Tuesday Blast: Make A difference This week
Chicago Foundation for Women's Weekly eUpdate

The week of March 6-12, 2007
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Our yearlong anti-violence initiative
"What Will It Take?" is paid for in part by a grant from the State of Illinois.

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Chicago Foundation for Women will unveil Thursday a statewide media campaign to help people understand that the cradle-to-grave epidemic of violence against women and girls is everybody’s problem. In addition, will go live that day. Visit our new website this Thursday to tell us what you think it will take to make Illinois the safest state for all women and girls.
This just in: Jill Scott will headline our “Music Matters Concert: Singers and Songwriters United Against Violence” on June 7. Scott, a Grammy Award-winning jazz, rhythm and blues and neo-soul singer and songwriter will appear live on stage at the historic Auditorium Theatre in downtown Chicago. Tickets go on sale March 27 as part of our “What Will It Take?” yearlong anti-violence initiative. Don’t miss it!

We've been carefully following the cuts as the Cook County Board hammered out its final budget and last week, we reported in the Tuesday Blast that more than a dozen health clinics are slated to be closed. We also wrote that “almost the entire staff of the Department of Women's Justice Services” will be cut. This is not the case. Get the whole story as we correct ourselves: MORE INFO...

  • Chicago Foundation for Women supports the Immigrant Children’s Health Improvement Act, which would allow states to provide healthcare to lawful immigrant children and pregnant women, under the State Children's Health Insurance Program and Medicaid, instead of requiring these immigrants to wait five years. Call Congress this week and ask for full funding: (800) 828-0498. Learn more about the issue and how you can take action at Families USA.

  • Illinois Senate Bill 75, the First Offender Probation Bill, passed out of a committee recently and is expected to come to a vote this week. The bill would give first-time prostitution offenders alternative sentencing options, since these women would often be better served by housing assistance or substance abuse counseling instead of jail time. Contact your state senator and ask him or her to support SB 75. We’ll keep you posted.

  • Why is it all men, all the time in the news business? One journalist’s opinion is that people just aren’t trying hard enough to find women and people of color for panels about the future of journalism. More than a third of daily newsroom staff are women. Read the commentary by Alicia Shepard. [link: ] How can women and people of color make themselves heard in the news? Read about our discussion at last September’s symposium: MORE INFO…
What is missing?
We add perspective to recent headlines
  • The story: The Office of Women’s Health faces possible cuts as the federal budget process continues, according to a story in last week’s Washington Post. Yet FDA Commissioner Andrew von Eschenbach refused to confirm or deny the report that $1.2 million of the office’s $4 million budget is on the chopping block. Instead, he said: “I'm not downsizing the Office of Women's Health. I'm not saying there won't be a reduction... but it's not to be viewed as a reduction of our commitment to women's health."

    What it didn’t say: We might well wonder how a 30 percent cut in the Office of Women’s Health budget would not impact women’s health across the board. For instance, $1.2 million could easily be used for more educational materials for doctors, many of whom do not recognize heart disease in women when they walk through the emergency room doors. Learn more about women’s heart disease: MORE INFO…
Mark your calendar
  • MARCH 6:  Men’s Initiative Local Action Team - Chicago meeting
    A "What Will It Take?" program
          3 p.m., Foundation office, 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1620, Chicago
          Join men and women allied to end violence against all women and girls. New allies always welcome. RSVP required. MORE INFO...
  • MARCH 8: "What Will It Take?" press conference 
          10 a.m., Rape Victim Advocates, 180 N. Michigan, Suite 600
    Unveiling of the initiative’s public service announcements, website and other materials. Contact Laura Fletcher at (312) 577-2824 or for more information.


  • MARCH 21: Health Issues Impacting Incarcerated Women and Girls
          12 p.m., Foundation office, 1 E. Wacker Dr., Suite 1620, Chicago
    Join the Foundation's Alumnae Council and experts for a brown bag lunch on the health challenges faced by incarcerated women and girls. RSVP required. MORE INFO...

  • MARCH 27: Tickets to “Music Matters” featuring Jill Scott
    A “What Will It Take?” special event
    Save the date: on this day, you can start buying tickets to see Jill Scott on June 7. Proceeds benefit the “What Will It Take?” anti-violence initiative. More information available online soon.

  • MARCH 29: Town Hall – Galesburg
    A "What Will It Take?" program
          6-8 p.m., location TBA
    Speakers include Cher Hamilton from the Western Illinois Regional Council’s Sexual Assault Program Victim Services and Jill Johnson, professor of psychology at Carl Sandburg College. More information coming soon.
  • APRIL 4: Town Hall – Champaign
    A "What Will It Take?" program
          6 - 8 p.m., Parkland College, 2400 West Bradley Ave., Champaign
    This Town Hall features a special performance by Inner Voices Social Issues Theatre. Guest speakers and more information coming soon.

  • For more programs and events see our calendar page.
In case you missed it
What you should do
  • MAY 3: Portraits: Stories of Hope and Survival – an artistic performance for "What Will It Take?" at Park West in Chicago
  • MAY 10: Race for a Safe State: A 5K Run, Walk and Roll – an active afternoon in Chicago's Grant Park for "What Will It Take?"
  • JUNE 7: Music Matters: Singers and Songwriters Unite Against Violence, featuring Jill Scott – a concert for "What Will It Take?"
  • SEPT. 11: The Foundation's 22nd Annual Luncheon and Symposium, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago

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