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Join Senior Citizens Today to Defend Social Security

Join Senior Citizens Today to Defend Social Security

A news report from Curtis Black’s Newstips Blog, Community Media Workshop Senior citizens and their supporters will protest the appearance of the leading proponent of Social Security privatization at a Chicago fundraiser today.  The action is part of a growing effort to defend the nation’s retirement insurance program. The Illinois Alliance of Retired Americans, the Main Street […]

Hyatt Workers Boycott Could Affect One or More Chicago-Area Hyatt Properties

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Hyatt Workers Boycott Could Affect One or More Chicago-Area Hyatt Properties

A news report from Curtis Black’s Newstips Blog, Community Media Workshop Hyatt workers locked in tough contract negotiations – and hit by job cuts and reduced hours leading to chronic understaffing and increased injuries – will announce a boycott of one or more Chicago-area Hyatt properties tomorrow. They’ll be joined by leaders of the Central Conference […]

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Shorebank: A Bank Worth Saving

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Shorebank: A Bank Worth Saving

A news report from Curtis Black’s Newtips Blog, Community Media Workshop While Shorebank struggles to survive – with regulators hesitating to back recapitalization efforts, according to reports – community investment advocates say “Shorebank is worth saving” and suggest that policies that favor big banks don’t take community needs into account. Meanwhile community groups will demand action […]

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Youth Win, CPS Agrees to Restorative Justice Approach in Schools

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Youth Win, CPS Agrees to Restorative Justice Approach in Schools

A news report from Curtis Black’s Newstips Blog, Community Media Workshop In a victory for two youth organizations, Chicago Public Schools has agreed to establish a grievance procedure for students experiencing violence, harassment or discrimination, and to pilot a program training security guards to use principles of restorative justice in their work. Both organizations had […]

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Bank of America Faces Lawsuit, Title of ‘Chicago’s Biggest Forecloser’

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Bank of America Faces Lawsuit, Title of ‘Chicago’s Biggest Forecloser’

A news report from Curtis Black, Community Media Workshop Bank of America has objected that a new lawsuit by the Illinois attorney general – charging that the bank’s subsidiary, Countrywide Financial Corp., discriminated by steering minority homebuyers into risky subprime loans – covers practices prior to BoA’s takeover of Countrywide in 2008. But those same borrowers […]

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‘Coming Out’ as Undocumented Citizen Encouraged by One Chicago Leader

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‘Coming Out’ as Undocumented Citizen Encouraged by One Chicago Leader

A report from the Newstips Blog: In These Times interviews Chicago activist Tania Unzueta, saying she “may be America’s most visible undocumented activist.” Unzueta directs Radio Arte’s youth training program and helped found the Immigrant Youth Justice League. She was one of five undocumented students who sat in at Senator John McCain’s Tucson office last month to […]

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New Leadership for Chicago Teachers

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New Leadership for Chicago Teachers

Image by Fibonacci Blue via Flickr A report from the Newstips Blog: As new and old reports at Catalyst and Gapers Block indicate, CORE’s victory in the recent teachers union election reflected the group’s activist orientation and commitment to grassroots organizing, in schools and with communities. “We energized the grassroots,” said one CORE member. CORE came on […]

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