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 WBEZ-FM 91.5 and Vocalo 91.1 hosted a virtual event “Voices of the Movement: Black Activism and Organizing for Change” with a panel of black activists to discuss the historical fight for racial equity.

‘Voices of the Movement’: Black activists discuss power in organizing

June 24, 2020

After viewers enjoyed a few minutes of Childish Gambino’s song "This is America"—which highlights the unjust killing and violence against Black Americans—viewers and panelists virtually held a m...

During a June 10 press conference, Mayor Lori Lightfoot said more than 300,000 people in Chicago did not receive a federal stimulus check, many of whom were undocumented, from mixed-status families or dependent adults.

Chicago Resiliency Fund to provide $1,000 to those who didn’t receive a federal stimulus check

June 18, 2020

Like many college students, junior journalism major Kaya Lane did not receive federal coronavirus relief funding. Lane said she believed she was eligible for the $1,200 federal stimulus check but never recei...

Columbia students impacted physically and emotionally by protests, police violence

Columbia students impacted physically and emotionally by protests, police violence

June 10, 2020

Protests “I just remember telling [the police], 'Are you going to kill me, too?’ … Because it felt like I was on the cusp of death. ... I have never witnessed such a hatred from anyone." S...

Editors' Note: Journalists are documenting history, let them do their jobs

Editors’ Note: Journalists are documenting history, let them do their jobs

June 8, 2020

While broadcasting and covering a peaceful protest in Minneapolis, Canadian field correspondent Ali Velshi and his MSNBC camera crew were shot at with rubber bullets and tear-gassed by police. Linda Tir...

A group of protesters destroy a police vehicle, slashing its tires and jumping on the dash to shatter the glass.

Columbia buildings damaged, thousands march downtown for George Floyd protests

May 31, 2020

Residents in the South Loop woke up to businesses and buildings damaged by broken glass, looted storefronts and spray-painted messages after protests escalated and riots broke out Saturday night. ...

Lightfoot sets citywide curfew, calls on National Guard as protests escalate

Lightfoot sets citywide curfew, calls on National Guard as protests escalate

May 31, 2020

Protesters demanding justice for the death of George Floyd flooded the streets of downtown Chicago for the second day in a row on Saturday, May 30. Beginning in Federal Plaza at 2 p.m., hundred...

Political pandemic: scope of local and national politics altered due to coronavirus

Political pandemic: scope of local and national politics altered due to coronavirus

May 19, 2020

This week, Illinois legislators are set to return to Springfield for the first time since early March, but the circumstances in which they do will be quite different. Both chambers are schedule...

South Loop residents Jeff (left) and Allyson Harbert ran a marathon on their balcony to raise money for coronavirus relief efforts in Kenya.

South Loop ‘Qua-RUN-tine’ marathon raises money for coronavirus efforts in Kenya

May 12, 2020

Within the confines of their high-rise apartment in Chicago's South Loop, Jeff Harbert and his wife sprinted from one end of their cramped 6-by-10 foot balcony to the next, completing a marathon. “...

An investigation by Columbia journalism students found that one-star nursing homes in Illinois have higher numbers of coronavirus cases, exposing serious issues occurring at these facilities long before the pandemic.

Chicago’s one-star nursing homes were troubled before the pandemic. Now, they’re ‘ground zero’

May 8, 2020

At the Symphony of Bronzeville nursing home, residents have sat for hours in their own urine, fallen and broken bones and received poor treatment for bed sores, leading to dangerous infections, sta...

Some South Loop residents have been putting up sticky note designs on their windows for community support and fun amid the stay-at-home mandate.

South Loop window art creates smiles that stick

May 5, 2020

Bored and stuck in his South Loop apartment, Chenyu Lin began creating designs with various colored sticky notes on his window in an attempt to communicate with his neighbors. Lin's first design was th...

Independent movie theatres bring the cinematic experience right to your couch

Independent movie theatres bring the cinematic experience right to your couch

May 3, 2020

From the silver screen to your laptop screen, cinemas around Chicago are turning to online streaming to entertain movie lovers staying at home while trying to stem coronavirus-induced revenue loss...

Several instructors awarded Chicago arts grants a 'great testament to the faculty at Columbia'

Several instructors awarded Chicago arts grants a ‘great testament to the faculty at Columbia’

April 20, 2020

As many artists lose their jobs or face creative roadblocks while they shelter in place, the city of Chicago is awarding $10,000 grants to 13 local artists—one of whom is in the Columbia community. Althou...

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