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New Rogers Park Statue and Video Defy Trump’s “Shithole” Remarks

Posted by Mike G on January 16, 2018

Rogers Park has a long tradition of welcoming in as residents many people experiencing oppression from around the world.

View this six minute mini documentary about Rogers Park’s Sullivan High School soccer team, made by a NY filmmaker, Anthony Peeling, released just last week, the same week that our President characterized certain countries where many of our players came from as being “shithole countries.”

Or, this video, made by Sullivan digital media students, featuring refugee students attending a Thanksgiving celebration last November.

Last weekend’s winter freeze caused the pole mounted on the rocks off of our beach off of Jarvis to remind us of what our community stands for!

Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

(Thank to Heather Miller for this great depiction, and to my new neighbor Barb Moore for being one of the first to publicly point out (via facebook) the interesting ice formations building on this pole.)

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Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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