Lydersen is the author or co-author of three books: Out of the Sea and Into the Fire: Latin American-US Immigration in the Global Age; Shoot an Iraqi Art, Life and Resistance Under the Gun (co-authored with Wafaa Bilal), which she was recently named a ‘Best Book of 2008’ by Booklist; and Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover, and What it Says About the Economic Crisis.
Lydersen, a former staff member of the Washington Post‘s (now defunct) Chicago bureau, teaches journalism at Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute. Her work can be read at www.karilydersen.com.
Railroad Workers Unite in Chicago
Chicago is known as the place where the nation’s railroads meet. And last weekend, the city also became the meeting spot for about 40 of the country’s most progressive and... MORE
Working · April 16, 2014
Community Members, Including Former Chicago Bull, Unite To Save School From ‘Turnaround’
At 2:50 pm on March 21, as Carrene Beverly-Bass remembers it precisely, her world changed. That’s when she was told by administrators that Dvorak Technology Academy on Chicago’s West Side,... MORE
Working · April 3, 2014
Chicagoland, Episode 5: Startups vs. Shootouts
The latest episode of the CNN miniseries ultimately lets Mayor Rahm Emanuel off the hook for Chicago's rifts. MORE
Features · April 3, 2014
The ACA Could Be the Death Knell for Chicago’s Public Mental Health Clinics
In 2012, Mayor Emanuel's budget forced half the city's public mental health clinics to close; now the remaining six are in danger, too. MORE
Features · April 1, 2014
Candlelight Vigil at Cook County Jail Shines Light on Chicago’s Mental Health Crisis
Holding a candlelight vigil on the steps of the country’s largest jail Monday evening, Chicagoans testified one after another about the importance of the city’s public mental health clinics... MORE
Working · March 25, 2014
Taking the Gloves Off in Chicagoland
Even as it celebrates Chicago's 'toughness,' CNN's mini-series doesn't confront the real reasons behind the city's inequality. MORE
Features · March 17, 2014
Riding Herd Over Workers’ Rights?
Over the past decade, Reymundo Zacarias Mendoza, Sergio Velasquez Catalan, Francisco Javier Castro and Alfredo Conovilca Matamoros came to the U.S. from Peru and Chile to work herding sheep, goats and cattle... MORE
Working · March 10, 2014
Who’s Afraid of Rahm Emanuel?
Amara Enyia, who plans to run for mayor of Chicago in 2015, certainly isn’t. MORE
Features · February 20, 2014
Oil Boom Raises Safety Concerns for Whistleblower Railworker
Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has triggered an oil boom in North Dakota: The relatively new technology has made vast reserves of oil previously locked up in the state's Bakken shale... MORE
Working · February 14, 2014
A Tale of Two Jobs Forums: Rahm Emanuel and Unions Take Contrasting Approaches
Many Democratic policymakers will readily agree with low-wage worker organizers on some fundamental issues about the state of the economy: Too many people are unemployed or underemployed, African Americans and immigrants are disproportionately... MORE
Working · February 12, 2014