Sunday pics, posts and tweets.


Massive protests sweep France in opposition to the government’s anti-labor laws. This is Paris on Saturday.

It would take five years, but the three-hospital health system eventually would reverse course and announce plans to offer the highest-level trauma care at its Hyde Park campus. The racial dynamics of Chicago would shift over that stretch, with the national Black Lives Matter movement drawing attention to police shootings, and activists here opposing closures of mental health clinics and neighborhood schools located predominantly in poor, minority neighborhoods. After last November, when a judge released a video showing a Chicago police officer firing 16 bullets into teenager Laquan McDonald, the trauma center organizers would be joined by other protesters in the streets.

That a group of young, black community organizers built enough power to reckon with one of Chicago’s most formidable institutions is “significant and unprecedented,” says Elizabeth Todd-Breland, an assistant history professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago who has studied black political organizing in the city. While the campaign echoes earlier town-gown struggles, its youthful leadership and strategic nimbleness make it an example—not just here in Chicago but nationally—that activists can emerge victorious. Crain’s



The anniversary of the death of Emiliano Zapata who was assasinated 97 years ago.


For months, the students have organized in protest, their cries largely directed at Gov. Bruce Rauner, a Republican. In January, a group of students drew attention to their cause by forming a human chain and shutting down part of a busy expressway. At a rally downtown in February, students marched on sidewalks, chanting “Black education is good for your health” and “Black minds matter.”

Students are fearful that the school could shut down, leaving them with unfinished degrees and few options to transfer nearby.

For many students, the university is a lifeline. Originally founded as a teachers’ college during boom times in the 1860s, the small, austere campus of concrete plazas and low-slung brick buildings now occupies 160 acres of land deep on the South Side of Chicago. It is bordered by an expressway and a residential neighborhood that was once solidly middle-class but has been upended by poverty, gang violence and declining population. Streetlights are marked with dark green banners, the school color, stamped with the Chicago State logo. NY Times


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4 Replies to “Sunday pics, posts and tweets.”

  1. Rauner needs to go!

    I always find it interesting when Chicago makes the news in the New York Times. Here is a headline and the short summary of Chicago State which appeared in today’s online edition:

    Chicago State University, a predominantly African-American school on the far South Side of the city, faces a crippling budget shortfall that may force it to close.Chicago State, a Lifeline for Poor Blacks, Is Under Threat Itself
    The university has received no state funding in months, and may soon close, shuttering a path forward for an underserved community.

    1. The other side? You mean poor, retired and working folks who depend on the state for assistance. I think we have already given enough.

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