Bill Chambers

Bill Chambers
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.

Chicago Teachers Who Occupied Bank of America Branch Get Day in Court

On Friday, twelve members of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) who occupied the lobby of the Loop Bank of America building had their first appearance in court after their arrest. About one month ago more than three thousand teachers, staff, parents, students, and their supporters marched in Chicago for a fair contract for the CTU. The protest centered on...

Thousands of Non-Violent Chicago Protestors Shut Down Trump Rally

There were about 3000 protestors outside the Trump rally in Chicago last night and about 1000 inside. While waiting for the never-to-appear Trump, small groups of protesters would chant or verbally spar with those Trump supporters wearing shirts like "All Lives Matter." Trump campaign officials called the Chicago Police Department (CPD) to escort individuals out while Trump supporters cheered....

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

PREVENT, a UK government counter-terrorism strategy that “aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism” focused on British Muslims was first introduced in 2006. Not surprisingly, this strategy ended up "being used to gather intelligence about innocent people who are not suspected of involvement in terrorism" and increasingly was discredited. But this "voluntary" strategy became law with the Counter-Terrorism and...

Peace Activists Announce SEC Approves Resolution for Boeing Stockholders’ Meeting

Boeing has been a target of the global movement to Boycott, Divest, and Sanction (BDS) Israel for many years as its weapons were used in Israel’s military attack against the Gaza Strip in 2008-09,  during which 1,300 Palestinians were killed, and again in 2014 when over 2,200 were killed. In both cases, the majority killed were civilians. Boeing produces the...

Rasmea Odeh Case Sent Back to District Court By Appeal Ruling

Yesterday, the Federal Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals "vacated" or canceled the District Court's judgement on the admission of expert testimony in the case of Rasmea Odeh, Chicago Palestinian community leader. Odeh had been convicted in 2014 of naturalization fraud and sentenced last year to 18 months in prison, removal of her US citizenship, and deportation. The appeals court...

Chicago Teachers Union & Supporters March and Occupy Bank of America for Fair Contract

More than three thousand teachers, staff, parents, students, and their supporters marched in Chicago yesterday for a fair contract for the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU). The protest was in response to the threat of $100 million in cuts by CPS the day before. The protest centered on the Bank of America office on LaSalle Street to highlight the CTU...

CTU Rejects CPS Contract Offer That Increased Public Schools Instability

Yesterday, the forty member CTU contract negotiating team unanimously rejected a CPS contract offer proposed that would have added not only more fiscal instability to Chicago's public school system, but also to the classroom environment of the students. [youtube] Although much of the local media likes to focus on the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) President Karen Lewis, it is important...

Little Village Forces CPS to Postpone Co-Location Proposal But Fight Far From Over

The Chicago Public Schools (CPS) emailed a cryptic press statement on Tuesday evening stating "CPS has postponed the proposed Saucedo/Spry colocation at the request of the community. We will hold regular meetings with stakeholders to seek more input." The statement was released to the press and not the families and teachers in the community who have been fighting against...

Little Village Community Fights CPS School Co-Location Plan

Without Little Village community input, Mayor Rahm Emanuel's appointed CPS School Board has developed a plan to co-locate John Spry Community High School with Saucedo Academy and Telpochcalli Elementary School. As many of the communities have come to expect, CPS only asks for community advice after they have made up their minds about a plan they developed themselves. Yesterday...

Chicago Muslims Protest Killings in Nigeria and Execution in Saudi Arabia

On Saturday, Chicago Muslims gathered in front of the Wrigley Building to join thousands around the world to demand the release of Sheikh Zakzaky in Nigeria and condemn the execution of Sheikh Nimr Baqir Al-Nimr in Saudi Arabia. Sheikh Zakzaky is the leader of the Islamic Movement of Nigeria and was captured in a Nigerian army raid on his home after hundreds...


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