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Posted inSchoolsSocial JusticeUncategorized

Report Shows Big Drop in Out-Of-School Suspensions and Suspensions of Black Students

At the Nov. 18 District 65 School Board meeting, Kylie Klein, Director of Research, Accountability and Data, presented the District’s annual discipline report for the 2018-2019 school year (SY’19).   The data show that the number of out-of-school suspensions in SY’19 decreased by 43% compared to SY’18, and the number of suspension incidents involving black […]

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Editorial: We Think the Termination of Kevin Brown Is Unwarranted and Is a Grave Mistake

On Nov. 15, Interim City Manager Erika Storlie advised Community Services Manager Kevin Brown that his employment with the City was terminated. Mr. Brown was hired by the City in March 2012 as the City’s Youth and Young Adult Program Manager. In 2014, he was promoted to Community Services Manager. He holds a Bachelor of […]

Posted inCity NewsSocial JusticeUncategorized

City’s Community Services Manager Fired in Credit Card Case

Kevin Brown, Community Services Manager who heads the City’s highly-regarded Youth and Young Adult program, has been placed on administrative leave and could face stronger discipline, possibly leading to termination, Mr. Brown told supporters in an e-mail message Nov. 14. Mr. Brown, in his email to supporters, said that allegations brought by the City in the […]

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Overdue Tribute Honors Vietnam-Era Veterans

The image of American soldiers returning home as heroes who are recognized for their sacrifices contrasts sharply with the hostility and indifference that marked the return home of Vietnam War veterans. In May 2012, the federal government began partnering with local governments, private organizations and communities across America to participate in the Commemoration of the […]

Posted inArt & LifeSocial JusticeUncategorized

The Musical Offering Celebrates 20 years of Bringing Music to Evanston

Rick Ferguson, an Alabama native who is artistic director of The Musical Offering music school, the life of a musician is often “very nomadic – you follow where teaching leads you.” Mr. Ferguson was led to Evanston three decades ago by the prospect of getting his doctorate from Northwestern University. He did not complete his […]

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Evanston Cradle to Career Lays Out Revised Strategic Plan

On Nov. 7, Katie Pacyna, Director of Reach and Evaluation, presented an updated strategic plan to the partners of the Evanston Cradle to Career (EC2C) initiative at a meeting held in the lower level of the Lorraine Morton Civic Center. About 50 people attended the meeting, including the leaders of many of the partnering organizations. […]

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Foster Senior Club’s Own ‘Project Runway’: ‘Stepping High in Style’

As always, the tables were decorated, the crowd was mellow and the mood was jolly. The runway looked the same, but the setting was new, as the Chandler-Newberger Center played host to the perennial fall favorite, the Foster Fashion Show. Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center – on Foster Street, the club’s eponym – is temporarily under repair. […]

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Group Lays Out Restitution Plan for Contract Selling in Chicago

A small group of people associated with Restitution Homes presented a plan at Sheil Catholic Center on Nov. 6 to provide restitution to Chicago’s African American community for discriminatory housing practices that took place between 1950 and 1970. Alfonso Vaca-Loyola summarized the practice in which real estate speculators sold homes to black households on contract […]

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Guest Essay: Carbon Pricing Is the Best First Step to Address Climate Crisis, By Co-leaders of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Evanston

With the current climate crisis, Evanstonians can feel proud of our Climate Action and Resilience Plan and our bold commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050. We are not alone in taking local action. Nearly 150 U.S. cities have committed to transition to clean renewable energy by 2050. These local commitments are critical in light of […]

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Harry Lennix and NU Friends Support Plans for New Performing Arts Center

A spirited group of Northwestern alumni, professors and current students, primarily from Communications and Theatre concentrations, gathered on Oct. 23 in a private room at the Celtic Knot to meet, mingle and learn about a new venture in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago: plans to create the Lillian Marcie Performing Arts Center as a place […]