Category: Social Awareness

Common Thread Binds Characters in "Sangrita Club"

Common Thread Binds Characters in "Sangrita Club"
Guest Blogger – Amanda Adams   Predators are everywhere and exist in every walk of life, every profession, every race and ethnicity, every socioeconomic level, any age and all genders. The #MeToo movement, initiated by Tarana Burke, is not about just sexual harassment in the workplace. It’s about sexual, physical, and emotional abuse and violence... Read more »

Beyond #MeToo: Remembering the Silent and the Overlooked Women in Our Community

Beyond #MeToo: Remembering the Silent and the Overlooked Women in Our Community
“My rage becomes quiet. And there is a solace there”  – Ronna Detrick “The Solace of Silence”   This past Monday, there was a murder suicide in a Miami South Dade county neighborhood, the media reported as a couple in their 40s the man fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. ... Read more »

Foster Child’s Incredible True Story Offers Inspiration and Hope in ‘A Chance in the World,’

Foster Child’s Incredible True Story Offers Inspiration and Hope in ‘A Chance in the World,’
The Powerful Story Debuts During National Foster Care Month, Including a Live Panel Discussion About Our Country’s Foster Care System with a one night only May 30th screening. Moviegoers nationwide have the unique opportunity to experience former foster child Steve Pemberton’s inspirational true story when “A Chance in the World” makes its world premiere in... Read more »
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People, Places, and Organizations to Watch in 2018

<b>Angie McMonigal <b> moved to Chicago more than 15 years ago and has been exploring the city with her camera ever since. Raised in a small town in Wisconsin, she approaches the urban environment with the spirit of someone who grew up surrounded by nature, finding moments of meditative calm in terrain that is always transforming. Focusing more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, her photographs celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight. From landmark buildings she distills the essential lines and textures that frame the city. McMonigal sees these structures as actively shaping, and shaped by, human activity; they are never mere backdrop. Steel and brick towers are presented as quilts rich with history, solid structures soar with soul, and concrete edifices echo the lofty ambition of planners and dreamers.  <br>
An award-winning fine art photographer, Angie’s work has been internationally exhibited and published. Her photos have been showcased by galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Barcelona and other destinations. Her Urban Quilt series is now part of the Catherine Edelman Gallery’s Chicago Project. Publication credits include National Geographic, Departures, and SHOTS Magazine. She has received awards from the International Photography Awards (IPA) and Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), among others. <br>
Angie frequently works with art consultants, designers, architectural firms, and private collectors to provide compelling photographs for their collections. She has collaborated with national and global brands, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Stir, and Icebreaker, creating distinctive images to complement their brands. She is available for commissioned, one-of-a-kind projects for both individual and corporate collectors. Creating images that draw out the organic interplay between design, structure, environment, and society, Angie offers a fresh viewpoint that fulfills clients’ commercial and creative needs. <br><br>
<a href="http://www.angiemcmonigal.com">  Website</a>
Watch =To look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time….. The 2018 edition of my annual people places and organizations to watch blog looks at some rising stars in the creative, philanthropic, business, fashion and health and beauty fields.  People you need to get to know, work with, follow and support. Also,... Read more »

People , Places and Organizations To Watch in 2017

<b>Mabél Guzmán - Superstar Realtor
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Mabél Guzmán is a REALTOR ® for more than 20 years, Mabel is a broker at @properties, Chicago’s top real estate brokerage. She is a Certified International Property Specialist (CIPS), an Accredited Buyer Representative (ABR), and has completed her At Home with Diversity (AHWD) certification. She was appointed as President's Liaison to Brazil for National Association of REALTORS, and one of NAR's oldest bilateral agreements in Global Real Estate; there are 87 bilateral agreements in 66 countries.  

Housing advocacy and public policy are Mabel’s passions. At the national level, Mabel served as the 2014 Chair for NAR’s Conventional Finance & Policy Committee, where she testified on behalf of NAR’s more than one million members before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Urban Affairs and Banking on "Inequality and Opportunity in the Housing Market". She was selected by 2015 NAR President Chris Polychron to be on the Enlarged Leadership Team as the Liaison for Global Committees. Most recently, Mabel chaired the Student Loan Debt Working Group, from 2014 to 2016, studying the impact of student loan debt on housing. Her passion for public Policy was also evident at the local level where she was one of the driving forces behind City of Chicago efforts to implement the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP), by crafting the Request for Proposal (RFP) through which 40 REALTORS® were hired to acquire foreclosed properties in 25 targeted areas. Also an advocate of fair tax policies, Mabél worked with the City of Chicago to ensure that more than 30,000 city homeowners had the opportunity to file tax appeals. She also participated in Illinois Association of REALTORS® Condo working group in creation of HB 2664 to set a bright line on foreclosed condo fees, tax education initiative for consumers and update housing policy.

Mabel is a member of the Illinois REALTORS ® . In 2016, she chaired the REALTOR ® Political Involvement Committee and in 2014 she oversaw the Public Policy and Government Affairs Member Involvement Group where she lead an initiative that produced home owner education on how to understand property taxes. Mabel has served as a member of Illinois’ Board of Directors from 2009-2011. In 2014 and 2015, she received the Illinois REALTORS ® President’s Medallion for Outstanding Service.

Mabel is a proud member of the Chicago Association of REALTORS ® and served as its Treasurer in 2009 and President in 2011. She was a member of the Board of Directors from 2007 to 2009. In 2012, the Chicago Association of REALTORS ® named Mabel their REALTOR ® of the Year.

Mabel cares deeply about the city of Chicago. She is a trustee of the First United Methodist Church at Chicago Temple, the city’s oldest church, founded in 1831 and a volunteer with the Homeless Ministry where she cooks for over 125+ of homeless citizens. She is on the Chicago Ambassador Board for One Hope United, a 120 year old organization that provides early childhood development for at risk children and community-based family services.

She is equally committed to her profession. She is a longtime member of the National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals (NAHREP). The Women’s Council of REALTORS (WCR) of Chicago named her their 2009 Member of the Year.
Watch = look at or observe attentively, typically over a period of time. The list of peple places and organizations fit that definition…selected for their activities , their passions and their successes. Here are the People you should keep your eye on in 2017 and beyond…..

Guest Blog - "Pregnant With Purpose" - by Chandra Nicole

Guest Blog - "Pregnant With Purpose"  - by Chandra Nicole
Guest Blogger is Chandra Nicole a contributor to the Millionaire MOMs anthology.   Life has its way of unfolding on purpose with or without our assistance. We don’t have a clue what’s to come and if we did, how much more would we prepare to live our lives full of purpose and meaning in spite... Read more »
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2nd Annual Miami In Chicago Beach Party Supports Charity, Gives Chicago a "South Beach Escape"

2nd Annual Miami In Chicago Beach Party Supports Charity, Gives Chicago a "South Beach Escape"
Everyone can use a little Miami in their life  (although the recent thunderstorms remind me a little too much of the South Florida weather)  The Second Annual Miami in Chicago” brought to you by JG Events at Oak Street Beach Wednesday July 15th from 6-10 pm plans to give attendees a small slice of South... Read more »

DOCUMENTARY EXPOSING CHICAGO YOUTH HOMELESSNESS BEGINS ONE WEEK RUN AT GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER SEPTEMBER 12th

DOCUMENTARY EXPOSING CHICAGO YOUTH HOMELESSNESS BEGINS ONE WEEK RUN AT GENE SISKEL FILM CENTER SEPTEMBER 12th
Kartemquin films has a history of telling compelling stories about the people who sometimes are hidden in our society. They connect with filmmakers who create lasting characters and unforgettable images .  They continue that tradition with the release of “The Homestretch”. The Moving film tells story of 3 Illinois teens among the estimated 54,000 trying... Read more »

Taste For A Cause Offers, Food , Fun , Support for Gilda's Club Chicago

Taste For A Cause Offers, Food , Fun , Support for Gilda's Club Chicago
I have made it my mission to help in any way I can organizations that are helping to negate the physical and emotional toll that cancer causes.  I’ve had too many losses friends and family.  So tonight I continue that help mission with “Taste For A Cause” a tasting event at Tocco (1266 North Milwaukee).... Read more »
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This Friday's White Party/Fundraiser at Parliament Looking Like Summer's Best

There are parties and then there is the PARTY,  The 4th Annual  White Party supporting One Hope United is shaping up to be an “all caps” affair.  With a high powered host committee and an equally impressive list of sponsors. I’m anticipating this to be the best affair yet. Hosted by Marco Foster , the... Read more »