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by Ellyn Fortino
Mon Aug 25

Chicago Activists Seek Justice For Michael Brown, Speak Out Against Police Violence (VIDEO)

About 50 activists rallied outside of the Everett McKinley Dirksen U.S. Courthouse in Chicago Monday morning to call for justice in the death of Michael Brown.

The Chicago-based community group ONE Northside held the protest as part of a national day of action for Brown — an unarmed black 18- year-old who was fatally shot on August 9 by a white Ferguson, Missouri police officer.

In addition to ONE Northside, National People's Action affiliates in six other states, including Missouri, Nevada and Ohio, demonstrated on Monday, the same day Brown's funeral was held in St. Louis. Read more »

Quick Hit
by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Jul 25

Foster To DoD: Let DREAMers Serve In Military

As President Barack Obama weighs executive actions on immigration issues, U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-IL,11) is calling on the Department of Defense to allow young undocumented immigrants known as DREAMers to serve in the military.

In 2012, Obama set up the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which grants a two-year protection against deportation for DREAMers, or immigrants who came to the United States as young children prior to June of 2007. The program lets the immigrants work in the country legally, for example, but it does not provide them with a pathway to citizenship or allow them to join the U.S. Armed Forces.

"To qualify for a DACA exemption, applicants must undergo background checks and finish high school," Foster said at a press conference Friday morning in Washington, D.C. "It is simply bad policy to turn away these young men and women while we struggle to find qualified Americans who are able and willing to serve. And it is morally reprehensible to deny these patriotic young men and women the opportunity to serve the country they love." Read more »