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Burge Victims Speak: Exhibit Discussion

Saturday January 19, 2019 at 1pm Harold Washington Library, 7th Floor Chicago Authors’ Room Hear photographer Amanda Rivkin, Chicago attorney Flint Taylor and survivor Darrell Cannon discuss the history, investigation, resolution and impact of torture by Chicago police commander Jon Burge and his “midnight crew.” This event is in conjunction with the Burge Victims Speak exhibit at Harold Washington Library Center. The talk will be accompanied by a presentation of Rivkin’s portraits.   More info.

Burge Victims Speak Exhibit at Harold Washington Library Center

Chicago Public Library November 15, 2018   The exhibit Burge Victims Speak photographs + audio by Amanda Rivkin features 17 photographic portraits and audio accounts of men who survived torture by Chicago police commander Jon Burge and his “midnight crew” between 1972 and 1993. The exhibit is on display November 20 to January 25 at Harold Washington Library Center, in the 3rd Floor Exhibit Hall.   The images document the men—many of whom served prison sentences for coerced admissions of crime—in their current-day lives.   Rivkin is a fellow at the Invisible Institute, a journalism production company on Chicago’s South Side. The organization is in the process of developing a public archive of the Burge cases, the future home of Rivkin’s photography and interview series.   The torture came to light when Chicago lawyer Flint Taylor received anonymous letters detailing systemic police torture inside Area 2 and later Area 3 headquarters. Investigation by the police oversight Office of Professional Standards concluded torture had occurred. In 2015, Chicago City Council passed a reparations ordinance that acknowledged the victims of …

TRUMPISTAN WATCH Launches

I have launched TRUMPISTAN WATCH to help professionals and the public monitor media as it concerns Trump and Russia.  The weekday e-mail digest comes in the form of an e-mail you can subscribe to by sending an e-mail to trumpistanwatch@gmail.com with TRUMPISTAN WATCH in the subject line.

What Is To Be Done After 10 Days of Trump?

Ten days after an inauguration Trump christened a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion,” in a definite nod to the antics of the worst Kremlin puppets everywhere that came before him, it is a good time to look back and reflect on the horrors of the first ten days and envision a path forward. Nominally and historically, such questions about the type of administration in the past emerge after 100 days, an arbitrary marker to be sure, but thinking people everywhere observing America’s homegrown terror in the form of a poorly dressed, wildly insecure, overly bronzed lunatic are settling into the reality that we might not have the luxury of so much time. World War III has already begun but most are still sleeping and do not see the danger, the mushroom clouds lingering on the horizon.   Let us begin by asking a question that is inspired by the demagogue Lenin, lifted from the title of a mediocre novel by Nikolai Chernychevsky as the first rumblings of dissatisfaction within Imperial Russia’s aristocracy stirred: what is …