Tag: Chicago Police Department

Bail Paid: Still in Cook County #FreeMohawk

This past Saturday, dozens of people protesting inequalities in Chicago were arrested downtown. The arrests were made after the Chicago Police Department (CPD) used a dangerous and unconstitutional tactic called “kettling”. Kettling is when police force protestors into a confined space, tell the protestors to dismiss or else they will be arrested, except protestors are... Read more »

A Beginners Guide of the Demand to Defund the Police

Defund the police is a demand that was created by Black organizers and activists. It’s not a new demand. It may be new to some, but just because we never heard of it until this summer doesn’t mean it didn’t exist (see-Columbus and his “discovery” of America).  Defund the Police means to divert funding from... Read more »

We've Been Defunding Schools for Years to Fund Police - Cancel the CPS-CPD Contract

In 2007, when I started teaching at TEAM Englewood High School, a student told me about how his house was broken into. I asked if the police had any leads, he said the police hadn’t come, even though they called them yesterday. I heard more stories from my students about issues with the police. I... Read more »
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Invest in Education? Nope, the Chicago Public School Board Invests in Policing

Invest in Education? Nope, the Chicago Public School Board Invests in Policing
Yesterday the CPS Board of Education had a chance to actually be different than the appointed school boards of the past and do right by kids. They were asked to vote on a plan to give the Chicago Police Department $33 Million more dollars for employing police in schools. Out of the school board members... Read more »

I Want Jon Burge’s Pension

I Want Jon Burge’s Pension
I want Jon Burge’s pension. Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge was entrusted to protect but instead he and his Chicago Police Officers tortured over 100 Black men. Commander Burge and his crew of Chicago Police used torture to force confessions to crimes that 100 over Black men did not commit. To this day some of... Read more »

Closing Schools, Increasing Policing -The Chicago Way

Closing Schools, Increasing Policing -The Chicago Way
Chicago spends 40% of its entire operating budget on policing. In addition the city has paid out over $500 million on police brutality cases. On top of that Rahm thinks it a wise choice to spend $95 million more on a new cop academy. Meanwhile those that run Chicago Public Schools (don’t forget Rahm appoints... Read more »
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