May 11

From Schurz High School

291 schools across the nation have suffered horrific gun violence since 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 7,000 kids have been gunned down. More than 187,000 students have been traumatized. Enough is enough.

Throughout April, students mounted artistic protests in Chicago’s Washington Square Park, aka Bughouse Square, (https://www.newberry.org/bughouse-square-debates) ground zero for America’s free speech movement. We hosted a Soapbox Poetry Speakout; hung 7,000 strips of orange fabric; posted 1,300 notes of hope, representing all the kids...

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291 schools across the nation have suffered horrific gun violence since 2012, the year of the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre. 7,000 kids have been gunned down. More than 187,000 students have been traumatized. Enough is enough.

Throughout April, students mounted artistic protests in Chicago’s Washington Square Park, aka Bughouse Square, (https://www.newberry.org/bughouse-square-debates) ground zero for America’s free speech movement. We hosted a Soapbox Poetry Speakout; hung 7,000 strips of orange fabric; posted 1,300 notes of hope, representing all the kids were killed last year, plus another 1300 for what's expected this year; and repeatedly chalked the 291 school names down the length of the sidewalk -- an entire city block. Neighbors stopped, tweeted, and high-fived. Some even cried.

It was rainbows and sunshine until a pro-gun group petitioned the park's elected advisory council to mount a counter installation on the fence. Rather than embrace still more free speech, the council voted to crush it. B.S. Bughouse got evicted. No joke. Since then, we've taken our show on the road, popping up at schools, parks, companies, and houses of worship. The response to the 291 Sidewalk Challenge has been tremendous.

So now, on top of moving the needle on gun violence, we also aim to return the park to the people.

https://www.change.org/p/schools-say-enough

    Bughouse Square Debates | Newberry
    At a time when political polarization is intensified by the extremes of digital discourse, the Bughouse Square Debates are a public forum where people can encounter new ideas and share their own-in person! The 2018 Bughouse Square Debates will take place Saturday, July 28 across from the Newberry in Washington Square Park.
    http://www.newberry.org

May 10

Updated May 10

NEIU Recital Hall closed temporarily

The Recital Hall is temporarily closed, and events that have been scheduled to take place there have been relocated. We have closed the facility while we conduct an investigation. An individual was injured in an accident there recently, and we are thinking about that person's friends and family.

For more information about how the temporary closing of Recital Hall might affect your scheduled event there, please contact us at 773-442-4630.

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Mar 31

    PLEASE...We Need Help to Use Our Projector! | DonorsChoose.org project by Mrs. Stavrakas
    My students need a projector screen, stand, and speakers to utilize all the capabilities of our projector in the classroom. I teach second grade. My students come into my classroom everyday excited, enthusiastic, ready and eager to learn! They are dedicated and hardworking children and their love for learning will only...
    https://www.donorschoose.org

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