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‘This American Life – Harper High School’ Takes Closer Look at Chicago Gun Violence

A recent installment of This American Life takes a closer look at the crisis of gun violence in Chicago’s South and West Sides. following the lives of faculty and students immersed in the systemic obstacles that create and perpetuate the violence that is robbing us of our youth.

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REPORT: Learning Gaps for Black Students Start in 2nd Grade

According to a recent report, Black students display significant learning gaps by the 2nd grade, and they only grow larger with age. If these trends persist, only 1 in 20 black kindergartners will go on to graduate from a 4-year university. What needs to be done to close this gap?

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Rahm Emanuel Announces Five-Year Plan to Invest $50 Million in Youth Programs

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has announces a five-year plan to invest $50 million in youth-serving programs. Hopefully this plan will be informed by the input of the community.

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New Report Addresses America’s Unequal Education System; Pushes for Large-Scale Reform

A federal report released by 27 education experts calls America’s education inequities a “dire” situation; called for equal access to quality teachers, school finance reform, and an expansion of early childhood education.

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We All Have Work to Do to End Gun Violence

The President’s visit was one moment in a longer struggle to radically improve the lives of black and Latino youth. Now that the President has come and gone we all have work to do!

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Mr. President, We are Still Waiting for a Comprehensive Discussion of Gun Violence

We urge the President to go further on Friday during his time in Chicago, and make a substantive speech that addresses the underlying factors that perpetuate violence in Black and Latino communities across the nation.

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What Did You Think of President Obama’s State of the Union Address?

Last night, President Obama delivered his fourth State of the Union address. We want to hear from you! What do you think of President Obama’s SOTU speech? Did it leave you hopeful? Dissatisfied? Indifferent? Sound off below!

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President Obama Will Visit Chicago This Friday to Address Gun Violence

BYP is pleased to report that President Obama will visit Chicago this Friday to address a variety topics, but will shine a particular spotlight on Chicago’s gun violence crisis.

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SIGN THIS PETITION: President Obama! Make a Speech in Chicago Addressing the Crisis of Gun Violence!

The Black Youth Project has launched a petition, asking that President Obama come to Chicago and deliver a major speech that addresses the crisis of gun violence in Black and Latino communities. Please stand up for and with Black and Latino youth by signing this petition!

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NYC Mayor Bloomberg Bans Food Donations to Homeless

NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg has banned food donations to the homeless because the city can’t determine the nutritional value of the donated items. Is this going too far? How can citizens work to counter these laws that inevitably punish those living in poverty?

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