Posts tagged "politics"

Chicago dumped Trump

Chicago dumped Trump
Chicagoans of all backgrounds protested at the Donald Trump rally Friday night. Who were the some of people who protested inside and outside the rally? They came from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. And they were there to voice their opposition to a candidate that they said has stirred hate, xenophobia and division in the... Read more »

Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?

Is it time for Jesus "Chuy" García to carry on Harold Washington's vision of unity?
The comparisons are inevitable. Harold Washington was elected Chicago’s first African-American mayor in 1983. Jesus “Chuy” García  could become Chicago’s first Latino mayor more than 30 years later. If  García keeps on building on this coalition of Latino, progressive, African-American and union voters, especially teachers, he can beat Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Many thought Washington could... Read more »

Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV

Don't expect to see President Obama's immigration speech on network TV
President Obama is set to deliver a national speech on immigration during prime time Thursday night. As many as 5 million undocumented immigrants may be impacted, including the parents of U.S. citizen children. But good luck finding his speech on network television. ABC, CBS and NBC aren’t expected to air the speech favoring instead The... Read more »
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Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor

Evelyn Sanguinetti will be Illinois' first Hispanic lieutenant governor
History was made in Tuesday’s election. By electing Republican Bruce Rauner governor, Illinois voters also elevated his running mate, Evelyn Sanguinetti, making her the first Hispanic and first Latina to hold statewide office as lieutenant governor. Sanguinetti, a member of the Wheaton City Council, is a lawyer and an adjunct professor at John Marshall Law... Read more »

Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García considered Harold Washington a mentor

Mayoral candidate Jesús “Chuy” García considered Harold Washington a mentor
Jesús “Chuy” García has started gathering the required 12,500 signatures to run for mayor in 2015. He had a good mentor and teacher, which is how he described the late Mayor Harold Washington. “(Washington) really understood the interconnectedness and interdependency of all neighborhoods, and that if we invested in all of Chicago’s neighborhoods, Chicago would... Read more »

Could Jesús “Chuy” García be Chicago’s first Latino mayor?

Could Jesús “Chuy” García be Chicago’s first Latino mayor?
Cook County Commissioner Jesús “Chuy” García announced Monday on Chicago Tonight that he is running for mayor of Chicago. Can García become Chicago’s first Latino mayor? García, a former alderman and state senator, is widely respected in Chicago’s Latino community and he is known as a progressive. Latinos are around 15 percent of the city’s... Read more »
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Al Jazeera America doc examines immigration debate

Al Jazeera America has made an intriguing new documentary series, “Borderland,” that tries to put Americans in the shoes of immigrants. The documentary follows six Americans who retrace the steps of undocumented immigrants who died while attempting to cross the border into the U.S. In this trailer, Alex, a liberal artist from New York, and... Read more »

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform

Pope Francis and a moral argument for immigration reform
President Obama has failed to persuade the Republican controlled U.S. House of Representatives to pass immigration reform, but if anybody can make a moral argument it is Pope Francis. These two men who broke barriers, the first Latin American pope and the first African- American president, met for the first time recently in Rome. Among... Read more »

Fear of immigration

xenophobe: one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially people of foreign origin When I think of fear, I wonder why some people are so afraid of immigrants. Fear, I think, is one reason Congress hasn’t been able to pass immigration reform. Some people fear they will lose their jobs. Some people fear their... Read more »
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Obama says little on immigration #SOTU

Obama says little on immigration #SOTU
President Obama addressed many topics in his State of the Union speech from the economy to energy. By my count, he dedicated only 127 words to immigration. By contrast he said more in the 2013 SOTU about immigration – 250 words, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was a high compared to 110 words... Read more »