Rosa Ramirez, a 49-year-old Mexican immigrant and mother in Illinois, knew something was odd about the plastics factory where her temporary-labor agency had sent her. “From the minute one walks into that factory, one is hit by this incredible odor of [chemical] thinner … It just goes right through you,” she recalled.
|By: Michelle Chen Wednesday December 4, 2013 6:02 pm|
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday September 12, 2013 4:15 pm|
The only surprise from an internal decision by officials at Pontiac Correctional Center about the imprisonment of Mark “Migs” Neiweem, a member of the NATO 5, is that it could have been worse.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Wednesday September 11, 2013 2:00 pm|
The crowd at Hartford had something in mind that they wanted to see. They wanted to hear bits from The Chappelle show– when he refused to comply, they got angry. Not because his material was mediocre but because it wasn’t what they anticipated.
|By: Lisa Derrick Monday September 9, 2013 4:59 pm|
Filmmaker Jon Reiss is a champion of street art and graffiti, and his new film, Bomb It 2, is the follow-up to his earlier global graffiti documentary, Bomb It. In Bomb It 2, Reiss–using a ultra compact camera and sound package–traveled by himself to film artists and writers representing the indigenous street art scenes in Singapore, Bangkok, Jakarta, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv, Perth, Melbourne, Copenhagen, Chicago, Austin, and the Palestinian refugee camps on the West Bank.
He explored urban landscapes and a wide range of graffiti cultures, styles and beliefs.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 6, 2013 5:12 pm|
A nineteen year-old Muslim teen from a Chicago suburb, who already faced terrorism charges after an undercover FBI agent convinced him to try and blow up a downtown bar, has been charged with trying to have an FBI agent murdered.
This case has largely flown under the radar, however, in recent weeks, it has been gaining attention because the defense lawyer for the teen, whose name is Adel Daoud, has sought to obtain documents on any surveillance that was used by the FBI to target and arrest him. If any of it the surveillance was unlawful and abusive, like much of the surveillance programs and procedures exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, his defense argues it would be evidence the FBI violated protections against unreasonable searches.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday August 22, 2013 4:16 pm|
Though Migs Neiweem is due to be freed in November, prison officials are bringing additional charges that could add to his sentence and endanger not just his freedom but that of future Occupy-associated political prisoners as well. “They accuse him of being an anarchist, which he is.” says Rachel Unterman. That’s not against the law — “but this is prison, so they are using it as a gang charge. The gang charges are worded so that you can apply it to almost anything.”
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday August 14, 2013 4:48 pm|
There were six people arrested during the police attack on the August 8 #NoALEC protest outside Palmer House Hotel. Unlike the six arrested during Chicago’s first Moral Monday, these people did not necessarily expect to get arrested. The First Amendment provides less protection than ever in 2013, but it can still be a surprise when the hammer comes down on you, personally.
|By: Kit OConnell Tuesday August 13, 2013 5:19 pm|
The American Legislative Exchange Council “celebrated” its 40th birthday in Chicago last week, and protestors were there to greet this arm of the corporate shadow government — even rolling out the welcome wagon on the “Moral” Monday before they arrived.
|By: Kit OConnell Saturday August 10, 2013 7:52 am|
In August 2012, I visited Chicago and talked with Rachel Unterman about supporting the city’s political prisoners.
A year later, many political prisoners from Chicago still need the support of those of us on the outside. Last year, we heard how Mark “Migs” Neiweem (pronounced Nye-wame) was beaten by guards and placed in solitary confinement for engaging in political education inside the jail. Since then, Neiweem agreed to a plea bargain that should see him free on good behavior this November.
|By: Kit OConnell Thursday August 8, 2013 11:50 am|
Today, a coalition of labor organizations, activist groups, and other concerned citizens will rally around the Palmer House Hilton, the historic hotel where the American Legislative Exchange Council is meeting. Today’s main event is called the ALEC Exposed in Chicago Rally, though a Northern Illinois Light Brigade action is planned for tonight as well.
ALEC is the secretive thinktank of corporations and one-percenters which writes model legislation for their pet state senators and representatives throughout the country.