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CPD Releases Lists of Officers Charged With Repeated Abuse; Police Misconduct Data Now Available to the Public

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Seven years ago, the University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Clinic successfully represented Diane Bond, a public housing tenant repeatedly abused by a team of gang tactical officers at the Stateway Gardens development.

In the course of discovery in the Bond case, the City of Chicago produced lists of officers with more than ten complaints against them over a five year period. Journalist Jamie Kalven, who had written a series of articles about the Bond case, intervened and challenged the protective order as applied to the lists. Federal Judge Joan Lefkow ruled in Kalven’s favor.

“Without such information,” she wrote, “the public would be unable to supervise the individuals and institutions it has entrusted with extraordinary authority to arrest and detain persons against their will. With so much at stake, the defendants simply cannot be permitted to operate in secrecy.”

When the City sought a stay of Judge Lefkow’s order pending appeal, a headline in the Chicago Sun-Times asked: “What Are They Hiding?”

Today we know the answer to that question, because the City has released the lists at issue in Bond, as well two other lists generated in another civil rights case, Moore v. Chicago.

Upon receiving the documents, Kalven immediately made them universally available on the website of the Invisible Institute (https://the.invisible.institute/news/).

“After arguing for the better part of a decade that documents of this nature are public,” he said, “it gives me great satisfaction today to complete the process of making them so.”

In 2009, Judge Lefkow’s decision in Bond was reversed by the United States Court of Appeals. Represented by the Mandel Clinic, Kalven then sought the same documents–as well as the Moore lists–under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.

More than ten Clinic students worked on Kalven v. Chicago under the supervision of Professor Craig Futterman and in close collaboration with Jon Loevy and Samantha Liskow of Loevy & Loevy and Flint Taylor and Ben Elson of the People’s Law Office. Two students—Italia Patti and Saul Cohen—argued the case before the Illinois appellate court.

On March 10 of this year, the Illinois appellate court held in Kalven v. Chicago that documents bearing on allegations of police abuse are public information. On July 11, the Emanuel administration announced it would not appeal Kalven and outlined its new transparency policy for implementing the decision.

“The Chicago Police Department is opening itself to the public in an historic way, paving the path toward a new era of police accountability. The Lists released by the City are a powerful tool—they have the potential to reveal officers who have engaged in patterns of serious abuse,” said Professor Futterman.

“For far too long, the Department has refused to investigate these patterns,” Futterman added. “These lists can help us weed out officers who destroy innocent lives and dishonor the thousands of officers who protect and serve us every day. The impunity with which those abusive officers have operated has broken the public trust, resulting in historically low clearance rates for solving violent crime in many Chicago neighborhoods. It’s up to all of us to use this tool to create a better and more effective Police Department.”

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“Speaker Boehner and Republican Leadership Continue to Make a Mockery of Our Democratic Process.”: CBC Chair Marcia L. Fudge

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Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge’s Statement on Passage of the Republican Resolution to Sue the President

WASHINGTON, DC Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Chair Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11) released the following statement on the passage of House Republican’s resolution to sue the President Barack Obama over alleged abuses of executive authority:

“Speaker Boehner and Republican Leadership continue to make a mockery of our democratic process. Today’s vote is just another misguided attempt in a long series of actions designed to distract the American people from their failed leadership that has caused this Congress to become the most unproductive in American history.

“This lawsuit is a farce and merely a political stunt that wastes the American people’s time and tax dollars. Republicans claim to be defenders of the Constitution, but they are not. Instead the GOP is undermining the law by suing the President for exercising his authority as the leader of the executive branch – one of the three equal branches of our government.  This suit is an attempt to embarrass the President, cast aspersion on his character and continue the Republicans’ march toward their ultimate goal of impeachment.

“The majority of the American people will see that today’s vote is merely an effort to cover Republican Leadership’s absence of ideas and their refusal to address the serious challenges facing our nation.  This is another failure of Republican Leadership and another example of their commitment to letting the American people down.”

Dan Pfeiffer: “House Republicans Just Voted to Sue President Obama”

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(From Dan Pfeiffer, Assistant to the President of the United States)


The House of Representatives just took a vote — and it wasn’t to raise the minimum wage, put in place equal pay, create jobs, or reform our broken immigration system.

Instead, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives just voted to sue the President for using his executive authority. This lawsuit will waste valuable time and potentially millions of taxpayer dollars.

This is the least productive Congress in decades. And instead of doing their job, they are suing the President for doing his.

The President is committed to making a difference for the millions of hardworking Americans trying to do right by their families and communities. While Republicans in Congress continue to waste taxpayer money, this President is going to keep doing his job.

If you’re doing your own job — and you support President Obama doing his — add your name.

President Obama remains ready and willing to work with Republicans in Congress if they decide to get serious and do something for the American people. But he is also committed to acting even as Congress won’t. You’ve seen that time and time again this year — from raising the federal minimum wage on new federal government contracts, to expanding apprenticeship opportunities and making student loan payments more affordable.

The President is not going to back away from his efforts to use his authority to solve problems and help American families. In fact, the day after the vote, President Obama will announce his next executive action to crack down on federal contractors who put workers’ safety and hard-earned pay at risk. It’s just the next in a series of steps this Administration will be taking this year to make sure that American workers are getting a fair deal, and he has pledged to take executive action to deal with our broken immigration system in the months ahead.

That’s what this President is focused on. If you want to see it continue, and are sick and tired of stunts like the House Republicans’ lawsuit, then say so:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/doing-his-job

Thanks,

Dan

We Charge Genocide! Youth Hearing on Police Violence

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Putting the system on trial: Chicago’s youth speak out to break the cycle of isolation, control and repression as a vehicle for social transformation.


CHICAGO, IL -  On Saturday, August 2 the We Charge Genocide working committee will launch their project in Chicago by hosting a youth hearing on police violence at Roosevelt University. From 1 to 2 PM, Chicago’s youth will put the system of police violence on trial, breaking their silence to confront the targeted repression, harassment and brutality disproportionately faced by low-income people and young people of color.

Youth aged 25 and under are invited to share their experiences. Personal and community stories of police violence will be told, such as the recent incident where a young man named Damo was tased by the police, hit his head, and later died.

“If you’re young and poor and black or brown, the police see you as a criminal. Young people are the future of this city, but you wouldn’t know it by the way we’re treated,” says Richard Wilson, 19, one of the organizers of the youth hearing and a member of We Charge Genocide. “Police violence and harassment are a reality in our neighborhoods but we aren’t powerless, we’re putting the system on trial.”

We Charge Genocide is a grassroots, inter-generational effort to center the voices and experiences of the young people most targeted by police violence in Chicago. The name “We Charge Genocide” comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses committed mostly by the police.  We believe it is true now, as it was then, that violence is too often used by the police to silence, isolate, control, and repress low-income people and people of color in particular.

We seek to address this tradition of violence by offering a vehicle for needed organizing and social transformation through documentation of youth experiences with the Chicago Police Department, and through popular education both about police abuses of power and about youth-driven solutions and alternatives to policing.


G-7 Leaders Statement on Ukraine

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We, the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom, the United States, the President of the European Council, and the President of the European Commission, join in expressing our grave concern about Russia’s continued actions to undermine Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence.  We once again condemn Russia’s illegal annexation of Crimea, and actions to de-stabilize eastern Ukraine.  Those actions are unacceptable and violate international law.

We condemn the tragic downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the deaths of 298 innocent civilians.  We demand a prompt, full, unimpeded, and transparent international investigation.  We call upon all sides to establish, maintain, and fully respect a cease-fire at and around the crash site, as demanded by UN Security Council resolution 2166, so that the investigators can take up their work and to recover the remains of all victims and their personal possessions.

This terrible event should have marked a watershed in this conflict, causing Russia to suspend its support for illegal armed groups in Ukraine, secure its border with Ukraine, and stop the increasing flow of weapons, equipment, and militants across the border in order to achieve rapid and tangible results in de-escalation.

Regrettably, however, Russia has not changed course.  This week, we have all announced additional coordinated sanctions on Russia, including sanctions on specific companies operating in key sectors of the Russian economy.  We believe it is essential to demonstrate to the Russian leadership that it must stop its support for the separatists in eastern Ukraine and tangibly participate in creating the necessary conditions for the political process.

We remain convinced that there must be a political solution to the current conflict, which is causing rising numbers of civilian casualties.  We call for a peaceful settlement of the crisis in Ukraine and underline the need to implement President Poroshenko’s peace plan without any further delay.  To this end, we urge all parties to establish a swift, genuine, and sustainable general cease-fire on the basis of the Berlin Declaration of 2 July with the aim of maintaining Ukraine’s territorial integrity.  We call upon Russia to use its influence with the separatist groups and ensure effective border control, including through OSCE observers.   We support the OSCE and the Trilateral Contact Group as central players in creating the conditions for a ceasefire.

Russia still has the opportunity to choose the path of de-escalation, which would lead to the removal of these sanctions.  If it does not do so, however, we remain ready to further intensify the costs of its adverse actions.

We Need to Fight for Equality

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By William Spriggs

Last week, I had the great honor to receive the Benjamin L. Hooks “Keeper of the Flame” Award from the Labor Committee of the NAACP’s Board of Directors. Both the new president, Cornell Brooks, and Lorraine Miller, who served as interim president before him, were present. I felt humbled by the honor.

This is the 105th anniversary of the NAACP. The conference was a constant reminder of the legacy of those who cut a long path in the fight for equality-not just racial equality-in America. But last year, this year and next also mark important 50-year anniversaries of the civil rights movement. Last year was the March for Jobs and Justice, this year was the Civil Rights Act and next year is the Voting Rights Act. But we should not forget that we also are marking the anniversaries of human sacrifice to justice.

Last year, it was the assassination of Medgar Evers and four young girls, Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley, who were murdered when the 16th Street Baptist church was bombed in Birmingham, Ala., during church services. This year, it was James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner, murdered for registering African American voters in Philadelphia, Miss. Next year, it will be to remember the campaign to register voters in Alabama, the Bloody Sunday attack on marchers crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge and Viola Liuzzo, who was murdered driving marchers for the march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala.

It is important to note these events occurred when the NAACP was already more than 40 years in the struggle for justice. A solid reminder that this is a long struggle, and it is marked with the blood and sacrifice of many.

The labor luncheon at the NAACP convention is to rededicate the cooperation of two movements with one goal. The labor movement has a long history of struggle as well, fighting for equality and human dignity. Dignity for many begins with dignity at work.

I had a chance to hear from the Rev. William J. Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP and a leader of the Moral Monday movement in North Carolina. He coined a new phrase to capture the attack on democracy in North Carolina-“Grand Theft Democracy.” Well, it is a grand theft of democracy when the laws being proposed in North Carolina by its reactionary governor and state legislature are considered in full. The hijacking of democracy is not lost on North Carolina voters. Only 18 percent approve of the job the legislators are doing. And, because many voters think Gov. Pat McCory is on the side of the legislators, his approval rating of 39 percent sits far below his 45 percent disapproval rating.

Our nation is engaged in a huge experiment, pitting low-wage states like North Carolina against states that want to make work pay. In 2012, 67.5 percent of working age (older than 15) poor people in North Carolina held a job during the year, including 8% who worked full-time year round.

There are now 23 states with minimum wages higher than the federal minimum wage. So far, this year, in the 13 states that raised their minimum wages on Jan. 1, job growth has been faster than in the states that did not raise their minimum wage.

This is where the agenda of Rev. Barber’s civil rights meets labor rights. Only 4.8% of North Carolina’s workforce is represented by a union. So there is no voice for workers on the plant floor or in the offices of North Carolina. The one place they can have a voice is in the state legislature, to campaign for decent wages.

Under Ronald Reagan, voting laws were updated in 1984 to make it easier for people with disabilities and older Americans to vote. The National Voter Registration Act of 1993-the Motor Voter Act-insured greater access to voter registration through state agencies interfacing with the public. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 aimed to clean up dysfunctional voting processes exposed by the “hanging chads” of Florida’s paper ballots in 2000. And President George W. Bush signed the reauthorization of the 1965 Voting Rights Act after it passed the Senate 98-0.

So, after the continued progress on voting rights that was launched 50 years ago, you have to wonder why politicians would now take great efforts to make it more difficult to vote? Reversing democratic progress to silence the 99 percent only helps 1 percent of Americans. So, we must fight.

Follow Spriggs on Twitter: @WSpriggs. Contact: Amaya Smith-Tune Acting Director, Media Outreach AFL-CIO 202-637-5142

Photo Caption: President Lyndon Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Kirk Praises Sanctions on Chinese Drug Traffickers and Encourages Greater Cooperation and Accountability From Chinese Government

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Members of Chinese Drug Trafficking Ring Sanctioned by Treasury Department

Synthetics Contributed to 11,406 ER Visits in 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) released a statement following news that the U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned a number of Chinese drug traffickers who have been involved in the selling, manufacturing and transporting of synthetic drugs internationally.

Zhang Lei (a.k.a. Eric Chang) has been accused of shipping thousands of kilograms of synthetic drugs and substances in a number of countries around the world, including the United States. In June of this year, Senator Kirk met with U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents in Chicago and called for Chinese cooperation to stop the flow of these deadly drugs, specifically dangerous synthetic drugs intended to mimic the effects of marijuana, into the United States. Synthetic marijuana is the drug seized most by law enforcement at O’Hare.

“Every day, deadly substances like synthetic marijuana are putting Illinois teenagers at risk – and we need to hold the kingpins running these drug trafficking rings responsible,” Senator Kirk said. “I told the Chinese government in June that they needed to combat the flow of illicit synthetic substances, and I am encouraged that the Treasury Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration are enforcing the law and sanctioning the people who have been pushing these illegal substances into our kids’ hands.”

Simon Named to Leadership of Nation’s Lieutenant Governors Association

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CHICAGO, IL — Illinois Lt. Governor Sheila Simon will serve on the leadership committee of the National Lieutenant Governors Association (NLGA).  NLGA is a professional association enabling regional and nationwide policy discussion and progress at the state level.

“I’m very proud to continue serving in the NLGA, and look forward to keeping the lines of communication open between Illinois and other states as we work toward bipartisan, nationwide progress on the issues that cross state lines,” Simon said Wednesday.

Simon has been named Midwest Regional Chair of the NLGA Executive Committee. She was elected unanimously by a bipartisan group of other lieutenant governors who are members of the organization.

The Association provides research and best practices exchange to the officeholders first in line of succession to governor in all 50 states and the U.S. territories.

“Through NLGA’s bi-partisan nature, the priorities of lieutenant governors and their states and territories are united, not divided,” said NLGA Director Julia Hurst.

The committee meets about three times a year and is responsible for charting the course of policy issues and national impact to be pursued by the nation’s second-highest state and territorial officeholders.  In addition to its specific duties, the committee will also address issues of mutual concern to all members.

LA Black Book Fair to Honor Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee

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Legends Remembered: Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee

Leimert Park Village Book Fair pays tribute to the best in African American Arts and Culture


Los Angeles, CA (BlackNews.com) — For almost a decade, the Leimert Park Village Book Fair has celebrated African American arts and culture and those talented individuals responsible for bringing the written word to life. In keeping with that tradition, the 8th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair will give a tribute to poet Maya Angelou and actress Ruby Dee. The book fair, which takes place from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 9, at the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, will also debut the 1st Annual Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards.

It could be argued that no commemoration of the written word in African America literature would be complete without the mention of Dr. Maya Angelou. One of the most renowned and prolific voices of our time, she was truly an American treasure. In addition to mastering the art of poetry, Dr. Angelou was a celebrated memoirist, novelist, educator, dramatist, producer, actress, dancer, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist.

Her critically acclaimed 1970 memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, was nominated for the National Book Award, remained on the New York Times bestseller list for two years and has sold approximately four million copies. The list of her published verse, non-fiction, and fiction includes more than 30 best-selling titles.

Most known for her acting career, Ruby Dee was also a poet, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and activist. She is perhaps best known for her roles in A Raisin in the Sun, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever and the long running soap opera, Guiding Light. In 2008, at the age of 83, Ms. Dee was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal in American Gangster with Denzel Washington. She was the second oldest actress to be nominated for an Oscar.

Ms. Dee was also an early supporters of the civil rights movement. She was an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee and the Southern Christian Leadership Council (SCLC). In 1989, she and her husband, the late actor Ossie Davis, were voted into the NAACP Image Award Hall of Fame. The couple were also recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors and the American National Medal of the Arts from the National Endowment of the Arts in Washington, D.C.

In an effort to recognize literary excellence in today’s writers, the Leimert Park Village Book Fair will introduce the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards. Jessie Redmon Fauset was a female African American editor, poet, essayist and novelist. The author of four novels as well poetry and non-fiction, Faucet was known as one of the most intelligent women novelist of the Harlem Renaissance. The Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards will honor the best entries in the categories of General Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry/Spoken Word, Children/Young Readers and Youth/Teen/Young Adults.

“It’s an honor to coordinate Leimert Park Village Book Fair’s first Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards,” said Awards Director Annette Thomas. Ms. Thomas is a Communications and Marketing Specialist who has worked with the Harlem Book Fair as Awards Director and the NAACP Image Awards as Literary Coordinator. “We’ve received over 60 entries from all over the country. Some of the top publishing houses have submitted entries. It’s going to be a close competition and we’re very excited,” said Ms. Thomas.

In addition to the tribute to Maya Angelou and Ruby Dee and the Jessie Redmon Fauset Book Awards, the Leimert Park Village Book Fair will feature an array of exciting events, activities and programs that focus on the literary and cultural contributions based on this year’s theme, “1970-1979: The Decade of Self-Expression.” The annual Legacy Awards will recognize “Good Times” creator and award winning screenwriter, Eric Monte (“Cooley High,” “The Jeffersons,” “All in the Family”); legendary musician/philanthropist Stevie Wonder; and actress Marla Gibbs.

For additional information on LPVBF’s events and activities, please call (323) 730-0628 or visit www.leimertparkbookfair.com.
About Leimert Park Village Book Fair
Produced by Exum and Associates in partnership with Councilmember Bernard C. Parks, 8th District and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, 2nd District, the LPVBF also is supported by public partners the City of Los Angeles; Sponsors include Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza, Capri Capital Partners, Strategic Counsel PLC, Nestle U.S.A., Inc., The Gas Company, Time Warner Cable, KABC-Channel 7, K-PFK 90.7 FM Radio, and The Walt Disney Company. The mission of LPVBF is to promote, encourage and advocate literacy, education and the love of reading throughout the Greater Los Angeles areas. LPVBF is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to producing year-round educational programming, as well as to the presentation of events in collaboration with our partners, in addition to the annual summer fair for which the organization is named.

Philanthropists and Art Historians Dr. Bernard C. and Shirley Kinsey continue as honorary co-chairs to lead fund-raising efforts and facilitate in increasing the book fair’s brand awareness among the corporate community. The Kinseys are one of the most admired and respected couples in Los Angeles. They are known for their collection of African-American art, books and manuscripts that document and tell the remarkable story of African Americans triumphs and struggles from 1632 to the present. The Kinsey Collection: “Shared Treasures of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey” has been on a national tour and seen by millions.
About Baldwin Hills Crenshaw
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw (BHC) is an 870,000-square-foot retail destination located at the intersection of Crenshaw Blvd. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. in Los Angeles, California. Anchored by Macys, Sears and Wal-Mart, with over 100 specialty stores, state-of-the-art cinemas and dining options, BHC has long been recognized as the hub of the surrounding communities. From a signature concert series known as BHC Live!, monthly Kid’s Club and a weekly Farmers’ Market to the many public services offered at the mall, it is clear that BHC is more than just a place to shop, it’s a central gathering place for the local community. BHC is entrenched in the local lifestyle, and is committed to making this neighborhood an even better place to live, work, shop and just BE! BHC partners with several leading community partners to support a variety of worthwhile events throughout the year, and continue to support programming that reflects the history and interests of its local residents.

Baldwin Hills Crenshaw is managed and leased by Primestor Development, Inc. Primestor is a full-service commercial real estate firm specializing in the management, revitalization and development of shopping centers in urban areas.

Photo Caption: Poet Maya Angelou will be honored at the 8th Annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair on August 9th

ESPN Panelist says Women Provoke Their Own Attacks

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Football player Ray Rice was given just a two game suspension for assaulting his fiancee and leaving her unconscious. While discussing the story, ESPN commentator Stephen A. Smith implied that women are responsible for their own beatings.

Smith said “We talk about the guys, but we never talk about the elements of provocation.”

These kinds of statements aren’t “discussion” — they’re victim-blaming and sexist. Tell ESPN to reprimand Smith for his ignorant comments.

By drawing attention to Rice’s girlfriend rather than Rice himself, Smith implicitly excused Rice of doing anything wrong.

Even after widespread public outcry, Smith continues to dodge admitting that the abuser is always the person at fault for domestic violence.

ESPN has suspended Smith for one week, but more needs to be done to combat this culture of victim-blaming — especially in the sports community, where players are given such lenient punishments for assault against women.

Tell ESPN to publicly reprimand Smith for his comments and work to address sexism in its employees!

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