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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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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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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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