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A new resolution on reparations is scheduled to be introduced in City Council this week. Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward) and Nick Sposato (38th Ward) weigh in on the topic.

The Reparations Debate is Heading to Chicago’s City Council

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

A new resolution on reparations is scheduled to be introduced in City Council this week. Alds. Roderick Sawyer (6th Ward) and Nick Sposato (38th Ward) weigh in on the topic. See video. By Alexandra Silets, WTTW — A new resolution on reparations is scheduled to be introduced in Chicago’s City Council this week. The Committee on Health and Human Relations would be tasked with crafting an ordinance to create the…

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Senatorial candidate Willie Wilson (l) and Ald. Rod Sawyer (far right) have been working with other community leaders on a reparations resolution for the city.

Reparations Resolution To Go Before City Council Next Week: ‘It’s Time’

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

By Jamie Nesbitt Golden, Block Club Chicago — CHICAGO — Is the city ready to address the painful past of the Transatlantic Slave Trade? A coalition of public officials and activists — including newly announced U.S. Senate candidate Willie Wilson — seem to think so, and are preparing to introduce a resolution to City Council next week. The move comes as the national conversation surrounding reparations continues on Capitol Hill…

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Meet Rhiana Gunn-Wright, An Architect Behind The Green New Deal

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By Donna M. Owens, Essence — Rhiana Gunn-Wright was always curious about policy, even before she fully understood the term. “Growing up I’d wonder about structures—in my neighborhood and schools,” the 29-year-old South Side Chicago native told ESSENCE. “What are the rules, who made the rules? You can’t just look at the surface.” Raised by her mother, grandmother, extended family, and a caring “village,” the Yale grad and Rhodes Scholar…

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Dr. Willie Wilson, center, was joined by Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois lawmakers as he introduced a Reparations for African Americans bill recently. Wilson says reparations are due NOW and should come in the form of “actionable solutions and opportunities for African Americans in economics, education, health, housing, and employment.”

Wilson stands on history, bill blazes trail to Reparations

By News & Current Affairs, Reparations

Dr. Willie L. Wilson, center, was joined by Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois lawmakers as he introduced a Reparations for African Americans bill recently. Wilson says reparations are due NOW and should come in the form of “actionable solutions and opportunities for African Americans in economics, education, health, housing, and employment.” By the Chicago Crusader — On the eve of one of the biggest Democratic national debates and on the…

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Cardrian Massey, left, and Kate Chandler hold hands in a circle with others from Atlanta, Ga., before joining demonstrators for reparations for slavery on the National Mall in Washington.

Reparations will pave the way to justice for all

By Editors' Choice, Reparations

By Cepeda, Roanoke Times — CHICAGO — In the spring of 1995, I sat in a stuffy classroom studying “Literary History of England, from Beowulf to 1800,” while overlooking Southern Illinois University’s iconic Pulliam Clock Tower. I was on the verge of boiling over. Somehow, the lone Hispanic (me and the lone black person in the tiny class were engaged in a shouting match over reparations for slavery. Rep. John…

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Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, 

State Attorney Kim Foxx plans to expunge thousands of marijuana convictions

By News & Current Affairs

Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, announced that her office is set to expunge thousands of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. By Ny Magee, The Grio — Kim Foxx, the Illinois State’s Attorney for Cook County, announced that her office is set to expunge thousands of misdemeanor cannabis convictions in the coming months. Foxx and her office are in talks with Code for America to identify minor marijuana cases in the…

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Smollett is Another Cautionary Warning About Screaming Racism — For Any and Everything

By Commentaries/Opinions

By Earl Ofari Hutchinson, The Hutchinson Report — When actor Jussie Smollett claimed that he was the victim of a hate attack by MAGA backers complete with a noose around his attack, I instantly posted a Facebook comment, “be careful on this.” The responses were swift and brutal. But they boiled down to-“How dare you question that Smollett was anything other than a Black viciously assaulted by venomous Trump goaded…

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Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke was found guilty of 2nd-degree murder and 16 counts of aggravated battery.

‘This Is Historic’: Why the Van Dyke Guilty Verdict Is a Victory For the Movement For Black Lives

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By Miles Kampf-Lassin, In These Times — “We are far from done. This is the beginning and we should use this momentum to keep going forward.” Chicago has long been a city on the brink. Decades of racial stratification, disinvestment, segregation and endemic poverty have left large swaths of the population struggling to survive, while new development has disproportionately favored wealthier residents. The communities left behind by this process are…

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Obama reminded his audience at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that the current troubles “did not start with Donald Trump. He is a symptom, not the cause.

In Illinois, Obama Hits the Midterm Campaign Trail—and Trump

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By Jelani Cobb, The New Yorker — One hazard of the trolling that the United States has been subjected to from the White House for the past twenty months is that even the most alarming patterns can be hard to discern, and the most prominent dots impossible to connect. Yet a seemingly different pattern preceded the speech that Barack Obama delivered on Friday, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in which he…

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Rahm Emanuel is leaving, but the damage he's caused needs to be reversed.

After Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Nightmare, the Next Chicago Mayor Must Embrace Reparations

By Commentaries/Opinions, Reparations

Emanuel’s pro-corporate policies ravaged Black and Latinx communities across Chicago. His successor will be tasked with reversing this trend. By Saqib Bhatti, In These Times — This week, Chicagoans celebrated Rahm Emanuel’s announcement that he will not seek another term as mayor. But while Emanuel’s departure is welcome news to many, the next mayor of Chicago will have to come up with an aggressive plan to repair the damage that Emanuel’s…

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