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Archive for November 18th, 2016

The Upcoming 115th Congress Will Open With the Most African-Americans in History

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NAACP Washington Bureau looks forward to working with historically large Congressional Black Caucus to advocate the crucial priorities of the Association

 

The 115th Congress will be sworn into service on January 3, 2017, and is scheduled to run for two years until the end of the year in 2018.  As a result of the 2016 election, the 115th Congress will be one of the most diverse ever, including an historically high number of African Americans.  Specifically, beginning in 2017 there will be a record 51African Americans in the Congress:  3 in the US Senate (including only the second African American woman in history), and 48 in the US House of Representatives.  This means that African Americans will represent just under10% of the entire Congress.  In the 114th Congress, which covered the years 2015 – 2016 and is almost over, there were 48 African Americans in both the House and the Senate, which translates to just under 9%.  

African Americans did not serve in Congress until the 41st Congress (1869-1870) during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.  No African Americans served in Congress from the 57th Congress (1901-1902) until the 71st Congress (1929-1930), and from that point on the number has grown steadily (see the chart on the next page).

In terms of gender, in January 2017,a record high number of women, 109(or just over 20% of the total) will be sworn into the House and Senate.  Of this 109, 21 (out of 100) women will serve in the US Senate and 88 will be in the U.S. House of Representatives (out of 440 total).  A total of 3women of color will serve in the 115th Congress.  

Also, with several races still to be decided, it is clear there will be more Hispanic and Asian Members of Congress than ever before.  At last count, there will be at least 39 Members of the House and Senate in 2017 who are of Hispanic heritage, and at least 15 Asian Members of the US House and Senate.

There will also be a new-found ethnic diversity in both the House and the Senate in the 115th Congress:  for the first time ever, there will be a Latina Senator as well as a Senator whose mother is Chinese-Thai; this year’s House and Senate crop also includes members who were born in foreign countries including India, ThailandItaly, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, France, Panama, Cuba, Germany, Guatemala, Pakistan and Mexico.  

With the incoming Congress, the NAACP Washington Bureau, will, as always, ask for meetings with all freshman Members of the Senate and House to share with them our policy agenda as well as the priorities of the NAACP.  We will also continue to educate, promote and advocate strongly for our agenda with the Congress and the new Administration.

US Senate

Cory Booker, NJ

Kamala Harris, CA

Tim Scott, SC

US House of Representatives

Alma Adams, NC – 12

Karen Bass, CA – 37

Joyce Beatty, OH – 3

Sanford Bishop, GA – 2

* Linda Blunt Rochester, DE –   At large

* Anthony Brown, MD – 4

GK Butterfield, NC – 1 

André Carson, IN – 7

Yvette Clark, NY – 9

William Lacy Clay, MO – 1

Emmanuel Cleaver, MO – 5

Jim Clyburn, SC – 6

John Conyers, Jr., MI – 13

Elijah Cummings, MD – 7

Danny Davis, IL – 7

* Val Demings, FL – 10

Keith Ellison, MN – 5

* Dwight Evans, PA – 2

Marcia Fudge, OH – 11

Al Green, TX – 9

Alcee Hastings, FL – 20

Will Hurd, TX – 23

Sheila Jackson Lee, TX – 18

Hakeem Jeffries, NY – 8

Eddie Bernice Johnson, TX – 30

Hank Johnson, GA – 4

Robin Kelly, IL – 2

Brenda Lawrence, MI – 14

* Al Lawson, FL – 5

Barbara Lee, CA – 13

John Lewis, GA – 5

Mia Love, UT – 4

* Donald McEachin, VA – 4

Gregory Meeks, NY  5

Gwen Moore, WI – 4

* = New to Congress in 2017


Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC –  at large

Donald Payne Jr. NJ – 10

Stacy Plaskett, VI – at large

Cedric Richmond, LA – 2

Bobby Rush, IL – 1

Bobby Scott, VA – 3

David Scott, GA – 13

Terri Sewell, AL – 7

Bennie Thompson, MI – 2

Marc Veasey, TX – 33

Maxine Waters, CA – 43

Bonnie Watson Coleman, NJ – 12

Frederica Wilson, FL – 24

Source: NAACP Washington Bureau

 

Next Congress to be Most Diverse Ever

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The 115th Congress will be sworn into service on January 3, 2017, and is scheduled to run for two years until the end of the year in 2018.  As a result of the 2016 election, the 115th Congress will be one of the most diverse ever, including an historically high number of African Americans.  Specifically, beginning in 2017 there will be a record 51 African Americans in the Congress:  3 in the US Senate (including only the second African American woman in history), and 47 in the US House of Representatives.  This means that African Americans will represent just under 10% of the entire Congress.  In the 114th Congress, which covered the years 2015 – 2016 and is almost over, there were 48 African Americans in both the House and the Senate, which translates to just under 9%.

African Americans did not serve in Congress until the 41st Congress (1869-1870) during the Reconstruction period following the Civil War.  No African Americans served in Congress from the 57th Congress (1901-1902) until the 71st Congress (1929-1930), and from that point on the number has grown steadily (see the chart on the next page).

In terms of gender, in January 2017, a record high number of women, 109, (or just over 20% of the total) will be sworn into the House and Senate.  Of this 109, 21 (out of 100) women will serve in the US Senate and 88 will be in the U.S. House of Representatives (out of 440 total).  A total of 38 women of color will serve in the 115th Congress.

Also, with several races still to be decided, it is clear there will be more Hispanic and Asian Members of Congress than ever before.  At last count, there will be at least 39 Members of the House and Senate in 2017 who are of Hispanic heritage, and at least 15 Asian Members of the US House and Senate.

There will also be a new-found ethnic diversity in both the House and the Senate in the 115th Congress:  for the first time ever, there will be a Latina Senator as well as a Senator whose mother is Chinese-Thai; this year’s House and Senate crop also includes members who were born in foreign countries including India, Thailand, Italy, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, France, Panama, Cuba, Germany, Guatemala, Pakistan and Mexico.

With the incoming Congress, the NAACP Washington Bureau, will, as always, ask for meetings with all freshman Members of the Senate and House to share with them our policy agenda as well as the priorities of the NAACP.  We will also continue to educate, promote and advocate strongly for our agenda with the Congress and the new Administration.

Source: NAACP Washington Bureau

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch Releases Video Statement on Hate Crimes in the United States

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Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch released a video statement on the FBI’s newly announced 2015 hate crime statistics as well as on recent media reports of alleged hate crimes and harassment around the country.  The statement reminds individuals to report these incidents to both local law enforcement and the Justice Department in order to ensure that career investigators and prosecutors are able to enforce hate crime statutes at the local, state and federal level.

The video can be viewed at here, and a transcript of the video is below:

Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch:

“Earlier this week, the FBI released its statistics on hate crimes committed in 2015.  These numbers should be deeply sobering for all Americans.  Among other alarming trends, the report showed a 67 percent increase in hate crimes committed against Muslim Americans.  It also showed increases in the number of hate crimes committed against Jewish people, African Americans, and LGBT individuals.  Overall, the number of reported hate crimes increased six percent – a number that does not account for the many hate crimes that may go unreported out of shame or fear.

“Beyond these 2015 statistics, I know that many Americans are concerned by a spate of recent news reports about alleged hate crimes and harassment.  Some of these incidents have happened in schools.  Others have targeted houses of worship.  And some have singled out individuals for attacks and intimidation.  The FBI is assessing, in conjunction with federal prosecutors, whether particular incidents constitute violations of federal law.  We need you to continue to report these incidents to local law enforcement, as well as the Justice Department, so that our career investigators and prosecutors can take action to defend your rights.  You can find information about federal hate crimes laws – and other civil rights laws that the department enforces, including protections for students in schools – on our Civil Rights Division’s website.  Our site also contains resources for communities working to prevent and respond to hate crimes, as well.

“Last month marked the seventh anniversary of one of those laws: the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  This landmark statute was named for two men who were killed for the most un-American of reasons – because they were different from their attackers – Matthew Shepard in his sexual orientation, and James Byrd Jr. in his race.  The law that bears their names significantly expanded our ability to combat hate crimes by adding new federal protections against crimes based on one’s gender identity, sexual orientation, gender, or disability status – protections that we have worked tirelessly to uphold in the last seven years.

“But despite the tremendous progress we have made, we cannot lose sight of how much remains to be done.  Nearly two decades after Matthew Shepard and James Byrd Jr. were brutally murdered simply for being who they were, we still have a long way to go to ensure that every American can live free from the fear of violence or harassment based what they look like, how they worship, or whom they love.

“That work is not just about enforcing the law.  It’s about staying true to our highest ideals and most cherished principles.  It’s about making sure that all Americans receive the protection of the law.  And it’s about giving real meaning to our shared belief that all people are created equal.

“Put simply, this work is the right – and just – thing to do.  And I want the American people to know that as long as that work is necessary, the Department of Justice will continue to carry it forward.  We will continue to enforce our nation’s hate crimes laws to the fullest extent possible.  We will continue to uphold our conviction that all men and women deserve to lead lives of safety and dignity.  And we will continue to champion the values of diversity and inclusion that have always been the bedrock of our nation’s progress, and that point the way to a brighter future.  Thank you.”

“Resist Trump!” Protest Set for Saturday

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Protesters vowing to build a large scale protest movement to resist further attacks on immigrants, Muslims, women and other scapegoated targets of the Donald Trump campaign for the presidency have announced a mass march for Saturday in Chicago, with over 11,000 people already RSVPing on Facebook for the event.
 
The protest is set to begin with a 12 noon, Saturday, Nov. 19 rally at Federal Plaza, corner of Adams and Dearborn Streets, followed by a march to Trump Tower by the Chicago River and Wabash Avenue.
 
Organizers of the event plan to criticize Trump, his deplorable chief of staff Stephen Bannon, and all those in positions of power that paved the way for the very dangerous Trump regime.

“The election of Trump will surely lead to a deep instability in society that will only endanger the most vulnerable among us. It is inevitable that millions of people will actively resist a Trump administration. A grassroots, fighting progressive movement will emerge to protect people victimized by the hard-right cabal that is set to occupy Washington. The aim of our protest on Saturday is to give voice and expression to the overwhelming majority of people in Chicago who utterly reject the open racism, sexism and bigotry of Trump.” said John Beacham an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition and initiator of Chicago’s 10,000-strong protest the night after the election.

“Years of ‘dog whistle’ sloganeering by Republican primary opponents, and the bailouts of the banks and the mass deportations of immigrants by the Obama administration have paved the way for the far right, openly racist populism of Trump,” said Andy Thayer, co-founder of the Gay Liberation Network and one of the protest organizers.
 
“The election of Trump will surely lead to a deep instability in society that will only endanger the most vulnerable among us. It is inevitable that millions of people will actively resist a Trump administration. A grassroots, fighting progressive movement will emerge to protect people victimized by the hard-right cabal that is set to occupy Washington. The aim of our protest on Saturday is to give voice and expression to the overwhelming majority of people in Chicago who utterly reject the open racism, sexism and bigotry of Trump.” said John Beacham an organizer with the ANSWER Coalition and initiator of Chicago’s 10,000-strong protest the night after the election. 
 
“As shown by the signs and voices of people out in the streets beginning Wednesday night, protesters are angry at having an open racist, Islamophobe, sexual assaulter legitimizing such disgusting ideas using the pulpit of the White House. One sign held by a young woman Wednesday night put it particularly well: ‘The voices of all our abusers are now the president.’”
Besides ANSWER Chicago and the Gay Liberation Network, endorsers of the action include Black Lives Matter Women of Faith, La Voz de los de Abajo, People United Against Oppression, Freedom Road Socialist Organization, Party for Socialism and Liberation, and CODEPINK Chicago.
 

 

Breakfast with All Chicago Celebrates 13% Decrease in Homelessness

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Inspires Renewed Commitment to Housing People Experiencing Homelessness in Chicago

 

CHICAGO, IL – Each year, Breakfast with All Chicago unites public officials, business leaders, housing and homeless service providers and individuals with the lived experience of homelessness. This year, the event celebrates the breakthrough progress made this year towards ending homelessness in Chicago and inspires renewed commitment to the effort. The breakfast will feature a keynote by Deputy Mayor and Chief Neighborhood Officer Andrea Zopp, and testimonials from people who have recently experienced homelessness.

 

Homelessness in Chicago has decreased by 13% overall between 2015 and 2016,” says Nonie Brennan, Chief Executive Officer of All Chicago. “We have learned how to effectively end homelessness and Breakfast with All Chicago gives us the opportunity to reflect together on the breakthrough progress we have made and the ongoing challenges that we will face in our collaborative effort to end homelessness.  Together, we can accomplish this goal and we will accomplish this goal.”

 

All Chicago Board President Peter Vilim and Board Member Richard Sciortino will also present awards to outstanding community leaders spearheading the effort to end homelessness in Chicago. The Norman H. Stone Award will be presented to Arturo V. Bendixen of the Center for Housing and Health, the Champion Award will be presented to the Homelessness Prevention Call Center, and the Fund Manager of the Year Award will be presented to Priscilla Torrence of the Industrial Council of Nearwest Chicago.

 

The event will be held Friday, November 18, 2016 from 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at The Standard Club, 3rd Floor Dining Room, 320 S. Plymouth Ct, Chicago, IL 60604. Members of the media are cordially invited to attend; please RSVP to lstazenmichael@allchicago.org.

 

About All Chicago: All Chicago prevents and ends homelessness through three signature programs. Our Emergency Fund program collaborates with 28 agencies to provide more than $3 million in financial assistance to more than 3,500 people experiencing an emergency, including a particular focus on college students and veterans. Our Chicago Alliance program partners with 50 agencies to implement city-wide, data-driven strategies to designed to achieve the common vision of a city where homelessness is rare, brief, and non-recurring. Our Learning Center program equips the housing and homeless services community with tools and information to be even more effective through our trainings, workshops, research and publications. Learn more at allchicago.org.

 

 

Con Artist Brought to Justice: Arizona Woman Faked Cancer, Scammed Veterans

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Fradulent Doctor's Letter Created by Chalice Zeitner

An Arizona con artist will be spending the next 25 years behind bars after being convicted of 18 felonies in two separate trials related to her faking cancer and brazenly scamming veterans’ charities out of thousands of dollars.

Chalice Zeitner’s crimes were so outrageous, said FBI Special Agent Heather Rivera, “it’s unlike anything I have ever seen before.”

Zeitner, who skipped town and changed her name when she thought the heat was on, forged medical documents, stole identities, duped her boyfriend and physicians, and fabricated careers that included being a race car driver and a wealthy attorney who owned a law firm in South Africa. Along the way, she left a wake of victims.

Rivera, who investigated the case with Special Agent Suzanne Allen from the FBI’s Phoenix Division, noted that Zeitner seemed to make a career of lies and deception. “Sadly, her path in life was all about defrauding people who trusted her.”

In 2010, Zeitner told her boyfriend she had cancer and was pregnant. Zeitner said she needed to terminate the pregnancy to receive life-saving surgery in Boston. “She told her boyfriend that if she didn’t terminate the pregnancy, she was going to die,” Rivera said. “In reality, she did not have cancer. She was pregnant, but it was not her boyfriend’s child.”

Zeitner then fraudulently created documents from a Boston doctor stating she needed the life-saving surgery by a certain date. She took that document to her Phoenix OB-GYN, who petitioned the hospital to perform a state-funded, late-term abortion so his patient’s life-saving surgery could take place in Boston.

Her OB-GYN “had no reason to think she was lying,” Rivera said, “because who lies about having cancer?”

Shortly after the pregnancy termination, Zeitner’s boyfriend received a social media message supposedly from a family friend named Trinity stating that Zeitner was too proud to ask for help but she wanted to undergo a new type of cancer treatment in Mexico that was expensive. Trinity convinced the boyfriend to fundraise online for the treatment, and he did, raising more than $3,000.

“We are thankful that this individual is going to be off the streets for many years and won’t be able to take advantage of anyone else.” Suzanne Allen, special agent, FBI Phoenix

Trinity, it turned out, was “a fake person Zeitner created to lend legitimacy to the scheme,” Allen said. Eventually, the boyfriend became suspicious when he was unable to meet Trinity in person, and doctors ultimately learned the truth about Zeitner through examinations during a subsequent pregnancy and cesarean delivery: She had never had cancer.

Her OB-GYN reported Zeitner to state medical authorities, and the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System enlisted the FBI’s help to investigate. By that time, however, Zeitner was long gone, having moved to California and changed her name.

In California, Zeitner befriended a man who ran a charity on behalf of veterans. He hoped to create a motor racing team to help raise money, and Zeitner invented a story to gain his trust. “She claimed to be a race car driver who had connections in the industry,” said Allen. She also claimed to be a highly decorated veteran and falsified a military service record to support her claim. On behalf of the charity, Zeitner started planning—and raising money—for a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C. surrounding Veteran’s Day 2012.

“There is no evidence to back up any of Zeitner’s claims regarding her racing cars or military decorations,” Allen said, but Zeitner was persuasive. Although the gala never took place, before the scam unraveled Zeitner had stolen identities from the man and his family and used them to obtain credit cards to run up $25,000 in personal charges. Another veteran’s charity in Arizona was also scammed out of $15,000.

The FBI caught up with the con artist in May 2015. She had fraudulently changed her name to Al Serkez and was living in Georgia. After her arrest and return to Arizona, she was indicted by the state on 11 counts related to the health care fraud. A few months later, a separate state indictment charged her with defrauding the veterans’ charities.

Zeitner was deemed competent to stand trial. In both cases she mounted no defense but maintained her innocence. In April 2016, she was found guilty on the health care charges—among them, faking cancer to receive a government-funded, late-term abortion. In August 2016, after a separate trial, a jury convicted Zeitner on seven additional felony counts for scamming the veterans’ charities. In September, an Arizona judge sentenced her to more than 25 years in prison.

“We are thankful,” Allen said, “that this individual is going to be off the streets for many years and won’t be able to take advantage of anyone else.”

100 Latino Workers Rally for Union Election at South Suburban Egg Pasteurizing Plant

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Yesterday, 100 Latino workers at Michael Foods, Inc. in Lansing, Il, joined by local clergy supporters, held a rally for union election at the South Suburban Egg Pasteurizing Plant.

The purpose of the media conference and rally, held at Michael Foods Plant, 2963 Bernice Rd., Lansing, IL, was to stop illegal interference on union leaders.

Over half the workers at Michael Foods, Inc. in Lansing, Illinois, walked out on October 17th in protest of unfair working conditions. Workers report sexual harassment, safety accidents, differential pay by gender, and even a 27-hour shift.
 
Workers went back to work after signing cards to petition for a Union election with United Food and Commercial Workers, Local 881. 
 
On Monday, November 7th, the company locked-out the workers after hiring a security company, AFIMAC, experts on “assisting clients with strike security, contingency planning and high risk terminations.” The company also hired replacement workers from NEXUS temp agency, based in Hammond, Indiana.  The union has filed several charges with the National Labor Relations Board against the company for unlawful retaliation against the workers, and interference in their right to organize to improve their working conditions.
 
The workers will rally the day before their scheduled union election on Friday, November 18th.  
Workers demand that the company abide by the law, allow the workers to go back to work, and to stop intimidating them in retaliation for organizing to improve their working conditions.

For more information, contact:

Nadia Mellin | Worker | 708-200-8246 (English)
Gabriel Cabrera | Worker | 219-433-9615 (español)

Jorge Mujica | Arise Chicago Strategic Campaigns Organizer
773-844-9910 | Jorge@ arisechicago.org (English & español)

Moises Zavala | UFCW Local 881 VP/Director of Organizing

State Senator Raoul Vows to Continue to Work Toward an Elected Chicago School Board

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul (D-Chicago 13th) presented legislation  establishing an elected Chicago school board in the Senate Education Committee.

House Bill 557 passed the House in March with overwhelming bipartisan support. Over the objection of the Senate Republican Caucus, Senator Raoul pushed yesterday for the legislation to be heard in committee today.

“The legislation at hand is far too important to not be heard,” Raoul said. “We can all agree that CPS needs reforms and the best way to reach a solution is to continue conversation.”

Raoul took time to hold hearings and work with parents and stakeholders to discuss some potential issues with the legislation. An amendment to the legislation reduced the proposed number of board members from 21 to 15 and a run-off provision was added.

“An elected school board would be a step in the right direction for a school district in need of much reform that has shut parents out of the decision-making process for far too long,” Raoul said.

Members of the Education Committee voiced concerns about the legislation as written but gave clear indications they were willing to support the initiative once those concerns are addressed. Senator Raoul vowed to continue working to adjust the proposal and revisit the issue in the future.

“I appreciate my colleagues’ concerns and I look forward to bringing back a proposal that addresses them,” Raoul said.

“Stranded by the State” Premieres, a New Video Series Chronicling the Human Impact of Illinois’ Ongoing Budget Crisis

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In These Times magazine and Kartemquin Films partner to release director Liz Kaar’s online video series illustrating the personal toll of the de-facto budget cuts in Illinois across a range of issues. The series also grapples with potential solutions to the ongoing crisis.

 

CHICAGO, IL — Today, In These Times magazine and Kartemquin Films release the first installment of a new multi-part video series, Stranded by the State, that chronicles the long-term toll of the ongoing budget crisis in Illinois on state residents.

 

Directed, edited and produced by Kartemquin associate Liz Kaar, the trailer for Stranded by the State is now available to watch at inthesetimes.com/stranded. The first full episode will be released on Monday, November 21.

 

“Crisis creates opportunity,” Governor Bruce Rauner told the Chicago Tribune editorial board in April 2015. “Crisis creates leverage to change—and we’ve got to use that leverage of the crisis to force structural change.”

 

Illinois has not passed a real budget in over a year, the first state to do so since the Great Depression. The ongoing fight over the budget between Gov. Rauner and the Illinois General Assembly has been covered widely, but what do the effects of this lingering crisis look like in people’s day-to-day lives?

 

Using the cinéma vérité style favored by Kartemquin (the Chicago-based non-profit documentary production collaborative behind fifty years of classic documentaries, such as Hoop Dreams and The Interrupters), the series follows the families, workers and students living through the de-facto budget cuts, showing the many ways the budget crisis is deteriorating the fabric of Illinois communities.

 

Each episode will focus on a different aspect of the crisis—from higher education to social services to housing—as well as who is benefiting from the crisis and what kinds of solutions could ultimately solve it. The series incorporates data connecting the situation in Illinois to long-term trends of austerity affecting the country at large, and demonstrates how it ultimately costs taxpayers more in the long run.

 

“We’ve cut services back to a degree that now people who are vulnerable are using the most expensive services,” says Sol Flores, Executive Director of La Casa Norte, a social service agency for homeless youth and families in Chicago. “It means more mental health emergency room visits, more emergency hospitalization; it means incarceration for juveniles and adults…The young people, children and families that we don’t invest in today, we’ll be confronting tomorrow. And we will pay one way or another.”

 

The series is a co-production between In These Times and Kartemquin Films, two veteran Chicago media organizations with a long history of covering social justice issues.

 

Upcoming episodes will feature issues including at-risk youth, adult literacy, senior food programs, immigrant services, higher education and supportive housing. They will also explore the impact of toxic swaps as well as potential revenue-based solutions to the budget crisis.

 

At a time when residents across the state are facing the brunt of the budget crisis created in Springfield, this series puts a human face on how these cuts are causing anxiety, hardship and pain across Illinois.

 

Liz Kaar, an independent film director and editor based in Chicago, has worked closely with Kartemquin Films for the last decade on over a dozen films. Most recently, she co-directed and edited Hard Earned, the company’s award-winning six-part series for Al Jazeera America about low-wage workers.

 

“I’m drawn to stories that make the political concrete and show the material effects of policies on real lives,” says Kaar. “This series looks beyond just the numbers to show the complexities and ripple effects of Illinois’ disinvestment in its residents. We’re living in an age of austerity, when important programs are being defunded on all levels of government, when ‘tax’ is a dirty word, when the social safety net is in tatters and people’s basic needs go unmet. With a businessman just elected president of the United States, the experience of Illinois under a ‘CEO’ governor may soon play out on the national level. We may well see the harmful effects documented in this series—on families, workers and communities—writ large. This is a time when we must ask ourselves who we are as a society, and who we want to be.”

 

In These Times, an independent, nonprofit magazine, is dedicated to advancing democracy and economic justice, informing movements for a more humane world, and providing an accessible forum for debate about the policies that shape our future. To read more, visit InTheseTimes.com.

 

Kartemquin Films is a not-for-profit collaborative center for documentary media makers who seek to foster a more engaged and empowered society. In 2016, Kartemquin celebrated 50 years of sparking democracy through documentary. Best known for producing HOOP DREAMS and THE INTERRUPTERS among over 55 documentaries that examine and critique society through the lives of ordinary people, Kartemquin is a national leader in documentary media advocacy and professional development programs that help further grow the field. For more information, visit www.kartemquin.com.

 

For more information, contact:

 

Miles Kampf-Lassin

Community Editor

In These Times

miles@inthesetimes.com

(773) 914-9141

 

The National Hellenic Museum Expands Educational Programming on Greek Culture and History

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Hellenic Foundation grant allows NHM to reach even more students

 

CHICAGO, IL – The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) will expand its educational offerings in the community with free programming about Greek legacy and Hellenic heritage to Greek schools, Sunday schools, and GOYA/JOY groups thanks to a grant from the Hellenic Foundation in Chicago.

The mission of the Hellenic Foundation, founded in 1953, is to fund the development and support of programs and projects benefiting Greek American and Orthodox Christian organizations in the Chicagoland area.

“Chicago has one of the world’s largest Greek populations,” said Dimitra Georgouses, Education & Public Programs Manager. “We want to make sure every child of Greek descent has the opportunity to be engaged with programming at the National Hellenic Museum.”

The Museum portrays and celebrates Greek heritage and Hellenic legacy, sparking inquiry and discussion about the broader issues in our lives and communities through educational classes and programs, exhibitions, and events.

It is the first and only major museum in the country dedicated to connecting generations to the legacy of Greek culture, history, and the Greek story in America,  highlighting the contributions of Greece to the American mosaic and inspiring curiosity about visitors’ own family stories though oral history.

Education for the whole community is a key component of the National Hellenic Museum’s mission and the Museum is always looking at ways to expand its programs so that classes and lectures about Greek heritage and culture is accessible to all.

The Museum’s educational programs are open to students in grades pre-K through 12 and adults. They promote self-awareness and understanding in a diverse world.

“Budgetary limitations should not prevent children from being exposed to the core values of Western civilization, such as democracy, justice, arts, and humanities,” said Georgouses. “In our Museum classroom, all children are inspired to reflect beyond today’s headlines about Greece and consider their place in the world and their community; to imagine a future different from the past and to envision themselves as productive and engaged citizens.”

The National Hellenic Museum’s classes draw from the Museum’s rich depository of artifacts, oral histories, photos, and historic newspapers, as well as Greek myths, classics, and culture.

Students are given the opportunity to act out scenarios for legal trials, taking roles of the judges or jury; or they experiment with mechanics for ancient monuments and learn the role of geometry in construction. Skills such as researching, archiving, interviewing, writing, and starting collections are introduced.

“We are so grateful to the Hellenic Foundation. This grant will allow us to reach so many more students interested in learning about Greek legacy, how they fit in the wider world, and the meaning of their own heritage.”

For more information about NHM’s educational programming, call 312-655-1234 or visit www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org. For more information on the Hellenic Foundation, visit www.hellenicfoundation.org.

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Welcome to CopyLine Magazine! The first issue of CopyLine Magazine was published in November, 1990, by Editor & Publisher Juanita Bratcher. CopyLine’s main focus is on the political arena – to inform our readers and analyze many of the pressing issues of the day - controversial or otherwise. Our objectives are clear – to keep you abreast of political happenings and maneuvering in the political arena, by reporting and providing provocative commentaries on various issues. For more about CopyLine Magazine, CopyLine Blog, and CopyLine Television/Video, please visit juanitabratcher.com, copylinemagazine.com, and oneononetelevision.com. Bratcher has been a News/Reporter, Author, Publisher, and Journalist for 33 years. She is the author of six books, including “Harold: The Making of a Big City Mayor” (Harold Washington), Chicago’s first African-American mayor; and “Beyond the Boardroom: Empowering a New Generation of Leaders,” about John Herman Stroger, Jr., the first African-American elected President of the Cook County Board. Bratcher is also a Poet/Songwriter, with 17 records – produced by HillTop Records of Hollywood, California. Juanita Bratcher Publisher

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