Thursday, February 26, 2015
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There was a photo op of President Obama and a whole bunch of politicians after his speech in the Pullman District yesterday, but there was one guy who wasn't. Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner wasn't allowed on stage to get in the picture.
At least Rauner avoids any Christ Christie traitor-to-the-movement moments.
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
Call to Action:
Sign the Petition to Bring the
Obama Presidential Library to the West Side
The Friends of the West Side Presidential Library is sking stakeholders of Chicago's West Side and West Suburban communities to sign a petition asking President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to build the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago's West Side. The proposed project, sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago and the North Lawndale community, would include a library and museum to be built on a vacant, 23-acre city-owned parcel bounded by Roosevelt Road and Kostner, Kildare and Fifth avenues in North Lawndale. The project would also include a visitors center and a proposed O-4 Institute for academic-civic collaboration at the corner of Harrison and Halsted on the UIC campus.
Building the Obama Presidential Library on Chicago's West Side offers a tremendous opportunity for community and economic impact. With over 20 million square feet of vacant City-owned land, the impacted West Side communities have more vacant land than any other cluster of neighborhoods in Chicago. North Lawndale, and neighboring West Garfield and East Garfield have not experienced sustained comprehensive development in nearly 60 years. Building the OPL on the West Side provides an unprecedented opportunity to work with local planning agencies and the University of Illinois to develop local and regional land use plans that will leverage the impact of the plan proposed by UIC to touch every West Side Community and extend reach to the Western Suburbs. You may sign the petition here
The Friends of the West Side Presidential Library is an ad hoc group of community stakeholders from Chicago's West Side and West Suburban communities who are interested in seeing the Obama Presidential Library built on the West Side. The group supports the UIC-North Lawndale bid for the Obama Presidential Library, but is not affiliated with the university. To find out more about the UIC-North Lawndale bid for the Obama Presidential Library, visit https://presidential-library.uic.edu. To find out more about the bid from a local community perspective, visit the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee's website at http://northlawndalepresidentiallibrary.org. You can also find the North Lawndale Presidential Library on Facebook, and follow the latest developments on Twitter @NLOPL.
Please share this widely in your networks. Time is of the essence, as the President and First Lady are expected to make their decision next month. Thank you in advance.
Photo credits: Tony Stewart and Nicole "Nikki" Harvey.
Thanks to our elected officials for standing up for the West Side Presidential Library bid during the West Side Black Elected Officials' press conference. We thank the Friends of the West Side Presidential Library and everyone who played a role in the coordination of the press conference, as well as those of you who came out to support it. The turnout was great in spite of the fact that there were no flyers for the event and it was not very well publicized. Thank God for social media, and those of you who assisted in sharing posts, retweeting announcements and forwarding emails.
We thank Garfield Major and Congressman Davis for announcing the event on the radio. We thank ABC for announcing the event without us asking. We thank Alderman Chandler for running the media alert in his newsletter. We thank John Viramontes and the Council for Artists' Rights for sharing the flyer in their newsletter.
We had at least 6 cameras from local media, as well as reporters from print media. Craig Dellimore, North Lawndale's own Tanya Francisco, Charles Thomas and Joanie Lum were among the television and radio journalists present. The written press included reporters from the North Lawndale Community News and the Austin Voice. We thank the press for giving voice to the West Side bid.
So far, the following stories have come about as a direct result of the press conference:
SUPPORTERS TOUT ADVANTAGES OF WEST SIDE BID FOR OBAMA LIBRARY
West Side Officials Say North Lawndale Obama Library Site Would Have Biggest Impact
Obama library decision quickly approaching
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
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Sunday, February 15, 2015
Friday, February 13, 2015
Quote from LWJ: the post definitive source we have on what's happening at the moment,
The Islamic State was able to advance into al Baghdadi despite Coalition air support in the area. US officials confirmed that American troops based at Al Asad did not directly engage the Islamic State attackers on the ground. However, Coalition aircraft launched "five airstrikes" near Al Asad "between 8 a.m. yesterday and 8 a.m. today" and "struck four ISIL [Islamic State] tactical units and destroyed an ISIL VBIED, an ISIL checkpoint and an ISIL armored earth mover," according to a statement by US Central Command.
Currently, around 320 US Marines are stationed at Al Asad. The Marines are there to train and reorganize the Iraqi Security Forces and Sunni tribal fighters to fight the Islamic State. Al Asad also hosts the Iraqi Army's 7th Division, which has suffered several setbacks in the region. [For more, see LWJ reports Islamic State ambushes Iraqi military column near Ramadi, Islamic State overruns Iraqi military base in Anbar, Islamic State photos highlight group's grip on Ramadi, and Islamic State photos detail rout of Iraqi Army at Camp Saqlawiya.]