The Social Justice Summer Camp will not be held this year, due again to COVID-19 restrictions. However, to continue the work of the camp, we will be holding a virtual Social Justice Summer Film Club as one of the most popular aspects of the summer camp is the evening film series and discussions.  


    With so many issues related to social justice over the past year, we are very excited to talk and explore with past and future campers! We will host three evening discussions about a few amazing and powerful films during July, moderated by camp counselors Joseph Flynn, James Cohen, and Michael Manderino.


    All participants must RSVP for each evening through the link below.  Zoom meeting links will be sent to all who register.   


    We ask participants to screen the films in advance and then join the Film Club for small- and large-group discussions. Participation in the Social Justice Summer Film Club is free of charge, however, there may be a small rental fee depending on the title. It is suggested that you screen the films within 2 days of the discussion if possible; if not possible, you should take notes of your impressions and reflections on the film so you don't forget your thoughts.


    Film Club Schedule: 

    Tuesdays from 6-8 p.m. 


    July 13: The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution (2015)
    Facilitated by Joseph Flynn

    This documentary tells the rise and fall of the Black Panther Party, one of the 20th century's most alluring and controversial organizations that captivated the world's attention for nearly 50 years (From IMDB). 


    July 20:  Coded Bias (2020)
    Facilitated by Michael Manderino
    When MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini discovers that facial recognition does not see dark-skinned faces accurately, she embarks on a journey to push for the first-ever U.S. legislation against bias in algorithms that impact us all (From IMDB). 


    July 27: Which Way Home (2009)
    Facilitated by James Cohen

    "Which Way Home" is a feature documentary film that follows unaccompanied child migrants, on their journey through Mexico, as they try to reach the United States (From IMDB). 


    Click on the film titles above for more information. 


    RSVP Link: 


    NIU Social Justice Film Club 



    Happy screening, and see you all soon! 

    Dr. Joseph Flynn

    Associate Director for Academic Affairs,

    Center for Black Studies

    Associate Professor, Curriculum and Instruction

    Northern Illinois University

    DeKalb, IL 60115


Community Resource Guide

Parent Map

  • The Parent Map is a parent education course designed to engage struggling parents in not only finding strength but in developing skills that will assist them in parenting their children lovingly yet effectively.

    You can find more information about this group HERE

    El mapa para padres es un curso de educación para padres diseñado para involucrar a los padres con dificultades no solo para encontrar fuerzas, sino también para desarrollar habilidades que los ayudarán a criar a sus hijos con amor y eficacia.

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Com Ed Payment Assistance

  • With the majority of student learning taking place remotely, ComEd understands that some of our staff and families may be experiencing financial hardship as a result of the ongoing pandemic. That is why they have reached out to let us know of its bill assistance options available to help those struggling with past-due balances. If you are aware of anyone that could benefit from additional support, please have them call ComEd immediately at 800-334-7661 (Mon - Fri from  7 a.m. to 7 p.m.). They may also visit ComEd.com/support to learn more about the different payment assistance options and eligibility requirements.  Here is copied text from their direct email:
    • CARE Customer Hardship GrantsResidential customers facing financial hardship may be eligible to receive one-time CARE grants from ComEd to help them get back on their feet. 
    • COVID-19 Financial Bill Assistance. A one-time bill assistance credit of up to $500 is available this year for eligible, low-income households. 
    • Flexible, Extended Payment Arrangements. For a limited time, low-income households and residential customers expressing financial hardship may be eligible for a flexible payment arrangement so they can spread balances over 24 payments, with 0% down. Residential customers who may not be facing financial hardship, but would like to spread balances, may be able to do so over 18 payments, with no more than 25% down. 
    • Waiver of New Deposits and Fee Relief. ComEd is waiving any new deposit requirements for a limited time for customers expressing financial hardship and extending relief from various fees (such as reconnection fees) to help low-income residential customers. 
    • State and Federal Financial Energy AssistanceIllinois’ Percentage of Income Payment Plan (PIPP) and the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also provide valuable financial help to households that may be facing financial challenges. 



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