entity in American history; it would help repair the damage done to the Gulf economy, fisheries, wetlands and wildlife; and it would bring lasting benefits to the Gulf region for generations to come.

“I am so very grateful to the Deepwater civil trial team, made up of men and women from the department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division and Civil Division, as well as the incredible response, investigative and supporting efforts of the Departments of Homeland Security, Interior, Commerce and Agriculture and the Environmental Protection Agency, whose efforts have made this important step possible.  I also appreciate the extraordinary effort of the many state leaders and environmental professionals who collaborated to advance this agreement in principle.”

Source: Office of the Attorney General

Math Splash Conferences Offer Deep Dive Into Engaging Mathematics Instruction

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Events across the state will provide in-depth look at model math units on new learning standards

SPRINGFIELD, IL — Educators and parents have the opportunity this summer to dive deeper into engaging model math units during a series of Math Splash Conference events designed to make challenging math skills and concepts come alive for students. The two-day conferences will allow participants to immerse themselves in the state’s new math curriculum models and gain valuable instructional skills and insights.

“A strong foundation in math is critical as our standards build upon previously learned concepts so that math topics are linked to one another over the school year and across grades,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Our new math models provide lesson planning and assessments that teachers can use to build this strong foundation of understanding for students.”

A statewide team of educators designed the models to help teachers develop lesson plans that meet the new internationally benchmarked Illinois Learning Standards in math. These standards emphasize critical thinking, problem solving, and depth of knowledge to ensure that students are mastering the appropriate math concepts they need to succeed in the next grade level through high school graduation and beyond.

The Math Splash Conferences will cover math content from kindergarten through grade 12 and are scheduled for the following dates and locations:

  • July 7-8 – Carbondale High School, 1501 E. Walnut St., in Carbondale
  • July 9-10 – Byron Middle School, 325 N. Colfax St., in Byron
  • July 28-29 – Effingham High School, 1301 W. Grove, in Effingham

Illinois districts began piloting the model math units, which are the first of their kind, in response to 2012 legislation that required the agency to work with math experts and statewide education organizations to develop middle and high school mathematics curriculum models.

Text Box: To register for one of the three Math Splash Conferences, go tohttp://forms.4ltc.org/mathsplash/.Fifteen school districts piloted the math models during the 2014-15 school year. Districts may choose to adopt or adapt the models as they develop their full curricula.

Math Splash events will feature breakout sessions led by experts and practical ideas from classroom teachers. Each conference will include a three-hour curriculum development lab, facilitated by model math unit writers, to help participants develop challenging lesson plans for their grade level that are aligned to the new standards. Representatives from schools that have piloted the math models will also discuss their experiences.

The Mathematics Model Curriculum Project team developed a total of 88 units, 72 lessons, and 516 assessments for kindergarten through eighth grade and integrated math high school courses. The units and assessments are all aligned to the new Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exams.

Educators may access the models on ISBE’s website at http://www.isbe.net/common_core/htmls/math-model-units.htm.

“Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”: IDOT, State and Local Police Join Forces for Fourth of July

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Safety Campaign: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”

Emphasis on drunk drivers, seat belt law violators to last through Sunday

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Our nation’s birthday, arguably the most patriotic day of the year, falls in the middle of summer, when Americans are enjoying their freedom and the opportunity to participate in Fourth of July festivities with family and friends. But Independence Day can be one of the deadliest holidays for those who aren’t careful when their celebrations include alcohol. The holiday can quickly move from festive to fatal for those who choose to drive after drinking.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) announced today that it is partnering with Illinois State Police and more than 270 law enforcement agencies as part of an Independence Day crackdown on drunk driving and seat belt law violators. During the two-week enforcement campaign, which began June 22 and lasts through Sunday, motorists will see an increased effort to improve safety with hundreds of additional patrols, including roadside safety checks and seat belt enforcement zones.

“The extended holiday weekend is the perfect time to celebrate our independence and heritage,” said Jared Thornley, Director of IDOT’s Division of Traffic Safety. “But we remind all Illinois residents that getting home safely is the key to enjoying this great holiday with family and friends. Do not ruin it by putting lives at risk.”

The message is simple – “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” and “Click It or Ticket.”

If you’re caught driving drunk, you will be stopped and arrested. If you are unbuckled, you will get a ticket.

“DUI remains the number one cause of 4th of July fatal crashes,” said Illinois State Police Operations Col. Mike Zerbonia. “ISP troopers will be out in force this weekend cracking down on impaired drivers.  If you drink and drive, you will get caught and go to jail. Designate a driver before consuming alcohol.”

During the holiday crackdown, Illinois State Police will join law enforcement agencies across Illinois to conduct more than 100 roadside safety checks and 500 saturation patrols looking to remove drunk drivers from the roads. In addition, more than 550 seat belt enforcement zones will be conducted, more than half of which will be at night, when seat belt usage is typically at its lowest.

According to IDOT statistics, 63 people died in motor vehicle crashes over the last five Independence Day holiday periods, with 27 of those, or 43 percent, involving at least one driver who had been drinking.

The stepped-up effort comes as traffic fatalities in Illinois are slightly above last year’s totals. As of June 30, according to provisional IDOT data, 428 people died in on Illinois roads as compared to 405 during the same timeframe in 2014.

Illinois Motor Vehicle Crashes During Independence Day*

Crash Severity Persons Alcohol Involvement**
Year Total Days Fatal Injury Total Killed Injured Killed Percent of total killed Average killed per day
2014 3.25 12 NA NA 18 NA 3 17% 5.54
2013 4.25 17 658 2,660 18 945 6 33% 4.24
2012 1.25 3 187 758 4 280 2 50% 3.20
2011 3.25 12 571 2,106 13 875 9 69% 4.00
2010 3.25 10 538 2,101 10 793 7 70% 3.08

*Crashes that occurred from 6 p.m. on the day before the first full day of the holiday period to 11:59 p.m. on the last day of the holiday period.

**Fatalities resulting from crashes in which a driver had a Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) of 0.01 or greater.

Morial to Address Confederate Monuments, Katrina, at Essence Festival

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Urban League President and Former New Orleans Mayor Morial to Address Confederate Monuments, Katrina, at Essence Festival

Will Accept Prestigious McDonald’s Award

NEW YORK  – At this weekend’s ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans, National Urban League President and CEO and former New Orleans Mayor Marc H. Morial will address the issue of Confederate monuments in New Orleans and discuss the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina during a keynote address.

He also is slated to receive a 2015 McDonald’s 365 Black Awards.

“Americans have confronted racial justice issues at an almost dizzying pace during the last few weeks,” Morial said. “It’s of course it’s an honor to receive this recognition of the important work that’s being done all across the Urban League Movement, but it’s even more meaningful to receive it at a moment in history when we are doing more than ever to confront and heal the wounds of our past, and as we commemorate the solemn anniversary of a moment in history that mobilized Black Americans.”

In its 12th year, the McDonalds 365 Black Awards program honors extraordinary African Americans who have made positive contributions in the community.  This year’s awards ceremony will taped on Friday and broadcast on BET next month.

Past winners include Former NFL player, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Dhani Jones; leading Hollywood producer Will Packer and the Rev. Al Sharpton.

Morial’s keynote address is scheduled for 2:30 pm CDT on Saturday.

“The devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the various governmental responses to it, shone a light on the plight of disadvantaged people of color,” Morial said. “During this anniversary, it’s important that we remember and honor those who died, and those who heroically dedicated themselves to New Orleans’ rebirth.  As part of that rebirth, we must confront the symbolism of Confederate monuments and whether they stand as an impediment to our advancement as a society.”

Piccolo Theatre Announces New Artistic Director

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EVANSTON, ILThe Piccolo Theatre, Inc. (PTI) Board of Directors names Michael D. Graham as the new Artistic Director of the Piccolo Theatre Ensemble.  This appointment is the culmination of a three-month search for a permanent Artistic Director as part of a two-year long succession plan for the organization. David W.M. Kelch, founding member of the theatre ensemble, has served as interim Artistic Director since August 2014.  The Piccolo Theatre Ensemble will continue in its mission to make people laugh, producing only live comedy productions for all ages.  Mr. Graham will begin his tenure mid-July.

Graham was a co-founder and Artistic Director of Appetite Theatre, where he produced, directed, wrote, and acted. He also developed new works through Appetite’s “Bruschetta” short play festival. His work as a director has been seen at Dead Writers Theatre Collective, Halcyon Theatre, Hubris Productions, Citadel Theatre, The Side Project, Act One Studios, New Trier High School, and Pride Films and Plays.  He has appeared on stage at Piccolo Theatre in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (2007), and The Cherry Orchard (2012); his Piccolo directing credits include The Mystery of Irma Vep (2013), and SMASH (2014).  For Piccolo’s 2015/2016 Season, he will direct The Misanthrope, in a new version by Martin Crimp in the spring of 2016.  He is an active member of Dead Writers Theatre Collective and a former artistic associate at Halcyon Theatre.  He has served on the review committee for Pride Films and Plays contests for new screenplays, plays, and short films.  Graham previously was a founding member of Actors Trading Post in Lubbock, Texas.Under Graham’s artistic direction, Piccolo Theatre, Inc. will continue to serve its constituency in the Chicagoland area by providing quality, affordable entertainment and educational programming for people of all ages; supporting the businesses of the Main Street Shopping District and greater Evanston community by utilizing their talents and services for PTIs organizational needs; and maintaining a standard of teaching and learning opportunities to promote community development without discrimination of age, race, sexual orientation, religion, or political affiliation.

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