Posts tagged "occupy chicago"

What's Up This Week: Teacher strike continues, Occupy Chicago anniversary, and a rally against mass incarceration

What's Up This Week: Teacher strike continues, Occupy Chicago anniversary, and a rally against mass incarceration
Here’s a glimpse of what’s going on around Chicago this week: Teachers Still On Strike Chicago public school teachers are back on the picket lines as the strike heads into its second school week. Union president Karen Lewis said the strike would continue at least until Tuesday and that delegates voted overwhelmingly to take 24... Read more »

Will police's 'snatch and grab' tactic for NATO hurt communities already heavily policed? Some worry it will

Will police's 'snatch and grab' tactic for NATO hurt communities already heavily policed? Some worry it will
The Chicago Police Department, and the hundreds of state troopers coming into town to police this weekend’s NATO summit, have a plan. According to police superintendent Garry McCarthy, their tactic will be to “extract people who need to be extracted.” Commonly referred to as snatch and grab, the strategy will be used instead of tear... Read more »

Occupy Chicago's Wishing Tree at Trinity Episcopal Church

Justin Bianchi(left) and Teresa Veramendi wrap a banner around the base of the tree.
Members of Occupy Chicago’s Arts and Recreation Committee and Occupy Chicago Rebel Arts Collective installed their interactive public sculpture, Wishing Tree, Monday night at Trinity Episcopal Church, 125 East 26th St., blocks away from McCormick Place,  the site of NATO summit that begins this weekend. It’s the fourth location for the tree, which took more... Read more »
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Northwestern study says the 1 percent aren't so bad

Northwestern study says the 1 percent aren't so bad
America’s wealthiest 1 percent have gotten a bad rap as of late. Depending on your perspective, you might think their representation as greedy, disinterested and selfish is or isn’t deserved. But some social scientists at Northwestern University decided to survey 104 Chicago-area households that make more than $7.5 million to ask them about their attitudes... Read more »

Chicago poet speaks out about Occupy protests

Chicago poet speaks out about Occupy protests
I have to admit I was nervous to sit down with Kevin Coval. I mean, the guy’s a hip-hop poet, a four-time HBO Def poet and co-founder of the Louder than a Bomb teen poetry slam. Coval makes poetry cool, cutting-edge even. He’s one of Mos Def’s favorite poets. By contrast, I am a nerdy... Read more »

Kevin Coval's 99 percent-er anthem

Kevin Coval's 99 percent-er anthem
We recently sat down and spoke with Kevin Coval, Chicago poet and author of the new book on race and art, L-vis Lives. Here’s his newest piece, a reflection on the Occupy protests–99 percent-er anthem. we, the 99% have known for too long its time for a new dream the signs explain it all. hand-written... Read more »
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Thousands take to the streets in Chicago, demanding economic change

It reminded me a lot of election night 2008. Crowded, blocked-off streets. Hordes of people – singing, chanting and waving signs. Except Monday, the air was different. It wasn’t filled with celebration over electing America’s first black president, but rather with a collective anger that can’t be contained. Three years ago, on that warm November... Read more »