Category Archives: Chicago

Defense Confirms: Rasmea Odeh Targeted for Palestine Activism

Photo by Bill Chambers

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


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

Photo Courtesy of The Daily Mail.

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

The remains of Beit Hanoun. Photo credit by Samer Zaneen

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.

NBC Chicago Made a Mistake by Connecting Hate Crime to Sunday


By Kiersten Hellegers.sarah-cm

To the editor of the CBS Chicago online publication,

Monday, Jul 21, 2014, NBC Chicago posted a report about a leaflet threatening crimes against the Jewish community if Israel does not end its siege of Gaza. NBC Chicago made a mistake by connecting this hate crime to Sunday’s peaceful Chicago protest against Israel’s strikes on Gaza. The fact is, there are hate crimes against both Jews and Muslims in Chicago, and trying to make the Israel-Palestine Conflict a religious issue only adds to this problem.

Chicago Commemorates Al-Quds Day

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By Bill Chambers

On Friday, a diverse crowd of 400 people commemorated al-Quds Day that takes place annually in multiple cities around the world. This year Chicago’s event and others across the world were focused on the assault on Gaza and the deaths of over 1,000 Palestinians – the majority civilians.

Devon Avenue Eid al-Fitr Celebration Interrupted by Chicago Police (Audio, Video)

By Agnieszka Karoluk

On the evening of July 27,  thousands of Muslims in Chicago received confirmation that Ramadan has ended and Eid al-Fitr has begun. Although Chicago has many Muslim communities- including but not limited to Bosnian, Palestinian, African-American, Nigerian, and hundreds of converts, one community in particular has an annual tradition of celebrating Eid al-Fitr in a public way. What began as a celebratory atmosphere of musical instruments, dancing, and henna- ended with one arrest, and dozens of police cars and patrol officers harassing community members.