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Escalera Youth Attend UnidosUS Summit

On March 20-23, the Unidos US Escalera Youth Summit took place in Washington D.C. Two Kelly High School students, Raul Rosas and Freddie Corona, attended with their Escalera facilitator, Lynda Lopez. Students were joining other youth from across the country, including California, Tennessee, and Pennsylvania. While in the nation’s capital, students stayed at the Capitol Hilton a few blocks from The White House and participated in leadership building activities. Students discussed what it means to be a leader and heard from elected officials, including Congressman Jimmy Gomez. On Thursday night, students also attended the Unidos US Capital Awards, an annual gala where champions of the Latino c

Black Lives Matter, other community groups win seat at table in fight over Chicago police reform

Black Lives Matter and a coalition of other community groups (including Brighton Park Neighborhood Council) have won a seat at the table as the city of Chicago and the state attorney general's office hash out a consent decree that would guide reforms to the troubled Chicago Police Department.The agreement comes on the heels of three lawsuits filed last year against the city, urging Mayor Rahm Emanuel to allow a federal judge to oversee an overhaul of the Police Department in the wake of a U.S. Department of Justice report that found the department was deficient in training and supervision and prone to excessive force, especially against minorities. Read more

Southwest Side CPS Students Share Their Demands

View our Twitter Moment of Southwest side students' #NationalWalkoutDay 1. Keep all schools open in Chicago #NoSchoolClosings 2. Fund schools in Black and Brown communities equitably #RahmHatesUs - More counselors (ratio of at least 1:200 students) - Full time social workers in every school - Drop in therapy at every school - Full time nurse 3. Invest in schools using TIF money. Make banks and the wealthy pay their fair share. #FreeTheFunds - Fund Schools for students not a new police academy that would cost $95 million #NoCopAcademy 4. Support Black and Brown businesses 5. Reopen mental health clinics 6. Fund community centers and community schools 7. Stop charter expansion #NoSoNoble 8

Chicago students add budget cuts, school closings to gun control agenda

Southwest Side youth leaders and students from Simeon Career Academy held a press conference at Daley Plaza Wednesday at 4pm before marching to City Hall to present their demands to Emanuel. The press conference included students from Back of the Yards High School, Marie Curie High, Hancock High, Kelly High, Lindblom Math and Science Academy, Englewood schools, and Simeon Career Academy. Read article

Southwest Side Youth Organize School Walkouts and Actions Downtown

View our Twitter Moments of Southwest side students' #NationalWalkoutDay On March 14, students from Brighton Park Elementary, Back of the Yards High School, Curie High School, Hancock High School, Kelly High School, and Lindblom Math & Science Academy organized walkouts at their schools and then headed downtown after school with a few students from Englewood and Simeon. Youth held: - train takeovers on the CTA - a press conference at Daley Plaza - a die-in at City Hall - a mic check in front of the Chicago Board of Ed building - and march on the streets of downtown Chicago View their demands here. Many of the youth who participated in the walkouts and the action downtown shared their own exp

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