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Evanston Collective After years of being harmed by discriminatory policies and practices, we’re building a reparatory jus
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Thank God it’s Friday!The Black Professionals Network of Evanston is hosting their monthly Friday Social Event today at ...
09/24/2021

Thank God it’s Friday!

The Black Professionals Network of Evanston is hosting their monthly Friday Social Event today at Jennifer's Edibles!

It’s open and free to attend.

Please note Covid-19 precautions for the event:

1. Digital or hard copy proof of full vaccination required.
2. Masks are encouraged while participants are not eating or drinking inside.

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03/10/2021

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03/02/2021

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The City of Evanston and Friends of the Robert Crown Center officially dedicated the Logan Family Gymnasium earlier this month in a ceremony attended by

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02/03/2021

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For several decades now, Morris “Dino” Robinson Jr., has played an integral role documenting African American history in Evanston and other North Shore

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01/22/2021

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01/14/2021

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FREE drive-up COVID-19 testing Saturday, January 9th between 10am-2pm at 1801 Emerson st Evanston, IL. *Testing people w...
12/21/2020

FREE drive-up COVID-19 testing Saturday, January 9th between 10am-2pm at 1801 Emerson st Evanston, IL.

*Testing people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 slows the spread of the disease. Please share the date and location with your network so we can continue to save lives.

Donate today to help Evanston residents have a happy holiday!donation link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-informed-vill...
12/09/2020

Donate today to help Evanston residents have a happy holiday!
donation link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-informed-village-holiday-giving

Your donations will go towards purchasing & delivering the following gifts (Not provided by the city of Evanston toy drive):

1. Children's winter coats (K-8)
2. Compact remote learning desks with storage space (K-1)
3. Holiday gift baskets for parents
To signup to receive a listed gift click here: https://bit.ly/39PwoRI

The Informed Village

Evanstonian's, help The Informed Village support our Evanston neighbors hit hardest by… Bobby Burns needs your support for The Informed Village Holiday Giving

Evanstonian's, help The Informed Village support our Evanston neighbors hit hardest by Covid-19 by making a donation to ...
12/08/2020

Evanstonian's, help The Informed Village support our Evanston neighbors hit hardest by Covid-19 by making a donation to their 2020 holiday giving initiative.

Your donations will go towards purchasing & delivering the following gifts:

1. Children's winter coats (K-8)
2. E-learning desks (K-1)
3. Holiday gift baskets for parents

To donate, click here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-informed-village-holiday-giving

To signup to receive a listed gift click here: https://bit.ly/39PwoRI

The Informed Village is a digital news organization covering Evanston’s upcoming local 2021 election. Freshly graduated from Google News Initiative Bootcamp, they've developed a news product to help people who feel morally obligated to vote, feel more informed when they do -all in the time it takes to drink a cup of coffee.

Good information on reparations in Evanston:
12/03/2020

Good information on reparations in Evanston:

Black residents who suffered housing discrimination in Evanston from 1919 to 1969, and their descendants, could be eligible for $25,000.

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11/20/2020

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10/17/2020

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The Friends of the Robert Crown Center and the City of Evanston will celebrate the decades of service Evanston’s Logan Family by naming the new Robert Crown Community Center gymnasium in the family’s honor. “It is next to impossible to find a family who has invested more time or worked harder ...

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10/06/2020

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A superintendent came to Evanston, Ill., this summer with a mandate from the school board to close the achievement gap between Black and white students. His plan to give students from marginalized groups first priority for seats for in-person learning has generated angry letters and death threats.

We’re excited to announce the Evanston Collective is 1 of 24 teams accepted into the GNI Startups Lab to help us launch ...
09/02/2020

We’re excited to announce the Evanston Collective is 1 of 24 teams accepted into the GNI Startups Lab to help us launch a black-led news organization that can thrive in the digital age (250 teams applied from the U.S. and Canada). The GNI Startups lab is an initiative by Google News Initiative and Lion Publishers.

For the past three years we’ve worked behind the scenes to launch a community news paper, but without the help of Robin Rue Simmons 5th Ward Alderman this would not be possible. Alderman Simmons recommended the boot camp to us and supported our application.

Here’s our response to one of their questions:

“...the movements supporting black resistance in Evanston need a journalistic ally as well. Not one that caters to it, but one that is committed to truth telling no matter where it leads and who it exposes. Black Evanston needs a newspaper that understands the power that words have to shape narratives and influence positive change, and the responsibility that comes with wielding such power.”

Click the link to learn more about the Google News Initiative: https://youtu.be/d6ihrHNNkkY

08/29/2020

Jacob Black protes in Kenosha

08/27/2020

Evanston Fight for Black Lives SHUT THE TOWN DOWN demonstration happening now!

Direct link to EF4BL defunding the Evanston Police Department proposal: https://bit.ly/2D7yKgJ

08/27/2020

Evanston fight for black lives SHUT THE TOWN DOWN demonstration happening now!

Tonight!
08/25/2020

Tonight!

Come out and support this peace rally today (8/7) at 6pm. We’ll be in attendance.
08/07/2020

Come out and support this peace rally today (8/7) at 6pm. We’ll be in attendance.

08/02/2020

Evanston fight for Black Lives and E-town Sunrise yard sale supporting black artists and black orgs happening now

If you would like to volunteer, EF4BL says to please show up at 9:30 am. They’ll need help sorting and pricing clothes, ...
08/01/2020

If you would like to volunteer, EF4BL says to please show up at 9:30 am. They’ll need help sorting and pricing clothes, organizing tables, and putting up signage. We’ll see you there!

“John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.”The...
07/30/2020

“John Lewis, the civil rights leader and congressman who died on July 17, wrote this essay shortly before his death.”

The essay is copied below:

July 30, 2020

While my time here has now come to an end, I want you to know that in the last days and hours of my life you inspired me. You filled me with hope about the next chapter of the great American story when you used your power to make a difference in our society. Millions of people motivated simply by human compassion laid down the burdens of division. Around the country and the world you set aside race, class, age, language and nationality to demand respect for human dignity.

That is why I had to visit Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, though I was admitted to the hospital the following day. I just had to see and feel it for myself that, after many years of silent witness, the truth is still marching on.

Emmett Till was my George Floyd. He was my Rayshard Brooks, Sandra Bland and Breonna Taylor. He was 14 when he was killed, and I was only 15 years old at the time. I will never ever forget the moment when it became so clear that he could easily have been me. In those days, fear constrained us like an imaginary prison, and troubling thoughts of potential brutality committed for no understandable reason were the bars.

Though I was surrounded by two loving parents, plenty of brothers, sisters and cousins, their love could not protect me from the unholy oppression waiting just outside that family circle. Unchecked, unrestrained violence and government-sanctioned terror had the power to turn a simple stroll to the store for some Skittles or an innocent morning jog down a lonesome country road into a nightmare. If we are to survive as one unified nation, we must discover what so readily takes root in our hearts that could rob Mother Emanuel Church in South Carolina of her brightest and best, shoot unwitting concertgoers in Las Vegas and choke to death the hopes and dreams of a gifted violinist like Elijah McClain.

Like so many young people today, I was searching for a way out, or some might say a way in, and then I heard the voice of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on an old radio. He was talking about the philosophy and discipline of nonviolence. He said we are all complicit when we tolerate injustice. He said it is not enough to say it will get better by and by. He said each of us has a moral obligation to stand up, speak up and speak out. When you see something that is not right, you must say something. You must do something. Democracy is not a state. It is an act, and each generation must do its part to help build what we called the Beloved Community, a nation and world society at peace with itself.

Ordinary people with extraordinary vision can redeem the soul of America by getting in what I call good trouble, necessary trouble. Voting and participating in the democratic process are key. The vote is the most powerful nonviolent change agent you have in a democratic society. You must use it because it is not guaranteed. You can lose it.

You must also study and learn the lessons of history because humanity has been involved in this soul-wrenching, existential struggle for a very long time. People on every continent have stood in your shoes, though decades and centuries before you. The truth does not change, and that is why the answers worked out long ago can help you find solutions to the challenges of our time. Continue to build union between movements stretching across the globe because we must put away our willingness to profit from the exploitation of others.

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe. In my life I have done all I can to demonstrate that the way of peace, the way of love and nonviolence is the more excellent way. Now it is your turn to let freedom ring.

When historians pick up their pens to write the story of the 21st century, let them say that it was your generation who laid down the heavy burdens of hate at last and that peace finally triumphed over violence, aggression and war. So I say to you, walk with the wind, brothers and sisters, and let the spirit of peace and the power of everlasting love be your guide.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html?referringSource=articleShare

Though I may not be here with you, I urge you to answer the highest calling of your heart and stand up for what you truly believe.

Robin Rue Simmons 5th Ward Alderman on yahoo finance discussing her push for reparations locally. Our work here in Evans...
07/20/2020

Robin Rue Simmons 5th Ward Alderman on yahoo finance discussing her push for reparations locally. Our work here in Evanston is shaping the conversation around reparations nationally and we should be proud!

https://twitter.com/YahooFinance/status/1284205992985669640?s=20

“Highlight: “Our community spoke on what our priorities are” for reparations, 5th Ward Alderman & Reparations Subcommittee Chair says. “It was largely around housing, business development, and initiatives and policies that will build wealth." https://t.co...

06/21/2020

Evanston own it Fathers Day Prayer March earlier today!

06/16/2020

City clerk’s office discussion on policing & race happening now (part 2)

06/16/2020

(Trigger warning/NSFW) City clerks discussion on race & policing disrupted by racist hackers during a zoom meeting. One of the hackers is heard saying “slaughter all black people” and referred to Christopher Harris, one of the black panelists, as a monkey. Before the call ended a song was played with one of lyrics being “The Klan is coming back.”

06/16/2020

City clerk’s office discussion on Policing & race happening now:

Support the work of Shorefront Legacy Center
06/08/2020

Support the work of Shorefront Legacy Center

If you attended or participated in the rally yesterday in Downtown Evanston, consider donating your signs, notes, speeches, organizing minutes, photographs to Shorefront. Michael Nabors, Jude Laude, inbox us for pick-up or drop offs. Or email notes and speeches to [email protected].
During this COVID situation, Shorefront Legacy Center has not been open to the public. However, a representative with be there this coming Saturday to accept these donations to the archives from 11-2

New patch article with an update on the incident involving the black 20yo who was tackled and arrested while “cop watchi...
06/05/2020

New patch article with an update on the incident involving the black 20yo who was tackled and arrested while “cop watching”

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City Clerk Devon Reid apologized for the incident on behalf of himself and all Evanston residents.

"Evanston has seen black bodies assaulted when driving their own car, riding a bike, visiting the library, petitioning to run for office, and now filming a friend interacting with police," Reid said in a statement. "Unfortunately, heartbreakingly, we know there are countless unheard others exposed to the trauma of state sanctioned violence."

The clerk said police unions and "incrementalist politicians" were major barriers to transform a "system built upon white supremacy and the belief that property is more valuable than life," and suggested a series of immediate steps to increase transparency and police accountability in town.
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Videos of Evanston police officers chasing and tackling a man as he recorded them with a cellphone were first posted on social media.

05/31/2020

Below is a statement by interim city manager Erika Storlie regarding the young black man who was arrested by Evanston Police Department while he video recorded his detained friend. It is important to note that the “many levels of police oversight” that Storlie mentions has lost public trust over the years which has led to groups like Citizens Network of Protection calling for “the creation of a democratically elected civilian board to serve as a means of oversight, investigation, and review of civilian complaints against the Evanston Police Department.” :

"As your Interim City Manager, I have a responsibility to ensure that members of our community feel safe and protected by the Evanston Police Department and that we constantly work to maintain a positive relationship with all of the people who call Evanston home.

I am aware of a video circulating on the Internet of an arrest that occurred earlier this week and that people are rightfully concerned about what happened and whether or not it was appropriate.

I have asked for the body camera video of the incident and I will be reviewing it with the City Council and Police Department leadership. This video will be made public. We take all use-of-force incidents seriously, and all such incidents are reviewed thoroughly by the Department’s Office of Professional Standards to determine if policies and procedures were followed and conduct was appropriate. Chief Cook has expedited the review of this incident. If conduct was not appropriate, please be assured that actions will be taken and individuals will be held accountable.

We are fortunate in Evanston to have many levels of police oversight and our officers are held to a high standard of conduct that is reinforced on a daily basis. Officer training and Department policies and procedures are continually reviewed and updated to ensure that they are in line with community standards and best practices, while providing police officers with the tools they need to do their jobs safely.

The Evanston Police Department deeply values its longstanding community policing partnership with all Evanstonians, and is committed to upholding the values and expectations of our city. The City of Evanston and more specifically, the Evanston Police Department, firmly believes that public safety is built on trust, transparency and cooperation between police officers and the community they serve. This trust has to be earned on a daily basis and nurtured over time, and we are proud of our officers and their commitment to this philosophy.

This incident happened during a time when we are all hurt and angered by the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. While one incident cannot be compared to the other, we cannot acknowledge one without acknowledging the other. What happened in Minneapolis is reprehensible, and we must do everything we can to ensure that history does not repeat itself. We may feel powerless and hopeless, but we each have a personal and collective responsibility to take action to change hearts, minds and behaviors."

Erika Storlie
Interim City Manager

https://www.cityofevanston.org/Home/Components/News/News/4850/17

Below is a statement from Interim City Manager Erika Storlie regarding an Evanston Police Department use-of-force incident that occurred this week:

05/30/2020

Evanston black 20yo tackled & arrested by EPD for video recording detained friend. (5/27)

“John Robert Fox was an American soldier who was killed in action when he deliberately called artillery fire on his own ...
05/25/2020

“John Robert Fox was an American soldier who was killed in action when he deliberately called artillery fire on his own position after his position was overrun. By sacrificing himself, he succeeded in defeating a German attack in northern Italy during World War II. He was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 1997, for willingly sacrificing his life.”

“In the early 1990s, it was determined that during and immediately after WWII African-American soldiers had been denied consideration for the Medal of Honor solely because of their race. Seven African-American soldiers had their Medals upgraded in January 1997 to the Medal of Honor; First Lieutenant Fox was one of them.”

John Robert Fox was an American soldier who was killed in action when he deliberately called artillery fire on his own position after his position was

A poem written to honor the late great Hecky Powell: What would Hecky do? What does Hecky say? You’ll find out when you ...
05/23/2020

A poem written to honor the late great Hecky Powell:

What would Hecky do?
What does Hecky say?
You’ll find out when you make a trip to Heckys on Green-bay

There’s an office behind the smokey grills where many men have sat

To come before this noble man and ask for his bequest

And if you should receive his blessings
The doors will open wide

For even wolves would skip a meal to be on his good side

Let trumpets ring to honor him

Let the people dance and laugh

For we have lost a very good man

Who gave this life his last

Written by: Evanston Collective President, Bobby J Burns

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