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UN Backs Chicago Ordinance Championed by Bill Ayers’ Wife that will Require Schools to Teach on Reparations

By Danette Clark

For the second time in eight years, the United Nations is condemning the U.S. Government and the City of Chicago for failing to provide redress to several criminal suspects who claim they were tortured by former Police Commander Jon Burge and officers under his command between 1972 and 1991.

This time, however, the UN is also backing a Chicago City ordinance that, among other things, will require the city’s schools to teach “a history lesson about the Chicago Police torture cases and the struggles to hold those accountable and to seek reparations for the survivors and affected family members.”

According to eNews Park Forest, both in 2006 and 2014, lawyers with the People’s Law Office, who are also members of the organization, Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, presented shadow reports to the United Nation’s Commission Against Torture in support of reparations for the Jon Burge torture victims.

Amnesty International, USA and Black People Against Police Torture, and the National Conference of Black Lawyers also submitted reports on the matter.

As a result, on November 28th, the UN Committee called on the U.S. Government to provide redress by supporting passage of a city ordinance currently pending before the Chicago City Finance Committee.

The ordinance, proposed by City Council Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno and Howard Brookins in October of 2013, currently has the support of 26 of the council’s 50 members. Only one more vote is needed to pass.

According to Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), which is a project of the People’s Law Office:

The ordinance would serve as a formal apology to the survivors; create a Commission to administer financial compensation to the survivors; create a medical, psychological, and vocational center on the south side of Chicago; provide free enrollment in City Colleges to the survivors; require Chicago Public Schools to teach a history lesson about the cases; require the City to fund public memorials about the cases; and set aside $20 million to finance this redress…

 CTJM and the People’s Law Office say Burge and other officers used torture to coerce more than 100 African-American men and women into confessing to crimes they did not commit. However, they say no one was ever convicted because federal authorities allowed the statute of limitations to expire.

In June of 2010, Burge was convicted of perjury and obstruction of justice for denying that he and others engaged in acts of torture. He served three and a half years in federal prison and was released in October to a half-way house to finish out the remainder his four and a half year sentence.

In a 2012 document titled “History of the People’s Law Office“, the law firm states that it was founded in the wake of the 1968 Democratic Convention for the purpose of defending political activists and protesters arrested during that time. The firm’s first clients were Bobby Rush and Fred Hampton, leaders of the Illinois Chapter of the Black Panther Party.

In 1973, Supreme Court Justice Douglas described the People’s Law Office as a “firm almost exclusively devoted to the criminal defense of ‘militants’ and ‘radicals,’ including Chairman Fred Hampton of the Black Panther Party and Bernardine Dohrn and Marc Rudd of the Weatherman faction of the SDS.”

Now, more than 45 years later, Bernardine Dohrn, wife of domestic-terrorist-turned-educator Bill Ayers, continues a close association with the People’s Law Office by serving as an advisory board member to the firm’s CTJM project.

In a 2009 book she co-authored with Ayers, Race Course: Against White SupremacyDohrn wrote about reparations for the Burge torture victims.

Beyond that, however, both Ayers and Dohrn have spent decades pushing the idea that all African Americans are owed something because they are victims of an oppressive white American system.

As such, the proposed ordinance may also be a step toward that same end. In fact, CTJM admits that the reparations ordinance seeks to provide compensation to not only Burge victims and their families, but also to “African American communities impacted…”.

Specifically, CTJM says the ordinance will “create a community center on the south side of Chicago that would provide psychological counseling, vocational training, referrals and other services to the torture survivors, their family members and the communities affected.”

In 2002, Chicago became the first city in the nation to pass a Slavery Era Disclosure Ordinance. The ordinance, proposed by long-time friend of President Obama, Dorothy Tillman, requires companies wishing to do business with the city to research its records to determine whether they or their predecessors ever profited from slavery.

Tillman admitted the ordinance was originally designed to gather information to make a case for reparation lawsuits to be filed against corporations.

Last month, EAGnews reported that a Baltimore school administrator took students to a reparations conference keynoted by Minister Louis Farrakhan. Just prior to that, it was reported that the Mount Vernon City School Board hosted a weekend conference on reparations with students, parents and community members.

Perhaps progressive educators are finally getting down to the real reason for all of those ‘white privilege’ and ‘critical race theory’ lessons they’ve been teaching.

To learn about President Obama’s involvement in a wide-spread movement for slave reparations, read my 6 part Reparations Agenda series which starts here: Part 1 — The Reparation Agenda: Obama’s Religion of Reparations – The Pro-Reconciliation Church.





High Schoolers to Participate in ‘New’ Students for a Democratic Society Convention this Weekend


EAGnews.org exclusive:

The “new” Students for a Democratic Society will hold its 9th Annual National Conference this weekend at the University of Minnesota.

Conference topics include “no war”, “education for all”, and “end repression.”

The new SDS is a reincarnation of the 1960’s SDS organization, whose members included communists and domestic terrorists, Bill Ayers, Mike Klonsky, and Howard Machtinger.

The original SDS disbanded around 1970 after many of its members splintered off to form other groups because of disagreements over just how “non-violent” they should be.

The more violent of the ‘non-violent’ members (Ayers, Klonsky, Machtinger, and several others) banned together to form the infamous Weathermen organization. After bombing police stations and other government offices, the group spent the next several years ‘underground’ hiding from the FBI, and thus changed their name to the Weather Underground Organization.

According to FBI reports:

When the SDS collapsed in 1969, the Weather Underground stepped forward, inspired by communist ideologies and embracing violence and crime as a way to protest the Vietnam War, racism, and other left-wing aims. “Our intention is to disrupt the empire…to incapacitate it, to put pressure on the cracks,” claimed the group’s 1974 manifesto, Prairie Fire. By the next year, the group had claimed credit for 25 bombings and would be involved in many more over the next several years.

In 2006, two high school students joined forces, and, calling on the help of a few 1960s SDS members, formedthe new Students for a Democratic Society, which says it intends to “build a million student movement” that will “take back our schools first, and then our country.”

The SDS of today, which claims to have more than 150 chapters in colleges and high schools across the country, appears to be continuing the work of the old SDS. Specifically, the organization says, in addition to campaigning for equal education for all, it is currently campaigning against “racism,” “U.S. imperialism” and “U.S. war and occupation.”

According to its website, an SDS group from Tuscarora High School in Frederick, Maryland says it wants its student body “to have equal say in what effects the student body’s life… creating a place where students have equal say to the P.T.A., Teachers and Administration.”

The group continues:

Our hope is to achieve a student run school and class rooms.

We want teachers to be facilitators not authority figures, so class rooms are not based around obedience, but around passion for the subject.

Not only is the ideology of the new SDS the same as that of the old, but judging from the list of speakers lined up for this weekend’s conference, its radical associations are also the same.

For example, one of tomorrow’s scheduled speakers is Joe Iosbaker, a former SEIU Local 73 Chief Steward whose home was raided by the FBI in 2011 because he and his wife were believed to be part of a group providing material support to jihadist terrorist organizations.

According to WND, Iosbaker and his wife, Stephanie Weiner (a founder of AFSCME Local 3506), worked as leaders of the Chicago New Party, “a controversial 1990s political party that sought to elect members to public office with the aim of moving the Democratic Party far leftward to ultimately form a new political party with a socialist agenda.”

Joe currently writes for the Marxist publication, Fight Back! News.

Even Bill Ayers is involved in the SDS of today, although not surprising since he has made it his life’s work to radicalize America’s youth. Last year, Ayers and several other university professors endorsed the new SDS’s National Day of Action for Education Rights.

According to Fight Back! News, this weekend’s convention sessions will include, “From Ferguson to Palestine: Political Repression is a Crime!,” “From the Belly of the Beast: Fighting Back against U.S. Wars and Imperialism,” “Building Struggle in Red States,” and “Education Is a Right: Campus Economic Fight Backs and Achieving Access to Higher Education for Everyone.”

Name Names — Radical of the Week



Mike Klonsky


In 1968, as national secretary of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS), Mike Klonsky wrote an SDS resolution titled Toward a Revolutionary Youth Movement. In the resolution, Klonsky admiringly quoted mass murderer Chinese dictator Mao Zedong, and called for an organized youth movement to engage in a revolutionary struggle against capitalism, “the system… at the root of man’s oppression”.

In 1969, Klonsky started a Maoist organization called the October League, which later changed its name to the “Communist Party (Marxist Leninist)”.

A year after Chairman Mao’s death in 1976, Klonsky became one of the first Americans ever to be invited to China by its communist government. During his visit, Klonsky emphasized his organization’s commitment to “lead the struggle to topple the U.S. imperialist ruling class”.

Today Mike Klonsky is a professor of education at DePaul University and national director of the Small Schools Workshop, an organization founded by communist and domestic terrorist Bill Ayers. Klonsky has been with the organization since its founding in 1991.

As explained here, the Small Schools Workshop received grant money through the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (of which Barack Obama was chairman of the board) for the purpose of transforming existing schools into Coalition of Essential Schools member and affiliate schools.

Klonsky also currently serves on the national steering committee of Save Our Schools, an organization that works in partnership with the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES).

CES is the progressive reform movement behind both CSCOPE and Common Core.

In the video below, Mike Klonsky and Bill Ayers’ wife, Bernardine Dohrn, declare to the media:  “We’re going to be in the streets and in every institution in this country from now on.”  “We’re gonna replace capitalism with socialism.”


See the other faces behind the Coalition of Essential Schools at Name Names.

Howard Machtinger on the Religious Right — “Contemptuous and Mean-Spirited Toward the Poor, Especially…People of Color”

This week’s ‘Radical of the Week’ being added to the Name Names page:

Howard Machtinger


Former member of the Students for a Democratic Society and co-founder of the Weather Underground Organization alongside Bill Ayers, Howard Machtinger recently served several years as director of the North Carolina Teaching Fellows program at UNC’s School of Education.

The program hand-picked high school students for recruitment into the field of teaching by offering fully paid education and training. Under Machtinger’s direction, many NC Teaching Fellows were then sent to teach in schools belonging to the Coalition of Essential Schools network.

The Fellows program also promoted and partnered with several progressive organizations to promote their social justice infused curricula for use in public and charter schools.

President Obama’s education plan specifically references NC Teaching Fellows as a model of best practice in teacher recruitment.

To his credit, Machtinger has, in recent years, denounced the violence that he and other members of the Weather Underground Organization participated in during the 1960s. However, as an educator and as director of NC’s Teaching Fellows program, Machtinger continued to promote radical SDS style prejudice against whites, America and capitalism.

Machtinger wrote the following just 3 months ago:

“…today the right, including the religious right, is contemptuous and mean-spirited toward the poor, especially if they are people of color. They are losers, who are not fully citizens, whose voting rights need to be curtailed and whose culture needs a makeover. Even some of the Black mega-churches preach an updated version of the ‘gospel of wealth.’”

And with regard to the Tea Party, Machtinger wrote this:

“The question is whether there is any limit to popular toleration and submission to the Tea Party’s articulated individualism and its implicit white supremacy and macho strutting.”

Go to Name Names to see other radicals behind the largest progressive indoctrination movement in the U.S., the Coalition of Essential Schools (CES).

Also, see how CES schools are behind CSCOPE in Texas and the Common Core national standards at What Are They Learning?.