Hondurans: A new life in Chicago

During Orlenda Caseres’ two-month journey in 1995, she crossed borders between four countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. Caseres, 19 at that time, walked for most of the time, and sometimes swam or “traversed the desert,” as she said. But the danger and expense were worthwhile. In her home country, like other Hondurans, she was struggling to live.

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West Side residents flood the polls with hopes of mental health and labor reform

Despite predictions that President Trump’s controversial performance would be the primary incentive driving voters to cast their ballots this midterm, residents of Austin kept it local. At polls across the neighborhood, voters cited the need for more mental health services and workers rights as their motivation to show up.

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In an effort to protect unions and raise wages, Fight For $15 mobilizes workers to vote in Illinois’ gubernatorial elections

In the month leading up to the election, Shantonia Jackson along with other members of the national grassroots movement Fight for 15 and the labor union SEIU have knocked on thousands of fellow workers’ doors in a push to convince new or reluctant voters to head to the polls.

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Ahead of midterm elections, Chicago students look to Parkland activists

Chicago high school students Clare Gorey and Edie Browne are too young to vote in the midterm elections, but they are involved, motivated in part by the national campaign around gun violence. On Oct. 26, they were among students hearing from March For Our Lives founders Delaney Tarr, Sarah Chadwick and Jammal Lemy, who presented the group’s book, Glimmer of Hope: How Tragedy Sparked a Movement at Nicholas Senn High School.

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Chicago activists demand updates for two unsolved transgender murders, amidst national concerns

Chicago transgender activists are demanding an update from Chicago police about the murders of two black transgender women in the last two months, as recent news about a memo connected to President Donald Trump’s administration raises questions about transgender rights nationwide.

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