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Clean-up Effort a Success

I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

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I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

We stop working on the vacant lots at 1225 and 1227 S. Troy, where we learned the neighbors at 1223 just throws their garbage right of the porch unto the lots. Making it a landfills of garbage and other stuff right in the community. Its no wonder we had an outbreak of supersize rats.

How do I know about the super size rats? I had three in my apartment, it was a nightmare. It makes me sad to have neighbors who don't respect where they live.

Who is the blame for our communities being overlooked time and time again? What would you do if this was happening next door to you?

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Thank you Ms. Marshall for the contribution of the young folk. To your question: what do you do about neighbors who have obviously lived in filth so long that the spirit of filth has taken up residency in them.
    My War ON FILTH AND FEAR CAMPAIGN is focused on having...

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    Thank you Ms. Marshall for the contribution of the young folk. To your question: what do you do about neighbors who have obviously lived in filth so long that the spirit of filth has taken up residency in them.
    My War ON FILTH AND FEAR CAMPAIGN is focused on having people like this declared mentally lacking and in desperate need of the final solution: "Clean up or get cleaned out".
    Please come to the "FILTH AND FEAR SUMMIT", April 2, 10th District Police Station, 3315 Ogden Av. 6-7:30PM. Bring the young folk. I want them to understand that the purpose is not to mindlessly continue picking up other people's trash and debris, but change the mind-set of those who throw the mess down in the first place.

    Thanks

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    "Filth and Fear Summit", I will be there, its time!!

45 hours ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Presidential Library Too Rich For Us?

The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to...

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The Obama Library too rich for common people?

The writer of this story is victim of the same thinking that so many others are; limiting the uniqueness of this President.

Yes this will be the Library and Museum of the first U.S. President who is Black. Yes, it will be the first inner-city Presidential Library. And yes, it will house the legacy of a man who brought hope to millions, saved our country from financial collapse, twice stood toe to toe with Russia and won, established a point in the history of healthcare, “before and after Obamacare”, and stood up strong for Civil Rights protections.

As great as all of those things are, they represent who Barack became. Focusing on President Obama while ignoring Barack Obama is the limited thinking that skews our concept of what criteria will be utilized in his choice.

The amazing things that Barack has stood for and accomplished stems from his multi-ethnic background; his stand against apartheid; lighting a path for community empowerment on Chicago’s Southeast side, and experiencing the differences and similarities of Black communities, continents apart.

Those experiences helped define the man. Those are the experiences that North Lawndale appeals to. Our multi-ethnic history and location, our unique standing in Civil Rights history, and our one of a kind community based bid, all combine to offer Barack the perfect complement to his life and his continued life’s work.

Yes, of course we can’t compete with the power, prestige and wealth of private universities; we were never trying to. We offer something different, we offer fulfillment.

The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/ct-presidential-library-funding-20150324-story.html#page=1

2 days ago

Catch the Cablecast of Representative Arthur Turner's Town Hall Meeting on the Impact of Budget Cuts

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Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

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Below are the dates, times and channels the Impact of Rauner's Budget Cuts video will be cablecast on CAN TV, as well as the link to the video on YouTube. Feel free to share the link. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Saturday, March 28th, 9:00 PM, CAN TV21
Monday, March 30th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday, March 31st, 1:00 PM, CAN TV21

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2 days ago

Homeless man dies from being hit by car in Northlake

William C. Jensen, 49, whose last known address was the 3200 block of West Arthington Street in Chicago, was found lying in Lake Street just east of Railroad Avenue at 12:37 a.m. March 15.

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24th Ward Debate VIDEOS form 3/23 CLTV "Politics Tonight" Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate

VIDEOS of 24th Ward Debate on CLTV "Politics Tonight" (Tue 3/24) Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate are at:http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/decision-2015-24th-ward-candidates-debate/

  • Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular...

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    Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular candidate, I haven't seen it yet, and I would urge you to look deeper as well.

    I've seen the turnaround of many areas: West Loop, South Loop, the convention center, and I can't recall that the charge was led by a massive cleanup, rather a comprehensive plan for the area to bring development in which beautification was included.

    Mr. Scott, Jr has been with the Chicago Park District for many years, and those parks (specifically the smaller ones in the ward) are a real mess, and based on that record his promises to clean the ward can't really be trusted. Parks are the cornerstone of communities, as well as its schools--many of which are attached to parks and controlled by the district.

    I agree with you on one thing though- if WE (the residents) can't do anything else WE should be cleaning up our community. It's refreshing to see community programs that are geared towards this cause and I hope to see many of our neighbors get involved. That work starts with them, but I'd like to see the ward leadership tackle the bigger issues.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered...

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    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered more of an investment worthy appearance, which I feel is hampering our ability to attract businesses and employment opportunities. There is power and stability in a clean, healthy environment.
    Please understand that position is not limited to the physical appearance. That's why I constantly stress the cleaning process starts from the inside...............OUT.
    Some of the people, who are calling the shots, regarding the trash in our community, live in some of the more pristine areas of Chicago and represent some of best dressed elected officials at city hall. Look at Ed Burke, the filthiest demon inspired creature in local government.
    Keep writing.

Mar 19

Updated 3 days ago

State Rep. Arthur Turner Jr. wants to Speak Effectively for the Community, in Springfield

Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which...

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Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which organization can honestly say their program has benefit the community to its fullest capacity? Not one, moreover, these organization can't say they have maximize every dollars spent without waste. I dare to say these organizations directors exist to pay themselves and, not help the very ones they receive funds to assist, especially if they don't live in the Lawndale community.
There is not one organization that host day centers in Lawndale. If people had day centers where they could come together and congregate, putting their minds together creating opportunities to become self-sufficient and self-reliant and having support systems it would be legitimate reasons to fight for cuts the governor has implemented.

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    If I don't have the date correct to when Valerie Lenard' published the article mention, regarding how many "organizations and churches" exist in Lawndale, I believe she would be more than happy to back up her written article.

  • SIR SEL OF NORTH LAWNDALE AND BEYOND I'm a community filth and fear fighter

    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition...

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    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition of our communities and use limited resources to effectively address social ills.
    I have been amazed at the number of groups and the number of brick and mortar churches whose seemingly single purpose is to "be" and nothing else.
    Has anyone got any idea how much money has been literally poured into the housing market in North Lawndale to rehabilitate again and again the structures? Millions, millions and more millions is the answer. Why? Because we, as a people will absolutely tear up a brick.
    Look at all of these vacant lots in North Lawndale and through-out the city.
    Managing multi-family housing shouldn't be seen a social program; it's a business.
    If the business of owning and managing multi-family buildings is a success, social concerns can, in part, be addressed by the owners of the properties.
    I am a part of Kwanzaa Accountability Group whose single purpose is to hold each group the members are affiliated with accountable for their propose mission in the community.
    Representative Turner, you should consider creating a vehicle like this for all of us to see who is who and who is doing what.
    I am a founding board member of the Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program that has an empirical history of seven fruitful years of serving the youth of North Lawndale whose parent(s) is incarcerated. Huge, huge problem.
    That's one of the reasons I am feverishly committed to cleaning up our environment, because many of our mentees' parent(s) are or were influenced by the physical state of their community.
    There is an abundance of evidence claiming we are a product of our environment. Check us out LAMP at WWW.CHICAGOLAMP.ORG

Mar 19

Updated 3 days ago

Clean-up Efforts Hours Extended

The hours for clean-up will start at 11:00am until 4:00pm giving late sleeper time to contribute. We will be cleaning a one block radius, Roosevelt to Douglas and Kedzie to Troy. Assembling at 1217 S. Troy. All are welcome

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for covering this important story, Neighborhood Scribe!!!

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Mar 21

Updated 6 days ago

33 years old man Missing

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.

  • Yes, a report was filed by his mom: Ty!

  • ringo712 Lived here all my life

    maybe he found someone new. No reason to involve the authorities for that

Mar 22

Mar 21

33 years old Missing man

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.
His picture is in my profile photo, as i couldn't post it in the text.

Mar 21

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Se queman y les dicen que se curen con mostaza

Álvarez y otros trabajadores compartieron sus experiencias afuera de un restaurante McDonald’s del 3200 W. Roosevelt Rd., en el barrio de Lawndale, un día después que se presentaron las quejas ante OSHA en 19 ciudades.

Mar 17

McDonald's Faces Complaints Over Worker Burns

The demonstration inside and outside the restaurant, on the 3200 block of West Roosevelt Road, comes one day after employees around the nation filed 28 health and safety complaints against the Oak Brook-based company.

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Mar 14

DREAM and Vision for the Future of North Lawndale

March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we...

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March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we will take notes and document our efforts, and keep track off our vision. No need to have attended last month. We will be doing more new, easy, fun exercises. There will be one more small meeting next month, and then we will meet at a large location & accommodate a much larger number of people to accomplish a larger experience to dream for North Lawndale.
We hope to develop a plan for the future of North Lawndale much like other neighborhoods have who have successfully moved their neighborhoods forward. We will be including neighborhood organizations, chamber of commerce, elected officials, and businesses. Please consider attending our DREAM of the future of North Lawndale creative experience! Please RSVP at contact@urbanartretreat.com

Mar 14

Youth Violence/Adult Responses

I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that...

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I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that the Lawndale youth were only responding to the other team's violence by being violent.This is the wrong example to set for your youth! No wonder youth are out of control with adults in our community being on the wrong side of the violence in our community issue.
I often lead workshops and classes in our schools and at area organizations. It is hard to see the amount of violent talk and actions the children present. When I meet parents, I quickly learn where they get it from. When I see movies, videos, online images, video games, publicity ads, etc. I learn where they get it from, and how it is re-enforced.
We must let children know that there are consequences for their actions. If they break rules, they will need to face the music. We must be consistent. They must know what to expect and be prepared to pay for their mistakes now, before they make mistakes they must pay dearly for.

Mar 14

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Mar 13

PBS documentary series seeking North Lawndale residents living in neighborhood since 1965

I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you...

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I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you thought about Dr King's work in Chicago, how North Lawndale changed from the 1970's onwards, and it's like to live in the neighborhood today.

If you or your family lived in North Lawndale in 1965 and continue to live there today, I would love to speak with you. Please contact me at e.chua@ark-media.net or call 718) 935-9745 ext 107. Thank you!

Mar 11

Updated Mar 12

Break in on West Ohio today

If anyone saw anything suspicious on West Ohio/2100 block please let us know. Two lap top computers were taken in the afternoon from our locked condo. - nothing else that we know of. We think unavailable calls were left on our answering machine first to see if anyone was home?

  • How did you know ComEd was even coming around? They don't normally make announcements in my experience.

    Do you usually have to open a gate to let them in?

  • Kat u village Kat, u village resident

    Usually my husband was able to let them in but not yesterday.. So we left gate open.

Mar 12

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