Mexican Latina finds refuge in Little Village
Mexican Latina finds refuge in Little Vi
By Sylvia Oben — Unable to get out, even to go to the corner to wash laundry, Beatriz Santiago-Ramírez, an undocumented immigrant from Veracruz, has lived in the sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Little Village for a month and a half to avoid being deported. Beatriz Santiago-Ramírez,...
El último adiós
El último adiós
By Angelica Sanchez— As I stand in line at the Martinez Funeral Home in Little Village, I’m feeling exhausted in every way possible. My eyes are swollen and tired because I felt like I haven’t slept in months. The cuticles of my nails have been gnawed upon to the point...
How Does a CPS Student Survive a Sibling’s Violent Death—Twice?
How Does a CPS Student Survive a Sibling
By Ray Salazar– This article is dedicated to future educator Ms. Dulce Padilla and her family with all my best intentions, respect, and hope.  And to families everywhere who struggle to survive the aftermath of violence. Many of us have heard or seen the stories about violence...
No picnic in the park
No picnic in the park
By Viviana Galvan — A park isn’t too much to ask for. In the predominantly Latino neighborhood of Little Village in Chicago, we have just one park, the 11-acre Piotrowski Park at 31st Street and Keeler Avenue, to serve more than 100,000 people, half under the age of 21. I...
An artist’s response
An artist’s response
By Toi Cross — Her work makes you sit back, analyze, and think about the message. Whether it’s a performance piece, a sculpture, mural, or another form of public art, 28-year-old inter-disciplinary artist, Maria Gaspar has a story to tell. Through her artistry, the world as...