Chicago Officer Shoots Unarmed Man, Gets Stripped Of Powers

If this headline sounds familiar, you’re not mistaken. This isn’t the first time that a Chicago Police Department officer has shot an unarmed citizen and been disciplined as an investigation is conducted.

The latest officer to lost their police powers is the result of a fatal shooting on the city’s Northwest side on Monday. 

Demonstrators Carry 750 Crosses Down Chicago’s Magnificent Mile for 2016’s Homicide Victims

A section of Chicago’s Michigan Ave. commonly referred to as the Magnificent Mile was used to demonstrate just how traumatic 2016 was for many of the city’s residents.

On Saturday, the last day of 2016, demonstrators matched down the street in Chicago’s downtown carrying 750 crosses, each representing a homicide victim of the year. Each cross listed a name, age and number to signify the order of their passing. 

‘For the People’: The Radical Artists Collective Repping Chicago Movements [INTERVIEW]

For the People Artists Collective (FTP) is entering a new season. This past year, their actions and art supported the successful #ByeAnita campaign, which advocated against the re-election of former State’s Attorney, Anita Alvarez, for her role in the Laquan McDonald video cover-up. The video showed the young black man being shot 16 times by Chicago Police.

I chatted with Monica Trinidad, an artist and organizer living in Chicago, and a co-founder of the FTP collective. She reflected on where FTP has been and where the group hopes to go in the future. She emphasized to me that FTP has a message: that art is an essential component of organizing and that organizing is, itself, an art.

A Discussion with Mariame Kaba On The #ByeAnita Campaign and Grassroots Organizing

There are very few activists today who can boast the experience and accomplishments of Mariame Kaba. The New York native, whose work brought her to Chicago for over 20 years, is an educator, organizer, and curator whose work “focuses on ending violence, dismantling the prison industrial complex, transformative justice and supporting youth leadership development.” She has worked tirelessly to create a more just world for marginalized communities. And now, Kaba has created a video about the Chicago effort to successfully oust Anita Alvarez, the ex-State’s Attorney for Cook County, Illinois who lost her Democratic primary to Kim Foxx in March 2016.

We had the chance to ask Kaba about her work on this campaign, her reasons for creating the video, and what the implications are for social organizing today.

Protestors March In Cities Across the U.S. Following Trump Victory

There was a variety of reactions to Donald Trump’s election victory on Tuesday. Those who voted for him openly celebrated while those who didn’t are likely still experiencing some of the five stages of grief.

While the President-elect took the opportunity to say that he’ll work on unifying the country during his acceptance speech, the protests that took place in various cities show how this will be much harder to accomplish than he may believe. 

Off-Duty Chicago Police Officer Shoots Man In Mt. Greenwood

What various media outlets are reporting as a road rage incident ended tragically as an off-duty Chicago police officer fatally shot Joshua Beal, 25, in the city’s Mt. Greenwood neighborhood.

DNA Info reports that Beal was sitting in a car that was blocking the driveway of a Chicago Fire Department on Saturday afternoon. When a firefighter asked him to move, Beal reportedly left his vehicle and a fight began. Moments later, a CPD sergeant was on his way to work and noticed the scene. 

Chicago Teachers Reach An Agreement With Mayor Emanuel But Students Remain Underserved

This past Tuesday would have been the second time the Chicago Teachers Union went on strike since Mayor Rahm Emanuel took office in 2011 – if there were a strike.

For weeks there has been conversation and preparation for a strike in Chicago Public Schools, the largest school district in the state and third largest in the nation, however Mayor Emanuel managed to avoid the fallout at the last second and both sides reached an agreement. CPS teachers will get pay raises, pensions, and job security. Legally teachers are only allowed to strike over pay and benefits, so how do we meet the needs of students?