Chicago Public Schools Memo Instructs on How to Handle Civil Disobedience Against School Closings

By: Tuesday March 26, 2013 7:43 pm

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Public Schools (CPS) currently intend to close fifty-four schools before the year is over. This means Chicago is likely to have the largest number of school closures in any city in America this year. President of the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU), Karen Lewis, has declared, “Closing 50 of our neighborhood [...]

Whistleblower Lawsuit: Chicago Cops Retaliated Against for Investigating Officer Who Was Robbing Drug Couriers

By: Friday November 2, 2012 5:53 pm

A whistleblower lawsuit on behalf of two Chicago police officers has been filed in federal court. The suit alleges the officers faced retaliation after they discovered one of their fellow officers, Sergeant Ron Watts, was “robbing drug couriers and manufacturing a case against at least one confidential informant” at the Ida B. Wells public housing [...]

Park Curfew Violated Rights of Occupy Chicago Protesters Arrested Last October

By: Thursday September 27, 2012 6:40 pm

A judge ruled that Chicago’s park curfew ordinance is unconstitutional and dismissed over 90 cases against people who participated in an Occupy Chicago protests in October when they tried to occupy Grant Park with tents and were arrested. Cook County Court Judge Thomas Donnelly wrote in his decision and in regards to arrestees’ claims the curfew is [...]

Protest Song of the Day: ‘Chicago Teacher’

By: Wednesday September 19, 2012 9:43 am

To recognize the power of protest music, acknowledge its role in keeping dissent alive and how musicians are translating today’s social issues and systemic problems into song, The Dissenter has decided to launch a daily feature that highlights a protest song every day. The Chicago Teachers Union concluded their strike against the corporate education policies being advanced [...]

Myths vs. Facts in the Chicago Teachers Union Strike

By: Friday September 14, 2012 1:00 pm

Politicians, journalists, liberal pundits and so-called education reform advocates are employing spin and misinformation to condemn and criticize the Chicago Teachers Union strike. It’s important to note that Chicago is being used as the latest laboratory for anti-union privatization measures that some big business Democrats and Republicans hope to implement across the country. Firedoglake has [...]

Chicago Teachers, on Fourth Day of Strike, Protest Corporate Welfare (VIDEO)

By: Friday September 14, 2012 11:42 am

Thousands of Chicago teachers, on the fourth day of a strike, picketed the Hyatt hotel in downtown. The action was called to protest Chicago Public Schools board member Penny Pritzker, who owns Hyatt Hotels Corporation, and benefited from millions of dollars of taxpayer money as budget cuts for schools were proposed. As Curtis Black of [...]

Obama’s Education Secretary Far From Neutral When It Comes to Chicago Teachers Strike

By: Wednesday September 12, 2012 1:51 pm

The Chicago Teachers Union went on strike on September 10. At least twenty-six thousand educators have been taking a stand in the streets, for a fair contract and for reductions in class sizes, the provision of social services for children, a halt to the expansion of charter schools and an end to “turnarounds” and school [...]

Chicago Teacher on Why He’s Striking Against Rahm Emanuel’s Pro-Business Education Agenda

By: Monday September 10, 2012 9:08 pm

As Firedoglake has been covering all day, twenty-six thousand educators went on strike in Chicago. The strike by the Chicago Teachers Union is the first strike in twenty-five years. It is happening in a city governed by a Democratic mayor, former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. Therefore, it has different dynamics than the fight that [...]

Targeted Killings: Obama’s Pragmatic Solution to Failing to Close Guantanamo

By: Sunday June 24, 2012 11:30 am

When President Barack Obama was elected president, he and his administration planned to overhaul Bush detention policies and repair America’s image in the world. This specifically included ending torture, ensuring terror suspects were given due process and no longer indefinitely detained and closing the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. However, the politics of pushing [...]

The Indictment of NATO Protesters on Terrorism Charges

By: Wednesday June 13, 2012 9:41 am

Three individuals who came to Chicago in May to protest at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) summit appeared in court yesterday during a two-minute hearing in Chicago, Illinois. They were indicted on terrorism-related charges by a grand jury and were the first people to be charged under an Illinois state terrorism law passed a [...]

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