Posts tagged neighborhood & politics
Mayoral candidate Lori Lightfoot takes center stage at West Side forum in rival Preckwinkle’s absence

Several hundred community members gathered at the Kehrein Center for the Arts, 5608 W. Washington Blvd., for the West Side Mayoral Forum last Thursday night to hear from runoff mayoral candidates Lori Lightfoot and Toni Preckwinkle just five days before Election Day.

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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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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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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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Organizers March to Rahm's House To Stop South Side School Closings

VIDEO: On Feb. 19, Real Chi Youth reporters Alloíza Mari and Pascal Savino followed organizers from BYP 100 and Teachers For Social Justice, and students from the National Teachers Academy as they marched to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s house in Ravenswood.

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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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Safety or surveillance? City starts multi-million dollar lighting project on South and West Sides

VIDEO: Is there an impact on public safety and crime based on the quantity or quality of streetlights? We discovered that the Chicago Infrastructure Trust and Department of Transportation will spend $160 million dollars to install 250,000 LED streetlights.

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