Friday, March 24, 2017


Today we started our day with a visit to the Jane Addams Hull House Museum. Jane Addams was a community organizer in Chicago who created Hull House, a settlement that included many people of mixed incomes, immigrants, and unmarried women. Many ideas such as Kindergarten, child labor laws, unemployment insurance, and the study of sociology have roots in the Hull House or the people who lived there. The Hull House still stands today at the entrance to the University of Illinois at Chicago as a historical landmark of this woman's tireless efforts for human rights. 

Next, we heard from speakers from the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless' Speakers Bureau. They told us why they became homeless, what it was like experiencing homelessness, and how they got out of it. We also learned about the bills CCH is advocating for, the rights of homeless students, and the varying definitions of homelessness.


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