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The Austin Area Juneteenth Celebration

The Westside Historical Society and Austin Weekly News co-sponsored the 2013 Juneteenth Festival at The Sankofa Cultural Arts and Business Center, 5820 W. Chicago Ave., from June 14 to the 16.  The three-day event included a parade, gospel celebration, as well as stage performances and local merchant vendors. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States ...

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Basketball Used as a Tool to Curb Chicago Violence and a Path Out of Negative Lifestyles

CHICAGO – David Bradley doesn’t get anxious anymore when he steps outside the front door of his home on the city’s South Side. Before, the 24 year old Auburn Gresham resident minded what streets he walked and corners where he stood. Those were invisible borders that marked gang territory and where crossing onto a rival’s street could mean life or death. “I can walk wherever I want to walk without having som ...

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The NRA is Afraid of the Truth

By Marian Wright Edelman NNPA Columnist Why is the National Rifle Association so afraid of the truth? There are many misconceptions about guns and gun violence swirling around in Americans’ minds—and in many cases, this misinformation is no accident. For years the NRA has blocked the truth and actively fought against and prevented research in the causes and costs of gun violence because they don’t want Amer ...

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Harold Washington a Giant in the History of Big City Mayors

30th Anniversary Harold Washington Tribute Committee launches effort to immortalize legacy of the man who transformed Chicago politics. (Chicago, April 2, 2013) The charismatic late Mayor Harold Washington is noted for transforming Chicago’s political environment and creating an open all-inclusive government that represents Chicago’s rich diversity.   Citizens, civic, faith, and political leaders are launch ...

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Members Sit-In, Speak Out During Rally and March

In an act of civil disobedience, more than 120 members of the protest organizing unions UNITE HERE Local 1, SEIU Local 1, the Grassroots Education Movement and the CTU staged a sit-in in the southbound lanes of LaSalle Street outside of City Hall during Thrusday’s rally and march. Among those led away by police and issued citations for “pedestrian failure to exercise due care,” according to attorney Pat Cal ...

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Obama Neglects Own Backyard

By Raynard Jackson NNPA Columnist Just imagine someone in your family travelling half way across the country to help a family they don’t know nor have any connection to; while at the same time his own family is in crisis.  Just imagine how you would feel if your family barely had food to eat, but yet your father goes across town and gives some of your food to a family that he doesn’t even know. I am sure in ...

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City Of Chicago To Offer Christmas Tree Recycling At 23 Citywide Locations, January 5-18, 2013

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation (DSS), in partnership with the Chicago Park District, invites residents to recycle their Christmas trees, January 5-18, 2013, to help keep alleys clear, and reduce the amount of materials deposited in landfills. “Recycling Christmas trees is an easy way for residents to make a big impact on the environment,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “Each year, we are able to ...

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CPS Launches Charter Renewal Process to Close Underperforming Charters and Retain High-Performers

Chicago – Chicago Public Schools (CPS) today announced the process and timeline for its comprehensive review of the District’s charter school contract agreements that end on June 30, 2013. This process is governed by Illinois State School Code. All renewal recommendations will be presented to the Chicago Board of Education for approval during the January 2013 Board meeting. Charter schools that do not meet ...

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Mayor Emanuel Announces $1.25 Million Investment in Austin Polytechnical Academy

Returned TIF Funds from United Airlines Will Foster New Programming; Efforts Directly Support Strategies from Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs; Program Constructed with Complete Cooperation and Support of Labor Unions Mayor Emanuel announced today that $1.25 million in recovered TIF funds will be used to create new state-of-the-art advanced manufacturing programs at Austin Polytechnical Academy, to train t ...

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Oppurtunity Is Knocking for Columbus Park Chargers

The Columbus Park Chicago Chargers Youth football and Cheer (CCYP) youth have all worked hard for 8 months; the kids are all having a great season. All 5 CCYP teams are winning, four are 5-2 and heading to the playoffs with intentions on making it to the national championship and one level is 7-0 and is already eligible to compete at the UYFL National Championship in Tampa bay, Florida from December 1st – 8 ...

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