WBEZ | Malcolm London http://www.wbez.org/tags/malcolm-london Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en 'Before You Watch This, I Want You to Know You Are Loved' http://www.wbez.org/news/you-watch-i-want-you-know-you-are-loved-113956 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/beforeyouwatchscreencaps.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">dashcam video</a> of Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan Mcdonald 16 times made its way quickly across the Internet on Tuesday.</p><p>But it wasn&#39;t the only video being widely shared.</p><p>As protesters gathered in downtown Chicago chanting &ldquo;16 shots, 16 shots,&rdquo; and gave speeches about the need to combat racism, social media lit up with angry tweets and outraged Facebook posts.&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers in Chicago deliberately added another message: Black people, we love you.</p><p>While the city tensely awaited the dashcam video, the Black Youth Project 100 invited people to upload their own videos with the hashtag #BeforeYouWatch.</p><p>&ldquo;This is a love letter to all black people. Very soon a video of the execution of 17-year old Laquan Mcdonald will be spread across the Internet. I just want to let you know we love you,&rdquo; said Charlene Carruthers in <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010910915626906/">one video</a>.</p><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010910915626906/"><p>&ldquo;Before you watch this I want you to know you are loved. And no matter what is on this video your life matters, &ldquo; said Malcolm London <a href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010894855628512/">in another</a>.</p><div class="fb-video" data-allowfullscreen="1" data-href="https://www.facebook.com/BYP100/videos/1010894855628512/"><p>Later that night, London was arrested at a protest. All charges were dropped on Wednesday.</p><p>As the Associated Press reported:</p><blockquote><p>Malcolm London, 22, was among five people who were arrested on charges that included weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>He was charged with hitting an officer. On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas dismissed the charge said the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office recommended that the charge be dropped. and told London he was free to go.</p><p>London, wearing a T-shirt with the phrase &quot;Unapologetically black&quot; on it, walked outside the courthouse to loud cheers.</p><p>A crowd of supporters chanted, &quot;We&#39;re going to be all right&quot; and &quot;Set our people free.&quot;</p><p>Prosecutors did not explain why their office recommended dropping the charge.</p></blockquote><p>As his fellow activists waited outside the courthouse for London, they chanted,&nbsp; &quot;I love you like you were me.&quot;&nbsp;</p><p>Organizers said&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955">stereotypes about black people</a>&nbsp;being &#39;reckless&#39; and not caring about their own communities, had led the media to expect violent riots.</p><p>To counter that narrative, an organizer for the Black Youth Project stood up on the courthouse steps and invited the crowd to continue uploading videos.</p><p>&ldquo;We have to be subversive of the media,&rdquo; she said. &ldquo;We have to create our own media that generates positive messages.&rdquo;</p><p><em>Shannon Heffernan is a WBEZ reporter. Follow her <a href="http://twitter.com/shannon_h">@shannon_h</a></em></p></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:54:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/you-watch-i-want-you-know-you-are-loved-113956 Why Chicago Didn't Riot After Laquan McDonald Video Release http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/AP_610478196876_0.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>In the moments before the <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/chicago-officer-charged-murder-killing-black-teen-113933">city released the video</a> showing Officer Jason Van Dyke fatally shooting 17-year old Laquan McDonald, Mayor Rahm Emanuel urged residents to stay calm.</p><p>&ldquo;It is fine to be passionate but it is essential that it remain peaceful. We have a collective responsibility in the city of Chicago to ensure that this time of healing happens,&rdquo; Emanuel said at a press conference.</p><p>Given the fever pitch nationally about police brutality and previous rioting in Ferguson and Baltimore, Chicago officials&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/programs/here-and-now/2015-11-24/chicago-braces-black-lives-matter-protests-113924">braced</a> for an uprising in response to the video. They held <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/emanuel-meeting-ministers-discuss-police-shooting-video-113906">closed-door meetings</a> on how to handle protesters.</p><p>Young black activists did take to the streets Tuesday night &mdash; to honor McDonald and protest police brutality. But the march downtown didn&rsquo;t result in property damage or anything resembling a riot.</p><p>As the Associated Press <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934">reported</a>, the protests that began Tuesday evening were largely peaceful.</p><blockquote><p>Malcolm London, 22, was among five people who were arrested on charges that included weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>He was charged with hitting an officer. On Wednesday, Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas dismissed the charge said the state&#39;s attorney&#39;s office recommended that the charge be dropped. and told London he was free to go.</p><p>London, wearing a T-shirt with the phrase &quot;Unapologetically black&quot; on it, walked outside the courthouse to loud cheers.</p><p>A crowd of supporters chanted, &quot;We&#39;re going to be all right&quot; and &quot;Set our people free.&quot;</p><p>Prosecutors did not explain why their office recommended dropping the charge.</p></blockquote><p>Veronica Morris-Moore participated in the protests Tuesday night. She didn&rsquo;t expect chaos, and says the reason others did is because black youth are stereotyped as violent.</p><p>&ldquo;I think people expected Chicago to burst in flames because the dominate narrative out there is that black people are reckless and we don&rsquo;t care about our communities or neighborhoods,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>She&rsquo;s part of a coalition that includes groups such as Fearless Leading by the Youth, We Charge Genocide and Assata&rsquo;s Daughters &mdash; just to name a few.</p><p>&ldquo;At the end of the day what our movement is doing is exposing these contradictions, exposing these stereotypes, exposing this anti-black culture,&rdquo; Morris-Moore said.</p><p>University of Chicago political scientist Cathy Cohen agrees that a spontaneous riot shouldn&rsquo;t have been the default expectation.</p><p>&ldquo;There is a way in which these young activists have a very deep understanding of who they need to target and where those targets are situated,&rdquo; Cohen said. &ldquo;They&rsquo;re not going to burn down black communities.&rdquo;</p><p>No matter how chilling, the dashcam video&rsquo;s content was no surprise. And activism among these young people didn&rsquo;t start with McDonald&rsquo;s death.</p><p>&ldquo;They understand that this is an issue not about one police officer but the system of policing and accountability and power,&rdquo; Cohen said.</p><p>The groups have protested several police shootings and pushed for the firing of Dante Servin, the officer who killed Rekia Boyd. Just this week, Chicago&rsquo;s top cop <a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/mccarthy-chicago-police-board-fire-dante-servin-113909">recommended Servin be fired</a>.</p><p>Activists also lobbied for an expansive trauma center on the South Side, which is partly coming to fruition.</p><p>And Chicago is the only city in the country giving reparations to police torture victims &mdash; a direct result of years of activism.</p><p>From Fred Hampton in the 1960s, to the Black Radical Congress of the 1990s, to waves of progressive and feminist organizations, black activism in Chicago has a strong legacy.</p><p>The Black Youth Project&rsquo;s Charlene Carruthers says activists will continue that legacy by demanding justice and investment in black communities.</p><p>&ldquo;What I expect is for more people to continue to join the ongoing organizing that&rsquo;s been happening in the city of Chicago for the past several years that&rsquo;s led by young black organizers,&rdquo; Carruthers said.</p><p><em><a href="http://www.wbez.org/users/nmoore-0">Natalie Moore</a> is WBEZ&rsquo;s South Side Bureau reporter. nmoore@wbez.org. Follow Natalie on <a href="https://plus.google.com//104033432051539426343">Google+</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/natalieymoore">Twitter</a>.</em></p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 17:21:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/why-chicago-didnt-riot-after-laquan-mcdonald-video-release-113955 5 Arrested During Largely Peaceful Protests Following Release of Police Shooting Video http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/laquanmcdonaldprotest.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Most protesters in Chicago seemed to honor pleas for restraint in the hours after the release of a dash-cam video showing the shooting death of a black teen by a white police officer.</p><p>Demonstrators took to the streets Tuesday night, at times numbering in the hundreds. The demonstrations dissipated in the early morning hours Wednesday without any reports of damage or injuries.</p><p>Chicago police say they arrested five protesters on charges including assaulting a police officer, weapons possession and resisting arrest.</p><p>One of those arrested was 38-year-old Dean M. Vanriper of Murrieta, California. Police say he had a stun gun and a knife.</p><p>A 22-year-old Chicago man, Malcolm London, was arrested and charged with aggravated battery of a police officer. Police say he struck an officer during one protest Tuesday night in downtown Chicago.</p><p>The officer was treated for injuries that weren&#39;t life-threatening and released.</p><p>London and Vanriper were scheduled to appear in bond court later Wednesday. It was not immediately clear whether either man already had an attorney who could comment on his behalf.</p><p>Protest groups are expected to stage more demonstrations in the days ahead, including one at City Hall scheduled for Wednesday and another seeking to block Michigan Avenue during Friday&#39;s holiday shopping bonanza.</p><p>The protests came after the release of the dash-cam video in the death of 17-year-old Laquan McDonald, who was shot 16 times. Jason Van Dyke, a Chicago police officer, was charged with first-degree murder in McDonald&#39;s death earlier Tuesday.</p></p> Wed, 25 Nov 2015 09:01:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/5-arrested-during-largely-peaceful-protests-following-release-police-shooting-video-113934 Inaugural #BlackLivesMatter national conference strengthened foundation for local movement http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-30/inaugural-blacklivesmatter-national-conference-strengthened <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/black lives matter Flickr The All-Nite Images.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The Black Lives Matter movement started as a social media hashtag following the July 2013 acquittal of George Zimmerman in the shooting death of 17-year-old Florida resident Trayvon Martin.</p><p>Since then, it&rsquo;s spread around the country and farther as organizers have focused their attention other black men and women who have died at the hands of police. So what&rsquo;s the future of the movement? That was one of the issues explored last weekend at the first-ever Black Lives Matters convention in Cleveland.</p><p>There were breakout sessions with titles like Examining Community Organizing Methods and Methodologies; Mastering Your Inside/Outside Strategy, Gaming the Political System and Winning; and Black Trans Lives Matter. A number of Chicago area activists made the trip to Cleveland, including our two guests.</p><p>Charlene Carruthers is the national director for Black Youth Project 100 and Malcolm London is a member of that group and another organization: We Charge Genocide.&nbsp;</p></p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:06:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift/2015-07-30/inaugural-blacklivesmatter-national-conference-strengthened Louder Than a Bomb: High school training ground http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-high-school-training-ground <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-15/Malcolm still shot1.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><iframe frameborder="0" height="338" src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/22448349?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0&amp;color=b30000" width="601"></iframe></p><p>&nbsp;</p><div>When poet Malcolm X. London spits that “the educated aren’t necessarily the educated,” he’s referring to the inequalities of the public school system. The18-year-old Lincoln Park High School senior argues that our “failing” schools are actually succeeding at what he says is their real purpose: Preparing young people for a future that mimics the problems and contradictions of society as a whole. “My high school is Chicago,” he recites. “Diverse and segregated on purpose.”<br><br>London’s poem, <em>High School Training Ground</em>, was one of several pieces that helped him win impressive accolades at this year’s <a href="http://www.youngchicagoauthors.org/">Louder Than a Bomb</a> competition. London was the top individual performer in 2011, selected from over 700 competitors. His piece is also the second in our month-long series of young poets performing their work on location.<br><br>In honor of National Poetry Month you can check out London’s understated but powerful performance in the video above. And if you missed last week’s homage to Cabrini Green you can watch it <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/aliyah-oyemade/louder-bomb-remembering-cabrini-green-84897">here</a>.<br><br>WBEZ is a presenting partner of Young Chicago Authors' Louder Than a Bomb Teen Poetry Slam Competition and Festival. Click <a href="about:blank">here</a> for more information. Thanks to Alltown Bus Service for letting us film on their Chicago lot.</div></p> Fri, 15 Apr 2011 22:53:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/louder-bomb-high-school-training-ground