Received an e-mail from Melisha Mitchell of White Oak today. While I remain ambivalent about the recent changes to Illinois law, I know many of my readers and friends are pleased (as they have benefitted from the changes whereas other friends did not), I will paste an excerpt from Melisha’s email for your general awareness. Illinois/Chicago-area residents may be interested in attending. (Seriously, what pleases me here is Jean Strauss presence as her work is incredible).
“…invite all those who live in the Chicago area to join us for a very special celebration, “In Appreciation of the New Illinois Adoption Law and OBC Openings,” which is being held next Sunday, January 15, 2012, in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Documentarian Jean Strauss (author of the YouTube video above) will be on hand (and filming a number of post-1946 adoptees as they discover their original birth certificates for the first time!) for the three-hour event, along with the new law’s primary sponsor, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz. This unique afternoon get-together will be held from 2 to 5 pm on the campus of the University of Chicago, in the West Lounge of Ida Noyes Hall at 1212 E. 59th Street, on the second floor (plenty of free street parking in the area). You can RSVP either via Facebook, if you’re a Facebook member (go to: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/213238292092584/ ), or by emailing me directly at ILtreesurgeon@aol.com . ” – Melisha Mitchell