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Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 18 days 'til Christmas

Chicanísima Advent Calendar: 18 days 'til Christmas
Santa came out to meet children in the Pilsen neighborhood Friday night. He knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake! Santa Claus is coming to town.   Type your email address in the box and click the “create subscription” button. My list is completely spam free, and you can... Read more »

Storm delays Bears game, tornadoes reported southwest of city

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Pilsen artists open studios

Gerry Lang in his studio at 2000 S. Leavitt St.
The 18th Street Pilsen Open Studios is celebrating its 10th anniversary this weekend. You can visit studios, galleries and local businesses showcasing the work of local artists until 6 p.m. today. Some of the artists have lived in the neighborhood for many years. You can see the work that inspires murals by Mexican artist Hector... Read more »
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Mexico hurricane victims need help

Mexico hurricane victims need help
A recent news story that you might have missed was about the hurricane and tropical storm that struck southern Mexico, especially in the area around Acapulco. Tropical Storm Manuel came in from the Gulf of Mexico and Hurricane Ingrid from the Pacific serving up a double dose of damage in Mexico. More than 120 people... Read more »

This Labor Day remember low-wage workers

This Labor Day remember low-wage workers
This Labor Day weekend, let’s consider people who make at or little more than minimum wage. Low-wage workers protested and went on strike at fast-food and retail businesses in Chicago and 50 cities across the country on Thursday. The main Chicago protest was held at the Rock N Roll McDonalds. Consider that if you make... Read more »

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest

CPS tears down Pilsen fieldhouse amid protest
La Casita, an old fieldhouse next to Whittier Elementary School in Pilsen torn down Saturday morning, represented many things to local parents. It was a community center where parents took English classes. It had a library with more than 2,500 donated books. It was a place where children learned Mexican folkloric dance. It also offered... Read more »
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Fiesta del Sol shines in Pilsen

Fiesta del Sol shines in Pilsen
Fiesta del Sol kicked off Thursday night in Chicago’s Pilsen neighborhood. The neighborhood festival runs through Sunday night starting at 1400 W. Cermak Road. It features music, food and carnival games like Fun Slide and Twister for the children. It is an annual fundraising event organized by Pilsen Neighbors Community Council. The entrance is free... Read more »

Women's History: Latinas making progress

Women's History: Latinas making progress
Today is International Women’s Day and March also is Women’s History Month. It’s a time when I reflect on Latina women, feminism, our accomplishments and how far we have come and how far we have to go. Yes, Latinas are breaking barriers.  Sonia Sotomayor is the first Latina or Latino Supreme Court Justice. Ellen Ochoa... Read more »

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh claims Democrats want Hispanics dependent on government

Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh claims Democrats want Hispanics dependent on government
Illinois Republican Congressman, Joe Walsh, is no stranger to controversy. He recently made some controversial comments claiming that Democrats want Hispanics to be dependent on the government and that African Americans already are dependent on the government. “The Democratic Party promises groups of people everything,” Walsh said during a speech in Schaumburg that was caught... Read more »
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Mexican poet and activist, Javier Sicilia, brings his message to the U.S.

Mexican poet and activist, Javier Sicilia, brings his message to the U.S.
Mexican poet and activist Javier Sicilia spoke in Chicago recently about the drug war and the upcoming presidential elections in Mexico. The murder of his son last year, a victim of the drug war, has led Sicilia on an international campaign for peace. He has led a peace caravan and marches around Mexico, and he... Read more »