Alleged police torture victim seeks to clear his name (video)

By Jasmine Cen Anthony Jakes is fighting to clear his name after he spent years in jail. He was charged with first-degree murder and taken into police custody in Chicago  when he was fifteen. Jakes is still working to fit back into the society since his release from prison in 2012 and he is fighting to … Continue reading Alleged police torture victim seeks to clear his name (video)

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)

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.

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.

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

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.”