Venezuelan community find success and solace in Chicago

Remnants of the country they once are descending among them. Broken cities, empty grocery stores, lawless streets — a collapsed dream. This is current day Venezuela.

“I don’t want to be in a prison. I don’t want to live in a place where I cannot be free, I can’t get whatever,” said Rosbelis Quiñonez a first year journalism student at DePaul University. “I don’t want to see my family die without doing nothing…  I don’t think I am going back.”

Quiñonez is from Venezuela and now lives in Chicago. An authoritative, suppressive government has drawn tens of thousands out of her country and into US cities, Chicago among them. But it was a direct threat to her own life that forced her to leave.

“Those people who tried to take me they knew who I am, they were looking for me … specifically, they were waiting for me, armed three guys when I came to my car. They said, ‘This is her, this is the woman!’” Continue reading Venezuelan community find success and solace in Chicago

WATCH: DePaul Residence Hall Workers Go On Strike

Their demands wavered through the October morning sky against the steady rain and the frigid cold. Despite a 7 a.m. call time, these demonstrators showed up.

And through their list of demands, one stands out.

“We are here today to call on DePaul administration to do the right thing. To drop a contractor that will treat workers with this much disrespect and to find someone that will use our tuition dollars the right way.”

Some members of the DePaul community are calling on the university to end its contract with Guardian Security Services, a company that employs 15 people who guard the residence hall desks from midnight to 8 am. Recently, five of those employees went on a one-day strike, seeking better pay and improved working conditions. Service Employee International Union has been supporting the workers since they became aware of the situation. Continue reading WATCH: DePaul Residence Hall Workers Go On Strike

WATCH: Charlottesville ignites questions over free speech

The events of Charlottesville ignite questions over how free speech will be handled at colleges and universities across the country.

It was a harrowing series of events that shook the nation. In August, thousands gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia for the largest rally of white supremacists in decades. Racial slurs and ‘White Lives Matter’ rhetoric resounded around the University of Virginia campus while tensions with counter protestors thickened.

But the tipping point came when a lone White Supremacist drove into a crowd, killing one woman and injuring 19 others.

While the ramifications of the August weekend continue to unfold, a tiresome question remains: How will Charlottesville paint free speech on campuses moving forward?

“Free speech is a still an important value that needs to be held up consistently and constantly, especially by universities,” said John Minster, Chairman of the DePaul College Republicans. Continue reading WATCH: Charlottesville ignites questions over free speech

WATCH: DePaul students protest Charles Murray event

Charles Murray watched from the windows of Coutelyou Commons, as a crowd emerged protesting his speech at DePaul University. Murray called the scene of nearly 100 students stirring in the November rain a devotion to opinions.

The DePaul College Republicans invited the Libertarian to campus, where Murray discussed upper class and identity politics. But the event was met with opposition by many who call Murray a white supremacist.

“Black lives matter. I’m not trying to have some racist come in here to my school that I pay $50,000 a year to go say that I am lesser than a white man for some fake science facts,” said DePaul student Fae Robertson. Continue reading WATCH: DePaul students protest Charles Murray event

WATCH: Chicago mourns M. Cherif Bassiouni

“Thank you all for coming today, to celebrate the life of a man we admired and so loved. M. Cherif Bassiouni.”

Mourning M. Cherif Bassiouni comes in waves, in the form of tears and laughter, for the more than 100 people who attended his memorial service.

Caring, fearless, the father of international criminal justice – are just a few of the phrases that his friends and loved ones used to describe the DePaul professor.

Continue reading WATCH: Chicago mourns M. Cherif Bassiouni

WATCH: Chicago’s March For Our Lives tackled more than just gun control

In the aftermath of the Parkland, Florida school shooting, thousands in Chicago billowed through Union Park on the west side, protesting for stricter gun laws. Their chants roared through the city’s backyard echoing for change.

I feel that there is some serious momentum and it’s important to get behind because it’s not just Parkland, it’s Chicago,” said Chicagoland mother Lauren Carter who attended the march with friends and family. Continue reading WATCH: Chicago’s March For Our Lives tackled more than just gun control