Posts tagged "Race"

The face of poverty in Chicago suburbs is no longer what you might think

If the suburbs once represented the American dream, recent poverty numbers show it may be time to reconsider the concept.  The suburbs once symbolized a certain level of financial success and comfort, while cities were where most of the nation’s poor lived. Now the suburbs seem to have caught up. In fact, since 1990 there... Read more »

What’s behind the big drop in voting rights lawsuits?

In the months before a key part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, the number of voting rights lawsuits being filed was noteworthy. But federal civil filings challenging voting rights abuses dropped 25 percent from May 2013 to June 2013, and there were 36.7 percent fewer... Read more »

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice
A week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon in Chicago to protest the verdict. The plaza in front of the Dirksen Federal Building resonated with shouts for justice for Martin, with marchers holding signs and wearing various shirts donning Martin’s face... Read more »
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Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment

Stark racial divide shows up in Chicago-area college enrollment
Affirmative action–one way the government tried to address America’s racial and economic gap –was intended to reduce education barriers by mandating that public universities consider race in admissions decisions. By now, chances are you have heard of the Fisher v University of Texas at Austin case, in which a young woman, Abigail Fisher, accused the... Read more »

Calling all Chicagoans concerned with race and poverty: come party with us tomorrow night

Calling all Chicagoans concerned with race and poverty: come party with us tomorrow night
For the past 40 years, we at The Chicago Reporter have written stories for people who care about the myriad of issues surrounding race and poverty. Whether our readers are public-housing residents, activists, researchers, politicians, all or none of the above, we want our investigations to challenge and inform. And every couple months we get to... 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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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 »

The real nanny diaries: Domestic workers struggle with no minimum wage and poor working conditions

The real nanny diaries: Domestic workers struggle with no minimum wage and poor working conditions
No minimum wage, no overtime pay and working ’round the clock? It may sound illegal, but it’s perfectly legit when it comes to domestic workers. Nannies, housekeepers and caregivers don’t enjoy the basic labor rights the rest of us have, and a new report shows just how much they’re suffering because of it. The average... Read more »

Chicago Aldermen sign resolution to push for undocumented immigrants to receive driver's licenses

Alicia drives to the suburbs for her job. The Logan Square resident can’t afford to miss work because she has a son to support. But unlike many Illinois’ drivers the 36-year-old mother is scared driving. “I’m terrified of driving to work. I’m afraid of going to work and never coming back,” said Alicia, who is... 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 »