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  • Jan 8 2016 CONTACT Chelsea Whittington External Affairs Manager 773 451 3524 office cwhittington thechicagourbanleague org Chicago Urban League Statement on December Jobs Report Youth Employment Key to Increasing Numbers The Chicago Urban League s Workforce Development Director Andrew Wells has issued the following statement in response to the Bureau of Labor Statistics BLS December 2015 jobs report The December 2015 national jobs report of 292 000 new jobs and a steady unemployment rate of 5 percent are likely to be viewed as positive news for the economy However the numbers for African Americans in Chicago tell a vastly different story The African American unemployment rate in Chicago reached an astounding 18 5 percent in October 2015 according to the most recent data available from the U S Census Bureau Today s BLS report indicates that the unemployment rate in the age group 16 19 for whites is 14 9 percent Latinos 16 5 percent and blacks 23 7 percent This disparity easily translates to reflect the high unemployment rate for black youth in Chicago Unemployment for African American youth has been considerably higher over the past few years Cross cultural comparisons consistently affirm the inequality that exists between young African Americans and their Latino and white counterparts It s one of the country s major socio economic challenges and it will take effective policy interventions to ensure that those who are willing and able to work have both opportunity and access to securing employment Expanding sustainable employment is key to economic stability for Chicago s African American communities and the city as a whole Additionally engagement and investments from the private sector are essential to building Chicago s future workforce and providing job opportunities for young people On January 25th the Chicago Urban League will participate in a special

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  • Chicago Urban League to Host First Community Input Session Hiring of CPD Superintendent to be Discussed by Chicago Police Board CONTACT Paula Thornton Greear 773 451 3536 office 773 892 5427 cell Amanda Battles 773 451 3508 office 773 294 2329 cell MEDIA ADVISORY Chicago Urban League Hosts First Community Input Session Hiring of CPD Superintendent to be Discussed by Chicago Police Board What Community members will be given the opportunity to directly address members of the Chicago Police Board as it moves to hire a new Chicago Police Department Superintendent The public is encouraged to share their recommendations on a variety or related topics including candidate qualifications and attributes the CPD s relationship with the African American community and strategies for police accountability CUL will synthesize the comments and suggestions into a list of recommended actions that will be presented to the Chicago Police Board and made available for public viewing When Tuesday January 12 2016 6 30 p m 8 30 p m CST Doors open at 6 00 p m Where Chicago Urban League 4510 S Michigan Avenue Chicago IL Who Lori E Lightfoot President of the Chicago Police Board Chicago Police Board Members Shari Runner Interim President and CEO Chicago Urban League Moderator Dometi Pongo News Anchor WVON 1690AM Format To ensure that as many people as possible can participate individuals will be given an opportunity to speak for up to two minutes per person The public is invited to submit comments online prior to the community input session and through Friday January 15th by visiting the Chicago Urban League Facebook Forum or via email to InputSession thechicagourbanleague org This is a watershed moment for the CPD The hiring of a new superintendent must reflect the input of all Chicagoans If not there are risks that

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  • Annual Report Staff Directory Auxiliaries Facility Rental Contact Us Marketing Consent Events Litigation Press Releases Lawsuit Frequently Asked Questions Support the Lawsuit Links Programs Center for Student Development Human Capital Entrepreneurship Housing Workforce Development IMPACT Leadership Development Program Careers Multimedia Digital Media Strategy nextTV Contact Policy Research Overview Strategies Office of Education Policy Current Studies Juvenile Justice Policy Initiatives Media Partners Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League

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  • Chicago Urban League Calls for an Immediate Independent Investigation into Police Involved Shooting Deaths of Quintonio Legrier and Bettie Jones For Immediate Release Media Contacts Paula Thornton Greear 708 704 9565 cell pgreear thechicagourbanleague org CHICAGO URBAN LEAGUE CALLS FOR AN IMMEDIATE INDEPENDENT INVESTIGATION INTO POLICE INVOLVED SHOOTING DEATHS OF QUINTONIO LEGRIER AND BETTIE JONES CHICAGO Dec 26 2015 The Chicago Urban League extends its heartfelt sympathy to the families and friends of Quintonio LeGrier and Bettie Jones who were killed by a Chicago Police Department CPD officer on December 26 2015 CUL is committed to finding an objective determination of the facts We have serious concerns surrounding the police response that led to the police involved fatal shootings of LeGrier and Jones We are also concerned about the immediate CPD pronouncement that the officers were confronted by a combative subject resulting in the discharging of the officer s weapon fatally wounding two individuals The community is frustrated and rightfully so due to a clear pattern and practice of police work where shooting is too often the first response regardless of the situation To ensure that justice is fairly administered CUL is calling for an independent investigation into this case

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  • Scalia Supreme Court Associate Justice Supreme Court of the United States 1 First Street NE Washington DC 20543 Dear Supreme Court Associate Justice Antonin Scalia I find it disappointing that even in 2015 more than 60 years since the Brown v Board of Education decision that a Supreme Court Justice would question the importance of integration and more importantly whether or not African American students belong in the top universities Every day across the country including right here in Chicago young African American boys and girls are stepping up to the plate tackling challenges and successfully navigating an educational system that has historically failed them For almost 100 years the Chicago Urban League has worked to provide opportunities to students who have been counted out by mainstream society Students like Ty Nya Larry a freshman at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign majoring in Chemical Engineering who against all odds became a first generation college student at one of those top universities Or Ghana Horton a part of the largest incoming class at Morehouse College who survived abandonment abuse and homelessness to make it to pursue his post secondary education Ty Nya and Ghana are representative of just a few of the students with whom we have the honor of helping leap over the wall of institutional racism and disparity that you and far too many others keep holding up For the past 8 years 100 of high school seniors in our Student Development program have not only been accepted into college but have enrolled at schools such as Loyola Marquette Hampton Michigan State Stanford University of Missouri to name a few and they continue to succeed against all odds Our African American youth are not who you purport them to be Sadly you have underscored everything many in

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  • DOJ Decision to Investigate Chicago Police Department Chicago Urban League Responds to DOJ Decision to Investigate Chicago Police Department CHICAGO IL Dec 7 2015 The Chicago Urban League is pleased that the Department of Justice has agreed to our request for a pattern or practice investigation into the Chicago Police Department Bold reforms are needed and it was clear that CPD was incapable of invoking those changes itself The problems did not occur overnight and we realize it will take time to reform CPD but we re hopeful now that those changes are on the horizon said CUL Interim President and CEO Shari Runner We look forward to a court enforceable agreement that ensures accountability as we work to restore trust between police and the neighborhoods they serve CUL will continue to advance its actions to address the needs of our community including educational and economic parity which are directly related to social justice Wednesday December 9 2015 Chicago Urban League to Hold Community Forum Truth and Justice for All Advancing Police and Community Accountability What Truth and Justice for All Advancing Police and Community Accountability will examine the need for improved policing practices by the Chicago Police Department CPD following the death of Laquan McDonald The Chicago Urban League CUL brings together a panel of the nation s leading voices on social justice and legal issues for a critical discussion on how to reform the CPD and why reform is necessary Community members will have the opportunity to verbalize their growing frustrations and recommend ways to improve relations between their neighborhoods and the CPD Confirmed Panelists Lorenzo Davis former CPD investigator Craig Futterman Clinical Professor of Law The University of Chicago Jamie Kalven The Invisible Institute Trina Reynolds Black Youth Project 100 Shari Runner Interim President CEO Chicago Urban

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  • Community Accountability What Truth and Justice for All Advancing Police and Community Accountability will examine the need for improved policing practices by the Chicago Police Department CPD following the death of Laquan McDonald The Chicago Urban League CUL brings together a panel of the nation s leading voices on social justice and legal issues for a critical discussion on how to reform the CPD and why reform is necessary Community members will have the opportunity to verbalize their growing frustrations and recommend ways to improve relations between their neighborhoods and the CPD Confirmed Panelists Lorenzo Davis former Chicago Police Department investigator Craig Futterman Clinical Professor of Law The University of Chicago and Founder Civil Rights Accountability Project Jamie Kalven The Invisible Institute Trina Reynolds Black Youth Project 100 Shari Runner Interim President CEO Chicago Urban League Paul Strauss Co Director of Litigation for the Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law and Director of the CLC s Employment Opportunities Project Rufus Williams President and CEO of BBF Family Services Representatives from Mayor Emanuel s office have also been invited to participate Moderator Dometi Pongo News Anchor WVON 1690AM Where Chicago Urban League 4510 South Michigan Ave Chicago IL 60653

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  • Dyke was charged with murder on November 24 2015 more than one year after Laquan McDonald s death many in the community believe that the charges only came after a judge ruled that the city had to release the videotape of the shooting It has been widely reported that there have been at least 18 citizen complaints ranging from racially charged language to roughing up suspects filed against Officer Van Dyke but he has never been disciplined prior to this shooting Additionally not only was Van Dyke not arrested immediately following the murder of McDonald more than one year ago he was kept on the CPD payroll It took officials 400 days to charge Van Dyke There are also reports that the CPD was involved in tampering with evidence in this case specifically a surveillance tape at a nearby Burger King that may have shown evidence of the shooting In light of the severity of the allegations and mistrust of the CPD by the city s African American communities we believe that law enforcement authority investigative expertise and independence of the U S DOJ are required Though Van Dyke is the first on duty CPD officer to be charged with first degree murder in almost 35 years this is not an isolated case More than 1 600 people have been struck by bullets fired by Chicago police officers including 19 men killed last year For example in addition to McDonald s shooting a 16 year old black male was fatally shot 17 times by CPD As the Daily Beast reports most of those killings remain in a state of evidentiary purgatory because of lengthy and still pending investigations from the Independent Police Review Authority We believe these events surrounding the death of McDonald underscore the need for a full investigation

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