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  • Americans in the state registered as donors last year That number is shockingly low Researchers have tried to identify why African Americans are reluctant to donate organs Reasons include religious beliefs fear of premature death and distrust of the medical profession But what it mostly boils down to is lack of awareness an issue Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White has addressed head on with the Life Goes On campaign While the campaign targets the state s entire population White recognizes the pressing need to educate and change the attitudes of African Americans and other minorities about organ and tissue donations We travel to a lot of churches hospitals colleges and universities Anywhere there s an audience we ve been there expressing the importance of individuals signing up to become a part of this wonderful program said White In Illinois there are 5 3 million people in the U S signed up to be organ donors he added There are 5 000 on the waiting list and 300 who die each year waiting We especially put an emphasis on the African American community because they are 56 percent of the national waiting list yet we participate at a level of 34 percent White said the state has made some inroads which he contributes partly to hiring the first African American in Illinois history Connie Boatman to head the state s organ and tissue donor program The Chicago Urban League joins the Secretary of State s Office in promoting the Life Goes On program and encouraging every eligible resident to register spread the word and help change the attitudes of loved ones and peers The fact that the demand for donated organs in the African American community is so great makes this your problem too For White and countless others in

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  • Jobs and Freedom Official Statement For Immediate Release Media Contacts Roderick K Hawkins 773 451 3536 desk 773 892 5427 cell rhawkins thechicagourbanleague org Lauren Love 773 451 3524 desk 773 896 5723 cell llove thechicagourbanleague org CHICAGO IL August 28 2013 Chicago Urban League president and CEO Andrea L Zopp today issued the following statement in observance of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Today the Chicago Urban League joins with all who believe in equality and empowerment in honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom Fifty years ago the Chicago Urban League led by then president Edwin C Bill Berry hosted a delegation at the first March on Washington Last week a Chicago Urban League delegation returned to Washington D C to commemorate the march and to recommit ourselves to the civil rights movement Although African Americans have made tremendous advancements in the last fifty years there still remains much work to be done Dr King s dream has been realized by some But for many others it is a dream deferred African Americans continue to linger at or near the bottom of nearly every indicator of educational economic and social advancement With high unemployment rates disproportionate foreclosure rates and with many of our children in underfunded public schools it is important that organizations like the Chicago Urban League remain focused on restoring hope and providing opportunities that will move African Americans and the city of Chicago forward Five years ago the Chicago Urban League sued the Illinois State Board of Education in an effort to have the state s current funding of public education one of the worst in the nation declared unconstitutional and in violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act of 2003

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  • treatment of an African American teenager left such a deep wound across the nation My husband Bill and I have talked to our son about the challenges facing black men in America We have told him that simply because of his race he could be viewed as a threat and that the rules for he and his black friends are not always the same as those for his white friends These were not pleasant conversations but they were necessary But now after the Zimmerman verdict like many other parents of black children I struggle with what to say to my children How can I explain what happened in Sanford Florida I am a lawyer and a former prosecutor I understand all the legal arguments I get the challenges that Stand Your Ground presented for the prosecution But I find nothing compelling there to explain to my son how a teen very much like him could be profiled stalked and murdered and his killer walk free After much thought I have concluded that you cannot explain hate you cannot explain racism you cannot explain ignorance and the fear that it fuels Instead you have to recognize it for the evil that it is and stand up against it We also have to stand up for our children As a community of parents aunts and uncles teachers pastors and neighbors we have to show our young people that they are valued supported and loved Too many of them have seen so much violence and death in their young lives that they don t value their own lives They ve been marginalized in every way possible from being the least likely to be employed and the most likely to drop out of school and go to prison We have to overcome the diminishing

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  • at the 2013 MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon on Saturday August 24 at the Chicago Marriott Magnificent Mile and will be recognized on the field prior to the Civil Rights Game at U S Cellular Field The MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon is one of the Civil Rights Game weekend events which were developed to pay tribute to all of those who fought on and off the field for equal rights for all Americans The 2013 Civil Rights Game will be played between the Chicago White Sox and the Texas Rangers at U S Cellular Field on Saturday August 24 airing nationally on MLB Network and locally on Comcast SportsNet in Chicago Baseball has played a unique role in advancing the civil rights struggle said Andrea L Zopp president and CEO of the Chicago Urban League Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color line in 1947 challenging and changing American culture Proceeds from the MLB Beacon Awards Luncheon benefit Chicago Urban League and La Rabida Children s Hospital in Chicago Founded in 1916 Chicago Urban League is committed to empowering African Americans with the skills and resources needed to enter the economic and social mainstream including helping Chicagoans find jobs affordable housing educational opportunities and grow businesses La Rabida is a private non profit hospital that serves approximately 7 500 children annually who require primary and specialty care to address complex and challenging medical conditions Services and programs include treatment for chronic illnesses such asthma diabetes and sickle cell disease and developmental disabilities The 2013 Civil Rights Game is the seventh installation of an annual event that began in Memphis in 2007 centering on an exhibition game between the St Louis Cardinals and Cleveland Indians After another exhibition game in Memphis in 2008 the Civil Rights Game moved to Cincinnati 2009 2010 and

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  • cell rhawkins thechicagourbanleague org Lauren Love 773 451 3524 desk 773 896 5723 cell llove thechicagourbanleague org Chicago Urban League Responds to Supreme Court Rulings on Voting Rights And Marriage Equality June 26 2013 Today the Supreme Court made a historic ruling that paves the way for legally married same sex couples to enjoy the federal benefits of marriage as well as restoring the freedom to marry in California As a civil rights organization that has for nearly a century fought for equality for the underserved and disenfranchised we applaud this decision As advocates for marriage equality we see today s decision as further motivation to call on the Illinois House of Representatives to do what is right and enact legislation that will grant same sex couples the right to marry in our state While we applaud the Supreme Court for today s decision this victory is very bittersweet Just twenty four hours before ruling on the right side of history the Supreme Court dealt a terrible blow to the civil rights community and our allies by essentially gutting the Voting Rights Act of 1965 The Chicago Urban League stands with all organizations and individuals who work for equality in declaring that the Supreme Court by striking down Section 4 of the Voting Rights Act made the wrong decision Our nation has made tremendous strides in the decades since the Voting Rights Act was passed However there are still many instances of voter discrimination and suppression which signal that monitoring advocacy and the protection of the federal government is still needed As the nation prepares to mark 50 years since the March on Washington a watershed moment in the struggle for basic human rights the highest court in the land has in the same week issued rulings that are major

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  • be perpetrators of violence Not on our watch Last weekend the Chicago Urban League took the not on our watch message to the streets Last Friday we joined more than 500 people at the Faith Community of Saint Sabina led by Rev Michael Pfleger for a peace march and rally As a civil rights and social justice organization that has served Chicago for nearly a century we are leveraging our advocacy and collaboration efforts to empower communities to take a stand against violence At the core of our effort to reduce violence is providing opportunities for young people that can put them on a path to success Jobs are one effective way to do this It s no secret that providing young people with summer jobs gives them skills workplace experience a work ethic and of course money in their pockets to support themselves and their families This summer we re working in partnership with the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois to provide job opportunities for several hundred young people We are placing youth in these jobs right now and encourage you to reach out to us if there is a young person in your life who is in need of a summer job And if you own a business or have the capacity to provide summer jobs to young people please do so as soon as possible Giving youth meaningful work exposure and a safe haven is essential to securing their futures and keeping them out of harm s way And it gives you the opportunity to be a positive influence on their lives Another effective way to safeguard our neighborhoods is through community collaborations In addition to working with Fr Pfleger and the great folks at Saint Sabina we also work in partnership with the

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  • include leadership development academic support and STEM skills development to our civil rights litigation challenging the state s public education funding formula Whether you agree or disagree with the decision to close schools the fact is that right now in our communities a significant number of our kids don t have access to a quality education CPS has made assurances that the welcoming schools displaced students will transfer into are higher performing and will support positive environments leading to higher academic achievement The focus going forward should be on how to ensure our children are provided the best education in a safe environment and holding CPS accountable for delivery on its promises Yes I include myself in that accountability index Lean in has become the catch phrase of the day to describe the relentless uncompromising commitment to advancement access game changing and success in business It s time for parents teachers and educational leaders to pull up a chair and lean in for our children s sakes for their right to the education we have promised them The closures will allow the district to redirect funding for badly needed resources at schools with higher utilization rates and academic outcomes That includes creating more libraries technology and science labs and art centers and making sure students learn in air conditioned classrooms These are all resources our children need to receive a quality education that will position them to compete in the 21st Century workplace Of course there will be challenges as displaced students are incorporated into new schools But children will take their cues from adults What attitudes will they see As a large number of children most of them African American will head to new schools in the fall the concerns parents have about safety are very real We must

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  • the Chicago Urban League We have to level the playing field in our public schools and debunk the myth that African Americans don t have the capacity to grasp and excel in science and math courses We must show our children that these skills are attainable and show them examples of people who are doing great things in the STEM fields Today many STEM positions go unfilled for lack of qualified workers The U S Labor Department reports only five percent of workers are employed in the fields related to science and engineering making the urgent need for scientists mathematicians and engineers in the United States a crisis that threatens the nation s global competitiveness in the very near future This challenge is exacerbated in the African American community due in part to a lack of educational and training opportunities Exelon president and CEO Christopher M Crane keynoted the luncheon He told the audience We have known for quite a while that the state of STEM education in this country is not good This is an unsustainable situation for all of us the U S economy the ability of the U S to compete globally the Chicago business community and of course minority kids who aspire to good jobs The schools government at every level community groups as well as business can and must play a role in resolving the problem In addition to generating solutions to the under representation of African Americans in the STEM fields the Chicago Urban League also highlighted local innovators who are blazing successful pathways for themselves and for those that will follow them Receiving special recognition for their dynamic work in the areas of STEM were Karriem S Watson creator of an 8 week STEM summer camp at the University of Illinois at Chicago

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