Activism | Education

The Fight to Fund Higher Education

With state-funded MAP grants at risk for low-income students, activists push Illinois to reenvision public education

Turtel Onli

On the afternoon of October 24, around 150 student activists and allies halted traffic on Michigan Avenue at Adams Street in front of the Art Institute of Chicago during a protest that called for improved funding practices for public higher education. Erica Nanton, an organizer and Roosevelt University alumna, quipped, “Paintings do not come before people.”

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.


Working it Out

Talking income inequality at Uri-Eichen Gallery

Art from Uri-Eichen Gallery

Artists are able to encapsulate a lot of ideas in one construction. They get you to think about those ideas in a way that normal interactions in our society–watching television news or reading a newspaper article–may not.


Lifting up the Mid-South Side

Sol Anderson on LIFT’s holistic approach to breaking the cycle of poverty and their Mid-South Side relaunch

“This is my 15th, 20th year of doing this, but I’m still an optimist, still believe beyond belief that we can do it and the way I see it happening is that someone has to make the first step and that’s why it’s important for us to make this move.”

Activism | Education

A Healing Space

Activists embrace restorative justice as a tool to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline in CPS

Courtesy of the Chicago Peace Corps

“The kids don’t believe in justice yet, so they call it restorative practice,” said Judge Murphy. “It’s opening a door for them where there really wasn’t one before.”

Activism | Police | Politics

A Plan for Reform

Activists press for citizen-led police oversight

Ellie Mejia

“I’ve heard [Ando] speak on at least one occasion; his tone was such that I got the sense that he would do anything to suggest that a police officer’s actions, no matter what they were…that they were founded.”

Activism | Features | Politics

The Struggle for Security

Rasmea Odeh and the Arab-American Action Network continue to mobilize in post-9/11 America

Ellie Mejia

“The Antiwar 23… Rasmea, and the Palestinians around us are familiar with the job of the government: to target those who threaten the ways the government wants to exploit people and halt transformative social justice movements.”