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Death of a Torturer

Ramsin Canon Jacobin
Darrell Canon, one of the over 100 men tortured by the former Chicago police commander Jon Burge, who died yesterday. He acted with complete impunity over almost two decades before reporters, activists, and human rights attorneys stopped him.

Reparations: A Blueprint To Address Systemic Police Violence

Joey Mogul People's Law Office
The historic reparations package in Chicago, brought to fruition by an inspiring multiracial and intergenerational campaign led by Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Amnesty International, Project NIA and We Charge Genocide, within the larger context of the #BlackLivesMatter movement, achieved far more than any individual criminal prosecution or lawsuit could afford.

Reparations Package for Jon Burge Torture Survivors Moves Forward in Chicago

Lisa White Chicagoist
Survivors of torture by Former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge, along with their families, lawyers, advocacy groups and activists, worked to make an historic reparations ordinance a reality. In addition to $5.5 million fund for eligible victims, the reparations package includes free attendance at City Colleges, specialized trauma counseling, a formal apology, a permanent memorial, and history lessons about Burge torture in Chicago Public Schools.

'We Must Love Each Other': Lessons in Struggle and Justice from Chicago

Mariame Kaba Prison Culture
In Chicago, many have used the energy and opening created by these ongoing protests to re-animate existing long-term anti-police violence campaigns. On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of people gathered at the Chicago Temple to show our love for police torture survivors on the day after Jon Burge was released from house arrest. The gathering was billed as a people’s hearing and rally in support of a reparations ordinance currently stalled in the Chicago City Council.

When Chicago Tortured

Noah Berlatsky / People's Law Office The Atlantic, People's Law Office
The Second City is still grappling with a long history of police brutality.
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