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Historic Reparations Payments Begin

Good news from CTJM! Today the City of Chicago began the process of disbursing financial reparations in the Burge torture cases. 57 living survivors of police torture perpetuated by those working at the behest of disgraced former Commander Jon Burge more »

People’s Law Office is now Accepting Applications for Summer 2016 Internship

People’s Law Office is accepting applications for our 2016 summer internship and educational program, which focuses on civil rights litigation rooted in social justice and radical legal work.  Interns will participate in a wide range of litigation-related work and will be exposed to more »

“Meeting a Man Like That, You Can’t Help Wanting to Do More”: A Visit With Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

Oscar López Rivera has served 34 years in US prisons for seditious conspiracy – in other words, for his commitment to the independence of Puerto Rico – though he wasn’t convicted of hurting or killing anyone. Since 1898, when the more »

The Black Panther Party and the “Undying Love for the People”

Starting with a premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, Stanley Nelson, Laurens Grant, Aljernon Tunsil, and Firelight Media’s made-for-PBS documentary on the history of the Black Panther Party has been touring the country. The feature length film—named, not without a more »

Torture Survivor to be Released after 25 Years in Prison

Special Prosecutor Drops Charges In  Wrongful Conviction Case of Burge-Era Torture Victim After Almost 25 Years in Prison Chicago, IL; October 14, 2015 –At the request of the Office of the Special State’s Attorney for Cook County, today Cook County Judge Thomas Byrne dismissed all charges against Shawn more »
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