19 Sep 2018

Death Of Jon Burge: Commander Set Standard For Police Terror In Chicago

Former Chicago police commander Jon Burge was involved with several officers in the torture of more than 110 black men. He was never held fully accountable for the trauma inflicted on black communities and died on September 19. At the trial for former Officer Jason Van Dyke, who is accused

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19 Sep 2018

At Trial, Officers Undermine Notion Jason Van Dyke Feared For His Life When Killed Laquan McDonald

In the murder trial of Jason Van Dyke, the former Chicago police officer who shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times, the outcome truly seems up for grabs.

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17 Sep 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Prayer Song’ By Noname Featuring Adam Ness

Noname is the moniker of Fatimah Warner, a 26-year-old indie rapper from Chicago. She recently released her first official album “Room 25,” a much-anticipated follow-up to her acclaimed 2016 free mixtape, “Telefone.” The album is already receiving wide praise. Her music couples inventive musical arrangements with an insightful lyrical flow.

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13 Sep 2018

In City That Once Banned Drones, Evanston Police Crafted A Secret Drone Policy

Evanston police quietly maintained an unreleased internal policy regarding the use of drones, according to a document obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs. The document [PDF], entitled “Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) Operations” and dated July 25, 2018, lays out departmental guidelines for the use of drones. It is included in the

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13 Sep 2018

Illinois Department Of Corrections Sued For Censoring Book On Attica Uprising

Illinois Department of Corrections was sued for allegedly censoring “Blood In The Water: The Attica Prison Uprising of 1971 and Its Legacy.”

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National Security Advisor John Bolton. Still image from CSPAN: https://www.c-span.org/video/?451213-1/national-security-adviser-john-bolton-addresses-federalist-society
12 Sep 2018

Bolton’s Attack On International Criminal Court Was Hostile Expression Of Bipartisan Consensus In US Government

John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, renewed his vendetta against the International Criminal Court.

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Image adapted from "Shadows" by kdigga on Flickr
12 Sep 2018

Freelance Journalists: Open Call For Submissions In September

Shadowproof is seeking pitches from journalists or writers on a variety of subjects for publication in September and October.

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11 Sep 2018

Protest Song Of The Week: ‘Would You Take My Blood?’ By Shemekia Copeland

Shemekia Copeland is a blue musician who has been part of the Alligator Records family in Chicago since her debut in 1998. Her latest album, “America’s Child,” grapples with the resurgence of hate in the United States, particularly since the election of President Donald Trump. One of the more moving

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Photo by Ryan Adams on Flickr.
10 Sep 2018

CIA-Backed Firm Touted Social Media Surveillance Of Students To Sell Services To Evanston Police

Emails obtained by Lucy Parsons Labs reveal that Geofeedia touted social media surveillance of students to sell their services to Evanston police.

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06 Sep 2018

Making Music To Promote Human Rights In Guatemala: Interview With Members Of The Band, CANCHES

Guatemala is a country where human rights defenders face attacks and intimidation for their work against systemic corruption. Those involved in high-profile cases are often the target of harassment, smear campaigns, or even threats against their lives. Daniel Butler and Erika Martinez worked for the International Commission of Jurists and

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