Simon Balto's Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power tells the racist history and development of the Chicago Police Department.
In the 1930s the Communist Party in Chicago was a vibrant, multiracial organization with thousands of members that actively fought against racism and class inequality. There is much socialists today can learn from its successes and failures.
A frontline health-care worker talks about the public health crisis caused by reopening and why fighting racism is essential to saving lives.
An interview with Chicago's socialist, Italian American alderman about the destructive legacy of Christopher Columbus.
A speech from this year's Pride Without Prejudice march connecting the struggle against anti-Black racism and transphobia to the liberation of Palestine and the destruction of capitalism.
A student organizer discusses a campaign to end the relationship between police and the nation's largest Catholic university.
In a city notorious for its segregation and broken political system, mass mobilizations point to the possibility of repair.
Militant organizing by unemployed workers during the 1930s demanded genuine relief from the poverty of capitalism. Today, we need the same.
The recent demolition of a smokestack in Little Village has exposed vast disparities in city environmental priorities. The demolition is only the latest explosion in a long history of environmental racism and private-sector handouts in Chicago.
Lori Lightfoot recently appointed a new head of police in Chicago. His record indicates a disturbing continuity of racist police violence.
A Chicago nurse who took part in a counter-protest of a “Re-open Illinois” rally reports on the scene.
International Workers’ Day is rooted in Chicago-style class warfare. By remembering this history today, our movements are tapping into a subterranean fire.
One month into pandemic lockdowns and many of us are still disoriented, waiting for a return to normal. But accepting the strange new normal is a prerequisite for shaping a better world.
The pandemic has exposed the depth of racism embedded in US society. The Left should center the struggle against mass incarceration as a strategic priority in our efforts to #FreeThemAll.
Chicago police torture survivor Mark Clements talks to Rampant about the inhumane conditions he witnessed inside Cook County Jail when he was unjustly targeted and sent there last week.
As Black Chicagoans suffer the worst of the COVID-19 crisis, nurses at Provident Hospital fight to keep their emergency room open.
Dorothy Holmes recounts her fight just to learn the basic facts of her son’s murder and how she has fueled her long struggle toward justice with generosity.
Chicago's 33rd Ward Alderwomen speaks on navigating local governance as a socialist, decolonization of Puerto Rico, and building alternatives to the police.
Chicago’s Mayor Is Flunking the Most Elementary Question of the Coronavirus Crisis
Teachers have led the way in the struggle for economic and racial justice in Chicago. The current crisis demands that we prepare for the worst while taking crucial steps to fight for a just future.
Alderman George Cardenas introduced a resolution declaring a climate emergency in Chicago. He helped create the emergency in his own ward.
Once controlled by manufacturers, city hall is now dominated by finance and real estate capital. The new bosses are building a racist business climate at the expense of working Chicagoans.
Slavery was torture. Reparations for police torture in Chicago are a key part of building the larger reparations movement.
In 2014, Chicago police murdered Ronnieman. In the first installment of a multi-part series, his mother Dorothy Holmes tells her story of growing up in Chicago and her courageous fight for justice for her son.