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Ford, NAACP & Dearborn Realtist Board to Issue Report on State of Housing in Black America

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CHICAGO, IL –With the rate of African American homeownership plummeting and unemployment percentages in the double digits, State Rep. La Shawn Ford, D-Chicago, the Dearborn Realtist Board, and other local Black Illinois real estate professionals will hold a town hall and press conference at Malcolm X College on Tuesday, February 28 to address the State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA). The press conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the town hall to immediately follow.


“Poor housing and infrastructure is one of the root causes for the spike of violent crimes in our communities,” said Ford. “When there is an abundance of vacant property in a neighborhood, property values drop and residents bear a burden that usually leads to a lack of commercial development and food options.”


Ford and the Dearborn Realtist Board, Inc., a group formed in Chicago in 1941 by African American real estate professionals, will convene to address the problems of increased crime and violence in minority communities due to a lack of quality housing and infrastructure. The town hall will share the comprehensive SHIBA report from the National Association of Real Estate Brokers. The SHIBA Report illustrates the disproportionate and unfair lending practices that block fair access to communities of color. This report is designed to shed light on many of the issues centered on foreclosure mitigation, neighborhood blight, and disaster recovery for Blacks. The town hall members will discuss current and future legislative changes to how the City of Chicago, State of Illinois and the country as a whole treat housing and development in African American communities.


“Universal Housing Solutions CDC, a 501c3 organization, supports the SHIBA report and the efforts of State Representative La Shawn K. Ford, NAREB and the Dearborn Realtist Board in highlighting the discrimination and the inequities of affordable housing within communities of color.” Phyllis Logan, Executive Director. # # #


“The Dearborn Realtist Board is pleased and honored that Rep. Ford understands the housing crisis facing people of color,” said Tracey Taylor, President of the Dearborn Realtist Board. “We agree that a press conference and town hall meeting will shed a light on the housing inequities for people of color in Chicago. Rep. Ford has embraced the NAREB SHIBA report because of the true illustration and documentation of the systemic housing practices that has robbed black and brown people of home equity and access to credit.”


Ford represents the 8th Representative District, which contains parts of Chicago’s Austin neighborhood and portions of Berwyn, Brookfield, Forest Park, La Grange, North Riverside and Oak Park. For more information, please contact Rep. Ford’s District Office at 773-378-5902, 708- 445-3673 or visit www.LaShawnFord.com.


WHO: State Rep. La Shawn K. Ford
  Dearborn Realist Board, Inc.


Universal Housing Solutions CDC


WHAT: Town Hall and Press Conference on the State of Housing in Black America
WHEN: Tuesday, February 28, 2017
  Press conference to begin at 8:30 a.m. with the town hall to immediately follow
WHERE: Malcolm X College
  1900 W. Jackson Ave. Chicago, IL
Building MX01 – Level 1

Room 1108, Conference Hall A


African American FBI Special Agents Symposium

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Inaugural Event Highlights FBI Diversity

The inaugural African American FBI Special Agents Symposium—organized by former African-American agents and scheduled to coincide with Black History Month—was held in the nation’s capital last weekend to recognize the role agents of color have played in the FBI’s past and the vital role they will continue to play in the future.

On Friday, February 17, the group visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture. There, participants saw poignant exhibits, including an interactive lunch counter lined with stools from the Woolworth store in Greensboro, North Carolina, the site of many sit-ins and protests against racial segregation.


The next day, they heard remarks from Director James Comey, who thanked the former and active agents on hand for their significant contributions to the FBI. When he became FBI Director, Comey added diversity as a core value of the organization and redoubled the Bureau’s efforts to recruit more African-Americans and women to the ranks of special agents.


“The FBI operates in every community of this country,” Comey told the group. “To accomplish the goal of protecting the American people and upholding the Constitution of the United States, we have to be effective.” Without diversity in the organization, he explained, “we are less effective.”


The group also went to a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial, where they had the opportunity to make stone rubbings of the names of those who had died in the line of duty. Later on Saturday, during a visit to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial, the group gathered for a photo to mark the event.


That evening, Lee Woodriffe, daughter of Special Agent Edwin Woodriffe—the only African-American FBI agent killed in the line of duty—was presented with an American flag that had been flown over the Washington Field Office, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Pentagon, the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, and the U.S. Capitol.

Sunday morning, the final day of the symposium, participants took part in a “Blessing of the Badge” ceremony. Active and former agents placed their badges and FBI credentials on a table to be blessed—a symbolic acknowledgement that law enforcement officers must often put themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect the American public.


In all, more than 180 active and former agents and their families gathered to celebrate the role African-American special agents have played in the FBI and to pledge continued support for the Bureau’s diversity efforts.

Stratton Honors First African American Woman to Run for President on House Floor

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SPRINGFIELD, ILIllinois State Rep. Juliana Stratton, D-Chicago, as a part of African American History Month, on Thursday honored Shirley Chisolm, who was the first African-American Congresswoman and the first African-American to run for president.

“Shirley Chisolm was a trailblazer for both women and African Americans in politics,” said Stratton. “If it were not for her courage, I would probably not be standing on the floor of the Illinois House today, fighting for the social justice and criminal justice reforms to allow more African Americans to succeed in life.”

Rep. Chisholm was born in Brooklyn in 1924. In 1968, she was first elected to represent Brooklyn in the United States Congress and in 1972 became the first African-American person to run for a major political party’s nomination for President. Rep. Chisolm retired and returned to teaching after serving seven terms in the House. Chisholm died in January 2005, but was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in November 2015.


Stratton ended her floor speech with one of Chisholm’s most memorable quotes: “I want history to remember me not just as the first black woman to be elected to Congress, not as the first black woman to have made a bid for the presidency of the United States, but as a black woman who lived in the 20th century and dared to be herself.”




State Rep. Evans to Focus on Local Infrastructure Investment as Chair of Transportation Committee

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CHICAGO, IL – Illinois State Rep. Marcus C. Evans Jr., D-Chicago, will lead an effort to create jobs and expand opportunity by investing in roads and highways as the new chairman of a House transportation committee.

“Our streets, roads and bridges are crumbling and if Illinois is serious about attracting businesses and creating jobs we must invest in our infrastructure at every level,” Evans said. “I am excited to take a leading role in building up our state’s infrastructure and making Illinois a place that is more accessible to businesses and motorists.”

Evans will serve as chairman of the House Transportation: Regulation, Roads & Bridges Committee. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers’ infrastructure report card, Illinois roads are in poor condition costing motorist $3.7 billion annually in repair costs. Additionally, 16 percent of Illinois’ bridges are deemed structurally deficient. The governor recently borrowed nearly $480 million for road and bridge repair, adding to Illinois’ billions of dollars in debt. Rather than generating new debt, Evans is focused on finding new revenue sources to fund infrastructure investment.

“We all share a commitment to our infrastructure, but I disagree with the governor’s decision to kick the can down the road and borrow money to fund the road repair we desperately need. He should not be creating new debt, instead he should look for new ways to generate revenue,” said Evans. “I am committed to improving our roads, highways and bridges and I look forward to working with my colleagues in these efforts.”


Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs Hosts Tribute to African American Veterans

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SPRINGFIELD, IL — The Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs (IDVA) hosted a tribute to African American Veterans at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. The ceremony honored all African American Veterans.   


“We are here today to salute and honor all African-American Veterans. These brave veterans have served honorably in the United States Military beginning with our nation’s war for independence,” said IDVA Director Erica Jeffries.  African American soldiers, sailors, airmen, coast guardsmen and Marines have participated in the Spanish American War, Philippine Insurrection, Mexican Expedition, WWI, WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War and our current war on terrorism.  “They have served in peacetime and times of war.   We thank them for their service to our country,” added Director Jeffries. 

Several Montford Point Marine Veterans were in attendance at today’s ceremony.  These veterans were the nation’s first African American Marines.  From its inception until 1942, the Marine Corps refused to recruit African Americans, American Indians and other minorities. Franklin D. Roosevelt’s creation of the Fair Employment Practices Commission in 1941 forced the Corps, despite objections from its leadership, to begin recruiting African American Marines in 1942. The Marines’ first black recruits received basic training at the segregated Montford Point Base adjacent to Camp Lejeune, NC and would continue to do so until 1949.

Commander Zeita Merchant was the keynote speaker at today’s ceremony.  Commander Merchant assumed duties as the Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Unit Chicago on July 8, 2016, after serving two years as Special Assistant to the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard. In this position, she served as a principal advisor and direct representative on all matters pertaining to the daily and long-term administration of the Vice Commandant’s schedule and enterprise management of the Coast Guard.

Illinois Students Soar on Advanced Placement Tests

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  New data from the College Board showcase Illinois’ commitment to closing equity gaps in rigorous high school courses

The College Board has released data on the participation and performance of the graduating class of 2016 on Advanced Placement (AP) exams. Illinois continues to report record numbers of graduates both taking and excelling on AP exams, with Joliet Township High School District 204 receiving the prestigious District of the Year award for its outstanding performance among all small-sized school districts in the United States and Canada.

AP exams have a proven track record of giving students a valuable head start in their college coursework and can save students time and money toward earning their college degrees,” said State Superintendent of Education Tony Smith, Ph.D. “Equity in Illinois means all students have the opportunity to learn at high levels and demonstrate their academic capacity. Congratulations to Joliet Township High School District 204 Superintendent Dr. Cheryl McCarthy and all of the dedicated teachers and hardworking students who came together to achieve such remarkable gains.”

Highlights from the College Board data for Illinois’ graduating class of 2016 include:

  • Illinois ranks 10th among all states in the country for the percentage of the statewide graduating class of 2016 scoring a 3 or higher on an AP exam during high school.
  • The percentage of graduates who took an AP exam during high school has grown from 20.2 percent of the graduating class of 2006 to 37.5 percent of the graduating class of 2016.
  • As the number of students taking AP tests has grown, so has the number of students excelling on AP tests. Illinois ranks fourth in the nation for the growth in the percentage of graduates earning a 3 or higher on an AP exam during high school. Illinois’ percentage has grown by 10.8 points over the past 10 years from 14.3 percent of the graduating class of 2016 to 25.1 percent of the graduating class of 2016.
  • Twenty-one Illinois school districts made the prestigious AP District Honor Roll for increasing access to AP coursework while simultaneously maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP exams. View the full AP District Honor Roll list.
  • Fifteen of Illinois’ AP Honor Roll districts have made the Honor Roll for multiple years.
  • The College Board named Joliet Township High School District 204 the College Board Advanced Placement District of the Year among small-sized school districts based on an analysis of three academic years of AP data. The College Board chose three AP Districts of the Year — one for each category of district population size: small, defined as having fewer than 8,000 students; medium; and large — out of the 433 school districts across the United States and Canada on the annual AP District Honor Roll.

·         Joliet Township High School District 204 increased its percentage of traditionally underrepresented AP students earning a 3 or higher on at least one AP exam by 7 percent annually — an increase of 83 students since 2014. Fifty-five percent or more of the AP students in the district are American Indian, African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islander; 42 percent or more of the AP students in the district qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

“At Joliet Township High School, we have the philosophy that Advanced Placement classes are for all of our students, not just our honors or highest achieving students,” said Dr. McCarthy, the Joliet superintendent. “We work closely with our sender school districts and our teachers to identify students who have the potential to experience success in an AP class. With the guidance of our Strategic Plan, Joliet Township High School has made a concentrated effort to increase the number of students enrolled in AP classes through the implementation of the SpringBoard curriculum and by providing AP Academic Camps during the summer and support throughout the school year. I believe that this mindset, along with the support we provide, are key contributors to our Advanced Placement gains.”

View photos from Joliet Township High School District 204’s AP District of the Year celebration.

Illinois leads the nation in efforts to eliminate gaps for low-income students and students of color in the most rigorous high school courses. The Illinois State Board of Education at its December 2016 meeting approved an agreement with the College Board to maintain the cost of taking AP tests at $15 per exam for low-income students, compared to the normal test fee of $93, for the May 2017 test administration.

Illinois became the first state in the nation to partner with the Lead Higher Initiative, committing to a statewide challenge to close equity gaps for low-income students and students of color in AP, International Baccalaureate, and dual-enrollment courses.

StoryCorps in Chicago, Community Partners to Host Event “Dismantling Barriers to Life: A Speak Out on Mass Incarceration” on March 11th

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StoryCorps Justice project partners with local community organizations to record stories about impact of mass incarceration in Chicago

CHICAGO, IL – StoryCorps in Chicago is partnering with several Chicago community-based organizations for an upcoming event on March 11th, “Dismantling Barriers to Life: A speak out on mass incarceration”, to explore the impacts of mass incarceration within the Chicago community.

Co-hosts for the event include Cabrini Green Legal Aid, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, Community Renewal Society, Growing Home, and Transformative Justice Law Project of Illinois. These organizations are among those in Illinois providing direct services to individuals and families impacted by mass incarceration. They have also partnered with StoryCorps in Chicago to record first-person accounts so that these experiences are preserved in this nation’s historical record. Some of these interviews have aired on WBEZ and are archived at StoryCorps, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Museum.

After forging these partnerships in which dozens of participants shared their intimate experiences with incarceration, partners gathered with StoryCorps to see if an event to showcase the stories and the work of these organizations could be possible. The event’s MCs are Colette Payne of Cabrini Legal Aid and Marlon Chamberlain Community Renewal Society.

“Behind every social injustice there is a personal story,” says Colette Payne. “I tell my story, because it will change the world.”

Produced audio stories will be interwoven with personal testimonies, facilitated circle discussions, tabling by advocacy organizations, and a panel discussion on barriers to life after re-entry. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is affiliated with the StoryCorps Justice Project (SCJP), Storycorps’ newest initiative, which aims to amplify and preserve the stories of people whose lives have been impacted by mass incarceration and the justice system nationwide.

On February 17th, the Justice Project partnered with WBEZ to broadcast a conversation recorded at the Chicago StoryBooth with Darryl Cooke and Terry Baines. These two men sat down at the Chicago Cultural Center to reflect on their understanding of historical trauma, and how their brotherhood has supported them through the challenges of re-entry.

The StoryCorps Justice Project is a grant recipient of the Safety + Justice Challenge Network, an initiative of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.


Sat, March 11, 2017

1PM – 4:00 PM CST

Doors open at 12:30PM


First Baptist Congregational

1613 West Washington Boulevard

Chicago, IL 60607


To RSVP, please visit our eventbrite, dismantlingbarriers.eventbrite.com


#dismantlingbarriers #storycorps

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1427167563961663/

Playlist of stories:


For accessibility needs please contact Chicago@StoryCorps.org.

About StoryCorps:

StoryCorps’ mission is to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world. Founded in 2003 by Dave Isay, the nonprofit organization StoryCorps has given 350,000 people the chance to record interviews about their lives, pass wisdom from one generation to the next, and leave a legacy for the future. It is the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered. StoryCorps shares edited excerpts of the stories we record through popular weekly NPR broadcasts, animated shorts, digital platforms, and best-selling books.

In 2014, StoryCorps in Chicago opened a permanent booth in the Chicago Cultural Center dedicated to recording stories from the public and expanding community engagement by partnering with organizations that serve diverse communities. Since 2014,  StoryCorps in Chicago has recorded and partnered with over 140 organizations and recorded over 3,000 interviews.

About Colette Payne:

Colette Payne is an organizer, leader, student, mother, and grandmother. Since 2014, Colette has acted as the head of the Visible Voices program for the CLAIM (Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers) Program and now serves as the Community Organizer for Cabrini Green Legal Aid. In 2015 Colette joined the delegation to assess women’s prisons in Illinois, becoming the first formerly-incarcerated woman to serve in this role in the entire United States. Colette was also selected as a 2016 Fellow for JustLeadershipUSA.

About Marlon Chamberlain:

Marlon Chamberlain was released from Federal Prison on May 29, 2012 after serving 10 years. Following his release, he began working with the F.O.R.C.E. Project (Fighting To Overcome Records & Create Equality), an initiative of the Community Renewal Society led by people with records, and currently serves as its Organizer. Marlon is also a student at Kennedy King College in pursuit of his Master’s degree in Social Work. He is a devoted family man, who continues to put his faith into action by building relationships with congregations and like-minded people to fight against racism, discrimination, and poverty.


ASPIRA Charter Teachers Vote Overwhelmingly to Strike

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Educators cite management failures in accountability, transparency, classroom support as basis for authorizing what would be first strike of charter school network in U.S. history.


CHICAGO, IL – At a boisterous picket and rally, educators at ASPIRA’s four charter schools announced the results of their strike vote this afternoon: 93 of the bargaining unit’s 102 members voted — and 92 of those voting cast a ballot to strike. The overwhelming support for a strike could put educators on the picket line should negotiations with top management remain at an impasse.


“We love our schools and we don’t want to strike, but we will if that’s what it takes to improve conditions in our classrooms,” said Marines Martinez, acting president of ACE — A Council of Educators — the ASPIRA charter network’s council in ChiACTS 4343, the parent union for Chicago’s charter school workers. “Teachers acknowledge the hard work of our principals, as well — who struggle to balance the mismanagement of Aspira and provide the necessary support for our students. Our Aspira schools are great schools because together, all of us — principals, vice principals, teachers, mentors, advisors, and support staff — strive to provide the best education we can for our students. There’s too much at stake for our students and our larger communities not to take a stand for the quality of education in our classrooms.”


The educators announced the strike vote at a spirited rally in front of the joint campuses of Aspira Early College and Antonia Pantoja High Schools — the latter named for ASPIRA’s revered founder and advocate of empowerment for the nation’s Latinos, particularly Puerto Ricans. The schools at north Pulaski and Belmont have an overwhelmingly Latino and low-income student base, and while ASPIRA was originally founded in the early 1960s to support the aspirations of Puerto Ricans, a growing number of the four schools’ students come from families who hail from Mexico, Central America and beyond.


“We work at ASPIRA schools because we believe in the ASPIRA mission,” said Tito Rodriguez, who joined ASPIRA’s youth project as a student ‘aspirante’ at Roberto Clemente High School — then went on to serve the charter network as a teacher, a principal and now a counselor. “It’s heartbreaking to see the non-profit’s vision for our community’s youth undermined by irresponsible management and lack of accountability, and if it takes a strike to be able to guarantee them the quality education they deserve, we’ll be on the picket lines.”


ASPIRA’s four publicly funded Chicago charter schools serve roughly 1,800 mostly Latino students, and their teachers have been negotiating for a new contract for almost ten months. But negotiations have stalled over lack of transparency and accountability in finances and floundering leadership at the network’s most senior levels — with that management chaos and indifference at the top undermining conditions in classrooms. Union proposals also address the length of the school day and year. Aspira’s school day is 45-60 minutes longer than that in Chicago public schools: one hour longer for elementary schools and 45 minutes longer at the high school level. Educators have also proposed shortening the school year, which is currently one full week longer than the school year in Chicago’s public schools.


ASPIRA spends roughly 60% more on overhead, as opposed to instruction, than the average for Chicago’s public charter schools. This year, ASPIRA will spend more than 40% of its budget on “overhead”, including senior staff salary, compared to a Chicago charter school average of roughly 25%. But chronic administrative ineffectiveness and instability have dovetailed with poor conditions at ASPIRA’s four schools, whose teachers and frontline staff have been forced to add student recruitment and fundraising for classroom needs to their growing list of non-classroom responsibilities at the same time that teacher retention and a lack of classroom resources has spiked.


ASPIRA’s educators have also historically taken less in pay and compensation than their peers at other public schools. A teacher at ASPIRA with a Masters degree and five years of experience earns the same as a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree just out of college at CPS. But economic issues are not the only — or even the primary — concern for the educators who took today’s strike vote.


Many schools have had vacant positions since the beginning of the school year. 20% of Antonia Pantoja High School’s teachers are substitutes — underscoring a growing crisis in retaining qualified, committed teachers. Students at ABF lack the resources to conduct science experiments in their science lab. ESL teaching slots remain vacant, programs for special education students are not in compliance with ISBE standards at the same time that the percentage of students with IEPs — individualized education programs — is increasing, music programs and other extracurricular activities at Haugan are being cut, and students across the system are not getting the English language learning support they need — a critical abandonment of Aspira’s founding mission to serve the Hispanic community.  


Classrooms go days without being cleaned. Bathrooms lack toilet paper, handsoap and paper towels, while some toilets have been unusable since last year and building leaks stain school walls. Poor facility maintenance deters potential students and their parents, while many teachers clean their own classrooms in a desperate bid to improve conditions for their students. Some educators have resorted to GoFundMe campaigns to raise support for school projects and field trips.


Educators lay blame for the charter network’s poor management squarely at the feet of ASPIRA Inc. board chair Fernando Grillo, who has led the non-profit for the last seven years. In the last 6 weeks alone, the charter network’s CEO and Chief Academic Officer have been removed, only one school has the same principal and vice principal who began the school year, and the system’s COO — who had essentially been running the charter school network — recently resigned.


“Our teachers and educational staff are the backbone of Chicago’s charter schools, and ASPIRA educators have taken this serious step today because they feel they must to protect their classrooms,” said ChiACTS Local 4343 president Chris Baehrend. “Our educators want to be in the classroom, where we belong — but if it takes a strike to win improvements at the top that will transform conditions for our young people and put ASPIRA’s schools on the right track, we’ll be on the picket line.”


The union resumes bargaining with the ASPIRA board on Thursday.


Chicago Celebrates International Women’s Day- ‘Be Bold For Change’

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Keynote Speaker Iram Shah of Schneider Electric


WorldChicago will hold its 16th Annual International Women’s Day Fair at the Union League Club in Chicago.

March 8, 2017 marks International Women’s Day, a date reserved to celebrate the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women and a ‘call-to-action’ for accelerating gender parity. In honor of this occasion, WorldChicago is proud to present its 16th Annual International Women’s Day Fair & Luncheon, an event that has helped raise awareness of Women’s Day in the Chicago community.

The luncheon features a keynote speaker whose unique background reflects that women’s success is not limited to any sector or place. 2017 Keynote Speaker Iram Shah, who was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the UK in 2005, is no exception. Now Senior Vice President of Customer Transformation at Schneider Electric and Chairman of the Sonia Shah Organization, Ms. Shah has worked for multiple Fortune 500 companies in five countries.

“I feel that America really is a land of opportunity, where your hard work pays off,” Ms. Shah remarked. “However, no country is beyond improvement, and it has been a valuable experience living in so many countries and learning about the challenges women must cope with in each of them.” This experience, Ms. Shah noted, reinforced to her the importance of creating opportunities for other women and girls, which the Sonia Shah Organization does through educating girls in Pakistan and in the U.S.

Prior to the luncheon, WorldChicago holds an International Fair where Chicago organizations from a variety of fields highlight their work in key issue areas, from Chicagoans Helping Haiti to the Chicago Cultural Alliance. The fair continues the tradition of bringing hundreds of Chicagoans together to celebrate women’s successes and encouraging collaboration on solutions to unmet challenges.

“Through purposeful collaboration, we can help women join the conversation about gender parity and our role in supporting women around the world,” said Peggy Parfenoff, President of WorldChicago.


The International Women’s Day Fair & Luncheon is hosted by WorldChicago, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that hosts citizen diplomacy programs that connect the Chicago community with international professional and youth leaders participating in U.S. Department of State exchanges in Chicago. A core part of WorldChicago’s values is supporting women’s empowerment and equality by creating opportunities for women in entrepreneurship, technology, social sectors, and by elevating the potential of women and girls in STEM fields.


Schneider Electric develops connected technologies and solutions to manage energy and process in ways that are safe, reliable, efficient and sustainable.

Schneider Electric has supported and implemented policies that advance and empower women in the workplace. That includes being one of 10 corporate champions for the United Nations’ #HeForShe global solidarity movement. Schneider Electric puts gender equality on the top of its agenda, making diversity not just a human resource focus, but a key business strategy.

The International Women’s Day Fair & Luncheon starts at 10:30 am on March 8 at the Union League Club of Chicago, 65 W Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604. Tickets and more information can be found at http://www.worldchicago.org/all-event-list/2017intlwomensday/. We also encourage you to be part of the conversation #WorldChicagoforBeBoldforChange


For more information about WorldChicago, please visit: www.worldchicago.org

For more information about the Sonia Shah Organization, please visit: http://soniashahorganization.com/

For more information on IWD, please visit: http://www.chicagowomensday.org

Cleve Carney Art Gallery Presents “Dark Light: Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib” Jan. 21 – March 4

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Artist Talk: Thursday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m.

GLEN ELLYN, IL – Cleve Carney Art Gallery located in the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., presents “Dark Light: Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib,” a cinematic and light exhibition by the artist duo Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib Jan. 21 – March 4, 2017. The gallery will host an artist talk on Thursday, Feb. 23 at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery at 11 a.m.  Artist talks and gallery admission are free and open to the public.

At the heart of the exhibition is an original film, “Writing History with Lightning” (2015), a single-screen work composed of various altered and looped scenes from D.W. Griffith’s controversial 1915 film “Birth of a Nation” projected onto the interior structure of Baltimore’s abandoned Parkway Theatre, spilling across architectural details, theater seats and discarded objects from the building’s past. These projected images were then captured with a high-definition camera, and the resultant footage set to a soundtrack that is a deeply manipulated version of the original score of “Birth of a Nation.” Through this treatment, Hironaka and Suib destabilize and reverse the racist narrative structure of the Griffith’s 1915 film, using the methods of collage and appropriation to offer a counter-mythical historical vision.

The use of the Parkway Theatre is especially poignant as it was built the same year that Griffiths’ “Birth of a Nation” was released, and later hosted a screening of the film. A full century later, from its location at the intersection of North Avenue and N. Charles Street, the theater found itself proximate to the protests against the death of Freddie Gray who died while in Baltimore police custody.

For the installation at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery “Writing History with Lightning” will be shown in an enclosed screening room. In addition, in the gallery outside of the screening room Hironaka and Suib will be creating a large-scale light installation titled “Bright White Light.”

Based in Philadelphia, Nadia Hironaka and Matthew Suib have been collaborators since 2008. They are recipients of several honored awards including a 2015 Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, Pew Fellowships in the Arts and Fellowships from CFEVA and Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Their work has been widely exhibited both domestically and abroad at venues including, Fondazione MAXXI (Rome), New Media Gallery (Vancouver), The Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), UCLA Hammer Museum, PS1/MoMA, Philadelphia Museum of Art and Arizona State University Art Museum. They have been artists-in-residence at the Headlands Center for the Arts, the Banff Centre, and the Millay Colony for Arts. Matthew Suib is co-founder of Greenhouse Media and Nadia Hironaka serves as a professor and department chair of film and video at the Maryland Institute College of Art. Hironaka & Suib are represented by Locks Gallery.

Exhibitions at the Cleve Carney Art Gallery may be viewed during regular gallery hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.  Cleve Carney Art Gallery is also open one hour prior to MAC performances held in the Belushi Performance Hall and during intermission. The gallery offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. For more information about the exhibitions and related special events, visit clevecarneygallery.org or call 630.942.2321.

Upcoming Exhibitions

March 9 – April 13, 2017
Mirror Face: Sarah McEneaney, Christa Donner and Keiler Roberts

April 20 – May 20, 2017
Annual Student Art Exhibit

Cleve Carney Art GalleryCleve Carney Art Gallery, located at College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists. The gallery’s goal is to encourage the growth and understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions and educational programming that cultivate a variety of perspectives. And the vision is to be one of the best centers of contemporary art in the Chicago area.The late Cleve Carney provided a significant legacy gift to establish the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, a one-story, 1,850-square-foot addition to the McAninch Arts Center.  The gallery opened in February 2014 with its inaugural exhibition “Selections from Cleve Carney’s Art Collection” and offers year-round visual art exhibitions showcasing a variety of innovative art by regional, national and international artists.  For more information visit cod.edu/foundation.

More information can be found at www.clevecarneygallery.org

About the MAC

McAninch Arts Center (MAC) at College of DuPage is located 25 miles west of Chicago near I-88 and I-355, and houses three performance spaces (the 780-seat proscenium Belushi Performance Hall; the 236-seat soft-thrust Playhouse Theatre; and the versatile black box Studio Theatre), plus the Cleve Carney Art Gallery, classrooms for the college’s academic programming and the Lakeside Pavilion. The MAC, now celebrating its 30th Anniversary, has presented theater, music, dance and visual art to more than 1.5 million people since its opening in 1986 and typically welcomes more than 75,000 patrons from the greater Chicago area to more than 230 performances each season.

The mission of the MAC is to foster enlightened educational and performance opportunities, which encourage artistic expression, establish a lasting relationship between people and art, and enrich the cultural vitality of the community. For more information about the MAC, visit AtTheMAC.org, facebook.com/AtTheMAC or twitter.com/AtTheMAC.

The MAC’s 2016-2017 Season is made possible in part with support by The DuPage Foundation, Hilton Lisle/Naperville, Brookdale-Glen Ellyn; The JCS Arts & Education Fund of the DuPage Foundation; the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; Smith Financial Advisors, Inc; SlTlG Sullivan Taylor & Gumina, P.C.; Follett’s College of DuPage Bookstore; Paramount Theatre; WFMT 98.7 FM; WBEZ 91.5 FM; WDCB 90.9 FM and the College of DuPage Foundation.Established as a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charitable organization in 1967, the College of DuPage Foundation raises monetary and in-kind gifts to increase access to education and to enhance cultural opportunities for the surrounding community. For more information about the College of DuPage Foundation, visit foundation.cod.edu or call 630.942.2462.Programs at the MAC are partially supported through a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Photo Credit: 2015, film still from “Writing History with Lightning.” Image courtesy of Locks Gallery, Philadelphia PA.  

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