Call for Federal Investigation into Chicago Police Brutality Ignored

Attorney General Eric Holder responded to Ferguson residents for an investigation into the police, but when it comes to Chicago, victims of police brutality are ignored. More »

Op Ed: Off the Streets, But Not in the Classroom

Recently, Edwardsville Public Schools, District 7, located in a small suburb of St. Louis across the Illinois border, banned the discussion of the events surrounding the Aug. 9th killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. More »

An Open Letter to Male Comedians

Dear Male Comics, I’m not saying that you can’t touch on the subject of women in your stand-up routine. In fact, I love when people do! More »

OP ED: Ferguson Didn’t Fail the Democratic Process

Major broadcast networks are blaming Michael Brown’s death and the Ferguson protests on poor voter turnout within the black community. More »

 

Call for Federal Investigation into Chicago Police Brutality Ignored

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By Bill Chambers

The week before the Labor Day weekend during the height of the national outcry over events in Ferguson, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) held a press conference about their letter to Attorney General Eric Holder calling for an investigation of 65 documented cases of police brutality in Chicago. How many local media sources covered this story? Zero.

Riot Fest & The Gentrification of Humboldt Park

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By Jessica KassanitsJessica Kassanits

Riot Fest is a punk music festival celebrating its 10th anniversary this year spanning from Friday, September 12th to Sunday, September 14th. At its beginning the festival was located at several indoor venues around Chicago. Since this time it has expanded to multiple cities, although Chicago remains the biggest location.

Op Ed: Off the Streets, But Not in the Classroom

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By Carson ParishCarson Parish

Recently, Edwardsville Public Schools, District 7, located in a small suburb of St. Louis across the Illinois border, banned the discussion of the events surrounding the Aug. 9th killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri.

An Open Letter to Male Comedians

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By Annie TaylorAnnie Taylor

Dear Male Comics,

I’m not saying that you can’t touch on the subject of women in your stand-up routine. In fact, I love when people do!

OP ED: Ferguson Didn’t Fail the Democratic Process

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By Josh TikkaJosh Tikka

Major broadcast networks are blaming Michael Brown’s death and the Ferguson protests on poor voter turnout within the black community.

OP ED: Open Letter to Yifat Elrich’s Arab-Jewish Coexistence Proposal

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By Samantha BordersSamantha Borders

Dear Yifat,

In your recent op-ed titled “Arab-Jewish co-existence through a Christian military draft”, you state that rather than a dividing force, Arab Christians joining the Israeli Defense Forces would provide “an entry ticket into Israeli society”.

Palestine’s New Appeal to the United Nations

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

In the aftermath of the Gaza war, head of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, is using a new strategy to put international pressure on Israel and to lift his government’s standing among Palestinians. The strategy involves a Security Council resolution that would demand an end to Israeli occupation within three years as well as acceding to the treaty that created the International Criminal Court.

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh: Detroit Hearing Update

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By Bill Chambers

Once again the supporters of Rasmea Odeh came to Detroit for a hearing on her case. This time they had to be content with chanting with confrontational DHS police outside the courthouse and filling up the hallway outside the judge’s chambers during the closed hearing.

Who Really ‘Won’ the Gaza Conflict?

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By Aya Nimeraya-cm

After 50 days of combat in which more than 2,100 Palestinians, 64 Israeli soldiers and five Israeli citizens killed, many analysts are arguing over who really won the war based on the treaty signed in Egypt on Tuesday.  The problem with this analysis, however, is that it does not look at the general effects of the conflict on its participants.

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.