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Archive for May 15th, 2018

NAACP: Facebook’s Russian Sponsored Ads “Were Designed to Stoke Animosity and Disagreement Among Racial Groups”

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NAACP’s Statement:

From:  Derrick Johnson, President and CEO of the NAACP BALTIMORE — In response to the Russian sponsored Facebook ads released by Congress yesterday, the NAACP, the nation’s foremost civil rights organization, released the following statement:  “These ads were designed to stoke animosity and disagreement among racial groups. They served as fuel for the divisive flames of the 2016 presidential election and planted seeds of intolerance that are now blossoming across our nation.   “The ongoing increases in hate crimes, explicit and implicit bias, and police brutality have a direct correlation to the hatred spewed during the past presidential election and these fraudulent ads on Facebook. When combined with the racist and xenophobic policies emanating from the White House, our nation has reached a height of bias not seen in a long time.  

 “The messages promoted by Russians on Facebook were nothing short of manipulative and disturbing. More than half of the 3,500 ads made explicit references to race, and many of those references disingenuously represented people of color.   

 “These inflammatory ads depicted African Americans as violent, Muslims as terrorists, and immigrants as invaders. With the midterm elections less than six months away, Facebook and other social media networks have a corporate responsibility to ensure that their content and users are not positioned to be exploited in ways that undermine the democratic process and the integrity of the vote, whether through internal or external agents.  

 “In truth we must also acknowledge that our vulnerability as a nation to these manipulations rest in the failure of our nation to make democracy real to all people and to address the same issues of poverty, police brutality, and voter protections that have plagued our nation for more than a century. It is for this reason that we continue to call for testing and training in implicit bias as a corporate and public responsibility to move our nation forward as opposed to apart.”

Close Jon Burge Colleague to Testify About Chicago Police Abuse

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Wrongful Conviction Hearing of George Anderson,

Imprisoned 27 Years, to Continue

 

CHICAGO, IL — In a hearing that has spanned two years, testimony continues with Det. Kenneth Boudreau, following the April 30th testimony of Det. John Halloran and the contentious 2016 testimony of Detective Michael Kill. Like Dets. Kill and Halloran, Boudreau is known for a high rate of overturned cases with repeated allegations of coerced confessions from men who were later exonerated.

The testimony was scheduled for May 14th in Courtroom 301 of the Cook County Courthouse at 2650 S. California Avenue.

George Anderson and Anthony Jakes were both referred for evidentiary hearings on their wrongful conviction claims following rulings by the Illinois Torture Inquiry Relief Commission regarding their coerced false confessions. Anderson’s and Jakes’s hearings were joined so that evidence against the pattern and practice of misconduct by the Burge-era detectives involved in both cases could be presented efficiently. Last hearing, on April 30, the case against Jakes was dismissed and charges against him were dropped, exonerating him completely.

Just hours after the charges were thrown out against Jakes, Det. Halloran took the witness stand at Anderson’s continuing hearing where he repeatedly denied engaging in any misconduct. He denied that he and/or other Area 3 detectives beat suspects — despite Jakes’s and numerous other exonerations and the fact that Burge, who was criminally convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for denying torture, was in command of Area 3 at the time of Anderson’s interrogation.

Detectives Kill, Halloran, and Boudreau worked directly under the command of Jon Burge. During the course of his interrogation by all three, Anderson was beaten repeatedly, including being kicked on the wrists while he was handcuffed to the wall—the same type of torture that Burge perjured himself for denying.

“Detectives Boudreau and Halloran should be prosecuted criminally for their repeated abuse of so many young men while working alongside Jon Burge,” said Anderson’s attorney, Russell Ainsworth of The Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago.

Fifteen** people have now had their convictions overturned in cases where Boudreau played a critical role in obtaining the evidence used to gain the wrongful conviction. Six of the Boudreau-related convictions were overturned through the work of the Exoneration Project.

** Other Boudreau-related exonerations:

1. Harold Hill;

2. Dan Young;

3. Tyrone Hood

4. Wayne Washington;

5. Michael Saunders;

6. Harold Richardson;

7. Vincent Thames;

8. Terrill Swift;

9. Nevest Coleman;

10. Darryl Fulton;

11. Charles Johnson;

12. Lashawn Ezell;
13. Larod Styles;

14. Troshawn McCoy; and,

15. Anthony Jakes

Besides the above people, over a dozen additional men were acquitted at trial despite confessing to murder in cases handled by Boudreau.

State Rep. Flowers Fights for a Fair Tax Structure in Illinois

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CHICAGO, IL – According to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, Illinois has one of the most regressive tax structures in the country, which Illinois state Rep. Mary E. Flowers, D-Chicago, is trying to fix through efforts to replace the current tax rate with a progressive income tax.

“What kind of sense does it make that the poorest people in our state pay more than 13 percent of their income to taxes, while their wealthy counterparts are paying less than 7 percent?” questioned Rep. Flowers. “It seems to me that, although we consider ourselves a progressive state on many issues, we are behind the times with our tax structure. It is time we get serious about fixing this problem.”

Assistant Majority Leader Flowers is a co-sponsor of House Resolution 1025. The measure that calls for the enactment of a fair, progressive income tax for Illinoisans. Currently, Illinois has a flat income tax that ultimately requires poor and working-class families to contribute a disproportionate amount of the state’s revenue. Both the federal government and more than 80 percent of the states with an income tax have moved to a graduated or progressive rate structure. Recent studies have noted that the vast majority of taxpayers will see a reduction in taxes and more take-home pay under a fair tax structure.

“We have been elected to represent the interests of people in our community, so we must be willing to stand up for them,” Flowers said. “I believe we can both reduce taxes for low and middle-income families and provide all of the necessary resources for schools, roads and support programs for our most vulnerable by putting in place a fair tax system. This is a necessary step to take in order to help children, families and seniors across the state.”

House Resolution 1025 passed out of the House Revenue and Finance Committee on Wednesday. It has been placed on the House calendar and is expected to be heard for consideration next week.

Flowers represents the 31st district, which includes portions of the Auburn-Gresham community in Chicago, Oak Lawn, Chicago Ridge, Countryside and others. For more information, please contact Rep. Flowers’ constituent service office at 773-471-5200 or email her at maryeflowers@ilga.gov.

Theta Omega Chapter – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority — Partners With 1 Woodlawn to Present Documentary on Gentrification

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Theta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is joining forces with 1 Woodlawn to address the effects of gentrification in Woodlawn. The chapter has a strong bond with Woodlawn as its flagship AKArama Foundation Community Service Center is located at 6220 S. Ingleside, in the heart of Woodlawn.   The Center will be the site of the chapter and 1 Woodlawn’s first joint venture:  The showing of the documentary, Gentrified Ethnic Cleansing: American Style. The showing  takes place Friday, May 18 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.  The public is invited to the event, which is free of charge.

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Elaine Smith Singh, president, noted that the eagerly-awaited Obama Presidential Library will be located in Jackson Park, which is in Woodlawn. With this showcase tourism spot in the area and with it being close to Lake Michigan, Woodlawn is a prime locale for gentrification.

 

“Woodlawn is poised to become a major lure for new businesses, a hub for vibrant opportunities, and an ideal site to attract an influx of new residents,” observed Smith Singh.  She noted that since Woodlawn became an economic magnet, property values have increased and crime is down. “This signals the beginning of a Renaissance and an economic revitalization,” she said.

 

While gentrification has positive benefits, Smith said it also represents an issue in minority communities like Woodlawn. “The rush of new residents can destabilize communities and can drive residents out of a community that has been home to them for decades.  It can also spark tension and conflicts.”

 

Smith noted that the chapter is a stakeholder with a vested interest in the community.  As proof of its connection to Woodlawn, Theta Omega’s 300+ members engage in service initiatives that uplift the community.

 

Recognizing Theta Omega’s role in bettering Woodlawn, principals from 1 Woodlawn sought the chapter out to join the crusade to address the potential impact of gentrification. 1 Woodlawn plays a critical role in the community mission by focusing on equipping residents to discover needs communities are facing and documenting those needs in terms that integrate governmental, community, founder and provider language. The organization also designs solutions that meet those needs, prioritizes implementation of those solutions and scales the solutions.

 

 

To facilitate the collaboration, President Smith Singh charged the chapter’s Connection Committee to work with 1 Woodlawn to strategize.  Josephine Perry is chairman of the Committee, which identifies and studies issues that impact the quality of life.

Connection also designs strategies for communication with the membership regarding these issues and mobilizes the membership for action to formulate and recommend position statements to the Leadership.

Gentrification is an issue that falls under the purview of Connection. It also supports Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority’s mission to serve mankind.

 

Since education is key to understanding gentrification, the chapter and 1 Woodlawn will present the showing of the documentary, Gentrified Ethnic Cleansing: American Style. The documentary explores the “unspoken ethnic component” behind gentrification: serious economic upheavals affecting those living in what’s deemed historically economic depressed neighborhoods.  The movie addresses what can be done to survive gentrification.”

 

The showing will take place Friday, May 18 from 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM at the AkArama Foundation Community Service Center, 6220 S. Ingleside.  The showing is free to the public.

 

Following the presentation, leaders from Alpha Kappa Alpha and 1 Woodlawn will lead a discussion and engage the audience on the message in the documentary.

 

“This should be a forum where the community will be educated and enlightened,” said Smith Singh. “As a result of the gathering, the process for designing a plan of action will be formulated. Because gentrification is a flash point, the event will spark a conversation and unleash all the concerns regarding this issue.  Hosting the documentary and exposing it to the public represents a first step in addressing how to deal with the rewards, risks and ramifications of gentrification,” declared Smith Singh.

 

Those interested in attending the showing should RSVP at networkofwoodlawn@gmail.com

 

 

As Nation Turns its Eyes to Youth, Chicago Students Show They’re Ready to Lead

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350 teen problem-solvers from 60 schools will gather to present solutions to Chicago’s toughest issues at Mikva’s Action Civics Showcase

 

CHICAGO, IL – Following a school year of action, Chicago youth will gather to showcase their year-long activism effort to better their schools and neighborhoods at Chicago’s 16th Annual Action Civics Showcase on May 22, 2018 at The Bridgeport Art Center. Mikva Challenge will host the showcase in partnership with the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Social Science and Civic Engagement. The morning will begin with a competition, inspired by the Aspen Challenge, for select projects with participants competing for a trip for their team to the nation’s capital.

 

To better understand and support refugee families in their community, youth leaders at Dever Elementary created an awareness campaign, organizing efforts with CPS, and raising funds for local organizations. To increase STEM education opportunities in their community, youth from Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest created prototype chargers to also power local businesses and community members. To address water access from school facilities, youth from Morgan Park High School secured grant funding to fix a water fountain in their building. Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez hosted a voter education and registration events; lobbied in Washington, DC for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip. To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students at Farragut Career Academy hosted conversations with their state representatives–they met with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.

 

“By working on a project to support refugee populations with my students, we’re learning that we don’t have to be constrained by the 4 walls of our school–we can act outside the classroom,” said Jane Leyderman from Dever Elementary.

 

Many of the projects to be presented at the Showcase received mini-grants from the Allstate Insurance Company. The Showcase is also being supported by the Bezos Family Foundation, Crown Family Philanthropies, Polk Bros Foundation, the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation and the Chicago Bar Foundation. Our classroom-based youth action teams are supported by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, the Brinson Foundation and the Augustana Henze Endowment.

 

When: Tuesday, May 22, 2018 from 4pm-6pm

 

Where: The Bridgeport Art Center, 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, IL 60609

Visuals: Over 350 young people will have their projects on display at the event. There will also be elected officials, teachers and community leaders at the event.

 

Action Civics Showcase 2018 – Project Highlights

School

Project Title

Description

Camelot Excel Academy of Southwest

“Empowering Communities via S.T.E.M.”:

To address a lack of S.T.E.M education in their communities, Camelot students created Altoid/tin direct current battery backup modules to charge Androids and iPhones. They plan to utilize their prototypes to teach community members how to build their own chargers and build a solar powered charger.

William Dever Elementary

“Refugee Assistance Project”

Students researched ways of supporting refugees–they interviewed a Syrian refugee, and the CPS refugee intake office manager. They created an awareness campaign on the travel ban impacts; organized direct actions; and will host a bake sale to benefit a local refugee organization. They will host refugee students from Sullivan High School; partner with the organization RefuSHE to support refugee girls in Nairobi, Kenya; and host CPS representative Robert Martwick at their school in June.

Morgan Park High School

“Water Please”

Concerned about the lack of usable fountains and access to water in their school, youth leaders surveyed their peers and school engineers about the issue. Students were able to use grant funds to repair one of the fountains in the cafeteria. They are now working on a plan to teach students about how to help take care of school property.

Benito Juarez Community Academy

“Juarez Navigators”

Interested in immigration advocacy and civic action, students at Juarez researched voting history and  participation (for young people and latinos) in recent elections; hosted a voter education and registration events; and sent youth to Washington, DC to lobby for a clean Dream Act; and had 140 students participate in an early voting field trip.

Farragut Career Academy

“Town Hall Meeting”

To tackle the issues of gun violence and gun control, students examined statistics and proposed gun control legislation. They invited their state representatives to their school to talk about their position about gun control, and to discuss how they see the bills they supported affecting violence in Little Village. They also held a meeting with Senator Sandoval, Representative Hernandez, and will meet with Representative Taberes in June.

 

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8,000 young people from 115 schools across Chicagoland participate in Mikva Challenge programs annually.  Named after Abner and Zoe Mikva, the Mikva Challenge is a non-partisan, nonprofit that develops youth to be informed, and active citizens and community leaders. We do this by engaging youth in action civics, an authentic and transformative learning process built on youth voice and youth expertise.

 

State Senator Collins Opposes Gov. Rauner’s Call for Death Penalty Reinstatement

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SPRINGFIELD, IL – In response to Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of House Bill 1468, in which he called for a reinstatement of the death penalty, Illinois State Senator Jacqueline Collins issued the following statement today:

“Just as darkness cannot drive out darkness, death cannot deter death. The day Governor George Ryan declared a moratorium on the death penalty in Illinois was a day humanity prevailed over brutality,” Collins said. “The state is tasked with dispensing justice, but it should not be in the business of taking away the gift of life. This move by Governor Rauner is shortsighted and shocking in its cynicism. I oppose his recommendation and I urge all my colleagues and all those who value life to voice their opposition as well.”

Former CIA Contractor Guilty of Illegally Retaining Classified Materials

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ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) contractor pleaded guilty today to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, and making material false statements to federal law enforcement officers.

According to court documents, Reynaldo B. Regis, 53, of Fort Washington, Maryland, is a former employee of a government contractor who was assigned to the CIA between August 2006 and November 2016. During his time at the CIA, Regis conducted unauthorized searches in classified databases and copied classified information into personal notebooks, which he removed from his workspace at the CIA and stored in his home without authorization. When initially interviewed by law enforcement, Regis lied about having done so. During a search of his home, FBI agents recovered approximately 60 notebooks containing classified information. The classified information contained in the notebooks included information relating to highly sensitive intelligence reports, disclosure of which could cause serious damage to the national security.

Regis pleaded guilty to unauthorized removal and retention of classified material, and making material false statements. He faces a maximum penalty of five years in prison when sentenced on September 21. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.

Tracy Doherty-McCormick, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, and Nancy McNamara, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after U.S. District Judge Liam O’Grady accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorney Danya E. Atiyeh of the Eastern District of Virginia and Trial Attorney Scott A. Claffee of the National Security Division’s Counterintelligence and Export Control Section are prosecuting the case.

Source: FBI

New Report on Youth Joblessness Highlights Statewide Crisis for Employers

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ILLINOIS – With a well-documented story of critical labor shortages across the country and especially in the Midwest, a new report focuses on the tens of thousands of young people in Illinois, not just young Black and Hispanic males in the state’s inner cities metropolitan areas, but also white youths in the state’s rural western and southern areas, who are out of school and out of work, and who, with an adequate investment of public funds, have the potential to fill those vacant positions.

 

The report, Industrial Restructuring and the Continuing Impact on Youth Employment in Illinois, which breaks down in detail out-of-work and out-of-school and out-of-work numbers for Illinois young people ages 16-24, was released at a May 14 news conference. Researched and written by the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago (GCI), it is the latest in a series of studies commissioned by the Alternative Schools Network (ASN) and the first to drill down into the situation young people, not just those in metropolitan Chicago but across the state, are experiencing as they search for ways to support themselves.

“The data in this study cries out for stronger federal investments in job training and economic development for youth in our state and across the country,” said U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, in an e-mailed statement. “The best anti-poverty, anti-crime, anti-violence program is a job. I applaud the Alternative Schools Network for their work on this critical issue, and I look forward to working with them to create more opportunities for young people to climb the economic ladder.”

The report finds the tragic and continuing repression of African-American communities that leaves young black males worse off than all of their contemporaries, even though their employment situation in Chicago and Cook County has improved in the last couple of years. And, as roiling policy debates over immigration occur, the situation for Chicago’s young Hispanic or Latino youths, especially females, has gotten worse.

But critically high out-of-school-and-out-of-work rates for whites in downstate cities and rural areas show that the employment crisis is not limited to Chicago and Cook County. St. Clair County had the highest percent of out of school and out of work 16 to 19-year olds with 10.5 percent. The highest out of school and out of work rate for 20 to 24-year olds, 25.1 percent, was in a sub-section of Illinois that comprised Alexander, Edwards, Franklin, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Perry, Pope, Pulaski, Saline, Union, Wabash, White, and Williamson counties.

“We have not had a comprehensive youth employment program at the federal level in nearly two decades,” said U.S. Rep. Danny Davis, D-IL-7. “With the economy booming and employers looking for more workers than they can find, now is the time to bring those programs back. It would be a key piece of the anti-violence puzzle in our communities and it would help the economy grow.”

“Although racial disparities continue to be a profound factor, it is also the case that white residents of mid-size cities and rural areas in part of Illinois are severely affected,” the report’s authors say in the conclusion section. “Give the trends that we have described, we are likely to see exacerbated inequality and disparities in wealth, along with the associated social ills, that will extend far into the future if there are not interventions that reverse the trends.”

This study updates figures for Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, and the U.S on numbers and percentages of 16-24 year-olds who are out of work; out of school and out of work; and out of school and out of work with no high school diploma. It examines out of work; and out of school and out of work figures in subsections of Illinois made up of single counties or groups of counties.

“As I look at the report’s data, I can see that we are moving forward in the city of Chicago as we continue to recover from the Great Recession,” U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush, D-IL-1. “But we are moving at a snail’s pace and the progress is uneven. I know the private sector can do more, and it’s time for them to step up. But we can’t just sit back and wait for businesses to act. Government at every level must play a role.”

The report also examines as case studies four Illinois counties – Peoria, Tazewell, Kankakee, and Sangamon – with data that shows economic transformations in the industrial composition of these counties since 1980, young people’s position in the economy and the growing poverty of these areas.
Major findings in the report include:

  • Highest Jobless Rates Outside of Chicago: The highest jobless rates for 20-24 year olds in Illinois were located outside of the Chicago Metro Area in South (43 percent out of work 2012-2016), West (38 percent), and Central (44.6 percent) Illinois.
  • Blacks Improve While Latinos Decline: There were improvements from 2014 to 2016 in out of school and out of work rates for Black 20-24 year olds in Chicago and worsening figures for Latinos. 
  • Case Study Counties Demonstrate Decline: The percentage of 16-19 year olds who have jobs in Illinois-case-study counties with mid-sized cities have decreased substantially since 1980.
  • Adults Replacing Youth in Retail Jobs: The mix of jobs in rural economies has changed in similar ways to Chicago, resulting in fewer opportunities for young people as older populations are increasingly employed in industries that young people have historically been employed in such as retail.
  • Shrinking Middle-Class: Proportions of individuals in poverty and in high-income groups in the case-study counties are growing as middle-income groups are shrinking.

“We have a golden opportunity to make an investment in our state’s young people that will pay for itself many times over,” said Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, D-7. “We know what works – programs that give them work experiences, while they complete their high school diploma, so they become entry-level-employment ready as they prepare for putting themselves through college or trade schools.”

The study showed that in Chicago, Hispanic or Latino 20-24 year-olds lost ground from 2015, when 33.2 percent were out of school and out of work, to 2016, when that number went up to 34.9 percent.

“Our Latina youths are moving backwards, through no fault of their own,” said Alma Anaya, Democratic candidate for Cook County Commissioner. “State and federal governments must intervene. The county does not have the resources needed to address this problem by itself.”

Though the study focuses on Illinois youth, the results have national implications because of Illinois’ demographic makeup.

“Illinois looks a great deal like the country in terms of the proportion of residents who are Black, White and Hispanic in the 16-to-24-year-old and the overall population,” ASN Executive Director Jack Wuest noted. “Also, Illinois has a very large city and other relatively large cities and a large metropolitan area and large rural white areas, which is reflective of the country in many ways.”

That makes the report’s findings exemplative of the growing crisis across the nation.

“This is not just a tale of two cities but a tale of two states and really of two countries,” Wuest argued. “There are two distinct populations living in one space — the haves and have nots: Those who are privileged and those who are not. Those who get resources, social capital, education, a roof over their heads and a vision for their future… and those left behind. While the nation experiences a growing employment crisis as a result of anti-immigration policies and technological transformations that require a more skilled labor force, we are left with emerging youth from 16 – 24 years of age who could help meet this crisis if they were given the proper social and educational tools. But instead there is a dearth of civil society resources or public funding being set aside to prepare them for ending the growing labor shortages.

“We know about the dire circumstances Black and Hispanic youths are in. But we are finding out that if you are white anywhere else in the state other than Cook and its surrounding counties, you are in decline and have neither the education for jobs where you live or the education or resources for social mobility to get a job.”

In related developments, the State Task Force on Developing Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults Who Are Jobless and Out of School, is holding a series of Youth Employment Hearings titled, Help Build the Economy, Help Strengthen Our Youth and Communities, Prepare, Educate and Employ Out-of-School and Jobless Youth.

The first will be held at 9:30 a.m. to noon, May 14, at Southwestern Illinois College, Sam Wolf Granite City Campus, 4950 Maryville Rd., Granite City and will focus on data from Madison and St. Clair counties.

That will be followed by at least two added hearings, the first is tentatively set for June 14 or 15 in Mt. Vernon, and the next for June 25 in south-suburban Chicago.

ABOUT ALTERNATIVE SCHOOLS NETWORK
The Alternative Schools Network (ASN) is a not-for-profit organization in Chicago working to provide quality education with a specific emphasis on inner-city children, youth and adults. Since 1973, ASN has been supporting community based and community-run programs to develop and expand training and other educational services in Chicago’s inner-city neighborhoods. In addition to supporting direct services, ASN has been a consistent and effective advocate for community-based services whereby the people involved are active participants in developing and running programs – not passive recipients of services. To shape policies and programs, ASN has built an impressive track record of operating successful education, employment and support service programs. For more information please visit www.asnchicago.org.

ABOUT THE GREAT CITIES INSTITUTE
UIC Great Cities Institute is to link its academic resources with a range of partners to address urban issues by providing research, policy analysis and program development. Tied to the University of Illinois at Chicago Great Cities Commitment, GCI seeks to improve quality of life in Chicago, its metropolitan region and cities throughout the world. https://greatcities.uic.edu

For a complete copy of the report: www.asnchicago.org/May2018-Press-Conference

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

CONTACT: LAURIE R. GLENN
PHONE: 773.704.7246
EMAIL: lrglenn@thinkincstrategy.com

Women, Advocates Speak on Equal Rights Amendment at Illinois House Committee Hearing

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CHICAGO, IL – The 46 year fight to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) persisted in the Illinois House of Representatives at a committee hearing today, where advocates shared their stories and explained why it is necessary to have the amendment in the US Constitution.

“In 1972, like many others my age, my two daughters and I traveled to Washington D.C. to let our legislators know that we wanted the constitution to protect us all, regardless of our sex,” said Nan Parson, a Park Ridge resident who cofounded the community organization Action Ridge last year to advocate for the ERA. “I was terribly disappointed and ashamed when my own state refused to ratify the ERA because of scare tactics used by opponents to convince women that they should stay locked in the past, and that’s why I’m urging Governor Rauner to talk to Republicans in the House and urge them to do the right thing and vote for the ERA now.”

Currently, 36 state legislatures have approved the Equal Rights Amendment out of the 38 necessary to reach a three-fifths majority, as required by the United States Constitution. Although the push to ratify the ERA fell three states short by the deadline in 1982, extended from the original time limit in 1979, there is legal precedent indicating that it’s within the power of Congress to remove this constraint should two more states approve the ERA.

“It was never shocking to the women I’ve worked with as a real estate finance lawyer that they were being paid less than their male counterparts. However, when these women realized that this wage discrimination impacted not only their salaries but the earnings of the women and men whom they supervised, it was a wake-up call that something had to change – unfair treatment creates a ripple effect that extends far beyond you,” said Laura Carroll DeBolt, a Tinley Park resident. “I talk to my fifteen year old stepdaughter about this so she understands the challenges she’s up against. We’re passing on enough burdens to our children already, and that’s why I’m calling on my own state Rep. Margo McDermed to vote for the ERA and give them one less fight to continue.”

“As a woman of faith and a Catholic Christian, I believe all people were created in the image of God, worthy of respect and dignity” said Sister Bernadine Karge, a Chicago resident and immigration lawyer. “The history of our laws show how women have been excluded from recognition and full participation in American society. The implications can still be seen today in income inequality due to wage discrimination, hiring practices that prevent women from opportunities to flourish, and a culture that is built on domination of women, rather than cooperation between women and men to seek the common good.  I am asking you, lawmakers of our state and Bruce Rauner, the Governor: Do what you can to pass the Equal Rights Amendment.”

State Rep. Harper CPS Measure That Helps Avoid South Side School Closures Passes House

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SPRINGFIELD, ILFighting to prevent future school closures on the South Side without proper warning, Illinois state Rep. Sonya Harper, D–Chicago, helped pass a measure that mandates Chicago Public Schools (CPS) to provide more notice and information on the status of schools.

“This effort is long overdue for my residents and all the parents and students on the South and West Sides,” said Harper. “When CPS makes a decision to close schools, it affects us. It hurts my families. Our schools close, while more and more resources go to wealthier schools across the city.”

Harper’s legislation, House Bill 5721, would stipulate new reporting requirements for CPS to abide by when they produce their master education facilities plan, capital improvement plans and school transition plans. CPS provides these reports in order to determine each school’s necessary resources for long-term purposes. However, as we have seen in recent years, CPS has closed schools’ doors without notice and left students on the South Side without a neighborhood school to go to or required them to travel to a consolidated new school.

Harper’s bill would require CPS to take vastly new steps in order to avoid sudden school closures. They include community engagement plans that seek student and parent input, monetary options to pursue to increase funding to schools, timelines of each school to address their specific capital needs, justifications for school expansions, detailing a five-year funding plan to receiving schools and much more. If CPS fails to adhere to any of these requirements outlined in the bill, the General Assembly can withhold distributing all capital funding.

“CPS should provide more information to everyone, especially my residents given the historic unequal treatment we pay for, when they develop their plans for its schools. It’s only fair to be given every detail about our schools so we can offer input and make the best decision for our students,” said Harper. “While this measure is a good start to attacking the larger problem of residents feeling the brunt of sudden school closures, we also need greater representation in an elected school board in Chicago.”

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