Posts tagged "MArtin Luther King Jr."

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 »

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes

What's Up This Week: Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., wage gaps and thefts, and residents struggling to keep their homes
MLK Day. It’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Chicago is full of events that range from offering information on fighting foreclosures and evictions to calling for immigration reform or simply celebrating King’s legacy. Wage Gap. For every dollar that a white man makes, a black woman brings home 64 cents and a Hispanic woman... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions

What's Up This Week: Our 40th anniversary drop party, Emanuel on gun control and Chicago's false convictions
Party Time. The Chicago Reporter has 40 years of groundbreaking investigative work to celebrate, and we hope you’ll join us for Thursday’s drop party. There will be complimentary copies of our 40th anniversary issue available, as well as snacks and cocktails. Guns. The nation has gun control on its mind, and Mayor Rahm Emanuel is... Read more »
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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 »

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 »

State rep. Derrick Smith refuses to testify; lawyer likens his plight to that of Jesus, Dr. King, Mandela

State rep. Derrick Smith refuses to testify; lawyer likens his plight to that of Jesus, Dr. King, Mandela
Although he maintains his innocence, 10th District state. Rep. Derrick Smith refused to testify today before the House Special Investigative Committee considering whether to punish or expel him based on allegations he took a $7,000 bribe. After he read a brief statement, Smith’s lips were sealed throughout the day. But players on both sides of... Read more »
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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 »

What does MLK's legacy mean to you?

Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy means many things, to many people. While out taping our weekly radio show at Carter’s Barbershop in North Lawndale last Friday, The Chicago Reporter spoke with guests, hosts, producers and listeners about King’s legacy and what it means to them. Richard Steele, host and correspondent for WBEZ: Bert Downing, owner... Read more »

Occupy neighborhood groups say protest provision will chill political speech of communities of color

Occupy neighborhood groups say protest provision will chill political speech of communities of color
Occupy neighborhood groups have sent out a stern letter to their local aldermen about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new protest provision, saying the measures will keep low-income communities from speaking out against budget cuts hurting their neighborhoods. “It is difficult to overstate the contrast between celebrating the life and work of Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.]... Read more »
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