Posts made in March, 2016

Community Control – the only solution to Chicago’s police problem March 2016

Posted by on Mar 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Community Control – the only solution to Chicago’s police problem PDF Mayor Rahm Emanuel has done what the law says he’s supposed to do – appoint the Superintendent of Police. In rejecting all three nominees from his appointed Police Board and naming Commander Eddie Johnson as “Interim Superintendent”, the Mayor has underscored what the people campaigning for community control have been saying all along: the Mayor runs it. And that’s the problem. This will remain the problem until the City Council puts the power to appoint the Chief of Police into the hands of the people by passing the proposed ordinance for an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. CPAC gives the people the power to decide how their communities should be policed and by whom. It will give the people the power to fire, and send for federal prosecution, cops who commit crimes such as murder, torture, and racial profiling. While the Police Board ponders over who to propose in addition to the Mayor’s hand-picked choice, our alderpersons have an opportunity to support the CPAC ordinance and establish real community control. Once CPAC is enacted, the police superintendent, whoever that may be, will have to answer to the communities of Chicago and can be replaced, if necessary. CPAC is the only viable alternative to this selection circus. It is also the only democratic solution. Now is the time for all of us to say: No More IPRA!  No More Police Board! Only CPAC! Frank Chapman Field Organizer Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression Aislinn Pulley Black Lives...

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MIGRATION: A Journey of Hope

Posted by on Mar 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

MIGRATION: A Journey of Hope

Slavery, Civil War, Reconstruction and Jim Crow bedrock the largest migration of African Americans from the south.  From 1910-1930 Chicago tenements swelled as men and women heeded the call of Robert Abbott, publisher of the Chicago Defender, to come to the land of “milk and honey.”  Jazz musician Noble Johnson and aspiring writer Lillian Stride marry, head north to begin a strivers life and bear witness to the opportunities and disappointments borne of this new freedom. The push and shove of city living, airless apartments, hot pavements, and ‘mindful’ segregation shape a new experience southern blacks find vaguely reminisce of the south.  July 1919 a black boy accidentally swims into the white area of 29th Street Beach; whites stone him and he drowns.  A riot erupts on the streets of Chicago with tragic ramifications for Noble and Lillian.  Like Margaret Wilkinsons’ “The Warmth of Other Suns”, Michael Bradford provides an intimate experience of the Great Migration.  Through an intricate layering of music, dialogue and movement, “MIGRATION” shows the historical journey of the “great generation” of African Americans. Please enter the security code: Security Code: Please enter the captcha verification code....

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Less than Nothing, Again! – DOJ plays more games with Chicago police crime victims Mar 2016

Posted by on Mar 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Less than Nothing, Again! – DOJ plays more games with Chicago police crime victims What happens when victims of Chicago police murder and torture submit 250 pages of formal complaints* to the Department of Justice and Attorney General Loretta Lynch, with a demand to investigate and prosecute Chicago police officers for their violation of federal criminal statutes? LESS THAN NOTHING. Not just an implicit refusal by the DOJ to do their job but an insulting, unsigned generic letter from the ‘Correspondence Management Staff’ at the ‘Office of Administration’ (see below copy of  letter with written response by CAARPR)  As recently reported in the Guardian “the Justice Department rejects 96% of civil rights cases against police”  as Dena Iverson, a Justice Department spokeswoman, states the agency takes “any allegation of law enforcement misconduct seriously and will review those allegations when they are brought to our attention”. More games, more smoke and mirrors… We demand immediate criminal investigations and an end to the racist farce of bureaucratic game playing—yet another facet of DOJ complicity with police crimes here and across the US.  *See more information on 2014 & 2015 police complaints by Chicagoland families to Department of Justice and subsequent inaction by DOJ                                                                PDF DOJ Letter Feb 26 2106 PDF Chicago Alliance Response DOJ  March 10...

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