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There are 4.1 million people in Illinois with criminal histories who can vote, unlike some other states, including several in the South, that prohibit voting after someone is released from prison.
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Ten years after she was last seen, friends and family of 15-year-old Yasmin Acree said they still hold out hope they will discover what happened to the honors student who disappeared on Martin Luther King Day in 2008.
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Randel Josserand, chief of schools for Chicago Public Schools in the Austin and Belmont-Craigin neighborhoods, talked Sunday of his decades-long respect for Linda Brown of the Brown v. Board of Education case and his belief that educational equity is the centerpiece of the civil rights movement today.
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If more Black dollars were re-circulated in Black American communities, Black dollars would produce Black companies, help hire Black employees, support Black families and rebuild Black communities, writes Phillip Jackson, founder and chairman of the board of The Black Star Project.
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The free event, part of the South Austin church's community outreach ministry and the second Saturday of each month, takes place from 1 to 4 p.m. at 5200 W. Jackson Blvd.
Randel Josserand, the chief of schools in the Austin and Belmont Cragin neighborhoods, will talk at 10 a.m. Jan. 14, followed at 11 a.m. by Brenetta Howell Barrett, who will discuss the lessons she learned from the civil rights movement.
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West Side residents are encouraged to apply quickly as the Chicago Department of Transportation has limited funds for the popular program.
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"Free Fitness Week" runs from Jan. 8 through 14. Take a fitness class, work out in the gym, go for a swim or try a number of other activities on the West Side and throughout the city.
If this is not behind a pay wall, here's a think piece about how property owner opinions on their rights to have a say in community development evolved. While it doesn't set out to change anybody's opinion, having it in mind helps me understand why I hold certain value judgments. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/03/upshot/zoning-housing-property-rights-nimby-us.html?comments#permid=25419406
Austin native Khiry Johnson was recently named “alum of the month” by Mikva Challenge. Johnson is a stand-up comedian and motivational speaker who travels extensively. His speeches have inspired youths as well as adults across the nation.
AustinTalks wishes each and everyone of you a wonderful new year. Thank you for your support and encouragement in 2017. We look forward to our ninth year of operation.
The Austin African-American Business Networking Association is hosting its annual celebration Dec. 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. at Malcolm X College, 1600 W. Jackson Blvd. Tickets are $40. 37th Ward Ald. Emma Mitts, Deputy Police Chief Betts and businessman Howard Blake will be honored.
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The event, hosted earlier this month by Small Business Majority and Accion, shared resources designed to help women and minority-owned businesses.