CIMC Alerts Blog

Chicagoans join #MillionStudentMarch efforts against student debt

College students and allies in Chicago joined with efforts nationwide coordinated on November 12th to protest the escalation of student debt.

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Chicagoans take the streets to join #FightFor15

Chicagoans joined with protests across America to Fight for 15, the ongoing campaign to raise wages to living-wage status.

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Moral Monday protesters take on Chicago Board of Trade

Protests against the budget impasse, organized by Fair Economy Illinois among others, have led to an attempted lockdown of the Chicago Board of Trade.

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Secretive Homan Square police torture site held 7,100+ arrestees since 2004

In February, the Guardian revealed damning evidence about a police torture facility at Homan Square. This week, the results of a a follow-up investigation (with dazzling interactive web graphics) revealed that more than 7,100 arrestees were taken to Homan Square in the past eleven years.

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Chicago officials refuse to act on report saying 4 men framed for murder should be freed

The gossip news website Buzzfeed of all places has secured a copy of an official Chicago report (currently under court seal and commissioned by Rahm Emanuel) saying that four Chicago men convicted of murder were all framed by a Chicago police detective. Despite the report's findings, the office of Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez has refused to reopen the cases.

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Chicago police and prosecutors caught lying amid cover-up of Darius Pinex's murder

New evidence has recently emerged that the 2011 police murder of Chicagoan Darius Pinex was covered up by Chicago police and prosecutors.

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#Dyett12 Hunger Strike Ends On Day 34

The Dyett12 hunger strike to save Dyett has been called off after 34 days. Not all of the demands were met, but a great many of them were. Key among them: "We have changed how we fight. No more fighting from the non-profit protest handbook."

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CIMC

New Level 1 adult trauma center planned for Chicago’s South Side communities

In an apparent victory for a multi year campaign by activists, the University of Chicago has announced an effort to build a new Level 1 adult trauma center for Chicago's south side, at Holy Cross Hospital.

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Community goes on hunger strike for Dyett High School

"In a last-ditch effort to call attention to what they believe is an unfair request-for-proposal process led by Chicago Public Schools, protestors gathered at Dyett High School on Monday morning [Aug. 17, 2015] to participate in a hunger strike." You can follow updates online.

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Homan Square interrogation numbers: 3500 detained, 82% black

The Guardian of London published the damning results of an analysis of detainees at the infamous Homan Square facility, run by the Chicago police. Documents reveal that 3,500 individuals were detained at Homan Square, 82% of whom are black.

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CAN TV workers rally to organize a union

Rank-and-file workers at Chicago Access Network Television, CAN TV, Chicago's fleet of public access cable TV channels and one of the broadcast partners of Chicago Independent Television, are scheduled to rally on July 31st in their efforts to unionize.

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Illinois budget concerns draw grassroots protests

At least two protests against state budget cuts are scheduled for July 29th: one decrying the apparent conflict of interests of a Chicago pastor, another decrying budget cuts against a community hospital -- with a funeral procession.

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Call to donate funds for an Indymedia Convergence in Ghana

The Indymedia Africa Working Group has put a callout for funds to raise money so that delegates can attend a community broadcasters' conference in Accra, Ghana, in August 2015. You can donate online here.

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Chicago Teachers Union Picket Against Layoffs: July 1st, City Hall

Chicago Public Schools has announced layoffs to fill a purported budget shortfall. In response, Chicago Teachers Union is holding a picket at City Hall on July 1st. (Related: Rahm Emanuel shoots his mouth off again.)

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Video: Chicago cop opens fire on black teens in car

A dashboard camera video recorded in December 2013 and recently acquired by the Chicago Reporter shows a police officer firing a gun more than 12 times into a car filled with black teenagers.

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Behold the Mighty Power of Edward Snowden!

The power of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is so great that prosecutors in a Chicago trial are specifically asking that his name not be mentioned in court.

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Chicago Fast-Food Workers to Rally, June 6, as Momentum for $15 Grows

From the newswire: "With fast-food workers in New York and St. Louis poised to win $15/hr, cooks and cashiers will protest outside a [Chicago] McDonald’s on Saturday, June 6 to support those workers and to intensify their own calls for $15 and union rights here in Chicago."

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Encouraging signs at Cook County Jail

A psychologist will now lead Cook County Jail, and financial grants are being allotted for restorative rather than punitive measures.

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