Posts tagged "Little Village"

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ

Bienvenida a Little Village, WBEZ
Little Village is just across from where “The Barber Shop Show’s” airs its weekly broadcast in North Lawndale. It’s primarily an immigrant neighborhood that’s home to both the Cook County Jail and the street known as the other Magnificent Mile. Now, Little Village will be home to one of WBEZ’s neighborhood bureaus and staffed primarily by... Read more »

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village

In fight for organ transplants for undocumented and uninsured immigrants, it takes a village
It’s around 10 p.m. and things are winding down at Our Lady of Guadalupe Anglican Mission. The church is a storefront on Little Village’s 26th Street, one of the busiest in Chicago, and rarely a moment goes by when a car doesn’t rush past the church in a blur. But inside the church, the street... Read more »

A slice of Little Village on “The Barber Shop Show”

What makes up for the days you just want to quit? It’s the kids, says, Victor Rodriguez, a coach with the Chicago Youth Boxing League and pastor of Little Village Community Church. Rodriguez and the other guests on last week’s “Barber Shop Show” work in Little Village, a vibrant immigrant neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest Side... 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 »

In His Own Words: Boxing coach talks street violence, sparring and how sports can save lives

Gabriel Navarro may only be 33 years old, but he has seen enough to last a lifetime. Born and raised in Chicago’s predominately Latino Little Village community, Navarro has witnessed shootings on sidewalks, the death of his best friends to drug addictions, and other gang activities. However, it was sports, like baseball and boxing, that... Read more »

Undocumented Life: A birthday celebration for a Little Village church that mixes immigration activism and faith

Salvadorean Father Jose Landaverde who founded the Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission in Little Village, prepares to speak at the press conference which is celebrating its 5th anniversary helping the community fight injustices.
In the heart of Little Village, there’s a small, hardly noticeable, church. Since it opened five years ago, this congregation has become a well-known beacon of activism for the rights of undocumented immigrants. On any given day, there are several parishioners working on campaigns. There are families fighting deportation orders, workers trying to recover lost wages and... Read more »
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Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform

Once foes, Rahm and Rep. Gutierrez get chummy over immigration reform
Two political rivals appear to have buried the hatchet, or, at the very least, saw the political value of uniting in a carefully orchestrated backslapping session over an issue likely to be huge in this fall’s election. Together at Little Village High School Tuesday to announce a proposed city ordinance aimed at immigration reform, Mayor... Read more »

Pilsen activist, cancer survivor wants 'clean' Fisk and Crawford sites

Pilsen activist, cancer survivor wants 'clean' Fisk and Crawford sites
Leila Mendez took a moment to compose herself after she was handed the microphone and told it was her turn to comment. “I’m a little emotional because this is a personal issue for me,” she told the Mayor Rahm Emanuel-appointed Fisk and Crawford Reuse Task Force in Pilsen. The panel held two meetings last week... Read more »

What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites

What's up this week: Council to consider pot ordinance; public meetings on future of Fisk, Crawford sites
The city council will decide on Wednesday whether to OK an ordinance that would allow police officers to ticket people caught with small amounts of marijuana, rather than arrest them. Under the ordinance–originally introduced last year by 25th Ward Ald. Danny Solis and recently backed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel–people 18 and over caught with 15... Read more »
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Community activist, Ald. Munoz at odds again over 'blue-light' police cameras in Little Village

Community activist, Ald. Munoz at odds again over 'blue-light' police cameras in Little Village
In almost ritualistic fashion, Raul Montes, a Little Village community activist, scheduled a press conference and protest Tuesday at the Manuel Perez Plaza in Little Village. He was there to publicly rally for the installation of Chicago Police Observational Devices–a.k.a. “blue-light” cameras–along 26th Street. The Little Village press conference gathered a small band of supporters,... Read more »