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Chicago Police Target Blacks in ‘Stop-and-Frisk,’ ACLU Says

Chicago Police Target Blacks in ‘Stop-and-Frisk,’ ACLU Says

CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago police officers initiated stop, question and frisk encounters at a much higher rate last summer than their New York City counterparts ever did, and just like with New York’s heavily criticized program, Chicago Blacks and other racial minorities were disproportionately targeted, according to a civil liberties group.  The American Civil Liberties Union [...]
For Lizbeth Marin, living in a diverse community in Chicago opened her eyes. “I have learned to respect and educate myself on other cultures and customs. Being an immigrant, seeing my parents struggle, and feeling unsafe in my own house has made me a leader in battling for change – change not only for me, [...]
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Fallout Over Racist Chant by Oklahoma Fraternity GrowsNORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A racist chant by several members of a University of Oklahoma fraternity that was caught on video led to outrage from the school’s president and the organization’s banishment from campus, but fallout from the incident appears far from over. President David Boren said an investigation is underway to determine if some of [...]
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In Wis., an Unarmed Black Man is Fatally Shot by PoliceMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Within hours of a White officer shooting an unarmed Black man, the police chief of Wisconsin’s capital city was praying with the man’s grandmother, hoping to strike a conciliatory tone and avoid the riots that last year rocked Ferguson, Missouri. Chief Mike Koval said he knows Madison is being watched across the [...]
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Why a Mass Movement is ‘Payment’ for ProgressI am humbled to be in your presence, among such great leaders from across the nation. The first thing I would like to do is call your attention to a scripture found in the Book of James, Chapter 5. I am going to read two versions: The King James version, and then the Rodney E. [...]
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Emanuel and Garcia Head to Runoff for Mayor of ChicagoCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel failed to capture a majority of the vote Tuesday in his bid for a second term, an embarrassment for the former White House chief of staff who now faces a runoff this spring against Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia. The result exposed possible vulnerability for an incumbent [...]
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Detroit Man Who Walks 21 Miles for Job Now Has a CarDETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of people have contributed tens of thousands of dollars to help a Detroit man who says he typically walks 21 miles to get to and from work. As of Friday, thanks to the kindness of a Ford dealership, James Robertson has his own automobile, ABC News reported. The Detroit Free Press [...]
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Special Series: A Chicagoan Energizes Her CommunityGrowing up was tough for Chicago resident Yahtzeni Gonzalez-Jimenez. Born in a small village in Mexico, Yahtzeni remembers suffering at the hands of an abusive father, who battered her, her brother and her mother. When he threatened to kill them all, they fled Mexico and ended up in Illinois. Growing up on the southwest side [...]
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Detroit Tries to Demolish Homes That House PeopleDETROIT (AP) — Chris Mathews’ crew showed up last month to demolish one of the thousands of vacant homes destined for demolition as part of Detroit’s grand plan to bulldoze its way to prosperity when a call from his office stopped them in their tracks: Someone was living there. A middle-aged woman who watched the [...]
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“Recently,” says Julio Contreras, a 17-year-old in of Chicago, “my sister was diagnosed with cancer and my mom has dedicated all of her time to being there with her. Currently, my life consists of working and helping out my family.” Yet, when considering the path Julio has taken in his life – the challenges he’s [...]
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