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  • Overview / Construction's Costly Decision
    2006 study commissioned by the City Colleges of Chicago In January the bricklayers cement pourers drywall finishers and carpenters became the latest to suspend programs darkening the hopes of 52 adults who have come more than halfway through a 28 week training program at Dawson Technical Institute Pre2 as the program is known sponsored by the Chicago Urban League is funded with state and federal grants and includes both classroom and hands on training Another 58 applicants are preparing to begin their training Pre2 is viewed by participants as a clear pathway to a job Now with entry into the unions blocked the students will need a Plan B For African Americans and women entry into the construction trade unions has historically been blocked by factors that have included racism nepotism and hostile work environments But the closing of apprenticeships and the shrinking legacy of Blacks working in construction threatens to hasten their near extinction from the trades When I m driving past a construction site do I see my skin color Maybe three or four said Rondale Williams 35 a father of two who is enrolled in Pre2 A lot of Blacks weren t interested in going into that kind of work So I m not knocking the unions We shut ourselves out of a lot of things Williams vowed to complete the program but is frustrated by his now bleak prospects I went to school for this and I still can t get in Williams said Does that mean I m going to be sitting on the sidelines again Paying upwards of 70 000 a year construction jobs are some of the highest paid in the country not requiring a college degree Construction work however isn t for the faint of heart It s back breaking dangerous and

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  • Overview / Rethinking School Discipline
    have increased a remarkable 74 5 statewide while suspensions of whites have declined by 5 4 Critics of this data contend the sudden spike is attributable to increased reporting But we argue that African Americans are being over disciplined a phenomenon that results in severe disruptions to their long term educational achievement Three years ago Chicago Public Schools announced an end to its zero tolerance discipline policy and the embrace of restorative justice which favors counseling over punitive measures Some schools have experimented with positive behavior interventions school wide programs that target hard core troublemakers and reward good behavior These policies have yet to become the norm According to Catalyst magazine among big city school districts CPS ranks at or near the top in suspensions In 2008 an astounding 1 in 4 black males was suspended at least once Surely some observers will argue that this is appropriate throw out the bad keep the good Yet a deeper look shows something different The causes of over disciplining reside at the intersection of family poverty under funded schools inadequate teacher training and deeply rooted cultural biases in the way administrators and students of color respond to each other It explains why some students get a slap on the wrist for fighting while others get a ride to the police station Each time they are put out of school African American students suffer cumulative setbacks in their educational progress They miss valuable class time and must wind up struggling to catch up Teachers in the many underfunded schools serving African American youngsters lack the resources to handle disciplinary problems effectively Excessive discipline is indicative of a system full of overburdened teachers and resource poor counselors and principals who must often choose not what s best but what is most expeditious In the

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  • Overview / archive
    Current Studies Policy Initiaitives Media Superman is in the House Construction s Costly Decision Rethinking School Discipline Archived Reports Archived Reports Welfare Reform and Poverty Living with Welfare Reform January 2000 Low Income Families in Metropolitan Chicago February 1997 Only Work Should Pay Race Ethnicity and Working Poverty Work After Welfare 1997 Criminal Justice Color Bind 2001 Color and Geography of Prisons Study of prison population in Illinois Mass Incarceration September 2001 The Vicious Circle published October 2002 A landmark study recently cited by the Chicago Tribune Navigating Re entry January 2002 Labor Market Workforce Development Working Poor Families in the Chicago Area published November 2004 A major study recent ly cited by the Chicago Tribune Executive Summary Low Wage African American and Latino Workers in Chicago 2000 Racial preference and suburban employment opportunities Testers one page biography Color of Opportunity April 2003 Study of job growth in the Chicagoland region Hidden Umemployment A look at worker discouragement June 1997 Income Tax Reform and the Working Poor February 1997 Race Ethnicity and Working Poverty Workforce Investment Act July 1999 Education Charter Schools in Chicago July 1999 Preserving Privilege October 1995 Money Business Power and Politics Building Minority Business Part One

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  • at GFD about the Next Generation Comments 1 No Headlines to display 11 18 CUL Youth Bloggers Share Experience at Golden Fellowship Dinner Comments 1 No Headlines to display 11 13 Op Ed by CUL s Shari Runner Silent No More America s Youth Mobilize I m convinced that young people will not be intimidated into silence especially now that they re beginning to affect change Contrary to how they are often portrayed they are finding their collective voices and using them Comments 1 No Headlines to display 11 9 Chicago Urban League s 54th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner Raises More than 1 7 Million Comments 1 No Headlines to display 10 01 Brandy to Headline Chicago Urban League s 54th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner Comments 1 No Headlines to display 5 28 Andrea L Zopp Ends Dynamic Tenure at Chicago Urban League Comments 1 No Headlines to display 4 23 Chicago Urban League Applauds the Confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General Comments 1 No Headlines to display 3 18 Selim A Bassoul Chairman and CEO of Middleby Corporation to Keynote 2015 SUMMIT Luncheon Comments 1 No Headlines to display 2 2 Chicago Urban League Business Leadership Council CBS 2 and WVON to Host Mayoral Debate Comments 1 No Headlines to display 1 27 Chicago Urban League s 2015 Black History Month Film Festival Features Documentaries on Pathos Language Overcoming Long Odds Comments 1 No Headlines to display 12 10 The Chicago Urban League Remembers Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka Comments 1 No Headlines to display 11 24 Chicago Urban League Statement on Ferguson Grand Jury Decision Comments 1 No Headlines to display 11 20 1871 and the Chicago Urban League Announce Innovative Partnership to Foster Diversity in Entrepreneurship Comments 1 No Headlines to display 11 15 Chicago Urban League Celebrates Opportunity Community and Impact at 53rd Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner Comments 1 No Headlines to display 11 6 Vanessa Williams to Headline Chicago Urban League s 53rd Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner Comments 1 No Headlines to display 10 30 Huffington Post A Movement That Matters Comments 1 No Headlines to display 9 24 Chicago Defender It s Time to Exercise and Defend Your Right to Vote Comments 1 No Headlines to display 8 27 Chicago Defender Time for police to stop devaluing the lives of Black males Comments 1 No Headlines to display 7 30 Chicago Defender Moving beyond the minimum wage Comments 1 No Headlines to display 6 26 The Civil Rights Act of 1964 Unfinished Business Comments 1 No Headlines to display 5 28 Chicago Defender Our children must never stand alone Comments 1 No Headlines to display 5 28 The Chicago Urban League Remembers Dr Maya Angelou Comments 1 No Headlines to display 5 7 Walmart Supports Women Entrepreneurs Comments 1 No Headlines to display Remarks by Andrea L Zopp at the 50th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner Comments 1 No Headlines to display 4 30 Chicago Urban League Encourages Fearless Action to Strengthen African American Workforce

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  • Accountability Task Force Report the findings do not come as a surprise they are reflective of the African American experience in Chicago for decades The findings do however underscore the urgent need to fully address the systemic racism and inequalities in Chicago s criminal justice system As detailed in the report the Chicago Police Department is built on a foundation of racial inequality towards minorities It is deeply entrenched in the Department s culture manifesting itself in its policies and practices Although Mayor Emanuel is not solely responsible for creating this paradigm he does bear the responsibility for not acknowledging it and then not acting to root out the underlying issues and reconciling the CPD to the truth for so long As we ve seen consistently over the decades few of our City s leaders have been willing to demonstrate the courage that it takes to go against the norm and radically transform the city s criminal justice system Until we are able to engage deeply and honestly to address systemic racism things will not change they will only grow worse While we understand Lori Lightfoot s assertion that Mayor Emanuel should have his pick with respect to the new Superintendent a changing of the guard is not enough to dismantle systemic racism that has festered within CPD for decades A 27 year veteran of the CPD should be well aware of these problems not suggest they take further study This falls woefully short of providing assurance that no other young person will suffer the fate of Laquan McDonald Rekia Boyd Quentonio LeGrier and so many more The League agrees with the Task Force that one positive step towards dismantling systemic racism within CPD is to appointment of a deputy chief of diversity Such a position if the person has

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  • Luncheon FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 4 2016 CONTACT Chelsea Whittington External Affairs Manager 773 451 3524 cwhittington thechicagourbanleague org Allstate Corporation Chairman and CEO Tom Wilson to Serve as Keynote Speaker for Chicago Urban League s Annual SUMMIT Luncheon Four Young Chicagoans to be Recognized as Innovators CHICAGO Ill The Chicago Urban League is proud to announce that Tom Wilson Chairman and CEO The Allstate Corporation will be the keynote speaker at its annual SUMMIT Luncheon on May 2 2016 at the Hilton Chicago 720 S Michigan Avenue from 11 30a m 1 30p m The widely anticipated event attracts more than 600 business leaders community stakeholders and policy makers This year s theme is Blueprint for Change From Ideas to Collective Impact We are extremely honored that Tom Wilson has accepted our invitation to speak at this year s SUMMIT Luncheon His leadership and impact make him a highlight for this event said Chicago Urban League President and CEO Shari Runner Transformational socioeconomic change requires moving from a focus of a siloed approach to collective leadership capacities something in which Tom is well practiced We look forward to him sharing his insight on this approach Runner also notes that those who attend the luncheon can expect a spirited discussion that invites solutions and action As is tradition the Chicago Urban League will recognize several young Chicagoans as Innovators Each has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to Chicago s African American community using various platforms including economic development the arts philanthropy and community activism They are Todd Belcore Executive Director and Co Founder of Social Change Jahmal Cole Founder My Block My Hood My City Jessica Disu Humanitarian Rap Artist Jerald Gary President and CIO Community Capital Investment Partners CCIP and Chairman of the Chicago Regal Foundation Solutions to the many

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  • 1 2016 The Chicago Urban League s Workforce Development Director Andrew Wells today issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS March 2016 jobs report The American jobs market is holding steady for the third month this year Employers added 215 000 jobs in March and the current unemployment rate will close out the first quarter at 5 the lowest it s been since 2008 These are promising trends leaving some to believe that the worst is over However this jobs recovery is not reflective of employment shortages that continue to persist for minorities especially in Chicago A recently released report by the Great Cities Institute found that nearly half of young Black men in Chicago are unemployed In fact the unemployment rate for Chicago as a whole is gradually moving in the opposite direction of the national rate increasing from 5 4 in September 2015 to 6 1 in January This is primarily because minority job seekers have to contend with something that is not computed in the Bureau of Labor Statistics monthly jobs report systemic racism One might argue that the unemployment disparity is largely due to the difference in educational levels between Blacks and whites However research by the Economic Policy Institute demonstrates that Blacks who are on the same educational level as their white counterparts are nearly twice as likely to be unemployed Even those who have succeeded in securing viable employment have likely experienced subtler forms of job discrimination such as lower wages limited advancement opportunities or poor work environment As we continue to examine the unemployment landscape closely it becomes clear that the disparity is an amalgamation of the aforementioned barriers and other socioeconomic factors all rooted in systemic structural inequities Few have felt the anguish of thwarted aspiration

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  • Interview with the President I recently had the opportunity to interview Ms Shari Runner She is the newly appointed President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League This position was recently vacated by Andrea Zopp who is pursuing an Illinois senate seat Ashley Hello Ms Shari my name is Ashley Donald and I would like to ask you a couple questions and get your opinion on some social issues Ashley What inspired you to make the switch from the corporate world to the non profit world Runner I have always been involved in the non profit world It was in my DNA to be of service to the community Both of my parents played major roles in the non profit world My mother was a social worker and my father was a pediatrician I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps Even now I still want to be more involved and make an even greater change in the non profit world Ashley What is your vision for the Chicago Urban League Runner I want to see the Urban League bloom The CUL turns 100 years old in December We ve been in business for a long time but we are far from being done There are still many crimes police issues and school problems faced today We need to collaborate with businesses and politicians in order to implement permanent changes Ashley What made Father Pfleger from Saint Sabina Parish play such an important role in your life Runner Father Pfleger helps direct young impressionable teens toward a productive lifestyle He inspires young people to work in legal enterprises and get educated so they will not be forced to engage in underground activity and be sucked into a destructive way of life Ashley What are some of the ways you

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