Car­los Balles­teros is a free­lance writer based in Chica­go. He was born and raised in the South Side and recent­ly grad­u­at­ed from Clare­mont McKen­na Col­lege with a B.A. in History.
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Chicago Is Spending $1.6 Billion on 13,000 Police. Is It Worth It?
With shootings and murders on the rise and President Trump sending federal agents to the city, community organizers and criminologists point to a police hiring spree from just four years ago to show that more cops on Chicago’s streets aren’t the answer.
Labor
From Fighting for $15 to Blocking Right to Work, Striking Missouri Workers Are Challenging the GOP
Dispatch
Campouts, Not Shootouts: Chicago Youth Take Back Their Streets
We talked to the teenagers occupying Chicago street corners.
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The U.S.-Occupied Colony In the Crosshairs of Trump’s Reckless Brinkmanship with North Korea
Guam's residents do not get to vote for U.S. president, but they are directly impacted by Trump's dangerous threats.
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Attacks on Immigrants Are Attacks on Workers
A longtime labor and community organizer responds to the Trump's anti-immigrant measures.
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70 Arrested as Students at Ohio University Take a Stand by Sitting Down
As Trump’s frightful campaign promises become law, students at Ohio University demand their school become a “sanctuary campus.”
News Blog
The Majority of Us Don’t Believe in the American Dream
News Blog
Michelle Rhee To Step Down as StudentsFirst CEO
News Blog
Walmart CEO Jumps Ship
News Blog
Alleged Labor Violations Lead to Class-Action Suit Against Apple
The ITT List
A $13 Minimum Wage Isn’t Enough
The ITT List
‘No Trauma, No-Bama,’ Activists Tell University of Chicago
News Blog
Target Janitors Win Collective Bargaining Rights
News Blog
Chicago Aldermen Fight for Minimum Wage Raise
News Blog
New Docs Reveal Extensive Monitoring of Occupy