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Black Women for Positive Change to Convene Third National Week of Non-Violence

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National/Global Week of Non-Violence Announced, October 17-25, 2015

Black Women for Positive Change (BW4PC) a national, inter-faith, multi-cultural volunteer and advocacy network based in Washington, DC, will convene the third National Week of Non-Violence, October 17-25, 2015. The theme of the week is “Changing the Culture of Violence in America…and the World.”

This effort is dedicated to promote violence prevention and awareness in major U.S. cities, and overseas. Key organizing cities for the 2015 Week of Non-Violence include: Chicago, Illinois; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Los Angeles, California; Compton, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Alexandria, Virginia; Hampton Roads, Virginia; St. Louis, Missouri; the DMV in Greater Washington, D.C. including District of Columbia; Prince Georges County, Montgomery County, Charles County, MD, Northern Virginia; and London, United Kingdom. (See attached for list of local leaders)

Honorary National Co-Chairs for the 2015 Week of Non-Violence are Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle, Church of God in Christ, Inc. and Attorney Benjamin L. Crump, President of the National Bar Association.

“The NBA has chosen to partner with Black Women for Positive Change and support the Week of Non-Violence October 15-23, 2015, to promote non-violence in our homes. We have an obligation to show our children that any form of violence, especially domestic violence, is unacceptable,” said, Benjamin L. Crump, President, National Bar Association.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle, Church of God in Christ, Inc. a national denomination with 12,000 churches said, “Upon assuming the role of Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, I established the Urban Initiatives. It mirrors the strategy I successfully implemented over many years at West Angeles Church in Los Angeles.

The Urban Initiatives deploys our 12,000 churches armed with programs designed to address the problems that plague our cities. The opportunity to serve as Honorary Co-Chair of the 2015 Week of Non-Violence sponsored by Black Women for Positive Change, provides yet another opportunity to advocate for the cessation of the violence that has proliferated in our cities. We must be consistent and aggressive in pursuit of transformation of urban America.”

In a joint statement Dr. Stephanie E. Myers and Delegate Daun S. Hester, BW4PC National Co-Chairs stated, “We are proud to partner with leaders like Attorney Benjamin L. Crump and Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake who are leading the national effort to promote the 2015 Week of Non-Violence. There is real urgency for youth, millennials, parents, elected officials, faith leaders, law enforcement officials, civic leaders, athletes and entertainers to implement prevention strategies to STOP THE VIOLENCE in our communities. We are also gaining interest from civic leaders overseas, and invite them to support the 2015 Week of Non-Violence.

To learn more about the 2015 Week of Non-Violence, go to www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org Free socially responsible violence prevention media tools available for community screenings can be downloaded at: http://www.blackwomenforpositivechange.org/socially-responsible-media/

For information contact Karen Carrington, National Co-Chair, Media and Events, 202-210-4005.

National Leadership Network: Week of Non-Violence, October 17-25, 2015
Delegate Daun S. Hester and Dr. Stephanie E. Myers, National Co-Chairs, Black Women for Positive Change
Rev. Dr. Barbara Reynolds, Chaplain; Karen Carrington & Bernadette Tolson, Co-Chairs, Events & Media, BW4PC

National Honorary Co-Chairs: Week of Non-Violence
Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Presiding Bishop & Chief Apostle, Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Benjamin L. Crump, Esq., President, National Bar Association

Leadership–Week of Non-Violence Local Steering Committees
Mayor Aja Brown, Compton, California
Jan Perry, Director, Economic Development, Los Angeles, California
Rev. Kelvin Sauls, Sr. Pastor, Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, California
Stephanie O’Malley, Director, Public Safety, Denver, Colorado
Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mayor, District of Columbia
Councilman Kenyan McDuffie, City Council, District of Columbia/DMV
Rev. William Lamar, Sr., Pastor, Metropolitan AME Church, District of Columbia
Kenneth Fisk, Atlanta City Council Aide, Atlanta, Georgia
William Killibrew, Mental Health Consultant, Atlanta, Georgia
State Attorney Anita Alvarez, Cook County/Chicago, Illinois
Garvin G. Ambrose, Esq., Chief of Staff, Cook County State Attorney’s Office/Chicago, Illinois
Council Chair Mel Franklin, Prince Georges Co., Maryland
Bishop Edwin Bass, Founder/Pastor, Empowered Church of God in Christ, St. Louis, Missouri
Police Chief Cameron McLay, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Rev. Rodney Lyde, Sr. Pastor, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Mayor William Euille, Alexandria, Virginia
Black Women for Positive Change Steering Committee Liaisons
Patricia Duncan, Colorado Dr. Hattie Washington, Maryland Kayla Hicks, Virginia
Diane Powell, Pennsylvania Fannie Allen, Virginia Estella Lee, California
Eunita Winkey, Maryland Sierra Wallace, Illinois Bernadette Tolson, WDC

Week of Non-Violence Partners
Atlanta, Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, GA
Church of God in Christ, Inc.
Cook County State Attorney’s Office, Chicago, IL
Community College of Allegheny County, Pittsburgh, PA
Councilwoman Theresa Kail-Smith, Pittsburgh, PA
Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, Pittsburgh, PA
Denver Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, Colorado
Generation Progress, Inc.
Hampton Roads Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, VA
Holman United Methodist Church, Los Angeles, CA
Hill House, Pittsburgh, PA
Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, D.C.
Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh, PA
Metropolitan AME Church, Washington, D.C.
National Bar Association, National Office
Nations Mosque, Masjid Muhammad, Washington, D.C.
Network for Victim Recovery of DC, Washington, D.C.
Office of Religious Affairs, Government of the District of Columbia
Pittsburgh Community Television (PCTV), Piittsburgh, PA
POISE Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA
Positive Change Foundation
St. Louis Week of Non-Violence Steering Committee, Missouri
Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.
Wednesday Clergy Council, Washington, D.C.
YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh, PA
(partial listing)

Katrina’s Message on America’s Poor Still Unheard 10 Years Later

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Katrina’s Message on America’s Poor Still Unheard 10 Years Later

New America Media
By Earl Ofari Hutchinson

There was a moment in the aftermath of the Katrine debacle ten years ago when the message that there are a lot of poor in New Orleans and America who are routinely ignored, neglected, and reviled got through. In that very fleeting moment there was a torrent of new studies and reports that flowed out on poverty in America, especially black poverty. Legions of state and local officials made flowery references to the plight of the poor. This was all accompanied by candid media shots of and even interviews with families trapped in dire poverty. Then President Bush even upped the federal ante on spending on relief and reconstruction in New Orleans.

But that was a decade ago. That fleeting moment when the plight of the poor grabbed the national spotlight was just that, very fleeting. Five months before the decade remembrance of Katrina The Data Center, a New Orleans based research organization, issued a report that told just how fleeting that moment that paid attention to poverty was. It found that not only were just as many children living in poverty in New Orleans today as at the time of Katrina but that the percentage in poverty was nearly 20 percent higher than the national average. This despite the sharp drop in the city’s population, and child population.

In 2005, the desperate scenes of families scrounging for food, clothing items and other necessities in the aftermath of Katrina rammed home the painful message that rampant poverty in New Orleans was a hard fact of life for thousands. Those scenes forced policy makers and the much of the media to finally acknowledge that brutal fact. It also forced the even more painful admission that of then nearly one out of three New Orleans residents who lived below the poverty level, the majority of who were black.

It also forced one more painful admission and that was that New Orleans was not an aberration. Nationally, according to Census figures then, blacks remained at the bottom of the economic totem pole. They had the lowest media income of any group. Bush was widely and rightly blamed for initially dithering, delaying and even denying the extent of the Katrina crisis. He took much deserved heat that his war and economic policies did much to further fuel the crisis. His tax cuts redistributed billions to the rich and corporations. The Iraq war drained billions from cash starved job training, health and education programs. Corporate downsizing, outsourcing, and industrial flight further fueled America’s poverty crisis. This all happened on Bush’s watch.

But a seemingly indifferent and clueless Bush was not the sole culprit. Even during the Clinton era economic boom, the unemployment rate for young black males was double, and in some parts of the country, triple that of white males.

During those years, state and federal cutbacks in job training and skills programs, the brutal competition for low and semi skilled service and retail jobs from immigrants, and the refusal of many employers to hire those with criminal records have further hammered black communities and added to the Great Depression era high unemployment numbers among young blacks. The tale of poverty was more evident in the nearly one million blacks behind bars, the HIV/AIDS rampage in black communities, the sea of black homeless persons, and the raging drug and gang violence that rips apart many black communities.

Then there are the children. One third of America’s poor are children. The Children’s Defense Fund in its periodic reports routinely finds that nearly 1 million black children live not in poverty, but in extreme poverty.

Bush’s exit from the White House in 2009 didn’t change things for the poor. The poverty numbers have steadily risen for during the decade after Katrina. There has been no sign of a turnaround. For that to happen, there would have to be a massive commitment of funds to job, training and education programs, and greater tax incentives for businesses to train and hire the poor. That will take an even greater active national lobbying effort by Congressional Democrats, civil rights, and anti-poverty groups. Unfortunately, the poor have been too nameless, faceless, and vast in numbers to target with a sustained lobbying campaign.

President Obama’s initiatives on raising the minimum wage, expansion of health care, and job creation, and small business development, have been welcome and much needed. But these initiatives have been fought tooth and nail by an obstructionist GOP. Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has gone much further and put forth solid proposals that frontally challenge wealth and income inequality in the nation. But other than Sanders, and the passing references that Obama and Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton make to the gaping inequality, there is still no national will to plop the plight of the poor squarely on the nation’s policy table.

There’s not much sign that this will change. In a hotly contested presidential election year, the pack of GOP presidential candidates will claw to outdo each other to paint any initiatives by Democrats to ramp up spending on job, health and education programs as wasteful, and self-defeating. And millions will believe them. This assures that a decade after Katrina the message that millions in New Orleans and America grow poorer, more desperate, and greater in number, will remain unheard.

Earl Ofari Hutchinson is an author and political analyst. He is a frequent MSNBC contributor. He is an associate editor of New America Media. He is a weekly co-host of the Al Sharpton Show on American Urban Radio Network. He is the host of the weekly Hutchinson Report on KTYM 1460 AM Los Angeles and KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles and the Pacifica Network.

President Obama, Attorney General Lynch and Congressional Black Caucus Mourn Death of Civil Rights Matriarch Amelia Boynton Robinson

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Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson was 104-years-old

Calling Amelia Boynton Robinson “An American Hero”, President Barack Obama said it requires only that “we follow her example.”

President Barack Obama: Amelia Boynton Robinson was a dedicated and courageous leader in the fight for civil rights. For most of her 104 years, Amelia committed herself to a simple, American principle: that everybody deserves the right to vote. Fifty years ago, she marched in Selma, and the quiet heroism of those marchers helped pave the way for the landmark Voting Rights Act. But for the rest of her life, she kept marching – to make sure the law was upheld, and barriers to the polls torn down. And America is so fortunate she did. To honor the legacy of an American hero like Amelia Boynton requires only that we follow her example – that all of us fight to protect everyone’s right to vote. Earlier this year, in Selma, Michelle and I had the honor to walk with Amelia and other foot soldiers of the Civil Rights Movement. She was as strong, as hopeful, and as indomitable of spirit – as quintessentially American – as I’m sure she was that day 50 years ago. And we offer our thoughts, our prayers, and our enduring gratitude to everyone who loved her.”

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement today on the passing of civil rights leader Amelia Boynton Robinson:

“With the passing of Amelia Boynton Robinson, America has lost a spirited advocate, a passionate activist and a trailblazing champion in the fight for civil rights and social justice.  Driven by her faith and her moral convictions, Ms. Boynton Robinson stood on the front lines of the Civil Rights Movement in Selma and beyond, inspiring countless men, women and children to stand up to injustice, to speak out for equality and to demand their opportunity to shape the future of this nation.  Her legacy continues to be felt today – at the Department of Justice and across the country – in the expanded voting rights she helped to win; in the ongoing work of equality she helped to advance; and in the desire for a more just society that will always drive us forward.  While Ms. Boynton Robinson’s journey on this earth has come to an end, the principles to which she dedicated her life – and the spirit of determination she brought to her mission – will forever march on.  My thoughts and prayers are with her family, her friends and all who loved her.”

Congressional Black Caucus Offers Condolences on the passing of Amelia Boynton Robinson

Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chairman G. K. Butterfield (NC-01) released the following statement:

“Today we mourn the passing of a remarkable citizen, Mrs. Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist and one of the leaders of the 1965 Bloody Sunday march of 1965.  Often referred to as the matriarch of our country’s Civil Rights Movement, Mrs. Boynton Robinson worked tirelessly on the behalf of those who were discriminated against and disenfranchised, and she stood courageously in the fight to ensure voting rights for every citizen in this nation.  Mrs. Boynton Robinson was committed to equality until her death and was a champion for African Americans when our voices were not yet heard.  Fifty years ago, Mrs. Boynton Robinson walked bravely across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma to ensure that all African Americans had equal opportunity and the right to vote.  Her walk was not in vain, and we remain forever grateful for her contributions and dedicated service to civil rights in America.”

Rewriting the History of American Sociology: Groundbreaking Book Makes Case That W.E.B. Du Bois is Primary Founder of Modern Sociology

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NORTHWESTERN NEWS: www.northwestern.edu/newscenter/

  • Du Bois and colleagues at black university produced first scientific school of sociology
  • ‘Racism, power and money influenced schools of intellectual thought that took root’
  • Booker T. Washington offered opposing ideas about race and actively marginalized Du Bois
  • “One of those landmark studies that changes the way we think. A must-read.”

EVANSTON, Ill. –  In his groundbreaking new book, Northwestern University’s Aldon Morris has done no less than rewrite the history of sociology by making a compelling case that black sociologist and activist W.E.B. Du Bois was the primary founder of modern sociology in America at the turn of the 20th century. It is a sociology that bases its theoretical claims on rigorous empirical research.

Pulling from over a decade of research in primary sources such as personal letters, conference proceedings and scholarly writings, “The Scholar Denied: W.E.B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology” (University of California Press, August 2015) argues that power, money, politics and the ideology of white supremacy led to W.E.B. Du Bois being “written out” of the founding of sociology. Moreover his intellectual breakthroughs were marginalized in the field for the last century.

Morris, the Leon Forrest Professor of Sociology and African American Studies at Northwestern’s Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, argues that Du Bois’ pioneering work was often characterized in the academy as unscientific and politically motivated while systemic racial biases colored the intellectual work of leading white sociologists, even those with liberal bents throughout the 20th century.

In Morris’ gripping narrative, Robert E. Park, the white University of Chicago scholar considered to be one of the major architects of modern-day sociology, and Booker T. Washington, the most famous and powerful black man in America between 1895 and 1915, play a central role in marginalizing the pioneering work that Du Bois and other black scholars produced at Atlanta University, a historically black institution.

The Du Bois-Atlanta School profoundly influenced the discipline by laying the intellectual foundations of scientific sociology, Morris argues, noting that Max Weber, the famous German sociologist and philosopher, was significantly influenced by Du Bois’ work.

“Du Bois produced the first scientific school of modern sociology,” Morris said. “He was into data collection — census data, survey data, interview data and ethnographic data. He did it all. That was a new kind of sociology, and my argument is that Du Bois was the founder of it.”

Yet, Booker T. Washington, as well as other leading white scholars, including Park and sociologists at Columbia, Yale and University of Pennsylvania, disparaged and ignored Du Bois’ work.

“I show in my book that two black men — W.E.B. Du Bois and Booker T. Washington — profoundly influenced the trajectory of American sociology. That’s a story that has never been told,” Morris said.

Black scholars are often viewed as making no contributions to the founding of the discipline. However, Morris demonstrates this claim is untrue given that Du Bois pioneered modern empirical sociology while Washington blocked Du Bois’ Atlanta School. Furthermore, Washington through Park, interjected his conservative ideas on race into the Chicago School, which spread throughout the academy.

“The Washingtonian view was clear: Black people should not fight for the vote nor seek social equality with whites,” Morris said. “Rather, their salvation would be realized through working on farms and engaging in industrial labor useful to whites.”

“The Scholar Denied” demonstrates that Du Bois not only possessed deep knowledge about race but that his scholarship profoundly affected the discipline of sociology, as well as the lives of black people.

“Du Bois’ argument was straightforward: Black people were not racially inferior. They were fully human with all the intellectual capacities of any racial group,” Morris said. “His school of thought was based on producing research that proved black people were equal.”

Du Bois was angered by the economists, sociologists and historians who failed to produce empirical research to prove black inferiority.

“Du Bois accused them of being ‘car-window sociologists,’” Morris said. “They speed through the black community, gaze out the window of an automobile and return home convinced they know everything about race without doing empirical research.”

An important legacy of Du Bois’ scholarship is its emphasis on racial attitudes and identities.  Du Bois and his colleagues researched the powerful role beliefs played in determining racial outcomes. They considered it crucial to discredit non-scientific beliefs of black inferiority. They produced scholarship uncovering the roots and social consequences of racial attitudes. Moreover, at the core of Du Bois’ scholarship were sharp analyses of how racial oppression produced racial inequality.

Because of Du Bois’ penetrating analyses of racism, leading white sociologists ignored and marginalized his scholarship.

“Intellectual schools of thought do not become dominant, prominent and institutionalized just because of the merit of the ideas,” Morris said. “Power, money, politics and the ideology of white supremacy played a major role in which schools of thought took root. “That’s also a big story I’m telling in ‘The Scholar Denied.’”

Morris’ book has already garnered high praise from leading scholars of race and social thought.

  • “The Scholar Denied” is “sure to be a major book.” — Henry Louis Gates Jr., Harvard University
  • “Aldon Morris has given us a great gift: the truth of Du Bois’ genius and America’s denial of it! Don’t miss this pioneering text.” — Cornel West, Professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice, Union Theological Seminary
  • “One of those landmark studies that changes the way we think. A must-read.” — William Julius Wilson, Harvard University
  • “A stunningly original history that should inspire both debate and self-reflection within and beyond the discipline of sociology for years to come.” — Mitchell Duneier, Princeton University
  • “An eye-opening book! Morris turns the lens of sociological analysis on the discipline itself, with bracing and essential conclusions.” — Frances Fox Piven, City University of New York
  • “The Scholar Denied” a “fascinating study.” — Publishers Weekly

Morris hopes that “The Scholar Denied” will inspire social scientists and humanists to produce more rigorous and critical scholarship, especially pertaining to the contemporary nature of race.  Du Bois provided a model of such scholarship throughout the first six decades of the 20th century.

Munger: Nonprofit, Social Service Payments Remain Priority

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Comptroller continues to aid most vulnerable

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Comptroller Leslie Geissler Munger released the following statement Wednesday in response to a Federal Court order involving the Ligas Consent Decree impacting services for people with developmental disabilities:

“I appreciate the Court’s recognition of the difficult challenge we face in making necessary payments in light of Illinois’ continued failure to pass a balanced budget.

“My priority remains to ensure that organizations serving our elderly, children and other most vulnerable residents take precedence when it comes to state payments. As a longtime volunteer and former Board member for an organization serving the intellectually and developmentally disabled, I know firsthand the hardship that is caused when payments don’t arrive as scheduled, and I will do everything in my power to lead the state in keeping its promises to those most in need.

“In the absence of a balanced budget for this fiscal year, my office will continue to work to meet the payment timelines set by the Courts despite the state’s limited resources.

“To be clear: taxpayers deserve better than government by Court Order. Ultimately, we can best serve Illinois families, businesses and organizations by passing a balanced budget that includes reforms that will allow us to become more competitive and grow our economy so we can put people back to work and fund critical services.”

Representative Dunkin Comments on Status of Workplace Anti-Discrimination Bill

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Ken Dunkin, D-Chicago, issued the following statement today announcing that legislation he sponsored which intended to protect minority workers from discrimination at temporary and day labor agencies will not pass the House of Representatives.

“During my thirteen years in the Illinois General Assembly and as former Joint Chair of the Legislative Black Caucus, I have seen our men and women shut out of opportunities, and I am working day and night to provide the resources and legislation to fix this injustice.

“It is no secret that I fight for fairness and equality for African Americans and Latinos in hiring and opportunities in the construction trades, government, universities and in temporary staffing agencies.  However, after long intense labor committee debates on several occasions this legislation – Senate Bill 47 – simply did not have enough support at this time in the House.  Rest assured, I will continue my quest to expand job creation and fairness for all Illinoisans.”

County Efforts on Recycling of Building Materials Surpass Half-Million Ton Mark

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Contractor compliance with 2012 ‘3D’ ordinance means less waste going to landfills

Cook County’s Demolition Debris Diversion (3D) Ordinance has resulted in more than 540,000 tons of building material being recycled since its passage in 2012.

In addition, another 130,000 tons of material have been reused or salvaged as a result of the ordinance, meaning that more than 600,000 tons of material resulting from building demolition has been diverted from landfills.

“Construction and demolition debris represent the largest single category of waste in Cook County,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Considering the U.S. EPA has found that, nationally, 40 percent of what ends up in our landfills is building waste, these results are a giant step forward for the County’s efforts to reduce waste.”

The ordinance was approved by the Cook County Board of Commissioners as part of President Preckwinkle’s strategy to achieve a zero-waste goal that was originally set out in the County’s Solid Waste Plan update in 2012.

The ordinance took effect November 21, 2012. It requires that all demolition and major renovation projects in suburban Cook County (excluding those involving sheds and garages) recycle 70 percent (by weight) of debris and that residential projects also demonstrate that 5 percent (by weight) is diverted for reuse. (Reuse, involves the process of salvaging building material — such as doors, sinks and cabinetry — from one facility and using it in the same manner in a different facility.)

The benefits of recycling and reuse of construction and demolition debris goes beyond the positive environmental impacts.  Reuse also creates jobs, stabilizes local economies and creates a supply stream for manufacturing, as well as materials for construction, renovation and infrastructure building, Preckwinkle said.

A study by The Delta Institute has shown that diverting 5 percent of demolition material for reuse from about 30 houses could produce revenue that supports at least one new reuse retail center and related jobs, and pay for 25-30 full-time deconstruction workers.  Since the 3D Ordinance has been in effect, the number of these retailers in Cook County has increased from one to three, employing an additional 14 full-time people. In addition all three reuse retailers have job training programs and have trained a total of 82 people on building deconstruction or material reuse.
The 3D ordinance is the first of its kind in the Midwest to incorporate reuse. Reuse is even more environmentally beneficial than recycling, because it saves more material, uses less energy and produces fewer pollutants in the process. The ordinance is now seen as a national model, and the County’s Department of Environmental Control, which administers the program, has fielded queries about it from municipalities such as Hennepin County, Minn.; MN, San Antonio, Texas; and Vancouver, British Columbia.

The Department of Environmental Control uses the online Green Halo system for contractors to enter waste plans and final diversion data for each job. Neither the County nor contractors are charged for using Green Halo.

Green Halo also offers a feature that suggests to contractors nearby locations, based on the address of their work, where they can take – and often get paid for – materials that they formerly would have paid to dump at a landfill.

Home-Sweet-Home…or Haunted House? Charise Castro Smith’s Darkly Comic Feathers and Teeth Appears September 19 – October 18

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Foley Artistry adds effects and atmosphere to the World Premiere Production, directed by Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez in the Owen Theatre

CHICAGO, IL – Goodman Theatre kicks off the 2015/2016 Season in its Owen Theatre with Feathers and Teeth, Charise Castro Smith’s bone-chilling dark comedy that brings dysfunctional family drama to scary new heights. Directed by Resident Artistic Associate Henry Godinez, Feathers and Teeth was developed in the Goodman’s New Stages Festival and features Northwestern University student Olivia Cygan as the distraught 13-year-old Chris. The cast also includes Eric Slater as Chris’ father, Arthur, and Ali Burch as Ellie, her deceased mother. Christina Hall portrays Carol, Arthur’s new live-in fiancée, and Jordan Brodess as Hugo, the boy next door. Carolyn Hoerdemann delivers Foley effects—the representation of ambient sound effects—as soundscape for the action. The design team includes Kevin Depinet (Set); Mikhail Fiksel (Sound); Jesse Klug (Lighting); and Christine Pascual (Costumes). Kimberly Osgood is the production stage manager. Artist information and photos can be found in the Goodman Theatre Press Room.

Feathers and Teeth runs September 19 – October 18, 2015 in the Owen Theatre (Opening Night is September 28). Tickets ($10 - $40; subject to change) are on sale now at GoodmanTheatre.org/Feathers, by phone at 312.443.3800 or at the box office (170 North Dearborn). The Time Warner Foundation is the Lead Supporter of New Play Development. The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust is the Supporter of New Work Development.

“I started watching 1970s horror films, and became interested in how horror can actually be a way to understand the obsessions or fears of a culture. I was intrigued by the idea of revenge plays,” said playwright Charise Castro Smith, who refers to Feathers and Teeth as a “thrilledy”—a thriller comedy. “This play is a horror play, yes, but it’s also about a family grieving. Sometimes people ask me what I want the audience to know about the play going into it. My response is ‘not much.’ The fun things about the play are the surprises.”

Smith’s other plays include Estrella Cruz [The Junkyard Queen] (Ars Nova ANT Fest/Yale Cabaret/Upcoming: Halcyon Theatre); Boomcracklefly (Miracle Theater in Portland, OR), and The Hunchback of Seville (Brown Trinity Playwrights Rep/Washington Ensemble Theatre). She is currently working on new work commissions from Trinity Repertory Company and South Coast Repertory. She received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and her BA from Brown University.

“It is such a pleasure to be part of the development of a new play—especially one as unusual as Feathers and Teeth,” said director Henry Godinez. “Charise takes realism and infuses it with a combination of 1970s campy television and truly frightening elements of a horror thriller without ever compromising the central story of a teenage girl’s genuine, heartbreaking story of loss and grief. It’s remarkably human.”

Home-sweet-home quickly turns into a haunted house for 13-year-old Chris (Olivia Cygan) when Carol (Christina Hall)—her father’s new fiancée from hell—moves in. Struggling with the recent death of her mother Ellie (Ali Burch), Chris is convinced her father Arthur’s (Eric Slater) live-in fiancée is ill-intentioned, but she can’t persuade Dad to her point-of-view. Enter a mysterious creature—and a little help from a friend (Jordan Brodess as Hugo).

In role of Foley Artist, Chicago actor Carolyn Hoerdemann provides a live soundscape for the show’s surprises. “I think hearing the sound effects live adds another layer to the play that’s so alive, juicy and tangible,” said Hoerdemann. “I play with sound just as the other actors play off each other.”

Back to School Safety Advice for Parents and Students

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The Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) is encouraging parents and their children to protect themselves as they prepare to go back to school.

BACP is offering tips to help you Know Before You Send Your Kids to School.

  • Ensure your children have your phone number memorized.
  • Read manufacturer’s age recommendations for supplies.
  • Before renting or purchasing new or used books, use price comparison engines: campusbooks.com, bigwords.com, bookfinder.com
  • Use verified, free services to obtain assistance for student loans: consumerfinance.gov, studentaid.ed.gov, studentloanborrowerassistance.org
  • Recalls from the Federal Consumer Product Safety Commissioner are posted on BACP’s website and social media.
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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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