Neighbors help neighbors with 32nd annual Christmas program

For the last 32 years, volunteers in Chicago’s Bridgeport community collect food and gift donations for holiday baskets. They also engage in grassroots organizing, getting people to sign petitions and speak out for affordable energy and other economic and social justice issues.

The Christmas program is done in association with Affordable Power to the People, Bridgeport Volunteers, Workers Education Society and Unity Center, where has its editorial office.

The rest of the year these Bridgeport volunteers help run a neighborhood LIHEAP program, which assists families with their heating, cooling and utility bills.

Photos: John Bachtell/PW


Teresa Albano
Teresa Albano

Teresa Albano was the first woman editor-in-chief of People’s World, 2003-2010, leading the transition from weekly print to daily online publishing and establishing PW’s social media presence. Albano has been a staff writer for People’s World covering political, labor and social justice issues for more than 25 years. She traveled throughout the U.S. and abroad, including India, Cuba, Angola, Italy, and to Paris to cover the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference. An award-winning journalist, Albano has been honored for her writing by International Labor Communications Association, National Federation of Press Women and Illinois Woman Press Association.