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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The Minnesota chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine, along with other pro-peace groups, demonstrate on the University of Minnesota campus. (Photo: SJP MN Facebook).
05 Nov 2015

Midwest Campus Activists Vow To Keep Struggling For Palestine Despite Threats

As Students for Justice in Palestine draw attention to the devastating effects of Israeli occupation, attacks on activists are increasing nationwide.

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In this October 24, 2015 photograph, white police arrest a black activist that participated in a direct action against an international police conference in Chicago. The activist is wearing a shirt with an image of Rekia Boyd, who was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago police officer. (Flickr / sarah-ji)
29 Oct 2015

#StopTheCops: Chicago Activists Shut Down International Police Conference (VIDEO)

During Chicago’s #StopTheCops, 5 separate direct actions came together to disrupt the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference for hours.

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A fire escape leads up the brick facade of Chicago's Homan Square, alleged to be a police 'black site' where prisoners could be temporarily "disappeared" without access to legal counsel or other basic legal rights. (Shadowproof / Kevin Gosztola)
19 Oct 2015

Homan Square Lawsuit: Chicago Police Allegedly Abused & Framed Black Men for Drug Offenses

Three black men from Chicago sued police officers and the city of Chicago for detaining them at Homan Square and subsequently framing them for manufacturing and delivering heroin. The lawsuit, which the People’s Law Office filed on October 19 [PDF], is one of a handful of complaints brought against police

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Seen from behind, three residents of Cook County Juvenile Detention Center sit, arms over each others' shoulders, wearing their jail uniforms while watching a performance on May 2, 2013. (Flickr / WBEZ)
29 Sep 2015

Attitudes Toward Treatment Limit Chicago’s Former Youth Inmates’ Access To Health Care

Only 15.4% of detainees with mental health disorders receive treatment. 31% of former youth prisoners were not sure where to go for treatment.

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On Day 34, Fight for Dyett announces an end to their hunger strike (Photo by Bob Simpson)
20 Sep 2015

Podcast: As Hunger Strike Ends, Parent Shares How Fight for Dyett Means Everything to Her

The Fight for Dyett, a grassroots campaign to revitalize and save Walter H. Dyett High School on the south side of Chicago, ended a 34-day hunger strike on September 19. At least twelve people had participated in the hunger strike in order to save the public school from being closed down and privatized.

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The family of Rekia Boyd hold a banner which reads "I Am Rekia Boyd" at a rally demanding justice in her killing on April 7, 2015. Boyd was fatally shot by an off-duty Chicago Police officer, Dante Servin, on  March 21, 2012 and Chicago's Independent Police Review Authority recently recommended that he lose his job. (Flickr / Bob Simpson)
16 Sep 2015

In Rare Act, Police Review Agency Recommends Chicago Police Fire Cop

Chicago’s Independent Police Review Authority, setup to investigate complaints against police, has recommended the cop who killed 22-year-old Rekia Boyd be fired. In the history of the agency, it has only recommended two other officers have their job terminated. Both recommendations came this year.

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