The Pilsen Academy Junta

junta noun jun·ta \ˈhu̇n-tə, ˈjən-, ˈhən-\ : a military group controlling a government after taking control of it by force Junta means something different in English than it does in Spanish.  The full definition in English is: :  a council or committee for political or governmental purposes; especially:  a group of persons controlling a government… Continue reading The Pilsen Academy Junta

Retributive Firing at Pilsen Academy?

retributive adjective re·trib·u·tive \ri-ˈtri-byə-tiv\ :  of, relating to, or marked by retribution Last week I was informed that one of the local school council (LSC) members at Pilsen Academy would be leaving the elementary school. Mr. Miguel Salgado is listed as the bilingual coordinator and was slated to be the 5th grade teacher, but he recently received a… Continue reading Retributive Firing at Pilsen Academy?

No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

For more than a year there has been a fight over the idea of bringing a metal shredder to Pilsen.  Some groups say it's a great source of jobs and other groups have said it's a dangerous source of pollution.  Now that it's election season everyone is required to take a position on it.  Curiously,… Continue reading No one wants to talk about Pilsen’s existing metal shredder

Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum

Last Friday at the 25th ward aldermanic forum at UIC I was verbally assaulted, but it wasn't by the predictably empty rhetoric from some of the candidates.  Immediately following the conclusion of the event I was speaking with a reporter from South Side Weekly when the executive director of Pilsen Alliance and the de facto Byron Sigcho campaign manager came over… Continue reading Verbal Assault at the 25th Ward Aldermanic Forum

The Second City of Campaign Finance Reform

Nothing will make one more aware of campaign financing than running for office.  The incumbent alderman is flush with cash as the chair of the zoning board and facilitator of polluting industry.  A community organization appears to be running a PR campaign for a competing polluting industry in the neighborhood for campaign resources for their candidate, there are two  is a union candidate, a banker, and the socialist party/parties are making… Continue reading The Second City of Campaign Finance Reform

Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex: Tweedism

    "I don't care who does the electing, so long as I get to do the nominating." - Boss Tweed I  previously wrote about Pilsen's non-profit industrial complex regarding the metal shredder(s) in the neighborhood.  In the always desperate scramble for funding some local non-profits became de facto public relations (PR) firms supporting one metal shredder or another while other non-profits… Continue reading Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex: Tweedism

Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex

You're probably more familiar with the concept of the military industrial complex. Eisenhower coined the phrase in his last speech from the White House. This speech begins the movie Why We Fight.  The movie examines the links between the military and lawmakers and how that system has been hacked by the weapons industry. Similarly, the non-profit… Continue reading Pilsen’s Non-profit Industrial Complex

My talk on the metal shredders at Lozano Library

My last few weeks have been fairly busy in the community activism scene of Pilsen.  This week, I won the election for community representative at Pilsen Community Academy.  One of my reddit comments got scooped by Good Jobs First and went viral.  Last week and two weeks ago I gave a talk at the Rudy… Continue reading My talk on the metal shredders at Lozano Library