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L'Union Fait La Force benefit concert at The Shrine, Chicago vegan cookout for Feeding Haiti on Jan. 25

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at

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If you're living or visiting the Chicago area and want to donate funds to victims from Haiti's earthquake, the Chicago Haitian Initiative (C.H.I.) will be having a fundraiser at The Shrine nightclub this coming Monday. Performers in attendance will include J. Ivy, GLC, Phenom, Yaw, Khari Lemuel, Mikkey Halsted and DJ Lee Farmer. Frontline Magazine editor Marcus Kline and Zarakyah Ben Ahmadiel of The RBG Environmental Restoration Agency will also be there to speak and educate about the current state of Haiti. The event will be from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., on Jan. 25, at 2109 S. Wabash Avenue. Click here for details.


If you're not really the nightclub person but still want to help out, there will be a second event earlier Monday with The RBG Environmental Restoration Agency in Winnie Mandela Intergenerational Alternative School at 2:30 p.m., called Feeding Haiti.


"My organization will be collaborating with the Chicago Haitian Organization and Winnie Mandela Intergenerational Alternative School to work with students so they can give," Ahmadiel explained. "If you're familiar with our Feed the People Program, we're offering free [vegan] meals to the community and accepting and collecting humanitarian donations from the community for those who are able to give."

The Haitian earthquake donation fund and cookout event will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and the vegan cookout event will feed underprivileged people in the Chicago area. The Winnie Mandela Intergenerational Alternative School is located on Chicago's south side at 7847 S. Jeffrey Blvd.

Students will also be educating visitors on the history, socio-politics and culture of Haiti while food is being served.

"If you're hungry, you can come and eat," Ahmadiel said. "If you're able, we want you to come and give."



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