Chicago Violence: 10 Shot Overnight; 82 Killed or Wounded in the Last Week

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, 82 people have been shot in Chicago in the past week.

10 people were shot and wounded overnight.

From the Sun-Times:

“The most violent shooting overnight occurred at 12:48 a.m. in the 100 block of East 60th Street in the Washington Park neighborhood. Police said five men — all in their 20s — were standing outside when a white vehicle drove by and someone inside opened fire.

New Media and the Importance of Changing Power Dynamics

httpv://youtu.be/a0ccPh3YYH4

The power of new media never ceases to amaze me. The simple yet dynamic idea of creating a video for millions to view in the span of a week, is something that changes how we live our lives, react to world crisis, view politics, and engage with anyone who is traditionally beyond our reach. I have two recent examples of how the intersection between politics, activism, and new media is shifting paradigms and positions of power.

Texas Voter ID Law BLOCKED

A federal court has blocked a controversial new Texas voter ID law, asserting that “the state failed to show that the law would not harm the voting rights of minorities.”

Texas is just one of many states that have tried to pass voter ID laws that many – including activists and the Justice Department – believe will disenfranchise minority voters.

Proponents of the laws argue that they are needed to combat voter fraud. But on Thursday, the three-judge panel hearing the case were not convinced.

CNN Finally Addresses Attack on Black Camerawoman at Republican National Convention

CNN have finally reported on the racist attack on a black camerawoman at the Republican National Convention.

On Tuesday night, two men threw nuts at the camerawoman, and exclaimed “this is how we feed the animals.” They immediately removed from the convention.

Though the network released a brief statement regarding the incident, last night was the first time they’d addressed the incident on-air.

Are We Reading Too Much into “Bitch Bad”?

Lupe Fiasco’s “Bitch Bad” has been the topic of conversation all around the internet this week. Lauders and critics alike are leading conversations about the song which takes on the misogynistic trend in hip hop of reducing women to vulgar names and sexual objects. The rapper has stated that he released the song for the sole purpose of sparking a conversation around the term “bitch” and the role that music and music videos play in determining the interpretation and consequent performance of the word.

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3m3t_PxiUI

Chicago Teens Share Concerns About Gun Violence in ‘Don’t Shoot, I Want To Grow Up’

A group of Chicago teens have compiled a series of letters detailing their thoughts on the crime and violence plaguing their hometown.

Entitled “Don’t Shoot, I Want to Grow Up,” the essays were written and then collected by students at the Columbia Links high school journalism and news literacy program at Columbia College. They hope to present the collection to Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Police Chief Gary McCarthy in the coming weeks.

“Don’t Shoot, We Want to Grow Up” offers a vital perspective.

It’s a much-needed window into the thoughts and worries of a population arguably most-impacted by Chicago’s rising tide of violence; it’s youth.