By Kira Boyd Protesters rally for a pay increase to $15/hr. The protest took place at McDonald’s headquarters in Oak Brook, IL while shareholders held their annual meeting.

VIDEO: Protests in America, then vs. now

By Kira Boyd On this edition of Medill Newsmakers, we will discus protesting then versus now.  We will explore the history of protest movements in the U.S. Also, we will talk  about how social media have changed the face of activism in the 21st century.  Throughout the past year, there have been large demonstrations against […]

VIDEO: How a 1968 protest at Northwestern University still resonates

By Kira Boyd EVANSTON, IL — In 1968, a protest movement was growing at America’s colleges, and at Northwestern University, students were making their voices heard by staging numerous demonstrations at the Evanston campus. One of the most notable protests of that year was the bursar’s office sit-in. Debra Hill, Adrianne Hayward and Sandra Hill were […]

VIDEO: Man puts positive spin on ALS diagnosis

By Kira Boyd Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, is an incurable neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It is 100 percent fatal. Bruce Lindgren, 58, of Aurora, was diagnosed with ALS in September 2013. He has remained determined to keep a positive attitude about his diagnosis.

VIDEO: Chicago Nepalese community accepting donations to send home

By Kira Boyd The death toll continues to rise in Nepal and resources are rapidly dwindling. The Nepalese community in Chicago is banding together to help raise funds to send back to their home country. Medill’s Kira Boyd talked with some people with close connections to Nepal.