On Nov. 24, a St. Louis County grand jury did not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who fatally shot an unarmed black teenager in August. The Chicago Reporter talked to advocates for greater police accountability and asked them, “What’s next?”
When Rahm Emanuel ran for mayor four years ago, African-American voters pulled him across the finish line without a run-off. He won about six out of every 10 votes cast in predominantly black wards—largely on the say-so of his former boss, President Barack Obama. But as the February mayoral election nears, Emanuel’s approval ratings among the voters who carried him to City Hall have tumbled, according to a Chicago Tribune poll.
More than 100 people rallied at Chicago’s Daley Plaza at noon on Oct. 22, the National Day of Action Against Police Brutality. Later that evening, activists held a vigil outside of the 11th District Police Station, in honor of Roshad McIntosh, 18, who was fatally shot in East Garfield Park in August.
Worldwide protests over the disappearance of more than three dozen Mexican college students spread to Chicago on Wednesday.
A group of about 40 teachers—members of the Chicago Teachers Union and CTU Latino Caucus—gathered outside of the Mexican consulate to demand that more be done to find the missing students and punish those responsible for taking them away from their school two weeks ago. The 43 missing students attended a rural teaching college in Ayotzinapa, in the southern state of Guerrero.
The group delivered a letter to the consul general, asking for the safe return of the students and demanding that the government go after those responsible.
“We will continue to be vigilant about the circumstances surrounding the students and teachers in Mexico, and will continue to fight to defend public education and the human and political rights of all citizens,” the letter said.
Demonstrations at consulates in the U.S. and Europe were planned to coincide with a national protest in Mexico. Some of the biggest protests in Mexico have occurred in Chilpancingo, just 20 minutes from where the students were taken. In Mexico City, about 10,000 people took to the streets. Shortly after the students disappeared, however, a mass grave was found containing 28 bodies.
Protesters rallied at 26th Street and California Avenue as part of the 2014 National Month of Resistance to Mass Incarceration, Police Terror, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, which is holding events throughout October to highlight police misconduct and wrongful convictions, among other issues.
Chicago hip-hop artists Common and Rhymefest joined forces on Sept. 21 to produce AAHH! Fest, a one-day music festival at Union Park, featuring Twista, MC Lyte, Jay Electronica, special guest Kanye West, and performances by local community members.
Hundreds gathered outside the McDonald’s in Chatham this morning to strike for a $15 minimum wage. Members of various groups including Action Now, Arise Chicago, and Chicago Jobs with Justice, came to support the Fight for 15 campaign. More than a dozen were peacefully arrested after blockading 87th Street. [Photos by Michelle Kanaar]
Reporter María Inés Zamudio accepted a position as an investigative reporter at The Memphis Commercial Appeal. During her three years at The Chicago Reporter, Zamudio covered immigration, labor and health care. The Reporter won two awards at the Chicago Headline Club’s 2013 Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism. Angela Caputo and Rui Kaneya won Best Non-Deadline Reporting in Newspaper or Magazine, Non-Daily, for the November/December 2013 cover story “Charges Dismissed,” and the magazine was honored with General Excellence in Print Journalism, Non-Daily. Caputo was also a finalist for the Better Government Association’s 2013 Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting for the same article.
Members of the Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) debut an original work called “FACES” at the Free Street Theatre on Thursday, June 12. The goal of YEPP is to provide a safe environment for homeless LGBTQ youth to explore their stories and celebrate their empowerment through the process of creating a performance piece. Their latest show looks at the different faces that society attributes to the ensemble members, juxtaposed with the faces they strive to present for themselves. To read a Q & A with Executive Artistic Director Bonsai Bermudez click here.