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Organizers Turn Looted Office Into Pilot For West Side Black History Museum

"We were trying to understand the mindset of why this would happen," said Ralph Hopkins. "We attribute it to a lack of understanding exactly who we are as a people, our culture."

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Lightfoot Says Raising Bridges This Summer Was ‘Right Decision’ — And Doesn’t Rule Out Doing It Again

"If there is a need, and that need is justified, I'm not going to hesitate to use any tool that is necessary to keep our residents and our businesses safe," Lightfoot said.


Police Accused Of Beating Protesters Avoided Consequences By Hiding Badge Numbers, Not Turning On Cameras: Report

Investigators face "enormous" obstacles in trying to look into police misconduct from the unrest because so many officers hid their identifying information or didn't wear body cameras, violating policy.


Even Police Thought Raising Chicago’s Bridges Was A Bad Idea During Unrest, Watchdog Finds

There was no advanced planning around raising the bridges, officials testified. And officers beat protesters, escalating violent clashes, the report found.


Chicago Police Failed On Every Level When Responding To Protests, Unrest Over George Floyd Slaying, Watchdog Finds

The investigation found the Police Department's response was "marked, almost without exception, by confusion and lack of coordination."


West Side Leaders Hosting ‘Uncomfortable Conversations’ About Systemic Racism: ‘We Have To Get On The Same Page’

The virtual events will be a series of frank conversations about what racism is and how it still impacts Black people in Chicago.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

City Announces ‘Racial Healing’ Campaign To Help Residents Reconnect, Learn From One Another

The city is encouraging residents to have candid conversations and virtual healing circles about race as part of its Together We Heal campaign.


60 Protesters Sue City, Alleging Chicago Police Abused Them ‘Without Justification’ At Summer Protests

The lawsuit includes graphic photos and video screenshots of the alleged abuse. A city spokesperson said "these are allegations at this stage and not proof."


Just 2% Of People Arrested By Chicago Police Got Access To Lawyer In Early 2020, Legal Group Says

Police data shows few people who are arrested are granted their constitutional right to an attorney.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Immigrant’s Beauty Supply Shops Were Looted In Chicago And Destroyed By Unrest In Ferguson — But He’s Not Giving Up

What happened to Gus Safi's stores wasn't a betrayal, but a plea for change, he said. When people told him to leave Chicago, he scoffed. "This is the city that raised me. It taught me everything."

Englewood, Chatham

In ‘Chicago Protests: A Joyful Revolution,’ South Side Photographer Captures A Summer Of Black Resistance

Photographer Vashon Jordan Jr., who took 17,000 photos at protests over the summer, said we are living in a historic time. "They’ve been comparing this to 1968 ... We have to get out here, boots on the ground, and document what’s happening."

Roseland, Pullman

Buses, Trains Shouldn’t Be Shut Down If There Are Election Protests, Transit Advocates Say

The city shut down the CTA multiple times this summer, and it hasn't promised to keep it open if there are Election Day protests. But activists said that disproportionately impacts Black and Latino travelers.


South Side Activist Makes Musical Debut With THIS LOVE THING: A Call For Police Reform In The Wake Of George Floyd

Rami Nashashibi, executive director of Chicago's Inner-city Muslim Action Network, created the album with Drea d'Nur. Their work culminated in an album that's a call to action and an act of defiance, the two said.

Englewood, Chatham

Hundreds Attend Pro-Police Rally In Jefferson Park — Including Counter-Protesters

The Support the Police Rally was organized by Alds. Jim Gardiner, Anthony Napolitano and Nicholas Sposato to show support for police in a neighborhood heavily populated by families of police.

Jefferson Park, Portage Park

Chicago Police Will Now Get Free Mental Health Care, City Says

A pilot program will use data to identify officers most in need of help. The program is part of the mayor's reforms to build trust between officers and neighbors.


In New Book ‘Boarded Up Chicago,’ Flossmoor Teen And His Dad Capture Protest Art Across The City

High school freshman Zachary Slaughter toured the city with his dad, Chris, to photograph street art after George Floyd's killing.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Black-Owned Frame Shop Leading March Against Violence In Wicker Park

Helendora Samuels Picture Framing owners will march against violence Saturday. “This is one way we feel like we can contribute to stop the shooting," Tommy Samuels said.

Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town

New Mural In Austin Seeks To Encourage Peace At A Time Of Unrest, Trauma

The mural is designed to inspire togetherness as the neighborhood addresses all kinds of violence on the West Side.

Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale

Columbus Statue Protesters Reunited With Bikes Weeks After Police Took Them — After Alderman Steps In To Help

Police officials said in a statement that many bikes were “abandoned” and several were “used as weapons or to facilitate mob action” against police at the July 17 protest, though protesters and other witnesses dispute the police account.

Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale

Small Businesses Can Apply For Coronavirus Relief From City Starting Friday

The city will focus on giving grants to businesses on the South and West sides during this round of funding.

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