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Veterans in America: A Community in Crisis

Veterans in America: A Community in Crisis

Enester Amerson has a warm smile and kind brown eyes. He was a high school athlete back in the day; he ran cross country and won multiple awards and trophies playing basketball. Basketball is still important to him, apparent by the Oklahoma City Thunder cap on his head. He proudly described himself as “60 years […]

Musician inspired by Standing Rock movement

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Musician inspired by Standing Rock movement

When Chicago musician Adam Gottlieb packed his guitar into a van filled with food and winter gear to embark on a 900 mile October trip from Rogers Park to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota, he was going to lend his support to the Sioux people gathered to oppose the construction of an oil […]

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The War on Slacktivism

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The War on Slacktivism

Slacktivism- (n.) the delusion that your reposts actually change anything. It is easy to be an activist online. We know this. We do this. My Facebook feed is often full of my like-minded, progressive, liberal friends sharing their beliefs, from photo collages of alarming statistics to HuffPo articles that they probably only had time to […]

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Rosey Puloka Profile: Dance Movement Therapist in Cook County Jail

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Rosey Puloka Profile: Dance Movement Therapist in Cook County Jail

Sitting in her living room in Hyde Park, Rosey Puloka makes her hands into fists, signifying anger. She starts pounding her fists on her legs in a steady motion, adding force and speed, then decreasing them until the movement slows and her fists release the tension and anger that had built up inside. Puloka, 29, […]

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Businessman in a Whole Brew World

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Businessman in a Whole Brew World

Robert Finkel’s tenacity is comparable to that of an eager puppy. He claims this himself, discussing the process of opening up Forbidden Root, his now seven-month-old botanical brewery and restaurant in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood. “I’m a puppy—when a bite an ankle, I stay on,” Finkel said. “You can shake a leg, but I’ll stay […]

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Logan Square’s ‘Killer Queen’ arcade community flourishing

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Logan Square’s ‘Killer Queen’ arcade community flourishing

  “C’mon Seth!” Momentum was building behind Seth Parker and his team, Deuces by Garzon, the crowd urging them on as they fought off elimination. Parker and Co. were struggling in their quarterfinal best-of-five match, down two games to none and game three didn’t look promising. “Lets go Seth, c’mon!” Cheers turned to screams as every […]

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Edwin Carl: A childhood baseball dream continues despite health adversity

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Edwin Carl: A childhood baseball dream continues despite health adversity

Legendary Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda once said, “There are three types of baseball players: Those who make it happen, those who watch it happen, and those who wonder what happens.” For Edwin Carl, a pitcher for the Winnipeg Goldeyes of the American Association of Independent Baseball Clubs, the past two years of his […]

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