Chicago

Why The Black Environmental Justice Network Is Relaunching

Why The Black Environmental Justice Network Is Relaunching

July 15, 2020

Founded in 1999, the coalition paused its work in 2006. The relaunch aims to bring environmental racism and enforcement of environmental regulation back into focus.

Who Controls The Money When We Defund Police?

Who Controls The Money When We Defund Police?

June 30, 2020

Do we trust the police to defund and restructure themselves? Will community control really guarantee permanent changes to policing as we know it today?

‘We’re Not Treated Like We’re Essential. We’re Treated Like We’re Disposable.’

April 8, 2020

Amazon is using COVID-19 rules to control their employees, not to protect them, says an Amazon worker who took part in the fourth strike at a Chicago facility.

Neoliberalism, Nike, and the Need to Organize a Movement

February 17, 2020

What do resistance to Obama’s presidential library project in Southside Chicago, Nike’s $5 million donation to it, and the giant shoe company’s relationship with Kaepernick’s activism have in common?

Chicago School Support Staff Win Deal to End Strike

October 29, 2019

The Chicago teachers strike has entered its ninth day. Support staff won’t cross picket lines even after reaching a deal to end their strike, says Jeffrey Howard, Executive Vice President at SEIU Local 73.

Chicago Teachers Strike for Children’s Services and Affordable Housing

October 18, 2019

Teachers in Chicago aren’t just committed to fighting for higher wages. They say the city has the money to support its students and teachers outside of the classroom.

Billions Stolen From Black Families by Predatory Lending

June 20, 2019

White Collar criminologist Bill Black analyzes the new study, “The Plunder of Black Wealth in Chicago,” opening the way for a fruitful conversation about reparations and our future

Chicago's New Mayor to End Water Shutoffs

Chicago’s New Mayor to End Water Shutoffs

May 22, 2019

The move will help tens of thousands who are struggling with rapidly increasing bills, but there is still work to be done to make Chicago’s water affordable, says organizer Jenya Polozova    

New Chicago Mayor Promises to Reduce Crime by Fighting Poverty

New Chicago Mayor Promises to Reduce Crime by Fighting Poverty

April 3, 2019

Chicago overwhelmingly elected its first Black and openly gay woman to lead a major city. Micah Uetricht of In These Times analyzes the result

Showdown in Chicago: Lightfoot vs. Preckwinkle

Showdown in Chicago: Lightfoot vs. Preckwinkle

April 1, 2019

No matter who wins – Lori Lightfoot or Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago will have elected an African American woman mayor for the first time in history, says Camille Erickson of In These Times