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Brandon Johnson is sworn in as Chicago mayor

Mariah Woelfel, Tessa Weinberg

May 2023

As Johnson begins his term as Chicago mayor, he faces two immediate issues: an influx of migrants and potential summer violence. Read the full story here. Chicago now has a new mayor. Brandon Johnson was sworn in as the city’s

3 U.S. bank failures put spotlight on whether deposit insurance needs to change Read the full story here. Bank failures are bad. Being unprepared for them is worse. In Canada and dozens of other countries, deposit insurance protects people’s money —

Common Dreams

Gig Workers Know Best How to Fix the Gig Economy’s Failure

Veronica Avila and Mariah Montgomery

May 2023

Drivers know what will keep them safe: fair pay, job security, and solidarity. Read the full article here. In recent months, stories of rideshare drivers and delivery workers carjacked, robbed, or even killed on the job have made headlines around

Most of those killed were people of color, workers’ group and nonprofits say Read the full story here. At least 31 app-based gig workers in the United States were murdered on the job last year, the highest annual total since

ShotSpotter has rebranded itself as SoundThinking, but it’s still a false solution to Chicago’s real problem with gun violence, activists write. Millions spent on the technology should go to violent prevention efforts. Read the full article here. Through numerous teach-ins,

Chicago’s working-class neighborhoods have been exploited by predatory financial institutions and starved of desperately needed investment. Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson could change that by creating a public bank. Read the full article here. When the cryptocurrency exchange FTX opened its US

The Ben Joravsky Show

Saqib Bhatti—Borrowers & Lenders

Podcast Episode

Apr 2023

Leftist economist Saqib Bhatti explains how banks made big bucks from the borrowing schemes hatched by Paul Vallas during his days running the Chicago Public Schools. Click here to listen to the podcast episode on Spotify.

A ShotSpotter spokeswoman said the multimillion-dollar deal was extended in October, the same month Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson declared his candidacy. Read the full story here. While Brandon Johnson was vowing on the campaign trail to end the city’s contract with

Click here to read the full story. The Monday morning after the third-largest bank failure in U.S. history, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul hosted a press briefing to talk down a nation on the edge. The bank, Signature, had a

The Chicago mayoral election pits a neoliberal school privatizer against a public school teacher and union organizer. Read the full story here. Tensions are high in Chicago, where early voting is underway in a hotly contested mayoral runoff. Incumbent Lori