Posts tagged "women"

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance

Housing activists welcome New York Times coverage, want more gender balance
In a city still suffering from a housing crisis that ripped through economically disadvantaged black and Latino communities, an article that throws a national spotlight on Chicago activists’ fight to claim empty and dilapidated houses is a welcome acknowledgement of their struggle. In a May 29 article titled “The Death and Life of Chicago,” The... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Veterans' health care, our new blog, school funding and school closings

Calling for Vets. Iraq Veterans Against the War is asking Chicagoans to call the director of Jesse Brown VA Medical Center this week and ask him for several changes to care at the center. These include improved staff training in how to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder and larger staff-to-patient ratios. Our New Blog. Our... Read more »

As black history month 2012 begins, black women and reproductive rights again in the spotlight

As black history month 2012 begins, black women and reproductive rights again in the spotlight
February is Black History Month, and this year, its focus is Black Women in American Culture. But some conservative legislators seem to have missed the message: Instead of celebrating the achievements of women like Michelle Alexander, author of the ground-breaking “The New Jim Crow,” they’re yet again discussing legislation to stem the apparent tide of... Read more »
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Mancession? Women still bear the brunt of U.S. poverty

Mancession? Women still bear the brunt of U.S. poverty
While many have called this decade’s economic downturn a “mancession,” because of how men have been hit by the crisis, women and children are still bearing the brunt of the nation’s poverty problem, census data show. The poverty rate among women was 14.5 percent in 2010, up from 13.9 percent in 2009. Like the nation’s... Read more »

Jails are the new asylums for women

If there’s one thing that Rosemary Gido wants her students to know, it’s this: “It’s not rocket science. Jails and prisons are the new asylums,” she says. As a professor of criminology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Gido has been studying how the criminal justice system treats two populations–women and the mentally ill–and how those... Read more »

Illinois gets a 'D' for prison prenatal care

When you think of women in prison, here’s a word that probably doesn’t come to your mind: mom. But it should. About two-thirds of the 115,000 women in prison in the U.S. are mothers. That’s a lot of missed good-night kisses and first days of school. And a new report shows that many states, including... Read more »
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Foreclosures continue, with few participating in mortgage assistance program

The number of Chicago area households participating in the federal mortgage modification program is at an all-time low, even as foreclosures continue. Also in the news… Young, urban, single women have beat out men as wage earners, according to a new study. This is because they tend to have more college degrees. As soon as... Read more »

A tale of two Katrinas

Five years later, the numbers show government relief after hurricane Katrina mostly helped middle-class and white families in Mississippi and Louisiana, often excluding black families and low-income families. Also: City college officials are proposing ending open admission and pushing remedial education back on high schools. Critics say this will discourage students looking at higher education.... Read more »