Posts tagged "Barack Obama"

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 »

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns

Why the Voting Rights Act is still relevant despite the demographic shift in voting patterns
It was one of the big stories coming out of the 2012 election campaign – the minority vote. For the first time ever, the rate of black voters surpassed that of whites in the United States, by 2.1 percentage points. According to the 2012 Census report on voter turnout, 64.1 percent of white voters came... Read more »

Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security

Proverbial wall to legalization in new immigration bill is border security
There are undocumented immigrants in Chicago who crossed the border to get here; came on expired visas and were brought by their parents as minors. They are high school students, university graduates, dishwashers and mothers. Many of these immigrants are my neighbors. And they’ve all been waiting for the immigration legislation that President Barack Obama... Read more »
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A judge's decision dashes an immigrant's hope for deportation reprieve

A judge's decision dashes an immigrant's hope for deportation reprieve
A Chicago judge denied an immigration prosecutor’s request last week for an “administrative closure” of a deportation proceeding against Sebastian Pineda, a Mexican immigrant whose case was chronicled by The Chicago Reporter in August. The decision threw a wrench into the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s stuttering effort to carry out a 2011 directive by... Read more »

Immigration activists push for deportation moratorium on MLK and Inauguration Day

Izaithell Aguirre, 11, wraps herself in an American flag during a demonstration for a moratorium on deportations in Chicago. Organizers decided to have the protest on Jan. 21 to coincide with President Barack Obama's inauguration.
It was a historic day. The nation’s first black president was publicly sworn in for his second term. The ceremony took place on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and near where 50 years ago the slain civil rights leader delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. And while those in Washington looked back on the... Read more »

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama

Sen. Jacqueline Collins on Springfield, race and Obama
If you ride the 79th street bus, heading west from the Red Line, you pass empty lots, run-down strip malls and boarded-up Pentecostal churches that have seen more worshipful days. But then you get to a small oasis of activity–a Walgreens, a Chase bank, a beauty salon and a steady hum of foot traffic despite the cold.... Read more »
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The Chicago Reporter: Decades of dedication

The Chicago Reporter: Decades of dedication
By Laura S. Washington “In 1972, veteran civil rights activist John McDermott imagined a monthly publication that would investigate and analyze racial issues. McDermott and co-editor Lillian Calhoun met to plot the first issue, Calhoun recalled years later. “To save money, we decided on a newsletter, printed in good, clean Helvetica,” she said. “We chose... Read more »

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor

Poll: Americans say raise taxes on the rich rather than cut programs for the poor
Take from the rich to feed the poor? That’s what looks good to most Americans when it comes to negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff. A recent Pew Research Center poll showed that a whopping 69 percent of people approve of President Barack Obama’s proposal to raise taxes on Americans making over $250,000 a year.... Read more »

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 10th Congressional District

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 10th Congressional District
It’s never too late to get answers on the important issues. With only hours before counting returns from the election begins, we bring you the last Q&A in our series. For the past several days, we’ve asked some politicians from our area how they would help their communities in terms of race and poverty. In... Read more »
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Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 2nd Congressional District

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: 2nd Congressional District
For the past several days, we’ve asked some politicians from our area how they would help their communities in terms of race and poverty. In this latest installment, we’re featuring the 2nd Congressional District race. The race includes Democratic Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.; Republican challenger Brian Woodsworth and Independent Marcus Lewis. Jackson’s spokesman told us... Read more »