Spotlight for the youth that do good

Spotlight for the youth that do good

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. 

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Creating A Public Poem

Creating A Public Poem

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.

Fight For 15: Chicago Teams Up for a Higher Minimum Wage

Fight For 15: Chicago Teams Up for a Higher Minimum Wage

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.

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