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The New York Times: Measures Announced to Curb Deadly Force by the Chicago Police

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at a news conference on Wednesday, said that trust in the Chicago police “has been frayed to the point where it is broken.” Credit Amanda Rivkin for The New York Times

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, at a news conference on Wednesday, said that trust in the Chicago police “has been frayed to the point where it is broken.” Credit Amanda Rivkin for The New York Times

Mayor of Chicago Announces Measures to Curb Use of Deadly Force by the Police
by Mitch Smith
December 30, 2015

CHICAGO — Under intense pressure to change the behavior of the police force, Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday announced a series of steps intended to rein in the use of deadly force, promising to buy hundreds of Tasers and to train officers to be less confrontational.

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*** END OF THE YEAR FLASH PRINT SALE: 12 8″x10″ PRINTS AVAILABLE FOR $100 EACH ***

12 days of Christmas,
12 months in the year,
12 days to go until the new year,
12 prints to put under the tree and then on a wall…

Through the New Year, I am offering a dozen of my favorite images culled from the last three years of my “best of” annual blog posts showcasing my favorite images from the year. All prints are signed.

Sale is on from now until January 1, 2016. My way of saying thank you for supporting my work and hope you will continue to!

You can choose from the following prints:

Baku Billionaire Ibrahim Ibrahimov and the Khazar Islands
“Baku Billionaire Ibrahim Ibrahimov at Breakfast”
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

Post-Racial America Road Trip
“Creation Museum”
Location: Petersburg, Kentucky, USA

Post-Racial America Road Trip
“Never Forget September 11 and Budweiser”
Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

Cyprus Banking Crisis
“Foreign Domestic Workers, Cyprus”
Location: Nicosia, Cyprus

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“Gezi Park Protests Popcorn Vendor”
Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Caspian Energy
“Offshore Oil Platform Sails Into the Caspian”
Location: Baku, Azerbaijan

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“An Avar Woman in the Cornfield”
Location: Danaci, Azerbaijan

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“An Avar Family on a Motorcycle and Sidecar”
Location: Danaci, Azerbaijan

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“Avar Schoolchildren on the First Day of School”
Location: Yeni Sharif, Azerbaijan

Maidan Heroes
“Refat, Ukrainian Soldier from Crimea Injured in Maidan Protests”
Location: Kiev, Ukraine

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“Mass, Serbian Orthodox Cathedral”
Location: Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Integration of Refugees to Germany
“Asylum Seekers Wait to Register”
Location: Berlin, Germany

To order, e-mail amanda.rivkin@gmail.com
Please specify which prints you would like to purchase.
10.25% Illinois Sales Tax and $5 shipping costs are added to each purchase.

Corbis News Pictures of the Year 2015

Protesters take to Michigan Avenue, Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" and longest shopping street, to protest three days after the release of a dash cam video documenting the killing of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with his murder, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, in Chicago, Illinois on November 27, 2015.  Van Dyke fired 16 shots at McDonald and fired 13 of those shots after McDonald was on the ground and only stopped after his colleague told him to stand down; freelance journalist Brandon Smith sued the City of Chicago for release of the dash cam video, which the city released only after ordered to do so by a judge last week.

Protesters take to Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” and longest shopping street, to protest three days after the release of a dash cam video documenting the killing of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with his murder, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, in Chicago, Illinois on November 27, 2015. Van Dyke fired 16 shots at McDonald and fired 13 of those shots after McDonald was on the ground and only stopped after his colleague told him to stand down; freelance journalist Brandon Smith sued the City of Chicago for release of the dash cam video, which the city released only after ordered to do so by a judge last week.

An image of mine from Chicago’s Black Friday protests on Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” and longest shopping street, following the release of a dashcam video of police shooting Laquan McDonald is included in the best news pictures of the year selected by my agency, Corbis Images. You can view the entire gallery on their website.

Best of 2015: Chicago, Poland, Serbia and Germany

This was a year of terrorist attacks, mass shootings a-plenty, mass exodus from the Middle East, North and East Africa and the AfPak region which does not include India but a small number from Bangladesh, rising xenophobic far right sentiment, and an uptick in hostility towards Muslims unprecedented since immediately after the September 11, 2001 attacks. The far right so far has been kept on the back burner, but the slow slide into what I liken to the Brezhnev years of the Cold War for the Global War on Terror (GWoT) years is upon us. The American presidential elections offer little reason or occasion for hope. The state of affairs in Syria, too, offers little occasion for hope. “Assad must go” has converted into the new “red line,” as US Secretary of State John Kerry concedes Assad can stay because the US has no one else to pluck out of an abyss of alternatives. The whole world has heard of the Islamic State and the international media relishes any opportunity to put the group’s name in the headlines as click bait fodder since they are the new Nazis, Communists, the epitome of All Evil. The media is now a fundamental organ of terror, a crisis without hostages and arms and the media is no longer a terror attack. This is not to say we don’t do good, but let’s take an honest, hard look at the function and role of media beyond “reporting the story” and “telling the truth”. These clichés are nice, romantic even, but ultimately exculpating and help facilitate the removal of critical thinking from the equation.

And of course in my own city, 16 shots fired by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke 14 months ago into Laquan McDonald’s body in front of a Burger King at 40th and Pulaski in Archer Heights has led to street protests, public apologies, and a stubborn mayor who will see out his term until the very last minute to spite us all and remind us that he is, no matter how much Chicagoans try to assert he is not, the boss. Just today, his office was listed on Craig’s List and teenagers at Urban Prep Academy in Englewood chanted 16 shots as he left their gymnasium. Welcome to the end of 2015, the year the Middle East blew up in Russia and America’s faces, Europe took in millions and is keeping millions out and the Americans are putting on a carnival of a pre-election season. Now for my pictures from the year…

In August, I had my first museum show open in Milan at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, “Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain” focusing on childhood nutrition in Chicago. Here are my favorite frames from the show, which was shot over months beginning late last year.

Groceries behind bulletproof glass at We Serve Food Mart at 10857 S. Halsted in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois on January 2, 2015.  At the We Serve Food Mart, a gallon of milk costs $3.49, a carton of eggs costs $1.49, a can of tuna costs $1.49 and a load of bread costs $1.25 and ground beef was unavailable at the time.

Groceries behind bulletproof glass at We Serve Food Mart at 10857 S. Halsted in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois on January 2, 2015. At the We Serve Food Mart, a gallon of milk costs $3.49, a carton of eggs costs $1.49, a can of tuna costs $1.49 and a load of bread costs $1.25 and ground beef was unavailable at the time.

Matthew Peters, 17, reflected in a goldfish basin while examining a a plant he grew in the aguaponics lab at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, Illinois on March 19, 2015.  Lane Tech, a Chicago Public High School, has cultivated the program with support from the Century Foundation and the school's alumni association as well as donations from Brew and Grow and Home Depot.

Matthew Peters, 17, reflected in a goldfish basin while examining a a plant he grew in the aguaponics lab at Lane Tech High School in Chicago, Illinois on March 19, 2015. Lane Tech, a Chicago Public High School, has cultivated the program with support from the Century Foundation and the school’s alumni association as well as donations from Brew and Grow and Home Depot.

Alex Warner, 10, of Rantoul, Illinois waits to show his angus cow "Little Rascal" at the Champaign County Fair  in Urbana, Illinois on July 30, 2015.  Summer is county fair season and in Illinois, that means food, 4H, and the midway; Warner's angus cow placed first in the lightweight class of angus cow.

Alex Warner, 10, of Rantoul, Illinois waits to show his angus cow “Little Rascal” at the Champaign County Fair in Urbana, Illinois on July 30, 2015. Summer is county fair season and in Illinois, that means food, 4H, and the midway; Warner’s angus cow placed first in the lightweight class of angus cow.

A student at the Galapagos School walks home with half a melon left at the end of an interactive presentation on building healthy school lunches in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois on February 12, 2015.

A student at the Galapagos School walks home with half a melon left at the end of an interactive presentation on building healthy school lunches in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois on February 12, 2015.

In June, I went to Poland to photograph the biggest US Army-organized NATO exercise in Eastern Europe to date. While “Saber Strike” is an annual exercise, the number of nations and personnel involved, in addition to land, air, and sea exercises made it fairly historic and earned the work a TIME LightBox Slideshow, “See NATO’s Massive Training Exercises in Eastern Europe“.

German soldiers including Captain Maximilian Beenisch (at left) beside a howitzer at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 10, 2015.  NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

German soldiers including Captain Maximilian Beenisch (at left) beside a howitzer at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 10, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

American soldiers with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division with M1A2 Abrams tanks after a tank training exercise practicing infiltration at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 12, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

American soldiers with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division with M1A2 Abrams tanks after a tank training exercise practicing infiltration at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 12, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

American soldiers with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division in M1A2 Abrams tanks during a tank training exercise practicing infiltration at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 12, 2015.    NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

American soldiers with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division in M1A2 Abrams tanks during a tank training exercise practicing infiltration at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 12, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

Sergeant Stephen Murphy with the Fourth of the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team monitors an airdrop from a C-17 aircraft that took off from Nuremberg, Germany before it drops members of his unit at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 15, 2015.  NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

Sergeant Stephen Murphy with the Fourth of the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team monitors an airdrop from a C-17 aircraft that took off from Nuremberg, Germany before it drops members of his unit at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 15, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

An airdrop of American soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade parachute in from a C-130 during an airfield seizure exercise on the Swidwin Airfield in Poland on June 16, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

An airdrop of American soldiers in the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade parachute in from a C-130 during an airfield seizure exercise on the Swidwin Airfield in Poland on June 16, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

 American soldiers with the Fourth of the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team proceed to assemble a howitzer following an airdrop from a C-17 aircraft that took off from Nuremberg, Germany and dropped at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 15, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.


American soldiers with the Fourth of the 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team proceed to assemble a howitzer following an airdrop from a C-17 aircraft that took off from Nuremberg, Germany and dropped at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 15, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

American soldiers with the 173rd Airborne load and fire an M119A3 howitzer at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 18, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

American soldiers with the 173rd Airborne load and fire an M119A3 howitzer at the Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area in Poland on June 18, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

PB2 Michael Simkin with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade maintains his position on a grassy knoll after parachuting in from a C-130 during an airfield seizure exercise on the Swidwin Airfield in Poland on June 16, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise "Saber Strike," the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

PB2 Michael Simkin with the 1st Battalion, 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade maintains his position on a grassy knoll after parachuting in from a C-130 during an airfield seizure exercise on the Swidwin Airfield in Poland on June 16, 2015. NATO is engaged in a multilateral training exercise “Saber Strike,” the first time Poland has hosted such war games, involving the militaries of Canada, Denmark, Germany, Poland, and the United States.

In the fall, I followed the refugee trail to Europe briefly for a series of posts for Open Society Foundations’ Instagram, which they followed up with a Q+A on their Voices blog, “After A Long Haul, Refugees Settle Into New Lives Far From Home,” as well as a couple of stories for Slovakia’s largest daily, Sme, from Nuremberg and Berlin.

(L-r) Serbian nurse Ana Mitrovic and doctor Maja Grubac examine a girl from Syria at the Refugee Aid Serbia distribution center in Belgrade, Serbia on September 3, 2015.  Thousands of refugees mainly from Syria but also Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan have made the journey from Turkey to Greece and through Macedonia before arriving in Serbia on their way to Europe in search of a better life, mainly in Germany.

(L-r) Serbian nurse Ana Mitrovic and doctor Maja Grubac examine a girl from Syria at the Refugee Aid Serbia distribution center in Belgrade, Serbia on September 3, 2015. Thousands of refugees mainly from Syria but also Iraq, Iran and Afghanistan have made the journey from Turkey to Greece and through Macedonia before arriving in Serbia on their way to Europe in search of a better life, mainly in Germany.

The early morning crowds of refugees applying for asylum watch the board for their number to appear in front of Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales (LaGeSo), where refugees and asylum applicants arriving in Berlin must go to register their application for asylum, in the Moabit district of Berlin, Germany on September 28, 2015.  German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will take 850,000 asylum applicants this year; after one receives a number, one must wait for it to be called in order to register, a process that has gone from taking six days of waiting to taking more than 20 days of waiting in just the last three weeks.

The early morning crowds of refugees applying for asylum watch the board for their number to appear in front of Landesamt für Gesundheit und Soziales (LaGeSo), where refugees and asylum applicants arriving in Berlin must go to register their application for asylum, in the Moabit district of Berlin, Germany on September 28, 2015. German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany will take 850,000 asylum applicants this year; after one receives a number, one must wait for it to be called in order to register, a process that has gone from taking six days of waiting to taking more than 20 days of waiting in just the last three weeks.

Lastly, we come to Chicago, this place where “jaw-dropping corruption is a spectator sport” as The New Republic put it recently. Only if you are an outsider does the jaw drop. In Chicago, the jaw drops that we have a mayor who is not untouchable, whose mistakes pale in comparison to that of the father and the son who eventually anointed him, for the fact that the city is Balkanizing as everyone predicted just not so suddenly.

This fall has seen the execution of a nine-year old child named Tyshawn Lee at 80th and Damen, allegedly for his father, Pierre Stokes’, gang ties. It’s seen the firing of the Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy, who promised to obliterate the gangs, for following the mechanisms of the machine and its standard operating procedures when it comes to concealing police misconduct and suppressing videos of it. The street execution of Laquan McDonald by Police Officer Jason Van Dyke who fired 16 shots when five probably was enough to kill McDonald according to the footage evokes a saying made popular almost fifty years ago in this town: “The World Is Watching”. So when Rahm offered his belated, teary apology for police brutality, misconduct and slayings only because his political future was on the line, and of course did so in a shower of sanctimonious rhetoric – everything it seems must change but the mayor, who must stay because Rahm says Rahm gets to stay – no one quite bought it.

Mourners exit the visitation of Tyshawn Lee, 9, who was shot nine times while playing basketball in an alley on November 2, 2015, at St. Sabina's in Chicago, Illinois on November 10, 2015. Police allege the killing was a retaliatory gang hit which would mark a new turn in Chicago's gang wars.

Mourners exit the visitation of Tyshawn Lee, 9, who was shot multiple times while playing basketball in an alley on November 2, 2015, at St. Sabina’s in Chicago, Illinois on November 10, 2015. Police allege the killing was a retaliatory gang hit which would mark a new turn in Chicago’s gang wars.

Mourners gather around the hearse carrying the casket of Tyshawn Lee, 9, who was shot nine times while playing basketball in an alley on November 2, 2015, outside St. Sabina's Church following Lee's funeral in Chicago, Illinois on November 10, 2015. Police allege the killing was a retaliatory gang hit which would mark a new turn in Chicago's gang wars.

Mourners gather around the hearse carrying the casket of Tyshawn Lee, 9, who was shot multiple times while playing basketball in an alley on November 2, 2015, outside St. Sabina’s Church following Lee’s funeral in Chicago, Illinois on November 10, 2015. Police allege the killing was a retaliatory gang hit which would mark a new turn in Chicago’s gang wars.

Protesters calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign formed a circle and blocked traffic at State and Randolph in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 2015.  Emanuel offered a historic apology for the police killing of Laquan McDonald and police brutality and racial profiling generally -- without using those words -- in front of the City Council in the morning.

Protesters calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign formed a circle and blocked traffic at State and Randolph in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 2015. Emanuel offered a historic apology for the police killing of Laquan McDonald and police brutality and racial profiling generally — without using those words — in front of the City Council in the morning.

Protesters calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign formed a circle and blocked traffic at Michigan Avenue and Wacker in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 2015.  Emanuel offered a historic apology for the police killing of Laquan McDonald and police brutality and racial profiling generally -- without using those words -- in front of the City Council in the morning.

Protesters calling on Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to resign formed a circle and blocked traffic at Michigan Avenue and Wacker in the Loop, Chicago, Illinois on December 9, 2015. Emanuel offered a historic apology for the police killing of Laquan McDonald and police brutality and racial profiling generally — without using those words — in front of the City Council in the morning.

Thank you for looking and sharing even this little part of 2015 with me! Happy New Year!

Deutsche Welle: A rare win for accountability advocates in Chicago

Protesters take to Michigan Avenue, Chicago's "Magnificent Mile" and longest shopping street, to protest three days after the release of a dash cam video documenting the killing of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with his murder, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, in Chicago, Illinois on November 27, 2015.  Van Dyke fired 16 shots at McDonald and fired 13 of those shots after McDonald was on the ground and only stopped after his colleague told him to stand down; a journalist for outlet DNA Info sued the City of Chicago for release of the dash cam video, which the city released only after ordered to do so by a judge last week.

Protesters take to Michigan Avenue, Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile” and longest shopping street, to protest three days after the release of a dash cam video documenting the killing of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who has been charged with his murder, on Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year, in Chicago, Illinois on November 27, 2015. Van Dyke fired 16 shots at McDonald and fired 13 of those shots after McDonald was on the ground and only stopped after his colleague told him to stand down; an independent journalist, Brandon Smith, sued the City of Chicago for release of the dash cam video, which the city released only after ordered to do so by a judge last week.

I was quoted briefly late last week in a Deutsche Welle article, “A rare win for accountability advocates in Chicago,” in connection with my efforts to document the stories and faces of the torture victims of Area 2 and Area 3 from 1973-1991 under former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge:

For the first time in 35 years, a Chicago officer faces a first-degree murder charge for an on-duty fatality. The period includes scores of police killings and 20 dismissed complaints alleging bias, violence and illegal searches by Van Dyke. It also includes many of the years in which Chicago police ran a torture regime in which more than 200 men, the vast majority of them black, were shocked, beaten and subjected to mock executions. In May, the city council agreed to pay out $5.5 million to survivors of the program, many of whom spent years in prison after confessing under duress to crimes they had not committed. The city also continues to pay Commander Jon Burge, who ran the program, a $3,000 monthly pension.

“His legacy continues to tarnish the city and the lives of an estimated over 100 men who may still be in jail on convictions based on false confessions given under conditions that meet modern thresholds of what is considered to be torture,” photojournalist Amanda Rivkin said. A Chicago native who is working on a long-term project documenting victims of the torture program, Rivkin said that, beyond the reparations to victims, too few resources have gone toward seeking real justice, in part because the city cannot find the money to cover it. “The activists have won major battles,” she said. “There is some hope, but the success of these efforts require funding, which is lacking as the state and city are broke – yet Jon Burge continues to receive $3,000 per month.”

It is long slow work fighting for police accountability in Chicago. Yet, as another turbulent year comes to a close in the city, activists keep right on working to get the department to admit to its wrongs. As Rivkin said, their resolution has seen results. Perhaps for 2016, the city administration could resolve to join them in their efforts.

On Sale Tonight at Midnight: the 2016 Chicago Taxi Driver Calendar + Mr. February Tote Bags!

If you follow my Instagram account (@amandarivkin) or my photography Facebook page, you have noticed I have been busy the last few days photographing the 2016 Chicago Taxi Driver Calendar. Each day I am featuring one of our calendar cabbies along with some fun facts and highlighting different moments from behind the scenes of our shoot. Taxi drivers provide an essential service like police, firemen, food industry workers or EMTs. Sales of the calendar and Mr. February tote bags (below) will begin at midnight tonight in time for Black Friday in the U.S. Proceeds will benefit the legal costs for a suit against the City of Chicago on behalf of the taxi drivers.

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“Sustenance” at Loyola University for Hunger Week

My work, “Sustenance: Chicago and the Food Chain,” is on display this week at Loyola University Chicago’s Damen Student Center, 2nd Floor during Hunger Week. Commissioned by Art Works Projects, “Sustenance” examines issues around the food supply and child nutrition in Chicago and the state of Illinois.

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The work debuted at Art Works Projects’ studio gallery in Chicago in January and previously toured at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, Italy for a month starting late August thanks to generous support from the U.S. Consulate Milan and Grosvenor Capital Management.