Protest week in review: Mostly peaceful in pursuit of justice

By Steve Musal Contributors to report:  Mike Bacos, Aryn Braun, Jasmine Cen, Kayla Daugherty, Bian Elkhatib, Misha Euceph, Max Greenwood, Patrick Martin, Emiliana Molina, Meggie Morris, Alexis Myers, Steven Porter, Brooke Rayford, Thomas Vogel and Raquel Zaldivar. It’s been a little more than a week since the state filed a first-degree murder charge against Jason … Continue reading Protest week in review: Mostly peaceful in pursuit of justice

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

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

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 … Continue reading Thousands rally for Chicago teachers and protest budget cuts

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 … Continue reading CPS parents rallied against the state budget cuts (VIDEO)

Obama calls for police reform, support — and tougher gun laws

By Steve Musal President Barack Obama, addressing the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference in Chicago today, focused on the need to support and reform law enforcement and ended his speech with a call for tougher gun laws. Police chiefs, civil rights leaders talk violence, building relationships. Full Story. “I reject any narrative that … Continue reading Obama calls for police reform, support — and tougher gun laws