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Education bill to revamp social studies classes
Social studies classes in Illinois public schools are about to get a major overhaul, with more emphasis on Black history and the contributions of other underrepresented groups to American culture.
River Forest Year in Review, take 2
Take 1 seemed accurate, but things were missing that mattered in River Forest during 2020. It blended into the rest of the Journal in a sunless way, when I was sure “a year like no other” had cast at least a few rays of light in little-old River Forest.
Turning outward: Our antiracism journey
When I joined the Oak Park Public Library in 2016, I was one of the first library social workers in the United States. My hiring as director of Social Services and Public Safety was also one of the first major changes at the library to come from efforts to “turn outward” — to make intentional choices that ground library work in Oak Park’s shared aspirations.
Giving ‘credit’ for sedition where credit is due
On Jan. 6, America’s democracy came under siege. Thousands of armed demonstrators violently surged to breach the sanctity of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. They outnumbered, overwhelmed, and outmaneuvered the security police of the Capitol.
Let me know when the Trump siege is over
President Trump has been impeached for the second time.
What the Capitol attack and Live Cafe have in common
Many of us are still reeling over the violent mob that descended on our Capitol building, as well as the racist act against Live Café in Oak Park.
D200 board shouldn’t rush new supt. hiring
The election for the District 200 board is less than three months away.
‘Fix the FOID’ BIO bill deserves priority
The short lame duck session called by the Illinois Legislature came to a close at noon, Jan. 13, marking the close of the 101st General Assembly.
Co-creating the ‘new normal’
We have to take off our shoes and socks and walk in the dirt of 2020.