Yana Kunichoff

The original occupation: Ex-Republic Windows and Doors workers start cooperative

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

Before there was Occupy Wall Street or Occupy Chicago, a group of 250 workers in Chicago decided to occupy the factory they were working in as a protest to a planned closure. 

Number of the day: $3 million - what Chicago paid to defended CPD repeaters against alleged illegal searches

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

In a list of police misconduct, such as extended detention, malicious prosecution, false arrest and excessive force, illegal search may be among one of the lighter offenses. But it’s still an expensive one.

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

Now that the barricades are cleared from the streets, downtown traffic has resumed its sluggish pace and thousands of workers in the loop no longer have an excuse to take a day off, what is the legacy of the massive Sunday protest that brought out an estimated 15,000 people?

Anti-NATO activists make the connection between military alliance and local immigration battles

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

What are the connections between the proposed immigration detention center in Crete, a small town just south of Chicago, and an international military alliance?

Lots, say a group of activists connecting the North Atlantic Treaty Organization to immigration issues in Chicago.

New EEOC guidelines on discrimination based on arrests, convictions bring hope to some communities

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

For the first time in 25 years, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission refined its guidelines on discrimination against people with arrest or conviction records.

The law already warned that making hiring decisions based on arrest records or criminal convictions "may, in some instances, violate the prohibition against employment discrimination."

Race and poverty roundup: Woodlawn MHC victory; activists occupy office to protest DHS cuts; and more...

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

The fight to save the Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic appears to have its first victory. According to Mark Cassello, a Huffington Post contributor, the Emanuel administration has offered to keep the Woodlawn Adult Health Center open. The center would be staffed with two therapists and no psychologists. The announcement comes after ongoing demonstrations at the Woodlawn facility saw a second round of arrests on Monday night, with ten people being removed from the vacant lot across the street where protesters have camped out to protest the planned cuts.

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

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Yana Kunichoff | The Chicago Reporter

Since plans for the NATO summit in Chicago were announced, advocates working on issues of poverty in Chicago have found increasingly common cause with anti-war protesters.

The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of the Service Employees International Union, represents the latest stage in this collaboration.

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