Monthly Archives: May 2008

‘Be Realistic…Demand the Impossible!”

”It is not that our problems are that big… It’s just that we are looking at them on our knees.” —Grafitti in the Buenos Aires subte, 2003 RISING PERSONAL DEBT AND BANKRUPTCIES, falling wages, housing foreclosures, growing unemployment, increasing service … Continue reading

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The Cruel Prospect of Deep Recession

AS THE ECONOMY SHIFTS INTO REVERSE gear and the Congress and President work out the details of a proposed fiscal stimulus, some are asking whether it will be enough to keep the economy out of a recession. The answer is … Continue reading

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Dump the Campaign Rebolu!

AMID ALL THE REBOLU (as we often say in Puerto Rico) about the upcoming democratic primary on the island, the issue of poverty seems eclipsed. In the flurry of exchanges by those who often begin by stating their cultural credentials, … Continue reading

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The Closing of Chicago Public Schools

IN A SCHOOL AUDITORIUM FILLED with mostly Latino and African American and some white students, parents, and teachers, Andersen elementary school parents asked, “What does phasing out feel like? What research has been done on the effects on children and … Continue reading

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A Tribute to Bob Walfedt

Marching so proud throughout his life Many remember how he stood— He was a foe of tears and strife. Always standing for what was good! He stood up tall, he stood up proud, Marching with me Brothers along— He knew … Continue reading

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A Women’s Center

AS ONE OF THE ORGANIZERS for the campaign to get a Women’s Center on the UIUC campus, I’ve had a unique opportunity to see the lives that such a center can touch. I’ve also had an opportunity to visit Women’s … Continue reading

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