Tambourine Army

Tambourine Army

Thanks to Danielle Roper speaking at Hoodoise, I was informed about the Tambourine Army movement happening in Jamaica right now. This movement aims to combat sexual violence against women and girls and empower them with their basic rights. The name of the movement was coined by a woman who hit a rapist priest in the head with a tambourine. This resistance has spiked more resistance as people across the Caribbean have been marching in solidarity. As a form of intimidation to this resistance the police have arrested Latoya Nugent as she, the founder of this movement, has been demanding justice. I am unsure if she is still being held in jail. However, it is crucial that we get the word out about this movement and place some international attention on it. Our women everywhere deserve to be heard, respected, and uplifted.

CALL TO ACTION

Share this post with your friends. International pressure is vital. For more information and updated news on the movement like their page here. 

1 Million dollars to CPS schools by Chance The Rapper

1 Million dollars to CPS schools by Chance The Rapper

Chance The Rapper has donated 1 million dollars to CPS schools. After discussing and protesting all the cuts CPS schools have been/are experiencing, this motivating news was much needed. Seeing the divestment of both the students and teachers especially in marginalized communities is disheartening, therefore waking up to some encouragement and even a challenge can help us continue the fight to invest into the youth of Chicago.

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Drinking Water Safety Concerns

Drinking Water Safety Concerns

Everyone should have access to the knowledge of what is in their water. Many places in Chicago are at risk for hazardous lead, which Chicago should be held responsible to remove. If you are interested in learning more make sure you go see water expert, Michael Tiboris, speak at Lozano Library on 1805 S Loomis this Saturday January 28th at 2pm. This will be hosted by the P.E.R.R.O organization. Get ready to learn about the social and legal complications as well as the next steps you can take with this knowledge.

Project Hope

Project Hope

Thanks to Kirbi Range and Deanna Hallagan from Project Hope, we get to spread some awareness on what it means to be a pregnant teen and how Project Hope has been working to empower these mothers for over 30 years.

Before starting Project Hope, after the 60’s riots, Kay Hallagan began volunteering with Marillac and started a bus service called Mothers to Mothers. This was necessary since the food deserts and lack of transportation were barriers for the mothers to have access to a healthy selection of foods, which is something we still see in present day Chicago. After running this service, Kay was encouraged to go back to school and receive a Masters degree in social work at the Jane Adams School of Social Work at UIC. Since then she was offered a position as the head of the family services. As a mother of 12 she could easily empathize with the mothers in need, in turn she started Project Hope.

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