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JCUA awards

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The Jewish Council on Urban Affairs [2] is presenting its Courageous Voices Award to People’s Law Office, Telpochcalli Community Education Project, and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin — at JCUA’s annual meeting on Tuesday, July 1, 6:30 p.m. (reception at 5:30) at the Spertus Institute, 610 S. Michigan (9th floor).

Long an advocate for victims of police abuse and wrongful conviction, People’s Law Office [3] was instrumental in uncovering the Burge torture ring inside the Chicago Police Department.

Founded in 1998 to advocate for creation of a multipurpose cultural facility adjacent to Telpochcalli School, Telpochcalli Community Education Project [4] has evolved into an innovative nonprofit offering ESL and literacy programs along with youth leadership development, immigrant rights, and health programs.

JCUA will also give the 2008 Voice of the Future Award to Tahli Hanuka, a recent graduate of Francis Parker High School.  Through JCUA’s teen social institute program, Hanuka has worked on a lead awareness program in Englewood, Jewish-Muslim youth activities, and Chicago Youth Initiating Change.