Trial By Peace Circle: How Chicago Community Is Pursuing Jail-Free Justice

By Sarah Conway, inthesetimes.com -

By Sarah Conway for In These Times - CHICAGO—It’s 9:30 a.m. on a Thursday in late September and four young men in their early 20s sit bundled in gray and black hoodies in the gallery waiting room [...]

Charges Dropped Against 15 Cases Linked To Corrupt Ex-Cop

By Megan Crepeau, Jason Meisner and Jeremy Gorner, chicagotribune.com -

By Megan Crepeau, Jason Meisner and Jeremy Gorner for Chicago Tribune - In a sudden about-face Thursday night, Chicago police said seven cops once part of an allegedly corrupt crew will be [...]

Chicago Funds Police Force That Abuses, Under-funds Education

By Dave Stieber, www.huffingtonpost.com -

By Dave Stieber for Huffington Post. Mayor Emanuel thinks the police are deserving of a new $95 million training facility. Just another example of Rahm using taxpayer money for anything and [...]

Rahm’s Police Academy Plan Met With Youth-Led Backlash

By Maya Dukmasova, www.chicagoreader.com -

By Maya Dukmasova for Chicago Reader. Chicago, IL - As rain pelted the Fullerton el platform on Tuesday night, two dozen young people boarded a southbound Red Line train with printed and [...]

Blockade Illustrates Why Chicago Is Not A Sanctuary City

By Staff, www.organzedcommunities.org -

By Organized Communities Against Deportations. Chicago, IL – Three life-size representations of statistics that show how Chicago and Mayor Emanuel have failed to live up to the claim of being a [...]

Chicago’s ‘Green Zone’: Plans For Massive Police Compound

By Kevin Gosztola, www.mintpressnews.com -

By Kevin Gosztola for Mint Press News - The city of Chicago plans to build a massive multi-million dollar training center for police and firefighters in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. But a [...]

What Labor Day Means To My South Side And Black Union Family

By Dorian Warren, www.chicago.suntimes.com -

By Dorian Warren for Chicago Sun Times - My grandparents were janitors in Chicago, the children of sharecroppers who fled the racist violence and oppression of the South for new opportunities in [...]

In Chicago And Iowa, Contrasting Tales Of Building A Clean Energy Economy

By Yana Kunichoff, www.inthesetimes.com -

By Yana Kunichoff for Midwest Energy News - As former industrial communities seek to rebuild their economies around clean energy, two cities in the Midwest provide examples with starkly different [...]

Journalists Sue Chicago Police Over Hidden Records Of SWAT Responses To Mental Health Crises

By Andy Thayer, www.loevy.com -

By Andy Thayer for Loevy and Loevy - CHICAGO – Independent journalist Sarah Lazare and community activist Debbie Southorn sued the Chicago Police Department today demanding release of records [...]

Chicagoans Say ‘Yes In My Backyard’ To Affordable Housing

By Derek Robertson, www.wagingnonviolence.org -

By Derek Robertson for Waging Nonviolence - Andrea Mitchell knows a dog whistle when she hears one. In the ongoing struggle against housing segregation, they come in the form of chants of “No [...]

Defendants Can’t Be Jailed Just Because They Can’t Afford Bail

By Staff, www.reuters.com -

By Staff of Reuters - CHICAGO (Reuters) - Defendants who are not considered dangerous will no longer have to stay in jail if they cannot afford to pay bail while awaiting trial in the Illinois [...]

Deadly Three Minutes: Web Of Police Violence That Killed Charleena Lyles

By Andrea Ritchie, www.rewire.news -

By Andrea Ritchie for Rewire - Bias against Black mothers, perceptions of people in mental health crisis, and policing of poverty may have all played a role in the fatal shooting of the [...]

3 Chicago Cops Charged For Falsely Justifying Teen’s Death

By Andrew Emett, www.nationofchange.org -

By Andrew Emett for Nation of Change - Three Chicago police officers have been indicted on state charges of conspiracy, obstruction, and misconduct for allegedly writing false reports in order to [...]

A Case For Reparations At The University Of Chicago

By Guest Poster, www.aaihs.org -

By Guest Poster for Black Perspectives - Julia Leakes yearned to be reunited with her family. In 1853, her two sisters showed up for sale along with her thirteen nieces and nephews in Lawrence [...]

Lawsuit, Citing ‘Thin Blue Line,’ Seeks Federal Court Oversight Of CPD

By Jon Seidel, Fran Spielman and Mitch Dudek, www.chicago.suntimes.com -

By Jon Seidel, Fran Spielman and Mitch Dudek for Chicago Sun Times - Accusing Mayor Rahm Emanuel of trying to cut a “back-room deal” with U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, lawyers for Black [...]