Chicago Protesters Disrupt Israel Fundraiser

While Rahn Emmanuel and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren spoke at an Israel Emergency Campaign Fundraiser, protestors disrupt their speeches for the over 2,100 Palestinians killed in Gaza. More »

Chicago retests Lake Michigan, results shows water safe from algae bloom toxins

A discovery of high toxin levels in Lake Erie prompted Chicago to re-test the water from Lake Michigan--and results showed that the lake is safe from algae bloom contamination. More »

Chicago Protests Media Silence on Palestinian Deaths in Gaza

Although 8,000 people marched in Chicago demanding justice for the over 2,000 Palestinians killed in Gaza, the local media ignored or misrepresented their message. More »

Celebrities “Tweet” On Israel-Palestine Conflict

When heavy-weight names add their voice to international and national debates, it certainly brings attention to the issue. As the audience, we need to critically analyze the voices we listen to and sometimes just take them as another opinion on the matter. More »

 

Defense Confirms: Rasmea Odeh Targeted for Palestine Activism

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By Bill Chambers

The defense team for Chicago Palestinian community leader, Rasmea Odeh, have uncovered new evidence that confirms her alleged immigration fraud case is based on her being targeted for Palestine activism. Yesterday, they filled a motion to dismiss the indictment against her.

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh – New Judge, Next Hearing

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By Bill Chambers

The judge for the case of Rasmea Odeh originally refused to step down even with a history of giving funds to pro-Israel organizations. After reviewing defense documents showing he had an undisclosed Israeli business interest in a Jerusalem store involved in Odeh’s original arrest, Judge Borman recused himself and Odeh prepares for a new judge and her next hearing on September 2.

Chicago Protesters Disrupt Israel Fundraiser

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By Bill Chambers

Attendees of the Jewish United Fund “Chicago Stands With Israel” fundraiser at the Chicago Hilton last night were met with over 250 protestors picketing outside as well as a die-in representing the continued Palestinian civilians deaths in Gaza. What they didn’t expect was multiple protestors from Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews for Justice in Palestine inside the venue disrupting the speeches of Mayor Rahn Emmanuel and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren.

‘The Smarter Sentencing Act’ and Why It’s Important

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By Ammad Rafiki

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill titled ‘ The Smarter Sentencing Act’ on January 30,2014 that would expand the ability of judges to sentence non-violent drug offenders to smaller terms than the draconian and rigid mandatory minimum sentences that have become a blight on the American justice system.[1]

OP ED: Obama’s Ferguson Speech was an Existential Crisis

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By Josh Tikka

Yesterday the nation looked to it’s leader for guidance and resolution in the midst of tragedy. Pres. Obama took the podium fifteen minutes after his slated speech time, which sparked the #whereisobama hashtag. In a way we are still asking this.

Chicago retests Lake Michigan, results shows water is safe from algae bloom toxins

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By Brittany Delk

A discovery of high toxin levels in Lake Erie prompted Chicago to re-test the water from Lake Michigan–and results showed that the lake is safe from algae bloom contamination.

Chicago Protests Media Silence on Palestinian Deaths in Gaza

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By Bill Chambers

Last Sunday, an estimated 8,000 people protested in Chicago against the media silence on the over 2,000 deaths in Gaza during the current conflict. Proving the point, the protest was barely covered by the local media.

Celebrities “Tweet” On Israel-Palestine Conflict

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By Allen Kenneth Schaidleallen-cm

Across the United States, from politicians to celebrities, individuals are adding their voice to the Israel-Palestine conflict. Both sides have their outspoken patrons, with what seems to only be a few remaining unpartisan. When heavy-weight names add their voice to international and national debates, it certainly brings attention to the issue. As the audience, we need to critically analyze the voices we listen to and sometimes just take them as another opinion on the matter.

Chicago Teachers Union Forms New Progressive Group

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By Cynthia Martinezcythina-cm

On Monday, August 4, United Working Families (UWF), a partnership between the Chicago Teachers Union and a coalition of a dozen community groups, announced its official launch.

Chicago to Welcome Hundreds of Migrant Children

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By Sarah Husainsarah-cm

While Congress debates tightening border security and deporting illegal immigrants, Chicago may be housing up to 1,000 refugee children by the end of the year. Last week, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced that Chicago will accept some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who’ve fled to the U.S.-Mexican border from Central America. Many Chicagoans are wondering where these children are going to stay and how they are going to be protected in a city struggling to protect its own child citizens.