Reporting on Human Rights in Chicago (04.29.2007)
On Thursday, May 10, at 5:30pm, our group will be hosting Local Reporting on Human Rights Issues in Chicago, a panel event to be held at the Experimental Station in Woodlawn (6100 Blackstone Ave). Four award-winning journalists (Jamie Kalven, Beauty Turner, John Conroy, and Salom Chasnoff) will address how the systematic underreporting in the mainstream media of police brutality, gender violence, racial discrimination, the public housing crisis, among other issues, has produced a skewed portrait of the city. The aim of this event is to understand the political effects of this phenomenon and learn what practicing journalists and city residents can do about it. Steve Edwards of Chicago Public Radio will moderate the discussion. Find out more about it on the event's website.
Chicago Torture website (05.27.2006)
A public exposé of the actions of Chicago Police Department Commander John Burge has
been published on-line at http://humanrights.uchicago.edu/chicagotorture/. The result of a collaboration
among Students for Human Rights, the Human Rights Program at the University of Chicago, and the
People's Law Office, the website includes a fact sheet, timeline, list of victims, and a summary of the
evidence of the abuses Burge committed. During his tenure of twenty-one years (1972-1993),
Jon Burge allegedly tortured 132 African-American males at the CPD's Area 2 facitlity on the South
Side of Chicago. He is currently free and living in Florida. Please disseminate this website's address
among your friends, family, neighbors, community groups, and let your local media know about this injustice.
If more people are aware of and understand the implications of these severe human rights
abuses in our very own city, the faster justice can be carried out and peace brought to the victims.
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