Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Land Acknowledgement for Cook County

The Cook County Board will hold a public hearing in May on whether to change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day. They will vote in June. All of Cook County and Cook County Forest Preserve lands were Native lands before colonizers arrived. The 65,000 Native residents of Cook County today aren’t asking that everyone leave,Continue reading “Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Land Acknowledgement for Cook County”

Make an Election Safety Plan

Regardless of tomorrow’s election results, there is the potential for unrest. Make a safety plan for yourself, and encourage your friends and family to do the same. “Activists and extremists alike from both the right and the left fear what could happen this election and are preparing for what’s to come (The Atlantic). As aContinue reading “Make an Election Safety Plan”

Proposed Cumberland Crossing Development for Des Plaines

Cumberland Crossing is a proposed apartment development at Golf Road and Wolf Road where the unoccupied United Feather & Down facility currently stands. For a deeper look at the developer’s plans along with residents’ concerns, watch the October 19th city council meeting, available on the city’s Council Meeting Videos webpage, as well as this PDFContinue reading “Proposed Cumberland Crossing Development for Des Plaines”

Behind Scenes Of DP Women’s March

How George Floyd Protest Sparked Creation Of Local Activist Group Originally published in Journal & Topics: By Lauren Barry Each week, members of a Des Plaines activist group meet virtually to discuss equity and political engagement in the city. Supporting Positive Efforts of Action and Knowledge (SPEAK) Des Plaines members created the group this summerContinue reading “Behind Scenes Of DP Women’s March”

Together We Sit, United We Stand

How Des Plaines 8-Year-Old Made Sit-In For Racial Unity Reality By Lauren Barry | on August 12, 2020 In a summer filled with moments of stress and isolation, Des Plaines’ Lake Park was the site of a peaceful gathering to celebrate love and racial unity Sunday, Aug. 2.  “It was very amazing,” Tempess Sparkman, the almost-9-year-old Des Plaines residentContinue reading “Together We Sit, United We Stand”

Des Plaines Police Department Publishes Commitment to Training and Accountability

The City of Des Plaines believes in recognizing our diversity and preserving safety for all residents. The City encourages all of its employees, including those of the Police Department, to take pride in their jobs and demonstrate a professional commitment to the Des Plaines community. Des Plaines Police Department: Our Commitment to Accountability & TrainingContinue reading “Des Plaines Police Department Publishes Commitment to Training and Accountability”