All posts by Jasmine Cen

Protesters block Mag Mile stores – ‘No justice, no shopping’ (Video)

By Jasmine Cen
Additional reporting by Max Greenwood.

Thousands of people packed Chicago’s Magnificent Mile on  Black Friday to voice their outrage and mourning over for the death of Laquan McDonald.

“We come down here to shut it down and you ain’t gonna shop today,” protesters sang.

Laquan McDonald, a 17-year-old black teenager, was shot 16 times by white police officer Jason Van Dyke. Van Dyke was charged with first-degree murder last week.

The release of a police video on Tuesday documenting the shooting ignited mass protests that took over streets in downtown Chicago but remained peaceful for the most part. In the continuous response after Tuesday, protesters shut down Michigan Avenue during one of the busiest shopping day of the holiday season.

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“16 shots” echoed as protestors took to Chicago’s streets (video)

By Jasmine Cen

About two hundred protestors took over the streets in downtown Chicago after the release of police shooting video of Laquan McDonald.

“Sixteen times”, the crowd chanted, as they started the march from Halsted and Roosevelt.

The protest initially started with about a hundred participants. As the group marched north, more joined in. According to a Revolutionary Communist Party activist, the group also started a spontaneous rally after the release. His group of twenty met the protestors on Michigan Avenue.

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Thousands rally for Chicago teachers and protest budget cuts

By Ziyuan Jasmine Cen

Thousands of people dressed in union red packed Grant Park Monday night to support Chicago public school teachers and to rally against the state budget cuts that might result in mass layoffs.

“CT-who?” “CTU,” the crowd chanted.

Monday’s rally was a signal to Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the state Gov. Rauner that Chicago public school teachers can unite and a strike is possible, according to the Chicago TeacherS Union.  The teachers have been working without a contract, which expired in June. The new contract is still under negotiation.

Rally supporters demanded that an elected school board runs the Chicago Board of Education.

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CPS parents rallied against the state budget cuts (VIDEO)

By Ziyuan Jasmine Cen

The rain did not stop Chicago Public Schools parents from gathering Tuesday to voice their opposition to proposed state budget cuts impacting CPS.

Chicago public schools need about $500 million to make up a $1.1 billion operating deficit, according to Forrest Claypool, CEO of CPS. Failure to get the state aid will result in cutting classes and laying off more teachers.

“I mean, they are talking about laying off 5,000 teachers,” said David Levinson, one of the parents, “I can’t comprehend that. It just feels like It is a game.”

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Chicago kicks off holiday season with the Millennium Park Christmas Tree

By Ziyuan Jasmine Cen

The city kicked off the holiday season as Chicago’s Christmas tree arrived in Millennium Park on Tuesday.

Snap. Snap. The tree posed for dozens of photos. Tourists filling the park said Chicago would be one of the holiday destinations that they would consider again for holiday celebrations. Continue reading

President Obama wanted reform in law enforcement (Video)

By Ziyuan Jasmine Cen

Obama was in his hometown to speak to thousands of law enforcement executives and chiefs of police. He stressed on three steps to lower the crime rate and make the United States a safer place.

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A rifle, a team and a smile: Fighting for neighborhood youth (Video)

By Jasmine Cen

South Shore Drill Team is not “a diamond in the desert,” said Alderman Leslie Hariston (5th ward), “It is more than an after-school program. It is a composition. It is all perspective of art.” Continue reading

Video: Chicago’s Fashion Week “Made in Chicago”

By Jasmine Cen

The Art of Fashion 2015 highlighted Chicago’s fashion week with local designers, slick looks and a push for neighborhood boutiques.

StyleChicago.com organized the runway show to present work created by 11 Chicago-based designers included Borris Powell, Shernett Swaby, La Nisay, J.Toor, Alyce Paris and others. Continue reading