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  • What’s Uptown?

    What’s Uptown?

    A look at Uptown in 1981 from the point of view of the everyday people who live and work in the neighborhood. In addition to on-the-street interviews with working class people about their opinions on their neighborhood, the documentary also spends a significant amount of time talking to gang members. The footage in mostly in color, although a few sections are in black & white. Continue reading

  • Uptown special projects scrapbook

    Uptown special projects scrapbook

    This is a series of short video segments shot primarily in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago in 1974. They mostly concern problems faced by the residents of Uptown, including issues with the FLAT grant, the practice of redlining, and the lack of projects and programs which would make the community safer for the public. Continue reading

  • Scrapbook: Bank Issue

    Scrapbook: Bank Issue

    This video shows the efforts of the Organization of the Northeast (O.N.E.) to push local financial institutions into investing more of their money in the Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago. It contains a series of segments from 1974, including a session with Gov. Dan Walker, a meeting with the Uptown National Bank, and three newsreels which show the backlash against some local banks, as well as the O.N.E.’s success in negotiating a pact with four of the banks in these neighborhoods. Continue reading

  • Image Union, episode 0618

    Image Union, episode 0618

    “Uptown Christian Soldiers” is a short, well-balanced documentary about Jesus People USA in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. JPUSA offers emergency housing, long-term housing for disadvantaged persons, and a daily meal program. JPUSA also operates several small businesses in the neighborhood. Program features interviews from administrators, community members, former members, and the families of members. There is also footage from within the dining halls of the ministry and the dormitories bought by the church. Continue reading

  • Continued to Death – [Mayor Bilandic at senior center]

    Continued to Death – [Mayor Bilandic at senior center]

    A short documentary about Organization of the Northeast (O.N.E.), a community group fighting Chicago’s housing court to keep affordable housing in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood, which was facing rapid gentrification. The piece is followed by raw footage of Mayor Michael Bilandic addressing a group of senior citizens about the energy concerns of the city of Chicago. Continue reading

  • On the Brink of Victory – [ONE interview]

    On the Brink of Victory – [ONE interview]

    This tape describes the successful tactics employed by the Organization of the Northeast (ONE) and a Land Use Action group fighting for down-zoning laws in the Uptown/Edgewater neighborhoods of Chicago. It is followed by raw footage of an interview with Mary Gerharty and other representatives from ONE. Continue reading

  • [Abandoned Buildings in Uptown]

    [Abandoned Buildings in Uptown]

    This tape documents abandoned buildings in Chicago’s Uptown and Edgewater neighborhoods and discusses the dangers associated with them. Roberta Westmore of One Land Use Action, a subsidiary of the Organization of the Northeast, leads the camera through the various violations at several buildings. This is followed by raw footage of a city hearing on mortgage redlining by local banks in Uptown, and then footage of a tenants meeting. Continue reading

  • Dovie Thurman, A Conversation with Studs Terkel

    Dovie Thurman, A Conversation with Studs Terkel

    Dovie Thurman, community organizer & the “heart” of Uptown speaks with Studs Terkel about her work as a civil rights and welfare rights activist in a North Side Chicago neighborhood. Produced just one month before Thurman died of heart failure on April 7, 1997, Thurman retells her struggle against racist and classist powers, her meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and how she found redemption as a Christian preacher. Continue reading