Red Carpet Virtual Viewing & Panel Discussion Event

Join us on Sunday, October 25th from 2:00-4:30pm CST to watch All In: The Fight for Democracy via Zoom.  Directly following the documentary, we will have an exciting discussion.  

 

As we near the General Elections on Tuesday, November 3rd, we want to continue to have informative discussions about the political climate & history in our country. 

 

Click HERE to RSVP to the virtual event.

 

This is an event that you DO NOT want to miss!!


Film Synopsis

"In anticipation of the 2020 presidential election, ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY examines the often overlooked, yet insidious issue of voter suppression in the United States.  The film interweaves personal experiences with current activism and historical insight to expose a problem that has corrupted our democracy from the very beginning.  With the perspective and expertise of Stacey Abrams, the former Minority Leader of the Georgia House of Representatives, the documentary offers an insider's look into laws and barriers to voting that most people don't even know are a threat to their basic rights as citizens of the United States."

- Amazon Studios (https://www.amazon.com/adlp/allinmovie)


Meet our Panelists & Moderator

                                  Rev. Clyde H. Brooks (panelist)

Reverend Clyde H. Brooks was born in the central Illinois town of Danville and raised in Georgetown, a neighboring community.  His multi-faceted career, promoting justice, equality, and unity, spans over a half century.

 

Rev. Brooks is an author and global traveler who leads ministerial delegations to biblical lands, including Brazil; Greece; and Israel to advance the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

 

Appointed by the Governor, Rev. Brooks has been a member of the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, helping to oversee the faith of thousands of prisoners in the Illinois Correctional system and was, also, appointed as a Commissioner to the Illinois Human Rights Commission.

 

Rev. Brooks was the National Director for Fair Labor Standards and Equal Employment Opportunity with the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association for 12 years.  After dedicating 23 years of services as a Deputy Sheriff, he retired from the Cook County Sheriff's Department.

 

Currently, he serves as Chairman of the Illinois Commission on Diversity & Human Relations (ICDHR) and heads work to teach young African-American men how to interface with law enforcement officers on the street.  He also leads "Black-White Divide," an initiative which encourages community leaders and citizens to find comfort in talking about race. 

                                   Traci O'Neal Ellis (panelist)

Traci D. O'Neal Ellis is a Chicago-area based Chief Human Resources and Equity Officer, Chief Legal Officer, and a sought-after speaker and workshop facilitator on matters of diversity; equity and inclusion; race/racism; and the intersection of race, law, and politics.

She earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Business & Industry at Florida A&M University and a Juris Doctor degree at The Ohio State University, College of Law.  Traci is licensed to practice law in George and Illinois.

Traci was named the 2012 YWCA Leader Award winner of the Beatrice Dorsey Award for Business and Professions as well as the 2018 City of Elgin, IL Human Relations Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award winner.

She is also a published author of The Exceptional Negro: Racism, White Privilege, and the Lie of Respectability Politics.

                                  The Honorable Patrick Watson (panelist)

Patrick Watson is a political consultant who lives in Barrington, IL.  He has organized grassroots efforts to push for reforms on immigration; gun legislation; health care; and workers rights in various states.  Patrick has worked as a staff member member for numerous campaigns and organizations, including President Obama's campaign; the DCCC; and many federal, state, country, and municipal campaigns.

His experience on political and issue-based campaigns has been in roles ranging from organizer; political director; campaign manager; and senior advisor.  Patrick is the current elected Democratic State Central Committeeman for the Illinois 6th Congressional District where he represents the district to the Democratic Party of Illinois - the youngest elected and the only Black member in a non-majority district on the Central Committee.

Patrick is also the Co-Chair of the Illinois 6th Congressional District Democrats.  He is the NAACP DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will, and NW Suburban Cook County Political Action Chair.

 

                                  Chantelle Porter (moderator)

Chantelle is a graduate of The Ohio State University (2003) and graduated from DePaul University College of Law (2006).  Chantelle was admitted to practice in 2006.  While at DePaul University College of Law, Chantelle received her Family Law Certificate and was the recipient of the Public Interest Law Association Grant - Judge Jeffrey Coman Designation, the Shiller DuCanto & Fleck Family Law Center Grant, and the Dean’s Scholarship. 

 

Chantelle is a partner at A. Traub and Associates, practicing in all areas of Family Law, Juvenile Criminal Defense, DCFS Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, and Orders of Protection. Chantelle is a court-approved Guardian ad litem in the 18th Judicial Circuit.  Chantelle was appointed as a Juvenile Conflict Attorney in the 18th Judicial Circuit. 

 

Chantelle is a former supervisor of the DuPage County Public Defender’s Office Juvenile Division where she concentrated her practice on representing juveniles on criminal matters and representing parents and children on abuse, neglect, and dependency matters.  Prior thereto, she was with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office where she represented the best interest of juveniles as attorney and Guardian ad litem on cases of abuse, neglect, and dependency.

 

Chantelle Porter is a member of the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.