EMERGENCY: Anti-Fracking Rally


Friday, March 22 at 11:30 a.m.

Thompson Center Building, 100 W. Randolph

Both House and Senate Energy Committees are voting this week (as early as tomorrow). Call committee members and tell them to support SB1418 & HB3086 – Both bills support a moratorium on Fracking.
We are against Gov. Quinn, industry and big environmental groups “regulatory” bill HB2615. Below are the names and numbers of the Senate Energy Committee members:

  • Chairperson : Mike Jacobs D (217) 782-5957
  • Vice-Chairperson : David Koehler D (217) 782-8250
  • Member: James F. Clayborne, Jr. D (217) 782-5399
  • Member: Jacqueline Y. Collins D (217) 782-1607
  • Member: Gary Forby D (217) 782-5509
  • Member: Michael W. Frerichs D (217) 782-2507
  • Member: Iris Y. Martinez–Cosponsor SB1418
  • Member: Antonio Munoz D (217) 782-9415
  • Member: Michael Noland D (217) 782-7746
  • Member: Martin A. Sandoval D (217) 782-5304
  • Member: Donne E. Trotter D (217) 782-3201
  • Member: Patricia Van Pelt D (217) 782-6252
  • Minority Spokesperson : Sue Rezin R (217) 782-3840
  • Member: Kirk W. Dillard R (217) 782-8148
  • Member: Karen McConnaughay R (217) 782-1977
  • Member: Matt Murphy R (217) 782-4471
  • Member: Dale A. Righter R (217) 782-6674
  • Member: Chapin Rose R (217) 558-1006

Finally, You can also fill out witness slips by going to http://my.ilga.gov/:

  1. Go to Senate and then Senate Committee Hearings on the left hand side
  2. Go to Week and find the Energy Committee
  3. To the right of the committee click the icon that says Witness Slip
  4. Complete the form…

(then do the same for the House Committee Bills)

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Wrap-up From Sunday’s Radio Show

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Beers of The Week:

  • Murphy’s Red Ale
  • O’Fallon’s Rager Red
  • Great Lakes Conway’s Irish Ale
  • Murphy’s Stout
  • Smithwick’s Red Ale

Get all the details here:


Revolution and Beer the TV Show

Thanks to Michael Roper, owner of Hopleaf, Dave Funcheon from 101 celsius and Dr. Lora Chamberlain for joining Brian and I on the first Revolution and Beer show, which will air this May on CAN TV.

Issues and Actions:

Out of the Shadows Immigration Rally


From the north side to the south side, we’re working our asses off to help people as they fight for their homes.



Revolution and Beer was on the front lines as Michael Madigan flip-flopped on a moratorium of fracking. He cynically used the moratorium issue to squeeze Fracking companies for more taxes, and it seems to have worked. He would love for you to call him and demand his support for HB3086 and SB1418 @ 217/546-7404. Stop the Frack Attack on Illinois. Call your IL Rep and Sen at 1-217-782-2000

CPS bans the book “Percepolis,” by Marjane Satrapi:

This week, CPS banned the book, Percepolis by Marjane Satrapi, a coming of age novel about a young girl in Iran growing up under a tyrannical and oppressive government. Sound familiar? Call the CPS Chief executive Barbara Byrd-Bennett and suggest a book she can ban next @ (773) 553-1500. Be creative with your choices.

Keep your calendars open for April 5th.

Next week we will have a major announcement, so stay tuned.

And just for fun:


Get active, change the world, and please do it with a decent beer in your hands.

P.S. Hope you made it safely back to your bed after St. Patrick’s day!

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Revolution and Beer the TV Show

It was a busy weekend for Revolution and Beer. On Saturday we set up shop in the upstairs of the Hopleaf, in Chicago’s Andersonville neighborhood, to film the first episode of the “Revolution and Beer” TV show, and it went far better than I think we could’ve imagined.

The topic of our people’s beer summit this time was fracking. As beer-drinkers, we’re a little concerned. With an average of 26 gallons of water needed to produce a single bottle of beer, the contamination of our water supply from agricultural and parking lot run-off is causing many problems for individuals and businesses that really on a safe source of water. Add on top of that fracking, and we’re facing a damaging blow to this non renewable resource. Water quality goes down, beer prices go up. Lot’s more reasons exist for us to take some action on this issue and inform ourselves about best practices in water management. Stay tuned at the “TV Show” page for more details and teasers.

Our guests for the first Episode are:

  • Michael Roper
    is the owner of Hopleaf in Andersonville
  • Dr Lora Chamberlain
    Chicago environmental activist
  • David Funcheon
    CEO of 101Celsius

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Sequestration Impact on the ARRA


This infographic from the

href=”http://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/” target=”_blank”> National Skills Coalition illustrates what the recent budget cuts set in motion mean for the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA wikipedia, official gov. site).

Download the full report by clicking here (.pdf 603kb).

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