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Enrique Perez ( community Updater) looks in-depth at Olympic Bids status, pros and cons
Sick of Big Insurance Rally Downtown this morning
Upcoming Events at the DuSable Museum
Song-bird Cassandra Wilson to open Hyde Park Jazz Festival;
Alderman seeking City Honors for founder DuSable
Save the Date for the November ASCAC Conference
First Time Homebuyers Forum on West Side
Link to Soul of America - Black Travelers Web site
City "re-thinks" handling of Police Misconduct Claims
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1. From: PerezEG@aol.com
Subject: Will Chicago Get the Olympics - October 2, 2009
Enrique Perez does an excellent newsletter: Enrique's Community Updates
from which the below was cut and pasted. If you would like to see the entire
report or subscribe to Enrique's Community Updates, send your request to:
10 DAYS TO GO
*** October 2, 2009 ***
The Candidatures Collide
(a.k.a. What each Bid city is promising)
IOC To Vote on Who Will Host the 2016 Olympics
The 106 members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) will meet on October 2 in Copenhagen to vote on who will be the host city for the 2016 Olympics. The four finalist cities are Chicago, Madrid, Rio de Janeiro, and Tokyo. To be awarded the Olympics, the winning city must garner 50% plus 1 of the votes from the voting members. In the event that the first round of voting does not produce a simple majority winner, the city garnering the least number of votes is dropped from consideration and a second round of voting ensues. This process continues until there is a winner. Of the 106 voting members of the IOC, those members whose home country is one of the countries being voted on in a given round do not vote in that round. This means that for round one of the voting, 99 IOC members will be eligible to cast votes. As a city is eliminated from consideration, voting members from that country will be permitted to vote on the remaining candidate cities.
This is how Chicago WILL or WILL NOT get the Olympics
OLYMPICS RELATED MEETINGS
Follow-Up Presentation by Chicago 2016
Monday, September 21 at 7 PM
Follow-up presentation by Chicago 2016 and the Department of Environment on the status of the demolition of the Michael Reese Hospital buildings, a presentation by the Chicago Park District on plans for 31st Street Harbor, and Q & A by Draper and Kramer. This meeting will be held at the Olivet Baptist Church at 3101 S. King Dr. For more information, please call 773-536-8103.
Chicago and 2016: Bidding 'til Bankrupt? - A CityFront Forum with Allen Sanderson - Tuesday, September 22 from 6 to 7:30 PM
In this talk, just ten days before the International Olympic Committee announces its decision about the host site for the 2016 Summer Games, Allen Sanderson will discuss some urban myths and economic realities about the Olympic Games. The presentation will also examine the problems that host cities must confront as they try to cater to a powerful international monopoly (the IOC) and equally powerful local special interest groups. Finally, Sanderson will offer his perspective on Chicago's chances of being awarded the 2016 Games, and what those who are closely following the bid process should watch for. This free event will be held at the Graham School of General Studies at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center, Room 40, at 450 North Cityfront Plaza Dr. For more information, please visit http://alumniandfriends.uchicago.edu/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=mjJXJ7MLIsE&b=4725657&ct=7304661
Protest Chicago's Olympic Bid (This is an advocacy event)
Tuesday, September 29 from 5:30 PM
Let the International Olympic Committee know that Chicagoans so not want the Olympics Games. Chicago needs better hospitals, housing, schools, and trains... not Olympic Games. Don't wait to speak up after the decision has been made... tens of billions of your tax dollars are at risk when the city, state and nation are in the worst fiscal crisis in recent history! Speak up now! Let the world and IOC hear your voice! This protest will take place at City Hall located at 121 N. LaSalle St. For more information, please call (312) 235-2873 or visit http://nogames.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/olympicbidprotest-flyer.pdf
IOC Announcement of 2016 Olympic Games
Friday, October 2 from 7 AM to 7:10 PM
The IOC Session and Olympic Congress will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark. Join a global audience to watch which city the International Olympic Committee (IOC) selects to host the 2016 Olympic Games. For more information, please visit www.hs.facebook.com/event.php?eid=139882621136&ref=mf
Washington Park Olympic Coalition
Saturday, October 3 at 9 AM
This meeting will be held at the Washington Park Field House at 5531 S. King Dr. For more information, please visit www.hydepark.org/hpkccnews/commmtgscal.htm
2. From: Sue M.
Subject: This Morning: "Big Insurance: Sick of It" Rally in Chicago
Come to a "Big Insurance: Sick of It" Rally
in Chicago this morning!
This morning, we're gathering at rallies nationwide to send a strong message
that we're sick of Big Insurance—and we demand a public health insurance option, now!
Where: Blue Cross Blue Shield Offices (in Chicago)
When: Tuesday September 22nd at 12:00 PM
What: We'll hear stories from individuals who are suffering under
our broken health care system, and deliver a letter to
Big Insurance, demanding that they stop denying us care.
For more info and to find other rallies in your area, click here.
3. From: DuSable Museum Events
Subject: Upcoming Events
You make history every day! Help us
celebrate by becoming a member today!
Call (773) 947-0600 x 238 for more information.
DuSable Museum Events
History is being made at DuSable Museum! Join the DuSable Museum today!
Call (773) 947-0600 x 238 for more information.
THE URBAN FILM SERIES
Presented in collaboration with The Richmond Group.
Please Note That Films Are Subject To Change and Are Not Suitable For Children.
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Love For Sale
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Suite Chicago Blues
Admission: $20.00 per person
Suite Chicago Blues featuring the Spirit Wing Dance Ensemble explores the
musical heritage of Bronzeville and the music known as “the blues.”
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
4:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Educator’s Open House
Educators teaching in parochial, public, charter or home schools are invited
to learn more about the educational resources available at the DuSable Museum.
Registration is available on the DSM website or by contacting Josephine Phillips
at 773-947-0600 Ext 225.
Friday, October 30, 2009
DanceAfrica Chicago 2009 – A Southern African Odyssey
12:30 PM (student matinee) & 8PM
Harris Theater for Music and Dance in Millennium Park
Explore a unique culture through a unique performance! Blending contemporary
and traditional dance with song and percussion, three troupes from the United States
and abroad, teach and tell stories of every day life. DanceAfrica Chicago 2009,
presented by the DuSable Museum of African American History, brings to life a
permanent exhibition, Africa Speaks which explores the motherland region by region.
Experience the fabric that is life and dance, DanceAfrica 2009!
Tickets on sale NOW!
Ticket Prices: $25-$54. Discounts available for groups of 10 or more.
FOR TICKETS, CALL 312.334.7777 or VISIT www.harristheaterchicago.org
DanceAfrica Chicago 2009 – A Southern African Odyssey is made possible in part
by Columbia College, North Shore Printers, Scott D. Pollock & Associates P.C.,
Urban Gateways and United Airlines, the official airline of DuSable Museum.
The DuSable Museum of African American History presents
The Soul of Bronzeville, The Regal, Club DeLisa and The Blues
An exhibit by The Chicago Blues Museum
Through December 15, 2009
Focusing on American music traditions, the DuSable Museum is pleased to present
The Chicago Blues Museum exhibition The Soul of Bronzeville. This exhibition
salutes Chicago as the home of many legendary blues and R&B musicians including:
Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, Buddy Guy, Jerry Butler, Gene Chandler, Mavis Staples,
The Chi-Lites, The Dells and many, many others. Through instruments, original
photographs, personal memorabilia, concert collectibles, music and moving footage,
The Soul of Bronzeville chronicles the musical contributions of Bronzeville
and the artistic legacy of the blues.
Making Their Mark: Noted Signatures That Changed History
Through December 31, 2009
The DuSable Museum has mined its remarkable collection of autographed artifacts
and objects to present this exhibition and some of the most influential figures from
American history are included. George Washington, Abraham Lincoln,
George Washington Carver, Joe Louis, Langston Hughes and Ida B. Wells are among
those included along with the items they autographed.
DuSable Museum Events
740 East 56th Place
Chicago, IL 60637
Subject: Cassandra Wilson Concert at U of C
World-renowned jazz musician and vocalist Cassandra Wilson will kick off
the Hyde Park Jazz Festival with a performance at 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 25
at the University of Chicago’s Rockefeller Memorial Chapel.
The concert will include selections from Wilson’s most recent album, “Loverly,”
which earned a 2009 Grammy Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album, plus a
collaboration with students from the Kenwood Academy Concert Choir. The
students will perform several songs with Wilson, including an original piece
that will be composed during a series of workshops slated to take place
with the students prior to the concert.
“I’m always excited about performing, but to have the opportunity to work with
students is about as good as it can get,” said Wilson.
Two members of the University’s Southside Arts and Humanities Network sponsored
the concert: the Hyde Park Alliance for Arts and Culture, an organization dedicated
to showcasing the rich artistic culture of Hyde Park and the official sponsors of the
Saturday, Sept. 26 daylong jazz festival; and the IFA Yoruba Contemporary Arts
Foundation, which seeks to promote the connection between American music
and the artistic traditions of Africa’s largest ethnic group, the West African Yoruba.
Wilson is one of the IFA Foundation’s founding board members and hopes to
display the Yoruba-laced rhythms at her concert, especially because Chicago’s
South Side is known for its appreciation of jazz and African culture.
“I come from a tradition. My music is a continuum that is derived from an African,
specifically West African, cultural context,” Wilson said.
“There’s a spiritual component that is ever present in my music.” Wilson, the daughter
of a teacher and a musician, started her career almost 30 years ago in Mississippi with
a local jazz band. By the ‘80s she was becoming a sought-after producer, songwriter
and lead vocalist on the New York jazz scene. To date, Wilson has received two
Grammy awards and has 16 albums to her credit. According to a recent New York Times
review of “Loverly,” the album feels like “the engineer pressed the record button in the
middle of a jam session in which everyone was happily hanging behind the beat.
5. From: Raynard
Subject: Honoring City Founder
Honoring du Sable
Rename Michigan Ave. bridge for city founder, Reilly says While some of Chicago’s most treasured buildings are slowly being renamed after the highest bidder,
one downtown alderman hopes to use his influence to honor “The Father of Chicago.”
At last week’s city council meeting, Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) introduced a resolution to rename
the Michigan Avenue Bridge after Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the Haitian fur-trader revered
today as the first non-indigenous settler of the land now called Chicago.
“I think the city owes it to its founder to honor and preserve his memory,” Reilly said.
A dozen civic organizations with a direct interest in du Sable came together to request that a dedication
be made for the early settler, Reilly said. Given the bridge’s proximity to where du Sable set up his first
trading post, he said the structure seemed like the perfect spot.
In addition to the renaming, Reilly plans to install a bust of du Sable on the northeast side of the bridge,
which will be put in regardless of whether the renaming is approved.
Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable was born in the French Caribbean colony of Saint-Domingue, sometime
between 1730 and 1745, to a slave and a French pirate. After attending Catholic school in France,
he travelled to Louisiana and then Michigan, where he married a Potawatomi woman and became a
high-ranking ofmember her tribe.
After a brief stint as a prisoner of the British army, du Sable journeyed to the shores of Lake Michigan
around 1779 to establish a trading post at the mouth of the Chicago River, near what is now the base
of the Tribune Tower.
Here he spent the next two decades trading fur with natives and travelers and expanding on his property
and home, which came to be adorned with fine furniture and paintings he acquired from trading with
passing frontiersmen. In 1880, he moved on to Peoria, Ill. and then St. Charles, Mo., where he died in 1818.
Read the entire article online: click here>>>
7. From: Thomas Palmer
Subject: Award-Winning Documentary Opens at Chicago-Area Theaters
...original message from: Thomas Murphy
the new documentary film produced by Tom and Julie Hurvis -- which was the subject
of great excitement at the Feast of 'Izzat last week.
Produced by two Glenview, Illinois, Baha'is, this inspirational film tells the remarkable story of
a successful K-12 school, Providence St.Mel, on Chicago's impoverished and violent west side.
For the past 30 years, 100 percent of the school's graduates have been accepted to four-year colleges.
It shows that if we have the will, we can change the course of education in this country.
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8. From: Cash, Rosetta
Subject: ASCAC MWR Conference in Chicago
Below is an announcement for the ASCAC Midwest Regional Conference.
Save the Date. Hope to see you in November!
9. From: firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: Westside Ministers Coalition (WMC) Offers
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Learn How To Qualify for the First-Time Home Buyer Tax Credit Before November 1, 2009!
Find Out Your Foreclosure Prevention/Intervention Counseling/Legal Options!
Learn About The Obama Plan!
Know Your Tenants Rights if Building is in Foreclosure!
The Westside Ministers Coalition Housing Committee First-Time Home Buyer,
Foreclosure Prevention and Tenants Rights Outreach Day
When: Saturday, September 26, 2009
Where: Alfred Nobel Elementary School
4127 W. Hirsch (Hirsch & Karlov)
Time: 10a.m .to 2p.m.
FREE! FREE! FREE!
Contact Elder Otis Monroe, Westside Ministers Coalition (773) 315-9720
Or Rev. Dr. Lewis Flowers, CEO, Westside Ministers Coalition @ (7730 261-0207
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11. From: Raynard
Subject: Soul of America - Black Travel Guide
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13. From: WILLIAM MOORE
Subject: Ukrainian Sand Artist: Wow this is unbelieveable!!
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14. From: Greg McClain
Subject: Settling police misconduct claims with the city
Settling With The City
By Sam Singer
Source: The Beachwood Reporter.com
Last month Chicago police superintendent Jody Weis asked the city to rethink the way it handles
police misconduct claims. At his request, the Law Department amended its settlement policy to
reflect a more battle-ready posture. City lawyers will no longer have discretion to settle small claims
on behalf of police officers. Now lawyers will need the city's permission, which presumably won't
come, and until it does they will aggressively litigate each misconduct claim that lands on their desks.
By "misconduct claim" I mean a suit against a police officer arising from actions taken in carrying out
his official duties. (You may have heard these suits described as "brutality claims," but while appropriate
on rare occasions, that label is under-inclusive and on the whole a bit brash). Because misconduct suits
involve official police conduct, the city is on the hook for most of the damages, which explains why
city lawyers can typically represent the joint interests of the city and the accused police officer
in one proceeding.
The city has understandably grown weary of elective settlements. Plaintiffs' attorneys have learned to game
the city's settlement policy by bringing - and in some cases manufacturing - claims that cost more to litigate
than to settle. In this way they can effectively force payouts by presenting lawyers with the choice of
spending, say, $10,000 to try a misconduct case or $7,000 to make it go away.
But if costly, the city's old settlement policy had some indisputable, if often overlooked, benefits.
For one. the policy helped city lawyers manage their caseloads, which improved the quality of their advocacy.
In this way the settlement policy operated like a triage system, allowing lawyers to dispose of strike suits
while directing time and resources toward big budget cases.
More significantly, the policy helped protect police officers from punitive damage awards. The city doesn't
reimburse punitive payouts, which can only be imposed by a court, so each time the Law Department takes
a misconduct case to trial it exposes the defendant officer to significant out-of-pocket expenses. To prevent
this City lawyers have made a practice of settling high-risk punitive claims before they get to trial.
Set aside the more freighted question whether Chicago law enforcement might serve to benefit from greater
exposure to punitive damages. Of more immediate concern for the city are the ethical issues raised by a policy
that restricts city lawyers in their ability to represent their clients' best interests.
The state's professional conduct rules prohibit lawyers from representing a client when that representation will
be "materially limited" by representation of another client. Without discretion to settle high-risk punitive claims,
conflicts of this sort will emerge in police misconduct cases with increasing regularity.
As I understand, the city has an answer for those who would question its institutional ethics. To avoid conflicts,
the city plans to encourage officers facing punitive damages to seek outside representation. Instead of defending
officers in punitive cases and then limiting the City's reimbursement to compensatory damages, city lawyers
will push punitive damage claims outside the Law Department, where officers will be left to pay the costs of their
defense along with any punitive damages awarded at trial. Under this logic, the city would address the limits of
its representation in punitive cases by ending its representation altogether. That seems backwards even
by Chicago standards.
Sam Singer is the Beachwood's legal correspondent. He welcomes your comments.
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