06 Oct 2016

Video: Kevin Gosztola Performs At Laughing Liberally Chicago

The Laughing Liberally chapter in Chicago hosted their monthly event on October 5, and Shadowproof managing editor Kevin Gosztola performed a satirical piece, “An Unsolicited Guide To Protesting The Right Way.” A written version of this satire appeared on Shadowproof weeks ago, but it was revised and updated for this

Fidencio Sanchez (Source:
16 Sep 2016

When Charity Tokenizes Laborers And Fuels Loathing Of Working Class

Ninety year-old Fidencio Sanchez has sold popsicles in Chicago for nearly 76 years, according to an interview with CNN. “I feel my body is starting to give up on me,” Sanchez said. “I suffer sometimes when it’s cold, and my arms and feet hurt.” Sanchez’s elderly wife, Eladia, used to help

Freedom Square banner greets those who visit the encampment. Photo by Kevin Gosztola
01 Sep 2016

Freedom Square Encampment Enters New Chapter As Chicago Residents Take Control

Forty-one days ago, in the community of Lawndale on the west side of Chicago, the Let Us Breathe Collective launched the Freedom Square occupation.

Screen shot of "There's Alot Going On" EP cover [from YouTube]
13 Jun 2016

Protest Song Of Week: ’16 Shots’ by Vic Mensa

Vic Mensa’s anthem against police brutality, a response to the killing of Laquan McDonald, was released on his EP on June 3.

Laquan McDonald Black Friday Mag Mile Protest March. Photo by kgnixer on Flickr
13 Apr 2016

Task Force Lambasts Chicago Police Department’s Decades-Long Record Of Systemic Racism

The Chicago Police Accountability Task Force released a report, which shows the deep and systemic problem of racism within the Chicago Police Department.

Screen shot from "UE/Wells"
16 Mar 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘UE/Wells’

The more you put into fighting the bosses, the more you get. In this 15-minute film from Kartemquin, which was produced in the late 1970s, the United Electrical Workers Union engage in an organizing drive at the Wells Foundry in Chicago. African American, Hispanic, Arab, Polish, and Jewish workers form

Screen shot from "Now We Live On Clifton" (1974)
08 Mar 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Now We Live On Clifton’

In this 1974 film, Kartemquin filmmakers present a portrait of Pam and Scott Taylor, their family, their friends, and their Lincoln Park neighborhood. It is another entry in a catalog of films from the collaborative group, which document transformations in the city of Chicago over the past decades. Lincoln Park

Screen shot from "Winnie Wright, Age 11" (1974)
02 Mar 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Winnie Wright, Age 11’

A number of films from Kartemquin go into working or lower class neighborhoods and humanize the people living in those neighborhoods. “Winnie Wright, Age 11” is a short film about a working class family living in Gage Park, Chicago. The neighborhood’s population is shifting from white to black. Winnie’s mother is

Screen shot from Kartemquin Films' "Trick Bag"
15 Feb 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Trick Bag’

Kartemquin Films continues to celebrate its 50th Anniversary with this short film on racism among working class Chicagoans in the 1970s.

Scene from "Thumbs Down" (Photo by Kartemquin Films)
16 Jan 2016

Kartemquin Films 50: ‘Thumbs Down’ and ‘Parents’

In the early years of Kartemquin Films, the group produced cinéma vérité documentaries. Co-founders Gordon Quinn and Jerry Temaner were interested in “cinematic social inquiry.” And, at its core, the concept was films could be created to promote social change. One of the pioneering films produced in 1967 is “Thumbs