West Humboldt Park is a working class community with a rich Puerto Rican heritage — although demographics are shifting as gentrification creeps westward. Take a walk through the neighborhood and you will find a thriving arts community, residents who are engaged in anti-violence efforts and longtime business owners who hope things don’t change too much.
From barbershops to churches to sprawling mansions, the Austin neighborhood on the city’s West Side is home to many establishments with a long history and residents who are eager to maintain and revitalize the community.
People with criminal records are advised to move on with their lives after they have been punished for breaking the law. But it’s not easy. In Illinois, more than 100 jobs are off limits to those convicted of a felony.
On Nov. 24, a St. Louis County grand jury did not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August. The Chicago Reporter talked to advocates for greater police accountability and asked them, “What’s next?”
More than 100 people rallied at Chicago’s Daley Plaza at noon on Oct. 22, the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality. Later that evening, activists held a vigil outside of the 11th District Police Station, in honor of Roshad McIntosh, 18, who was fatally shot in East Garfield Park in August.
Worldwide protests over the disappearance of more than three dozen Mexican college students spread to Chicago on Wednesday.
A group of about 40 teachers—members of the Chicago Teachers Union and CTU Latino Caucus—gathered outside of the Mexican consulate to demand that more be done to find the missing students and punish those responsible for taking them away from their school two weeks ago. The 43 missing students attended a rural teaching college in Ayotzinapa, in the southern state of Guerrero.
The group delivered a letter to the consul general, asking for the safe return of the students and demanding that the government go after those responsible.
“We will continue to be vigilant about the circumstances surrounding the students and teachers in Mexico, and will continue to fight to defend public education and the human and political rights of all citizens,” the letter said.
Demonstrations at consulates in the U.S. and Europe were planned to coincide with a national protest in Mexico. Some of the biggest protests in Mexico have occurred in Chilpancingo, just 20 minutes from where the students were taken. In Mexico City, about 10,000 people took to the streets. Shortly after the students disappeared, however, a mass grave was found containing 28 bodies.
Chicago hip-hop artists Common and Rhymefest joined forces on Sept. 21 to produce AAHH! Fest, a one-day music festival at Union Park, featuring Twista, MC Lyte, Jay Electronica, special guest Kanye West, and performances by local community members.
Hundreds gathered outside the McDonald’s in Chatham this morning to strike for a $15 minimum wage. Members of various groups including Action Now, Arise Chicago, and Chicago Jobs with Justice, came to support the Fight for 15 campaign. More than a dozen were peacefully arrested after blockading 87th Street. [Photos by Michelle Kanaar]