40% Of Chicago Teachers And Staff Didn’t Report To Schools As Ordered

By Nader Issa and Stefano Esposito, Chicago Sun Times.  -

About 40% of Chicago Public Schools teachers and staff who were expected to report to schools Monday for the first time during the pandemic didn’t show up for in-person work, officials said [...]

Defying CPS, Some Chicago Teachers Union Members Won’t Return To Schools

By Diana Wallace and Morgan Greene, Chicago Tribune. -

The Chicago Teachers Union says some of its members are choosing not to return to school buildings on Monday, in defiance of Chicago Public Schools’ reopening plans. The union said Sunday it [...]

Activists, Health Care Workers Are Fighting To Keep Mercy Hospital Open

By Maxwell Evans, Block Club Chicago. -

Chicago - A coalition of activists are demanding elected officials maintain pressure on Mercy’s ownership to keep the hospital open or sell to someone who will. The activists held a vigil [...]

Dozens File Federal Suit Alleging Chicago Police Abuse This Year

By Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune. -

“The (Chicago Police Department) and other city agencies responded to these demonstrations with brutal, violent, and unconstitutional tactics that are clearly intended to injure, silence and [...]

Groups Call For Federal Investigation Of City Over Toxic Industry

By Brett Chase, Chicago Sun Times. -

The city of Chicago’s role helping General Iron move from affluent white Lincoln Park to a majority-Latino Southeast Side neighborhood to make way for the Lincoln Yards redevelopment violated [...]

How Government And Private Industry Let The Main Street Of A Black Neighborhood Crumble

By Tony Briscoe, Haru Coryne, and Mick Dumke, Pro Publica. -

Growing up in Chicago’s East Garfield Park neighborhood in the 1960s, Annette Britton spent a lot of time on Madison Street. She picked up produce for her mother at N&S Certified Food Mart, [...]

Graduate Workers Condemn Saturday Police Escalation

By Isabelle Sarraf, The Daily Northwestern. -

In a Sunday statement, Northwestern University Graduate Workers condemned the police escalation — including the pepper-spraying and shoving student protestors — at Saturday’s NU Community Not [...]

Teacher’s Viral Arrest Helped Stop Evictions

By Keith Schnabel, Midwest Socialist. -

Sophia Lukatya is a Chicago Public Schools teacher. She organizes with the Chicago Teachers Union and is a member of Democratic Socialists of America. During the Lift The Ban Coalition’s protests [...]

Laid-Off Hotel Workers Rally After Health Insurance Yanked

By Mitch Dudek, Chicago Sun Times. -

About 150 hotel workers who’d been laid off — but promised their jobs back when the hotel industry rebounds — gathered in Grant Park Friday to call on their employers to continue providing health [...]

150 Federal Agents Set To Deploy In Chicago

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is crafting plans to deploy about 150 federal agents to Chicago this week, the Chicago Tribune has learned, a move that would come amid growing [...]

Chicago School Board Votes To Keep Police Contract — For Now

By Nader Issa, Chicago Sun Times. -

Chicago’s school board has voted against ending a program that puts police officers in public schools, following the wishes of the mayor and top Chicago Public Schools leadership while rejecting [...]

Chicago’s Neighborhoods Will Remain “Occupied” Until The City Defunds CPD

By Bobby Vanecko, Southside Weekly. -

The book Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power, published last year, details the history of the Chicago Police Department’s quasi-military occupation of the [...]

What’s The Alternative To Police In Schools?

By Curtis Black, Chicago Reporter. -

Thousands of Chicagoans have rallied in the past couple weeks behind the demand that Chicago Public Schools end its relationship with the police department. But a small group of advocates have [...]

Abandoned Communities Arrange Black/Brown Truce

By  Jacqueline Serrato, Southside Weekly. -

“After days of tensions and anti-black racism fueled by the Chicago Police Department, gangs from Little Village and the West Side are negotiating an understanding.” “Latinx and Black street [...]

Chicago Freedom School Offered Food, Water And Rest To Weary Protesters Trapped Downtown

By Justin Laurence, Chicago Book Club. -

Last weekend, as thousands of protesters gathered Downtown, the Chicago Freedom School sprung into action, working to feed and transport those stuck in the Loop — but a surprise inspection by the [...]