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May 6-12, 2008

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No rain on our parade—
the Race for a Safe State
Call it one for the record books: Chicago Foundation for Participants stretch to warm upWomen's second annual 5K Race for a Safe State didn’t just surpass last year in the number of participants, it beat out the rain forecast. Even as the clouds threatened a downpour on Thursday, May 1, more than 350 runners, walkers and rollers streamed into Grant Park, fanning out on the lush green expanse along Balbo and Columbus drives. And we are happy to report that ABC-7 Chicago featured the race on their 10 p.m. newscast that night.

Board chair Mae Hong with LeeAnn TrotterThank you to all our participants, sponsors and special guests—including LeeAnn Trotter from WMAQ (NBC-5), who emceed for the second year in a row. Special congratulations are in order to some of our winners:

  • Top fundraiser and winner of two United Airlines tickets is Kemery Bloom.
  • The first male finisher and fastest time overall was Mike Wong.
  • The first female finisher was Liz Rose.
  • And top prize goes to all the women and girls in the Chicago area—who we hope will benefit from our grants and advocacy, which we continue to offer thanks to money raised at the race. 

While we tally our final fundraising total, you can continue to donate in honor of the race or a participant. Visit our race webpage for photos and more info.

Race for a Safe State finish line sign

Tuesday Stars

Western Oregon and Central Washington colleges’ Division II women’s softball teams showed that sportsmanship (sportswomanship?) is what athletics is all about. Western Oregon’s Sara Tucholsky hit a homerun—the first of her career—and batted in two runners, but badly hurt her knee while rounding first base. Because of rules and on-field confusion, Tucholsky was about to lose credit for her homerun—until two Central Washington players stepped up. After checking with officials, Mallory Holtman and Liz Wallace carried Tucholsky around the bases to home plate. Holtman, one of the top softball players in Division II, said, “Honestly, it’s one of those things that I hope anyone would do for me." Read more of this inspiring story at

News - analysis, what's missing, Foundation updates


According to the Sun-Times editors...

“When sex educators tell hormonal teens to just say no to sex – and leave it at that – they are committing malpractice."

“Illinois shouldn’t take the $1.8 million in federal money [through Title V] it’s likely to receive this coming fiscal year – and spend an additional $1.3 million in state money – on these harmful programs.”

“This isn’t about politics. It’s about practicality.”

“Even some officials at Chicago area social service agencies that accept the federal money privately admit to being leery of the wait-until-marriage mantra they’ve been forced to teach.”

From April 30, 2008 editorial in the Chicago Sun-Times
Abstinence-only sex ed is catching the eye of Chicago media
, including the Chicago Sun-Times and ABC-7 Chicago. The Sun-Times ran an editorial asking Illinois to “abstain from taking abstinence-only funds,” thanks to a meeting the Foundation set up with the editorial board. Read the Sun-Times editorial (PDF) or just peruse some great quotes (at right).
     Good media deserves attention: Email Sun-Times editorial page editor Tom McNamee at to thank the editorial board for their common-sense rejection of abstinence-only. Also, ABC-7 ran a special report on sex ed (video link), featuring comments from our grantee Illinois Caucus on Adolescent Health and footage from their April 15 demonstration opposing Title V abstinence funding, which we attended.
     Take action: Oppose Title V funding in Illinois. Visit our abstinence-only advocacy page or go straight to our Action Center to contact your legislators and local media. Also, since comprehensive sex ed has been shown to prevent teen pregnancy--which unfortunately goes hand-in-hand with poverty--register for our May 16 briefing on women's economic security.

On May Day last Thursday, Chicago’s immigrant justice march was a success. Kudos to all who participated on May 1, including our grantee Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights who offered voter registration at the march. Visit for photos. Since many immigrants seeking asylum are detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (known as ICE for short), the National Immigrant Justice Center, another Foundation grantee, collected survivors’ stories and created videos. In one instance, ICE separated an asylum-seeking woman from Cameroon from her baby for 11 months. In another, a detained refugee woman was repeatedly refused adequate medical treatment for a lump in her shoulder.

Good news this Mother’s Day: More women are breastfeeding infants—about 77 percent, the highest rate in a decade, according to a government survey. The New York Times reported that International breastfeeding symbolrates remain lower than ideal after six months of age, and that women who supplement breast milk with formula are counted in the survey. Breastfeeding is much lower among mothers in poverty (57 percent) and mothers under age 20 (43 percent). Illinois has progressive laws on breastfeeding that confirm breastfeeding in public is not indecent, give working mothers accommodations and include support in public aid programs like WIC. La Leche League has more details on these Illinois policies. 

Foundation news 
AVODAH: The Jewish Service Corps will honor Hannah Rosenthal, the Foundation’s former executive director, at their “Partners in Justice” gala (6:30 p.m., May 19, Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies, 610 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago). Rosenthal will be recognized as a “visionary working within and beyond the Jewish community inspiring us all to action.” Tickets are on sale now: contact Emily Rosenberg at or (312) 641-5575, or visit

Read more at our Press Room and our Past Events at

Our Events
Our website calendar lists all our programs, events and cosponsorships.

In the spotlight
MAY 7 (Wed.): A Foundation for Your Financial Future: Demystifying Retirement
     (all-council event series), 6-8 p.m.
MAY 8 (Thu.): Grantees: The Budgeting Laboratory (workshop), 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
MAY 13 (Tue.): Build the Movement: Empowering Asian American Voters (with
     Asian American Leadership Council), 6-8 p.m.
MAY 15 (Thu.): Grantees: Executive Director Roundtable on Developing the Development
, 12-1:30 p.m.
MAY 16 (Fri): Poverty’s Impact on Illinois Women and Girls: Economic Security Briefing,
     8:30-10:30 a.m.

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