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Written by on April 30, 2013

That Song You Are Humming They Sang Generations Ago Over There

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  We were talking in the telephone store the other day about Guatemala, the incredible scenery, the magical culture and the haunting music – the music that he heard growing up here and which links him to his father’s home. Did he know any other music? No. Did he dance? No. But he knew that […]

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Written by on April 28, 2013

Immigrants today – news you need

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Four chances to learn more about immigrants and  immigration reform 1.How important are immigrants for Chicago? Ask Adolfo Hernandez and he will tell you how they are critical to Chicago’s future – financially, culturally, and population-wise. He speaks with some authority as the head of Chicago’s Office of New Americans. What difference exactly do immigrants […]

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Written by on April 26, 2013

“Our Schools Need and Deserve a Better Deal”

The news can drown you. What schools are really problems? Which ones should be salvaged? How much money is really being saved? Are there plans or does chaos lurk ahead? What about the teachers and others whose careers will disappear? If ever you’ve been called upon to do your job, now the time to report, […]

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Written by on April 17, 2013

Immigration – Now’s The Time to Tell The Story

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Can you think of another time when immigration was so important? I can’t and neither can most folks who work on behalf of Chicago’s immigrants. That’s why we are holding a workshop for the ethnic media from 10 am to noon  on Tuesday, May 7th. The meeting is at Room 101, 33 East Congress (Congress […]

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Written by on April 10, 2013

We Speak Many Languages and Live Here in One Place

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Count the languages we speak here and you’ll run over 80. Count up the languages that drives our lives and the number will drop. But it’s still a large number and what it says is that the languages we brought here, we nurture. We do not want to leave them behind. Why? Because they are […]

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Written by on March 13, 2013

How We Heal

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An ad in a Colombian newspaper last week stopped me. Victims of the nation’s long-term violence should apply for compensation, it said. So, I began wondering. What if we had global compensation for all victims? Where would we begin? Maybe we could begin in smaller ways with efforts like the Peace on Earth film festival […]

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Written by on March 6, 2013

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