On the Brink of Historic Legislation: Reparations for Burge Torture Survivors


The City of Chicago is poised to enact historic legislation which will provide long overdue reparations to the Burge torture survivors and their family members. This legislation is the culmination of years of dedicated activism, advocacy and organizing. Thanks to the truly inspirational campaign co-led by CTJM, Amnesty International, Project NIA, We Charge Genocide with the support of actions by BYP100 and the Chicago Light Brigade, and to everyone who worked long and hard over the past six months—the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance is on the brink of passage.

Today at a special hearing of the Finance Committee of Chicago City Council, it was announced that an agreement was reached with Mayor Emanuel and the Ordinance co-sponsors Aldermen Proco Joe Moreno (1st Ward), Howard Brookins (21st Ward) and Joe Moore (49th Ward) on the terms of a comprehensive reparations package for those who survived…

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