A Community Café Providing More Than Coffee

A Community Café Providing More Than Coffee

I think there is some consensus that we can all share. The world is not fair. We could spend hours arguing the reasons for this unfair playing field or why it seems some people get a leg up in life. These are good questions to be thinking about. But they do not always lead us to answers, a solution, or even a small action of change.

Walking into Curt’s Café is like walking into many other coffee shops. I ordered my coffee, got a scone, and pretended to work. It was a very typical experience, though there was something much greater happening around me.

(more…)

Fresh Food on the Move

Fresh Food on the Move

Food deserts are certain areas of the country where fresh and healthy fruits and vegetables are unavailable because of a lack of food providers such as farmer’s markets or grocery stores. Most areas are found to be impoverished neighborhoods with many families having a low income, leaving them sometimes unable to pay for fresh food to eat and cook at home. Chicago is one of those cities where food deserts thrive. Now that isn’t such a good thing. This means that there are less fresh food provided and more processed, sugary, fast food available for these families to eat and live on.

(more…)

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.

(more…)

Living a sustainable life in Chicago

Living a sustainable life in Chicago

A few days ago, I was reading about the Lima Climate Change Conference that took place in Lima, Peru in December. An agreement was struck by 190 countries to abide by certain environmental regulations  in the near future. Whether you believe in the impact of climate change or global warming or are passionate about environment conservation, it’s hard not to think about how our actions today will affect future generations. At the very least, I would hope most people can agree it makes sense to conserve resources when possible, right?

So this eventually led me to re-evaluate my day to day activities to see how sustainable my lifestyle is. Here’s a quick breakdown of some major areas:

(more…)