Received anÂ e-mail from MelishaÂ Mitchell of White Oak today.Â While I remain ambivalent about the recent changes to Illinois law, I know many of my readers and friends are pleased (as they have benefittedÂ fromÂ the changesÂ whereasÂ other friends did not),Â I willÂ paste an excerpt from Melisha’sÂ 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 OBCÂ Openings,” which isÂ being held next Sunday, January 15, 2012, in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Documentarian Jean Strauss (author of the YouTube videoÂ above)Â will be on handÂ (and filming a number of post-1946 adopteesÂ as they discover theirÂ original birth certificatesÂ for the first time!) for the three-hour event, along with the new law’s primaryÂ sponsor, State Rep. Sara Feigenholtz.Â This unique afternoon get-togetherÂ will beÂ 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 freeÂ street parking in the area).Â You can RSVP eitherÂ via Facebook, if you’re a Facebook member (go to: http://www.facebook.com/#!/events/213238292092584/ ), Â or by emailing me directly at ILtreesurgeon@aol.comÂ .Â ” – Melisha Mitchell