Strong Palestinian presence at Watani Fest

This past weekend, Aug. 22—24, the Watani Chicago Festival brought the Arab culture to Bridgeview, the south west suburb just outside of Chicago. It also brought well deserved awareness to the crisis throughout Palestine, primarily in Gaza. In just the first hour that I was at the festival I spoke to Rasmea Odeh, a Palestinian-American…

Activist interrupt Mayor Emanuel at IDF Fundraiser

  The Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine held a die-in and a protest outside of the Hilton Chicago, 720 s. Michigan Ave on Aug. 21. The Jewish United Fund helped plan and hosted a fundraiser for the IDF at the hotel, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel was in attendance, gave a speech and donated $5,000…

Watani Chicago Festival will donate proceeds to Gaza

There are 22 Arab countries in the world and this weekend Sandstone Events will host a festival in Bridgeview, Ill. to celebrate all of them at Toyota Park Aug. 22–24. The Watani Chicago Festival is meant to bring Arab-Americans together and inform non-Arabs about Middle Eastern cultures. Sandstone Events will donate 20 percent of the proceeds…

Anti-war activist protest Boeing at Air & Water Show

  The Chicago Coalition to Shut Down Guantanamo helped organize a press conference and demonstration at North Ave. Beach on Aug. 16. Protestors ended the event with a die-in. Activist laid on the ground and surrounded a fake warplane shown in the image and video above. Some people who came to watch the glorification of…

Palestinian flag stays in Lincolnwood

  After receiving a few complaints about the Palestinian flag hanging on Lincoln Avenue in Linolnwood, Illinois, the village’s Human Relations Commission held a meeting for community members to voice their concerns.   People spoke for the flag and against it but in the end the Human Relations Commission voted to keep the flags that…