ex-offenders (3)


Sweet Beginnings workers and staff care for the job-creating bees.


   By Joshunda Sanders ~


- Some people see a bee and want to swat it. Brenda Palms-Barber sees a bee and thinks about products it helps to produce and jobs it creates.


Palms-Barber is executive director of the North Lawndale Employment Network (NLEN) in Chicago. The nonprofit organization partners with about 100 agencies to help low-income people, primarily former offenders, find and keep jobs.


In 2004, she launched Sw

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As Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announces new summer police deployment in an effort to stop and increase in Chicago summer crime on the south and westsides, I would hope that The Mayor will recognize that NO AMOUNT of police deployment in Chicago can address the desperate economic conditions at the root of street tensions that draw inner city residents into crime, and MUST back more police deployment with more access to legitimate job opportunities. (Mark S. Allen)

Mayor Emanuel Can Jump Start Loca

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by Sis. Marpessa Kupendua

"I WANT TO LIVE EVERY DAY, because I'm afraid I might lose it all again!" - Former DOC No. A27963

Transitioning from a prisoner number to an adult person expected to take on adult responsibilities can be overwhelming for many ex-inmates, particularly those who were incarcerated for long periods of time.  The prison industry is flourishing because America is locking up more people than any country in the entire world (2 millio

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