Jeff Sessions prompts protests as he speaks at Northwestern

By Nicole Stock Medill Reports Huddled outside a performance hall on Northwestern University’s Evanston campus Nov. 5, a group of students banged on the glass panes of the wooden door at Lutkin Hall. “F…k Jeff Sessions!” they chanted, pounding their fists. Many students and community members gathered to protest the invitee of the campus’ college […]

Chicago News Report, July 15

By Karleigh Stone, Nicole Croteau, Max Goodman, Tim Hackett, Nicole Croteau, and Shannon Longworth Medill Reports Alligators in the lake. Protests in the city.  Kittens in a cafe. On this episode of Chicago News Report, we cover all of that and more. Photo at top: Chicagoans staged a protest in support of equal pay for […]

NoDAPL supporters chant ‘Mni wiconi’ and it’s not just about water

Men overlooking Oceti Sakowin

By Pat Nabong and June Leffler [Package of Standing Rock and the Dakota Access Pipeline stories here] Women in black burkas have marched around the Oceti Sakowin camp in North Dakota with a banner that reads, “Muslims stand with Standing Rock.” In a ceremonial dance, Aztec dancers from South America have skipped to the beat […]

Protesters come together at Trump Tower in downtown Chicago

Hate will not prevail sign

By Cloee Cooper and Fariba Pajooh [See related story on the night’s protest] Helicopters buzzed overhead as thousands of angry and perplexed people gathered at the Trump Tower to protest the election of Donald Trump as president Wednesday evening. Shocked youth, minorities, pregnant mothers and middle-aged people joined together to repeat chants of “No Trump, […]

Black youth in Chicago and the future of American politics

A Medill Newsmakers Report By Jasmine Cen In this episode of Medill Newsmakers, we invited three guests to help us understand the black youth in Chicago. Three topics were discussed during the show: how community violence impacts the black youth in Chicago, who the young activists are, and what the political scientist thinks about the […]

A tale of two schools on protest day

Teachers, parents and children stand in front of Saucedo Scholastic Academy as they rally against budget cuts

By Vishakha Darbha and Bian Elkhatib T eachers, parents and students gathered across the city Wednesday to protest Chicago Public Schools’ budget cuts. The Chicago Teachers Union helped organize the demonstrations in nearly 200 schools, demanding more funding for teachers and extra-curricular activities. Other issues included smaller classrooms and a decrease in standardized tests. Medill […]