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50 Days, 50 Voices wants your Election Day story

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The Chicago Reporter, the nation’s premiere investigative publication on issues of race and poverty – published right here in Chicago - is taking time to mull what President-Elect Barack Obama’s historic election means for the nation. The magazine’s staff is asking readers to submit their experiences and thoughts about the election for inclusion in an upcoming special series: From Dec. 1, 2008, through Jan. 19, 2009, the Reporter will feature 50 one of these submissions on its Web site and on tcrBLOG each day, for a total of 50 stories by Inauguration Day. 

Please email your submission to by Dec. 15. There are four ways to share:

  • An essay of 300 to 500 words.
  • A collection of 10 to 20 photographs.
  • A video recording up to two minutes in length.
  • An audio recording up to two minutes in length.  

Please frame your submissions around one of the following questions:

Send your story today!

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Written by mandyburrell

November 24th, 2008 at 7:38 pm

Did you miss these? (November 15, 2008)

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A recap of this week’s equity news

 ”Obama made inroads with white voters except in Deep South,” - The Times-Picayune

Before Election Day, there was widespread suspicion that enough white voters would balk at voting for an African-American candidate for president that the polls would be proved wrong.

It didn’t turn out that way.

Barack Obama won a convincing popular and electoral victory Tuesday. According to exit polls, the Illinois senator did better with white voters than the past two Democratic nominees, Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry and Vice President Al Gore, did in the 2004 and 2000 elections.

Bake Sales Fall Victim to Push for Healthier Foods,” - Washington Post

Tommy Cornelius and the other members of the Piedmont High School boys water polo team never expected to find themselves running through school in their Speedos to promote a bake sale across the street. But times have been tough since the school banned homemade brownies and cupcakes.

The old-fashioned school bake sale, once as American as apple pie, is fast becoming obsolete in California, a result of strict new state nutrition standards for public schools that regulate the types of food that can be sold to students. The guidelines were passed by lawmakers in 2005 and took effect in July 2007. They require that snacks sold during the school day contain no more than 35 percent sugar by weight and derive no more than 35 percent of their calories from fat and no more than 10 percent of their calories from saturated fat.

Working Poor and Young Hit Hard in Downturn,” - New York Times

Harvey Shaw’s plans to move out of his parents’ house, finally, have been derailed. With a high school degree obtained belatedly at 21, he had held a full-time job for 26 months as a detailer at a car dealership here, sprucing up new and used cars.
But in early October, Mr. Shaw, now 24, recalled, “I came back from vacation, and they said they were cutting back and replacing me with part-time workers.”

What Happens Now?

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The next chapter of America’s story begins today.

We have seen an historic sea change in this nation–not only in the election of Barack Obama, but in the ascension of hundreds of progressive candidates to our State Houses and Congress. To make real this promise of change, however, we must ensure that our elected officials live up to the ideals that promote equity and opportunity.

In the coming months, the Obama Administration will begin its transition to power and the strengthened Democratic majorities in both houses of Congress will get to work. We ask that they keep these Four Principles for Equity in mind in every decision they make:

  1. Sustain the deep levels of democratic participation and civic engagement shown during the 2008 presidential election campaign.
  2. Build an economy that expands opportunity for struggling families and revitalizes distressed communities.
  3. Make affordable housing available to all, recognizing its historic role as a gateway to opportunity and asset-building.
  4. Invest in building strong, healthy communities across America.

All Americans–especially those in low-income communities and communities of color–deserve a chance to participate and prosper. We have a real opportunity today to make the change we seek–but we must all work and push and fight together to make it happen.

What principles do you think should guide the Obama Administration? Weigh in the comments!

You can read the full Achieving Equity and Inclusion in America: Policy Principles for the Obama Administration and New Congress document on the PolicyLink site.

Post-election – now what?

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It's the day after a long, grueling election. No matter how you feel about the results, president elect Obama's call upon us all to get involved in our own communities during his acceptance speech hopefully made you think, "now what?" How do you bring change -- that benefits everyone -- to your own community?

Get involved with your neighborhood association. Where they exist, they're the organizations that can and do make things happen right on your local streets. And they need your passion and energy to help make positive changes on the ground.

Use our new maps of neighborhood associations in Chicago and San Francisco to find yours. And then our guide to getting involved to get the ball rolling.

Change begins at home.

Written by Kit Hodge

November 5th, 2008 at 6:25 pm

Did You Miss These? (October 24 Edition)

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A recap of this week’s equity news.

8,800 Road Home properties to return to private hands, ” - Times Picayune

Actor Wendell Pierce and trumpeter Terence Blanchard have come back to their old neighborhood, Pontchartrain Park, and are poised to take over one of every nine properties there — so they can build and sell affordable homes,
On Monday, the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority will vote on an agreement to transfer 114 abandoned and vacant properties to Pierce and Blanchard’s Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corp. It’s a big moment for the star of HBO’s cop drama “The Wire,” the Grammy-winning musician and some of their childhood buddies and fellow investors, who want to return New Orleans’ first middle-class black subdivision to its pre-Katrina glory.

Homeless numbers ‘alarming’,” - USA Today

More families with children are becoming homeless as they face mounting economic pressures, including mortgage foreclosures, according to a USA TODAY survey of a dozen of the largest cities in the nation.

Local authorities say the number of families seeking help has risen in Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Minneapolis, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Seattle and Washington.

ACORN fights back,” - San Francisco Chronicle

In the midst of the predictable partisan exaggerations, distortions and occasional lies that close election races generate, ACORN has become the focus of an extraordinary amount of attention over our voter-registration program. We submitted nearly 40,000 voter registration applications in San Diego and throughout California, and 1.3 million nationwide. In communities across the country, anxiety about the direction of our country, and more specifically our economy, is driving much of the interest in this year’s presidential election. Voter turnout is expected to be of historic proportions. What is surprising is that these attacks, issued from partisan sources, have become relentless, and wildly exaggerated. We’ve even been accused by some Republicans of causing the global economic crisis.

The truth, plain and simple, is that no illegal votes will be cast as a consequence of ACORN’s voter-registration program. In fact, illegal votes constitute fewer than 1 out of a million votes cast, and no illegal vote has ever been tied to ACORN, in spite of the almost 2 million registrations we submitted in 2004 and 2006. The small percentage of problematic cards that we have submitted to local election boards in 2008 - and that we are required by law to submit, even cards that we can plainly see are invalid - will not result in any illegal voting, contrary to over-the-top partisan claims. The irony in these attacks is that our registration drive and get-out-the-vote program is nonpartisan.