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Activists win in court against city council over transparency rules, could override city council decisions
From the newswire: "a Cook County Judge ruled that the Chicago City Council violated Illinois’s Open Meetings Act (OMA) by refusing to allow members of the public to testify at its meetings in accordance with the Act...While [the] ruling covered just part of the activists’...motion, a final ruling on the suit as whole, if the City is found guilty of violating the OMA, could invalidate all final decisions made by the Council at its May 18 and June 22 meetings, including the $15.8 million TIF ordinance for luxury housing...passed at the June meeting."
October 27, 2016 marks the tenth anniversary of the assassination of Brad Will, a journalist with NYC Indymedia (born in the Chicago area) who was killed covering Oaxaca death squads in Mexico. Brad Will was 36 years old.
Here is archival coverage from 2006, including a protest outside the Mexican consulate in Chicago which saw two arrested (including a CIMC journalist).
From the newswire: "Activists are denouncing the City of Chicago's latest threatening moves against the city's homeless population ahead of a sweep scheduled for tomorrow morning, Friday, Sept. 16. Police and Department of Family Support Services (DFSS) personnel blanketed Uptown's homeless encampments late last week with notices threatening to destroy their tents and other possessions needed to survive the oncoming winter."
From the Newswire: Activists Sue City Council. State Law Says Meetings Must Be Open to the General Public and Decisions Made at Closed Meetings Could Be Voided. (The suit is being filed by two longtime Chicago activists, representing North Side Action for Justice, Uptown Tent City Organizers, and the Gay Liberation Network.)
The city of Chicago has made public hundreds of audio and video files in what's billed as "a major step forward to promote transparency". Also, the prospects of a mass-release of Rahm Emanuel's own communications have gotten a big boost in court, making that likelihood all the greater. Even so, Black Lives Matter Chicago released a statement saying that such developments are but paltry moves to justice for victims of Chicago police brutality.
On May 26, 2016, the McDonald's corporation is holding its annual shareholder meeting, which is the focus of a record-setting protest encompassing more than ten thousand workers demanding higher wages and the right to unionize.
The Guardian provides specifc details of the torture scandal at Homan Square: "Internal documents from the Chicago police department show that officers used physical force on at least 14 men already in custody at the warehouse known as Homan Square."
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