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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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File: A Chicago police SUV drives up a dark street with its emergency lights on in this February 5, 2012 photograph. (Flickr / Arvell Dorsey JR)
05 Jan 2016

Another Chicago Cover-up: Judge Orders New Trial For Police Who Killed Darius Pinex

In the latest Chicago cover-up, a judge ordered a new trial of the police that killed Darius Pinex after a city lawyer deliberately withheld evidence.

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Activists form a blockade in Chicago to demand justice for those killed by police. Screenshot from video by Project NIA
16 Dec 2015

Sixteen Bodies, Sixteen Shots: Blockade Honors Laquan McDonald & Others Killed By Chicago Police

Each of the activists represented one of the 16 shots Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke unloaded into Laquan McDonald’s body on October 20, 2014.

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Dolmedes (Samuel L. Jackson). | Screen shot from "Chi-Raq" trailer
05 Dec 2015

Film Review: ‘Chi-Raq’ is Timely Piece of Satire That Comes From Place of Love

Few films in recent years have been as polarizing as Spike Lee’s “Chi-Raq.” Before it premiered, numerous well-meaning people throughout the United States, especially in Chicago, had already chosen to oppose the film, even though they had not seen it. It is too bad these people did not wait to

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