Chicago

Youth Leads the Struggle in Chicago

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by executive editor Glen Ford

The supremely arrogant Mayor “Rahmbo” Emanuel has been temporarily chastened by the drumbeat of protests against the killing of Laquan McDonald, shot 16 times by a Chicago cop. Even much of the local Black Misleadership Class has found it necessary to “take a stance in opposition to Mayor Emanuel and the white corporate forces that he represents” – if only for the moment. Young people must stand fast with their “transformative demands.”

 
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Why Isn't Sen. Kirk's “Chicago Will Become Detroit” Threat National News?

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

 

Chicago could become Detroit, an Illinois Senator threatened on March 2, if Chicago fails to re-elect Rahm Emanuel. Staring down this threat tells us a lot about how the game is, and ought to be played.

 
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“Chicagoland” Hero Cops Cook Books to Make Murders Disappear, CNN Pretends Not To Notice

A Black Agenda Radio commentary by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Chicagoland, the 8 part CNN campaign commercial falsely claims teacher pay and pensions have drove the city to fiscal ruin, that big league stadiums are job creators, that massive school closings are good for the city, and Chicago cops have lowered the murder rate. Except they haven't. Real Chicago journalists have revealed Chicago cops cooked the books to make dozens of murders disappear. CNN missed that, and is still missing it.

 
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CNN's Chicagoland: An 8 Part Miniseries Campaign Commercial For Rahm Emanuel and Urban Neoliberalism

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

CNN's Chicagoland "documentary" is an 8 part wet kiss for Rahm Emanuel & neoliberalism by the same crew that made Brick City, a propaganda flick to boost the career of Newark's Corey Booker prior to his re-election campaign.  Black Agenda Report talked to a few real Chicagoans about what it does and doesn't show or tell, and why.

Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama & Neo-Liberalism are the Daleys' Gifts to Chicago and the Nation. Thanks.

by BAR managing editor Bruce A. Dixon

Chicago's Daley regime was a half century orgy of arrogance, racism and plunder. Thanks to President Obama, it not only continues with the succession of Rahm Emanuel to the fifth floor office of Chicago's mayor, but with nationwide implementation of diastrous policies toward housing, schools, infrastructure and public workers, all pioneered in Chicago.

Where is the Dream? Black Progressives Face Challenges in Organizing

by James Thindwa

Despite the fact that a remarkable 90 percent of African Americans oppose the Iraq War, Black "leadership" is in full flight from the progressive agenda. "This retreat," says the author, "is implicated in black demobilization not only around the Iraq War, but in other aspects of black social, economic and political life." The corporate offensive that has cowed Black electoral and civic luminaries into shameful submission has wreaked havoc in Chicago, where progressive organizers confront corporate-erected obstacles at every turn. Wal-Mart has succeeded in suborning a host of Chicago Black elected officials and ministers on the strength of the mega-company's bottomless corporate pockets - a scenario that is replicated across the length and breadth of Black America.

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