WBEZ | protests http://www.wbez.org/tags/protests Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Waukegan woman seeks to trademark 'I can't breathe' http://www.wbez.org/news/waukegan-woman-seeks-trademark-i-cant-breathe-111273 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/425312_630x354.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Chicago-area woman is trying to trademark the dying of words of Eric Garner.</p><p>When Eric Garner died in a police officer&#39;s&nbsp;chokehold in July, his final words, captured on camera, were &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t breathe.&rdquo;</p><p>The words have become a national protest slogan. Many athletes, including Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose, have worn the phrase on t-shirts before games to express solidarity with the anti-police brutality movement.&nbsp;</p><p>Protesters in Chicago and around the country have scrawled the phrase on signs and rallied around the #ICantBreathe Twitter hashtag.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="https://soundcloud.com/wbez/chicago-artists-protesting-alleged-police-brutality-say-we-must-breathe">Chicago artists gather for &#39;We Must Breathe&#39; protest</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Now, a woman from Waukegan, a suburb north of Chicago, wants to claim the phrase as her own.</p><p>Catherine Crump filed an application for trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office on Dec. 13. In it, Crump seeks to license &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t breathe&rdquo; for use on hoodies and t-shirts &ldquo;for men, women, boys, girls and infants.&rdquo;</p><p>In her application, Crump, who could not be reached for comment, says she first used the words commercially back in August.</p><p>Crump paid $325 to apply. The application comes attached with photos of her &ldquo;I can&rsquo;t breathe&rdquo; merchandise.</p><p>The patent office assigned the application to an attorney for examination on Friday.</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is a WBEZ producer and reporter. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid" target="_blank">@pksmid</a>.</em></p></p> Fri, 19 Dec 2014 12:46:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/waukegan-woman-seeks-trademark-i-cant-breathe-111273 Lawsuit seeks information on alleged CPD spying http://www.wbez.org/news/lawsuit-seeks-information-alleged-cpd-spying-111202 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/sskc.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Activists say the Chicago Police Department is monitoring their cell phones at protests, and they are trying to use a lawsuit to prove it.</p><p>At issue are cell-phone interceptors called stingrays. These force mobile phones to communicate with them by mimicking a cell tower. For years, Chicago police denied owning any of these stingrays, but a 2014 lawsuit forced the department to turn over records proving the department had purchased several of them.</p><p>Government transparency attorney Matt Topic was the lead attorney on that case.</p><p>&ldquo;Once the stingray has tricked phones in the vicinity into thinking it&rsquo;s talking to a cell tower when it&rsquo;s actually talking to the police,&quot; Topic said. &quot;It can force the phones to broadcast to the police things like &hellip; the call logs and many think these can actually be used to intercept the content of the communications themselves.&rdquo;</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/www.wbez.org/news/who-polices-police-chicago-its-increasingly-ex-cops-111194" target="_blank">Who polices the police? In Chicago, it&#39;s mostly ex-cops</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>Topic, who is an attorney at Chicago firm Loevy and Loevy, says because the interceptor mimics a cell tower it can only work within a certain radius.</p><p>&ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know what that radius is, but I believe it&rsquo;s a large enough radius that if the police department put one of these devices into a truck or into a car and drove it up next to a reasonably sized protest, they could certainly secretly obtain a lot of information from protesters who are there.&rdquo;</p><p>Topic says it is a reasonable concern that the Chicago Police Department may be using these stingrays to get information during demonstrations. He pointed to a post by the hacker group Anonymous of a recording allegedly taken from the Chicago police scanner. In the recording a man, who Anonymous says is a Chicago police officer, asks if the department is monitoring a protest organizer&rsquo;s cell phone conversation.</p><p>That recording, and pictures of an Office of Emergency Management and Communication vehicle allegedly following marchers, has sparked several allegations of police spying.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-protestors-focus-future-111201" target="_blank">From pulpits to protests, Chicago clergy lead demonstrations</a></strong></p></blockquote><p>An OEMC spokeswoman says the SVU that has raised demonstrators&rsquo; suspicious is a vehicle equipped with mobile field cameras the city uses often in planned and unplanned large scale events and that it&rsquo;s nothing more. She says it does not have any sort of spying or monitoring capabilities beyond the ability to shoot video.</p><p>And a Chicago Police Department spokesman says the department hasn&rsquo;t used the stingrays during demonstrations.</p><p>But Ed Yohnka with the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois says that isn&rsquo;t good enough. Yohnka says the department refuses to admit how they are using the stingrays, which naturally leads people to be suspicious.</p><p>Yohnka says their use has been &ldquo;treated as a great secret by government at all levels.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;We know that this technology has been used in connection with protests in other places,&rdquo; Yohnka said. &ldquo;I don&rsquo;t know whether or not that&rsquo;s been used in Chicago. I would say that if this technology is being used to track people, if there are technologies that are being used to collect large swaths of communication, those are things that are very troubling and very wrong and I think people would rightly be concerned about them.&rdquo;</p><p>Topic&rsquo;s latest lawsuit, brought on behalf of privacy advocate Freddie Martinez, is meant to compel the Chicago Police Department to say when and where the stingrays are being used.</p><p>&ldquo;The second suit, which asks for broader records (as to the extent to which the equipment is being used, with what constitutional safeguards, what happens with data), that complaint was filed a while back and we&rsquo;re expecting the police department&rsquo;s answer to that complaint [this] week,&rdquo; Topic said.</p><p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re very interested to see &hellip; whether these are wholesale constitutional violations and if so we intend to explore what can be done about them,&rdquo; Topic said.</p><p><em>Patrick Smith is WBEZ&rsquo;s morning news producer. Follow him <a href="http://twitter.com/pksmid" target="_blank">@pksmid </a></em></p></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 15:33:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/lawsuit-seeks-information-alleged-cpd-spying-111202 Chicago protestors focus on the future http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-protestors-focus-future-111201 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/friday protest.PNG" alt="" /><p><p>Hundreds of people demonstrated on Chicago&#39;s West Side over the weekend to bring more attention to the recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.</p><p>Area pastors encouraged congregants to join a march shutting down the intersection of Madison and Pulaski. Demonstrators say this is only the beginning of a movement that&#39;ll go beyond holding signs in the streets.</p><blockquote><p><strong>Related: <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/who-polices-police-chicago-its-increasingly-ex-cops-111194" target="_blank">Who polices the police in Chicago? Mostly ex-cops</a></strong></p></blockquote><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180564592&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Thousands of church-goers also ditched their traditional services and flooded streets all throughout Chicago&#39;s South Side on Sunday. Their pastors urged them to march in solidarity with protesters who for weeks now have been bringing attention to cases of black men killed by police. Pastors say the marches should have taken place decades ago.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Listen to the Morning Shift conversation</span></p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/180557897&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p></p> Mon, 08 Dec 2014 11:05:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-protestors-focus-future-111201 Hong Kong protesters stand their ground http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-04/hong-kong-protesters-stand-their-ground-111190 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP27195268417.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Street sit-ins for democracy continue in Hong Kong. Clashes between police and protesters are becoming increasingly violent. Author Wen Huang tells us how the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong is evolving.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-31/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-31.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-31" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Hong Kong protesters stand their ground" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 04 Dec 2014 11:49:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-12-04/hong-kong-protesters-stand-their-ground-111190 Anger grows over corruption in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-26/anger-grows-over-corruption-mexico-111162 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP443647597511.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The disappearance of 43 students in Mexico has led to mass protests in the country. We&#39;ll hear a special report from the BBC and we&#39;ll take listen to the music that is fueling the movement.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-29/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-29.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-29" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Anger grows over corruption in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-26/anger-grows-over-corruption-mexico-111162 Unrest in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-17/unrest-mexico-111110 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP454844911699.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Protesters are calling for the resignation of Mexican President Peña Nieto. They&#39;re angry about how the government has handled the case of 43 students who went missing earlier this year. We&#39;ll talk with Laura Carlsen of the Center for International Policy.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-unrest-in-mexico" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Unrest in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:39:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-11-17/unrest-mexico-111110 StoryCorps: Interracial couple travels to Ferguson, Missouri http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-interracial-couple-travels-ferguson-missouri-111086 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/StoryCorps 141107 Helene Lucas_bh.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Helene Matumona was born in Zambia, but grew up in Canada.</p><p>&ldquo;Chicago is very different from Vancouver,&rdquo; she says in this week&rsquo;s StoryCorps. &ldquo;When you&rsquo;re here, you really feel like you&rsquo;re black. I think that&rsquo;s how I would describe my stay in Chicago: I feel black.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not trying to divide myself,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;You know, ideally I want to live in a society where there aren&rsquo;t tensions. Where we can all just be cool with each other.&rdquo;</p><p>Matumona came to the booth with her husband, Lucas Weisbecker, who is white. He asked her about their recent visit to St. Louis and the protests in nearby Ferguson.</p><p>&ldquo;It was just really tense at times,&quot; she says. &quot;Because you could feel the anger and you could feel just how fatigued the African-Americans in St. Louis were.&rdquo;</p><p>Weisbecker asks: &ldquo;Going to those protests, did that change your idea of what it means to be black?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Yeah. Cause I&rsquo;m an African immigrant,&quot; she says. &quot;And I feel like there&rsquo;s a difference there. Versus being an African-American and going through these struggles, the Civil Rights movement and slavery and all that. There&rsquo;s definitely a different story there. There&rsquo;s a different fight.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I went down there to try to see what was happening,&rdquo; Weisbecker explains. &ldquo;To try to feel the vibe of what was going on. And try to get a story from people that are actually there and experiencing like&hellip;because obviously there&rsquo;s a lot of underlying issues beyond just one kid getting killed. People react that way because there&rsquo;s a systemic problem and it&rsquo;s not being addressed.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;And you go down there and you see kids being basically fed up with the way things are and trying to make a difference,&rdquo; Weisbecker continues. &ldquo;The one thing I kept thinking about though was how is this actually going to make a difference in the end.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;There needs to be a direction. And there needs to be somebody or a group or an idea that puts everything into a direction, because if there&rsquo;s no direction it&rsquo;s just going to be unbridled anger, which is justified, but it is not necessarily going to change what it is that people are upset about.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;It was so cool to see people out in the streets talking about politics and the issues. And I think that&rsquo;s the first step to developing a direction. And you really need to be so on point to make change. And it was like: We were marching, We were yelling. We were talking. And it was just like: Okay, what&rsquo;s the action? What are we going to do?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;I&rsquo;d say, I left with a lot of questions.&quot;</p><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/playlists/6250422&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_artwork=true&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_reposts=false" width="888px"></iframe></p></p> Fri, 07 Nov 2014 16:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/series/storycorps/storycorps-interracial-couple-travels-ferguson-missouri-111086 Mass grave discovered in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-09/mass-grave-discovered-mexico-110918 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP338073131151.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A mass grave discovered in Iguala, Mexico is believed to contain the remains of a group of student protesters who went missing in September. The students were reportedly attacked by police before disappearing. We&#39;ll get an update from journalist Adam Raney, who joins us from Mexico.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-grave-discovered-in-mexico/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-grave-discovered-in-mexico.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-mass-grave-discovered-in-mexico" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Mass grave discovered in Mexico" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 11:18:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-09/mass-grave-discovered-mexico-110918 Hong Kong protesters refuse to disperse http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-06/hong-kong-protesters-refuse-disperse-110896 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP522913199328.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Hong Kong is now entering its second week of pro-democracy protests. We&#39;ll check in with journalist Violet Law. She&#39;s been reporting on the protests in Hong Kong.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hong-kong-protests-dwindle/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hong-kong-protests-dwindle.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-hong-kong-protests-dwindle" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Hong Kong protesters refuse to disperse" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 11:03:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-10-06/hong-kong-protesters-refuse-disperse-110896 Political unrest in Pakistan http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-05/political-unrest-pakistan-110758 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/main-images/AP91454790294.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A political crisis in Pakistan is deepening as protesters call for the resignation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. We&#39;ll find out what is behind the unrest from political scientist Aqil Shah.</p><div class="storify"><iframe allowtransparency="true" frameborder="no" height="750" src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan/embed?header=false&amp;border=false" width="100%"></iframe><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan.js?header=false&border=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/worldview-unrest-in-pakistan" target="_blank">View the story "Worldview: Political unrest in Pakistan" on Storify</a>]</noscript></div></p> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 11:35:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2014-09-05/political-unrest-pakistan-110758