Rally in Chicago on Monday 12/29: Reparations for Victims of Police Torture

Protest police torture and demand reparations as a part of Black Youth Project 100’s #BlackHolidaze Kwanzaa Week.

Chicago—(ENEWSPF)—December 29, 2014 – On Monday, December 29th at 1 p.m. a rally will be held in Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., to protest police torture and to demand reparations as a part of BYP100’s #BlackHolidaze Kwanzaa Week. Participants will then march to City Hall where they will will call for Mayor Emanuel and the Chicago City Council to pass the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors before the municipal elections this February. 

BYP100, SuperGroup, We Charge Genocide, Chicago Light Brigade, and Chicagoans from all walks of life will join together to support Project NIA & Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM) in demanding reparations for survivors of Chicago police torture. Hundreds of people and families have been fighting to demand the passage of the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors for the past two decades. 

On October 16, 2013, a Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors was introduced in Chicago’s City Council. It has already received the support of the 27 alderpeople it needs to have the ordinance passed. Organizers are demanding a hearing be scheduled for January.

MEET US at Daley Plaza to kick off the rally at 1pm!

Organizers are asking those that can’t join them in person to participate on social media using the #RahmRepNow #BlackHolidaze #TakeBlackChi hashtags to demand that Mayor Emanuel support the reparations ordinance. People can also call the Mayor’s office at 312-744-3300 during that same time to advocate for the ordinance.

Among other demands, the ordinance would require the city to administer financial reparations to all Burge torture survivors who are unable to sue for monetary damages because the statute of limitations for their claims has expired. The proposed ordinance would also provide all torture survivors and their families with tuition-free education at City Colleges; create a center on the South Side of Chicago that would provide psychological counseling, health care services and vocational training to those affected by law enforcement torture and abuse; require Chicago Public Schools to teach about these cases and sponsor the construction of public torture memorials. And it asks the city’s leaders to issue a formal apology to those who were tortured and their communities. 

It’s time for Mayor Rahm Emanuel, & Alderman Ed Burke, to declare his full support for reparations for police torture survivors and to call for the City Council to pass this ordinance. 

For the full text of the Reparations Ordinance see: