WBEZ | Natalie Moore http://www.wbez.org/tags/natalie-moore Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en New report reveals pervasive discrimination in housing voucher program http://www.wbez.org/news/new-report-reveals-pervasive-discrimination-housing-voucher-program-109946 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/housing-voucher_140331_nm.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Chicago Lawyers&rsquo; Committee for Civil Rights Under Law spent two years investigating discrimination in the subsidized housing market and found rampant racial discrimination.</p><p>Subsidized housing vouchers, commonly referred to as Section 8, allow families to rent in the private market. <a href="http://www.google.com/url?q=http%3A%2F%2Fcafha.net%2Fwp-content%2Fuploads%2F2014%2F02%2FCLCCRUL-CHA-testing-report.pdf&amp;sa=D&amp;sntz=1&amp;usg=AFQjCNF013SD2bWvufFKrTbwg1pmiD90Kg">A new report outlines the discrimination</a>.</p><p>To assess fair housing practices, trained investigators posing as potential tenants inquire about availability, terms and conditions to assess compliance. White and black testers, with comparable backgrounds, tried to rent from landlords.</p><p>Landlords already participating in the voucher program discriminated against tenants based on race 33 percent of the time, most commonly by steering them to other buildings or neighborhoods. This also happened based on disabilities 44 percent of the time and against families with children 25 percent of the time.</p><p>Landlords in opportunity areas - places with low poverty - who were not participating in the Chicago Housing Authority&rsquo;s voucher program discriminated against white testers with vouchers 55 percent of the time. In 39 percent of the tests, landlords directly refused to rent to them. And a little more than half of the landlords who told white testers that they accepted vouchers discriminated against African American testers who said they had vouchers. Opportunity areas are an important tool to break up segregation in the housing market; voucher holders tend to be clustered in low-income, segregated black communities.</p><p>&ldquo;Race is still a pressing concern within the city of Chicago and within our region. Even though this happened specifically within Chicago, it&rsquo;s probably not a surprise to any of us that it&rsquo;s probably the reality going even beyond that scope,&rdquo; said Morgan Davis, executive director of the Chicago Area Fair Housing Alliance.</p><p>The study was conducted for the CHA. In a statement, the agency said it takes allegations of fair housing violations very seriously and &ldquo;educates owners, property managers and participants to ensure that federal, state and local fair housing laws are adhered upon. CHA also assists the Chicago Commission on Human Relations in its investigations of potential housing discrimination cases and/or fair housing violations.&rdquo;</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is a WBEZ reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a><u>&nbsp;</u>Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em></p></p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/new-report-reveals-pervasive-discrimination-housing-voucher-program-109946 University of Chicago symposium focuses on how to better support black male adolescents http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/university-chicago-symposium-focuses-how-better-support-black-male-adolescents-109702 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Screen Shot 2014-02-13 at 10.39.48 PM.png" alt="" /><p><p>University of Chicago professor Waldo Johnson says too many black boys are being robbed of their boyhood.</p><p>&ldquo;Even when they engage sometimes in antisocial behavior, there&rsquo;s some clear evidence that the way in which corrective measures are applied to them tend to, in some instances, be far more harsh,&rdquo; Johnson said.</p><p>Johnson is referring to school suspensions. Chicago Public Schools has come under fire for its zero-tolerance policies. Just this week, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the head of CPS said they want to&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/schools-chief-mayor-push-alternatives-suspending-city-students-109690" target="_blank">change how discipline looks in classrooms</a>.</p><p>U of C is hosting &ldquo;Black Young Men in America: Rising above Social and Racial Prejudice, Trauma, and Educational Disparities,&rdquo; a symposium to be held Saturday at the Hyde Park campus.</p><p>The symposium will center around research and developing strategies to support black male adolescents. Educators, social workers and youth service providers will be in attendance. Panelists will also focus on to how communicate and build relationships with this population. They include Nia Abdullah and Elizabeth Kirby of CPS, Marshaun Bacon of Becoming a Man and Monico Whittington-Eskridge of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.</p><p>This week President Barack Obama was scheduled to announce a <a href="http://www.ebony.com/black-listed/news-views/president-obama-to-launch-my-brothers-keeper-981#axzz2tF58ukaZ" target="_blank">new program</a> to help young minority men;the weather postponed the unveiling.</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m optimistic, as this particular initiative develops, that it will develop in ways that will allow for some flexibility to recognize that we&rsquo;re not talking about a monolithic group. There&rsquo;s a lot of differences among African American males,&rdquo; Johnson said.</p><p><em>The symposium is Feb. 15 from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, 969 E. 60th St.</em></p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0" rel="author">Natalie Moore</a> is a WBEZ reporter. <a href="mailto:nmoore@wbez.org">nmoore@wbez.org</a>&nbsp;Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343" rel="me">Google+</a>, &nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a></em></p></p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 22:30:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/university-chicago-symposium-focuses-how-better-support-black-male-adolescents-109702 Morning Shift: Understanding alternative birthing options http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-20/morning-shift-understanding-alternative-birthing <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Birthing - Flickr - sabianmaggy.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>We delve into the various types of midwives and birthing methods available to women in Illinois. And WBEZ&#39;s Natalie Moore stops by to explain what happened at a Town Hall meeting in Chicago&#39;s Roseland neighborhood.</p><p><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47/embed?header=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-47" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Understanding alternative birthing options" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p></p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 08:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-08-20/morning-shift-understanding-alternative-birthing Morning Shift: Patients turn to alternative medicine as option http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-29/morning-shift-patients-turn-alternative-medicine <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/Accuptuncture-Flickr- Lars Plougmann.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chicago magazine reports on Northwestern Memorial Hospital as a center for alternative and complementary medicine for patients. What are patients seeking in these treatments? How are they received by the rest of the medical community?&nbsp;</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-patients-turn-to-alternative-medicin.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-patients-turn-to-alternative-medicin" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Patients turn to alternative medicine as option" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 08:28:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-29/morning-shift-patients-turn-alternative-medicine Future of Chicago Housing Authority in flux after resignation of CEO Lewis Jordan http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-15/future-chicago-housing-authority-flux-after-resignation-ceo-lewis-jordan <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-June/2011-06-15/Jordan Lewis_photo courtesy of the CHA.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.thecha.org/" target="_blank">Chicago Housing Authority</a> is looking for new leadership. On Tuesday, CEO Lewis Jordan stepped down amid scrutiny over the way he used a city credit card. Jordan wrote to CHA board Chairman Jim Reynolds, saying the issue was becoming a "impediment" to his job performance. Jordan also says his spending is consistent with CHA and federal housing policy.<br> <br> WBEZ’s South Side bureau reporter Natalie Moore joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to discuss the present and future of the CHA.</p><p><em>Music Button: The Poets of Rhythm, "The Jaunt", from the CD Discern/Define, (Quannum Projects)</em></p></p> Wed, 15 Jun 2011 13:58:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-06-15/future-chicago-housing-authority-flux-after-resignation-ceo-lewis-jordan May headlines in review: Mayor Rahm Emanuel arrives and Oprah departs http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/may-headlines-review-mayor-rahm-emanuel-arrives-and-oprah-departs-87219 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-31/Rahm Getty Frank Polich.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The summer season may not yet be official, but Memorial Day Weekend had plenty of folks arriving and departing. That was the theme throughout the month of May. Chicago's new <a href="http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/mayor/supp_info/about_the_mayor.html" target="_blank">Mayor Rahm Emanuel</a> arrived at City Hall and <a href="http://www.oprah.com/index.html" target="_blank">Oprah</a> departed, leaving a huge vacancy in Chicago’s field of media queens. Never mind all the extra comings and goings at the Dirksen Federal Building, with two major trials underway.<br> <br> To sort out all of the news that was, <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> was joined by a panel of esteemed journalists who spend their days in and out of the office.</p><p>Kristen McQueary is state government reporter for WBEZ and the Chicago News Cooperative, Natalie Moore is WBEZ’s South Side bureau reporter and Ammad Omar is WBEZ's News Desk Editor.</p><p><em>Music Button: Shawn Lee's Ping Pong Orchestra, "Brazilian Glam Slam", from the CD Miles of Styles, (Ubiquity)</em></p></p> Tue, 31 May 2011 13:49:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-31/may-headlines-review-mayor-rahm-emanuel-arrives-and-oprah-departs-87219 Students flaunt their flair for fashion at annual show http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-06/students-flaunt-their-flair-fashion-annual-show-86153 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-May/2011-05-06/043.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>On Thursday, fashionistas of all stripes made their way to Millennium Park. They were there for <a href="http://www.saic.edu/degrees_resources/departments/fash/index.html#fash_show" target="_blank">The Walk</a>, the <a href="http://www.saic.edu/" target="_blank">School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s</a> annual fashion show. It was the largest show in The Walk’s 77-year history. Spectators saw designs from junior, sophomore and senior students in the school’s fashion program and got a glimpse of the latest in Chicago’s fashion aesthetic.</p><p>Host Alison Cuddy visited the show with WBEZ’s Natalie Moore and provided a review.</p><p><em>Adulture Music Button: Philly Cream, "Cowboys to Girls" (Adulture edit)</em></p></p> Fri, 06 May 2011 13:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-05-06/students-flaunt-their-flair-fashion-annual-show-86153 Exploring the historic connection between Chicago and Libya http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/exploring-historic-connection-between-chicago-and-libya-84761 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-April/2011-04-05/Getty Franco Origlia.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On April 5, 1986, Libyan agents bombed a Berlin disco frequented by U.S. soldiers. Two Americans were killed and more than 50 servicemen were injured. Several days later President Ronald Reagan ordered a series of airstrikes on Libya.<br> <br> The U.S. has a long and complex history with Libyan leader Moammar Qaddafi. But what's not well known is the connection between Chicago and Libya.</p><p>WBEZ’s Natalie Moore wrote about Chicago’s connection to Libya in her new book, <a href="http://www.blackstonebook.com/" target="_blank"><em>The Almighty Black P. Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of An American Gang.</em></a> She joined <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> to talk about it.</p><p>On April 14, Moore and co-author <a href="http://www.blackstonebook.com/about.html" target="_blank">Lance Williams</a> will discuss the book at <a href="http://www.roosevelt.edu/Home/Event%20Details.aspx?id=%7B295577C7-C8C8-4E78-A283-A9FA98CB480C%7D" target="_blank">Roosevelt University Library</a>.</p></p> Tue, 05 Apr 2011 13:50:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-04-05/exploring-historic-connection-between-chicago-and-libya-84761 A Chicago gang history snapshot http://www.wbez.org/story/black-p-stones/chicago-gang-history-snapshot-84454 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-March/2011-03-29/book cover.png" alt="" /><p><p>When WBEZ’s South Side bureau reporter <a href="../../staff/natalie-moore">Natalie Moore</a> tried to find a good book about the history of black street gangs in Chicago she was shocked to find that none existed. So like the great entrepreneurial journalist that she is, she decided to write her own.</p><p>Moore teamed up with academic Lance Williams to research one particular South Side gang, and <a href="http://www.blackstonebook.com/">the resulting book</a> is the recently published <em>The Almighty Black P Stone Nation: The Rise, Fall, and Resurgence of an American Gang</em>.</p><p>Moore and Williams’ examine Woodlawn's Blackstone Rangers and the much broader cultural and political forces of the era, both local and national: LBJ’s War on Poverty, the Civil Rights movement, and the Great Migration, to name but a few.</p><p>The book also unearths and examines several episodes in Chicago history that might otherwise be lost to the dustbin of history.</p><p>One meaty example Moore and Williams explored at a recent speaking event was a federal prosecution that led to the conviction and imprisonment of Blackstone Rangers co-founder, Jeff Fort.</p><p>In 1967 the U.S. federal government gave a $1 million job training grant to the <a href="http://www.twochicago.org/">Woodlawn Organization</a>, a South Side non-profit cozy with the Rangers. Fort and other Rangers who helped organize the job training were accused of embezzling the money for their own purposes, and were prosecuted and convicted. The fund’s administrators, like the late Bishop Aurthur Brazier, were never accused of crimes.</p><p>In this audio excerpt taken from their recent talk, Williams and Moore discuss the incident and talk about whether justice was ever truly served.</p><p><em>Dynamic Range</em> showcases hidden gems unearthed from <em>Chicago Amplified’s</em> vast archive of public events and appears on weekends. Natalie Moore and Lance Williams spoke to an audience assembled by the <a href="http://www.midlandauthors.com/">Society of Midland Authors</a> in February. Click <a href="../../story/news/criminal-justice/chicagos-gangs-83950">here</a> to hear the event in its entirety, and click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/wbez/id364380278" target="_blank">here</a> to subscribe to the <em>Dynamic Range</em> podcast.</p></p> Fri, 01 Apr 2011 21:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/black-p-stones/chicago-gang-history-snapshot-84454 WBEZ's bureau reporters discuss the Aldermanic runoff elections http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-29/wbezs-bureau-reporters-discuss-aldermanic-runoff-elections-84411 <p><p>Chicago&rsquo;s runoff election is right around the corner &ndash;Tuesday, April 5, to be exact. Voters in 14 wards will decide who they want to represent them on City Council. So, it seemed like a good time to get a ground-eye&rsquo;s view of the races.<br /><br />Joining host Alison Cuddy from WBEZ's West Side bureau studio in Chicago&rsquo;s Humboldt Park were a few of the reporters who are all over these races: Chip Mitchell from the bureau in Humboldt Park, Odette Yousef from WBEZ's North Side bureau on Devon Ave. and Natalie Moore who covers the&nbsp;South Side as WBEZ's bureau reporter in Englewood. WBEZ's political reporter Sam Hudzik also joined the team for this conversation.</p><p><em>Music Button: Latin Soul Syndicate, &quot;Mi Dia Bonito&quot;, from the CD Latin Travels 2, (Six Degrees) </em></p><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 13:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-29/wbezs-bureau-reporters-discuss-aldermanic-runoff-elections-84411