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Western, Suite 203 Chicago, IL 60608 COMMUNITY NEWS FREE Since 1999, More News, More of Your Issues, and More of Your Community Voices and Faces. “News that Improves Your Lives” Serving North Lawndale, East & West Garfield, Austin, Pilsen, Humbolt Park, Near Westside & South Lawndale PUBLISHER : STRATEGIC HUMAN SERVICES VOLUME NO. 9 - ISSUE NO. 42 ISSN 1548-6087 October 24 - October 30, 2007 PROVIDING INFORMATION ON RESOURCES AND EVENTS THAT IMPROVE THE LIFESTYLE OF INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES IN OUR COMMUNITY NEW STUDY OFFERS RECOMMENDATIONS Pilsen Community Hosts INSIDE FOR REDUCING BREAST CANCER Educational Summit THIS ISSUE DISPARITIES IN CHICAGO Megan Sieberg James Glover Donna Thompson, CEO of Access Community Health Network, speaks out against breast cancer disparities between African American and White women in Chicago Last Wednesday, The Since 1980, the black-white Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer disparity in breast cancer mortality in Task Force released a major report Chicago has been steadily rising from outlining 37 recommendations for almost zero to 68 percent, according JERWANE FORD lowering breast cancer mortality rates to the report. By comparison, the rate FROM COLLINS TO among African-American women in of mortality among black women in Chicago. The report, entitled New York City in 2003 was only 11 Caption: At the Pilsen Education Summit, Martha Monrroy a Principal at Copper COLLEGE Improving Quality and Reducing percent higher than that of white Dual Language Academy and Co-Chair of the Pilsen Education Task Force was Disparities in Breast Cancer women, and the rate of the disparity joined by some of her students for the full day of educational workshops. Photo credit: Johanna Diaz/Afterschool Alliance PAGE - 6 Mortality, comes at a time when across the U.S. was 37 percent. disparities between African- “In Chicago, African-American On Saturday, October 20, Benito of neighborhood residents, community American and white women in Juarez High School hosted the first organizations and higher education women have been left behind in the annual Pilsen Educational Summit. The institutions, brought out hundreds of Chicago are at an all time high. See Cancer page 10 summit, which was the cumulative idea See Summit page 7 CTA Problems Creating Hardship for Everyone Wendell Hutson Insufficient Funds If the CTA implements it’s so- two months and the CTA wants to called “doomsday” plan Nov. 4 as throw me out on the streets now. scheduled riders will not be the only Boy, are they considerate and ones facing economic hardship. appreciative of the 12 years of my Just ask 37-year-old Jamie life I gave them.” Taylor, a bus driver for the CTA. The list of angry CTA Taylor, who has been with the CTA employees goes on and on and for seven years, is among the 600 riders, who will also be faced with employees slated to be laid off next new challenges to get to work, week, which is based largely on sympathize with them. seniority. Another 1,799 employees “I know exactly how they feel,” would then be laid off in the CTA’s said Sheila Garrison, 51, who works second round of fare hikes and as a housekeeping supervisor at a service cuts in January. West Side hotel. “I worked 10 years THEATER REVIEW: “I thought when I got hired I at the Hyatt Hotel in downtown MILK would have job security since I am Chicago and when business got a union employee,” she said. “But slow, they laid me off (indefinitely). PAGE - 9 now I learn that even if you are a This is why so many employees union employee, you can still be laid change jobs so often because they off. If I knew that I would have kept know their employer will not be my previous factory job where I had loyal to them when it counts.” been for 10 years.” Fortunately for Garrison she The fact that 599 other will still be able to get to work even employees are set to lose their jobs though the no. 127 bus will be with her is little comfort to Taylor, eliminated. a single mother of two. “Yeah, luckily I will be able to “What do the CTA expect me to take the no. 12 Roosevelt bus to get do? They have no idea how hard it to my job, but others may not be so is to find a job toward the end of fortunate,” she said. year,” she added. CTA President Ron Huberman And she is not alone when it admits the service cuts will comes to frustration toward the ultimately hurt workers. LOCAL RADIO CTA. “There will be people who Alvin Jacobs, 43, has been a simply can’t get to work through ROUNDSUP TGOG CTA bus driver for 12 years and he transit,” said Huberman. ELECTION too is set to be laid off next week. The CTA expects to lose about “I just bought my first house and 250,000 rides a day from the impact PAGE - 10 I have a baby on the way,” he said. of the service cuts and fare hikes. “And to top it off, Christmas is in See Hardship page 3 Visit us on our website at www.nlcn.org for more articles, information, photos and opportunities Page 2 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS October 24 - October 30, 2007 La New North Lawndale Community News THE NORTH LAWNDALE of Winner of the 2005 Bey Award 2005 SBC Beyond the Call Award COMMUNITY NEWS The North Lawndale Community News is now published weekly by Strategic Human Services. Our purpose is to help ~~~~~~~~~~~~ inform our community on resources, events, and issues La New North Lawndale Community News relevant to them and our neighboring communities. Our community includes those who live, work, worship in, and/ of Winner of the or care about North Lawndale. 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October 24 - October 30, 2007 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS Page 3 YOUTH MUST BE AWARE OF COMMUNITY LEADERS SPEAK OUT EVENTS HAPPENING AROUND THEM AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE AT Lavonte’ Roache’ Youth awareness is a very important thing in today’s society because the youth Programs such as the Ceasefire and Boys and Girls Clubs of Chicago have taken BETHEL LUTHERAN CHURCH Megan Sieberg need to know about what’s going just as well massive hits financially, potentially lowering as the next person. the huge positive effects that these particular With all the things happening in the City programs bring. of Chicago as well as the North Lawndale We deserve the chance to fight for things community alone that should give enough given to us instead of just letting them be reason for the youth to be informed about taken away. Community schools lose what’s happening in there surroundings. programs every day and instead of being However, with the focus on the latest trends able to act and fight to protect the programs and what it takes to remain in the “circle.” that help us improve as youth, we don’t get There is little attention paid to the fact that informed until the last minute and suffer awareness amongst youth needs to be talked because of our own personal lack of about now. awareness. . We need things like after school Such pressing issues that are alarming programs. A program like that helps keep or should be alarming the youth should be kids and young adults off of the street like things such as the current CTA crisis, state me, that’s a positive thing in my eyes. All budget cuts and racism fueled violence. I’m saying is give us the chance to do “I agree completely that we should be something about it before it’s too late. paying attention to what’s going on in our neighborhood and around the world,” said The next thing I wanted to talk about is Roland Sessions, Junior at Manley Career youth violence which is becoming a major Academy. “We can’t be out here only concern in the North Lawndale Community. worried about who has the best weed or When you read the paper on a daily bases I which two girls are sleeping with that same guarantee you will read about at least one Youth listen as community leaders speak out against gun-violence at Bethel Lutheran Church dude. That’s nothing in the long term view youth violent act every time. of things. We need to know about what’s Every couple days you hear about some Last Thursday, the Willie Williams III going on with war and how the city is teenager being jumped on, shot, or stabbed Program held a meeting at Bethel Lutheran playing with the CTA and bus fares. That’s and even killed in the North Lawndale Church to discuss gun violence with youth important.” community and the bad thing is we are doing and parents from around the area. A panel of The first thing is statewide budget cuts. it to ourselves. This year has been one of community leaders from various backgrounds Budget cuts are one of the biggest concerns the worst years for youth violence in the spoke at the event, encouraging youth to act because when Governor Blagojevich Lawndale community. The city had to against gun violence and make good life decides that cuts need to be made a lot of increase the number of police on the street decisions in the face of negative influence. programs suffer that could be beneficial to to try and stop the violence from happening. Hogan Williams, substance abuse kids and young adults and these are things Also, in our school system, racially counselor for the Youth Service Project, that we need to be informed about to gives fueled violence going on at schools like discussed the role drugs, gateway drugs in us a chances to fight things like this. See Youth page 8 particular, play in youth violence. Although a major problem in low income communities, Hardship from front page Williams explained that taking drugs is a personal choice, and drugs cannot be held Willie Williams Jr., who's son was shot and killed in 2006, speaks out against gun violence to youth at Bethel Lutheran Church fully responsible for people’s actions. “We think that drugs are the reason why Hampton, director of 311 City Service. all the violence is going on today. But we Living in disadvantaged circumstances, many want you guys to understand it’s not the youth in Chicago are confronted with issues drugs,” he told the young audience. “You are of drugs and violence on a daily basis. Often, the reason why drugs are so prevalent today parents are unable to supply children with the because you have the power to say ‘no.’ ” tools they need to overcome negative Azim Ramelize, assistant deputy influence, so children must be able to find it commissioner for the Department of Children within themselves to stay in school and stay and Youth Services, spoke about his own out of trouble. This, Hampton told the experience with gun violence. When he was younger children, can be a hard reality to live 17, Ramelize spent a year in the hospital after with. suffering a gun shot wound to the back. “We live in a world where your parents Although he was able to move on with his may not be providing for you like they life, graduating from college and becoming a should,” he said. “Bottom line, if you’re lawyer, he is no longer able to walk. gonna make it, it’s on you.” While speaking about his past, Ramelize Last year, 34 children were killed in the made it clear he was not looking for sympathy. City of Chicago as a result of gun violence. He was there to send a powerful message. This year, 27 children have been killed “People die every day,” he said. “This is already and the number is still climbing. On not a joke.” April 1, 2006, Willie Williams III became one Slamming the podium several times, such victim. As a result, his father, Willie Ramelize simulated the sound of a gun shot Williams Jr., created the Willie Williams III for the stunned youth sitting before him. That, Program in honor of his son’s life. considered alive. he explained, is how quickly life can change. The program, supported by Purpose Over Its bus service accounts for two-thirds of the But CTA unions wouldn’t have to honor More broadly, Ramelize encouraged the Pain, C.A.P.S., 311, Bethel Lutheran Church pension and health-care concessions made by children to “do something” with their lives. and the City of Chicago, was established to 1.6 million rides that the transit agency provides each weekday. its members and retirees if the pending House He advised them not to listen to anyone in give support to inner-city children. Riders like Garrison could see fares legislation does not become law by Jan. 1. life who tells them not to bother aiming high. The goal of the program, according to And the CTA’s budget deficit for next year In a fast paced world, Ramelize explained, founder Willie Williams Jr., is to provide increase to $3 and the loss of 39 bus routes next week, if the General Assembly fails to includes $44 million in employee pension and being educated and making good decisions inner-city youth with positive outlets such as provide new funding to balance the CTA’s retiree health care costs that it hopes to reduce, is vital. job training, sports programs, arts & crafts said Huberman. “Don’t let people dumb you down,” he and mentorship. 2007 budget. When Jan. 6 arrives, CTA fares would increase to as much as $3.25 and 43 The House bill, considered by many said. “If you don’t know how to use a By not only informing youth about the additional bus routes would be eliminated. experts as the long-term solution to avoid computer, if you don’t know how to speak to dangers of gun-violence and gang annual transit funding crises, would increase people, if you don’t know how to read and involvement, but also by shedding light on However, there would be no fare increase for disabled, elderly and student riders. the sales tax imposed by the Regional write you’re finished!” alternative lifestyles, the Willie Williams III Thirty-day passes, now $75, would Transportation Authority in the six-county Vance Henry, director of CAPS, indicated program teaches kids to make healthy choices area by 0.25 percent in Cook County and 0.50 that “good decisions” are not only important, in order to live in a safer world. increase to $84 in November and $94 in January, likely resulting in massive rider percent in the collar counties. The five collar they are a matter of life and death. He told “Life happens very fast,” Henry informed losses and more traffic jamming expressways, counties would have the authority to use half the youth that unless they decide to get the youth. “You need to make the right of the sales tax increase for much-needed road educated and stay off the path of drugs and decisions.” major streets and parking garages, Huberman explained. improvements. violence they will be choosing what he called Megan Sieberg is a recent graduate of Gov. Rod Blagojevich opposes a Wendell Hutson is a Chicago-based “the path of death.” Northwestern University. She has a degree freelance writer for NLCN and various “Good decisions,” however, are not easy in Communication Studies and is currently proposed sales tax hike in northeastern Illinois to aid CTA, Metra and Pace. That legislation publications. To comment on this article visit for children growing up in low-income the Communications Manager at the North failed to pass in the House but is still our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. communities to make, according to Phillip Lawndale Community News. Page 4 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS October 24 - October 30, 2007 Education and Training LIGHTS ON AFTER SCHOOL CELEBRATES AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS James Glover from around the City of Chicago who support School Program, said “The ability to work high level and high educational value after with children and help them accomplish goals school programs through out the city. Former should be a joy to anyone, and everyone Chicago Bull and current Bulls radio should jump at the chance should it present broadcaster Bill Wennington spoke at the event itself,” said Rodriguez. “We need to be out about the opportunities provided by businesses here, active in our children’s lives so that they such as Washington Mutual and CitiCorp. can grow to help the next generation, who “The work that you guys have put in to may be in even greater need of support.” make sure that our children, and the future of BUILD, or Broader Urban Involvement our children remains stable is remarkable,” and Leadership Development, partnered said Wennington. “Through strong support with Casa Puertoricana and several other from the businesses and foundations like community agencies across the city to march yourself, we can give our kids the proper with lights through Humboldt Park. Children support to succeed long term.” of all different ages and races came together The Currie High School Gospel Choir in what turned into a both a celebration of also sang at the breakfast. Henry Green, a after school activity, and a show of racial member of the choir participates in an Arts unity. Mycal Davidson, a senior at Von Stuben Program funded by Citi Bank, and says that participating in BUILD said, “I felt good to the opportunities provided by after school be able to do something with the other programs are really helpful. community residents and other children who “There aren’t a lot of people out here are receiving the same great opportunities as nowadays who are looking to see you me. Also, to show that blacks and Hispanics succeed. So when someone or a group of can come together for more than violence was people, especially a group with money comes also an added bonus.” Students, parents and community leaders march from San Lucas United Church of Christ to Casa Puertoricana, as part of the BUILD (Broader Urban Involvement and Leadership Development) Lights out and goes out of their way to make sure Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne On Afterschool march through Humboldt Park on Oct. 18. The group stopped at neighboring after-school that you actually have something positive to Duncan, who oversaw the day’s event said, programs to raise awareness about the critical role that after-school programs play in the lives of youth. The do, away from the violence and the drugs, “I think that all in all we saw some real Resurrection Project it’s only right that you show them through positive actions from the students, showing On Thursday, October 18, CPS open, in our schools after hours,” said Arne hard work and appreciation that the effort isn’t both their appreciation for what the programs participated in a nationwide Lights On After Duncan, CEO of Chicago Public Schools. being wasted.” has done and for anticipation for what’s next School program, taking the time to celebrate “Our students need the extra enrichment, and Over at Little Village Lawndale High with the programs and their education.” the positive effect of After School Programs they need a safe place to go after the school School, various events took place such as a James Glover is a North Lawndale created by the Public School System. Here bell rings. We need to make sure they get it.” Candle Light Virgil, Dinner, Award resident who does freestyle writing for the in Chicago, a few schools held events to give Chicago Public Schools kicked off the Ceremonies and various games such as Bingo. NLCN. He is also involved in Non For Profit the celebrations not only an educational, but citywide event with breakfast at the Holiday Alicia Rodriguez, executive director of work and Community Organizing. To a cultural feel as well. Inn, located at 506 W. Harrison. At the The Classroom to The Boardroom Project, comment on this article visit our weblog at: “We must keep the lights on, and doors Breakfast many groups were acknowledged which won an award for Best Corporate After www.nlcn.org. GET COMPUTER SKILLED! FIND OUT HOW CALL 312/492-9090 HFS AND MCDONALDS SPONSOR FINANCIAL AID COLLEGE FAIR David Tenorio As the costs associated with higher application process, how to pay for college, unfortunate part is that more than $19 million (GPA) will also hopefully open the door to education continues to spriral upward, pre- and how to apply for financial aid. dollars in financial aid was left untapped scholarships which students do not have to college students and parents alike must take Featured speaker during the fair was during the 2006-2007 academic year because pay back. There are also grants available the initiative to research various funding even Mariela Dabbah, author of the book, “Help not enough students applied.” from various sources that, if obtained, do not before the student finishes high school. Your Child Succeed in High School and Go Ms. Dabbah, along with financial aid reps have to be paid back. The final resort for At a recent college financial aid fair to College,” who spoke on the advantages and from several local area colleges, urged parents financial aid seekers are loans or paying out sponsored jointly by the Hispanic Scholarship values of completing college and who also to become more involved in their children’s of one’s pocket. Fund (HFS) and McDonald’s restaurants, passed out free autographed copies of her higher educational plans by helping them Additionally parents should help students more than 500 parents turned out to learn the book. “I cannot emphasize enough the need research colleges and universities online and apply to various colleges and universities and ins and outs of how to apply for funding for for all students, particularly minorities, to also seeking as much financial aid as they are help them put together a “student resume” their children. Entitled “Steps for Success attend college,” said Ms. Dabbah. “Statistics entitled to. entailing what their child has done Saturdays,” the college fair, which was held have proven that individuals with a college A workshop entitled “Preparing Your academically and outside of the classroom at Kelly High School, opened its doors to degree can have lifetime earnings of one to Students for College” focused on what that would help them toward obtaining a parents and students in grades 7th through 12th. three, million dollars above those who don’t students and parents alike need to do to seek college degree. Open to students of all ethnicities, the all graduate from college. Parents need to start higher education after high school. High David Tenorio is a North Lawndale day fair offered workshops designed to inform saving for their children’s college education grades are not only required for most big resident. To comment on this article visit our parents and students about the college as early as the day they are born. The name colleges, but a high grade point average weblog at: www.nlcn.org. ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE: TOWARD A MORE EQUITABLE SOCIETY Jaira J. Harrington neighborhoods where the total population of The media has given a great deal of past, our community has been environmentally people of color is about 72 percent. All of these regulations without discrimination based on communities have a sizeable population of attention to the so-called “green movement” violated. In this manner, among others, we have race, ethnicity, and /or socioeconomic status. and environmental patterns of degradation experienced a great injustice—an environmental impoverished families and individuals. This is Environmental racism is the when a dubious coincidence. throughout the world through climate change. injustice. environmental policies (including land use, Having worked in the environmental policy So what is environmental justice, exactly? Clean air, clean water and a healthy development of new chemical plants, landfills, environment in which one can live, work, play realm as an intern with the Sierra Club in At the People of Color Environmental toxic dumps, etc.) deliberately or unintentionally Atlanta, I saw the environmental awareness Leadership Summit in 1991, a diverse group of and pray should not be a luxury. These pose disproportionate harm to people of color. expectations are fundamental human rights. gap between upper-middle class, great minds including businesspeople, The issue of environmental justice should predominately white communities and just academics, government officials and concerned Until there is a more balanced approach to not be glossed over as a passing trend. environmental issues, especially equal about every socio-economic stratum in citizens overwhelmingly demanded that the US According to a forthcoming study led by communities of color. government take a firm stance against the protection under the law; communities like environmental justice advocate and expert Dr. North Lawndale will continue to be besieged Presently, I live in California where disparate exposure of poor communities and Robert Bullard of Clark Atlanta University, environmental awareness is hard to ignore. The communities of color to environmental wastes by environmental injustices. ranked the top 10 metropolitan areas in the U.S. Jaira J. Harrington is a North Lawndale august foothills and mountains serve as the and toxins. This group formed a clear, concise with the largest number of minorities living in awe-inspiring backdrop for the landscape. My definition: Environmental justice is the pursuit native. She is currently a Bess K. Gallard neighborhoods that contain hazardous waste English Teaching Fellow at the Branson School native North Lawndale hardly has this level of of equal justice and equal protection under the facilities. In this study, Chicago ranked fifth. an intimate connection to the land and, in the law for all environmental statutes and in Ross, California. To comment on this article Hazardous waste facilities are located in nine visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. October 24 - October 30, 2007 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS Page 5 Murphy Hill Gallery POLICE ROUNDUP A Unique Addition To October 24 By Ferman Mertell Beckless MAN SHOT DEAD IN LAWNDALE gunshot wound to the Area 4 Homicide investigators were back. The unidentified Lawndale Black Facts Toya Goldsmith without an arrest or motive in the early victim was rushed to Mt. Sunday morning shooting of a 21-year-old Sinai Hospital and Medical Center where Inside the historic Sears and Roebuck man in the 2700 block of South Spaulding. he was listed in critical condition and is building is one of Lawndale’s best kept Officers from the city’s 10th District being treated. secrets. Murphy Hill Gallery, located at 3333 responded to a call just before 2 a.m. and Police were told that the shooting victim W. Arthington, is a gem ready to be found the unidentified man unresponsive was sitting in a vehicle when a gunman, discovered by the community. after sustaining a single gunshot wound to described as being male and Hispanic Since opening its doors in November of the back. He was pronounced dead on the between the ages of 17 and 25, approached scene and his body was later moved to the and shot him before fleeing on foot. Area 4 2006, one weekend a month, the gallery Cook County medical examiner’s office for Violent Crimes investigators were without an presents various forms of art such as an autopsy. arrest. paintings, photographs, sculptures, Unidentified witnesses told police the DRIVE-BY WOUNDS MAN performing arts, independent films and victim was walking when an unidentified A 25-year-old man was shot while documentaries. It is a taste of art and culture gunman in a black vehicle held a brief walking in the 4000 block of West Jackson presented in a way that many residents have conversation with the victim. The passenger Boulevard, leaving him hospitalized in never seen. There are families who live on then exited the vehicle and fired several shots critical condition while being treated for the West Side that have never visited an art from a handgun, striking the victim before multiple gunshot wounds. gallery, making Murphy Hill Gallery a unique fleeing. Paramedics rushed the unidentified addition to the Lawndale community. TEENS SHOT victim to Illinois Masonic Hospital just after Every month there is a featured artist. The Two teens sustained life-threatening the 9 a.m. shooting last Wednesday morning. gunshot wounds in two separate and He was reportedly standing on the street Langston Hughes artist of the month for October was Steve apparently unrelated shootings last Saturday when an unknown gunman in a red vehicle Fisher, a gifted painter who created some very morning. fired several shots before fleeing. * On this date in 1935, Langston Hughes’ large paintings of magazine covers. One of In the first shooting that occurred in the Area 4 Violent Crimes investigators “Mulatto” opened. Mulatto was the first his pieces featured Oprah Winfrey on the 3400 block of West 30th Street just after 1:30 were without an arrest. Black-authored play to become a long-run cover of “O” Magazine. a.m. that morning, a 17-year-old youth Ferman is a former columnist for the Broadway hit. “I have been painting for at least 40 years sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the Chicago Defender and the Chicago Metro * On this date in 1935, Italy invaded and I enjoy doing what I do,” said Fisher. buttocks and right leg. Paramedics rushed News. He has also written for Chicago Ethiopia. American Blacks held mass meetings of protest and raised funds for the Founders Ralph Murphy and Bill Hill are him to Mt. Sinai Hospital and Medical Athlete Magazine, Windy City Word and The the creative force behind Murphy Hill Center where he was listed in guarded Rockford Chronicle. His column has been Ethiopian defenders. * On this date in 1972, Jackie Robinson, Gallery. The original concept for the gallery condition. syndicated by five different radio stations: first African-American player in Major was to showcase student’s work. The gallery Witnesses told police that the victim was WMPP, WWCA, WWYCA, WSSD and standing at that location when an unknown WXFM. He is the founder of the Reckless League Baseball, died in Stamford, has now evolved into featuring artists of every gunman approached and fired several shots Beckless Foundation, offering scholarships Connecticut at the age of 53. Robinson kind. Murphy Hill prides itself on creating from a passing vehicle before fleeing. Area to student athletes in the Chicago Area. professional baseball’s color barrier on April opportunities for artists who would not 4 Violent Crimes investigators were without Ferman currently writes for the North 15, 1947 when he appeared at first base for normally be seen in a gallery setting. an arrest in that shooting. Lawndale Community News. You can reach the Brooklyn Dodgers Murphy and Hill together had the vision In the second shooting that occurred in Ferman Beckless at firstname.lastname@example.org. * On this date in 1948, Rep. Kweisi to bring an art gallery to an inner city West the 2200 block of South California Avenue, To comment on this article visit our weblog Mfume was born in Baltimore, Maryland. In Side neighborhood. another 17-year-old youth sustained a at: www.nlcn.org. 1996 Mfume became president of the NAACP. “I’m from the West Side,” Murphy said. “We knew that we needed to create an outlet for our young people.” Murphy believes that art allows individual expression. Hill is a gifted photographer who GET COMPUTER SKILLED! FIND OUT HOW CALL also felt a need for an art gallery in Lawndale which gives more clarity as to why Murphy Hill Gallery was created. 312/492-9090 For more information on featured artists, gallery details, or upcoming classes, contact www.MURPHYHILLGALLERY.com or call 773-638-1262. Toya Goldsmith is a North Lawndale resident. To comment on this article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. VISIT US ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.NLCN.ORG TO COMMENT ON THESE AND OTHER ARTICLES Page 6 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS October 24 - October 30, 2007 JERWANE FORD –From Collins to College Todd Thomas Former Collins football player Jerwane North Park is a pretty talented football but football is much more than just Ford has done an admirable job using his team, but they play in the highly competitive a sport, it’s about building a family success in football to further his athletic and CCIW Conference and wins have been hard and I enjoy every chance I have to academic goals. He played for Collins High to come by. As the team’s defensive captain come to the field and play with the School from 2000 to 2004 and he’s now in Ford shoulders a lot of the responsibility as rest of my brothers on the team. I his senior year at North Park University, far as team morale is concerned, but he’s been consider everyone in the locker where he plays football and studies doing it since high school and he knows what room as brothers, and that’s fun in communications. Ford is also the defensive his role is. itself.” captain for the North Park Vikings. “Being a captain is a lot of responsibility North Park University is Ford started all four years for the Collins and you’re not always liked by the rest of your located on the North Side of Cobras and was a team captain for the entire teammates because of the simple fact that Chicago on a beautiful well- time. He was also voted the team’s MVP in you’ve got to make them do stuff that they tended, and well-funded private 2003 and 2004. He played on the defensive don’t want to do. Even when you’re losing campus. Ford grew up on the West and offensive line, as well as linebacker, but you’ve got to make them keep pushing Side in the area known as K-Town he’s slimmed down from 225 pounds to his themselves,” Ford said. “You’ve got to show and like most young men there he current playing weight of 205. leadership and patience, and you’ve got to had to avoid the pitfalls of the “When I came to North Park I started off be able to keep your morale up, and boost street life that always lurks nearby. as an outside linebacker like I was in high other people’s morale,” he said. The neighborhood was tough and school, but I lost a little weight, became more He’s been up to the task as a team captain challenging but he was never agile and athletic and moved to strong safety since his years with Collins and his former discouraged by it. He’s also where I became more of a playmaker,” Ford head coach, Anthony Andrew, recalls a young naturally gregarious and that said. man that had the innate qualities of leadership. helped him out growing up. Fords has been starting for the Vikings “He had a good attitude about life and “The toughness of the city had since his junior year and he’s seen significant would do whatever it took to make the team no effect on me wanting to leave playing time since his sophomore season. He better,” said Andrew. “He would do whatever and go to North Park. I’m a social finished fourth on the team with 54 tackles he could to the best of his ability and he also guy and I was friends with just last season, to go along with two sacks. He has the gift at being good at conversation.” about everyone,” Ford said. got his first career interception this season The struggles Ford and the Vikings have He didn’t live in isolation from and he loved the feeling of his first pick. had on the field are a little different from his the violent crime, however, and he “That’s an indescribable rush,” Ford said experiences at the high school level with attributes his well being to his faith Jerwane Ford of his interception against Carthage, which Collins where he won the conference and his focus on his goals. he returned for 7 yards. “When you get an championship as a sophomore and won many “I try to live my life without worrying football and he plans to keep studying and interception it seems like everything moves more games than he lost, but in his eyes there about it. With God on my side I wasn’t get a degree in communications in spring slower. You can feel people around you and is more to the football experience than worried about a stray bullet. I was just worried 2008. He’s been able to move steadily toward without even looking at them you know winning and losing, as he explains. about going to school and getting the grades. his goals and he has some advice to pass on exactly where they’re at. It’s a great feeling “It’s the love of the game, you’ve got to My Mother supported me 100 percent and to high school athletes and students who want knowing you have an opportunity to make love football. You don’t come on the football that’s all I needed,” he said. to move on and attend college. He stresses points on defense.” field only to win. That’s the main objective, This is Ford’s last year of collegiate See Ford page 9 ON VIDEO Compiled and Reviewed by David H. Schultz pawn to confront the webslinger. PG-13; 139min. Sony Pictures Home Video: Available: Oct. 30 NEARING GRACE (**1/2) A typical coming of age story of a young teenager, Henry Nearing (Gregory Smith) trying over come the death of his mother that leads to his strained ands different relationship with his father (David Morse) who hasn’t Toby Maguire in Spider Man 3 gotten over his loss becomes a 70’s flower man-child. SPIDERMAN 3 (***) Even though While Henry is unable to notice the this trilogy retains most of its dazzling, natural match he has with his observational visual appeal; there is still a bit of a letdown gal pal, Merna (Ashley Johnson) over compared to the previous films. From the spirited and sexy, cool Grace Chance script showing slippage into occasional soap (Jordana Brewster) that opens him up to the opera scenarios in a movie that shows us confusion in love and relationships. it’s flashy while just being adequate. Aptly handled along with the rock and Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire)’s positive soul music pieces by director Rick Rosenthal popularity as his superhero alter ego takes a in this variation to a John Hughes-type 80’s bow that nearly turns this movie into and teen angst melodrama. R; 105min. First “Everybody Hates Spidey” outcry. independent Pictures/ Whitewater Films/ When his heroics makes him neglect his Vivendi Visual Entertainment girl, Marty Jane (Kristen Durst) in her legit Coming Soon to Home Video: SNL acting debut on Broadway; witnessed by regular Adam Shamberg stars in “Hot Rod” Parker’s sympathetic best friend, Harry (Nov. 27); “Shrek the Third” (Nov. 13); Osborn (James Franco) plotting revenge on “Chappelle’s Show: The Complete Series Spidey for killing his father (Willem Dafoe). Collection” (Nov. 20); Will Arnett and Will While Spiderman interferes with an Forte star as “The Brothers Solomon” (Dec. escaped convict (Thomas Haden Church) 26); “”Monty Python’s Life of Brian” makes who suffers an accident with the powers to its DVD debut (Nov. 20); Lindsay Lohan rob a bank for the money to help his ill stars in “I Know Who Killed Me” (Nov. 27) daughter and an aggressive street David Schultz is a film critic for NLCN photographer (Topher Grace) who stricken and other publications. To comment on this by a parasite from outer space that makes a article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. triple threat of evil using Mary Jane as their October 24 - October 30, 2007 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS Page 7 Economic Forum Educates African-Americans About Financial Literacy James Glover and a reputation for on time bill pay. Those are community and that’s a problem we need to things that matter in today’s society and the educate ourselves on.” State Rep Turner is also African-American youth especially sometimes treasurer on the board of the NBCSI. Also destroy credit before they know what it is and present was State Senator James T. Meeks and lose out on so much opportunity because of that,” State Representative Constance Howard. Cheeks said. Bijesh Tolia, PhD. CFA from Chicago State One of the points also stressed at the event University talked in depth about Basic Financial was the fact that income levels were playing a Education in Underserved communities. “I’m minor factor in loan acceptance rates, as the loan sure that everyone has seen, heard of and seen approval rate for African Americans has gone concrete evidence of the disparity that exist down in recent years regardless of income levels. between the African American and White At the Event, Strategic Human Services was communities when it comes to the difference presented with a five thousand dollar check by between not only the availability of credit and the NBCSI. SHS which publishes the North the balance of credit that is made available,” said Lawndale Community News will also Tolia. “Therefore, we should be pushing financial incorporate financial literacy into NLCN’s after education, which empowers us to make decisions school programs and its other youth programs. that will eventually allow the African-American NBCSI’s Executive Director Tom Bacote community to make strides towards not being presented NLCN with the check. manipulated when it comes to the rules of the “It was very informative, I definitely learned game. If the lenders and banks can change their a lot of new information and they refreshed my strategy and adapt, so can we as consumers.” memory over again with information that I had Financial literacy among youth was also a previously forgotten about. Personally, I feel it major point. The message to be more intelligent needs to be repeated frequently so that these Thom Bacote, Executive Director of NBCSI presented Strategic Human Services, Executive Director Isaac Lewis, Jr. with a check for $5,000 to help provide financial literacy in its adult and youth programs. with money and keep credit in tact was practices are not forgotten and they will help you emphasized. Bill Cheeks of the program position yourself for a secure financial future,” Last week, the National Black Caucus of succeed in an increasingly difficult financial JumpStart Financial Smarts for Students educated said Fred Little, accountant for SHS/NLCN who States Institute held its Illinois Economic market. the audience about educating their minds about attended the event. Empowerment Forum at the House of Hope “The idea that a dollar doesn’t last in our financial responsibility and its long term James Glover is a North Lawndale resident located at 752 East 114th Street. The focus of the community but only fifteen minutes should importance. who does freestyle writing for the NLCN. He is event was financial literacy and the need for the concern citizens,” said State Representative Art “The goal is to educate kids not just about also involved in Non For Profit work and African-American community to become Turner, 9th District. “Either we carry them out cost cutting techniques but about the long term Community Organizing. To comment on this informed of the financial battles they face, the or we send them out but we never shop in our benefits of having things like a clean credit record article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. economic war in the background and ways to community, we don’t financially support our North Lawndale YMCA Celebrates Program, Honor Local McDonald’s Owner James Glover On Wednesday, October 18th Ron Lofton, environment conducive to education, yet followed with a speech, saying “We would like thirty. Although the program seems to be doing owner of McDonald’s located at 3200 W. beneficial because they do have a fair amount of to thank Mr. Lofton and McDonald’s for giving quite well, George says that they are always Roosevelt Road for honored as part of National social interaction. It’s been a really great us a place to study and have fun. Also, thank you looking for help from the community. “We could Lights on after School. Lofton was honored for partnership and definitely something to thank Mr. for taking the time with homework and giving us always use tutors and people to help with his partnership with the YMCA of Metropolitan Lofton for.” a better chance to succeed.” computer techniques for the children. The best Chicago. At the McDonald’s, Lofton provides The YMCA Chicago/McDonald’s “I’m holding this award but this program is way for children to learn is in an environment a great location for after school programming, partnerships supplies children with school really about the effort and the hard work these full of diverse personality who helps with meals for each child who successfully completes supplies catered to their grades levels through a children put in on a daily basis, understanding different aspects in a child’s life.” their homework and encouragement for any sponsorship from kitsforkids, as well as the value of a great education and putting the DeVonte Woods, a 7th grader participating student looking for assistance to succeed in computers the children can use for such things time forth to accomplish their dreams. You can in the program said “Its good to know we have school. as internet research and typing reports. The can look at these children and know that obviously somewhere to come to where we can focus away “We’ve been doing the program here at also learn to improve typing skills and they are going to become quite successful. from all the bad stuff that goes on in the McDonald’s for about a year now and so far we occasionally view education videos. Providing the things that we do here is the least neighborhood. I’m happy that I can come here think it has been to the great benefit of the At the event, Ron Lofton Jr., accepted the we can do and we’re more happy to work and I’ve made some new friends that I would’ve children participating,” said Kimberly George, award of his father’s behalf and took note of all alongside the YMCA and these wonderful have if I wasn’t allowed to be here every day. I program director for the YMCA/McDonald’s the good work the children have been putting in. children.” The program is currently at about hope that we can keep doing the program, Program. “The children get placed in an A young girl, Tamira, presented the away and eighteen students, with a maximum capacity of because I’ve learned a lot.” Summit from front page families to all areas to listen to guest speakers, Chief Executive Officer Arne Duncan. “This attend workshops and talk with representatives. summit offers families a chance to learn about what Representatives included City of Chicago our schools in the Pilsen area have to offer so they Colleges as well as Robert Morris, DePaul can become involved in the lifelong education of University, University of Wisconsin and their children.” Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Loyola University as well The Educational Summit was organized as a as both the University of Chicago and Champaign- family event where parents and students were able Urbana. to meet one on one with local organizations to ask “We see education as a never ending process questions and receive assistance. that starts at birth and continues throughout the ”What makes this event unique is our intent life of a child. With this summit we are trying to to create lasting relationships with parents that establish a lifelong connection with the families attend. Our message is that this event will not attending this event,” said Alvaro Obregon, NCP end when families walk out of the door on October manager of The Resurrection Project. “Our goal 20th,” said Martha Monrroy, principal at Cooper is to help make the transitions between preschool, Dual Language Academy and chair of the Pilsen grade school, high school and college smoother Educational Summit. “We will be following up for students and parents by connecting them with with families through home visits and telephone the resources in the neighborhood, ensuring the calls. To continue providing them with the best educational experience possible.” resources to help make their child’s continued Amongst the guest speakers at Saturday’s educational process a life long and enjoyable event where Chicago Public Schools CEO Arne pursuit.” Duncan, Chair of Education of the Illinois State Victor Calinte, a single father to four children, Board of Education Jesse Ruiz, City Clerk Miguel says the education summit really provided a way Del Valle, Alderman Danny Solis and Dr. Sylvia to get the information he needed as a single parent At the Pilsen Education Summit, students filled up the classroom as presenters from universities like Ramos, president of Daley College. of a household full of school-age children. “I have DePaul and National Louis explained the ins and outs of the college application process. Photo credit: Students and their parents were advised to take children that cover the whole educational map Johanna Diaz/Afterschool Alliance in the presented information, communicate with from high school to grade school so to have access the guest speakers and hold discussions with the to so many people and so much information is a school programs and counseling services provided place within my community where I can find all children about the proceedings. With the PES, true blessing,” said Calinte. “Now I know that is to her children. Ms. Bautista, like Mr. Calinte, of the resources necessary to help them through community and school leaders want children to just a little less pressure on me seeing as how I works full time and says it can be difficult to find their college applications. I didn’t go to college not only hear about the value of maintaining a know that the school system has my children’s best quality after school programs that provide so all of this is very new for me, but I feel like I quality education, but be able to have access to interest at heart and that they are going to cooperate affordable service. In addition, she worries she am walking away with organizations that I can call leaders who can clear up any questions or concerns with me fully to make sure that they are receiving will not be able to afford college for her children. if I need help.” about the education process. the best possible education. The knowledge and “As a mother with a full time job, it is a James Glover is a North Lawndale resident “Schools are at the heart of every thriving support offered here today was priceless.” challenge for me to find the time to complete all who does freestyle writing for the NLCN. He is community and we want parents to know that our Alicia Bautista, a mother of three, was another of the research necessary to help my daughters also involved in Non For Profit work and schools provide resources that go beyond the one of the community members that attended the make informed decisions about college,” said Community Organizing. To comment on this normal school day,” said Chicago Public Schools full day workshops to learn more about after Bautista. “I am so happy that I can come to a article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. Page 8 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS October 24 - October 30, 2007 Letters to the Editor Letters to the Editor I have some basic concerns regarding this Pulaski TIF and will you put in writing the within this TIF will actually happen? Example our young people? Munoz, we have youth article. It is clearly objective, but does not same regarding the other TIF’s?” Munoz of mother going for work, making minimum groups in our community we pllaann move anyone from our community to get Immediately said yes, Dixon reluctantly wage, her son and now her daughter go to the (misspelled purposely - real slow answer) to involved. It provides a clear position of the raised her hand saying yes. Example of an street corner because not enough income is involve them. Lawndale Alliance and our politicians. It exercise gym using TIF resources on State coming in. They are working on a record The TIF could really be a great tool for clearly left out specific concerns that the Street , and after two years does not exist any within three to four weeks, or we will be community empowerment, but instead it is a politicians were asked, and most of the time longer. attending their funeral. (no response to the tool to develop Non-Blighted communities. were unwilling to answer. If they were they 3. Affordability - currently the medium question) The TIF facilitates an open door for will need to be reminded. Send them a copy income level is measured by the AMI “Area 5. Your Oversite panel - is this to be a developers to come in and to develop of the taping so they cannot forget. Medium Income.” which means a family of rubber stamp oversight panel that approves unaffordable, non living wage jobs, no 1. Have you ever read a TIF report? All four has to make $68,000 per year to qualify everything after it is decided for the community oversight for the project since it but one politician was able to raise their hand to purchase one of the new units created. community or is it an open process that is is a private developer, and our families, our as a yes. Have you ever read 10 TIF reports? Asked the community does anyone in the determined by the community that elected sons and daughters are the greatest looser. If None of the politicians were able to answer room make that kind of money? No. Will you you, first to say whether or not there should you ask a politician how much money is in yes, well then you do not understand just how reconsider the measurement tool being the be a TIF and only if it is guaranteed to benefit the TIF, “It Is BROKE!” Why? Slight of much of this is a shell game or slight of hands. NMI “Neighborhood Medium Income” in the people. Then if the people approve the hands, Shall Game that moves money to other You do not understand how the TIF resources creating affordable housing units for the TIF, will they be the driving force for the community areas with no accountability. Lets are moved from one TIF all the way current resident population? The politicians development/jobs/our young people needs? not give a pass on our politicians - those who downtown to redevelop it. did not respond to that question. They need No response we voted to ensure that we benefit by the work 2. Changing the guidelines for how TIF to fire to be placed at their feet. 6. Youth in this process - Those who are they do to represent us! GET Involved! resources were utilized, “Will you put in 4. Jobs/Living Wage Income - the TIF’s impacted the greatest are not even here tonight Rev. John E. Stultz writing that if this TIF is approved that these have not created any employment your panel our young people who are Community Coordinator resources will only be spent with the Ogden/ opportunities for residents in any of the TIF’s excellent thinkers and planners have not even Micah 6:8 “What does the LORD require yet, read the reports. Will been involved, it is apparent that is so because of us, to do justice, live mercy, and to walk you ensure that the room is filled but there are not any young humbly before our GOD?” Will you? employment for residents people present. What will you do to involve Garfield Area Partnership 316 South Spaulding An Open Letter to Alderman Dixon and Alderman Munoz: PLEASE, DON’T ALLOW THE TIF ADVISORY COUNCIL TO BE DISENFRANCHISED BEFORE IT’S FORMED On behalf of the Lawndale Alliance, we would like to October 19. The plan will be filed with the City Clerk thank you for taking the time to address the Proposed prior to its release on Friday. From a legal stand point, Ogden-Pulaski TIF at our Town Hall Meeting, held on this will be the very first step in the approval process. If October 15 at the House of Prayer Church of God in Christ. the plan is filed on or before November 2 it will be While there are a number of issues that still must be introduced to the Chicago Community Development addressed, we appreciate the candor with which you Commission for review on November 13—at least 2 answered the questions placed before you. We also weeks before the TIF Advisory Council is put into appreciate the movement in such areas as cleaning up the place. property lists and starting to formulate TIF advisory In order to ensure that our elected officials are council. We will be following up with a letter to the moving in concert with the community, we respectfully Commissioner of Planning and Development, copied to request that you hold off on filing the plan with the City you, outlining the concerns that remain outstanding. Clerk’s Office until such time as On October 9, you and the Chicago Department of 1. you meet with the community to share which of Planning and Development held a meeting on the Proposed the suggestions provided by the community were Ogden-Pulaski TIF. The presentation team indicated at incorporated into the plan. the time, that you did not know when the plan would be 2. you address concerns raised by the community. ready, and would not move forward without community 3. the TIF Advisory Council is selected, participates support. You also gave the audience worksheets to provide in an orientation process, has an opportunity to read the feedback on the redevelopment budget. You said you redevelopment plan and provide informed advice. would have as many meetings as necessary, get more We believe these actions will go a long way towards community input, and create a TIF Advisory Council. The restoring transparency to the development process. Your local TIF Advisory Council will be put in place by the assistance in this matter is most appreciated. If you have end of November. any questions, please feel free to call Valerie F. Leonard On Monday, October 15, Alderman Dixon informed at 773-521-3137 or Joe Ann Bradley at 773-450-2400. us that the Chicago Department of Planning and Development plans to release a revised plan on Friday, THE LAWNDALE ALLIANCE Youth from page 3 our travel expenses, as well as what bus lines will be cut so we can know alternate routes. Little Village are just another reason why we should keep The more we become educated and both issues taking informed. By coming together and bringing a peaceful place locally and nationally, the better off we will be. Being solution amongst ourselves, this could potentially mean informed is something that as youth we should take great less police activity, which results in lower arrest totals pride in. When you know about what’s going on it can raise amongst our black and Hispanic youth. your level of education, as you can now partake in Finally, the Chicago Transit Authority is facing a major conversations you otherwise would know nothing about. I crisis that affects the youth ability to travel. With the would advise all my fellow youth to take time to read weekly upcoming “doomsday” fast approaching yet again on at least one local, citywide and national newspaper so that November 4th (it was avoided September 16th thanks to nothing out there will catch you off guard. the state providing temporary relief), we should take notice Lavonte’ Roache’ is a resident on the West Side. To of the increased fares so we can better plan with our money, comment on this article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. VISIT US ON OUR WEBSITE AT WWW.NLCN.ORG TO COMMENT ON THESE AND OTHER ARTICLES October 24 - October 30, 2007 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS Page 9 Sports & Entertainment THEATRE REVIEW: MiLK Mike Cook alter ego, Womaclown, is unseen to them but pacing and the performances he elicits are very much an onstage character, mirroring right on the money. It’s no surprise that Lisa Baby, as a witness and spirit. Their bonding Johnson-Willingham’s choreography is both ritual is double-dutch, performed with virtuosic and in keeping with the essence of virtuosity, even as they deliver the the play. Her work with IMPAACT’s earlier wonderfully poetic lines of this play. triumph, Trouble the Water, was equally fine. After the death of the character Tyronda, The ensemble acting made the play spin who has mysteriously fallen from the roof, and all are to be applauded: Caren Blackmore their memories of her filter through time. She as the conflicted Baby; Dawn Pryor as her was closest to Baby, who may have seen her spirit alter-ego; Ashley Olivia Jones as the last and has suppressed much of what she slick Shadow; Ebony Wimbs as the knows. Baby is vulnerable; bullied by Brown rambunctious Brown; Anthony Williams as and influenced by Shadow. Becoming the the very together Lee; Corey Cantrell as the object of a stalker, the vermin exterminator shape-shifting Five-O; and Earl Alphonso Fox of the building, she cries out to her mother as the repulsive bug man. Shepsu Aakhue’s for protection but is victimized none the less. set is a dead-on evocation of the projects. She cries out throughout the play, but the Brandon Wardell’s lighting assists greatly in mother is never there. experiencing the movement and moments; of Baby challenges her tormentor, Brown, special note is Gullah Magic’s sound design, over the affections of the dapper and wise Lee, which was right on and perfectly off, while Five-O spreads magic a fellow student. Growing a tougher shell, Sharlet Webb’s costumes emphasized the The strengths of IPAACT, “African she follows Shadow into the reefer business. realness and placeness of the drama. Centered Theatre”, make them one of the Five-O is the shaman roots man, who does Milk is running through November 11th finest companies in Chicago. On display in many things such as exorcisms, abortions and Bug Man stalks Baby at the Victory Gardens Greenhouse, 2257 No. MiLK are at their mastery of myth and dispensing the MiLK, a potion that revives male characters – are drawn with fullness and Lincoln Ave. Show times are 8:30 Thursday movement. They fold these qualities into a and lends courage. The women’s rite of wit. IMPAACT’s MiLK is one of the plays & Friday; 8:00 PM Saturday and 3:30 Sunday. contemporary drama with breathtaking passage, high school graduation, finds the of the season. General admission is $19.50 - $22.50 with effects. The action centers around the friends musing that their memories of Tyronda Nambi E. Kelley’s script is a love letter reduced rates for group’s seniors and students. courtyard of a public housing complex, are fading. As yet another passage from to the youth’s whose environment and Further information can be had at: (773) 871- examining the lives of girls for whom the adolescence, their mastery of double-dutch realities she shared. All of the elements - plot, 3000. projects is their universe. fails them. All of the characters have rich, dialogue, and characterizations – combine for Mike Cook is a North Lawndale resident Baby, Shadow and Brown are friends varied facets. a hypnotic whole. The veteran director, and NLCN’s theatre critic. To comment on from elementary through high school. An Five-O, Lee, and the Orkin Man rapist – Chuck Smith, is equal to the challenge. His this article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. AT THE FLICKS ENROLL NOW David H. Schultz, film critic LAWNDALE appearance and inexperience, Captain Doyle rebukes his COMMUNITY participation in the investigation, but agrees to the exchange of information DAYCARE CENTER with his assigned, veteran detectives, 1800 S. Lawndale Remy Bressant (Ed Harris) and Nick Poole (John Ashton) on the missing (773) 257-0497 person case. 6am - 6pm ~ Ages 2-6 Eventually, what this film boils down to is a “promise” made earlier $100 Gift in the film by Patrick to Helene that Sam Riley in control leads to a moral confrontation with lot of the personal and professional angst in Certificate if you Morgan Freeman, Casey Affleck and Michelle himself and the police force, who seem to their relationship. From his early teen life sign up now and Monaghan in Gone Baby Gone have taken the place of any kind of DCFS in 1973, Ian Curtis was a pill popping’ manic between agency in Boston that is strangely absence depression who suffered with epilepsy. Ian GONE BABY GONE (**1/2) The throughout this movie. was a tortured soul who wanted something November 15th object in “Gone Baby Gone” is that there is The conspiracy angle is one thing for sure, out of his life that he didn’t know how to Restrictions Apply! more here than meets the eye than the search but where is the bureaucratic references and handle – fame and recognition. for a missing four year old little girl from interference within the reality of this drama? But this films stands out through its Call Today an inner city Boston neighborhood. Writer- Still, the brothers Affleck almost are able to script and direction on how Ian Curtis had DON’T WAIT! actor Ben Affleck makes a descent pull this movie off. If it weren’t for these and his own difficulties while trying to achieve directorial debut here with his screen other glaring mistakes and omissions that and deal with his own newfound success. Hot Meals, Field Trips, adaptation of “Mystic River’ author, Dennis compromises this interesting movie to fall But “Control” is written and acted Computers, Lehane’s book that begins as every parent’s short by its mixed results. with its own distinction as an nightmare. R; 115min. A Miramax Films Picture unconventional love story that is more FUN FUN FUN A grief stricken mother, Helene Release – presented at selected theatres common and honest perspective through the McCready (Amy Ryan) cries out to the media reporters and TV cameras to find her CONTROL (***1/2) Like the glorified celebrity biography movies like “Ray” or performances than the traditional Hollywood treatment of the glamorized, Ford from page 6 missing daughter, Amanda. “Walk The Line”, “Control” is as potent and rags-to-riches icon image of the big budget good grades and good conduct as the most A well respected police captain, Jack more uncompromising because of the biography movie. crucial factors. Doyle (Morgan Freeman) addresses the exceptional acting performance from British What is amazing about “Control” is how “The best advice I have is you’ve got to media, determined to find this child as a newcomer and ex-musician Sam Riley, who compelling this movie becomes displaying get your grades up. You can be superhuman personal commitment and void to fill since on the football field, but when colleges start just won the Silver Hugo award for best actor the essence of a rock performer’s highs and to look at you they want to know about your his only child was found murdered. at the Chicago Film Festival. Riley portrays lows on this quest for fame that leads into a GPA, and how many times you’ve been Everybody appears to want the child the tragic life of a promising 80’s punk rock legendary status that also encompasses a suspended or went to detention,” said Ford. returned safe and sound. lead singer-songwriter, Ian Curtis of the dramatic and complete love story to its bitter “Make sure you walk around with a Even Helene’s cousin, Bea (Amy British group, Joy Division. sweet end. respectable personality, and make sure that Madigan) involves herself with her A band that is not commercially well R; 121min. A Weinstein Company the teachers, the principal and your peers husband, Lionel (Titus Welliver), by known, but established a brief cult following Picture Release know you’re about business. And don’t let enlisting the service of a private from their recordings and live concert Special Limited Engagement at the peer pressure get to you at any time. Peer investigator, Patrick Kedzie (Casey Affleck) reputation. But it makes no different if you Music Box Theater, 3733 North pressure can take you off track so easily, who grew up and still lives in the area, along aren’t aware of neither this group nor its avant Southport Ave (Now thro Nov. 1) you’ve got to make sure you stay focused.” with his girlfriend – assistant, Angie garde music. David Schultz is a film critic for NLCN Todd Thomas is a freelance writer for (Michelle Monaghan). NLCN and other publications. To comment Based on the memoirs of his wife; and other publications. To comment on this on this article visit our weblog at: Initially because of Patrick’s youthful Deborah (Samantha Morton) who endures a article visit our weblog at: www.nlcn.org. www.nlcn.org. Page 10 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS October 24 - October 30, 2007 Local Radio Rounds Up Around Togo Election Kabuika Kamunga been under either a military dictatorship or a Koutoglo, 30, as he picked up the cordless one-party rule. At the 2005 election, which phone on the round table. Koutoglo,the chief brought the dictator’s son, Faure Gnassingbé, executive officer of FM Liberté. Koutoglo, into power, 500 Togolese died in the election grabbed one of the numerous $2 and $5 violence. This year parliamentary election calling cards on the table and dialed the pin was another shot at democracy. numbers. “You have eight minutes remaining “Our grandparents sold us to the Whites,” for this call,” said the robotic female voice. said Komi Folly, a Togolese caller from Koutoglo grimaced, “That’s not enough to Calgary, Canada. “Today it’s the same. Those conduct an interview with a correspondent in in power in our country play the same role. Togo!” he said and picked up another card. We want our freedom and we want to define The radio team contacted a dozen local it ourselves.” journalists in Togo to feed them updates on For the 1,785 listeners online, radio FM what was happening on the ground during the Liberté is a voice of freedom in the diaspora elections. When the phone calls to Togo went and in the world. through, they heard the elections seemed to “Without this radio station, I would not be going well. The correspondent, Mario be able to sleep,” said Zinsou Agbota, a Attidokpo, who was located 35 km outside Togolese caller from Germany. “Without it, I of the Togolese capital city Lomé, said wouldn’t know what is going on in Togo.” everything was running smoothly except there When the phone rang again, arguments were not enough ballots available. broke in the studio. A caller from New York “I don’t know what calculations they wanted to talk about a political party that’s made to lack voting ballots,” said Attidokpo (From left to right) Kadjo Epou, Devia Koutoglo and Tete Attikossie are FM Liberte journalists who boycotting the elections in Togo. The over the phone. broadcasted live a marathon of the Togolese election. journalists quickly cut him short and the Some say the lack of ballots was a ploy Five Togolese immigrants are sitting in a stations opened in Togo (at 6 a.m. Togo time). program went to a music break. Even off the by the current government. Despite the small basement room in Berwyn, IL. on This is the FM Liberté team. The five men air, the discussion at the round table was shortage, 98 percent of the Togolese people Sunday, October 14. They have headphones are radio broadcasting live on the internet the heated. were coming out en masse to vote, on, looking a bit disheveled in their t-shirts very first democratic elections in Togo in 49 “That caller’s question is political,” said correspondents said based on the number of and sweats. Three of the men are sitting at a years. Tete Attikossie, one of the veteran Togolese registered voters. round table speaking excitedly into a circular There was excitement in the air. People journalists in the studio. “We want people to At one point, FM Liberté President Eric black microphone hanging in the center. On were calling the radio station from all over go and vote.” K. Alovor, who was serving as technician the walls are several clocks showing time in the world: from Canada, France and The journalists were passionate about during the live program, found alarming news Lomé, Togo, Chicago, Paris, France and New throughout the United States. their politics in Africa and some flew in from on the Internet and showed it to the team on a York. It is 11 a.m. in Illinois, yet none of the “Forty years of dictatorship is enough,” Minneapolis to attend the broadcast marathon laptop during an interview. The journalists men have slept for the past 10 hours. They said a Togolese caller from Montréal, Canada. of the election. read the laptop screen and asked the have been up since 1 a.m., when the polling Since its independence in 1960, Togo has “Let’s go to Togo,” said Devia M. C. See Togo page 11 breast cancer treatment in Chicago, over the past said Ansell. He also noted that the Cancer from front page 23 years these advances have not helped reduce implementation of the new report will help reduce women receive fewer mammograms than white women. The second is that black women receive fight against breast cancer,” said Dr. David breast cancer mortality for African women at breast cancer disparities over time. The report mammograms of inferior quality. The third is Ansell, vice president and chief medical officer all.” offers recommendations for repairing the health that black women have inadequate access to at Rush Medical Center. “In fact, despite Calling racial disparities in health outcomes, care system based on three hypotheses explaining quality treatment once a cancer is diagnosed. advances in mammography screening and “one of the greatest injustices in our society,” breast cancer disparities. 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So, we all need moving the recommendations in the to stand behind the Governor and to report forward and systematically encourage our Legislators to fully fund reducing black breast cancer this program and to not stop until it mortality,” said Donna Thompson, $10.00 Togolese sat on wooden benches with their blankets and flashlights outside of polling stations. They were determined to make sure that GIFT HOUSE, INC. IS REQUESTING the vote-counting process would be COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS FOR HIV AWARENESS. We are located at 1309 S. Kedzie Contact 773/522-2420. We will pay for training and lunch. is,” said Ferrans. task force member and CEO of Access Quality of mammography is the Community Health Network. second of the three hypothesized Women on the West Side can causes for the racial disparity in breast receive more information on breast Call transparent and fair. 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Page 12 THE NORTH LAWNDALE COMMUNITY NEWS October 24 - October 30, 2007 What It Iz In The Biz INTERSTATE Watcha know bout’ me? Marquita Ware is a big blow to hip-hop T.I is a good T.I appeared in court this past guy and I know him very well. They Automotive Repair utomotiv Muffler & Automotive Repair Friday and pleaded not guilty. The Clifford “T.I.” Harris said he can’t get bail because he has 2158 South Pulaski judge in his case denied a bond, but a voice that can be heard by the is considering house arrest. He could world. There is always two sides to (corner of Cermak & Pulaski) have been released but T.I.’s attorney a story. Hold your head, fam. You Chicago did not meet the required know we got you. Respect! specifications. He must post a $3.7 DJ Khaled, Miami- 773-522-0122 773-522-0122 million cash and property bond, and based deejay: I couldn’t believe it, wear an electronic monitoring device man. T.I. is a person that reps the and he has to cotract the company in community and represents hip-hop 4 Locations to Serve You! connection with the device. Tiny, his and represents the people and does Ogden & Western 312-733-5333 longtime girlfriend, a federal agent a lot for a lot of people. He did a lot and his children are the only ones to for me, too. He got on my record, be allowed in the house. Any visitors must be placed on a “We Takin’ Over” and made history with me. Besides music, OIL CHANGE, pre-authorized list, and a full sweep of his house must be he reps the kids, charities, all that stuff. I felt really sad Diagnostic FILTER, TOP OF Radiator done in search of a hidden safe and any other contraband because he got a family. He got kids. He’s not a threat to Testing THE FLUIDS & Flush before he could move back in. T.I. has a second bond hearing society at all. I think that God is the best. I think he’s gonna ENGINE FLUSH this Friday (Oct. 26th) at 3 p.m. and if the judge’s orders are lead him forward through his trials and tribulations. So it’s $ $ 39.99 $ 39.99 39.99 followed he will be released on house arrest. HERE IS WHAT SOME IN THE HIP HOP in God’s hands. Everything is alleged. I don’t know what’s really going on. All I know is what the media talks about. It COMMUNITY HAD TO SAY: gets crazy. Nobody knows the facts. I think that he’s innocent DJ Drama, T.I’s deejay: It fu—d me up. I was just at and he’s gon’ be all right. Struts Mufflers Converter rehearsal with him a few hours before [the arrest] and then Chamillionaire, rap artist: I was at the BET Awards to see this happen. The system works in its way. I don’t have and was getting a bunch of text messages about it. 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We shouldn’t pass any me. We got the same lawyer, so I think I knew about it before type of judgment based off speculation. Hopefully the Full Tune-Up Front or Rear everybody. It was kinda messed up because you got a dude outcome will be a good one, and not just for the T.I. fans. Service that’s at the top of his game. He got nine nominations [at the www.concreteloop.com www.bet.com www.sohh.com Brakes Service BET Hip-Hop Awards.] He had more nominations than If you have any questions for me about celebrity gossip 4 cyl. 6cyl. $ anybody. That award show could have potentially been that or news, just call 312-492-9090 or write to KETA, 1211 S. $ 159. 00 179.00 $ 59.99 springboard to take him to the next level. For that [arrest] to Western, Chicago, IL 60608 and I will feature my answer 8cyl. Front or Rear happen, I think it’s a tragic thing. From what I know, it ain’t in the next column. 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