West Siders rally for voting rights

Young men participating in the MAAFA Redemption Project, a faith-based residential institute in West Garfield Park, traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in Saturday’s voting rights march and rally. West Side ministers also attended the event, which marked the 58th anniversary of the historic March on Washington.

City’s vaccine bus coming to Austin Saturday

Both the two-dose Pfizer and one-dose Johnson & Johnson shots will be offered inside the 40-foot CTA bus from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 8 at 5070 W. Adams. Anyone who wants to get vaccinated can walk up that day, and the vaccines are available to all, not just Austin residents. You must be 16 or older, and minors must have a guardian with them to be vaccinated.

Family members plead for improved prison conditions amid spike in COVID-19 cases

The relatives of several Illinois prisoners shared their concerns about how COVID-19 is affecting their loved ones. As of Jan. 11, 9,318 prisoners and 3,625 staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, said Alan Mills, executive director of Uptown People’s Law Clinic. That number would be far lower if the Illinois Department of Corrections had started universal testing sooner, Mills said.

Residents weigh in on 15th Police District plan for 2021

Last week’s meeting, held via Zoom was the second of two “community conversations” the Chicago Police Department is holding as it crafts a strategic plan for 2021. Each district is coming up with a plan as part of the consent decree the department signed in March 2019 with the U.S. Department of Justice.