Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

'Working in America' launches at Washington Library
by Liz Baudler
2016-09-14

This article shared 1106 times since Wed Sep 14, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Project& launched its Working in America exhibition with a panel discussion at the Harold Washington Library Sept. 14. Library Commissioner Brian Bannon introduced Working in America as a "contemporary, thought-provoking" tribute to Studs Terkel's 1974 book Working. Hosting the project at the library, he said, was a good way to "bring the rich culture we have in our city to everyone."

Jane Hussein Saks, Project&'s director, agreed that the library was a natural fit for Working in America. Libraries "are free, accessible and open, and always will be," she said.

Several of the subjects of the Working in America project were at the opening, including Chicagoan Riva Lehrer, a nationally honored lesbian artist. Also in the exhibit, but not in attendance, is Red Vaughan Tremmel, a trans advocate and filmmaker.

Saks introduced Alex Kotlowitz, the panel's moderator and author of There Are No Children Here, as "one of the most courageous voices in our city and our country."

Kotlowitz began by playing a clip of one of Terkel's interviews, joking that though Terkel was a renowned listener, the man himself was most always speaking. Over the course of the next hour, Kotlowitz urged the panelists to open up about their work: what it was that people didn't know about their work, what they did to unwind, whether they considered their work just a job or a calling.

Gary Bryner, a union rep for General Motors for 32 years, talked about the external and internal power of unions. "When the boat rises for unions, it rises for everyone," Bryner said. He also lauded the democratic nature of the organizations. "You can appeal any action, any decision of anybody. It works miracles," he said.

Ai-Jen Poo, executive director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, discussed how her work as an activist taught her much about people's complexities and the importance of story in uniting people for a cause. She worried about burning out like she'd seen colleagues do. "It takes some intention to bring who you are to the work," she said.

Roque Sanchez, the panel's youngest member, said he felt invisible in his custodial job. "My job is just something I'm going through," Sanchez said. Yet though he looks to explore other careers such as writing, he took pride in his current work. "I care about it as if I was doing my dream job," he said.

Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario had taken portraits of Working In America's 24 participants, but Kotolowitz prodded her to discuss her own work style. "The two times I've been kidnapped were the low points," the war zone reporter joked. Addario said taking pictures was the only time she felt fully present. "If I'm having a bad day, I can't work," she said.

Lucia McBath became a gun policy advocate after her son, Jordan Davis, was killed in what's been termed "the loud music case." "You don't go to school to be an activist," said McBath, who talked about how much research her work entails. Some of this research involves listening to survivors' stories, and it's there McBath said she can get overwhelmed. "Every day I wish I did not have to do this work," McBath said, citing that 91 people a day are killed by gun violence. Her family is crucial to keeping her balanced. "They remember the Lucy before the work," she said.

Jeffrey McGee, the last panelist, described his life as split in two parts. While McGee is now a facilities manager at a VA rehab center, in his past life he was a drug dealer who served time in prison. McGee talked about the compassion and focus it took to do his job every day. "It's like a crazy house," he said. "I have to bring myself to their level: I'm crazy too." He recalled finding clarity about his life while in solitary confinement. "Every time I've grown it's because of adversity," McGee said.

The audience was curious about how Working's subjects were chosen. "It's a testament to Jane's eclecticism," said Addario, speaking of the subjects' range. McBath had nothing but praise for Addario's photographic work.

"It was organic," said McBath, who noted that she'd been photographed many times in her role. "Nothing was difficult, nothing was staged."

The Working exhibit is up now at the Harold Washington Library. The exhibit, which was designed by Jeanne Gang and Studio Gang Architects, is part of a larger initiative that connects three multi-platform components. A radio series, co-produced by Saks and Radio Diaries Executive Producer Joe Richman, will profile people originally featured in Terkel's book Working and is scheduled to begin airing in September on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, with the Studs Terkel Archives as a partner.

At the exhibit, members of the public are able upload their own stories and photographs to an online archive called "Your Working Story." "The narratives of this exhibit allow us to explore the trials and tribulations we face in our work," said Saks. "It also shows what is universal about work and illustrates how labor, in many ways, gives us a sense of purpose, a means to participate in society and becomes the tie that binds us all together."

See projectand.org .


This article shared 1106 times since Wed Sep 14, 2016
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

Bulls, Blackhawks lose; Lightfoot-Fire FC link
2022-12-01
The Chicago Bulls (9-12) fell to the Phoenix Suns (15-6) 132-113 in Arizona on Nov. 30, dropping the Bulls to 12th in the Eastern Conference. Phoenix now leads the Western Conference. Devin Booker scored 51 for ...


Gay News

Landmark step toward equality: Senate passes bipartisan Respect for Marriage Act
2022-11-29
-- From press releases - WASHINGTON — The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) — the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization — today celebrated the bipartisan passage of the Respect ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Elton John, Leslie Jordan, Joel Kim Booster, Janelle Monae
2022-11-27
Elton John gave Los Angeles concluded a three-show run on Nov. 20 back inside Dodger Stadium, taking a final bow as part of his "Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour," according to The Hollywood Reporter. The concert ...


Gay News

Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth submits 2000+ petition signatures to run for seat vacated by Harry Osterman
2022-11-24
-- From a press release - CHICAGO, IL — Early this morning, Leni Manaa-Hoppenworth, candidate for 48th ward, submitted 2166 petition signatures — over four times as many as the 473 minimum required — in order to get on the ballot for ...


Gay News

Transgender Day of Resilience: Town Hall panelists tackle allyship, discrimination and immigration
2022-11-23
Brave Space Alliance (BSA), Life Is Work (LIW) and Chicago Therapy Collective (CTC) hosted three free events across the city that they named—TDOR Weekend: A New Era, Together— to celebrate ...


Gay News

Gay candidates Lopez, Lawson file papers for 2023 aldermanic race
2022-11-21
Ald. Raymond Lopez (15th Ward), an openly gay City Council member who has been an ardent foe of Mayor Lightfoot, announced Nov. 21 that he was dropping his bid for Lightfoot's mayoral seat, and would instead ...


Gay News

Kris Mayes shatters lavender ceiling; first LGBTQ person elected Arizona Attorney General
2022-11-21
-- From a press release - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Kris Mayes won the election for Arizona Attorney General. With this historic win, she is now the first out LGBTQ Attorney General in Arizona history. Mayor Annise Parker, ...


Gay News

Equality Illinois on the Club Q shooting
2022-11-20
-- From a press release - Statement from Brian C. Johnson, CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, on the Club Q shooting: On a day already marked by sadness, the LGBTQ+ community woke up to the tragic news ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Respect for Marriage Act, lesbian judge, gay official resigns
2022-11-20
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said that debate on the Respect for Marriage Act (RFMA) is suspended and will continue on Nov. 28, when the Senate reconvenes after Thanksgiving, LGBTQ Nation reported. The RFMA ...


Gay News

WORLD Brazilian musician, top LGBTQ+ cruises, Elon Musk, anti-trans attack
2022-11-20
Brazilian musician Pedro Sampaio revealed that he dates men and women, Out noted. Sampaio has 7 million monthly listeners on Spotify, more than 5 million followers on Instagram and several music videos with more than 50 ...


Gay News

Reports: Senate to vote on marriage equality law Nov. 16
2022-11-15
The U.S. Senate will vote on a measure enshrining marriage equality into law Wednesday, according to reports. Supporters of the measure, known as the Respect for Marriage Act, which aims to protect against an eventual repeal ...


Gay News

Gay man to head Chicago Latino Theater Alliance
2022-11-15
The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) announced the appointment of Jorge Valdivia as its new executive director, according to the Lawndale News. Valdivia's previous position was director of performing arts at the National Museum of Mexic ...


Gay News

NATIONAL Political results, communicable-disease law, Urvashi Vaid
2022-11-13
Sharice Davids won the election for Kansas' 3rd Congressional District. In 2018, she made history when she became the first out LGBTQ+ person elected to Congress from Kansas and one of the first two Native American women ever ...


Gay News

REPORTS: Tunney will not run to be Chicago mayor
2022-11-11
Outgoing Ald. Tom Tunney (44th ward) will not be among the challengers to incumbent Mayor Lori Lightfoot in the upcoming city election, according to multiple reports. Tunney's decision was first reported Nov. 10 in Chicago Tribune. ...


Gay News

Erick Russell shatters lavender ceiling; first Black LGBTQ person elected to statewide position in U.S. history
2022-11-09
-- From a press release - Washington, DC — Today LGBTQ Victory Fund candidate Erick Russell won the election for Connecticut state Treasurer. With this victory, he is now the first Black out LGBTQ person ever elected to statewide office in U.S. ...


 




Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.