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  • to Resignation of Superintendent McCarthy Chicago Urban Leagues Responds to Resignation of Superintendent McCarthy CHICAGO IL Dec 1 2015 The Chicago Urban League CUL is pleased with Mayor Rahm Emanuel s decision to ask for the resignation of Chicago Police Department CPD Superintendent Garry McCarthy said CUL Interim President and CEO Shari Runner CUL along with many other civil rights organizations and activists have been advocating for McCarthy s ouster Runner said and we believe that our combined efforts played a key role in Mayor Emanuel s decision McCarthy s resignation provides more evidence that the African American community and those who care about it must work together to bring significant changes in how justice is administered in our community emphasized Runner We are also encouraged by the announcement that former Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick will be advising a task force on police accountability in Chicago said Runner It is incumbent that the task force takes a complete and comprehensive look at the Department That includes leadership processes accountability and representation of the community as a whole CUL continues to believe that outside organizations must be involved in any plan to reorganize the way CPD conducts business stressed Runner Therefore

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  • illegal activity CUL s call comes one day after the city released dash cam video of the shooting death of 17 year old Laquan McDonald by CPD officer Jason Van Dyke Chicago Urban League is demanding accountability from the Chicago Police Department Runner said There are too many African American citizens dying at the hands of rogue officers who are sworn to serve and protect them Runner called on CPD to adopt consistent and fair practices that protect all the city s residents not just some And when officers do violate the law the response needs to be swift and severe she said The mixed message of purported concern yet muted response or even denial we ve seen from CPD s top management highlights the lack of transparency and due process when it comes to officer involved shootings Runner said It is imperative that the Department of Justice step in and correct this conduct before there is any more loss of life McDonald was shot 16 times many of those shots fired into the teenager s back and while he was on the ground The video clearly shows McDonald walking away from Officer Van Dyke who was not in imminent danger Yet it took more than 13 months 400 days to charge Van Dyke with murder That s too long for this to be called justice Runner said Earlier this week CPD Superintendent Garry F McCarthy flip flopped yet again on the issue of whether to terminate Officer Dante Servin who fatally shot Rekia Boyd three years ago while off duty McCarthy has veered from saying Servin should never have been charged to this week recommending his termination following a recommendation from the Independent Police Review Board That kind of inconsistency is breeding contempt in Chicago s communities of color

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  • Community DONATE DONATE Donor Recognition Program Chicago Urban League Overview Return to Headlines 11 23 Chicago Urban League President and CEO Shari Runner Statement on Laquan McDonald Chicago Urban League Interim President and CEO Shari Runner today issued the following statement regarding the call for justice for Laquan McDonald As we await the release of the videotape showing the killing of Laquan McDonald the Chicago Urban League is calling for calm and mutual respect While we understand the feelings of outrage distrust and fear that stem from the growing imposition of violence by police officers who are sworn to protect and serve we are asking the community to await a thorough and transparent review of the evidence and facts to ensure justice is served In order to honor his life one year later we must take meaningful action and fight for decisive change We encourage productive dialogue and civic engagement and invite people to share their thoughts at the Chicago Urban League Facebook forum page The muted and too often opaque action around the killings of our youngest citizens including Laquan McDonald Tyshawn Lee Rekia Boyd and hundreds of others paints an ominous picture In Chicago the most segregated city

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  • can Google that later Everyone is trying to figure out the next generation While some experts say they will change the world through their civic mindedness and leadership it s still common to hear that apathy among young people threatens to create a generation of passive bystanders Bystanders who are neither engaged or equipped to lead transformational change We know that is not true At the Chicago Urban League we have made it our business since 1916 to reach teach mentor and inspire young people We do this with the knowledge that building on the victories of the past requires that we make a significant investment in our future And today that investment is needed now more than ever Six decades after Brown v Board of Education too many of our schools remain underfunded and unable to provide a quality education to our children Fifty years after the Voting Rights Act access to the ballot is under attack across the country And 52 years after the Civil Rights Act disturbing videos of law enforcement officers using excessive or deadly force with a person of color have become part of the daily news One in three children under the age of 18 live in poverty and a disproportionately high number of Black youth continue to lack hope Hope of a life supporting job or owning a home or escaping the school to prison pipeline And while some of us get outraged about the title of a Spike Lee movie we get silent when our young people are gunned down We are quick to say Well that s not my neighborhood That s not my block Well I say that while it may not be happening on your block it IS happening in your city And when one part of this great national and international city is sick the whole city ails But there is hope There is always hope Every day I spend at the Chicago Urban League I am reminded of something that you don t see enough of in the media there are thousands of young people who want to and do succeed They just lack a pathway to get there We all have a role to play to create those pathways for the next generation Tonight I want to assure you that the Chicago Urban League will never walk away from its responsibility to support and uplift young people Just as we were there for the children who arrived here from the Jim Crow South in 1916 we will be here for young people who need us in 2016 and beyond As advocates we will continue doing everything in our power to nurture protect uplift and prepare the next generation We will continue to work with law enforcement and community stakeholders to enhance the safety of our neighborhoods and to develop a police force that reflects and respects our communities We will continue to fight for a fair and equitable state funding formula that allows our schools to

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  • it right it s imperative to represent the best YOU at all times because the hidden standards of my generation are set 3x higher than others The pressure and spotlight will always be on us From taking in the wise words of CUL Board Chair Maria Green Someone helped each of us and now it is our turn to give back and reach out to today s generation This reminded me that it takes a village to reach the next level The CUL is our village The main message that I took from the event was Leadership All leadership begins within you and must be developed and shaped as we grow into enduring leaders I believe that leadership principles are endless and each person s definition of it might be different but we all share the same end goal success Leadership starts with a condition of the heart and the willingness to go the extra mile and get your hands dirty Make a difference with a purpose Leadership is about you the people you influence and a belief that you can make a difference and have an impact I am very thankful to be a member of the Chicago Urban League As an emerging leader I have wonderful mentors to look up to endless opportunities and a strong support system This year s Golden Fellowship Dinner has given me the opportunity to be surrounded and interact with incredible leaders that have faith in my generation and who are willing to take that extra step to push us into the greatness that we will become It s all I could ever ask for Jessica Clark is a 17 year old senior at Lindblom Math and Science Academy and plans to double major in Communications and Marketing Advertising It was my honor to serve as the youth media for this year s 54th Annual Chicago Urban League Golden Fellowship Dinner Following the theme Inspiration for the Next Generation I left the beautiful Hilton banquet hall extremely inspired From the inspirational speeches to the video interviews of Chicago Urban League participants the words shared left me with a greater appreciation for the Chicago Urban League s work but also reiterated the importance of giving back to your community The Chicago Urban League s mission reminds me of the W E B Dubois concept The Talented Tenth because the CUL provides a surplus of resources to the Chicago community thus creating opportunities for the future generations Maria Green Chicago Urban League s Board Chair told the audience why we all believe and depend on the Urban League She told us Someone helped each of us and now it is our turn to give back and reach out to today s generation Her words reminded us that our purpose is to serve our community and to be our communities light in a time of darkness I was blessed with an opportunity to speak with Mayor Rahm Emmanuel Rev Jesse Jackson Toni Preckwinkle Kurt Summers Isabel

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  • the resignation of University President Tim Wolfe After he ended his hunger strike Butler tweeted This was NOT a singular effort this was a COMMUNITY effort There is power in solidarity And successful activism in one place can influence action elsewhere Jonathan Butler has talked about how he was inspired to take action after he participated in the protests in nearby Ferguson Missouri following the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown The protests in Ferguson Missouri were inspired and supported by the Black Lives Matter movement which sprung up following the shooting death of another unarmed teen Trayvon Martin in Florida And protests happening on the campus of Yale University where students are also complaining about a racist environment will likely be influenced by the outcomes generated at the University of Missouri Young activism is alive and well here in Chicago The group Fearless Leading by the Youth is credited with playing a role in the University of Chicago Medicine s decision to invest 40 million in a much needed new trauma center at Holy Cross Hospital on the city s south side And young Asean Johnson s emphatic activism on behalf of public education amid a flurry of school closings most in the city s neighborhoods of color is believed to have helped save his own Marcus Garvey Elementary School from being shut down Unfortunately but perhaps not unexpectedly there is a backlash against this resurgent activism Most recently officials around the country including our own mayor Rahm Emanuel have begun blaming those who are protesting police misconduct for inhibiting the police from doing their jobs Several police unions around the country including Chicago s are calling for a boycott of director Quentin Tarantino s films after he spoke out against police brutality There s the even bigger

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  • who attended the Chicago Urban League s 54 th Annual Golden Fellowship Dinner GFD Nov 7 at the Hilton Chicago The gala raised more than 1 7 million dollars to support the CUL s education economic empowerment and social justice programs Inspiration for the Next Generation was the theme of this year s dinner emphasizing CUL s goal to strengthen its connection with Chicago youth Among other moments that highlighted the organization s agenda for the future Mayor Emanuel interacted with two youth bloggers from Brooks College Prep and Lindblom High School The CUL s focus on young people is featured in a compelling video that debuted at the gala To view video click here Chicago Urban League celebrates its 100 th birthday next year and our focus on the next generation is more important than ever said Shari Runner Interim President and CEO of the Chicago Urban League We will be implementing an entire campaign complete with events and programs focused on the active empowered and intentional partnership with youth as stakeholders problem solvers and change agents in their communities The black tie affair was hosted by Chicago comedian Damon Williams and included a rousing performance by Grammy Award winning entertainer and actress Brandy This year s Edwin C Bill Berry award was awarded to two recipients historian activist philanthropist and philosopher Timuel Black and Pulitzer Prize winning author of Warmth of Other Suns Isabel Wilkerson The award is named after Berry who was the Chicago Urban League s President from 1956 1969 and a key leader in the civil rights movement It is given annually to individuals who have made a mark locally and or nationally through hard work perseverance and creativity Melvin D Williams president of Nicor Gas served as chairman for this year s Golden Fellowship

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  • organization has been on the front lines advocating for equal representation for African American Chicagoans This year s gala themed Inspiration for the Next Generation will be headlined by multi talented R B Grammy Award winning entertainer songwriter and actress Brandy and is chaired by one of Chicago s outstanding corporate leaders Melvin D Williams president Nicor Gas and senior vice president AGL Resources The Golden Fellowship Dinner helps us fulfill our mission to strengthen individuals families neighborhoods and the city of Chicago said Shari Runner interim president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League We work each day to remove barriers that hinder self sustainability and growth We are committed to providing opportunities and resources so African American Chicagoans are future ready A sell out crowd of more than 1 600 of Chicago s business civic and elected leaders are expected to attend the Golden Fellowship Dinner Since its inception in 1951 the charitable dinner has become one of the most anticipated gatherings of diverse leaders who are committed to the success of Chicago s African American communities and the city of Chicago Brandy is one of America s most popular and recognized R B entertainers that has continued to expand her career to include television movies and most recently the Broadway stage in Chicago Having sold more than 40 million albums worldwide Brandy is ranked as one of the best selling female artists in American music history by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA In addition to her Grammy Award she has earned numerous other awards including an MTV BMI Billboard AMA Soul Train Music and NAACP Image Awards Timuel Black noted Chicago historian activist philanthropist and philosopher and Pulitzer Prize Winner and critically acclaimed Warmth of Other Suns author Isabel Wilkerson will accept the Edwin C

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