Judge Tells Palestinian Leader Rasmea Odeh – the Occupation is “Not Important”

Rasmea and her supporters who had rallied outside the court in the pouring rain expected that she would be sentenced to time served in jail (33 days), receive some form of fine ($1,000), lose her US citizenship and be deported. What they didn't expect was a still proud Palestinian community leader prevented from giving her full statement and threatened with contempt of court and jail by Judge Drain if she didn't stop making the case "political."
Earlier this morning in a packed courtroom in Chicago, Judge Vincent Gaughan ruled in favor of the special prosecution team's requests to allow conversations between longtime former FOP spokesperson Pat Camden and Jason Van Dyke to be used in trial against him. The defense attorneys, Daniel Herbert and Steven Craig...
  THE LOOP, CHICAGO -- At approximately noon today, “we want justice, you say how? Free Palestinian prisoners now; we will fight, day and night, to support the hunger strike” rang throughout Federal Plaza on Dearborn. A group of supporters—including the U.S. Palestinian Community Network, Jewish Voices for Peace, and others—rallied...
Yesterday over 200 students, parents, community members, and education activists held a press conference and rally for special education teacher and Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) Executive Board member, Sarah Chambers. The chants of the students "We want Chambers, we want books. We want the money Rahm took!" reflected their demand that Chambers be...
The Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative (MuslimARC) launched the Sacred Pledge to Resist Racism this week, to encourage people of all backgrounds and faiths to work together in combatting racism in all its forms. MuslimARC recognizes the importance of fulfilling our creator’s mandate to fight oppression through sacred resistance; we pledge to lead...
Following World War II and the Holocaust, leaders around the world claimed that the global community could never again allow such a blatant disregard for human life. The International Criminal Court (ICC) was created with the purpose of combating and preventing these crimes against humanity, and holding the perpetrators of these crimes...
Muslim women: usually always spoken for without being included in the discussion. How many news segments have we seen about whether or not the hijab is appropriate, without the consultation of a single actual hijabi? How many panels on women's health have we seen in countries around the world (yes, even western nations)...
This morning at a press conference held in front of the headquarters of the Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago (JUF), Jewish Voice for Peace – Chicago (JVP-Chicago) called on the JUF to cut ties with anti-Muslim hate groups. The just released JVP-Chicago report reveals over $700K in donations from the JUF to Islamophobia network groups...
In a statement released to the press today, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) praised the release three weeks ago of the "Marquette 4" - Lashawn Ezell, Larod Styles, Charles Johnson, and Troshawn McCoy after 22 years in prison for a crime they did not commit "The release of these...
Viewers from 38 countries, across six continents watched the culmination of the first Peoples’ Tribunal on Myanmar: a swift indictment against the leaders of Myanmar’s government for the crime of “genocide” against the Rohingya, and atrocity crimes against the Kachin minorities. On the indictment, Dr. Helen Jarvis, formerly of...
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