Posted 2 weeks ago

My Generation Sucked Before It Was Cool

Just FYI, the kids have never been alright. Every new generation ruins it for the previous one.

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Posted 3 weeks ago

US senator filibusters live coverage of powerful Palestinian testimonies

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CSPAN cut from Tariq Abukhdeir’s live, moving testimony of Israeli abuse in Jerusalem to cover Barbara Boxer’s incoherent pro-Israel rant to a mostly empty Senate chamber. (screenshot)

CSPAN cut from Tariq Abukhdeir’s live, moving testimony of Israeli abuse in Jerusalem to cover Barbara Boxer’s incoherent pro-Israel rant to a mostly empty Senate chamber. (screenshot)

On Friday, fifteen-year-old Tariq Abukhdeir spoke at a hearing on Capitol Hill about the brutal beating he endured at the hands of Israeli police in early July.

The purpose of the hearing was to address Israeli…

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Posted 3 weeks ago

Chicago Youths Discuss Claims Of Police Brutality, Spark Debate Over CPD Accountability | Progress Illinois

“People don’t believe young people when they say things happen to them,” said Malcolm London, a 21 year-old originally from the Austin neighborhood who now lives in Garfield Park. London, who emceed the event is part of several community organizing groups, including the Black Youth Project 100 and the Young Chicago Authors.

“There needs to be spaces where young people feel safe enough to say ‘this happened to me by the police’ and not feel like it has to be routine or like nothing can change,” said London.

Speaking to the group, Ethan Viets VanLear described two of what he said were his first encounters as a young man with police officers, both before he hit the age of 16.

“I was at freshman orientation at school,” said VanLear, who is part of a Rogers Park-based organization called Circles and Ciphers, a leadership training program for young men going through the juvenile justice system. “We’re doing silly team building stuff outside at my school. Two police officers pulled up onto the grass at the school, came up with their guns drawn, put me in handcuffs and put me in the car.”

VanLear said two weeks prior he and a friend had given their information to police after a bicycling accident, and that information was later used to interrogate several young men after a crime had been committed in the area.

“There was no evidence, they just found five brown kids that they knew were around and had their names and went and picked them up,” he added

Organizers of the event and affiliated groups say stories like VanLear’s are an all too common part of a systemic problem unfairly targeting people of color.

“If you are black or Latino or a person of color, [just] being itself is policed,” said Sara Wild from the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Oppression. “When we look at the rate of incarceration, we’re looking at 2.4 million in the U.S. prisons. How are they getting there? They focus on young African American and Latino males and females.”

Posted 3 weeks ago
I wish the whole world was dead serious about food instead of silly rockets and machines and explosives using everybody’s food money to blow their heads off anyway.
Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums (via outdoor-anarchy)
Posted 3 weeks ago

Rauner Defends Dumping Dollars Into Off-Shore Accounts

"It’s just good business sense, because we rich people are Taxed Enough Already," said the millionaire would-be governor. "Taxes are best left paid by poor people. Job creators don’t stay rich by paying for things!"

Posted 4 weeks ago

Chicago, IL—Cars continue to be extremely safe and have never been known to cause a single traffic crash. Recently however, pools have begun to join buildings in the attack on automotive freedom. Cars are now cautioned to be very concerned about drowning.

(Source: microcosmpub)

Posted 4 weeks ago

This evening, activists gathered together with members of the Chicago Light Brigade outside the Israeli consulate to show solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.

Posted 1 month ago

Fast Food Workers Vow To Escalate Fight For Better Wages, Union Representation (VIDEO) | Progress Illinois

Posted 1 month ago

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codeinewarrior:

say those three words and i’m yours

Up the punx

Posted 1 month ago

Who Wants To Challenge Emanuel's Money?

In most cases, electoral politics is a Faustian bargain. Daley was the devil we all knew. Emanuel has been a worse devil than some thought. Whoever steps up to the plate to run against Emanuel might want to fight from a new playbook.