He was known for his impeccable character and integrity and was highly respected among the staff and students at Lindblom High where his presence helped to reduce incidences of violence between students, so it was quite a shock when .Abdul Muhammad was dismissed as Principal of Lindblom, an act by CPS officials that Attorney Benjamin Crump says follows a pattern of racism. He and other attorneys have been called to represent African American CPS Principals who were fired, Attorney Crump said, without “due process.” He is demanding an investigation to reveal the truth behind the firings.
Dunbar Alumni Rev. Karla Alston explains why the community is angry over the December 2022 removal of school Principal Gerald Morrow along with key programs in the school that benefit the students. Rev. Alston pointed out that Dunbar, as a vocational school, had a long history of providing training in fields such as aviation which offered youth opportunities for exciting careers. But the firing of Principal Morrow, a Principal who was lauded by teachers and students alike as a visionary leader for Dunbar, was just one more attack on the aspirations of African Americans students, Rev. Alston said.
Former principals Abdul Muhammad, Gerald Morrow and Kimberly Gibson took a united stand at a press conference Thursday in front of CPS headquarters, 42 W. Madison St. where renowned Civil Rights Attorney Ben Crump demanded an investigation into the termination of the African American Principals, saying that the firings appeared to reflect racial bias. All three administrators were removed from their schools within the last year. Mr. Muhammad was abruptly ousted from Lindblom Math and Science Academy (in Englewood) in March 2023. Mr. Morrow was one of two Black administrators at Bronzeville’s Dunbar High School suspended in December of 2022. Dr. Gibson was removed as Principal of Lakeview’s Harriet Tubman Elementary School. Chicago Principals and Administrators Association president Troy LaRaviere demanded that Mayor Brandon Johnson reinstate the three to their former positions. Attorney Crump stated that all legal avenues are being considered to address this issue. Photo Credit - Marcus Robinson/via CC News Media.
While Harriet Tubman Elementary School on Chicago’s North Side was named after a woman who helped people escape slavery, Dr. Kimberly Gibson, the school Principal, was shocked to receive a racially insulting poster from white staff members shortly before being terminated. Attorney Ben Crump held up the poster at the Thursday June 6th press conference, demanding an investigation and the termination of those individuals who show patterns of racial bias in the Chicago Public School system. The Harriet Tubman Elementary School in Chicago joins a long list of schools around the country that have been renamed to reflect the heritage of the people in the community. However, the racial slur on the poster aimed at Dr. Gibson indicated that race-based hostility still exists Among some whites at the school. Attorney Crump named Chicago Public Schools CEO Pedro Martinez as one of the CPS officials who should be removed because of these firings. A formal lawsuit against CPS has not yet been announced. Photo Credit - Marcus Robinson/via CC News Media.
CPD Announces Capture Of Suspects, 3 young adults, 1 juvenile charged in slaying of Areanah M. Preston. "She was a beloved daughter, sister and friend who wanted to make a difference in this world. Those who knew her will tell you that is exactly what she did." Interim Police Superintendent Eric Carter.
All three suspects will be charged with murder.
CHICAGO - Mayor Lori Lightfoot issued this statement on Wednesday, March 1, 2023: "Today, Superintendent David O. Brown informed me that he would be resigning as Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department effective March 16. I accepted his resignation and want to commend him for his accomplishments not just for the department but the entire city, including setting a record number of illegal gun recoveries for two consecutive years; leading a double digit reduction in violent crime in 2022; significant, consistent progress on the consent decree; standing up a full time recruitment team that yielded over 950 new hires last year; significantly expanding the resources for officer wellness; and promoting more women to the senior exempt ranks than ever before in the history of the department. I personally want to thank him for his service to our city. First Deputy Eric Carter will be appointed as interim superintendent until the new Mayor is sworn into office. We ask the Community Commission for Public Safety and Accountability to immediately begin the search for a new Superintendent so that the new Mayor will be able to make a selection as soon as possible."
Photo by Marcus Robinson
"We demand that the death of Jelani Day be Investigated by the FBI as a Hate Crime," stated Civil Rights Attorney Benjamin Crump at a Press Conference held in Chicago at the National Headquarters of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. Standing with Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr. and family members of Jelani Day, the SIU graduate student found dead in Peru, Illinois, Attorney Crump vowed to push for the FBI to use available technology to get answers.
Attorney Benjamin Crump holds up the hands of Ahmaud Arbery's family in triumph as Attorney Barbara Arnwine (left) and Rev Al Sharpton (right) and others join him at a press conference outside the courthouse in Glynn County after hearing the guity verdicts for Gregory McMichael, his son Travis McMichael and William "Roddie" Bryan in the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery who was jogging through their Georgia neighborhood last year. Photo by Naimah Latif
CHICAGO - In response to the guilty verdicts for the three white men on trial for the murder of a 25 year old black jogger in Brunswick Georgia, Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. declared, "This is a step in the right direction in justice for Ahmaud Arbery, but the system is still broken and needs fixing." Photo by Naimah Latif
President Joe Biden issued this statement: "Ahmaud Arbery's killing - witnessed
Students and local residents supporting the quest for the Day family to get answers regarding the mysterious death of 25 year old ISU Graduate Student Jelani Day gather at the Bloomington Police Station for a rally and march. Rev. Jesse L. Jackson met with Bloomington police to discuss the follow up on evidence found and to request further efforts at fact finding. Students assembled at the police headquarters as a combination of protest music and gospel music played over the loudspeakers.
Traffic was halted and rerouted as hundreds filled the busy downtown district of Bloomington illinois, chanting "Justice For Jelani!" and "I Am Somebody!" Rev. Jackson and Jelani's mother Carmen Day rode along in a golf cart at the head of the march and at one point, Rev. Jackson got out and addressed the crowd of sign waving protesters. The March went from the Bloomington Police Headquarters in downtown Bloomington to the ISU campus in Normal, Illinois, an approximate distance of 2.5 miles.
Bus loads of students join Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. for a day of demand for a thorough investigation into the death of Illinois State University graduate student Jelani Day whose body was found in a body of water in Peru Illinois, while his car, wallet, clothing and keys were found in separate locations. Jelani’s mother Carmen Day has requested an FBI investigation. The hesitancy of local officials to perform an adequate investigation has led to suspicions of a widespread coverup involving the Peru Police Department. Local residents say seemingly racially motivated incidences with police occur all too often in the small towns in southern Illinois.
A long caravan of cars filled with supporters of the Day family’s demand for answers drove through the streets of Bloomington and Peru, Illinois, following the route along which Jelani’s car, keys, and clothing were found, The suggestion that Jelani committed suicide is preposterous, his family members say, and the story simply doesn’t add up. Rainbow PUSH National Youth Director Rev. Cameron Barnes explains that the residents along the route could have seen something, but as yet have not been questioned by police.
Members of the Press gathered with Rev. Jackson, Mrs. Day and crowds of supporters at the bridge over the murky waters in which the body of Jelani Day was said to be found, a mile and a half from where his car was found. His clothing was found in a different location, a mile from where his body was found. The Coroner had announced that the cause of death for Jelani was “drowning” but his mother insisted, “He would never have gone swimming in this nasty water. What they’re saying doesn’t make any sense. See it for yourself.”
Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Sr. (center) and Rainbow PUSH National Spokesman Jonathan Jackson (right) escort Carmen Day down the path through the woods to the muddy waters where the body of her son Jelani Day was found. Members of the press and hoards of supporters follow, to get a clear view of why suggestions by local police of possible suicide don’t make any sense. Photo by John L. Alexander
The murky water under the bridge near a secluded wooded area in Peru Illinois is where two white female ISU students say they found Jelani’s clothing, but Carmen Day has recently been informed that the two students are now represented by lawyers and are advised not to discuss their findings any further. Photo by John L. Alexander
Carmen Day, joined by Rev. Jackson, makes an impassioned appeal to members of the ISU Black Student Union on the campus in Normal, IL to organize a March and rally in Peru, demanding an investigation into the death of Jelani Day. Photo by John L. Alexander
ISU Students lock arms in prayer at the end of an organizing meeting, pledging their support for a full investigation. Busloads of students participated in the following day’s rally and March held Tuesday October 26, 2021. Photo by John L. Alexander
Combining youth outreach programs and longer sentences for violent offenders is the strategy the Chicago Police Superintendent David Brown announced today in the hopes to reduce gun violence. The CPD will step up efforts to identify offenders and get them off the street. As of July 11, 2021, there have been 2,104 shooting victims.
”Our priority is to protect the victims” Superintendent Brown said.
During his recent visit to the White House along with Mayor Lori Lightfoot and other leaders, Supt. Brown said he received assurance from President Joe Biden that Federal assistance is forthcoming to stem the flow of illegal guns to Chicago. So far this year, 6,362 guns have been recovered and of those, 321 were assault weapons, Supt. Brown said. He noted that Mayor Lightfoot said the root cause of crime will be addressed as part of the long term strategy to eradicate violent crime, which is now considered a public health issue. Photo by Naimah Latif.
The CPD will partner with the Chicago Park District and other organizations that provide constructive programs for youth, as a measure to give youth options and opportunities, stated Deputy Chief Angel Novales. Activities include baseball camps held at local Park Districts and field trips to sites around the city. Among those in partnership is the National Black McDonalds Operators Association. Photo by Naimah Latif.
Police will target 15 city areas on Chicago’s South and West sides, where violent crime has been most consistent, working to interrupt violence and to mitigate retaliation before it happens, stated Norman Kerr, Director of the Office of Violence Reduction. Many of those working in partnership with police have put in long hours and late nights, on weekdays and weekends, putting themselves in harms way to ensure public safety.
“I know first hand the devastating loss that violence creates for families,“ he said. Photo by Naimah Latif.
”What side are you on? The PEACE side!” was among the chants heard as a coalition of families of victims of police killings joined with organizers from Black Lives Matter Women of Faith to stage a protest rally on Dearborn and Adams and to march through the downtown area carrying signs demanding justice for the deaths of 22 year old Anthony Alvarez and 13 year old Adam Toledo, along with many others slain by police.
.Bishop Jerome Powell, head of Beacon Light Ministries, partnered with the Chicago Police Department’s 5th Districtt to hand out food and supplies to residents Sunday morning March 28, 2021,10am to 12 noon, launching an ongoing project to bring the concept of “Officer Friendly” back to the community. Boxes were handed out to families as the drove by the lot on 111th street behind the 5th District headquarters.