Thursday, September 14, 2017

Yaaaas @bukeka_style

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Yaaaas @bukeka_style

Watch on YouTube here: Yaaaas @bukeka_style

Let's Fight For Making Health Care A Human Right!

Letter From Senator Durbin RE: Charlottesville

September 14, 2017
Mr. William Rosen

Dear Mr. Rosen:

          Thank you for contacting me about the events in Charlottesville, Virginia.  I appreciate hearing from you.
          On August 12, 2017, white nationalists held a rally in Charlottesville to protest the removal of a statue of the Confederate General Robert E. Lee.  As the rally progressed, protestors clashed with counter-protestors and a local state of emergency was declared.  Hours later, a white nationalist drove his speeding car into a crowd of counter-protestors, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 people.  The attack was seemingly not just an ugly display of racist violence, it was also an incident of domestic terrorism.  
          This brutal act reminds us that our nation’s effort to root out terrorism must include a focus on violent racism in our own backyard.  Homegrown hate groups have engaged in violence against civilians throughout our nation’s history, particularly targeting the African American community. 
          Fair and equal treatment of all Americans is a cornerstone of our society and our political system. Despite great progress, the struggle for civil rights and equal treatment under the law continues for many in our society.  No one should have to live in fear simply because of their religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or race.  We must not, through our silence, condone tragic and brutal hate-based violence directed at anyone.
          Thank you again for contacting me.  I will keep your concerns in mind as issues of racial justice and combating violence are considered in the Senate.  Please feel free to keep in touch. 


      Richard J. Durbin
      United States Senator


Monday, September 11, 2017

Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire present our 2017-2018 Season

Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire 
present our 2017-2018 Season!

That's So Gay! The Stereotype Cabaret treats Uptown Underground audiences to a kaleidoscope of songs performed by sixteen multi-talented members of Windy City Gay Chorus and Windy City Treble Quire in a quest to illuminate, with unsparing wit and unexpected compassion, the tendency to label our fellow human beings--in this case, LGBTQ stereotypes. (October 22 or 29-Uptown Underground-5:30pm) 

Caroling All the Way showcases a variety of holiday favorites in different styles, centered around Ceremony of Carols by Britten and Carols and Lullabies by Susa, featuring Harp, Guitar, and percussion. (December 2, 2017-St. James Cathedral-7:00pm)
Bernstein and Broadway features the "Chichester Psalms" by Britten. It is the quintessential 20th-century American setting of the most famous psalms featuring organ, harp, and percussion. The musical theater works of Bernstein and others rounds out the program with selections featuring diverse composers and shows. (March 10, 2018-St. James Cathedral-7:00pm)
My Life: A Mixtape takes you through an enjoyable journey through songs that are connected to significant moments in the lives of our members weave together to tell a story of diversity, humanity, and pride. (June 16, 2018-St. James Cathedral-7:00pm)

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sadie being a moose puppy! Two things to notice. First the hole that she dug on the lower part of this picture, and then the tree with the fence around it that was erected when she dug out when it was raining. She's a digger! Insanely adorable though.


Watch on YouTube here: Sadie


Watch on YouTube here: Sadie

Letter from Senator Duckworth

Dear Neighbor,

Thank you for contacting me to share your thoughts on North Korea. I appreciate you taking the time to make me aware of your concerns on this important matter.
Tensions between the United States and North Korea have been a consistent backdrop to international relations on a global scale for years. As you may know, North Korea has tested five nuclear devices between 2006 and 2016 and declared itself a nuclear-armed state, restarting their plutonium-production reactor and openly building a uranium enrichment plant. In August 2016, North Korea test fired their first submarine launched ballistic missile, followed by a test-fire of an intermediate-range ballistic missile in February 2017 and four missile launches from a long-range rocket launch site in March 2017.
I am extremely alarmed by North Korea's recent acceleration of their dangerous nuclear development and ballistic missile testing. This poses a significant threat to the US, our allies and global stability. I am disappointed that the Trump Administration has added pressure to an already complicated situation with increasingly hostile rhetoric. Saber-rattling is not a substitute for strategy and our nation faces a difficult challenge of conducting hard-nosed diplomacy and developing a coherent strategy to counter the North Korean threat. I am concerned that the Trump Administration is painting itself into a corner with no diplomatic off-ramps and few alternative courses of action. 
The Trump Administration must be clear and consistent in communicating with Congress and the American people. Given the gravity of the threat posed by a nuclear-armed North Korea, it is deeply disconcerting that the Commander in Chief was unaware of the complexity and daunting challenge we face in the Asia-Pacific region until speaking with Xi Jinping, the President of China.
The lack of understanding about North Korea may help explain why the Administration's intensifying rhetoric has not been accompanied by a serious plan for deescalating tensions and moving forward in a meaningful way to counter North Korea. As your Senator, I will continue asking tough questions about our nation's military and diplomatic strategy in the Asia-Pacific region and I am committed to making sure the American people have a say, through their representatives in Congress, in decisions concerning the use of military force. 
Thank you again for contacting me on this important issue. If you would like more information on my work in the Senate, please visit my website You can access my voting record and see what I am doing to address today’s most important issues. I hope that you will continue to share your views and opinions with me and let me know whenever I may be of assistance to you.
Tammy Duckworth
United States Senator

Monday, August 14, 2017

Fish eye w half of Lynette.

We Shall Not Be Moved

William, it is hard to wake up in America today and not feel a deep sense of rage.
The bravest of our people were violently attacked in an act of terrorism this weekend that shook the nation and reminded us of our duty to fight. Hundreds of white supremacists, Neo-Nazis, and white nationalists carrying torches descended upon Charlottesville, VA in a march intended to evoke a violent history of racial terrorism. Three people died. 19 were injured.
Most infuriating was that so many of the forces here to protect us instead stood idle for hours and let it happen--including the police, the institutions that govern Charlottesville, and some allies. So many stood by the "Unite the Right" rally's right to exist and were surprised to see it turn violent and terroristic. This did not come as a surprise to the people living in the face of oppression every day. We know that the roots of white supremacy and hate run deep into the soil of America. But what runs even deeper is the love, sweat, tears, and sacrifice of our ancestors who worked hard to eradicate hate and the systems that reinforce it. We must continue their work even on days like today when it's hard to even turn on the news.
With decisive and strategic action, we can make sure that white supremacists don't have the power to make Charlottesville happen ever again. Here are 5 places where your voice is needed to stand up for Black and Brown folks in this moment:

Demand corporate funders cut off white supremacist hate groups. #NoBloodMoney - Payment processing companies like Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover are making big money from processing the funds for some of the vilest white supremacist groups--giving them the funds to plan events just like "Unite The Right." If companies refuse these services, we can stop hate groups from being able to fund rallies like this in the first place.
Call for the removal of ALL Confederate symbols from places of honor in America. - Symbols of the Confederacy are symbols of America's history of racist, vitriolic hate. And they embolden white supremacists to march the streets without shame. They must all come down. Now.
Stop legislation in North Carolina that protects drivers who hit protesters with cars. - Republican lawmakers actually want to protect people like the man who killed one woman and injured 19 other people by ramming his car into a crowd of protesters. In North Carolina this bill is moving forward, and we have to stop it from becoming law.
Tell Congress to refuse to side with white supremacists and force Trump to #FireBannon. - Now more than ever, we cannot tolerate white supremacists running our country. Democrats and Republicans in Congress alike must take a stand from hate taking a front seat in the White House.
Tell businesses to #QuitTheCouncil and drop from Trump's business and manufacturing councils. - After this weekend, businesses like Merck have already started dropping from Trump's special business councils. We can't stop until all of them have #QuitTheCouncil. 

Now more than ever, we cannot back down. Thank you for fighting side by side with us.
Until justice is real,
Rashad, and the rest of the Color Of Change team