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Check out what R.A.G.E. is up to this summer!

 So Fresh Saturday Kicks Off with a Bang

        Members of the Resident Association of Greater Englewood (R.A.G.E.) hosted a So Fresh Saturday celebration to reclaim Sherwood Park for peace last Saturday, June 20th. With the help of local artists, activists, and residents, the spacious park on 57th and Shields transformed into a scene overflowing with music, activity, and laughter.
        Nearby residents were drawn to the sounds and smells of festivity, and the commotion of preparation for the day’s events drew the curiosity of passersby. Within a few moments of being in the communal atmosphere, the uncertainty dissipated and it seemed like all had come to a mutual understanding: We are neighbors, and we desire many of the same fundamental experiences in our area.
        As a community-based organization, R.A.G.E. champions a mission to engage, equip, and inform the Englewood resident base to cultivate a positive community environment where all can grow and thrive. The So Fresh Saturdays series serves as an integral part of that mission, fostering interactions between Englewood residents and the assets already present in the community. The goal is that momentary introductions to turn into long lasting relationships.

        Local personality SupaDupa emceed the event with a blend of old and new school flare, and welcomed several dynamic performers to the stage. The featured artists, including Legends of Chicago Hip Hop, KWOE, and Chris Ferrell, delivered powerful messages in their performances. Humanitarian hip-hop artist Jessica Disu, also known as FM Supreme, shared her personal testimony with the youth in the crowd, and encouraged them to pursue their passions: “No matter what they say, we still believe... No turnin’ back, we’re movin’ forward.” Youth dance group K Phi 9 embodied a spirit of coordinated determination and creativity in their routine which fused House, African, Pop, Rap, and Electronic genres of music and dance. In between featured performances, SupaDupa also invited children in the audience onto the stage to show off their best dance moves. The day ended with an open mic, which gave residents the chance to vocalize and express themselves in a public setting.

        A bounce house and balloon animal artist provided entertainment for the younger guests, but the So Fresh Saturday event was appropriate for all ages. Several resource booths provided materials about free activities in the surrounding area, such as mammogram screenings and summer performances by the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre. Throughout the day, R.A.G.E. raffled off gift bags, gift cards, and t-shirts. Even guests from as far a Tennessee joined in for food off the grill!
        The So Fresh Saturdays series culminates in a backpack giveaway for elementary and high school students. All events take place from 3pm to 8pm, and the remaining schedule is as follows:
  • July 11th – Ogden Park – 6500 S. Racine
  • July 25th – Hermitage Park – 5839 S. Wood
  • August 8th – Lindblom Park – 6054 S. Damen
  • August 29th – Hamilton Park - 513 W. 72nd St.
            So Fresh Saturdays marks a turning point in the characterization of the Chicago summer. There exists an undeniable energy that brings the community out in droves. Join us to revel the possibility of change, powered by the efforts and contributions of Englewood residents. Join us to witness the #GoodInEnglewood.

R.A.G.E. Returns to CAN TV on July 6th

RAGE is returning back to CAN TV Channel 21 starting Monday, July 6th at 7pm! The purpose of the live call in show is to share important news that impact Englewood residents as well as highlight the GOOD IN ENGLEWOOD!! We hope you will tune in and call us during the show!  You can catch many of our past shows on our youtube channel here.

Take a look and send us your feedback, show ideas and your Good in Englewood stories to!


Englewood Village Meeting
July 21st
Our next Englewood Village Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, July 21st at Mercy Housing Community Room located at 901 W. 63rd St. from 6pm-8pm.  Topics will include R.A.G.E. Updates, guest speakers from Whole Foods, State Legislative Updates and more. Refreshments will be served. For more info contact us at 866-845-1032. Tell a neighbor and join us! 

R.A.G.E. Back from Miami
We mentioned last month that Demond Drummer & Aysha Butler was invited to speak about their  work & contributions to the citywide Large Lot Program in Miami at the Media Learning Seminar of the Knight Foundation. If you are interested in viewing the panel check it out here:

Community, Technology and Partnerships from Knight Foundation on Vimeo.



So Fresh Saturdays in July

Our next stop of the So Fresh Saturdays - Englewood Park Tour is at Ogden Park located at 6500 S. Racine from 3pm-8pm.  In addition, to the entertainment, resource fair and food, we will also host a workshop this time - Urban Talk for Youth: Peer Discussion on Crime. This workshop is designed for youth only ages 7-17. After Ogden Park, R.A.G.E. will be headed to Hermitage Park located at 5839 S. Wood on July 25th!  Join us as we take over the parks in Englewood in the name of peace! If you would like to perform or set up a table at any of the events, email
R.A.G.E (Resident Association of Greater Englewood) is a resident led neighborhood association consisting of well minded folks who want to make a positive impact in the community. Apply online to Join RAGE today! 

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