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In Memoriam: Ronald “Kwesi” Harris

On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Ronald “Kwesi” Harris, Program Director of the African American Male Resource Center (AAMRC) at Chicago State University. The […]

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We Need to Hear From You! 4th District Listening Sessions on Justice Involved Youth

Please join Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s Cook County Justice Advisory Council, the Cook County Juvenile Justice Division, Cook County Juvenile Probation and the JDAI Community Engagement Committee for one of two community listening sessions focused on justice involved youth in the 4th police district. These sessions will be the […]

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Help Ensure HEAL Proposal is Part of Negotiated Illinois Budget to Invest in Health

The Chicago Sun-Times reported that a bipartisan budget group has been working to develop a proposed state budget that could be released later this week. It’s time to ensure legislators know that you support the Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL) proposal- the sugary drink tax that raises […]

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Show #BlackLivesMatter By Showing Up On Election Day!!!

The best way to demonstrate that #BlackLivesMatter is to cast your vote tomorrow, Tuesday, March 15th. Illinois’ primary election is especially important. It is an opportunity to voice our frustration and dissatisfaction over the decisions made (or not made) by our elected officials, which have had a […]

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In Memoriam: Henry English

On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of Henry English, founder of the Black United Fund of Illinois. Henry English, a Chicago community leader, was an […]

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Ask Your Legislator to Support the HEAL Act

As Governor Rauner addresses the legislature regarding the FY 2017 Illinois budget, we’re still faced with the current budget impasse that has left Illinois without a budget for more than 8 months. Since state leaders will need to address our growing deficit and put an end to […]

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16 Shots, 400 Days Later

The story of 17-year old Laquan McDonald is a tragic tale of a failed system, designed to save our children. Through a series of tragic events and DCFS involvement, Laquan surpassed expectations by turning his life around, attending school regularly, working towards graduation and obtaining summer employment. […]

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In Memoriam: The Honorable Esther Golar

On behalf of the Illinois African American Coalition for Prevention’s Board of Directors, our member organizations, and the constituents we serve, we are deeply saddened by the passing of The Honorable Esther Golar, State Representative for Illinois’ 6th Legislative District. Representative Golar, a six-term legislator, was a […]

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Black Dads Are Doing Best of All

One of the most persistent statistical bludgeons of people who want to blame black people for any injustice or inequity they encounter is this: According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (C.D.C.), in 2013 in nearly 72 percent of births to non-Hispanic black […]

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On The Decline – Numbers of African-American Students on Illinois Campuses Are Dropping

Thursday nights were always special, Cortlon Cofield says, during his freshman year at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. That’s because Thursdays were “Food for the Soul” night in the Florida Avenue Residence Hall (known as FAR). “This was an event where the cafe served soul food and […]

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