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Dec 04

AREA #15 Preview: Interview with N’Dana Carter

By AREA Staff — You Can Die and Then be Buried or you can Raise Above the Grave and Fight with N’Dana Carter On April 15, 2015, AREA Chicago sat down with N’Dana Carter in Nichol’s Park to talk with her about her involvement in the Mental Health Movement (MHM). The following is an excerpt of that interview. N’Dana […]

Nov 18

Criminalizing Black Mothers and children:the Ella Baker Freedom School

By AREA Staff — How is the State used against Chicago women of color who organize and unschool or homeschool their children? Ella Baker Freedom School co-founder Marissa Brown is facing potential criminal charges for homeschooling her 2 daughters! Marissa has been a community activist that has been consistently vocal about her opposition to state sanctioned violence against Black […]

Apr 08

Protected: Growing up with the CPD

By Francesco de Salvatore and members of the Young Fugitives — There is no excerpt because this is a protected post.

Jan 14

AREA #14 discussion/reading at Blackstone Library

By AREA Staff — AREA Chicago and Friends of Blackstone Library present Writing Children January 22, at 6:00 PM Blackstone Library, 4904 S. Lake Park Ave Facebook event here To explore the politics of being a child, AREA invites you to consider writing about childhood as a political project. Contributors to our forthcoming Issue #14: KIDS! will read from their articles, and reflect […]

Jun 28

Saving the Lathrop Homes. The fight to preserve public housing on the northwest side

By Mary Pattillo — Many years ago, when I was doing research on the transformation of a public housing project on Chicago’s South Side, the then-CEO of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA), Lewis Jordan, came to a community meeting and stated, “We are not in the business of putting people out of housing.” I was happy to hear this, […]

Jun 23

Stories of Struggle. Foreclosure and Eviction in Chicago

By Merlene Robinson-Parsons, Maria Dolores, Gloria Harris, Virginia Morales, V icente Gutierrez, Mary Bonelli, Marci a Iza, Silvia Baca, Yesenia Tellez, Patricia Hill, Kim Scardina, Patricia Scardina, John Newman, V ictoria Rivera, & Keosha Cummings — On August 9, 2012, Communities United Against Foreclosure and Eviction (CUAFE), the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign , and the Centro Autónomo of Albany Park  held a joint meeting to demand a moratorium on foreclosures and evictions. Chicagoans affected by the foreclosure and eviction crisis— both owners and renters, including public housing residents—testified to their experiences amidst […]

Mar 31

Sneak Peek: AREA #13 Table of Contents

By AREA Staff — Please join us to launch AREA Chicago Issue #13: Home Fronts, Housing Struggles Thursday, April 4 at the Jane Addams Hull House Museum, 800 S Halsted St., Chicago 5-6 PM Museum open hours and special tours of “Unfinished Business: Home Economics in the 21st Century” 6-7:30 PM Issue #13 readings and celebration Issue includes photographic […]

Mar 01

Housing Matters

By AREA Staff — Housing Matters: Gentrification, Detention and the Foreclosure Crisis in Chicago Saturday, March 9 2013 – 4:30 PM-6:30 PM DePaul Art Museum, 935 W Fullerton Ave Join us for a discussion about efforts to re-think and re-shape Chicago. Will also have a sneak peek at AREA Issue #13 “Home Fronts, Housing Struggles”, coming out in early […]

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Jan 26

Ocupados/Occupations and Tent Cities

By AREA Staff — Opening Reception: Friday, February 15 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Art In These Times, 2040 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago (we regret this venue is not wheelchair accessible) Encampments, Occupations and Tent Cities, curated by Jayne Hileman as part of AREA #13, examines historic actions such as the Fayette County Tent City, the occupations of Alcatraz and the Mad Houser hut cities. Espacios Ocupados: Defining 99%, an exhibit curated by Jesus Macarina-Avilaby for Instituto de Nuestro Cultura, features work from contemporary Caribbean, Latin American and Latino/a artists that explores shifting cultural identities in a post-occupy world. Artists/projects: Alfonso Fernández Acevedo, Celia Alvarez-Munoz, Eric J. Garcia, Jose Guerrero, Pedro Lasch, MadHousers, Atlanta and Chicago, Occupied Chicago Tribune, Sarah Jane Rhee, Love + Struggle Photos, Nyki Salinas Duda & Sydney Stoudmire, and more…

Dec 16

Special web preview – Issue#13, Housing

By AREA Staff — The full issue is scheduled to appear in print in March 2013. Please see "Web Features" drop-down menu for a sampling of some of the contributions, edited together as a special web preview. Issue 13 explores the contested ground where we live and have lived: the history and current state of “housing” in Chicago and the political, personal, and imaginative meanings that accompany these physical spaces and the struggles for them. This sampling of pieces to appear in the print issue reflect the issue’s broad themes, including stories and histories of housing in Chicago; the CHA’s Plan for Transformation and its ongoing aftermath; current struggles in Chicago around foreclosure and eviction, detention, and uneven development; housing alternatives and the labor of care; and the effects of gentrification in the Pilsen neighborhood. Issue 13 explores the contested ground where we live and have lived: the history and current state of “housing” in Chicago and the political, personal, and imaginative meanings that accompany these physical spaces and the struggles for them. This sampling of pieces to appear in the print issue reflect the issue’s broad themes, including stories and histories of housing in Chicago; the CHA’s Plan for Transformation and its ongoing aftermath; current struggles in Chicago around foreclosure and eviction, detention, and uneven development; housing alternatives and the labor of care; and the effects of gentrification in the Pilsen neighborhood.

Sep 04

Issue #13 Proposal Deadline: September 15

By AREA Staff — AREA Chicago’s issue #13, to be released in December/January, will focus on Housing and Home. We invite contributions — text, image, and video — dealing with housing in a concrete sense (specific sites, buildings, histories, and activist campaigns) or a broader sense (definitions and creative interventions into the idea of “home”). Content should have a […]

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Dec 16

Call for proposals: AREA #12

By AREA Staff — Chicago’s history is one of intersecting ways of being, trade routes, migratory patters and capital flows. How is Chicago built and transformed at intersections? What happens at the crossing of streets, trajectories, political interests?  How do we each occupy intersecting positions and histories? How do social movements address the intersections of local, regional and global […]

Nov 21

Where is the front line?

By AREA Staff — This piece was originally written by Michael Bailey, recommended  by Amber Smock, a Chicago based coordinator of ADAPT.  You can read her piece, “Disability’s Reverse Diaspora” from AREA 11 here. Where is the front line? Where is the front line of the struggle for disability rights? In an Oklahoma nursing home a young man weeps from loneliness. […]

Nov 02

Study: O’Hare, Midway “Living Wage Loophole” costing Chicago

By AREA Staff — Originally posted at Inside Chicago Airports CHICAGO– The loophole in Chicago’s Living Wage Ordinance that has enabled O’Hare and Midway Airport concessionaires to skirt the City’s living wage could be costing Chicago communities up to $8 million a year, a new study from faculty at the University of Chicago and Roosevelt University finds. The study is a cost […]

Oct 27

Move the Money

By AREA Staff — Originally posted at Radio Arte “Remember the Fifth of November” may only be known from the film “V For Vendetta” or as “Guy Fawkes’ Day” but it is now tied to a nationwide action that calls on your steadfast courage and bravery under pressure. Though its best you don’t wear a mask doing it! Are you […]

Sep 06

What is this G8 thing people are talking about, and why should I care?

By AREA Staff — This is the first of an occasional series of posts on next year’s G8 meetings to be held in Chicago in May. My goal is to inform myself and you about the upcoming G8/NATO meetings and protests. I’m unapologetically sympathetic to the issues likely to be raised by protesters, but am not taking a stand […]

Aug 30

Illinois Federation of Teachers: A More Just DREAM Act

By AREA Staff — Resolution No. 17 – Pushing for a More Just Version of the D.R.E.A.M. Act PUSHING FOR A MORE JUST VERSION OF THE D.R.E.A.M. ACT Adopted at the 2010 Illinois Federation of Teachers Convention WHEREAS, the current D.R.E.A.M. (Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors) Act allows “legalization” for undocumented youth through military service or college […]

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Mar 10

Message from Madison

By AREA Staff — To our Chicago friends and allies, This is a plea from three of your comrades who have been witness to the events in Wisconsin. Since the day Hosni Mubarak fell half a world away, fast-developing events in Madison, only 2.5 hours northwest of Chicago, have combined to produce what the three of us agree is […]

Jan 09

Call for Proposals: AREA issue #11 – im/migration

By AREA Staff — Scheduled for release in May 2011 Proposals due February 1st Chicago is a city shaped by movement and trade. First inhabited by indigenous peoples, the city was built through land speculation at the intersection of major waterways, and expanded as the intersection of railroads and highways. It became the destination for successive waves of new arrivals […]