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Thurgood Marshall Almost Didn’t Become the First Black Supreme Court Justice… and 10 Other Things Most People Don’t Know About Him!

Posted by Admin On June - 5 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
From: blackhistory.org

 

Thurgood Marshall, born in Baltimore, Maryland on July 2, 1908 was the first African American who became a U.S. Supreme Court Justice, but this almost didn’t happen because his original plan was to study dentistry at Lincoln University. But he did end up going to law school, and also went on to become a strong supporter of the civil rights movement who is still remembered today.

 

 

But a lot of his story is not told in history books!

Here are 10 things most people don’t know about Thurgood Marshall:

#1 – His real name was Thoroughgood but he changed it to Thurgood because he thought his original name was just too long.

#2 – While most people legally change their names as adults, he changed his name when he was only in the second grade.

#3 – He attended law school at Howard University, and graduated first in his class.

#4 – He wanted to attend University of Maryland’s law school, but the university would not allow Blacks to apply at that time.

#5 – He was known as a real prankster. In fact, he was suspended twice for playing jokes on others.

#6 – Right out of law school, the NAACP brought him on as legal counsel and within a few short years made him the organization’s chief counsel.

#7 – In 1967, he became the first Black person to hold a position in the U.S. Supreme Court. He was nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

#8 – Marshall was reportedly good friends with former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, and even worked with him on occasions.

#9 – He was a Supreme Court Justice from 1967 to 1991 when he retired. He represented and won more cases before the United States Supreme Court than any other American.

#10 – He died in 1993, but that same year was awarded posthumously the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor.

Photo Caption: Thurgood Marshall

Attorney General Madigan Applauds Passage of Legislation to Strengthen Employment Protections for Service Members

Posted by Admin On June - 4 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

CHICAGO, IL – Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan  applauded Illinois lawmakers for passing legislation to clarify and strengthen laws to ensure that Illinois service members’ employment and rights are protected while they are fulfilling military requirements.

SoldiersMadigan initiated Senate Bill 3547, the Illinois Service Member Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (ISERRA), to strengthen and simplify current state laws designed to provide employment protections to service members. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Tom Cullerton and Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia, passed the Illinois Senate and House unanimously and will now be sent to the governor.

SB 3547 simplifies existing Illinois law by consolidating all of the provisions, including employment protections for Illinois service members. In doing this, SB 3547 seeks to make it easier for employers to understand and follow the law. The legislation also gives Madigan’s office the authority to file civil lawsuits to enforce ISERRA and requires her office to create the position of ISERRA Advocate to provide training and information to employers and service members. The advocate will be responsible for investigating complaints and drafting the required notice of rights and duties for employers to post.

“When military service members undertake their job to serve our country, they should not lose their civilian jobs at home,” Madigan said. “This legislation strengthens service members’ employment protections, provides training and enforces the law’s requirements to ensure that service members do not return home to find themselves without a job.”

“Service members and their families make innumerable sacrifices for our country, but their non-military employment should not be one of them,” Chapa LaVia said. “Strengthening employment protection laws and helping employers understand how to comply with those laws is just one way we can thank service members and their families.”

Madigan’s Military and Veterans’ Rights Bureau advocates for service members, veterans, and their families and investigates and pursues cases of fraud committed against them, including unlawful advance pension lenders that target veterans and their pension benefits and annuity sales that are misrepresented as effective VA benefit claims assistance. Military service members, veterans and their families can contact Madigan’s Military and Veterans Rights Hotline for help at 1-800-382-3000 or 1-800-964-3013 (TTY) or through Madigan’s website.

The Military and Veterans Rights Bureau also provides assistance to service members, including mediating landlord-tenant disputes for service members facing Permanent Change of Station orders that conflict with lease agreements; mediating financial transaction disputes, such as fraudulent credit report entries or erroneous debts; and seeking to obtain compensation owed to veterans or service members on military leave from their primary employer for annual guard/reserve training.

 

Chicago Jazz Orchestra Launches CJO Mondays at The Mill Happy Hour Jazz Series Every Monday in June and July at The Green Mill

Posted by Admin On June - 4 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Guest vocalists to include Dee Alexander,

Frieda Lee, Paul Marinaro and more

The Chicago Jazz Orchestra (including Jerry DiMuzio and other CJO saxophonists, top) will perform with Chicago’s top vocalists every Monday in June and July at Chicago’s iconic Green Mill as part of the new CJO Mondays at the Mill cocktail hour concert series.
 
 
CHICAGO, IL – Join the Chicago Jazz Orchestra every Monday in June and July at the Green Mill, Chicago’s most iconic jazz club, for an unforgettable summer of live jazz featuring Chicago’s hottest vocalists.
The CJO’s new cocktail hour jazz series launches next Monday, June 4 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. with one of the top vocalists in Chicago, guest vocalist Dee Alexander. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door. The Green Mill Cocktail Lounge is at 4802 N. Broadway Ave., in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood.

Dee Alexander

Make the Green Mill your new Monday night after work hot spot this summer, because CJO Mondays at the Mill will continue every Monday in June and July with a different guest vocalist each night:

Frieda Lee
Monday, June 11 – Frieda Lee
“One of Chicago’s most beloved jazz singers” – Chicago Tribune
Monday, June 18 – Dee Alexander
“One of the year’s 10 best” – The New York Times
Alyssa Allgood
Monday, June 25– Alyssa Allgood
“A young singer of unusual accomplishment and extraordinary potential”
– Chicago Tribune
Sophie Grimm
Monday, July 2 – Sophie Grimm
“An entertainer of extraordinary gifts”– Cabaret Scenes Magazine
Monday, July 9 – Dee Alexander
“Jazz Entertainer of the Year” – Chicago Music Awards
Sarah Marie Young
Monday, July 16 – Sarah Marie Young
Winner, 2011 Montreux Voice Competition judged by Quincy Jones
Monday, July 23 – Dee Alexander
“Best singer” – Chicago Magazine
Paul Marinaro
Monday, July 30 – Paul Marinaro
“Vocalist, narrator, storyteller, historian
and the most dapper and elegant of tour guides”
– Chicago Jazz Magazine
“Neither Marinaro nor the CJO has ever sounded better” is how the Chicago Tribune’s Howard Reich described the CJO’s most recent concert with Paul Marinaro, A CJO Salute to “Sinatra at the Sands,” May 12 at Chicago’s Studebaker Theatre.
See and hear why such high praise has been rolling in of late for Chicago’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation, as they play Monday nights this summer in the intimate confines of Chicago’s favorite jazz club, the Green Mill.
For more information about the new CJO Mondays at the Mill series, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.
Click here or the image above for this photo of the Chicago Jazz Orchestra.
Founded in 1978, the Chicago Jazz Orchestra (chicagojazzorchestra.org) is the city’s oldest professional jazz orchestra in continuous operation and one of the oldest jazz repertory orchestras in the country. The CJO strives to develop and promote an appreciation for and understanding of music for the American jazz orchestra as it was originally conceived, performed and recorded by jazz master composers and soloists.
Under the direction of Founder and Artistic Director Jeff Lindberg, Chicago’s premiere jazz ensemble features some of Chicago’s top jazz musicians, including Scott Burns, Jerry DiMuzio, Bill Overton, Eric Schneider and John Wojciechowski on saxophone; Art Davis, Victor Garcia and Doug Scharf on trumpet; Steve Duncan, Tom Garling, Luke Malewicz and Michael Young on trombone; Dan Trudell on piano; Dennis Carroll on bass; George Fludas on drums; and Michael Pettersen on guitar.
The Orchestra has performed with such artists as Dizzy Gillespie, Nancy Wilson, Louis Bellson, Herbie Hancock, Jon Faddis, Kurt Elling, Jack McDuff, Kenny Burrell, Roy Hargrove, Marquis Hill, Walter White, Joshua Redman, and many more. The CJO performs at a wide variety of top venues across the Chicago area, from the Green Mill, to City Winery, to Andy’s Jazz Club, to the Spertus Institute, to the Studebaker Theatre. The CJO served as the resident orchestra for the Kennedy Center Honors Supper Dance for over 25 years performed before a sold-out audience at the 2006 Spoleto Festival, and has toured Europe twice, including performances in Italy, Spain, Denmark and Sweden.
The CJO’s recordings include Clark Terry and Jeff Lindberg’s Chicago Jazz Orchestra: George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess (Americana Music, 2004), nominated “Jazz Album of The Year” by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and a rare “Five Star” rating by DownBeat magazine, Burstin’ Out with vocalist Cyrille Aimée performing classic and original jazz arrangements, and the 2017 compilation Live from Space, with live recordings from the summer of 2016 recorded at Space in Evanston.
The Chicago Jazz Orchestra is supported by The Stare Fund, The MacArthur Funds for Arts and Culture at The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, the Joseph B. Glossberg Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, and The Saints, with media sponsorship from WDCB 90.9 FM, DownBeat Magazine and Chicago Jazz Magazine.
For more information, visit chicagojazzorchestra.org.
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Not So Fast Alderman Harris: Battles Lost, but the War Rages On in the 8th Ward to Keep Your Trojan Horse Out!

Posted by Admin On May - 30 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

WE Don't Want It in the Pill Hill Community!By Pamela Bratcher-McMillan

The concerned citizens of the Pill Hill-Calumet Heights area have been getting the short end of the stick from City Hall. Obviously, there’s a secrecy about this 7 story low income senior housing project planned for 93rd to 94th and Stony Island seem to bring to mind. There was a mandate to push this project on the community without their input.

Since 2013, the 8th Ward Alderman did not find it necessary or important enough to hold meetings to apprise the community that would be most affected by this plan for a massive building being constructed by developers that don’t even live in the area to make money off the community. Other than some temporary construction jobs, there was mention of four jobs at the housing project. These weak arguments, including the small group of people that say 8th Ward residents are trying to keep our seniors from having a nice place to live are ludicrous.

Maybe the 8th Ward alderman does not live in the Calumet Heights/Pill Hill area, since she won’t lose any sleep over the fact that those that live in the area will. Who wants their peaceful way of living turned upside down by transient’s activity and a building that takes away the privacy and security of their family that they worked hard to attain?

Alderman Harris is not alderman of the whole 8th Ward. She is obviously the alderman for areas that allow her decisions to go unchallenged. Think about it. No one in the Pill Hill Community knew about the building coming until the Concerned Citizens of Calumet Heights brought it to their attention. Even after that, Alderman Harris would not attend several meetings she was invited to with the immediate community being affected by the building. Instead she fabricated stories about talking to the community and holding meetings with up to 15 people and pitted community members against each other with lies about reasons why the building wasn’t wanted nor needed by the immediate community. But she has a waiting list of a hundred people that obviously could not live in the area because no one knew about it in the immediate area.

Most people opposing the building location are seniors themselves. She had also been meeting with several block clubs over the past year, and never mentioned it to the block clubs affected by the area. It appears the block club meetings are to just keep her on their minds when election time comes around.

One 8th Ward resident noted that the alderman should be more concerned about potential squatters in the area. Still can’ t help but wonder why so much emphasis was put on other projects on her alderman website’s home page, but nothing about the low-income housing residence coming to take up valuable business real estate on Stony Island.

Amidst all of the national focus the city of Chicago is getting on being the most public corrupt city in the US and a recent expose by NBCChicago’s Carol Marin on Aldermen’s Michelle Harris & Walter Burnett questioning their use of “non-descriptive” campaign funds. By the way, $25,000 of Harris campaign funds came from an aforementioned developer she helped stealthfully spot zone into a community that doesn’t want it, because they want Stony Island land to be used for what it was created for – economic development and power within the community. Alternate areas within the 8th Ward, not in their business district, exist as well as research that was done by community activist Marcel Bright that proved there are plenty of senior home vacancies throughout the ward.

While Alderman Harris and her staff run back and forth trying to do damage control with a platform of continuous lies and manipulation of publications and radio media outlets, the community is pulling together for war. Attorneys are being sought, and new candidates for Alderman are being groomed to take on a position Alderman Harris obviously has no vision for or passion in. The community has awakened and they are looking for a team player. Michelle Harris has constantly proven in so many ways that she is not it.

Linda Hudson for Alderman of the 8th Ward

 

NAACP Critical of NFL Gag Order on Protesting Police Brutality

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

NFL Racist?BALTIMORE, MD — The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), the nation’s premier civil rights organization issued the following statement regarding the National Football League (NFL) owners decision to ban kneeling on the field by players as symbolic protests against the unfair treatment of African-Americans.

“Protest is an American tradition; by protesting we work to hold our country accountable to its highest ideals. Instead of coming together to address an issue disproportionately plaguing the African-American, the NFL owners have chosen to bury their heads and silence players. Players cannot disconnect from the aggression African-Americans face every day.  Just a few weeks ago, an NFL player was stopped by police and accused of being a gang member. Others including Michael Bennett have experienced dangerous and threatening experiences at the hands of police.

“The issue of police brutality remains a pressing issue when 408 people have been killed by police this year. Black men are almost three times more likely to be killed by the use of deadly force than White men.  Despite the annual killing of approximately 1,000 people by police, in a 12-year period, only 28 police officers were convicted of murder or manslaughter for an on-duty killing.

“The NAACP supports and commends the athletes in the NFL, NBA, and WNBA who refuse to stay quiet and just play ball – they stand strong with all people who continue to fight for social justice.”

Derrick Johnson, NAACP President and CEO

Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own Homes

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Community Wealth Building Day to Help More Black Chicago Residents Own HomesFree event sponsored by National Association of Real Estate Brokers and the Dearborn Realtist Board to uncloak the home buying process and help raise Chicago Black homeownership rates.

Washington, DC  –  Latest available *analyzed mortgage lending data indicates that Black American residents comprising 30.9% of the City of Chicago’s population, received only 5,032 (8.7%) of new mortgage loans.  In contrast, Whites representing just over 32% of the city’s population received 32,782 (57%) of all new mortgages. 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB), the nation’s oldest minority real estate trade group is working to change this statistical landscape through accessible and accurate information about homeownership directed toward Black consumers. On Saturday, May 26, 2018, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Black Chicago area residents are invited to attend NAREB’s Community Wealth Building Day to learn from lenders, government officials, and housing counselors how to build wealth through homeownership and understand that a home purchase is within reach. The free event, held in conjunction with NAREB’s local chapter, the Dearborn Realtist Board and NID Housing Counseling Agency takes place at Malcolm X College, 1900 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL 60612.

“The Chicago mortgage lending disparity is beyond startling. Think how many of the city’s neighborhoods could be revitalized if more Black residents knew they could purchase homes. The city’s tax base would increase, more businesses could thrive in owner-occupied neighborhoods, and they would become desirable places to live, and raise families. At the same time, homeownership improves economic futures for Black American residents,” said Jeffrey Hicks, President, National Association of Real Estate Brokers.

Consumers can expect to hear and talk to experts about: purchase assistance funds; understanding the mortgage process; what to expect from a lender and what questions to ask; the impact of student loans on mortgage loans; solving bad credit issues; the value of home ownership counseling, along with other key topics. Consumers are encouraged to ask questions from the experts to get the answers they need about home purchase or real estate investment strategies. The first 100 people at Community Wealth Building Day will receive a free credit report and an assessment.

“We are thrilled to offer the community an opportunity to take control of their financial destiny by getting the tools they need to become a homeowner and build equity for their family,” said Jones. “Many people can afford a home based on the rent they pay, but they don’t have those tools in place to get on that path, such as improving their credit score, saving for a down payment and mining the homebuying process; we will help them develop these skills so they walk out of our event with the mindset of becoming a homeowner.” 

Special guests speaking at the lunch program include: Congressman Danny Davis, State Rep. LaShawn Ford, Alderman Michael Scott, Cook County Land Bank Authority Executive Director Rob Rose and others, in addition to remarks from two event sponsors, Wells Fargo and Bank of America. 

The day kicks off with a celebratory ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:45 a.m. opening the Vendor Showcase and admittance to the consumer information sessions, the Clergy Roundtable, and complimentary lunch for all attendees. Families are encouraged to bring their children to have fun in the Kids Zone, which includes, face painting, music and more. Throughout the day, event participants can register for prizes including a washer/dryer combo, flat screen TVs and other giveaways as they interact with Community Wealth Building Day exhibitors. 

“NAREB has started a movement, our 2 Million New Black Homeowners program to establish a new wealth building platform for Black Americans, nationwide.  The program is not only our commitment, but our responsibility and obligation to our community.  That’s why we’re bringing this consume-focused event to Chicago,” Hicks added.

For more information and to register for the FREE Community Wealth Building Day, sign up online at https://tinyurl.com/communitywealthbuilding2018.

 

* Latest available Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) data for Chicago analyzed by LendingPatterns™, an online HMDA data analysis software program developed by ComplianceTech.

 

About NAREB: 

The National Association of Real Estate Brokers (NAREB) was formed in 1947 to secure the right to equal housing opportunities for all regardless of race, creed, or color.  NAREB has 90 chapters located nationwide and publishes annually The State of Housing in Black America (SHIBA) Report. Visit www.nareb.com for more information. Or call 301-552-9340.

About Dearborn Realtist Board

The Dearborn Realtist Board is the oldest African American real estate trade association. Established in 1941, the area where African Americans resided was a community in Chicago called Dearborn, which stemmed from 22nd St. on the north, south to 63rd St., east to the Lake and west to Wentworth St. This area is where our founding Presidents established their office, and the name Dearborn Realtist Board was formed. The Dearborn Realtist mantra is “Democracy in Housing”. We are at the forefront of economic development in housing in the African American community.                     

Alderman Moore Honors Veterans During South Side Memorial Day Parade

Posted by Admin On May - 25 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Happy Memorial Day!Remembering Our Nation’s Fallen Heroes

Chicago, IL  – 17th Ward Alderman David Moore hosts the South Side Memorial Day Parade on May 28, 18.  This year the parade returns for its second year to pay homage to Community Veterans and War Time heroes who often times feel forgotten about. Attendees are in for a treat as the parade includes dignitaries, notables and more.

The parade and celebration kicks off from the beautiful St. Leo Veteran’s Home in the Auburn Gresham neighborhood (7750 S. Emerald Ave Chicago, IL).

This year’s keynote speaker is Useni Eugene Perkins, Poet, Playwright and Author of “Hey Black Child”. Headliners include the legendary Buffalo Soldiers and The Tuskegee Airmen of the Dodo Chapter. The parade’s Grand Marshals and honorees include Allan Streeter, Korean War Hero and former 17th Ward Alderman, Estelle Long, WWII Veteran and Luis Watson, WWII Veteran of the 2664 Civilian Conservation Corps. Chicago’s own Military Academy JROTC will be leading as color guard; the parade precession will include Final Phaze Dance Team, Oglesby School Performing Arts and Tea With A Queen Girl Scouts Troop #25674.

“This event is aimed at showing appreciation to our veterans for their courage, service and most of all sacrifices made to defend our country. This parade is the opportunity to shed light on our neighborhood heroes in which our youth can look up to and connect with heroes who serve and protect our country. The parade also sheds light and positivity on the amazing memorial day programs happening throughout Chicago,” says Alderman David Moore.

Immediately preceding the parade will be a wreath ceremony at the Veteran Garden led by Alderman Moore and Useni Eugen Perkins to salute the slain veterans.

Order of Events:
Lineup: 9am at St. Leo’s Residence For Veterans (7750 S. Emerald Ave)
10am Parade Step-Off
11am Wreath Ceremony Lineup

Parade Route: 

  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. South to 79th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 79th S. Emerald West to 79th S. Halsted Street
  • 79th S. Halsted Street North to 76th S. Halsted Street
  • 76th S. Halsted Street East to 76th S. Emerald Ave.
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76th S. Emerald Ave. South to 77th S. Emerald Ave.
  • 77th S. Emerald Ave. to St. Leo Veterans Garden (7750 S. Emerald Ave)

For Press Contact: Rashanah Baldwin, Baldwin Media Group
Phone: 312-566-8647
Baldwinmediagroup@gmail.com

Real Men Cook’s 2018 Father’s Day Celebration to Pay Tribute to Fathers for 29th Year

Posted by Admin On May - 18 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS
Real Men Cook 2018Real Men Cook® — Chicago’s premiere urban Father’s Day charity event – will host its 29thth annual celebration to fathers on the grounds of Hales Franciscan High School, 4930 S. Cottage Grove on June 17 from 3PM to 6PM. The overall purpose of the event is to honor fathers, father-figures and other Real Men.

Real Men Cook is the largest, longest-running and most-anticipated Father’s Day celebration of its kind.

The event will be held at Hales Franciscan because the School’s mission to educate, uplift and guide African-American boys aligns with the mission of Real Men Cook and its charitable arm, Real Men Charities. While the event’s centerpiece will be at Hales Franciscan, there will be satellite Real Men Cook celebrations in Chicago’s South Suburbs sponsored by Fathers and Blessings, and in Gary, Indiana hosted by Trinity United Church of Christ in Gary.

For the first time in the history of the 29-year event, there will be an upscale, sit-down white-tablecloth dinner option on Father’s Day at the Quarry Event Center, 2423 E. 75th Street, headquarters of Real Men Charities.  This addition to the Real Men Cook festivities is in response to many men who expressed a desire to be feted in a formal setting. The Quarry will feature jazz and a seven-course meal that will be served by wait staff. Tickets for the gala event are $45. Proceeds will go to Real Men Charities.

In making the announcement, Ayinde Cartman, Real Men Charities, Inc. Executive Director, indicated that Real Men Cook decided to focus all of its resources on showcasing Hales Franciscan High School and Fathers and Blessings because the three share a common mission to cultivate the character of young African-American men and to uplift the family. As a result, a partnership was launched. “Under this alliance,” explained Cartman, “our organizations collaborate year-round through mentoring and service programs.”

Obari Cartman. PhD Psychology, Real Men Charities, Inc. program manager, will provide programming and coordinate activities that align with the organization’s Men’s Wellness Sunday activities, which are offered from the Quarry Events Center from 11:00 – 1:30 each Sunday.

Dr. Cartman underscored the reason the Chicago celebration will be held at Hales Franciscan by noting its progress. He said that in 2017-2018, Hales successfully completed a full academic year with one class after being closed the prior year. He stressed that on the strength of the triumphant relaunch, Hales will begin its second year in the fall with an added class. The school’s plan is to eventually have a full complement of males at every grade level.

Yvette Moyo, Real Men Cook co-founder, credits President Anthony (Taifa) Daniels –Halisi, for his dedication. He said he is grateful that Real Men Cook selected Hales because the celebration shines a light on the school and its long history of transforming African-American boys into men.

The University of Chicago Medicine will host The Health and Wellness Zone, which supports Real Men Charities, Inc.’s mission to build healthy families and communities, and the tradition of promoting health and wellness, prevention and awareness for families and children.

Real Men Cook is a much-anticipated and eagerly-awaited annual celebration.   Men devote Father’s Day to cooking their special dishes and to serving the community. Among those who will be preparing and serving is a new consortium of emerging cooks known as Chicago’s Black Chefs.  These young cooks will be featuring their favorite dishes at Hales and at the Quarry, as well as in the south suburbs at the event to benefit Fathers and Blessings.

Some of the high-profile men who have donned a chef’s hat and participated in the past include U.S. Senator Barack Obama, Congressmen Danny Davis, John Conyers, and John Lewis. Former State Senate President Emil Jones, Jr., and his son State Senator Emil Jones III and Rev. Jesse Jackson, Sr. and his sons, former Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. and Professor Jonathan Jackson have also joined in past celebrations.

Sponsors of Real Men Cook 2018 are ComEd, University of Chicago Medicine, the Obama Foundation and Great Migration Centennial.

For more information, visit www.realmencook.com

About Real Men Cook

Real Men Cook was conceived and launched in Chicago in 1989 by entrepreneurs Yvette Moyo and Kofi Moyo as a local Father’s Day family celebration. The original concept grew to being celebrated in as many as 13 cities and evolved into a national Father’s Day tradition.

About Real Men Charities

Real Men Charities, Inc. is the sponsor and the benevolent arm of Real Men Cook. It is committed to building healthy families and communities with emphases on male outreach involvement, education, outreach and advocacy on food resources, healthy eating, healthcare and public policies on these issues. As part of its mission, the year Real Men Charities was awarded a Safe and Peaceful Communities grant for the third year from the Chicago Community Trust. Ayinde Cartman is Executive Director, Dr. Obari Cartman is Program Manager and Kevyn Giggers is Associate Director.

 

 

 

Not So Fast, Alderman Harris, The Fight to Keep Low Income Housing Out of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights is Not Over

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Fight to keep low-income housing out of Pill Hill Calumet HeightsBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

It was not a surprise yesterday when the Chicago Zoning Board gave 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris her wish in approving the Low Income, Section 8 Senior Housing for 94th & Stony Island Ave. 8th Ward residents in opposition to the 134 Unit, 7 Story building expected that decision. That’s because the Zoning Board is known to be, and has always been a Rubber Stamp for aldermen and the city and to hell with community residents that flock to their meetings in hope of getting a fair decision. But they soon find out that there is no such thing as a fair decision for them, that their hopes get lost in the wind. The Board does not have a good track record in regards for the general public at large that are at their mercy hoping that they will listen to their grievances in good faith. But they don’t. The alderman and the city have them in their “Hip Pocket.”

But some residents are ready to pull out their secret weapon. It was in their hip pocket all along but they were waiting for the outcome of the Zoning Board decision and were ready to shift into Phase Two immediately if their complaint wasn’t treated in a fair manner. And they have already started the process. That secret weapon is “Spot Zoning”, which if proven can pull the bottom from under the decision made by the Zoning Board in the City Council Chambers yesterday.

There were congratulatory remarks made to the alderman yesterday for getting her wish, but the 8th Ward residents who oppose it say: Not so fast to the alderman and her supporters. This decision might end up in the courtroom. Spot Zoning is an alternative and it’s possible that they will seek a lawyer to get through the bureaucratic mess thrown upon them.

This is a serious matter. And for many who oppose it and lost the battle in the Zoning Board yesterday, they are not giving up yet. There’s the possibility it’s headed for legal action.

In a Crain’s Chicago Business article “You can’t fight City Hall—at least on residential zoning” (December 8, 2017), it stated:In a Chicago where City Hall is desperate for new revenue and developers are delighted to provide it—in exchange for a fatter bottom line, of course—there’s little percentage in standing in front of the bulldozers and saying no.”

In an article on Spot Zoning by Craig Hullinger, AICP and Chuck Eckenstahler, AICP, it states: “Webster defines spot as 1) a particular place of relatively small a definite limits, 2) a mark on a surface differing sharply in color from the surroundings, 3) a position; location and 4) a set of circumstances; a situation, especially a troublesome one.

“REZONING ISSUES TO CONSIDER
In Illinois, there is a specific set of requirements which a Plan Commission must consider when evaluating a request for the rezoning of a parcel of land. These standards were established by the Illinois Supreme Count in two cases; LaSalle and Richton Park. Generally, for a rezoning matter upheld in the Supreme Court the Plan Commission must consider.”

TO BE CONTINUED

Alderman Harris Did it Again!: A Basic Show of Disrespect for 8th Ward Residents

Posted by Juanita Bratcher On May - 10 - 2018 ADD COMMENTS

Alderman Harris Blowing Smoke in the 8th WardBy Dr. Juanita Bratcher

Author, Editor & Publisher, CopyLine Magazine

Alderman Michelle Harris rubbed 8th Ward residents the wrong way yesterday at a Zoning Board hearing, and her actions could cost her in the next Aldermanic Election. Many 8th Ward residents at the hearing complained that she is not a “good caretaker” for the ward and vowed to defeat her in the next election.

Harris got the wrath of 8th Ward residents at a Zoning Board hearing at City Hall yesterday when she told Zoning Board members to put 8th Ward residents last on the agenda to speak and air their grievances about a 134 Unit, 7 Story building coming into the community which most of the residents are totally against. Yet, Harris said she has a lot of support from people who live in the ward to bring in the housing project. That is not likely and not an accurate assessment.

In case you don’t know or have not attended a Zoning Board meeting, people from all across the city in various wards bring their grievances to the Zoning Board. There are plenty of people there at these hearings. So with 8th Ward residents being at the end of the agenda, they had to wait a long period of time before they could be heard. Many felt the alderman was deliberately inconveniencing them because they were at the hearing to state their opposition to the housing project.

It reminded many of them who have been very active in trying to keep the housing project out of Pill Hill and Calumet Heights of her having six SUV police squad cars out on the street in front of her ward office to try and intimidate them with police presence during a press conference in front of her ward office at 8539 S. Cottage Grove Ave. But even that didn’t work, no one had come to the press conference to cause violence. And her actions were seen as an abuse of power and a waste of taxpayers’ money.

Harris and her staff told residents that they had a survey poll taken of 8th Ward residents about the housing project but it is yet to be seen. At the Zoning Board hearing yesterday she told Marcel Bright that he could get the survey (he had tried many times before), that they would gladly give it to him. When requesting it after the hearing, he was told that he would have to file a FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) to get it. There is no need for him to do that. That is to inconvenience him to get it.

Many 8th Ward residents say enough is enough. They were instrumental in keeping a medical marijuana facility and pawnshop out of the ward that the alderman supported.

Additionally, they point to statistics from the last Aldermanic Election in 2015 where Harris only won by 9, 167 votes. Her two opponents, Faheem Shabazz received 2, 113 votes and Tara Baldridge received 2,096. The total of votes for all three candidates was 13, 376. Also at the time of that election, Harris had been alderman for about 9 years. She was the incumbent. There were 38,412 voters in the 8th Ward in 2015, and as the incumbent alderman she did not receive that many votes.

Presently, there are less registered voters in the ward than in 2015. As of today, according to the Board of Elections Commission, there are only 35,726 registered voters in the 8th Ward. However, Harris will have a tough row to hoe in the next Aldermanic Election. The word circulating through the 8th Ward is “we want her out.”

 

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