Category Archives: Chicago

As 6-month-old slain Chicagoan is buried, black community must face hard truths

Makeshift memorial near site where 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot.

Makeshift memorial near site where 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins was shot.

“These people who are hanging out, these people who come into our communities, are not being dropped down from Mars and from Venus, but they are from our communities . . . we have to stand up and tell them that this abhorrent behavior is no longer acceptable in a civilized society.” – Alderman Howard Brookins Jr., 21st Ward, chairman of the City Council Black Caucus, Chicago

Jonylah Watkins, the 6-month-old infant who was murdered on the south side of Chicago last week, was buried today. Her funeral was at 11 a.m. at New Beginnings Church in Chicago. Visitation preceded the funeral at 10 a.m. . . .

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Parents of slain Chicagoans cry out for gun control

Framed memorial for those who murdered, in front of the Faith Community of St. Sabina (church), in the Austin neighborhood, in the Auburn-Gresham neighbourhood, on Chicago's south side. Image: AP.

Framed memorial for those who were murdered, in front of the Faith Community of St. Sabina (church), in the Austin neighbourhood, in the Auburn-Gresham neighbourhood, on Chicago’s south side. Image: AP.

CHICAGO – As Chicago marked its 500th murder of 2012 on Dec. 31, more than a dozen families of murdered Chicagoans gathered at the Faith Community of St. Sabina on the city’s south side, crying out for gun control. Rev. Michael Pfleger, St. Sabina’s priest and community activist, whose own 19-year-old foster son was killed in 1998, said “Murder is up,” despite the Chicago Police Department’s statement that overall crime is down . . .

Click here to read about the cry of parents of murdered Chicagoans hearts — gun control.

Three teachers, union, file racial discrimination suit against Chicago schools

 The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

The Chicago Teachers Union and three teachers have filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against Chicago Public Schools. Image: Associated Press.

Three Chicago public school teachers who lost their jobs this year have filed a lawsuit stating the district’s “turnaround” school process is discriminatory, because it targets African American teachers from west and south side schools. The Chicago Teachers Union has filed a federal lawsuit, asking for class-action status, and the three teachers, Donald L. Garrett Jr., Robert Green and Vivonell Brown Jr., have joined the case . . .

Click here to read more about the teachers’ class-action suit against the Chicago Public Schools.