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Against Despair: A Case for Optimism After the Impeachment Trial

This article was originally published by The Nation magazine and is reprinted with permission. By Anna Galland Anxiety and dread spiked for many progressives this month as Republican Senators let Trump off the hook, and as the Democratic Party primary roller coaster continued. Some observers declared the imminent death of democracy. Others declared that Trump would almost […]

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Letter to Editor: DPOE Invites Members of Endorsement Session Feb. 9

No matter where you are on the political spectrum, odds are good that you are acutely aware of the precarious place our country is in.  Prominent Republicans have formed the Lincoln Project to prevent Trump’s re-election. https://lincolnproject.us/.  Flaming liberal lawyers, like me are spending too much time in a state of near apoplexy watching our beloved […]

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Evanston Reparations Subcommittee Will Have Three Aldermen as Members

On Jan. 13, City Council considered whether to add new members to the Evanston Reparations Subcommittee. Going into the meeting, Alderman Robin Rue-Simmons, 5th Ward, and Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th Ward, were the only members, although Alderman Peter Braithwaite, 2nd Ward, attended and participated in the Subcommittee’s first meeting on Jan. 10. Council unanimously appointed […]

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Letter to the Editor: Term ‘White Supremacist’ Hurts Evanston

Editor: The reparations issue has been much in the Evanston news lately. Directly related to the reparations issue is City Council Resolution 58-R-19, “A Commitment to End Structural Racism and Achieve Racial Equity.”  This Resolution seems to have had little public exposure before its adoption by Council in June 2019.  Unfortunately, this Resolution includes language […]

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Letter to the Editor: Reparations

Editor: I am a reparations skeptic. From reading various sources (NPR, Evanston Now, Evanston Roundtable), it appears the primary reasons for reparations in Evanston center around disproportionate arrests for marijuana, black residents being priced out of their homes,  preserving black residency and predatory lending. Has any consideration been offered for the deterrent effect of potential […]

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City’s Reparations Subcommittee Members Give Preliminary Views on Form of Reparations

On Jan. 10, the Evanston Reparation Sub-Committee held its first meeting at the Aldermanic Library of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center. At this point there are only two members: Alderman Robin Rue-Simmons (5th Ward) and Alderman Anne Rainey (8th Ward). Alderman Peter Braithwaite (2nd Ward) also attended. Deputy City Manager Kimberly Richardson and other […]