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Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Mayor Rahm Emanuel: ‘Chicago Always Will Be A Sanctuary City’

*There are lines being drawn in the sand all over the country. Trump says he will block federal funding to Sanctuary Cities. VL By Richard Gonzalez, NPR (2 minute read)   Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel added his voice to the chorus of big-city mayors who say theirs will remain “sanctuary cities” in response to President-elect

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016

Chicago Public Schools students reveal resilience

*My pick for lunch break read of the day. Chicago teacher Ray Salazar shares some of his students’ inspiring personal essays. VL By Ray Salazar, The White Rhino (1 minute read, not counting the student essays) One of...

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

Do Latino Neighborhoods Have More to Fear from Gentrification?

*A fascinating read! It turns out that traditional Latino neighborhoods are more prone to gentrification because new white residents are less likely to move into a neighborhood that has a majority of black people. VL By Daniel...

Friday, March 14th, 2014

CNN’s Chicagoland does no good for Chicago Public Schools students

By Ray Salazar, NewsTaco A couple of weeks ago, I participated in a conversation about Chicago Public Schools with a group that learned about our schools mainly through the media.  No one in the audience ever attended...

Friday, February 14th, 2014

Chicago Latino Writing Initiative Launching to Cultivate Latino Writers

PRESS RELEASE Proyecto Latina and Gozamos are partnering to launch a groundbreaking writing initiative to cultivate a new generation of Latino writers and help promote Chicago as a mecca of powerful Latino voices. The kick-off event will be March 3,...

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

When Students Prove a Teacher Wrong

By Ray Salazar, NewsTaco The goal of every good teacher is to help students be independent thinkers who question ideas and authority figures.  And I’ve learned to accept when my students tell me that . . ....

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Carnitas Uruapan – The Best of Michoacán in Pilsen

By Brenda Storch, La Vitamina T Inocencio Carbajal becomes emotional as he shares a very personal story. In the late 70s, as a recent transplant from Uruapan, Michoacán, he had to make the decision to let go...

Tuesday, August 27th, 2013

Hispanic Artist Transforms Gang Graffitis into Works of Art

By EFE/Latin American Herald Tribune CHICAGO – A street artist is dedicated to repainting the graffiti daubed by street-gang members around his Chicago neighborhood, transforming the vandalized walls into naturalistic landscapes, comic-strip characters and historical figures of...

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

What Latino Community?

By Hector Luis Alamo, Jr., Gozamos The Atlantic slave trade stripped many black people of their heritage to the point where they refer to themselves nowadays with the simple label “African American.” Latinos, on the other hand, know...

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

Let There Be Fire! – The Universal Language of Grilling

By Brenda Storch, La Vitamina T Summer is finally here, and in these latitudes, barbecue season often evokes images of sporting events and patriotic-themed cookouts. Of course, you need weather to cooperate, so as the words “barbecue”...

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Undoc military cadets molded for success, then cast adrift

By Lisa Riordan Seville and Hannah Rappleye, NBC News CHICAGO — On days when she can’t get a ride, Rocio Herrera catches the 6:10 a.m. bus from her poor, largely Hispanic neighborhood on Chicago’s Southwest side for...

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Why Chicago’s School Closings Are Racist

By Hector Luis Alamo, Jr., Gozamos This week, hundreds, if not thousands, of angry parents, teachers and their supporters marched on Daley Plaza to voice their opposition to Mayor Emanuel’s planned school closings — currently slated at 54, which...

Friday, February 15th, 2013

How We Talk about Guns in My Chicago Classroom

By Ray Salazar, CNN During Tuesday’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama spoke about gun violence, and he continues the discussion in Chicago today. He recognized in his speech, “our actions will not prevent every senseless...

Thursday, February 14th, 2013

Cartel kingpin Chicago’s new Public Enemy No. 1

By Michael Tarm, Associated Press/USA Today Authorities in Chicago are naming a drug kingpin in Mexico as the city’s Public Enemy No. 1 — a label first given to gangster Al Capone and one that hasn’t been...

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