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Progressive Chicago Political Organizer Mocks Cops Hit By Train, Forced to Resign from Job

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A progressive political organizer in Chicago who mocked the two police officers who were hit by a train in pursuit of an alleged shooter on Monday night was forced to resign from his job, first reported by Block Club Chicago. 

“Two people too stupid to avoid getting hit by a train were given firearms & the authority to kill people by Chicago Police Department,” said Carl Nyberg in a Monday night Tweet.

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The Tweet was in response to a Block Club Chicago story about the tragic deaths of officers Eduardo Marmolejo, 37, and Conrad Gary, 31.

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Nyberg was on the steering committee for Northside Democracy for America (DFA), which describes itself as a “grassroots political organization dedicated to electing socially progressive, fiscally responsible, ethically committed Democrats to all levels of government.”

Nyberg was pushed out of his role at DFA.

“As of December 18, 2018 Carl Nyberg is not a member of Northside DFA’s Steering Committee,” the organization said in a Wednesday Tweet.

According to the report, Nyberg volunteered for Chicago Alderman John Arena of the city’s 45th ward. An Alderman is a city council member.

Arena’s office denounced Nyberg’s comments.

“Mr. Nyberg’s comments about the tragic deaths of Officers Marmolejo and Gary were astounding and disgusting,” Arena reportedly said. “I am outraged by the callousness of his words as the families of Officers Marmolejo and Gary, and the entire city, continue to mourn.”


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City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”

There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.

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The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”

“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.

Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.

The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.

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Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”

Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.

Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:

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