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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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