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Richards students expand learning through service abroad

While some young people spent their spring break hanging out with friends or glued to screens, two Richards Career Academy students traveled to West Africa to help build a school. Since taking the helm a couple years ago, Richards Principal Durrell Anderson has been working to build partnerships with various organizations to expand students’ horizons and overall learning experiences. Through a partnership with international nonprofit organization Build On, several Richards […]

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Activists protest against police brutality outside mayor’s office

Activists protest against police brutality outside mayor’s office from The Gate Newspaper on Vimeo. More than 50 activists and clergy packed the lobby outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office and staged a die-in demonstration followed by acts of civil disobedience today. The acts were part of a strategy to pressure Emanuel’s office to meet with them and […]

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Mayoral candidates debate issues in a series of forums

Mayoral candidates are debating key issues in a number of forums and debates with just a few weeks left until Chicagoans decide who will lead their city for the next four years. On Friday, Jan. 30, the five candidates came together for the Chicago Sun-Times editorial board forum discussing topics including the pension crisis, the […]

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Fioretti releases public safety agenda

Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti released his public safety strategy on Monday, Jan. 4, calling for a “holistic approach” that includes increasing the number of police officers, reducing the response time for 911 calls, cracking down on illegal guns and developing transparent crime statistics within the police department. In addition to replacing about 500 cops who […]

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A visit to Cook County jail

Imagine a teenage African American boy. He is 18-years-old, a star basketball player from the West Side being scouted by colleges offering scholarships, including DePaul University. But one day he makes a mistake. He is charged with burglary after allegedly trying to steal from a Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria. He was caught in the manager’s office.  […]

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McKinley Park hosts candidates’ forum for 12th and 25th Wards

Aldermanic candidates from the 12th and 25th Wards participated in a candidate’s forum Monday, December 8, 2014 at the McKinley Park library. The forum, organized by the McKinley Park Progressive Alliance, gave residents an opportunity to pose questions to 25th Ward aldermanic candidates Byron Sigcho and Jorge Mujica and 12th Ward candidate Pete DeMay. Incumbents […]

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Mental health dominates city budget discussion

*This article is courtesy of the Social Justice News Nexus where it first appeared. Ebola readiness was the marquee topic at the Department of Public Health hearing on the proposed Chicago budget at City Hall on October 28. But the topic that drew the most attention from Aldermen, and likely from those in attendance too, […]

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Chicago to house more than 1,000 unaccompanied, undocumented youth by year’s end

Mayor Emanuel recently announced plans to house and provide services for as many as 1,000 young immigrants in Chicago by the end of this year, the Chicago Tribune reports. The mayor’s office also mentioned plans to leverage the city’s legal community to “build a broad-based pro bono campaign” providing counsel to undocumented youth who fled […]

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Peace initiative seeks to inspire inner city youth

The Chicago Area Project (CAP) and CAP Affiliate, South Shore Drill Team (SSDT), are partnering with The World Harmony Run to sponsor a Peace Tree Planting and March in response to recent summer violence today at 2:30 p.m. at the South Shore Drill Team Offices on 7218 S. Chicago Avenue, Chicago. The Peace Tree planting symbolizes bringing […]

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High school is the new college

As this newspaper recently reported, the brand-new Back of the Yards High School only has room to hold about half of the graduating 8th-graders in Back of the Yards each year. Some parents are disappointed that their children are not guaranteed a place at our new school. But the reality is, until Chicago Public Schools […]