Uncategorized – Chicago Newstips by Community Media Workshop http://www.newstips.org Chicago Community Stories Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:45:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.4.14 Low Wage Workers Forum, TONIGHT 2/11, 6 p.m. http://www.newstips.org/2014/02/low-wage-workers-forum-tonight-211-6-p-m/ Tue, 11 Feb 2014 22:20:32 +0000 http://www.newstips.org/?p=7934 The surge of groups speaking today for low wage workers is unprecedented in Chicago.

What do they want? Who are they? What’s likely to happen?

Tonight – Tuesday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m. these workers, the groups that represent them, and the community organizations and others that are standing behind them will meet to discuss the impact of low wages on Chicago at 618 S. Michigan Ave., Stage Two, Columbia College. WBEZ South Side reporter Natalie Moore will lead the discussion between the community groups and media panelists.


Weekend Events http://www.newstips.org/2007/12/weekend-events/ Fri, 14 Dec 2007 15:55:53 +0000 http://communitymediaworkshop.org/newstips/?p=62 A visit with Santa in Roseland; Foreclosure Sunday with Danny Davis; WVON considers the legacy of Harold Washington

A visit with Santa: TANF mothers who have achieved employment often become the working poor and do not have the means to provide their children with the time and cost for a picture with Santa, toys or stockings,” says Sheryl Holman of Community Assistance Programs of Roseland. CAPs provides employment training and job placement services for TANF recipients, ex-offenders, older youth, and other unemployed populations — and Saturday the group hosts its annual “Moment with Santa” for all CAPs clients, with Christmas stockings and a picture with Santa for the children.  Saturday, December 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at CAPs in Roseland at the Halsted Indoor Mall, 115th and Halsted.  Info at 773-468-1993.

Foreclosure Sunday.  U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis and the Foreclosure Prevention Coalition is visiting churches to highlight the need for people in trouble with their mortgages to get help before it’s too late.  Sunday, December 16 (11:30 a.m.), Davis will speak at Rev. Ira Acree’s St. John’s Bible Church, 1256 N. Waller.  Info at 773-533-7520

The Legacy of Harold Washington.  WVON’s 16th annual pre-Kwanzaa celebration will feature a discussion of the legacy of Chicago’s first black mayor, with Timuel Black, Jackie Grimshaw, Salim Muwakkil, and Conrad Worrill, moderated by Cliff Kelley.   Sunday, December 16, 2 p.m., South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 South Shore Drive. 

Tips To Go (10-12) http://www.newstips.org/2007/10/tips-to-go-10-12/ Fri, 12 Oct 2007 16:41:00 +0000 http://communitymediaworkshop.org/newstips/?p=25 Chicago Reporter’s 35th anniversary (Clean Water Act, too); Ex-offenders making honey; Legislature overrides governor on safe streets; MegaMall Merchants recovering from arson; Access Living blends universal access and green design

The Chicago Reporter reports that for the third year in a row, the Chicago metro area had more high-cost home mortgages than any other metropolitan area in the nation. African-American and Latino homebuyers were disproportionately targeted with high-cost mortgages, regardless of income levels, CR reports.

CR Online extras report on the impact of high-cost mortgages on a neighborhood in Roseland and the decline in FHA loans in the Chicago area in recent years.

Chicago Reporter celebrates its 35th anniversary Tuesday, October 19, with the John A. McDermott Documentary Film Festival featuring excerpts from classic Chicago social documentaries — and the winning firm from a new documentary competition named for the magazine’s founder. At the Chicago Cultural Center; reception is at 5:30 p.m.; admission starts at $35.

A beekeeping and honey manufacturing business operated by the North Lawndale Employment Network has won an innovation award from Social Ventures Network, a national network of social enterpreneurs. The NLEN subsidiary Sweet Beginnings trains and employs ex-offenders and chronically unemployed residents operating its apiary and manufacturing natural honey and honey-based personal care products which are sold in boutiques and Whole Foods stores. Contact Redessa Harris, 773-536-4230.

The Chicagoland Bicycle Federation is celebrating the Illinois House override of an amendatory veto by Governor Blagojevich of the Complete Streets Law. The law required state-funded roads to include routes for pedestrians, bicyclists and other vulnerable users. Blagovich changed the charge to IDOT from “shall” plan for needs of non-motorists to “may,” thereby gutting the measure, CBF said. The Senate voted to override the amendatory veto on Oct. 3; the measure now becomes law.

CBF holds the third annual Herron Memorial Ride and Walk on Saturday, October 14, honoring pedestrians and bicyclists who have been killed in traffic, and raising funds for CBF’s afterschool bike repair programs and the Northwest Chicago Drive With Care campaign. The event starts at 9:30 a.m. at the North Avenue pedestrian bridge.

CBF contact: Margo O’Hara, 312-427-3325 x 224

It’s the 35th anniversary of the Clean Water Act, and Environment Illinois is marking it with a report revealing that about half of industrial and municipal facilities in Illinois discharged more pollution into the state’s waterways than their Clean Water permits allowed. The average facility exceeded its pollution permit amount by 530 percent, according to “Troubled Waters.” Contact Max Muller, 312-291-0696 x 211

Arson is suspected in a fire last month that hit Logan Square’s MegaMall, located on the 2500 block of N. Milwaukee, which is home to 100 small businesses, most owned by immigrant families. The MegaMall Merchants Committee has established an emergency relief fund for 14 family businesses located in the mall structure that burned to the ground.

Contact Abdi Maya, MegaMall Merchants Committee 708-369-4821; John McDermott, Logan Square Neighborhood Assocation, 773-384-4370 x38 or 773-617-3949; Rev. Sandra Castilla, Church of the Advent, 773-235-1161

Universal and Green. Access Living‘s newly renovated offices are among the first in the world to integrate universal access and green design. They’ll be shown off in a tour on Tuesday, October 11 at 10 a.m., which follows an 8 a.m. panel discussion featuring national experts and local leaders, at Access Living, 115 W. Chicago, 4th floor. Contact Gary Arnold, 312-640-2199 (tty: 312-640-2102)

Events – October 6 and 7 http://www.newstips.org/2007/10/events-october-6-and-7/ Fri, 05 Oct 2007 19:32:42 +0000 http://communitymediaworkshop.org/newstips/?p=19 Artwalk Ravenswood, Solar Home Tour, Bike the Calumet, BlackAge Comics Convention, Self-Published Authors, Russian Gay Leader, School Funding Reform, and the Graffiti Revolution

October 6 and 7

ArtWalkRavenswood presents its sixth annual tour of arts and industry, with 200 artists opening their studios in honor of Chicago Artists’ Month. Highlights include Uptown Multicultural Center’s t-shirt festival, Dick Bjorlund’s Saturday afternoon presentation on Ravenswood history at the Sulzer Library, sculptor Ruth Duckworth’s film screening Saturday night at the Peter Jones Gallery, and Jane Addams Resource Corp.’s afterschool arts program. Details at www.artwalkravenswood.org

Saturday, October 6

National Solar Tour. In Illinois, 85 solar-powered and energy efficient homes are opening their doors for public tours, in Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, Naperville, Rockford, Geneva, Downers Grove, Oregan, and Urbana. Guide and list of sites at www.illinoissolar.org

Bike the Calumet. A 10-mile bike ride touring natural areas of bi-state Calumet area leaves Southeast Environmental Task Force office 13300 S. Baltimore, at 10 a.m., returns 12:30 p.m. www.setaskforce.org

BlackAge X Comics Convention, featuring African-American comics artists, a family cartooning workshop at 10 a.m., a contest for high-school students, and a 3 p.m. discussion of “Sustahs on Hoo Doo,” a comic book derived from Zora Neal Hurston’s research into hoo doo and voodoo culture. $5 adults, $3 students, $1 children. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Kenwood Academy, 5015 S. Blackstone. www.dablackage.blogspot.com

Authors and Artists Chicago. Fourth annual gathering of self-published author with panel discussions on the theme: “My Story, My Way” and a keynote by Janis F. Kearney, author of Essence bestseller “Cotton Field of Dreams.” Free. 12:30 to 5 p.m. at Little Black Pearl Art Center, 1060 E. 47th. www.authorsandartistslive.com

Matthew Sheppard Memorial March features Russian gay leader Nikolai Alexeyev, who has braved criminal charges and physical attacks leading efforts by Russian lesbians and gays to win the right to organize publicly, according to the Gay Liberation Network, sponsor of the march. Alexeyev speaks at a rally at 8 p.m. at Halsted and Roscoe, kicking off the march. Info: 773-209-1187, www.gayliberation.net

School funding reform. Another school year, another legislative session — another lost chance at school funding reform? Longtime reform proponent, City Clerk Miguel del Valle will join a panel of experts to discuss the quagmire in Springfield — as well as successes in Wisconsin and other states guided by the principle of funding adequacy. With State Rep. Kathy Ryg (D-Vernon Hills), St. Charles schools superintendent Donald Schlomann, Wisconsin State Senator Luther Olson, Ralph Martire of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and national school finance expert Allan Odden of UW-Madison; sponsored by A+ Illinois, the Golden Apple Foundation, and National-Louis University, 1 to 4 p.m., at National-Louis University, 122 S. Michigan. Info at 312-261-3847.

Sunday, October 7

Graffiti Revolution. Public Square and the University of Hip Hop present a mural dedication and community baraza, with activist dj’s The Deck Boyz (from Southwest Youth Collaborative), Palestinian-American spoken word artist Gihad Ali, Pilsen muralist Mario Gonzalez Jr., and rapper/producer Ang13, 2 p.m. at 63rd and Troy. Info at 312-422-5580