Straightlaced Sparks Change in ChicagoFriday 10, April 2009
By Brittney Shepherd, Staff Producer | Straightlaced
This past Tuesday over a hundred diverse community leaders, educators, and youth joined GroundSpark staff at the Chicago premiere of Straightlaced. Following marriage victories in Iowa and Vermont, change was in the air, and people entered the screening already feeling the desire to make a difference in their own community.
Along with the Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance, who partnered with us to host the event, GroundSpark board member Bianca Alexander was on-hand to introduce the film. The audience responded very well to Straightlaced, and it was clear people of all ages and backgrounds empathized with the youth they saw on screen. Norma’s self-confidence ushered in cheers of ‘you go girl’ and Le’s recount of his pink hair curler incident left everyone laughing. Afterwards, many guests shared their newly-found inspiration and today, we are celebrating the planting of a seed in Chicago that will grow into the long-term culture change we ambitiously envision for our schools and youth.