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A Million Questions' From Descendants of Slaves Sold to Aid Georgetown By RACHEL L. SWARNS and SONA PATEL

Posted by Chicago Association of Black Social Workers on May 26, 2016 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (10)

Good evening, click to read unique stories of “The men, women and children that were owned by the nation’s most prominent Jesuit priests. And they were sold – for about $3.3 million in today’s dollars to help the college now known as Georgetown University stay afloat.”®ion=Header&action=click&contentCollection=Trending&pgtype=article

Another plus for Reparations!

{Grace, Peace and Blessings}

2014 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Conference

Posted by Chicago Association of Black Social Workers on September 30, 2014 at 1:30 AM Comments comments (0)


On behalf of member Rochelle Cross, here is an opportunity to gain some training that has been shown to have efficacy in highly dysregulated clients. DBT is used for people with ADHD, borderline personality disorders, bi polar disorder etc.

Consider supporting her and enhancing your professional repertoire of skills for this effective treatment.


Intertwined, LLC is purchasing Dr. Lane Pederson's DVD- "2014 Dialectical Behavior Therapy Conference: Practice Based Intensive DBT Training" for a group viewing. Please note the dates have changed!!!!!!


This 2014 Dialectical Behavior Therapy conference will afford you an opportunity to earn 24 CEU’s in four days for only $195.00 ($210.00 after 9/30/14). Price includes all four dates!!!


DBT is an innovative therapy that is highly effective with clients for whom traditional therapies were ineffective. Training dates are scheduled on Saturdays for convenience- Nov. 1st, Nov 15th, Nov 29 and Dec. 13, 2014, 9a-5:30p. For additional information see attached flyer, register at Space is limited!!!

Collaboration to Action: Building a Peaceful Chicago

Posted by Chicago Association of Black Social Workers on September 30, 2014 at 1:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Collaboration to Action: Building a Peaceful Chicago is a unique approach to a common issue facing the African American community. We are focusing on the good news; seeking to inspire by sharing programs and strategies that are effective, provide a forum for community leaders to collaborate and ultimately, walk away empowered with specific actionable, solution-oriented items to be immediately utilized in the community. The day will begin with a dynamic panel, discussing uplifting stories that deserve attention and then move into facilitated breakout sessions on topics such as mental health, parental engagement, academic support and workforce development. We need you to participate in this very important discussion to bring peace to our city.

Fundraising Opportunity for Alzheimer's Awareness

Posted by jataunrollins on September 1, 2014 at 1:15 AM Comments comments (0)

Do you know someone impacted by Alzheimer's? Perhaps you know the affected individual, a family member or their caretaker. Regardless of who you know, it is devastating on all fronts and draws a wealth of time and resources to ensure that there is a good, quality of care in place. You can sign up to day  with President Jataun Rollins in her fourth walk for Alzheimer's on behalf of her grandmother, Maggie Passmore. YOu can sign up directly on and search "Maggie's Spirit is Still Here" as the team and make either a donation or sign up for the team and raise funds while walking a short, 3.2 mile  event off Chicago's Lake on Montrose Harbor.

The event is September 28, 2014 and kicks off exactly at 10 am. It is preferred that  you register online or you will need to arrive earlier on site to do so. Please contact Jataun for questions at

In the spirit of Harambee!


Volunteer Opportunities with CABSW

Posted by jataunrollins on September 1, 2014 at 1:00 AM Comments comments (0)

Are you looking to do something with the Chapter for an event that draws an international following? Perhaps you are interested in a meet up that provides networking opportunties or development of friendships while volunteering. This will provide the Chapter with more visibility and is a fun way to get to know one another or enhance friendships. Jackie Baldwin, newer member, is the coordinator for this event and can be reached via email at See details below.

The Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo features more than 200 exhibitors offering Bank of America Chicago Marathon merchandise and the latest in running footwear, apparel, nutrition and technology. Additionally, the Health & Fitness Expo is the home of Participant Packet Pick-Up for all 45,000 Marathon participants. Held at Chicago’s McCormick Place, the two-day Expo is free and open to the public.

McCormick Place Convention Center

North Building, Hall B1

2301 S. Prairie Ave.

Chicago, IL 60616



Saturday, October 11 Looking to secure as many CABSW volunteers for the 9-12 shift as much as possible.

9 a.m. – 6 p.m.


*For driving and parking, use the above address for the best access to the Abbott Health & Fitness Expo. The publicly listed mailing address for McCormick Place is 2301 S. Lake Shore Dr.



Participant Packet pick-up includes:


  • Bib number and safety pins
  • Gear check tag
  • Timing device
  • Nike participant running shirt
  • Participant bag


Packet pick-up is located at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, McCormick Place. All packets must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo during regular Expo hours.

Criminals, Victims and the Black Men Left Behind

Posted by Chicago Association of Black Social Workers on August 15, 2014 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)


Criminals, Victims and the Black Men Left Behind


by Carla Murphy

Monday, August 4 2014, 7:00 AM EST.

This article is part of topic: Life Cycles of Inequity


Editor’s note: Our series “Life Cycles of Inequity” explores the ways in which inequity impacts the lives of black men. Each month, we focus on a life stage or event in which that impact has been shown to be particularly profound. This article was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund at the Nation Institute


The first time Jeremy Berry got shot it was late March 2012 and he called himself trying to help a homey from his block. Berry, about 5’9”, slim in build, lives in the Roseland section of Chicago’s South Side. He jumped into a fistfight, first with his hands and then throwing a brick. When Berry missed his target, the guy “upped a gun” and shot him. He spent a week in the hospital and three months recovering at his aunt’s house. The bullet remains in his right butt cheek.


The second time Berry got shot, it was June 2013 and he was hanging outside on the corner, “in the wrong place at the wrong time.” A basketball game with young men from another block in Roseland soured when a player from Berry’s block complained of a stolen watch and money. Berry didn’t participate in the tit-for-tat retaliations that followed, but that didn’t matter. He lived on the block, so he was included automatically as a target. One bullet hit a friend of his in the neck—he survived—and another tore through Berry’s chest. He stayed longer in the hospital this time, about nine days, and he spent two-and-a-half months recovering at a friend’s home. He also got a gun.


All together, the physical recovery from both shootings leached seven months from Berry’s life. “I got myself shot that first time,” Berry says, speaking in the Southern-tinged drawl of the black Midwest. “After the second time, I felt like I had to protect myself.”


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And, he admits, he wanted revenge.


“But God took me off the street to teach me to turn the other cheek. Everything happened for a reason. God is never late, ” Berry says, lapsing into the church-speak he uses whenever conversation glints at his future. It’s not the prosperity gospel, though. This stretch of S. Michigan Avenue, 20 minutes by bus from the last stop on the el train, is storefront church territory. Berry’s mantra is the half praise, half plea of the survival sermon.


At 22 years old, Berry has been homeless since turning 17 and largely unemployed since graduating from high school. He likes to work with his hands and began working on cars when he was 9. Now, older adults in the neighborhood look out for him, offering him odd jobs like cutting grass or household repairs. When a kind offer appears, or when need and Chicago’s winter winds overtake his pride, he couch surfs around the neighborhood. At one point in his life, he dabbled in selling drugs.


Berry is a poster child for young, black men who’re at risk of getting killed. Yet, even though he has been shot twice in 15 months, he is not a poster child for crime victims—not in a society that too often demands innocence as a prerequisite for a compassionate response.


Despite a two-decade decline in violent crime nationwide—homicide, in particular—pockets of sustained violence remain in many urban neighborhoods. The fear of becoming a victim today is less a citywide threat, more a neighborhood one in poor sections of places like Chicago, New Orleans and St. Louis, and smaller cities like E. St. Louis, Camden and Baton Rouge, too. In May, President Obama’s “My Brother’s Keeper” initiative for boys and men of color issued a progress report that highlighted homicide as the leading cause of death for black males ages 10 to 24. But like much discussion about violence and black men, the report contained less detail about the much larger number of victims of violent crime who, like Berry, survive the assaults. What happens to them?