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Saturday Black History Month workshop Feb. 28

In honor of Black History Month we have set aside time on February 28 for 2 workshops to paint portraits of African American heroes. Adult program is 11-1 and Youth program is 1:30-3:30 in art studio. FREE. All levels welcome. No experience needed.

FREE art classes will continue beginning March 7 every Saturday for those who are signed up via email. Adults may register for 4 weeks at a time, and may continue as long as they like. Adults may re-register each month.

In order to qualify for FREE classes, people must attend 4 classes in a row & RSVP in advance.

  • Thanks Dianna at Urban Retreat, can I get more information phone or address of classes, so that I may Register, Thank you again.

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North Lawndale's Future

At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
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At last Thursday’s 24t ward alderman’s meeting, we were informed that a new food mart/liquor store was attempting to open at 19th and Pulaski. The businessman was on hand to answer questions. Luckily, there were community members of stature there to voice opposition. The businessman was asked where his other stores were located, so that we could see their effects on the surrounding neighborhood. This question was only partially answered with a location given in Franklin Park.
We were told that the liquor commission would poll the residents within 250 feet of the proposed site for their approval. 250 feet!. A new liquor store affects an area much larger than 250 feet, not only physically but also in terms of how our neighborhood is perceived. We are all a part of North Lawndale and these things affect us all.
Recently, we were informed that a new, unsecured residential center for at risk youth would be built in our community. Again we were told that the surrounding neighborhood was polled and approval was given. As was the case with the liquor store, we were told that this facility would bring jobs. But at what cost? It seems that we are perceived as being so desperate that we will accept anything, just as long as we get to eat whatever scraps society decides to throw at us. What kind of North Lawndale do we want?
We send our children to school with the hope that they will prosper in life. Once that prosperity comes, where will they live? Where will they want to live? Are we preparing North Lawndale for the prosperity of our children or for more decay?
At every opportunity, we need to let our elected officials know that we will not accept any more scraps that are thrown our way. We must let them and everyone else know that we have standards and that those standards call for the betterment of North Lawndale, not just more of the same.

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    Thanks Seth, it showed up as a new post on my end. Go figure!

    The store on 19th & Pulaski is still in question though, because it always looks like it's about to open.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Me too! Thought someone,resurrected the issue.

4 days ago

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The disappeared: Chicago police detain Americans at abuse-laden 'black site'

This is a very interesting article.

The Chicago police department operates an off-the-books interrogation compound, rendering Americans unable to be found by family or attorneys while locked inside what lawyers say is the domestic equivalent of a CIA black site.

The facility, a nondescript warehouse on Chicago’s west side known as Homan Square, has long been the scene of secretive work by special police units. Interviews with local attorneys and one protester who spent the better part of a day shackled in Homan Square describe operations that deny access to basic constitutional rights. Read more at http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2015/feb/24/chicago-police-detain-americans-black-site

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I read about this on my way home tonight. While not surprising, it is scary and sad

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

    I just learned another profound, new word while reading "SLAVERY BY ANOTHER NAME": phantasmagoric, which means illusion and is aptly applied to this building that has had a tremendous tectonic impact on us. Did any of our elected officials have knowledge of the internal workings of the building?

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Re: the 24th Ward aldermanic election

North Lawndale has so much untapped potential, but we need someone with experience and contacts to jump start the process. I am voting for Frank Bass because he is the only candidate with significant policy and legislative experience. We need someone to hit the ground running, not learn on the job.

Also, we need to tap the considerable talents, skills and commitment of our residents. Two ways to do this are through the formation of block clubs and increased participation...

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North Lawndale has so much untapped potential, but we need someone with experience and contacts to jump start the process. I am voting for Frank Bass because he is the only candidate with significant policy and legislative experience. We need someone to hit the ground running, not learn on the job.

Also, we need to tap the considerable talents, skills and commitment of our residents. Two ways to do this are through the formation of block clubs and increased participation in CAPS. Mr. Bass specifically mentions these strategies on his website.

Another candidate, Darren Tillis, has shown that he considers resident involvement to be an interference. In the spring of last year he was one of eleven members of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee founded by Paul Norrington. Mr. Norrington asked Mr. Tillis to facilitate the committee meetings. All of the members of the committee worked together to approach UIC to be a partner and all of the members worked together to submit material for the first proposal. When it was announced in September that UIC/North Lawndale made the finals, Mr. Tillis and Marcus Betts began to have secret meetings with UIC and, in a power play, shut out the rest of the committee, including founder Paul Norrington. Despite many requests, Mr. Tillis and Mr. Betts refused to share information with the rest of the North Lawndale committee about their meetings with UIC and even used the committee name in publicity about meetings, when none of the other members of the committee were involved in the planning and presentations. Given these actions, it is not likely that Mr. Tillis will value resident involvement in future planning for North Lawndale.

6 days ago

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Vote Wisely on Tuesday

Election Day is Tuesday. I encourage everyone to vote for the candidates of your choice. Make sure you do your homework. Look at candidates' track records, histories and associations. Birds of a feather flock together. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, believe me, it's a duck. No amount of smooth talk, slick campaign literature or billboards can change that. I don't know about you, but, I want to see our ward and city run by eagles...

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Election Day is Tuesday. I encourage everyone to vote for the candidates of your choice. Make sure you do your homework. Look at candidates' track records, histories and associations. Birds of a feather flock together. If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, believe me, it's a duck. No amount of smooth talk, slick campaign literature or billboards can change that. I don't know about you, but, I want to see our ward and city run by eagles and not turkeys or chickens.

As for me, I will not be voting for any candidates who want to run the ward like a business. Candidates who say that often don't know how government works and can't necessarily translate lessons learned from the business world to politics if they tried. We need look no further than Rahm, Rauner and charter school operators to see where running government like businesses gets us for our state and city governments and many of our local charter schools. Government, by definition, can never be a business.

There are also rumors of illegal electioneering. I will not be voting for any candidates that are rumored to be engaging in illicit electioneering tactics or divisive politics or intimidation of voters and other candidates. People don't change because they are elected. They just become amplified versions of who they are, for better or for worse, and the electorate has to deal with the consequences. Please, use your vote wisely.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Voted early on Saturday and hoping for better days in the 24th ward.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for sharing, Daniel. We will have a clean slate this May. I hope whoever wins uses the opportunity in a positive way.

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Updated Feb 20

Video

Our team has been busy, working for you; working for the community. The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nxiVyhulMKw&feature=youtu.be&list=UUUsTJ90T7BLr2dKl9v2B3MA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDN3uTkyi7I

  • My appeal for people to vote wasn't meant for you, Daniel, it was a generic appeal. From the nature of your postings, it's obvious that you are civically engaged.
    One group briefly discussed a debate, but chose to go with the forum. Perhaps we can revisit this option in 4 years.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    The debate just seems like it would have been an excellent idea following the last run off election between Chandler and Dixon. If I remember correctly we had a field of 18 candidates and if we could somehow limit that field earlier we might get people to focus on real...

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    The debate just seems like it would have been an excellent idea following the last run off election between Chandler and Dixon. If I remember correctly we had a field of 18 candidates and if we could somehow limit that field earlier we might get people to focus on real approaches to issues and not be so distracted by personality. Even this year it seems as if all the candidates are saying the same thing and not sure if that is a strategy or just trying to hold par and hope they appeal to the few that really go out and vote. I mean we all know school, crime, and unemployment are the big issues but, strategy and tactical approach needs to be realistic and diligent.

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Feb 19

Support North Lawndale College Prep and Urban Prep Teachers Right To Unionize

I am deeply honored to be among the invited speakers for the 4:45 event. Please, try your best to make either rally. I hope to see you there.

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February 19, 2015 312-329-6250

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Press Conference, Rally Tomorrow to Support Charter School Unionization Drive
CHICAGO—Educators at two of the most prominent charter school networks in Chicago will hold a press conference tomorrow morning and a rally in the afternoon to announce their...

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I am deeply honored to be among the invited speakers for the 4:45 event. Please, try your best to make either rally. I hope to see you there.

MEDIA ADVISORY
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February 19, 2015 312-329-6250

FOR PLANNING PURPOSES
Press Conference, Rally Tomorrow to Support Charter School Unionization Drive
CHICAGO—Educators at two of the most prominent charter school networks in Chicago will hold a press conference tomorrow morning and a rally in the afternoon to announce their intent to unionize. Teachers at North Lawndale College Prep and Urban Prep cite the need to address pressing concerns at the schools such as teacher turnover from excessive paperwork, oversized classrooms, insufficient professional preparation time and lack of appropriate staffing levels to address the critical needs of their students.

WHO: North Lawndale College Prep and Urban Prep parents, teachers and education support staff, local charter school administrators, West Side NAACP and community members, Chicago City Council members, Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia and Chicago Teachers Union officers and staff.

WHAT: Press conference and rally to announce unionization efforts of teachers at
Urban Prep and North Lawndale College Prep.

WHEN: Friday, February 20
10:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m.

WHERE: City Hall Southwest corner of 35th St. and Rhodes Ave.
121 North LaSalle St. 501 E. 35th St.
(10:30 a.m.) (4:45 p.m.)

The Chicago Teachers Union represents 30,000 teachers and educational support personnel working in the Chicago Public Schools, and by extension, the more than 400,000 students and families they serve. The CTU is an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers and the Illinois Federation of Teachers and is the third largest teachers local in the United States and the largest local union in Illinois. For more information please visit CTU’s website at www.ctunet.com.
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Updated Feb 12

24th Ward Endorsements chicago tribune?

Interesting that the Suntimes endorced Scott for 24th Alderman and the Chicago Tribune didnt feel anyone was competent to run the Ward. This was more or less a statement of ward 24 being a dumping ground for nothing positive. Whomever the next Alderman is, Wishing for improvement. It will be a pain to realize that Valerie Leanord would've been the most recepted and respected at the cityhall level.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-chicago-city-council-endorse-edit-0211-20150210-story.html#page=1

  • They did not say what he would do for the ward, they just stated what his stance was on city issues, so he will basically become another one of Rahm's Yes Men, which is what they want in the city council anyway.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    It's great to hear from you, Project North Lawndale. Thanks for your vote of confidence. Correction: Darren Tillis was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune for 24th Ward Alderman.

  • Project North Lawndale Why are the W.Side Alderman Paid for NOTHING?

    Hi Valerie! I just read the update and watched the debate forum (video) he is well spoken. Wishing you much needed change in ward 24

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Feb 09

Sign the Petition to Bring the Obama Presidential Library to the West Side of Chicago

The Obama Presidential Library could make a huge impact on North Lawndale, surrounding communities and neighboring suburbs. This includes civic engagement, education, healthcare, IT, community planning and housing and economic development. The UIC-North Lawndale bid has the greatest potential to transform a community of all 4 bids under consideration. Please sign this petition to help bring the OPL to the West Side.

https://www.change.org/p/michelle-obama-barack-obama-build-the-obama-presidential-library-on-chicago-s-west-side?recruiter=9871873&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=share_twitter_responsive

Feb 09

Celebrations for Black History Month and Presidents' Day

Do you, your church, school, or organization plan to host any activities for Black History Month or Presidents' Day? If so, will any of those activities honor President Obama or First Lady Michelle Obama? If the answer to either of these questions is "yes", please share pictures from your event so that we can post them on the North Lawndale Presidential Library website and Twitter pages. If you have any questions, feel free to post them here, or email me at valeriefleonard@msn.com. The URL for the North Lawndale Presidential Library website is http://northlawndalepresidentiallibrary.org. The Twitter account is @NLOPL. Thanks in advance for your participation.

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Feb 05

Updated Feb 07

RSVP for the African American Leadership Summit By February 6, 2015

The Illinois African American Family Commission is sponsoring an African American Leadership Summit to be held on February 18, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois, from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. The purpose of the summit is to begin the work of developing a comprehensive African American Agenda for the State of Illinois. The results of the Summit will inform legislative, policy and programmatic recommendations for the Illinois African American Family Commission, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and various state agencies. If you are...

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The Illinois African American Family Commission is sponsoring an African American Leadership Summit to be held on February 18, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois, from 8:00 am-4:00 pm. The purpose of the summit is to begin the work of developing a comprehensive African American Agenda for the State of Illinois. The results of the Summit will inform legislative, policy and programmatic recommendations for the Illinois African American Family Commission, the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus and various state agencies. If you are interested in going, please RSVP by Friday, February 6, 2015. There are instructions on the attached flyer. I have included a JPEG file of the flyer for further information. I understand that a bus will be furnished, and there is no charge for the bus or admission to the summit. There is a phone number on the flyer if you have further questions. I hope to see you there!

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Jan 29

Updated Feb 05

Mayor Emanuel's Commitment to West Side Presidential Library Rings Hollow

I still don't get the sense that the Mayor is putting equal weight on the West Side bid as he is the South Side bid for the OPL. If the Mayor wanted, he could have publicly announced that he would hold public hearings on the matter of the conveyance of the land to the Obama Foundation in the event the West Side site is the successful bidder. He made a big deal out of announcing over several days that he...

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I still don't get the sense that the Mayor is putting equal weight on the West Side bid as he is the South Side bid for the OPL. If the Mayor wanted, he could have publicly announced that he would hold public hearings on the matter of the conveyance of the land to the Obama Foundation in the event the West Side site is the successful bidder. He made a big deal out of announcing over several days that he would have the Park District to host hearings on the conveyance of Park District land to the City to build the OPL in the event the U of C is the successful bidder. There was a City Council resolution crafted for the conveyance of the Park land that included language to the effect that the City Council supported both of the Chicago bids, but it is clear the resolution was more advantageous for U of C than UIC.

The article from UIC News indicated the Mayor came to the West Side and met with elected officials and community leaders in front of the proposed West Side site for a photo op. There were no quotes from our elected officials or community leaders. This event was clearly driven by the Mayor and not our community.

After the photo op, the Mayor and our community leaders went and made a presentation at Sumner School during school hours. To the best of my knowledge, the general public was not allowed into this tightly controlled setting. At what point will the Mayor and UIC hold a public hearing so the public can weigh in on the West Side proposal as we did for the South Side proposal?

As a result of the give and take and public discourse on the South Side, the City did develop a more reasonable proposal to acquire the park land in the event U of C is the successful bidder. On the UIC side, residents still have a number of questions that have not been answered.

http://news.uic.edu/opl-lawndale-mayor-visit

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Valerie there is no interest in your running for the Alderman Seat? Who are you leaning towards and why; really am left with confusion for who is out there and am ashamed that the election is quickly approaching.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    I haven't decided myself, Daniel. The election is quickly approaching. I will say that Frank Bass has demonstrated the greatest knowledge of how government works and has similar views on education as I do. Mickey Johnson has the maturity and temperament to work with people unselfishly, and has similar views on education as I do. Roger Washington knows the community and has a leader's temperament as well.

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Feb 02

CAAIP Listening Session

The Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy will host a community listening session on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the United Missionary Baptist Church, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. The church is located at 4242 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. You must rsvp at rsvp@caaip.org in order to attend. The targeted communities include North Lawndale, East and West Garfield Park, Austin, Englewood, South Shore and Roseland. The purpose for the meeting is to hear local stakeholders' issues and concerns and solutions to...

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The Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy will host a community listening session on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at the United Missionary Baptist Church, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. The church is located at 4242 West Roosevelt Road in Chicago. You must rsvp at rsvp@caaip.org in order to attend. The targeted communities include North Lawndale, East and West Garfield Park, Austin, Englewood, South Shore and Roseland. The purpose for the meeting is to hear local stakeholders' issues and concerns and solutions to improve the quality of life in our communities.

The Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) is a membership organization committed to philanthropy in African American Communities. They promote dialogue between philanthropic organizations and agencies serving people of color.

For further information, download the attached flyer or visit http://caaip.org.

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Updated Jan 30

No Response. Not a single word.

I'm having a difficult problem with the leaders of this effort to win the Presidential Library site not responding to my suggestions that we march to City Hall to have a rally. Get real, quit begging for Mayor's attention.

This opportunity is not going to be given to us, willy nilly, as it is being dangled in front of the Southsider; this is an opportunity we must take by engaging more of an aggressive fight to express our position.

This is my third and last time proposing that we take more of a direct action to make this happen.

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Sel, what do you need in terms of support? My issue is I'm torn several different ways, and I really need to streamline my activities.

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

    Will the real leaders of this effort show some signs. I'm willing to support you, as I have with periodic submissions and speaking out on behalf of North Lawndale. My presentation at both of the hearings out south clearly stated my preference and support for North Lawndale. I'm one of...

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    Will the real leaders of this effort show some signs. I'm willing to support you, as I have with periodic submissions and speaking out on behalf of North Lawndale. My presentation at both of the hearings out south clearly stated my preference and support for North Lawndale. I'm one of those characters who initially didn't think Lawndale had a chance at all. So much for my vision and faith in the audacity of hope.

    But for those who have boldly stayed the course and didn't faint are to be celebrated however late the rest of us have surfaced It's marching time, people.

    While I don't officially reside in North Lawndale, I claim my self-declared spiritual residency status and clearly appreciate those who have brought (us) this far. It's marching time, good people.

    I'm confindent Congressman Davis will assist us with transportation for those of us (like me) not able to walk the entire distance to City Hall

Jan 29

Updated Jan 29

List of Bad Landloards in Northlawndale

I was looking at the post of Emmanual's problem landlords and it appears there are only 4 in the Northlawndale area according to a friend. The article mentions:
Properties at 1301 S. Tripp Ave., 1001 S. Mayfield Ave. and 1624 S. Loomis St. are on the Chicago Building Department's list of "problem landlords." Can anyone expand on how this list is comprised and how we can get more of the obviously negligent property owners in NL on it to clean up their act?

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Loomis and Mayfield are not in North Lawndale.

  • Daniel - North Lawndale - 2006 MBA - DePaul - Informations Systems

    Funny, I got that list from the Tribune listing. From what it looks like most are in the Austin area and only 4 problem landlords are in NL; seems low.

Jan 29

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Updated Jan 27

Tri-taylor neighborhood west of Western Avenue

Hi all! Just looking to see what peoples experiences have been living west of western (one block). Is it safe to walk in the evening hours? Do you guys feel safe? Or is there a real threat of robbery?
Thanks for your help

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

    The boogey man - and woman- is everywhere, even on the fifth floor of City Hall

  • Joe

    The area is definitely safer than it was a few years ago. I walk my dog all the time and have never had an issue in the 5 years I've been here.

Jan 27

24th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Meet the candidates for alderman in the 24th ward in this video from a forum hosted by the Chicago Westside Branch NAACP: http://ow.ly/I362N.

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