In November the execution of Tyshawn Lee, who was 9-years-old when he was murdered in an alley dominated local news publications. This senseless killing broke many Chicagoans hearts.
Corey Morgan, 27-year-old documented gang member was charged with first degree murder of Tyshawn Lee. This assassin stole the media spotlight from individuals around Chicago who had chosen to be constructive in their community rather than being destructive.
In November, the 16-year-old Chicagoan, Stephanie Booker, was awarded a prestigious national honor for academic excellence and community leadership received only a snap shot in local news publications.She is a student at Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep. She is also a student ambassador and participates in the Science Olympiad ABC 7 Chicago reported.
In this video we took a day to reach out to those people on the L platforms waiting for their trains, and asked them for a one liner to anyone in their life or just a message they wanted to share. This video is a collective “poem” created to give Chicago a face through words. Throughout the video you can meet the beautiful and diverse faces of Chicago along with a personal message from each person. Take a moment to really acknowledge those around you whether it is family, friends, or someone waiting for the train. Everyone is a part of Chicago and everyone has a story to tell. Here are a few, of the many, Chicago was willing to share.
Creating A Public Poem was inspired by the people of Chicago.
The United States has long been characterized as the world’s melting pot. This proud motto, however, does not explain how Chicago has been deemed the most segregated city in the country, and how prejudices against race and class affect the everyday lives of its citizens. The goal of protesters Wednesday, was to increase Chicago’s current minimum wage of $8.25, to a more livable wage of fifteen dollars an hour.
The melting pot was alive and well on the University of Illinois at Chicago’s campus, where groups such as: Action Now, Young Black Perspective, Faculty Forward, Chicago Coalition for the Homeless Valemos Más, and many others joined forces to combat income inequality and promote a livable wage for all. Even Mayoral candidate Chuy García was in attendance.
Kate Walsch is an author, nurse, and lifelong social activist, who was more than happy to speak about the injustices facing working-class Chicagoans.
What is Heartland Alliance and how/when did it start?
Heartland Alliance is a non-profit organization that is huge! I can’t even begin to explain it. This is the blurb you can see on our website.
Heartland Alliance—the leading anti-poverty organization in the Midwest— believes that all of us deserve the opportunity to improve our lives. Each year, we help ensure this opportunity for nearly one million people around the world who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety.
“A Place of Peace in the Midst of Turmoil” is what one Chicago Spoken Word and Hip Hop artist has created in the Bridgeport Neighborhood at The Spoken WordMagazine & Lounge.
Jerode Rodgers, whose stage name is Jeronimo Speaks, gives Chicagoans a ‘place of peace’ with the open mic showcase, Solace Souls Sundays, which he hosts every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month.
Arts and youth matter! With budget cuts and increasing political issues, nonprofits such as Donda’s House are in need of resources. Please support this amazing organization as it continues to educate the community and provide a safe-environment for the people of Chicago.
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Launched August 2013, Donda’s House “Got Bars” program is slowly making its mark as the creative hub of our generation. Founded by the legendary Kanye West and led by Che “Rhymefest” Smith. Rhymefest, childhood friend and West’s cowriter, started the “Got Bars” program with the focus on music/lyric composition and performance. This unique program aimed towards 15-24 year olds, prides itself on the “90’s artist environment” where all artists are pushed to become creative mentally and physically.
Backed by the largest names in hip hop, Kanye West and Rhymefest, applicants from different corners of the city wrestled the cold Chicago weather to be part of the Donda Family. As the air grew thicker inside the Ark of St. Sabina, tensions ran high as applicants proved why they earned their title as an artist.