Sunday in Brooklyn.


Lou Reed and me.


The footage shows Mr. Brown entering the store, Ferguson Market and Liquor, shortly after 1 a.m. on the day he died. He approaches the counter, hands over an item that appears to be a small bag and takes a shopping sack filled with cigarillos. Mr. Brown is shown walking toward the door with the sack, then turning around and handing the cigarillos back across the counter before exiting.

Jason Pollock, a documentary filmmaker who acquired the new tape, says the footage challenges the police narrative that Mr. Brown committed a strong-armed robbery when he returned to the store around noon that day. New York Times.



Governor Bruce Rauner and Mayor Rahm Emanuel are now trading insults over their inability to adequately fund schools.  It’s not like the old days, when they were shoulder-to-shoulder against the Chicago Teachers Union, with charter school expansion as their prime weapon.

While Rauner can’t pass a budget and Emanuel presides over wave after wave of fiscal crises at Chicago Public Schools, charter teachers are organizing.  With a quarter of its charter school teachers represented by the Chicago Association of Charter Teachers and Staff – Local 4343 of the American Federation of Teachers, known as ChiACTS – Chicago is now the most heavily unionized charter school system in the nation.

And for the second time in a year, Chicago faces the prospect of being the first city in the nation whose charter teachers go on strike. (Update: Aspira Charter teachers reached a tentative agreement with the charter’s management late Thursday night, averting a strike.)

That’s certainly not the direction Rauner and Emanuel thought they were headed a few years ago.

The recent news that teachers at the Noble Network of Charter Schools are launching an organizing drive must have rankled for both of them. Curtis Black, Chicago Reporter



Protests have heated up in Chicago since President Donald Trump’s inauguration, and so too have online methods for organizing them.

 With names like Persist List, Indivisible Chicago, People’s Action and Chicago Activism, the websites and social media groups are helping activists mobilize quickly to respond to daily news.

Karen Goldman doesn’t consider herself an activist. But in January she created Persist List, a Chicago website dedicated to grass-roots activism at the neighborhood level.

“I honestly thought like 20 of my friends would look at it,” she said. But it has a much larger following of people who “want to make a change but are kind of overwhelmed because there are so many events out there.” Chicago Tribune



A troubling new poll was just released showing that the Democratic Party is significantly less popular than both Donald Trump and Mike Pence. My gut tells me that Democrats will ignore this poll, or blame it on bad polling, and continue down the same course they are currently on: being funded by lobbyists and the 1%, straddling the fence or outright ignoring many of most inspirational issues of the time, and blaming Bernie Sanders for why they aren’t in power right now.

As a general rule the Democratic Party doesn’t listen well and struggles to hear the truth about itself.

In case you’ve been living under a rock, Republicans now control the House, the Senate, the presidency, and the overwhelming majority of state legislatures and governorships. This new poll from Suffolk University illustrates just how that’s possible. Here are the base results of the poll with favorable/unfavorable ratings. Shaun King, The Daily News


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