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Jamie Kalven

Entries by Jamie Kalven

A Test of Judicial Integrity

(1) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 4:05 PM

A drama is unfolding in Illinois courts that has profound implications for police accountability and governmental transparency. At the center of this drama is Kilroy Watkins, a prisoner serving a 55-year sentence for first-degree murder and armed robbery. A skilled jailhouse lawyer, Watkins has presented the state appellate...

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The Garden Conversations

(2) Comments | Posted October 28, 2009 | 10:16 AM

For the last few weeks, I have been talking with gardeners at an imperiled community garden on the South Side of Chicago. My colleagues at the Invisible Institute and I are making a "live documentary" about the garden, daily posting short conversations with gardeners, speaking out of their 10'...

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Release of Police Documents Imminent

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2009 | 8:18 PM

Two years ago, Chicago newspapers and airwaves were full of public discussion of patterns of police abuse, government secrecy and institutional denial. As converging police scandals threatened to engulf his administration, Mayor Daley rebranded the agency that investigates abuse complaints, appointed a new police superintendent and promised an era of...

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Community Garden At Risk

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2009 | 12:08 PM

Launch photo essay by Patricia Evans

Blank slates make for easy planning. Awareness of ecological richness confounds the process, creating conditions for innovation. The purpose of this essay is to complicate the planning process for the new Chicago Theological Seminary building to be constructed on...

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A Few More Words For Studs

(3) Comments | Posted November 25, 2008 | 9:58 AM

Three days after Studs Terkel's death, the New York Times published a column by critic Edward Rothstein titled "An Appraisal: He Gave Voice to Many, Among Them Himself." The piece is a striking instance of the low art of red-baiting disguised as high-minded criticism. It has been effectively countered...

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Some Words For Studs

(1) Comments | Posted November 6, 2008 | 1:09 PM

The following is an excerpt from a speech I gave on the occasion of receiving an award from Rape Victim Advocates in 2005. Studs Terkel presented the award. That gave me an opening to talk about him a bit. I quoted an invocation by Rev. William Sloane Coffin that...

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