Posts in category "Race and Racism"

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS
Fifty years after Chicago Public Schools students took to the streets to protest segregated and overcrowded schools, some question how much has changed in a city still racked by racial and economic inequality. “These problems are still haunting us,” said Mia Henry, owner-operator of Freedom Lifted, a social movement history tour company. “Not even haunting... Read more »

Chicago aldermen seek $20 million reparations fund for police torture victims

Chicago aldermen seek $20 million reparations fund for police torture victims
A little more than a month after Mayor Rahm Emanuel apologized for torture committed by former Chicago Police Cmdr. Jon Burge and detectives under his command, Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st) and Howard B. Brookins, Jr. (21st) filed an ordinance in Chicago’s City Council Wednesday that would allocate $20 million toward redress to torture victims... Read more »

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide

Report: Downtown prospers while Chicago’s black, Latino communities slide
Downtown job creation policies have significantly benefited white communities to the exclusion of the city’s black and Latino communities, according to a report released Tuesday by the Grassroots Collaborative, a coalition of Illinois community and labor organizations. The report, “Downtown Prosperity, Neighborhood Neglect: Chicago’s Black and Latino Workers Left Behind,” found that while Chicago taxpayers... Read more »
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Women, Infants and Children program threatened by government shutdown

Women, Infants and Children program threatened by government shutdown
It’s a chilly morning as Maricela Villegas hurries through the doors of the Woman, Infants and Children Lower West Side center at 1643 W. Cermak Road. She has a 1-year-old son and is pregnant with another child. Inside the center, a mini grocery store and pharmacy, where it’s toasty warm, Villegas picks up a prescription... Read more »

Affordable Care Act addresses some health disparities, perpetuates others, experts say

Affordable Care Act addresses some health disparities, perpetuates others, experts say
Today uninsured Americans begin enrolling in state health care exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. The exchanges allow people who are buying insurance to compare different health plans and find one that is most affordable for them. In Illinois, the exchange is expected to eventually cover 1 million people who are currently uninsured, according to... Read more »

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse

For SNAP recipients, coming policy changes could take them from bad to worse
When more than 2 million SNAP recipients in Illinois have their Link card reloaded on Nov. 1, they may notice a difference. In particular, a difference in the amount of money on their card, which will be less. That’s because for the past four years, people depending on food assistance have been getting a temporary... Read more »
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The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »

Reflecting on the "Dream," 50 years later

Reflecting on the "Dream," 50 years later
Over the past several days, thousands of Americans traveled to Washington, D.C., to recall and relive the historic Aug. 28, 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Ordinary Americans of all ages and races stood at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial this afternoon, listening to speaker after speaker pay homage to Dr. Martin... Read more »

Unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole employment story, economist says

Unemployment rate doesn’t tell the whole employment story, economist says
Let’s say you are from one of the South Side’s more depressed neighborhoods, like Englewood. The unemployment rate in the Chicago-Joliet-Naperville area – the Bureau of Labor Statistics area for the region that includes Englewood – was 10.3 percent in June, a jump from the May unemployment rate of 9.3 percent. These numbers are undoubtedly... Read more »
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Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago
One week to the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, I was watching a film with clear parallels to Martin’s story. “Fruitvale Station” is a dramatized version of the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit cop on New Year’s... Read more »