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Activists say Trauma Care Center “A Victory for the South Side, but the Fight is Not Over”

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CHICAGO, IL – The Trauma Care Coalition, representing the community groups which have been pressing the University of Chicago to provide adult trauma care for five years,  will hold a press conference today to address the announcement made Thursday September 10 by the UofC and Holy Cross hospital. The UofC has agreed to provide $40-million and medical staff toward a level 1 trauma center located at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago Lawn, which is run by Mt. Sinai Health System.

In advance of the press conference, the Trauma Care Coalition has prepared the following statement to address the announcement. Coverage may quote from the statement, and requests for additional comment can be directed to the media contact listed above.

The Trauma Center at Holy Cross is a victory for the south side and it’s happening because of young black people and allies. The trauma center at Holy Cross represents a victory for the south side and is the direct result of the efforts of black young people and their allies who have been fighting for the last five years. This new trauma center will save lives in neighborhoods on the south and southwest side affected by gun violence and other traumas.

It’s still not enough, U of C hasn’t done enough to show that black lives matter.

There are still large swaths of the south side that will not be adequately served by the new trauma center. South Shore, East Woodlawn, Kenwood, and other South Side neighborhoods with higher gun violence rates are still more than five miles away from an adult trauma center.

The decision to not place the trauma center on campus says to the immediate surrounding neighborhoods that we are not welcomed. This campaign was started after the death of Damian Turner, a young black organizer who was shot 3 blocks away from UCMC. For five years, his peers, family, community, and allies have carried his spirit throughout this campaign. In those five years, countless lives have been lost to gun trauma. The University of Chicago has avoided engaging in a process with the surrounding community, and excluded the voices of those most directly impacted.

After five years the University has still yet to engage in a process that values the young black voices that resiliently pressured them to making this decision. This decision says to those young people that the University of Chicago is willing to spend $40 million to keep black victims of gun trauma off of their sacred lands. The fact that nine people who risked their freedom and safety to continue push the university on this issue are still banned from all University of Chicago property is another example of the University’s prejudice and disengagement toward the community. Providing access to care does not erase the institutionally racist nature of the University’s handling of the community, young black people, and the gun violence that is killing people steps aways from their hospital.

The U of C cannot renege on raising the age limit, in fact they should raise it further to 21. Under the proposed arrangement, the Comer Pediatric hospital would cease pursuit of raising the age limit of their trauma center to 18. The University of Chicago should not renege on their commitment to raise the age limit because this will provide equitable access to care for young south side residents whose lives matter just as much as someone on the north side. In fact the University of Chicago should further raise the age limit of their pediatric trauma center to 21.

U of C met with us in August and committed to provide community input into the planning process and we look forward to them following through on their commitment to have community input. After our sit in in June, Dr. Kenneth Polonsky from the University of Chicago agreed to meet with leaders of our coalition. We met twice with him in August and he committed to meet with us again on September 21. At our second meeting Dr. Polonsky agreed to participate in a regional meeting with community stakeholders on the issue to discuss a regional solution to the lack of trauma care. We fully expect and look forward to the continuation of these meetings.

We celebrate this step for a more equitable distribution of resources in our city, while we acknowledge that it is not enough. We will continue to fight for healthcare justice on the South Side.

What: Press conference to comment on UofC/Holy Cross announcement

When: Today, Friday September 11, 1 pm
Where: UofC Hospital, 58th and S. Maryland
Who: Trauma Care Coalition

This statement was made by the Trauma Care Coalition. The Trauma Care Coalition represents South Side community organizations and allied groups. Coalition members include:

  • Fearless Leading by the Youth
  • Southside Together Organizing for Power
  • Kenwood Oakland Community Organization
  • Students for Health Equity
  • Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Interfaith Leadership Council
  • National Nurses United

Senator Kirk on 14th Anniversary of 9/11 Terror Attacks: “The Wounds Our Nation Suffered 14 Years Ago Will Never be Forgotten…”

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released the following statement today marking the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that claimed the lives of 2,977 and left thousands more living with illness and injury sustained from the attacks and their aftermath: 

“The wounds our nation suffered 14 years ago will never be forgotten, and today we honor the memory of the 2,977 men, women and children who were taken from their families in the name of terrorism. There are thousands more victims who live among us today, like the first responders and volunteers who are suffering from illnesses and injuries sustained from the attacks and their aftermath. The World Trade Center Health Program is set to expire this year, and along with Senator Gillibrand, I have introduced legislation to extend this program and support those who rushed towards danger to help our nation and our families rebuild during one of the darkest days in American history. The health of these heroes is a bipartisan cause we can all support.” 


The James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Reauthorization Act would:

Continue the World Trade Center (WTC) Health Program. The World Trade Center Health Program would continue medical monitoring for 9/11-related illnesses for over 63,000 9/11 first responders and treatment for over 7,800 injured 9/11 survivors. Over 33,000 of these responders and survivors have at least one or more medical conditions as a result of their 9/11 exposure.

Continue Monitoring and Treatment for Communities Throughout the Nation. The program would continue to provide medical monitoring and treatment for responders to the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and the Shanksville, Pennsylvania crash site who live outside the New York metropolitan area. Treatment is included for the over 7,900 injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors including responders who came to New York to provide assistance after 9/11 and those from New York who have moved out of the New York Metropolitan area.

Continue the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The fund, which is scheduled to close on October 3rd 2016, would remain open and fully funded to provide compensation for economic damages and loss for responders and survivors who were injured by exposure to the toxins at Ground Zero. To date, the VCF has determined 10,549 claimants eligible and has made compensation decisions for 4,415 injured and ill 9/11 responders and survivors for over a billion dollars in compensation. More are expected in the coming years due to the delayed onset of cancer from 9/11 exposure.

Continue to Research New Conditions. The legislation would continue research in diagnosing and treating WTC-related illnesses.

Chicago Immigrant Women Join 100 Mile Pilgrimage to Pope Francis

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Chicago Immigrants To Send off Local Immigrant Women who will walk 100 Miles in Pilgrimage to the Pope

Week-long Walk Will Echo Pope’s Message of Dignity for Migrants, Ahead of Meeting with President and Congress


On September 15th, one hundred women from around the country will set out from the York County Detention Center in Pennsylvania, walking 10 to 15 miles per day,  on a one hundred mile pilgrimage concluding in Washington, D.C.,  where Pope Francis is set to meet with the President and address Congress.  Six immigrant women from Chicago, 4 undocumented and 2 citizens, will join the historic march. They are leaving from Pilsen on September 14th, with hopes that the Pope will amplify their call for basic rights and for an end to the inhumane practices of immigrant detention and deportation.

“Right now we are fighting to close down all immigrant detention centers, to end terrorizing raids in our communities,  and to stop all deportations,” explains Alejandra Cabrera, one of the pilgrims and a community leader who has lived in Chicago for 20 years.  “We want the community, the Pope, Congress, and President Obama to hear our message that we want better treatment for the immigrant community.”

Maria Elena Orozco of Chicago and member of Chicago Community and Workers Rights, will also be among the pilgrims.  She is the undocumented mother of three citizen children, the youngest of whom (age 4) will accompany the group. “I want the Pope to listen to our voices and relay our message to President Obama: we all deserve to live with justice and dignity,” she explains. “One hundred miles is a lot, it is a big sacrifice that we are willing to make to accomplish our objective, but if we compare one hundred miles to all of the injustices, the violations, and the hours and hours of work we endure in this country — one hundred miles is nothing!”

These women, along with Jessica de La O, Genoveva Ramirez, Rosi Carrasco, and Reyna Wences, will join at least 95 others from We Belong Together, the #Not1More Campaign, PICO, and other immigrant-led groups. Through this act of faith, the walkers will echo the Pope’s message for migrant dignity and lift up the hardships immigrant women face in the US, including the constant assault of ICE on their communities and families.

The pilgrimage will arrive in DC on September 22nd, the same day the Pope arrives and right before his meeting with the President and Congressional address. These 100 women, with 100 miles and more behind them, will then hold a vigil with their allies and supporters that same day.

What: Press conference to send off  local immigrant women before they depart to participate in 100 mile pilgrimage walk to meet Pope Francis in Washington, D.C. They will be urging him to advocate on behalf of undocumented immigrants and to call for an end to immigrant detention.

When: Monday, September 14, 2015  11:00 AM

Where: Cultura Pilsen, 1900 S. Carpenter St, Chicago, IL

Who: Activists and local immigrant women

More information can be found at http://webelongtogether.org/100women and by following #100women100miles on twitter.

NAACP Statement On Passing Of Helen Burns Jackson, Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Mother

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BALTIMORE, MD – The NAACP family acknowledges the passing of Mrs. Helen Burns Jackson, mother of Rev. Jesse Jackson. Mrs. Jackson passed away on Labor Day in Greenville, SC, after a lengthy illness. She was 92.

Never in the spotlight , Mrs. Jackson’s presence was the driving force behind her son Jesse’s success. She watched and prayed from the sidelines as her son helped change America. Known for her strong faith and deep sense of Christian responsibility to help others, she supported her son as he and other youth in the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) held sit-ins at lunch counters in their hometown of Greenville during the early 1960s.

Mrs. Jackson was also present for Rev. Jackson’s runs for president twice, briefly appearing in public at the Democratic National Convention in 1988 when Rev. Jackson made his historic address to the convention as a presidential candidate.

“Helen Burns Jackson was a woman whose faith and commitment to her family brought stability and joy to her community, and inspired her sons to lead and enrich the lives of a generation,” said NAACP President Cornell W. Brooks. “We honor her life, and our thoughts and prayers are with Rev. Jackson and his family.”

“Mrs. Jackson was a constant spiritual guide to her son with unwavering faith which she applied to her daily living,” said NAACP Chairman Roslyn P. Brock. “She demonstrated a mother’s love and was, in essence, a mother of the Civil Rights Movement. We salute her life and honor her legacy.”

U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley: Why I Support the Iran Nuclear Agreement

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Letters to Editors

The U.S. Senate will soon vote on whether to support or reject President Obama’s international agreement to keep Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.

Every member of the Senate shares the common objective of stopping Iran from going nuclear.  That’s not in question.  The issue before us is whether the negotiated agreement is the best path to reaching our objective. I believe it is.

I’ve studied the agreement closely.  I’ve listened to experts and advocates on all sides.  The deal creates an effective framework for 15 years blocking Iran’s path to a bomb. With unprecedented inspections and monitoring, if Iran tries to cheat, we are very likely to know it, and can reimpose sanctions quickly.

But this deal is not without significant shortcomings and risks as well. We will need to pay close attention to Iran’s activities, and act decisively to counteract any failure of Iran to live up to the agreement. And we must step up our efforts to curb Iran’s destabilizing influence in the region and its support for terrorism.

The fact is, there is no better alternative. Rejecting this deal is unlikely to re-open negotiations. It would not lead to a “better” deal.  Rather, it would be most likely to leave Iran with either substantial sanctions relief or a growing nuclear program without any inspections. And in either case, we will be isolated and have fewer options and less leverage.

No foreign policy comes with guarantees, and there are both risks with the agreement and risks in rejecting it. Given the options available, the deal is the best option to achieving our goal of a nuclear-free Iran.  Learn more about my decision here.


Incognito: A Conversation About Race & Identity

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CHICAGO, IL - Trayvon Martin. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. Sandra Bland. #BlackLivesMatter. As America experiences a new civil rights movement fueled by protests around deaths of unarmed African-Americans, recent conversations about race and identity have never been more widespread or important. Nor has our nation struggled as much to conduct that dialogue in productive and meaningful ways.  

Coming together for the first time in Chicago this October, the award-winning organization Literature for All of Us and author/actor/activist Michael Fosberg will hold an exclusive performance and discussion aimed at changing the way we discuss what it means to be black, white — or both. 

Fosberg, after growing up in a middle-class white family, discovered in his mid-30s that his biological father was African-American. “Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self-Discovery,” his autobiographical book and acclaimed one-man play, confronts the issues of prejudice, diversity, heritage and family through his revelatory journey. 

Through the roles of about a dozen different characters, Fosberg tells a story that unravels multiple layers of identity and shares lessons of conflict and resiliency in a world where nothing truly is black-and-white. The ticketed event, which will feature a live performance, will be held Oct. 25 from 2-4 p.m. at The Flats Auditorium at East-West University in Chicago.
 All proceeds will benefit Literature for All of Us, which uses an innovative book group model to create readers, writers and critical thinkers in some of the most under-resourced neighborhoods of Chicago and Evanston, IL.

“Incognito shows the importance of storytelling in learning to understand ourselves and to courageously face the world,” said Karen Thomson, executive director of Literature for All of Us, which has served more than 8,000 predominantly African-American young people and adults over nearly two decades. “To find your voice and be heard, as Michael has done, sets a powerful example for the rest of us as we navigate questions of race and identity in the 21st century.”

What: “Incognito: A Conversation About Race & Identity”

When: 2 – 4 p.m., Sunday, October 25

Where: The Flats Auditorium at East-West University, 829 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago, IL 60605

Tickets: $40/pp @ http://bit.ly/1Dx5Srx

For further information and to arrange interviews with Michael Rosberg and Karen Thomson, please contact:
Pamela Ferdinand, Communications Coordinator
Literature for All of Us

847-869-7323 (office) or 617-407-1834 (mobile)



President Obama Statement on Senate Vote on Iran Nuclear Agreement

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President Barack Obama:

The Senate took an historic step forward and voted to enable the United States to work with our international partners to enable the implementation of the comprehensive, long-term deal that will prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. This vote is a victory for diplomacy, for American national security, and for the safety and security of the world. For nearly two years, we negotiated from a position of strength to reach an agreement that meets our core objectives. Since we concluded these negotiations, we have had the most consequential national security debate since the decision to invade Iraq more than a decade ago. Over the last several weeks, the more members studied the details of this deal, the more they came out in support. Today, I am heartened that so many Senators judged this deal on the merits, and am gratified by the strong support of lawmakers and citizens alike. Going forward, we will turn to the critical work of implementing and verifying this deal so that Iran cannot pursue a nuclear weapon, while pursuing a foreign policy that leaves our country – and the world – a safer place.

Kirk Statement on Filibuster of Resolution to Disapprove Iran Deal

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) issued the following statement after 42 Senators voted to prevent final consideration of H.J. Res. 61, the joint resolution of disapproval on the Iran nuclear agreement:

“Today a partisan group of 42 Senators who support the Iran nuclear deal blocked the Senate from voting on the agreement. If supporters of the deal continue to block a vote until September 17, the President will not have to veto the resolution sent him by a bipartisan majority opposed to his nuclear deal.  The American people deserve to know if their elected representatives support sending $100 billion to the biggest state sponsor of terror in the world.”

ISBE and Illinois PTA Will Present a Back-to-School Webinar for Parents on Sept. 23

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 State Superintendent and other speakers will address hot topics in education and resources for parents during evening forum 

SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois State Board of Education and the Illinois PTA are hosting a Back-to-School Webinar for parents at 7 p.m. Sept. 23. State Superintendent Tony Smith, Ph.D., and Illinois PTA President Matthew Rodriguez will discuss statewide education initiatives and how parents and schools can work together to help their students thrive.

Registration is available online at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5338416294297449473.

“Engaged families are crucial to a child’s healthy development and education, and the State Board of Education is committed to providing the tools and resources necessary to build effective relationships between parents, educators, and the community,” said Dr. Smith.

During the one-hour event, he will outline his five key areas of focus to guide ISBE’s initiatives. These are:

·         Money – Establish an adequate and equitable education finance system

·         Quality – Common definition of, and fair access to, quality education

·         Autonomy – Maximize district autonomy to provide quality education to all    families

·         Competency – Encourage competency-based learning

·         Community – Districts and schools as centers of healthy communities

“There are multiple studies that show and confirm that parent involvement directly relates to student success,” Rodriguez said. “I am very proud to join Superintendent Smith in this webinar so we can address in real time some of the concerns and questions from parents around the state. Our partnership with ISBE is essential to create the most effective parent, teacher, and student relationship.”

The webinar will discuss the upcoming score report release for the first administration of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) exam and how results will look much different than scores from previous state tests. This change does not mean Illinois students are learning less or are less capable. The PARCC exam scores will simply reflect higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do to stay on track for college and careers. The PARCC exam will return in spring 2016 with a shorter, simpler format to improve the testing process while still providing reliable and valid information about student achievement. Parents will also hear more about a new science assessment that will be given to students this school year.

Speakers will also discuss ISBE’s guidance for schools to strengthen and nurture family engagement to build meaningful and productive partnerships with parents and caregivers. Parents will also have the opportunity to learn more about helpful resources, including the award-winning Illinois Report Card and the 5Essentials Survey.

This is the second year that ISBE and the Illinois PTA have partnered to present a Back-to-School Webinar for parents. Nearly 400 people participated in last year’s event. 

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Delivers Remarks at Justice Department Survivor Tree Dedication in Recognition of 9/11

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Washington, DC

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch:

Good morning and thank you all for being here.  It is an honor to stand with so many friends, colleagues and members of our extended Justice Department family as we observe a tragic anniversary of devastating loss – and as we look ahead with determination, with compassion and with hope.  At this time, I ask you all to join me in a moment of silence.


Thank you.  Fourteen years after the most deadly terrorist attack ever carried out on American soil, the events of September 11, 2001, remain seared into our national consciousness.  In New York City, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania and in Arlington, Virginia – not far from where we gather now – nearly 3,000 innocent lives were stolen and our law enforcement community lost more than 70 heroes.  Today, we come together to mourn their loss, to remember their lives and to embrace their legacy.

We are also gathered to plant a tree in their memory – a tree that comes from seedlings of a pear tree that stood on the World Trade Center Plaza in 2001 that was nearly destroyed when the towers collapsed.  Bruised, battered, it was a miracle that it had survived at all.  But with time and care, the tree came back to life with a resilience and a vitality that symbolizes the American spirit and it blooms again.  That tree, known as the “Survivor Tree,” still stands at the 9/11 memorial – a reminder that through unspeakable tragedy, we can endure; we can prevail; and we, too, can bloom again.

I want to thank the 9/11 Memorial for their gracious donation of the Survivor Tree seedling.  As this new tree grows and blossoms in years to come, let us remember that we will always stand together, no matter what storms may come.  We will always persevere in the face of heartbreaking loss.  And we will forever uphold the legacy of love and sacrifice of our loved ones who were taken from us before their time.  As we give this tree new life and as we go forth from this place today, let us remember their beauty, their spirit and their friendship.  Let us keep their memories alive.  And let us resolve to build a world deserving of their joy, their love and their grace.

God bless the memories of those we lost on this fateful day.  God bless the loved ones who continue to hold them close.  And may God bless our American family.

Source: Office of Attorney General

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