National Crisis of Homelessness Felt Deeply in Chicago

Najlah Iqbal exposes a critical problem in Chicago – the rise of the homeless population. In particular, the number of homeless children and youth is increasing. More »

The Systematic Mistreatment of Palestinian Children

Tsedenya Bizani connects the current escalation in shootings of Palestinian children by Israeli security forces as part of a history of denying human rights to Palestinian children. More »

Prison Reform and the Black Lives Matter Movement

Ryeshia Farmer describes the common efforts of organizations including Black Lives Matter Chicago to reform the criminal justice and prison system. More »

Is the Kurdish Spring Finally Blossoming?

Michal Kranz traces developments in the Middle East that point to a new solidarity between Kurdish groups that increases the prospect of a united Kurdistan. More »


National Crisis of Homelessness Felt Deeply in Chicago


By Najlah Iqbal

As winter approaches, many families will be seeking warmth and comfort in their homes. However, many individuals do not have the accessibility to shelter, and struggle to find safety and relief on a day to day basis. The National Alliance to End Homelessness says “On a single night in January 2014, 578,424 people were experiencing homelessness — meaning they were sleeping outside or in an emergency shelter or transitional housing program.”

Chicago Faith Leaders Demand Governor Rauner Reverse Decision on Syrian Refugees


By Bill Chambers

On Friday, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) held a press conference at their office and were joined by US Representative Jan Schakowsky, Suzanne Akhras Sahloul of the Syrian Community Network, multiple faith leaders, immigrant advocates and two families of Syrian refugees. All were there to demand that Governor Rauner change his position and show compassion for Syrians refugees fleeing the devastating war in their country.

Op Ed: The Police Execution of Laquan McDonald


A year and one month ago 17 year old Laquan McDonald was murdered (shot 16 times) by Chicago police officer, Craig Van Dyke.  A police car dashboard camera video-recorded the shooting. After Chicago city officials saw the video they decided to give the McDonald family $5 million before a lawsuit was even filed.  The video recording has been viewed by McDonald’s family and the attorneys on all sides. The video reportedly shows Laquan McDonald walking away from Van Dyke when he was shot, and the shooting continued even after he fell to the ground.  All agree that it is graphic and quite disturbing.  Some would justify keeping the recording under wraps because its release might cause civil unrest.  The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) would suggest that this is precisely what is needed – non-violent civil unrest – to stop police crimes and bring police criminals to justice.  It appears that this is the only thing that can bring even a chance of justice.

Loyola Marches with Universities Nationwide to Protest Racial Injustice


By Mary Byrne

“You can’t stop a revolution!” shouted one student into a megaphone, as he looked out into a crowd of students, faculty and alumni at Loyola University Chicago’s campus.

“We are the revolution!” they responded, holding signs with words of solidarity with the students at Missouri University’s Campus.

On Friday, Nov. 13, hundreds gathered on the East and West Quads of Loyola’s campus in Rogers Park. The demonstration was one of many that took place on campuses across the country, all of which took place in response to the recent events at University of Missouri, where issues of racial injustice lead to the resignation of the university’s president, Tim Wolfe.

#SyrianRefugees Welcome!!


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VanessaThis cartoon was written/drawn by Vanessa Valadez.

The views expressed in this cartoon are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Chicago Monitor’s editorial policy.

Despite “Democratic” Election Hype, Life For Burmese Muslims Likely To Get Worse


On November 8th, many Burmese suffered long lines at polling booths across the nation to vote in elections that are being heralded by world media as “historic,” “fair” and “democratic.” Political leaders have been doing the same: President Barack Obama called them “free and fair,” PM David Cameron described them as a “landmark…step toward democracy,” adding that it was a “triumph for the Burmese people.”

#ParisAttacks – FaceBook Activist

Democratic Debate

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VanessaThis cartoon was written/drawn by Vanessa Valadez.

The views expressed in this cartoon are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Chicago Monitor’s editorial policy.

Op Ed: What’s Going On With Our Movement Against Police Crimes?

Photo by Bill Chambers

Here in Chicago, on August 29, 2015 when we took 3,000 people to the streets calling for community control of the police, we said the movement had entered a new stage of struggle. Now we are faced with new challenges as we transition from spontaneous rebellion to organized resistance and conscious political struggle. As a result of our work in the neighborhoods (in Chicago) we have 25,000 supporters and about 800 volunteers. We need to study closer the ideological, political and practical implications of this change, this new development.

Muslim Presidents and Anti-Muslim Presidential Candidates


When Barak Obama was running for the office of president, pundits on the Republican side from Donald Trump to Rush Limbaugh made it a feature of their rhetoric against Obama to call him by his “Muslim name”  Hussein – thus Barak Hussein Obama. When the campaign against him started in 2008, New York Times columnist Kristof found that fully 13 percent of registered voters considered him a Muslim. By September 2008, those numbers had risen to 16 percent. Among the Republicans they were higher. A 2015 CNN poll found that 43 percent of Republicans currently believe that he is not a Christian, but is a Muslim. A further 20 percent believe that he was born outside of the United States. The number of those that believe the falsehood of the Birthers that Obama is a Muslim born in Kenya has grown. Donald Trump’s interest would be served if these rumors continue to spread since as the number of people who believe the lies about Obama increase, so do Trump’s poll numbers.

Myanmar: Enlightenment Interrupted


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VanessaThis cartoon was written/drawn by Vanessa Valadez.

The views expressed in this cartoon are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Chicago Monitor’s editorial policy.