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A NU Day?


I was surprised and pleased to learn from the RoundTable that the new president of Northwestern University has authorized the gift of a $550,000 fire engine to the City of Evanston.  From all appearances, this demonstrates a respect for the community of which NU is an integral part; a new generosity of spirit; and a shift from an arrogant posture to one of collegiality.  Welcome to Evanston, President Schapiro!

–Karen Telser


Evanstonians, Unite
For a Trader Joe’s


Now that it is official that the Fresh Foods Market will not be opening at Evanston‘s Oakton and Asbury location, I urge Evanston residents to start a letter-writing campaign to urge Trader Joe’s to finally come to Evanston. 

Whether at this location or another, everyone I know wants them here and yet they refuse to come for some reason.  A Trader Joe’s would not only keep Evanston resident’s shopping dollars in town but would also bring in customers from Rogers Park, Skokie and Wilmette.  You can send a request to Trader Joe’s for an Evanston location at their website at www.traderjoes.com.

Click on “Contact Us” and then follow the prompts.  Perhaps if they hear from hundreds of us all at once they will listen.

–Susan Ryan

Benefit at Boocoo for Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund


The Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund, a relatively new educational fund project of the 501c3 International Humanities Center, has filled thousands of requests from men and women in prison seeking news and literature based on the clear perspective that  “the system” is flawed, how it is flawed, and how revolutionary thinking is a good answer to working towards a better society. The PRLF provides this to prisoners at no charge, but the demand has far outstripped its ability to supply.

On Oct. 11, at 7 p.m., a benefit for the Prisoners Revolutionary Literature Fund will be held at Boocoo Cultural Center & Café at

1823 Church St.

, with music, performances, food and beverages.

A highlight of the evening will be the dramatic readings of letters from prisoners by actors Ernest Perry Jr., David Shapiro and D’wayne Taylor. Clyde Young, a former prisoner himself, recently gave a moving appeal for funds for the PRLF at a very successful event in Harlem. He will make a similar appeal at this benefit.

Ted Sirota’s Rebel Souls will perform, as will hip-hop artist Diverse. The Daily Northwestern described Diverse’s talents thus: “Raised in Evanston, the local rapper is … clearly a rapper’s rapper, spitting thoughtful verse after thoughtful verse.”

The evening will be hosted by Bennett J. Johnson; Ted Sirota, musician; Joann Shapiro; Jed Stone, criminal defense lawyer; and me, a member of several local peace activist groups. Tickets are $17.50 in advance (call 773-225-6800 for the nearest ticket sales location), $20 at the door, and $10 for people under 21 years old.  It will be a great occasion for people from all walks of life in Evanston and beyond to meet and have a good time for a great cause.

Dave Trippel