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Occupiers and Police clashed tonight in Chicago in a Solidarity march against the Police Brutality on Saturday night in New York. The march went very well, as occupiers continually took the streets and marched through the busiest areas of Chicago’s downtown.2, 4, 6, 8! FUCK THIS POLICE STATE!

Occupiers and Police clashed tonight in Chicago in a Solidarity march against the Police Brutality on Saturday night in New York. The march went very well, as occupiers continually took the streets and marched through the busiest areas of Chicago’s downtown.

2, 4, 6, 8! FUCK THIS POLICE STATE!

NYPD calls Peaceful Occupiers Terrorists, Compares Occupy to 9/11 in Press Release

New York Times is Wrong: NYPD Lawfully Thwarts Terror & Suppresses Violence

The New York Times is wrong in claiming in an editorial that the NYPD overstepped constitutional guarantees in protecting New Yorkers from violent crime and terrorism.

The Times continues to ignore the fact that the NYPD operates under a judicial federal accord in protecting New Yorkers against terrorism.

The Police Department also lawfully stops and questions individuals acting suspiciously and, in doing so, has dramatically reduced murders in the city’s most violent-prone neighborhoods.

HANDSCHU DECREE

In intelligence gathering, the NYPD adheres to set of federal guidelines known as the Handschu consent decree, which were approved and promulgated by a federal judge.

The guidelines recognize that the NYPD must be proactive in the investigation of terrorism. They begin with the statement of a general principle which says:

“In its effort to anticipate or prevent unlawful activity, including terrorist acts, the NYPD must, at times, initiate investigations in advance of unlawful conduct.

“The NYPD is authorized to visit any place and attend any event that is open to the public” and “to conduct online search activity and to access online sites and forums on the same terms… as members of the public.”

The Department is further authorized to “prepare general reports and assessments… for purposes of strategic or operational planning.”

Those who intimate that it is unlawful for the Police Department to search online or map neighborhoods have either not read, misunderstood, or intentionally obfuscated the meaning of the Handschu guidelines.

TERRORISTS KEEP TRYING 

Before 9/11, there were terrorist attacks in each of the decades of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, including the first attack on the World Trade Center. There have been no successful attacks in the past ten years. It’s not as if would-be terrorists aren’t trying. To the contrary, they’ve attempted to kill New Yorkers in 14 different plots, among them, two homegrown plots in 2011.

In May, the NYPD arrested Ahmed Ferhani and Mohammed Mamdouh, after Ferhani purchased firearms, ammunition, and a hand grenade from an undercover officer. Ferhani said he wanted to bomb a synagogue in Manhattan. Ferhani and Mamdouh are now in custody charged with conspiracy to commit terrorism and other crimes.

In November, the NYPD stopped another homegrown plot with the arrest of Jose Pimentel at his home in Washington Heights. Pimentel had spoken openly of his plans to attack post offices, police vehicles, and returning soldiers.

An NYPD undercover officer, working the JTTF in New Jersey was also responsible
For the arrest of two Jersey residents who tried to join terrorist overseas for training with the intent, in the words of one of them, to return to the US to “commit Jihad” here.

STOP, QUESTION, FRISK 

NYPD critics also erroneously assert that the police are racially biased in making stops, ignoring the fact that we focus police resources where spikes in violent crime are the highest, and where last year 96% of shooting victims were minorities, mainly young men of color.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE 

NYPD tactics made a difference. Last year, murders in Brooklyn North fell by 16%. That’s almost four times the citywide rate of decline. Among African-American men between the ages of 16 and 37 in neighborhoods where NYPD/ Church Coalition churches are located the decrease was even more dramatic: 33%.

NYPD DIVERSITY 

The critics also ignore the NYPD’s own diversity. In 2006, for the first time in our history, the rank of police officer became majority minority, with more black, Hispanic, and Asian officers than white. In December we graduated a Police Academy class of almost 1,600 officers. They came from 58 different countries and speak 62 languages. In January, we hired an equally diverse class of 900 recruits.

(Source: occupychi)

Last night over 100 peaceful protestors, including at least 25 journalists and press, were brutalized and beaten by the NYPD last night. This will not be on any news station, this will not be the front page of any magazine. Any kind of political dissent is a criminal offense in this country. 
Solidarity marches have been planned at occupations across the nation today.  In Chicago, the rally and march is planned for 8 tonight at Jackson and LeSalle, please go out and support OWS and show them that we will not back down, we are the people, we are united, and this occupation is not leaving. 

Stop Police Brutality solidarity march for Occupy the Midwest and OWS
Sunday, March 18th, 8PMFederal Reserve at Jackson & LaSalle, ChicagoPolice brutality has been running rampant against peaceful Occupy protesters across the US this week. In response, Occupy Chicago will be holding a rally against police brutality, and in solidarity with all groups in the Occupy movement which this brutality seeks to suppress.On March 17th, the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, about 800 protesters held a celebratory party at Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the American Occupy movement. At 11:30pm, police announced that they were closing the park, in direct violation of laws allowing access to the park 24 hours a day. Scores of police cleared the park with brutal tactics. A large group of protesters refused to leave, citing the accessibility laws, and police created a human chain around the protesters and proceeded with a mass arrest.Protesters did not plan to sleep at the park, but were committed to spending the night there. Police smashed one man’s head into a window so hard that the window was shattered. One woman, while in zip ties, had a seizure as protesters shouted for the zip ties to be removed in order to provide medical attention. The medical status of these protesters is unknown at this time. As of this writing, the Huffington Post reported that police didn’t have a full count of arrests, but some reports indicate between 25-100 arrests were made. Police blocked the park with metal barricades and it is unknown when they will re-open the park.This is not the first incident this week of using police brutality to suppress the Occupy movement. In St. Louis, the four-day regional Occupy the Midwest conference was in full swing, with over 600 Occupy protesters coming from at least 18 states to participate beginning March 15. Occupy protesters participated in rallies, marches, and workshops. Participants in Occupy the Midwest attempted to occupy a city park that night. The park closed at 10pm, and at 10:30pm Eddie Roth, the city’s director of public safety, announced that the protesters were not allowed to use the park due to lack of permit. As protesters were leaving the park and marching in the street, police violently assaulted multiple protesters using batons to their faces and pepper spray. Also, the tires of the Occupy media van were slashed. 15 protesters were arrested, with two sent to the hospital. All have since been released after bail was posted by donations solicited online. “In one move, the St. Louis police, effectively, assaulted at least 18 cities at once,” said Sugar Russell, Occupy Chicago member.Video of police misconduct: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/18/police-cops-medic-smash-window-glass-occupy-ows/Press releases from Occupy the Midwest: http://www.facebook.com/OccupytheMidwestPress?sk=notes

Sunday, March 18th, 8PM
Federal Reserve at Jackson & LaSalle, Chicago

Police brutality has been running rampant against peaceful Occupy protesters across the US this week. In response, Occupy Chicago will be holding a rally against police brutality, and in solidarity with all groups in the Occupy movement which this brutality seeks to suppress.

On March 17th, the six month anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, about 800 protesters held a celebratory party at Zuccotti Park, the birthplace of the American Occupy movement. At 11:30pm, police announced that they were closing the park, in direct violation of laws allowing access to the park 24 hours a day. Scores of police cleared the park with brutal tactics. A large group of protesters refused to leave, citing the accessibility laws, and police created a human chain around the protesters and proceeded with a mass arrest.

Protesters did not plan to sleep at the park, but were committed to spending the night there. Police smashed one man’s head into a window so hard that the window was shattered. One woman, while in zip ties, had a seizure as protesters shouted for the zip ties to be removed in order to provide medical attention. The medical status of these protesters is unknown at this time. As of this writing, the Huffington Post reported that police didn’t have a full count of arrests, but some reports indicate between 25-100 arrests were made. Police blocked the park with metal barricades and it is unknown when they will re-open the park.

This is not the first incident this week of using police brutality to suppress the Occupy movement. In St. Louis, the four-day regional Occupy the Midwest conference was in full swing, with over 600 Occupy protesters coming from at least 18 states to participate beginning March 15. Occupy protesters participated in rallies, marches, and workshops. 

Participants in Occupy the Midwest attempted to occupy a city park that night. The park closed at 10pm, and at 10:30pm Eddie Roth, the city’s director of public safety, announced that the protesters were not allowed to use the park due to lack of permit. As protesters were leaving the park and marching in the street, police violently assaulted multiple protesters using batons to their faces and pepper spray. Also, the tires of the Occupy media van were slashed. 15 protesters were arrested, with two sent to the hospital. All have since been released after bail was posted by donations solicited online. 

“In one move, the St. Louis police, effectively, assaulted at least 18 cities at once,” said Sugar Russell, Occupy Chicago member.

Video of police misconduct: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/03/18/police-cops-medic-smash-window-glass-occupy-ows/

Press releases from Occupy the Midwest: http://www.facebook.com/OccupytheMidwestPress?sk=notes

occupychi:

Pictures from the student takeover of DePaul university’s administrative offices on March 1st.

chicago-at-175:

#Piccolo and #SaveOurSchools

Declaration #1 from Piccolo occupation (via Facebook)

11:49pm - February 17th, 2012

 

We, the Piccolo Occupation, are putting our childrens’ education first. Piccolo has failed because CPS has refused to invest in public education. The school has struggled for years but you have taken out all the programs, classes and opportunities to learn. We have had 3 principals in the last five years. We have not been able to work with anyone on a long-term basis to address the chronic disinvestment in our school. CPS and City Hall have failed us and our children. Your goal is to privatize the education system by giving it to corporations that support the mayor. We have been ignored, you have ignored our children and now you are trying to make money off of them.

 

The Chicago Public Schools is in violation of its own remediation and probation policy. CPS is in violation of the Illinois School Code and the Illinois Civil Rights Act. CPS is in violation of Illinois Senate

Bill 630. Because of this, a moratorium has been introduced in the Illinois Legislative Assembly by the School Facilities Taskforce. We are enacting our moratorium for ourselves with this sit-in do to the fact that CPS not once has laid out the necessary corrective action for Brian Piccolo or Paolo Cassals along with the Local School Councils for getting them off of probation during the last five years.

The School Improvement Plans for Academic Achievement (SIPAA) at these two schools have lacked the budgetary resources to bridge the achievement gap of our student populations.

 

Furhter, the SIPAAs along with the budgets at the time of their signings have not had real community input. Therefor, these actions could very well be civil rights violations. At the recent CPS hearings, the former principle of Cassals testified that not once in the last five years had CPS met with her nor with the LSC about any of the necessary corrective action for Paola Cassals to be removed off of probation.

 

 

Because CPS has been not willing to meet with or listen to us, this is what we want:

 

1) A meeting with Mayor Rahm Emanuel

2) A meeting with at least five of the Chicago School Board members present

3) The removal of Piccolo and Cassals from the turnaround list

 

The parents and students of Brian Piccolo and Casals Elementary Schools wish their schools would be removed from the “turnaround” list and are speaking out on behalf of a better education for themselves and their communities. Follow the hashtags above to stay up to date on what’s going on and, if this matters to you (as it should), find out how to stand in solidarity & urge Mayor Emanuel to take note of their demands.  

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aliciathekiller:

Chicago Public Schools Aims To ‘Turnaround’ Record Number Of Faculties

So to fix issues with student performance, Rahm is going to replace the principals and teachers. But “70 percent of teachers in past school turnarounds found other jobs elsewhere in the district.” So, if they were re-hired into the school system, does that REALLY seem like the teachers are problem? Or how the only alternative to essentially privatizing a school is closing its doors, and the only reason they don’t is because of the “vast numbers of students can’t be transferred to nearby schools?” Thus adding to the overcrowded system as it is? Such backwards attempts at “fixing” the public school system. Occupy Chicago is standing in solidarity with the Teachers’ Union, parents and students tonight by occupying Piccolo school in Humboldt Park to avoid such a “turnaround.”