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April 20, 2018

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Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Heather Sweeney and nearly 100 more people

Support for Principal Harries: Open Letter to D65 Administration and School Board Members:
We write this letter in response to recent articles meant to sideline the critical equity work of District 65. We affirm our support of the bold ways you and many others in the district have led and embarked on justice and equity work.
Over the last two years, the district has taken courageous steps to address Evanston students’ racial gaps in opportunities to achieve. District data reveal this racial gap persists across income: low income white students score higher on achievement tests than middle and high income Black students.
The January 23, 2017 District 65 Hispanic Student Achievement Report stated, “[w]hen aggregate data show that members of a particular student subgroup score below benchmarks, these outcomes reflect a failure of the education and social systems that are intended to give every student the opportunity to succeed” Thus the district has entered into work to address these failings, recognizing that this is not a failure of individual students, families, or teachers, but of systems. We support the varied and extensive work on which the district has embarked.
Unfortunately, there are those outside Evanston who don’t show an understanding of the problem, who demonstrate less understanding of solutions, and who have written ideological and critical letters in the press.
The ideological stance expressed in the National Review and Crain’s Chicago Business articles are associated with discomfort with any conversation about people who are racially marginalized. It reflects a disbelief in the idea that institutions should acknowledge everyone’s human experience and that institutions should be responsive to lack of access. The writers’ lack of knowledge of intervention strategies is illustrated by their lack of an alternative framework.
The articles attempt to discredit affinity groups, implying that teachers are being harmfully segregated at Nichols. This is not what’s happening. Affinity groups are used nationally and are common practice for people to explore information. They are a part of differentiated learning and one of many useful tools to support people in their learning process.
The authors of these articles are a small group of individuals who are connected with each other. They are the same group who unsuccessfully tried to disrupt New Trier’s Seminar Day, an all-school event established “to help students better understand how the struggle for racial civil rights stretches across our nation’s history” [New Trier High School website]. They are a vocal minority and not representative of a large contingency.
District 65’s equity work advances within the context of Evanston-wide equity work. Evanston Township High School, Evanston Cradle to Career’s 35 Evanston partner organizations, and many other Evanston organizations, are engaged in equity and justice work.
Those outside of Evanston who don’t share our values of justice cannot have our community. We will not allow them to corrupt and influence our community. They don’t have a say.
We support and are with the Nichols principal and his staff, District 65 staff, the District 65 School Board, and the District 65 Administration who are all engaged in this challenging and essential work to create equitable and just systems in which all members of our community thrive, especially those with historically limited access to resources.



Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Kiley Rolls

Open Letter to Mayor and Upon reading the door, I was told in a very loud tone, “Stop, stop.”
I asked why I was being stopped.
The gentleman told me to empty my pockets. Nothing was found except my personal items.
I asked to see the manager. The gentleman replied, “I am the manager.” I then said, “I need to see someone over you.”
At this point he said, “I’m calling the police.”
My reply was, “Please call the police. I want you to do this.”
When the head manager came, he told him he saw a man with a blue jacket by the liquor. I asked the gentleman, “Did you see American Airlines on the jacket?”
He strutted and said, “No.” I told them I work for American Airlines and have no reason to take anything out of this store, especially liquor.
At this point, the gentleman escorted me back to the pharmacy, where they confirmed I was just there purchasing my medication. Finally the head manager appeared and tried to calm me down.
I then found out the name of the first gentleman. I failed to get the name of the store manager, but he apologized and gave me a $100 Jewel-Osco gift card.
I was humiliated and embarrassed, since there was a crowd of Caucasians looking at what was going on involving a Black man. I felt I was being racially profiled. The $100 gift card was a kind gesture, but it didn’t fix the problem.
This type of treatment should not be tolerated by anyone, especially by Black men.
To avoid things like this from happening, the store employees should get better training.



Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Fred J. Wittenberg

Baseball, Not Beer
With the baseball season upon us, and while nothing is going on at the old recycling center, the City should re-contact the baseball league that was interested in that site AND give it to them gratis. Baseball belongs in a public park, not a microbrewery!



Posted: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Emma Olson

SPRING GIVING DAY TO SUPPORT LOCAL NONPROFITS. #ILGiveCommunity Runs for 24 Hours on May 3, 2018

Forefront has announced #ILGiveCommunity, a 24-hour online fundraising event to empower individuals to donate to causes that matter to them through local nonprofits who are tackling our communities' most critical issues. #ILGiveCommunity Day starts on May 3rd at midnight and ends 24 hours later at 11:59pm.

On May 3rd, North Shore residents are invited to celebrate our area nonprofits through donations, volunteer hours, or service projects, all of which support the people and organizations that help our communities thrive. Our North Shore nonprofits feed the hungry, educate children, rescue animals, and so much more. Let's celebrate them by giving back to them on #ILGiveCommunity! Visit www.ilgive.com to see who is participating, make a donation, or see where you can volunteer!

What: #ILGiveCommunity
When: Tuesday, May 3rd
Who: North Shore residents and nonprofits
Why: To celebrate and strengthen the nonprofits that strengthen our communities and families!



Posted: Thursday, April 12, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Laura McJilton

Interfaith Action of Evanston is hosting a fundraising night to raise funds for the emergency overnight shelter. The nonprofit operates the only emergency overnight shelter in Evanston and coordinates soup kitchens and a produce mobile for our neighbors in need.

Second City Improv All-Stars will be performing at the Women's Club of Evanston on April 27 from 7-10pm.

Tickets are available at https://interfaithactionofevanston.networkforgood.com/events/5867-comedy-night-for-emergency-overnight-shelter



Posted: Monday, April 9, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Paula Sjogerman

THE EVANSTON DANCE ENSEMBLE ANNOUNCES ITS ANNUAL AUDITIONS: The Evanston Dance Ensemble is holding auditions for dancers who will be in grades 7 – 12 for the 2018-19 season. Auditions for dancers going into high school will be held from 2:45-5:15 pm on Saturday May 5 and for dancers who will be in 7th or 8th grade next year from 3:15-5:15 pm on Sunday May 6 at Dance Center Evanston. To register for auditions, please contact Company Manager, Paula Sjogerman at 847-328-6683 or ede@dancecenterevanston.com. A $10 registration fee applies.

Founded in 1997, the Evanston Dance Ensemble is a not-for-profit dance company whose mission is to nurture the power and artistry of talented young performers by creating inventive dance performances and programs of the highest quality, reflecting the diversity of our community and fostering inclusivity, colllaboration, and creative expression. EDE does two mainstage productions each year ede2 tours its own show to community sites.

There will be an information session on Saturday April 14 from 2:30 – 3:00 pm at Dance Center Evanston, 1934 Dempster Street, Evanston.

For more information on the Evanston Dance Ensemble, view the company’s website at www.evanstondanceensemble.org



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