New Era Windows, a cooperative made up of former employees of Republic Door and Windows and Serious Energy, opened their doors as a worker owned cooperative last week. Read the full post at Chicagoist by clicking here.
After campus police violated the civil liberties of protesters twice at demonstrations at University of Chicago earlier this year, the administration is looking into reevaluating how its police handle demonstrations as well as engaging the community. Read the full post at Chicagoist by clicking here.
Nearly 2,000 Chicago Public School students staged a walkout at Lincoln Park High School to protest the firing of 8 teachers next year, while another group held a sit in at an elementary school to protest the closing of more than 54 schools in Chicago. Read the full story at Chicagoist by clicking here.
The Illinois Senate overwhelmingly approved a bill last week which would allow law enforcement to fly drones in certain cases, albeit with some restrictions. While the bill requires law enforcement agencies to obtain a warrant (with some exceptions), legislators deleted a clause that would’ve prevented agencies from arming the drones with weapons. Read the full [...]
Even though Mayor Rahm Emanuel and supporters of Chicago Public Schools’ plan to close 54 schools see the deal as nearly done, parents, students, teachers and community activists have worked tirelessly since the announcement to fight to keep them open. While the Mayor might not appear worried about the political consequences over the closures, it’s [...]
“What are you doing for New Year’s?” The question, posed by friends and family members this past week, seemed innocent enough. When I cheerfully answered, “Protesting the prison industrial complex,” however, most people were taken aback. Read the full piece by Rachel Allshiny at Suicide Girls by clicking here.
Four protesters in Chicago who were part of a group of 23 that barricaded themselves in a mental health clinic to fight its closure were found guilty of criminal trespass. Despite the judge’s ruling, the activists vow to keep fighting for mental health clinics in the city. Read the full story at Chicagoist by clicking [...]
Striking warehouse workers at a Walmart distribution plant in Elwood, Illinois went back to work after winning a victory over their employer, who rescinded the retaliatory acts taken against them after they demanded better pay and more reasonable hours. Meanwhile, retail workers for the corporate giant have begun walking out across the country. Read the [...]