Blogs

Jay Readey posted a blog on Feb 12, 2015
As a Chicagoan, a baseball lover, and a youth coach, I am in a perfect storm reading the news that Little League International has canceled the US Championship of Jackie Robinson West and vacated its wins on the way to and through Williamsport, Pennsylvania based on residency requirements. Oh, and I am also a civil rights lawyer focused most intently on the way America has used ZIP codes ...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Apr 25, 2013
Dear Brad, I’ve been listening to your latest album “Wheelhouse”, and enjoying it. It’s solid Nashville Country, and more thoughtful than a lot of what’s popular these days. Plus, I’ve got to respect anybody that gets an original Monty Python cast member to do a guest spot on his album. However, there are a lot of people, myself incl...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Mar 22, 2013
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Kanye West agreed to do a telethon for the American Red Cross to raise money for relief efforts. Water was still in the streets of New Orleans, and black bodies were in the water, on rooftops, in rowboats. The human scale of the tragedy was just coming into focus, and in the moment, Kanye was overtaken with despair. Onscreen with Mike Myers, h...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 25, 2013
So I'm always encouraged when there's real attention to Chicago's homicide rate. It means that people stop for a minute and pay attention to what's happening with blackyouth (and sometimes Latino youth) in Chicago. Some of the attention feels honest - This American Life just completed a 2-part broadcast on Harper High School, a richslice-of-life picture o...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 19, 2013
On Friday, President Obama came to the south side of Chicago carrying the themes of his State of the Union message, and addressed the gun violence that has been in the news here and nationally. I’m glad he came – many politicians wouldn’t even do that much. From one former community organizer to another, I recognize the importance of being there for people...
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 18, 2013
Incredible 3 minutes - somehow he manages to have the audience and Jay Leno laughing with him the entire time he's laying bare white privilege. http://www.upworthy.com/sometimes-it-takes-a-white-dude-to-get-real-about-racism
Jeff Pinzino posted a blog on Feb 15, 2013
“Don’t you know, talkin’ about a revolution sounds like a whisper.” -Tracy Chapman, “Talkin’ About a Revolution” Last Sunday night, 20 of the most interesting thinkers on race and poverty in Chicago gathered for a potluck meal at Bill Ayers’ Hyde Park home. His is one of the most comfortable and welcoming rooms ...
Shubra Ohri posted a blog on Feb 11, 2013
The murder of Hadiya Pendelton, a young student who performed at President Obama’s inauguration, stunned the people of Chicago. Her tragic death, however, is just another death among hundreds that occurred in Chicago this past year. Over 500 people were killed in 2012, and with over 40 homicides this year, 2013 is not shaping up to be much different. Chicago’s soar...