Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers
Bill is Editor-in-Chief of the Chicago Monitor. He is a full-time activist with a long history of civil rights, anti-racism, anti-war, Irish Republican, and Palestine solidarity work. Bill is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies.

Marquette 4 – Chicago Police Crime Victims Finally Released

In a statement released to the press today, the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (CAARPR) praised the release three weeks ago of the "Marquette 4" - Lashawn Ezell, Larod Styles, Charles Johnson, and Troshawn McCoy after 22 years in prison for a crime they did not commit "The release of these men is a victory in the struggle for justice for survivors...

No Walls From Mexico to Palestine – Chicago Protests Netanyahu Visit

Three hundred Chicagoans rallied and marched to Trump Tower last night to protest the meeting of Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with President Trump. The protesters represented human rights and immigrant rights groups as well as Muslim, Christian, and Jewish organizations. The message of the speakers and their supporters was to clearly draw the connection between the anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim, and pro-Israel...

Protestors Challenging Trump #MuslimBan Shut Down O’Hare Terminal

Three thousand protestors of the Trump #MuslimBan of travel from seven Muslim-majority countries shut down the operation of the International Terminal at Chicago O'Hare Airport until all detainees were released. Yesterday evening a press conference and five-hour protest was held to resist President Trump's Executive Order called “Protection Of The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into The United States” that placed a 90-day...

Desperate Prosecutors Issue New Indictment Against Palestinian Community Leader Rasmea Odeh

Less than a month before a new trial, the federal prosecution team has entered a new indictment in their case of unlawful procurement of naturalization against Palestinian American community leader Rasmea Odeh. New Indictment Portrays Odeh as a Terrorist U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade announced that a grand jury she impaneled returned a new, superseding indictment asserting that Odeh was involved in "terrorist activity" and was...

Peaceful and Racist Transfer of Power to President Trump

It was only last August when President Obama said "The Republican nominee is unfit to serve as president…He keeps on proving it…What does this say about your party that this is your standard-bearer?" Only two months later after a 90 minute Oval Office meeting with President-Elect Trump, President Obama said this “And as I said last night, my number one...

Chicago Youth Protest Police Militarization and Anti-Muslim Training

Yesterday Arab, Black, Latino, Asian, and Muslim youth protested the Illinois Tactical Officers Association (ITOA) training conference and weapons expo being held from October 9-13 at the Stonegate Banquet and Conference Centre in Hoffman Estates, just an hour outside of Chicago. The conference provides SWAT and "counter-terrorism" training for local police departments, state police and Homeland Security agents. The...

Emanuel Delays Chicago Police Reform Again

After failing to announce a comprehensive plan for Chicago Police reform after the June report of the Police Accountability Task Force, in July Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced an August series of "community forums" in various neighborhoods hosted by local alderman. This was a response to the progressive caucus of aldermen and community activists who felt he was not getting enough...

Chicagoans Rally on World Rohingya Day Against “Slow Motion Genocide”

On Friday, Chicagoans rallied in Federal Plaza for the first World Rohingya Day to bring attention to the Rohingya Muslim minority of Burma who have been targeted by a government and Buddhist extremist campaign of denying that they exist and do not deserve citizenship. In the words of Professor Azeem Ibrahim who has recently completed research on the Rohingya...

Chicago Arab and Black Youth Campaign Against Racial Profiling by the FBI

With 50 supporters from multiple activist groups, members of the Arab American Action Network's (AAAN's) Youth Organizing Program delivered a letter to Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent in Charge of the Chicago Division of the FBI, and held a press conference, on Thursday outside the gates of the FBI Headquarters on Roosevelt Road. The letter demands an end to the FBI Chicago Division's...

The Politics of SEIU Local 73 Being Placed Under Trusteeship

Henry cited the “dysfunctional” relationship between Boardman and Brandon as the main reason for her action. But the conflictual politics of the Local including support for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, endorsing community control over the police, and ongoing tension with the International's leadership also played a major role.




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