Politics & Labor

Directing Democracy

If you didn’t know what was at stake, you might have mistaken the 5th Ward Neighborhood Assembly at St. Philip Neri School in South Shore for a small PTA meeting. By 6:40pm, less than two dozen people had gathered in the school’s blue- tiled gymnasium, only enough to fill the first two of the ten rows of seats that had been set up.

The Art of Schooling

[nggallery id=46] On most South Side elementary school playgrounds, the assortment of playthings is a pretty standard affair. A few basketball hoops, a squeaky swing set if you’re lucky, and woodchips to break a fall. Games of hide-and-go-seek are not…

Roadwork

A line of officers, some in the sky blue of the CPD, others in tactical black, form a phalanx at Michigan and Cermak, while behind them, the cavalry is held in reserve. A crowd fills the street, refusing to disperse.…

Views on the Protest

“It’s a joke, but it’s not a joke,” said Bunny. Clad in bright wigs, rainbow clothes, and red noses, Occupy Wall Street’s Clown Bloq managed to stand out even amid the sometimes raucously diverse crowd at Sunday’s anti-NATO protest.

Unwelcomed

Off the Brown Line, past a Starbucks and a lighting store, near the Moody Bible Institute, around the corner from a restaurant that used to be cool, down the street from Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School, surrounded by churches on…

Coming to Terms

“It’s complicated.” That was how Bryant Jackson-Green, chairman of the libertarian UofC student organization Students for a Free Society, summed up his position on the Occupy movement for an audience member as he made his way up to the podium…