Tuesday, April 30, 2013

RISE UP ON TUESDAY MAY 7, 2013 6:30PM & CALL FOR CLARITY ON THE JOBS, CAREERS, CONTRACTS: Citizens Coalition on the Grand Crossing Railroad Project

Friends, Neighbors, Colleagues,

Do not let your families be insulted again. Scroll down to the blue highlighting below and ask yourself how many times you've heard the claim of "jobs to come" used to justify the investment of your tax dollars in enterprises and infrastructure here in Chicago?

Well, no one would be more delighted than us should the 300 jobs promised below materialize. Yet to ensure that they do, our engagement is needed. We must 1) follow the money 2) demand transparency 4) insist on knowing exactly what jobs and contracts are planned 3) refuse to take No for an answer 4) persist till victory. Join us for our regular 1st Tuesday meeting, May 7th, 6:30-8:30pm at ETA, 75th & South Chicago Avenue, as we begin drafting our Community Benefits Negotiation Points & Direct Action Campaign.

The Citizens Coalition on the Grand Crossing Railroad Project continues to stand in solidarity and share concerns with our Englewood allies as they press their case for environmental protections and fairness in Norfolk Southern home/land purchases. And they stand with us as we press our case for railroad careers and contracts. They're here to stay: They must pay. "The South Side 13" - NORFOLK SOUTHERN and the 12 CREATE railroad companies - AND THEIR SUPPLY CHAINS must account to us.

Please be present on Tuesday, May 7th as we advance our direct action campaign for - among other community benefits - delivery of the jobs, careers, and contracts promised to the community by the City and the railroads. Join a committee, recruit a neighbor.

If you're busy, RISE UP and tell a friend.
If you're jobless, RISE UP for your career training.
If you're underemployed, RISE UP to increase your household income.
If you're employed, RISE UP for your neighbor.
If you're retired, RISE UP for your grandchildren.
If you're just plain tired, RISE UP for the dignity of our ancestors and let them see their blood was not shed in vain.
If you're ashamed of how your people have been lied to and pushed aside, RISE UP and claim what you know you deserve.
If you see the storm coming, and have the wisdom to be on the right side of change, RISE UP and SHOW UP and ACT UP until their billions in annual railroad profit are reinvested in the health/wealth of the people whose neighborhoods and tax dollars they need, use, and abuse. HAVE SOME PRIDE, MY PEOPLE: WE WERE NOT BORN FOR THE BOTTOM!

April 24, 2013
Mayor’s Press Office
(312) 744-3334
Growing Home Organic Farm Expansion Will Triple Farm’s Produce in a Chicago Food Desert,
Increase Economic Activity in Community
Standing with the staff and farm stand customers of the Growing Home urban, organic
farm, Mayor Rahm Emanuel, today highlighted the new project as one example of the more
than $363 million in public and private investments in greater Englewood. These
investments are helping establish one of the nation’s largest urban agricultural districts,
expanding industrial and housing opportunities, and coordinating open space development
throughout the community. The public and private investments in Englewood will lead to
thousands of new jobs in construction, food production, transportation, and other
“The purpose of Chicago Neighborhoods Now investments is to bring the public and private
sectors together to help targeted neighborhoods across the city achieve their potential,”
Mayor Emanuel said.“By investing in the expansion of community projects like Growing
Home, we are making more strategic use of Englewood’s assets and proving that when the
city, public sector and neighborhood residents come together, there is no limit to what we
can accomplish.”
For example, Growing Home and the City worked together to utilize city-owned vacant lots
to expand to 1.5 acres. Growing Home is also quadrupling its workforce training initiatives
to 80 people per year and tripling its produce output to 40,000 pounds of produce per year,
much of which will be sold to local residents.
“The growth of urban agriculture in Englewood and throughout Chicago means more fresh
food, but it also means more workforce training, more income for participants, and more
productive uses for vacant land,” said Harry Rhodes, Growing Home executive director.
Growing Home is also participating in a recently announced farmer incubation network
that is helping to train individuals for the urban farms of tomorrow. More than 40 acres of
land are envisioned for agriculture-related uses in Englewood, primarily along the
“Englewood Line,” a three-mile-long abandoned railroad viaduct adjacent to 59th Street
that’s being planned as both a linear park and the spine of the Englewood agriculture
Overall, the Growing Home project is one of multiple productive uses that are leveraging
the approximately 2,500 City-owned vacant lots in Englewood. Other City-owned land, is
being planned for new housing, retail, recreational, and industrial opportunities, primarily
through the Department of Housing and Economic Development’s (DHED) forthcoming
“Green Healthy Neighborhoods” plan, and through the cooperation of community based
agencies like Neighborhood Housing Services, the NeighborSpace land trust, and the Local
Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC).
Norfolk Southern railroad, for example, is purchasing more than 100 City-owned lots to
double the size of its 47th Street intermodal facility, which will create more than 300
permanent jobs for the community. The $285 million project is expected to start later this
year, followed by additional industrial investments that will enhance the area’s viability for
distribution and warehousing.
The $23.5 million Hope Manor II apartments will provide 73 units of affordable veterans’
apartments after it opens next year on 25 parcels of formerly City-owned land. Also
supported by $1.9 million loan and $16.7 million in tax credit equity from the City, the 2.3-
acre Volunteers of America project is scheduled to break ground Thursday, April 25th, at
6000 S. Halsted Street.
The City’s Micro Market Recovery Program, which helps to stabilize neighborhoods
impacted by the foreclosure crises, is also active in Englewood. In the last 18 months, the
program has allocated $2.7 million in public funds to acquire and rehabilitate more than
100 local homes.
Other recent and planned public investments include improvements to Lindblom High
School Career Academy; renovations to Holmes and Henderson elementary schools; the
creation of a protected bike lane along three miles of Damen Avenue; and new mixed-use
development at 63rd and Halsted streets.
The Chicago Neighborhoods Now initiative includes Englewood, Pullman, Rogers Park,
Uptown, Little Village, Bronzeville, and the Eisenhower Corridor. These areas were identified
by City departments and sister agencies that convened together to discuss how
past, current, and future projects can foster quality-of-life synergies for area residents and

Naomi Davis, JD LEED GA
President & Founder
BIG: Blacks in Green™

Note New Address

Box 378411
Chicago, IL 60637

Building Green

Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People

Hey friends!

I hope this finds you doing very well I wanted to share with you this report that came out earlier this month called "Operation Ghetto Storm: 2012 Annual Report on the Extrajudicial Killing of 313 Black People" which basically contextualizes the war on Black America by documenting how many Black folks were shot in cold blood by cops, self-appointed vigilantes, and the like. They found that it is every 28 hours that a Black person is executed on the street, and likely more than that, given the holes in their research method. The study is attached and you can read more about it here. There's a great preface and Q&A section explaining the title, explaining why this is not focused on Black on Black violence, explaining how and why they did the study, and how things have progressed since last year's report (which found an execution every 36 hours).

"What are we supposed to do with this study?
Real talk: I don't know! That is the bajillion dollar question, but at this point, whatever you do with it would probably be the right answer! I just wanted to get this in the hands of some folks who I know have good ideas and do good things. Read it. Look at the graphics. Tell someone else. Make copies at work and give a copy to the bus driver. Use it in the work you're already doing. Decorate a wall with it- I don't know! Whatever seems right to you. The folks who released the study also make some recommendations for what to do on their site (http://mxgm.org/let-your-motto-be-resistance-a-handbook-on-organizing-new-afrikan-and-oppressed-communities-for-self-defense/).

Monday, April 29, 2013

10 black child geniuses you should know

10 black child geniuses you should know
If you only watched the evening news or depended on pop culture to paint a picture of young blacks, you would probably think that the majority of black youngsters were only ambitious about sports and music, or caught up in crime and debauchery.
However, the face of black success isn’t limited to the fields that are occupied by Jay-Z, Beyonce and LeBron James. There are a multitude of young blacks who are achieving at a high level in science, math, classical music, chess and other knowledge-based areas and preparing to change society.
Stephen R. Stafford II
Stephen entered Morehouse College at the age of 11 and picked up three majors. Now 16, he is currently studying computer science and mathematics. He will likely graduate at 17.
Mabou Loiseau
By the age of 7, Loiseau spoke French, Creole, Spanish, Mandarin, Arabic and Russian. She also plays the harp, clarinet, violin, drums, guitar and piano.
Andrew Koonce
Andrew is a master violinist based out of Atlanta. He was named Concertmaster of the Georgia Music Association’s All-State Middle School Orchestra. The title goes to the most skilled musician in the section.
Autum Ashante
Raised by a single father, Autum was ridiculed by highly regarded conservatives at the age of 7 for writing a poem that highlighted the travesty of slavery. Autum never wavered and mastered languages such as Arabic, Swahili and Spanish. She scored 149 on the standard IQ test. At age 13, she was accepted into the University of Connecticut.
Imafidon family
The Imafidon family is known as the smartest family in the U.K. The youngest siblings, Peter and Paula, made history by becoming the youngest students to enroll at secondary school. Their older sister, Anne-Marie, was the youngest student to pass A-level computing at the age of 13.
Rochelle Ballantyne
At 17, Rochelle Ballantyne is one of the top chess players in the world. She is currently on the verge of becoming the first black American female to earn the title of chess master.
Ginger Howard
Ginger Howard is the youngest black American woman to become a pro golfer. Howard is competing to become the fifth black American woman to join the LPGA Tour.
Tony Hansberry II
Tony used failure as inspiration. After he didn’t place in the eighth grade science fair, Tony interned at Shands Hospital and developed a method of reducing the amount of time it takes to perform hysterectomies and potentially reducing the risk of complications after the procedure. He was honored for his contributions.
Chelsea Dock
Chelsea has been an accomplished pianist since the age of 5. Now 13, Chelsea has performed at Madison Square Garden, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Steinway Hall. She’s also an artist and straight A student.
Daquan Chisholm
Daquan created a walkie-talkie, bulletproof helmet at the age of 12. He’s currently working with Johns Hopkins University to gather funding to patent the idea.

Home Buyer Education Training

*Please note that copies of the following docs are required prior to receiving certificates:
Photo ID; Monthly Budget; Credit Report; Proof of Income; and
Proof of Residence

Event Partners

Century 21 S.G.R. Inc.


Genesis Housing Development Corporation, Century 21 S.G.R. Inc.

and Chase Bank invites all to learn the DO’s and DON’T’S of HOMEOWNERSHIP!!
Steps to Successful Closings



E: info@genesishdc.org

A: Genesis Housing Development


7735 S. Vernon Chicago, Illinois 60619

MAY 18, 2013

9:00AM TO 3:00PM
CENTURY 21 S.G.R. Inc.

1823 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616

Please Register On-line

773.994.6670 x 304


Forclosure Prevention Workshop

Genesis Housing

Development Corporation



Mitigation Counseling Program

Illinois Hardest Hit Fund®

Making Home Affordable Programs

Cook County Mediation Program


Thursday, May 9, 2013 &

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Genesis Housing Development Corp.

7735 S. Vernon, Chicago IL 60619

(773) 994-6670

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.


Carol Larry, Housing Specialist

Register On-line at www.genesishdc.org

Just click the "Foreclosure Prevention Mortgage Relief" icon

It’s that easy, sign up today!!!

Get real help, real answers, right now! Whether your home value has fallen, you owe more than your home is worth, you're experiencing financial setbacks or you've become unemployed…Learn the options for solving your home finance challenges.

Local and Federal Programs to Prevent Foreclosures

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Chatham Avalon Park Community Council Anti BullyingWorkshop May 2, 2013 4 25 2013

                 Chatham Avalon Park Community Council
Board of Directors
Whitney Young Library
Mr. Mitchell Smith, Head Librarian/Manager
Ms. Faye Morris, Asst. Manager/ Childrens Librarian
Mr. Ross Berger, Librarian
Ms. Vanessa Clay, Librarian
Commander, Fred Waller, 6th District
Commander Glenn Evans, 3rd District
Sgt. Williams, Caps Office Supervisor, 6th District
Officer Marc Johnson, 6th District
Officer Naomi Gibson, 3rd District
Officer Solomon Murray, 3rd District
Host a
" Say No to Bullying"
An Anti- Bullying Forum
Thursday, May 2, 2013
at the
Whitney Young Library
7901 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60619

Time: 4:00 pm until 6:00 pm


" Addressing Quality of Life Issues Is What We Do"
since 1955
Keith O Tate, President Maryellen Drake, Exec. Vice



Thursday, April 18, 2013

PNC Mortgage Event this Saturday

You are invited to

Affordable lending products will be featured Saturday, April 20 / 10AM-1PM
PNC Branch, 2nd Floor, 2300 N. Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60647

RSVP by Thursday, April 11 to

Jennifer Boudreau
> NMLS# 446303
> Sr. Administrative Assistant


1633 Chicago Avenue
> Evanston, IL 60201


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Let's Get Banked"

Chatham Avalon Park Community
Business Economic Revitalization Association
Whitney Young Library
" Let's Get Banked "
An Economic Development Forum

Date: Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Place: Whitney Young Library
7901 South King Drive
Chicago, Illinois 60619
( Mr. Mitchell Smith, Branch Manager)

Time: 4:00pm until 6:30pm
* Our Local Financial Institutions will be on site to *
market their products and services and assist
you in establishing a banking account with the
financial institution of your choice.

To R.S.V.P. please contact the CAPCC Office at
1-866-272-1215 or Bera at 1-773-994-9200.

Keith O Tate, President Maryellen Drake, Exec. Vice
Alicia Spears, Executive Director BERA
" Addressing Quality of Life Issues, Is What We Do"


Get Your Money Straight & Your Business In Order

Chatham Avalon Park Community Council

Business Economic Revitalization Association
Urban Partnership Bank
"Get Your Money Straight & Your Business In Order"
A Money Smart Week Event
Date: W ednesday, April 17, 2013
Time: 11:00 am until 1:30 pm

Place: Urban Partnership Bank ( Grand Crossing)
7801 South State Street
Chicago, Illinois 60619
(Ms. Eloise Ousley, Vice President/ Branch Manager

*Mini- seminars will be provided on Cash & Debt Management*
Trust Wills & Estates & Real Estate
For more information please call the
CAPCC Office
at 1-866-272-1215 or Bera at 1-773-994-9200

Keith O Tate, President MaryellenDrake, Exec. Vice
Alicia Spears, Executive Director, BERA

" Addressing Quality of Life Issues Is What We Do"


Monday, April 15, 2013

Amtrak is hiring

The jobs are located all over, paid training in Atlanta.
Training:  two or three weeks of training at the Railroad Education & Development Institute in Atlanta, GA.  CSX will pay for travel, lodging and meals as required by collective bargaining agreement.
Track Worker-030702 
Pay Rate Entry Rate 19.36 hour Full Rate $21.52 hour Promotional/Advancement Oppotunities.
Machine Operator $23.25-$24.81
Welder Helper $21.93 hour
Bridge Tender $21.93
Bridge Mechanic $22.65 hour
Forman $22.71- $25.53 hour
Track Inspector $23.98-$25.14
Qualifications:  High School diploma/GED, 18 years of age or older, Valid Driver's License

Want a Summer Job Working in the Forest Preserves?

Chicago Conservation Leadership Program Summer 2013
Join a crew of students to help the forest preserves this summer.
Work on assignments like:
invasive plant removal
native gardening
tree mulching
trail maintenance
Paid position, maximum compensation is $1,500
Program Dates:  July 1-August 9, 2013
Must be in high school or a 2013 high school graduate (ages 15 to 19)
Must like working hard outdoors in a variety of weather conditions.
To learn more or to apply contact Alice Brandon:  alice@fotfp.org
Applications can also be downloaded at www.fotfp.org
Click on "About" then "Jobs & Internships

Court Case 6th District

The two investigators from the Department of Business Affairs were assaulted by employees at 607 E. 79th Street.  The Assistant States Attorney Garcia is presently working on upgrading from simple battery to a felony.

We would like the community to support the investigators by attending court.  We need to send a message that the community is concerned about the crime in our neighborhood.

Save The Date "St. Dorothy Block Party"

Everyone is Invited
St. Dorothy Church is having their yearly block Club Party
Saturday, June 22, 2013
Games, Food, Fun, Raffles and Fellowship.
See you there.

Everyone is Invited, Mark Your Calendar!

Friends & Family Celebration
Date:  Sunday, April 28, 2013
Location:  St. Dorothy Church
                 450 East 78th Street
Time:        9:00am Mass
Bring a Friend or Family Member
Join us for Praise and Worship followed by fellowship in the school gym!

Ain't Misbehavin' The Fats Waller Musical

June 14, 2013
June 14th-16th
June 21st-23rd
June 28th-29th
Friday and Saturday Doors Open at 6pm. Show Starts at 7pm.
Sunday Doors open at 4pm. Show Starts at 5pm.
Playing Exclusively at
4701 S. King Drive
Tickets $40-$60-$80
 50% off with tickets stubs from:
Broadway in Chicago, Goodman Theatre, ETA, Court Theatre or League of Chicago Theatres

The Official Hip Hop Comedy Jam

Hosted by Marlon Mitchel
Eddie Moe
Big Keef
Mike Samp
Special Guest
Brandon Glover
May 10, 2013
Doors Open at 7pm
2 Shows 8pm & 10:30pm.
4701 Martin Luther King Dr.

Interested in Boy Scouts or Leaders Positions available

If you are interested in Boy Scouts
or some of the Leadership positions that they have available
contact Issac Zuniga @ 312 860-3535.

St. Mark AME Zion Walk of Hope Weekend

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St. Mark AME Zion Hosts Anti-Violence Peace Events
Enough is enough! Let’s stop the violence and break the silence and join St. Mark AME Zion Church as they fight against child abuse and stand up for peace in their annual Walk of Hope weekend. The events will begin with a peace walk on Saturday, April 27 from St. Mark A.M.E. Zion located at 7358 S. Cottage Grove from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. The goal is to make communities safer and secure for everyone by bringing local elected officials, business leaders, clergymen, law enforcement and residents together help combat crime. Following the walk, the movie ministry of St. Mark AME Zion Church will present a private screening of the 2010 Black Harvest Film Festival award winning film, “On the Frontline: Taking Back Our Streets” at 3 p.m. The film screening will include a post-movie discussion featuring panelists: Derek Grace, director of “On the Frontline;” Camiella Williams, youth activist/co-star on “On the Frontline;” TJ Crawford of the National Cares Mentoring Movement/Black Youth Project; Ameena Matthews, CeaseFire Violence Interrupter/co-star of “The Interrupters” and Matt McGill, host of The Matt McGill Show on WVON AM 1690 Radio. The film screening will take place at the church. The Walk of Hope peace weekend will conclude on Sunday, April 28 with a keynote message by Minister Arthur D. Bishop, director of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Department during St. Mark AME Zion’s 11 a.m. worship service. For more information, call St. Mark A.M.E. Zion at (773) 994-4222.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Whitney Young Branch Spring Programs

April 19th - 10:15am - 11:30am - Author: Toneal M. Jackson,Four Girls: A Lot of Choices, (Story Hour).
April 22nd - 4:00pm - 5:30pm - AfterSchool Books & Crafts Children's Program(Earth Day).
April 23rd - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Community Partnership ProgramThe Red Line Rehab Inconvenience, Injustice OR Improvement; Speakers Jahmal Cole (Role Model Movement Founder), Brian Sleet (Chief of Staff - Office of the 6th Ward Alderman Roderick Sawyer), A CTA Representative will also be available to answer any questions or concerns about the Red Line Project). (Role Model Movement)
April 25th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author: Mashee,Sister or Sista (Meet the Author)
April 27th - 10:00am - 12:00pm - Community Partnership Program;Lunch and Learn: Speakers, Attorneys, Robin Zina Bryant, Patrick D. John and David E. Trice; Learn What You Need to Know about Estate Planning & Probate. (Greater Chatham Alliance).
April 30th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author: Barbara Keaton;One in a Million (Meet the Author).
May 2nd - 4:00pm - 6:00pm - Community Partnership Program; 3rd & 6th District Bullying Workshop, Commander Eric T. Carter 6th District, Commander Glenn Evans 3rd District, (Chatham/Avalon Community Council).
May 7th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author: Toneal M. Jackson, Inspiration From A.B.O.V.E. (Meet the Author).
May 8th - 4:00pm - 5:30pm - AfterSchool Card and Picture Fame Craft (Mother's Day).
May 14th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author: Deanna Burrell,Single Girl Summer (Meet the Author).
May 16th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author; Christine Gooden,The Way of the Intercessor (Meet the Author).
May 21st - 5:00pm - 6:30pm - Graphic Artist, Norman Calmese,The Sports Kid (Meet the Author).
May 23rd - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author, Jahmal Cole,Athletes and Emcees (Meet the Author).
May 28th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author, Marcus Jones,Everyone Has A Story...This is Mine (Meet the Author).
May 30th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author, Gracie Hill, Sorrows of the Heart (Meet the Author).
June 4th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author, Melda Beaty,Lime (Meet the Author).
June 11th - 6:00pm - 7:30pm - Author, Ann Evans, Bible Basics A Way of Life (Meet the Author).