Posts tagged "segregation"

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS

Some see similarities today in policies that led to 1963 boycott of CPS
Fifty years after Chicago Public Schools students took to the streets to protest segregated and overcrowded schools, some question how much has changed in a city still racked by racial and economic inequality. “These problems are still haunting us,” said Mia Henry, owner-operator of Freedom Lifted, a social movement history tour company. “Not even haunting... Read more »

Has privatizing Chicago public housing done much to desegregate it?

Veteran fair housing advocate Christine Klepper recently told me, “You can’t undo segregation and Jim Crow in a short period of time.” We were talking about segregation in Chicago’s public housing, something that the Chicago Housing Authority and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development have been trying to undo for the past four... Read more »

Hunger strike at Pontiac prison enters third week

Hunger strike at Pontiac prison enters third week
Cleaning supplies, sanitary toenail clippers, radios, fresh air and heat. These were among the initial demands of a group of prisoners on hunger strike at Pontiac Correctional Center. At its peak, 47 inmates were on hunger strike when the protest began Feb. 4, according to the Uptown People’s Law Center. Two days later, 25 prisoners... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA

What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA
Obama Returns. President Barack Obama will visit Chicago Friday to discuss the gun violence in his home town. The announcement of his return comes shortly after the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old student who performed at Obama’s inauguration ceremony and was fatally shot on Jan. 30. SRO Protest. The Lakeview Action Coalition had a... Read more »

The other Romney fought segregation, why don't we?

The other Romney fought segregation, why don't we?
My family is from Detroit. My four times great grandfather, George Cottrell, was one of the founders of St. Clair County, up river from the Motor City. He and his French descendents helped settle the region. Another hundred years later, my grandmother’s grandfather arrived from Germany and married my great great grandmother, who also hailed... Read more »

No 8s: Should Cook County outlaw discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders?

No 8s: Should Cook County outlaw discrimination against Section 8 voucher holders?
This week, we’ll be looking at a proposed ordinance in front of the Cook County board that would prevent suburban landlords from discriminating against low-income tenants. Today, you’ll meet a renter who’s faced such discrimination and find out why housing advocates are hoping the measure will pass. Check back each day this week for more... Read more »
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Displacement, segregation, safety: Chicago schools still have a long way to go

Displacement, segregation, safety: Chicago schools still have a long way to go
The teachers strike gave people a glimpse of the realities that many low-income urban students face every day. Overcrowded classrooms, weeks without textbooks, and after-school hours marred by violence. While the teachers’ contract won gains for students in some of these areas – textbook distribution on the first day of class, 600 additional art teachers... Read more »

Barber Shop Show Video Review: Segregation, poverty and health

Some communities in Chicago should come with a Surgeon General’s warning. That’s what Steve Bogira, senior writer for the Chicago Reader, says when it comes to looking at the effect of racial segregation on the health of Chicago residents. Bogira joined us at Carter’s Barber Shop in North Lawndale on Friday for our weekly radio... Read more »

Barber Shop Preview: Segregation is bad for your health

When I first saw this chart, it took me a bit to figure out what it was about because the red line on the far right is so long. Take a look for yourself: That’s from Steve Bogira’s latest at the Chicago Reader on the effects of segregation on the health and life expectancy of... Read more »
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Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?

Can we blame poverty and segregation for Chicago's skyhigh murder rate?
All of us at The Chicago Reporter are big fans of the Chicago Reader’s Steve Bogira, and this week, Bogira’s got a great cover story and some shocking data on the relationship between poverty and Chicago’s homicide rate. As we reached 300 homicides this year so far, a milestone we met nearly two months earlier... Read more »