Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers
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Bill is the former 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. He is also a member of the Muslim Anti-Racism Collaborative and has a Masters Degree in Islamic Studies with a focus on Muslim American social justice groups.

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.

Chicago Alderman Carlos Rosa to Introduce Community Control of Police Resolution

At a press conference at City Hall yesterday morning, Chicago Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th) announced that he plans to introduce a resolution to provide elected community control of the police at today's City Council meeting. The resolution is for a Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) that would be the first of its kind in the country. As Alderman Rosa said...

The Solution Still Ignored: Community Control of the Police

Over 40 years ago, Black and Latino activists in Chicago, raised the demand for community control of policing practices and justice for police crimes. The Black Panther Party and the Young Lords Party both pressed for community control of the police in the late 1960s and early 1970s without success. Community control of the police is NOT "Community Policing"...

Chicago Activists and Teachers Occupy City Hall for Community Control of Police

Protestors from the large coalition fighting for community control of the Chicago Police were joined by hundreds of members of the Chicago Teacher's Union (CTU) before the Wednesday City Counsel meeting to demand an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). Mayor Rahm Emanuel had planned to have "the final details worked out on a comprehensive plan to fundamentally...

Orlando Shooting – How the FBI Turned LGBTQ Hate Crime into Terrorism

At the very first press conference after the Orlando shootings, FBI Special Agent Ronald Hopper, said he could not provide the name of the suspect yet, but he did say that they were looking into suggestions that the “suspect had leanings toward that ideology.” This theme continued at the second press conference. Hopper said the suspect had “pledged...

Palestinian Community Leader Rasmea Odeh Moves Closer to a New Trial

On Monday morning, over 100 of Rasmea Odeh's supporters gathered from five states at the Federal Courthouse in Detroit to hear the results of her hearing on whether she would be allowed to present her full story and potentially be granted a new trial. In February, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals sent the case back to the original District...

Arab and Muslim Groups Protest Southwest Airlines Profiling at Stockholders Meeting

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. In the latest incident of Arab and Muslim...

Boeing Faces Increased Opposition on Weapons Sales to Israel

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...

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