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Racist Attacks on Southern Black Churches – Outlaw the Racist Terrorist Groups!

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

In the last fourteen days, eight Black churches have been burned down.
The first burning occurred within a week of the June 17th Charleston
Massacre where nine Black people were murdered by a self-proclaimed white, racist terrorist. Some of the burned down churches had “KKK” scrawled on their outside walls and investigators have concluded that three churches (Hills Seven-day Adventist in Knoxville, Tenn., God’s Power Church of Christ in Macon, Ga. and Brian Creek Road Baptist Church in Charlotte, N.C.) were torched by arsonists.

The fact that these church burnings came quickly in the wake of the Charleston Massacre raises serious concerns about them being acts of racist violence
and terrorism. K. Marshall Williams, President of National African American Fellowship of the Southern Baptist Convention (SBC), and pastor of Nazarene Baptist Church in Philadelphia, Pa. has called for “…a nationwide outcry and action on all levels of government and society to insure that these acts of terror and hatred toward African Americans…cease….”.

Also these fires have been characterized as “heinous acts of violence” by Frank Page, President of the SBC; and he has called for the “apprehension and prosecution” of those responsible.

The latest fire destroyed Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopalian Church in Greenleyville, S.C. This church had been rebuilt after the Ku Klux Klan burned it down two decades ago.

Frank Chapman, Field Organizer of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression said, “We stand in unqualified and unconditional solidarity with the Black churches whose places of worship are being desecrated by racist terrorists. We are familiar with the terror tactics of the KKK and other racists hate groups, for they have been visited upon us ever since the overthrow of Radical Reconstruction. These fascists, cowards have always targeted Black churches in the South.  That is why we don’t believe these are just random acts of violence. These are deliberate acts of terrorism designed to cripple and destroy our movement. Our response must be one of united action in support of the demands for justice put forth by the Black community and their allies. This is not a time for attacking the religious beliefs of the victims and survivors of racist terror. We must insist and demand that these racist terrorists groups be outlawed.”

Rep. Flowers Calls on Rauner to Back her LaSalle Street Tax Bill

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Says it’ll yield $10-$12 billion a year

By Chinta Strausberg

Illinois State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-31st) Saturday urged the governor to support her legislation calling for the passage of the “LaSalle Street Tax” she said would yield between $10 to $12 billion a year for Illinois.

In support of Flowers’ bill (HB 106) is the National Nurses Organizing Committee, which put out a flyer explaining how the LaSalle Street Tax could wipe out Illinois’ budget deficit.

The LaSalle Street Tax, known also as the Financial Transactions Tax (FTT), is a very small tax on the trading (buying and selling) of financial assets such as stocks, bonds, currencies and derivatives (futures and options) based on these assets., explained Flowers who appeared at a Rainbow PUSH Coalition meeting.

Flowers , who also talked to this reporter, said the bottom line is that it is like a sales tax much like the purchases consumers make every day. Flowers likened LaSalle Street (a trading district) to Wall Street.

With Illinois treading in a deep deficit, Flowers said making Illinois fiscally solvent rest in Chicago’s two largest financial markets in the world—the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and the Chicago Board Options Exchange (CBOE). Flowers said the products traded on the floors of these two exchanges reportedly equal more than $500 trillion.

Rep. Flower’s bill proposes a $1 contract fee on all agricultural futures and options traded on these two exchanges and a $2 contract fee on all other futures, futures options and options traded on these two exchanges.

Explaining, she said the average contract size at these exchanges amount to more than $225,000 or less than 2/1000 of a percent of average contract value.

The tax is on the buyers and sellers of futures and options contracts that are traded in the exchanges. “The exchanges would simply act like the hardware store that collects the sales tax when you buy a product and then sends the tax to the State of Illinois,” explained Flowers.

She argued that there is precedent for using this tax to balance budgets pointing to the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, France and Singapore with 11 European countries set to implement an FTT in 2015.  Flowers said this tax has not hurt those large markets that have been in place for years.

Flowers said passing this tax would not bring financial harm to those involved in the two exchanges because the traders are large banks, hedge funds, financial institutions and wealthy people but the bottom line is this tax can erase Illinois’ burgeoning budget deficit.

“I urge all of you to call Gov. Bruce Rauner at his Springfield office at 217.782.0244 and/or his Chicago office at 312.814.2121 and tell him to support my bill, HB 106, which calls for the CME and the CBOE to pay their transaction tax which would generate up to $12 billion a year,” said Flowers.  “That would be more than enough to erase our huge deficit.”

Rep. Flowers’ bill is in the Rules Committee.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Fix the Voting Rights Act Now: Sign The Petition

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Sign the petition to Congress:

“Thanks to the Supreme Court, the Voting Rights Act is weaker now than when it was passed 50 years ago. Fight to pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act and block new efforts to suppress African-American and Latino votes.”

Add your name:

Sign the petition â–º
The Right to Vote

Fifty years ago this summer, at the height of the civil rights movement, Congress passed and President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act to prohibit racial discrimination in voting. The law wasn’t perfect, but it frequently stopped states with a history of discriminatory voting laws from preventing African-Americans and Latinos from voting.

But In 2013, the right-wing ideologues on the United States Supreme Court handed down a shameful decision that gutted the Voting Rights Act, ending decades of protection for minorities against discriminatory and unfair attempts to limit voting based on one’s race.

Progressive champions in Congress have just introduced the Voting Rights Advancement Act, which would restore the Voting Rights Act and stop Republicans in states around the country from enacting racist voter ID and voter suppression laws.1 We need to keep the pressure on Congress to crack down on racial discrimination in voting.

Sign the petition: Stop voter suppression and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Click here to sign the petition.

While the Supreme Court didn’t invalidate Section 5, a key part of the Voting Rights Act, it threw out the basic formula that has been used practically since the bill’s passage in 1965 to determine where the Justice Department must provide approval before local election rules that would suppress the votes of African-American and Latino citizens can be put into effect. Voter suppression rules can still be challenged by the Department of Justice after the fact, but this often happens too late to prevent minority voters from being blocked from the polls. The court’s decision effectively guts the Voting Rights Act, rendering it useless until Congress updates the coverage formula for Section 5.

Republicans didn’t waste any time in taking advantage of this ruling for electoral gain. Within hours of Supreme Court’s decision, several states in the South immediately announced that they would pursue onerous new voter ID laws that were clearly designed to make it harder for African-Americans and Latinos to vote.2 All told, 395 voting restrictions have been passed at the state and local levels in the past five years alone.3

Sign the petition: Stop voter suppression and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Click here to sign the petition.

The Voting Rights Advancement Act is the strongest voting rights bill ever introduced in the United States Congress. It would require states with a history of recent voting discrimination to clear changes to voting laws with the Department of Justice, require any new state voter ID laws are reviewed and approved by the federal government, and block new efforts to suppress African-American and Latino votes.

Crucially, the bill would also give the U.S. Attorney General the authority to send federal election observers to monitor elections in which there’s a risk of voting discrimination.

If Congress doesn’t act, the 2016 election will be the first presidential election in 50 years in which voters don’t have the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. We need to pressure Congress to act now to stop racial discrimination in voting.

Sign the petition: Stop voter suppression and pass the Voting Rights Advancement Act. Click here to sign the petition.

Thanks for fighting to protect and expand voting rights.

Josh Nelson, Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

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  1. Ari Berman, “Congressional Democrats Introduce an Ambitious New Bill to Restore the Voting Rights Act“, The Nation, June 23, 2015.
  2. Voting Rights in the Post-Shelby County Era“, acslaw.org, June 20, 2014.
  3. Ari Berman, “50 Years After Bloody Sunday, Voting Rights Are Under Attack“, The Nation, March 5, 2015.

New Roseland Community Hospital CEO Testifies in Springfield: “Gunfire doesn’t recognize political boundaries”

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On Wednesday, July 1, New Roseland Community Hospital CEO Tim Egan testified in front of the Illinois Senate Appropriations Committee and ignited a debate about “Constitutional Mandate – vs – Moral Obligation” as the State of Illinois entered the new fiscal year without a budget.

“Collectively we have a moral obligation,” Egan told the Senators present at the Capitol that morning. “People will die without a budget agreement.”

Egan pleaded with the Senators and asked for an appropriation that would continue to allow the Federal Medicaid funding that will flow into the state in July to be distributed. The current political impasse will prevent the funding to pass through to safety-net hospitals such as Roseland.

During the Q&A, Sen. Donne Trotter (D – 17th) put the issue into perspective with a simple question: “Is the ‘remap’ issue impacting your hospital as far as your bottom line?”

“Gunfire doesn’t recognize political boundaries,” Egan replied.

After Egan’s spirited testimony, the restructuring of the New Roseland received praise from both Democrats and Republicans.

“I appreciate the work that you’re doing in Roseland,” Sen. Matt Murphy (R – 27th) said. “It sounds like you made some real strides there and I appreciate your focus on that neighborhood in making it a better place.”

Sen. Trotter added, “And I do applaud you as well because I know that the turnaround under your leadership has happened. Of course with the hard work of your staff, that has really made a quantifiable difference in that community. So I do thank you for that.”

The issue at hand was to secure the Federal Medicaid funding crucial to the survival of the New Roseland and all safety-net hospitals and Sen. Dan Kotowski (D – 28th) explained the situation perfectly.

“We’re not borrowing money, not raising taxes, we’re just giving the appropriation authority because this is money that would flow into the State of Illinois,” Sen. Kotowski said. “Quite frankly, it should be a relatively politically easy vote to take.”

Quickly following his testimony, Egan gave a positive outlook to WFLD TV’s Mike Flannery as the legislature is slated to return next week to again vote on a 1-month budget to keep the state functioning.

“This budget impasse needs to pass,” Egan told Channel #32’s political expert and the entire state. “I am an eternal optimist. I believe everyone will come together and there will be a solution.”

Video of the Senate Appropriations Hearing here.

See Egan’s full testimony as presented here.

Free Palestine and The Great Al Aqsa Mosque

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“International Day of Al-Quds, Friday, July 10, 2015″

CHICAGO, IL -  Muslim Congress will hold a series of events in Chicago to commemorate the International Day of Al-Quds.

Al-Quds is Arabic for Jerusalem and its environs, the Holy Land. The International Day of Al-Quds is a day of solidarity with the oppressed innocent civilian Palestinians in their struggle against the racist oppressive Zionist-Apartheid Regime (Israel).

Al-Quds Day events are held in cities across the world including many cities in the US, Canada and UK. Muslim Congress is currently coordinating an effort to organize peaceful Al-Quds Day events across the world in around 51 cities.

Since September, 2000, 9,137 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli strikes and attacks. These numbers include 2,061 children. In addition, 72,826 have been injured, thus far. We condemn the Israeli aggression in Palestine and demand the Israeli occupation of Palestine to end. The Palestinian people have the right to freely live on their land.

Participants will gather at the Daley Center, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, between the hours of 4:30 P.M. and 6:00 P.M. on Friday, July 10th, 2015 to protest the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

This event will highlight the plight of the Palestinian People.

VA. Governor Removes Financial Barrier for Voting Rights Restoration: Disenfrachisement News

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From: The Sentencing Project


Governor removes modern day “poll tax”

Governor Terry McAuliffe recently announced that individuals with felony convictions will no longer have to pay outstanding court costs before they are eligible to have their voting rights restored. “These men and women will still be required to pay their costs and fees, but their court debts will no longer serve as a financial barrier to voting, just as poll taxes did for so many years in Virginia,” said Governor McAuliffe. He also announced that people who have their rights restored will now be able to include that on their official police record.

Virginia has historically been among the most restrictive states in the nation in restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions, which disproportionately impacts Virginia’s black residents. According to a recent publication by civil rights history scholar Helen Gibson, Virginia’s felony disenfranchisement laws can be “traced back to 19th century attempts to undercut the voting strengths of African Americans.” As of 2010, over 20 percent of Virginia’s voting-age black population could not vote due to a felony conviction.

McAuliffe’s administration has taken a number of steps to streamline the process for voter restoration, including reducing the waiting period before applying for people convicted of violent crimes from five years to three, and removing drug crimes from the list of felony offenses that require a waiting period. In his first 17 months in office, Governor McAuliffe has restored voting rights to more than 8,000 people, more than any previous governor in their full four-year term. Seventy-one percent of those people have already registered to vote.

The ACLU of Virginia, which had petitioned both McAuliffe’s and former Governor McDonnell’s administration to remove the requirement to pay court debts, says they are working hard to place a constitutional amendment for automatic restoration on the 2018 ballot.


Hillary Clinton calls for sweeping voting rights reforms

In a recent speech at Texas Southern University, 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called for sweeping voting rights reforms, including automatic voter registration when citizens turn 18, expanded in-person early voting, and restoring voting rights to people with felony convictions after they serve their sentence. Clinton called out several of her likely Republican opponents for supporting restrictive voting policies, including Jeb Bush for his role in conducting a “deeply flawed” purge of voters with felony convictions before the 2000 presidential election.

At Texas Southern University, Clinton received the Barbara Jordan Leadership Award, named for the pioneering civil rights leader and African American lawmaker. “Forty years after Barbara Jordan fought to extend the Voting Rights Act, its heart has been ripped out,” Clinton said. “I wish we could hear her speak up for the student who has to wait hours for his or her right to vote; for the grandmother who’s turned away from the polls because her driver’s license expired; for the father who’s done his time and paid his debt to society but still hasn’t gotten his rights back.”

Voter turnout among people with felony convictions

In the Quarterly Journal of Political Science, Marc Meredith of the University of Pennsylvania and Michael Morse of Stanford University investigate how the restoration of voting rights affects the political participation of people with felony convictions. Meredith and Morse analyzed data from Iowa, where in 2005 Governor Vilsack had restored voting rights to all upon completion of sentence, but was reversed in 2011 by Governor Branstad to require an individual application. As expected, the data show an increase in voter turnout for people with felony convictions between 2005-2011, and then a decrease after 2011. The researchers found that misinformation about the state’s current voting rights policy and bureaucratic procedures in applying for restoration were significant barriers to voting for people with felony convictions.

Meredith and Morse then compared Iowa’s data to Maine, which does not disenfranchise any of its residents with felony convictions, and Rhode Island, which aggressively campaigns to register people with felony convictions after they are released from prison. Although the researchers found higher voter registration rates in Maine and Rhode Island, they did not find that people with felony convictions vote at substantially higher rates. “These findings suggest that although notification of voting rights and automatic restoration policies can improve ex-felon political participation, misinformation and bureaucratic procedures are not the only reason why enfranchised ex-felons vote at lower rates than demographically similar non-felons.”

Seminal works on felony disenfranchisement and political participation by Christopher Uggen and Jeff Manza may have substantially overestimated the number of people who would vote absent felony disenfranchisement laws, say Meredith and Morse.

Active Transportation Alliance Looks Toward the Future in Celebrating 30th Anniversary

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Five game-changing goals and sister nonprofit organization announced

CHICAGO, IL – The Active Transportation Alliance marked its 30th anniversary by announcing two forward-looking initiatives: the 2020 TransFormation Campaign and the creation of a new sister non-profit called Walk Bike Go.

The 2020 TransFormation Campaign aims to achieve five bold goals in the next five years. The goals will capitalize on the great momentum already underway in the region to make biking, walking and transit dramatically easier and safer.

Bike Walk Go, the new sister organization, will focus on fee-for-service work while also exploring innovative mission-aligned partnerships and ventures, helping to amplify Active Trans’ goals of creating communities that are healthy, vibrant and environmentally friendly through better biking, walking and transit.

Founded in 1985 as the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation (CBF), Active Trans has been the leading civic voice contributing to a sea change in support for so-called “alternative transportation” by advocating for more funding, street design improvements like the addition of bike lanes and pedestrian refuge islands, transit expansion, safe routes to schools, and laws that reduce traffic crashes.

“We go back to when very few people biked in the Chicago region and ours was often a lone voice,” said Active Trans board member and CBF’s first Executive Director, Randy Neufeld. “Even 10 years ago, ideas like protected bike lanes, the Divvy bike-sharing program, thousands of daily bikes trips to Metra stations, or the thought that 6,000 bikes per day would travel Milwaukee Avenue would have been viewed as pipe dreams by most everyone!”

With the intention of building on this existing momentum now underway, Active Trans is launching the 2020 TransFormation Campaign to raise money that will be used to achieve five game-changing goals in the next five years. The five goals are

  1. Region-wide low-stress bike network: A dense, connected network of low-stress bike routes across Chicago and the suburbs.
  2. Transit Future: Funding for the “Transit Future” plan to build multiple new rapid transit projects.
  3. Biking/walking education in elementary schools: All public elementary schools in the state begin teaching biking and walking safety and encouragement.
  4. Mobility education in high schools: High school driver’s education becoming “mobility education” with bike, walk and transit training in addition to driving.
  5. Vision Zero: The state, the city of Chicago and suburbs adopt and implement comprehensive Vision Zero plans that focus on eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Thanks to ongoing efforts to influence legislation and policy at the state and local levels, Active Trans claims a long list of triumphs on behalf of people who bike, walk and take transit. Examples include state laws that require cars to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks, create distracted driving restrictions, and clarify that cyclists can pass cars on the right. Active Trans has also played a key role in Chicago becoming a national leader in building protected and buffered bike lanes, the addition of Divvy bike sharing, trail expansion in the suburbs, and fighting for funding to keep transit affordable while improving and expanding service.

Active Trans also created Safe Routes to Schools programs and educated tens of thousands of children and adults on walking and biking safety. In addition, Active Trans’ annual Bike Commuter Challenge has engaged thousands of companies and encouraged tens of thousands of employees to incorporate biking in their work commutes.

Over its history, Active Trans’ expertise around cutting-edge transportation strategies led local, regional and state agencies to seek the organization’s help. This was the beginning of the fee-for-service consulting that enabled Active Trans to bring its know-how and passion to local transportation planning and safety initiatives. With a “seat at the table,” Active Trans has left its mark on transportation plans, programs and policies in Chicago and more than 100 suburbs, while also winning awards from the American Planning Association and other organizations.

“Where there is overlap between the goals of Active Trans and a city, that’s a platform for partnership,” said Active Transportation Alliance Executive Director Ron Burke. “The partnerships result in far better outcomes than if Active Trans participated from a distance, and cities get a good deal because we are a non-profit organization with low expenses; we’ll even do additional work and pay for it with other funds.”

Burke said the creation of Walk Bike Go will strengthen the fee-for-service and entrepreneurial work that Active Trans has carried out and distinguish it from the education, encouragement and advocacy programs for which the organization is better known.

Working with the city of Chicago, Active Trans provides pedestrian and bike safety education for roughly 70,000 people per year. For two other programs in Chicago, Active Trans is educating residents about transportation options in five Chicago neighborhoods and is helping produce 75 pop-up playgrounds in Chicago’s underserved neighborhoods on the city’s South Side.

Through a contract with the Cook County Health Department, Active Trans is developing six active transportation plans for underserved municipalities in suburban Cook County, and helping eight underserved Cook County municipalities develop and implement Complete Streets policies. In addition, Active Trans is currently developing active transportation plans for the Villages of Lombard and Bensenville, and for the Kane County Department of Public Health, Active Trans is developing three small-scale walkability studies for underserved neighborhoods in Aurora, Elgin and Carpentersville.

Active Trans began the process to create Walk Bike Go more than one year ago. It is now legally incorporated and will begin to operate when its 501(c)(3) non-profit status is approved, which is expected later this year.

The Women’s Business Development Center Offers July Programs That Support and Accelerate Women’s Business Ownership

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WBDC provides a continuum of business development services to prospective and established women entrepreneurs including counseling, training, financial, certification and procurement assistance.

CHICAGO, IL – Workshops offered in July by the Women’s Business Development Center (WBDC) include:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

“Business Plan Critique Clinic”

Description: WBDC Director of Entrepreneurial Services, Meg Herman, will facilitate this interactive session and lend her expertise on practical strategies in developing your written business plan. As a pre-requisite to this session, please have a draft of your business plan in writing and available for discussion. Prerequisite: You must bring a written draft of your business plan to participate in this session.

Cost: Free

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/oeAxq6

Friday, July 24, 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

“Take Your Business to the Next Level”

Description: Join this interactive workshop to learn important strategies to take your business to the next level with advice from a financial advisor and certified accountant.

Cost: Free

Location: Chicago Innovation Exchange, 1452 E. 53rd Street, 2nd Floor, Chicago, IL 60615

Registration: http://goo.gl/DcLCHU

Thursday, July 30, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

“Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) Process Procurement Workshop”

Description: In this interactive workshop, learn how Bureau of Strategic Sourcing (BOSS) processes procurements (IFPs, RFPs and RFQs), and gain an insight on how contracts are evaluated.

Cost: Free

Location: WBDC, 8 S. Michigan Avenue, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603

Registration: http://goo.gl/m2a83u

For further information about these or other WBDC workshops, visit http://www.WBDC.org or call (312) 853-3477. 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 Spanish and English. More information is available at www.WBDC.org.

MAC’s 2015 Free Summer Concert

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McAninch Arts Center’s Free 2015 Lakeside Pavilion Summer Programming Begins July 16th

Sing-Along “Frozen” kicks off the Three-Film Sing-A-Long Family Movie Series Thursday, July 16

Internationally Acclaimed Beatles Tribute Band American English Opens the Pop Music Series Friday, July 17

COD College Theater’s Family-Friendly Production of “Me, Us and Them” Takes Stage Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19

Glen Ellyn, IL —McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage (COD)  in Glen Ellyn, kicks off its free 2015 Lakeside Pavilion Summer Series with  a screening of Sing-A-Long “Frozen,” (Thursday, July 16, 8 p.m.)  a concert by the internationally acclaimed Chicago-based Beatles tribute band American English (Friday, July 17, 7:30 p.m.) and the kid-friendly College Theater production of “Me, Us and Them” (Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19 at 5 p.m.)

The community is invited to bring their singing voices and join Ana, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf for some “Frozen” summer fun in a sing-along screening of the enchanting Academy Award-winning animated film “Frozen,” Thursday, July 16 at 8 p.m. Costumes are encouraged. General/lawn seating is first come-first served and begins at 7 p.m.

The following evening, internationally acclaimed tribute band American English takes the stage Friday July 17 at 7:30 p.m. recreating the excitement of the ‘60s and the Beatles legendary appearances on the Ed Sullivan by performing “She Loves You,” “All My Loving” and more. After a brief intermission, the band will return for a trip to the psychedelic era of Magical Mystery Tour Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band before capping the show with songs from The White Album including “Hey Jude,” “Something” and “Let It Be.” American English features Frank Canino as John Lennon, Eric Michaels as Paul McCartney, Ames Paul Lynch as George Harrison, Tom Gable as Ringo Starr and Ken Zemanek as Beatles’ producer, Sir George Martin. General/lawn seating is first come-first served and begins at 6 p.m.

The COD College Theater wraps up the weekend’s programming with their presentation of the family-friendly production of “Me, Us and Them,” Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19 at 5 p.m. Triplets knock heads while discovering how to stand up, stay together and stick out in a crowd in this fun-filled original script, directed by COD Associate Professor of Theater, Amelia Barrett. General/lawn seating is first come-first served and begins at 4 p.m.

A variety of meals, snacks and drinks will be available starting 60 minutes before events. *Exclusive Dining Partners for the 2015 Lakeside Pavilion Summer Season will include Weber Grill Restaurant, Copper Oven Pizza, Chicago’s Own Pizza, Heavenly Hot Dogs, and Mona Lisa Pizza.**Menu items include beer, wine, soft drinks, gourmet pizza, pulled pork sandwiches, cheeseburgers, hotdogs, ice cream, and popcorn. (*Limited concessions will be available for the 5 p.m. performances of “Me, Us and Them” on July 18 &19.**Dining Partners and menu items may vary and are subject to change).

“The MAC is excited to continue the 2015 Lakeside Pavilion Summer series, and thanks to College of DuPage support, it remains a free offering to the entire community. To ensure that this program sustains next year we have created a special VIP Sponsor and Donor opportunity,” says Janie Oldfield, Development Director, College of DuPage Foundation.

Features of becoming a VIP Sponsor and Donor:

  • VIP Sponsor and Donor lanyard with admission for up to two including table seating under the pavilion for all nine Lakeside concerts;
  • Access at each concert to the VIP hospitality tent with light refreshments, sandwiches, two drink tickets (beer or wine) and water or soda complimentary;
  • Two drink tickets and two popcorn vouchers for each movie;
  • Can’t make it to every concert? The VIP Sponsor and Donor lanyard is transferable and may be shared with friends, admitting up to two people on the night(s) you can’t attend.
The VIP Sponsor and Donor lanyard is $1,000, with a portion of the cost ($800) being tax deductible; proceeds will benefit future programs of the Lakeside Pavilion.  Availability is very limited and will be first come-first served. For more information about the VIP Sponsor and Donor opportunity, call 630.942.4000 or visit the MAC Box Office. This offer is not available online.

McAninch Arts Center (MAC), located at 425 Fawell Blvd. on the campus of College of DuPage (COD) in Glen Ellyn, announces the free 2015 Lakeside Pavilion Summer Series. Programming runs July 16-Aug. 21 and includes a Pop Music Series, a Jazz Concert Series, a Sing-Along Family Movie Series and the kid-friendly College Theater production of “Me, Us and Them.” Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and bring a blanket and picnic to enjoy at the event. Pets and outside alcohol are not permitted onto the property.

For more information about any of these and other MAC events, call 630.942.4000 or visit AtTheMAC.org.

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 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. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit cod.edu/foundation or call 630.942.2462.

Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

On Fourth Anniversary, New Americans Campaign Announces Seattle Site

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Seattle — On its fourth anniversary, the New Americans Campaign launches a new site in Seattle. It joins the growing list of campaign sites across the country that promote naturalization for the 8.8 million lawful permanent residents in the U.S. who are eligible.

Seattle is the 17th site to join the New Americans Campaign, an innovative partnership with legal-service providers, faith-based organizations, businesses, foundations and community leaders that helps aspiring Americans overcome barriers and achieve citizenship. OneAmerica and Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) will lead the Seattle site.

“OneAmerica is pleased to partner with ACRS in joining the New Americans Campaign,” says Rich Stolz, executive director of OneAmerica. “Naturalization strengthens our democracy and brings tangible benefits to individuals and their communities. This partnership builds on the innovative work of the Washington New Americans program, which organizes free citizenship clinics throughout the state and provides support to community-based organizations that reflect the full diversity of Washington’s immigrant communities.”

“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial minority group, locally and nationally, fueled by both migration and immigration,” says Diane Narasaki, executive director of Asian Counseling and Referral Service. “Citizenship provides a path for people to participate fully in our community and is at the very heart of our nation’s values. ACRS, one of the largest naturalization services providers in Washington state, is pleased to partner with OneAmerica in support of all who seek our services.”

The Wallace H. Coulter Foundation has provided funding and a matching grant challenge for the new site. Additional funding for the New Americans Campaign comes from the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, the Grove Foundation and the JPB Foundation.

“Civic engagement of Asian communities is very important to the nation, and naturalization is the first step in achieving it,” says Sue Van, chief executive officer and president of the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation. “We’re proud to be instrumental in bringing the New Americans Campaign to Seattle.”

Since July 2011, New Americans Campaign sites and affiliated collaborations completed more than 155,000 naturalization applications for lawful permanent residents through more than 2,500 naturalization workshops and clinics.

“Naturalization is beneficial for individuals, families and whole communities,” says Eric Cohen, executive director of the Immigrant Legal Resource Center, which leads the New Americans Campaign. “We’re excited to bring the New Americans Campaign to Seattle and to bring more legal services and naturalization support to the approximately 111,000 citizenship-eligible lawful permanent residents that now call the Seattle area home.”

About the New Americans Campaign
The New Americans Campaign is an innovative and unprecedented effort that brings together a coalition of funders, leading national immigration and service organizations, and over one hundred local service providers across 17 different cities to help aspiring Americans reach their dream of citizenship. To learn more about the New Americans Campaign, please visit www.newamericanscampaign.org and follow the conversation at #NewAmericans.

About OneAmerica
OneAmerica’s mission is to advance the fundamental principles of democracy and justice through building power in immigrant communities in collaboration with key allies. Initially named Hate Free Zone, the organization was founded immediately after September 11, 2001, to address the backlash in a post 9/11 world against immigrant communities of color, primarily Muslims, Arab Americans, East Africans, and South Asians. Since then, OneAmerica has expanded into the largest immigrant advocacy organization in Washington state, organizing in and advocating for and with a diversity of immigrant communities including Latino, African, and Asian. OneAmerica also plays a leading role in national coalitions within the immigrant rights and due process arenas.

About Asian Counseling and Referral Service
Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) is a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working for social justice and offering a broad array of behavioral health programs, human services, and civic engagement activities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other underserved communities in King County and beyond. ACRS is the largest multiservice organization serving a wide range of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities —immigrants, refugees and American-born — in the Pacific Northwest.
About the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation
The Charitable Remainder Trust became the Wallace H. Coulter Foundation in 1998. Under the direction of Sue Van, its CEO & President, the Foundation continues Mr. Coulter’s practice of providing risk capital for innovative initiatives through its grants. The Foundation provides leading scientific and medical societies the resources to develop distinctive educational programs designed to improve the quality of care in resource-limited areas. Its university-based translational research grant programs establish a business-like process to accelerate academic innovations to the marketplace. The Foundation also supports Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations, establishing one cohesive community, promoting collaboration and partnerships.
About the Immigrant Legal Resource Center
The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) works with immigrants, community organizations, legal professionals, law enforcement, and policy makers to build a democratic society that values diversity and the rights of all people. Through community education programs, legal training & technical assistance, and policy development & advocacy, the ILRC’s mission is to protect and defend the fundamental rights of immigrant families and communities. The ILRC is the lead agency for the New Americans Campaign.

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