WBEZ | Occupy Wall Street http://www.wbez.org/tags/occupy-wall-street Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Fest shines a light on local African-American rock bands http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/fest-shines-light-local-african-american-rock-bands-102734 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/jeromeholloway.jpg" title="Jerome Holloway (Photo by Tom Gallagher, courtesy of the artist)" /></p><div class="image-insert-image "><p><strong>Lead story</strong>: With cooler weather and the start of fall, Chicago&#39;s outdoor festival season is drawing to a close. But to give up on outdoor music until 2013 would be to overlook the criminally under-reported <a href="http://www.facebook.com/events/373299099405938/">Black Dot Music Festival</a>. The fest, happening this Saturday night September 29 at Elastic Arts (2830 N. Milwaukee Avenue), aims to shine the spotlight on local African-American rock music and culture. Bands on the bill include outstanding singer-songwriter Jerome Holloway, the self-described &ldquo;ballroom rockers&rdquo; Blah Blah Blah, and folkster LeAnna Eden. It&#39;s the first such festival here in Chicago, though similar such events, like the annual <a href="http://afropunkfest.com/">AfroPunk Fest</a> and events thrown by the <a href="http://blackrockcoalition.org/">Black Rock Coalition</a>, have dotted the New York music landscape.</p><p>Keidra Chaney, a <a href="http://thelearnedfangirl.com/">local music blogger</a> and black musician, said &quot;the potential of this festival to connect such a diverse musical community is incredibly exciting. I hope it&#39;s the first of many and that it gets enough traction that the larger music scene here actually takes note.&rdquo; It&#39;s a subset of the city&#39;s local rock scene that&#39;s often overlooked and deserves more attention. Hopefully the fest will be just the first of many such events.</p><p><strong>Also: </strong>The members of Chicago&rsquo;s Occupy Wall Street movement scored a legal win yesterday when a judge <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19657847/judge-rules-90-occupy-chicago-arrests-unconstitutional-grant-park-tent-removal-city-curfew">tossed out the arrests of 92 protesters</a>&nbsp;from demonstrations a year ago. The arrests were made in Grant Park after the protesters refused to take down tents and leave the park after the city&rsquo;s enforced curfew. But Associate Judge Thomas Donnelly ruled the arrests unconstitutional <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-judge-tosses-occupy-chicago-park-arrests-20120927,0,904516.story">and cited other events</a>, such as the 2008 Election Night rally for President Obama, as examples when the curfew was broken but no arrests were made. The arrests, which occurred over two weekends last October, totaled more than 300 but over 200 of those protesters took court-supervision offers as to keep any convictions off their records.</p><p><strong>And then:</strong> There&rsquo;s trash talking and then there&rsquo;s just straight-up being horrible. A bench trial is underway in Joliet <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15420337-761/assistant-us-attorney-joliet-officials-called-section-8-residents-rats-and-whores-from-chicago.html">pitting that city against the Department of Justice</a>; at stake is the rights to a Section 8 apartment complex that the City of Joliet wants to buy from its owners under eminent domain, and, according to the DOJ, bulldoze, unfairly displacing the residents. During proceedings yesterday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Elengold&nbsp;alleged that one Joliet councilman called residents of the complex &ldquo;rats from the Robert Taylor homes&rdquo; and that another city leader referred to residents as &ldquo;whores&rdquo; and &ldquo;prostitutes.&rdquo; The DOJ also points to $5 million in federally-funded improvements and a dramatic drop in crime at the complex as a result of those improvements as proof that the city&rsquo;s desire to gain control of the complex is racially motivated.</p><p><strong>RIP: </strong>Actor <a href="http://www.sfgate.com/business/bloomberg/article/Herbert-Lom-Twitching-Policeman-in-Pink-3899410.php">Herbert Lom</a>, most noted for his role as Chief Inspector Charles Dreyfus in the <em>Pink Panther</em> movies, at the age of 95. Lom also had roles in films such as <em>Spartacus</em>, <em>The Ladykillers</em> (1955), and <em>War and Peace</em> (1956). Among dozens of other roles, he also wrote two novels of historical fiction.</p><p><br /><strong>Elsewhere</strong></p><ul><li>The man behind the controversial film <em>Innocence of Muslims</em> <a href="http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/lanow/2012/09/innocence-of-muslims-filmmaker-ordered-to-jail-by-judge.html">has been ordered to jail</a> by a judge for apparently violating his probation.</li><li>After a set of controversial pro-Israel ads ran in the New York City subway, the M.T.A. <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/28/nyregion/mta-amends-rules-after-pro-israel-ads-draw-controversy.html?hp&amp;_r=0&amp;gwh=A87281C542AE33598B185315487F5D52">has announced changes</a> to their rules about what ads are allowed.</li><li>So Todd Akin&rsquo;s senatorial campaign is <a href="http://gawker.com/5947071/todd-akin-says-he-knows-hes-winning-because-his-female-opponent-is-getting-less-ladylike">still a thing</a>.</li><li>After the police chief in a small New Mexico town was forced to resign, the only certified member of the police force&nbsp;<a href="http://news.yahoo.com/police-chief-resigns-nm-force-gone-dog-200452443.html">is a drug-sniffing dog</a>.</li><li>The Hubble Telescope has <a href="http://blog.seattlepi.com/hottopics/2012/09/26/hubble-image-shows-deepest-view-of-universe-ever/">now given us</a> the deepest view of the universe ever recorded.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Looking Ahead: &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><ul><li>Inspector General Joe Ferguson <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/15414674-761/traffic-fees-fire-crew-cuts-among-inspectors-12-billion-in-ideas.html">has suggested more cuts</a> to Mayor Rahm Emanuel that he says could save the city over a billion dollars.</li><li>Meanwhile, the Cook County inspector general reports <a href="http://www.wbez.org/nearly-100000-cook-county-funds-unaccounted-102726">that approximately $100,000</a> in funds has yet to be accounted for.</li><li>A new payment system <a href="http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2012/09/27/new-cta-fare-system-begins-next-summer/">for the CTA and PACE will be rolled out</a> next year but there&rsquo;s still no way to throw in Metra fare while you&rsquo;re at it.</li><li>Evanston police are <a href="http://www.myfoxchicago.com/story/19615949/14-year-old-boy-shot-dead-in-evanston">currently holding a &ldquo;person of interest&rdquo;</a> in connection with the weekend murder of 14-year-old Dajae Coleman.</li><li>Peapod&rsquo;s &ldquo;virtual&rdquo; supermarkets <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/breaking/chi-peapod-to-put-virtual-markets-in-16-cta-metra-stations-20120927,0,6807740.story">are coming to 16 CTA stations</a>.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Sports</strong></p><ul><li>Sox Watch: The Tigers won yet again over the Royals and the Pale Hose&nbsp;<a href="http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/gameday/index.jsp?gid=2012_09_27_tbamlb_chamlb_1&amp;mode=gameday&amp;c_id=cws">lost yet another crucial game</a>, this time to Tampa, sending the Sox two games below Detroit as the collapse on the South Side continues.</li><li>One of the lone 2012 bright spots for the Cubs has been Darwin Barney&rsquo;s defense at second base. Barney has now <a href="http://espn.go.com/blog/chicago/cubs/post/_/id/13771/cubs-barney-owns-piece-of-fielding-mark">tied the record</a> for consecutive games without an error.</li><li>As the NHL lockout continues, the league <a href="http://espn.go.com/nhl/story/_/id/8432212/nhl-cancels-remainder-preseason-schedule">has now canceled</a> the rest of the preseason games.</li><li>Pairings for the beginning of this weekend&rsquo;s Ryder Cup <a href="http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/sports&amp;id=8827694">were announced</a> yesterday.</li><li>The NFL&rsquo;s regular referees returned to the field last night and received what is probably <a href="http://deadspin.com/5947160/tonights-referee-crew-walked-out-to-a-standing-ovation-in-baltimore">one of the few standing ovations</a> officials have ever received.</li></ul><p><br /><strong>Finally &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</strong></p><p>With the NFL refs back on the field, here&rsquo;s a tribute to their leader, Ed Hochuli and his muscular arms. [<a href="http://www.thehighdefinite.com/2012/09/i-want-to-be-ed-hochuli/">via</a>]</p></div><p style="text-align: center; "><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="450" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/WpzEBWcjkAI" width="600"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 28 Sep 2012 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/marcus-gilmer/2012-09/fest-shines-light-local-african-american-rock-bands-102734 Immigrant, labor, Occupy groups join for May Day protests http://www.wbez.org/news/immigrant-labor-occupy-groups-join-may-day-protests-98705 <p><p>Activists say a May Day rally in Chicago includes the Occupy movement along with it usual focus on immigrant rights.</p><p>Organizer Orlando Sepulveda says the anti-Wall Street groups' presence enriches the march. They plan to gather in a park around noon and then march downtown.</p><p>Sepulveda has marched in Chicago every year since 2006. That's when more than 1 million people nationwide protested federal legislation that would have made being an illegal immigrant a felony. Nearly half a million people marched in Chicago.</p><p>Since then, the numbers have greatly dwindled and advocates haven't united behind a single cause.</p><p>Some activists have focused on voter registration and politics, while others have focused on workers' rights.</p><p>A few thousand marched last year in Chicago and organizers expected the same turnout Tuesday.</p></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 14:22:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/immigrant-labor-occupy-groups-join-may-day-protests-98705 The new urban militarism of local law enforcement in Western society http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-13/new-urban-militarism-local-law-enforcement-western-society-97244 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2012-March/2012-03-13/AP111022017052.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Many observers were surprised and even shocked by police methods used to subdue various "Occupy" demonstrations across the U.S. and Europe. There seems to be increasing dependence on methods of local policing that is eerily similar to how western militaries behave in the battlefield.<br> <br> We <a href="http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-12/chicago%E2%80%99s-thousands-surveillance-and-%E2%80%98red-light%E2%80%99-smart-cameras-97214">took a look yesterday</a> at the city of Chicago’s exploding surveillance camera systems. Today, we broaden the discussion with a look at increased militarization of local law enforcement in Western-societies. <a href="http://www.ncl.ac.uk/apl/staff/profile/steve.graham" onclick="window.open(this.href, '', 'resizable=no,status=no,location=no,toolbar=no,menubar=no,fullscreen=no,scrollbars=no,dependent=no'); return false;">Stephen Graham</a> is professor of Cities and Society at Newcastle University in the U.K. He examines the increasing influence of military technology on domestic police forces in his book <em>Cities Under Siege: The New Military Urbanism</em>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Stephen Graham's interview comes ahead of a panel discussion tonight called "<a href="http://chicagohistory.org/planavisit/upcomingevents/special-events/in-the-k-now">Chicago's Spy in the Sky</a>." The panel is part of the Chicago History Museum’s “In the Know" series. It begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at the Chicago History Museum. Rajiv Shah, who was on </em>Worldview<em> yesterday to talk about Chicago’s thousands of surveillance and smart cameras, will be on tonight's panel.</em></p></p> Tue, 13 Mar 2012 14:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2012-03-13/new-urban-militarism-local-law-enforcement-western-society-97244 Alfredo Sfeir Younis visits 'Occupy' movement and calls for societal change http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/segment/photo/2011-December/2011-12-19/alfredo.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/about-alfredo/">Alfredo Sfeir Younis</a> spent more than 30 years at the World Bank. There he focused on the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. &nbsp;</p><p>Along the way he’s also became a Mayan priest.</p><p>These days Alfredo uses his &nbsp;<a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a> to combine spirituality and public policy issues.</p><p>Currently he’s on a tour of the U.S. After talking with a range of the “Occupy” movement protestors, Alfredo thinks we must challenge some fundamental values.</p><p>There's no doubt that after our current global economic strife, movements like <a href="http://occupywallst.org/">Occupy Wall Street</a>, the anti-austerity protests in Europe and the Arab Spring present a form of a pushback.</p><p>On this edition of Worldview, we spend the hour with Alfredo to talk about our changing times.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 18:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-12-20/alfredo-sfeir-younis-visits-occupy-movement-and-calls-societal-change-95 Worldview 12.20.11 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/episode/images/2011-december/2011-12-16/alfredo1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chilean economist Alfredo Sfeir Younis spent more than 30 years at the World Bank tackling the rights of indigenous peoples, poverty eradication and international trade. Today, Alfredo leads a slightly different life: He's a Mayan priest and president of the <a href="http://silentpeacemeditation.com/" target="_blank">Zambuling Institute for Human Transformation</a>, an organization that works on the connections between spirituality and public policy. On his current tour of the U.S., he's meeting with "Occupy" protesters. Alfredo argues, in order for humanity to thrive, the world must challenge some fundamental ideas of how we order, value and measure our society.</p></p> Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode/worldview-122011 Why there will be no Occupying the elections http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-22/why-there-will-be-no-occupying-elections-94282 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/LetTheVoicesRingOut_OccupySign.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/OccupyChicago_body.jpg" style="width: 353px; height: 233px; margin: 8px; float: left;" title="General assembly gathering at Occupy Chicago. (Flickr/Michael Kappel)">Ironic, it seems to me, that shortly after the Occupy movement had some of its biggest successes -- <a href="http://rt.com/usa/news/occupy-wall-street-619/">30,000 people on the Brooklyn Bridge</a>, <a href="http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2011/1107/Bank-Transfer-Day-How-much-impact-did-it-have">Bank Transfer Day</a>, the president of the University of California <a href="http://sfappeal.com/news/2011/11/uc-president-condemns-police-response-to-protesters.php%20">condemning the behavior of his own police force</a> -- mainstream media figures usually considered progressive are suddenly calling for the movement to change tactics.<br> <br> Among others, <em>The New York Times</em>’ David Carr last week suggested that the movement may have hit <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2011/11/21/business/media/the-question-for-occupy-protest-is-what-now.html?_r=1%20">its media exposure ceiling</a> and will need to change strategies. Perhaps more disappointingly, my good friend Laura Washington missed the boat entirely in a recent <em>Sun-Times</em> <a href="http://www.suntimes.com/news/washington/8924031-452/occupy-ditch-tents-get-savvy.html">column</a> by implying that Occupiers might now want to join the mainstream. Among her suggestions: Look at the Tea Party. Anoint leaders, run for office. Her conclusion? “If the Democrats are smart, they will co-opt you.”<br> <br> Oh, Laura.<br> <br> The comparison of these two movements has always baffled me. Other than that they are both expressions of grassroots dissatisfaction, there’s not much in common.<br> <br> The Tea Party is about trying to bring back an imagined American past of glory, prosperity and global superiority. That’s why the Tea Party dovetails so neatly into elections, <a href="http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/11/tweet-forensics-occupy-v-tea-party?utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter&amp;utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Motherjones%2Fmojoblog+%28MotherJones.com+%7C+MoJoBlog%29">particularly local ones</a>. It’s not against the system. Its gripe is that the system has been co-oped by the less patriotic, the less American. It’s trying to rescue the system.<br> <br> The Occupy movement, on the other hand, is about taking down what they consider an unjust the system and re-inventing it as a more fair and equitable process. It’s not American per se but international -- that’s why there are Occupy movements in Cairo and Buenos Aires, in Brisbane and Cape Town and all over the world.</p><p><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-22/LetTheVoicesRingOut_OccupySign_body.jpg" style="width: 357px; height: 241px; margin: 8px; float: right;" title="Rally signs piled at an Occupy Maine encampment in Lincoln Park in Portland, Maine. (AP/Pat Wellenbach)">The Occupy movement is about <a href="http://www.thenation.com/article/164348/audacity-occupy-wall-street?page=0,0">a possible future</a>. That’s why the occupations aren’t just about sign waving but about creating alternate spaces. It’s why the occupations have libraries and food kitchens, teach-ins and medical tents. It’s why the Occupy movement condemns both Republicans and Democrats and refuses to engage them.<br> <br> Certainly, and especially as the 2012 elections near, some Occupiers will, individually, align themselves with particular campaigns, with specific candidates, even with the mainstream political parties that they are now fighting against. Certainly progressive candidates <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/progressives-on-the-march-to-take-over-congress/2011/11/14/gIQAD0m4MN_story.html">will need and want the Occupiers’ energy</a>. Any politician -- of any party -- who ignores the impact of the Occupy movement does so at her or is own peril.<br> <br> Electoral participation from Occupiers will happen on an individual basis: folks who’ve been touched and inspired by Occupy’s core values making personal decisions to join the mainstream to help change it.<br> <br> But please understand that it won’t be the Occupy movement itself. And anyone who keeps waiting for the Occupiers as a whole to sign up for electoral politics -- much less to be willingly co-opted by the hapless Democrats -- really doesn’t get it.</p></p> Tue, 22 Nov 2011 18:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-22/why-there-will-be-no-occupying-elections-94282 Video: Students respond to UC Davis pepper spray incident http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-21/video-police-pepper-spray-demonstrators-uc-davis-peacefully-evicted-9424 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-22/UC Davis Pepper Spray_Flickr_TalkMediaNews.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Chances are you've seen part of this video from the pepper spraying incident at UC Davis last week. The police's casual shaking of the spray can, the way he strolled through and shot directly at the students' faces while they were sitting ... surely an appalling sight. But keep watching ... keep watching ... because the way the students deal with this violation is really amazing. Listen to the chants and the "mic check" and watch how they herd the cops -- in riot gear and with guns pointed -- peacefully off campus.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/BjnR7xET7Uo" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 21 Nov 2011 17:31:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/achy-obejas/2011-11-21/video-police-pepper-spray-demonstrators-uc-davis-peacefully-evicted-9424 Attn. food bloggers: Cool it on the month-long coverage of Thanksgiving http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-18/attn-food-bloggers-cool-it-month-long-coverage-thanksgiving-94199 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-18/AP111117040720.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/AP111117040720.jpg" title="Great photo. (AP)" width="512" height="256">d</p><p>Did I read this right in the New York Times? 32,000 people gathered on or by the Brooklyn Bridge for the Occupy Wall St. march yesterday? And in Chicago, right at rush hour, protesters shut down the LaSalle Street bridge here in Chicago. Just when you thought the movement was dying down, it springs right back up. It's fascinating to watch. How does a regular Chicagoan respond to the Occupy Chicago movement? There aren't a lot of super rich people here (I'm sure there are a few, but still). So how does the 99 percent view it? Let's find out. Good blog idea for next week. I wish <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blogs/anne-elizabeth-moore">Anne Elizabeth Moore was still doing her Revision Street project</a>. That would be an interesting question to ask real Chicago.</p><p><strong>B story</strong>: My colleagues at work believe that new Chicago Cubs Manager Dale Sveum looks like me:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-18/sveum-headshot.jpg" style="width: 494px; height: 371px;" title=""></p><p>First off, this guy is much better looking than me. Secondly, it's in the nose. This guy has a regular nose, where I go with more of the hook style nose. Lastly, not all bald guys look alike. That's just baldist.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: If I ever have a free weekend, I always have a hard time figuring out entertainment sites like Metromix or Time Out Chicago. They are great sites with a ton of content, but it's so much that sometimes I just need someone to tell me what the heck is going on this weekend, and should I go to it. Right? My wifey is usually in charge of, "Hey, let's go to this new restaurant or event." If it were up to me, I'd say, "Hey, my friend's band is playing at US Beer Company. I ain't talked to him in a while and the band isn't that great, but still, I think they have drink specials?"</p><p>Enter <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167">Alison Cuddy and the <em>Weekender</em></a>. Great idea. May I make a public suggestion? Throw what new/hot restaurants and bars you should go to in the podcast. That would kill.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: You know what I hate right now? That every food blog is about Thanksgiving. Turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing...we get it. It just seems like food sites are turning into the blog equivalent of the candy aisle at Walgreens (which now have Santa candy out). I think it's appropriate to throw in a couple Thanksgiving-related recipes and whatnot starting THIS weekend (<a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-18/weekender-alison-cuddy-94167">even though Zulkey disagrees</a>). But the last two weeks have been overkill.&nbsp; I can only see so many pictures of turkeys and bright, orange leaves. Isn't family harrassment enough to remind me Thanskgiving is coming, now you pile on? I can't wait til the week after when it's all leftover talk. Food blogs during the holidays is probably a lot like public radio during pledge drives. I'll just come back when it's over.&nbsp;</p><p>Do a story instead on why breakfast is constantly costing me $40 now.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>E story</strong>: I just went to the Gap because I have no casual winter clothes. I bought a hoodie for $41 (30 percent off). But just the idea that a hoodie sweatshirt is $41 is outrageous. But it's soft. And much more stylish than your run-of-the-mill Target sweatshirts. But wow, that's quite a mark-up. But I feel like I could be in <em>How to Make it in America</em>:</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/-sN49nNdE58" width="560" frameborder="0" height="315"></iframe></p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: Today is probably a perfect November day. Cold but not too cold. Sunny and bright. No real global warming problems.</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: I read this on CBS Sportsline on my phone today. Columnist <a href="http://www.cbssports.com/nfl/story/16158417/peek-at-the-week-which-version-of-the-ravens-will-we-see-this-week">Clarke Judge previews the big NFL games this weekend</a>. For the Bears/Chargers game, Clarke writes:</p><blockquote><p>In a month, Chicago has gone from a struggling club to one that is a legitimate Super Bowl threat ... yes, I'm serious. I don't know who to credit -- coach Lovie Smith, offensive coordinator Mike Martz or offensive line coach Mike Tice -- but the Bears figured out how to protect Jay Cutler, Cutler figured out to play quarterback and the Bears figured out how to win consistently.</p></blockquote><blockquote><p>They have it all. They can throw. They can run. They play defense. And they have Devin Hester. Frankly, I'm surprised the line is so small here. I don't see how San Diego competes with these guys. The Chargers are 1-3 on the road, are trapped in a four-game slide and have so many injuries on the offensive line they wanted to audition Pete Prisco at left guard.</p></blockquote><p>Wow. Hard to believe the Bears turned it around so quickly. Even after London (going into the Bye), the fans were not happy. 4-3 and just playing poorly. We expected more from a squad that went to the NFC Championship last year. This happened one time before in our history. We got to the NFC Championship in 1984. Then, 1985. That's the expectation here in Chicago. So reading this today, it truly gets you excited. Have the Bears turned a corner? And now, the rivalry with the Packers is heating up, even though we don't play against them til Christmas night.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: Speaking of rivalries, I saw this Tweet last from Ernest Wilkins, commissioner of our summer media softball league (and RedEye columnist/social media editor):</p><blockquote><p>I'd like to acknowledge that #KupLeague trash talk occurred tonight. Can't wait for next season, especially the @ChicagoNow/@WBEZ rematch..</p></blockquote><p>and</p><blockquote><p>Should ChiNow-WBEZ be the opener?</p></blockquote><p>It's November. That's pretty intense, seeing the league probably won't start up again til June. It's not unlike Bears/Packers. But I think it's much more Steelers/Ravens. Ha! If you missed it, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-08-19/wbez-softball-team-beats-chicagonow-heading-championship-game-90796">here's the recap of the rivalry game last year</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 18 Nov 2011 19:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-18/attn-food-bloggers-cool-it-month-long-coverage-thanksgiving-94199 Livestream: Police arrest Occupy protesters trying to block traffic in NYC financial district http://www.wbez.org/content/livestream-police-arrest-occupy-protesters-trying-block-traffic-nyc-financial-district <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-November/2011-11-17/occupy protests.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;">Streaming Video: Occupy Wall Street Protests<br> <iframe src="http://www.ustream.tv/embed/9488285" style="border: 0px none transparent;" width="480" frameborder="0" height="386" scrolling="no"></iframe><br> This is a live stream from The Other 99’s channel.</p><p>NEW YORK (AP) - Protesters have been chanting "Shut down Wall Street" and sitting in the streets of New York's financial district this morning.</p><p>Police in riot gear have been hauling them to their feet and handcuffing them.</p><p>The confrontations took place at an intersection about a block from Wall Street. After several arrests, most of the protesters retreated, followed by a line of riot police.</p><p>The congestion brought taxis and delivery trucks to a halt, but the trading day has opened as normal on the New York Stock Exchange.</p><p>Two months after the demonstrations began, members of the Occupy Wall Street movement say they've reached a "critical moment," with authorities in a number of cities, including New York, forcibly removing protesters from parks and tearing down their camps.</p><p>The confrontations in New York followed arrests early this morning in Dallas. Police cited public safety and hygiene issues as they evicted dozens of protesters from their campsite near City Hall.</p></p> Thu, 17 Nov 2011 16:16:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/content/livestream-police-arrest-occupy-protesters-trying-block-traffic-nyc-financial-district Occupy UChicago protest deemed a success on a night others face challenges http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-15/occupy-uchicago-protest-deemed-success-night-others-face-challenges-9 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-November/2011-11-15/occupyhydepark.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/occupyhydepark.jpg" title="(Flickr/Avi Schwab)" width="500"></p><p>A planned protest at the University of Chicago against former Goldman Sachs CEO and former Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson, and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice went on without the pair Monday night, while Occupy protestors across the country faced increasing police pressure.</p><p>The event, titled "<a href="https://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=305998036077355">Unwelcoming Paul and Condi</a>&nbsp;- Occupy Hyde Park", had almost 300 people attending on Facebook. The plan was to rally outside the International House in protest of Paulson and Rice, who, in the words of the protestors, represent the "interconnections between corporate money, political power, and academia." Paulson was&nbsp;appointed to the University in July as a distinguished senior fellow at the Harris School of Public Policy.</p><p>In a curtailed email to the student body sent Sunday night, University Provost Thomas Rosenbaum supported the University's decision to allow the former United States Cabinet secretaries to discuss, among other things, Rice's recent book&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.randomhouse.com/book/196659/no-higher-honor-by-condoleezza-rice/9780307587862/">No Higher Honor: A Memoir of My Years in Washington</a>.</em></p><p>"We must protect a speaker’s right to be heard, just as we have a responsibility to challenge their ideas with honesty, vigor, and respect," wrote Rosenbaum. "No speaker is to be expected to present all views on a subject, but as a community, we offer the possibility of additional fora for exploration of contrasting opinions, so that taken together inquiry can proceed untrammeled in the service of scholarship."</p><p>"We will continue to respect the rights of protesters to express their views in a peaceful manner that does not prevent invited guests from speaking," Rosenbaum continued. "However,&nbsp;should individuals violate these expectations and attempt to shut down the speech of others, we must take action to protect our fundamental values."</p><p>But come Monday morning, the talk had been <a href="http://news.uchicago.edu/article/2011/11/02/henry-paulson-host-condoleezza-rice-nov-14-event">indefinitely postponed</a>&nbsp;"due to an unforeseen scheduling conflict." The <a href="http://blogs.suntimes.com/sweet/2011/11/condoleeza_rice_rep_schock_chi.html"><em>Sun-Times</em> credited it</a> to Rice's double-booking; she was also scheduled to&nbsp;attend a fundraising dinner for Illinois Republican Representative Aaron Schock that same evening.</p><p>The rally still went on, as these images show, with little police involvement. Organizers credited it for pressuring the cancellation of the talk, and deemed it a "success." Earlier in the day, the protest had drawn supporters from outside the movement, with musician <a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/LupeFiasco/status/136133889893744640">Lupe Fiasco tweeting</a> about Occupy Chicago's protest being held on the South Side, using the hashtag "#occupythehood."</p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" height="333" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-November/2011-11-15/occupyhydepark2.jpg" title="(Flickr/Avi Schwab)" width="500"></p><p>It appears that the event may have inspired protestors within the University community to become more involved in the Occupy movement; as of this morning, about 100 people had joined the&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/groups/228030710585503/">UChicago Occupy</a>&nbsp;group. In <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-02/what-role-should-student-play-occupy-chicago-93697">previous weeks</a>, students from the UofC had not been considered a hugely visible presence in the Occupy Chicago student movement.</p><p>Meanwhile Monday night marked the first drastic change within the Occupy movement, as protestors at the hub of the action in New York <a href="http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-11-15/morning-parlor-game-what-was-suspicious-package-zuccotti-park-94050">were ousted from their encampment in Zuccotti Park</a>.&nbsp;</p></p> Tue, 15 Nov 2011 16:15:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/blog/city-room-blog/2011-11-15/occupy-uchicago-protest-deemed-success-night-others-face-challenges-9