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On July 6, 1968, the first Chicago bus drivers’ wildcat strike of that summer ended, a key moment to discuss the relationship between Black Power, the workplace, and racial issues within union locals in the late 1960s. There’s no way around that the fact that the American labor movement was extremely undemocratic by 1968. That […]
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This is the grave of Daniel Burnham. Born in 1846 in Henderson, New York to a Swedenborgian family, as a young man he failed to get into either Harvard or Yale and also failed at an initial attempt to enter politics. Instead, he became an architectural draftsman in Chicago, where the family had moved around […]
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Rahm’s Chicago

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On July 5, 2017
Rahm Emanuel’s new education policy is senseless on the face of it. To graduate from a public high school in Chicago, students will soon have to meet a new and unusual requirement: They must show that they’ve secured a job or received a letter of acceptance to college, a trade apprenticeship, a gap year program […]

Stop and Frisk

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On September 28, 2016

Simon Balto has a rejoinder to Donald Trump’s fearmongering call to institute stop and frisk policing in Chicago. See, Chicago has a long history with this. It’s not a good history. Legall

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CTU Strike

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On April 1, 2016
The Chicago Teachers Union, which in 2012 had one of the biggest and most important strikes of the last decade, is back on the picket line today for a 1-day strike. Like the 2012 strike, this is about more than just a contract. This is a political strike with broad if somewhat vague demands about […]
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