Category Archives: Leadership Opportunities

This Saturday, July 28, Don’t Miss This Outdoor Rooftop Event at Lakeshore Athletic Club Supporting Imerman Angels .org

Jonny Imerman is a friend of ours and runs an amazing organization I plan to talk much more in depth about next week.  For now, if you want more info on the incredible services Imerman Angels provides, pay them a visit or join them this Saturday for a terrific time.  You are the best, Jonny!
Derrick and Michael

The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council and Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema present the Chicago premiere of NO END IN SIGHT

The Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council and Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema present the Chicago premiere of…

Wednesday, August 8, 2007

6:30 PM
Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema

2828 North Clark Street

Free and open to the public.
Reservations are required
and can be made online, by e-mail or by calling 312.422.5580.

Following the film, there will be a post-screening discussion with Juan Torres of Gold Star Families for Peace and Jeff Leys of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.

The first film of its kind to chronicle the reasons behind the disintegration of Iraq following the 2003 U.S. invasion, NO END IN SIGHT is a jaw-dropping, insider’s tale of wholesale incompetence, recklessness, and venality . Based on over 200 hours of footage, the film provides a candid retelling of the events following the fall of Baghdad in 2003 by high-ranking officials such as former Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage, Ambassador Barbara Bodine (in charge of Baghdad during the spring of 2003), Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, and General Jay Garner (in charge of the occupation of Iraq through May 2003) as well as Iraqi civilians, American soldiers, and prominent analysts. The film dissects the people, issues, and facts behind the Bush Administration’s decisions and their consequences on the ground to provide a powerful look into how arrogance and ignorance turned a military victory into a seemingly endless and deepening nightmare of a war.  

“If everybody in this polarized country could be convinced to sit down tonight and watch…NO END IN SIGHT, we might pull our troops out of Iraq next week…” — Andrew O’Hehir,

For more information about NO END IN SIGHT, visit the film’s official website.


Juan Torres is an active member of Gold Star Families for Peace and has traveled the country speaking out against the Iraq War. His son, Army Specialist Juan Torres, Jr., was killed in action on July 12, 2004 in Afghanistan. The army ruled his son’s death a suicide, but Torres believes otherwise and has been conducting his own investigation. Having lost a son, he feels a duty to educate other parents about military recruiters.

Gold Star Families for Peace  consists of families of soldiers who have died as a result of war (primarily, but not limited to the invasion/occupation of Iraq). They are organizing to be a positive force in the world, to bring this country’s sons and daughters home from Iraq, to minimize the “human cost” of this war, and to prevent other families the pain of losing a loved one. Their goals are to bring about an end to the occupation of Iraq and to be a support group for Gold Star Families.

Jeff Leys is Co-Coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence. He traveled to Iraq to nonviolently oppose the impending U.S. invasion in February 2003 with the Iraq Peace Team project of Voices in the Wilderness. He returned to Iraq in November 2003 to see the impact of the U.S. invasion upon Iraqi citizens in order to more effectively organize to end the U.S. occupation upon return home. He organized and participated in three water-only fasts between June 2005 and March 2006. He organized and participated in the Walk for Justice, a 30 day, 320 mile walk through Illinois to build opposition to the U.S. war in Iraq in June 2006. Currently, he is facing a possible 6 month jail sentence for entering the U.S. Military Entrance Processing Command in North Chicago to oppose the war in and occupation of Iraq and to call for an end to stop-loss and stop-move orders that are imposed upon members of the military.

Voices for Creative Nonviolence has deep, long-standing roots in active nonviolent resistance to U.S. war-making. Begun in the summer of 2005, Voices draws upon the experiences of those who challenged the brutal economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and U.N. against the Iraqi people between 1990 and 2003. 

This event is co-sponsored by Gold Star Families for Peace and Voices for Creative Nonviolence.


This screening and discussion are part of The Public Square at the IHC’s Civic Cinema program, a series of films, forums, and conversations that uses the most exceptionally creative and engaging documentary films of our times as a springboard for talking about some of the most pressing and challenging social issues facing us.

If you need a sign interpreter or require other arrangements to fully participate, please call 312.422.5580. For parking locations near the facility, please visit Chicago Parking

Organized as a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973, the Illinois Humanities Council is now a private nonprofit (501 [c] 3) organization that is funded by contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations; by the Illinois General Assembly; and by the NEH.

The Public Square at the IHC was adopted by the Illinois Humanities Council on December 1, 2004. Founded in 2000, the Public Square at the Illinois Humanities Council has carved out a unique place in the cultural life of Chicago through innovative programming that fosters debate, dialogue, and exchange of ideas about cultural, social, and political issues with an emphasis on social justice. All Public Square at the IHC‘s programs promote participatory democracy by creating space for public conversations.

Chicago Cares Volunteer Opportunities

Chicago Cares’ mission is to respond to the critical human service, educational and environmental needs of Chicago by creating, managing and leading effective and innovative volunteer service programs which foster the ethic of volunteerism, promote a sense of community and support our partnerships with community organizations.

Chicago Cares is the city’s premier volunteer organization. Chicago Cares designs volunteer opportunities with you in mind. Each program is created by our staff to meet a community need and involves hands-on work (no office work or fundraising). You are led by a trained volunteer leader who knows what needs to be done and how – so you don’t have to. The offerings are flexible; you serve when you have time. Each program involves at least four volunteers, which means you are never alone and will always make a new friend. 

“We provide opportunities for individuals and businesses to improve the Chicago community through participation in creative, structured group volunteer programs designed to address Chicago’s most pressing needs. Chicago Cares develops approximately 120 hands-on group volunteer projects each month serving children, adults, seniors, the environment, the hungry and homeless and much more. Our innovative format gives people the opportunity to work on our projects on a flexible basis and has attracted thousands of active volunteers. Chicago Cares is an affiliate of Hands On Network, a growing alliance of  volunteer management and mobilization organizations across the United States, the U.K. and other countries.”

Want to join? Visit their online orientation  today!

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American Cancer Society

Just received a request for some volunteer support from my colleague Brook Billings so if you’re interested please contact her directly at the email listed below.
American Cancer Society!

The ideal candidate will possess the following: 
   Ability to work between 10 and 15 hours per week for a minimum of 3 months
   Ability to take ownership of and manage projects
   Ability to work independently and with groups
   Strong oral and written communication skills
   Attention to detail and organization
   Proficiency in Microsoft Office
   Commitment to American Cancer Society mission

Position Description
The Special Events Intern will be assigned to work primarily on one special event, and will work with and report to the Income Development Staff.  Responsibilities are included but not limited to the following: 
   Assist with special event coordination and planning
   Recruit and work with volunteers and planning committee members
   Attend planning committee meetings
   Solicit sponsorship and in-kind donations
   Assist with event publicity and marketing including printed materials, emails, direct mail, website, and press releases
   Assist with special event logistics and operations
   Assist with special event data entry and administrative tasks
   Assist with other special event assignments as needed
   *The ACS will work with colleges/universities to ensure credits are awarded appropriately for
an internship. Hours are flexible and will be coordinated based on availability and requirements of school.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from
cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.

If you are interested, please email Brooke Billings at

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY North Shore 820 Davis Street #400 Evanston, IL 60201

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