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Latina writers to discuss immigration, Chicago literature

The Chicago Humanities Festival will be holding a panel discussion with Cristina Henríquez (above) and Coya Paz on March 18 in the auditorium in the Instituto Cervantes of Chicago, 31 W. Ohio St.

By Arts & Culture Reporter

March 2, 2015

As a precursor to its spring programing, the Chicago Humanities Festival, an organization dedicated to bringing humanities into daily life, is holding an event featuring author Cristina Henríquez and ...

Inmates denied parole, lack available housing

By Managing Editor

February 9, 2015

Every year, approximately 1,200 state prison inmates are denied parole because they are unable to secure housing that complies with parole requirements. This process is referred to as “violation at the door,” which affects 1,000 convicted sex offenders and 200 other inmates without a sex crime background, according to a Jan. 25 Chicago Tribune article. The Illinois Department of Corrections is required to assist inmates on...

Book on race receives grant

By Alexandra Kukulka

February 6, 2012

Walking into the resource section of a library, there are tall shelves filled with books on various topics from the past and present. Books are free to be checked out with a library card. But how those books get there, how they get published, definitely involves money. A lot of it.The Columbia College Chicago Press received a $12,500 grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation on Jan. 19 for its support of the forthcoming publ...

Formerly incarcerated, on hard times

By Darryl Holliday

December 22, 2010

Jermell Sledge of Chicago Heights spent 12 years in Illinois prisons before re-entering society. He was fired from Walmart after the company learned about his ex-offender status and said he has gone six months to a year without a job despite spending up to eight hours a day looking for one.Sledge, 34, is one of the nearly 260,000 individuals released from Illinois prisons every year, according to Cory Foster, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections. Many of these individuals are finding it increasingly diffi...

Filmmaker gives ‘Blunt Edge’ to documentary

By Shardae Smith

November 8, 2010

Wonjung Bae said she may not be able to fully communicate with people in everyday life, but once she starts making a film she knows exactly how to get her point across. The 28-year-old film and video graduate student won the 2010 Directors Guild Student Film award for her 11-minute HD documentary, "Vera Klement: Blunt Edge," in October.The Directors Guild of America selects filmmakers who are African-American, Asian-American, Latino ...

IDOC commits to change prison visitation

By SpencerRoush

November 23, 2009

Anger, loneliness, sadness and alienation are all feelings the child of an incarcerated parent may experience. Visitation between parents and children is believed to be the answer to limit the amount of trauma. Until now, Illinois prison visitation procedures haven’t been child friendly but, that may be changing.The Community Renewal Society, a group that advocates for social and economic issues, launched the Children of...

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