Articles By Mauricio Peña

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Truck Driver Near Hilco Site Punches, Kicks Protesters As Little Village Demolition Resumes

Activists temporarily blocked traffic on Pulaski Road and a truck driver confronted and assaulted them in a tense exchange caught on video.

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Black And Brown Food Pantry, Solidarity March Show Young Activists Are United For Justice: ‘We Are Family’

It's time for Chicago's Black and Latino communities to organize together, Southwest Side activists say. “We face the same struggles …with unemployment, affordable housing, incarceration."

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Latino And Black Leaders Unite Across Neighborhoods To Denounce Hate: ‘We’re Stronger Together’

After tensions ran high this week, organizers partnered to bridge relationships. "The small amount of people that acted out in that fashion … do not represent the community as a whole."

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Police Order Little Village Businesses To Close Tuesday

It is not immediately clear why the police are ordering 26th Street businesses to close. Break-ins have been reported across the ward, Ald. Michael Rodriguez said.

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Black Chicagoans Being Harassed In Some Latino Neighborhoods, Officials Say: ‘We Are In This Struggle Together’

Little Village neighbors protected businesses after people looted shops. But a few Latino men were indiscriminately targeting Black people, Ald. Rodriguez said.

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Little Village Neighbors Stand Guard At Street Corners: ‘They Don’t Want Anyone Looting Or Tearing Their Community Apart’

“COVID has really rocked our community, any more damage to our community is the last thing we want now," Pastor Matt DeMateo of New Life Center said.

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After Dust Disaster, Hilco Will Restart Demolition At Little Village Site Next Week

Mayor Lori Lightfoot indefinitely stopped work at the site after an April 11 implosion covered Little Village homes in a cloud of dust.

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Developer That Wanted To Double West Loop Condo Project’s Height Changes Plan Again

The 19 N. May St. condo project was approved at nine stories. Then the developer wanted to build 18 stories. With a new ward alderman, he now wants to build 15 stories.

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Pilsen Families In Need Can Get Free Groceries Friday

The drive-thru food distribution starts 10 a.m. at Mana Contemporary Chicago's parking lot.