Tag: community

Meet Your Neighbor: WITS Chicago

(Special thanks to Brenda Langstraat of WITS Chicago for her time and insight) At a time when immediacy and brevity of digital and social media drive our discourse, literacy can be easily dismissed…but the volunteers and staff of WITS Chicago work hard to promote a love of reading – and literacy – in Chicago youth. I... Read more »

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services

Meet Your Neighbor: Esperanza Community Services
  (Special thanks to Joy Decker of Esperanza Community Services for her time and insights) “Community” often gets used in a variety of contexts without understanding the full meaning of the word. In social media circles, “community” is often used to describe followers without necessarily any context other than a given brand. In Chicago neighborhoods,... Read more »

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving

Self-Care When Freelancing and Caregiving
Last week, I crashed hard. Between marketing an immigration rights fundraiser and being dragged into a crisis involving a former volunteer gig, I’ve spent most of the past few days relaxing. Losing two assignments have resulted in a more diligent search for freelance work, but my mother’s health issues have meant an increase in caregiving... Read more »
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Facebook, Free Speech, and Social Media

After posting my interview with Dawn Xiana Moon about the Raks Inferno fundraiser on August 2nd, I did what many of my fellow Chicago Now bloggers do in these situations: post a link to this blog’s Facebook page. As a blogger, I feel a responsibility to highlight great nonprofit and community-based initiatives, so featuring this... Read more »

Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon

Immigration Rights Fundraiser: A Conversation With Dawn Xiana Moon
(Special thanks to Dawn Xiana Moon for her time and her insights) With Americans increasingly divided over immigration policies, those with direct impact – children and families – are often ignored. Raks Inferno is holding an August 2nd fundraiser at Uptown Underground to benefit the Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights. Recently, I had the chance to... Read more »

How Harlan Ellison Influenced My Writing

Photo by Pip R. Lagenta via Flickr With Harlan Ellison’s recent passing, I have to admit that…well, he’s been on my mind a great deal. Not out of concern…just a group of unread ebooks on my phone. In fact, I was so bored recently that I found – and watched – the 2008 documentary Dreams... Read more »
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This Is Not Normal

This Is Not Normal
Back in November 2016, John Oliver hosted an episode of Last Week Tonight focusing on the election of Donald Trump. Towards the end of the episode, John Oliver gave his viewers some apt advice: with the relative chaos of the election, people would learn to adopt that chaos as being the “status quo”. Oliver advised her viewers, whether... Read more »

Anthony Bourdain and Male Depression

Anthony Bourdain and Male Depression
Note: This week’s post focuses on issues around mental health, depression, and suicide, and may be unsettling for more sensitive readers. Comments on this post and on our Facebook page will be moderated and inappropriate comments will be removed With the recent sudden passing of Anthony Bourdain, there has been greater attention paid to mental... Read more »

Roseanne, Samantha Bee, and Free Speech

Roseanne, Samantha Bee, and Free Speech
Like many of you, I have been following news about Roseanne and Samantha Bee getting in trouble for making comments on Twitter. One made flat-out racist comments; the other used a questionable word. The result has been a lively, passionate discussion about free speech on Twitter. (As well as a correlating number of flat-out troll... Read more »
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Paschen: Building The Future Through Their Scholars

Paschen: Building The Future Through Their Scholars
As a resident of the Beverly neighborhood, I was excited to hear about the opening of the south terminal of the 95th Street Red Line stop. Along with plans to renovate the north terminal, as well as possible Red Line expansion all the way to 130th Street, this has excited many Southside residents. Although conversation... Read more »