VIDEO: Jason Van Dyke’s release prompts protests, arrests, activist unity

Day of Outrage and Direct Outrage Rally

By Kinsey Crowley Medill Reports Jason Van Dyke was released from prison Feb. 3, prompting the Day of Outrage and Direct Action rally organized by Chicago activists. The former Chicago police officer killed Laquan McDonald while on duty in 2014. A video later released showed Van Dyke shooting McDonald 16 times, many of the shots […]

Chicago tea company founder highlights stories of tea farmers

By Elisa Xu Medill Reports Annie Xiang makes her online Chicago-based tea business about more than selling single-origin loose-leaf tea to customers. It’s about amplifying the stories of the Chinese farmers who cultivate tea and humanizing them in the process. “It meshes my (passions for) community building and cultivating empathy really well,” Xiang said. “I […]