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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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Boycott Black Friday Fight Back for CPAC 2016

Posted by on Oct 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

BOYCOTT BLACK FRIDAY NOVEMBER 25, 2016: FIGHT BACK FOR CPAC   UPDATE           Press Coverage Chicagoist – Mag Mile Protesters Block Storefronts On Black Friday & Demand Police Oversight Chicago Reader Activists disrupt Black Friday shopping on Chicago’s Mag Mile Medill Northwestern Post-election, fight for police accountability in Chicago continues WGN Protesters expected to hit mag mile  Democracy Now headlines         Suntimes Black Friday Protest Planned Along Michigan Ave Chicago Tribune Black Friday Michigan Ave Protes CBS Chicago Black Friday Protest Patch Will Black Friday Protest Stop Your Shopping Chicagoist Large Scale Protest Planned for Black Friday Why we boycott Rahm Emanuel’s ALL appointed Chicago police board members Mag Mile businesses supporting Trump empire              WHAT: Boycott Back Friday for CPAC  WHEN: 10am Black Friday Friday Nov 25, 2016 WHERE: Water Tower Monument, 806 N Michigan FB Boycott Back Friday for CPAC     Rahm Emanuel’s All-Appointed Chicago Police Board Members On Wednesday, October 5, 2016 Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Civilian Office of Police Accountability (CopA) ordinance passed the City Council by a vote of 39 to 8. There are those in our movement who see this as a loss or, worse, as a demoralizing defeat. We don’t agree with this assessment. We admit that we face great challenges, and we have resolved to meet these challenges by intensifying the struggle. We waged a victorious struggle to get our Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC) ordinance into the City Council chamber. The introduction of CPAC into the Council on July 20, 2016 by Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa and eight fellow aldermen was historically significant. This was the first time ever that legislation has been introduced that would empower the people in our communities to hold the police accountability. Did we lose in October what we had gained on July 20? No we did not. Our ordinance was not even up for a vote. The CPAC ordinance hasn’t even been voted out of committee. The only ordinance on the City Council floor was Mayor Emanuel’s CopA. The CopA ordinance replaces the Independent Police Review Authority (IPRA) with a new ‘independent’ body to deal with police crimes and misconduct. It is just another layer of bureaucracy designed to excuse and justify police crimes. In passing CopA, the City Council and the Mayor have completely ignored the democratic demands of the people of Chicago for an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council. In spite of all the thousands of people demonstrating for CPAC, in spite of the majority of the people demanding CPAC at all the public hearings convened by the City Council’s Progressive Caucus, in spite of every strand of the peoples movement demanding CPAC and opposing CopA, in spite of all this public outcry, the Mayor and his cohorts passed the CopA ordinance. The people’s response to tyranny is to sharpen our democratic demands and intensify our struggle for our inalienable democratic right to determine who polices our communities and how our communities are policed. That is why at our public meeting Monday October 10, 2016 we voted to call for a boycott of Black Friday this November 25th. In support of our demand that the City Council Enact CPAC we are calling upon all the freedom loving people of Chicago to join us in boycotting the Magnificent Mile in the Loop on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. Since the Laquan McDonald video was revealed and the Black Friday protest last November, approximately 20 more have been shot by the police (up 20%), 460 shot at and assaulted with other weapons by police (up 25%), 3,500 more misconduct complaints filed (up 10%), Zero officers have been fired. This equals Zero community control of the police. CopA leaves City Hall in control. This is why we are calling for the boycott of the Magnificent...

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Pack the gallery at City Hall, testify for CPAC

Posted by on Oct 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

PACK THE GALLERY AT CITY HALL, TESTIFY FOR CPAC! Oct 5 Press Statement  Shame on City Hall as CopA Passes – Movement for CPAC Grows as Justice is Denied When: 9am, Tuesday 4th October, 2016  Where: Chicago City Hall, 121 N LaSalle, 2nd floor PRESS RELEASE  Press Coverage: Sun Times Oct 4 Protesters take issue with mayor’s police oversight plan ABC News Oct 4 Chicago Council Approves Emanuel’s Plan for Police Probes Chicago Monitor Oct 4 Chicago City Council Passes Emanuel Control of the Police Ordinance #CPACNow  – NO more lies, NO more delays of justice NO more fake police accountability. We demand community control of the Chicago police! The mayor and his puppets are continuing to dodge the people. The Public Safety Subcommittee meeting, after three previously canceled dates, is now rescheduled for Tuesday October 4th. These aldermen are hoping to slip Rahm’s phony COPa ordinance through the committee to an empty gallery. But they cannot hide from the wrath of the people. We are calling upon the people, especially the survivors of police crimes and torture, to join us Tuesday, October 4, 2016 to again demand that the Mayor and the City Council respect the people’s demand for justice and an all elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC). We call on the City Council to reject Mayor Emanuel’s legislative proposals in full and to ENACT CPAC NOW! The Progressive Caucus of the City Council called a series of hearings on police accountability that started on July 21 2016 at Malcolm X College. The hearings, called by those complicit in the murder of Laquan McDonald and the subsequent cover-up, were a farce designed to fail. The Council convened these hearings to try to hoodwink the people into thinking they would have a voice in shaping the piece meal reform legislation proposed by the Mayor and his Task Force on Police Accountability. To ensure these hearings would not just be about the Mayor’s fake accountability proposals, Alderman Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, in response to his constituents, introduced the CPAC Ordinance (#02016-5707) into the City Council on July 20, 2016. We attended these hearings to turn them into an arena of struggle for CPAC. At every single hearing, throughout the city, people overwhelmingly rejected the legislative reforms proposed by the City Council and demanded that CPAC be enacted. All the people, black, brown and white, citizens and immigrants, demanded community control of the police. Now the Mayor and his puppet aldermen are hoping to slip Rahm’s phony COPa ordinance through committee while no one is watching. They keep rescheduling to dodge the people. But they cannot hide from the wrath of the people. We will be there to demand CPAC. We are not asking that the CPAC ORDINANCE be considered as one proposal among many. We are demanding that CPAC be enacted because it is the only legislative proposal that empowers the people to hold the police accountable. THE PEOPLE SAY, “NO MORE LIES! NO MORE APPOINTMENTS! ENACT CPAC NOW!!!” SEE YOU AT CITY HALL THIS TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4, AT 9AM, PACK THE GALLERY AND TESTIFY FOR CPAC #CPACNow...

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