I can’t make it to Chicago city hall this morning for the meeting of the zoning committee of the city council. The zoning committee is scheduled to consider the Emmett Street affordable housing project, the transit oriented development of 100 affordable housing units by the Logan Square Blue Line station. If you follow this blog […]Read More Will today be the final hurdle for 100 affordable housing units in Logan Square? Or do the opponents have other plans?
Two recent exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago included women who had spent time at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Weaving Beyond the Bauhaus features the work of women textile artists from the German art school, founded by Walter Gropius, that existed from 1919 to 1933 when it was shuttered by the Nazis. The school […]Read More Ruth Asawa. Anni Albers. Black Mountain College and recovering progressive education history.
Teachers in the Little Rock School District, the location of one of the most famous desegregation battles in the U.S., went on one-day strike Thursday. The Arkansas state board of education directly controls the Little Rock School District, and has done so since 2015. State officials justified the takeover through the misuse of the […]Read More Little Rock schools and segregation + 50.
Chicago teachers, members of the Chicago Teachers Union bargaining unit numbering 25,000, have approved the agreement negotiated between the CTU bargaining team and the Chicago Public Schools board of education. The vote came two weeks after an eleven day strike that put thousands of teachers on the picket lines and in the streets for nearly […]Read More Chicago’s teachers approve their contract.
Illinois Senate President John Cullerton announced his retirement yesterday. Cullerton and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan (who remains) have been partners in crime when it comes to public employee pensions. Although they each sponsored different bills with different approaches to pension thievery and lawlessness, both bills were unconstitutional. The worst part of the Cullerton bill […]Read More Goodbye John Cullerton, pension thief.
An interview with Long Yongtu, China’s former vice-minister of international trade and the point man in the country’s nine-year negotiations to join the World Trade Organization in 2001 was published in the South China Morning Post last week Long, who turned 76 in March, has retired from active ministerial posts and doesn’t speak for […]Read More China, Trump, imperialism, nationalism and globalism on this week’s Hitting Left.
The project to create 100 units of affordable housing on a rarely used city parking lot next to the Logan Square CTA station got over another hurdle this afternoon. The Chicago city council’s Community Development Committee okayed the use of TIF money for the project. Now there is only the council’s zoning committee left to […]Read More One more hurdle jumped for Logan Square affordable housing and one to go.
As we honor their memories and mark the 50th year since the assassination of Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton and Panther Mark Clark we should also remember the name Ed Hanrahan. Hanrahan was the Cook County States Attorney – our name for the District Attorney – at the time of the murder of Fred Hampton […]Read More Remembering Ed Hanrahan. Beating a racist DA is satisfying. Electing anti-racist DAs is more satisfying.
For some reason the change to the Chicago Public School/Chicago Teacher Union contract regarding sick days has popped up as something controversial. The contract that came out of a two week strike by CTU members resulted in a significant increase in the number of sick days that could be banked and applied as pensionable credit. […]Read More Why are we even bargaining sick days? It should be the law.
My brother and I have been doing this broadcast and podcast for over two years now. Always with a guest. Usually the guest is a local politician, school activist, Black Live Matter organizer, independent journalist or academic. This week just us. The idea for the show itself was born out of my brother and I […]Read More Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers. Klonsky on Klonsky.