How to Survive a Depression and Thrive During Tough Economic Times


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People all over the world are wondering how to survive a depression. They  realize that we are all going through some tough economic times right now.  Still, it’s not yet as bad as it was when the Great Depression was going on. The  stock market has been dropping for several months now and that is bad news for  those who invest in stocks. At some point, I’m sure things will get back on  track again, but who really knows for sure how long that could take? Continue reading

Austin Pantry Offers Food & Hope

Hope Church providing healthy alternatives for families and residents

Kelsey Duckett
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As the poor economy continues to take its jabs at working-class families throughout Chicago, one West Side church is working to lighten the blows.
Hope Community Church, located at 5900 W. Iowa, opens its doors every weekend to families in need via its food pantry. Supported by the Greater Chicago Food Depository and through donations, the pantry operates every Saturday morning. In addition to the 5-year-old pantry, the church also provides a mobile food truck on the second Thursday of the month. Continue reading

Voting Rights Celebrated in August

By: Alderman Sharon Dixon

Two voting rights anniversaries were celebrated during August, but they also recall historic divisions between the main beneficiaries.

First, on August 6th we celebrated the 45th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson’s signing of the 1965 voting Rights Act. The act is the implementing legislation (95 years later) of the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which was added in 1870. Continue reading

Hawthorne tattoo shop owner creates Batman art to help shooting victims fund


A local artist is doing his part to use his love of Batman to help people suffering from a tragedy that has rocked the nation.

Christian Masot, 33, of Kearny, is an artist and owner of Silk City Tattoo in Hawthorne. Like many fans of the Caped Crusader, Masot was looking forward to seeing the last film in the Batman trilogy “The Dark Knight Rises.” That enthusiasm was tempered considerably when on July 20, a mass shooting occurred at a movie theater in Aurora, Colo. during a midnight screening of the film. A gunman set off tear gas grenades and shot into the audience with multiple firearms, killing 12 people and injuring 58 others, the highest number of casualties in an American mass shooting. James Eagan Holmes was arrested outside the theater minutes later. Continue reading