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Posted inCity NewsReparationsSocial JusticeUncategorized

City’s Move on Reparations: A Nationwide Ripple Effect?

Evanston alderman on Nov. 25 created a Reparations Fund to address historic and institutional racism here, with the specification that revenues from the sales tax on recreational marijuana be allocated to the fund. The City, the County and the State each add a tax to the sale of most items. The City will retain its […]

Posted inCity NewsSocial JusticeUncategorized

Ninth Ward Residents Respond to Shooting at Madison and Sherman on Nov. 21

Ninth Ward residents attended a meeting at Chute Middle School this week to seek clarification about a shooting that left a neighbor with, as one resident said, with the trauma as well as the physical wound of having been shot. Alderman Cicely Fleming, who called the Nov 25 meeting, invited members of the Evanston Police […]

Posted inPublic SquareSocial JusticeUncategorized

Guest Essay: Abolish Nuclear Weapons, by Rosalie Riegle

We are in denial about nuclear war.  Because the death of the planet is unthinkable, we just don’t think it.  But nuclear activists such as the Kings Bay Trident Plowshares Seven do: they not only think, but act.  (See And you can, too, by collaborating with people around the world who are working to […]

Posted inCity NewsSocial JusticeUncategorized

Kevin Brown’s Appeal Maintains His Actions on Parking Tickets Had Backing of Superiors

The City’s former Community Services Manager Kevin Brown has filed a formal appeal with the City over his firing Nov. 15 over allegations he allowed staff to incur parking tickets without permission, citing testimony from a former employee that all of the transactions had been signed off by Mr. Brown’s superiors. Mr. Brown, through his […]

Posted inArt & LifeSocial JusticeUncategorized

Lecture on Interracial Relationships Provokes Discussion at Levy Center

The topic for the Nov. 12 Levy Lecture – and the title of her most recent book – was “Interracial Relationships between White Men and Black Women,” presented by Cheryl Judice, Ph.D. At the onset of the lecture, Dr. Judice stated that this topic frequently stirs up strong emotions and the occasional nasty email or […]

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 […]

Posted inOpinion/EditorialSocial JusticeUncategorized

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 […]