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The hollow election: The African-American vote

Traces of change devoured the streets of Chicago eight years ago as African-Americans came together to elect the first black president of the United States.

But eight years later, change resonates with an aftertaste of failed promises that comes with being born to the murder capital of the world.

“Eight years, eight years,” said Ron Robert, a 26-year-old South Shore resident. “What has Obama done for your life? What has changed? Nothing. Nothing has changed. We are struggling. Either way, we can’t win.”

And that sentiment is felt by many African-American voters all over the country.

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Women’s March On Chicago draws 250,000 in historic protest

The steady chatter from the “L” added whispered layers to the crowd of 250,000 that occupied the streets below its breath Saturday. Each time the train whistled into the 60 degree January sky, a ripple of cheers devoured the city’s confines, as signs of protest and hope seemingly hovered over the windy city’s grasp.

From Jackson and Columbus, to Michigan Avenue, to Grant Park and the Trump Towers, hundreds of thousands marched downtown on Saturday advocating for women’s rights, following the inauguration of Donald Trump Friday.

In solidarity with the Women’s March on Washington, nearly three million people marched throughout cities across the world Saturday in the biggest protest in US history. Continue reading Women’s March On Chicago draws 250,000 in historic protest

Chicago receives $1 billion grant for Red Line renovation ahead of Trump inauguration

Karyn Lacey lives beyond the brinks of the Red Line’s corridors. Getting to the CTA isn’t a 10, 15 or even 20 minute walk from her doorstep. For Lacey, a first year graduate student studying journalism at DePaul, riding the CTA means driving to a northern stop she feels comfortable at, and then taking the CTA to her classes downtown twice a week.

So when news broke that Chicago received $1 billion in federal funding to renovate the northern half of the Red Line, Lacey felt helpless.

“If anybody needs a renovation, it’s the South Side,” Lacey said. “You can’t do one side and not the other.” Continue reading Chicago receives $1 billion grant for Red Line renovation ahead of Trump inauguration

Yiannopoulos seals book deal with Threshold Editions

News broke Dec. 30 that conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos signed a book deal with Threshold Editions, an imprint of publishing company Simon and Schuster, entitled “Dangerous” to be released in March of this year.

The book comes after Yiannopoulos was permanently banned from Twitter after “Ghostbuster” actress and “Saturday Night Live” star Leslie Jones was harassed on social media by Yiannopoulos and his followers, causing Jones to take a hiatus from the platform.

Yiannopoulos rose to fame as a writer for Brietbart News, the alt-right website founded by President-Elect Trump’s pick for chief strategist, Steve Bannon. Continue reading Yiannopoulos seals book deal with Threshold Editions

Coal industry’s ties run deep with Catholicism

Michael Iafrate and Fr. Edwin Gariguez are waiting for the lights to turn on.

As activists for clean energy, they believe the time is now to forge a new path to sustainability. Though their work stems from different backgrounds and perspectives in the global struggle for renewable energy, their vision remains the same.

“We need to stop coal,” Gariguez said. “This is something that isn’t for the development of the people, but for the development of corporations. It puts the health of the people at risk and has negative impacts and effects for society.”

On Thursday, the Center For World Catholicism and Intercultural Technology hosted a panel, Catholicism and Coal, featuring Iafrate and Gariguez at the Lincoln Park Student Center. In the lofty room, they spoke of hope and desperation for a cleaner tomorrow.

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DePaul academia sign petition against immigration ban

Thousands from the academia community signed a petition against President Donald Trump’s executive order, barring immigrants from seven predominately Muslim countries from entering the country for 90 to 120 days.

The petition, Academics Against Executive Order, started Jan. 27, the day the immigration ban was announced. It has garnered over 30,000 signatures and counting, including more than 30 members of the DePaul academia community.

The order bans citizens from Syria, Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Yemen, Libya and Somalia from entering the U.S. for 90 days, indefinitely blocks Syrian refugees from entering, and prevents the U.S. from accepting refugees from countries other than Syria for 120 days. Continue reading DePaul academia sign petition against immigration ban

Student activism sparks changes in University policy

Lincy Pompilus, junior in LAS, was sexually assaulted by a resident advisor in a dorm over a year and a half ago — and there is not a day that goes by that she doesn’t think about it. 

Since the attack, anxiety cripples her every move. She questions her safety during daily activities, from walking to class to hanging out with friends. She constantly dances with the threat of potentially running into her alleged perpetrator, who is still present on campus.

The alleged perpetrator was found guilty of sexual misconduct as defined in the Student Code of Conduct in the Spring of 2014 and was dismissed for a full academic year. But, after a year away from campus, the alleged perpetrator petitioned for reinstatement and is currently attending the University again.

“There’s not a day that I don’t make a decision that is not informed by (the perpetrator’s) presence,” Pompilus said. “It’s the driving force behind the things that I do on a daily basis.” Continue reading Student activism sparks changes in University policy