CHICAGO - Reminding residents in one of the nation's most violent cities that peace is possible, members and supporters of the global peace organization HWPL (which stands for Heavenly Culture, World Peace Restoration of Light) held a Peace Walk in downtown Chicago on Saturday May 27, 2023, at the start of the Memorial Day Weekend. Mayor Brandon Johnson and community activists expressed concern that Chicago's gun violence would erupt on this weekend that honors those that served in America's armed forces to preserve peace. HWPL promotes ending all violence and wars at home and abroad
During a special commemorative event held at the Hilton Hotel in downtown Chicago, May 27, HWPL presented the success of its Peace Education programs in schools across the world. Peace Education, a 12 lesson course created by HWPL , has successfully created a culture of peace in many previously war-torn environments. Advocates of peace who joined the HWPL Peace Walk on Saturday suggested that Chicago and other violence-plagued cities could adopt this course as a regular part of the K-`12 public and private school curriculum.
HWPL's World Alliance of Religions for Peace (WARP) summit meetings have given leaders from the many faith communities an opportunity to collaborate and make the teachings about love as contained in their scriptures a policy adopted by governments. At the first WARP Summit meeting in South Korea, experts in International law worked to combine principles of peace, compassion and fairness into a legal document, the DCPW, the Declaration of Peace and Cessation of War. . The DCPW. has been adopted by governments from around the world. HWPL suggests that Chicago could benefit from the U,.S. adopting the DPCW.
Chicago held its annual St. Patrick Day Celebration in Downtown Chicago on Saturday March 11th, 2023. The celebration kicked off with the dyeing of the Chicago River using a vegetable dye. The green dye was originally used to help in the effort to clean up the river's waterfront areas. According to NPR, when Richard J. Daley was first elected Mayor of Chicago in 1955, he attempted to discover where the sewage in the water was originating. The green dye was used to help identify the source of leaky pipes. Now the dyeing green of the Chicago River, a St. Patrick's day city tradition, is done with vegetable dye, to avoid toxic chemicals in the water. Photo by Parthenia Luke.
After the dyeing of the Chicago River, the St. Patrick Day Parade featured marching bands, union employees, and politicians. Chicago plumbers can be credited with creating a tradition of dyeing the river green for St Patrick's day. In 1962, the Plumbers Local union used 100 pounds of dye to turn the river green for St. Patrick's day and it stayed that way for an entire week. Smithsonian Magazine reports that environmentalists were able to convince the city to adopt a vegetable based dye, which ironically is orange. Apparently orange dye and blue water makes a lime colored green. Photo by Parthenia Luke
Dr. Willie Wilson held a press conference at Maggianos at 516 N. Clark in Chicago, introducing war veterans who described the hardships they faced after returning home from war. Dr. Wilson treated the veterans to a special appreciation luncheon and listened as they voiced their concerns.
Veterans thanked Dr. Wilson for taking the time to hear the difficulties veterans face with issues such as mental health care, housing, jobs, education and other critical necessities. Dr Wilson stated that as Mayor he would place a veteran in charge of Chicago's Veterans Affairs.
Elected officials and community activists gathered to honor one of its own Chicago icons, long time community activist Afrika Porter, with the unveiling of a new mural at 63rd and Woodlawn on the side of the Woodlawn Family Health Center at 6250 S. Cottage Grove in Chicago. Afrika is Executive Producer of the Emmy Award winning documentary "Chicago at the Crossroads." The mural, created by artists Rahmaan Statik, Lamar Reed and Sterling Price (also known as Pugs) celebrates the excellence of community figures whose leadership, creativity and social activism has made a difference in the lives of others.
Known for his work as a "violence interrupter," radio personality and former candidate for Illinois Governor Tio Hardiman praised Afrika Porter, known as "Sistah Afrika" for her dedicated activism. He noted that Sistah Afrika has worked in the trenches for many years as a peace advocate, community organizer, youth mentor, and public relations specialist. She is daughter of the late Rev. Dr. John Porter, who was the first Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) President for Chicago under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The ribbon cutting for the mural was held Thursday September 22, 2022.
The mural the side of Woodlawn Family Health Center, 6250 S. Cottage Grove was created by Rahmaan Statik. The other artist were Damon Lamar Reed and Sterling Price (Pugs). Afrika Porter's likeness with her trademark locks is painted on the wall in the historic Woodlawn community where the literary legend Sam Greenlee, writer of the legendary novel "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" once resided. His novel, turned into a film, was recently inducted into the Library of Congress. This inspired Afrika to create the Emmy Award winning documentary on urban violence, Chicago at the Crossroads (www.chicagoatthecrossroad.com). Photo by Naimah Latif
Dr. Willie Wilson continues his humanitarian efforts across the Chicagoland area Tuesday, December 20, 2022, assisting hundreds of shoppers at five locations by handing out coupons worth $25 each. Many families are struggling financially and a little help can go a long way, he noted. In addition to assistance with groceries, Dr. Wilson also plans another free gas giveaway for motorists. He stated, "We can't continue to be divided. We are one community that should be united."
Hundreds stood in line in the cold in anticipation of this special holiday gift from Dr. Willie Wilson. In addition to Montrose Food Mart and Deli at 6601 West Irving Park, Dr. Wilson also distributed $25 coupons at four other Chicago Grocery stores: Pete's Produce, 1543 E. 87th Street, Pete's Produce, 1411 W. 87th Street, Cermak Little Village, 3311 W. 26th Street, and Shop and Save Market, 6312 N. Nagle Avenue. This food give away program was done through the Dr. Willie Wilson Foundation, a non profit organization headquartered on Chicago's south side. Here, Dr. Wilson and store owners of Montrose Food Mart and Deli hand out $25 gift coupons tor groceries to shoppers. Dr. Wilson stated that he has been doing charitable activities such as food giveaways and financial assistance to the needy since 1980, in Chicago, across America and even overseas, though his actions were not made public until he became a candidate for public office. He is currently one of nine candidates who are running against current Chicago Mayor Lorie Lightfoot in the upcoming February 2023 election. Photo by Naimah Latif.
CHICAGO - In the spirit of giving, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. had a sit down dinner with veterans and distributed 1,000 meals to others throughout the city on Thanksgiving. The Rainbow PUSH Thanksgiving Day Food Justice Program is made possible with the partnership of Gibson's Steakhouse, which provided 500 Thanksgiving meals, and 500 meals donated by Boston Markets. Rev. Jackson at with 100 veterans at the Rainbow PUSH Headquarters and delivered 900 meals across the city.
In photo: Bishop Tavis Grant, Rainbow PUSH Acting National Executive Director, prays over the meals as student volunteers prepare to serve. Photo by John L. Alexander
"No one should be hungry in America," said Rev. Jackson, "And they shouldn't have to go to jail just to get three meals and a warm place to sleep." Rev. Jackson said many detainees are "jail hawkers who are cold, and they have a lot of friends, too."
"We are focusing on veterans," said Bishop Grant. "These unsung heroes have served our country. Many of them are homeless, uninsured, and many are left out of the opportunity of realizing quality of institutions. We must do better." Photo by John L. Alexander
CHICAGO - A man owes his life to the quick thinking and rapid response of a Chicago Police Officer who responded to a medical emergency call in the city's 20th District early Saturday morning, January 22, 2022.
Tactical Officer Dambra was first on the scene and noticed an unresponsive male. Officer Dambra immediately began performing CPR for several minutes before handing the man over to Chicago Fire Department Paramedics. Officer Dambra is trained in Law Enforcement Medical and Rescue Training (LEMART). Because of Officer Dambra’s training and quick response, a man is alive today to enjoy more time with his loved ones.
CPR training can make the difference between life and death in the moments before paramedics arrive on the scene. The citizens of Chicago say "Thank you, Officer Dambra." #CPDMediaCar
Rod Wilson of the Eugenia Burns Hope Center expresses concerns by Black Farmers in Pembroke that they will lose ownership of their land to Nicor Gas Company. Photo by Marcus Robinson
Dr. Jifunza Wright-Carter of the Black Oaks Center in Pembroke, which is already using solar panels, states that clean, renewable energy sources can be used to generate power for their farms. Photo by Marcus Robinson
Ephraim Martin, a Pembroke farmer, states that.while forty years ago the Pembroke community had asked for a gas pipeline, gas is now obsolete and clean, renewable energy is preferred. Photo by Marcus Robinson
Gavin Kearney with the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights that is representing the Black Farmers of Pembroke, states that this is an environmental issue that must be fought. Photo by Marcus Robinson.
Families needing protective clothing against the anticipated frigid Chicago winter weather were gifted with free coats, distributed at the Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center at 119th and Loomis in Chicago from 11:30am or 2:00pm Tuesday, November 30th. The coat giveaway was a project created through a partnership between In His Hands Resource Center and Burlington, well known for its Burlington Coat Factory outlets.
Philanthropist and former Mayoral Candidate Dr. Willie Wilson visited several of Chicago's "tent cities" Friday, March 21st and handed out $300 in cash plus gift cards to people living outdoors in the cold. He said he did it because he was once poor and knew how it felt. Joined by 25th Ward Alderman Byron Sigcho-Lopez, Dr. Wilson stated that the City of Chicago needs to spend more money on affordable housing and emergency housing for its homeless population.
.CHICAGO - Answering the call from activists and Public Relations Consultants Afrika Porter and Melanie Brown, more than 200 men gathered at selected gas stations Saturday January 30, 2021, to provide security for patrons to guard against carjacking. Youth between the ages of 12 and 20 have perpetrated a string of robberies and carjackings at gunpoint, some resulting in fatal shootings of victims. Many perpetrators are still at large.
Members of the Lawndale Community in Chicago's west side received food baskets for the Christmas holiday, thanks to the efforts of Harmony Community church, who partnered with Rainbow PUSH to distribute 100 bags of food. Volunteers braved frigid temperatures to stand in the church parking lot and hand bags to families as they drove past in their cars.
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Exhibiting his prolific skill to electrify an audience, newly appointed PUSH President and CEO Rev. Dr. Freddie Haynes recounted the struggles and the successes over decades of time , and the many battles won as a result of the determination and perseverance of those who participated in the Civil Rights. As other speakers noted, he acknowledged that he "stood on the shoulders" of Rev. Jesse Jackson as he prepared to continue the successful Rainbow Coalition that was changing the face of politics in America and the world.
Acknowledging that there is still too much work to do to quit, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. defined his new position as a "pivot" to a role of teacher and advisor, sharing his knowledge and wisdom on the strategies of organizing gained over a lifetime of public service. Present during this historic weekend were a number of longtime stalwarts of the Civil Rights Movement, some of whom, such as Rev. Al Sharpton, head of the National Action Network, shared tributes to Rev. Jackson via pre-recorded videos shown on a big screen before the audience.
Saying he will "use the majesty of technology" Final Call Newspaper editor Naba'a Richard Muhammad announced a new radio program to air on WVON Radio Station in Chicago and to stream live all over the world, giving him a global platform to correct many untruths that have been spread about Nation of Islam leader Minister Louis Farrakhan by mainstream media. Joining him will be National Black Radio Hall of Fame Inductee BJ Murphy, whose award winning programs have gained him over a million listeners. The show premiers on WVON radio Tuesday May 2, 2023 and will stream live on the I-Heart Radio App.
When the Mayfair Mansions public housing apartments in Washington, DC became overrun with drug dealers, making the place, as one resident described it, "a living hell," men from the National of Islam, the "Fruit of Islam" (FOI) expanded their presence at the complex beyond door to door sales of the Final Call Newspaper. They began an organized patrol to rid the complex of drug dealers and the devastation of crime and violence from the crack cocaine epidemic. Their success earned them the name "Dopebusters" and it appeared that the Nation of Islam had presented a solution to America's drug crisis. But their success, though applauded by D. C. residents, was attacked by mainstream news media and some public officials. To reveal what really happened, Naba'a Richard Muhammad wrote the book Dopebusters, Farrakhan Fanatics or Saviors? The True Story of the D.C. Crack Cocaine Crisis and Successful Muslim Anti-Drug Patrols. He tells of the power and effectiveness of the Muslim patrols and the political attacks by those who feared the influence of Minister Louis Farrakhan. In the photo, Naba'a Richard Muhammad (3rd from right), BJ Murphy (4th from left) and friends and supporters celebrate the launching of "StraightTalk with Naba'a Richard Muhammad and BJ Murphy" radio show with dinner at Let's Eat To Live Restaurant at 621 E. 67th Street, Chicago. Photo by Naimah Latif