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Archive for February 10th, 2016

Economic Justice Still Elusive Long After King’s ‘I Have a Dream’

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By Edna Kane-Williams


On April 3, 1968, nearly five years after his famous “I Have a Dream Speech,” Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., told a gathering of preachers at the Mason Temple in Memphis, Tenn., that it was time to deal with poverty in America.

“It’s all right to talk about long white robes over yonder, in all of its symbolism. But ultimately people want some suits and dresses and shoes to wear down here! It’s all right to talk about streets flowing with milk and honey, but God has commanded us to be concerned about the slums down here, and his children who can’t eat three square meals a day,” he told them.

Less than 24 hours later, King was killed by an assassin’s bullet in Memphis. He had been preparing to escalate his new agenda – the “Poor People’s Campaign,” launched five months earlier in partnership with the Southern Christian Leadership Conference.

Unlike the hard-won Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965, the struggle for economic parity never came to fruition. Now, nearly a half century later, leading economic justice advocates say King’s unfulfilled agenda has laid dormant far too long.

“He knew that without wealth, we would still be segregated,” says Ronald Cooper, president of the National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB). “He felt that black people not only needed social justice, but we needed economic justice to allow us to move into the middle class, to move into neighborhoods of our choosing.”

According to statistics, that equality is quite a ways off. The Pew Research Center reported last year that “the wealth of white households was 13 times the median wealth of black households in 2013, compared with eight times the wealth in 2010.”
The Pew study, based on analysis of data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, states, “The current gap between blacks and whites has reached its highest point since 1989, when whites had 17 times the wealth of black households.”

In King’s final years, there is no question that economic equality was foremost on his mind. His numerous speeches often focused on it, including “Transforming a Neighborhood Into a Brotherhood,” an August 1967 speech to a NAREB convention in San Francisco.

Now, in 2016, economics is increasingly on the agendas of social justice leaders, including Cooper and National Urban League President Marc Morial. Morial recently published a column asking, “What Will 2016 Bring for Economic and Political Opportunity and Social Justice?”

He suggests that a national minimum wage hike “would be a significant step toward reducing poverty.”

With black joblessness twice the rate of that for white people, he also suggests that Congress “create thousands of jobs and revitalize the national economy by enacting a surface transportation bill that guarantees employment for workers in low- and moderate-income communities and ensures access to contracts for minority businesses.”

On the other hand, Cooper says homeownership is the key to growing wealth and that closing the 30 percent home ownership gap between African Americans and white Americans is crucial. He suggests pushing for policies that end lending discrimination and educates African Americans and other minorities on how to become homeowners.

Advocates acknowledge that economic issues may sound complex to communities that have struggled for years. But in a March 1968 meeting with the SCLC, King made the vision clear and simple.

”This is a highly significant event,” he said in the meeting, documented by Stanford University. He described the Poor People’s Campaign as ”the beginning of a new cooperation, understanding, and a determination by poor people of all colors and backgrounds to assert and win their right to a decent life and respect for their culture and dignity.”

Edna Kane-Williams is senior vice president for multicultural leadership at AARP.

Photo Caption: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and a team of activists and aides leave the West Wing after meeting with President Johnson on Aug. 5, 1965, the day before Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act. After that victory, the movement turned toward economic justice, but assassination took King’s life.

PHOTO: National Archive and Records Administration /WhiteHouse.gov

Wife of Dead ISIL Leader Charged in Death of Kayla Jean Mueller

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Defendant Charged with Conspiracy to Provide Material Support to ISIL

Nisreen Assad Ibrahim Bahar, aka Umm Sayyaf, 25, an Iraqi citizen and wife of Abu Sayyaf, a senior leader within the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) until his death last year, was charged by criminal complaint today for her role in a conspiracy that resulted in the death of American citizen Kayla Jean Mueller in February 2015.

Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin, U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente of the Eastern District of Virginia and Assistant Director in Charge Paul M. Abbate of the FBI’s Washington Field Office made the announcement.

“The charges filed today allege that Umm Sayyaf and others conspired to provide material support to ISIL and that this conspiracy resulted in the death of Kayla Jean Mueller,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin.  “Sayyaf is currently in Iraqi custody for her terrorism-related activities.  We fully support the Iraqi prosecution of Sayyaf and will continue to work with the authorities there to pursue our shared goal of holding Sayyaf accountable for her crimes.  At the same time, these charges reflect that the U.S. justice system remains a powerful tool to bring to bear against those who harm our citizens abroad.  We will continue to pursue justice for Kayla and for all American victims of terrorism.”

“Kayla Mueller’s kidnapping and death is a tragic reminder of the dangers that ISIL poses to Americans,” said U.S. Attorney Boente.  “We will continue to work alongside the FBI to investigate this case and remain steadfast in our pursuit of justice for the Mueller family.”

“The FBI continues to work tirelessly alongside our partners to hold accountable those who are responsible for the kidnapping and death of Kayla Mueller,” said Assistant Director in Charge Abbate.  “This criminal complaint is another step toward achieving justice in the case.  We will always be relentless in our efforts to identify, locate and arrest those who are responsible for the kidnappings and murders of American citizens.”

According to the affidavit in support of the criminal complaint, in August 2013, on their second full day in northern Syria, Mueller and Individual 1 were kidnapped at gunpoint by masked ISIL soldiers.  Mueller remained an ISIL hostage until her death on or about Feb. 7, 2015.

According to the affidavit, in August 2014, Individual 2 and Individual 3, two young Kurdish women of Yazidi heritage, were forcibly kidnapped by ISIL from their village in northern Iraq.  After their capture, Individual 2 and Individual 3 were taken to a prison in Syria maintained by ISIL where they were held with Mueller.

According to the affidavit, on or about Sept. 24, 2014, Mueller, Individual 2 and Individual 3 were transferred from the ISIL prison to the custody of Abu and Umm Sayyaf.  Abu Sayyaf, who reported directly to ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, was ISIL’s minister of oil and gas, and was previously responsible for ISIL’s media program.  The Sayyafs maintained several residences where they forcibly held Mueller, Individual 2 and Individual 3, along with other female captives.  The captives were at various times handcuffed, held in locked rooms, and Mueller was sexually abused by Baghdadi, who forced her to have sex with him.  Umm Sayyaf knew how Mueller was treated by Baghdadi when Mueller was held against her will in Sayyaf’s home.

The Sayyaf residences featured ISIL flags and other ISIL-branded items, and often had numerous firearms open and visible to captives.  For a period of time, a large supply of weapons was maintained in a room of one of the residences for use by ISIL fighters.

According to the affidavit, the Sayyafs held young women who were sold or traded to ISIL men, and the women were characterized as being “owned” by the ISIL men who acquired them.  While Mueller, Individual 2 and Individual 3 were held captive by the Sayyafs, Umm Sayyaf threatened the women, telling them she would kill them if they did not listen to her.

According to the affidavit, on or about May 15, 2015, the U.S. military conducted an operation targeting one of the Sayyaf residences.  During the operation, Abu Sayyaf was killed when he engaged with U.S. military forces and Umm Sayyaf was captured.  Firearms stored at the residence at the time of the operation were seized and are currently in the custody of the FBI.

According to the affidavit, beginning on or about June 17, 2015, Umm Sayyaf was interviewed by FBI agents and admitted that her family belonged to the al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) terrorist organization, the predecessor group to ISIL, and remained members of the terrorist organization when its name changed to ISIL.  The defendant admitted to holding Mueller, Individual 2, Individual 3 and others hostage on behalf of ISIL.  Umm Sayyaf also admitted she had sole responsibility for Mueller, Individual 2, Individual 3 and others in captivity while her husband travelled on ISIL business.  In addition, she admitted to hosting ISIL members, including al-Baghdadi, at her residence.

According to the affidavit, Sayyaf admitted that al-Baghdadi “owned” Mueller during her captivity at the Sayyaf residence and admitted that “owning” is equivalent to slavery.

If convicted, Sayyaf faces a maximum penalty of life in prison.  The maximum statutory sentence is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes, as the sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.

The charge in the complaint is merely an allegation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case was investigated by the FBI’s Washington Field Office.  The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennis Fitzpatrick of the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorneys Bridget Behling and John Gibbs of the National Security Division’s Counterterrorism Section.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Attorney General Highlights Safer Internet Day

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan recognized 2016 Safer Internet Day by urging parents and educators to help students adopt healthy online habits.

To coincide with this year’s theme, “Play Your Part for a Better Internet,” the Attorney General’s Office is encouraging educators to hold a “Secure It Day” for students to take inventory of online accounts and address vulnerable areas.

“We all know that our children are spending more time connected to the Internet, whether they are playing games or using social media,” said Madigan. “Safer Internet Day is a good opportunity to make sure students are being smart about what they post and who they interact with when they are online.”

Attorney General Madigan recommended that parents and teachers help youth take steps to make sure personal information is secure online:

• Change usernames that contain personal information;
• Create strong passwords;
• Turn on privacy settings;
• Remove unknown friends and followers;
• Never share passwords or account information;
• Be cautious if solicited for private information;
• Connect to trusted networks and websites; and
• Keep firewall, anti-spyware and anti-virus programs current.

During the spring of 2014, the Attorney General’s office conducted a survey of over 800 Illinois students in grades three through eight to determine how they are using technology and social media. The results showed that the average child creates his or her first social networking account at 10 years-old, even though social networking sites require users to be at least 13 years-old to create accounts. While 70 percent of youth in the survey acknowledged their postings to social media and other websites can impact their futures, more than 60 percent said they are not concerned with the amount of personal information they make available online. Additionally, 40 percent of third through eighth graders believe they should be the only person to check their online and mobile activity.

On Safer Internet Day, the Attorney General encouraged parents and teachers to talk to youth about their online connections, followers and posts, and promote safety and respect on the Internet. Attorney General Madigan’s office has generated new and updated resources for students, families and educators to support positive digital choices. These resources are available on the Attorney General’s Stay Connected, Stay Informed website.

Attorney General Madigan leads the Illinois Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force (ICAC), which investigates child exploitation crimes and trains local law enforcement agencies throughout Illinois to investigate these crimes. As of December 2015, Madigan’s ICAC task force had been involved in 1,074 arrests of sexual predators. The task force has also provided Internet safety training and education to 500,975 parents, teachers and students, and to 19,472 law enforcement professionals.

For more information or to access resources, please visit the Stay Connected, Stay Informed website, or contact the Attorney General’s Internet Safety Specialists at e-info@atg.state.il.us.

National Veterans Art Museum to open Solo Exhibition “Operation Mom’s Couch,” from Award-Winning Veteran Artist Eric J. Garcia

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New exhibition highlights autobiographical veteran artist experience


CHICAGO, IL — The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) announces the opening of its solo exhibition Operation Mom’s Couch—the newest exploration of the veteran experience through the lens of an Airman and his cultural consumption of war stemming back to early childhood memories, juxtaposed with his lived authentic enlisted experience. The way in which war is broadcast to the public and consumed on couches all across the world—becoming a daily part of the home environment—is a phenomenon explored by retired Air Force veteran, and award-winning artist: Eric J. Garcia. The exhibition will open on February 26, 2016 with a reception from 6 – 9 PM. Eric J. Garcia will deliver the keynote speech.

Known for mixing history and culture with contemporary themes, Eric J. Garcia creates art that expands the genre beyond aesthetics.  Garcia has shown in numerous national and international exhibitions, has received many awards such as the prestigious Jacob Javits Fellowship and is currently an artist in residence at the Hyde Park Art Center.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Garcia came to Chicago in 2007, to study at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he earned his Masters of Fine Arts degree.  A versatile artist working in an assortment of media, from hand-printed posters, to published political cartoons, to sculptural installations, they all have a common goal of educating and challenging.
Inspired by exposure to war imagery and iconography stemming from early childhood visceral memories, this exhibit serves as an installation-based narrative that illustrates the unfiltered experiences, emotions, and personal connections through fine art from the veteran that lived the story. The exhibit builds and alludes to questions related to war and its portrayal, as well the humanistic experience of the consumption of war depictions via: mainstream media and the news, cartoons, comic books, movies, videogames, and other various outlets that serve to depict war for consumption as a commodity. Garcia provides viewers intimate insights into how he would re-tell his narrative, starting with his earliest experiences of cultural consumption of war stemming back to childhood—his mother’s couch. The telling exhibition prompts viewers to consider their personal stories and contemplate how they might share their own narratives.

By incorporating sculptural installation, 3D Objects and mixed media, the artist has constructed a unique environment for viewers, which harnesses essential elements of storytelling. Operation Mom’s Couch begins by chronicling the artist’s exposure to different war imagery in the home environment and the subsequent consumption of war culture through first-hand visual accounts and descriptions and artwork. The exhibition culminates in a multifaceted piece entitled “The War Nest” with a suspended mobile. Garcia states: “On my mom’s couch is where I watched war shows, read war comics, played war video games and reenacted many war scenes.  This couch was a nest of military propaganda that incubated a future recruit.  Let’s sit back on that couch and investigate that environment that nurtures us…”

With artworks and objects from NVAM’s permanent collection displayed alongside Garcia’s work, the National Veterans Art Museum is exhibiting a multitude of sculptural combat-inspired art and objects collected over 30 years in conjunction with the tone and thematic elements of Garcia’s work.

With didactic guides and lesson plans that accompany the artwork and artifacts, visitors of all ages can gain a better understanding of the significance of combat inspired art, as explored in Operation Mom’s Couch, as well as explore possibilities and benefits of personal storytelling.

Operation Mom’s Couch is partially supported by Bank of America.

About the National Veterans Art Museum
In October 1981, a group of Vietnam War veterans put together an exhibition of artwork based on their war experiences. The success of the show led to the establishment of the Vietnam Veterans Art Group. Fifteen years later, with a building donated, the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum was launched. In 2003, the museum began accepting work by veterans of all conflicts and, in 2010, changed its name to the National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM).Located in Chicago IL, the NVAM’s comprehensive permanent collection of combat inspired art comprises over 2,500 pieces. The collection includes art inspired from the time of World War II to the present day. The collection was built to inspire an understanding of the impact of combat on the individuals who served as well as our society at large. And the permanent collection—spanning over 30 years—continues to grow it includes painting, print, photography and sculpture.
While the NVAM is one of the only museums in the world to collect and exhibit artwork exclusively created by veterans in a permanent exhibition, it also provides important programming for veterans, their families, and the community. For more information about the National Veterans Art Museum, visit www.nvam.org, or call 312-326-0270. For more information, visit www.nvam.org or call 312-326-0270.

Black Relationship Expert Reveals the Psychology Behind Why Men (and Women) Cheat

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Power Within, A Woman's Worth By Aaron Jordan, Jr.

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — A new book entitled, The Power Within, A Womans Worth: From Both Sexes (available on Amazon.com) tackles the controversial topic of cheating, and reveals the psychology behind why men and women cheat on each other when they are in committed relationships. Author Aaron Jordan Jr. explains it from, not just a one-sided viewpoint that we have heard before, but also from the viewpoint as to why both sexes cheat.

Jordan, who is also a speaker, relationship coach, and radio personality, made headlines and positively changed the course of countless lives in 2015 with his Know Your Worth movement and all related components. Many individuals believe that the reason men cheat is because certain women allow them to. And some will even say that it dates back to primitive years, and that it is edged in our DNA as men to have multiple women… well, I cant share everything, laughs Jordan.

But Jordan is on a mission to empower and enlighten the minds of both men and women on understanding who they are, whose they are, and what they are when it comes to dating. Via his “The Game of Love College Relationship Tour”, he is already sharing his wealth of knowledge about dating and relationships with thousands of singles, couples, and divorcees.

In dating, people have to understanding that it is more spiritual than it is physical, and once we get to the point of not devaluing who we are and our worth for the stake of having a warm body next to us; then at that point we will be able to control what we will and will not tolerate, explains Aaron.

He also adds that he is already in the process of writing a second edition to his cutting edge book that will be called The Power Within, A Womans Worth: Introducing 5 Laws of Harnessing Your Worth.

For more details and/or to purchase the book, visit www.aaronjordanjr.com


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Photo: Author Aaron Jordan, Jr and his bookcover

City of Chicago Announces Marketing Campaign to Promote City’s Two Official Taxi Apps, Arro and Curb

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Chicago residents and visitors can now download either smartphone app to begin hailing taxi rides

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) announced a marketing campaign to educate the public about Arro and Curb, Chicago’s official taxi app providers. Chicago residents and visitors can now download either app on the Apple App Store or Google Play on their smartphones to begin hailing taxi rides.

“These apps give Chicago’s consumers even more choices in their means of transportation,” BACP Commissioner Maria Guerra Lapacek said. “These apps also put the taxicab industry in a position to reach passengers who want to hail a ride through their smartphone. We look forward to working together to promote this important program.”

The two official taxi apps, Arro and Curb, were selected through a competitive bidding process launched in May 2015. The selected companies demonstrated their ability to provide an app that will include key features such as a secure payment option, estimated wait time, and fare quote estimate. The city’s entire fleet of taxicabs is required to use either the Arro or Curb app while on duty.

“Curb users have the security of knowing they’ll be picked up by a professional taxi driver who is screened and licensed by the city of Chicago and will get them safely and efficiently to their destination,” Sanders Partee, Head of Mobile Programs, Verifone Taxi Systems said. “With Curb, there is no surge pricing so riders will know what to expect. Chicagoans can also use Curb in more than 60 cities around the country.”

“Arro is a mobile app startup dedicated to helping transform the taxi industry and we are excited to be chosen as a preferred vendor bringing e-hail technology to drivers and passengers in Chicago,” Mike Epley, Arro’s founder and Director of Product Management said. “Launched in New York City last fall, the technology has been praised by tech reviewers and passengers alike. The Arro app provides passengers with the service and consistent pricing they desire, as well as confidence that the vehicles and drivers with which they are traveling are fully licensed and regulated by local authorities.”

The marketing campaign throughout the city will be seen throughout the neighborhoods on the city’s digital billboards, on BACP’s social media accounts and in monthly business and consumer newsletters.

The marketing campaign will also be seen on the LED signs at the entrance of O’Hare International Aiport (ORD), signage at cab booths at both ORD and Midway Airport. Navy Pier and McCormick Place will also provide literature at their information desks as well as their websites.

Both Arro and Curb will provide a “How To” video on their app that will be posted on the City of Chicago’s YouTube channel as well as shared on BACPs social media accounts for maximum exposure and education.

Arro and Curb are operating as part of the City of Chicago CHICABS program, which houses all approved universal taxi app providers. Learn more about the CHICABS program at www.chicabs.org.

Today’s announcement is the latest step taken by the Emanuel Administration to bring innovation to the taxi industry and further benefit taxi drivers. As part of the Mayor’s 2016 budget passed by City Council, taxi drivers received a 15 percent fare increase that took effect on January 1, 2016. This change will boost average taxi driver income by $4,000 to $10,000 annually.

Additionally, as a result of the recently amended taxicab license holder rules and regulations, the credit card transaction fee imposed on taxi drivers was reduced to 4 percent effective January 1, 2016 and will further be reduced to 3 percent starting July 1, 2016, resulting in an additional $375 to $800 in annual income for the average taxi driver. Taxi drivers are also now entitled to revenue generated by exterior advertising.

BACP oversees the licensing of Chicago’s public chauffeurs and public vehicles including taxicabs, transportation network providers, liveries, charter and site seeing buses, horse drawn carriages, ambulances, water taxis and tour boats.  The department oversees the purchasing of taxicab medallions, vehicle inspections and rates of fare.  Learn more about BACP’s Public Vehicle Operations at www.cityofchicago.org/BACP.

Nurse Convicted For Role In Multi-Million Dollar Hospice Health Care Fraud

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PHILADELPHIA – A federal jury returned guilty verdicts against Patricia McGill, 68, of Philadelphia, a registered nurse who took part in a multi-million dollar fraud on Medicare that involved hospice care.  The jury found McGill guilty of four counts of health care fraud.  The jury acquitted the defendant of a conspiracy charge and nine counts of health care fraud.  U.S. District Court Judge Eduardo C. Robreno scheduled a sentencing hearing for May 24, 2016. McGill faces a potential advisory sentencing guideline range of 33 to 41 months in prison, a possible fine, and a $400 special assessment.


As the Director of Professional Services for Home Care Hospice (“HCH”), between 2005 and 2008, McGill authorized and supervised the admission of inappropriate and ineligible patients for hospice services, resulting in approximately $9.32 million in fraudulent claims.  HCH, co-owned by Matthew Kolodesh and Alex Pugman, who were convicted separately, was a for-profit business located at 1810 Grant Avenue, and later 2801 Grant Avenue, in Philadelphia.  HCH billed Medicare for hospice services allegedly provided by HCH nurses and health aides for patients at nursing homes, hospitals, and private residences.  However, the government’s evidence established that many HCH patients did not meet the Medicare criteria for hospice care, and that HCH billed Medicare for hospice care that was not provided to the patients.


The case was investigated by the FBI and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General.  It is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Frank Labor and Trial Attorney Marty Woelfle of the Organized Crime and Gang Section in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Source: FBI

Kirk Applauds Committee Passage of His Bill to Create a Standard of Care for Rehabilitation

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S. 800 Improves Rehab Following Stroke or Major Trauma

Endorsed by the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) celebrated the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee’s bipartisan passage of his bill, S. 800, the Enhancing the Stature and Visibility of Medical Rehabilitation Research at the NIH Act. S. 800 creates a standard of care for rehabilitation so that more men and women who suffer from a stroke or major trauma can access specialized, intense care. Senator Kirk’s bill modernizes the foundation of specialized rehabilitation by updating the definition of rehabilitation research at NIH. The changes in S. 800 are based on 2012 NIH Blue Ribbon Panel Recommendations and will ensure rehabilitation research reflects the scope and complexity of disability in our country.

“After my stroke, intense rehabilitation at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago helped me get back on my feet and back to work,” Senator Kirk said. “Every American should have the same access to quality rehab and care that I did. I thank my colleagues on the HELP Committee and look forward to passing this bill on the Senate floor.” 

“Research into medical rehabilitation can help find new ways to improve recovery from stroke – a leading cause of serious, long-term disability,” said Mark Creager, M.D., president of the American Heart Association. “The association stands in support of this important legislation, which will provide hope for those stroke survivors who need therapy to walk, talk and live independently again. We commend Senators Kirk and Bennet and the HELP Committee for advancing it.”  

“Coordination at the NIH is long overdue, and this legislation is a milestone for rehabilitation research,” said Joanne C. Smith, M.D. and president and CEO of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC). “Its focus is aligned with RIC’s mission, ensuring continued best-in-class, scientifically-driven care that advances patients’ ability and function.”  

“The American Occupational Therapy Association greatly appreciates all of Senators Kirk’s efforts which have led to the consideration of this bill by the Senate HELP Committee.  Advancing rehabilitation research is critical to ensuring that all Americans living with illness, disability, or injury will receive the most innovative and effective therapy available,” said Christina Metzler, The American Occupational Therapy Association’s Chief Public Affairs Officer. 

S. 800 is endorsed by the Disability and Rehabilitation Research Coalition, which includes but is not limited to:

  • American Physical Therapy Association
  • American Occupational Therapy Association
  • American College of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Association of Academic Physiatrists
  • American Speech Language and Hearing Association
  • American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Paralyzed Veterans of America,
  • Brain Injury Association of America
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation
  • American Academy of Neurology
  • Amputee Coalition of America
  • American Association of People with Disabilities
  • American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers
  • American Association on Health and Disability
  • American Foundation for the Blind
  • American Hospital Association
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • March of Dimes
  • Mental Health America
  • National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics
  • National Council on Independent Living
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society
  • United Spinal Association
  • Child Neurology Foundation
  • Child Neurology Society

Chicago International Television Awards Announces Call For Entries

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Honoring TV & commercial productions in over 70 competitive categories

CHICAGO, IL – Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival announce the call for entries for its 52nd Chicago International Television Awards. With over 70 competitive categories, this annual competition celebrates television and commercial productions from around the world. The submission period runs through Friday, March 11, 2016. Entries are accepted via FilmFreeway and WithoutABox. Complete details are at http://ChicagoFilmFestival.com/tv-awards.

At its core, the Television Awards’ mission is to recognize the enormous technical and creative energy behind Television commercials and productions and to highlight their importance in communications, advertising, and entertainment. Specific submission categories include Television Commercial acting, writing, cinematography, animation; Television Production Public Service Announcement campaign, web series, sketch comedy program, main title sequence; Achievements in long- and short- form productions, sound design, effects, and direction. Upon reviewing submissions, the production budget is carefully considered as is the resourceful use of limited funds.

“Television has always been an important part of global culture. It’s fertile ground for innovation,” says Cinema/Chicago’s Competitions Coordinator Sam Flancher. “The Chicago International Television Awards has a tradition of recognizing exciting new voices year after year.”

From innovative distribution approaches to groundbreaking storytelling, the Chicago International Television Awards continue to recognize the talented minds of this ever-evolving medium. For over fifty years, the Television Awards Ceremony presents awards to competition winners and pays tribute to distinguished individuals and companies who have made a memorable mark on the Industry. Commitment to Excellence Awards have been presented to Carol Mendelsohn, Leo Burnett, Tom Burrell, Jesse Spencer, Jay Levine, Joe Pytka, and Tom Skilling, among others.

The 52nd Chicago International Television Awards includes the annual Audience Choice Awards. In partnership with WTTW11 (PBS), audiences are invited to view the most exciting and innovative commercials from the past year and vote for their favorite. Participants will be entered to win two tickets to the Awards Ceremony. This year’s annual Awards Ceremony will take place at Loews Chicago Hotel (455 N Park Dr., Chicago). Complete details about the Audience Choice Awards and Awards Ceremony are to be announced.

The Chicago International Television Awards is supported by Cinema/Chicago and the Chicago International Film Festival. Led by Major Sponsors Sound Investment AV and WTTW11 with Media Partner ReelChicago.com. Evening Partners include Stella Artois.
When the Chicago International Film Festival was founded over 50 years ago by Artistic Director Michael Kutza, advertising agency heads Leo Burnett, Fairfax Cone, and Dick Needham suggested that, with budgets and craftsmanship equal to the feature films being screened, the Festival should showcase the art of the television commercial. Five decades later, this simple idea has evolved into an international celebration of the best in television and encompasses television commercials, productions, series, and the innovative realm of online television programming.
Cinema/Chicago is a not-for-profit arts and education organization dedicated to encouraging better understanding between cultures and to making a positive contribution to the art form of the moving image. The Chicago International Film Festival is one of the year-round programs presented by Cinema/Chicago, which also include its Chicago International Television Awards, CineYouth Festival, International Screenings Program, and Education Program. More information at ChicagoFilmFestival.com.

National Hellenic Museum Hosts a Panel Discussion on Looting and the Destruction of Shared Heritage

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An important conversation about protecting shared cultural heritage and antiquities.


While recent destruction of antiquities by ISIS has caused a global outcry, the world’s cultural heritage has long been under attack. Consistent looting and illegal trade of antiquities have caused irreparable damage, while providing significant revenue for the funding of terrorism. A panel of heritage protection experts will discuss the causes and consequences of iconoclasm and archaeological looting, and consider what can be done to address these problems.

This event will be held Thursday, February 18, 2016, at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 S. Halsted St., Chicago, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Moderator: Fiona Rose-Greenland, Research Fellow with the Neubauer Collegium for Culture and Society at the University of Chicago, is moderator of the event.

Panel speakers are:

                  Matthew Bogdanos, Marine Reserves colonel, New York Homicide prosecutor and classics scholar who became known as the “Raider of the Lost Art” for leading the search for antiquities stolen from Iraq’s National Museum in 2003

                  Patty Gerstenblith, DePaul University law professor and director of the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage

                  Lawrence Rothfield, University of Chicago professor and lead investigator for “The Past for Sale” research project at the University of Chicago

 This lecture is one of a series of events in support of The Greeks exhibition at The Field Museum. It provides a timely reminder that recent looting and illegal trade of antiquities is destroying our shared heritage, causing irreparable damage and producing significant revenue for terrorists.

Tickets are available at https://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org/calendar/antiquities-in-peril/

Located in Chicago’s Greektown, the sleek 40,000-square-foot National Hellenic Museum at 333. S. Halsted St. is both contemporary and timeless, connecting all generations—past, present and future—to the rich heritage of Greek history, culture, art and the Greek American experience. The National Hellenic Museum, previously known as the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center, has been fulfilling this mission since 1983.

For more information, visit http://www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org or call 312-655-1234.

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