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Archive for March 30th, 2016

Community Control is the Only Solution to Chicago’s Police Problem

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 From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done what the law says he’s supposed to do – appoint the Superintendent of Police. In rejecting all three nominees from his appointed Police Board and naming Commander Eddie Johnson as “Interim Superintendent”, the Mayor has underscored what the people campaigning for community control have been saying all along: the Mayor runs it. And that’s the problem.

 

This will remain the problem until the City Council puts the power to appoint the Chief of Police into the hands of the people by passing the proposed ordinance for an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. CPAC gives the people the power to decide how their communities should be policed and by whom. It will give the people the power to fire, and send for federal prosecution, cops who commit crimes such as murder, torture, and racial profiling.

 

While the Police Board ponders over who to propose in addition to the Mayor’s hand-picked choice, our alderpersons have an opportunity to support the CPAC ordinance and establish real community control. Once CPAC is enacted, the police superintendent, whoever that may be, will have to answer to the communities of Chicago and can be replaced, if necessary. CPAC is the only viable alternative to this selection circus. It is also the only democratic solution.

 

Now is the time for all of us to say:

No More IPRA! No More Police Board! Only CPAC!
For more information, contact:
Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795
Ted Pearson, 312-927-2689
 

White House to Host Women and the Criminal Justice System Convening

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The White House today will host a convening on Women and the Criminal Justice SystemIn honor of Women’s History Month and in the lead up to the United State of Women Summit, this event will bring together justice-involved women and girls, family members of incarcerated individuals, women serving in law enforcement and other leading advocates for a more equitable and effective justice system. The event will also provide a collaborative environment to discuss and share ideas on ways to improve women’s access to justice in the community, courtroom and cell block.

 

The event will be held today, Wednesday, March 30, at 12:30 P.M., at the South Court Auditorium of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

The discussion will be live-streamed between 12:30PM ET and 4:00PM ET time. Visit www.whitehouse.gov/live to tune in. Follow the conversation at #CJandWomen and#USWomen.

 

Participants include:

·         Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. Attorney General

·         Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to the President and Chair of the Council on Women and Girls

·         Karol Mason, Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs

·         Carol Adams, Sergeant, Police Department of Richmond

·         Yasmine Arrington, Founder, ScholarChips

·         Teresa Gonzales Ramon, Chief of Police, Judson Independent School District

·         Andrea James, Executive Director and Founder, Families for Justice as Healing

·         Piper Kerman, Author and Consultant, Spitfire Strategies

·         Tracey Meares, Professor, Yale Law School

·         Vivian Nixon, Executive Director, College and Community Fellowship

·         Michele Norris, Radio Journalist and Former Host for National Public Radio

·         Melinda Patterson, Attorney, Patterson & Teelon Law

·         Catherine Pratt, Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles County

·         Brenda Smith, Co-Director, Community and Economic Development Law Clinic; Director, Project on Addressing Prison Rape, American University, Washington College of Law

Makah Tribal Member Sentenced to Prison for Assault of Police Officer

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Defendant Attacked Officer in Attempt to Escape from Neah Bay Jail

 

An enrolled Makah Tribal member who fled the Neah Bay jail and then assaulted a Neah Bay Police Officer in an attempt to escape custody was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to 15 months in prison and three years of supervised release, announced U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.  BRANDON JOSEPH EATON, 32, escaped from custody on July 15, 2015.  The officer who was escorting EATON at the jail chased him down, and with the help of other community members, subdued EATON.  EATON bit and hit the officer causing cuts requiring more than a dozen stitches.  At sentencing U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle said it is important for others “to know that if an officer gets injured in the line of duty such as this, it will not go without consequence.”

According to records filed in the case, EATON was being escorted back to his cell after making a telephone call when he ran from the police station and refused to stop when ordered by police.  The Neah Bay Police Officer chased EATON for a few blocks.  When the officer caught up with EATON, the officer was punched in the face and head repeatedly and was bitten on the hand.  The officer’s wounds required 19 stitches.  As part of his sentence, EATON was ordered to pay $338 in restitution to the officer to compensate him for time off work and additional childcare costs.

In asking for a prison sentence Neah Bay Police Chief Jasper Bruner wrote to the court “This request is not out of revenge or retribution, this is in the hope that he can address the substance abuse and emotional issues that have plagued him.  Mr. Eaton has a long standing history with our police department in a negative way.”

The case was investigated by the FBI and the Neah Bay Office of Public Safety.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Ye-Ting Woo.

Source: FBI

 

 

Ghana Matters: Entrepreneurs Who Want to do Business in Africa Invited to Join Investment Tour

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Organization seeks to reconnect African Americans with their African roots 

Ghana Business Investment Tour

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) — Everyone enjoys a full course meal, right? Well, how about a full course traveling opportunity on a journey of a lifetime to Ghana? Africa for the Africans, a black-owned Atlanta-based international business enterprise, specializing in tours to Africa and investment services helps individuals do just that. A new 12-day tour covering four regions in Ghana will take place from May 25 to June 6, 2017.

“This journey to the motherland is inspired by the works of Marcus Garvey to reconnect our people to the land and our ancestors,” says Bomani Tyehimba, Director of Africa for the Africans Tours. “We must pick up the flag and continue the works that was laid out by great visionaries like Marcus Garvey.”

Africa for the Africans Tours & Investments revitalizes Africans throughout the Diaspora with a renewed cultural, economic and historical connection to the motherland the African continent and a mission to foster lasting relationships with our African family: a vision inspired by the Honorable Marcus Garvey, who coined the phrase Africa for the Africans to encourage a black nation to reconnect and invest in Africa for future generations.

Africa for the Africans vision has guided hundreds of people yearning to be exposed to opportunities in Africa.

So, why tour with Africa for the Africans Tours and Investment Group?

We have over 10 years of experience touring in Africa and everything is completely laid out, Bomani says. People are getting a personal experience of a tour that is built for their special reconnection to the land of our ancestors. We have adjusted the tour so many times and ways that it allows us to offer you the best itinerary, a top notch staff, great security, and a very special experience- the journey of a lifetime, he adds.

The tour satisfies your adventurous spirit while letting you experience a vibrant Africa with a mix of roots, culture, paradise, night life, shopping, networking, business, and investment opportunities. This journey is breath taking as you connect with historical sites like Kwame Nkrumah Memorial Park, Bojo Beach, Fiema Monkey Sanctuary, Fuller Waterfalls, the Elmina Holocaust Dungeons and so much more.

Tour patrons are exposed to the many investments, land/home ownership opportunities that exist in Ghana, as well as opportunities to experience the gift of giving by delivering valuable school supplies, toys and clothing to childrens orphanages and schools during the tour.

Since 2006, Africa for the Africans Tours & Investments has been dedicated to empowering Africa as a home base for people of African ancestry around the world. For more details, visit www.AfricaForTheAfricans.org

 

Photo Caption: Group picture of the last tour to Ghana in Oct 2015

 

 

Black Family-Owned Business Hits it Big With New Lowe’s Home Improvement and Walmart Deal!

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Husband and wife team overcomes tragedy and the odds to get their secret sauce in big box retailers. 

The Wilsondebriano family

Charleston, SC (BlackNews.com) — Chevalo and Monique Wilsondebriano, owners of Charleston Gourmet Burger Company, have overcome major obstacles and have hit it big by landing a major deal with Lowe’s Home Improvement and Walmart.

Chevalo, a former FDNY EMS First Responder, survived the second World Trade Center tower collapse on September 11, 2011. His wife, Monique, was formerly a single mother of two teenagers in high school. Three years ago, the two together took a leap of faith by creating a unique backyard burger recipe, and pitching it to major retailers. And they have found huge success!

Their Gourmet Burger Marinade and Sauce has grown from being a staple at local farmers markets to being sold in select Whole Foods Markets, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Cost Plus World Market, Costco Wholesale Club, Military Commissaries, Sams Club, and several other retailers. But their latest deal lands their products in 543 LoweS Home Improvement stores around the country, as well as 44 select Walmart stores in the southeast and online.

We pinch ourselves everyday, says Monique who marvels at how far she has come throughout this journey. Ive been told that I would never amount to anything, she says, reflecting on her struggle to overcome the odds. No matter how bad of a situation I was in, I always knew that one day I would make a difference.

Chevalo says that everything in his life changed after 9/11. Having lost friends and 343 co-workers that day, I look at my life now as a second chance to do something great. Both Chevalo and Monique regularly give back by mentoring budding entrepreneurs.

For more information about their company and/or to see a list of stores that sell their products, visit www.charlestongourmetburger.com
Watch their supplier diversity spotlight with Lowe’s:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=74oTRNp0yko
Watch their product feature at Walmart’s Manufacturers Summit:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=9RLBZ9PvTS4

 

Photo Caption: The Family Business: Chevalo, Monique & their children Amber, Ashley, Brianna & Shannon.

Active Trans Joins Launch of Healthy Chicago 2.0

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More than 130 organizations will work to close health disparities in Chicago communities with greatest need

CHICAGO, IL – The Active Transportation Alliance joined the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and more than 400 community leaders and organizations to unveil a new four-year plan to improve health and well-being of Chicago residents. Healthy Chicago 2.0 provides more than 200 strategies to close persistent health disparities facing Chicago communities.

Chicago has made tremendous progress over the past several years addressing health issues; however, significant disparities still remain, impacting specific communities and neighborhoods disproportionately. Healthy Chicago 2.0 focuses on those remaining disparities with strategies that address not only traditional health conditions, but also the root causes of health including education, economic development and housing opportunities. Active Trans was integral in the development of the new plan and will work hard to ensure its implementation, helping provide greater health equity across Chicago.

Active Trans was invited to help shape the Healthy Chicago 2.0 plan by participating in three separate committees. Along with other champions representing city agencies, non-profits, health care and social justice organizations, among others, Active Trans helped ensure that the built environment and safe streets were prominently featured as priorities in creating a healthier, more livable Chicago.

“If we want every Chicago resident to live a healthy and safe life, we must work together to develop and improve every neighborhood and invest in every community,” said Melody Geraci, Active Trans deputy executive director. “We are proud to stand with CDPH and so many other great organizations. Today is the huge step toward health equity for our city.”

As part of today’s announcement, Mayor Emanuel has asked CDPH to conduct a series of town hall meetings to engage residents in the implementation of the plan. Active Trans will work with CDPH to promote these events in May, focusing on communities facing the greatest health disparities.

“This innovative plan is an essential first step in making long lasting improvements in the health of our communities and the people who live, work and play in them,” said Dr. Julie Morita, Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Public Health. “With the support of residents and organizations like Active Trans, we will make Chicago a healthy city for everyone.”

Healthy Chicago 2.0’s Town Hall Meetings Schedule:

  • May 4th – 5pm | Center on Halsted, 3656 N. Halsted St
  • May 5th – 5:30pm | Metropolitan Family Services, 235 E. 103rd St.
  • May 11th – 5pm | Little Village Lawndale High School, 3120 S. Kostner St.
  • May 16th – 6pm | By the Hand, 415 N. Laramie Ave.
  • May 18th, 5:30pm | Asian Health Coalition and Chinese American Service League,2141 S. Tan Court.
  • May 25th  – 6pm | Hamilton Park, 513 W. 72nd St.

The Active Transportation Alliance is a non-profit, member-based advocacy organization that works to make bicycling, walking and public transit so safe, convenient and fun that we will achieve a significant shift from environmentally harmful, sedentary travel to clean, active travel. The organization builds a movement around active transportation, encourages physical activity, increases safety and builds a world-class transportation network. Formerly the Chicagoland Bicycle Federation, the Active Transportation Alliance is supported by more than 7,000 members and 1,000 volunteers.

For more information about the Active Transportation Alliance, visit www.activetrans.org or call 312.427.3325.

 

Summit Focuses on Tiny Home Designs to Combat Homelessness

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CHICAGO, IL — Experts from six cities will be in Chicago April 18-19, 2016 for a Tiny Home Summit to address the housing crisis in Chicago, particularly focused on new, creative solutions for youth experiencing homelessness. These solutions could easily apply to the general affordable housing crisis in Chicago.

Pride Action Tank and Polk Bros. Foundation will host the Tiny Home Summit at the University of Illinois-Chicago, 750 S. Halsted, Monday, April 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Tuesday, April 19, 9 a.m.-noon. The schedule is here: http://chicagotinyhomes.com/schedule/ .

A wide range of experts from local and national organizations will address the summit, including speakers from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Chicago Housing Authority, the Chicago Department of Urban Design and Planning, the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless, the Cook County Land Bank, the Metropolitan Planning Council, ONE Northside, the Housing Authority of Cook County, the Illinois Housing Development Authority, CSH, All Chicago, Enterprise, Teen Living Programs, Unity Parenting, The Night Ministry, Heartland Alliance and Bootstrap Villages.

Debbie Reznick and Deborah Bennett of Polk Bros. Foundation and Bradford White of Alphawood Foundation will discuss foundation support for housing in Chicago.

The concept of using tiny or micro housing to help solve homeless issues is not new. Several U.S. cities have implemented tiny housing solutions, others are in the planning phase. Six cities will be represented during the Monday morning portion of the summit: Alan Graham, Mobile Loaves & Fishes, Austin; Reverend jeff carr, Infinity Fellowship, Nashville; Teri Hammer, Tiny Houses Greensboro, NC; Stephanie Reyes, Gay and Lesbian Community Center, Memphis; Architect Brent A. Brown, AIA and John P. Greenan, Central Dallas Community Development Corporation, Dallas; and Melinda G. Nichols, Low Income Housing Institute, Seattle.

There will be a display of a non-working model of the winning design of the recent Tiny Home Design Competition, hosted by the American Institute of Architects–Chicago, Pride Action Tank, Alphawood Foundation, Landon Bone Baker Architects, and Windy City Times.

Monday, April 18 at 5 p.m., there will be a tour of the model, built by Price Construction, and displayed next door to the summit. A Tuesday morning panel, led by Catherine Baker of Landon, Bone, Baker, and moderated by journalist Ley Bey, will feature the three architects who won the competition: Lon Stousland, Terry Howell, and Marty Sandberg.

The design concepts of the winner, runners-up and honorable mentions from the competition will also be on display at the summit, as coordinated by AIA-Chicago.

More than 20,000 youth experience homelessness in the city of Chicago each year, in addition to tens of thousands of adults living on the streets or temporary housing. More than 50,000 people are on wait lists for subsidized housing in the city. The tiny homes movement can offer creative solutions for dignified housing that comes with services and resources for those seeking a path to independent living.

“We are excited to bring together experts from across the country to discuss the tiny home movement,” said Debbie Reznick, Senior Program Officer with Polk Bros. Foundation. “There is no single solution that will end homelessness in Chicago, but we can learn from innovative projects in other cities, and adapt these to what will work for Chicago.”

The Pride Action Tank, a project of the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, and the Windy City Times, along with lead sponsor Polk Bros. Foundation, joined by UIC’s Gender and Sexuality Center and Alphawood Foundation, are summit hosts. Tracy Baim, publisher of Windy City Times and co-chair of the Pride Action Tank, is chairperson of the summit.

To register for the Tiny Home Summit here: http://chicagotinyhomes.com/register/ .

The Postal Service Immortalizes Legendary Jazz Vocalist Sarah Vaughan

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Newest Addition to the Music Icons Stamp Series

NEWARK, NJ — The U.S. Postal Service dedicated a Forever Stamp honoring Sarah Vaughan, one of America’s greatest singers. The ceremony was held in her hometown at the Sarah Vaughan Concert Hall at Newark Symphony Hall.

The stamp is the seventh in the Postal Service’s Music Icons series, which includes Lydia Mendoza, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Elvis Presley. Vaughan fans are asked to share this news using the hashtags #Musicicons and #SarahVaughanForever.

“As one of the most compelling vocalists in American history, Sarah Vaughan was renowned for her artistic eloquence. Her dynamic vocal range, iconic vibrato, and innovative phrasing helped to transform jazz and popular music,” said Deputy Postmaster General Ronald Stroman, who dedicated the stamp.

“The Postal Service is proud to honor Sarah Vaughan,” Stroman said. “Let this stamp serve as a lasting tribute to her legacy.”

Stroman was joined at the stamp dedication by Grammy Award-winning jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves and Tony Award-winning actress and singer Melba Moore. The ceremony featured a proclamation from Newark Mayor Ras Baraka and a video tribute to Vaughan that included remarks by legendary singer Tony Bennett. There were musical performances by Moore, vocalist Carrie Jackson, the Mount Zion Baptist Church Choir, and the NJPAC Jazz for Teens Ensemble with Jazzmeia Horn. WGBO radio host Rhonda Hamilton served as emcee.

The stamp event was co-sponsored by Newark Celebration 350, which commemorates the city’s rich history by celebrating the talents of its citizenry.

The stamp features an oil painting of Vaughan in performance based on a photograph shot in 1955 by Hugh Bell. The stamp pane is designed to resemble a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve. One side of the pane includes the stamps and a brief text about Vaughan’s career with the image of a sliver of a record seeming to peek out of the top of the sleeve. A larger version of the art featured on the stamp, the logo for the Music Icons series, and a list of some of Vaughan’s most popular songs appear on the reverse side. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp and the stamp pane with art created by Bart Forbes.

Resonance Records with the cooperation of National Public Radio (NPR) also announced the release of Sarah Vaughan – Live At Rosy’s, New Orleans on March 25, 2016.  The deluxe 2-CD set is comprised exclusively of newly discovered recordings by Ms. Vaughan capturing the legendary jazz singer’s live performance at Rosy’s Jazz Club on May 31, 1978.

Customers may purchase the Sarah Vaughan Forever stamp at usps.com/stamps, at the Postal Store usps.com/shop, by calling 800-STAMP24 (800-782-6724) and at Post Offices nationwide. A variety of stamps and collectibles also is available at ebay.com/stamps.

Sarah Vaughan Profile
Sarah Vaughan was born on March 27, 1924, in Newark, New Jersey. Her father was a carpenter; her mother, a laundress. Their daughter’s musical talent was nurtured in church. After taking piano lessons for several years, she became an accomplished pianist. When she began playing organ to accompany other singers, she later remembered, she felt like she wanted to sing, too.

Singing with the church choir, she revealed her glorious vocal talent. Her voice ranged over three octaves, and she exercised virtuosic control over it; swooping from high to low and back, she could stretch a single syllable into several. She was still in her teens when she won an amateur contest at the famed Apollo Theater in Harlem in 1942. Singer Billy Eckstine, who saw her perform there, recommended her to his employer, the pianist Earl “Fatha” Hines. In spring 1943, she returned to the Apollo as a professional vocalist and second pianist with Hines and his band. When Eckstine departed months later to form his own band, she soon joined him.

Many of the greatest jazz musicians of the day played with Hines and Eckstine, including saxophonist Charlie Parker and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, masters of the emerging bebop style. Vaughan’s musicianship matched that of the supremely talented artists around her. With her talent for melodic and rhythmic improvisation and exceptionally skillful phrasing, her singing incorporated many of their techniques. Her classic recordings with Gillespie and Parker include “Lover Man” and “Mean to Me.”

Listeners frequently note that she used her voice as an instrument, and Vaughan herself claimed that her style was not modeled after any singer but rather after the “horn-tooters.”
After about a year with Eckstine, with whom she remained friendly for life, Vaughan embarked on a solo career.

She soon became internationally famous. Early in her career, she signed a contract with Columbia Records, and then with Mercury, where she was able to record pop songs on the parent label and jazz on a subsidiary. Her hits in the 1950s included “Whatever Lola Wants,” “Make Yourself Comfortable” and “Broken-Hearted Melody.” One of her biggest fans, radio and TV host Dave Garroway nicknamed her “the Divine One,” and it caught on. Partly due to her stage manner, she was also called “Sassy” or “Sass.”

In 1974, Vaughan was invited to sing for American President Gerald Ford and the president of France, Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, who were meeting on the West Indian island of Martinique. Her other honors include an honorary doctorate of fine arts from Northwestern University, awarded in 1978; the Grammy award for best jazz vocal performance in 1982 for “Gershwin Live!” with Michael Tilson Thomas conducting the Los Angeles Philharmonic; and the Grammy for Lifetime Achievement in 1989. She was also the winner of several polls conducted by “DownBeat” and other magazines asking readers to name their favorite performers.

Vaughan frequently toured with a trio — piano, bass, and drums — but was sometimes backed by a symphony orchestra. Later in her career, Stephen Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” became one of her signature tunes, in a tour de force performance that blended the pop, jazz and operatic sides of her musical personality. Her range was such that she sometimes sang “Misty” as, in effect, a duet with herself, beginning in her girlish register and then moving into the voice of a suave baritone crooner.

Almost 50 years after making her professional debut, Sarah Vaughan died on April 3, 1990. She is beloved by fans and professional musicians alike, including Dianne Reeves, Anita Baker and Joni Mitchell.

Ordering First-Day-of-Issue Postmarks
Customers have 60 days to obtain first-day-of-issue postmarks by mail. They may purchase new stamps at local Post Offices, at the Postal Store usps.com/shop or by calling
800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes to themselves or others and place them in envelopes addressed to:

Sarah Vaughan Stamp
U.S. Postal Service
2 Federal Reserve
Newark, N.J. 07102

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for postmarks up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers are charged 5 cents each. All orders must be postmarked by May 29, 2016.

Ordering First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamps and stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at usps.com/shop or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO  64121-9014

Former Pastor Of Louisville Parish Sentenced To 33 Months For Viewing Child Pornography Over The Internet

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The former pastor of a Louisville, Kentucky, parish, Stephen A. Pohl, 57, was sentenced today in United States District Court, by United States District Judge David J. Hale, to 33 months in prison followed by a life term of Supervised Release for violating federal child exploitation laws, announced United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr.  There is no parole in the federal criminal justice system.

“Viewing child pornography over the internet is a crime with untold and horrific consequences for these defenseless child victims,” said United States Attorney John Kuhn. “Protecting children is a national priority of the Department of Justice. My Office will continue to prosecute those who harm the most vulnerable and those who perpetuate these crimes through their internet devices.”

Pohl pleaded guilty to a single charge of knowingly accessing, via the Internet, with intent to view material that contained images of child pornography between January and August 2015.  Under federal law, child pornography involves visual depictions of minors under the age of 18 engaged in sexually explicit conduct.  Pohl was initially charged with the same offense by criminal complaint on August 21, 2015.  The complaint was filed after law enforcement officials executed two federal search warrants on August 12, 2015, in the work and living areas used by Pohl in the parish office and rectory of St. Margaret Mary Catholic Community, located at 7813 Shelbyville Road, in Louisville, Kentucky.

The investigation began after a child told his mother that Pohl had taken pictures of him that made him feel “weird.”  When the child’s parents confronted Pohl about the pictures of their son, they saw similar pictures of another child and reported the matter to law enforcement.  Law enforcement officials obtained the search warrants based on the inappropriate images.  It is important to note that no child pornography images of Saint Margaret Mary school children were found on the digital devices seized and examined as a result of the search warrants.  All child pornography evidence and the charge in this case relate to Pohl’s online searches and viewing.

Law enforcement officials arrested Pohl in Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, on Friday evening, August 21, 2015.  Pohl was then held at the Pinellas County Jail until his transfer to the custody of the United States Marshals Service.  He appeared in United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky on September 2, 2015.  After pleading guilty to the charge in January 2016, Pohl surrendered to the United States Marshals Service where he will remain until designation by the Bureau of Prisons.

Assistant United States Attorney Jo E. Lawless prosecuted the case.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation in conjunction with Louisville Metro Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit conducted the investigation.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc  For more information about internet safety education, please visit www.usdoj.gov/psc and click on the tab “resources.”

Source: FBI

Chicago Children’s Theatre Appoints Frank Maugeri to New Position of Community Programs Artistic Director

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CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Children’s Theatre, the city’s largest professional theater company devoted exclusively to children and young families, announced today it has hired Frank Maugeri in the new position of Community Programs Artistic Director (CPAD).

Maugeri comes to Chicago Children’s Theatre (CCT) after serving as Producing Artistic Director for Chicago’s Redmoon Theater for two decades. His chief responsibility in his new role will be to guarantee that “education comes first” at CCT, particularly as it relates to the company’s first-ever, permanent home, currently under construction in Chicago’s West Loop.

In his new position, Maugeri will report to Chicago Children’s Theatre’s Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Interim Managing Director Steve Abrams. He will support Russell’s artistic season by designing and implementing innovative classroom activities, dynamic curriculum development and audience engagement opportunities that reflect the theater’s overall programming.

With new opportunities for growth presented by CCT’s new home, Maugeri will focus on the construction and implementation of CCT’s expanded educational programs, create a fresh brand identity to support the education department’s goals and vision, serve as the primary spokesperson for CCT’s educational programming and community outreach, and broaden fundraising, partnership engagement and program support.

“We are so thrilled to officially welcome Frank into the Chicago Children’s Theatre family. He is such a beloved, respected leader in Chicago’s theater community because he brings so much energy, artistry and passion to everything he sets out to accomplish,” said Russell. “Frank has had countless, incredible experiences working with Chicago children, creating hands-on, interactive learning experiences that not only entertain, but empower children, help them boost their creativity and confidence, and help gain a competitive edge by teaching life skills like how to think fast, solve problems, and be better team players.”

“I have been offered an incredible opportunity with Chicago Children’s Theatre. This new position meets many of my core values, including my interest in service, commitment to education, and devotion to my city and our youth,” Maugeri responded.

“I look forward to the opportunity of helping transform a past police station into a performing arts home. I can’t wait to develop curriculum, train teachers, create cutting-edge artistic projects for young people of many backgrounds and abilities, establish partnerships, develop a think tank for youth art and education, cultivate education stakeholders, and more than deploy theater instruction, develop creative education opportunities that integrate science, technology, engineering, and math into our curriculum. I hope to expand the theater’s work to include teens, and perhaps even create some family events and experiences.”

The new Chicago Children’s Theatre is an adaptive re-use of the former, 12th District Police Station at 100 S. Racine Avenue in Chicago’s West Loop, which is now being transformed into a beautiful, mixed-use performing arts and education facility designed to serve all Chicago families.

Phase one, slated to open in January, will include classrooms and support space, where CCT’s educational programming will be headquartered and start up immediately. Phase one also includes a flexible, 149-seat studio theater for student performances, Red Kite interactive theater for students with autism and professional shows. Phase two will be completed in 2020, and will boast a second, state-of-the-art, 299-seat mainstage theater.

More about Frank Maugeri

 

Maugeri has dedicated his life to being an artist whose highly visual, interactive theatrical work ranges from the miniature to the mammoth. Additionally, throughout his career Maugeri has doubled as an expert collaborator, community builder, ritual maker, educator and inventor of innovative curriculum and artistic programming.

 

For two decades, Maugeri served as Producing Artistic Director of Redmoon Theater where he mentored hundreds of young designers, artists, performers, and educators from across the nation, while helping guide the institution’s art, education and community engagement.

 

He established Redmoon’s first Youth Board, a team of young committed professionals who pursued the mission of free public art for all, managed its Neighborhood Arts Program leaders for almost a decade, helped oversee the company’s branding and messaging, and supervised Redmoon For Hire.

 

As a Redmoon artist, Maugeri served as a conceiver, director, and designer of countless spectacles and interactive events, including inventing family favorites like The Youth Spectacle, Skelebration, and serving as artistic director of several Winter Pageants. He also was the artistic leader of every Spectacle Lunatique, each of the theater’s famous Halloween events, Boneshaker, and all of their New Years events, Revolution.

 

He additionally co-directed large-scale outdoor spectacles like Sink, Sank, Sunk… in Chinatown’s Ping Tom Park, and was a core collaborator and community organizer of all of the famed All Hallow’s Eve ritual celebrations in Logan Square. He created Redmoon’s longest running production The Cabinet, and co-directed its final production, The Devil’s Cabaret.

 

Collaborative credits include the direction of Once Upon a Time, which toured to The World Puppet Theatre Festival in Charleville-Mézières, two works for the Chicago Children’s Humanities Festival at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Laika’s Coffin and Cape and Squiggle, as well as Astronaut’s Birthday, a large-scale animation, graphic novel projected on the Museum of Contemporary Art’s façade, and co-direction of the critically acclaimed world premiere of The Elephant and The Whale with Chicago Children’s Theatre, Shadow Swan Lake with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Salao: the worst kind of unlucky and The Feast: an intimate Tempest, both at Chicago Shakespeare Theater.

 

Maugeri also co-directed such Chicago-centric events as the closing ceremony of the Great Chicago Fire Festival, elements of the groundbreaking ceremonies for Millennium Park and components of the grand opening of Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. He also has been commissioned to create art and experience for The White House, The Chicago Park District, The City of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Los Angeles Music Center, Chicago Ideas Week, Lollapalooza, Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, RedBull, JAM Productions, and many more.

 

Maugeri is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago and is trained in animation, sculpture and object design. After college he spent seven years in the mental health field working with mentally ill adults. He currently makes his teaching home at The University of Chicago. He is a native of Chicago and resides in Oak Park with his wife, Susan, and their nine-year-old twin children Samson and Frida.

About Chicago Children’s Theatre

Since its launch in 2005, Chicago Children’s Theatre has cemented its reputation as the city’s largest professional theater company devoted exclusively to children and young families. The company believes children should be treated as the sophisticated audiences that they are with high-profile and award-winning talent, inventive production values and compelling stories that challenge, educate and entertain. Chicago Children’s Theatre evolved out of Chicago’s need for high-quality, professional year-round children’s programming to match the quality and significance of theatrical powerhouses such as Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Goodman Theatre and Lookingglass Theatre.

 

Audiences have embraced Chicago Children’s Theatre since its inaugural production, A Year with Frog and Toad, at the Goodman Theatre in 2006. The company also has had a strong focus on new work producing 12 world premieres including The Selfish Giant, The Hundred Dresses, Jackie and Me, Dot and Ziggy, The Houdini Box, The Elephant and The Whale (in association with Redmoon), Mr. Chickee’s Funny Money, Leo Lionni’s Frederick, Wonderland, Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure, A Snowy Day with Beatrix Potter and Jabari Dreams of Freedom. These enjoyed highly successful inaugural runs in Chicago, followed by new productions at family theaters across the U.S.  Chicago Children’s Theatre productions feature everything from black-light scenery to live music to interactive four-dimensional sets to life-size puppets, and performances showcase the heart of Motown to Vaudeville to contemporary, current and modern styles.

 

Chicago Children’s Theatre offers a full roster of after school theater classes and summer camps. It also honors a strong commitment to low-income families and children with special needs. In partnership with Chicago Public Schools and Target, the company has offered free tickets and transportation to more than 5,000 Chicago-area low-income students each season.

 

Meanwhile, Chicago Children’s Theatre has pioneered immersive theater designed for children on the autism spectrum via its Red Kite Project, and recently expanded programming to address the needs of children with impaired vision or hearing and Down’s syndrome.

 

Led by Artistic Director Jacqueline Russell and Board Chair Todd Leland, the company is supported by a dynamic Board of Directors comprised of dedicated individuals from the fields of entertainment, philanthropy and business. Officers include Jeff Hughes, President; Lynn Lockwood Murphy, Vice Chair and Secretary; David Saltiel, Vice Chair; and David Chung, Treasurer. Chicago Children’s Theatre is sponsored in part by ComEd, Goldman Sachs Gives and Target.

For more information visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org, or call (773) 227-0180.

Photo: Frank Maugeri.

Photo Credit: Nguyen Tran

 

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