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The U.S. Has a Torture Problem Too

Living in Chicagoland while originally from the Middle East and North African (MENA) region, I am compelled to view police violence in Chicago through a global lens. This past week, the Chicago Alliance against Racist and Police Repression (CAARPR) released its report about the more than 600 individuals incarcerated through police torture and frameups, many…

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Health Disparities Exacerbated by the Pandemic Continue to Persist

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Illinois as winter nears and the temperature drops. The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reports more than 5,000 new cases in Chicago and nearly 30,000 in the state just this week. Experts say the cold weather is making people stay inside where it is easier for the…

Little Village community farm to promote a healthy lifestyle

The Little Village community is reaping the fruits of an over 20-year long fight for environmental justice with the construction of a farm in La Villita Park. The farm, which will span 1.3 acres, will include a community fruit orchard, bilingual urban agriculture training in English and Spanish, and a cooperative portion for vendors. The…

Featured Series : The Warehouse Archipelago

The Warehouse Archipelago pt.1

As many as four million workers labor in clusters of warehouses scattered across the United States. Many are mislabeled as ‘temps’; all are poorly paid, and on-the-job injuries are high. In the article “The Warehouse Archipelago”, John Lippert and Stephen Franklin investigate the current state of staffing in the warehouse industry. Part One of the Chicago Reporter series published every Monday provides insights into the plight of workers suffering from “wage theft, discrimination, and unhealthy and hazardous conditions.”…


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Black and Latinx owners are barely a blip on the cannabis revenue radar

Patrons waiting outside of a south suburban dispensary is becoming a common sight. Black and Latinx owners are barely a blip on the cannabis income radar. Kara Wright followed the rules and  could be considered a winner, since the state awarded her and her applicant team the right to maybe get cannabis dispensary licenses in…

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Latinos In Need Turn To Paid Clinical Trials

His rent at a modest bedroom in a trailer park was due. Roberto, 43, had just emigrated to Miami from Cuba and lacked a safety net. Then, an immigrant friend recommended that he take part in a paid clinical trial and mentioned she had been making thousands of dollars through constant participation. The trials had…

Prisons Lagging in COVID-19 Response

Sometimes, Deonta could hear inmates sick with COVID-19 screaming for help from his cell, said his loved one Chrisoula Drivas.  “The officers would kind of disregard people, so he said it was crazy to hear that people were desperate and no one cared,” she said. Since the onset of the pandemic, advocates like Drivas have…