Education | Lit

Getting Free and Staying Free

David Stovall reflects on Little Village hunger strike and the creation of Lawndale Social Justice High School

Turtel Onli

David Omotoso Stovall knows how to hold a crowd. Watching him engage the audience at Seminary Co-op on a January afternoon, it is easy to imagine him connecting with a classroom of teenagers at eight in the morning. Stovall is a professor of educational policy studies and African-American Studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), but he also teaches a class on “Education, Youth, and Justice” at the Greater Lawndale High School for Social Justice (SOJO). His talk at the Co-op centers around his book, Born Out of Struggle, which documents his involvement with the school’s creation.


School Librarians, Shelved

CPS cuts further drain library resources for students

Jasmine Mithani

Chicago Public Schools budget cuts are nothing new, and it was hard to be surprised at the announcement in August that funding for more than 900 positions had been cut this year. What’s easy to miss in these continuing cuts is just how quickly important school resources can vanish. The presence of school librarians has been shown to improve everything from standardized test scores and childhood literacy rates to graduation rates and professional development, yet librarians have been disappearing from CPS.


It’s All Possible

South Side Pitch showcases ideas from local entrepreneurs

Courtesy of South Side Pitch

By the time the third annual South Side Pitch started at 7pm, more than 150 people had arrived at the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, where celebratory blue-and-white balloons adorned the outside of the new Hyde Park startup incubator. Here, aspiring entrepreneurs from the South Side would make their case in pursuit of advertising, event space, and other business resources. 

Activism | Lit Issue

To Be Free

A new book of essays explores Martin Luther King’s time in Chicago

For Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the politics and priorities of Freedom Summer never stopped. King’s arrival in 1966 from the embattled South ignited the Chicago Freedom Movement, and the conditions in northern, urban, and de facto segregated Chicago changed King and his beliefs. It was in Chicago that King intensified his call for economic justice as a goal both beyond and including racial integration.

Environment | Nature | Pilsen | Politics

Find, Remove, Repeat

The campaign to rid Pilsen of lead contamination

Zoe Kauder Nalebuff

“The city’s done a good job on playing down [lead contamination] as not being a problem, while at the same time they recognize it is a problem and are doing things to mitigate it.” Troy Hernandez


Community and Collaboration

The 10th Ward showcases its participatory budgeting projects

David Vance

“Let the people decide, and let’s hope for the best.” – John Sandoval


A Race to Claim Justice

Amid protests, the election for State’s Attorney moves into its final phase

Anita Alvarez, Donna More, and Kim Foxx, by Ian Moore

After Foxx received the endorsement of the Cook County Democratic Party, Alvarez said, “I owe them nothing. Ask Ms. Foxx what she owns Toni Preckwinkle.”