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Lawsuit accuses Bronzeville church janitor of sex abuse

The alleged victim, now 34, says most of the abuse happened two to three times per week in the custodian’s office at Progressive Community Church, 56 E. 48th St., according to the lawsuit filed Friday in Cook County Circuit Court.

    Lawsuit accuses Bronzeville church janitor of sex abuse
    A man claims he was sexually abused as a child by a janitor at a Bronzeville neighborhood church between 1991 and 1995. The alleged victim, now 34, says most of the abuse happened two to three times per week in the custodian's office at Progressive Community Church, 56 E.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

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Report will be released TODAY - Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence

Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence
Today the Joint Center, the Urban Institute, and The Joyce Foundation will release a report Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities.

The conversation around gun violence in the United States is often focused on mass shootings, but too often ignores its devastating effects on communities of color. African-Americans account for over 56% of the victims of gun homicide, for example, and gun violence is the second leading cause...

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Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence
Today the Joint Center, the Urban Institute, and The Joyce Foundation will release a report Engaging Communities in Reducing Gun Violence: A Road Map for Safer Communities.

The conversation around gun violence in the United States is often focused on mass shootings, but too often ignores its devastating effects on communities of color. African-Americans account for over 56% of the victims of gun homicide, for example, and gun violence is the second leading cause of death for Latino males ages 15-34.

Policymakers, scholars, and others, however, barely listen to people in communities of color about the factors driving gun violence and actionable policy strategies to make communities safer.

Over the last year, these organizations convened more than 100 community members in three diverse American cities—Richmond, Virginia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Stockton, California. The convenings included faith leaders, law enforcement, social service providers, formerly incarcerated individuals, elected officials, and other community members. Today's 67-page Engaging Communities report details what they heard.

See Jointcenter.org or you can follow on social media by using the hashtag #RaceAndGunViolence.

    Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
    http://jointcenter.org

Apr 07

Updated 12 hours ago

Chicago's Gang Violence not "senseless"

Many people in our Chicago are throwing up their hands bemoaning the "senseless violence" plaguing our City. My take is that much or even most of the shootings and murders are not senseless - they do make sense in the violent code of the streets.

This month Pierre Stokes the father of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee (murdered by rival gang)

(Chi Tribune Reports)

" has been charged with shooting the girlfriend of one of the men held in the...

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Many people in our Chicago are throwing up their hands bemoaning the "senseless violence" plaguing our City. My take is that much or even most of the shootings and murders are not senseless - they do make sense in the violent code of the streets.

This month Pierre Stokes the father of 9 year old Tyshawn Lee (murdered by rival gang)

(Chi Tribune Reports)

" has been charged with shooting the girlfriend of one of the men held in the killing of his 9-year-old son, authorities said Sunday."

So, I see that this shooting makes sense. There was a motive.

"Law enforcement sources identified the woman as the girlfriend of Corey Morgan, who is in custody awaiting trial in Tyshawn's killing. About three weeks before Tyshawn was lured from a Dawes Park play lot and executed, Morgan's brother was killed and mother wounded as part of a long-running gang feud, police have said."

I note that this is what happens when Law enforcement, the judicial system is perceived to be weak or irrelevant. Murderers even of small children are not executed or forced to do hard labor, beaten with bamboo sticks like in Singapore or Malaysia. Instead prison is more of a chance to reconnect with gang associates. The gang crews have their own judicial system of violent retribution against those who harm, shoot kill their friends and relatives.

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British Newspaper Promotes Gang Takedowns in New York City

I like to compare and contrast how New York City handles the worst gang crime compared to how we seem to be going backward to early 1990s levels of gang crime.

One key difference is that New York City has some press/media that is strongly anti crime and will back up the NYPD and other law enforcement when the law comes down on the worst gangsters. It's also the fact that the British press including the Daily Mail covers crime...

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I like to compare and contrast how New York City handles the worst gang crime compared to how we seem to be going backward to early 1990s levels of gang crime.

One key difference is that New York City has some press/media that is strongly anti crime and will back up the NYPD and other law enforcement when the law comes down on the worst gangsters. It's also the fact that the British press including the Daily Mail covers crime in New York City - it's because of that long (across the Pond/Atlantic Ocean) British/New York connection.

Here's the UK Daily Mail describing the NYPD take down of "The Big Money Bosses" gang operated along White Plains Road known as the 'Forts' as well as along Boston Road. Meanwhile the 2Fly YGz is mainly linked to the Eastchester Gardens housing complex and Gun Hill Road, which members call the 'Valley.'

The photos of these ugly, nasty street hood rats are great - check out the hair style on gangster in the Black T shirt and Black sweat pants... busted!

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3561670/More-100-members-two-rival-New-York-gangs-arrested-dawn-biggest-takedown-city-s-history.html

    More than 100 members of two rival New York gangs arrested
    Police had search warrants for 120 people linked to two rival street gangs Law enforcement swooped in on Bronx housing complex in the early hours Crackdown involves homicides, drug trafficking, robberies and other crimes More than 100 members of two rival New York street gangs were arrested in what is thought to be the biggest takedown in the city's history, according to authorities.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk

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Dunbar H.S. to prepare students for jobs in construction trades

Three years later, then-Mayor Richard M. Daley returned to Dawson Tech, 3900 S. State, to deliver a glowing two-year progress report.

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Starting this fall, the vocational high school at 3000 S. Martin Luther King Drive — of its 658 students, 97 percent are African-American — will be known as the “Construction Trades Campus at Dunbar.”

    Dunbar H.S. to prepare students for jobs in construction trades
    Dunbar Vocational High School will return to its World War II roots - by preparing students for the burgeoning number of lucrative jobs in the construction trades - under a mayoral plan unveiled Monday. Starting this fall, the vocational high school at 3000 S.
    http://chicago.suntimes.com

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    It is a great opportunity for Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, to re~ orient lower and moderate income, under served African American students attending the restored and revitalized historic Paul Lawrence Dunbar high school, to the importance of understanding the significance of the geographic location of their historic high school regenerated campus, on the south lakefront region of Chicago, within the Black Metropolis National Heritage Area Destination!!! :-)

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Bronzeville Conservator

    Jaye els, now is the time, we need to go to work with our posterity to make sure that 1945 ~1965 were not the most productive years for African Americans in Chicago!!! :-)

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Galleries

...Installed are works focusing on civil rights, the Black Power movement, and black art history. 3831 S. Michigan. sscartcenter.org

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...broad brushstrokes—as if art materials could take on the superpowers of a radioactive villain. 8 S. Michigan. bertgreenfineart.com

...station). Dramatically lit as if on theater sets, common folks transform into kings and queens. 300 W. Superior. edelmangallery.com

Through 5/28 Robert Lostutter. The Chicago imagist continues to grow his portrait series of birdmen, their feathered facial features rendered in exquisite detail and color. 1120 N. Ashland. corbettvsdempsey.com

Through 5/17 Christine Tarkowski’s new drizzled and poured black glass sculptures seem to pause the material in its molten state. 3039 W. Carroll. deveningprojects.com

Through 5/7 Substitution Play. Sterling Lawrence makes what you might call conceptual furniture from inkjet fabric sheets, prosthetic plastic, piping, and other detritus. 845 W. Washington. documentspace.com

5/2–6/13 Life Reflected. Hyperrealist Jeanette Pasin Sloan masters the art of painting reflective surfaces, such as silver goblets and chrome barware—a near-impossible technical feat. 5415 W. Higgins. edpaschkeartcenter.org

Through 5/21 Pinned: Icons of Beauty and Brawn. Nicole Hayden glorifies 1980s icons from TV wrestlers to Barbra Streisand by placing them against gold-leafed and patterned backgrounds. 2124 N. Damen. firecatprojects.org

Through 6/11 Our Duty to Fight. Black Lives Matter Chicago organized this exhibition of art created by its participants for social media campaigns and protests. The pieces reinforce the important role the visual arts play in civil rights activism. 400 S. Peoria. gallery400.uic.edu

Through 5/14 Zohra Opoku. For her first solo show in the United States, the Ghanian photographer presents portraits that explore the social fabric of African life, using traditional textiles displayed over people’s heads in various landscapes. 3709 N. Southport. krugergallerychicago.com

...artifacts of the mining infrastructure to reveal the values at stake in domestic oil extraction. 1431 W. Chicago. themissionprojects.com

Through 5/28 Chicago Gingham. Painter and curator Michelle Grabner has made an indoor mural for the Wicker Park gallery’s large storefront window. 2154 W. Division. moniquemeloche.com

...of dog bones, mimicking the architectural decorations of an Armenian artisan and his Turkish apprentice. 118 N. Peoria. rhoffmangallery.com

5/20–6/18 Hand of Mouth. This exhibit pairs Chicago painters Ron Ewert and Erin Washington for their shared approach to image-making and presents disparate cultural emblems, such as bodybuilders and ouroboros, as future ruins. 1034 N. Milwaukee. rootsandculturecac.org

Through 5/31 Let Virtue Be Your Guide. Frances F. Denny explores what it means to be a woman by photographing her female family members in domestic settings. 770 N. LaSalle. schneidergallerychicago.com

...caressing delicate linework out of black plaster and using textures intended to tickle the mind. 2021 S. Wabash. shanecampbellgallery.com

5/7–28 Collin van der Sluijs. The Dutch painter disrupts portraiture conventions by depicting facial features as shape-shifting constellations and humorous symbols. Because whose face hasn’t felt like a leaky pipe or a splash of red watercolor once or twice? 1016 N. Western. verticalgallery.com

    The Best Art Galleries in May
    5/14-6/25 Illustrator Barron Storey has drawn cover art for Time and National Geographic, but his gallery work is made in the tradition of graphic novels-think abstract narratives and broad brushstrokes-as if art materials could take on the superpowers of a radioactive villain. 8 S. Michigan.
    http://www.chicagomag.com

Apr 15

Updated 39 hours ago

Baderbräu Brewery Planning on Memorial Day Weekend Opening

...previously been out of production for years. The new brewery and tap room coming to 2515 S. Wabash Ave. had been expected to open last year before getting caught in delays...

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While some may debate whether this is in the Sloop or not, we're giving them the benefit of the doubt (mostly because we like beer). Baderbräu joins Motor Row Brewing (2337 S. Michigan) and Vice District Brewing (1454 S. Michigan).

While some may debate whether this is in the Sloop or not, we're giving them the benefit of the doubt (mostly because we like beer). Baderbräu joins Motor Row Brewing (2337 S. Michigan) and Vice District Brewing (1454 S. Michigan).

Tour the furnished models at the South Loop’s new 1000 South Clark

"Pocket Park" Coming to 2099 S. Prairie Ave.

    Sloopin - A South Loop Blog: Baderbräu Brewery Planning on Memorial Day Weekend Opening
    Beer drinkers get excited ( via DNAinfo): Baderbräu Brewery is returning to Chicago, and just in time for summer. Te once defunct brewer will open its new South Loop tap room next month, with plans for a grand opening "block party" May 29, its owners told neighbors last week.
    http://www.sloopin.com

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Good Landscaper

I know there was a suggestion for a landscaper in the Bronzeville area. I have looked through archive and can't seem to locate. Our property is in need of one right away before we are overcome by the dandelions.

  • Ruby in Bronzeville Engaged neighborhood advocate

    I can highly recommend Panama Landscaping he was just at my place yesterday. you can text or call him at 773.967.8343. I understand the need to get things together before they get completely away from you. Cheers to a beautiful lawn and garden this year!

  • west bridgeporter just trying to be a good neighbor

    It's not difficult to do-it-yourself if you have the time. Get a concentrated bottle of weed-b-gone and a pump sprayer or a pre-mixed bottle that connects to your garden hose and lightly spray your entire lawn. It will take a few days for it to take effect but at least...

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    It's not difficult to do-it-yourself if you have the time. Get a concentrated bottle of weed-b-gone and a pump sprayer or a pre-mixed bottle that connects to your garden hose and lightly spray your entire lawn. It will take a few days for it to take effect but at least this way it kills the dandelions and other weeds to the root. Make sure there's no rain in the forecast for the next day or two.

    You may also want to spray vegetation killer If there's not much grass left and the weeds have taken over. You'll have to re-sod the lawn if this is the case.

    The best way to control dandelions if to mow them down before the yellow flowers turn into the puffy white seeds that spread all over the place.

    One of the keys to a great looking lawn is frequent mowing. It stimulates the roots and makes for a thicker lawn.

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