Compiled by DRH
ï The city has created a Web site where groups can post events aimed at commemorating 9/11. If you"d like to learn more about what Marion County organizations and companies are doing to mark the first anniversary of 9/11, go to www.IndyRemembers.org. ï Peace One Day began as the vision of one man, British filmmaker Jeremy Gilley. Launched in 1999, Peace One Day has successfully driven the initiative to establish the United Nations International Day of Peace as a day of global ceasefire and nonviolence, now fixed in the calendar as Sept. 21. Peace One Day asks the people of the world - and, yes, this even applies to Indianapolis - to honor and celebrate the day on Sept. 21 as a moment of global unity. For more information check: www.peaceoneday.org.
ï Income tax revenues in Indiana are falling. 2002 collections are off 6.3 percent, or $239 million. This means that counties and municipalities will be cutting budgets - and services. Marion County is looking at a $7 million loss between 2002 and 2003.
ï You may be seeing a $1.12 credit on your Indianapolis Power & Light bill. IPL has to provide $500,000 in credits to customers as a penalty for failing to meet state-mandated service quality standards. IPL failed to meet three of eight established standards.
ï Indiana is one of only 10 states that require parents to pay annual rental fees for textbooks.
ï Over the last 12 years, the nation"s Hispanic population has grown 74 percent to nearly 39 million. Its buying power - total income after taxes - is $581 billion. According to the Selig Center for Economic Growth, Latino buying power is rising at more than double the rate of the rest of the U.S. population. Latinos account for 8 percent of total U.S. market share.
ï The Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee and Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. all voted overwhelmingly to support a citywide police district. "Studies show that successful cities and regions have one major thing in common: a competitive downtown and center city," said Tamara Zahn, IDI president. "We"ve made great strides making our downtown the envy of other cities across the country. We cannot let 30 years of planning, hard work and investment go to waste."
ï Reported cases of HIV and AIDS in Marion County are way up. The reason why is uncertain at this point. Nevertheless, the number of reported AIDS cases so far this year (160) is higher than in all of 2001, 2000 or 1999. HIV reports are also up. Through the end of July there were 149; there were 162 during all of last year.
ï State Rep. William Crawford and U.S. Rep. Julia Carson held a town hall meeting last week on the subject of predatory lending. With Indiana leading the nation in home foreclosures, and court-ordered property sales increasing 400 percent since 1996 in Marion County ("Bad Loans and Broken Dreams," NUVO, July 17-24, 2002), the issue is a growing local concern. Crawford hopes that concern translates into support for anti-predatory lending legislation he will be offering in the 2003 session of the Indiana General Assembly. "All across the nation, states and municipalities are enacting laws to deal with this problem," Crawford told an Urban League crowd that included mortgage brokers, disgruntled homeowners and public officials. Carson sponsors her own anti-predatory legislation at the federal level. "I am not opposed to anybody making a profit, as long as they do it without exploiting anyone in the process," she said.
ï Notes torn from an activist"s datebook:
1. Formation of a coalition to devise a collaborative strategy regarding the death penalty sponsored by ICLU and ICACP on Aug. 29 from 6-7:30 at the Urban League Office on 777 Indiana Ave.
2. Labor Day Parade on the 31st and a grand concert on Sunday evening, Sept. 1, by Anne Feeney: unionmaid, hellraiser and labor singer at the Wheeler Art Theater, 1035 Sanders St., 7 p.m.
3. Labor Education series by the IU Division of Labor Studies on Sept. 4, 5 and 25. See www.labor.iu.edu for details.
4. Earth Charter Summit at Marian College on Sept. 28 with Indy"s social activists connecting EC principles to local issues.
5. On Wednesday, Sept. 4 at 6:30 p.m., the Department of Public Works will hold a public hearing at the Second Presbyterian Church, 7700 N. Meridian St., to review plans for changes to North Meridian Street that could include widening the street north of 61st and adding turning lanes. Homeowners have offered an alternative proposal.