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Victory: U of C to Raise the Age of Children's Trauma Center

[ December 11, 2014 | 0 comments ]

After 4 years of struggle FLY and the Trauma Care Coalition has won a major victory: The University of Chicago Children's Hospital will raise the age limit of their children's trauma center from 15 up to 18! This victory is for Damian and all the young people who fought so hard to make this possible. FLY, KOCO and SHE, NNU, Kenwood Church and University Church and all our allies - have shown what is possible when we come together, when we fight: we win!




This victory also exposes what we have long known: the University of Chicago has the capacity to expand access to trauma care.

Today the University of Chicago will submit their proposal to the Obama Library Foundation. In it there will be no mention that they continue to ignore the mostly young black men (18 and older) who are dying at their doors.

Join our social media action action today click here or below:https://www.thunderclap.it/projects/20164-no-trauma-center-no-library?locale=en
And repost/retweet us throughout the day!

We cannot let this moment pass. We must use our voices to let the world and President Obama know that the University of Chicago can do so much more to show that they value black life.

For starters Dean Polonsky should agree to meet with our coalition. He can raise the age limit of the pediatric trauma center further: up to 24. They can also bring an adult trauma center to the south side.

We are encouraged by our victory. We will continue to fight stronger, until the University's actions show that to them ALL #blacklivesmatter.

NO #Traumacenternow NO Library!


Check out the press:
http://www.suntimes.com/news/31554288-418/u-of-c-medicine-wants-to-raise-age-limit-at-pediatric-trauma-center.html#.VIkc61fF9vZ
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-u-of-chicago-trauma-center-20141209-story.html
http://chicagomaroon.com/2014/12/09/ucmc-to-increase-age-limit-of-pediatic-trauma-care-program/
http://progressillinois.com/news/content/2014/12/09/u-c-medical-center-looks-expand-trauma-care-program
http://hpherald.com/2014/12/09/in-victory-for-advocates-u-of-c-trauma-center-to-raise-age-limit/ Read the full story »
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Trauma Care Coalition Challenges University of Chicago’s Bid for Obama Library: We say ‘no trauma center, no library’

[ May 8, 2014 | 0 comments ]


The University of Chicago wants to build the Obama Library.

But do they have a responsibility to serve the needs of the surrounding community before they get the honor and money that comes with the Obama library?

Please join us for a Town Hall about the Univ. of Chicago’s bid for the Obama Library.
May 8 from 6pm-8pm at University Church (5655 S University)















Check out a great article about the event in the Sun-Times: 
http://www.suntimes.com/news/mitchell/27301274-452/young-activists-push-for-south-side-trauma-center.html#.U2t5puZdVva

Victoria Crider, a high school senior and FLY leader, who goes to school just seven blocks from President Obama’s house, says “the University of Chicago has long neglected the needs of black and brown communities on the South Side, including denying access to life saving trauma care, so why should they get the honor and prestige that comes with the Obama Library?”

Read the full story »