From image to action? On photography and the Syrian crisis

In 2016, the world was horrified by a photograph of 5-year-old Omran Daqneesh caked in dust and blood while riding in the back of an ambulance after a drone strike in Syria. For Catherine Edelman, the emotions sparked by the photograph laid bare both the potential and shortcomings of photography and art as tools to end violence, displacement and war

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Treasure Island workers call for justice and file class-action lawsuit after sudden layoffs

The 700 or so Treasure Island workers who were laid off September 29 received no advance notice that their employment would be terminated. They also lost their health insurance and paid vacation time they had not taken. Now, with the support of Arise Chicago, they are demanding compensation equal to 60 days of work and extended healthcare.

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Mexico City-born artist Amanda Gutiérrez uses sound to address gentrification

The screech of a train, the ring of paleta-cart bells and the chatter of children—these sounds define Pilsen in the summer. And artist Amanda Gutiérrez is listening to every sound the neighborhood has to offer. She has called Pilsen, a neighborhood on the Southwest Side of Chicago, home for over 15 years. “I feel very emotionally and historically attached to this neighborhood,” she said.

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From Emmett Till to Laquan McDonald, this is America, and this is Chicago

Dr. Ponni Arunkumar, Cook County’s chief medical examiner, testified on September 19 in the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke, the white Chicago police officer who killed Laquan McDonald, a Black teenager, on October 20, 2014. This case is the most recent high-profile entry in Chicago’s — and America’s — history of white people perpetuating violence against Black people, a history that this case cannot escape.

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As Van Dyke trial approaches, Pulaski Road remembers Laquan McDonald

On October 20, 2014, 17-year-old Laquan McDonald was fatally shot 16 times by Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke while walking down the 4100 block of South Pulaski Road in the Archer Heights neighborhood. But four years after the shooting on Pulaski Road, many shoppers, like Margie Ramotowski, do not recognize the name Laquan McDonald. If they did know about the case, most were unaware that it happened on the same block they were standing.

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