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Protesters Demand CPS, Mayor Halt Cuts, Ask 'Rich to Pay Their Fair Share'

“Our school budgets are getting chopped at the same time families are struggling to stay in their community," said Jennifer Velazquez, a Kelvyn Park High School graduate and local school council member. "The working class is being targeted.”

CHA maneuvering on Lathrop Homes an unfortunate development

“It’s not the final step by any means,” Sahli (CHA Chief Housing Officer) said, adding that “there’s still lots of room for community discussion.”  But for those who have seen the CHA mow down its public housing stock without always making good on its promises, such assurances have an unsettling ring.

Ames community down but not out in fight to save neighborhood school

“It’s not a fight we should be having,” said Christian Diaz, Logan Square Neighborhood Association youth organizer. “As a community we made it happen. Now for them to take this community school and convert it to a military academy is a violation of trust and our interest.”

Conflicto por escuela militar en Chicago

Un grupo de padres y activistas miembros de la organización Logan Square Neighborhood Association (LSNA) se manifestó frente a la Academia Phoenix en oposición de la conversión al grito de “Ames no está a la venta”. (Front Page Story in Hoy 11/4/13)

Ames parents continue fight against Marine Military Academy

Following a week of confusing signals from the alderman, the mayor, and CPs, 85 Ames supporters spent about three hours canvassing their neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest side.

CPS sends mixed signals over plans for middle school and military academy

Maldonado Friday lashed out at the mayor and his handpicked school team and said he stuck his neck out politically to support Emanuel in the plan to combine the two schools and now, he was stuck out on a limb by himself.

CPS: Marine Academy Not Moving to Ames, but Ames Will Have Military Focus

CPS says Ames Middle School won't close after all, but it will have a new high school and a military focus.

Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart speaks out against mental health clinic closures

The evening ended with a roll call for six area alderman: 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, 6th Ward Alderman Rey Colon, 26th Ward Alderman Roberto Maldonado, 30th Ward Alderman Ariel Reboyras, 31st Ward Alderman Ray Suarez and  32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack. None of them were present neither was their staff. Advocates say all six were invited.

Dart: ‘We’re criminalizing mental health’

“What we are, in fact, doing is criminalizing mental health,” Dart said. “That’s what we’re doing.”

Changing the Code of Discipline

No one wants safe schools more than we do. The best way to get there is to replace the current discipline policies — at Noble and throughout all of Chicago Public Schools — with one that actually works. What all the research demonstrates, and what our personal experience confirms, is that what makes a school safe is the quality of relationships between students, teachers and staff. Extreme discipline — whether it's fining a student for forgetting his belt or arresting an 11-year-old for throwing a tantrum — actively damages the trusting, respectful and supportive relationships that make our schools safe.

Mayor Emanuel Announces Initiatives to Support Immigrant Entrepreneurs and Create Jobs Led by Office of New Americans

“Adolfo has a proven track record and will work to ensure every Chicagoan has access to the resources they need to contribute to this thriving global city.”

"Que Viva"

Lissette Castaneda, a housing leader at LSNA, recalled Zapata’s origins in the NCP planning process and singled out staff and volunteers who went the extra mile to get it done.

“We have worked hard,” Castaneda said, and must continue to work hard “for the next 61 families” who need affordable housing. In that struggle, she said “we can look back to this shining light, so we will never have to doubt our power—the power of justice—ever again.”

Chicago Mayor Creates Support Office for Immigrants

One model to follow, according to the mayor’s office, is the Logan Square Neighborhood Associations’ Parent-Mentor program, which operates in a mainly Puerto Rican area.

Rahm Emanuel goal: "immigrant-friendly" Chicago

Office will help immigrants access city services and start new businesses; will pursue long-term goal of making Chicago the world's most immigrant-friendly city. 

Chicago Mayor Candidates Debate

New Chicago 2011 Forum

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