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Donald Trump to face sizeable protest at campaign rally

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is scheduled to hold a rally in Chicago on Friday, March 11th. Efforts to protest Trump have galvanized Chicago.

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Single-payer-health-care activist Dr. Quentin Young dies

Dr. Quentin Young, longtime Hyde Park doctor and nationally renowned single-payer advocate, passed away this week at age 92. See also.

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Int'l Women's Day fact: More than 2/3ds of fast-food workers are women

More than two-thirds of fast-food workers are women, a fact highlighted by a Fight for 15 protest at the Rock and Roll McDonald's timed for International Women's Day (March 8th).

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Protesters force Anita Alvarez off U-Chicago campus

The Hyde Park Herald is reporting that embattled State's Attorney Anita Alvarez was forced off the University of Chicago campus by activists involved with the group FLY (Fearless Leading by the Youth).

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Chicago journalist @jamiekalven wins prestigious Polk Award for coverage on #LaquanMcDonald

Chicago journalist Jamie Kalven has been named a winner of the Polk Award for journalism for his reporting of the Laquan McDonald case which he helped break.

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Despite botching McDonald case, Anita Alvarez leads in polls

Anita Alvarez got caught failing to prosecute the Laquan McDonald killing and still insists nothing went wrong with handling the case. Nevertheless, Alvarez -- who is facing a primary election in March 2016 -- is leading in current polling.

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Rahm faces protests from CTU, advocates for the homeless

The Chicago Teachers Union, on the cusp of a possible strike, marched in downtown Chicago on February 4th. Meanwhile, Rahm faces protests at his house regarding TIF-abuse and policies against the homeless.

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Chicago police commit rampant dash-cam sabotage, point finger on "Ferguson Effect"

Chicago corporate media found that Chicago police video dash-cams were being sabotaged by Chicago police on a grand scale, including the video of the killing of Laquan McDonald. When asked to respond, Chicago FOP president foot the blame on the so-called "Ferguson Effect", where increased coverage has gotten in the way of police doing their jobs.

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Inclusion of pro-Israel groups at Chicago LGBTQ conference draws ire from activists

On January 22, 2016, the National LGBTQ TaskForce has allowed pro-Israel organizations to host a reception as part of their official program at their annual conference in Chicago. Both pro-Palestinian activists and the Gay Liberation Network have disagreed with the inclusion and have vowed to protest.

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I'm dreaming of a Black Christmas

Protest organizers have announced a planned Black Christmas march on Michigan Avenue, scheduled for Noon on December 24th.

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Rahm faces more protests all week

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#LaquanMcDonald fallout continues: Two more videos, rally at Daley Plaza

The videos of two more police killings have been released this week. Meanwhile, a "resignation party" is scheduled for December 9th, 12pm Noon, at Daley Plaza.

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Justice Dept. Plans to Investigate Chicago Police After Laquan McDonald Case

As widely expected, the Department of Justice is about to announce "a far-ranging investigation into the patterns and practices of the Chicago Police Department". Meanwhile, more protests over the Laquan McDonald case enveloped downtown Chicago, extending from City Hall to the Thompson Center. UPDATE: Corporate media are reporting that the head of the "Independent" Police Review Authority has resigned.

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Judge issues requirements for cellphone-snooping "stingrays"

Meanwhile, here's something of interest to activists and protesters in the streets, though it may have not gotten a lot of play in recent days (because of protesters in the streets): An Illinois judge forced stringent new requirements on the cellphone-snooping cell tower simulators that are known as "stingrays".

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#LaquanMcDonald protests continue on #BlackFridayLivesMatter

The surge of protest activity in the wake of the release of the video of the killing of Laquan McDonald continues on so-called Black Friday: Both the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression and Rainbow PUSH have announced Downtown protest events for the morning of November 27th.

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#LaquanMcDonald activists rally to free arrested student Malcolm London

Five were arrested amid the Laquan McDonald protests that swept downtown Chicago on November 24th. One of the arrestees, local poet and student Malcolm London faced dubious felony charges until activists rallied to his defense and got the charges dropped on the afternoon of November 25th.

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#LaquanMcDonald video being released; protests underway

Chicago corporate media are reporting that the Chicago police are releasing the video of the shooting of Laquan at a press conference timed to 4:30PM on Tuesday, November 24th. An emergency rally is scheduled for 5:30PM at the intersection of Roosevelt and Halsted; other protests expect to follow. UPDATE: Protests have enveloped downtown Chicago. Follow independent journalists Aaron Cynic and Kevin Gosztola for live coverage from the streets; early reports have it that three protesters have been arrested.

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Video of Laquan McDonald shooting to be released; protests to follow?

A court has ordered the video of the police killing of Laquan McDonald released no later than November 25th. The Chicago corporate media has highlighted the possibility of significant anti-police-brutality protests swirling Chicago around the video's release. One youth group declined an offer to meet with the Mayor over the video release, saying that the call for calm doesn't also extend to the Chicago Police Department.

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