A dance at night in Hermosa

It’s nearly night-time and the street is quiet. Business is good in the taqueria across the street, but there’s nobody in the panaderia. The day’s goods are sold. Working class Hermosa readies for the end of the day. Hermosa is the neighborhood where Puerto Ricans have gathered anew. They’ve moved out from Humboldt Park, leaving [...]

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Written by on September 30, 2014

Covering Ferguson up close

    In times of tragedy, we search for news we trust: news that tells us what’s happening and what it means to us . In Ferguson, Mo. journalists from everywhere are trying to give us this news. But there is a difference in the news that comes from the people who live up front [...]

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Written by on August 20, 2014

Lives Saved, Lives Respected

  As we tell the story of suicide today and everyday, we need to consider the media’s power to impact, to guide and to soothe. Here’s a guide for anyone who tells the story of a suicide or the issue. It’s from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. RECOMMENDATIONS FOR REPORTING ON SUICIDE Developed in [...]

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Written by on August 13, 2014

One story’s ripple

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Written by on July 25, 2014

Our Roots Planted Again and Again

  Eduardo Arocho on Division Street Brilliant, warming sunshine. Gurgling breeze. Alexander von Humboldt looks westward out over the park, and the gathering morning clouds. He stares from his perch, where he has stood for well over 100 years in the park that took his name. Long ago the park became a magnet, drawing together [...]

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Written by on July 7, 2014

Let’s Boogie Back in Time and Then Across Chicago

  What: A funky show at the DuSable Museum, opening Friday. June 27th What Else:We stroll through German, Polish and Puerto Rican communities on Saturday, June 28th   Here we go. So stay in step. We’re traveling way back. Back to when Valerie Brown romped with Josie and the Pussy Cats. Back to when the [...]

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Written by on June 25, 2014

An Injustice Remembered

After the Saturday morning cooking class, an adventure in Japanese cuisine, Kiyo Yoshimura travels back in time, back to when she was 17 years old, back 73 years ago. It’s a journey she has taken often these last few years, a journey she especially wants others to hear about because of what happened to Japanese-Americans [...]

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Written by on June 19, 2014

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