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Despite Hundreds of Arrests, Striking Workers Remain Undaunted in Fight for $15 Minimum Wage

The strike, organized by the Fight for $15 collective, is the first of its kind since the election of President-elect Donald Trump. The nationwide action has inspired observers who see the workers’ solidarity and commitment to their cause as a lesson for progressives facing an extreme right-wing administration.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE


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Baseball Architect Theo Epstein Continues Tradition of Turning Lovable Losers Into Winners

His first reclamation project was the Boston Red Sox. Now, Epstein, as president of baseball operations for the Chicago Cubs, has made good on his promise to transform the team into a World Series contender.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Black Lives Don’t Matter to Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton

The carnage in many minority neighborhoods across America remains unacceptable. Yet both major-party presidential candidates have chosen to snub and malign the Black Lives Matter movement and the cause it represents.

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE



Water Departments to Change Lead-Testing Methods After Investigators Find ‘Cheats’ in 33 U.S. Cities

A Guardian investigation prompted by the toxic water crisis in Flint, Mich., found that administrators in dozens of cities, including Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia and Detroit, cut corners while testing drinking water for dangerous levels of lead.

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Revealed: Chicago Police Struck and Tasered Prisoners at Off-the-Books Interrogation Site

Internal Chicago Police Department documents obtained by The Guardian show that officers used physical force on at least 14 men in custody. The violence occurred at a warehouse in Homan Square.

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The Lie of Patriotism

A U.S. ranger who served in Afghanistan and a Marine who was in Iraq put light on the dangerous myth that America has built around its “warriors.” Now, in acts of civil disobedience, they are determined to right the wrongs of war.

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Fight for Police Reform in Chicago Gets a Boost as Voters Oust State’s Attorney (Audio)

After demonstrations by Black Lives Matter over the 2014 police killing of Laquan McDonald, Chicago-area voters rejected longtime official Anita Alvarez in a primary this week. Sonali Kolhatkar speaks to journalist Sarah Macaraeg about political activism in the city.

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Is This the Dawn of the Resistance?

Vivid displays of outrage might energize voters to come out and reject Donald Trump in November.

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‘It’s Not a Threat!’: Donald Trump Says He May Order Supporters to Disrupt Bernie Sanders’ Rallies

“Be careful, Bernie,” warned the Republican front-runner in the wake of disturbances at two of Trump’s recent events.

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Donald Trump’s Chicago Rally Cancellation Is a Big Con Job by the GOP Front-Runner

Donald Trump now is portraying himself as the peace candidate and a great unifier. But don’t believe the propaganda. He is as divisive as ever.

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VIDEO: The Chicago Police Department’s Long History of Abuse

Chicago’s police department is under fire, with recent revelations about misconduct and cover-ups. But scandals and brutality are nothing new there—as this video explains, abuse within the Chicago P.D. goes way, way back.

Posted on Dec 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Fires Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy

Emanuel has made an example of his city’s top cop one week after the release of video footage showing the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police Officer Jason Van Dyke.

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To Trump and His Supporters, Blacks and Muslims Are the Enemy

In the Republican presidential candidate’s world, African-Americans and Muslim Americans are perpetrators of violence and terrorism. In the reality-based world, they are the victims.

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30 Seconds, 16 Shots, 400 Days: The Murder of Laquan McDonald

Independent media took the official scenario of the Chicago police killing of a 17-year-old black male and turned it on its head.

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VIDEO: Chicago Braces for New Protests Following Video Showing Police Killing of Black Teen

More protests are expected Wednesday after the release of video footage showing the fatal shooting of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald by police officer Jason Van Dyke.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



VIDEO: Chicago Officer Charged With First-Degree Murder in Death of Black Teenager (Updated)

A judge in Cook County, Ill., charged Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke with first-degree murder Tuesday in the shooting death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald last year. Updated

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VIDEO: Chicago Police Have ‘Disappeared’ 7,000 People Into Homan Square

Since 2004, police have allowed lawyers to see just 0.94 percent of people “disappeared” into Chicago’s “off-the-books interrogation warehouse,” reports Spencer Ackerman at The Guardian.

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A Deepening Democratic Party Divide

For those pining for a Democratic Party that tries to represent more than the whims of the rich and powerful, these are, to say the least, confusing times.

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Chicago Police Accused of Running Secret ‘Black Site’

An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’

Think you need to be apprehended overseas by American authorities in order to be held in a “black site”? Think again.

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Many Young Americans May Never Escape the City

Young people who flocked to the United States’ biggest metro areas to build careers are finding it harder to leave as places elsewhere that many of them find more desirable for raising families do not offer well-paying jobs.

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The Windy City’s New Gift to Big Campaign Donors

On its face, Chicago’s municipal pension system is an integral part of the Chicago city government. Unless you ask Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

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Furry Convention in Chicago-Area Hotel Disrupted by Chlorine Gas Outbreak

It sounds like the plot of a schlocky police procedural TV drama, but on Saturday night, 19 people wound up in the hospital in the suburbs of Chicago after they were sickened by exposure to chlorine gas in an apparently deliberate attack during the 2014 Midwest FurFest convention at the Hyatt Regency O’Hare hotel.

Posted on Dec 7, 2014 READ MORE



Dreams of America: Work in Progress

Can the American imaginary be depicted?

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Stadium Subsidies Financed By Pension Cuts

As states and cities grapple with budget shortfalls, many are betting big on an unproven formula: Slash public employee pension benefits and public services while diverting the savings into lucrative subsidies for professional sports teams.

Posted on Jul 25, 2014 READ MORE



Grace Lee Boggs, American Visionary

At 99 years old, activist and author Grace Lee Boggs reflects on the last century of American history in a Truthdig interview as PBS prepares to air a new documentary about her storied life. “To understand revolution is twofold,” she says. “It’s not just changing institutions, it’s changing ourselves.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



Bury My Clothes

For National Poetry Month, we look at Roger Bonair-Agard’s meditation on survival, race and establishing personhood in a world that says you have none.

Posted on Apr 25, 2014 READ MORE



The Rhetoric of Violence

The rage and nihilism that come from the frustrations of American life are expressed through violence. Our armed vigilantes and renegade gunmen are symptoms of a nation in terminal decline. To resist, we must build a revolutionary consciousness. Without one, random murder will become our national sport. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE



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In Chicago, You Have to Pay to Play With Public Money

In America, there is regular ol’ corruption, and then there is Chicago Corruption, with a capital “C.”

Posted on Apr 11, 2014 READ MORE



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The PTSD Crisis That’s Being Ignored: Americans Wounded in Their Own Neighborhoods

Americans wounded in their own neighborhoods are not getting treatment for PTSD. They’re not even getting diagnosed.

Posted on Feb 3, 2014 READ MORE



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Broken Promise: Bankruptcy Judge Says Detroit Can Cut Pension Payments

In a perverse case of making the victim pay for the crime, a federal bankruptcy judge says the city of Detroit can renege on pension promises. Experts say the decision could be a template for other governments seeking to get out from under obligations.

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Facing the Beast: What Broke American Education?

Two new books about the woes of public education stake out opposing views of the problems, and the solutions, all wrapped up for you in this New York Review of Books essay review.

Posted on Sep 20, 2013 READ MORE



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The Landscape of Wall Street’s Creative Destruction

It’s May 2012 and we’re in Woodlawn, a largely African American neighborhood on the South Side of Chicago. The goal of the HIT Squad, short for Housing Identification and Target, is to map blighted, bank-owned homes with overdue property taxes and neighbors angry enough about the destruction of their neighborhood to consider supporting a plan to repossess on the repossessors.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



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Chicago Waking Up!

The people of Chicago are learning how to disturb, embarrass and block the ambitions of socially destructive politicians and corporate executives, Rick Perlstein of The Nation magazine reports.

Posted on Jul 28, 2013 READ MORE



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In the Dead Zone of Capitalism: Lessons From Chicago on the Violence of Inequality

While the superrich themselves live in an age of precarity due to the free-market economics they support, they largely escape its consequences through obscene amounts of wealth that enable them to buy private solutions to public problems.

Posted on Jun 6, 2013 READ MORE


Privatizing Education in Chicago

The Chicago Board of Education voted last week to close 50 of the city’s public schools as part of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to save more than $500 million, or half the district’s deficit. Some 30,000 students will be affected, about 90 percent of them African-American.

Posted on May 28, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN



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Marching in Chicago: Resisting Rahm Emanuel’s Neoliberal Savagery

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s current attempt to close down 54 public schools largely inhabited by poor minorities is one more example of a savage, racist neoliberal system that uses the politics of austerity and consolidation to further disenfranchise unskilled youths in the inner city.

Posted on May 24, 2013 READ MORE


Have You Met This Man?

Ronald Davis is a Chicago resident who has been homeless for about a year and a half. In a heartbreaking interview filmed on the street, he talks about what it’s like to be one of the millions of Americans in his situation.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 WATCH & LISTEN


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Senate Confirms Hagel, GOP Lawmaker Says Cheney Going to Hell, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Chris Christie being omitted from a major conservative event and Stephen Colbert breaks character to make his first political endorsement.

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Chicago Cops Have a ‘License to Swill’

Police patrolling Chicago’s suburbs are permitted by their departments to work “with substantial amounts of alcohol in their systems,” reports the city’s NBC television bureau and the Better Government Association.

Posted on Feb 16, 2013 READ MORE



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Communities Need Newspapers

Once-proud newspapers have given way to Internet news sweatshops, but clicks don’t bring respect from the public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2013 READ MORE


Standing Up for Teachers

Teachers are heroes, not villains, and it’s time to stop demonizing them.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 READ MORE



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Confrontation Between Rahm Emanuel, Chicago Teachers Union Escalates

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual said late Sunday that he will see the city’s striking union teachers in court soon after a deal to end the weeklong strike fell through.

Posted on Sep 16, 2012 READ MORE



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The Chicago Teachers Strike: Challenging Democracy’s Demise

What the world is witnessing in Chicago as thousands of teachers, staff and support personnel strike is the emergence of a revolutionary ideal that opposes the right of corporations and markets to define the purpose and meaning of public education and the debasement of educational leadership and teaching as a bulwark of democracy.

Posted on Sep 15, 2012 READ MORE



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Mayor Rahm-Ney’s Attack on the Chicago Teachers Union

Unions are under attack in the United States—not only from people like Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, but now, with the teachers strike in Chicago, from the very core of President Barack Obama’s inner circle, his former chief of staff and current mayor of that city, Rahm Emanuel.

Posted on Sep 12, 2012 READ MORE


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