Casa Aztlan and Housing situation in Pilsen (meeting recap)

July 7, 2017

Pilsen Alliance Meeting, La Catrina Café, 06/27/17 (Casa Aztlan and Housing in Pilsen) Arts and Arts Activism Group Notes Need for a community-run arts and cultural center Third spaces such as bars and cafes cannot be depended upon to support and respect local artists New developments often bring in artists from outside the community Cultural […]


May 27, 2017

Notes On The Table Discussion 5.18.2017 DEVELOPMENT WITHOUT DISPLACEMENT DISCUSSION IN PILSEN – Attendees – Diverse crowd, ages ranging from 16 to 70. Approximately 50 residents – Longtime Pilsen residents, new residents and transplants, and ex-residents. – Community activists, small business owners, up and coming developers, journalists and students. What issues were discussed? – In Pilsen, […]

With gentrification on the march, families fighting eviction in Pilsen

May 15, 2017

  A coalition representing families facing eviction from an apartment building at 1722 W. 21st. St. held a news conference and protest on April 22. The families hope to stay in the building at least until the school year ends. A spokesperson for a coalition representing six families facing eviction from an apartment building at […]

Chicago principal bullying immigrant families, students, parents say

March 14, 2017

CHICAGO (WLS) — A principal is under fire at a Chicago elementary school. Families said he’s using intimidation to silence immigrant parents and students. Some parents said they’re afraid to send their children to school. They said it’s happening at Orozco elementary school in the Pilsen neighborhood. Parents at Orozco Community Academy are once again […]

Parents, activists to city: Probe Pilsen high school roof damage

“Community activists and parents of students at Benito Juarez High School called on the city to investigate how a chunk of the Pilsen high school’s roof was ripped off during a violent windstorm Monday night. Speaking to reporters across the street from the school, Byron Sigcho, director of the Pilsen Alliance, urged the city’s Department […]