Substance archives contain lengthy file of articles documenting militarization of Chicago's public schools

The archives of Substance newspaper on the Web include the most comprehensive series of articles outlining the ongoing protests against the militarization of Chicago’s public schools during the last five years. No other newspaper or magazine in the USA has covered these events with such breadth and depth over such a long period of time.

These archives are mostly contained at our "old" site ( while we transfer all of our Web files to the current site you are reading here.

Substance newspaper’s current Website is at Articles published in Substance since September 2005 detail monthly protests that have been brought to the meetings of the Chicago Board of Education against the militarization of Chicago’s public schools. Other materials opposing the militarization of Chicago’s public schools have appeared in the Substance “Letters” pages. Substance has also reported that the President of the Chicago Board of Education, Rufus Williams, who claims to be a personal friend and former employee of Oprah Winfrey, has begun calling CPS security to remove anti-war speakers from school board meetings.

These materials (September 2006 to September 2007) can be found in each issue of Substance at www. substancenews. net

Complete stories covering the massive deployment of military schools in Chicago have been published in past issues of Substance as well. Substance has covered the protests against the militarization of Senn High School in Chicago since September 2004, when the protests began with massive student and teacher actions like “Hands around Senn.” These can be found at www. (".com" is the "old" Substance site; .net is the current one).

December 2004 (“Senn High School ‘Naval Academy’ approved...); January 2005 (“Mayoral Megalomania”, the origins of the “Renaissance 2010” program of which the military schools are now a part); March 2005. (“Massive protests continue: Four more schools closed under ‘Renaissance 2010’”); May 2005 (“The right wing is pushing military academies”); June 2005 (“Senn Tomorrow task force”; “Rickover military academy drops anchor at Chicago’s Senn High School”; “Air Force Academy cleared for landing at Englewood High School”); September 2005 (“Camp Casey, Crawford, and the Symbols of War”); October 2005 (“Mayor, minions sabotaging Chicago’s remaining public high schools”); November 2005 (“Duncanian duplicity”); December 2005 (“Martial law at Senn High School: the Rickover Dedication”)

Beginning with the December 2005 issue, Substance is available in PDF format.

Back issues of the print edition are also available for $5 per issue.

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