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Archive for October 10th, 2016

Attorney General Lynch: “Our Nation’s Heart is Broken Yet Again by the Appalling Act of Violence that Claimed Two Brave Law Enforcement Officers…”

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 Statement by Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch on fatal shooting of police officers in Palm Springs, California

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released the following statement regarding yesterday’s shooting in Palm Springs, California:

“Our nation’s heart is broken yet again by the appalling act of violence that claimed two brave law enforcement officers on Saturday.  Officers Jose Gilbert Vega and Lesley Zerebny were at opposite ends of their careers, but they shared a steadfast devotion to the people they had sworn to serve.  In a moment of unimaginable crisis, they stayed true to their oaths, laying down their lives to keep their community safe.  My thoughts and prayers – and the thoughts and prayers of the entire U.S. Department of Justice –go out to the family, loved ones and colleagues of these two fallen heroes.  Let their sacrifice remind each of us of the dangers that brave men and women in law enforcement confront each and every day on our behalf.  And let their example inspire each of us to ask what we can do to create a more peaceful, a more united, and a more just society – one worthy of the memory of Officers Vega and Zerebny.”

Activists Lockdown Chicago Streets to Denounce Islamophobic & Hyper-Militarized SWAT Training

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#StopITOA Coalition disrupts business as usual in downtown Chicago on first day of Illinois Tactical Officers Association Conference

CHICAGO, IL – Fifteen community members chained themselves together across the intersection of Michigan and Wacker, disrupting business as usual in downtown Chicago for an hour and a half. The #StopITOA coalition, a group of Chicago community organizations, expressed deep concerns about anti-Muslim and hyper-militarized tactical training at the Illinois Tactical Officers Association’s (ITOA) 2016 Tactical Training Conference taking place at the Stonegate Conference and Banquet Center in Hoffman Estates from October 9-13. #StopITOA Coalition demands an end to the police militarization, Islamophobia and Donald Trump-style fear-mongering which ITOA promotes.

Chained to lockboxes, fifteen members of the #StopITOA Coalition called on Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHSEM) and the City of Chicago end their relationships with ITOA and prioritize spending for human needs, including mental health care and education – not militarization and violence. Protesters held the intersection for 1.5 hours, surrounded by over 50 Chicago Police Department officers until SWAT officers arrived with power tools to cut protesters out who were cuffed and put in two paddy wagons.

ITOA’s Tactical Training Conference is a five-day SWAT tactical training and weapons expo aimed at training local police and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) “like tactical squads in the military”, and increasing the flow of weapons and militarized technology into greater Chicagoland and throughout nation. These practices pose a direct threat to Black, Muslim and communities of color. The keynote speaker for the ITOA conference is Sebastian Gorka, a far-right extremist and consultant for presidential candidate Donald Trump consultant, who has consistently called for the expansion of law enforcement to carry out suspicionless monitoring and surveillance of Muslim and refugee communities.

Melisa Stephen, a member of the For the People Artists Collective and participant at the rally said about Sebastian Gorka: “We’re talking about a man who makes a living off Islamophobia. It’s important to note that Islamophobia is employed to justify police militarization, including increased partnerships between weapons manufacturers and law enforcement agencies. This is how we get organizations like ITOA that teach local law enforcement how to use military equipment and tactics that they then use to continue killing black, brown and indigenous people at alarming rates.”

ITOA is a small, non-governmental organization that works with Cook County Department of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (DHSEM) and other government agencies to train local and federal law enforcement agents. US Marshals, military personnel, DHS agents, and other government personnel from across the nation frequently attend ITOA’s conferences and weapons expos. The Safariland Group, a major military-grade weapons manufacturer whose tear gas canisters have been used from foreign dictatorships to Ferguson, is this year’s ITOA Conference corporate sponsor.

While Chicago is still reeling from budget cuts that have resulted in the closure of over 50 public schools, mental health clinics, and severe cuts to social services, the city spends over $4 million a day on the Chicago police alone. “What keeps us safe is funding for our schools, healthcare, crisis and trauma centers, jobs and accessible and affordable housing. What does not keep us safe is the defunding of these life saving institutions,” says Aislinn Sol of Black Lives Matter – Chicago.

“Police militarization conventions and SWAT trainings are happening 365 days a year, all over the world. In the United States, they are where the arms industry meets law enforcement and emergency response, with the federal government footing much of the bill. This is why we are coordinating nationally, across communities and issues against this drive to constantly militarize police repression.” said Skanda Kadirgamar of War Resisters League’s NoSWATzone campaign.

#StopITOA calls on Stonegate as well as DHSEM and the City of Chicago to end their relationship with ITOA and the hyper-militarization and Islamophobia that has proven to be harmful and deadly for communities of color across the nation.

HASHTAGS: #Unite2Disarm #StopITOA

HANDLES: @chicopwatch @afsc_peace @afsc_org @plussone @megmantis @so_it_goes @MsKellyMHayes @resistwar

Endorsing Organizations:

Assata’s Daughters * For The People Artists Collective * American Friends Service Committee – Chicago * The People’s Response Team * Lifted Voices * War Resisters League * Council for American Islamic Relations – Chicago * Organized Communities Against Deportations * Black Lives Matter – Chicago * Students for Justice in Palestine – Chicago * Arab American Action Network * Invisible to Invincible: Asian Pacific Islander Pride of Chicago (i2i) * Center for New Community * Anakbayan – Chicago * Iraq Veterans Against the War * Stop Urban Shield Coalition * National Lawyer’s Guild – Chicago * National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance * Black and Pink – Chicago * Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago * Showing Up for Racial Justice – Chicago * Chicago League of Abolitionist Whites *

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Caption: Photo courtesy @sarahdashji

Senator Raoul Urges Help for Haiti in Hurricane Recovery

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) issued the following statement:

Most of you are probably aware of the death and devastation caused in Haiti by Hurricane Matthew, the strongest storm to hit the Caribbean region in nearly 10 years. In addition to the damage inflicted by the storm itself, a humanitarian crisis is brewing, with the Haitian government unable to provide food, water and shelter to everyone displaced by the disaster. As if that weren’t enough, the floodwaters Matthew left behind have made the island’s population vulnerable to water-borne diseases such as cholera.

As the son of Haitian immigrant parents, I hold the people of Haiti in my thoughts and prayers at this time. I hope you will join me in contributing as you are able to relief, recovery and public health efforts. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with International Child Care and Grace Children’s Hospital in Haiti, and if you are looking for ways to assist in this time of critical need, I urge you to visit us.internationalchildcare.org/hurricanematthew to learn more and make a donation.

#BlackWomenVote Campaign Launches to Energize and Engage Black Women GOTV Effort

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New Website Showcases Election News and Tools for Black Women to Prepare to Vote

NEW YORK – Higher Heights, the leading, independent and trusted political voice for Black women leading up to, and beyond Election Day 2016 launched #BlackWomenVote Get Out The Vote, a nonpartisan campaign. The nationwide effort is to ensure Black women have the news and tools to get out the vote on Nov. 8.

The campaign is being launched on the birthday of civil rights leader and voting rights activist, Fannie Lou Hamer. Hamer organized and encouraged Blacks to register to vote.

She also worked for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, which fought racial segregation and injustice in the South. In 1964, she helped found the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party. Hamer died in 1977, today would have been her 99th birthday.

The campaign is centered around the new website BlackWomenVote.com. The site provides the latest election news, commentary and tools for Black women to prepare to vote, and get out the vote within their social networks. The campaign over the next month, will reach Black women across the country to activate their circles and give them the tools to raise their voice, cast their vote and flex their collective voting power.

“The #BlackWomenVote campaign is being launched on the birthday of Fannie Lou Hamer, because it is about igniting a spark so that the voice of Black women and the power that we hold can be fully put to work and recognized at the ballot box in November,” said Glynda C. Carr, co- founder of Higher Heights. “The new campaign provides Black women with tools they can use to vote and get their networks to vote. We know that when you fire up a Black woman she does not go to the polls alone, she brings her house, her block, her church, her sorority, and her water cooler. For us, this election is about harnessing the power of Black women’s votes to address and support building economically stable communities and the other issues of the greatest importance to Black women.”

The new website includes an Election Center, where women can pledge to vote and make a voting plan as well as connect them to tools like register to vote and find their polling location. The site also includes weekly commentary on news from Black women across the country about this election and current topics focused on issues affecting Black women.

During the course of the campaign #BlackWomenVote will also host a number of on and offline events like town halls, conversations and salons to further energize Black women and emphasize the importance to get out the vote in November, as well as staying active beyond Election Day.

“We have launched this campaign to provide meaningful ways for Black women to organize their networks this election and demonstrate our collective power for change in our communities and nationwide,” said Kimberly Peeler Allen, co- founder of Higher Heights. This is really about harnessing the power of Black women to ensure we have a seat at political and economic decision making tables.”

Please visit #BlackWomenVote here.
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Shame on City Hall as CopA Passes – Movement for CPAC Grows as Justice is Denied

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From: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression  

The Chicago City Council has voted to pass the legislation proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel for a Civilian Office of Police Accountability (COPA). COPA is a fake police accountability bill. It replaces the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), but the only change is the name.

IPRA reviewed 400 cases of police shootings of civilians over seven years, and found only one of them to be unjustified. Nothing more needs to be said to prove that it was designed to cover up police crimes.

COPA is the same as IPRA because it leaves the power of appointment of those responsible for holding the police accountable in the hands of the mayor. “Civilian oversight” means that the mayor would appoint civilians who support his program. Emanuel is not a social reformer. He’s an accessory to the murder of 17 year old Laquan McDonald. He covered up the video of the racist cop, Jason Van Dyke, in order to get re-elected. He cannot hold the police accountable.

As expected, the mayor’s proposal passed City Council. Chicago politicians think that if they hold out long enough, if they starve us for justice long enough, the community will get weary, and we will accept whatever they offer us. They think we fear that if we don’t accept it, we will get nothing. But they are wrong. This week they’ll pass COPA. Next week the police will murder another Black person, torture another false confession out of some innocent youth. The people know police crimes will continue, business as usual. That’s why this movement will continue to grow, forged from the blood of innocents.

The passage by City Council of a farce such as COPA exposes that the entire city government is complicit in the system that allows the police to commit crimes against Black and Latino peo-ple and go unpunished.

The movement for community control of the police, for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC), is growing, steadily gaining more support. Like the civil rights movement, we won’t settle for condescending gestures from political opportunists. The people of Chicago un-derstand that they are part of a MOVEMENT whose time has come.

The passage of COPA will agitate the people to take the struggle to another level. In November 2015, when the people of Chicago realized what the Emanuel administration had done, they shut down Black Friday on the Magnificent Mile. They cost the wealthy businesses there be-tween 25 and 50% of their sales. The people said “No Business As Usual.”

We agreed with the people then, and we agree with them now in this hour of disgrace in City Hall.


For more information, contact: Frank Chapman 312-513-3795 email: fchapman@naarpr.org


A Discussion of the Plight of Jews Living in World War II Greece

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Book Talk: Karen Batshaw discusses “Hidden in Plain Sight”

New novel explores the plight of Jews living in WWII Greece


CHICAGO, IL – On Oct. 27 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., the National Hellenic Museum will host a book talk and signing with author Karen Batshaw about her new novel Hidden in Plain Sight, which tells the story of a young Jewish woman from Thessaloniki who moves to Athens in the early years of World War II and lives as a Christian to avoid arousing suspicion.

Hidden in Plain Sight shines a light on the plight of Greece’s Jews during the occupation of the Nazis in World War II and the brave attempts of the Archbishop of Athens to protect them.

Batshaw, whose previous books include Love’s Journey, Kate’s Journey, and Echoes in the Mist, is not Greek but she fell in love with Greek culture as a college student and says she has always felt a special connection to Greece and its people. It was her immersion in Greek culture as part of her research for Echoes in the Mist that led her to the tragic story of Greece during World War II.

“I had written a book about 19th century Greece and I wanted to write another book using those characters,” said Batshaw. While doing research for the new book, she visited Tarpon Springs, Fla., which has the largest percentage of Greeks per capita in the United States.

“It was Greek Independence Day and I took some pictures and put them on Facebook,” said Batshaw. “I used to do international adoptions in Cambodia and one of my clients wrote back on Facebook and asked me if I was Greek. It turns out she was dating a Greek Jewish man who wanted to know ‘How is it this person who knows about Greek Independence Day and wasn’t Greek?’”

Batshaw said the exchange led to her discovery of the Greek Jewish community in Greece and how it was decimated during World War II.

“I went online and learned that almost all the Jews were killed in World War II,” she said. “This man then told me the story about the town he came from and how Christians saved most of the Jews. So I started to do research on it. When I realized how many Christians stood up to the Nazis, I realized this was a story that people should know.”

Batshaw lives in Washington, D.C. and Williamsburg, VA. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and a Master’s degree in Social Work.

Books will be available for purchase and signing. Tickets are $15, Members $10, Students $5.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call or 312-655-1234 or visit www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org.



Photo: Author Karen Batshaw

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 culture, history, and the Greek story in America. 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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National Events Demand Immediate Release of Bresha Meadows and for Ohio Prosecutor to Drop all Charges

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Free Bresha Meadows Campaign


On October 5-6, 2016, communities around the country and in Canada  hosted events calling for the release of child domestic violence survivor, Bresha Meadows, from the Trumbull County Juvenile Detention Center in Warren, Ohio. On July 28th, 14-year-old Meadows was arrested for allegedly shooting her father to death with a gun that family members say he would use to terrorize Bresha and her family into “keeping them in line.”

Bresha, her mother, Brandi Meadows, and her siblings endured years of her father’s frequent physical beatings and death threats. Bresha Meadows attempted to seek help from the police, only to be turned away with no support or options. On October 6, Meadows faces a hearing where she may learn if she will be prosecuted for actions she took in self-defense, and whether or not her case will be transferred to the adult court system, where Bresha could face decades in prison.

“Bresha suffered years of abuse and is now experiencing additional trauma through incarceration,” said Mariame Kaba, founder of Project Nia, co-founder of the Chicago Taskforce on Violence Against Girls and Women, and Love & Protect. “We also understand from her family that she is currently under suicide watch, making the need for her release even more urgent. She should be freed so that she can get the support she needs to heal. We call for all charges to be dropped against her and for her to be released immediately.” According to the National Crittenton Foundation, 84% of girls experienced family violence prior to incarceration.

Through rallies, vigils, public art exhibitions, teach-ins, performances and vigils, groups around the country will demonstrate their unrelenting demand for Bresha’s freedom and will call attention to the cases of girls, women and non-gender conforming people, disproportionately Black and Brown, criminalized for self-defense. The Mahoning Valley Organizing Collective is hosting a Vigil to End Domestic Violence at 6pm on Wednesday, October 5th in Courthouse Square in downtown Warren, Ohio. Nearby, prosecutors are expected to announce whether they will charge Meadows for actions taken in self-defense. Events are quickly being organized in cities across the US and Canada, including Chicago, Toronto, Flagstaff, New Orleans, Atlanta, Columbia, MO, New York City, Newark, San Francisco, Albuquerque, and Los Angeles. Faith communities are also leading vigils online and in local areas. Individuals have been invited to share photos of themselves on social media with a #FreeBresha message. Details can be found at freebresha.com.

Activists say the movement to free Bresha Meadows is growing quickly. Over 12,000 people have signed a Color of Change petition demanding her freedom, (bit.ly/FreeBreshaPetition). Bresha has received hundreds of letters of support from around the world, and a broad spectrum of supporters have expressed solidarity with Bresha, including faith communities, domestic violence organizations, other incarcerated survivors, and Black Lives Matters activists, among many others. Supporters have also written open letters to Trumbull County Prosecutor Dennis Watkins, who has the discretion to release Meadows from custody and drop all charges against her. Letter writers have shared their own experiences of domestic violence, describing the lack of options available for children and the urgent need for support rather than criminalization

Activists urge supporters to follow @freebresha on Twitter and Facebook and to check the campaign web site, FreeBresha.com, for updates and actions. Supporters can also email FreeBreshaMeadows@gmail.com to contact the campaign directly about ways to create or connect with local groups. To learn more about the many cases of women criminalized for acts of self-defense, check out survivedandpunished.org.

For more information, contact: Kelly Hayes, kelly@truthout.org, 773-499-0172 or Holly Krig, holly.krig@gmail.com, 630-258-8552


Chinese National Sentenced to Prison for Conspiracy to Steal Trade Secrets

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Mo Hailong, a/k/a Robert Mo, 46, a Chinese national, was sentenced to 36 months in prison for conspiracy to steal trade secrets. Mo Hailong was also ordered to serve three years of supervised release following his term of imprisonment and was ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined at a later date. In addition, the Court ordered the forfeiture of two farms in Iowa and Illinois that were purchased and utilized by Mo Hailong and others during the course of the conspiracy. Mo Hailong is a Chinese national who became a lawful permanent resident of the United States.

The announcement was made by Assistant Attorney General for National Security John P. Carlin and U.S. Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. The sentence was issued by U.S. District Judge Stephanie M. Rose.

During the course of the conspiracy, Mo Hailong was employed as the Director of International Business of the Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Company, commonly referred to as DBN. DBN is a Chinese conglomerate with a corn seed subsidiary company, Kings Nower Seed.

According to the plea agreement entered on January 27, Mo Hailong admitted to participating in a long-term conspiracy to steal trade secrets from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto. Mo Hailong participated in the theft of inbred corn seeds from fields in the Southern District of Iowa and elsewhere for the purpose of transporting the seeds to DBN in China. The stolen inbred, or parent, seeds were the valuable trade secrets of DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto.

The investigation was initiated when DuPont Pioneer security staff detected suspicious activity and alerted the FBI. DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto were fully cooperative throughout the investigation.

“Mo Hailong stole valuable proprietary information in the form of seed corn from DuPont Pioneer and Monsanto in an effort to transport such trade secrets to China. Theft of trade secrets is a serious federal crime, as it harms victim companies that have invested millions of dollars and years of work toward the development of propriety technology. The theft of agricultural trade secrets, and other intellectual property, poses a grave threat to our national economic security,” said U.S. Attorney Kevin E. VanderSchel. “The Justice Department and federal law enforcement partners are committed to prosecuting those who in engage in conduct such as Mo Hailong.”

This matter was investigated by the FBI. The case was prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa and the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section, with assistance from the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Attorney General Madigan Urges Lawmakers to Eliminate Statutes of Limitations on Child Abuse Crimes

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Attorney General Joins with Advocates in Calling for Elimination of Criminal Statutes of Limitations for All Felony Child Abuse and Assault Crimes


CHICAGO, IL  – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan urged members of the Illinois Senate to pass legislation to eliminate the statutes of limitations for felony criminal sexual assault and sexual abuse crimes against children.


Madigan testified before the Senate Criminal Law Committee’s Subcommittee on Statutes of Limitation, detailing the importance of eliminating Illinois’ statutes of limitations that can allow child predators to go unpunished. Joining Madigan in testifying were Scott Cross, a survivor, St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly, Polly Poskin, the executive director of the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Barbara Blaine, president and founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), and Mark Parr, the executive director of the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County.


“Sex crimes against children are far too common and often have devastating, lifelong impacts,” Madigan said. “Children who suffer sexual assault and abuse often spend their entire lives recovering from the unimaginable crimes they have experienced. Illinois law must support these survivors by allowing them to report their crimes in their own time. We must ensure that survivors know that they will be taken seriously and justice will be pursued.”


Madigan explained that there are many reasons survivors of child sexual abuse are often unable to report their crimes to authorities until many years later, if they ever report them at all. Children may not reach an understanding that what has happened to them is a crime until decades later, or they may be under the control of the perpetrator or be physically, emotionally or financially dependent upon the abuser. Madigan said that the reporting delay is a sign of the lasting trauma and should not enable predators to avoid prosecution.


“Victims of sexual abuse, especially minors, may have a very difficult time confronting their abusers and reporting a crime,” Sen. Scott Bennett, a former prosecutor, said. “In instances where abuse is revealed years after the crime has been committed, our legal system should help victims secure justice – not turn them away.”


As more survivors have come forward to describe the difficult process that they have endured in reporting their crimes, states across the country have eliminated statutes of limitations for these crimes. Nationwide, 36 other states and the federal government have removed criminal statutes of limitations for some or all sexual offenses against children.


Currently no statutes of limitations exist in Illinois for serious crimes, including murder, involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, arson, treason, forgery or the production of child pornography. Yet under current state law, the most egregious sexual offenses against children must be reported and prosecuted within 20 years of the survivor turning 18 years old. Two exceptions include cases in which the crimes were committed on or after Jan. 1, 2014 and either corroborating physical evidence exists or a mandated reporter failed to report the abuse.


The General Assembly is considering four measures to eliminate criminal statutes of limitations for sexual offenses that are committed against children. Senate Bill 3402, sponsored by subcommittee chair Sen. Scott Bennett, and House Bill 1127, sponsored by Rep. Mike Smiddy and Sen. Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant, remove the statutes of limitations in cases of sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child. House Bill 1128, sponsored by Rep. Sam Yingling and Senate President John Cullerton, and House Bill 1129, sponsored by Rep. Michelle Mussman and Senate President Cullerton, remove the statutes of limitations in cases of other sexual offenses against a child, such as incest, solicitation, grooming, possessing and disseminating child pornography, prostitution and failure to report sexual abuse of a child.



Blue Man Group Adds Performances to Holiday Schedule at Chicago’s Briar Street Theatre

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CHICAGO, ILBlue Man Group, celebrating 25 years of living in full color, will bring louder drummer boys and not so silent nights to audiences this holiday season with the announcement of an enhanced holiday performance schedule at the Briar Street Theatre (3133 N. Halsted). The added performances, including four special New Year’s Eve shows, will provide Chicago visitors and residents with more opportunities to experience the theatrical phenomenon throughout the season.

Blue Man Group will take part in kicking off the 2016 holiday season in Chicago by performing at the The BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival Saturday, November 19. More information will be announced at a later date.

Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an outrageous multi-sensory entertainment experience that audiences will never forget. A dynamic combination of music, comedy and technology, the show appeals to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. It is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

Those looking to avoid Black Friday weekend shopping lines can enjoy specially added Blue Man Group performances Friday, November 25 and Saturday, November 26 shows at 12 p.m., 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.

Families can kick off their New Year’s Eve celebrations early with Blue Man Group’s kid-friendly performances at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, December 31. Children will be transformed into members of the Blue Man Group band with pre-show face painting. Other festivities include a “midnight” countdown after the show, complete with party hats and noisemakers, and a special performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men.

Blue Man Group will continue ringing in 2017 with additional New Year’s Eve shows at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., which include festive party hats and a celebratory champagne toast for attendees. Guests of the 10 p.m. show will also experience a spectacular New Year’s Eve countdown party. Complete with noisemakers, a midnight champagne toast, confetti drop and performance of “Auld Lang Syne” by the Blue Men, it is guaranteed to be a celebration unlike any other.

Blue Man Group Ticket Information
Tickets are available from $49-$99. Tickets may be purchased at the Briar Street Theatre by calling the box office at (773) 348-4000; by calling Ticketmaster at (800) 982-2787; at all Ticketmaster ticket centers or via the Internet at www.ticketmaster.com/bluemanchicago. For a full show schedule and ticket pricing, please visit www.blueman.com/chicago.

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more, varying from $46- $64 per person. For groups of 10 or more, call the group sales department to book at: 773.348.3300 or email chicagogroups@blueman.com to request information.

2016 Holiday Performance Schedule:

Wednesday, November 2 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 3 – 8 p.m.
Friday, November 4 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 5 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 6 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 9 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 10 – 8 p.m.
Friday, November 11 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 12 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 13 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Wednesday, November 16 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, November 17 – 8 p.m.
Friday, November 18 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, November 19 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 20 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Monday, November 21 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 22 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, November 23 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, November 25 – 12, 3, 6 and 9 p.m.
Saturday, November 26 – 12, 3, 6 and 9 p.m.
Sunday, November 27 – 1 and 4 p.m.

Thursday, December 1 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 2 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 3 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 4 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, December 8 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 9 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 10 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 11 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 14 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 15 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 16 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 17 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, December 18 – 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
Monday, December 19 – 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 20 – 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 21 – 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 22 – 8 p.m.
Friday, December 23 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 24 – 11 a.m., 2 and 5 p.m.
Monday, December 26 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, December 27 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, December 28 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, December 29 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, December 30 – 11 a.m., 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, December 31 – 1, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 1 – 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
Monday, January 2 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, January 3 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Wednesday, January 4 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 5 – 5 and 8 p.m.
Friday, January 6 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 7 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 8 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 12 – 8 p.m.
Friday, January 13 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 14 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 15 – 1, 4 and 7 p.m.
Thursday, January 19 – 8 p.m.
Friday, January 20 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 21 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 22 – 1 and 4 p.m.
Thursday, January 26 – 8 p.m.
Friday, January 27 – 8 p.m.
Saturday, January 28 – 2, 5 and 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 29 – 1 and 4 p.m.

About Blue Man Productions
In 2016, global entertainment phenomenon Blue Man Group celebrates 25 years of living in full color with a series of new projects and appearances. The company is best known for the award-winning Blue Man Group show, performed in more than 20 countries and seen by more than 35 million people worldwide since 1991. A dynamic combination of music, comedy and technology, the show appeals to a broad range of age groups and cultural backgrounds. It is continually refreshed with new music, fresh stories, custom instruments and state-of-the-art technology.

The company developed through a creative collaboration among three close friends, Chris Wink, Phil Stanton and Matt Goldman on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Blue Man Group now has permanent theatrical productions in Las Vegas, Orlando, Boston, Chicago, New York and Berlin, in addition to a World Tour.

This creative collective is part of the pop culture zeitgeist. Beyond the stage show, they have toured the globe with the “Megastar World Tour” rock concert parody, released multiple albums, including the Grammy-nominated Audio, and the recently released, THREE, and contributed to numerous film and TV scores. They’ve served as the face of branding campaigns for Intel and TIM/Brasil and appeared countless times on hit shows like “The Tonight Show”, “Arrested Development”, “Ellen”, “Schlag den Raab” (Germany), “WOWOW” (Japan), and “Caldeirão do Huck” (Brasil).

Based in New York City, Blue Man Productions has extensive production facilities, recording studios and a 6,000 square foot Research & Development Lab with numerous new creative projects in the pipeline.

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