Rep. Boebert and Chicago’s Lightfoot Exchange Jabs After Mayor’s ‘Call to Arms’ over SCOTUS Leak

Rep. Boebert and Chicago’s Lightfoot Exchange Jabs After Mayor’s ‘Call to Arms’ over SCOTUS Leak

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) exchanged jabs with Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) this week after the Democrat mayor made a “call to arms” over the leak of the Supreme Court draft decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

On Monday, days after the leak, Lightfoot echoed the panic from pro-abortion activists, calling her LGBTQ allies to action.

“To my friends in the LGBTQ+ community—the Supreme Court is coming for us next. This moment has to be a call to arms,” the Democrat declared. “We will not surrender our rights without a fight—a fight to victory!”:

Lightfoot’s call to arms raised eyebrows, as some such as Boebert acknowledged the irony of her statement, since Democrats have long accused Donald Trump and his allies of encouraging insurrection on January 6.

“Insurrectionist,” the congresswoman quipped, prompting a retort from the mayor.

“Excuse me. Insurrection is your thing. Not ours,” Lightfoot wrote:

It remains unclear how Lightfoot mentally justified her own, seemingly literal call to arms, ignoring it by making a reference to the January 6 protests. While Democrats and a handful of RINO Republicans accused Trump of inciting insurrection, the effort did not prevail.

Boebert, however, used the opportunity to highlight the Democrat mayor’s stunning inability to control the rampant violence in her own city:

“Lori Lightfoot just issued a ‘call to arms’ to her fellow radicals directly on Twitter,” the congresswoman continued. “While people are being slain in her streets on a daily basis, all she can worry about is endangering more lives with her reckless words. Shame on her”:

Indeed, Chicago saw yet another violent weekend, as 23 were ultimately shot, as Breitbart News reported. Nearly 200 have been killed in the city this year alone, according to reports.

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Police: Three Bodies Recovered from Chicago Waterways in Two Days

Police: Three Bodies Recovered from Chicago Waterways in Two Days

The bodies of three individuals were pulled out of Chicago’s waterways over the past two days, according to law enforcement, and one has been identified.

As ABC 7 reported Sunday:

The Chicago Police Department said its marine unit recovered a body on from Lake Michigan on the Near South Side. The unidentified man was found unresponsive and pronounced dead in the 3000 block of South Fort Dearborn Drive. Detectives are conducting a death investigation, pending autopsy results.

Per the ABC report, two bodies were recovered from different areas of the Chicago River on Saturday, law enforcement said:

A woman’s body was discovered in the water around 11:40 a.m. in the 100 block of North Riverside Plaza in the city’s West Loop neighborhood, police said. The CPD Marine Unit pulled the body from the water and she was pronounced dead at the scene. About 30 minutes later, another female body was found unresponsive in the water in the 2800 block of South Eleanor Street in Bridgeport, police said. She was also pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities identified the second woman as 80-year-old Yuet Tsang.

Officials did not report both Chicago River scenes as being connected, and “Detectives are conducting a death investigation, pending autopsy results, officials said,” the report concluded.

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Videos: Chicago Private School Teaches Elementary Schoolers To Support Race-Based Government Payouts

Videos: Chicago Private School Teaches Elementary Schoolers To Support Race-Based Government Payouts

A leaked video from a presentation called “Growing Young Voices: Understanding Black Lives Matter for Teachers” shows that fifth graders at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools performed a politically motivated slam poem that reinforced the left-wing lie that American police kill people purely on the basis of their skin color.

A recording of the fifth graders giving the poem was presented by Michelle Holmes and Carl Farrington, teachers at the Lab School. The poem, ostensibly titled “Gone,” referenced various instances in which African American people had died in confrontations with the police and others, characterizing the deaths as consequences of living in a white supremacist system. 

The students referenced Trayvon Martin, who was fatally shot after a violent confrontation with George Zimmerman. Even the Obama administration’s Department of Justice “found insufficient evidence to pursue federal criminal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman.”

The poem used these deaths to argue that “these people only got shot because of the color of their skin.” In the video below, the two teachers explain their teaching and show clips of their students. The names and faces of the children involved have been obscured to protect their privacy.

Holmes goes on to explain how she uses her role as a teacher to prime students to accept far-left beliefs on racially based reparations. She explains that she wants her young students to hear the language of reparation so that they’ll be ready for Carl Farrington’s class, which features debates on “why we need reparations for slavery.”

Holmes also explains that she teaches her students to withhold forgiveness for racial sins, ensuring the continuation of racial separatism and hatred.

Holmes also discussed the “unapologetically black” portion of their curriculum, which she said “scares white teachers the most.” She continued, saying that even though white teachers might be afraid of this portion, they “live unapologetically white, that’s what your life existence is.”

In the video below, Holmes also explains that being “unapologetically black” means showing up to work not ready to serve students: “It means that Carl walks in with a do-rag in the morning because it’s the morning, honey, and I’m not ready for you.”

Their overt desire to indoctrinate young students and turn them into vehicles for extreme political action is made all the more apparent by the presentation’s inclusion of a quote from the founder of the Black Panther Party. It reads, “The revolution has always been in the hands of the young. The young always inherit the revolution.”

An article in Legal Insurrection from Paul Rossi pointed out the coordinated nature of curriculum such as this, contending that leftwing agitators in education are “sequencing content across grades in a sophisticated manner, in order to turn children into social justice warriors.”

This trend is present in both government and private schools, as they attempt to not just indoctrinate children, but to intentionally turn them into activists and even co-conspirators.

The University of Chicago Lab School did not respond to a request for comment.


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Jussie Smollett Gets 150 Days in Jail, 30 Months Probation: ‘You’re Just a Charlatan,’ ‘Haven’t Stopped Lying’

Jussie Smollett Gets 150 Days in Jail, 30 Months Probation: ‘You’re Just a Charlatan,’ ‘Haven’t Stopped Lying’

Hate crime hoaxer and disgraced actor Jussie Smollett has been sentenced on Thursday to 150 days in Cook County jail, 30 months of probation, pay a restitution of $120,106, and a fine of $25,000.

The actor repeatedly shouted, “I am innocent, and I am not suicidal,” as he was hauled off to jail.

“You’re just a charlatan, pretending to be a victim of a hate crime,” Judge Linn said to Smollett. “Your very name has become an adverb for ‘lying.’”

“Your performance on the witness stand can only be described as pure perjury,” the judge added. “You are now a permanently convicted felon.”

“There is nothing that I can do here today that will come close to the damage you’ve already done to your own life,” Judge Linn said before delivering the sentencing. “You turned your life upside down by your misconduct and shenanigans.”

Judge Linn added that Smollett’s “hypocrisy is astounding,” given that the actor has taken a keen interest in social justice issues for many years, yet staged a hate crime against himself, because he “really craved attention.”

“I believe that you did damage to real hate crime victims,” the judge said to Smollett.

“The officer asked you a simple question. And then you start to lie and haven’t stopped lying since,” the judge said. “You’ve been lying and lying and lying about this case, and that’s why you’re here today.”

Judge added that “This can only be described as pure perjury,” when Smollett got on the witness stand and “committed hour upon hour upon hour of pure perjury.”

Smollett arrived late to his own sentencing, with his bodyguards knocking one photographer to the ground.

Smollett’s sentencing comes three months after the disgraced actor was found guilty of five counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report after he hired two brothers from Nigeria to stage a fake hate crime against him.

The actor returned to a Chicago courtroom, where he was given the chance to admit that he had lied to police about the racist and homophobic attack in January 2019.

During the trial, prosecutors showcased how Smollett had gone through extraordinary lengths in January 2019 to stage a hate crime against himself, in which he hired and paid Nigerian brothers Abel and Ola Osundairo to carry out the attack.

Smollett had claimed he was physically attacked by two men wearing MAGA hats who put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him, before eventually yelling, “This is MAGA country!” — referring to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.

The brothers later testified that Smollett gave them money to buy the rope they turned into a noose to put around his neck, and the ski masks to hide their faces.

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Jussie Smollett Sentencing: Black Lives Matter Writes Letter Asking for Leniency

Jussie Smollett Sentencing: Black Lives Matter Writes Letter Asking for Leniency

The Marxist political organization Black Lives Matter wrote a letter on behalf of hate crime hoaxer Jussie Smollett, asking Cook County Judge James Linn for leniency when sentencing the disgraced actor on Thursday.

“Black Lives Matter stands in strong support of an alternative-to-incarceration sentence for Jussie Smollett,” read the letter, submitted by the organization and attributed to Melina Abdullah, the organization’s Grassroots Director.

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Abdullah (pictured, left), a rabid defund the police activist and Professor of Pan-African Studies for California State University, has previously expressed her support for Smollett, referring to the trial as a “white supremacist charade” in December 2021.

The BLM leader is not the only one asking the judge for leniency in Smollett’s hate crime hoax case.

Hollywood actor Samuel L. Jackson and his wife LaTanya Richardson Jackson have also written a letter on behalf of the actor, asking Judge Linn Linn for leniency.

“It is with the respect of knowing this, that I humbly implore you to please find an alternative to incarceration for Jussie Smollett,” the Jacksons wrote in their letter.

Smollett is set to be sentenced in a Chicago court on Thursday, three months after he was found guilty of five counts of felony disorderly conduct for filing a false police report after he hired two brothers from Nigeria to stage the fake hate crime.

The actor had claimed he was physically attacked by two men wearing MAGA hats who put a rope around his neck, poured bleach on him, and shouted racial and homophobic slurs at him, before eventually yelling, “This is MAGA country!” — referring to former President Donald Trump’s campaign slogan.

On Thursday, Smollett arrived late to his own sentencing, with his bodyguards getting physically “violent” with reporters on their way into the courthouse, and knocking one photographer to the ground.

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Chicago Private School Injected Race Into Physics Class, Then Tracked Whether The Indoctrination Worked

Chicago Private School Injected Race Into Physics Class, Then Tracked Whether The Indoctrination Worked

Although critical race theory has only come to the forefront of American politics in the last year, an email obtained by The Federalist dating back to 2016 proves the divisive ideology has been entrenched in American K-12 schools for much longer, sometimes where some least expect it.

An email from Elizabeth Denevi, who at the time was the director of studies and professional development at the Latin School of Chicago, shows the private school injected CRT into its ninth-grade physics curriculum and even tracked students’ changing beliefs on race and politics afterward.

Denevi explained that the high school freshmen would be taught a curriculum called “Social Justice in Physics,” which addressed “power dynamics, systemic racism, white privilege, and the shortage of people of color and women in the field of science, especially physics.”

The curriculum mentioned was constructed by Moses Rifkin, a science teacher from Seattle. His current bio on the extremist Southern Poverty Learning Center-backed Learning for Justice website explains that Rifkin “coaches white affinity groups” and “is particularly interested in helping those with privileged identities … understand their privilege and the role they can and must play in working for social justice.”

The email also noted that the effectiveness of the CRT teaching was tracked, with students taking identical surveys before and after being taught the curriculum “in order to track any change in beliefs.”

A separate email disclosed by a concerned parent detailed some of the survey questions, which included inquiries into the political and racial attitudes of high school freshmen. Students were asked to disclose whether they agreed with a number of different statements, including “American society fits my definition of racist” and “White Americans must recognize that justice for black people cannot be achieved without radical changes in the structure of our society” among others.

Given that answers were recorded and the questions were re-administered after students had undergone the leftwing curriculum, it’s clear that administrators intended to gauge the success of their indoctrination, hence the email outlining an intent to “track any change in beliefs.”

Rifkin’s ideologically motivated focus on injecting leftwing racial politics evidently hasn’t changed since he designed this curriculum. In a 2021 article published in Edutopia, Rifkin argued “infusing our instruction with social justice is very much a part of our job” and pulled from the work of Marxist Paulo Freire before advertising his new curriculum, The Underrepresentation Curriculum Project, which was funded in part by SPLC’s Teaching Tolerance. The leftwing curriculum features allegations of white privilege, citing critical race theorists including Robin DiAngelo as authorities.

The Latin School Of Chicago Was A Launchpad For Leftwing Extremism In Education

There’s no doubt this curriculum was implemented specifically for ideological ends. It appears to have also launched further ideological outreach in other schools.

Just months after the Latin School of Chicago implemented this curricula, Denevi co-founded Teaching While White, a far-left organization that defends political violence and demonizes white people. The organization’s website explains that it “seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom.” Teaching While White claims on its website that “since racism was created by and for White people, it is our responsibility to dismantle it.”

The organization also runs a program called STAR, Students Teaching Anti-Racism. In the FAQ, the organization openly defended political violence and riots, saying “protesters sometimes feel they need to resort to violence to draw needed attention to their cause.” 

The FAQ also shamed those who object to political correctness, remarking “White people who use the term negatively are displaying a defensiveness that is a hallmark reaction of white fragility and privilege fragility.” It also parroted the leftwing lie that “white people can not experience racism” and said racial bias against white applicants in hiring or admission decisions as a result of affirmative action policies is not an example of discrimination. 

The organization’s core beliefs included statements such as “self-reflection is critical and a first step; you cannot dismantle anti-racism in society until you see the racism, colorism, privilege, white-dominant culture, and bias within yourself.” Yet another was that “racism and the white-dominant culture are the ‘norm’ in America,” a fundamental belief of CRT.

Teaching While White’s work is underpinned by extreme influences. Denevi is married to Randolph Carter, whom she describes as her hero because of his involvement in the Communist and historically violent Black Panthers. Carter is also listed as a senior consultant to Teaching While White on the organization’s website.

Denevi’s leftwing extremism was evidently not merely confined to racial topics. A leaked email from her tenure at The Latin School of Chicago reveals that Denevi sent administrators an NPR article titled “For This Transgender Third-Grader, Life As A Boy Is Liberating.”

Given that the implementation of leftwing curriculum dates back to 2016 and Denevi’s promotion of child transgenderism dates back to 2015, we find yet more proof that while CRT and other dangerous forms of leftism have only recently been exposed, its presence in classrooms across the country is not new. This also provides further evidence that leftist extremism seeks to infiltrate every institution and discipline rather than just the social sciences, history, and humanities. 

The Latin School of Chicago did not respond to a request for comment.


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ProPublica: ‘Race-Neutral’ Traffic Cameras Still Racist — More Tickets for Majority-Black ZIP Codes

A recent investigation by the left-wing ProPublica laments that speed cameras are disproportionately ticketing black drivers in cities such as Chicago, even though the technology allows for race-neutral enforcement.

The investigation concluded that drivers from mostly-black neighborhoods are receiving more than twice as many citations from the automated technology than drivers from mostly-white neighborhoods. Authors Emily Hopkins and Melissa Sanchez frame this data point with an activist’s claim that a “punitive approach” to traffic safety laws still upholds “structural racism”:

For all of their safety benefits, the hundreds of cameras that dot the city — and generate tens of millions of dollars a year for City Hall — have come at a steep cost for motorists from the city’s black and Latino neighborhoods. A ProPublica analysis of millions of citations found that households in majority Black and Hispanic ZIP codes received tickets at around twice the rate of those in white areas between 2015 and 2019.

The consequences have been especially punishing in black neighborhoods, which have been hit with more than half a billion dollars in penalties over the last 15 years, contributing to thousands of vehicle impoundments, driver’s license suspensions and bankruptcies, according to ProPublica’s analysis.

The coronavirus pandemic widened the ticketing disparities. Black and Latino workers have been far less likely than others to have jobs that allow them to work remotely, forcing them into their vehicles more often. In 2020, ProPublica found, the ticketing rate for households in majority-Black ZIP codes jumped to more than three times that of households in majority-white areas. For households in majority-Hispanic ZIP codes, there was an increase, but it was much smaller.

ProPublica noted that it did not count warnings for first-time violators “because they carry no financial penalties.”

The story also includes the extreme example of Rodney Perry, an entrepreneur who received three tickets for running red lights and eight for speeding in a single year, at one point receiving an immobilizing boot on his wheels. Cameras issued many of those citations because Mayor Lori Lightfoot “lowered the threshold for tickets” down to six or seven mph over the speed limit.

“Perry said he takes responsibility for getting tickets,” the ProPublica report said. “But he can’t help but notice something every time he drives through majority-Black neighborhoods: There are fewer pedestrians and more vacant lots and industrial areas.

This Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 file photo shows a pair of traffic cameras aimed on Vine Street, in Elmwood Place, Ohio. People suing the Cincinnati-area village over speeding tickets generated by a camera system want a judge to rule in their favor without trial, filing a motion for summary judgement on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

This Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2013 file photo shows a pair of traffic cameras aimed on Vine Street, in Elmwood Place, Ohio. (AP Photo/Al Behrman, File)

“It’s almost like you feel like there is nothing there. Nothing to slow you down,” Perry said.

And ProPublica found experts who agree roads, not people, are to blame. Jesus Barajas, an assistant professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy at the University of California Davis claimed, “wide roads without what are often called calming measures … encourage speeding.”

A 2020 article in the Insurance Journal highlighted the history of ticketing American drivers using cameras, including the idea that “PhotoCops” would only penalize people based on violating traffic laws and not because of the color of their skin.

The report noted that speed cameras were first installed in Galveston County, Texas, in 1986 but despite spreading around the country since then, there are “only 153 jurisdictions in 17 states that use speed cameras, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, with almost a third of those in one state, Maryland.

The report quoted what a reporter wrote in Vice magazine. “Any effort to eliminate racism in American policing must figure out what to do about traffic enforcement, which is the leading cause of interactions between police and the public, according to the Department of Justice,” the article said. “And, by law, it is almost entirely up to the officer whether to let the person go with a warning, give them a ticket, ask to search their vehicle, or escalate the situation even further. It is an interaction intentionally designed to let the officer do virtually whatever he or she wants, reflecting the inherent biases of our legal system.”

The Journal report continued:

There’s lots of evidence that law enforcement traffic stops disproportionately target Black motorists, and not a whole lot of counter-evidence (although there is some). Even after controlling for multiple possible confounding factors, the bias seems to persist. Perhaps most tellingly, it is less apparent at night, when it’s harder to see what drivers look like. In 2016, South Carolina U.S. Senator Tim Scott, a conservative Black Republican not exactly known as a critic of law enforcement, described how earlier in his political career he had been pulled over seven times in a single year, usually for “nothing more than driving a new car in the wrong neighborhood or some other reason just as trivial.”

More-widespread use of speed and red-light cameras wouldn’t eliminate this practice, as there would still be lots of other reasons to pull over drivers. But it would surely reduce its incidence. It would also result in more consistent, fair and comprehensive enforcement of traffic laws.

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot arrives at Wrigley Field on April 16, 2020 in Chicago Illinois. Wrigley Field has been converted to a temporary satellite food packing and distribution center in cooperation with the Lakeville Food Pantry to support ongoing relief efforts underway in the city as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Chicago mayor Lori Lightfoot arrives at Wrigley Field on April 16, 2020, in Chicago Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

ProPublica reported that Chicago issues approximately one million camera tickets — about evenly split between the two types of infractions — and that cameras have generated more than $1.3 billion in revenue since the first one was installed nearly two decades ago.

All this under Democrat Mayors Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emanuel, and current Mayor Lori Lightfoot.

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