Posts tagged "community"

So what's in a name?

So what's in a name?
What’s in a school name? “Jesse Owens,” the name attached to a Chicago public school in West Pullman, matters, community advocates argue. Jesse Owens Community Academy has given hope and inspiration to low-income South Side students, said Owens’ daughter, Marlene Owens Rankin. That’s why her family is fighting a name change for the elementary school at... Read more »

Activist, educator uses indigenous traditions to heal his community

Tomas Ramirez grew up with the understanding that to be healthy as an individual, his community had to be healthy. He believes it’s his responsibility to help maintain and heal his community. Ramirez moved to Chicago from Central Mexico 20 years ago to reunite with family. He has since become an essential member of Chicago’s... Read more »

Chicago Reporter blogger Megan Cottrell wins Studs Terkel Award

Chicago Reporter blogger Megan Cottrell wins Studs Terkel Award
Few storytellers are as well-loved in Chicago as Studs Terkel. He shared the voices of regular working people and by doing so, wrote a history of the city of broad shoulders. It is with great pride that we announce The Chicago Reporter‘s blogger Megan Cottrell is the recipient of one of this year’s Studs Terkel... Read more »
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Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak

Your Vote, Your Community, Their Answers: Danny Davis vs. Rita Zak
The 7th district includes the suburban neighborhood of Oak Park, which is known for its Frank Lloyd Wright buildings and stately homes. But Oak Park, and many other communities in the 7th district, also have low-income residents whose needs include affordable housing and employment. In this series we’ve been talking to politicians about issues surrounding... Read more »

Kathy Chaney defends Chicago

Kathy Chaney defends Chicago
It takes no more than a few seconds for Kathy Chaney to switch her focus to where the action is as we drive down Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on a hot, languid Friday afternoon.  “What is that,” asked the managing editor of The Chicago Defender, sharpening her gaze on the young African-American man running... Read more »

From homeowners to worker drones?

What’s the American Dream? A job, a family, a little house in the suburbs? Some are suggesting that the third should get axed. Or so says Time magazine, in its article “The Case Against Homeownership.” Certainly, in this economy, the idea of owning a home doesn’t take on the same glow it once did. With... Read more »
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