Posts tagged "protest"

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago

Trayvon Martin’s case opens festering wounds in Chicago
One week to the day that George Zimmerman was acquitted of all charges in the death of Trayvon Martin, I was watching a film with clear parallels to Martin’s story. “Fruitvale Station” is a dramatized version of the shooting death of Oscar Grant by a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit cop on New Year’s... Read more »

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice

Chicago rallies for Trayvon Martin and social justice
A week after a Florida jury acquitted George Zimmerman in the death of Trayvon Martin, hundreds of people turned out Saturday afternoon in Chicago to protest the verdict. The plaza in front of the Dirksen Federal Building resonated with shouts for justice for Martin, with marchers holding signs and wearing various shirts donning Martin’s face... Read more »

What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence

What's Up This Week: Taking from the rich, holiday cheer and a memorial to victims of violence
Take From the Rich. A new poll shows that a majority of Americans would rather raise taxes on the rich than cut programs for the poor. As the fiscal cliff negotiations are to continue, we take a look at what we learned from the Pew Research Center’s poll. Heart-Warming Chicago. Here at The Chicago Reporter, most of... Read more »
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What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget

What's Up This Week: Housing discrimination ordinance, social change films and your input on Chicago's budget
Housing Discrimination. A proposed ordinance before the Cook County board would prevent landlords across the county from discriminating against low-income tenants who have housing vouchers. The Chicago Reporter investigates the ordinance, those who love it and those who don’t. Chicago International Social Change Film Festival. Now on the big screen: films that hope to change... Read more »

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild

70 reports of police misconduct on Sunday at NATO protest, says National Lawyers Guild
Now that the barricades are cleared from the streets, downtown traffic has resumed its sluggish pace and thousands of workers in the loop no longer have an excuse to take a day off, what is the legacy of the massive Sunday protest that brought out an estimated 15,000 people? One lasting effect, on both the... Read more »

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

Rev. Jackson's endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups
Since plans for the NATO summit in Chicago were announced, advocates working on issues of poverty in Chicago have found increasingly common cause with anti-war protesters. The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of... Read more »
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Politics in review: Arrested protestors want face time with Rahm; Jackson, Jr. in hot seat; Preckwinkle snuffs ICE; Daley's day in court

Here’s a week’s worth of political and elections news that had The Chicago Reporter jawing. Twenty-three people were arrested early Friday morning after barricading themselves inside a Woodlawn mental health clinic in protest of Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to consolidate 12 clinics into six. The Chicago Reporter recently reported on some of the planned closures. ... Read more »

Occupy neighborhood groups say protest provision will chill political speech of communities of color

Occupy neighborhood groups say protest provision will chill political speech of communities of color
Occupy neighborhood groups have sent out a stern letter to their local aldermen about Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s new protest provision, saying the measures will keep low-income communities from speaking out against budget cuts hurting their neighborhoods. “It is difficult to overstate the contrast between celebrating the life and work of Dr. [Martin Luther] King [Jr.]... Read more »

Car wash workers, who work only for tips, demand minimum wage in Little Village

About 50 people protested outside Little Village Car Wash, 2551 W. Cermak Road,  on Tuesday afternoon.  A delegation from Chicago Arise, a workers’ right organization, wanted to meet with the owner. The Chicago Reporter contacted the owner, but he did not call back by Tuesday night. © Community Renewal Society 2011
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40,000 jobs for 25 cents? A new plan for job growth in Chicago

40,000 jobs for 25 cents? A new plan for job growth in Chicago
If you thought Occupy Wall Street was just a New York thing, think again. Today, a week-long action will start, highlighting some of Chicago’s major problems: high unemployment, lack of affordable housing, and a poor public school system. Stand Up Chicago will bring together thousands of protesters this afternoon, converging on a meeting of the... Read more »