Posts Tagged ‘#media’

Nov 02

“Am I Suspicious?” Reflections on the Death of Black Childhood

By Rachel Caidor — The February 26, 2012 killing of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman sparked waves of public demonstrations across the United States, creating a rupture in the myth of a post-racist United States. Millions of Black people and their allies donned hoodies to symbolize an association with a boy deemed suspicious because he was wearing one. In Chicago, […]


WBEZ Are You Listening?

By Iván Arenas — Undoubtedly, society has changed dramatically since the days when a crowd of parents brought their all-white infants to be weighed and measured by doctors during the Illinois State Fair’s “better baby contest” in 1931. Eugenics laws and popular beliefs at that time held to the notion that mental, behavioral, and other human aptitudes were tied […]

“Childhood” at the Margins

By Amanda Hope — I nearly cried when Netflix sent me an email announcing that season three of Louie was available. Louie is one of very few television series that genuinely piques my interest. In all of its offbeat, melancholic and twisted Woody Allen-esque humor, Louie speaks to the many matters of contention that lay in the American social sphere. Louis C.K., […]

Oct 14

Whose Kid is She? Adoption, Culture, and the Indian Child Welfare Act

By Laura Sachiko Fugikawa —  In 2013 the politics of adoption were front and center. Melissa Harris-Perry’s “What’s So Funny About 2013?” segment that poked fun at Mitt Romney’s Black adopted grandson and the launch of Land of a Gazillion Adoptees magazine exploded the myth that adoption is a private individual or family issue. But it was the Baby Veronica […]

Notes from a Conversation: Inheriting the Grid #14

By AREA Editors — In the language of aspiring adults, “child” can be a dis or a prop. When you are childish you are petty and irrational. When you are childlike, you are innocent and fresh. To be grown is to see the child as the other, as what you no longer are: your lost inner child, or weakness […]

Jan 08

Fire on the Prairie

By Daniel Tucker — Interview with Emily Udell and Aaron Sarver AREA: Give us a little background about Fire on the Prairie. How long has it been running? Can you explain your affiliation with In These Times magazine? Emily: Fire on the Prairie began broadcasting in October of 2003, and it started airing initially on WLUW, a community radio […]

View From The Ground

By Daniel Tucker — 07/11/05 AREA Please introduce The View From The Ground project and provide some background on how it has functioned. Jamie The View grew out of a particular history, a particular set of relationships, a particular place and time. Throughout the 90′s, I was deeply engaged in the life of the Stateway Gardens public housing development. […]

Introducing: Mutual Aid Phonebook

By AREA — “MAP is an ambitious project, to create a directory–starting in Chicago and branching out across the country–where anarchos/ anti-authoritarians can post an ad (for free) advertising any skills you may have to offer your comrades. Bike repair, barbers, computers, recording studios … anything at all.” , –from On July 18, area conducted an e-mail […]

Inheriting The Grid #1

By Daniel Tucker — AREA Begins In the mid-spring months of 2005, I started meeting regularly with Jim Duignan, an artist and educator who has been initiating a wide range of collaborative projects under the name of the Stockyard Institute for the last ten years. I had been looking for an opportunity to collaborate with Stockyard for some time, […]

Introducing: Chitown Chefs

By AREA — About two and a half years ago, Cooperative Image Group (Co-op Image) was working out of their first art center, a two car garage sized space in Humboldt Park, across the alley from Carmen Arroyo’s (El Coqui) garden and around the corner from Campbell Gardens. The space would oftentimes fill up with more than 20 […]

Sending Clear Signals: Radios Populares

By Aaron Sarver — Radios Populares is a Chicago-based collective that formed in the spring of 2002, when they sent radio equipment to The National Center for Rural Workers (cntc) in Honduras. Since then, the group has traveled to Nicaragua, Ecuador, Mexico, and Honduras to help build radio stations and train individuals in those communities to run and maintain […]

Chicago Justice Project

By Joseph Lipari — AREA Chicago talks to Joseph Lipari and Tracy Siska, creators of a web platform intended to network reports of police abuse throughout the city. Allegations that Chicago police officers engaged in acts of torture at the old Area Two and Three Headquarters date back to 1973. An official inquiry, released in May 2006 and focused […]

Local and National Organizing by Radical Teachers

By Faith Agostinone-Wilson — A kindly first grade teacher is not most people’s idea of a revolutionary, but that may be because the radical history of teacher organizing has been forgotten. In Chicago during the early 1900s, teacher and activist Margaret Haley led a fight for teachers’ rights as Vice President of the Chicago Federation of Teachers (CFT) with […]

Introducing: Green Lantern Gallery and Press

By Caroline Picard — I began The Green Lantern Gallery and Press in 2005. I host monthly exhibitions, publish limited edition original fiction and incorporate other performance events. Through these varied modes of communication, I hope to engage a wider audience than is possible with just one medium. Though I’ve embraced the white-cube gallery model to an extent, the […]