Alexis O'Conner

Alexis O'Conner
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Alexis O’Connor is studying at Northwestern University and is double majoring in journalism and Middle East & North Africa studies. She is a shameless shutterbug and loves to photograph anything and everything. In the future, Alexis hopes to continue her work educating the public and creating platforms for discriminated communities to be heard.

Multiple Faith-Based Groups Rally in Evanston Against Islamophobia

Dozens of local groups organized and supported a gathering in downtown Evanston expressing solidarity with Muslim Americans. The crowd began to swell past 100 attendees at Fountain Square on Sunday afternoon as multiple speakers rallied against Islamophobia. Event coordinator, and member of Jewish Voice for Peace, Lesley Williams emceed the rally. Dr. Aila Ammar of the Muslim Community Center and...

The Chicago Monitor Interactive Guide to the Illinois Primary

The Chicago Monitor is providing this interactive guide to the Illinois Primary on Tuesday March 15. All in one place,  you can find out how to vote, where to vote, information on key races, and compare backgrounds and positions on each candidate.

While the GOP Debates, Evanston Rallies Against Islamophobia

Over 200 supporters gathered in Evanston Fountain Square to express solidarity with Muslim-Americans on Tuesday, Dec. 15. The event coincided with the airing of the fifth GOP debate. Numerous speakers expressed their frustration with Islamophobic rhetoric in election campaigns and its effects on America. Lesley Williams, the event coordinator, welcomed supporters to the square where a colorful Christmas tree...

Policing Politicians: What Are the Presidential Candidates Plans for Immigration?

This is the fourth of our "Policing Politicians" series where we examine the views of the declared candidates for President on social justice issues. Today we examine the Democratic and Republican candidate plans or lack thereof for immigration. This was the hardest of the series to research as most of the Republican candidates kept changing their position to keep...

Founding of a New Progressive Jewish Congregation – Tzedek Chicago

"I, like many American Jews, have always identified with Israel,” Rabbi Brant Rosen said. “More recently, I have broken with Zionism and have realized that, in many important ways, the birth of Israel was the result of an injustice that Israel and world Jewry have not really reckoned with.” Brant Rosen has been a congregational rabbi for almost his...

Policing Politicians: What Are the Presidential Candidate Plans for Combating ISIS?

This is the third of our "Policing Politicians" series where we examine the views of the declared candidates for President on social justice issues. And no this does not include Republican Jim Gilmore, the former governor of Virginia, who just announced his candidacy on July 30th. Like Fox News, we can only include so many candidates in one forum....

Policing Politicians: How Did Presidential Candidates Respond to the Charleston Killings?

This is the second of our "Policing Politicians" series where we examine the views of the declared candidates for president on social justice issues. Today we take a look at how all the Democratic and Republican candidates responded to the killings at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston, South Carolina. The views expressed in this article are...

Defeating the ISIS Recruitment Strategy

The Islamic State, ISIS, has been a self-proclaimed caliphate for one year. ISIS is considered a terrorist organization and has proven to be a formidable international threat. Originally al-Qaeda in Iraq, ISIS broke away, rebranded, and relocated to Raqqa, Syria. Unlike most modern-day terrorist organizations, though, its publicized objective is establishing a caliphate and becoming a governing body that...

Policing Politicians: Attitudes Toward Islam and Islamophobia

This is the first of our "Policing Politicians" series where we examine the views of the declared candidates for president on social justice issues. Today we take a look at how all the Democratic and Republican candidates have approached discussing Islam and the problem of Islamophobia.   The views expressed in this article are the author's own and do not necessarily...

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