Law for the People 2014: NLG National Convention September 3-7, Crown Plaza Chicago Metro

Chicago 9/3/2014 – The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Chicago is proud to host the 2014 Law for the People Convention, September 3-7 at the Crowne Plaza Chicago Metro, 733 W. Madison St.

The NLG Annual Convention is attended by attorneys, law students, and legal workers. Hundreds of participants from across the country are expected to attend this year’s gathering in Chicago. Workshops and panels include the following subject areas: civil rights, constitutional law, criminal defense, environmental law, human rights, labor & employment, immigration, LGBTQ rights, police misconduct, and prison litigation. More information can be found in the conference brochure and schedule. Attorneys who attend the Convention have the opportunity to earn up to 24 hours of Continuing Legal Education credits.

Keep up with conference attendees on social media by following @NLGNews and #Law4thePeople on twitter.

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The press is invited to attend the following event:

Thurs 9/4/2014: Keynote Speaker – Chicago Teacher’s Union President Karen Lewis

7:00 p.m. to 8:45 p.m., Metro Ballroom

Karen Lewis is an American Chicago Public Schools teacher and labor leader. She is the current president of the Chicago Teachers Union, and is considering running for mayor.

Please check in at the Chicago Chapter Table in the Hotel Lobby when you arrive at the Crowne Plaza to ensure that you will be provided access to the event.

Chicago hosted the first NLG convention in 1939. Since then, Guild members from Chicago have been at the forefront of the battle for social justice, resisting the repression of radical movements ranging from the Black Panthers, to Vietnam War protesters, to anti-NATO demonstrators and beyond. On August 2, 2014, a Chicago NLG Legal Observer was arrested while documenting ongoing police violence in Ferguson, MO. Three additional NLG-trained Legal Observers were arrested in the town in the days following.

The NLG is dedicated to the need for basic change in the structure of our political and economic system. We seek to unite the lawyers, law students, legal workers and jailhouse lawyers to function as an effective force in the service of the people, to the end that human rights shall be regarded as more sacred than property interests.

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The facts on minimum wage and the Economic rapists of the Illinois Policy Institute

. A new rant from the FILTHY PUNDIT(He ought to have his mouth washed out with soap) Politics, way over the %$#@ing top!………………..Too harsh? Think about the death grip on our culture, the way workers, families and communities have been literally economically raped by perversely powerful, and obsessively greedy interests of extremist capitalism. I have been warned that calling out the powerful too honestly and too vociferously would get me branded as a pariah and someone who didn’t know how to “play the game.” I refuse to be a part of a media that allows the people to be tricked by groups like the Illinois Policy Institute, a nebulous group whose funding tentacles reach to the Koch brothers, according to a new report by Progress Illinois. Their agenda: to roll back civil liberties by seeming to support civil liberties. The proverbial wolf in sheep’s clothing, the IPI made some statements on a local morning rightwing show about minimum wage. The IPI prefers eliminating the minimum wage in favor of a market based wage. In other wards, they favor predatory wages, as in the case of Walmart in which that national cancer destroyed the generations old job base in favor of low wage jobs and the resulting addiction to cheap Chinese and third-world made goods. The IPI says the raise in minimum wage would only benefit 5% of the workforce, but neglect to add that that represents about 11 million people, given, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics national workforce Figure, adjusted from 2005 numbers of about 160 million workers. 11 million heads of households! Remember in the 1990s economists were telling us to prepare for the service economy? Well fuck me with a dictionary! It’s here! As they told us that their crony capitalist pals were moving all the manufacturing jobs overseas, Romney’s Bain capital was carving up profitable companies and the banks were plotting ways to fuck millions of homeowners in a housing scheme. But here’s the real benefit, by the numbers, of raising the minimum wage.  Even at a paltry $10.10 an hour, the net gain to the  economy over the current in tax revenues alone would be around $20 billion, and would add around %30 billion additional in consumer spending, which I’m guess would spur a few jobs. It’s simple, multiple the wage amount by 40 hours average, time 4 weeks in a month, 12 months in a year…hardly rocker science. The raising of the minimum wage has always led to an upturn in the economy on the consumer side, but IPI represents predatory corporations and business interests who hope you remain clueless. I’m guessing that those who dismiss me as liberal can’t work  a calculator or really love sucking dick. I can’t help you. There’s no cure for stupid.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: An unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit

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