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Ben Baker Wrongful Conviction Overturned; Released from Robinson Correctional

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Exoneration Project client Ben Baker, a Chicago resident who has spent over 10 years wrongfully imprisoned on false charges of possession, was finally released yesterday at 5:45 from Robinson Correctional after prosecutors agreed to dismiss charges. You can read a comprehensive breakdown of the egregious frame-up by the Chicago Police Department here, and view various release footage here.

You can see a video of his statement upon release here.
And his reunion with this family here.

Just one month after attorneys for Ben Baker filed court documents seeking to overturn his 2006 convictions for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, the State’s Attorney’s Office has agreed to dismiss all charges against Baker.

In December 2015, Baker’s attorneys, Joshua Tepfer and Elizabeth Wang of the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School, had submitted new evidence to the court showing that Baker was framed by a corrupt group of Chicago police officers, which is exactly what Baker testified to almost a decade ago. At the time of his bench trial, Baker testified that then-Chicago police sergeant Ronald Watts and officers under his command planted drugs on him after Baker refused to pay Watts a $1,000 bribe. Noting that “there might have been a different story” if Baker’s claims were corroborated, the circuit court judge found the claim incredible and convicted Baker and sentenced him to 14 years in prison. In 2012, Watts and one member of his crew, Kallatt Mohammad, were charged with and pled guilty to a federal extortion charge for attempting to extort $5,200 from a federal informant.

FBI documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act by Baker’s attorneys proved that Baker’s allegations against former Chicago police sergeant Ronald Watts and members of his tactical team (Douglas Nichols, Alvin Jones, and Robert Gonzalez) were corroborated by law enforcement investigative materials available at the time of his trial but hidden from him and his attorneys. Other evidence submitted by Baker’s attorneys showed that other members of Watts’ crew who had testified against Baker at his trial were engaged in corrupt activities and under investigation by state and federal authorities.

Ben Baker is represented by Joshua Tepfer and Elizabeth Wang of the Exoneration Project at the University of Chicago Law School, as well as law students Nathan Maxwell and Regina Wood.

Eva Nagao <enagao@law.uchicago.edu>
Exoneration Project, Managing Director

Legendary Civil Rights and Peace Activist Diane Nash to Deliver MLK Jr. Keynote Address at Northwestern University

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Talk by Civil Rights/Peace Activist to Honor Dr. King’s Legacy


Diane Nash featured in a week of events honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
• Civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash to deliver MLK Jr. keynote address Jan. 25

  • Kellogg’s Nicholas A. Pearce main speaker at Jan. 18 Candlelight Vigil at Millar Chapel
  • Northwestern students to recite orations inspired by MLK at both campus keynote events
  • Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa to speak on South Africa’s transition

EVANSTON, Ill. — Legendary civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash and Nicholas A. Pearce, an ordained minister, Northwestern alumnus and Kellogg professor whose research examines values-driven leadership, diversity and inclusion, collaboration and change in organizations around the world, will be the featured speakers at Northwestern University’s annual commemoration of the life and legacy of the late civil and human rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The weeklong 2016 celebration begins Jan. 18. Northwestern has suspended classes Monday, Jan. 18 on the Evanston and Chicago campuses for a University-wide, full-day observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. That evening Pearce will speak at the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Candlelight Vigil at Alice Millar Chapel.

Pearce, a Northwestern alumnus, is clinical assistant professor of management and organizations at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and assistant pastor of the historic Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s south side.

Nash’s keynote address, on Monday, Jan. 25 at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, will conclude Northwestern’s 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration. The 6 p.m. program also will feature music and performances by Northwestern student groups. Earlier in the day, at noon, that day, Nash will address Northwestern faculty, staff and students on the Chicago campus. Both events are free and open to the public.

Nash became involved in the nonviolent civil rights movement in 1959 in Tennessee, when she was a college student in Nashville. Nash, a Chicago native who had never experienced segregation in public accommodations prior to moving to the South, went on to become one of the civil rights movement’s pioneers. She was a leader and strategist of the student wing of the 1960s civil rights movement. Her campaigns were among the most successful of the era. In 1960, Nash became the chairperson of the Fisk University student sit-in movement in Nashville, the first southern city to desegregate its lunch counters.

In 1961, Nash coordinated the Freedom Ride from Birmingham, Ala., to Jackson, Miss. She also played a key role in bringing Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. to Montgomery, Ala., on May 21 of that year in support of the Freedom Riders. That memorable journey was documented in the recent Public Broadcasting Services (PBS) American Experience film “Freedom Riders.”

Also Monday, Jan. 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northwestern students will engage in a variety of service projects throughout Evanston and Chicago during the University’s annual Day of Service. Students also will have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences during lunch that day. Volunteer registration is currently at maximum capacity, however, information about additional volunteer opportunities in Evanston is available online.

The Chicago Campus has scheduled two days of service for Northwestern students, Friday, Jan. 22 and Saturday, Jan. 23, at various locations to help keep King’s legacy alive by participating in one of the many service projects planned in celebration of his life and work. RSVP here.

Jan. 18 also is Eva Jefferson Day on the Evanston campus. The Eva Jefferson Civil Rights Program brings 50 to 70 Chicago and Evanston middle school students to campus to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The program’s committee organizes a full day of arts and crafts activities, speakers for the students and discussions about King’s legacy. Northwestern student volunteers act as mentors for the children. The program was established in 2003 by Associated Student Government (ASG) President Rachel Lopez.

The following Martin Luther King Jr. Day events on both campuses are free and open to the public.


  • Campus Observance: Candlelight Vigil featuring Nicholas Pearce7 p.m.Monday, Jan. 18Alice Millar Chapel, 1870 Sheridan Rd. Keynote speaker Nicholas Pearce, clinical assistant professor of management and organizations at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a Northwestern alumnus. The sign language interpreted event will include musical performances by Northwestern student groups. A reception will follow. The Candlelight Vigil is hosted by the Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.
  • Justice and Constitutional Rights: Democracy in South Africa After 22 Years, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20,Harris Hall, 1881 Sheridan Road, Room 107. In the first of two talks, Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court of South Africa will offer a personal account of South Africa’s transition from an oppressive racist autocracy to an inclusive democracy under the world’s most progressive constitution. He will offer reflections on the most notable successes as well as the biggest failures as a nation, long divided by wealth and race and carrying heavy burdens from the past, grapples to secure its path forward under constitutionalism and the rule of law. Cameron also will be the featured speaker at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, in the McCormick Foundation Center Forum, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston. In a conversation with Douglas Foster, associate journalism professor at Medill. Cameron will discuss South Africa’s constitutional commitment to freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and other media. Cameron also will give a rare first-hand account of the exciting and sometimes daring decisions handed down by South Africa’s highest court. Cameron’s visit is sponsored by the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications.
  • Evanston Campus Observance: Keynote Speaker Diane Nash, 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25, Pick-Staiger Concert Hall, 50 Arts Circle Drive. The University-wide observance will feature music and performances by Northwestern student groups and a keynote address by civil rights and peace activist Diane Nash. It is a sign language interpreted event. Tickets are not required. Doors will open at 5:15 p.m.
  • Harambee, 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, Norris University Center, Louis Room, 1999 Campus Drive. “Harambee” in Swahili stands for “pull together.” This annual Evanston campus get-together features performances, presentations and free food. It is co-sponsored by African American Student Affairs (AASA) and For Members Only: Northwestern’s Black Student Alliance. Free and open to the public.

More information on Evanston campus events is available online.


  • Chicago Campus Student Oratorical Competition, noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, Arthur Rubloff Building, 375 E. Chicago Ave, Room 150, Aspen Hall. Three Northwestern students from the Chicago campus will recite their orations inspired by Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The winner will have the opportunity to recite their speech at the Jan. 25 Chicago campus MLK commemoration keynote event at Thorne Auditorium. Lunch will be provided. RSVP required. Visit the Chicago Oratorical Contest page for more information on contest guidelines.
  • “Fighting for Justice: A Conversation with Craig Futterman,” noon, Thursday, Jan. 21, Rubloff Building, Room 150, Aspen Hall, 375 E. Chicago Ave. Guest speaker Craig Futterman is founder of the Civil Rights and Police Accountability Project at The University of Chicago Law School’s Mandel Legal Aid Clinic. Much of Futterman’s career has been devoted to police accountability. He also was instrumental in the Freedom of Information Act litigation that ultimately resulted in the release of the Laquan McDonald video that sparked weeks of protests. His candid conversation will focus on Chicago’s long-time struggle for equity in policing and the role the law can play in bringing injustice to light. Lunch will be provided. The event is presented by the Chicago campus DREAM committee.
  • Dream Week Reception, 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Thorne Lobby, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave. The reception is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.
  • Film screening of “3 1/2 minutes, Ten Bullets,” 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, Thorne Auditorium, Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, 375 E. Chicago Ave. The screening will be preceded by a 5 p.m. reception in the Atrium. The film follows two individuals whose lives intersected and were forever altered. On Black Friday 2012, two cars parked next to each other at a Florida gas station. A white middle-aged male and a black teenager exchanged angry words over the volume of the music in the boy’s car. A gun entered the exchange, and one of them was left dead. Michael Dunn fired 10 bullets at a car full of unarmed teenagers and then fled. Three of those bullets hit 17-year-old Jordan Davis who died at the scene. Arrested the next day, Dunn claimed he shot in self-defense. Thus began the long journey of unraveling the truth. Candescent Films’ “3 ½ Minutes, Ten Bullets,” follows that journey, reconstructing the night of the murder and revealing how hidden racial prejudice can result in tragedy. Alisa Holman, aunt of Jordan Davis, will give brief opening remarks and will answer questions after the screening. The event is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association.
  • Keynote Address by Civil Rights Activist Diane Nash, noon, Monday, Jan. 25, Rubloff Building, Thorne Auditorium, 375 E. Chicago Ave. Nash will address members of the Chicago campus about the connection between civil rights, law and health. Her address is co-sponsored by the Black Law Students Association. Lunch will be provided. RSVP here.

More information on Chicago campus events is available online.



President Obama to Award National Medals of Science and the National Medals of Technology and Innovation

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WASHINGTON, DC – On Friday, January 22, the President will award National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology and Innovation to 17 scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators. Awarded annually, the Medal of Science recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science, engineering, and mathematics. The National Medal of Technology and Innovation recognizes those who have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and helped strengthen the Nation’s technological workforce.

WHEN: Friday, January 22, 2:30 PM EST 

WHERE: East Room

Congressional Black Caucus Calls for Immediate Federal Funding for the City of Flint, Michigan Water Crisis

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressional Black Caucus Chairman G. K. Butterfield released the following statement in response to the Flint, Michigan water crisis calling for an immediate federal investigation and funding to assist the City of Flint in recovery:

“The lack of proper oversight and action, leading to tens of thousands of citizens being exposed to toxic levels of lead in drinking water demands a thorough federal response.  More than 10,000 children, many under the age of six, have been exposed to dangerous amounts of lead in their drinking water, which can lead to a series of lifelong development and learning disabilities.  Governor Rick Snyder failed to act swiftly and has greatly mishandled the state’s response.  In return, thousands of families throughout the City of Flint have been harmed.  As elected officials, we all have a responsibility to ensure the safety of our constituents, especially when it concerns some of our youngest and most vulnerable citizens, and the officials of Flint, Michigan failed to do so.”

In a letter sent to President Obama, 44 members of the Congressional Black Caucus are calling for a thorough federal investigation of all entities that have regulatory and oversight jurisdiction in the matter and for immediate funding to assist the City of Flint in its recovery and future preventative efforts.

Pfleger Holds Silent “Peace Walk” Stops to Pray for Slain Gang Leader and Dozens of Murdered Youth

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“King would be outraged over the killing”

By Chinta Strausberg

In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and on his 86th birthday, Father Michael L. Pfleger held a silent “Peace Walk” in the Auburn Gresham community stopping at several places to pray for peace including at the site of slain “Cartoon,” a former gang leader who had turned his life around, and at the Saint Sabina Memorial Wall to honor dozens of slain children.

Before the march, Pfleger met with dozens of supporters in McMahon Hall where he explained they would stop at two sites including where 26-year-old Philip “Cartoon” Dupree was slain in a drive-by shooting and his 62-year-old grandmother who is recovering from her wounds, and at 79th and Marshall where Senator Jacqueline Y. Collins (D-16th) prayed for peace.

Displaying a large picture of Dr. King in the background, Father Pfleger held a press conference in front of the Saint Sabina Rectory where two blue lights shined brightly symbolic of his fifth annual Blue Lights for Peace and Justice” campaign that has been adopted by the city of Chicago.

He thanked the Building Owners and Managers Association of Chicago (BOMA) for once again agreeing to light up downtown buildings in blue in memory of Dr. King’s fight for peace and justice. Pfleger said the color blue was designated by the United Nations as symbol of peace.

Pfleger told reporters, “We remember Dr. King was not only the call for justice but he was also a call for non-violence. Everybody says if Dr. King were alive he would be doing this…, (but) I don’t know what Dr. King would be saying…. I’ve got to believe that he would be both outraged and he would be in tears about the violence that runs rampant in America today.

“America seems to have become normal with violence today, and we can never let this be normal and that is violence whether it’s done by a corrupt cop or done by somebody in the neighborhood,” said Pfleger.

“Anybody who kills in the city ought to be locked up whether they’re in the neighborhood or in the police department. Nobody has the right to have our communities under seize and have our people live in fear. It is not acceptable,” he said.

Calling the roll, Pfleger said as of this moment “we had 24 killed and 129 shot and wounded since January 1st. That is more of last January of 2015. We are 15-days into the month, and we’ve already surpassed the entire month of 2015. That is not acceptable.

“We condemn the violence whether it is by cops or somebody on the street. We condemn the violence…. We call on everybody to be peacemakers…. Peace doesn’t just happen. You got to make it happen…,” he said. “

“We call to regain the values that we must obviously lost and to demand the resources our communities need.”

Referring to King’s 1967 last book, “Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community,” Pfleger said, “He said we need a revolution of our values, and we need a redistribution of our wealth. That’s what we need. We need new values where we don’t kill each other, and we need a redistribution of our wealth where we will get the jobs, the economic opportunities, the economic development and our communities don’t look like Third World countries.”

Pfleger said he is “tired of when something happens on the North Side of this city…somebody gets on the news and says, ‘Things like this never happen in our neighborhood’ like it is OK to happen in somebody else’s neighborhood. It’s not OK anywhere, and it’s not allowed anywhere. We want it to stop everywhere.”

In honor of Dr. King, his mentor, Pfleger said, “We call for the values…for redistribution of the wealth and for peace.”

Representing Purpose Over Pain, Annette Nance-Holt, he mother of slain Blair Holt, 17, who on May 10, 2007 was killed aboard a CTA bus, said, “There are too many young people being killed in our community. There are too many silent people not telling what is going on in our communities. It is not normal for parents to bury their children.”

“There are too many mothers and fathers and families joining this unfortunate group that none of us chose to be a part of,” she said referring to the Purpose Over Pain organization. Nance-Holt said, “This wasn’t hat we anticipated for our children. They should be growing up…married…having children but instead they are in cemeteries….”

She asked people to do some civic work on Monday, January 18, 2016, which is the holiday for Dr. King.

Lamar Johnson, representing the Brave Youth Leaders at Saint Sabina, appealed to the youth to honor Dr. King. “I believe his voice is crying from the grave based on how we’re treating each other as peers. We want all of the killings to stop…put the guns down…. We have to value ourselves. As we’re outraged out police brutality as well as how police treat us, let’s also be outraged how we treat each other…. We want the world, the city to know that we will not tolerate killing each other. We want the rid the code of silence especially among young people.”

He reminded youth that February 16th is the deadline to be registered to vote. “If you’re 18-years this year, make sure you’re registered so we get the right people to represent us so we can try to end violence and make sure we’re doing the same thing in our schools, our neighborhoods and our homes,” said Johnson.

Led by a large picture of Dr. King and a sign saying Stop the Killing…Stop the guns…Stop the violence…Save our children,” Pfleger led scores of people down 79th Street to Marshfield at a mini-mall and at 79th and Laflin where Cartoon was killed and his grandmother wounded.

Stopping at the site where Cartoon was killed, Pfleger said, “Cartoon, I called your name out march after march when you were shooting and when you were calling. I call your name out because you are now the victim. Your life has been taken.”

He said no life should be taken. “It’s not an eye-for-a-eye and tooth-for-a-tooth. That is not the God I serve. He’s the God of love…of mercy…of judgment and the God of light. I pray that tonight for all those hurt by his killing will be convicted on the inside why they can’t be a part of it.

“I pray that their hearts be touched. I pray that their minds be changed. I pray that every young person and every adult take to the guns to solve problems or just express anger or rage, understand that we are not the creator of life nor are we allowed to be the takers of life.

“I pray that their hearts be changed…that his blood lies on this ground that we will get to a point where we would no longer want blood on any ground anywhere in the city not by the hands, black, white, brown or yellow, police or civilian. Nobody has a right to take life. God is the giver. God is the taker; so I pray for his soul to rest in peace. I pray for his family.

“I pray for his grandmother, mother that they be comforted and strengthen, and I pray for everyone who knew him now learn form his loss of life that we are never, ever to be the taker of each other’s life,” Pfleger said.

He ended the march at the Saint Sabina “Memorial Wall” that contains pictures of slain children including his own son, Jarvis Franklin, who was killed on May 30, 1998 not far from the church, Terrell Bosley, the son of Pamela and Tommie Bosley, killed on April 4, 2006, while unloading music equipment at a church, Blair Holt, killed on May 10, 2007 aboard a CTA bus, and dozens more.

Before ending the peace walk, Pam Bosley prayed for peace then they sang “Amazing Grace” and “We Shall Overcome.” “Happy birthday, Dr. King,” Pfleger said thanking his supporters for their participation in the peace walk.

Chinta Strausberg is a Journalist of more than 33-years, a former political reporter and a current PCC Network talk show host. You can e-mail Strausberg at: Chintabernie@aol.com.

Taxicab Operator Sentenced To 12 Months And A Day For Falsifying Titles Of Salvaged Cars And Re-Using Them As Taxis On Chicago Streets

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CHICAGO, IL — A Northbrook man was sentenced today to 12 months and a day in federal prison for illegally obtaining clean titles for salvaged and rebuilt vehicles and using them as taxicabs on the streets of Chicago.

As the owner of Seven Amigos Used Cars Inc., ALEXANDER IGOLNIKOV fraudulently obtained paperwork to conceal the history of the damaged cars in order to bypass City of Chicago laws that prohibit the use of salvaged and rebuilt vehicles as taxicabs.  Igolnikov, who also served as vice president of Chicago Elite Cab Corp., caused the impaired vehicles to be used as taxicabs on Chicago streets after they were falsely given clean titles in Indiana and Illinois.

Igolnikov’s scheme, which spanned from 2007 through April 2010, was uncovered in an investigation by federal authorities and the City of Chicago Inspector General’s Office.

Igolnikov, 68, of Northbrook, pleaded guilty last year to one count of conspiracy to transport, receive and possess a counterfeit security.  U.S. District Judge Edmond E. Chang imposed the sentence in federal court in Chicago.

According to Igolnikov’s plea agreement, he and his associates fraudulently obtained “rebuilt” titles for damaged vehicles by submitting false paperwork– including affidavits with the forged signature of an Indiana law enforcement officer – to the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  The vehicles were then transported to the Chicago business of Chicago Carriage Taxi Company, which was also used by Seven Amigos Used Cars.  After obtaining the Indiana rebuilt title for a salvaged vehicle, Igolnikov and his associates placed a sticker over the “rebuilt” section of the Indiana certification and then used that title to obtain a clean Illinois title from the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office.  Igolnikov purchased the newly certified vehicles in the names of Seven Amigos Used Cars, Chicago Elite Cab and other related corporate entities, the plea agreement states.

Igolnikov and his business associates, including Chicago Elite Cab, operated the fraudulently certified vehicles as taxicabs in Chicago – in violation of the city’s medallion laws, which prohibit any vehicle that was ever issued a “salvage” or “rebuilt” title in any state from being used as a taxicab, the plea agreement states.

The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; and Joseph M. Ferguson, Inspector General for the City of Chicago.

The government is represented by Assistant United States Attorneys Margaret Schneider and Steven Dollear.

Source: U.S. Department of Justice

Sanders: Stop the Wall Street to Washington Revolving Door

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BURLINGTON, Vt. – U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders on Friday said he would stop the revolving door between Wall Street and the federal government.He cited Goldman Sachs’ deal this week to pay a $5 billion fine for bogus marketing schemes on home mortgages during the financial crisis seven years ago as the latest example of the need for independent regulators and prosecutors.

“The $5 billion settlement with Goldman Sachs should make it clear to everyone that the business model on Wall Street is fraud. In my view, the time has come to shut the revolving door between Wall Street and the federal government. Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street banks will not be represented in my administration,” Sanders said.

“Instead, we need federal prosecutors and regulators with a clear track record of standing up to the greed, recklessness and illegal behavior on Wall Street,” added Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic Party nomination for president.

Wall Street’s undue influence in both Republican and Democratic administrations is exemplified by two recent Treasury secretaries who have held posts in and out of Washington and Wall Street. In 1995, Robert Rubin, the former co-chairman of Goldman Sachs, became the Treasury secretary. In 1999, Rubin left to become a director and senior counsel of Citigroup. In 2006, Henry Paulson left his job as chairman of Goldman Sachs to become Treasury secretary. In 2008, Paulson asked Congress to pass legislation giving him a blank check of $700 billion to bailout Wall Street.

“Under my administration, top executives of Goldman Sachs and other Wall Street CEOs will no longer go through the revolving door from Wall Street to government,” Sanders said.

Sanders pledge to fill financial posts with regulators who are not beholden to Wall Street came as he made the case for his sweeping plan to rein in the greed of the nation’s biggest financial institutions. In laying out the proposal during a major speech last week in New York, Sanders pledged to break up the biggest banks. He also advocated restoring the post-Depression Glass-Steagall Act to prevent Wall Street speculators from crashing the economy. He also said his administration will cap credit card interest rates and ATM fees, allow post offices to offer basic banking services and reform the Federal Reserve to focus on its mandate to promote full employment.

Sanders plan is backed by some 170 economists and other experts, including former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, University of Texas Professor James K. Galbraith and Dean Baker, co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC.


BYP100 Leads March to Reclaim MLK and Build Black Futures

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CHICAGO– On Saturday, January 16th The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Chapter in coordination with Assata’s Daughters and Black Lives Matter Chicago, will lead a march and rally in remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s movement work in Chicago and to continue the fight against police brutality, economic inequality, and city corruption.

“A march on the weekend that coincides with King’s actual birthday and the nationally recognized holiday is important because King was not just about marching for voting rights. King understood that political equality is a partial goal and is weakened by social and economic inequality. This march and the Agenda to Build Black Futures represents both a continuation and an extension of King’s fight against radicalized poverty in America, says Todd St. Hill, BYP100 Chicago Organizing Co-chair.

BYP100 will launch an economic  policy agenda, The Agenda To Build Black Futures on King’s birthday to build upon King’s unfinished economic and racial justice policy work. During the Chicago Freedom Movement, Black Chicagoans organized to demand open housing, quality public education, community development, and jobs that provide a livable income. BYP100 is committed to continuing this fight through demanding divestment from oppressive systems such as the Chicago Police Department, and investment in the lives of Black people.

WHO: Members of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Chapter

WHEN: Saturday, January 16th at 9:45 AM Central

WHERE: 2040 W. Adams Street, Chicago, IL 60612

WHAT: March to reclaim the significance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s fight against economic injustice in Chicago and demand a divestment from oppressive systems and an investment in Black lives.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/166282457069017/


Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

www.byp100.org – @BYP_100 –  facebook.com/BYP100

Cedric Chatman, Bettie Jones, LaQuan McDonald, Ronnieman, Quintonio & Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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From: Black Lives Matter

The video showing the murder of Cedrick Chatman by Officer Kevin Fry was ordered to be released by U.S. District Judge Robert Gettleman against the wishes of the City of Chicago. With this video, once again, the footage disproves the official police account of the death of a young Black man that the City of Chicago fought tooth and nail to keep hidden. This is the third video release in as little as two months that reflect years of criminal obstruction committed by City government to cover up a murder of a civilian committed by a police officer. The videos of Laquan McDonald, Ronald Johnson and Cedric Chatman were all released only after months and years of struggle including multiple FOIA requests and lawsuits. There is no true system of police accountability in the City of Chicago; what exists is a system of deep entrenched conspiracy to protect police at all costs, even after criminal acts of violence and murder are committed. Officer Kevin Fry who murdered Chatman, has never faced consequences, even despite over 30 complaints of misconduct filed against him. Officer George Hernandez, who murdered Ronald Johnson, has also never been held accountable despite 10 complaints filed against him. Officer Dante Servin who murdered Rekia Boyd, still has not been fired, despite recommendations to fire him by IPRA and the former police superintendent Gary McCarthy. The system of police abuse and government complicity must end. Rahm Emanuel and the entire system of corrupt complicit participation by City government must go.


  • We demand the immediate implementation of an elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).

  • We demand that all police dashcam and body cam videos to be released upon request within two weeks by passing the proposed ordinance which would amend Municipal Code Chapter 2-84 by adding new Section 2-84-365 entitled Release Of Video Recordings.  

  • We demand the immediate passing of HB4356 which would allow for the democratic recall of a Chicago mayor.

  • We demand the immediate cap on CPD’s budget.

  • We demand the reopening of Ronald Johnson’s case and the appointment of a special prosecutor.

  • We demand the immediate firing of CPD officers: Kevin Fry, George Hernandez and Dante Servin for the murders of Cedric Chatman, Ronald Johnson and Rekia Boyd.

  • We demand the names of the officers who killed Bettie Jones, Quintonio LeGrier and Dakota Bright.

  • We demand immediate disinvestment in CPD and a reallocation of the operating funds currently allocated toward policing, which represent 40% of the City’s operating budget and result in $4 million a day spent on policing.

  • We reject the mayor’s proposal to equip all CPD officers with tasers which will cost between $13.3-20.8 million. Between 2009 and 2011 92% of tasers were used against Black and Latino targets. Despite CPD having purchased 600 tasers, police shootings have not gone down. We demand these proposed funds be re-invested in our communities through increased funding to our schools, reopening of the 50 schools closed, reopening of the mental health centers that were closed, housing for the homeless and a jobs program for our most underserved communities.

  • We demand immediate criminal prosecution of all police officers and government officials involved in the cover ups of the murders of Cedrick Chatman, Laquan McDonald and Ronald Johnson, including the city lawyers responsible for withholding evidence.
  • We demand the firing of all CPD officers who have filed or signed off on false police reports involving violence committed by themselves or other officers.

TONIGHT – Join protesters at 4pm at Rahm’s House, located at 4228 N Hermitage led by Lamon Record and Ja’mal Green.

FRIDAY – Join protesters from 9am to 2pm, Friday, January, 15, 2016, for City-Wide Student March for Educational Equality at the James R. Thompson Center, located at 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, Illinois 60601.

SATURDAY – Join  us, along with BYP100, Assata’s Daughters, Chicago Students Union, International Socialist Organization, Chicago League of Abolitionist Whites, Lifted Voices, Students for Justice In Palestine, Arab American Action Network, Chicago Light Brigade, Lifted Voices, Asian Americans Advancing Justice Saturday, January 16th 2040 west Adams st. at 9:45 am for a march and rally in remembrance of MLK’s work and continue Chicago’s fight to police Brutality, Inequality, and City corruption that has engulfed this city for too long.

Comedy Night at VLA

Posted by Admin On January - 16 - 2016 Comments Off on Comedy Night at VLA
The Parent Leadership Council of Village Leadership Academy is hosting a Comedy Night Fundraiser on Saturday, January 23rd. (No, this is not a joke!) Please join us as host Young Wanye keeps the laughter rolling with comedians Marlon Mitchell, KP, Buckwild, and Mike Samp.
You can purchase your tickets in advance for $30 by clicking HERE or tickets can be purchased at the door for $35. All proceeds for this 21 and older event (the comedy is grown and so are the drinks) will benefit the students of VLA. For each ticket you purchase, $15 will go towards the fundraising obligation of a student at VLA. Here are the 5Ws:
What: PLC Comedy Night
When: Saturday, January 23rd – doors open at 7:00 p.m.
Where: VLA Theater – Upper Campus (1001 West Roosevelt Road) *Free parking*
Why: School FUNdraiser
Who: You (and your beautiful laughter)! Invite guests too!
Join us for a night full of laughs, food, and cocktails while fundraising for our students!

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