AMERICAN NOTES: A Gift of Jobs

Pupils at the all-black Holy Angels School on Chicago's South Side realized that handing out their usual holiday food baskets to the poor would not make a dent in local hardship; unemployment in the parish runs to 30%. So the kids sent 800 letters to Chicago businessmen, asking them to put the unemployed to work. They even read some of their letters aloud at Mass one Sunday. Wrote Tiannia Easter, 9, to the Peoples Gas Co.: "There are many people out of work in my neighborhood, but I would like you to hire...

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