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Every (Working) Woman

During Election 2006, I had the good fortune to participate in 7 Days @ Minimum Wage, a video diary of working Americans struggling to keep their families afloat on minimum-wage pay. I interviewed Jessica, a single mom in Chicago. Her searing answers and barely contained sorrow made her, much to my surprise, the centerpiece of the entire project. I wonder whether if we had spoken during Election 2008, the current economy would have removed even what little hope she expressed back then for her children’s future.

Sarah Palin’s (Grand-)Baby Ate My Editorial Calendar

Oh, what an agida-inducing weekend that was. That’s my excuse, anyway, for the tardiness of my Cincinnati trip report and Brendan Reilly interview. Every time I tried to finish writing them, another one of my friends was either dumping their boyfriend, being dumped themselves, or calling me after being thrown out of someone’s car.

Let There Not Be Light at the Spertus Institute?

As reported in today’s Chicago Tribune, this week, downtown Chicago’s Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies bowed to pressure from Jewish United Fund (JUF)/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago president Steven Nasatir and closed its multimedia exhibition on Holy Land boundaries, ‘Imaginary Coordinates’, three months early. For reasons that smack of reverse racism.

Booting Blagojevich?

I swear I almost did a spit-take with my coffee when I read it: an editorial in Sunday’s Chicago Tribune suggesting that the Illinois constitution be rewritten to allow for the recall of Governor Rod Blagojevich. The paper didn’t mince words:
‘Having endured the Blagojevich era, we believe voters never should have to endure another one like it.’ And here I thought it was just me.