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.
Want to spare a Thursday or Friday to help a great organization? Lend your hand at Benton House ‘s Food Pantry! As the leader in the Bridgeport community, the food pantry dedicates itself to serving more than just their neighbors . With food deserts continuing to be a issue in our city, Benton House is one of the leaders in combating these problems head on throughout the city of Chicago. From giving families one box full of goodies each month (meats, milk, eggs, and etc.), this organization does not turn away anyone in need.
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:
CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) have continued their momentum in recent years and are starting to become a little more mainstream. Recently, my family subscribed to a meat CSA share based on the recommendation of a co-worker. I was always curious to see how a CSA share worked and if it was worth it. Well after taking the plunge, here are my initial thoughts along with some benefits that CSA programs can bring to Chicagoans and their communities.
Here on Chicago Rises, we’ve mentioned some of the great things going on at Zealous Good, but there’s much more you can learn. Zealous Good connects people and companies with items to donate with the nonprofit organizations and charities in Chicago that need them most. We recently had the opportunity to sit down and talk with its founder, Brittany Martin Graunke.