Thursday, August 13, 2009

BRONZECOMM: Thursday Morning News and Events Roundup 8/13/09

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In the Thursday Morning Bronzecomm Newsletter:

Crain's Chicago Business writer Steven Strahler reports Business gives Daley a pass

Tribune looks at Chicago's Cultural Historian

Mayfair Academy Dance Schedule for 79th Street location

Bronzeville Community Market continues this weekend

Advance Tickets go on Sale for African Festival of the Arts

Gary Forum looks at Jackson Family Impact

Southern Poverty Law Center reports rise in Militant Militias

Writer Willard Motley remembered as first Bud Billiken

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1. From: Raynard
Subject: Mayor Daley shows business who's Boss

Business gives Daley a pass
By: Steven R. Strahler
Source: Crain's Chicago Business

There was a time, not long ago, when business dared stand up to Mayor Richard M. Daley:
In 1996, the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago came out against
the mayor's efforts to close Meigs Field.

"He wasn't happy with that, I can assure you," says Arnold Weber, then-chairman of the
CEO-backed group. Mr. Weber says he was "beaten over the head" by Mr. Daley, who
ultimately ordered an overnight raid in 2003 that ended the debate — and the lakefront
airport's existence.

Since then, Chicago's business community mostly has fallen in line behind an all-powerful
mayor who is staking the city's financial health on monumental projects and dubious
privatization deals while piling up catastrophic budget deficits and pension liabilities.

Executives have uniformly backed Mr. Daley's high-stakes Olympics gamble, as they have
supported big-budget mayoral projects like Millennium Park and the expansion of
O'Hare International Airport. In fact, the titans of Chicago's business community have
served at the mayor's right hand on those projects: Former Sara Lee Corp. CEO John Bryan
led Millennium Park fundraising, billionaire Lester Crown ran point on O'Hare and now
former Aon Corp. Chairman Patrick Ryan serves as chairman of the 2016 Olympics push.

Meanwhile, those leaders and the larger business community stood silently by as Mr. Daley
rammed through a parking meter sell-off, allowed pension shortfalls to skyrocket
and piled up a $469-million budget deficit.

"Everybody's lining up and saluting," says Robert Abboud, who was chairman and CEO of
First Chicago Corp. in the 1970s. Back then, he recalls, bankers took an active role in
municipal finances, meeting regularly with Mayor Richard J. Daley and stepping in to help
rescue a City Hall bond offering that New York's financial crisis threatened to derail.

"It was a two-way street," Mr. Abboud says.


Chicago has a long history of cooperation between the Loop business establishment and
City Hall. Business relies on political bosses to create predictability and stability and dole
out development incentives, and in turn provides Mr. Daley — and his father before him
— with a reliable source of campaign contributions.

That arrangement isn't uncommon in big cities or at any level of government. It's usually
in business's best interests to cozy up to officials — especially those as entrenched
and powerful as Mr. Daley.

Read the entire article: click here>>>

2. From: Raynard
Subject: Tribune looks at Chicago's Cultural Historian

Tim Samuelson

Not stuffy about history
Source: Chicago

Chicago's cultural historian loves the city so much that he wants to preserve it all
-- and his artist wife doesn't even mind when he brings his work home

A large, metal panel the color of molasses sits on a ledge -- alongside pieces
of the Wrigley Building and Navy Pier discarded during restorations -- in a
hallway leading to the office of Tim Samuelson, Chicago's cultural historian.

It was once light tan, once part of the ceiling at the 708 Club on 47th Street,
where Muddy Waters served up his brand of the blues in the '50s. Decades
of cigarette smoke have added a dark, syrupy layer.

"I wouldn't wash that piece for anything," says Samuelson, who rescued it
several years ago while showing the club to a German journalist. "I liked the
idea that this was part of this club and this environment and that it once
vibrated to the sounds of the early electrified blues."

That piece embodies -- if a sheet of metal can possess such powers -- Samuelson's
passion for preserving Chicago's architectural and cultural history, its glamor and
its grit. A Louis Sullivan-designed baluster, removed after a 1968 fire, from Carson
Pirie Scott & Co. A chunk of Frank Lloyd Wright's long-gone Francis Apartments
on 43rd Street. Eliot Ness' handcuffs. A back-flush toilet. Veg-O-Matics
and Pocket Fishermans.

He is Chicago's super-saver. Been at it since grade school.

Chess Records, the legendary recording studio at 2120 S. Michigan Ave. still stands,
thanks to Samuelson. So do nine buildings that make up the city's Bronzeville District.

"There's not a major street corner in Chicago where he couldn't tell you not only
what buildings used to be there, but who the architects were, who financed them,
what their wives did, what businesses used to operate, who was killed there, how much
a beer would've cost," says cartoonist Chris Ware, who's collaborating with Samuelson
on an opening-in-December Louis Sullivan exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center.

"He is," as Ware puts it, "the living hippocampus of the city of Chicago."

No need to look it up: It's not a critter at the Lincoln Park Zoo but part of the brain
tied to emotion and memory.

Read the entire article: click here>>>

3. From:
Subject: Mayfair Academy - Fall Registration Begins 8/27

4. From: Rick Kittles
Subject: Bronzeville Community Market - Continues this Saturday

5. From: CommonWealth Music Group


FM Supreme and Deja K Taylor prepares for European Tour
with benefit organized by local activists, professors,
and community leaders.

FM SUPREME has shared the stage with Boyz II Men, MC Lyte, David Banner,
Saul Williams and more. She has spoken at the National Hip Hop Convention
and has appeared at the MTV Video Music Awards. Deja K Taylor has shared
the stage with Common, WillIAm, The Roots, Lupe Fiasco, Pharrell, and more.
She recently appeared on HBO’s Brave New Voices. This August, the two local
celebrities will tour Europe for ten days with definite stops in London
and Amsterdam.

Their benefit is hosted by Bill Ayers- activist and professor at University of Illinois
at Chicago, Alice Kim- director of Public Square, Carla Carter-interim director of
Young Chicago Authors, and a prominent circle of Chicago leaders. The event
will take place at Young Chicago Authors (1180 N. Milwaukee) followed by a
concert at The Chopin Theater (1543 W. Division). The concert will feature
performances by world renowned poet Quraysh Ali Lansana, international
songstress Ugochi, Chicago natives Poetree Chicago and Kevin Coval, and
acclaimed lecturer/artist Theaster Gates.

The Chicago Tribune recently said “FM SUPREME rocks our world” and Deja K Taylor
has been featured in the American Theater Magazine for her forthcoming one woman
show “Free Deja Taylor”. These local artists will make international leaps and bounds
as they journey to share their Chicago roots with the world. In a world where
everything is transforming from local to global, it is widely empowering to bring the
Chicago hip hop movement far beyond its borders. The two artists represent the new
generation of Chicago entertainment that will soon impact the world heavily.

The benefit reception and concert will be held on August 18th at 6:00pm (benefit)
and 7:30pm (concert). Both are open to the public and all proceeds will go towards
the tour. If it takes a village to raise a child, then it takes a community to raise an

<>Please contact Jessica Disu (Email: )
for immediate information.

CommonWealth Music Group



6. From:
Subject: Save Money - Buy your Tickets in Advance

Advance Tickets on Sale Now - Click here>>>

7. From: kwabena sagidi
Subject: michael jackson memorial - impact on gary forum

Hotep All,

The residents of Gary must be at the table to make sure that the impact of the love that Michael is recieving transfers to the city that is in much need of love. Join The Committee to Honor the Jacksons in Gary this Saturday August 15th at 11 AM a the WEB DuBois Library on the corner of 19th & Broadway to brainstorm, share your vision on how the people of the city of Gary can benefit from the international love that is coming to our city on behalf of one of the worlds greatest entertainers and entertainment families. Michael and the Jacksons.

8. From: ranoule tatum

This is a free event

SELF EMPLOYMENT EXPO on September 19th.


More than 20 million people are self-employed, a number that will continue to grow in the coming years!

If you're tired of beating the pavement competing for a job that you really don't want ...........then clear your calendar!

9. From: Greg McClain
Subject: Teacher Assistant

...original message from: L Russell

If you or someone you know is looking for a teacher assistant position
with the Chicago Public Schools, please have that person email me.

This positions requires you to have have 60 college credits or more.

Additionally this person must (LIKE CHILDREN) and have the ability
to mentor, mold and serve as a role model for students of various ages
and modalities. This candidate must have a flexible understanding that
requires you to do various tasks within the school.

We are looking for candidates who have the desire to continue in education
long term and one who is not trying to fill a position due to umemployment.

Please forward resumes to Misterteach@ sbcglobal.

Should you have further questions or concerns,
please respond to my email directly.

With Children in Mind,

Lorenzo L. Russell, Ed.S

Misterteach@ sbcglobal. net

10. From: Melvyn Williams

Know anyone looking for work?
See the list of job fairs from Carolyn Murray.

(847)688-3760 x 103/ Fax (847)688-2128 DSN Prefix 792

"For Official Use Only - Information contained may include personal, sensitive material.
Privacy Act Protected."

Job Fairs & Special Events

The items listed are organized by date.

For more information, please go to this link: and then click on the name of the event.
(IDES also maintains a list of job seeker workshops)

Name & Location:

Round Lake Beach Chamber of Commerce Expo Aug. 13, 2009
2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach, 60073

On-site Recruitment for Schneider Trucking Company Thursday August 13, 2009
Southwest Workforce Center at Daley College, 7500 Pulaski Road, Chicago IL 60652

Illinois State Fair Thursday August 13 through Sunday August 23, 2009
Illinois State Fair Grounds, Springfield IL 62703

Patriots Day Veterans Career Fair and 9/11 Recognition Ceremony Friday September 11, 2009
U.S. Cellular Coliseum, 316 W Washington St., Bloomington IL 61701

Helping our Hometown Heroes/Patriots Saturday September 12, 2009
Parkland College Gymnasium, 2400 W Bradley Ave., Champaign IL 61821

The Fall 2009 Resources and Job Connection Fair Thursdays Sept. 17 & 24, 2009
Malcolm X College, 1900 West Van Buren, Chicago IL 60612

8th Annual Stand Down 2009 For Homeless Veterans Thursday Sept. 17 to Saturday Sept 19, 2009
Quad Cities Conservation Alliance Expo Center, 2621 4th Avenue, Rock Island IL 61201

Jobs Plus '09 Wednesday September 23, 2009
Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville IL 62234

Veteran Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Services Orientation and Exploration Thursday October 8, 2009
Illinois Worknet Center, 1300 S. Ninth St., Springfield IL 62703

Waukegan Veteran Stand Down Tuesday October 20, 2009
Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission, 20 S Martin Luther King Jr. Ave., Waukegan IL 60085

Veterans Job Fair and Resource Networking Event Thursday October 29, 2009
Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive, Kankakee, IL 60901

On-site Recruitment for First Student Every Monday through Thursday
Illinois workNet Center, 2 Smoketree Plaza, North Aurora, IL 60542

On-site Recruitment for Easter Seals Dislocated Worker Program Every Monday and Wednesday
IDES Office, 4931 W. Diversey, Chicago IL 60639

On-site Recruitment for Addus Healthcare Every 2nd and 4th Monday of the Month
Illinois workNet Center, 2 Smoketree Plaza, North Aurora, IL 60542

Training Provider Onsite--MicroTrain 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of Every Month
IDES Office, 800 Lancer Lane, Grayslake IL 60030

On-site Recruitment for Furst Staffing Every Tuesday
IDES Office, 1826 S. West Ave., Freeport IL 61032

On-site Recruitment for TCF Bank Every Wednesday
IDES Office, 4931 W. Diversey, Chicago, IL 60639

On-site Recruitment for Staff Management Every Wednesday
Workforce Center at Daley College, 7500 S Pulaski Bldg-100, Chicago IL 60653

On-site Recruitment for Staff Management Every Wednesday
Burbank IDES Office, 5608 W 75th Place, Burbank IL 60459

On-site Recruitment for Spherion Every Thursday
Illinois workNet Center, 2 Smoketree Plaza, North Aurora, IL 60542

On-site Recruitment for Rich Lee Vans Every Friday
IDES Office, 2 Smoketree Plaza, North Aurora IL 60542

11. From: Bruce Barnes
Subject: Militias on the rise

...original message from: Southern Poverty Law Center

As you may have seen in the news today, we've just released a new report about the
resurgence of the right-wing militia movement — a movement steeped in paranoia
and infused with a boiling rage against President Obama.

Back in 1994, we detected similar stirrings among those in the radical right, and we warned
the federal government that the "mixture of armed groups and those who hate is a recipe
for disaster." Six months later, 168 people were murdered in the Oklahoma City bombing.

Today, we're facing a similar situation. One federal agent told us that "all it's lacking is a spark."

Anti-government militias are just one part of an explosion of extremist rage in America
— a backlash to Obama's election and to the progress we're making toward social justice
and tolerance. These groups and their allies traffic in bizarre conspiracy theories — like the
claim that Obama is not really a U.S. citizen and that he wants to euthanize senior citizens.

The Department of Homeland Security has recently warned that right-wing extremists such as
these militias currently pose the No. 1 threat of domestic terrorism.

The fact is, we're already seeing acts of terror. Six law enforcement officers have been murdered
by extremists in recent months, and Obama has received more threats than any other president.

We're working hard to keep law enforcement agencies at every level up to date with the latest
and most accurate intelligence about these extremists and their activities.

Please read our new report and pass it along to your friends and family. We all need to stay
informed so that we can fight back against this rising tide of extremism.

Thank you for supporting our work — and remember to speak out against hate and intolerance
in your community.


Morris Dees

***More: U.S. Militia Groups Growing

12. From: Raynard
Subject: The forgotten first Bud Billiken

The first Bud Billiken

Joe Allen uncovers the forgotten story of a Chicago writer with a militant commitment to the fight for civil rights.

Novelist Willard Motley, the first to write under the name Bud Billikin

THE ANNUAL Bud Billiken parade on Chicago's predominantly African American South Side draws hundreds
of thousands of people in early August each year (this year, on August 8), with a theme of encouraging
Chicago kids to attend school.

The parade name is taken from a fictional character, "Bud Billiken," whose column "Bud says" appeared in the
Chicago Defender newspaper, penned by several writers.

Over the last 20 years, the parade has become more of a citywide event, even though it's still staged on the South Side.
Corporate sponsors and politicians dominate, many of them responsible themselves for the terrible state of public
education in the city.

While this may be annoying, there is a hidden aspect of the parade that would surprise many--that the first Bud Billiken
was African American novelist Willard Motley. Many parade participants and spectators would be even more surprised
to learn that the Chicago-born and -raised Motley was a militant fighter for civil rights and active campaigner in one
of the most controversial criminal defense cases in Chicago's history.

Most people walking Chicago's streets today wouldn't recognize Motley's name--even though, according to literary
historian Alan Wald, he "was in all likelihood the most prolific novelist associated with the concluding years of the
Black Chicago Renaissance."

Read tne entire article: click here>>>



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