Archive for March 2014

Will Google doodle Cesar Chavez again on March 31?

Will Google doodle Cesar Chavez again on March 31?
Last year, March 31, Cesar Chavez Day, fell on Sunday–on Easter.  Google’s doodle that day was an image of the labor leader.  I rarely wake up early on Sunday, but that day, I happened to.  Pleasantly shocked by the image, I quickly wrote the post below.  By the time I left morning mass last Easter,... Read more »

The Chicago stories CNN's Chicagoland ignored

Chicagoans know violence.  We see the mugshots on TV.  Tonight, in CNN’s original series Chicagoland episode 4 “Second Chances,” we saw Chicago leaders and celebrities trying to turn around young lives with mentoring–as if it were this simple.  Tomorrow, cubicle conversations will end: “If only troubled black youth had more mentors . . .  If... Read more »

CNN's Chicagoland makes white Chicagoans look good

As a native Chicagoan, I watched “Fireworks,” episode 3 of CNN’s original series Chicagoland, and waited to learn something new about my city.  Despite the hype and high acclaim, Chicagoland—once again—failed to capture an accurate Chicago story. What bothered me most about tonight’s episode is that the new adults celebrated in episode 3, all the new... Read more »
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CNN's Chicagoland does no good for Chicago Public Schools students

A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a conversation about Chicago Public Schools with a group that learned about our schools mainly through the media.  No one in the audience ever attended CPS school.  Most were white.  Most were affluent.  Most were honest about their perception of our schools when I asked.  “CPS schools... Read more »

Northwestern University hosts "Bittersweet" exhibit about bracero guest worker program

Northwestern University hosts "Bittersweet" exhibit about bracero guest worker program
The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit “Bittersweet Harvest: The Bracero Program, 1942-1964” will be on display at Northwestern University through March 28 at the Dittmar Gallery on the first floor of Norris University Center, 1999 Campus Drive, on the Evanston campus. Initiated in August 1942, the Bracero Program grew out of a series of agreements between the... Read more »

Chicago Public Schools CEO responds to teacher's open letter about the Latino Advisory Committee

On Thursday night, I posted an open letter to Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett and the Latino Advisory Committee.  Today, I opened my work email and found Byrd-Bennett’s response to me.  I will definitely use this opportunity to continue the dialogue.  I also hope other CPS teachers speak up about the concerns the Latino... Read more »
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