We hear the story of a long-lost opera written by a Chicago man considered the city’s first Hispanic composer from his great grandson who is bringing the opera to life. WBEZ’s Monica Eng has details on a plan to reduce food waste in the US. She also tells us about a proposal that could lead to legalized food carts in Chicago. Plus, the latest on how a group of moms is trying to keep Englewood streets free from gun violence. We get a reaction to the announcement from Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority recommending that an officer be fired for shooting to death a young woman while he was off-duty. And we check in with Dyett High School hunger strikers one month into their strike.
We spoke with some of the Dyett hunger strikers about how they're feeling physically after one month without solid food, what their vision for the school would mean for the community and how the Bronzeville-based strike symbolizes struggles for equal-opportunity education across the country.
Going back to school becomes life and death struggle as day 25 ebbs for some hunger strikers in Chicago. Activists, parents and educators are protesting the closure Walter H. Dyett High School, one of 53 schools shut down by Mayor Emanuel since 2013.
Save Dyett hunger strikers say they’ll continue their fight to re-open the school as a green technology hub, even after Chicago Public Schools announced yesterday it will open its doors again in 2016 as an open enrollment school with an arts-based curriculum.