June 2021 Program - Virtual Salons

Date(s) - June 30, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

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Virtual Salons

The Shame of Chicago” Viewing & Discussion Groups
Wednesday, June 30, 2021
4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

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We invite you to join us for the winnowing and sifting of ideas with the LAI Ely Chapter’s annual salons program.

This year’s event features a group viewing of “The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Wealth Gap,” which is episode three of the new five-part documentary series called “Shame of Chicago.” Following a brief Q&A period, the salons traditional small group discussions will begin.

To accommodate the best viewing and discussions experience, the event will be hosted in two segments, as follows:


3:55 Login to Crowdcast
4:00 Welcome, Announcements and Framing Remarks
4:08 “Shame of Chicago” viewing
4:45 Q&A session
4:55 Segment 1 concludes. All guests log off CrowdCast.


4:58 Salon participants login to Zoom
5:00 Small group discussions begin
5:30 Small group discussions end. Program concludes.


The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Gap, is Episode 3 of the five-part documentary series, Shame of Chicago. The Color Tax tells the story of how a system of predatory home contract sales during the 1950s and 60s plundered enormous sums of wealth from black families seeking the American dream of homeownership. In a compelling narrative format, The Color Tax documents who peddled the contracts, how and why they were allowed to do it, and what happened when black families organized to fight back, in one of Chicago’s most heart-wrenching and perilous campaigns for racial and economic justice.

Bruce Orenstein is Artist in Residence at Duke University where he directs the Telling Our Stories Student Working Group at the Samuel DuBois Cook Center on Social Equity and teaches documentary production at the Arts of the Moving Image Program. He is the producer and director of The Color Tax: Origins of the Modern-Day Racial Wealth Tax.

Orenstein founded and directed the Chicago Video Project in 1990, one of the nation’s first studios dedicated to producing organizing-driven videos for grassroots social change organizations. His television credits include the Emmy-winning WTTW documentary No Place to Live, and the nationally broadcast PBS documentaries, The Democratic Promise: The Life and Legacy of Saul Alinsky and American Idealist: The Story of Sargent Shriver.

Prior to becoming a filmmaker, Orenstein was a community organizer for 13-years where he led direct-action community organizations in low-income communities in Seattle and on Chicago’s South Side and West Side.

All member registrants will be checked for paid 2021 LAI dues. If you would like to register for this event but have not paid 2021 dues, please visit LAI’s website.

Please note that refunds are not available for cancellations.

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