Tag: events

Raks Inferno Online Fundraiser for Fair Fight on November 27

Raks Inferno 1127 Fundraiser
Late in October, we stated that voting on election day would not be the end of our current turmoil. Two Senate seats in Georgia have led to runoff elections, and now the Trump campaign is demanding another recount. With voter suppression efforts against marginalized communities in the United States, many seek On November 27th, you have the... Read more »

EVENT: Raks Inferno 6/26 Fundraiser for Lighthouse Foundation

Kamrah - Photo by Peter Serocki
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for her efforts and her contribution to this post). This past week, I posted my interview with Karlyn Meyer of Lighthouse Foundation focusing on their work with the black LGTBQ+ community in Chicago. Although I briefly mentioned an upcoming fundraiser, I wanted to provide more information.... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Lighthouse Foundation

Meet Your Neighbor: Lighthouse Foundation
(Special thanks to Karlyn Meyer for her time and insights) In its first year of existence, the Lighthouse Foundation has driven several successful initiatives ranging from assertive advocacy to developing a mutual aid fund to benefit the black LGTBQ+ community. Recently, I spoke with Board President Karlyn Meyer (my old colleague from the Chicago Nerd Social Club) about... Read more »
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Raks Inferno 5/15 Fundraiser: Asian Americans Advancing Justice

Raks Inferno 5/15 Fundraiser: Asian Americans Advancing Justice
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for bringing this to our attention) In the wake of COVID-19, there has been a significant increase in racist and xenophobic attacks on Asian-Americans. In March, a Chinese-American man was attacked in Naperville, and their city council meeting highlighted further racist attitudes. In an effort to counter these... Read more »

Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt

Raks Geek: December 13 Fundraiser for RIP Medical Debt
Although we’ve spoken twice with Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek about immigration reform, she and the troupe are taking on another cause at their upcoming December 13th performance at the Newport Theater in Lakeview. Some of the proceeds from Raks Geek’s December 13 performance will be used to forgive medical debt through RIP Medical Debt,... Read more »

November 2nd: Gun Violence Globally & Locally Film Festival

November 2nd: Gun Violence Globally & Locally Film Festival
(Special thanks to Linda Stettler of Netsquared Chicago for bringing this to my attention)  In current conversations around gun violence, from concerns about films to the usual decrying of “thoughts and prayers”, one critical conversation is often left out: the long-term impact of gun violence on its victims. Although the media may focus on incidents of gun... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: Dawn Xiana Moon and Raks Geek

Meet Your Neighbor: Dawn Xiana Moon and Raks Geek
(Special thanks again to Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek for taking the time to talk to us!) Last year we talked to Dawn Xiana Moon about Raks Geeks’ then-fundraiser for the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Recently, however, we had a follow-up conversation with Dawn about various other topics, including Raks Geek’s upcoming Seventh Anniversary... Read more »

LISC Chicago Hoops in the Hood Tournament - August 17th

Photo by LISC Chicago
For many south and west side Chicago youth, finding safe places to engage in summer activities can be especially challenging. For many Chicago neighborhoods and community, LISC Chicago provides many opportunities for youth through their Hoops in the Hood program. Working with other organizations, LISC Chicago kicked off their 13th season of Hoops in the... Read more »

July 12th Raks Geek Fundraiser at Newport Theater

July 12th Raks Geek Fundraiser at Newport Theater
As I follow the news around immigration and the treatment of people in migrant detention camps, I am reminded of last year’s interview with Dawn Xiana Moon of Raks Geek. One of Dawn’s remarks strikes a deep chord in light of recent events: In the case of the family separation and detention issue, many of... Read more »
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July 3rd SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Charity Screening

July 3rd SPIDER-MAN: FAR FROM HOME Charity Screening
(Special thanks to Daniel Jun Kim of Pop Mythology for his time and insight!) On July 3rd, Pop Mythology and Third Coast Comics are partnering to hold a screening of Spider-Man: Far From Home at the Evanston Cinemark Theater to benefit Children’s Home and Aid. For many comic fans and members of the geek/nerd community, this is... Read more »