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Rooftop Revelations: Chicago area business hires ex-convicts, individuals with disabilities and wins

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One of those businesses is The Bazaar, a 62-year-old wholesale distribution business based out of River Grove, a town right outside Chicago’s city limits. On the 131st day of his rooftop vigil to raise funds to build...

Rooftop Revelations: ‘Business is the magic that cures social ills,’ Pastor Brooks says

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In Pastor Corey Brooks’ South Side neighborhood, there are entire blocks of mostly boarded-up businesses or vacant lots where businesses used to exist. If there are shops open for business, their signage often looks ...

Rooftop Revelations: A $3 billion company returns to its Chicago roots to support Pastor Brooks

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One of those companies is Crane Co., an industrial products company now based in Stamford, Connecticut. With $ 3 billion in revenue annually, the bosses at Crane Co. certainly could have ignored the lonely pastor on...

Rooftop Revelations: ‘Union prioritizes politics over education,’ former Chicago Teachers Union employee says

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"We're going to start by [having you] describe who you are and what your past role was on the CTU, Chicago's Teacher Union," the pastor began.  "I appreciate you having me on your roof here, and I appreciate everythi...

Rooftop Revelations: Training youth in trades creates opportunity, path away from gangs, Pastor Brooks says

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On the 123rd day of his rooftop vigil, the pastor invited the bosses of Metropolitan Steel to a campfire chat: Tim Caballero, president, and Red Stone, vice president. Both men come from a long line of steel and iron...

Rooftop Revelations: ‘If Jesus were on the South Side of Chicago…he’d probably weep’

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On the 120th day of his rooftop vigil, the pastor shared his ongoing battle with his doubts with two fellow pastors staying the night with him: Karl Clauson, the morning host of WMBI 90.1 FM, and Mark Jobe, the presi...

Rooftop Revelations: Pastor Brooks and Bob Woodson discuss the state of conservatism

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That is what makes the achievements of Pastor Corey Brooks and Bob Woodson all the more remarkable. Both men looked past the political and racial strife of their times for the best principles that would serve their c...

Rooftop Revelations: Homeownership is key to uplifting the ‘permanent black underclass’

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However, when the first government housing projects began to be built in the 1950s and 1960s on a massive scale, the lure of a brand new shiny home was too much to resist. Many blacks moved in, unaware that they had ...

Rooftop Revelations: Chicago woman wonders if a community center could have prevented her brother’s death

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Marlene Snipes still wonders. She believes that if there had been a community center like the one that Pastor Corey Brooks wishes to build on the South Side of Chicago, her baby brother, Marcus, might not have crosse...

Rooftop Revelations: Jussie Smollett case exposed corruption of Kim Foxx, Chicago legal system

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What follows has been lightly edited. We strongly encourage you to watch the accompanying video so you may hear the pastor in his own words. If there is any good that has come out of this Jussie Smollett debacle, it ...

Rooftop Revelations: Pastor Brooks takes on Joy Reid’s racialization of the Ukraine War

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What follows has been lightly edited. We strongly encourage you to watch the accompanying video so you may hear the pastor in his own words. Like many concerned Americans, I have been following the war that Russia la...

Rooftop Revelations: Pastor Brooks reflects on his 100 days on the roof and God’s timing

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What follows has been lightly edited. We strongly encourage you to watch the accompanying video so you may hear the pastor in his own words.  For the past 100 days and 99 bitter cold nights, I've been camped out on t...

Rooftop Revelations: Pastor Brooks On America’s failure in Ukraine and the South Side

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What follows has been lightly edited. We strongly encourage you to watch the accompanying video so you may hear the pastor in his own words.  Like most Americans, I've been watching the Russian invasion of Ukraine un...

Rooftop Revelations: Policing in the aftermath of Michael Brown, George Floyd

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However, beneath this political noise, there were police officers who saw this as an opportunity to reevaluate their profession. Lou Jogmen, police chief for the Highland Park Police Department, was one of them. Past...

Rooftop Revelations: Reformed convicts deserve a second chance, are an untapped labor pool

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While there are men and women who are irredeemable and will re-offend, there are many individuals who have truly repented. However, their wrongful deeds mark them forever like the scarlet letter, no matter their effo...

Rooftop Revelations: Employment and security are key to uplifting neighborhoods

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"What brings you to this rooftop tonight, on the south side of Chicago?" the pastor began. "Because I want to help. So if I'm going to help, I want to make sure that my efforts are effective," O’Kane replied. "Absol...

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