Cynthia Martinez

Cynthia Martinez
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Cynthia is a student at the University of Illinois at Chicago majoring in English and minoring in Law and Society. Cynthia hopes to one day pursue a career in communications and continue on to graduate school in order to obtain a Master’s degree in English.

Chicago Teachers Union Forms New Progressive Group

On Monday, August 4, United Working Families (UWF), a partnership between the Chicago Teachers Union and a coalition of a dozen community groups, announced its official launch. The new progressive group will work towards fighting for working families up against corporatist leadership influencing public policy and election throughout the city, reports eNews Park Forest. “This organization collectively will represent well over...

Quinn Signs New Bill that gives Epilepsy Patients Access to Medical Marijuana

Soon adults and children with epilepsy will gain access to the use of medical marijuana in Illinois under a law signed on July 20 by Governor Pat Quinn. This new law, SB 2636, is the latest in a series of governmental measures that loosen restrictions on cannabis in U.S. states. According to CBS Local, SB 2636, sponsored by Sen. Iris...

Chicago Activists Protest ‘Bomb Trains’ Carrying Oil through Local Neighborhoods

Local activists and environmental groups recently held protests to spotlight their concern that “bomb trains” carrying highly volatile crude oil could be traveling through densely populated Chicagoland neighborhoods. According to an article released by the Suntimes, activists concerned about “bomb trains” traveling in Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods are demanding government officials to release the routes of such trains as...

Pope Francis Meets with Victims of Abuse for the First Time

On Monday, June 30th, Pope Francis delivered a moving homily to six victims of abuse, two each from Ireland, Britain, and Germany during a private mass held at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, the residence next to St. Peter’s Basilica where he lives. In the homily, Pope Francis described the abuse as a “crime and grave sin.” Since the abuse has...

VA Audit: Over 120,000 Veterans Experience Delayed Care

Results of an access audit conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs were released on Monday, June 9, and found that VA medical centers across the nation have sidetracked patient scheduling for more than 120,000 veterans. According to an article released by AZ Central, 57,000 former military personal have been misrepresented by the Department of Veterans Affairs and “about 64,000...

Get to Know Amara Enyia, Potential Mayor of Chicago

On Monday, June 2, Amara Enyia, a 31-year old activist and municipal consultant from East Garfield Park, launched her official campaign against Rahm Emmanuel for Mayor of Chicago. While some believe Enyia is not qualified to become Mayor of Chicago in 2015, her campaign goals provided during the launch and in previous interviews give Chicagoans a clearer choice and hope...

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