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Racial Relations in America Ignored

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The True Culprit of Hatred and Destruction


By James Gilmore

In America, media has captured the unjust killings and gross mistreatment of people of color by white officers and civilians almost constantly for the last year. Perhaps this trend served as proof for Americans who participated in the CNN/ORC polling report released in February 2015. According to the poll, the majority of whites can admit that race relations have worsened and the majority of Blacks say nothing has changed.

Gotten
better

Gotten
worse

Stayed
the same
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% % % %
2/12-15/15 15 39 45 1
Whites 11

45

44
Blacks 25 26 47 2

CNN/ORC Poll. Feb. 12-15, 2015

But regardless of whether race relations have gotten worse or stayed the same, both perceptions have devastating implications for policing in America. African Americans have always been underrepresented in communities where they are over arrested, over stopped and come into contact with police more times than their white counterparts. For this trend to stay the same, it would be just as harmful to the progression of race in America as if the trend worsened.

But despite the numbers and overall perception by Americans, some seem to be naïve as to how prevalent the issue of race truly is. On Wednesday, June 17th, Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old Caucasian male entered an African-American church in Charleston, South Carolina, opened fire and killed nine people with his 45 caliber pistol. The Department of Justice (DOJ), Federal Bureau of Investigation and U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of South Carolina immediately opened a hate crime investigation suspicious that the massacre was motivated by race.

Despite DOJ’s suspicion, media outlets immediately challenged this notion and began considering Dylann’s mental condition as a mitigating factor.

* Steve Doocy of Fox Network said “Extraordinarily, [DOJ] called it a hate crime” challenging federal authorities and their assessment.

* A Washington newspaper cited age and biological factors as an attribution to violence claiming “young men experience elevated testosterone levels that, in some circumstances, can make them aggressive and violent. And late adolescence is a time when a host of other problems typically emerge, like drug dependence and mental illness.”

* Even a presidential candidate called the shooting an “attack on Christians.”

The Federal Order of Police (FOP) of Louisville Kentucky released a threatening letter to the public calling activists “liars” and “race-baiters” and accused them of spreading hate, twisting truths and pushing political agendas. In this letter that came in the wake of another killing of an African American by a police officer, FOP members went so far as to blame activists and community leaders for the destruction in Ferguson, Missouri.

These statements made in the midst of a nationwide crisis in policing show a clear and distinct disinclination to discuss why Blacks killed by police are twice as likely to be unarmed as whites or how officers so easily made a clean arrest of Dylann Roof while he was armed with a 45 caliber pistol yet fired 46 shots at Milton Hall, a Black man, when he was armed with a pen knife.

The misconception that America doesn’t have an issue of race is the true culprit behind the hatred and destruction cited by FOP. In communities across the nation, residents want to know that federal and state and local authorities will act in the interest of individuals who continue to suffer from disparities in criminal justice as well as education, employment and housing. When those issues are ignored, tensions rise and residents are forced to act, sometimes with civil disobedience to call attention to a critical dilemma.

Media spokespersons and federal authorities should focus more on race and explore its relevant implications on safety in America.

I commend the White House on its collaborative effort with the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency in hosting a webinar on protecting houses of worship against active shooters and other emergencies. While these protections are needed, without a larger discussion on the underlying issue of race, the effort would be like providing a pyromaniac with a fire extinguisher. It is time for our country’s top leaders to focus on the source of the fire that burns our most sacred houses of worship and continues to send our country’s most vulnerable communities up in flames. It is time we focus on race in America and the implications and realities of justice and equality for minorities.

James Gilmore is a public policy analyst with Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and co-convener of the Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform.

This article is Fifth of an op-ed series on behalf of the Civil Rights Coalition on Police Reform. The coalition, convened and led by the national Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, is comprised of over 30 national civil and human rights organizations, faith and community leaders working to address the nationwide epidemic of police brutality and lethal shootings, claiming the lives of Black men, women and youth; and provide necessary reforms to change the culture of policing in America. For more information, please visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

Photo: James Gilmore

Say Her Name: A Light Action for Sandra Bland

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CHICAGO, IL – Tuesday night, Project NIA, The Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls & Young Women and The Chicago Light Brigade will answer a national call for light actions to lift up the name of Sandra Bland. Sandra’s death in a Texas jail cell, three days after she was unjustly and violently arrested during a bogus traffic stop, has moved communities around the country to demand answers. Since Sandra was from the Chicago area, local organizers feel it is especially important to show their love and solidarity during this difficult time.

“We have to to lift up Sandra Bland’s name, and Rekia Boyd’s name,” says organizer Kelly Hayes, “and we have to remind people that these tragedies are all part of the same fatal illness. It’s a social sickness that’s killing people every day. It is racism. It is police impunity. Sandra Bland should never have been pulled from her car. She should never have been in that cell. She was brutalized. Her life was threatened. And now she’s gone. We need a national wake-up call, because Black women and girls will continue to be crushed and killed by this system so long as we allow it.”

Protest for Sandra Bland will be held Tuesday, June 28, at the Michigan Ave. Bridge, The Chicago River, at 8:30 P.M.

Protestors will gather on the north side of the Michigan Avenue Bridge over the Chicago River, in front of the Wrigley Building at 8:30pm. After a speak out, attendees will create imagery that will honor Sandra Bland’s memory and call others to action.

For more information, contact: Contact: Kelly Hayes, 773-499-0172, kellyhayes81@gmail.com

City of Chicago Offers New Workshop in August on “How to Promote Your Business”

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Bi-Weekly Workshops Also Focus on How to Market, Protect, and Find a Home for your Business

The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is set to offer a new workshop in August for all small business owners and entrepreneurs. The workshop, “How to Promote Your Business” is one of a series hosted throughout the month of August for employers to gain expertise on an array of topics, such as how businesses can expand by reaching a larger audience, protecting their business against risks and navigating a commercial real estate transaction. The workshops will be held at City Hall, Room 805, 121 N. LaSalle St. Chicago, on Wednesdays from 3 to 4:30p.m. and Fridays from 9:30 to 11 a.m.

For the first time, the City of Chicago will also offer “How to Promote Your Business: PR 101,” to ensure that business owners and entrepreneurs know how to successfully attract clients and include marketing and publicity into their business plan. This workshop will illustrate how these small changes can set a business apart

“I am proud to offer new workshops as another free resource for small business owners to learn how to grow or start a new business” said BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek. “It is important that we stay on top of industry trends so we are offering the most relevant topics to ensure all attendees walk away with something from each workshop.”

August Workshops

8/5 City Inspections – Ask Questions, Get Answers

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the City of Chicago

To operate a successful business in Chicago you must know the requirements. Talk to officials from City departments who will provide insight to operate safely, stay compliant, help prepare for inspections and point out the do’s and don’ts of operating your business. Don’t miss this workshop!

8/7 How to Promote Your Business: PR 101

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Dori Wilson Public Relations

Ok.  So you’ve worked diligently to get your business open.  Now what? How do you get clients?  Did you include marketing/publicity in your budget?  Why should one support your business? What are you bringing to the marketplace that’s unique?  You probably know all these answers, but remember:  as important as doing great things is letting people know what you do!  What are you doing?  How is it working?   Let’s chat!

8/12 How to Obtain a Shared Kitchen Operator or User License

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

Are you interested in operating or using a licensed commercial kitchen in the City of Chicago? Then come and learn how you may obtain the Shared Kitchen Operator, Supplemental or User business license. We will be discussing the licensing process including the application requirements, Health inspections, and operational duties.  Register now if you are interested in the licenses for businesses that service the commissary needs of the emerging mobile food industry in Chicago.

8/14 Protecting Your Business from Legal, Insurance and Financial Risks

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Mary Jane Alagehband of Country Financial, Jennifer Barliant and Laurie Kaplan of Michael Silver & Company, and Jessica L. Oldani of Oldani Entrepreneurial Law, P.C.

Do you understand the different forms of doing business, and how to stay in compliance? Are you prepared to handle payments, cash flow, accounting, and initial tax issues? Is your business covered against            the risk of liability and other potential costs? This team of professionals will teach you the real world tips and truths fundamental to every business’s success story. These are the practical things that can make or break a business.

8/19 How to Obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser/Preparer License

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.

Presented by the City of Chicago Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP)

Come and learn how you may obtain a Mobile Food Dispenser (MFD) or Mobile Food Preparer (MFP) business         license. We will be discussing the MFD/MFP licensing process including inspections, the application, mobile food vehicle, and operational requirements, as well as the optional pre-application Mobile Food Vehicle Assessment.

8/21 Understanding Today’s Commercial Property Tax and Market Sales Environment

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Myer Blank, Fisk Kart Katz Regan, Ltd. And Brian Bernardoni, Chicago Association of    Realtors

In 2015, the city of Chicago is being reassessed for tax purposes.  Commercial property owners need to understand how the reassessment will impact their businesses and the current commercial real estate market.  This seminar will provide latest statistics, important deadlines, and appeal strategies.

8/26  Alternative Access to Capital: What to do when your bank says no!

3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Presented by Kiva Zip and Accion Chicago

Starting a small business is challenging, and it gets tougher when traditional lending options were not viable. So in this workshop, representatives from Kiva Zip, and Accion Chicago will introduce several non-traditional funding sources including micro-lending, peer to peer online lending, lending circle, and crowdfunding. We hope by understanding these options, you can secure more funding for your business through the platform that suits your situation the best.

8/28 Navigating a Commercial Real Estate Transaction

9:30 to 11:00 a.m.

Presented by Lema Khorshid, Fuksa Khorshid, LLC

Are you ready to take your business to the next stage by leasing a commercial property? This is a tough real estate market – learn how to navigate your way through commercial leases so that you can expand your operation seamlessly. In this workshop, you will gain an abundance of knowledge and practical tips as you learn how to locate the ideal property, negotiate the right lease for each type of business, and understand the language and details behind real estate contracts.

The Small Business Center (SBC) at the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection hosts free business workshops every Wednesday and Friday in Room 805 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago.  Workshops are conducted by city officials, BACP’s partner organizations, and experts in the industry. To register for a workshop or for more information, call (312) 744-2086 or email BACPoutreach@cityofchicago.org. Learn more about BACP programs and events by visiting www.cityofchicago.org/SBC.

For more information, contact: Mika Stambaugh, Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, (312) 744-5365.

‘We are in a state of emergency’: Black Youth Project 100 Condemns Police Violence Against Movement for Black Lives Attendees

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CHICAGO, IL – In response to yesterday’s unprompted violence against activists attending the Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland, OH, Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) National Director Charlene Carruthers issued the following statement:

“The Movement for Black Lives Convening ended with a demonstration of what collective action can achieve in the face of police violence against a 14 year old boy and activists. Our commitment to abolishing the police state was strengthened and we remain steadfast in building a movement for all Black lives.”

BACKGROUND:

Black Youth Project 100 is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. Formed in 2013, BYP100 engages in building a network of transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens.

Dozens of BYP100 members from across the nation participated in the inaugural Movement for Black Lives convening in Cleveland, OH from July 24-26, 2015. On Sunday, July 26, a 14-year old Black boy was arrested by Cleveland Police at the conclusion of the conference, prompting several attendees – many whom are members of BYP100 – to ask the police why they were detaining the young boy. According to several eyewitness accounts, at least seven BYP100 members were pepper-sprayed by police at the scene without just cause. The young boy was released into his mother’s care after the mass direct action.

For more information, contact:  Michael J. Brewer at 202-520-0586 to coordinate.]

Illinois Department of Public Health Receives Bull’s-Eye Award for Vaccine Management

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Enhancements to the Illinois Comprehensive Automated Registry Exchange (I-CARE)

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Illinois is one of three state immunization programs in the country to receive the AIM (Association of Immunization Managers) Bull’s-Eye Award for Innovation and Excellence in Immunization.  The award recognizes immunization strategies that “hit their mark” by achieving identified goals.  The award also serves to increase awareness of outstanding initiatives and encourages other state immunization programs to replicate or adopt similar efforts to improve performance.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) Immunization Program enhanced its Illinois Comprehensive Automated Registry Exchange (I-CARE).  Staff developed vaccine ordering and accountability enhancements to allow providers to easily order and manage vaccines online.  These added abilities allowed IDPH to approve publicly funded vaccine orders in a more efficient and effective manner, thus ensuring providers have more product available for eligible patients.

“Immunizations are the most cost-effective way to help prevent transmission of vaccine-preventable diseases, but only if providers have enough vaccine,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D.  “I am very proud of our IDPH immunization staff and the enhancements they’ve made to the I-CARE program, which will allow the State to be better stewards of publicly funded vaccines and ensure providers are accountable for the vaccines received from the State.”

More information about I-CARE can be found on the IDPH website at www.dph.illinois.gov, and more information about the Bull’s-Eye Award can be found on the AIM website at http://www.immunizationmanagers.org/.

Kirk Statement on 25th Anniversary of the Signing of The Americans with Disabilities Act

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability in the United States. The law also requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to their employees who have a disability.

“I know firsthand how important this law is to elevating the independence of the 50 million Americans living with a disability. My Battle Buddies have shown me that everyone has their own stairs to climb, and laws like the ADA allow all Americans to live life on their own terms,” said Senator Kirk

“The passage of the ADA in 1990 was not a stand-alone event but a victory that resounds every day throughout the world. That people on different sides could unite to encode disability rights as civil rights, and that those civil rights could be refined and added on to, that is a tremendous promise. We should seize upon the anniversary of the ADA to honor the struggle of people with disabilities, celebrate victories, and plan for the future,” said Amber Smock, Director of Advocacy at Access Living, a disability rights and services organization based in Chicago.

Earlier this year, Senator Kirk created “Kirk’s Battle Buddies,” a support group to offer inspiration for individuals who have disabilities. Through physical challenges like stair climbs, Senator Kirk has encouraged the group members to set goals to work towards as they continue their recoveries. Together, the Battle Buddies have completed five stair climbs throughout Illinois, and have met with and encouraged new group members along the way.

Alderman Moreno to Introduce the Stop, Transparency, Oversight and Protection Act Before the Chicago City Council

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UPDATE: Both Alderman Maldonado, 26th Ward, and Alderman Moreno, 1st Ward, will introduce the STOP Act to the Chicago City Council.

They will both be speaking at the Wed. 7/29, 9:30am press conference on the second floor of City Hall.

A Press Conference for Introduction of STOP Act will be held before the City Council meeting on Wednesday, July 29th, at 9:30 A.M., on the second floor of City Hall.

#ChiStops: Empowering young people through popular education and leadership training to resist racial profiling and other biased policing.

CHICAGO, IL – On July 29th, Aldermen Moreno will introduce the Stop, Transparency, Oversight and Protection (STOP) Act before City Council. The ordinance would increase data transparency for policing in Chicago, making it possible to better assess the effectiveness and fairness of Chicago policing generally, and stop and frisk tactics specifically.

The ordinance would require the Chicago Police Department to collect and share data for all stops that it performs, including demographic information of those stopped, the badge numbers of officers involved, as well as the location, reason, and result of the stop. The Chicago Police Department would also be required to give receipts to those stopped, as well as to collect and share the data on a quarterly basis, so that various programs can be evaluated for effectiveness and fairness.

The STOP Act would help Chicago to catch up with New York City, in terms of data transparency and police accountability. New York City collects and analyzes its stop data, and shares it in an accessible format. Using this data, the police have reduced the number of unnecessary stops and frisks performed, and continue to reform their policies as new data comes out.

Speaking to the number and effect of stop-and-frisks, Gillian Giles, a youth organizer with #ChiStops, said that “overpolicing is a problem. Being stopped by the police is terrifying. Being stopped and frisked by the police is at best degrading. Being stopped and frisk by police when you’ve done nothing wrong is unnecessary, and last year 250,000 Chicagoans were stopped without committing a crime.”

A recent report put out by the ACLU of Illinois stresses how the CPD’s insufficient and incomplete data collection methods make real accountability and oversight all but impossible. In addition to addressing this, the STOP Act would also require the police to give those stopped a receipt detailing the transaction, which supporters say would further help strengthen trust in law enforcement.

In addition to ChiStops, over 30 other community groups have signed on in support of the STOP Act, including the ACLU of Illinois, Black Youth Project 100, Chicago Votes, Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, and Black Lives Matter – Chicago.

Speakers at the press conference will include: Alderman Proco “Joe” Moreno, 1st Ward; Page May from We Charge Genocide; Gillian Giles from ChiStops; and Caleb Porter from Chicago Votes.

For more information about the STOP Act, see: wechargegenocide.org/stop.act

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

Stop and Frisk in the News:

Chicago Police Use Stop-And-Frisk Excessively: ACLU Report
5/23/2015, New York Times

Chicago sued over Police Department’s alleged stop-and-frisk practices
4/21/2015, Chicago Tribune

New York has essentially eliminated stop-and-frisk – and crime is still down
12/3/2014, Washington Post

After Charleston Shooting, Churches Stay Vigilant

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After Charleston Shooting, Churches Stay Vigilant

Richmond Pulse

By Nancy DeVille

RICHMOND, Calif. — The killing of a beloved pastor and eight churchgoers in Charleston, S.C. last month and the recent arson investigations at black churches throughout the South have raised safety concerns among pastors as far away as California.

Churches in Richmond, Calif. are now reexamining their security plans and trying to figure out where to draw the line between welcoming strangers and protecting their flock.

“It’s a shame that it has to come to this but the word does tell us to ‘watch and pray,’” said Pastor T. Marc Gandy, pastor of Miracle Temple Apostolic Pentecostal Church on Cutting Boulevard. “We will have more of a male presence at the entrance of the church and I’m just really encouraging all the members to be more vigilant. But we have to also make sure we are a welcoming place to everyone.”

For Gandy, safety has been a concern for a few years. When violence was at its height in Richmond, a shooting erupted on Cutting Boulevard just before the church’s weekly Bible study was dismissed. The church was not the target and no members were injured, but a bullet is still lodged in the church’s front door.

“We put all of trust in God and pray that He is going to watch over us and protect us,” he said.

Traditionally black congregations have been known for their hospitality and enthusiasm when it comes to welcoming new worshipers. But in recent years more churches across the country have installed security cameras and hired off duty police officers for added security.

“We now have to secure the house of God just like we secure our homes,” Gandy said. “We have to be very cautious concerning the world that we live in.”

In the recent aftermath of the murders, pastors participated in a prayer vigil at St. Peter Christian Methodist Church in El Cerrito. Area police officers attended and urged pastors to ask their members to monitor who is entering the church for its services. At the meeting, the pastors committed to continuing the prayer vigil every third Monday of each month.

“This is a chance for us to hold each other in prayer while trusting God in the process,” said Pastor Cassandry Keys of Davis Chapel Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, who organized the June vigil.

“We have to hold on to our faith. “We know God is aware and many question why He would allow something like this to happen but there’s something about the sovereignty of God that we don’t know.”

For Keys, the events that led up to the Charleston shooting are relatable. The alleged shooter walked in for Bible study and was warmly greeted by the now slain Pastor Clementa Pinckney and the faithful members. It’s common for people of all ethnicities to visit Davis Chapel, she said.

“The black church welcomes everybody in,” she said. “If they come in calm and sit down we believe they have the same beliefs we have. Typically we are not accustomed to watching people when they come in because in a worship setting we are a little more relaxed. But after this, we will at least pay attention.”

The June 17 shooting at the church known as Mother Emanuel is just one of the recent incidents targeting black churches in the South. There are three arson investigations underway and four other fires that have occurred since the Charleston shooting. While there are not threats to Bay Area churches, members are remaining watchful.

“Anytime there is violence against clergy or in a place of worship, it just saddens me because it reminds me of the times we are living in,” Gandy said.

Final Pitch Reality Show Slated to Start Sept. 11th

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Pitch Competition for Start-Ups

THE DCSMSA buzz and chatter is all about FINAL PITCH a new television reality program slated to air on the FOX WDCA network coming September 11, 2015. The Final Pitch television format is a one hour pitch competition for startup businesses.
Produced by Inez Kelley of Kelley Media Marketing, Final Pitch, with its Shark Tank-esque appeal, seeks Entrepreneurs with early stage ideas and concepts to compete for the chance to win $10,000.00 along with a host of professional business support services.

With Cycle I completed, we are in preparation for FINAL PITCH CYCLE II. Currently only startups located within the DMV area will be accepted. Selected from an open application process, we look for startups with a high potential of industry disruption. These early stage entrepreneurs should be prepared to demonstrate the ability to effectively monetize and shape their respective industry’s evolutionary process, thus making a successful transition into the American corporate mainstream. Concurrently considered, is how this impact will enhance the consumer’s overall experience.
Making these determinations are the Final Pitch judges …a panel made up of the best of the best in the DMV business community: Charles Scott, President, The Financial Crisis Prevention Center, Ethel Mitchell, Attorney & Host of WOL Radio Show Law-Talk with Ethel Mitchell; Former Chief Counsel for Advocacy for The SBA, Dr. Winslow Sargeant; Venture Capitalist and now Chairman MyQVO, and Cynthia Harrison, Director of Small Business Development, Operation Hope.

In addition, we’ve added a new element to Cycle II, Quincy Carr
@quincycarr creator of ‘The Quality Comedy Series’, will serve as

moderator and host, making a more entertaining exchange between judges and contestants. Be sure to follow us for updates and details  on new contestants and Cycle I WINNER! Honey Bun Cake Factory, the Cycle 1 winner.

Applications from entrepreneurs will be accepted through August 28, 2015. Apply on line @www.finalpitchdmv.com

Jesse White Encourages Kids and Families to Follow the Bicycle Rules of the Road

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Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White will be encouraging safe bicycle riding including wearing helmets in order to protect kids.

Secretary White will speak about the importance of using the Bicycle Rules of the Road, with the helpful tips from the City of Chicago’s Bicycling Ambassadors and the Chicago Police Department. A bike rodeo and helmet giveaway will follow.

Bicycle Rules of the Road pamphlets will be available at the event.

The event will take place Tuesday, July 28 at 10 a.m., at  Eckhart Park (behind the field house) 1330 W. Chicago Ave.

During the summer, people on bicycles share our roads with cars and it is important to bike safely and always wear helmets.

Head injuries are the most serious type of injury and the most common cause of death for bicyclists. Bicycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of head and brain injury by as much as 85 percent, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

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