CHICAGO - A Ground breaking ceremony for the Elam Chambers Condos was held on July 26, 2021 at 3012 East 78th Street in Chicago, Illinois. Photo by John L. Alexander
Supporters attend a groundbreaking ceremony on the spot where condominiums are scheduled to begin construction.
The family of Elam Chambers and supporters gather at the South Shore Cultural Center to celebrate the actualization of a vision.
By Naimah Latif
Travelers expecting to fly out of Southwest Airlines at Chicago’s Midway Airport Saturday, October 9, 2021, were stunned to discover their flights had been cancelled with no provisions made for booking flights on other airlines. Many expressed anger and frustration at the disruption of travel plans, as long lines to the flight check in counters remained at a standstill and no explanation was given for the cancellations. A number of ticket holders to Las Vegas had planned to attend the Sunday October 10 Chicago Bears’ game against the Raiders.
It was rumored that the government mandated COVID vaccine for all airline employees prompted a number of employees to walk off the job in protest. Southwest was noticeably severely understaffed, with not enough personnel to check in passengers and handle baggage. Passengers grew weary standing in long lines all day only to be finally told their flight had been cancelled.
in a written statement, Southwest said, “We are working hard behind the scenes to minimize challenges as we take care of displaced Crews and Customers as soon as possible.”
Southwest Airlines promised to issue $200 credit toward future flights and to refund money on credit cards used to purchase tickets. Travelers inconvenienced by the cancellations waited in line for hours to receive refunds as their attempts to book other flights proved futile. Photo by John L. Alexander
A Southwest Airlines plane takes off from Midway Airport on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, after a weekend of over 1,000 cancellations, leaving many people unable to get to their destinations. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
"Strategic alliance will provide buildings with renewable energy and increased efficiency." - Fran Briggs, Publicist to Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity
Chicago, IL, March 09, 2021 --(PR.com)-- Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity (FVHFH) has received a pledge of support from United American Marketing for the construction of 100-plus, affordable single family homes for veterans its publicist announced today. The assistance will be utilized during the development and zoning phase of a 50-acre lot in Yorkville, IL.
United American Marketing, an international energy consultancy with offices in the United States, Europe and the Middle East, is advising and contributing as the solar supplier to the FVHFH project. The organization’s aim is to increase the project’s energy efficiency by providing access to renewable energy.
The five-year project, known as Operation Home America, will also house lower-income families, seniors, abused women and children, and at-risk populations. A large part of this group is currently homeless or in need of affordable housing.
Patrons line up at the new Trader Joe's opening up at 1528 E. 55th Street in Chicago's Hyde Park Community. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Chicago, IL—Nationally renowned personal injury and civil rights attorney Ben Crump (at right) and Chicago Trial lawyers from Hart Mclaughlin & Eldridge announced at a news conference at Thursday, December 16th, at the Rainbow PUSH Coalition headquarters, 930 E. 50th St., the filing of a lawsuit against State Farm on behalf of Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson, (at left), a former State Farm employee of 28 years. Because Dr. Campbell-Jackson spoke out against extreme racism and discriminatory behavior at State Farm, she was retaliated against by State Farm.
Nationally renowned civil rights and personal injury attorney Ben Crump has spearheaded a legal movement to better protect the rights of marginalized citizens. He has led landscape-changing civil rights cases and represented clients in a wide range of areas including civil rights, personal injury, labor and employment, class actions, and more. Ben Crump Law is dedicated to holding the powerful accountable. Photo by John L. Alexander
Attorney Robert McLaughlin, (center), who will be working with Attorney Crump on the case, noted that a number of State Farm employees have complained of receiving race and ethnic based insults on the job by State Farm employees. Attorney McLaughlin is with Hart McLaughlin & Eldridge, LLC , a firm of trial lawyers specializing in civil litigation. The attorneys at HME practice on a nationwide basis in both federal and state courts and are actively involved in some of the largest and most significant cases in the country. HME lawyers have particular expertise in civil rights and complex civil litigation Photo by John L. Alexander
Linda Foster, NAACP Bloomington-Normal President, (red dress) pledged that the NAACP will stand with Dr. Carla Campbell-Jackson in demanding an end to racism in the workplace in the form of name calling, ridicule, and threats of retaliation if reported. Others speaking in support of Dr Campbell-Jackson are Attorney Steven Hart,Teresa Haley, NAACP State President, Bradley Ross Jackson, NAACP Bloomington-Normal Youth Council, and President Michael Childress, NAACP DuPage County, Illinois. Attorney Crump urged others to come forward and say "We, too, have faced racism and threats of retaliation." Photo by John L. Alexander
Attorney Rev. Janette Wilson, Senior Advisor to Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. introduces Attorney Benjamin Crump, who represents over 50 current and former State Farm employees in racial discrimination claims. State Farm, like many other insurance companies, has been guilty of redlining by zip codes, thereby negatively affecting African American communities, and State Farm has had few African Americans on their Boards of Directors, Rev. Wilson noted.
Former Police Officer Jason Van Dyke was released early from prison today, February 3, 2022, after service half of his sentence for killing17-year-old Laquan McDonald. Rainbow PUSH National Field Director Bishop Tavis Grant addresses the crowd of protesters at Federal Plaza. Photo by John L. Alexander.
Chicago, Il – Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Bishop Tavis Grant, national field director for the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, and staff, announced at a press conference Thursday, February 3rd at the Federal Plaza, that they are calling on U.S. Attorney John R. Lausch, Jr. to file federal civil rights charges against former Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.
Rev. Jackson, Bishop Grant and supporters are outraged that Van Dyke, convicted of second-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery in the shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, is being released from prison Thursday after serving half of his 81-month sentence. Special prosecutors had asked for 18 years.
The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is delivering a letter to Lausch demanding that he file civil rights charges against Van Dyke for violating McDonald’s civil rights under Section 242 of Title 18
Supporters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition's efforts to have federal civil rights charges filed against former Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke say that his early release is a reflection of an unjust system that does not hold police officers properly accountable for misdeeds resulting in injury and loss of life of citizens. Photo by John L. Alexander
The killing of Laquan McDonald led to massive outrage, a Black Friday boycott of stores along North Michigan Avenue and the election of Kim Foxx as Cook County State's Attorney, replacing Anita Alvarez. Prosecutors asked for 18 years for Jason Van Dyke and many are outraged that he only received 81 months. Photo by John L. Alexander
In over 50 locations throughout the Chicagoland area, motorists lined up early Saturday morning to receive free gas compliments of the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation. Gas station owners expressed gratitude for Dr. Wilson's generosity, which resulted in a big surge in gas customers for the day. Workers from Dr. Wilson's Foundation guided cars to the gas pumps, helped gas station attendants pump gas, and assisted police in keeping lines of motorists organized as they waited their turn. The owners at the Gas Station at 7201 N.Clark said they were pleased with the turnout and the cooperation of all who made the operation run smoothly.
While motorists were asked not to wait in line over night, many said they got up as early as 5:00am to stake their place in line. and willingly waited two, three, even four hours to get to the gas pump. The Super Save at 111th and State Street saw many motorists coming from the south suburbs to take advantage of the free gas opportunity. Surrounding gas stations had notably few patrons, while many motorists preferred to wait for $50 in gas to fill their tanks, rather than pay. One motorist stated, "Without this help from Dr. Willie Wilson, I wouldn't have been able to get back and forth to work. I just don't have the money to get through the week."
Philanthropist and Chicago Mayoral Candidate Dr. Willie Wilson paid another $1 million dollars to participating gas companies on Saturday, April 23, 2022, to allow motorists to pump up to $50 in gas at no charge. He announced this third gas giveaway at a press conference at his East Wacker Drive home Tuesday April 19th, and challenged other elected officials to perform similar acts of charity for citizens who are struggling under the economic crises caused by COVID, war abroad and violence in communities at home. He vowed that as Mayor of Chicago he would continue to address ways to ease economic distress.