CIMC Alerts Blog
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).
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday Dec. 15th: Sixteen activists block a downtown intersection, get arrested, amid calls for Rahm and Anita's resignation; Wednesday, Dec. 16th: At a high school rally attended by Rahm Emanuel, students start chanting "sixteen shots". Meanwhile, corporate media report that Rahm is planning to run for a third term as mayor. And on Friday Dec. 18th, another walk-out protest at Daley Plaza is being convened.
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.
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".
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.
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.
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.