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Chicago Leaders Class Spring 2016

Inaugural CLC class!

Chicago Leaders Class Spring 2016 in Roosevelt Institute Campus Network

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Adrienne Scott

Hello y'all,

During our second meeting this spring we gathered together for a Primary Watch Party at Blue Frog. Now, we received the election results. Lets talk about it! I thought it would be of interest to y'all to have an opportunity to meet after receiving the election result of Donald Trump becoming out next President. We're all probably curious on what we are thinking, feeling and are planning post-election. Please let me know if your are in any way interested in generating a Peace Circle, which is the process of a collectively gathering that aims toward everyone sharing their thoughts and being heard. Would some time during the week of November 27th-December 3rd work?

2 years ago ·

Brian Gomez - That would work for me , preferably Thursday /friday

2 years ago

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Adrienne Scott - Most likely Friday, since you and Raunel are more flexible on that day.

2 years ago

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Complete Literature Review

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji Accepted a new goal: Bibliography & Brief Outline Due

2 years ago ·

Raunel Urquiza Accepted a new goal: Choose Policy Issue

2 years ago ·

Raunel Urquiza Accepted a new goal: Consult with stakeholders

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Raunel Urquiza Accepted a new goal: Get in Front of Power

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Raunel Urquiza Accepted a new goal: Build Support for your idea

2 years ago ·

Raunel Urquiza Accepted a new goal: Setup Loft Project

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Raunel Urquiza Accepted a new goal: Build External Support

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway Accepted a new goal: Setup Loft Project

2 years ago ·

Retro for Tuesday, Jul 19

Brenna Conway

What are we doing well?
strong research

What are we doing less well?
accessing library

What measurable changes will we make to improve?
add 3 more sources by friday

Stand for Tuesday, Jul 19

Brenna Conway

Are we on track to complete our sprint goal?
Yes

What is our biggest confusion(s) or blocker(s)? Who or what might be able to help us?
The library was closed so I'll do it next week

Brenna Conway just completed a story: Education Funding group - Looks at large scale funding mechanisms for education funding in Illinois to explain how they work to the group Group members; Darius, Maria, Usama, Adrienne 

2 years ago ·

Susan Ismail

Hello everyone, hope you're all doing well and enjoying your summer. I sent a letter to my representative Kelly Burke asking her to support SB231. This was the bill we discussed at our presentation that would revamp the formula used in funding K-12 education. She provided a link of legislation which is currently being worked on in Springfield and I thought you may be interested in viewing it. You may have to copy the URL and paste it into your browser.
http://www.edgeillinois.com/k-12-funding.php

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Hi Everyone,
Our final class is coming up this friday, and with it, we will have our group presentations. Could you please share your powerpoint/presentation with me by email by 5pm tomorrow? I'd like to go through all of the slides.

Additionally, I seriously recommend practicing your presentation with your group before Friday. I'll be available today, tomorrow and Wednesday all day until 8pm. If you and your group can schedule an online call for me to listen into and give feedback I'd appreciate it. Please coordinate with your group members and let me know.

2 years ago ·

Susan Ismail

Ryan, I am trying to get into the account you set up but can't seem to. Would you please provide the email address and password here. I have rooseveltinstituteclc2016@gmail.com But when I put the password in as the same it doe not work. Am I doing something wrong?

2 years ago ·

Ryan Burgess - I honestly don't remember the password, sorry.

2 years ago

Brenna Conway

This article might be helpful for some of your presentations:

http://www.rebootillinois.com/2016/05/17/editors-picks/kevin-hoffmanrebootillinois-com/top-10-biggest-winners-and-losers-under-rauners-manars-illinois-school-funding-plan/57797/

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Hi CLC,

This weeks class is tomorrow, back at the Davidoff office (730 N Franklin, Suite 601). The full amount of this class will be to prepare for our final presentations on May 27th. Your team will need your help so please try to make it.

Thanks,
Brenna

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Final reminder. See you this evening at 5:30pm, at....

The Standard Club
320 S Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604

-Brenna

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Hi Everyone, our CLC class this week is tomorrow, Wednesday, May 11th. We are at a special location for this class. Please plan accordingly.

Important things to know:

1. We have been invited to attend this event by the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and they have waived the cost of attending just for us. So please be there and arrive on time! Every seat we don't use is one that could have been sold to someone else to benefit their program.

2. Business dress required. We need to dress just a little nicer than what is usually required for my office. Try pants that are not jeans, nice collared shirt, or a blouse, or a sweater, shoes that are not tennis shoes or flip flops, dresses or skirts that aren't super short, tight, or low cut.

3. I don't think there will be food at this event. Please plan accordingly to eat before or after. The event gets done a little earlier than our class usually does. We'll do a short debrief afterwards

WHERE AND WHEN:

THE FIRST 1,000 DAYS: SHAPING THE FUTURE
Wednesday, May 11th
5:30pm-7:15
The Standard Club
320 S Plymouth Court
Chicago, IL 60604 -
See more at: https://www.thechicagocouncil.org/event/first-1000-days-shaping-future#sthash.A5kwffWs.dpuf

Today, one in every four children under the age of five in the world—nearly 170 million in total—is physically or mentally stunted. In the past few years, devastating food crises and new research on the economic and social costs of childhood hunger have inspired an international movement to end malnutrition in the first 1,000 days, from conception to a child’s second birthday. Proper nutrition during these 1,000 days can profoundly influence an individual’s ability to grow, learn, and work, and determine a society’s long-term health and prosperity. Through compelling stories of new mothers and babies in Uganda, India, Guatemala, and Chicago, award-winning journalist and anti-hunger advocate, Roger Thurow, brings the 1,000 days to life and illuminates the science, politics, and progress of the movement to end childhood malnutrition. Thurow, a senior fellow at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, discusses his new book, The First Thousand Days, with international development experts Tom Arnold and Catherine Bertini.

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

PS. Interested in learning more about our speaker before the event? Check out some of his work here;

http://rooseveltinstitute.org/saqib-bhatti/
http://www.refundproject.org/

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Hi Everyone!

Reminder! Our class will be on Friday, May 6th this week. We will be at the Davidoff office again, and the evening will be focused on hearing from Saqib Bhatti, a Roosevelt Institute Fellow who does research on municipal finance in Chicago. He'll talk about some important financial deals that the City of Chicago and State of Illinois have entered into over the last few decades, and how that impacts their ability to fund things like education right now.

Please try to be on time for this Friday's class!

Thanks,
Brenna

2 years ago ·

Raunel Urquiza

Article :Why America's Schools Have A Money Problem , suggested by Brian Gomez

http://www.npr.org/2016/04/18/474256366/why-americas-schools-have-a-money-problem

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Hi Everyone,

Just a reminder, we have CLC tonight, usual time and back to our usual place! 5:30pm at my office (Davidoff office). We have a special guest joining us tonight, Janice Belzowski from the McCormick Foundation. They're supporters of our work and make the class possible, and she wants to see what it's like!

Attendance has been a little spotty the last couple of weeks, so I'd really like to see everyone tonight! Please do your best to make it to class on time.

Thanks and looking forward to it!
Brenna

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

Hey folks,

Just following up from last week. A couple of you had asked about where to find the guides around how to do good communications work- like how to write an Op-ed or how to build a press release. Here's our full communications guide on Loft with attachments for each of those specific skills. Hope it's helpful and if you want to discuss any of them in further detail, please reach out !

https://loft.io/guide/roosevelt-policy-guide/place-message/#content

Thanks

2 years ago ·

Susan Ismail - Thank you, this is great resource to have.

2 years ago

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Brenna Conway

Hi Everyone!

Hope you had fun with Aman last week. This week CLC is tomorrow, Wed. April 20th. Again we will be at a special location:

Chicago Votes, 234 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60604.

We're partnering with Chicago Votes, another non-profit that works with young people on democracy issues to hear about the work they've been doing this year. We will be meeting at their office.

I'm back in the states now so you can text or email me with questions. Looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow!

Brenna

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

Hey CLC,

Thanks again for meeting with me this Friday. Loved our conversation and learning more about what brought you all to this type of work. Reminder, if there were parts of the conversation you wanted to follow up with me on or were interested in Roosevelt's resources for doing good communications, reach out to me at abanerji@rooseveltinstitute.org

Thanks

2 years ago ·

Susan Ismail - This is a very interesting conversation, since I am in the middle of a research paper on this very topic. I like the message, "Funds schools not prisons", I think this is a powerful message. One point, I am not sure if this was mentioned in class that I felt was a very powerful motivator to arrest for minor offenses, was the jail/prison system is used in local governments as a job creator and revenue source. How do we confront these policies? Where can we suggest alternative revenue sources in addition to increased or fair taxation?

There are a couple of points mentioned, I am hoping someone would be willing to expand a little. They include; Metric of which is important one- 2-3 most important ones, Solution: Peacekeepers are solution to.

2 years ago

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Aman Banerji - Thanks for this very insightful question Susan. And, my apologies on the delay in getting back to you.

In terms of suggesting alternative revenue sources, it's difficult to answer that at a general level without a specific context for a place or a community. But, I would say two things: 1) Prisons and arrest should not be a source of profit and should never have been. In moving toward a system that funds schools not prisons, it should not be our responsibility to identify alternate basis for revenue creation since the use of prisons as revenue is fundamentally flawed. It is the structure of power and oppresion that has allowed for punishing certain sections of our population to be turned in to a revenue source for another. 2) Multiple folks including those on the conservative end believe that the prisons and disciplining have a ludicrous fiscal cost. From that lens, decreasing the number of police, the amount of arrests, the size of our criminal justice system could all in effect have serious revenue saving consequences. Another way in which decreasing criminal justice system can create new avenues for spending.

In reference to your specific questions on the points mentioned. The above were notes on how one would go about writing a powerful Op-ed on a topic of this kind. By 'metric of which is important..'- we mean that the middle section of any Op-ed should choose 2-3 powerful statistics that demonstrate the state of the problem- in this case the school to prison pipeline. By 'Solution- Peacekeepers are solution to'- We mean that the final paragraph of the Op-ed should clearly highlight the link between the initial problem in the Op-ed (in this case school to prison pipeline) and the eventual smaller scale solution (in this case the deployment of peace keepers). It's easy to say we should end the school to prison pipeline, but a strong Op-ed would highlight one viable pathway for making that happen like peace keepers.

Does that makes sense?

2 years ago

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Susan Ismail - Thank you Aman for the explanation, it is really helpful. Can I just reiterate to make sure I understand what you are saying? The first line should be the problem, middle statistics and last line a viable solution?

2 years ago

Aman Banerji - Yes to an extent. Broadly a strong Op-ed (600-800 words) should be the following- First paragraph highlighting where the conversation is already at- example- currently the conversation on criminal justice has focused on x and y. Second- Fourth paragraph should highlight- 2-3 core statistics that demonstrate the nature of the problem along with personal anecdote if possible. Finally, conclusion paragraph- pointing a positive way forward to address the problem. Example- peacekeepers to address criminal justice system.

Does that make sense?

2 years ago

Susan Ismail - I appreciate your detailed explanation. I have a better understanding now. Thank you Aman.

2 years ago

Aman Banerji - No problem, and I'm happy to talk you through any of these communications skills if you'd like over email or on the phone.

2 years ago

Raunel Urquiza

Attached notes in Files look for CLC Notes April 15!

Enjoy the weekend!

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji - These notes are fantastically detailed and compiled, thanks again Raunel.

2 years ago

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Susan Ismail - Thank you Raunel.

2 years ago

Usama M Ibrahim

Hey CLC,

The room is 11013! To get to this room, take an elevator to the eleventh floor. Follow the signs to the 13th room and viola! You're here!

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji

Hey CLC team,

I'm excited to see you all this evening. Just a reminder we're meeting at 5 30 at Depaul University. Here's the location again:

DePaul University Center Rm 110013
1 E Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604

If you are running late or having a hard time finding the class, reach out to me at (646) 251-4226.

2 years ago ·

Susan Ismail - I apologize Aman, I will not be in class this evening. I would really appreciate it if someone would be willing to take notes.

2 years ago

Aman Banerji - Susan, sorry to hear that. Sure, we will discuss note taking in class today!

2 years ago

Ryan Burgess

Something that might be interesting to explore would be a project on media integrity in politics.

Take the backlash against recent proposals to fund infrastructure.
1. Yes, you will pay more at the pump. But the average driver will actually save money, because the cost of rebuilding roads per capita is less than that caused by vehicle damage from potholes and crumbling roads.
2. Raising the gas tax causes people to drive less and purchase vehicles which are more fuel-efficient. Both of which result in further savings for consumers.
3. Finally, consider the impact from expanding public transit. Millions of people in Illinois cannot afford to own, rent, or lease a car. But many also lack access to public transportation, and the existence of "transit deserts" is one of the main reasons why poverty is geographically concentrated. This is all the more relevant as urban areas become increasingly affected by lack of affordable housing or any other method to stabilize housing prices in gentrifying urban areas, the result of which being that poverty becomes suburbanized. This is a trend seen across the country.
4. Finally, it's just a fact that Illinois needs to rebuild and expand its infrastructure. The money has to come from somewhere.

Also, I probably won't be able to make it to tomorrow's meeting. However, it probably would be beneficial to have a discussion (on here or in person) concerning the current status of the plans launch chapters at our respective educational institutions, and share best practices to maximize the number of people who get involved.

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Hi CLC! Important reminders for this week/next week.

I am out of town on vacation until 4/19. Our next CLC class is THIS FRIDAY, APRIL 15TH. This meeting is at a NEW LOCATION

DePaul University Center Rm 110013
1 E Jackson
Chicago, IL 60604

If you are running late or having a hard time finding the class, you should contact Aman Banerji (646) 251-4226.

Also, our class the following week, April 20th will also be at a special location: Chicago Votes, 234 S Wabash, Chicago IL 60604.

2 years ago ·

Raunel Urquiza

Cool event alert : ONE Northside Community Convention 2016
April 10
2pm-4:15pm
LakeView High school 4015 N. Ashland

Join with 1,200 people from diverse communities across Chicago’s north side to demand justice on Sunday, April 10. For too long, the rules have been rigged to favor the wealthy over the rest of us, but the movement to set things right is growing. ONE Northside’s Community Convention is an opportunity to take action to rewrite the rules for a society that is equitable and where everyone has the opportunity to thrive. Join us on Sunday, April 10. Doors open at 2pm at Lake View High School (4015 N. Ashland). Find more information at onenorthside.org/convention-2016.

2 years ago ·

Brenna Conway

Cool event to attend if you're available:
Cory Connolly is a Roosevelt Alum, and is coming in to speak on this panel. If Roosevelters are interested in attending, he's available to meet afterward and talk one on one also!

Clean Power Players: Tips for finding a job in the clean energy economy
April 15
Noon-1:30
Northwestern School of Law (Downtown Chicago location), RB140

E2 and NRDC will be releasing “Clean Power Players”, a useful guidebook for young people who
are looking for careers in the growing clean energy field. This panel presentation will include an
overview of the scope of the Midwestern clean energy industry, which includes but it not
limited to positions in design, sales, manufacturing, policy and advocacy. Several Midwest Clean
Power Players will be on the panel to share their story and offer tips in finding clean energy
employment. Panelists include Lauren Kubiak, Energy Policy Analyst from NRDC’s national
office; Cory Connolly, clean energy project manager from Lean & Green Michigan based in
Detroit; and Emily Tjeerdsma, an architect from Chicago-based 2 Point Perspective.

2 years ago ·

Aman Banerji joined the project

2 years ago ·

Raunel Urquiza

What issues are facing your community? School? Local? Illinois?
U of C
-Lucas Museum
-Parking lot? Anything else is better
-Divestment from Fossil Fuel companies
-UCPD, 2nd largest police force in the country
-Stop and frisk
-Tension
-More oversight is needed
-No official state oversight from community or legal standpoint
-Community members are targeted
-Crime
-Opening up to public discourse
-improved relationships between community and university = Goal

Trustees or government
-Ken Griffin
Moraine Valley
-Student Government
-Book affordability, rising costs
-Disconnect between administration and transparency with budget and state funds
-Where are the students in this conversation?
- How much reserves do we really have? How that effects new buildings with anticipation of funding gap.
-How do students deal with issue with no knowledge of issue or how it affects them?
-Public education/ state
-local, distributing funds

Dominican University
-Parking availability
-HSI
-Racial relations
DePaul
-Sex education, sexual assault on campus, lack of education around consent

2 years ago ·

Adrienne Scott

campus issues:
- not a traditional setting.
- space to socialize
- do not communicate what they have at campus
- housing change? price?
- financial office is not helpful? administration do not connect with students
- pedagogy? even with small classrooms
- funding? organizations are not getting enough money
- need fundraising
- having some way to use Chicago and how to navigate city
- needs to foster community
-recreational opportunities

issues in Chicago:

2 years ago ·

Darius Ballinger

Discussion notes from tonight's meeting.

What are the most pressing issues on our campus, in Chicago, and Illinois?

Campus issues- Financial aid troubles. The budget crisis in Illinois is affecting higher Ed.
In Chicago- Police reform. Educational Crisis.
In Illinois- Gov. Bruce Rauner and Madigan speaker of house. Elected Officials. The infrastructure of Illinois government.

2 years ago ·

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