Maya Dukmasova
Maya Dukmasova

Maya Dukmasova

I came on staff at the Reader in the summer of 2016 to cover housing and the courts. Before that I freelanced! My first serious piece of journalism—”Saving Lathrop”—was published in the Reader in 2014. Since then I’ve gotten to profile a quirky judge, an influential lawyer, a controversial social-justice movement, and a complex bureaucracy as well as dig into some archives to uncover forgotten public housing history. Before taking a full-time gig with Chicago’s illustrious free weekly I wrote for area competitors that shall remain unnamed, as well as Broadly, Truthout, The Progressive, In These Times, Jacobin, and Slate.

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Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds. Abolish the police? Organizers say it’s less crazy than it sounds. Grassroots groups around Chicago are already putting abolitionist ideas into practice. August 25, 2016
Getting ‘Eddie Johnson drunk’ at Ceres Cafe Getting ‘Eddie Johnson drunk’ at Ceres Cafe Chicagoans seek psychic relief by making a mockery of the fired police superintendent. December 12, 2019
From soldier to worker From soldier to worker Police unions were born of resistance to discipline for brutality. Do they belong in the labor movement? June 10, 2020

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