What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget

What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget

Housing Discrimination. A proposed ordinance before the Cook County board would prevent landlords across the county from discriminating against low-income tenants who have housing vouchers. The Chicago Reporter investigates the ordinance, those who love it and those who don't.

Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Now on the big screen: films that hope to change the world. CISCFF is in its first year and will be showing 60 films. Among them will be the new movie by Kartemquin Films,  As Goes Janesville, about struggling workers in small-town Wisconsin.

Walmart Warehouse Workers. A group of workers in Elmwood, Ill. walked off their job at a Walmart warehouse two weeks ago, calling for better safety conditions and an end to wage theft and sexual harassment. On Monday, there will be an all-day rally outside the warehouse. Buses will be leaving from Chicago at noon.

How Should Chicago Spend Its Money? This fiscal year Chicagoans can expect to have a bigger say in their budget with a new participatory budgeting initiative. A press conference Wednesday at 9:30 am at City Hall will announce the details of the project. Residents of the 5th, 45th, 46th, and 49th wards will identify community needs and propose projects for $4 million in taxpayer money.

Debate Watch 2012. The Chicago History Museum will be hosting a weekly edition of In the Know in September focusing on the upcoming elections. Moderated by journalist Laura Washington, the first panel will be Wednesday at the Chicago History Museum.

 

Photo by CMG0220.

 

 

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