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Take the Survey-Life Under Mayor Emanuel

Please read the following NY Times article and respond to the survey about what life is like under Emanuel. The survey comes after the 4th paragraph of the article.

In Challenger, a Chastening for Emanuel
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/26/us/chicago-mayor-rahm-emanuel-jesus-garcia.html?_r=0

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

    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have...

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    I took the survey Valerie. I think the real challenge any Mayor of Chicago is going to have is finding a way to blend the measure of this city proportionally as it is made up. We currently are nearly a perfect 1/3 of Blk, Wht, and Hispanic but we have disproportionate living and wealth throughout Chicago. These can simply not be haphazard and without decades of design; and until we find the person whom can make the tough choices to bring about that slow fundamental change we are going to have division in this city. I don't necessarily fault Emanuel on the school closings because many of them have displayed a systemic problem of failing the youth for years. i do fault him for not doing more than just saving the money that was being wasted there and offering better choices for those kids and their families. The problem here is the only way you can merge is by a blending of equals and how do you do that with such obvious class differences and in 4 years. So many people play the system on both sides it just seems as if it will take an equal number of generations to abate the problem as it did in creating it.

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Commissioner Jesus "Chuy" Garcia Statement on the Obama Presidential Library

For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Monica Trevino, 773-573-8667 (cell)/ mtrevino2319@gmail.com

Manny Perez, 708-351-1053/(cell)/ manny.prz@gmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia released the following statement on the Obama Presidential Library

"I have never wavered in my full support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago. I served with the President in the Illinois Senate. I have always supported President Obama. His legacy -- and his library --belongs right here, in Chicago."

"While it is my view that the library does not...

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For Immediate Release

Media Contacts:

Monica Trevino, 773-573-8667 (cell)/ mtrevino2319@gmail.com

Manny Perez, 708-351-1053/(cell)/ manny.prz@gmail.com

Mayoral Candidate Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia released the following statement on the Obama Presidential Library

"I have never wavered in my full support of bringing the Obama Presidential Library to Chicago. I served with the President in the Illinois Senate. I have always supported President Obama. His legacy -- and his library --belongs right here, in Chicago."

"While it is my view that the library does not have to come at the expense of public park land that has enormous historical significance for everyone in Chicago, I will support the South or West side site. As mayor, I will do everything within my power to make certain that the Obama Presidential Library is built in Chicago, and that the jobs and contracts that go with it benefit the community, as well."

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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.

  • Dianna at Urban Art Retreat social justice issues, neighborhood concerns, art

    Urban Art Retreat is located at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at corner of 21st. info@urbanartretreat.com Our website is www.urbanartretreat.com and Facebook.com/urbanartretreat To register for free classes, send an email to our email address in advance with your contact info and message.

    Remember, if you are ever wanting to find out contact info for a person or organization and you don't have their info- google them! Plenty of info will come up on them, including their website and contact info on that! thanks for your interest!

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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.

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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.

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Updated Feb 22

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.

MEDIA ADVISORY
IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stephanie Gadlin
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...

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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
IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stephanie Gadlin
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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