Category Archives: Chicago

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.

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.

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.

USA vs. Rasmea Odeh – New Judge, Next Hearing

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By Bill Chambers

The judge for the case of Rasmea Odeh originally refused to step down even with a history of giving funds to pro-Israel organizations. After reviewing defense documents showing he had an undisclosed Israeli business interest in a Jerusalem store involved in Odeh’s original arrest, Judge Borman recused himself and Odeh prepares for a new judge and her next hearing on September 2.

Chicago Protesters Disrupt Israel Fundraiser

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By Bill Chambers

Attendees of the Jewish United Fund “Chicago Stands With Israel” fundraiser at the Chicago Hilton last night were met with over 250 protestors picketing outside as well as a die-in representing the continued Palestinian civilians deaths in Gaza. What they didn’t expect was multiple protestors from Jewish Voice for Peace and Jews for Justice in Palestine inside the venue disrupting the speeches of Mayor Rahn Emmanuel and former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Oren.

Chicago retests Lake Michigan, results shows water is safe from algae bloom toxins

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By Brittany Delk

A discovery of high toxin levels in Lake Erie prompted Chicago to re-test the water from Lake Michigan–and results showed that the lake is safe from algae bloom contamination.

Chicago Teachers Union Forms New Progressive Group

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By Cynthia Martinezcythina-cm

On Monday, August 4, United Working Families (UWF), a partnership between the Chicago Teachers Union and a coalition of a dozen community groups, announced its official launch.

Chicago to Welcome Hundreds of Migrant Children

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By Sarah Husainsarah-cm

While Congress debates tightening border security and deporting illegal immigrants, Chicago may be housing up to 1,000 refugee children by the end of the year. Last week, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel announced that Chicago will accept some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors who’ve fled to the U.S.-Mexican border from Central America. Many Chicagoans are wondering where these children are going to stay and how they are going to be protected in a city struggling to protect its own child citizens.

Chicago Media Coverage of the Assault on Gaza is Insulting

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By Dania Mukahhal

It’s no secret that the mainstream American media is biased when it comes to covering the assault on Gaza. On July 7, a few days after the start of the Muslim holy month, Ramadan, Israel began a military offensive called “Operation Protective Edge.” Since then over 1,400 Gazans have been killed and over 8,000 injured.