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Power to the People: How prison abolitionist Ric Wilson shares his work through music

By Thaddeus Tukes

Good luck trying to catch artivist Ric Wilson.

Traversing the city of Chicago with wide eyes and a feather earring, his flutters have already been making waves throughout the Chicago area.

A native of Alsip, a suburb southwest of the city, his soul has “bounced” from the North Coast Music Festival in early September to private shows at the SoHo House. At every performance, he proclaims:

“We love us.”

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“Scapegoat No Way”: Chicago Chinese Americans back NYPD ex-cop Peter Liang

By Yingxu Jane Hao

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nger toward the conviction of ex-New York City police officer Peter Liang brought Chinese Americans to downtown Chicago over the weekend to demand a fair trial for him and fair treatment for the Chinese American community.

Liang, the 28-year-old rookie cop is the first NYPD officer prosecuted and convicted in a police-involved shooting in the past 10 years. Protesters believe Liang was treated unfairly compared with white officers in similar cases because he belongs to an ethnic minority.

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One bullet, two victims: Protesters rally for convicted NYPD officer

By Shanshan Wang

Thousands of people, mostly Chinese-Americans, marched in downtown Chicago Saturday, calling justice for former NYPD officer Peter Liang, who was convicted of manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a black man in 2014.

The protesters chanted along the way, holding national flags, signs and banners with slogans conveying the message that selective justice is not justice, and that Liang is a scapegoat. Many of them have been following the news and sharing the protest information on WeChat, the most popular social media platform among Chinese community.

On Saturday, throngs of protesters, many from Chicago’s Chinese American community, decried the guilty verdict in the police shooting trail of Peter Liang in New York. Liang was convicted of shooting Akai Gurley, an African American, in 2014 while on the job as a New York City cop. Many protesters said race is not an issue here and that their main appeal was to have justice in law. However, at least one black woman insisted black lives matter. (Yunfei Zhao / MEDILL)

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