The Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and the Social Enterprise Alliance, Chicago Chapter, teamed up to host a technical assistance session at the Sankofa House in North Lawndale. Michael Hyzy, Creative Director with Nutricio, was the moderator.
The session opened up with a presentation of the Social Innovator Award to Valerie F. Leonard by Cook County Commissioner Jesus Garcia, Chairman of the Cook County Commission on Social Innovation and Attorney Marc J. Lane, Vice Chairman.
Mark Mulroe, Vice President of A Safe Haven Foundation, stressed that nonprofits must diversify their resources and begin to generate income other than grants. He shared insights on how nonprofits can start social enterprises and used examples from his organization, which operates a number of for-profit businesses, including landscaping and property management.
Marc J. Lane, Founder of the Marc J. Lane Wealth Group, shared various legal structures for social enterprises, with an emphasis on the L3C, while explaining the pros, cons and tax implications. Click here to view an excerpt from Attorney Lane’s discussion.
The Law Project’s Allegra Cira Fischer
Discusses the Pros and Cons of Community Benefits Agreements
Allegra Cira Fischer, Staff Attorney with The Law Project, will be a guest on the Nonprofit “U” radio blog talk show on Monday, November 7, 2016, from 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Nonprofit “U” is an online forum where nonprofit stakeholders can discuss the latest developments in the sector and increase their capacity to serve their clients and build sustainable communities. Valerie F. Leonard, an expert in community and organizational development, is the host. The show will stream live from http://www.blogtalkradio.com/nonprofit_u/2016/11/07/benefiting-communities-through-mutual-agreement. The archived podcast will be available on BlogTalkRadio, Valeriefleonard.com/NonprofitU, iTunes Podcast Chart, Blubrry and Stitcher.
Fischer will talk about what community benefit agreements (CBA’s) are; the pros and cons, and some of The Law Project’s work in supporting local community based coalitions in their quest for greater democracy in development. There will be opportunities for listeners to call in with questions and participate in live chats. Nonprofit professionals, community advocates, developers and other community stakeholders are especially encouraged to call in and share their stories. The live call in number is (347) 884-8121.
“At the end of the day, I’d like listeners to walk away with a clear understanding of what community benefits agreements are, and have realistic expectations regarding the rerwards and challenges of negotiating CBA’s”, Fischer said.
We thank Charles Paidock of the Citizens Taking Action for transit dependent riders, for sharing the following announcements.
Opportunity for Comments to CTA Board
Chicago Transit Authority – Proposed 2017- Operating Budget
A public hearing will be conducted on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 6:00 P.M. at the CTA headquarters located at 567 W. Lake Street, second floor conference room, Chicago, IL
Monthly Meeting of Citizens Taking Action for transit dependent riders will be on Monday, Nov. 7th at 7:00 PM, at Wendy’s, Clark and Madison Streets, Chicago
Photo credit: CTA
Don’t forget to come out to our panel discussion on community benefits agreements. The discussion will take place on November 9, 2016, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm. at the Lawndale Community Church, 3827 West Ogden Avenue.
Panelists will provide a very brief overview of their experiences and we will open the floor for a lively question, answer and comment period from our audience.
You will learn what a community benefits agreement is, the pros and cons; when they may be appropriate, and hear from people who are actively working on them in the city of Chicago. Our panelists will include attorneys and activists who will share challenges working on such projects as the Whole Foods store in Englewood, the USX development in South Shore, the Obama Presidential Library in Jackson Park, and the Illinois Medical District. We will also hear an alternative view from UCAN in North Lawndale.
For further information, contact Audrey Dunford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marie Kennedy, Professor Emerita of Community Planning, University of Massachusetts Boston, provides the context for the research project.
The UIC-Great Cities Institute recently sponsored a presentation and discussion of the results of a research project conducted by Marie Kennedy,Professor Emerita of Community Planning, University of Massachusetts Boston; Chris Tilly, Professor of Urban Planning, University of California Los Angeles with Mercedes Arce, Professor of Communication & Culture, Universidad Autónoma de la Ciudad de México. Kennedy and Tilly shared lessons learned and challenges working to create a participatory planning process in San Miguel Analco, a small agricultural village in Natívitas municipio.
Theresa Cordova, Marie Kennedy and Chris Tilly listen to comments and entertain questions from a standing-room-only lunchtime crowd at the Great Cities Institute.
The issues raised and approaches used in this case study are instructive for local residents, elected officials and community development professionals around the world. This presentation is especially timely for us in North Lawndale, as we prepare for the second phase of our planning process.
We thank Dr. Theresa Cordova, Director of the UIC Great Cities Institute, for hosting the event, and Dr. Marie Kennedy for sharing the presentation so more people can have access to the lessons learned. Enjoy, and feel free to comment.
HELLO UCAN Staff/Volunteers,
Get ready for the 2nd Annual ‘YOUTH PEACE SUMMIT.’ Help us make this day great by volunteering! See below for specifics!
Date: Saturday, November 05, 2016
Time: 10:30 – 1:30
Location: UCAN-Nichols Center (3605 W. Fillmore, Chicago, IL)
Activities Include: Registration Table, Hallway monitoring, Food Prep, etc.
To volunteer, contact me by Monday, October 21, 2016 to Confirm your spot!
Mentoring & Educational Coordinator
We got the following announcement from the City Club of Chicago.
Hon. George Cardenas, Hon. Roderick Sawyer, and Hon. Scott Waguespack
Thursday, Oct 27, 2016
7:30 a.m. reception/8:00 a.m. breakfast
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111 W. Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60654
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Hon. George Cardenas
George Cardenas is currently in his fourth term as Alderman of the 12th Ward, which consists of portions of Little Village, Brighton Park, and McKinley Park. Alderman Cardenas is the Chairman of the Health and Environmental Protection Committee, and his Committee memberships include Budget and Government Operations; Committees, Rules and Ethics; Education and Child Development; Finance; Aviation; Housing and Real Estate; and Zoning. In addition, Cardenas is the Chairman of the Latino Caucus.
As Alderman, Cardenas is committed to improving the quality of life for every resident of the ward. Cardenas’ top priorities are improving the educational opportunities for our children, reducing crime, bringing real economic development and job opportunities into the ward, and providing the highest level of city services possible.
As a young child, Cardenas and his family came to Chicago in search of the American Dream. Working his way through school, Cardenas earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a master’s degree in political science from Northeastern Illinois University. Before joining government, Cardenas accumulated over a decade of experience working for Fortune 500 companies. This background gives him valuable insight into the needs of the community and a desire to be a voice for positive change for the area.
As an entrepreneur, Cardenas understands that we need government to be run with a business approach. From providing top quality constituent service to looking for ways to streamline government, Cardenas brings his business background into the decision making process of our City Council.
George is proud to raise his two young daughters in Little Village, where he and his family have lived for over 25 years.
Hon. Roderick Sawyer
In 2011, Roderick T. Sawyer was sworn in as Alderman of the 6th Ward, representing the Chatham, Chesterfield, Englewood, Greater Grand Crossing, Park Manor, and Auburn-Gresham neighborhoods. Alderman Sawyer prides himself on being independent and working for what is in the best interest of his community.
Re-elected in 2015, Alderman Sawyer presides as Chairman of the City Council Black Caucus and serves as the Vice Chairman of the Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation Committee. Additionally, he is an active member of the City Council Committees on Budget and Government Operations; Committees, Rules and Ethics; Education and Child Development; Finance; Human Relations; License and Consumer Protection; and Pedestrian and Traffic Safety.
Since 2012, Sawyer has also served as the Democratic Committeeman of the 6th Ward, which is part of the Cook County Democratic Party.
Presently, Sawyer is on the Board of Directors of the South Shore Drill Team, eta Creative Arts Foundation, and Meyering Park Advisory Council. Sawyer also serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Mark A.M.E. Zion Church, and since his election in 2001, he has served on McDade Classical School’s Local School Council as a member and former Chairman. Every year he co-chairs a fundraiser, which raises monies for a scholarship fund that provides financial assistance for disadvantaged African-Americans who attend his high school alma mater.
Sawyer was born and raised in Chicago’s 6th Ward and has called it home his entire life. He is the youngest of three children born to Celeste C. Taylor and the Honorable Eugene Sawyer, the late Mayor of Chicago and former 6th Ward Alderman.
In his spare time, Sawyer enjoys deejaying as an amateur music mixologist, and playing basketball, softball, and dominoes. He is married to Cheryll and they have two children, Sydni Celeste and Roderick T. Jr.
Hon. Scott Waguespack
Scott Waguespack has served as Alderman of the 32nd Ward since 2007. Waguespack lives in Bucktown, and his family has called Wicker Park-Bucktown home for many generations. He helped organize and coach underprivileged kids in Little League baseball at Churchill Park and basketball at Wicker Park, giving them an alternative to joining a gang. He is also an active parishioner at St. Hedwig’s Church.
Alderman Waguespack sits on seven City Council Committees: Budget and Government Operations; Committees, Rules, and Ethics; Education and Child Development; Finance; Housing and Real Estate; Human Relations; and Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation. He is working with citizens, neighborhood and business organizations, our neighboring aldermen, and the mayor to improve the 32nd Ward and the city of Chicago by finding solutions to the issues we all face and by providing the best city services possible.
Waguespack obtained a bachelor’s degree in political science at Colorado State University and his Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. After college, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya where he worked with UNICEF and various women’s groups to build health clinics and water supplies, and provided training in primary health. He remains active with the Chicago Area Returned Peace Corps Association, an organization that works for world peace, with an emphasis on “Bringing the World Back Home” after service overseas.
After law school, Waguespack helped create and implement Global Chicago, which fosters global collaboration with Chicago’s many economic, cultural, and intellectual institutions. He worked on projects involving the U.S. State Department, the American Bar Association, and various governments in the Balkans. He focused on developing nation-building projects that assisted the War Crimes Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia, established a rule of law, and worked on economic development projects. Waguespack served as an advisor to the President of Kosovo and the interim government after the end of the Kosovo War. He is also a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs.
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The NLCCC Arts and Culture Subcommittee hosted a meeting in which Alderman Michael Scott, Jr. shared his vision for a proposed music venue in Douglas Park on September 7, 2016. We surveyed the meeting participants, and are now surveying our members and other community stakeholders, including residents, business owners, heads of organizations, students and parishioners. We would like to get a sense for what the community thinks and then take a position on the project. We will also share results with Alderman Scott and the community at large. We have included a description of the project as well as links to articles on the project so that you may give an informed opinion. Thank you for your input. If you have any questions, feel free to contact one of the following members of the NLCCC Executive Subcommittee.
Valerie F. Leonard