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24th Ward Debate VIDEOS form 3/23 CLTV "Politics Tonight" Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate

VIDEOS of 24th Ward Debate on CLTV "Politics Tonight" (Tue 3/24) Decision 2015: 24th Ward Candidates Debate are at:http://cltv.com/2015/03/24/decision-2015-24th-ward-candidates-debate/

  • Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular...

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    Thanks for responding, Sir Sel. I definitely believe that sanitation should be a priority, but I don't think that's all a candidate should be selling. I'd rather see what his/her plan is for moving the community forward, with business, infrastructure and amenities for its residents, and as for that particular candidate, I haven't seen it yet, and I would urge you to look deeper as well.

    I've seen the turnaround of many areas: West Loop, South Loop, the convention center, and I can't recall that the charge was led by a massive cleanup, rather a comprehensive plan for the area to bring development in which beautification was included.

    Mr. Scott, Jr has been with the Chicago Park District for many years, and those parks (specifically the smaller ones in the ward) are a real mess, and based on that record his promises to clean the ward can't really be trusted. Parks are the cornerstone of communities, as well as its schools--many of which are attached to parks and controlled by the district.

    I agree with you on one thing though- if WE (the residents) can't do anything else WE should be cleaning up our community. It's refreshing to see community programs that are geared towards this cause and I hope to see many of our neighbors get involved. That work starts with them, but I'd like to see the ward leadership tackle the bigger issues.

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

    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered...

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    Keep representing your point of view, although I don't share your understanding of how to get started with economic development.
    The areas immediately connected to the influence of the loop didn't have to contend with the degrading, demeaning damage of trash and debris as in our communities.
    Those areas offered more of an investment worthy appearance, which I feel is hampering our ability to attract businesses and employment opportunities. There is power and stability in a clean, healthy environment.
    Please understand that position is not limited to the physical appearance. That's why I constantly stress the cleaning process starts from the inside...............OUT.
    Some of the people, who are calling the shots, regarding the trash in our community, live in some of the more pristine areas of Chicago and represent some of best dressed elected officials at city hall. Look at Ed Burke, the filthiest demon inspired creature in local government.
    Keep writing.

Mar 19

Updated 18 hours ago

State Rep. Arthur Turner Jr. wants to Speak Effectively for the Community, in Springfield

Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which...

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Many organizations receive grants yearly producing no measureable outcomes.

Some organizations need to be cut. There are over 100 not for profit organizations and over 100 churches in Lawndale according to a written article by Valerie Lenard, 2012. Looking around the Lawndale community one wouldn't know these organization exists. The communities in Lawndale have board up buildings, garbage spread throughout, vacant lots, homeless and people sitting/standing on corners and around liquor stores, most of all, to many food pantries. Which organization can honestly say their program has benefit the community to its fullest capacity? Not one, moreover, these organization can't say they have maximize every dollars spent without waste. I dare to say these organizations directors exist to pay themselves and, not help the very ones they receive funds to assist, especially if they don't live in the Lawndale community.
There is not one organization that host day centers in Lawndale. If people had day centers where they could come together and congregate, putting their minds together creating opportunities to become self-sufficient and self-reliant and having support systems it would be legitimate reasons to fight for cuts the governor has implemented.

  • Patricia Marshall forming community gardens

    If I don't have the date correct to when Valerie Lenard' published the article mention, regarding how many "organizations and churches" exist in Lawndale, I believe she would be more than happy to back up her written article.

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

    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition...

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    Ineffective community programs? Where? Show me who they are. Although facetious, I am very serious. I am very familiar with community programs that represent a good front and that's all.
    Going back to the seventies, when I entered this vicious, unthankful calling to help us do something about the condition of our communities and use limited resources to effectively address social ills.
    I have been amazed at the number of groups and the number of brick and mortar churches whose seemingly single purpose is to "be" and nothing else.
    Has anyone got any idea how much money has been literally poured into the housing market in North Lawndale to rehabilitate again and again the structures? Millions, millions and more millions is the answer. Why? Because we, as a people will absolutely tear up a brick.
    Look at all of these vacant lots in North Lawndale and through-out the city.
    Managing multi-family housing shouldn't be seen a social program; it's a business.
    If the business of owning and managing multi-family buildings is a success, social concerns can, in part, be addressed by the owners of the properties.
    I am a part of Kwanzaa Accountability Group whose single purpose is to hold each group the members are affiliated with accountable for their propose mission in the community.
    Representative Turner, you should consider creating a vehicle like this for all of us to see who is who and who is doing what.
    I am a founding board member of the Lawndale Amachi Mentoring Program that has an empirical history of seven fruitful years of serving the youth of North Lawndale whose parent(s) is incarcerated. Huge, huge problem.
    That's one of the reasons I am feverishly committed to cleaning up our environment, because many of our mentees' parent(s) are or were influenced by the physical state of their community.
    There is an abundance of evidence claiming we are a product of our environment. Check us out LAMP at WWW.CHICAGOLAMP.ORG

Mar 19

Updated 18 hours ago

Clean-up Efforts Hours Extended

The hours for clean-up will start at 11:00am until 4:00pm giving late sleeper time to contribute. We will be cleaning a one block radius, Roosevelt to Douglas and Kedzie to Troy. Assembling at 1217 S. Troy. All are welcome

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Clean-up Effort a Success

I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

We...

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I would like to thank DRW College Prep for their support in the clean-up efforts.

The weather was brisk and the community itself elected to stay inside while 25 students and 1 counselor took time out of their busy schedules to clean up a 1block radius cleaning efforts, my annual task.

We filled 20 bags of garbage half-way down the block on South Troy Street. Out of bags at 12:30 pm we were force to quit our clean-up efforts.

We stop working on the vacant lots at 1225 and 1227 S. Troy, where we learned the neighbors at 1223 just throws their garbage right of the porch unto the lots. Making it a landfills of garbage and other stuff right in the community. Its no wonder we had an outbreak of supersize rats.

How do I know about the super size rats? I had three in my apartment, it was a nightmare. It makes me sad to have neighbors who don't respect where they live.

Who is the blame for our communities being overlooked time and time again? What would you do if this was happening next door to you?

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

    Thank you Ms. Marshall for the contribution of the young folk. To your question: what do you do about neighbors who have obviously lived in filth so long that the spirit of filth has taken up residency in them.
    My War ON FILTH AND FEAR CAMPAIGN is focused on having...

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    Thank you Ms. Marshall for the contribution of the young folk. To your question: what do you do about neighbors who have obviously lived in filth so long that the spirit of filth has taken up residency in them.
    My War ON FILTH AND FEAR CAMPAIGN is focused on having people like this declared mentally lacking and in desperate need of the final solution: "Clean up or get cleaned out".
    Please come to the "FILTH AND FEAR SUMMIT", April 2, 10th District Police Station, 3315 Ogden Av. 6-7:30PM. Bring the young folk. I want them to understand that the purpose is not to mindlessly continue picking up other people's trash and debris, but change the mind-set of those who throw the mess down in the first place.

    Thanks

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  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

    Thanks for covering this important story, Neighborhood Scribe!!!

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Updated 3 days ago

33 years old man Missing

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.

  • Yes, a report was filed by his mom: Ty!

  • ringo712 Lived here all my life

    maybe he found someone new. No reason to involve the authorities for that

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33 years old Missing man

Im pretty worried. My boyfriend is missing since March 12th, 2015 in the North Side of Chicago. He was last seen in Mount Sinai Hospital around South and North Lawndale.
He has schizophrenia so he was confused in those days. I would appreciate any kind of help or information about him. His name is Jonathan Bujnowski. His height 6 1, dark blonde hair, green eyes, slim complexion.
His picture is in my profile photo, as i couldn't post it in the text.

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Mar 17

Girl, 15, missing from North Lawndale

Police are looking for Latrice Chillis, 15, who has been missing from the 1900-block of South Harding in the North Lawndale neighborhood since March 11.

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Mar 14

DREAM and Vision for the Future of North Lawndale

March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we...

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March 21 (2-4:00) You are invited to gather and dream a vision for the future of North Lawndale at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center, 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. at 21st.
We need you!
First, there will be an update on projects CUARC is involved in that are about improving the community. This will be followed by a facilitated creative experience expressing our vision and dreams for the future of the neighborhood. Picking up where we left off last month, we will take notes and document our efforts, and keep track off our vision. No need to have attended last month. We will be doing more new, easy, fun exercises. There will be one more small meeting next month, and then we will meet at a large location & accommodate a much larger number of people to accomplish a larger experience to dream for North Lawndale.
We hope to develop a plan for the future of North Lawndale much like other neighborhoods have who have successfully moved their neighborhoods forward. We will be including neighborhood organizations, chamber of commerce, elected officials, and businesses. Please consider attending our DREAM of the future of North Lawndale creative experience! Please RSVP at contact@urbanartretreat.com

Mar 14

Youth Violence/Adult Responses

I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that...

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I believe it is wrong to condone our youth being violent and not choosing other ways to respond to violence when they are confronted with it. I am disappointed that any adult would condone the violent behavior at recent ball game of North Lawndale team. I really do not care who started it- it is wrong to be fighting, hitting other people. This is called violence. I saw on the television news report, a grown man made a statement that the Lawndale youth were only responding to the other team's violence by being violent.This is the wrong example to set for your youth! No wonder youth are out of control with adults in our community being on the wrong side of the violence in our community issue.
I often lead workshops and classes in our schools and at area organizations. It is hard to see the amount of violent talk and actions the children present. When I meet parents, I quickly learn where they get it from. When I see movies, videos, online images, video games, publicity ads, etc. I learn where they get it from, and how it is re-enforced.
We must let children know that there are consequences for their actions. If they break rules, they will need to face the music. We must be consistent. They must know what to expect and be prepared to pay for their mistakes now, before they make mistakes they must pay dearly for.

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Mar 13

PBS documentary series seeking North Lawndale residents living in neighborhood since 1965

I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you...

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I'm an associate producer working on a 4 part documentary series for PBS about the last 50 years of African American history.

We are looking to interview people who have been living in North Lawndale since 1965, who remember the Chicago Freedom Movement and Dr Martin Luther King Jr's stay in the neighborhood when he rented an apartment at 1550 S. Hamlin Avenue in 1966.

We're interested in your memories of living in North Lawndale in the 1960's, what you thought about Dr King's work in Chicago, how North Lawndale changed from the 1970's onwards, and it's like to live in the neighborhood today.

If you or your family lived in North Lawndale in 1965 and continue to live there today, I would love to speak with you. Please contact me at e.chua@ark-media.net or call 718) 935-9745 ext 107. Thank you!

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