Eyewitness of Devon Avenue Eid al-Fitr Celebration Stopped by Chicago Police

What began as a celebratory atmosphere of musical instruments, dancing, and henna- ended with one arrest, and dozens of police cars and patrol officers harassing community members. More »

Chicago Commemorates Al-Quds Day

On Friday, a diverse crowd of 400 people commemorated al-Quds Day that takes place annually in multiple cities around the world. This year Chicago’s event and others across the world were focused on the assault on Gaza and the deaths of over 1,000 Palestinians – the majority civilians. More »

“The Newburgh Sting”: HBO Documentary Explores Issue of FBI Entrapment

Five years ago, four men in the poverty-stricken town of Newburgh, New York were sentenced to 25 years in prison for an attempted bomb plot. What the jury did not hear was that these men were not the masterminds behind the plot, they were being paid by an FBI informant to take part in it. More »

 

“The Newburgh Sting”: HBO Documentary Explores Issue of FBI Entrapment

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By Sarah Husain.sarah-cm

Five years ago, four men in the poverty-stricken town of Newburgh, New York were sentenced to 25 years in prison for an attempted bomb plot. Prosecutors painted the suspects as homegrown Muslim terrorists, with plenty of evidence that the “Newburgh Four” planned to destroy a Bronx synagogue. What the jury did not hear was that these men were not the masterminds behind the plot, they were being paid by an FBI informant to take part in it.

Chicago Commemorates Al-Quds Day

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By Bill Chambers


On Friday, a diverse crowd of 400 people commemorated al-Quds Day that takes place annually in multiple cities around the world. This year Chicago’s event and others across the world were focused on the assault on Gaza and the deaths of over 1,000 Palestinians – the majority civilians.

Devon Avenue Eid al-Fitr Celebration Interrupted by Chicago Police (Audio, Video)

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By Agnieszka Karoluk

On the evening of July 27,  thousands of Muslims in Chicago received confirmation that Ramadan has ended and Eid al-Fitr has begun. Although Chicago has many Muslim communities- including but not limited to Bosnian, Palestinian, African-American, Nigerian, and hundreds of converts, one community in particular has an annual tradition of celebrating Eid al-Fitr in a public way. What began as a celebratory atmosphere of musical instruments, dancing, and henna- ended with one arrest, and dozens of police cars and patrol officers harassing community members.

Chicago’s Red Light Camera Program tags Thousands with $100 Fines

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By Brittany Delk

After thousands of motorists have been tagged with $100 fines, a group of aldermen are asking for a watchdog to investigate Chicago’s red light camera program.

Quinn Signs New Bill that gives Epilepsy Patients Access to Medical Marijuana

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By Cynthia Martinezcythina-cm

Soon adults and children with epilepsy will gain access to the use of medical marijuana in Illinois under a law signed on July 20 by Governor Pat Quinn. This new law, SB 2636, is the latest in a series of governmental measures that loosen restrictions on cannabis in U.S. states.

ECHR Upholds Burqa Ban in France, More Laws Follow

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

On July 1, 2014, the judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld France’s ban on burqas, a full-length enveloping garment that also covers the face.  The case was brought by a female French citizen who is identified as SAS.

Thousands of Chicagoans March for Palestine

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By Allen Kenneth Schaidle allen-cm

On Sunday, July 20th, thousands of Chicagoans gathered downtown to protest recent events related to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. While there is no exact figure on the number of attendees, estimates run as conservatively as 2,000 to as enormous as 10,000 and is arguably the largest Palestinian protest in Chicago to date. Marchers convened along Upper Wacker Drive for the start of the protest. After weaving through downtown, they concluded their march at the intersection of Madison and Canal near Chicago’s Israeli consulate. Throughout the march, chants and songs could be heard resonating within the vicinity of downtown. While there were numerous organizations, individuals, and voices, they all marched for the same cause—an end to the violence in Palestine.

NSA & FBI Spying on Muslims: Old Story, New Target

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By Bill Chambers


In an article published by The Intercept, Glenn Greenwald and Murtaaza Hussain describe five prominent American Muslims who had long been under surveillance by the NSA and the FBI including Nihad Awad, the Executive Director of CAIR, the largest Muslim civil rights organization in the country.  In all of the reporting of this “revelation” based upon NSA documents from Edward Snowden, it seems strange that no one  has made the obvious point that this entire scenario has happened multiple times in the past history of the FBI – most notably in the aggressive surveillance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the entire civil rights movement. Now instead of an entire race of people fighting for equal rights being the target, it’s people who belong to one religion and are only trying to exist as American citizens.

Chicago Activists Protest ‘Bomb Trains’ Carrying Oil through Local Neighborhoods

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By Cynthia Martinezcythina-cm

Local activists and environmental groups recently held protests to spotlight their concern that “bomb trains” carrying highly volatile crude oil could be traveling through densely populated Chicagoland neighborhoods.

New law puts African-Americans in charge of minority-focused programs

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By Brittany Delk

A new legislation will put African-Americans in charge of minority-focused programs. Sen. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago) proposed a bill, SB 121, allowing African-Americans to be included in the planning process and development of minority programs.