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CAARPR Human Rights Awards 2017

Posted by on Aug 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

CAARPR Human Rights Awards Dinner 2017     Please join us at the annual CAARPR Human Rights Awards Dinner to celebrate the work of outstanding local activists and support the CAARPR! Our keynote speaker is Dr. Gerald Horne, Chair of History and African American Studies at the University of Houston. Among his many books are the recent Paul Robeson, the Artist as Revolutionary and The Counter-Revolution of 1776: Slave Resistance and the Origins of the United States of America. His research has addressed issues of racism in a variety of relations involving labor, politics, civil rights, international relations and war. This year’s Human Rights Awards honorees are Reverend (Queen Mother) Helen Sinclair and Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa. Rev. Helen Sinclair, 96, has spent her life ministering to the incarcerated in Cook County and Illinois and fighting for their rights and needs. Her son-in-law Johnnie Veal was framed for the murder of two police officers in the Cabrini-Green Homes and is still in prison after 47 years. Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is Chicago’s youngest alderman. He has introduced CPAC legislation in the Chicago City Council. He organizes to prevent deportations and is a strong, progressive advocate for community decision making that involves all residents, regardless of citizenship status. We will also be celebrating the 75th birthdays of Frank Chapman and Ted Pearson, steadfast and longtime leaders of the NAARPR/CAARPR. Click on the links to order your tickets and to place greetings in the program book. Thank you for your support! Please place your greeting in the 2017 Human Rights Awards Program Book here: Please enter the security code: Security Code: Please enter the captcha verification code. Next . Or download the pdf form to order tickets and place your greetings (or greetings from your church, union, or community group) in the Program Book....

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Justice for Jaime Hauad: Press Conference

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Justice for Jaime Hauad: Press Conference Press coverage: abc7 Man serving 2 life sentences was tortured into confessing, attorney says  Jaime Hauad’s mother demands that Kim Foxx investigate her son’s wrongful conviction When: 9:00 am Thursday, February 9, 2017 Where: Outside the Cook County Criminal Court Building, 26th &...

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Fight the Fake: Speak Out at the Police Board Meeting

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fight the Fake: Speak Out at the Police Board Meeting Join community members from across the city to speak out against the Mayor’s fake program of police accountability. When: 7pm Thurs Feb 16th, 2017Where: Police Board Meeting, Police Headquaters, 3510 S Michigan Ave #CPACNow #thePeoplesCPAC– Join and share widely FB Event A word about our CPAC and Mayor Emanuel’s “CPAC”. Our CPAC is an acronym for our proposed Ordinance (now pending in the Chicago City Council) for an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. Their “CPAC” is an acronym for a Citizens Police Advisory Council that will be appointed, or selected, pursuant to the Mayor’s Ordinance known as COPA (Civilian Office of Police Accountability). Their “CPAC” leaves power in the hands of City Hall. Our CPAC puts powers in the hands of the people through a democratic election and takes the power of appointment and administration away from the Mayor and the City Council.Those who believe our CPAC-community control, is the democratic solution to the problem of police tyranny in Chicago, join...

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Protest Trump’s Racist Dept of Justice Federal Plaza

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

PROTEST Trump’s Racist Dept of Justice   UPDATE: Press Coverage: Suntimes For FB video of event, click link below Chicagoans Protests Trump and DOJ READ THE CALL TO DEFEND THE RIGHT TO PROTEST When: 5pm – 7pm Tuesday March 7th 2017 Where: Federal Plaza, Dearborn & Adams, Chicago, IL Join and share on FB                       Jeff Sessions, exposed during confirmation proceedings for his racist actions and beliefs, is now the Attorney General. As head of the Dept. of Justice (DOJ), Sessions is the chief law enforcement officer in the U.S. He is opposed to the Voting Rights Act and to legislation protecting LGBTQ people and undocumented workers.  Trump’s recent executive order gives Sessions free rein to enact the most racist andoppressive criminal legal policies. A license to unleash even more state violence against dissent, to criminalize the Black Lives Matter movement, the IndigenousPeoples’ movement at Standing Rock, the struggle for Immigrant rights and all progressive people’s movements. On Jan 13, 2017 the DOJ released it’s damning report on the Chicago Police Dept (CPD), establishing an arsenal of facts proving CPD, the Mayor’s office, and City Hall to be racist, corrupt, and unwilling to hold the police accountable when they murder and brutalize Black and Latino communities. Sessions will deep-six the report as well as the many cases of police crimes filed by the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression. WE HAVE TO PROTEST NOW – DOJ WE WON’T GO BACK!...

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Movement for community control and the DOJ report on Chicago police 2017

Posted by on Jan 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Press Statement Friday 13th January, 2017 For information contact: Frank Chapman 312-513-3795 email: fchapman@naarpr.org Movement for community control and the DOJ report on Chicago police More information on Chicago police complaints filed with the DOJ PDF We at the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, alongside family members of victims of police murder, torture and abuse, originally made an urgent request for US Department of Justice intervention in Chicago in August of 2014. We submitted a letter documenting unresolved complaints of CPD’s patterns of abuse, especially in poor and minority neighborhoods. This letter was accompanied by completed complaint forms and signed by 66 members of families of victims. We presented these documents at the Chicago field office of the DOJ, with copies going to Washington, DC. Our letter and these families were not acknowledged. One week later U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon stated that there was no impending investigation of the Chicago police, whom he called “our front-line partner”. Within two months of this inaction by the DOJ, both Ronnieman Johnson and Laquan McDonald lay dead. The video evidence was locked away, and the cover-up was in high gear. Twenty more Black men were killed by CPD before the Laquan McDonald video was released by court order. Might some of them still be alive today had the DOJ acted in 2014? On December 10, 2015 we came calling again. We submitted another letter at the Chicago office of the DOJ, together with more complaints signed by 90 family members, calling for DOJ intervention in Chicago to hold the police accountable pursuant to Civil Rights statutes and the U.S. Constitution. A crowd of 500 protesters joined us on the street below, as family members were herded into a small reception area and were not even extended the courtesy of a meeting where they could air their grievances. Again, copies of the letter were sent on to Washington. The letter and the attached complaints totaled 260 pages exposing damning evidence of racist police crimes in Chicago. Finally, the DOJ decided to intervene in Chicago, but only after weeks of massive street protests and revelations of the cover-up surrounding the Laquan McDonald video. Under continued pressure, the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division of the DOJ called a special hearing for our group of complainants on March 23, 2016. Survivors gave passionate testimony on each of their cases. They also demanded that the DOJ investigation result in the prosecution of criminal cops. The DOJ investigators stressed that they were only looking into “patterns and practices” by police departments that violate the Constitutional rights of people. Cases would have to be conveyed to the DOJ Criminal Division for investigation. Reliance on the DOJ to fix the CPD is misguided. The process works like this. The DOJ investigates and publishes its findings, a year-long process. It enters into an agreement with a city to implement a series of changes. If the city fails to comply, the DOJ sues in federal court. At that point, a judge may or may not appoint a monitor to oversee the implementation of the agreement. Once the suit is terminated and the monitor is released, the police department can go back to the way things used to be. Cleveland, Ohio has had two investigations. The first one began in 1999 and resulted in a consent decree that was implemented in 2004 (5 years later!). The Cleveland Division of Police was trusted to implement the changes itself. The CDP was released from its decree in 2005, and, by the end of that year, there were at least four fatal police-involved...

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