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Vol. 3, Issue 3


Your Connection Real Talk, Real Issues Real Solutions.


INSIDE: Pg. 2 Your Community Survey


Monthly Serving East Central Illinois

Pg. 4 Your News

“We Must Stand Together for Love, Peace, and Unity.”

Pg. 6 Community Spotlight S.A.F.E. House Ritchie Drennan Pg. 7 History Maker Today Cynthia Keaton

Tanya Parker, Founder of Unity in Action Magazine and Winner of 2010 Social Entrepreneurship Innovation Award Shares her story and her plan to help improve social-economic issues.

Pg. 11 Your Money Occupy 99.9% Pg. 12 Cover Story Tanya Parker Pg. 13 Your Health Co-Dependency Pg. 14 Events

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We want to get an assessment of the current condition of our community. In order to get a fair sample, we need you to take just a few minutes to answer some questions. One entry per person. Fill out questions and mail-in or go online to complete. Enter for your chance to win a $50 Visa Gift Card. Entries accepted March 1, 2012-May 1, 2012. Random drawing will be on May 15th, 2012. One entry per person. ONLINE VERSION: Mail: Unity in Action Magazine P.O. Box 7764, Champaign, IL 61826

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“When I think about the condition of our community- how are we going to know where we are going or what we need to get there; if we don't know where we are at now. We need to get a realistic view for our self what condition our community is in. To get a great statistic we need EVERYONE TO FILL IT OUT!�- Tanya Parker, Publisher of Unity in Action Magazine

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1. Are you old enough to drive? Yes No

10. Do you rent? Yes No 11. Are you homeless (sleeping on the couch at a friends house is considered homeless)? Yes No 12. Do you know how to buy stock? Yes No

2. Do you currently have a driver's license? Yes No

13. Would you like to learn how to buy stock? Yes No

3. Do you have a job? Yes No

14. Did you vote for Obama in 2008? Yes No

4. Do you own a registered business? Yes No

15. Will you vote for Obama in 2012? Yes No

5. Do you think you will find a job within 30 days? Yes No

16. Have you been tested for an STD within the past 6 months? Yes No

6. Do you have a felony within the last 7 years old? Yes No

17. Have you received a physical exam within the past 12 months? Yes No

7. Do you own a house? Yes No

18. Do you have any family members incarcerated? Yes No

8. Have you lost someone close to you due to violence? Yes No 9. Do you have a high school diploma? Yes No

19. Do you think the music on TV and radio are negatively affecting your children? Yes No 20. Do you have dental needs that you can't afford it?


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Your News

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Koch Brothers, Allies Pledge $100 Million To Defeat Obama's Re-election Conservative billionaires Charles and David Koch and about 300 other individuals got together in a private meeting and pledged approximately $100 million to defeat President Obama in the 2012 elections. A source who was in the room when the pledges were made told The Huffington Post that, specifically, Charles Koch pledged $40 million and David pledged $20 million. The invitation-only meeting attracts wealthy donors, Republican politicians and conservative activists. If you need any further proof that we are in the midst of a fullon patriarchal biblical-religious war on women, a Wisconsin lawmaker is happy to prove it. Wisconsin Rep. Don Pridemore helpfully suggests If you are in an physically abusive relationship, you should just hold onto the good memories to stay in it, according to a Yahoo News report. Pridemore said "If they can re-find those reasons and get back to why they got married in the first place it might help.” But he doesn't stop there, Pridemore goes on to give more family advice. “While [Pridemore] thinks women are capable of caring for a family 'in certain situations,' fathers are the only ones who provide structure and discipline.” He added if children don't grow up with married biological parents, "kids tend to go astray." Apparently some people are still in the stone age.

Within a few months police drones will be coming to skies near you. Drones are remote controlled aircraft’s that are cheaper to operate and can stay airborne longer. Legislation signed by President Obama will give access to first responders and police first to assist with duties like; patrolling areas, monitoring traffic, and searching for missing persons or criminals. Because of affordability and accessibility of the crafts there are concerns the vices can be used to spy on people, and can be used as a weapon. Drones were previously restricted out safety concerns, but are now approved because of lobbying efforts of drone makers and customers. According to the New York Times the drone market is valued at $5.9 billion. Occupy Atlanta keeps 109 yr. old historic church in business and much needed community programs and services in place. CBS Atlanta reported that Higher Ground Empowerment Center in the middle of northwest Vine City neighborhood since 1903 were facing eviction for not honoring payment arrangements with BB&T for a 2008 loan to repair tornado damage. With declined memberships they weren't able to meet their obligations, so to prevent eviction they contacted Occupy Atlanta, and activist set-up protest outside the church, after that the hearing and foreclosure proceedings were called off. BB&T and the church are now working together to come up with a new payment plan.

Presidents have come and gone and served their terms, but President Reagan's image of the welfare queen still reigns. Despite welfare being gone for 15 years leading Republican candidates have brought the lady back to attack the president on his policies, and aid them in slashing programs of the like by calling him the food-stamp president. Kaaryn, Gustafson author of “Cheating Welfare: Public Assistance and the Criminalization of Poverty in a CNN report says it's a symbol that won't die. “This image of the lazy AfricanAmerican woman who refuses to get a job and keeps having kids is pretty enduring. It's always been a good way to distract the public from any meaningful conversations about poverty and inequality.” The only queen that black women are typically associated derived by Reagan in untruth and agenda keeps surfacing, leaving many to wonder will this leading lady lie swing votes in the upcoming election. “It's one of those persistent symbols that comes up every election cycle,” said Gustafson. Only time will tell, the effect this queen will have on the election. 9 Atlanta Teachers Risk Being Fired for Racist Math Word Problems One of the math problems reads: "Each tree has 56 oranges. If eight slaves pick them equally, then how much would each slave pick?" Another was: "If Frederick got two beatings each day, how many beatings did he get in one week?"

Parker's Thoughts on Travon Martin Case: What I ask Zimmerman: “If you were scared why did you chase him. If you were chasing him then Trayvon was defending himself when or if he punched you. What about all the men in jail for shooting someone that shot at them first? So, every street fight has the right to kill?

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If you are ready to reclaim your life, we are here for you. In an effort to help people break free from controlling addictions and troublesome habits, members of the Champaign-Urbana Christian community joined together in the creation of SAFE House (Substance Abuse Free Environment). We have experienced successful results since the inception of the Program in February 1994. The residents who were a menace to society are now ministering to society. What a testimony! We offer separate 12-month live-in Men’s SAFE House and Women’s SAFE House programs that incorporate a structured daily regiment of: G.E.D., and/or adult education, devotions, group therapy, personal counseling, volunteer work projects, evening community-wide personal enrichment courses, and weekly worship services.

Ritchie Drennen, S.A.F.E. House success story. What really makes the S.A.F.E. House different from any other drug rehabilitation center, the residents are taught that they do have a purpose in life and that there is a God who not only loves them and created them, but has a specific purpose and calling on each of our lives despite our pasts. Ritchie Drennen given his work ethic, air of happiness, and willingness to help, you would never guess that he came from a life of drug and alcohol abuse that destroyed his life over and over again, Ritchie first heard about Safehouse at an AA meeting in Champaign. Ritchie saw it as an opportunity to get sober and have somewhere to just lay his head, BUT HE GOT MUCH MORE THEN HE BARGAINED FOR...The S.A.F.E. House's focus on GOD as the real treatment for drug and alcohol abuse was something Ritchie had never encountered before. Through the love and support of the agency's staff, he was able to not only get sober but also gain an understanding that God wanted to transform him from the inside out through His Son JESUS CHRIST, upon Ritchie's graduation from the program he desired to work at a Church as a way to say Thank You for what GOD had done in his life. He is also aware that his fight with drugs and alcohol is not over and that if he doesn't remain accountable and in constant community he is only one poor decision away from a repeated past. Ritchie's story is Proof that God is at work not only in our community, but specifically in S.A.F.E. House. Each one of us can learn from Ritchie in that we too must cling to God and community because we really are so fragile on our own...Forever Grateful...GOD BLESS YOU AND UNITY IN ACTION MAGAZINE FOR ALL THE GREAT WORK YOU ARE DOING IN THIS COMMUNITY...

The Men’s SAFE House has been in existence since 1994 and boasts an 86% success rate. Past graduates are successful community members who contribute to society in a variety of professions, such as: College Instructor, MTD Bus Driver University of Illinois Staff Members The Women’s SAFE House will soon open its doors. Women face different burdens as they work through their addictions, so the women’s program is customized to meet their needs. For example, many times children are involved. The women’s program will provide loving, safe housing for children while Mom re-establishes her life. Children and mothers receive counseling and training to heal the wounds of substance abuse. SAFE After-Care Successful graduates are eligible to participate in our After-Care program. After-Care provides a transition from the security of the SAFE House back into the community. Canaan’s After-Care will support your efforts to re-establish employment, housing, financial responsibility, and functional family living. SAFE Relief Walk-In Sometimes immediate action is needed. Canaan SAFE House staff and volunteers can provide immediate assistance to those in crisis or experiencing negative living environments. We offer temporary relief and necessary referrals to local agencies and social service programs. SAFE House is recognized by the Champaign County Court System as an option for substance abusers. How do so many capable individuals end up behind bars? To be sure, poor personal choices, coupled with the social ills of poverty, violence, abuse, and neglect, have contributed to the plight of prisoners, but only one trend equally characterizes all incarcerated populations – regular drug use. It’s simple – Less substance abuse, Less prisoners. Today’s global economy requires every individual to be a contributing member of society. We don’t have a single person to waste! Canaan’s SAFE House (Substance Abuse Free Environment) ministry channels human and economic resources back INTO society by attacking the drug culture with prevention and rehabilitation. Please send all email to SAFE House crisis team members may be reached at (217) 344-SAFE. Canaan Development Foundation SAFE House, 404 W. Main Street, Urbana, Illinois 61801

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Cynthia Keaton- Williams

Honor the Past Remember those who paved the way Live in the Present Give honor where honor is due Create the Future Set examples for future generations

Cynthia Keaton-Williams, fondly known as “Cook”, was the fourth child born to the late Reverend W.B. and Jessie Mae Keaton. She relocated from the Chicago area with her parents, as a young child, to the Champaign area where she and her siblings were active in Pilgrim Baptist Church where her father served as Pastor. Cynthia has been employed with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus for 23 years and is the proud parent of two daughters, Kanitra Keaton and her foster daughter Sierra Crabb. Cynthia attends Salem Baptist Church and is active in both her church and the Champaign-Urbana community. She serves as a Volunteer Coordinator for the Douglas Library “Juneteenth” Celebration, Mid-West Youth Quake Coordinator (where their motto is “shaping and shaking the foundation of our youth”), Youth Director of the Salem Baptist Church (where their motto is “bringing youth closer to Christ”) and Youth Director for the Fellowship Baptist District Association. Because she has such a love and passion for helping children, it is no wonder she also serves as a mentor for young ladies, particularly Teen moms. Cynthia is not only a church and community person, but she devotes time to her family and friends as well. She is the organizer and president of the Beautiful Women’s Breakfast Club with the success of this club expanding to Chicago and Atlanta. Cynthia can always be found with a camera in her hand and serves as photographer for Salem Baptist Church. Along with her love for taking pictures, she is also known as a comedian who missed her calling. She loves to crack jokes and is often the center of attention amongst family and friends. Cynthia’s favorite bible verse can be found in Galatians 6:9…”for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”

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Your Community






April is Prevent Child Abuse Month. More than seven children die from abuse and neglect every day in America – some 2,500 a year– reflecting the estimated 50 percent undercounting in the officially estimated figure of 1,560. A child is abused or neglected every 36 seconds in the United States, yet only 40 percent of abused children with substantiated cases receive services, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. We are asking that you do something proactive to help children and keep them safe. If you are on Facebook – please “like” the page “Saving Our Families Together Today (SOFTT)” and become a part of the solution in Champaign County. Another way to help prevent child abuse is to: Be a nurturing parent. Children need to know that they are special, loved and capable of following their dreams.

Enough Is Enough! It's Time for a change in Champaign County Courts WE NEED ALFRED IVY FOR STATES ATTORNEY Join friends and supporters by signing the petition. If you did not vote in the March election and you are a resident of Champaign County you can help support our efforts to put Alfred Ivy on the ballot. SAY NO TO JULIA RIETZ Paid for by Friends for Alfred Ivy

Saving Our Families Together Today (SOFTT) I believe the best service to the child is the service closest to the child, and children who are victims of neglect, abuse, or abandonment must not also be victims of bureaucracy. They deserve our devoted attention, not our divided attention. --Kenny Guinn

Julia Rietz Makes Controversial Comments while Public Questions Legitimacy of County Jail Planning Team State’s Attorney Julia Reitz’ commented that there was no need to include a “token” minority on an all-white jail space improvement team which has the major decision-making power over whether we build a new or expand the existing jail when asked to include an African-American on the committee. Especially, since most of the people in jail are black and alternatives like investing in prevention could be considered. Following these comments Aaron Ammons and Martel Miller called for Reitz to step down from that committee, which remains to be seen. Since the proposed plans for the $20 million jail construction project landed on the Champaign County Board agenda earlier this year, the driving force behind this process has been an all-white grouping known as the Jail Space Improvement Planning Team. The team has functioned somewhat like a secret society within the board. While all subcommittees and advisory bodies of the board are supposed to be under the Open Meetings Act (and therefore open to the public and obliged to keep records/minutes of their proceedings), the leading light of the Planning Team, Board member Tom Betz, has repeatedly claimed that the team falls outside the regulations of Open Meetings. When pressed for minutes of their meetings, County Board Administrator Deb Busey claimed that the group never met and therefore had no minutes.

VISIT to view the video yourself. Julia Reitz doesn't think there needs to be a "token person of color" on the jail planning team.

Your Money

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THE occupy movement 99.9% of Americans Things should never have reached this point.

Every day, the American Dream seems a little farther away. More of our grandparents are being thrown from their homes. Our mothers and fathers can’t retire because their pension funds tanked. Our brothers and sisters are burdened by student loan debt. For our children, budget cuts have resulted in crumbling schools, skyrocketing class sizes, and teachers being denied the supports they need to do their best. Our friends and family are being denied collective bargaining rights in their workplaces and are falling further and further behind. Our neighbors are being poisoned by pollution in our air and water. The numbers are staggering: in recent years, millions of jobs have been destroyed, homes foreclosed, and an unconscionable number of children live in poverty.

And worst of all: this is no accident. It is a result of rampant greed—the deliberate manipulation of our democracy and our economy by a tiny minority in the 1%, by those who amass ever more wealth and power at our expense. We are at a crossroads as a country. We have a choice to make. Greater wealth for a few or opportunity for many. Tax breaks for the richest or a fair shot for the rest of us. A government that can be bought by the highest bidder, or a democracy that is truly of the people, by the people, and for the people. The choice is in our hands. This spring, we will act on that choice and rise up in the tradition of our forefathers and foremothers. We will not be complicit with the suffering in our families for another year. We will prepare ourselves for sustained non-violent direct action.

From April 9-15 we will gather across America, 100,000 strong, in homes, places of worship, campuses and the streets to join together in the work of reclaiming our country. We will organize trainings to: Tell the story of our economy: how we got here, who’s responsible, what a different future could look like, and what we can do about it Learn the history of non-violent direct action, and Get into action on our own campaigns to win change. This spring we rise! We will reshape our country with our own hands and feet, bodies and hearts. We will take non-violent action in the spirit of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi to forge a new destiny one block, one neighborhood, one city, one state at a time. We know great change is possible. We inherit a history of everyday people standing up for their own dignity, freedom, and selfdetermination, shaping our direction as a country. The seamstress in Alabama who launched a bus boycott. The farmers in New England and Virginia who imagined we could be a free nation. The workers in Flint, Michigan who occupied their plant to win collective bargaining rights. The farmworkers in California who liberated our fields. The women in New York who dreamed they could one day speak with equal voice. The mother who stood up in Love Canal to stop the poisoning of her community. And the students who risked their lives during Freedom Summer to register voters. In the last year alone we watched the teachers and fire fighters of Wisconsin stand for the rights of workers. And we joined those who Occupied Wall Street, inspiring us to stand with the 99%. We will rise this spring, because we DO hold these truths to be self evident—that all men and women are created equal, that we are endowed by our Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Will you rise with us? Can we count on you to join us April 7th in Chicago and April 9th to 15th across the nation to stand with the 99% for America? Visit:

April 15th: NO GAS STRIKE May 1: General Strike Gas prices are not high due to economics. In fact, supply is higher than demand, so it should be lower. Many are calling American's stupid for putting up with it.

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Your Voice






I BELIEVE Tanya Parker, Founder & Publisher of Unity in Action Magazine (formerly Habari Connection received her B.A. In Economics from the University of Illinois, winner of the 2010 Social Entrepreneurship Innovation Award and History Maker Award. Parker is an American, single parent from Champaign, IL that works as a grassroots, socio-economic community strategist. After graduating from the University of Illinois with a BA in Economics, I took a high paying job as District Manager of a grocery chain. After working an average of 55 hours per week, it didn't take me long to testify that money can't buy you happiness. I would rather live with a purpose- GOD'S Purpose. I prayed to be his slave, while in tears at one of my weakest points. I had no idea the level of spiritual warfare that I was up against. I lost everything in a house fire, persecuted by those I loved, had years of work destroyed several times, and still living in poverty just to name a few. I believe GOD made me a witness to life struggles, so that I have gained compassion and understanding. I believe GOD has given me an assignment to help improve social and economic conditions. Racism, injustice, & greed are threatening the strong fabric of our nation. Today our nation is at a crossroad. Our fore-father's led us through with the trust of GOD in their hearts, not hate. We must not look back but stand together and move forward to help improve our economy, end the suffering, and restore faith in the American dream.

We Must Stand Together for Love, Peace, and Unity. Most American's have one thing in common, we just want to provide for our family, worship, and live in peace. African-American communities have been living in a state of depression and recession for decades before America's 2007 economic meltdown. Mainstream media does a poor job of portraying African-American and poor people, which perpetuates negative stereotyping that feeds racially motivated actions. I want to change this. After Obama's election the reality of just how much racism and economic class is still operating within our system once again surfaced as being undeniable. What also surfaced is the masses who believe that the new generation of Americans has moved beyond race enough to realize that it is just a bunch of rich, selfish people isolated from the diversity of America and too ignorant to see the power behind Unity. There is enough for all of us...stop the oppression, stop the greed, stop the hate. We as American's have to prove to the world that democracy works for the masses of the people in the country. Not just the people that happen to make it to the polls that day. In all of our advancements in technology when are we going to create a more 21st Century approaches to voting. For those that think that we are still in the “Jim Crow� era and parents raising their kids to judge people by the color of their skin need a reality check. You are NOW the minority.

It is no longer a black or white thing or even a rich or poor thing. It is a love thy neighbor thing. God see's that the blood on our heart is all the same color.

Parker's Social Development Plan

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Unity in Action Magazine is just one part of the plan. Innovation in technology changes every month; I challenged myself to create an innovative approach to socio-economic development. I started with what the people needed, and worked my way up. Some of the things that I realized is that there were a lot of great things going on in our community, but no one knew about them. Also I recognized that people needed to share their perspectives with each other- between people, between agencies and the people, between people and government. I realized that in order to help any of the people or families grow, you also have to address the mindset of the peers around them at the same time. Unity in Action Magazine helps to improve the community by sharing more information, education, and perspective on issues that affect families and our community. I believed that working families had the best ideas on how to improve issues like education and I wanted them to have a voice. Also, there are so many great things going on the community that busy working families don't hear about. Especially with all of the news and important information that is shared online, it is really hard to keep up on the news that affects you and your family.

Parker has developed a plan to create jobs in America at an exponential rate. We have to meet people where they are. Growing through construction is good, but it won't be enough because people don't like to do construction and math is a weakness in the under-skilled workforce. My plan addresses these concern and more, while creating transitional job opportunities that promote the growth of the economy as a whole. The root cause of many of today's social and economic concerns is money, people need and want jobs.

Parker's Economic Development Plan Champaign County Career Training Center will provide transitional support, training and job opportunities to help low-income, at-risk youth, re-entry, young adults, and teens develop workforce skills, overcome career entry challenges, and assist with transition into employment and/or secondary education. CCCTC will provide products, services, and workshops to the community that will support the area's economic growth. This will provide opportunities for our students to gain hands-on experience. Training- CCCTC training is designed to deal with literacy challenges, offers flexible schedule and a combination of classroom and hands-on training. Participants will have an opportunity to put their skills to work as they practice real-life application of what they learn. Support- CCCTC offers wrap-a-round support in areas of mental health & wellness, life/parenting skills development, court-support, and career development to help participants overcome challenges in other areas of their life to ensure success. We will offer daycare services, transitional housing, and transportation support.

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Career Placement Services- CCCTC works with partners to help put people to work. Instead of spending 20 million on a new jail. Renovate the existing jail as you agreed 10 years ago for 5 million (more than you need) and spend 2 million on Parker's Social and Economic Development Plan.

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Mental IllnessCo-Dependency Benita Rollins-Gay, MS.Ed

Co-dependency is a learned behavior that is often passed down from one generation to another. It is an emotional and behavioral condition that affects an individual’s ability to have a healthy, mutually satisfying relationship. It is also sometimes called “relationship addiction,” because people with codependency often form or maintain relationships that are one-sided, emotionally destructive and/or abusive. The disorder was first identified about ten years ago as the result of years of studying interpersonal relationships in families of alcoholics. Co-dependent behavior is learned by watching and imitating other family members who display this type of behavior. Who does Co-Dependency Affect? Co-dependency often affects a spouse, a parent, sibling, friend or co-worker of a person affected with alcohol or drug dependence. Originally, codependent was a term used to describe partners in chemical dependency, persons living with or in a relationship with an addicted person. Similar patterns were then seen in people in relationships with chronically or mentally ill individuals. Today, however, use of the term has broadened to describe any co-dependent person from any dysfunctional family. What is a Dysfunctional Family and How Does It Lead to CoDependency? A dysfunctional family is one in which members suffer from fear, anger, pain , or shame that is ignored or denied. Underlying problems can include any of the following: An addiction by a family member to drugs and alcohol, relationships, work, food, sex, or gambling. The existence of physical, emotional or sexual abuse. The presence of a family member suffering from a chronic mental or physical illness. Dysfunctional families do not acknowledge that problems exist. They don’t talk about them or confront them. As a result, family members learn to repress emotions and disregard their own needs. This is where we as a community must help them to become survivors, and provide coping skills, intervention and education to those family members that are affected.






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“Let's support all the wonderful community events.” Email yours to:

By Carletta Donaldson

Tuesday, April 3 1:00pm – Rev. Lundy Savage Street Dedication near Mt. Olive Baptist Church

and Ally Team, the McKinley Foundation, Urbana Area PFLAG, and the UP Center of Champaign County.

6:00pm – “Hell and Back Again” Illinois Public Media’s (WILL/TV/Radio) Community Cinema Series film Screening and discussion at the Champaign Public Library. “U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris, 25, leads his unit to fight a ghostlike enemy in Afghanistan. Wounded in battle, he returns to North Carolina & his devoted wife to fight pain, addiction, & the terrifying normalcy of life at home.” FREE.*

7:30pm - Stylenprestige Entertainment presents Comedy on Broadway at 88 Broadway (south end of Lincoln Square Mall in Urbana) featuring Jay Harris and friends Sydney Adeniyi (U of I Alumni) and Ben Bergman. For more information, contact 217550-3635. Tickets: $15.00/person or $25.00/couple. VIP is also available upon request.

6:00pm - Parent Cafe - Love Is Not Enough to Keep Your Family Strong - at the Don Moyer Boys & Girls Club (201 E. Park St., Ch.). For more information or to RSVP to Melissa Neely, call 217-7217514. To learn more about keeping your family strong, visit:* 7:30pm – Urbana School District #116 Board Meeting – Study Session Wednesday, April 4 5:15pm – Check-in time for Recess for Adults at Huff Gym//start sweating at 5:45pm. Ten (10) instructors take you through a 1½ hour workout/fitness class with 500 plus participants. Donation: $2.00 per person and all proceeds benefit the American Diabetes Association.* 6:00pm - Community Movie Night on LGBT Issues in Schools/Free Anti- Bullying Film Screenings at the Champaign Public Library, Robeson Rooms A & B (200 West Green Street, Ch.). FREE event sponsored by the East Central Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and co-sponsored by the ACLU, The University of Illinois LGBT Resource Center, Parkland College, PCA Diversity Committee

Thursday, April 5 7:00pm – S.P.E.A.K. Café at the Krannert Art Museum (500. E. Peabody, Ch.). Bring works by and/or about the late musician/author/poet Gil ScottHeron to speak/sing. 7:00pm – 9:00pm - Rape Advocacy, Counseling, and Education Services (RACES) invites you to learn more about our interactive child abuse prevention programs at…Keep Our Kids Safe Child Abuse Prevention for Parents & Children at indi go Artist Co-Op (9 E University Avenue, Champaign). Donations at the door appreciated. Keep Our Kids Safe is just one of several events RACES is sponsoring during April, which is both Child Abuse Prevention month and Sexual Assault Awareness month. For more information on all our April Events, visit our web site at, or contact us at or 217/3446298. 7:15pm – Champaign County NAACP Meeting at the Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room B. Saturday, April 7 8:00am – 10:00am – Listen LIVE to Higher Ground on WEFT/90.1FM Radio or on-line at, hosted by Aaron &

Carol Ammons. Listen in and/or call in to 217-359-5483 or 217-359-6545 for comments and/or questions. Sunday, April 8 – Easter Sunday 6:00am – Bethel A.M.E. Church/St. Luke C.M.E. Church Joint Easter Sunrise Service at St. Luke C.M.E. Church (809 N. Fifth St., Ch.)

Sunday, April 29 3:30pm – 4:15pm – Mo’Betta Music’s FREE Concert at the Ebert Film Screening Virginia Theater Tent.*

Monday, April 9 12noon - North First Street Association Meeting at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, 302 N. First Street.

4:00pm – Fellowship District 5th Sunday Fellowship Service – Fellowship District Youth will be in charge of the service at Mt. Olive Baptist Church.*

7:00pm – Urbana City Council Meeting Tuesday, April 10 8:30am – 1:30pm – IT/Telecom Symposium hosted by the Illinois Department of Central Management Services (CMS) at the Center for Performing Arts at Governors State University (1 University Parkway, University Park, IL). This symposium will educate and engage the IT/Telecom vendor community on the services CMS provides for Illinois. Register online at* Wednesday, April 11 5:30pm – Urbana Human Relations Meeting 6:30pm – 8:30pm – Open House and opportunity for families of Champaign Unit 4 fifth graders to visit Franklin Middle School, 817 N. Harris, Ch. Thursday, April 12 6:30pm – 8:30pm - Open House and opportunity for families of Champaign Unit 4 fifth graders to visit Edison Middle School Thursday, April 26 6:00pm – 7:15pm – “Women Helping Women Win - In the Spirit of Enriching Women’s Lives and Supporting Women in Business” - an inspiring event that will introduce you to local women entrepreneurs and women-owned businesses at the Hilton Garden Inn (Kirby and Neil St., Ch.). NO COST TO YOU. Shanell Pharr-Williams at or by phone at 309-648-4448 to sign up or for more info.*

4:30pm – FREE screening of “Antwone Fisher” sponsored by the Champaign County Anti-Stigma Alliance at the Virginia Theatre.* Monday, April 30 7:00pm – University of Illinois Afro 498 WS Campus-Community Class’ Annual End of Semester Concert at Salem Baptist Church (500 E. Park St., Champaign). Music and special project from the African American Sacred Music tradition performed by select community artists and class participants. FREE* Thursday, May 3 7:15pm – Champaign County NAACP Meeting at the Champaign Public Library, Robeson Pavilion Room B. Friday, May 4 6:00pm - Church Women United May Friendship Meeting at the First United Methodist Church (304 S. Race St. Urbana). Theme: Listening to my Sister. Saturday, May 5 1:00pm – Mo’Betta Music Fundraiser at Salem Baptist Church 6:00pm – 9:00pm – Jericho Missionary Baptist Church Black & White Ball at Round Barn Banquet Centre. Pre-Anniversary Celebration honoring Pastor Lekevie Johnson and family. For tickets, contact the Church office at 217-355-3328.


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