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Written by on May 29, 2014

Our Past, Our Futures, a reporting workshop, 5-19-14

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Years ago an Israeli novelist taught me a lasting lesson about memory. Why, I had wondered, was childhood so important in his work? He stared intensely at me. I was taken back. “It’s because we are all monsters. As we rush forward, our heads are turned backwards,” he explained. Ever since, I’ve understood that you […]

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Written by on May 16, 2014

The Other Numbers On Juvenile Crime

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We reach for the stats on murders, and other crimes that stain Chicago. And we use them to tell us what’s happening. Is crime up, or down, or stuck in Chicago? But other numbers matter as well. What percent of the youths coming out of detention centers wind up back in trouble? What percent of […]

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Written by on April 14, 2014

Starting clean: Justice and Juvenile Crime, news forum, April 17

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Say a kid gets picked up, but never charged. What happens? That event sits on their police record forever. Of if they committed a crime, their record becomes a stain that can negate the chances of starting anew years later. From the Mayor to most criminal justice experts and advocates, giving youths and adults the […]

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Written by on April 7, 2014

Justice that Heals, Not Harms

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Written by on March 25, 2014

Juveniles, Justice and Violence

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Sadly, we know well the gospel of violence in Chicago. Guns kill, maim and cripple us physically and emotionally. And the world knows this too about Chicago. That’s because violence has marked us as the mayhem has grown these last few years. Consider the current CNN documentary on Chicagoland, which wraps around our mayhem. But […]

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Written by on March 11, 2014

Working To Survive: low wage workers’ lament

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By Dominique Jackson   Myrla Baldonado knows that her job is important for the families she serves. She cares for their children. Cleans their houses. Cooks their meals. But that is not how her employers see her. “We are viewed as unimportant and invaluable,” said Domestic Worker Organizer, Myrla Baldonado. Domestic Workers are fighting for […]

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Written by on March 3, 2014

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