34 hours ago

Charter Schools and Politics

I got this from my friend Alonso Zaragoza:

"One of my friends is a parent of a child in a Noble Charter school and on the parent committee for the school. She said that Stand For Children has been going to the school recruiting parents to work on the Mayor's campaign telling people that If the Mayor loses, their charter school will be closed. They are also recruiting parents for pro-charter aldermanic campaigns in Noble schools and other Charter networks....

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I got this from my friend Alonso Zaragoza:

"One of my friends is a parent of a child in a Noble Charter school and on the parent committee for the school. She said that Stand For Children has been going to the school recruiting parents to work on the Mayor's campaign telling people that If the Mayor loses, their charter school will be closed. They are also recruiting parents for pro-charter aldermanic campaigns in Noble schools and other Charter networks. FYI"

Adding my two cents: Governor-Elect Bruce Rauner is the Chairman of the Board for the Nobel Charter Schools. He was instrumental in providing the funds for Stand for Children to come to Chicago to provide advocacy for school reform, which for the most part has been pro-charter. Stand for Children is a tax exempt, 501 (c) (3) organization. They should NOT be engaged in partisan politics. Unless they have a political action arm, they could be jeopardizing their tax exempt status by supporting the Mayor and specific pro-charter candidates.

Regardless, this sets a terrible precedent--having publicly-funded schools being used as part of a political apparatus.

2 days ago

Chicago Mayoral, 24th Ward Candidates Court West Side Voters At Local Forum

Chicago aldermanic hopefuls running in the West Side's crowded 24th Ward race made their pitch to voters at a Tuesday night candidate forum, with many vowing to, if elected, boost employment and economic opportunities in the North Lawndale community.

Eight of the 12 candidates vying to replace retiring Ald. Michael Chandler (24th), who announced earlier this month that he would not seek re-election, attended the forum, held at One Way Baptist Church, 4152 W. 16th St.

Mayoral candidates Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd), Cook County Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and community activist William 'Dock' Walls also made brief remarks at the event, attended by about 50 people. Finish reading the article at http://www.progressillinois.com/posts/content/2014/12/17/chicago-mayoral-24th-ward-candidates-make-their-pitch-west-side-forum

6 days ago

Come Out to the 24th Ward Candidates Forum

For Immediate Release: December 14, 2014
Contact: William Kyle, 773-762-4419

***MEDIA ALERT***

24th WARD RESIDENTS MEET THE CANDIDATES FOR THE MAYORAL AND ALDERMANIC ELECTION!

Who: Concerned Citizens of the 24th Ward have invited all candidates who have filed to run for Mayor of the City of Chicago and Alderman of the 24th Ward to address registered voters on the issues that are the most relevant to the North Lawndale community.

What: Candidates Forum

Where: One Way Baptist Church
4152 W. 16th Street
Chicago, IL 60623

When: December 16, 2014
5:00 PM

Why: The candidates forum will provide the voters of the 24th Ward the opportunity to meet candidates and ask questions about their public service, experience and platforms.

Dec 11

Tweet for the Obama Presidential Library to Come to North Lawndale

I'm posting the following message on behalf of Paul Norrington, Chairman of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee. If you are on Twitter, please tweet the following message.

Bring the #OPL2UIC and #NorthLawndale! @NLOPL @BarackObama @WhiteHouse @44Foundation

Dec 03

Updated Dec 09

People Running for Alderman, Can any of them name the 3 Branches of Government? Embarrassing :(

I just saw some of the strangest people putting their name on the ballot of Alderman. One happens to be an old neighbor who lived across the street from me. Just holding a conversation with her has been mind-numbing because her view as well as her childrens views have been "Leave our neighborhood alone, we are not going to change anything" And they have pretty much Adored all of the Drugs being sold, their TRASH surrounding their homes and the...

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I just saw some of the strangest people putting their name on the ballot of Alderman. One happens to be an old neighbor who lived across the street from me. Just holding a conversation with her has been mind-numbing because her view as well as her childrens views have been "Leave our neighborhood alone, we are not going to change anything" And they have pretty much Adored all of the Drugs being sold, their TRASH surrounding their homes and the blocks and being a LARGE CONTRIBUTOR TO The Negative Ways of the neighborhood. Does anyone have a platform? What do you plan on doing? Have you ever managed anything other than papers in front of you at work? I am embarassed that these running lack education, don't know how government is ran, made no effort to get an education.. This is disgusting. It's just as worse than having 1000 churches in the 24th Ward. When does it end? It's pure ignorance. SO Is Life Time Runners who have put their names on the ballot 5 times already.. As if they didn't get the hint that NO ONE LIKES YOU so let your family and friends vote for someone a bit more promising.. THANKS FOR SPLITTING THE VOTE!! This ward will forever be the Dumping ground for Misfits!

http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-CandidateFiling-2014-11-17-1415.pdf

  • Rochelle North Lawndale Resident since 1959

    I noticed a couple of new names that were added since the last time I checked this list out. I just pray that whoever wins will do what they are promising the 24th Ward in their campaign brochures and Facebook posts. Some of them have not put out any literature, or at least I haven't seen any. Maybe they are waiting until after the holidays.

    I have waited 4 decades for the change, I hope one of them can be the force that makes it happen.

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

    if you haven't heard of any of these folks, you can be assured that they probably will not plan on doing anything. I am embarassed that some of them can't even comprehend laws and government yet they threw their names on a ballot. Their conversations show that they lack education,...

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    if you haven't heard of any of these folks, you can be assured that they probably will not plan on doing anything. I am embarassed that some of them can't even comprehend laws and government yet they threw their names on a ballot. Their conversations show that they lack education, have never seen many of them in the community doing anything yet they are running for Aldermen? Lawndale will forever be the laughing stock of ignorance. this is why you all never receive anything the majority of your neighbors don't care, the city doesn't either.. it's a dumping ground for misfits.. it looks like Frank BAss has a chance, he at least works for the city as a lobbyist. If you look at when these folks filed, it was somewhat a last minute ordeal like they just Thought about running, nothing else to do so why not continue to screw this ward over for a salary? I feel for you and hoping good measures come from all of this bizarre behavior

  • Nancy C Historic preservation advocate

    We had 15 candidates run last time, and the vote was so badly split that the former Alderman won it, mostly likely on name recognition. That won't happen again, since Mr. Chandler has withdrawn. Project North Lawndale makes an excellent point about credentials: what is this person's education? What has...

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    We had 15 candidates run last time, and the vote was so badly split that the former Alderman won it, mostly likely on name recognition. That won't happen again, since Mr. Chandler has withdrawn. Project North Lawndale makes an excellent point about credentials: what is this person's education? What has he/she done in the community since the last aldermanic election? What are this person's plans to involve community residents in his/her decisions? Mr. Chandler formed advisory committees, a worthy effort, but meetings were constantly cancelled, so they fizzled out. What is this candidate's plan to make sure the community is heard when we get the Obama Presidential Library? We can sit by and get steamrollered by UIC or demand that the community has a voting role in the plans and their effect on taxes and gentrification. What about the "menu" of $1 million which every alderman receives to spend in the community? Three aldermen in other wards have set up a process so the community decides how that money is spent. GET INVOLVED! Find out about the role of the alderman and evaluate candidates based on what they are likely to do for North Lawndale. What you do or don't do in this aldermanic campaign will have an effect on what gets done WITH OR TO North Lawndale in the next four years.

Dec 08

The North Lawndale Presidential Library Website is Live!

I'm posting this on behalf of Paul Norrington and the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee. The North Lawndale Presidential Library website is live! Go to the Blog page, and hit the "Follow" button to sign up to receive updates from the website. http://northlawndalepresidentiallibrary.org/

Dec 03

Are You Receiving Your Mail In A Timely Manner?

Has your mail been delivered to you in a timely manner? My mail was redirected to the sender from October 8 until November 29, 2014, stating Undeliverable.

More than a year ago, I obtained a POB because my mail was being tampered with, what an inconvenienced this caused me; on top of it, I had to pay $14.00 to have packages redelivered to me. Hopefully, I will receive a notice letting me know I have packages this time around.

The good thing about this problem was, the Supervisor of the Pulaski Station had to spend a day outside in the frigid weather with the Carrier.

With Christmas being near, I hope you will receive your mail on time.

Nov 22

Updated Nov 30

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

  • Sir Sel,
    Appreciate what you do have and build on that, even if you start with nothing. The result of that noble effort can be, "my cup runneth over."
    That's what I get

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

    I saw an expanded definition of the word 'platonic' as meaning speaking or referring to theory or vision, but never any action. My prayer is to literally have substance in my words (script or verbally), which are eclipsed and manifested by my actions.

    So, let's thank God for the words and words and words, but let's praise God through our efforts to effectuate our words.

Nov 28

Updated Nov 28

North Lawndale in the News

This is what the Library can do! Because of our efforts, as a community, North Lawndale has gained positive, front page media coverage. How are you going to use this fresh interest in us?
The Library is not a gift. When we get it, it'll be because we earned it.
What is a gift, is this unprecedented opportunity to change our community.
Go on. It's yours. Use it.

"The Power of Community, Build it in North Lawndale"

http://www.austinweeklynews.com/News/Articles/11-26-2014/North-Lawndale-eyes-Obama-Library-/?utm_campaign=RSS&utm_medium=RSS&utm_source=RSS

Nov 25

Presidential Library

North Lawndale has made it into the Library finals. Unfortunately, we are up against some pretty stiff competition, including Mayor Emanuel, who appears to want it on the Southside. Fortunately, this crossroads in our community is happening right in the middle of an aldermanic campaign. And we have 14 candidates, all with armies of volunteers.
The Library is not a political issue. It’s an issue that affects the very nature of our community. In the last campaign, crazy things were...

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North Lawndale has made it into the Library finals. Unfortunately, we are up against some pretty stiff competition, including Mayor Emanuel, who appears to want it on the Southside. Fortunately, this crossroads in our community is happening right in the middle of an aldermanic campaign. And we have 14 candidates, all with armies of volunteers.
The Library is not a political issue. It’s an issue that affects the very nature of our community. In the last campaign, crazy things were said and done in political races all over the country; but not in the 24th Ward. I wrote a letter to the editor of the Sun Times, commending the mutual respect that our candidates showed each other and the voters. That small letter was printed. Imagine the press North Lawndale could get if all of our candidates publicly declared their unified support for our Library bid.
If not unified, then individual public declarations of support will do.
North Lawndale is not afraid to stand up against the Mayor's wishes. I'm sure our candidates aren't either.
Here is the list of the current candidates for Alderman, as listed by the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners:
24th Ward Candidates 2015
MICHAEL D. CHANDLER
FRANK M. BASS
REGINA D. LEWIS
WALLACE E. "MICKEY" JOHNSON
SHERITA ANN HARRIS
ROGER L. WASHINGTON
VERNELL L. HOLLIS-SWANIGAN
VETRESS BOYCE
DENARVIS MENDENHALL
LADARIUS R. CURTIS
MARCUS D. THORNE
MICHAEL SCOTT, JR.
LARRY G. NELSON
DARREN TILLIS

Nov 21

Updated Nov 25

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.

  • Sir Sel, don’t get out of the way. You are exactly who this bid was designed to help. I’ve used you and your cause so many times as an example of the type of community efforts that can be enhanced by the Library push.
    No Sir Sel, the Library needs you.

Nov 10

Start your own Business!

No Cost, No Fee! Business Development Services. A great opportunity to fulfill you dream. Move from visualizing your idea to becoming an established business owner! Call Dorine at New Covenant CDC, SBDC, 773-826-1356. Located 1111 so Homan Ave Ste.201, inside the Liberty Bank Building.

Nov 03

Updated Nov 04

Presidential Library Recognition

I was recently honored by Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago (NHS) as one of this year’s, “Neighborhood Heroes”, for work being done in North Lawndale.
NHS promotes community empowerment through its annual awards. There were 9 recipients from communities across Chicagoland and I’m proud to stand for North Lawndale with our brother/sister communities. Take a look at their video profiles to see what can be done in a community.
The “Power of Community”
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9ITy1ChYg8wOKovNDozsx1INRYwsQAV3

Oct 29

Video from City Club of Chicago Panel on School Closings in Chicago

The City Club of Chicago hosted a panel discussion on school closings in Chicago on October 23, 2014. The panel included Tom Tyrell, Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Schools; Carlos Azcoitia, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Andrea Zopp, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Carol Caref, PhD, Research Director for the Chicago Teachers Union and myself. I spoke from my experiences as the co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance. My speaking points are outlined below....

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The City Club of Chicago hosted a panel discussion on school closings in Chicago on October 23, 2014. The panel included Tom Tyrell, Chief Operating Officer of Chicago Public Schools; Carlos Azcoitia, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Andrea Zopp, a member of the Chicago Board of Education; Carol Caref, PhD, Research Director for the Chicago Teachers Union and myself. I spoke from my experiences as the co-founder of the Lawndale Alliance. My speaking points are outlined below.

We have found the CPS bureaucracy to be unwilling to work with the community. A broad base of North Lawndale stakeholders, including the CAC and elected officials put together an alternative plan for school closures that included plans for school improvement and a comprehensive array of community resources to provide support. We sent the plan to CPS and they ignored it. We invited them to a press conference to review the plan and they refused to come out. After schools were closed we sent emails asking for assistance in understanding the budget, and never got an answer. They refused to answer a FOIA request for information regarding the impact of school closures on budgets and programs. We invited them to participate in town hall meetings and they refused.

Finish reading the speaking points and view the video at http://www.valeriefleonard.com/2014/10/29/video-from-city-club-of-chicago-panel-on-school-closures/

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