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Al Quds Day in Chicago 2016

July 1st marked the last Friday of Ramadan and International Al-Quds Day. At Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago, hundreds of protesters of all ages and religions turned out to stand with the people of...

A Palestinian’s Tribute to Muhammad Ali

I saw a contemporary of my father, Adnan Askar, at a funeral a few weeks before the passing of one of the most important people of the 20th century, Muhammad Ali. Askar is a...

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...

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...

We Don’t Need Another Mayor Controlled Chicago Police Review Board

Last week Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced his proposal to abolish the current Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) and "restore trust": “Today I can announce that in the coming weeks, we will have the final details...

Chicago Police Reform or Community Control of the Police?

By Aislinn Pulley and Frank Chapman Early on in the Police Accountability Task Force Report a democratic principle is set forth, namely, that “The police need to know who they work for — the community....

The Way to End Police Crime is Community Control

The only thing new in the office of Police Monitor, proposed Tuesday by Alderperson Leslie Hairston to replace the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA), is that the Mayor would not appoint the Monitor. Instead...

Community Control of the Police is the Answer to Mayor Emanuel’s Selection Process

By Frank Chapman and Aislinn Pulley Recently ten members of the Black Caucus of the Chicago City Council challenged Mayor Emanuel on his nomination/selection process for appointing a Superintendent of Police. Here is our response...

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...

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