Weekly News Update — 4/15/2013

Posted on April 14, 2013

In this week’s civil liberties news:

Remember to save the date for CCDBR’s brunch honoring Stan Willis on June 22! We look forward to seeing you there. In other news:

REPORTING BACK: Illinois Coalition Against Torture reports back about the April 11 protest to raise awareness about the hunger strike in Guantanamo.

WRITING FOR ACCOUNTABILITY: Illinois Coalition Against Torture writes to Sen. Durbin to urge him to hold torture-compromised CIA officials accountable.

RUBBER STAMPIN’The University of Illinois – Chicago releases a report finding that for the period 2011-2013, twenty-one of the fifty aldermen hold the distinction of having voted with the Mayor on literally one hundred per cent of the issues.

CURBING PROSECUTION: The federal court enjoined Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez from prosecuting anyone openly recording on-duty police officers, reports Peoples Law Office.

REMEMBERING MICHAEL MCCONNELL: WBEZ honors the recent passing of Michael McConnell, prominent anti-war activist and regional director of the American Friends Service Committee.

COSTLY INCARCERATION HABIT: Watch Chicago Reporter’s joint investigation with NBC-5 on Illinois’s immense incarceration spending.

TALKING WRONGFUL CONVICTIONS: David Protess discusses the change in climate in law enforcement regarding wrongful convictions in the Huffington Post.