Archive for February 2013

What's Up This Week: SRO residents worry about living on the streets; The New Jim Crow; holding police accountable

What's Up This Week: SRO residents worry about living on the streets; The New Jim Crow; holding police accountable
Homeless? Curtis Horton and his partner Henrietta Riley could be facing life on the streets after the sale of the Chateau, a single-room-occupancy hotel the two are currently living in. Read their story on Chicago Muckrakers this morning. The New Jim Crow. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow, compared the large number of... Read more »

As Hotel Chateau closes, couple fears becoming homeless

As Hotel Chateau closes, couple fears becoming homeless
“The Lord is my shepherd. I shall not want.” The Bible’s entire 23rd Psalm is written in marker, framed on the yellowed stucco wall next to the red flyswatter hanging from a nail. Cans of food line the shelf in the tiny coat closet, a makeshift pantry. The psalm is a reminder to keep going... Read more »

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife charged, lawyers say they will plead guilty

Former Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife charged, lawyers say they will plead guilty
Federal prosecutors charged former Illinois Rep. Jesse L. Jackson Jr. Friday of using $750,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses such as a $43,350 Rolex watch and $5,000 in capes and parkas from a fur shop. According to court documents, he was also charged with conspiracy, making false statements and mail and wire fraud. His... Read more »
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Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers

Obama on violence: less guns, more fathers
In a long-awaited speech addressing violence and economic opportunity in Chicago, President Barack Obama today touched the need for a “ladder of opportunity” for communities facing urban violence. “It’s the equivalent of a Newtown every four months,” Obama said to a crowd that included the parents of slain youth Hadiya Pendleton, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: the roots of Chicago's black poetry and February news

Friday’s Barber Shop Show spanned the generations across Chicago’s black poetry scene. Joining us at the shop was Haki Madhabuti, noted poet, who talked about those who inspired and mentored him, like Gwendolyn Brooks and Claude McKay. Madhabuti has spent his life giving back to younger poets, like our other guests  Paul Avery and Malcolm... Read more »

Labor fights back from one-two punch

Labor fights back from one-two punch
The numbers say it all. The unionized workforce has shrunk  because manufacturing jobs have been going overseas and the job growth in sectors like retail and service, where there are few unions. Organized labor has tried to reverse the trend. The unions’ methods range from welcoming immigrant workers into their ranks to having large demonstrations when state... Read more »
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Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet

Video: Young gun violence victim Ondolee Perteet gets back on his feet
Ondelee Perteet nearly became a statistic. When the 18-year-old was shot in the jaw in September 2009, the bullet severed his spine. He was told he would never walk again. Now, three and a half years later, he is slowly getting back on his feet. The Chicago Reporter sat down with Perteet and his mother... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA

What's Up This Week: Obama comes home, SRO protest slideshow and segregation in the CHA
Obama Returns. President Barack Obama will visit Chicago Friday to discuss the gun violence in his home town. The announcement of his return comes shortly after the funeral of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old student who performed at Obama’s inauguration ceremony and was fatally shot on Jan. 30. SRO Protest. The Lakeview Action Coalition had a... Read more »

The Barber Shop Show: Youth fighting violence and Chicago's black poetry scene

On last week’s Barber Shop Show, we touched on a timely topic here in Chicago: youth violence. Photographer Carlos Javier Ortiz from the Too Young To Die project joined us at Carter’s Barber Shop, along with students from the Columbia Links youth journalism program who write about the violence they see happening around them. Here’s... Read more »
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Demonstrators honor victims of Chicago gun violence, ask for Trauma I Center

More than 100 supporters and members of Students for Health Equity and Fearless Leading by the Youth, a community-based youth organization, dropped off flowers on Feb. 1 at the University of Chicago in remembrance of Chicago gun-violence victims. Photo by Lucio Villa.
More than 100 people marched on the campus of the University of Chicago last week to remember victims of gun violence and to ask for a Level I Trauma Center on the South Side. The students also wanted the university to drop charges against four protesters who were arrested the week before at a similar action. Students... Read more »