Apr 10

gallery in North Lawndale needs attendees Saturday afternoon!

Everyone always talking about attracting more businesses to North Lawndale. How about supporting the ones already located here?! There is a fREE reception from 1-4 on Saturday afternoon at 1957 S. Spaulding Ave. More info in a posting down the page a bit already listed. We hope to see you at the Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center.

Apr 07

Please attend International art show at North Lawndale gallery!

LIZ LONG GALLERY at Chicago Urban Art Retreat Center
presents: Artists From Anywhere But Illinois
Artists from Morocco, France, Holland, New Hampshire,
California, Turkey, Colorado, Mexico, Netherlands, Wisconsin,
Texas, Nebraska, Kansas.

Artists would like you to see their art!
A reception to view art, and hear -
Andy Frost from Madison, New Hampshire speak.
He is showing a group of his paintings- Las Meninas (after Velazquez and Picasso)
Flute music by Ji Senghe
Refreshments by Cesar & Dianna
April 11, 2015 Saturday from 1-4 p.m.

Apr 06

More Thanks

While the original committee members produced the bid that we benefit from now, there are so many others to thank for the position we enjoy now:
• Roberta Cosey of Neighborhood Housing Services who first posed the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if it were built on the Westside?”
• Bobbie Steele, the first female President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was one the first to step forward with continuing moral and logistical support
• The K-Town Historic...

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While the original committee members produced the bid that we benefit from now, there are so many others to thank for the position we enjoy now:
• Roberta Cosey of Neighborhood Housing Services who first posed the question, “Wouldn’t it be nice if it were built on the Westside?”
• Bobbie Steele, the first female President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners was one the first to step forward with continuing moral and logistical support
• The K-Town Historic District Association, which gave the endeavor credibility
• Alan Channing, President of Mount Sinai Hospital, who cemented that credibility
• The Illinois Chapter of N.O.M.A. (The National Organization of Minority Architects) for their technical contributions in the creation of our bid
• And last but by no means least, Valerie F. Leonard of The Lawndale Alliance, who’s considerable organizational, community and social media skills kept the dream of an engaged, educated and motivated community alive

Mar 25

Updated Mar 25

  • Valerie F. Leonard Lawndale Community Builder and Policy Analyst

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

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.

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!

Mar 08

Updated Mar 09

Looking for information

What are the strengths of North Lawndale?

Mar 01

Updated Mar 01

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.

Feb 23

Updated Mar 01

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!

Feb 20 2012

Updated Feb 25

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 18 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Me too! Thought someone,resurrected the issue.

Feb 24

Updated Feb 25

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 Feelin' Feisty

    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?

Dec 21

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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