Tag: social change

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 »

Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL

Book Review: WINNERS TAKE ALL
Like many startups, nonprofits, and social enterprises, many businesses are adopting a mission-driven philosophy of driving social good. For many organizations and highly prominent individuals, doing good should be “baked into” their corporate mission. As Anand Giriharadas argues in Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, this attitude can inadvertently perpetuate the very... Read more »

Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon

Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon for her time and her insights) With Americans increasingly divided over immigration policies, those with direct impact – children and families – are often ignored. Raks Inferno is holding an August 2nd fundraiser at Uptown Underground to benefit the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Recently, I had the chance to... Read more »
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How Harlan Ellison Influenced My Writing

Photo by Pip R. Lagenta via Flickr With Harlan Ellison’s recent passing, I have to admit that…well, he’s been on my mind a great deal. Not out of concern…just a group of unread ebooks on my phone. In fact, I was so bored recently that I found – and watched – the 2008 documentary Dreams... Read more »

Some Upcoming Chicago Events to Check Out

Some Upcoming Chicago Events to Check Out
As we’re gearing into spring, many great mission-driven and cause-related Chicago events are popping up. If you’re looking to get out and about through the next few months, here are a few suggestions for your consideration. If you know about any other great Chicago events we should know about, please leave them in the comments,... Read more »

This Blog's Best of 2017

This Blog's Best of 2017
Every year, I make an effort to list blog posts from the past year as a “best of” summary. Unfortunately, personal events made it hard to create a “Best of 2016”. This year has been a challenge, with no posting in one month (due to personal issues), but otherwise, here is a compilation of this... Read more »
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Thoughts About "Thoughts & Prayers"

“Thoughts and prayers” have become a frequent refrain during community crises, with people attempting to offer comfort and empathy during very traumatic events. Usually, the conversation about “thoughts and prayers” centers around three variations on a theme: This is a tough event for anyone to handle, and we offer our thoughts and prayers to the... Read more »

Helping Puerto Rico: ARTISTS AGAINST HATE Compilation & October 27 Fundraiser

Artists Against Hate - UNITED AGAINST THE STORM
For many Chicago residents, Puerto Rico is not just another humanitarian crisis…it’s personal. Many fundraising and awareness-raising efforts are being done to help Puerto Rico, but none are as heartfelt…or as tuneful…as these two efforts from Chicago area musicians. One is from Artists Against Hate, a collection of local artists who organized an Inauguration Day Protest Performance... Read more »

Check Out These Upcoming Chicago Events!

Check Out These Upcoming Chicago Events!
Looking to find some great Chicago events focused on causes, nonprofits, and social impact? Here’s a small sampling of some great Chicago events coming up within the next few weeks: On Saturday, October 28th, the Dearborn Realtist Board is co-sponsoring a free workshop on “Building Black Wealth through Home Ownership”. The workshop will be held from 8:30... Read more »
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Meet Your Neighbor: I Attended My First Vigil

FULL DISCLOSURE: For a person who advocates for getting more involved in the community, and who tries to provide resources to empower people….I have done a poor job as a citizen and an ally. The only vigil I had kept was regular Twitter engagement. Honestly, most of my advocacy has been behind the keyboard. I... Read more »