“More than coaches” – A Chicago West Side high school is turning players into men
By Chris Cadeau Medill Reports He knows violent gangs offer his West Side players a pass as they trek through bullet-riddled cityscape hauling their football pads to and from practice, while they dream of a life outside of Chicago. D’Angelo Dereef and his coaching staff at Al Raby high school on the city’s West Side […]
West Side Church Provides a Safe Haven for Chicago Veterans
By Xinyi (Ethel) Jiang Medill Reports More than a hundred Austin neighbors from the West Side gathered on the Saturday before Thanksgiving to celebrate and honor the service of veterans at the Healing Temple Church. This “Musical and Award Luncheon” is part of the “Standup for Veterans” program sponsored by the Arthur Lockhart Resource Institute. […]
West Side organizations empower a new generation of media makers
By Marisa Endicott Recently, Channing Dungey was named head of ABC entertainment, making her the first African-American president of a major network. But the appointment highlights the continued lack of diversity in mainstream media. This inequity is just as pervasive in the news media. Minorities accounted for 12.75 percent of the workforce at daily newspapers in […]
Fed up with violence (Video)
By Patrick Martin Iesha Hollins is fed up. As a mother of two, she is tired of seeing young people killed in the Austin neighborhood. She organized a meeting to establish a new vision of the West Side for 2016.