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VIDEO: Homan Square allegations spark protests

By Janel Forte

The Chicago Police Department Homan Square facility located at the corner of Fillmore and Homan is alleged to be a ‘secret site’ where police use illegal interrogation tactics and deny detainees basic constitutional rights such as a phone call or an attorney.

Allegations that the building is home to a Guantanamo Bay-style black site first surfaced after an article was published in the European media outlet The Guardian. The article cites Brian Jacob Church — one of the “NATO 3” protesters who were convicted of making incendiary devices at the NATO summit in Chicago — who  says he was held in the facility in 2012. Continue reading

VIDEO: Chicago’s food deserts still a problem

By Janel Forte

Imagine having to go further than 2 miles from your home to get fresh produce, and even then it’s not guaranteed that it’ll be affordable. That’s a reality for many people throughout the Chicagoland area.

Despite efforts by Mayor Rahm Emanuel to cut the number of food deserts, many Chicago neighborhoods still don’t have accessibility to fresh produce, fruits and vegetables. Continue reading