The suits who run Chicago Public Schools never would have tried the stunts they recently pulled at Chicago's Social Justice High School had it been a largely white, middle-class school on the city's Northwest Side.
Calling for an end to the deadly and costly pollution from the Fisk and Crawford plants on the west side of Chicago, neighborhood families supporters posted photos of their affected children, elderly and businesses at City Hall.
John Hiatt's new album Dirty Jeans And Mudslide Hymns kicks off with a pretty universally themed song, "Damn This Town." It's true, no matter what town you grow up in, every kid can't wait to get out of it.
The struggle against Fisk and Crawford power plants has been ongoing for decades. Today the issue has effectively perked the ears of politicians. How influenced were they by the rapid gentrification of Pilsen?
What kind of world will we leave behind for our children? What can we as parents do to ensure our children do not suffer the health effects of dangerous air quality and industry and government negligence?