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Bronzeville is more than a name of a neighborhood

There are signs all throughout the area that it is coming to life, new restaurants, residential housing with hefty price tags, old historical buildings being restored with new purposes. There also seems to be an influx of a diversified population to Bronzeville, which begs me to question what and how do we want our community to be defined, this ain't Lincoln Park, nor is it Hyde Park, I personally do not want to be homogenized into everywhere else in America...

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There are signs all throughout the area that it is coming to life, new restaurants, residential housing with hefty price tags, old historical buildings being restored with new purposes. There also seems to be an influx of a diversified population to Bronzeville, which begs me to question what and how do we want our community to be defined, this ain't Lincoln Park, nor is it Hyde Park, I personally do not want to be homogenized into everywhere else in America with the commercialization of where I live. That it is important that our History is preserved in the development of Bronzeville and this is paramount on so many levels. There is a great story here that we can all embrace and celebrate, this is a historic tourist destination. Think South! Mayor, this could mean Jobs, business opportunities, access to same Lakefront, this rich History just waiting to be told, this is where we need to start.

  • Alan keep on demonstrating your arrogant racism against black folks!

    Reparations can be demonstrated by black people getting their fair share of 500 jobs created from $60 million in federal tax payers dollars for building (3) three new bridges to the lakefront in Bronzeville.

    Hispanics are the new house Negroes...

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    Alan keep on demonstrating your arrogant racism against black folks!

    Reparations can be demonstrated by black people getting their fair share of 500 jobs created from $60 million in federal tax payers dollars for building (3) three new bridges to the lakefront in Bronzeville.

    Hispanics are the new house Negroes in Chicago politics,and are aware of being used by the white power elite to displace black neighborhoods in 15th, 16th and 17th Wards. Better watch out for them in the westside of the 3rd Ward.

    That is what regentrification is all about!!!

  • Wait, Bronzeville Curmudgeon, you are Director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, and you above publicly call those who disagree with you 'house Negros' and you want to claim others are racist? Who wants to visit your group with that perspective of hate?

    Show me were I claimed anything racist....

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    Wait, Bronzeville Curmudgeon, you are Director of the Bronzeville Visitor Information Center, and you above publicly call those who disagree with you 'house Negros' and you want to claim others are racist? Who wants to visit your group with that perspective of hate?

    Show me were I claimed anything racist. Fact is violence is crushing our neighborhood spirit, and all you can do is blame others.

    Your Democrats control your city, your county, state rep, mayor, county board president, senator, governor, and presidential offices and all you can do is look the other way, and blame whitey. Personal responsibility and accountability know no color.

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Updated 3 hours ago

Light Issues on King Drive

We are currently working with the Bureau of Electrify to resolve the outages on King Drive between 37th and 44th.

We are also working to identify a potentially larger problem with the local infrastructure that may be causing the problem.

  • he 4000 block of South Calumet is also another block that has poor lighting. This is a major concern.

    Ald. Will Burns, this is something that needs to be addressed. I called 311 once & they only fixed one light.

  • Where specifically on the 4000 block of Calumet are the lights out? Can you provide an address? Adding brighter lights is not planned for 2014.

  • 4000-4030 S Calumet is lacking light. That portion is S. Calumet is extremely dark at night. After you pass the viaduct going southbound on 4000 block of South Calumet until half way down that block it is extremely dark.

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Updated 8 hours ago

Street Lights Out AGAIN 3500-3700 King Drive

Alderman Burns, where are you on this? Once again as I write this (745pm on September 15), there are NO STREET LIGHTS on either side of the street between 3500 and 3700 blocks on King Drive, the third time this has happened in the last week and who knows how many times in the last year. What are YOU doing to address this issue which is a MAJOR safety issue? Time and time again we contact 311 and your office and the issue still occurs. Your office has done an inadequate job in handling this major concern...tell us, what are you doing to address this???

  • The 4000 block of South Calumet is also another block that has poor lighting. This is a major concern.

    Ald. Will Burns, this is something that needs to be addressed. I called 311 once & they only fixed one light.

  • Marc of Bronzeville Homeowner, longtime Bronzeville resident

    Ald. Burns, your link mentions 37th to 44th...what about 35th to 37th? We are taxpayers too!

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Updated 9 hours ago

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    My tennis partner (he has very good music taste) tells me there is excellent live music on 43rd and Ellis or Greenwood every Sunday. So I am getting some good vibes on positive culture in Bronzeville.

    Let's all work hard to support positive, good music, authentic good culture in Bronzeville.

    I also think we should take a stronger hand at driving out the bad.

  • Jazz at Norman's and Room 43 and Velvet Lounge!!

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Businesses Reap Dividends of “Special” Tax Zone

Over the course of a breezy summer evening, neighbors take in public art displays, dance along to a live jazz quartet and interact with local merchants. There have been two Bronzeville Nights this year, with another scheduled to start at 6 p.m. on Sept. 25 near 43rd Street and Forrestville Avenue.

34 hours ago

Bronzeville Coffee Shop, Sip And Savor, Aims To Be 'Staple Of Community'

Sip and Savor, 528 E. 43rd St., officially opened Saturday in the same building that was formerly home to the Bronzeville Coffee House, which shuttered in 2011.

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In 2012, Pugh opened Sip and Savor in Hyde Park at 5301 South Hyde Park Boulevard, which focused more on coffee and baked goods and less on events.

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  • GRD GRD

    All good observations Nicole. I know I was in the minority as I didn't want the library at the MR site, in this case I do think a university and the U of C site is appropriate, not only is it a logical (library +university) the Obama's have ties to...

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    All good observations Nicole. I know I was in the minority as I didn't want the library at the MR site, in this case I do think a university and the U of C site is appropriate, not only is it a logical (library +university) the Obama's have ties to that institution. Obama did community outreach work, however not in Bronzeville, nor did they live here either, so I don't begrudge Hyde Park if they get this development.

    What I would like to see to the area, is something like they did in Rosemont close to the convention site, it's retail and entertainment. Put in a similar outlet mall, restaurants, and theater. I've always felt we need something there that would breath life into the area past 5/6 p.m, (library closing time) As it is conventioneers, go to Michigan Ave. and the loop to shop, and for theater and dining. We could be capturing this right here in our community, we would get their business and the surrounding area to shop/play here. We need something to draw other Chicagoan's into the area for them to see how great it is. Maybe then we'd get some other development going on, we have plenty of vacant lots that could use some housing. No one needs to be displaced while there are all these lots that single family or two flats can be built upon, more homeowners will stabilize the area.

    Then if Gary could pull it together and revitalize their airport to connect with the metra to bring people at least as a mid-west hub, imagine flights from St. Loius, Milwaukee, and other nearby cities to have a fun weekend in Chicago to stay in one of the hotels there next to retail/entertainment and the lake. Perhaps this is a far out idea, but I think it would be a great experience.

  • GRD - I agree with your vision 100%. We have so much vacant land we could have a zoo or even horse back riding.

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Demolition at Greenwood/47th

Anyone have any info on the demolition of the abandoned construction site, right across from Little Black Pearl?

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These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Literacy Love!

    Ms. Loos is asking for $286.00:
    My students need phonics, writing and word work manipulatives for literacy learning stations!
    Mollison Elementary School Comment
  • Marvelous Math Manipulatives!

    Ms. Loos is asking for $279.99:
    My students need common core based math manuipulatives like Magna Tiles, four Hot Dots Pens and packs of hot dot cards for money work, time telling, addition and subtraction, to use in learning centers!
    Mollison Elementary School Comment

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  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    “There comes a time that black people will have to shake up the Democratic Party [candidates] because then, in the next election when they make us some promises, they will keep them,” Meeks said.

    “I am tired of what the Democratic Party is doing to black people. Our vote is...

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    “There comes a time that black people will have to shake up the Democratic Party [candidates] because then, in the next election when they make us some promises, they will keep them,” Meeks said.

    “I am tired of what the Democratic Party is doing to black people. Our vote is automatic. If you vote Democratic, 96 out of 96 times, they don’t have to wonder where black people are. Once the election is over, Democrats have no incentive to deliver on their campaign promises,” he added.

    “This is the safest time for us to break the cycle. We can make other people come to our community and vie for our votes. We can put ourselves into the game because right now we are out of the game,” concluded Rev James Meeks.

  • Ray

    Yes, we need change!

4 days ago

Fourth Ward Newsletter September 12, 2014

Learn about all the things happening here in the Fourth Ward http://goo.gl/RT4OC5

Sep 09

Updated 4 days ago

Bronzeville Men are Looking Good

Has anyone noticed how nice the men working with the school safty/watch look this year. The shirts and ties add a lot of class to the job. In the words of Billy Crystal "They look marvelous."

  • In another post someone mentioned the unsightly men and women on 47th hanging out and sitting on crates. Seeing the safe passage men looking nice is a welcome sight. I would hope when tourist are in the area seeing more people looking like they have respect for themselves would give them a better impression of Bronzeville and its people. There is an expression "clothes make a man".

  • Apple Jaxxx Pissing people off - not once, but twice....

    These people should be commended for doing a great deed. I'm appreciative of anyone who helps kids get to a safe destination.

4 days ago

Read it and weep, Bronzevillians

Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives
THU, 09/11/2014 - 7:28PM
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WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will...

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Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives
THU, 09/11/2014 - 7:28PM
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WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with two Chicago sites without university affiliations — at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancing to the next round, I am told by multiple sources. The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will be asked to submit a very detailed proposal for the library and museum.

Nesbitt, I am told, is personally making calls to bidders to deliver the news this week.

The Lakeside site — on the former U.S. Steel South Works site on the Southeast Side of Chicago — was spectacular but it would take years for related commercial and residential development to take place.

The Bronzeville bid was anchored at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital.

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Can you Answers the questions below

What is the difference between

1.Affordable housing

2. Supportive Housing

3. Public Housing

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Sep 07

Father of St. Louis Mayor Suggest Caning Punishments

Here is an interesting news story set in the city of Saint Louis, that has many of the "issues" we face here on the S.S of Chicago.

The father of the current mayor of St. Louis (himself a St. Louis alderman) has proposed Singapore style caning beatings as a punishment for gang members who deface city property with gang graffiti .

The news story states:

"An alderman today proposed public caning as a punishment for graffiti vandals, saying a whipping...

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Here is an interesting news story set in the city of Saint Louis, that has many of the "issues" we face here on the S.S of Chicago.

The father of the current mayor of St. Louis (himself a St. Louis alderman) has proposed Singapore style caning beatings as a punishment for gang members who deface city property with gang graffiti .

The news story states:

"An alderman today proposed public caning as a punishment for graffiti vandals, saying a whipping or two had never hurt his own son, who is now the Mayor of St Louis.
"Fining them doesn't seem to be the answer," the alderman, Freeman Bosley Sr. told the city's Board of Aldermen. "Maybe whopping them on their behind a few times might be a better message."
The board voted 17 to 10 to hold a hearing on the idea, effectively burying it.
Graffiti vandals in St. Louis face $500 fines and jail terms of up to 90 days.
Apparently inspired by the recent caning in Singapore of an American teen-ager, Michael Fay, for vandalism, Mr. Bosley said youngsters did not get enough discipline at home.
"I think you need to spank them while you talk to them," he said. "My mother whipped my tail plenty, and my dad did, too, and I've put the strap to the Mayor."
Mayor Freeman Bosley Jr. had no comment on his father's remarks.

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  • Help Keep Play Alive!

    Mrs. Lewis is asking for $452.13:
    My students need blocks, dramatic play toys and dress-up clothes to play with.
    Mollison Elementary School Comment

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Aug 22

Updated Sep 04

Deliverance

When will the lost souls of the streets please STOP killing our future?

  • Have you read Dr. Boyce Watkins story about Malcolm X and why black people in America must create their own jobs, if we are going to break the cycle of joblessness and hopelessness in black communities?

  • Bronzeville Curmudgeon Director, Bronzeville Visitor Information Center

    Watch out for the 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cockeran 's TIF of Washington Park and surrounding real estate. The TIF is designed by University of Chicago forces is to re gentrify the historically significant Washington Park community.

    The U of C goal is to buy up all the available underutilized...

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    Watch out for the 20th Ward Alderman Willie Cockeran 's TIF of Washington Park and surrounding real estate. The TIF is designed by University of Chicago forces is to re gentrify the historically significant Washington Park community.

    The U of C goal is to buy up all the available underutilized real estate on Garfield Boulevard between Martin Luther King Drive and the Dan Ryan expressway, then build the Obama Presidential Museum Campus on the north west corner of 55th & Martin Luther King Drive underwritten with federal transportation dollars already appropriated by the Obama administration.

    Therefore the term "spacial deconcentration" applies, in the systematic removal of 3 out of 4 lower income African Americans, to make it safe for white people with wealth to re inhabit the historic Black Belt, as depicted in the boundaries described in the landmark book "Black Metropolis" by Horace Cayton and St Claire Drake.

    Those same boundaries apply to the Atlantic Magazine article titled " a case for reparations" by Mr. Coates. The Atlantic magazine story can be read on www.bviconline.info.

    As Malcolm X said 'don't get bamboozled!!!

Aug 24

Updated Sep 04

Four Killed, 24 Wounded in Chicago Weekend Shootings

Just before 11 p.m. Friday, a 20-year-old man was shot in the 4500 block of South St. Lawrence Avenue. The man was standing outside when someone drove by in a silver-colored SUV and...

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Police say the most recent victim was a 17-year-old boy shot in the 2200 block of South Marshall at around 6 a.m. Sunday.

Police say someone fired shots from a passing car at Ruth's Mini Club in the 8300 block of South Halsted at about 2:40 a.m.

A man was killed in front of a home in the 800 block of West 50th Place at about 2:45 a.m.

Shortly before 2 a.m. Monday, three people were shot and one was killed at a party in the back yard of a home in the 5000 block of West Potomac.

A 17-year-old male suffered a graze wound to the leg shortly before 8 p.m. Saturday in the 1200 block of West 112th Place. Police say the victim was walking on the sidewalk street when he was shot by someone across the street. The teen refused medical attention at the scene.

A 21-year-old man was shot in the abdomen shortly before 2:30 p.m. Saturday in the 3300 block of West Madison. He was listed in stable condition.

Around 6 a.m. Saturday, an 18-year-old man was shot in the 2700 block of West 24th Street, police said. The teen was shot in the chest and taken to Mount Sinai Hospital in critical condition. Details surrounding the shooting weren’t immediately available.

About 15 minutes earlier, another 18-year-old man was shot in the 10700 block of South Hoxie Street in the South Deering neighborhood, police said. The teen was shot in the temple and...

Around 3:30 a.m., a shooting the 9900 block of South Torrence Avenue in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood left a 22-year-old man with gunshot wounds to...

Roughly 15 minutes earlier, a 26-year-old man was shot in the 9800 block of South Yates, also in the Jeffery Manor neighborhood. The man was shot in the calf and taken...

Just before 3 a.m., a 31-year-old man was shot in the 1600 block of West Juneway Terrace. The man told police he was walking on the block when someone walked up and shot him in the leg. The man was taken to Evanston Hospital by a family member and was listed in stable condition.

...m., police said a 20-year-old man was shot in the arm in the 100 block of North Hoyne Avenue. The man was transported to John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County in stable...

...old man was shot while driving on Lake Shore Drive. The man was in the 2500 block of Lake Shore Drive near the Park West neighborhood when someone inside a light-colored vehicle pulled alongside him...

A 34-year-old man was shot in the leg around 10:30 p.m. in the 6400 block of South Rockwell Street in the Marquette Park neighborhood, police said. The man told police he “heard shots and felt pain.” He was taken in stable condition to Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Around 9:50 p.m., a 19-year-old man took himself to Provident Hospital with a gunshot wound to the groin. The man told authorities he had been shot hours earlier in the 700 block of West Garfield Boulevard. He said he felt pain in his abdomen but did not immediately realize he had been shot.

Just after 9 p.m. Friday, two people were shot in the 12300 block of South Emerald Avenue in the West Pullman neighborhood on the Far South Side. A 20-year-old man...

  • Alan,
    Your oversimplified respone suggests that you missed the point. The concept being illustrated is selective or prejudicial law enforcement, judicial process, and incarceration. If you don't believe that these concepts exist, I'm not sure what more I can do to demonstrate them to you? Of course personal responsibility factors...

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    Alan,
    Your oversimplified respone suggests that you missed the point. The concept being illustrated is selective or prejudicial law enforcement, judicial process, and incarceration. If you don't believe that these concepts exist, I'm not sure what more I can do to demonstrate them to you? Of course personal responsibility factors largely into the equation! I never said it didn't. We can all acknowledge that fact. I wish you would have the courage to acknowledge institutional prejudice in our law enforcement and legal systems. Let me ask you, if you lived in an area where crime, lawlessness, and anti-social behavior was all you were exposed to, how likely would you be to participate in some way? If you went to a crappy school, your parents were in jail or on drugs, there were no meaningful jobs available, and you had to hustle on the street to survive... what would you do? I'm not justifying anti-social behavior but it certainly would seem logical that if you lived in these conditions, the behavior would be more statistically likely. Working the fryer at McD's isn't getting anyone out of this situation. Is $1300/month enough to pay for rent and necessities to live? I couldn't do it, could you? I think you need some insight to the environment you are so harshly judging? It might provide some perspective. All people deserve justice! Too bad only some people regularly get it!:(

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    $1,300 a month could be enough to live if you are part of say some family, group home where everyone contributes something for expenses.

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  • A New Year, A New Opportunity

    Ms. Olivera is asking for $614.86:
    My students need organizational materials such as a magazine file, pencils, scissors, buzzers, hanging files, wall decorations, hangers and storage pockets.
    Fuller Elementary School Comment

Aug 09

Updated Sep 03

The natives are restless

Today was supposed have been a day where adults and children could come together and enjoy a parade that celebrated Chicago’s “Black Eye” - K -12 Education. I got to the parade just in time to catch the “Do Nothing Politicians Caravan”, that absolutely wowed the cronies and the foolish, followed up immediately by the “Gyrating Teen Spectacle” aka Marching Bands. The pedophiliacs and the mentally disheveled literally went bonkers for that part of the parade. Ahh, what a good...

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Today was supposed have been a day where adults and children could come together and enjoy a parade that celebrated Chicago’s “Black Eye” - K -12 Education. I got to the parade just in time to catch the “Do Nothing Politicians Caravan”, that absolutely wowed the cronies and the foolish, followed up immediately by the “Gyrating Teen Spectacle” aka Marching Bands. The pedophiliacs and the mentally disheveled literally went bonkers for that part of the parade. Ahh, what a good time to be had by a dysfunctional community. Oh, I almost forgot the Pièce de résistance. The natives took it 10 when not once, but at last report, twice decided shoot up the parade. The toddlers and little ones probably didn’t expect that. But, unfortunately I did. Before leaving for the parade today, I said to myself, “someone going be some shooting today at the parade”. As a side note there was also a mob of 50 or more teenagers involved in mob activity. The report is that they were going to beat down someone. About 20 men women in blue forced them to disburse. Good old Bud Billiken Parade. Oh and the adult men smoking marijuana along the parade route with children walking by, was absolutely numbing. And the old men in front of the church drinking alcohol (unbagged even). I would like to say, that the Black men are stand role models for these children at the parade... not!!! No wonder their community is a mess... the men don't even respect the children in their community. Now that blows !!!

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    Black world writes:

    "You want to tell all of these kids who have gone to 45 or more funerals in perhaps 12 years of life on this earth to put the guns down? How do you do that?"

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    Yep. Tell these kids to put the guns down, better...

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    Black world writes:

    "You want to tell all of these kids who have gone to 45 or more funerals in perhaps 12 years of life on this earth to put the guns down? How do you do that?"

    Sean replies:

    Yep. Tell these kids to put the guns down, better yet TAKE the guns away from them. It should be a very serious crime to carry and unlicensed gun in this city. Chicago is supposed to have strict gun control. The Chicago Crime Commission produced an excellent book in 2012 stating who, what, where in the Chicago gang world. So we do now what we did to the gangsters in the Capone era.... Run them out of town! Capone got run out of town, had to set up shop in Cicero . The only reason these brutal gangs (Chicago Crime Commission has a figure of 100,000 in Metro Chicago) are in Chicago is other towns and other countries ran their gang bangers out and moved them to Chicago.

    And here is just another really obvious thing to do:

    Responsible adults tell teen agers not to do negative, destructive, criminal things. When did it become the right thing to do to let teens run wild and do negative destructive things?

  • sean els Returned to Hyde Park Kenwood

    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

    Blackworld and others who have teenage sons and to a lesser extent daughters, I highly recommend you try to teach your children the best, most effective ways to survive hostile police encounters. These Know Your Rights instructional videos are in my opinion the best in this area.

    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

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    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

    Blackworld and others who have teenage sons and to a lesser extent daughters, I highly recommend you try to teach your children the best, most effective ways to survive hostile police encounters. These Know Your Rights instructional videos are in my opinion the best in this area.

    http://youtu.be/s4nQ_mFJV4I

    10 Rules for surviving police encounters

    Some tips I'll mention

    Try to remain calm and be polite and respectful to Police, but never wave your rights, agree to searches. Never argue or fight with the police or try to tell them what they can and can not do.

    Learn these phrases:

    "Officer, I do not agree to any searches"

    "Officer I have nothing to say"

    "Officer am I being detained or am I free to go?"

    "Officer I have a right to have my attorney present"

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Aug 27

Updated Sep 02

Sip & Savor Bronzeville Meet and Greet

Fri, Sep 5, 2014 6pm to 8pm

Greetings all....I would like to personally invite each and everyone of you to a sneak peek at my coffee house before it officially opens on Saturday, September 6th. Come out and do some taste testing, enjoy some soothing music and art, network with other business professionals and the community.

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Aug 29

Updated Sep 01

Good Time Sports Bar on 35th

Does anyone know anything about the Good Time Sports Bar on 35th near Indiana?

The name showed up on the awning on the side of the building recently so I did some searching online and found news about recent permits and a facebook page that doesn't have much info - https://www.facebook.com/pages/Good-Time-Sports-Bar/429506427185076?sk=page_map

If this place ends up being nice and service is good they are going to do very well. I know I will be a regular! :)

  • Ben when it opens I will buy you a beer!

  • The point is gentlemen, we need more courageous African American entrepreneurs launching upscale businesses in Bronzeville!:-)

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