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StreetWise, Inc. is a social enterprise designed to help the homeless and those at risk of homelessness out of poverty. It is a workforce development agency providing under-served individuals with support & opportunities for professional growth & real employment. Look for our magazine on the streets and find us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram! Agency[...]

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October 20 – October 26

October 21, 2014

For Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we talked to the inspiring Chicago non-profit Imerman Angels, which provides cancer survivors and caregivers with 1-on-1 support from other survivors and caregivers to help them lead better lives. Read this week’s cover story by clicking on the link below: Finding Their Match: Imerman Angels Provides 1-on-1 Support for Cancer[...]

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A. Allen finishes his third Chicago Marathon

Vendor A. Allen: 3-Time Chicago Marathoner

October 21, 2014

StreetWise vendor A. Allen has come a long way since he first began running at the Lawson House YMCA downtown. While living there, Allen joined the nonprofit Back on My Feet, which trains the homeless and formerly homeless to become runners and begin to make changes in their lives that lead to self-sufficiency. After battling[...]

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Keeping Promises and Minimum Wage Rally

Keeping Promises and Minimum Wage Rally

October 21, 2014

More than 300 senior citizens, their allies and aldermen gathered at the Daley Plaza on October 7 to demand a $15 minimum wage and passage of the Keeping the Promise Ordinance, which would increase public housing opportunities with the Chicago Housing Authority. The rally was organized by a collaboration of grassroots organizations from across Chicago,[...]

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Elected Chicago Board of Education

Campaign Launched for Elected Chicago Board of Education

October 21, 2014

A coalition of parents, teachers and community organizations launched a campaign October 13 for a city-wide referendum on February’s ballot asking voters to endorse an elected Chicago School Board. The referendum drive is being sponsored by a coalition of community, parent and labor groups, including the Grassroots Education Movement (GEM), Communities Organized for Democracy in[...]

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The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Redefining Hope After Political Demoralization

October 21, 2014

In late May, poet, actress and civil rights activist Maya Angelou died. Her death was met with grief, and her life, which began in the Jim Crow South, was seen as an inspiration. Just about everything she wrote touched on how, when life (or racism or sexism or poverty or…) knocks you down, the only[...]

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