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WHERE WERE YOU ON THE MORNING OF SEPTEMBER 11TH?

The September 11 attacks, often referred to as 9/11, were a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks by the militant Islamist terrorist group al-Qaeda against the United States of America on the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001.

I was at work at URS, the construction management company that oversaw the building of Millennium Park. It was located right across the street from City Hall in downtown Chicago. After it happened, downtown was evacuated and it was like a ghost town. People were horrified that maybe City Hall or the Sears Tower would be next. People were running through the streets of downtown looking up in the air, fearing airplanes flying overhead. I didn’t feel safe until I was HOME!

WHERE WERE YOU ON THAT FATEFUL DAY?
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Thank you!

Pierre

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A student looks on as public officials tour classrooms at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy while CPS continues its reopening plans in the Lake View neighborhood on March 1, 2021.

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Anyone 12 years of age and older is eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.
Find your nearest vaccination location at https://www.vaccines.gov/ or call (833) 621-1284 to schedule an appointment near you.

Who should get a third dose of vaccine?


Currently, individuals with moderately to severely compromised immune systems are recommended for a third dose of COVID-19 vaccine. This includes people currently receiving treatment for cancer, people taking medications that weaken the immune systems, organ or stem cell transplant recipients, individuals with advanced or untreated HIV infection, and other conditions. A full list of conditions can be found on CDC’s website. If you are unsure if you are recommended for a third dose, talk with your health care provider. The third dose of COVID-19 vaccine can be given anytime 28 days after receiving the second dose.

The third dose is being recommended after emerging data suggests some people with moderately to severely compromised immunes systems do not always build the same level of immunity as individuals who do not have a compromised immune system. A third dose will help ensure people with compromised immune systems get as much protection as possible from COVID-19 vaccination.

Can I get any type of COVID-19 vaccine for the third doses?


No. You should receive the same brand of vaccine you received for your first and second doses, either Moderna or Pfizer-BioNTech.

When will the general public be able to get a booster shot?

 

When will the general public be able to get a booster shot?


Federal health officials are prepared to offer booster shots for people in the U.S. beginning the week of September 20, 2021 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose.


Do I need an additional dose or booster shot if I received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine?


Federal health officials anticipate booster shots will likely be needed for people who received the Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine. Administration of the J&J vaccine did not begin in the U.S. until March 2021, and health officials expect more data on J&J in the next few weeks.


Why do I need a booster shot?


While the COVID-19 vaccines currently authorized in the U.S. continue to be effective in reducing the risk of severe disease, hospitalization and death, including protection against the Delta variant, many vaccines see reduced protection over time. While study and data analysis are ongoing, federal health officials have concluded that a booster shot will be needed to maximize vaccine-induced protection and prolong its durability.

Where can I get a booster shot?

Individuals with compromised immune systems can check with their health care provider about getting a third COVID-19 dose. At this time, vaccine providers, such as local health departments, clinics, and pharmacies, are able to provide third doses. You can find a vaccine provider at www.vaccines.gov or call 1-800-232-0244 (TTY 888-720-7489).

Federal health officials are prepared to offer booster shots for people in the U.S. beginning the week of September 20, 2021 and starting 8 months after an individual’s second dose. More information will be available as the federal government rolls out its plan.

Is a third dose the same as a booster shot?


Some people, those who are immunocompromised, may not develop the same immune response level after vaccination as others. A third dose is recommended for those individual to help them build the same level of immunity as people who are not immunocompromised.

A booster shot is recommended as protection from the vaccine wanes over time.

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Dear Pierre,

Two years ago, you elected me to bring real reform and a progressive path forward in a city that had for too long been rife with corruption and systems that weren’t inclusive, equitable or fair.

Little did we know that you’d also be electing me to guide Chicago through the biggest crisis in its history–a global pandemic that has killed more than 5,000 Chicagoans and ground our entire city and society to a halt.

At my inauguration, I talked about the need for good government, transparency and accountability. “PPE” and “mRNA vaccines” weren’t in my vocabulary yet. I never dreamed we’d be worrying about making sure we had enough ventilators in local hospitals. I never dreamed we’d be thinking about classroom ventilation, or distributing face coverings to thousands of City workers, let alone turning our sports arenas into mass vaccination hubs. I never dreamed we’d be thinking about how to use our reverse 911 system to find homebound seniors who might need a healthcare worker to show up at their door with a vaccine, or how to turn CTA buses into mobile vaccination sites for our Black and Brown communities.

Together, we mobilized every resource we had in the fight against this virus, with an eye toward racial equity. We mobilized the Racial Equity Rapid Response Team, working with community organizations, houses of faith and local leaders on the ground in the most impacted communities to help stop the spread of the virus. We worked with local hotels and unions to provide quarantine and isolation rooms for first responders, and for Chicagoans experiencing homelessness. We worked with local organizations to distribute thousands of meals to folks who were going hungry.

Two years in, I’m humbled by all that we’ve gotten done. We’ve increased the minimum wage–it’ll be $15 an hour this coming July. We’ve passed the most expansive Fair Workweek law in the country, ending years of abusive treatment of hourly workers in Chicago. We passed sweeping ethics reforms to limit aldermanic prerogative and rein in corruption in City government. And we’ve taken on police reform, forcing major contract concessions on accountability from the unions representing our sergeants and lieutenants, overhauling the way CPD conducts search warrants, and making huge changes to the rules that officers must follow when using force. This work isn’t even close to done–but I know we won’t back down until it is.

Even in the face of this deadly pandemic and unprecedented civil unrest, we’ve stayed focused. We haven’t been afraid to take on the tough fights–but there is still much more to do. I’ll be announcing my priorities for the second half of this term in the coming days, and to get the rest of our agenda done, I’m going to need you standing with me every step of the way.

Now, we are safely beginning to reopen our city and get people back to work. Arts and culture are coming back to every neighborhood. All because people like you stayed home, wore masks, got vaccinated, and helped yourselves, neighbors and our city to show kindness and empathy. It is that spirit and our resiliency which will carry us forward as we enter the next chapter of our shared destiny together.

What we’ve just come through hasn’t been easy for any of us. But I am profoundly grateful to you for continuing to put your faith in me through this incredibly trying time. And I am so proud of what we achieved together, persevering and staying focused on our north stars of equity and justice, even under the worst circumstances imaginable.

Thank you for all that you do.

Sincerely,

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

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Jump on in and get your soul fed full of information in Music/Entertainment and most importantly Life! As a staple in the scene of Chicago, Journalism, and The Culture the dynamic personality of the author of the new book “Inside The Mind Of Entertainers” (available on www.Amazon.com asks the questions you want to hear. Pierre is a complicated man…a renaissance man. He is a singer-songwriter, musician, poet, author, DJ, entrepreneur, model, journalist, and a House head. A man with high ambitions and a wonderful sense of humor, highly spiritual, intelligent, protective, multi-talented, God-gifted, provocative…and yet humble.

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Thank you

Pierre,

On April 2, 2019, we made history in Chicago. I was proud and humbled to win the runoff election and later to be inaugurated as our city’s first Black woman and LGBTQ mayor.

I feel the weight of that history every day in City Hall, and I hope that thousands of young people in Chicago, from all walks of life, can see a new path forming ahead of them that once was unimaginable.

We’ll have much more to discuss next month as we reach the official midpoint of my first term, but for now I’d like to highlight some of the biggest achievements that our movement helped make possible:

*Strengthening our Welcoming City Ordinance to eliminate loopholes that put undocumented Chicagoans at risk

*Raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by this July

*Passing the nation’s most expansive fair scheduling law for hourly workers

*Battling COVID and rolling out vaccines in a data-driven and equitable manner

*Taking on aldermanic prerogative and strengthening the Inspector General’s office

*Reforming fines and fees, ending water shut offs and ending the cycle of debt

*Creating INVEST South/West, a collaboration between government, businesses, philanthropies, and community leaders that will align more than $750 million in public funding toward 10 neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides

None of us expected to have a pandemic to contend with for such a long stretch of my first term, but there is still great work that my administration and our City Council is doing that will change our city for generations. As we emerge from COVID, I’m optimistic that Chicago will reopen stronger and more equitable.

Pierre, there’s more work to do. We’re going to finish this term strong, and your support will help us keep fighting for Chicago.

Thank you,

Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot

Balmoral Avenue near Clark Street is closed to traffic for expanded outdoor dining for the Replay, Hamburger Mary’s and Vincent restaurants in the Andersonville neighborhood on Wednesday, June 24, 2020. | Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

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CHICAGO — The city is trying to encourage people to take their activities outside amid a rise in coronavirus cases by loosening restrictions on outdoor events.

The city is keeping its restrictions on indoor activities, like dining in at restaurants. But it will raise outdoor capacity limits to encourage more events outdoors, where the virus is less likely to spread, according to a Thursday news release.

Here are the new outdoor capacity rules:

Bars and Restaurants: Maximum outdoor table size can increase to 10 people, with tables set up so that patrons are 6 feet from patrons at other tables.

Social Events (e.g. weddings, potlucks and other community events): Total outdoor capacity can increase to the lesser of 50 percent or 100 people.

Performance Venues, Theaters and Seated Spectator Events: Outdoor venues with capacity greater than or equal to 200 can operate at 25 percent capacity. Smaller venues can operate at no more than 50 percent capacity or 50 people.

Outdoor Recreation: Maximum groups of 50; multiple groups permitted

Places of Worship: No outdoor capacity limit provided that 6 feet of social distancing is maintained between parties.

Health and Fitness Centers: Outdoor classes can increase to 100 people.

In a call with reporters Thursday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the uptick in new cases is being seen among young folks, particularly in Lincoln Park, Old Town and Portage Park.

“The bottom line is here is we’re seeing a very disturbing trend that could significantly impact our ability to move forward with reopening,” she said.

While the state has loosened restrictions on indoor dining and other businesses, Lightfoot and Dr. Alison Arwady, Chicago Department of Public Health commissioner, said numbers are moving in the wrong direction in Chicago.

After three months of declines, the city has seen a 23 percent increase in new COVID-19 cases diagnosed per day, an 18 percent rise in test positivity, a 38 percent rise in emergency room visits for COVID-like illnesses and a 3 percent rise in ICU bed occupation, the Department of Public Health announced.

Lightfoot said increasing outdoor capacity should not exacerbate this problem, but the city pressed pause on loosening restrictions for indoor activities.

“The issue that we face really isn’t around outdoor events,” she said. “The issue that we’re seeing is people not following the public health guidance around masking, social distancing, particularly indoor activities.”

Capacity at bars, restaurants, social events and other indoor establishments will remain at 50 percent capacity or 50 people per room or floor, officials said.

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One Year Anniversary!
GO BANG! Magazine
CHICAGO’S OWN FREELANCE WRITER OF ICONIC MAGAZINES CELEBRATES ONE YEAR!

On April 1, 2020, Pierre Andre’ Evans launched his own iconic online magazine. The GO BANG! Magazine debut issue featured Mo’ Betta Blues actress Cynda Williams, international DJ/Producer Steve “Silk” Hurley, film composer Rob Diggy, comedian Damon Williams, and over 30 more intriguing, exciting and astounding individuals!

Celebrating ONE YEAR in publication, GO BANG! Magazine has achieved what many other media outlets haven’t. April 1, 2021 marks the ONE YEAR Anniversary of GO BANG! Magazine! In that one year, GO BANG! Magazine has become the reliable source for in-depth interviews and an internationally global successful medium. The magazine has interviewed hundreds of celebrities and everyday individuals. It proudly boasts, having readers from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, China, Italy, Nigeria, Australia, Germany, Spain, France, Japan, Saint Lucia and several other countries.

Pierre Andre’ Evans, is a graduate of Chicago’s prestigious Columbia College, possesses a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management. In 2018, he authored his first book “Inside The Minds Of Entertainers,” which is available on Amazon. He is also a Chicago based freelance writer of Entertainment, Music, Art, Culture, Fashion and Current Events, has had the privilege to write for several outstanding media outlets including Chicago’s own N’Digo Magapaper, the historic Chicago Defender Newspaper, and the iconic Soul Train brand’s SoulTrain.com online magazine.

As a freelance journalist, he has interviewed television and movie legend Eric Monte´ (creator of Good Times, The Jefferson’s, What’s Happening and Cooley High,) theater legend Shelly Garrett (Beauty Shop), the rising star Richard Pryor, Jr., legendary jazz/soul/fusion recording artist Roy Ayers, and various R&B singers including O’Bryan, D’Wayne Wiggins (founder of Tony, Toni, Tone´) and Karyn White. He’s even interviewed legendary DJ Herb Kent “The Kool Gent”, 4x GRAMMY ® nominee DJ/Remixer Steve “Silk” Hurly and DJ Jesse Saunders and covered his 30th Anniversary of House Music Tour. His tribute to the late DJ, Producer and House music legend Frankie Knuckles was well received, worldwide.

“GO BANG! Magazine” is published by Pinnacle Entertainment Productions, a company he also owns. GO BANG Magazine is designed to be an informational, educational and entertainment resource, providing the reader with in-depth reporting on groundbreaking people, places and events, that are making positive differences in the world.

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Media Statement from CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, MD, MPH, In Observance of One-Year Pandemic Milestone
Media Statement
For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 11, 2021
Contact: Media Relations
(404) 639-3286

One year ago today, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. The toll of this disease and the continued loss of life around the world and in our nation is heartbreaking. To so many of you who have felt the pain and loss of a loved one during this pandemic – you have suffered the ultimate loss, and we grieve with you.

After a year of this fight, we are tired, we are lonely, we are impatient. There have been too many missed family gatherings, too many lost milestones and opportunities, too many sacrifices. And still, through it all, there is determination; there are stories of giving and hope, of stamina and perseverance. We are better together, and together, we will endure.

The vaccination of millions every day gives me hope. Hope that we can beat this pandemic. And hope that we can get back to being with our family, friends, and community. And soon.

Earlier this week, CDC released our first evidence-based guidance for fully vaccinated people. These new recommendations are a first step in our process of returning to everyday activities – safely spending time with family and friends, hugging our grandparents and grandchildren, and celebrating birthdays and holidays.

While we accumulate more evidence to support the safe return to everyday activities, please continue taking precautions in public and when around people who are at high risk for severe COVID-19 disease. Whether you are already vaccinated or not yet vaccinated, wear a well-fitted mask, practice physical distancing, wash your hands often, avoid medium and large gatherings, and avoid travel. We know these measures work to prevent the spread of this virus and help protect each other.

This pandemic will end. And, our public health work will continue. Through the near-blinding spotlight of this crisis, we now clearly see what we should have addressed before– the long-standing inequities that prevent us from achieving optimal health for all. We see the impact of years of neglect of our public health infrastructure. We see the critical need for data that move faster than disease, to prevent rather than react. To move past this pandemic, we must resolutely face these challenges head on and fully embrace the innovations, the new partnerships, and the resilience of our communities that have emerged from this crisis. It is the only way we can turn tragedy and sorrow into lasting progress and improved health for all.

In one year, we have lost over 520,000 Americans to COVID-19. These are grandparents, parents, and children. They are siblings, friends, and neighbors. They are our loved ones and our community. We join together to grieve these losses and intensify our efforts so they were not in vain. I thank you for your perseverance and for your unity of mission. Together, our strength and hope will guide us to the end of this pandemic.

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