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NATO occupies Chicago, Then OccupyChi occupies Chicago Back ( View Pics) NATO occupies Chicago, Then OccupyChi occupies Chicago Back ( View Pics)(0)

By : Breaking Voices Staff

After months of uncertainty, Chicago had its first day of NATO protests with many more to come by the end of the summit by Monday night. Since Chicago Mayor Emanuel announced it over nine months ago that Chicago would be the summit location, many have speculated what this would mean for Chicago socially, politically and financially. For many traveling to Chicago from all over the world, this is only the beginning of what is to be a generational moment.

Many within this generation have only seen clips of the dogs in Mississippi attacking protesters demanding an equal voice or the beatings by police in the 90’s that lead to the burning of Los Angeles. The protesters at Daley plaza seek to speak for those without a voice in places that NATO has occupied. This weekend is the time to exercise your right to assemble if you want to call attention to what needs to change around the world. The launch party for protest will begin on Sunday at Grant party at 11:30am.

Today’s protests were small in size, but demonstrated to the police that the foundations of a true movement are assembling. To give praise to Chicago police for their ability to observe as well as not interfere, it gives hope that the end of the NATO summit even will see the police as people in this moment.


As we took photos at the corner of Jackson & La Salle as the Occupy protesters carried signs stating ” we are the 99 %.” We realized that some bystanders didn’t realize why these people were protesting when we overheard them saying ” I’m never coming back to Chicago, is this what they do here on Fridays?” With the passion seen in the occupy activists, by this time Monday, they will know that this is where democracy stood its ground against oppression.

Wal-Mart Express Expands Footprint With Third Store In The River North Neighborhood of Chicago. Wal-Mart Express Expands Footprint With Third Store In The River North Neighborhood of Chicago.(0)

By : BV Staff

The new WalMart Express located in River North neighborhood is a 16, 000 square feet location which features groceries, a pharmacy and “ ready-to-eat” meals kiosk placed perfectly in the path of incoming walking traffic from the Chicago Avenue side of the building. Less than 35 feet from the Brown line Chicago Avenue platform on Franklin & Chicago you will find the only entrance. More than 50 employees will work at this location year-round. Unlike the traditional 186,000 square feet superstores you typically find in the suburbs, you will only find items such as produce, meat products, frozen food, personal care, home  and convenience items that you would find at bargain chains like Family Dollar or Dollar General.

For more affluent neighbors from River North,this gives a chance to be more competitive with there purchasing power , but for those that are the last remaining residence from the once famous Cabrini-Green neighborhood located within 3 city blocks, this can equal a sign of hope for those that live on fixed incomes like the elderly. Like so many Chicagoans, this is as much a opportunity (less expenses prices) as well as curse (impacting local mom & pops) for those that live in the River North area to get better priced goods even if only a few cents cheaper than a comparable purchase at a seven-eleven mini-mart when the citywide sales tax rate currently stands at 9.75 percent.

After visiting the River North Walmart Express over the last 5 days since  its grand opening to the public, I have purchased many products that are comparable to those at retail locations (Seven Eleven, CVS, Wal Greens, Family Dollar, etc) that have profited on convenience ( location, after-hours, limited selection) of a few products instead of customer selection. This third Walmart Express is apart of WalMart Corporation testing its new “Express Mini-Marts” concept stores specifically for urban markets that are between 14,000 to 21, 000 square feet.

The official address is 225 West Chicago Avenue, Chicago, Ilinois 60654 .

The “Avengers” 3D Screening at Chicago AMC River East & The S.H.E.I.L.D. Acura Hosted After-Party The “Avengers” 3D Screening at Chicago AMC River East & The S.H.E.I.L.D. Acura Hosted After-Party(0)

By: BV Staff

Like most, when we discovered that we had advance tickets to see the “The Avengers” three days before the general public at the AMC River East theater because of the partnership between Marvel Studios and Chicago Acura dealers, a inner child from the 80’s jumped out of us all like scientist Robert “Bruce” Banner does when he turns into ” The Incredible Hulk”.

 

When the world is threatened by Loki (brother of Thor), Nick Fury as the director of S.H.I.E.L.D, an international peace keeping agency, must rely on Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Hawkeye and Black Widow to fight what may be that last stance for the human race. As most know, the movie was 143 minutes with the entire cast really delivering a amazing performance from the likes of hollywoods biggest stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Hemsworth, Jeremy Renner & Samuel L. Jackson.

 

For this review, we are going to leave the typical theatrical reviews to the professionals at the Chicago Tribune, NYTimes, IMDB, and Rotten Tomato to tell you if you should see it or not…… PS: If you think this movie sucks, you suck (Jk). For this review, we are going to talk about the amazing after party sponsored by Acura Motors at the River East Art Center. The after party included top shelf alcohol, appetizers, sketch artists, video games, photographs with the Acuras, and a very nice swag bag with a dvd copy of “Caption America”.

2ND Ward Update: Business License Reform Passes City Council with Alderman Fioretti’s Support 2ND Ward Update: Business License Reform Passes City Council with Alderman Fioretti’s Support(0)

By : BV Staff

 At last weeks meeting on May 9, With Ald. Fioretti’s support, City Council passed an ordinance streamlining Chicago’s business licensing system, reducing the number of license types by 60 percent and cutting the number of license categories from 117 to 49. The measure aims to cut red tape for small business start-ups, spurring job growth and economic development.

At the current moment, many start-ups are being established here in Chicago in the consumer web technology space with most starting with little-to-no capital to launch their “amazing” ideas that may create the next Groupon.com. With such reforms, this will send a signal to most Founders of these newly established ventures that the city of Chicago is doing everything that it can do to help them survive as well as thrive here in Chicago. In 3 years, Groupon.com has hire over 3,500 employees at the companies Chicago headquarters located at 600 W. Chicago Avenue.

Just last year, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on stage at the First Chicago Techweek conference signed Senate Bill 107 and House Bill 1876 establishing the second iteration of the TDA (Technology Development Account Program). With the addition of this new reform , Alderman Fioretti is signaling to all Alderman that his 2nd Ward is welcoming to founders of start-up here in Chicago as they establish job opportunities for the citizens of Chicago. .

Additionally, the ordinance will help aid enforcement efforts, by allowing inspectors to focus on businesses posing a risk to public safety, rather than on code violations that pose little risk to residents.

WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio Sponsors Global Activism Expo Hosted By Jerome McDonnell WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio Sponsors Global Activism Expo Hosted By Jerome McDonnell(0)

In a world that needs more positive actions from more people, the Global Activism Expo hosted by UIC Social Justice Initiative last year featured global activist representing over 100 countries. The Global Activism Expo is a gathering of Chicago-area global Non-governmental organizations that want to share knowledge with attendees about conditions in other countries like Tanzania, India, Nigeria, and many others that need more volunteer services to over come the issues facing individuals within those communities NGO’s serve.

The Global Activism Series hosted by Worldview’s Jerome McDonnell of WBEZ in Chicago welcomed organizations that provided services from Haiti To as far east as Kenya in hopes to helping those that have no voice. The Global Activism Expo grew out of the weekly segment called ” Global Activism”, which is apart of the WBEZ daily news program Worldview.

 

The purpose of this event is to feature those amazing people that make the world a better place by getting involved personally by building bridges to others through food, music, dancing, networking, film, and lectures on such subjects as Infant Mortality, solar-energy, Malaria, and many other issues that face third-world countries. This event is free and open to the public. The conference opens doors at Noon on Saturday with classes, presentations, food vendors and a remarkable music line-up. The entire event is free for all attendees.

4th ANNUAL CHICAGO RUN FUNDRAISER — “LITTLE STEPS, BIG STARS” 4th ANNUAL CHICAGO RUN FUNDRAISER — “LITTLE STEPS, BIG STARS”(0)

By: BV Staff

Chicago Run was founded in 2007 and operates and supports running programs for children and youth to fight against childhood obesity.

The organization’s mission is to promote the health and wellness of our children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.

Chicago Run partners with Chicago Public Schools. They support and have running programs in 50 elementary schools (including Burr in the 1st Ward), serving 12,000 students in high need communities across the cityChicago Run was founded in 2007 and operates and supports running programs for children and youth to fight against childhood obesity.

The organization’s mission is to promote the health and wellness of our children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.

Chicago Run partners with Chicago Public Schools. They support and have running programs in 50 elementary schools (including Burr in the 1st Ward), serving 12,000 students in high need communities across the city.

About Chicago Run

Chicago Run is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the health and wellness of Chicago children through innovative, engaging, and sustainable youth running programs.

Our vision is to enhance the health and well-being of every child in Chicago through running.

Founded in December 2007 to aid in the effort against childhood obesity, Chicago Run implements free running programs in high-need communities throughout Chicago, improving the health and uplifting the spirits of schoolchildren.

“Chicago Runners” run 15 minutes per day, three to five days per week, and are rewarded for achieving their mileage goals.  89% of our participants qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced Lunch Program. .

 

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