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Archive for April 1st, 2016

Fast Food Workers to Strike with Chicago Teachers and Join With Transit Workers and International Unionists to Speak Out

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Transit workers and international unionists to speak out at McDonald’s next to Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) bus garage.

 

CHICAGO, IL — Chicago teachers and other educators will be striking and leading a Day of Action of the Chicago working class on April 1, 2016. Transit workers will also be joining this Day of Action by speaking out with striking McDonald’s and other fast food workers fighting for $15/hr wages and a union.

Chicago area workers will be holding a press conference joined by union leaders from around the world, including:

Ho-Joon Song, a former railway worker leader with the Korea Railway Workers Union KRWU and now the General Secretary of the Seoul Confederation of Trade Unions KCTU.

Herbert Claros da Silva, the Vice President of the Metalworkers Union in San Jose, Brazil. Claros de Silva is responsible for international relations of the National Labor Federation CSP-Conlutas which represents many unions in Brazil.

The Amalgamated Transit Union Local 241 Executive Board member for North Park Garage, Erek Slater, and co-workers will be speaking about their difficult working conditions and anti union retaliation by the CTA. Slater, a 10 year veteran driver, was fired recently for defending the workers’ contract.

Striking teachers and students will be marching from area public schools to join this action. Faculty and students on strike at nearby Northeastern Illinois University will also be speaking out, then leading the group to a rally at their University several blocks away. 1.6 million-member American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten will speak at this event. Shuttle buses will then take participants from the University to a 4 p.m. downtown mass-rally and march from the Thompson Center led by the Chicago Teachers Union.

There will be a 9:00 a.m. rally April 1st, followed by a 9:30a.m. press conference at McDonald’s,  3154 W. Foster / North Park CTA bus garage at 3112 W. Foster, consisting of Striking McDonalds workers, striking teachers, students, university faculty. Transit workers and other community allies, with the following unionists from around the world:

Ho-Joon Song, General Secretary of the Seoul Confederation of Trade Unions KCTU.

Herbert Claros da Silva, Vice President of the Metalworkers Union in San Jose, Brazil.

Erek Slater, Executive Board member for CTA North Park garage, Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 241

President Obama Announces Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger

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President Barack Obama announced the designation of a Presidential Delegation to the Republic of Niger to Attend the Inauguration of His Excellency Mahamadou Issoufou, President of the Republic of Niger, on April 2, 2016.

General David M. Rodriguez, Commander, U.S. Africa Command (USAFRICOM), will lead the delegation.

Members of the Presidential Delegation:

The Honorable Eunice S. Reddick, U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger, Department of State

The Honorable Bisa Williams, Former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Niger, Department of State

Ms. Kyeh Kim, Principal Deputy Vice President, Millennium Challenge Corporation

City of Chicago Threatens the Chicago GOP Over Signage

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CHICAGO, IL — The Chicago Department of Buildings has issued a “Notice of Violation and Summons” to the building that houses the Chicago Republican Party over a sign the party erected earlier this year. The notice raises a serious question of First Amendment rights.

The sign, which simply reads “Chicago Republican Party, Chris Cleveland, Chairman” was found to be in violation of a Chicago ordinance that requires that a business first seek permission from the City to display a sign. Such permits, which are normally obtained through sign companies, typically cost $475 including fees and take up to three months to issue.

“What the City doesn’t understand is that numerous court decisions prohibit them from regulating political speech in the same way that they regulate commercial speech,” said Cleveland. “And a sign announcing that we exist is pretty much the definition of political speech.”

“Besides, if we’d waited three months, we would have missed the primary season, when we needed the sign to attract volunteers,” added Cleveland.

“I’m not going to ask anyone’s permission to put up a political sign on private property,” said Cleveland. “I refuse to apply for a permit.”

It isn’t clear who filed the complaint with the City over the sign.

There are other signs in the vicinity which lack permits, so it appears that the Republican Party’s sign was singled out.

There is no allegation that the sign violates any rule other than the one that requires a permit. The sign itself is an unlit, lightweight vinyl banner attached to the side of the building.
 

Federal Grand Jury Indicts Two Men for Robbing Individuals at Gunpoint at ATMs in West and Northwest Suburbs

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CHICAGO, IL — Two men have been indicted in connection with the armed robberies of individuals at automated-teller machines in the west and northwest suburbs of Chicago, federal authorities announced today.

The indictment alleges that KENNETH HAYES and ANTONIO DUNNER forced victims to withdraw money from drive-thru ATMs.  Wearing disguises to cover their faces, the pair verbally threatened the individuals while Hayes brandished a firearm, the indictment states.  Hayes and Dunner divided the proceeds between themselves, according to the indictment.

The indictment was returned yesterday in U.S. District Court in Chicago.  It charges Hayes, 21, of Carpentersville, and Dunner, 22, of Elgin, with one count of conspiracy to interfere with commerce by threats or violence, five counts of interfering with commerce by threats or violence, and two counts of carrying, using or brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence.

An arraignment date in federal court has not yet been scheduled.

The indictment alleges that the pair robbed or attempted to rob individuals at drive-thru ATMs in Glen Ellyn on Sept. 16, 2015; Park Ridge on Sept. 23, 2015; Arlington Heights on Oct. 19, 2015; and Northbrook on Sept. 23, 2015, and Oct. 8, 2015.

The pair is also accused in the indictment of robbing a gas station in Elmhurst on Nov. 1, 2015, with Hayes brandishing a firearm during the heist.

According to the indictment, Hayes and Dunner scouted drive-thru ATMs for potential robberies.  Once the pair settled on a location, they traveled to the site together in Hayes’ vehicle and concealed themselves while watching for individuals using the ATMs.  In addition to cash, Hayes and Dunner often stole the victims’ cellular telephones and disposed of them to prevent the victims from being able to quickly contact law enforcement, according to the indictment.

The indictment was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  The Police Departments from Arlington Heights, Carpentersville, Elgin, Northbrook, Glen Ellyn, Park Ridge and Elmhurst provided substantial assistance in the investigation.

The conspiracy charge and each count of interfering with commerce by threats or violence carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.  Carrying, using or brandishing a firearm in connection with a crime of violence is punishable by a mandatory minimum sentence of seven years for the first count, and a mandatory minimum of 25 years for the second count.

The public is reminded that an indictment is not evidence of guilt.  The defendants are presumed innocent and are entitled to a fair trial at which the government has the burden of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jordan Palmore.

Source: FBI

Unemployment Rates Increase in All Metro Areas

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Illinois continues to lag behind nation in job growth despite jobs increase

CHICAGO, IL – Unemployment rates increased in all of the metro areas compared to last year, according to preliminary data released today by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). The increase in the unemployment rate in most metropolitan areas is partially due to more people looking for work.

“Illinois’ overall job growth rate remains among the slowest in the country and metro area unemployment rates continue to rise, even with an increase in jobs in February,” said IDES Director Jeff Mays. “Structural reforms will provide the resources we need to more effectively build a stronger workforce and help communities towards achieving economic stability.”

Illinois businesses added jobs in eight metros, in which the largest increases were seen in: Lake-Kenosha (+2.3 percent, +8,800), Rockford (+2.1 percent, +3,100), and Champaign (+1.9, +2,000). Total nonfarm jobs in the Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division increased (+1.7 percent or +62,100). Illinois businesses lost jobs in six metro areas including Bloomington (-1.9 percent, -1,800), the Quad Cities (-1.2 percent, -2,100), and Carbondale-Marion (-0.9 percent, -500). The industry sectors recording job growth in the majority of metros were: Retail (11 of 14), Education and Health Services (11 of 14), Government (10 of 14), Leisure and Hospitality (nine of 14), Professional and Business Services (eight of 14), and Other Services (eight of 14).

Not seasonally adjusted data compares February 2016 with February 2015. The not seasonally adjusted Illinois rate was 7.0 percent in February 2016 and stood at 12.2 percent at its peak in this economic cycle in January 2010. Nationally, the not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.2 percent in February 2016 and 10.6 percent in January 2010 at its peak. The unemployment rate identifies those who are out of work and looking for work, and is not tied to collecting unemployment insurance benefits.

 

 Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates

Metropolitan Area

February 2016

February 2015

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington

6.3%

5.0%

1.3

Carbondale-Marion

7.2%

6.0%

1.2

Champaign-Urbana

6.2%

5.4%

0.8

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights

6.7%

6.5%

0.2

Danville

8.4%

7.4%

1.0

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island, IA-IL

6.8%

6.1%

0.7

Decatur

8.2%

7.4%

0.8

Elgin

7.1%

6.4%

0.7

Kankakee

8.1%

7.4%

0.7

Lake-Kenosha, IL-WI

6.7%

6.1%

0.6

Peoria

8.1%

6.7%

1.4

Rockford

8.0%

7.2%

0.8

Springfield

6.3%

5.7%

0.6

St. Louis (IL-Section)

7.2%

6.4%

0.8

Illinois Statewide

7.0%

6.5%

0.5

* Data subject to revision.

Total Nonfarm Jobs (Not Seasonally Adjusted) – February 2016

Metropolitan Area

February
2016*

February
2015**

Over-the-Year Change

Bloomington MSA

93,500

95,300

-1,800

Carbondale-Marion MSA

56,400

56,900

-500

Champaign-Urbana MSA

109,800

107,800

2,000

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights Metro Division

3,623,500

3,561,400

62,100

Danville MSA

29,000

29,200

-200

Davenport-Moline-Rock Island MSA

177,800

179,900

-2,100

Decatur MSA

49,900

50,200

-300

Elgin Metro Division

250,600

246,100

4,500

Kankakee MSA

44,600

43,800

800

Lake-County-Kenosha County Metro Division

397,100

388,300

8,800

Peoria MSA

175,000

175,600

-600

Rockford MSA

150,700

147,600

3,100

Springfield MSA

111,400

110,000

1,400

Illinois Section of St. Louis MSA

234,000

230,000

4,000

Illinois Statewide

5,888,100

5,819,900

68,200

                  *Preliminary    **Revised

 (continued)

Not Seasonally Adjusted Unemployment Rates
(percent) for Local Counties and Areas

 

Labor Market Area

Feb-16

Feb-15

Over-the-Year Change

Chicago-Naperville-Elgin IL-IN-WI MSA

6.8%

6.5%

0.3

Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division
Cook County

6.9%

6.7%

0.2

DuPage County

5.5%

5.2%

0.3

Grundy County

8.7%

8.4%

0.3

Kendall County

6.2%

5.9%

0.3

McHenry County

6.5%

6.3%

0.2

Will County

7.2%

7.0%

0.2

Elgin, IL Metro Division
DeKalb County

6.8%

6.1%

0.7

Kane County

7.2%

6.5%

0.7

Lake & Kenosha Counties, IL-WI Metro Division

Lake County

6.9%

6.2%

0.7

Cities (with total population of at least 100,000) *
Aurora City

6.7%

6.2%

0.5

Chicago City

7.2%

6.9%

0.3

Elgin City

5.5%

4.6%

0.9

Joliet City

6.2%

5.7%

0.5

Naperville City

4.9%

4.8%

0.1

* Unemployment rates for cities with total population of 25,000 or more can be found at www.ides.illinois.gov/LMI/Pages/Current_Monthly_Unemployment_Rates.aspx

Lake & Kenosha Counties, IL-WI Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 6.7 percent in February 2016 from 6.1 percent in February 2015. For the month of February 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 30,900.

Total nonfarm employment increased +8,800 compared to February 2015. Transportation-Warehousing-Utilities (+3,200) Wholesale Trade (+1,500), and Manufacturing (+1,200) reported the largest payroll gains. The Professional-Business Services (-500) sector recorded an employment decline compared to one year ago.


Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased to 6.7 percent in February 2016 from 6.5 percent in February 2015. For the month of February 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 257,300.

Total nonfarm employment increased +62,100 compared to February 2015. Leisure-Hospitality (+18,200), Educational-Health Services (+14,400), Government (+9,000), Retail Trade (6,600), and Construction (+6,300) reported the largest payroll gains. The Manufacturing (-1,600) sector recorded employment declines compared to one year ago.

Elgin, IL Metro Division

The not seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased to 7.1 percent in February 2016 from 6.4 percent in February 2015. For the month of February 2016, the estimated number of unemployed people in the labor force was 23,000.

Total nonfarm employment increased +4,500 compared to February 2015. Leisure-Hospitality (+1,600), Construction (+1,500), Retail Trade (+900), Government (+800), and Educational-Health Services (+800) reported the largest payroll gains. The Professional-Business Services (-1,200), Wholesale Trade (-400), Information (-100), and Financial Activities (-100) sectors declined compared to one year ago.

President Obama’s Remarks on Commutations of Prison Sentences

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President Barack Obama:  Well, this has been an extraordinary lunch that I’ve had a chance to have here with some extraordinary people.  As all of you know, it has been one of my top priorities for us to bring about a more sensible, more effective approach to our criminal justice system, particularly when it comes to drug crimes.  And part of that has been to try to make sure that we have, on the front end, sensible sentencing, rehabilitation, education and training in prison to prepare people so that they’re not going back to the old mistakes that they made before.

Part of it has been to really reinvigorate our commutations and pardons process, because it is my strong belief that by exercising these presidential powers, I have the chance to show people what a second chance can look like, that I can highlight the individuals who are getting these second chances and doing extraordinary things with their lives.

And this is just a small sample of individuals whose sentences were commuted, a couple by me, a couple by President Bush, a couple by President Clinton.  They’re all at different stages of this new chapter in their lives, but the stories are extraordinary.  You’ve got individuals sitting around this table who are now attorneys themselves, and raising children, and about to get married.  You’ve got folks who are inspirational speakers and working with those who are reentering society after having done their time, and helping people make adjustments.

To my left right here, just a good example — Phillip Emmert, who lives in Iowa City.  Phillip, who served in our United States Army, was arrested and convicted of distributing methamphetamines, received a 27-year sentence.  His wife, while he was in prison, had an accident that paralyzed her, had a small child at home.  But Phil had the strength to do everything he could to get trained to learn a whole bunch of systems, and ended up specializing in heating and air conditioning systems.  He was commuted by President Bush, was able to find a job with the VA; today, is gainfully employed.  His boss loves him.  He’s doing great work.  Is, at the same time, caring for his wife, who’s still disabled.  Has been a terrific father.  Is part of a Bible study group and a leader in the community.  And this is an example of what we mean when we talk about second chances.  And I could tell you just as compelling stories about everybody sitting at this table.

So I wanted to have lunch with them in part so that I could hear their stories and be able to relay them to the American people to make sure that folks are understood not just as a number, but these are individuals with families and children and parents who love them, and have made mistakes but take responsibility for them.

I also wanted to have this lunch to learn how can we improve the process of making sure that people, after they’ve served their time, can reintegrate in the society effectively.  And I got some very interesting ideas about some of the barriers that we continue to put in place that make it harder for people to readjust, and make it more likely that they get back in trouble.  And we want to clear away as many of those barriers as possible.

I will tell you that listening to their stories also reminded me of how out of proportion and counterproductive so much of our sentencing when it comes to our drug laws are, both at the federal level and the state level.  And I am very grateful for the bipartisan conversations that have been taking place in Congress.

I am still hopeful that we can get criminal justice reform done.  It does not make sense for a non-violent drug offender to be getting 20 years, 30 years, in some cases life in prison.  That’s not serving anybody.  That’s not serving taxpayers.  It’s not serving public safety.  And it’s damaging families.  And I’m very grateful that Speaker Ryan and others have expressed an interest in starting to call these bills and seeing if we can get them moving before this Congress adjourns.

I am going to continue to emphasize the importance of pardons and commutations going forward.  Today, we commuted 61 additional individuals who are deserving and who I believe will be looking at the people sitting here at this table as models and inspiration for what is possible in their lives.  That will mean that, at this point, I will have commuted *268[248] sentences, which is more than the previous six Presidents combined.

But we’re not done, and we’re going to keep on working on this until I leave.  It’s something that I’m going to keep on working on even after I leave the presidency, because — some of you know we had an Easter Prayer Breakfast with ministers, pastors from all around the country of all denominations in which we read Scripture and were reminded of Jesus’s teachings.  And at the heart of my faith, and what I believe is at the heart of the American ideal is, is that we’re all imperfect.  We all make mistakes.  We have to own those mistakes.  We have to take responsibility and learn from those mistakes.  But we as a society have to make sure that people who do take responsibility and own and learn from those mistakes are able to continue to be part of the American family.  It’s the right thing to do.  It’s the smart thing to do.

And I just appreciate the testimony of all the people here at this table, because it gave me a great lift.  It made me feel inspired.  And I’m really, really proud of them.

All right?  Thank you.

Q    Mr. President, what message would you have for employers who —

THE PRESIDENT:  No, no, no I want to take this one.

Q    What message would you have for employers who perhaps would like to give people like the folks you’re meeting with today a second chance?

THE PRESIDENT:  Well, many of the people sitting at this table described with incredible gratitude the employers who did give them that chance.  And what I think employers will find is that if they are willing to look past mistakes that often were made when these individuals were 20, 21, 23, and now they are older and more mature, you’ll end up getting really hard, really loyal workers.

And I’ve heard that repeatedly from employers, that if they are willing to take a chance on somebody, they will be rewarded by somebody who is grateful and will go above and beyond the call of duty.  But unfortunately, we have a lot of barriers in a lot of companies.  This is part of the reason why, at the federal level, we have instituted a banning of the box.  Because so often, that prevents somebody from even meeting a felon, because all they see is there’s a record there, and don’t have a chance to hear somebody’s story and get a measure of the man or the woman and their ability to do the job.

I am very supportive of us generally eliminating that as a screening function.  I think employers are going to have to continue to recognize that there are some particular issues surrounding persons who are ex-offenders that may have to be accommodated.  They may have to meet with their probation officer occasionally and so forth.

But uniformly, when I’ve talked to employers who take a chance — and that includes, by the way, this establishment, which is one of the reasons that we decided to have lunch here, Busboys and Poets — burger was excellent.  But what is also true is, is that they’ve given a number of ex-offenders a chance and do not screen using that box to find out at the front end whether somebody should get an interview or now.

What they’ll find is they will get somebody who is driven and understands how precious it is just to have a chance to be useful and to do good work.  And the kindness that employers show I think will be returned many fold.  So I hope that that’s a practice among private sector employers and public sector employers that begins to spread.

Thank you very much, everybody.

Source: whitehouse.gov

 

Rapper Jay-Z and his Mom, Gloria Carter, Announce New 2016 Scholarship Program Via the Shawn Carter Foundation

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Scholarship awards range from $1,500 to $2,500, and the application deadline is April 30th

Rapper Jay-Z and His Mom

Nationwide (BlackNews.com) – The Shawn Carter Foundation Scholarship provides financial support to high school students as well as undergraduate students entering college for the first time. The purpose of the scholarship is to help under-served students who may not be eligible for other scholarships.

Students who have either graduated from high school or earned their G.E.D. may apply. Minimum grade point average is 2.0. Students must have a strong desire to go to college and earn their degree. Students must also have a desire to give back to their communities.

The scholarship fund was established by Gloria Carter and and her son Shawn Carter (better known as rapper/ business mogul Jay-Z) to offer a unique opportunity to students who have been incarcerated or faced particular life challenges but still want to pursue higher education. The program gives them a chance that most other programs do not offer. The Carter Foundation is a firm believer in helping young people not only reach their career goals but also establish a secure future.

Students up to age 25 may apply. The scholarship can be used for tuition, room and board, books, fees and other college-related expenses. All high school seniors, undergraduate students at two-year or four-year institutions and vocational or trade school students are eligible.

The deadline for this scholarship is on April 30th, and the award amount ranges from $1,500 – $2,500.

For more details and/or to apply, visit:
www.scholarshipsonline.org/2013/05/shawn-carter-foundation-scholarship.html

To see hundreds of other 2016-2017 scholarships, visit:
www.ScholarshipsOnline.org

 

 

Youth Incarceration is Declining Sharply, but Racial Disparities are Increasing

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 From: Marc Mauer, The Sentencing Project

There are  several new publications from The Sentencing Project:

  • A new policy brief delves into the troubling increase in racial disparities among youth committed in the juvenile justice system, even as juvenile commitments overall have declined substantially. In Racial Disparities in Youth Commitments and Arrests, Josh Rovner reviews state-by-state disparities in commitments and the likely impact of growing racial disparities in arrests. As of 2013, the commitment rate for African American youth was four times higher than for white youth, an increase of 15 percent over ten years.
  • Twenty years ago, Congress adopted the felony drug ban, which imposes a lifetime restriction on welfare and food stamp benefits for anyone convicted of a drug felony. In his commentary, “How the Felony Drug Ban Keeps Thousands of Americans Hungry,” published on TalkPoverty, Jeremy Haile explains why post-incarceration punishments are ineffective and may be counterproductive to public safety. A study by The Sentencing Project found that the ban subjects an estimated 180,000 women in the 12 most impacted states to a lifetime ban on welfare benefits.

Regards,

Marc Mauer

 

Chicago Children’s Theatre Debuts “Access Weekend” at Jabari Dreams of Freedom

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All shows April 23 and 24 to offer access services for patrons with disabilities

 

CHICAGO, IL – Chicago Children’s Theatre continues its commitment to serving all Chicago children, including providing access services for those with disabilities, by designating Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 as the company’s first-ever “Access Weekend.”

 

This special performance weekend of Jabari Dreams of Freedom, CCT’s new “love letter to Chicago’s children,” will be presented with access services for children on the autism spectrum, children who are blind or have low vision, or children who are deaf or hard of hearing.

 

CCT’s Access Weekend kicks off Saturday, April 23 at 2 p.m. with a Sensory-Friendly performance of Jabari Dreams of Freedom for children on the autism spectrum. This performance will provide a safe, welcoming, judgment-free environment for families, where nobody need worry how a child might react during the show. Children will be greeted by specially trained, caring CCT staff and artists whose mission will be to make each child feel comfortable, safe and welcome. The show will be modified as well in terms of sound and light, and a quiet room will be provided nearby.

 

Next, on Saturday, April 23 at 4:30 p.m., Chicago Children’s Theatre will host a pre-show Touch Tour of the Jabari set for patrons who are blind or have low vision. CCT staff will guide participants onto the set to touch, feel and gain an important, tactile sense for the layout, traffic patterns, props, and even costumes.

 

The Touch Tour is a precursor to the 6 p.m. show, which will be Audio Described in real time via personal headsets, again orienting users to the action on stage as it happens.

 

In addition, the Saturday, April 23, 6 p.m. performance will feature live American Sign Language interpretation.

 

Access Weekend continues Sunday, April 24, when both the 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. shows will feature Open Captioning, a new service at CCT. Similar to closed captioning on TV, Open Captioning is a display of all of the text and sounds heard during a production as they happen, discretely projected on the set.

 

Thanks to its growing commitment to access, Chicago Children’s Theatre is a partner in Chicago’s ADA 25, an initiative commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act that joins together a network of organizations recognized for making a game-changing commitment to services for people with disabilities.

 

Chicago Children’s Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Jabari Dreams of Freedom, a new play for young audiences by award winning Chicago actress and playwright Nambi E. Kelley, April 5-May 1 at the Ruth Page Center for the Arts, 1016 N. Dearborn St., Chicago.

In her new “love letter to Chicago’s children,” Kelley introduces audiences to Jabari, a young boy from the south side of Chicago, scared and confused by the turbulent, sometimes unjust world around him. A gifted artist, Jabari escapes to the Civil Rights era through his colorful paintings where he interacts with children from the past – including a young Barack Obama.

 

Filled with powerful, timely and uplifting themes and characters, Jabari Dreams of Freedom, is recommended for ages 9 and up. Tickets are $10-$39. Run time is 75 minutes including post show Q&A session.

 

To purchase tickets or for more information about Access Weekend at Chicago Children’s Theatre, visit chicagochildrenstheatre.org or call (872) 222-9555.

 

Photo Captions: 

(Top, from left) Chicago Children’s Theatre presents Jabari Dreams of Freedom by Nambi E. Kelley, April 5-May 1, 2016. Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24 is the first-ever Access Weekend at Chicago Children’s Theatre, when performances will be presented for Chicago families requiring access services. (Bottom, from left) 13-year-old actors Philip Cusic and Cameron A. Goode alternate in the role of Jabari; Philip Cusic as Jabari; Cameron A. Goode as Jabari.

 

 

Lovington, New Mexico Man Sentenced to Federal Prison for Assault on Law Enforcement Officials

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A federal judge sentenced a Lovington, NM, man to 300 months in federal prison for a crime spree during which five law enforcement officials were assaulted, announced United States Attorney Richard L. Durbin, Jr., and FBI Special Agent in Charge Douglas E. Lindquist, El Paso Division.

In addition to the prison term, Chief United States District Judge Orlando Garcia ordered that 29–year-old Enrique Sanchez Quiroga be placed on supervised release for a period of three years after completing his prison term.

On November 2, 2015, Quiroga pleaded guilty to one count each of conspiracy to impede or injure officers; assaulting, resisting or impeding officers; unlawful transport of firearms; transportation of stolen firearms; receipt of stolen firearms; use of a firearm during a crime of violence; and, transportation of a stolen motor vehicle.

According to court records, during the early morning hours on December 14, 2015, near Sierra Blanca, TX, a U.S. Border Patrol agent attempted to stop a vehicle whose occupants included Quiroga, along with Hobbs, NM residents Maritza Navarrette Mota, age 23, and Sayra Baeza, age 26.  The trio failed to yield and began firing shots from their stolen vehicle at the Border Patrol agent and a second Border Patrol agent who had joined in the pursuit.  The trio ultimately abandoned the stolen vehicle and ran into the desert.  Law enforcement, which by now also included Texas Department of Public Safety troopers and an officer with the Texas Department of Wildlife, continued to pursue the defendants on foot.  Mota and Baeza eventually surrendered while Quiroga continued firing his weapon at law enforcement authorities.  Ultimately, Quiroga was subdued after being shot several times by law enforcement during the pursuit.

According to court records, the arrests of the defendants served as the end of a crime spree which began approximately five days prior in New Mexico where there were reports of a stolen firearm, a stolen vehicle and a burglary of a department store had occurred.

On February 16, 2016, U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel sentenced Mota and Baeza to 144 months and 128 months in federal prison, respectively, for their roles in the criminal activity.

This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, U.S. Border Patrol, and Texas Department of Public Safety, with the assistance of the El Paso County Attorney’s Office.  Assistant United States Attorney James J. Miller, Jr. prosecuted this case on behalf of the Government.

Source: FBI

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