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CRIMINAL JUSTICE REFORM
North Lawndale residents are doing many things to combat violence in the area. Their actions range from enjoying local sporting events to peace gatherings to help with relief and starting conversations, which builds a place where North Lawndale residents are able to advocate for a better life.
After 25 years, a West Humboldt Park support home for formerly incarcerated women is close to being shuttered. When Leslie Brown-Simmons became the first woman in Illinois to be granted clemency, she experienced first-hand the difficult transition out of incarceration and opened Leslie’s place in 1994, hoping to ease the process for other women.
The heavy presence of Chicago police officers in City Hall early Wednesday morning was a precursor for what #NoCopAcademy activists would face before the City Council’s 38-8 vote to approve the construction of a controversial police and fire training academy in West Garfield Park.
Imagine exiting the realities of being incarcerated — an experience that has been proven to be traumatic for a lot of people — and facing the stress of re-entering society; to wake up, go about life and not be considered a citizen despite already paying one’s debt to society. There are many people who inquire about the effects of mass incarceration; how are people affected by it and what can be done to dismantle this system?
West Side residents of the 24th and 28th wards gathered to address aldermanic candidates at a forum held at Jensen Scholastic Academy on Feb. 12.
EDUCATION & YOUTH
Hundreds gathered at the First United Methodist Church at the Chicago Temple in support of the impending Chicago Teachers Union’s strike on Monday preceding a march downtown.
The North Lawndale community gathered for the 4th Annual Arts Festival, Hip-Hop Revival, and Jam for Justice on August 3. People enjoyed a barbecue, bought art pieces, and watched break dancers from all corners of the city showcase their moves.
The Taste of Chicago is a large food festival, held annually in Grant Park . The event
brings a variety of food, games, vendors. For many attending, child safety could be an
underlying concern among the minds of parents.
Community groups in the greater Chinatown area announced a series of candidate forums Jan. 18 and encouraged community members to vote in the 2019 municipal election.
CPS plan to close top performing, majority black school is halted by courts, and later dropped altogether
ARTS & CULTURE
New Pine Valley Restaurant, which has been in the North Lawndale community for over 50 years, is most famous for its $1.35 cheese burgers. But customers said what makes the food special isn’t the ingredients. It’s the people who make them.
Lily Be is a storyteller, mother, and plant lover. She became a storyteller out of the necessity to save her own life.
I decided to do a podcast on an overall review about Taqueria el Milagro. I brought two friends, Claritza and Bria, with me to help me eat all the food we ordered. We talked about the surroundings, the place itself, the wait, the prices, and of course the food itself. If you are ever in Little Village, Taqueria el Milagro is the place to go.
By featuring comedians from the mental health, chronic illness and disability communities, Who Dis is trying to change the landscape of comedy in Chicago.
ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS
For a lot of people the most vivid memories of growing up, the ones that can often leave the firmest impressions, include the hazy recollections of playtime.
Chicago residents from different communities came together to discuss gun violence, understand how it impacts their communities, and become engaged in changing their neighborhood for the all-day event “Making Our World Safer: The Global Impact of Firearms on Local Communities” held on Friday, Sept 13 at the Chicago Scholar Foundation…
An analysis published by the The Natural Resources Defense Council suggests that Chicago’s West and South Side neighborhoods have been impacted the most by environmental hazards. The return of the Department of Environment could remedy those effects; however, it is still unclear how its return will benefit communities of color.
Thousands gathered at Montrose Harbour at 11am on Sept 21 to participate in the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland’s Walk, joining a nationwide movement organized by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that seek to promote awareness and raise funds for suicide prevention.
Behind Homan Square lies Homan Rails Farm, a beautiful garden in the center of the North Lawndale neighborhood where The Gardeneers provide the community with healthy food options and programs for youth.
The Newberry Library has launched a series of public programs, together titled “Chicago 1919: Confronting the Race Riots”, to commemorate and examine the long term impact of the riots.
When Cinemas 10 Entertainment was first opened in 1997, it was the most accessible movie theater in Chicago’s North Lawndale area.
The Real Chi reporters, Naomi Haden and Kyele Nails, and Editors, Clariza Adao and Briana Higgins, sit back and talk about their experience attending the Taste of Chicago 2019. Specifically, they talk about how affordable the Taste of Chicago really is.
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.
A typical Filipino greeting starts with “Kamusta?” (How are you?) followed by “Kumain ka na?” (Have you eaten?). It’s undeniable that food is at the center of almost every Filipino interaction and gathering. In most social events, the ever-present bilao (circular basket) of pancit (noodles) or tray of lumpia (spring rolls) is always on the table, but folks rarely talk about food beyond complimenting it or exchanging recipes.
Education and Youth Reporter, The Real Chi
A Chicago native, I’ve been working as a reporter for Free Spirit Media since last year. I am a junior at Clark Atlanta University and I like to read and watch documentaries in my spare time.
Education and Youth Reporter, The Real Chi
Armani Baker is a proud native of the south side of Chicago. She is an aspiring broadcast journalist with determination to tell promising stories about urban neighborhoods, politics of identity, and influences on education.
Violence & Prevention Reporter, The Real Chi
Ebony is an aspiring writer and Journalist who was born in Chicago and raised on the South Side.
Reporter, The Real Chi
I'm 19 years old. I'm very interested in exploring the insufficient resources in low income communities with mental health.
Reporter, The Real Chi
I am a Black student who hopes that if I work hard enough that I will get the same privileges of many others.
Editor, The Real Chi
This is the first program that I have participated in which will allow me to use my degree. I graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington in May of 2019.
Environmental Health and Wellness Editor, The Real Chi
Maia is a 23-year old Chicago native from the South-Side of Chicago with a background in broadcast journalism and storytelling.
Criminal Justice and Reform Reporter, The Real Chi
I'm 24 years old, graduate of DePaul University, and interned at Chicago Mod Magazine and WVON. I'm looking to start my journalism career on the right note.
Arts & Culture Reporter, The Real Chi
Ariel is an Aspiring Journalist and Film-maker and Community Activist from the westside of Chicago.
Economic Justice Editor, The Real Chi
I am an early career journalist working with communities to address challenges and solutions.
Environmental Health and Wellness Reporter, The Real Chi
I'm a recent graduate from Dominican University. I have written for the Dominican Star and Gateway Journalism Review.
Reporter, The Real Chi
I always genuinely care about other people. My passion is to learn about people and tell their stories. I aim to be a visual journalist who can make an impact.
Editor and Reporter, The Real Chi
Fledgling reporter with FSM interested in the intersection between art and politics.
Arts and Culture Reporter, The Real Chi
Logan Square Native. Interests are in reading, writing, and fashion. An extroverted mind in an introvert's body.