Islamic Medical Relief Missions to Sudan, Jordan, and Haiti Focus on the Forgotten

IMANA conducts medical relief missions to assist underserved communities forgotten by similar organizations like those in Sudan, Haiti, and Jordan. More »

Op Ed – Chicago Police Reform or Community Control of the Police?

Leaders of the movement for community control of the Chicago police reject the recommendations of the Police Accountability Task Force as inadequate. More »

Multiple Faith-Based Groups Rally in Evanston Against Islamophobia

Evanston groups held a rally Sunday against Islamophobia and distributed posters saying “Refugees Welcome” and “All are Welcome Here” to local businesses. More »

Is the UK Mandated Reporter for “Extremists” Program Coming to the US?

The US Countering Violent Extremism program is based on a UK program making teachers report signs of “extremism” like “expressing opposition to fundamental British values.” More »


Op Ed – Memo to Mayor Emanuel: Fire Yourself


We’ve all seen the video. It’s late at night, a young man walking down the middle of the street, lit up by the headlights from a half-dozen police cars. Everything is happening in an eerie silence, because the audio on the dash-cam has been intentionally disabled by the police.

The Gentrification of Chicago’s Public Housing


Chicago is one of many cities that has a notorious past with public housing. When most people hear those words “public housing”, media-driven images of poverty-stricken, crime-ridden Cabrini Green and Robert Taylor homes come to mind. While we have taken down those “projects” and have installed some new public housing buildings, we have a long way to go to make up for all the units that were torn down. Progress is slow. As of 2015, 100,000 people are on the CHA’s housing wait list. In 2014 when the list opened, 200,000 people entered their names into a lottery and 100,000 were picked to register for the wait list. This left thousands denied the right to wait for public housing.

Arab and Muslim Groups Protest Southwest Airlines Profiling at Stockholders Meeting

Photo by Bill Chambers

By Bill Chambers

On Wednesday morning, Southwest Airlines held its annual shareholder meeting in downtown Chicago. This year the stockholders were greeted by Arab and Muslim groups who were protesting the trend of anti-Muslim and anti-Arab incidents on Southwest Airlines flights. The groups also showed solidarity with the picketing pilots, flight attendants, and mechanic union members.

Op Ed – We Don’t Need Another Mayor Controlled Chicago Police Review Board


Last week Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his proposal to abolish the current Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and “restore trust”:

“Today I can announce that in the coming weeks, we will have the final details worked out on a comprehensive plan to fundamentally reshape our system of police accountability and it will be introduced at the following meeting of the full City Council on June 22. It will be based on the thoughtful suggestions made by my Police Accountability Task Force. It will also be informed by the conversations my administration is having with aldermen, community leaders, the U.S. Department of Justice and experts in the field. We want to make sure the police accountability system is trusted by the members of the Chicago Police Department and the residents of Chicago.”

Burma Needs to Promote Rakhine Buddhist and Rohingya Muslim Solidarity


Despite decades of state sanctioned Islamophobic propaganda and attacks on the Rohingya community, there are still a few places in Burma’s western Rakhine state where inter-communal friendship and peaceful coexistence exists.

Cruz Control Failure


Cruz Control Failure

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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.

Burma Foreign Ministry Calls for “Rohingya” Not To Be Used By Embassies to Describe Boat Capsizing


Last month a boat carrying Rohingya who were traveling from their camp for internally displaced people, to the Rakhine state capital of Sittwe capsized, resulting in the deaths of 22 people. In response to the tragedy, the US embassy released a statement extending “condolences” to the Rohingya victims of the disaster. The embassy statement also noted that “Restrictions on access to markets, livelihoods, and other basic services in Rakhine State can lead to communities unnecessarily risking their lives in an attempt to improve their quality of life.” This is exactly what caused the catastrophe: limits and restrictions on Rohingya movement and access to basic supplies and services has imperiled their lives.

Anita Alvarez Wants to Withdraw From Laquan McDonald Murder Case But Is It Enough?


By Joseph Kerins

Following a petition filed in Cook County court by a coalition of 25 community organizations, prominent attorneys and civil rights activists, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez has motioned to withdraw from the high-profile Laquan McDonald murder case against Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Op Ed – Why Do We Mourn the Loss of Musicians?


Five months into the year and already 2016 has proven itself to be an unfortunate year for music fans. Only ten days into the year, we lost one of the most creative musicians of a generation, David Bowie, to liver cancer. Seven days later Mott The Hoople drummer Dale Griffin died, and not even 24 hours later on January 18, fans were shocked to hear that Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey had passed away. January 28 saw the death of the Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner. Still reeling from January, music fans didn’t find much peace in February when Earth, Wind and Fire’s Maurice White died on February 4. His death was followed by Lennie Baker, The Beatles Music Producer – George Martin and Keith Emerson. Most recently, music fans all over the world including myself, are mourning the death of legendary guitarist and humanitarian, Prince.

Boeing Faces Increased Opposition on Weapons Sales to Israel


By Bill Chambers

For the fourth year in a row, anti-war activists protested outside the annual Boeing shareholders meeting in Chicago yesterday. For the first time this year, Boeing shareholders who oppose weapons sales to Israel have presented a resolution calling for the corporation to prepare a report detailing these arms sales. Boeing fought to have the resolution disallowed from the meeting. But they not only lost that fight, but with over 5% of the shareholders voting for the resolution, it will be brought up again next year to likely even greater support.