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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Black-owned health food store brings new life to North Lawndale food desert

VIDEO: North Lawndale has a long standing reputation as a food desert, being a neighborhood that does not have any large grocery stores or supermarkets. A Real Chi Youth reporter sat down with New Life owner Ray Barney  to discuss what this health food store is bringing to the community.

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Students urge CPS against a facility-solution to a funding problem

At the third and final public hearing on the closure of four Englewood neighborhood high schools, a Harper High School student asked the Chicago Public Schools Board of Education: “What are you so intimidated of? Is it the way we walk? Is it the way we talk? Is it the fact that we are going to fight for something you didn’t think we were going to fight for?”

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