Commissioner Alma Anaya

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On Sunday, we woke up to the tragic news of the 29-year-old fallen Chicago police officer, Ella French. I join all those...
08/11/2021
When Anjanette Young Was The Victim Of A Wrongful Police Raid, Slain Officer Ella French Showed Her Respect And Dignity, She Says

On Sunday, we woke up to the tragic news of the 29-year-old fallen Chicago police officer, Ella French. I join all those still grieving and extend my most heartfelt condolences to Officer French’s family. She was a young woman full of hope and desire to serve her city. Before joining the force in 2018, Officer French was part of the Cook County Sheriff's office. Family, friends, and the City of Chicago will remember her as a person of integrity. We lost her far too soon, but her service will not be forgotten.

This unfortunate tragedy is a reminder that violence has been impacting our City for far too long. It is time to make healthy and safe communities a priority by addressing the root causes of violence. No one should go to work with fear of not coming home.

Please keep Officer French’s family, loved ones, and friends in your thoughts and prayers. Let’s also continue to pray for the full recovery of Officer French’s wounded partner, officer Carlos Yanez.

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El domingo, nos despertamos con la trágica noticia del fallecimiento de la oficial de policía de Chicago de 29 años, Ella French. Me uno a todos los que todavía están en duelo y extiendo mi más sentido pésame a la familia de la oficial French. Era una mujer jóven llena de esperanza y deseos de servir a su ciudad. Antes de unirse a la fuerza en 2018, oficial French era parte de la oficina del Sheriff del Condado de Cook. La familia, los amigos y la Ciudad de Chicago la recordarán como una persona íntegra. La perdimos demasiado pronto, pero su servicio no será olvidado.

Esta lamentable tragedia es un recordatorio de que la violencia ha estado afectando a nuestra ciudad ya por demasiado tiempo. Es tiempo que comunidades saludables y seguras sean una prioridad y comencemos a abordar las causas fundamentales de la violencia. Nadie debería ir a trabajar con miedo a no volver a casa.

Por favor, mantenga a la familia, los seres queridos y los amigos de la oficial French en sus pensamientos y oraciones. Sigamos también orando por la recuperación total del compañero herido de oficial French, el oficial Carlos Yáñez.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/08/11/when-anjanette-young-was-the-victim-of-a-wrongful-police-raid-slain-officer-ella-french-showed-her-respect-and-dignity-she-says/?mc_cid=286abbe9cd&mc_eid=d26a9d78b1&fbclid=IwAR3kNGwhn5ao5AtP7zgkryDhKQyRScoQmN6ERLHAP8G8DiGxXgEdx45PS-8

The family of a newborn baby wounded in a July shooting is also speaking out about Officer French's care for the community and dedication to her job.

Congratulations to our new Democratic Party Chair, Robin Kelly!
03/04/2021

Congratulations to our new Democratic Party Chair, Robin Kelly!

What an exciting first week of Women’s History Month! 😆

Congresswoman Dr. Robin Kelly has been elected to lead the Democratic Party of Illinois!!

She's the first Black woman in Illinois history to hold this position. The Cook County Young Democrats can’t wait to work with you! Congrats on this amazing honor!

Congratulations to State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch on becoming the new Illinois Speaker of the House! He made...
01/13/2021
Representative Emanuel Chris Welch Statement on Speaker of the House

Congratulations to State Representative Emanuel "Chris" Welch on becoming the new Illinois Speaker of the House! He made history today by becoming the first Black Speaker. ¡Felicidades!

Serving Working Families Everyday January 12, 2021 Representative Emanuel Chris Welch Statement on Speaker of the House I am honored to be called upon my colleagues from the Illinois Legislative Black

In two days, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will resume in-person classes for students and there are many legitimate healt...
01/09/2021

In two days, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will resume in-person classes for students and there are many legitimate health and safety concerns from teachers and families that have not been addressed.

I stand in solidarity with school staff, teachers, parents, and students in demanding that CPS truly prioritizes their wellbeing in the reopening policies and procedures. We cannot rush to reopen without ensuring the safety of all. It is no secret that communities of color, who make up the majority of the CPS families, have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and continue to experience drastic increases of Covid-19 positive cases. CPS must do everything in its power to have a strong and safe reopening plan that does not put the health of our communities at risk. #safetyfirst
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En dos días, las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) reanudarán las clases en persona para los estudiantes y hay muchas preocupaciones legítimas de salud y seguridad de los maestros y las familias que no se han abordado.

Me uno con el personal de la escuela, los maestros, los padres y los estudiantes al exigir que CPS realmente dé prioridad a el bienestar de todos en las políticas y procedimientos de reapertura. No podemos apresurarnos a reabrir sin garantizar la seguridad eso. No es ningún secreto que las comunidades de color, que constituyen la mayoría de las familias de CPS, se han visto afectadas de manera desproporcionada por la pandemia y continúan experimentando aumentos drásticos de casos positivos de Covid-19. CPS debe hacer todo lo que esté a su alcance para tener un plan de reapertura sólido y seguro que no ponga en riesgo la salud de nuestras comunidades. #laseguridadprimero

In two days, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) will resume in-person classes for students and there are many legitimate health and safety concerns from teachers and families that have not been addressed.

I stand in solidarity with school staff, teachers, parents, and students in demanding that CPS truly prioritizes their wellbeing in the reopening policies and procedures. We cannot rush to reopen without ensuring the safety of all. It is no secret that communities of color, who make up the majority of the CPS families, have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and continue to experience drastic increases of Covid-19 positive cases. CPS must do everything in its power to have a strong and safe reopening plan that does not put the health of our communities at risk. #safetyfirst
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En dos días, las Escuelas Públicas de Chicago (CPS) reanudarán las clases en persona para los estudiantes y hay muchas preocupaciones legítimas de salud y seguridad de los maestros y las familias que no se han abordado.

Me uno con el personal de la escuela, los maestros, los padres y los estudiantes al exigir que CPS realmente dé prioridad a el bienestar de todos en las políticas y procedimientos de reapertura. No podemos apresurarnos a reabrir sin garantizar la seguridad eso. No es ningún secreto que las comunidades de color, que constituyen la mayoría de las familias de CPS, se han visto afectadas de manera desproporcionada por la pandemia y continúan experimentando aumentos drásticos de casos positivos de Covid-19. CPS debe hacer todo lo que esté a su alcance para tener un plan de reapertura sólido y seguro que no ponga en riesgo la salud de nuestras comunidades. #laseguridadprimero

[Español abajo] Today marks 2 years since I took the oath of office, and to put it simply, it is a great pleasure to ser...
12/03/2020

[Español abajo]

Today marks 2 years since I took the oath of office, and to put it simply, it is a great pleasure to serve the people of the 7th District of Cook County. I am extremely proud to serve this District because it is made of passion, culture, and resiliency. This year in particular has brought extreme challenges to our District– we have been hard hit with the pandemic and the deepened inequities resulting from it– but my constituents give me hope and strength. I stand committed to serving all the communities I represent, to continue fighting for human rights, and striving to make Cook County Government accessible to all.

Thank you for allowing me to represent you.
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Alma

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Hoy se cumplen 2 años desde que tomé el juramento de cargo como Comisionada y, en pocas palabras, ha sido un gran placer servir a la gente del 7º distrito del Condado de Cook. Estoy muy orgulloso de servir a este Distrito porque está hecho de cultura y personas luchadorxs. Este año en particular ha traído desafíos extremos a nuestro Distrito - hemos sido muy afectados por la pandemia y las desigualdades que resultan de ellas - pero mis los residentes de mi distrito me dan esperanza y fortaleza. Continuo mi compromiso a servir a todas las comunidades que represento y a continuar luchando por los derechos humanos y para asegurar que los recursos del Condado de Cook sean accesible para todxs.
Gracias por permitirme ser su Comisionada.
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Alma

[En Español Abajo]

Yesterday, I proudly took the oath of office as Cook County Commissioner of the 7th District. During my remarks, I asked all Commissioners to reflect on why we are here and why we were elected to this position. I shared the following quote by civil rights activist Dorothy Height:

“We have to improve life, not just for those who have the most skills and those who know how to manipulate the system, but also for AND with those who often have so much to give but never get the opportunity.”

We, as Cook County Government, have a commitment to providing opportunities and services for those who may not have other options.

I am ready to carry on this mission. I will fight hard to improve our communities. I will work with my constituents and be guided by your demands. I want you to know that you have an influence in the direction I take in this position.

I’d like to recognize those who have been instrumental for someone like me to be in this role. Advocates and freedom fighters for labor rights, immigrant rights, and all people of color throughout this country have had limited opportunities to be in office in the past. I am committed to elevating those voices and continuing the fight for all 5.2 million residents of Cook County.

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Ayer, orgullosamente tomé el juramento para el puesto de Comisionada de 7º Distrito del Condado de Cook. Durante mi discurso, les pedí a lxs de más Comisionadxs que reflexionaran en porqué estamos aquí y porqué fuimos elegidxs a este puesto. Les compartí la siguiente frase de la activista de derechos civiles, Dorothy Height:

“Debemos mejorar la vida, no solo para lxs que tienen más habilidades o quienes saben cómo manipular el sistema, pero también para y con lxs que tienen mucho que ofrecer, pero no tienen la oportunidad.” (fin de citación)

Nosostrxs, como el Gobierno del Condado de Cook, tenemos un compromiso de proveer oportunidades y servicios a las personas que no tienen otras opciones.

Estoy lista para continuar con esta misión. Voy a luchar duro para mejorar nuestras comunidades. Voy a trabajar con el público y ser guiada por sus demandas. Quiero que sepan que tienen influencia en la dirección que tomaré en este puesto.

Quiero reconocer a lxs quienes han sido fundamentales para que alguien como yo pueda tomar este papel. Defensores de los derechos laborales e inmigrantes y de personas de color en este país quienes han tenido oportunidades limitadas para tomar puestos electorales en el pasado. Estoy comprometida a elevar aquellas voces y continuar la lucha para lxs 5.2 millones de personas que viven en el Condado de Cook.

- Alma

Words cannot express how I feel at this moment! 😭🙌🏽 It has been a extremely difficult four years for our communities and...
11/07/2020
Election 2020 live updates: Joe Biden will be the 46th president of the United States with win in Pennsylvania, AP says; Trump campaign disputes results

Words cannot express how I feel at this moment! 😭🙌🏽

It has been a extremely difficult four years for our communities and we are now seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. Our country has taken a stance against hate!

Let’s not forget that the fight for immigrant, women, and LGBTQ+ rights is not over. We still have a lot of work to do. Let’s get it done!

Joe Biden will be the next U.S. president, the AP has projected.

#PeoplePower ✊🏽
11/06/2020

#PeoplePower ✊🏽

As we await the results of the presidential election, let’s celebrate the victories of progressive champions in Illinois who will fight for justice for all locally and federally.

A big shoutout to suburban Latinas Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda, Dagmara "Dee" Avelar for IL 85th State Representative & Karina Villa for their historic wins!

Congratulations State Senator Celina Villanueva! 🎊
11/04/2020

Congratulations State Senator Celina Villanueva! 🎊

Celina Villanueva del partido demócrata, se postula en una elección especial para el Senado del Estado de Illinois para representar al Distrito 11. Gracias a los 78,4% de los votos, se coloca como ganadora. #Destino2020 #Election2020
*Fuente: AP
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!Felicidades Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda!
11/04/2020

!Felicidades Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda!

Over ten years ago, I became an elected official in my hometown of Hanover Park as a 23 year-old single mother with a passion for inclusive and transparent government. Today, I secured the votes of over 750,000 Cook County residents to become the youngest and first Latina elected to the MWRD Board of Commissioners -- and the first to come from the Northwest suburbs. This is a victory for diverse and female leadership and a greener future 💪🏾💜💧

Thank you to each and every one of you for entrusting me with your vote and for your unwavering support! #Eira4Water #WaterWarriors #WomenThatLead

¡Felicidades Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García!
11/04/2020

¡Felicidades Congressman Jesús "Chuy" García!

I am humbled to be re-elected to serve the 4th Congressional District of Illinois! A heartfelt thank you to all the voters who made their voices heard. I am grateful for the efforts of our volunteers, supporters, and staff. Without your endless commitment we wouldn’t be here!



¡Con profundo agradecimiento asumo esta reelección para seguir sirviendo el 4to Distrito Legislativo de Illinois! Gracias de corazón a todos los votantes que hicieron escuchar su voz. Este resultado es gracias a todo un esfuerzo colectivo: voluntarios, donadores y mi equipo de trabajo. ¡Sin su compromiso incondicional, no estaríamos aquí!

11/03/2020

Less than 2 hours left before polls close. You still have time to go vote! Remember that if you are in line by 7 pm you have the right to vote.

Jesús "Chuy" García
11/03/2020

Jesús "Chuy" García

🚨 VOTING SITE RELOCATION

If you’re used to voting at La Gloria Banquet Hall (4152 W 47th St), you should now vote at:

👉Curie High School (4959 S Archer)
OR
👉Edward Elementary (4815 S Karlov)

Today is the day! Please go vote. Our democracy, our lives, and our future depend on today’s election. Find your polling...
11/03/2020

Today is the day!

Please go vote. Our democracy, our lives, and our future depend on today’s election.

Find your polling location: https://www.chicagoelections.gov/en/your-voter-information.html

If you have any problems voting or at your polling place, call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).

✨Progressive Voter Guide✨

Joe Biden & Kamala Harris - Dick Durbin - Eira L. Corral- Kim Foxx for Cook County State's Attorney - Iris Y. Martinez - Perla Tirado - @Jesús “Chuy” García - Marie Newman - Dani Brzozowski - Celina Villanueva - Karina Villa - Aarón M. Ortíz - Theresa Mah - Delia for State Representative - Edgar Gonzalez, Jr. - Barbara Hernandez - Dagmara "Dee" Avelar for IL 85th State Representative - FAIR TAX YES!

[Español abajo: información importante sobre la elección] Tomorrow is Election Day! We have seen record numbers of peopl...
11/02/2020

[Español abajo: información importante sobre la elección]

Tomorrow is Election Day!
We have seen record numbers of people request mail-in-ballots and nearly 93 million people already voted—don’t be left out! Make sure your voice is counted too. I had the opportunity to early vote with my family this past weekend. It was safe, fast, and easy.

🗳 If you haven’t voted yet, you still have time to early vote today until 7 PM at any of these sites: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/early-voting.html

😷 Remember to wear a mask, take the necessary precautions, and follow all the CDC guidelines.

📩 Also, if you have a mail-in-ballot, don’t forget to complete it and drop it off! It is recommended that you drop off your ballot at a voting site to ensure it is counted on time. There are secure mail ballot drop boxes available at these sites: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/drop-boxes.html

📋 If you are eligible to vote but not registered, you can register on-site! More information at: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/when-you-need-id-to-vote.html

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¡Mañana es el día de las elecciones!
Hemos visto un número récord de personas que solicitaron boletas por correo y casi 93 millones de personas ya votaron, ¡no se quede fuera! Asegúrate de que tu voz también se cuente.
Tuve la oportunidad de votar por adelantado con mi familia el fin de semana pasado. Fue seguro, rápido y fácil.

🗳 Si aún no ha votado, todavía tiene tiempo para votar temprano hoy hasta las 7 p.m. en cualquiera de estos sitios: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/early-voting.html

😷Recuerde usar una máscara, tomar las precauciones necesarias y seguir todas las pautas de los CDC.

📩 Además, si tiene una boleta por correo, ¡no olvide completarla y entregarla! Se recomienda que deje su boleta en un lugar de votación para asegurarse de que se cuente a tiempo. Hay buzones de votación por correo seguro disponibles en estos sitios: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/drop-boxes.html

📋 Si es elegible para votar pero no está registrado, ¡puede registrarse en el sitio! Más información en: https://chicagoelections.gov/en/when-you-need-id-to-vote.html

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We back! August 10th, 2019! Thank you all that have continued to support, and to all those who have reached out to us. We're so excited to partner up with Marz Community Brewing and Co-Prosperity Sphere, 3219-21 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL 60608, for our next #chimaq. New venue, bigger space, but we haven't forgotten what makes Chiquita Maquinita so magical, so special, so important, so original. YOU! The #filmmakers, the video content creators, the #documentarians, the #animators, the music video creators, all the #artist, we do this for you! There is no other night like this in #Chicago. #chiquitamaquinita the anti film festival. First come first screen. Submit your short film/video/animation today at ChiquitaMaquinita.org #animation #animator #productioncompany #indiefilmaker #film #filmmaker #contentcreator #visualstoryteller #chicagofilm #actor #actress #screenwriter #pizza #editor #cinematographer #cinematography #filmediting #Chicago #musicvideo #cinema #documentary
Annual Chicago Film Action Board Caucus, 1-4 p.m. Sat., Jul. 13, at Northeastern Illinois University, North Park Campus, L**h Walesa Hall, LWH 1001, 5550 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625. Greater Chicagoland's world-class independent film industry as a deliberative body shall shape and define its business and economic development policy goals during a panel discussion and select film screenings. End of year report and hearing, chaired by CFAB Co-Secretary Mark F. Armstrong, shall detail CFAB's accomplishments in it's first year of existence ranging from its "We Ain't Your First Damn Archivists" protest flier campaign to it's flourishing independent film business and economic development initiative with the Cook County Social Innovation Commission and Cook County Forest Preserve District in cooperation with the Cook County Board of Commissioners Business and Economic Development Committee. CFAB chair Rujanee Mahakanjana and CFAB vice chair Tommy Sigmon will co-moderate the open discussion on making Illinois viable for Greater Chicagoland's independent filmmakers, accompanied by film screenings partly selected by A Chiquita Maquinita. CFAB co-secretary Mr. Armstrong shall also moderate the caucus. The event is sponsored by the NEIU Rotaract Club. A wonderful opportunity for film and business students to learn about the motion picture industry off the set and off the red carpet and how to run a business meeting according to parliamentaty procedure. Contact [email protected] for more info or to RSVP.
Annual Chicago Film Action Board Caucus, 1-4 p.m. Sat., Jul. 13, at Northeastern Illinois University, North Park Campus, L**h Walesa Hall, LWH 1001, 5550 N. St. Louis Ave., Chicago, IL 60625. Greater Chicagoland's world-class independent film industry as a deliberative body shall shape and define its business and economic development policy goals during a panel discussion and select film screenings. End of year report and hearing, chaired by CFAB Co-Secretary Mark F. Armstrong, shall detail CFAB's accomplishments in it's first year of existence ranging from its "We Ain't Your First Damn Archivists" protest flier campaign to it's flourishing independent film business and economic development initiative with the Cook County Social Innovation Commission and Cook County Forest Preserve District in cooperation with the Cook County Board of Commissioners Business and Economic Development Committee. CFAB chair Rujanee Mahakanjana and CFAB vice chair Tommy Sigmon will co-moderate the open discussion on making Illinois viable for Greater Chicagoland's independent filmmakers, accompanied by film screenings partly selected by A Chiquita Maquinita. CFAB co-secretary Mr. Armstrong shall also moderate the caucus. The event is sponsored by the NEIU Rotaract Club. A wonderful opportunity for film and business students to learn about the motion picture industry off the set and off the red carpet and how to run a business meeting according to parliamentaty procedure. Contact [email protected] for more info or to RSVP.
One of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's bold new initiatives Chicago Urban Fine Arts Commonwealth plans to get on the ground floor with is more public funding for the arts, especially the urban fine arts. In the nearly 16 years of Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month as an observance, Chicago City Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, DCASE, have declined to organize and fund dedicated events for the observance. Compare with Cook County, especially the Cook County Forest Preserve District, which has funded events for Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month dating back to the unprecedented and event-saving--from rain--beat-boxer pavilion at the 2017 Teen Exploration Day at Powderhorn Lake in Burnham. This year, the Cook County Forest Preserve District is supporting an expanded hip-hop pavilion for 2019 Teen Exploration Day. Ald. Walter Burnett (D-27th), who sponsored the Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month resolution drafted by hip-hop community organizers and adopted Jul. 9, 2003 by Chicago City Council described to the measure as "honorary" and added that "funding is more difficult." None of the aldermen rebutted Chicago Urban Fine Arts Commonwealth team leader Mark F. Armstrong's public comment before council's Finance Committee that funding wasn't difficult to fund parades for every major sports team win and to allow Oprah Winfrey to shut down North Michigan before she took her s**t and split to Hollywood. Meanwhile, more than a couple of respondents surveyed last year during city summer events in Milliennium and Grant parks have expressed a strong interest in the city of Chicago offering a free summer hip-hop festival. We are hoping that Lori's vision substantially restores classroom and afterschool arts programs to the Chicago Public Schools and Chicago Park District.
One of Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot's bold new initiatives Chicago Urban Fine Arts Commonwealth plans to get on the ground floor with is more public funding for the arts, especially the urban fine arts. In the nearly 16 years of Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month as an observance, Chicago City Council and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, DCASE, have declined to organize and fund dedicated events for the observance. Compare with Cook County, especially the Cook County Forest Preserve District, which has funded events for Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month dating back to the unprecedented and event-saving--from rain--beat-boxer pavilion at the 2017 Teen Exploration Day at Powderhorn Lake in Burnham. This year, the Cook County Forest Preserve District is supporting an expanded hip-hop pavilion for 2019 Teen Exploration Day. Ald. Walter Burnett (D-27th), who sponsored the Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month resolution drafted by hip-hop community organizers and adopted Jul. 9, 2003 by Chicago City Council described to the measure as "honorary" and added that "funding is more difficult." None of the aldermen rebutted Chicago Urban Fine Arts Commonwealth team leader Mark F. Armstrong's public comment before council's Finance Committee that funding wasn't difficult to fund parades for every major sports team win and to allow Oprah Winfrey to shut down North Michigan before she took her s**t and split to Hollywood. Meanwhile, more than a couple of respondents surveyed last year during city summer events in Milliennium and Grant parks have expressed a strong interest in the city of Chicago offering a free summer hip-hop festival.
Handled our 2019 Cook County Urban Fine Arts/Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month business Wednesday afternoon with our 5th District Cook County commissioner and President Pro Tempore Deborah Sims (D-Chicago) and Cook County Forest Preserve District brass, was the beautiful of the ball after testifying at the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District hearing on the pharmaceutical drop-off program chaired by Kari Steele, left the Cook County Social Innovation Commission grinning ear to ear after public testimony Thursday afternoon on how to Chicago Film Action Board is ahead of schedule on its initiative with the commission on local independent film business and economic development and barely made open house for MWRD Calumet treatment plant on Far Southeast Side.
At Northeastern Illinois University campus on Chicago’s Northwest Side—in connection with the 15th official observance of Chicago Hip-Hop Month and the first unofficial observance of Cook County Fine Arts Months—a handful of restless independent filmmakers met in caucus in July 2018 to forge an agenda toward influencing respects for their industry among their community, the urban fine arts community at large and among public policymakers as voters, taxpayers, businessfolk AND artists. The caucus unanimously agreed that it wanted to initially tackle the following issues in transforming Chicago’s world-class independent film community, distinguished in its own right from a non-vassal state of Hollywood, from disaffected and adversarial to engaged and collaborative with local, state and federal government: *A reboot of existing tackle city of Chicago and Cook County laws from adversarial to nurturing in encourage sustainable business and economic development growth among the local independent film industry; *With the help of local government, establishing training opportunities at the elementary and secondary education levels that lead to gainful employment in the local independent film industry; *With the help of local government, establishing hands-on internship and other employment opportunities for elementary, secondary and post-secondary students that lead to career-boosting experiences among the local independent film industry. Out of that deliberative assembly emerged the Chicago Film Action Board, an autonomous civic action think tank under the nurturing infrastructure of the civic action organization Chicago Urban Fine Arts Commonwealth, which launched as a child organization of Chicago Progress, founded by 40th Award Ald.-elect Andre Vasquez, after his initial association with the 2016 Bernie Sanders presidential campaign (and long after he operated a film production concern out of his Humboldt Park home as an early organizer at the turn of the 21st century among Greater Chicagoland’s hip-hop community)., Emulating CUFAC’s legacy of civic engaging results-achieving in its half year of existence, CFAB has collectively pulled off the following accomplishments: *Forged an on-going collaboration with the Cook County Social Innovation Commission and the Cook County Board of Commissioners Business and Economic Development Committee to chiseled out an initiative to carry out the agenda the July filmmakers caucus at NIEU settled on; *Acquired Chicago Police Department credentials and placed on the track to acquire credentials for covering the 2020 Democratic National Convention in Chicago one of CFAB’s more prolific news media content partners; *Gained support from the Cook County Board of Commissioners for CUFAC’s su***de awareness/prevention video content PSA series “Life Is Such a Gift” that’s a key facet of a collaborative Well Dome Alliance initiative; *Launched an emerging collaboration with the A Chiquita Maquinita open screening series offered every two months toward uniting Greater Chicagoland’s independent film industry, including organizing special events showcasing during the 16th official observance of Chicago Hip-Hop Heritage Month and the first official observance of Cook County Urban Fine Arts Month opportunities for business, economic development and civic engagement; *Brought 2017 Pulitzer Prize- and 2018 Guggenheim medal-winning poet Tyehimba Jess to address the Cook County Board of Commissioners Finance Committee, chaired by John P. Daley (Richard J, Daley’s middle son) on the benefits of public funding for the urban fine arts; *Launched a “We Aren’t Your Damn Archivists” speaking tour to reinforce how we filmmakers, AND ONLY WE FILMMAKERS, accurately and dependably speak for ourselves and our concerns. CFAB’s governing board is composed of two golden sisters, college arts educator, filmmaker and CFAB chair Rujanee Mahakanjana and NEIU student leader, talk media personality, community organizer and CFAB co-secretary Trudy Leong, two black guys with local urban fine arts hood cred, horror filmmaker, local film community organizer and co-vice chair Tommy Sigmon and accomplished filmmaker, writer, political strategist, community organizer and co-secretary Mark F. Armstrong and white chick down for the Cause, Chicago Public Schools educator, accomplished filmmaker and co-vice chair Sarah Falkiner. At another caucus in July TBA, looks forward to expanding its based, especially among its governing board. And even before then, CFAB is inching way toward getting on the ground floor with the incoming mayoral administration that campaigned on more public funding in Chicago for the arts. To discover how to get in where you can get in to preserve and elevate Greater Chicagoland’s world-class independent filmmaking community for democracy, feel free to contact [email protected] or [email protected], 773.540.0776 or on Facebook @cufacchiprogres1.