Posts Tagged “Chicago”

Chicago residents need more than protests to get serious about violence

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Chicago residents need more than protests to get serious about violence

Chicago residents need more than protests to get serious about violence Organized protests may bring attention to the problem of neighborhood violence. But if community homeowners and families don’t stand up to the violence in their own community, they can’t make a difference and violence will continue. The past weekend when Chicago saw 74 brutal…

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Yalla! Fight Back radio show, podcast and book

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Yalla! Fight Back radio show, podcast and book

Yalla! Fight Back radio show, podcast and book Show episode Friday Feb. 9, 2018 The new book for Arab Americans by political writer and Arab American activist Ray Hanania. Watch for the information on this page soon. Yalla! Fight Back is a guide to help Arab Americans fight back against the racism and bigotry and…

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Less booze at SoxFest 2018 than at CubsFest

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Less booze at SoxFest 2018 than at CubsFest

Less booze at SoxFest 2018 than at CubsFest We skipped the CubsFest this year because the Cubs went from Lovable Losers to difficult to speak with World Series ego maniacs. I hope they keep winning, cuz maybe they’ll start to get back to their lovable selves one day. In the meantime, we decided to go…

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Suburban schools protected from Chicago grab by Rauner

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Suburban schools protected from Chicago grab by Rauner

Suburban schools protected from Chicago grab by Rauner Gov. Bruce Rauner won his battle against the bloated and failed Chicago public schools forcing the legislature to significantly cut-back additional funding to bailout Chicago and redistribute those monies to needy suburban and state school systems that had been ignored. The plan also allows a 75 percent…

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Repressive Preckwinkle taxation challenged by Cook County board members

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Repressive Preckwinkle taxation challenged by Cook County board members

Repressive Preckwinkle taxation challenged by Cook County board members Several members of the Cook County Board on Wednesday introduced legislation to repeal the oppressive sales tax pushed by Board President Toni Preckwinkle, responding to outrage and anger from over taxed cook county residents. By Ray Hanania Calling Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle’s 1 cent…

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Chicago aldermen move to re-establish Arab rights

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Chicago aldermen move to re-establish Arab rights

Chicago aldermen move to re-establish Arab rights Chicago has been friendly and supportive to the American Arab community for many years. One of my first journalism assignments was covering Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley in welcoming the Ambassador of Morocco to City Hall in 1976. As the only Arab newspaper reporter in the Midwest at the…

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Obama failed to deliver on promises to Arabs and Muslims

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Obama failed to deliver on promises to Arabs and Muslims

Obama failed to deliver on promises to Arabs and Muslims President Barack Obama grew up politically in an environment that included many prominent Arabs, Palestinians and Muslims before rising to national politics and becoming president. His background having a father who was raised Muslim (who later converted to Anglicanism and later became an atheist) sensitized…

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Notes on the UNITY Chicago Conference

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Notes on the UNITY Chicago Conference

Notes on the UNITY Chicago Conference UNITY: Journalists for Diversity will be holding a regional conference in Chicago on Friday Oct. 21. Here are notes on my remarks and information on the speakers in my panel and the schedule of the day’s events. PROGRAM UNITY: Journalists for Diversity in partnership with Loyola University has opened registration…

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Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime

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Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime

Stop murders by making street gang membership a jailable crime SW News Herald, DVN, The Regional, The Reporter Oct. 6, 2016 By Ray Hanania Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is doing all he can to reduce skyrocketing violence plaguing many neighborhoods. Hiring 1,000 more police officers is a good start, but it’s not enough. While we…

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Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence

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Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence

Rahm Emanuel deserves support to fight violence SW News Herald Sept. 29, 2016 By Ray Hanania Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel unveiled a three-part plan to confront Chicago’s rising murder rate. The crime wave in Chicago is so bad that people don’t feel safe walking downtown any more. This weekend, a 54 year old man was…

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