North Lawndale Youth Emerge as Neighborhood’s New Leaders

Daejahnae Oliver, a North Lawndale College Prep alumna and Peace Warrior, is  spending her summer participating in a program that teaches a unique system of principles aiming to decrease violence in North Lawndale. Summer’s in Chicago mark an increase in violence and the NLCP Peace Warriors’ summer program hopes to mitigate the trauma of these acts of violence.

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An unprecedented plan to close a level 1+ performing school prompts a litigation against CPS

Late last week, parents of the National Teachers’ Academy Elementary School officially filed a complaint against Chicago Public Schools’ Board of Education on counts of violating the Civil Rights Act and the Illinois School Code in an unprecedented decision to close a Level 1+ performing school.

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Is the sudden end to the 40 year run of Little Village’s Cinco de Mayo parade the nail in the gentrification coffin?

PERSPECTIVE: Pilsen's Cinco de Mayo parade was yanked from the calendar just six days before its May 6 kick-off date, leaving business owners and would-be parade goers in Little Village and Pilsen with nothing but questions.

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Hope Academy’s Dorian Robinson is on The Real Chi’s sports spotlight

INTERVIEW: Basketball generally requires athletes with massive strength, enormous height, and mental toughness. It tests the great essence of agility and builds high endurance. Most people would expect a 5 foot 7 inch guard to struggle with adjusting to the hard-nose and gritty Chicago high school basketball style, but Hope Academy point guard Dorian Robinson doesn’t seem to agree with that assumption.

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City funds East Garfield Park orchard only after securing grant to use it to mitigate expensive stormwater damage

For four years, the people of East Garfield Park have pushed the city for solutions to the daunting scarcity of healthy food in the neighborhood. On Feb. 26, the city finally agreed to help fund the development of the East Garfield Park Community Eco Orchard.

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In Chicago, not all protests are equal: A look into the politics of policing black and brown youth

As the dust settles on last week’s National School Walkout, youth activists have been praised and sanctioned by the public for their civic participation. However, in Chicago not all students have been treated equally, with many from majority black and brown schools facing heavy scrutiny from school administrators.  

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Nichols Tower is Re-emerging as the ‘crown jewel’ of North Lawndale

VIDEO: North Lawndale was a booming economic hub of Chicago in the early 1900s when the community was filled with major businesses including Sears Roebuck and Western Electric. Overtime, as demographics changed, Sears and other businesses left the neighborhood and poverty levels began to increase. 

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South Side students on National School Walkout Day: “closing our schools is violence”

VIDEO: On March 14, students nationwide walked out of their schools to stand in solidarity with Stoneman Douglas High School students in a symbolic protest for stricter gun laws in light of the Parkland, FL shooting that happened a month ago.

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CPS makes a final call: Despite weeks of protests and community opposition, CPS votes to close South Side schools

VIDEO: On Feb. 28, students, parents, teachers, organizers and concerned community members filled the Chicago Public School’s downtown office as the board was scheduled to take their final vote on the closure of four South Side high schools and an elementary school.

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