Shabad Kaur Khalsa and Shiva Singh Khalsa at Saturday’s Skokie rally. Credit: Wendi Kromash Credit: Wendi Kromash

Good Monday morning, Evanston.

More than 250 people gathered Saturday on the Skokie Village Green for a rally in support of abortion rights co-sponsored by the Democratic Party of Evanston. 

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) inspired the diverse pro-choice crowd by summarizing why so many were gathered. “Roe v. Wade wasn’t the beginning of women having abortions. Roe was the end of women dying from abortions,” Schakowsky said.

The one-hour rally, also organized by Niles Township Democrats United and Niles Township Democratic Committeeperson Josina Morita, included messages of inspiration and anger in the wake of a leaked Supreme Court draft opinion that revealed that a majority of justices favor abandoning the Roe precedent that legalized abortion nationwide. 

Clockwise from top left: Blaire Frett, Ilana Marder-Eppstein, Louise Bond and Lydia Collins.  Credit: Naiyah Bryant, Aaron Stone, Taylor Baisey, Ayesha Riaz

The Evanston Rules podcast’s ninth episode from Season 2 features Blaire Frett, Ilana Marder-Eppstein, Lydia Collins and Louise Bond of the group Talking Whiteness on Central Street:

Talking Whiteness challenges the status quo on their home turf in Northwest Evanston with conversations that could be had around the dinner table. These organizers created a model that puts them face to face with their neighbors, asking pointed questions to encourage people to look at their privilege while talking about whiteness. As we say, there is no equity without action and these four people are out there making a difference.”

Sketchbook Brewing Co. taproom

If you RSVP’d for the RoundTable’s News and Brews event, we hope to see you tonight! Swing by Sketchbook Brewing Co., 821 Chicago Ave., from 7 to 9 p.m. to mingle and enjoy two free beers, appetizers provided by our friends at Firehouse Grill and live music.

Week in Photos: Send your photos of events and activities around Evanston to, and we’ll share then in our weekly photo roundup Tuesday.

Elsewhere on the RoundTable website

Library’s copy of Catch-22 signed by author Joseph Heller. Credit: Betsy Bird

Book Bird: Hidden treasures of the Evanston Public Library. The Reaching Across Illinois Library System is inviting libraries to participate in a new social media challenge to share unique items in their collections. While I haven’t decided on what precisely to do for all the categories yet, here’s a brief rundown of some of the items that you really won’t find anywhere else, says the EPL’s Betsy Bird.

Composer Zhou Tian. Credit: Harley Seeley Credit: Harley Seeley

Evanston Symphony work celebrates transcontinental railroad. On May 22 the Evanston Symphony Orchestra will perform Transcend, a piece by Chinese-American composer Zhou Tian that was commissioned to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the 1869 completion of the transcontinental railroad. Favorite works by Dvorak and Tchaikovsky round out the program.

Picturing Evanston. The mailbox at the Evanston Animal Shelter on Oakton Street west of Hartrey Avenue. (Photo by Joerg Metzner)

Sharing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Dear Gabby, My aunt sent me some wonderful treats from overseas, and I’d rather give my kids the clothes off my back than the soft, pillowy English muffins shipped all the way from the U.K.

Open Communities part of settlement with Redfin, expanding access for real estate services. Evanston-based Open Communities was among several housing organizations joining the National Fair Housing Alliance in announcing a settlement of a federal court complaint against Redfin, one of the nation’s largest real estate services companies.

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Around the web

Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance organizes Northwestern’s first student-run Pow Wow. More than 200 people attended the event at Welsh-Ryan Arena, including Native and non-Native students, faculty, family, local residents and students from other universities.

Meals on Wheels Northeastern Illinois celebrates first in-person gala since 2019, meets fundraising goal. The Evanston nonprofit, which raised $125,000 at the event, prepares and delivers meals to senior citizens and others unable to cook for themselves, from the area north of Chicago to the Wisconsin state line. 

Northwestern research team devises computer model to detect misconduct in the Chicago Police Department. Northwestern researchers led by NU Sociology Professor Andrew Papachristos analyzed complaint and arrest data on Chicago Police officers from 1971 to 2018.

Chicago protesters rally downtown in support of abortion rights with Roe v. Wade in the balance. More than 1,000 demonstrators, including Gov. J.B. Pritzker, gathered in downtown Chicago Saturday to demonstrate for abortion rights.

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Adina Keeling

Adina Keeling is a photojournalist and reporter, covering city news, sustainability, schools, and art. She also investigates mental health systems and environmental injustices in Evanston, and puts together...