Posts tagged "civil rights"

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 »

Thousands commemorate March on Washington's 50th anniversary

A crowd moves through the Stadium-Armory Metro in Washington, D.C., on its way to 50th anniversary festivities for the March on Washington.
Tens of thousands from all across the country made their way Saturday to the Lincoln Memorial to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. On Aug. 28, 1963, several hundred thousand had stood in sweltering heat to hear Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. deliver his historic “I Have... Read more »

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?

Some aldermen want police strike forces back -- would they jibe with new city-hired gang prevention group?
Something’s got to change, say the aldermen on the South and West sides who have watched the body counts–which are mostly comprised of young African American men–in their wards climb at alarming rates, this year. Tired of the ostensible ineffectiveness of Police Supt. Garry McCarthy’s emphasis on beat policing, those frustrated aldermen recently called for... Read more »

Who's 'abusing the badge'?'

Police accountability advocates and attorneys representing the City of Chicago have been going back and forth for years over whether the names of police officer fingered by civilians for misconduct should be made public. For now, they remain under wraps. But in our latest investigation, “Abusing the Badge,” we took a backdoor approach to find... Read more »

Black History Month + Women's History Month = the muckraking Ida B. Wells

With February being Black History Month and March dubbed Women’s History Month, it’s as good a time as any to honor an African-American woman who contributed to both histories. Ida B. Wells-Barnett, the muckraking journalist, was an outspoken social campaigner, newspaper editor and political candidate in the late 1800s to early 1900s and the ideal... Read more »

Eyes on the prize: Immigrant rights activists fight Juan Crow

On March 7, 1965, more than 500 demonstrators set off on a 54-mile march through the segregated South from Selma, Ala., to Montgomery, Ala., in response to the murder of a civil rights activist. The march called for African Americans to be given the right to vote and an end to violence and intimidation. Fast... Read more »

Is the Tea Party trying to keep black voters from the polls?

I recently saw a hilarious sketch at Second City. At a polling place on election day, an election official informed voters that voting had been privatized by the Tea Party, and because of that, they were required to take a literacy test in order to vote. White voters, even the crazy, shirtless, drunken ones, were... Read more »

Home sales take a nose-dive to lowest level in 15 years

Home sales plummeted by 27.2 percent in July compared to June, hitting the lowest level in 15 years. The drop, which is the biggest monthly dive since 1968, enforced fears that the economy continues to slow down.  The end of a tax credit given to first-time buyers contributed to the fall, according to NPR. While... Read more »

Do Metra riders get unfair share of funding?

The answer is yes if you believe the allegations in a civil rights lawsuit filed today. A class action lawsuit was filed today alleging that an Illinois transit funding scheme enacted in 1983 funneled a disproportionate amount of transportation money to white people riding the Metra than to minorities taking the CTA. According to,... Read more »