Fight Mass Eviction in Logan Square

4:00-6:00 p.m.
3215 W. Fullerton

Help stop Fishman Realty from raising the rents and terminating leases at 2536 N. Sawyer!


In mid-December tenants in 2536 N. Sawyer, a 50-unit building in Logan Square, were given abrupt notice by Fishman & Co to leave. Since then Fishman has refused to meet with affected tenants as a group.

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Join “Fight Mass Eviction in Logan Square” today, at 4:00 p.m.; at the median near Kedzie and Fullerton, for a rowdy celebration of everyone’s right to co-exist.

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Promptly at 4:30, we’ll march to their office, 3215 W. Fullerton, to listen to tenant testimonies. At 5:00 p.m., we’ll march to the Logan Theater for respectful conversations with patrons and the general public about our issue.

Be there, Be Logan Square.


Handouts for the fishman picket can be downloaded and printed from here. Choose the “fit to page” option on your printer.

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Rev. Dwight Gardner, Hope in an Age of Crisis. 3000 gather for Equality!

“Dr. King had a radical vision that racial equality cannot be achieved without economic equality and that an economy that leaves tens of millions of people of all races struggling to make ends meet must be restructured,” said Rev. Dwight Gardner of Trinity Baptist in Gary, IN, the event’s keynote speaker. At the gathering, called “Hope in an Age of Crisis: Reclaiming Dr. King’s Radical Vision for Economic Equality,” elected officials will pledge to move legislation that promotes racial income equality at the federal, state and local levels. The event will feature a stirring sermon and music from the Civil Rights Movement. St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 8235 S South Shore Drive, Chicago. Sunday, January 19, 2014.

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Rascal’s the Long Road: A Revolution and Beer Music review.

It’s dangerous but natural in rock and roll to evoke comparisons with other musicians. Rock is replete with pretenders, borrowers and copycats, but once in a great while comes an artist who channels a spirit with a fresh yet familiar and resonant style. Channeling a mix of rockabilly, folk and country, with a subtext of Latin melodies deftly integrated, comes the first EP from Nebraska guitarist and vocalist Rascal Martinez, or simply, Rascal.

Rascal’s vocals come up out of the Nebraska plain like cool summer swell, evoking the sounds of a reincarnated Buddy Holly. But here is where comparisons from seven deceptively simple songs on “The Long Road” ends. The lyrics are straightforward, carried by addictive melodies. The lyrics are where these songs derive a timeless power. “I needed you, but you left me. I didn’t know what to do. You said you would never leave,” begins the first toe tapping song on the EP. Backed by Marcello Sanchez on drums, that competent and assured beat rounds out a lean but full and almost painfully introspective sound.

I wish that I could take credit for finding this CD, but that credit goes to morning talk host Nate bell on The Morning Dammit show in Chicago, AM1710, and streaming at weekdays 7-9am. Bell, with cohosts Celia Forrest and Shaun Rosten. They featured Rascal Tuesday morning. From the opening of their show I was hooked.

Track 2, “The Times are Over,” and Track 6, “Figure Yourself Out” are the defining pieces. “Please Come to Me” is heartfelt and moody. It borders on the absurd that bragging rights for Rascal and the Pack include winning the 32nd Annual Texaco Country Showdown in North Platte, Nebraska as part of the annual Honky-Tonk Barbeque competition, beating out eight other contestants. There is a clearly a talent here that resonates far beyond Honky-Tonk and the sun-burnt fields of Nebraska. Certainly there will be a story one day told by Rascal that goes something like this “…and then we won the Texaco Country Showdown!” Doubtless that will come at the beginning of a long train of accolades.

It’s likely you’ve never heard of Rascal, but like a storm brewing over the plains, it is only a matter of time before you do. In the meantime, this rare collection of unpretentious songs can be found through the artist. “The Long Road” is only a taste, but given the beauty of this CD, I can hardly wait for the main course.

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