Posts in category "Public Affairs"

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage

Public Trust: The Reward of Political Courage
Taking root throughout the nation is a ground swell of suspicion and justifiable mistrust of the law enforcement practices that have operated well beyond the minority communities of Ferguson and Baltimore.  By RA Monaco “Baltimore’s where America turns the corner,” said JaqueLine Nivens during an interview last month after State’s Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby’s decision... Read more »

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State

Homeless at the Shore of a Punishing State
The beautiful scenery and weather of the California coast tends to blind the occasional visitor to the austere reality embedded in the surroundings of a punishing political environment that criminalizes homelessness.  By RA Monaco Although homeless and in his late 60’s, Norm could easily pass for just another day camper, picnicking at the beach in... Read more »

It’s the Narcissism That Sticks

It’s the Narcissism That Sticks
When it comes to unresolved political questions involving who can vote and when, a clear message is difficult to garner from the recent rulings, appeals and motions unfolding in courtrooms across the country. By RA Monaco Brazenly lurking around the perimeter of the protest were some with few reservations about displaying their ugly racist hate.... Read more »
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Aldermanic Hopeful Steps-Up for 15th Ward Race

Aldermanic Hopeful Steps-Up for 15th Ward Race
By RA Monaco Aldermanic hopeful Rafael Yañez, Ed.D. steps-up for 15th Ward race. Last year, when 41 city council members voted to accept gerrymandering of the 15th Ward, it was just one more decision being made downtown without the input of residents from its four communities. In the eyes of recently declared aldermanic candidate Rafael... Read more »

Avoiding, “The Brick”

Avoiding, “The Brick”
By RA Monaco When our lack of self determination becomes a realization, the issue becomes, how do we create a calculus for change?  If we can’t control the government—the apparatus—we claim manifests the popular will of the nation, women may hold the key to our avoiding “the brick.”  Entrenched inequality and its companion, poverty, is... Read more »

We Are All Kathleen Ann

We Are All Kathleen Ann
By RA Monaco In her recent piece, “I’m a Member of the ‘American Used-to-Haves,’” Kathleen Ann justifiably lashes out at a disconnected Republican Congress.   Her partially misplaced anger faintly masks a struggle to battle the depression that rings through the overtone of her words, “there’s little hope of getting a corporate job with benefits in... Read more »
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The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers

The Triumph of Capitalism Began with the Founding Fathers
  By RA Monaco Frequently we hear politicians, political pundits and all knowing online bloviators attempting to shore up the credibility of their point with the third party credibility of those who drafted our Constitution—the Founding Fathers.   Hardly a night goes by when Bill O’Reilly misses the opportunity. In fact, in his recent State of... Read more »

All Immigrants’ Children Have a Story to Tell

All Immigrants’ Children Have a Story to Tell
Just as they did when they were kids, Francesca, Margie and Mary—now women of a certain age—still sit together rolling meatballs gabbing away like there’s no tomorrow. Their mom who grew up in Italy had to steal the fat cut-offs from the meat trucks, just to salvage some actual meat among the fat. They made... Read more »

Chicago’s Ultra Vires City Council

Chicago’s Ultra Vires City Council
Was the City Council’s vote to approve the “Rahm-Map” and avoid a referendum an Ultra Vires Act beyond their power? “Anybody that voted for that map should be unelected” said 2nd Ward Alderman Bob Fioretti, referring to the machine-coalition that passed the 2012 Ward “Rahm-Map” to avoid a public referendum.  “The people throughout this city... Read more »
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Alderman Fioretti to Speak At Next Meeting

Alderman Fioretti to Speak At Next Meeting
“I’m serving both” said Ald. Bob Fioretti when asked about managing the early implementation and transition to the 2012 Ward Remap.  With issues on zoning and infrastructure continuing to surface in Lincoln Park, the Sheffield Neighborhood Association has Ald. Fioretti slated to speak at their next meeting June 4th 2013. Ald. Scott Waguespack’s 32nd Ward... Read more »