Issue of Chicago Reporter magazine focusing mainly on police and the courts, particularly responses to police abuse and hardships endured by ex-offenders (e.g. employment discrimination, Illinois tough-on-crime measures).
Founded in 1972, the Reporter is an investigative monthly that identifies, analyzes and reports on the social, economic and political issues of metropolitan Chicago with a focus on race and poverty. (From masthead.)
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America is a 1991 biography by Alex Kotlowitz that describes the experiences of two brothers growing up in Chicago's Henry Horner Homes. It won the Carl Sandburg award. *
* abstract taken from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_Are_No_Children_Here
From back cover: "In 2011 and 2012, while more than 900 people were being murdered on the streets of Chicago, creative-writing students from DePaul University fanned out all over the city to interview people whose lives have been changed forever by the bloodshed. The result is this extraordinary and eye-opening book. Told by real people in their own words, the stories inside are at turns harrowing, heartbreaking and full of hope."
Big Shoulders Books at DePaul aims to produce one book per year that intimately connects DePaul graduate writing students with the local community, and that disseminates writing by and about Chicagoans whose voices might not otherwise be shared. Big Shoulders Books hopes to contribute to discussions of Chicago's injustice and inequality as well as its resilience and creativity. (Adapted from inside the book.)
"A Call to Action is a poignant and uncompromising analysis of the criminal/justice system which spends millions of dollars annually, and controls the lives of approximately one million inmates--of which nearly two-thirds are Black and members of other non-white groups. Of particular concern is the over-representation of Black men who traverse the criminal justice system as though it was especially designed for them."
Magazine, In These Times: Can Blogs Revolutionize Progressive Politics
"In These Times" is a magazine dedicated to exploring the social justice, political issues, and current events that the United States faces these days. Published in Chicago, the magazine's articles are written by staff, that explore issues facing all U.S. citizens. Kurt Vonnegut and Barbara Ehreinreich are contributing editors.
Articles in this issue include: "Walking to Guantanamo", "Can Blogs Revolutionize Progressive Politics", "In Search of Solidarity", "When Red Goes Green", "Paradigm Shift", "In Person with Heather Rogers", "Witness for the Prosecution", "Appall-o-meter", "House call", "The Third Coast", "Back Talk", "The First Stone", "Radicals without Borders"
Magazine In These Times; Forget D.C. The Battle is in the States
In These Times magazine provides left-leaning analysis of current affairs. This issue's headlines include: Forget D.C., Were Sanctions Worth the Cost?, Men Growing up to be Boys, The Meat-Industrial Complex, The Poverty of Poverty Statistics, In an Illinois Primary: Three's a Crowd, and In Person with William Odom.
Magazine: In These Times: Poverty in America and What We Can Do About it
June 12, 2000
Articles on current events and politics, including items about the 2000 Republican Convention, the Federal Election Commission, the Pentagon's Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, welfare reform, homelessness, and military action in Bosnia and Kosovo.