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SB 1342 will Criminalize Black and Brown Bodies

By Aaron Talley, BYP 100 Chicago

One would think that it goes without saying that we should meet the complex problems of violence in Chicago with equally complex solutions. One would think, or rather one should think, that reducing violence requires creative, expansive, and thoughtful solutions. However, time proves again and again that lawmakers choose to fix the complex problems facing Black and Brown communities in Chicago with hollow and rickety solutions. Accordingly, we challenge the latest in ill-conceived and dis-proven policy—SB1342–a law that would increase mandatory minimum sentences for weapons-related offenses. Or put another way, any person caught with an illegal firearm would automatically receive at least a mandatory 1-year sentencing and charged with a felony.

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Nobody’s Greater Than You

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Brace yourselves.

You might need some protection when you step outside your door today.
It’s cold out but people are colder.

As you have your morning breakfast or lunch or dinner, depending on
what side of the world you live on, be sure to have a side of IDGAF
next to your toast.

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2 Arrested in connection with murder of star football player Demarius Reed

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Two people have been arrested in connection to the fatal shooting of Eastern Michigan University football player Demarius Reed.

Reed was found dead outside of his off-campus home at University Green apartments on Oct. 18.

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Barneys to monitor police while they monitor suspected shoplifters

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According to recent plans announced by retail chain Barneys, there will be a whole bunch of policing going on. An internal memo sent to store security said the chain would start keeping a log of which police officers used its security rooms. 

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Los Angeles firefighter awarded $1.1M in racial bias suit

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A Los Angeles civil court jury has awarded $1.1 million to a black firefighter who said he was racially discriminated against for almost 30 years. Jabari S. Jumaane claims he endured racial bias, harassment and retaliation while working for the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

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Another win for the Jolie-Pitt clan: white daughter spotted playing with black doll

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Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt have six very diverse children. Three of them are of Anglo Saxon heritage, and the other three come from Vietnam, Cambodia and Ethiopia. Both Pitt and Jolie appear to be extremely conscious of their children’s backgrounds, and have taken steps to promote healthy images of empowerment for them all.

The latest example is that of their biologically born daughter Vivienne, who was spotted carrying a black doll.

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NEWS: BYP100 Chicago Chapter Joins Campaign to Oppose Mandatory Minimums

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 BYP 100 Chicago Chapter Joins Project Nia & Decarcerate Illinois Campaign to Oppose SB 1342
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CHICAGO-SB1342, a law that would increase mandatory minimum sentences for weapons-related offenses will not make our communities safe. SB1342 is a policy that will lead to the incarceration of more Black people. The law will not address the root cause of violence within our communities, which is lack of social, economic and political resources.

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Police find multiple guns, lots of ammo at Zimmerman’s home

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According to court documents, police found five guns and more than 100 rounds of ammunition in the home shared by George Zimmerman and Samantha Scheibe. Police were called to the couple’s home on Nov. 18 by Samantha Scheibe who claimed that Zimmerman threatened her with a gun and broke a glass table.

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UPDATE: Man who shot daughter in murder-suicide after uploading Facebook photo dies

A man who took a picture of his 19-month-old daughter and uploaded it to Facebook before killing her and shooting himself has died. 22-year-old Merrick McKoy had been transported to the hospital on Nov. 18 after the deadly shooting.

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Florida election officials impose new restrictions on absentee voters

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The governor of Florida’s chief elections official has issued an order to all 67 elections supervisors. The order imposes new restrictions on how and where voters can return completed absentee ballots.

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