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An Open Letter to Young Brown Girls Everywhere

Dear Brown Girl, You see everything. You notice people around you growing and changing, because you are perceptive. Keep that. Trust your instincts. This world will tell you that feelings are not real and that logic trumps all of that, but know that those feelings are generationally taught. You’ve inherited an eye and an instinct […]

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Youth Stay Up ’til Dawn in the Name of Peace

With hair all over the floor, two barbers and a little more than 200 teens, walking into the Port Ministries cafeteria was a humbling sight to see. Kae, from Rockstar Barbershop in Pilsen spoke to teens as they huddled around him and his business partner Jon. He spoke to them about the recent experience he […]

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Healing Through Art, Love & Peace Circles at PBMR

The smell of freshly brewed coffee fills the air as you open the door at Art on 51st.  It is a quaint and cozy gallery space that is utilized for multiple purposes. There is a lot of noise in the room from different voices conversing as they get ready to have the  Restorative Justice Community […]

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Richards students reflect on the Hamilton musical

For some Chicago high school students, Wednesday, March 15 was not a typical day in the classroom. A long line snaked outside the Private Bank Theater downtown, where well-dressed students waited to be let inside the historic landmark.    With the support of a number funders including the Rockefeller Foundation, 20,000 Chicago high school students […]

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Longtime Ballet Folklorico dancers receive full rides to college

Two longtime participants in the BYNC’s Ballet Folklorico will be headed off to college on full scholarships this fall. Jasmin Roman, 18 and Pierre Manzo, 17 are both recipients of the Chick Evans Caddy Scholarship. The national scholarship is awarded to applicants who have worked as golf caddies for at least two years, maintain at […]

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For immigrants, status and stigma affect mental health, few resources exist

Translated by Monica Reynoso It’s been almost 40 years since he first set foot on American soil. A young man who was only able to finish the first grade and as the oldest, had the task of supporting his family. Between going back and forth from Recoveco, Sinaloa, Mexico to Chicago, he met his wife, […]

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Mayoral hopefuls discuss Latino issues

Five mayoral candidates addressed Latino community concerns at the Illinois Latino Agenda’s candidates forum on Friday, February 13 at Instituto Cervantes. The forum and a candidates’ questionnaire serve both to inform voters and to promote accountability, said Martin Torres of the Latino Policy Forum, one of the conveners of the Latino Agenda. The candidates “made real […]

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Rápido para castigar

**Este reportaje es cortesía de Catalyst-Chicago, donde apareció por primera vez. También es parte de la Cadena de Noticias de Justicia Social de la Universidad Northwestern, un proyecto centrado en el impacto de la guerra contra las drogas en las comunidades de Chicago. Estudiantes sorprendidos con una onza o menos de marihuana son más propensos […]

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Back to school: A look inside two neighborhood high schools

As students across the city head back to school we thought it was time to check in with principals from two neighborhood high schools, Richards Career Academy and Tilden Career Community Academy to see what’s on the agenda for the new year. Richards Career Academy Located on the corner of 50th and Laflin Streets, Richards […]

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Heroin, LLC: Una vida y negocio en las drogas

*Este artículo es cortesía de WBEZ.org donde apareció por primera vez. El artículo es parte de una serie titulada “Heroin, LLC”, una colaboración entre WBEZ y The Chicago Reader. El periódico The Gate está publicando este artículo con el fin de destacar un problema que en gran parte es muy pocas veces reportado. Si deseas […]