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Written by on August 19, 2015

Our Roots Planted Again and Again

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  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

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

The Korematsu Case and the Future, Our Future

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Some people think that the incarceration of Japanese Americans in concentration camps during World War II happened a long long time ago, and since the verdict in the Korematsu case was vacated, everything is okay now, and this could never happen again. However, after the events of 9/11, there has been an escalation of hate crimes and racial profiling all around the country targeting Muslims and Arab Americans, and those perceived to be Muslim and Arab Americans (like Sikh Americans).

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Written by on February 7, 2014

How Poor We’ve Become

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We talk about hard times and many more just getting by. How many exactly? There are 380,000 families in Illinois, where someone works full-time during the entire year and yet the family is considered poor. That’s a fact that gives context to understanding why low wage jobs matter. A fact that can help drive our […]

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Written by on January 29, 2014

October 29 – Anti-Violence Media Forum in Chicago

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Journalists, community voices and students will gather at this FREE EVENT. Join moderator Natalie Moore, WBEZ Reporter, in a conversation about covering violence in Chicago with Brenda Butler of Columbia Links; Juliana Stratton of Cook County’s Justice Advisory Council; Chris Rudd of the Mikva Challenge; and Gaynor Hall Paterson, WGN/CLTV Reporter.

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Written by on October 11, 2013

Justice for Trayvon, Justice for all our children

I wish I were surprised by the verdict, but my heart is breaking. I am typing this out on my phone today because it could not wait. How do we raise our sweet children of color? What do we tell them? What do we tell ourselves?

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Written by on July 15, 2013

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