13 Nov 2019

Capitol Police Attempted To Arrest Code Pink Activist Medea Benjamin For Allegedly ‘Assaulting’ Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz

Police in Washington, D.C. surrounded the home of Code Pink activist Medea Benjamin and attempted to arrest her for “assaulting” Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. But police did not have a warrant and apparently were uncertain whether an assault was even committed.

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (via fortunebrainstormreinvent on Flickr)
25 Oct 2018

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office Invokes Terrorism To Keep Response Plan To Van Dyke Verdict Secret

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office invoked terrorism to exempt itself from releasing plan for protests after verdict in former Chicago cop Jason Van Dyke’s trial.

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03 Oct 2018

Berkeley Police Posted Mugshots Of Activists To ‘Create Counter-Narrative’ Of Protests Against Far-Right

Documents obtained by Lucy Parsons Lab show why the Berkeley Police Department posted the mugshots and other personal information of activists on Twitter.

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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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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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05 Jun 2018

If Chelsea Manning Had Been Home When Police Broke Into Her Home For ‘Wellness’ Check

Video obtained by the Intercept showed police breaking into Chelsea Manning’s home to conduct a “wellness” check. Fortunately, she was not home.

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24 May 2018

Activists Sue To Stop Chicago City Council Vote On Funding For Police Compound

Update – 5/25 3 PM ET: Judge denied a motion for an injunction, which allows vote to proceed. The No Cop Academy Coalition filed a complaint in a circuit court in Cook County to prevent a City Council vote on a funding measure for a $95 million police training academy.

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Activists with Good Kids, Mad City lead the front of the 'March for Our Lives' demonstration in Chicago on March 24. Photo by Aaron Cynic.
23 Apr 2018

Community Investment, Safety Without Cops: Good Kids Mad City Organizes Against Gun Violence

Good Kids Mad City, formed in the aftermath of Parkland, advocates for the needs of youth of color by organizing against violence and for community investment.

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