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Fawzia Mirza, EI's Brian Johnson, Candace Gingrich to join Chicago Equality Rally
From a press release
2017-05-31

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CHICAGO ( May 31, 2017 ) — The organizers of the Chicago Equality Rally have announced the program lineup for the Sunday, June 11 rally to be held at 11AM at Andersonville Midsommarfest in solidarity with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C. Speakers and performers will promote visibility, unity, and pride. Actor, writer, and producer Fawzia Mirza will helm the program as emcee.

"Given the current political climate, it's essential we continue to come together across our intersectional identities and celebrate equality for all people," says Mirza of her role with the Rally.

The Rally will be held at the intersection of North Clark Street and West Balmoral Avenue. This intersection is home to Midsommarfest's Pride Stage and is anchored by local, gay-owned businesses. The Rally is being hosted in partnership with the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Windy City Times, Women & Children First Bookstore, Hamburger Mary's, Vincent Restaurant, Andersonville Coming Together 2018, LGBTQ Impact, Andersonville merchants and business owners, and with the support of 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor and 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman.

The Chicago Equality Rally has confirmed* the following speakers, performers, and attending elected officials:

Event Emcee: Fawzia Mirza, actor/writer/producer

Speakers: Kim Fountain, Center on Halsted; Emmanuel Garcia, Vives Q/Crossroads Fund; Candace Gingrich, Human Rights Campaign; Kim Hunt, Pride Action Tank; Brian C. Johnson, Equality Illinois; Brother Michael C. Oboza, Bisexual Queer Alliance of Chicago; Channyn Lynn Parker, TransLife Center - Chicago House; Ava Santos-Volpe, Ava's Change4Youth; Rabbi Rachel Weiss, Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

Performers: Jess Godwin, Darrian Ford, and Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble

Elected Officials: State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy, 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor, 48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman, 46th Ward Alderman James Cappleman

The program will be American Sign Language interpreted by Heidi Woelbling and stage managed by Danica Milich.

*Lineup of speakers is subject to change.

The Chicago Equality Rally community partners include:

aChurch4Me Metropolitan Community Church

Ava's Change4Youth

Bisexual Queer Alliance Chicago

Center on Halsted

Chicago Theological Seminary

Chicago Women Take Action

Equality Illinois

Feminists Instigating Social Transformation

Friends Who March

Gender & Sex Development Program of Ann & Robert

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce

5153 N. Clark St. #204 | Chicago, IL 60640

H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

GoPride Network

Howard Brown Health

Human Rights Campaign

Indivisible Illinois

Jess Godwin

Lakeside Pride Music Ensemble

Lambda Legal

National Council of Jewish Women Chicago North Shore

Proud & Included

The Chicago Coalition of Welcoming Churches

Additional organizations interested in partnering with the Chicago Equality Rally are asked to send their letter of support and logo to doakes@andersonville.org .

In its 52nd year, Andersonville Midsommarfest is a beloved community festival hosted by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce that celebrates the history, diversity and localism of the Andersonville community, as well as the arrival of summer in Chicago. The festival's leadership team feels Midsommarfest is a fitting location for a rally embodying the spirit of solidarity, celebration, and change.

Andersonville Midsommarfest will also donate $1 from each individual gate donation Sunday, June 11 to be divided among three Illinois-based organizations: Equality Illinois, Center on Halsted, and Ava's Change4Youth.

Chicago Equality Rally attendees are encouraged to RSVP via the public Facebook event. More information about the Rally will continue to be updated on the public Facebook event and at andersonville.org/equalityrally as it becomes available.

The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce fosters a vibrant environment in which Andersonville businesses can thrive by attracting a diverse customer base; providing business support services and advocacy; and engaging in business attraction, long-range planning, and economic development. The Andersonville Chamber of Commerce will provide the Chicago Equality Rally a gathering space in conjunction with Andersonville Midsommarfest 2017. Any views expressed by individual speakers of the Chicago Equality Rally are independent of the views held by the Andersonville Chamber of Commerce.


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