5 days ago

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Who's in Charge of North Lawdale's Destiny,the People or the 5% ?

We say we want change, how much do we really want it, moreover, what other kinds of changes are crucially needed now?

Now that we know all about fly dumping and we can no longer tolerate filth, the city of Chicago offers a reward, what else?

Let's start with Education, how do we encourage our Young and Old Men to "Pull their Pants Up", have some self dignity, self respect, higher self esteem, and morals. Who's the blame, the people or the 5% for sagging pants?

What happen to Good Manners, cordials attitudes, is it so far of reach that we just don't care, or is it that we fear correcting individuals?

4 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Presidential Library

While I have no direct involvement with this weekend’s Townhall meeting or its planning, I fully support this opportunity for the Westside community to become fully involved in our bid for the Presidential Library.

So many times in our past, it seems that changes are made to our neighborhood, without a chance for community input. This is our chance to help make decisions about the impact of possibly the most significant, single change to North Lawndale since its beginning in...

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While I have no direct involvement with this weekend’s Townhall meeting or its planning, I fully support this opportunity for the Westside community to become fully involved in our bid for the Presidential Library.

So many times in our past, it seems that changes are made to our neighborhood, without a chance for community input. This is our chance to help make decisions about the impact of possibly the most significant, single change to North Lawndale since its beginning in 1869.

How can this effect unemployment, education and crime? What about property values and land use? How will this affect you?

The correct address is 1616 S. Avers Ave, Chicago 60623. Tomorrow! Saturday! November 22nd. 12 noon

Think Big! Get involved.

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

    I'm not a legal resident of Lawndale, but my spirit and concern and efforts for the over-due attention due North Lawndale is second to non. I respect and support us where ever we are showing respect for us and trying to represent us. I am so much a proponent of positive causes in our community that I'm willing to get the Sel out of the way, if that will encourage constructive and culturally specific development.

Oct 23

Updated 4 hours ago

To Flee, or Not to Flee

Consideration for the quality of housing, transportation, recreation, education, affordability, security and more go into selecting a place to live and raise your family.

Security is probably the highest concern of any parent. Fear of one's environment is the demon that has always crippled our spiritual growth and peace of mind. We can always run and flee in search of that fundamental right to be free of the ugly bully who might live next door or down the street, or stands insidiously on the corner. Participating and getting involved with your neighbors and organizations is one method of giving your community what you want to receive from your community.

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

    God will fight our battles, but we must throw the first punch.

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

    It's always an honor to hear and/or see yourself quoted. You are absolutely right; God will fight your battles, if you throw the first punch. Sometimes that first punch can be in the form of clearing and sanitizing the air and environment with a simple word of truth.

14 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Saving a Life At Any Cost.....

Today I was blessed to save a young boy's life I believe. I would have rather filed my petitions' for alderwoman. As I was getting last minutes signatures at the local currency exchange, off Kedzie and the Eisenhower expressway, a group of cowards emerge from a black vehicle punching, kicking, stomping the boy.

Before I knew it, I ran out of the currency exchange, yelling from the pit of my guts "stop it ! leave him alone! ". The cowards...

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Today I was blessed to save a young boy's life I believe. I would have rather filed my petitions' for alderwoman. As I was getting last minutes signatures at the local currency exchange, off Kedzie and the Eisenhower expressway, a group of cowards emerge from a black vehicle punching, kicking, stomping the boy.

Before I knew it, I ran out of the currency exchange, yelling from the pit of my guts "stop it ! leave him alone! ". The cowards turned, ran back into their vehicle. At that point, the petitions didn't matter, the life did.

What I don't understand is, why didn't the 10 or more adults run out to join me in the interruption of what could have been a lost life; the thing, that's prompt my actions to become alderwoman.

Were the 10 or more adults in shock or did I over re-acted, what would you have done?

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

    I have a humble history of diving into simular incidents in which the reaction could have gone extremely wrong for me. Of course, each situation was not planned, as in your act of valor, pride, responsibility.
    Some of these bazaar situations could have cooked my goose and people reviewing my...

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    I have a humble history of diving into simular incidents in which the reaction could have gone extremely wrong for me. Of course, each situation was not planned, as in your act of valor, pride, responsibility.
    Some of these bazaar situations could have cooked my goose and people reviewing my actions would have called me crazy, a dumb fool, insane and worse. I have honestly questioned what was on my mind, what was I trying to prove.
    Do you ever watch the Gazelles in Africa when they are being
    pursued by a predator? They'll run like hell trying to escape the claws and jaws of a four legged, hungry beast.
    Once the chase has resulted in fresh, Gazelle steaks for the Lions, Cheetahs and Alligators, there's is calm and peace within the herd. I have always mused over the Gazelles not uniting to use their antlers to charge the the predator(s).
    They seem to take on the attitude of the others, who were watching you respond to the incident of the cheap cowards.
    There has always been someone to teach us the 'skill' to deal, but the 'will' is still an inside job. Treasure your 'will' (and protect it), for it is a rare blessing in our community.

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Presidential Library

As we go forward with our campaign, it’s important to remember this: the Library is Barack and Michelle’s legacy. It’s something that they’ve earned. The First Family is held in the highest respect by this page. And, we will respect whatever their final decision is about the location of their Library.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Stop! To tell the truth; The Presidential Library is the Overplay for the Underlay? We all love the President and the first lady, please don't act like you're really helping the poor people of Lawndale.

    What's really happening is the New Bel-Air will take over North Lawndale. Who is Bel-Air?...

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    Stop! To tell the truth; The Presidential Library is the Overplay for the Underlay? We all love the President and the first lady, please don't act like you're really helping the poor people of Lawndale.

    What's really happening is the New Bel-Air will take over North Lawndale. Who is Bel-Air? Bel Air, Bel-Air or Bel Air Estates is an affluent neighborhood coming to the Westside of Chicago.

    How could gentrification not happen when this kind of deal was made behind closed doors, per all of our so-call representatives and TV entertainment providers.

    Surely folks, all of the community is not blind to what's really going on and who the Players are.

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2 days ago

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Presidential Library

I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has...

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I would have to call today’s townhall a success. But it is just the first step in a long and difficult journey that you are being challenged to take. This is a journey that can lead to a cleaner, safer and more prosperous community.
Our Library bid opens doors to opportunities that were unthinkable before. And those doors have to be identified and opened by you. There’s nothing free here. Everything we’ve gotten to this point in the process has been earned with hard work. That won’t change going forward.
What about jobs? Another question is, “what jobs are we preparing ourselves for?” One group is starting a student enrollment drive for technical training so that our youth will have the skills for the coming economic boom. Even if we don’t get the Library (we will), won’t our community be better off with a skilled work force?
With the increased attention on us because of this national story, what opportunities do you see? How do we use that opportunity?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Lawndale-Presidential-Library/366984393416815?ref=hl

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    What can the community do, Paul Norrington? The building will be constructed with private funds, but managed with public dollars. I'd estimate that the infrastructure improvements and upgrades to roads and CTA could cost over $100 million (without knowing any particulars of the bid). Is there a way to get...

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    What can the community do, Paul Norrington? The building will be constructed with private funds, but managed with public dollars. I'd estimate that the infrastructure improvements and upgrades to roads and CTA could cost over $100 million (without knowing any particulars of the bid). Is there a way to get a community benefits agreement with the UIC, Presidential Library, the host committee and the city, state and federal entities that will be providing public funds? I'd like to see protections and benefits for homeowners and local businesses that are in the area bounded by the Lake, Roosevelt Road, City Limits and I-290. Inevitably, there will be some displacement. I'd like to see that the current owners are made whole. Even better, I'd like to see opportunities for them to improve their homes and business facades and technical assistance in growing their businesses. I'd also like to see all of our schools included in a network that will tie into the library. Specifically, the children should be taught to research and archive our local history, in addition to CPS designing a curriculum that includes information on President Obama. I'd like to see local businesses take part in the planning and development, beyond the usual volunteering that we do whenever these projects are planned, while others take the community's ideas and get paid. I'd like to see people who live here get jobs in the library and related redevelopment area. I'd like to see training start right now so that when the project breaks ground and gets constructed there will be a database with the names and qualifications of people ready to go.

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

    Paul, did I understand you to say the successful outcome this spiritual effort will be a safer, cleaner more prosperous community? If so, sign me up for that possibility. Your vison and courage is contageous. Keep sharing your passion and purpose; it helps all of us to see clearer.

    I believe in you.

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3 days ago

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Time to start the debate!

I am checking the STATISTICAL end of the Governors race 2014-
Rauner 68% white men-56% white women
Quinn 93% Black Vote
Interesting fact??? Only 16% of eligible Blacks ACTUALLY VOTED in this race! Could the Associated Press be WRONG? Did the Civil Rights marches back in the THE DAY mean anything TODAY?

  • Spoken Word Academy Arts organization

    In my opinion, focus on the color of the voters, instead of the content of the candidate elected is counterproductive. The "Black vote" or lack thereof was not solely responsible for this election's outcome. That responsibility is shared by the Rauner supporters who went to the polls and the "rainbow coalition" of eligible voters who did not vote.

  • gloriaartist 51 year EGP Resident

    Thanks for your comment Spoken Word Academy. But I believe you missed my point. The peaceful protests, the stand so many took, and the lives of so many lost during the civil rights movement for African Americans to have the right to vote- and only 16% took this hard fought privilege seriously enough to vote on November 4th.

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5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Remember "Keep The Dream Alive" I Need Your Help

I gather over 2,000 signatures for a chance to become the Alderwoman for the 24th Ward. I can not use these signatures, I need you to help me make real changes! If you want a Loyal Servant, Honest, Committed to the Community, A Good hearted person who wants your help to re-invent our neighborhoods, and "Keep the Dream Alive," come out to sign my "New Petitions" with Vietnam Veteran, Herb, at McDonald, 3200 S. Roosevelt Road, Thursday, 11/20, 9:00am - 11:00am; Friday 11/21, 9:00am - 11:00am Only Registered Voters in the 24th Ward please! call: 312.560.0374 if you would like to Volunteer for our cause, only serious conscious individuals please.
See: "My Loyal Helpers, TCH Partners.com"

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Do you want Change or Are you just Jaw Jacking?

    Let's make Tailor Made IEP's for our children
    Let's start more loving daycares
    Let's open Day Centers for Seniors to shoot the breeze
    Let's grow our own food
    Let's form our healthy food cooperative
    Let's create our own jobs
    Let's...

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    Do you want Change or Are you just Jaw Jacking?

    Let's make Tailor Made IEP's for our children
    Let's start more loving daycares
    Let's open Day Centers for Seniors to shoot the breeze
    Let's grow our own food
    Let's form our healthy food cooperative
    Let's create our own jobs
    Let's build sustainable homes and rehab X buildings
    Let's restore Black History
    Let's educate the Jail Complex Syndrome, Free work, Distorted Thinking, Dependency of Drugs and alcohols
    Let's discover who, why is Man and our Purpose
    Let's learn who Wants your Seed
    Let's learn how to take care of our families again
    Let's learn how to Love the Agape way, Not Lust
    Let's learn how to deal with Anger and redirect it
    Let's learn how to encourage one another

    Are you with me? If so, meet Herb at McDonald, 3200 S. Roosevelt Rd, 9-11am Thursday and Friday, 11/20-21/2014.

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  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    A Friend Indeed:
    Biography of Bishop James Alan Wilkowski
    www.questpcs.com/evangelicalcatholicchurch/wilkowskibiography.htm
    Bishop James Alan Wilkowski was born in Chicago, Illinois on November 18, 1953 .... reached by email at bishopjames@evangelicalcatholicchurch.org and you ...

5 days ago

Nov 15

Updated 5 days ago

Still No "Serious" Contenders for 28th Ward Alderman?

It's getting close and I'm still waiting to see if anyone is seriously going to throw their hat in the ring to run against Alderman Jason Ervin? It looks as though he's an easy shoe-in at this time.

I don't think I can take another 4 years looking at the filth, trash and living in the city's most under served ward. So many of the residents work so hard to keep their properties looking nice, when the city/ward sits back and does absolutely nothing to support the "do-gooders."

Please give me some good news someone!

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I do challenge those numbers. I don't trust them.

    For one, the black population in Chicago/Illinois has shrunk even lower since the last election. Second, many blacks left the Governor entry unchecked on the ballot. Which means that was one less vote for Pat Quinn that wasn't recorded. And last,...

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    I do challenge those numbers. I don't trust them.

    For one, the black population in Chicago/Illinois has shrunk even lower since the last election. Second, many blacks left the Governor entry unchecked on the ballot. Which means that was one less vote for Pat Quinn that wasn't recorded. And last, a lot of blacks pulled the lever for Rauner in secrecy to avoid being chastised by other blacks, family members, friends or die-hard Democrats. Gov. Pat Quinn was no different than Danny Davis or some of your other Democratic good ole' boy politicians. He did squat for anyone living in the State of Illinois.

    I don't trust the numbers. I think more blacks voted republican than what's being reported.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Newspaper count said that west siders voted 90% for the Democratic party.

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The Koyal Group Info Mag på Utrymmet kan göra Astronauter Infertila

Space flight kan göra astronauter infertila, forskare fruktar, och kunde hindra planer för långsiktigt uppdrag till Mars.

Djurförsök har visat att både manliga och kvinnliga fortplantningsorgan påverkas av tyngdlöshet.

Det är också troligt att utrymme strålning är skadlig äggstockarna av kvinnliga astronauter och spermieproduktionen av män.

Nov 15

Updated 6 days ago

What's Your Expectation?

Do you think your alderman is doing enough for your neighborhood and community?

What do you think aldermen's can do better in the next 4 years?

Would you like to see someone with new creative ideas concern about you?

Are you afraid of Change? If so, What's the problem?

Do you have the courage needed to change? If not, what would help you?

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    Thanks for doing what you do Sel.

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

    Please see some of my outspoken spirit on YouTube: "Vacant Lot Psychic" and "War on Filth and Fear." More videos are being prepared with more explicit detail and finger pointing with specifics regarding who is at fault. How would you like to star in one of the documentations? Scared? I'll protect you.

Nov 06

Updated 6 days ago

Chicago Trib article about elections

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/editorials/ct-governor-rauner-edit-1106-20141105-story.html

Saw this article. What does it mean for us in EGP or Chicago underserved neighborhoods? Anybody got any ideas?

It appears that Chicago is a Democratic stronghold that goes against the trend of the nation.

Nov 18

Mayor is asking for IDEAS

http://www.chideas.org/supporting-our-small-businesses?utm_source=CHIdeas+-+Expo+Feedback&utm_campaign=CHIdeas&utm_medium=email

chideas.org

The mayor sent out emails requesting ideas from US.
There is an idea page for residents and one for small business.

If you have a few minutes, take a peek, contribute if you can.

Nov 17

Updated Nov 18

Garbage dump

Some went down my alley overnight and dumped a ton of construction garbage, such as concrete and some wood, and tons of nails, as well as some Mexican prayer candles. Extremely sick of this kind of vandalism. Cannot wait to get video installed on my garage! So much debris was dumped in front of my neighbor's garage, he had to shovel it out of his way to get out of his garage. In the past the city has actually ticketed neighbors who scoop up the debris and put it in their cans. I did make a 311 call, so hopefully no one will get tickets this time around. Disgusted!

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    Hello Tracy,

    I feel the anger, this is one of the reason I clean up the area where I live. I have a super idea to put the youth and community to work on fly dumping.

    These dumpers are bold. Once, we finished cleaning up the alleys from Kedzie to Albany at 12:00 noon; dumpers came while we were finishing our work. No license plates were on their truck. Shortly, after confronting them, I had two slash tires, but no fear!

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Patricia, PLEASE take a different position than citizens have to clean up their own neighborhoods.

    Teach the kids to use their celphones or cameras to take photos of the fly dumpers and report them to the DOE. There is a $100 reward for convictions! This teaches them to get justice...not...

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    Patricia, PLEASE take a different position than citizens have to clean up their own neighborhoods.

    Teach the kids to use their celphones or cameras to take photos of the fly dumpers and report them to the DOE. There is a $100 reward for convictions! This teaches them to get justice...not be a janitor.

    Neighborhood people need to learn STEPS to solve problems permanently; not just deal with problems that exist for decades. We shouldn't have to live in neighborhoods full of garbage. Kyle.smith@cityofchicago.org can help you. CharlesL.Williams@cityofchicago.org can help you. Both responded quickly to Tracy.

    We had 2 fly dumpers convicted. Their fines were $2500. They never came back again.The important part is THEY NEVER CAME BACK AGAIN

    We had garbage strewn all over alleys. Kyle & Charles took care of it and it is greatly improved.

    We had 150 truckloads of fly dumped wood chips and Kyle and Charles took care of that.

    .What does this mean? It means the neighborhood looks nicer. It means neighbors didn't do the job CITY EMPLOYEES are paid to do that did not do! (or vendors paid to do work they didn't do!)

    The whole idea is to bring efficiency and SPEED in solving our neighborhood problems. Everything can be done quickly and permanently (once and for all). That is what we should be after.

    Clean and green activities are shifting the burden of keeping neighborhoods clean to citizens who PAY TAXES to have government workers do work. That is nonsense/insane. Why pay taxes and then sit in garbage? It isn't supposed to be like that and those are the protests citizens need to do.

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Nov 17

Looking for Pollinators?

I am establishing 3 Bee Colonies on my property this coming spring and wanted to see if anyone that maintained a suitable site would be interested in having some bees on their property.

I would provide a suitable habitat and a colony (when available) in exchange for the product from the bees. If you only have vegetable garden, some area with flowers would be needed to keep them happy. I would be happy to help you establish that area.

These would be docile/domestic bees that pose very little risk to humans unless you do something to irritate them.

If you have any vegetables, fruit trees, etc. I would be highly interested in speaking with you!

Nov 17

Real Transformation

If you were gracefully blessed with an opportunity to redevelop your communities and surrounding communities, what would you do, especially if you were the vessel being used?

Nov 17

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Nov 15

Updated Nov 16

The Koyal Group Info Mag X-37B hemliga utrymme planets uppdrag

"Hemliga utrymme planet" är en fras som sidles bekvämt tillsammans med "undersea lair" och "diamond laser" som en uppenbar uppfinning filmer spion och science fiction. Men som båda dessa saker, hemliga utrymme plan finns.

Utöver faktumet att deras existens, men den amerikanska militären håller tyst om dess par plan – och säger ännu mindre om vad man gjorde för två år i omloppsbana innan landning i Kalifornien förra veckan.

  • Tracy BB Super Cute Tracy

    I'm not sure if anyone can read this Samantha? :)

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