Protest and Release of Report on CPD Torture + Police Brutality Protest #ChiCopWatch

Oct 22: ‘We Charge Genocide’ Presents Report on Chicago Police Violence and Hosts Silent Protest on National Day of Action Against Police Brutality
Chicago organizers release report they will present to the UN, exposing
ongoing, pervasive Chicago Police violations of the Convention Against Torture, as well as
call for a protest at the 11th District Police Station, formerly run by disgraced Commander Glenn Evans.

CHICAGO 10/20– On October 22, a national day of action against police brutality, local organizers with We Charge Genocide (WCG) will present a report to the public detailing Chicago Police violence in marginalized communities and against youth of color. The report shows that CPD actions violate the United Nations (UN) Conventions Against Torture. The presentation will take place at 9 am at
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S Halsted St, Chicago.

The full report, We Charge Genocide: Police Violence Against Chicago’s Youth of Color, will be available for download on 10/22 at wechargegenocide.org.

9 AM Presentation Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/393181967499789/

Later that day, at 5:30 pm, WCG organizers who will travel to the UN to present the report will be available for interviews before a 6:00 pm silent protest at the 11th District Police Station, at 3151 W Harrison. The 11th District is a hotbed of police brutality. Recently, the Commander of the station, Glenn Evans, was accused of putting his gun into a suspect’s mouth. Brutality lawsuits against Evans alone have cost taxpayers nearly a quarter of a million dollars.

6 PM Protest Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1487848628144241/

In November WCG, will send eight organizers to present a report on Chicago Police violence to the United Nations Committee Against Torture at their 53rd Session in Geneva, Switzerland, during which the U.S. will be under review. With widespread community support, the group raised over $17,500 in less than a month via online fundraiser and a series of fundraising dinners. Because of the generosity of people in Chicago and around the country, WCG has added two additional organizers to the Geneva delegation.

Press Kit with bios, FAQ sheet and images for media use. Please credit We Charge Genocide: http://bit.ly/1okIZQI

We Charge Genocide: Police Violence Against Chicago’s Youth of Color contains data and personal narratives collected by WGC at events, using their online submission form, the #ChiCopWatch hashtag, as well as publicly available resources. The report also includes an infographic, Chicago Police Violence By The Numbers. Key finding include:

• From 2009 to 2013, although Black people comprised only 32.3% of Chicago’s overall population, 75% of police shooting victims were Black. Additionally, in the first six months of 2014, 23 of 27 people shot by the CPD were Black.
• Between 2009 and 2011, 92% of Taser uses involved a Black or Latino target, including 49 youth under the age of 16 (with some as young as 8 years old).
• Black youth accounted for 77% of the arrests of youth in 2011 and 79% in 2012. Latino youth accounted for most of the other arrests, i.e., 18% of these arrests in 2011 and 17% in 2012.
• A brutality complaint is 94% less likely to be sustained in Chicago than in the nation as a whole: Only 0.48% of brutality complaints against the CPD are sustained (as opposed to 8% nationally).
• Between 2002 and 2004, Chicago residents filed 10,149 complaints of excessive force, illegal searches, racial abuse, and false arrests against the CPD. Only 124 of these 10,149 complaints were sustained (1.2%), and a mere 19 cases (0.18%) resulted in any meaningful penalty (a suspension of a week or more).
We Charge Genocide is volunteer-run by Chicago residents concerned that the epidemic of police violence continues uninterrupted in Chicago and who seek to equip individuals across the city with tools to more proactively hold police accountable. The name We Charge Genocide comes from a petition filed to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police.

Contact: Page May, 802-324-7751, wechargegenocide@gmail.com
Monica Trinidad, 312-771-6269, mtrini2@gmail.com

October 22 – National Day of Action Against Police Brutality
9AM – Presentation of Report on CPD Violence, 800 S Halsted
5:30 PM – Press Availability with WCG Organizers, 3151 W Harrison
6:00 PM – Silent Protest Against Police Brutality, 3151 W Harrison

Previous press releases:

9/23: We Charge Genocide Raises Over $10,000 in a Week to Present Report on Chicago Police Violence to United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva

9/15: We Charge Genocide To Present Report on Chicago Police to the United Nations Committee Against Torture in Geneva


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The Passenger in Cabin Seven: What would you do? A short story about the Ebola crisis by W.C. Turck

The storm lashed the great cruise ship from stem to stern. The storm had grown out of the mid-Atlantic almost unnoticed a few days before. For the twenty-two hundred and eighty one passengers and crew on board the “Song of the Caribbean” the storm was of little concern, except for the breathtaking sunrises the first week out to sea. That evening the waves were up. The crew watched the storm turn, growing to a category one Hurricane and knew they couldn’t outrun it, but at better than fourteen hundred feet in length and a dead weight tonnage of two hundred thousand pounds the storm was of less concern than the passenger in cabin seven.

“We’ll make for port at Port de Paix,” Captain Arneaux’s white bearded face was lit by the radar screen before him.

First officer Peters, a capable Norwegian who’d cut his sea teeth as skipper of a NATO Frigate before running freighters through the pirate infested waters off Somalia, was at his shoulder. He’d worked beside Arneaux for the better part of 10 years aboard Song, the two of them closer than many married couples.

“If the Haitian’s give us permission.”

“Any word from the line?”

“They’re trying?’ said Peters. “The storm’s turn caught everyone off guard. Warnings are up and the government’s priority will be on preparations.”

Arneaux nodded thoughtfully and sighed. It was weighted by worries about the passenger in cabin 7. The ship had already been refused entry into two ports, despite repeated guarantees that the passenger had been quarantined and confined to her cabin. Arneaux looked up at Peters, finding his piercing green eyes. Peters’ brow was bent with mounting tension.

“They won’t make us face a cat one storm in the open ocean,” said Arneaux. “I won’t allow it either.”

But the Haitians did refuse their port, followed by island nation after island nation. Three days earlier Mexico and Belize had denied them port. Meanwhile the storm grew stronger, seeming to chase after the ship. It added to the mounting tensions of both crew and passenger; all that tension and worry embodied in the passenger in cabin seven. The specter of contamination to the other passengers and beyond took on monumental proportions. Governments, fearing that the disease might spread to their shores banned the ship from docking. The Cubans sent a pair of gunships to shadow the cruise ship for simply passing close to its shoes.

By midnight the storm was now a category five storm, with winds howling near the center at better than one hundred and twenty miles per hour. Arneaux knew for certain that they’d not make it home to port in Florida. Simply the attempt would put them into open ocean and fully at the storm’s mercy. He closed the decks and asked that passengers remain in their cabins. Passing west of Pas de Paix, Arneaux knew he could not turn back. He had another plan; one he hoped would protect the ship and her precious cargo.

Rain Squalls and howling winds buffeted the ship with ever increasing intensity. Even the crew was forbidden on deck except for emergency operations. It was simply too dangerous. Massive waves hammered the Song. By midday the storm had grown to a bludgeoning power the likes of which Arneaux could not recall in his five decades at sea. They pummeled the ship with such force that Arneaux feared losing control to the storm at every moment. The Song of the Caribbean was fighting for its life now.

The sea was a monster. The waves rose and fell like mountains, carrying the ship up one mountain only to plunge it downward a moment later with such force that Arneaux and the exhausted crew on the bridge felt certain they would dive headlong beneath the waves and drive straight for the bottom of the sea. The heat rose in the wheelhouse with the fevered sweat of men and women engaged in mortal combat with sea and storm. Evidence of that effort fogged the windows and painted the faces of that stalwart crew.

Arneaux watched with horror as the churning gray sky disappeared as the ship slid fast and steep into one of these monstrous waves. He caught his breath, his heart interrupted a moment from its maddening rhythm. He nearly crossed himself, certain the ship was doomed, but just at that moment a young sailor, sharing that same terror, looked to him. Arneaux, hoping to rally the young woman’s faltering spirits gave a reassuring nod. This was the worst of the storm, at least for the Song. The eye of the hurricane and the deadliest winds ground across the Caribbean one hundred and eleven miles northeast, but even here, Arneaux understood, it was far more than the ship was designed to sustain for very long.

At that moment the whole ship seemed to rise as if lifted. For just an instant it was suspended between two waves. Everyone aboard felt the ship fall before it was hammered sideways by a punishing wave. The impact tossed Arneaux, First Mate Peters and the rest of the crew around the bridge like rag dolls.

Shaken but unhurt, they climbed back to their stations, but Peters and Arneaux knew instantly. Their eyes met from across the bridge. A moment later the helmsman turned and announced that he’d lost all control of the ship. The Song was helpless. When word came minutes later that the ship was taking on water Arneaux pondered the order that every Captain dreads. The damage was far too great. He gave the Song of the Caribbean no more than seven hours before would she sink beneath the waves forever.

“I’ve no choice, Mister Peters,” he announced. “No one can help us in this weather.”

The lifeboats were enclosed and could be put to sea to give the passengers their best opportunity at survival. Though the storm was beginning to wane, it was much too late for the ship. There was just one last consideration. Arneaux could feel himself aging for it already. What was to be done with the passenger in cabin seven?

“I’ll remain on the bridge until the last person is off,” he said grimly. “I’ve got an assignment for you, if you are able.”

“Cabin Seven?” Peters replied knowingly, his gut tightening. He knew what the captain was about to ask of him. “Is there no other way?”

“Tell me now if you cannot carry out the order,” said Arneaux, “but I cannot risk the lives of any other passengers.”

“We don’t even know for certain that she is infected. The incubation period…”

“Can you afford to take such a chance?”

“There is no other choice?”

“To risk the lives of hundreds or thousands? There is no time.”

“What if , if she…”

Peters was silent for a dreadfully long moment. The weight of this eclipsed the storm still raging around the ship. Peters nodded once. Arneaux laid a hand on the man’s shoulder.

“She cannot leave the ship, but we cannot leave her to drown. I take all responsibility. In my cabin you will find a pistol. Go quickly and find a place on one of the lifeboats.”
“I’ll return here and remain on the bridge with you, captain.”

“That’s an order, Mister Peters.” His tone was firm, but softened. “The passengers will need you during the rescue operation.”

Later Peters would recall being thrown from side to side in the passageways of the dying ship as the storm maintained its unrelenting assault. But at that moment, cast as executioner, he felt pulled, as if by great chains to the captain’s quarters. There, in a small safe and within a small wooden box he found an antique Colt pistol. There were six bullets under the box. He loaded them one at a time into the chamber and pushed it closed until it locked into place. Wrapping it in a towel, as to not attract any attention, Peters closed the door and started back through the ship towards cabin seven.

By now the order had been given to abandon ship. The passageway quickly filled with passengers wearing life jackets. Peters could feel passengers reaching out to him, desperate for information; comfort. He ignored them and pressed against this somber tide and continued to cabin seven. When at last he reached the cabin the passage was empty. A single crewman was standing at the door. He handed Peters the key to the cabin and left at once to join the evacuation.

Peters waited a moment to be certain this part of the ship was fully evacuated then slipped the key into the lock. He stood back and pushed the door open. There, at the edge of a neatly made bed, clad in Capri jeans, clean white tennis shoes and a big orange lifejacket sat a small middle aged woman. Her soft brown eyes rose to meet Peters, looking as if she’d at long last been rescued. Peters stepped inside and, averting his gaze from the woman, closed the door behind him.

“Are we going to the boats?’ she asked simply.

Peters crossed the room and set the pistol down on dresser. It was still wrapped in the towel. In the mirror he could see her eyes go to it, her gaze betraying a sudden realization. Peters looked at the towel. He spoke softly, clearing his throat first.

“There are not enough boats.”

The woman’s eyes darted, her head cocked as if trying to organize a thousand conflicting thoughts. “I’m feeling fine. No fever. Please.”

“You cannot understand how difficult this is.”

“Please, Mister Peters!” she pleaded, standing and stepping towards him. Peters backed away from her, keeping his hand on the towel.

“We can’t risk the other passengers,” he said, “and we cannot leave you aboard the ship.”
She should have fought him. He would have fought, and he fully expected her to resist. Instead, much to his horror, he turned and slowly removed the lifejacket. He wanted her to fight, to resist, to do something that would make her less sympathetic. Instead the woman placed it on the chair beside her bed and turned to him. She turned and lifted her arms out to her sides in a sort of surrender.

“What will you tell my children?” she asked. Tears fell across her cheeks. She wiped them quickly away and somehow managed a chuckled that somehow bespoke the absurdity.

Peters replied the only way he could, bowing his head as he slowly began to unwrap the gun. “I don’t know.”

“Tell them…” she began. “Tell them…”

The pistol lay bare on the dresser for a moment, beside the woman’s Nivea night crème, a hair curler and a postcard from the ship.

“I need one thing,” she said, pulling a picture of her children from a pocket. “Just let me look at them one last time, and then I ask that you see it gets to them.”

Peters nodded and lifted the pistol. Weighing it in his hands he thought that he should know something of this disease. What he knew was from the news, and nothing more than that. That the disease was the scourge of Africa, killing thousands there and creating a panic back at home in America was merely background at the moment. Peters felt himself on the frontline of that war. He couldn’t know if she carried the disease or not. She had cared for a man who had died of the disease, and several of her colleagues had come down with the disease. It was just as likely she was not infected, but how could he know for sure? What if she began the epidemic that caused the deaths of hundreds or thousands? Nor could he leave her on the ship to drown.

“I’ll see to it,” he said. The woman closed her eyes and held out the picture. Peters lifted the gun in one hand and took the photo with the other. Without looking at it, he slipped it into his shirt pocket.

He had never taken another person’s life. Throughout his military career he had pondered the question, but it always carried an abstract quality. Murder is always abstract until it happens. Now at this moment Peters still could not be certain he was capable. The pistol hung by his side, a seemingly impossible weight. It was part of him, as if the long black barrel, the cold pistol grip, the smooth trigger beneath his index finger and the polished lead bullets were part of his DNA.

A thousand permutations ravaged his mind. Was he a murderer or savior? He loathed the thought of bringing her pain, and prayed for a steady hand that it would be over quickly and mercifully for her. How he would accomplish that was suddenly an insurmountable problem. What if her blood or tissue found him somehow? Would a shot to the heart or to…Peters raised the pistol.

The woman breathed heavily. It was a stuttering breath. She whimpered slightly. How would history judge him, he wondered. Did he have any right? What of god and his own conscience? There was nothing now; no storm or stars no world beyond that tiny room. The heat seemed to rise as well. It stifled his breath and sent cold sweat slithering down his spine. Each second felt like an eternity and each felt terribly cruel to the doomed woman before him. Peters raised the pistol and aimed it at the woman, wondering if he was saving the world or dooming himself. He wondered if he was saving the lives of untold victims or playing the part of murderer. His finger tightened on the trigger and he begged god’s forgiveness…

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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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Panic!!! On a funny note, it occurs to me that rightwing talking heads like hannity, Limbaugh and Savage are the characters who get bitch-slapped in disaster movies for being hysterical, or are the pompous ass who gets devoured by the dinosaur. On a serious note, this is about corporations, through their media discrediting government more so we have less protections against unelected powers. The hysteria is a corporate coup. My book, “The Last Man” about a world ruled by a single corporation is not fiction. It is a warning. Find out more at http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-last-man-wc-turck-and-the-99/1108897866?ean=9781469771946

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http://www.vanguardngr.com/2014/10/set-declare-nigeria-senegal-ebola-free/

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Illinois Policy Institute: Learn more about corporations VOTING to rewrite our laws.

Learn more about how the State Policy Network aids ALEC and spins disinformation in the states.

The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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How to Crush Ebola in 90 days.

America at the crossroads. We’ll all be bloody puss by Christmas. The nation will be a virtual ghost town. The airlines devastated. no one will flock to the latest Pixar film for fear of catching or spreading the scourge. That, of course is the panic scenario being pushed very(suspiciously) hard by the rightwing corporate media. But for get science, vaccines, the doctors and the CDC. I know the way to crush Ebola in just three months. And for all the capitalists out there, this has a free market solution.

Ha, you say!. Ebola has already double the number of victims in America. 2. The government is at a loss on stemming the tidal wave of terror flooding into America, carried by those ever more dangerous brown foreign people. Close the borders. Everyone from outside, with an accent, a tint to their complexion and something other than standard GAP or Banana Republic attire MUST BE QUARANTINED!

But wait. If you really want to destroy Ebola, make it popular with blond white upper middle class teenage white girls. Tell them it is the ultimate weight loss plan, but with a side-effect. Put the virus on Coke cans, sell happy meals at McDonalds with Ebola collectibles and have Disney put on the “Ebola” show, ala Saved by the Bell, with a Screech-type character curiously shaped like the virus. Get the virus hooked on over the counter painkillers and booze and give it its own reality series on Bravo. In an interview the now born again virus will invariably make anti-gay statements, be drummed off television, lose its sponsorships and fall out of favor with teen age girls. Done. Gone, until it returns briefly in an MTV where are they now segment…

You are welcome.


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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ISIS: Why History Matters

The Sumerians called it Buranuna 5000 years ago, and it held for them a magical quality. There empire centered roughly between the Buranuna, or Euphrates and the Tigris, a fertile delta running from Basra just north of Kuwait, running through the hearts of Iraq and Syria into eastern Turkey. This is the cradle of civilization, the place where humanity sought settlement over nomadic existence. This is where our collective ancestors settled into those furtive first communities and invented farming. It was not by happenstance. This was the only place it could have happened some 9700 years ago. This is the crossroads, the natural and sustainably survival path north into Turkey and Europe, or into the Russian Steppes, or east into Asia. The Tigris and Euphrates is indelibly imprinted upon the human soul. Our history is in those rivers. The legacy of that murky and convoluted history still reverberates and intrudes upon the illusion of our modern pretense that we have severed those primitive ties to our ancient selves.Iran_Euphrates_River_Map

This was the seat of power of the Persian king Darius III before he was defeated by Alexander the Great at the Battle of Gaugamela, just outside of modern day Mosul. Mosel sits astride the Tigris River, where Kurdish forces fended off ISIS last month. In fact, the history of this land is key to understanding ISIS. That the Pentagon, Republicans and Democrats and the media have failed to note that is, in my opinion, a fundamental miscalculation in confronting ISIS. Two weeks ago the Syrian towns of Al Tabqah and Ar Raqqah on opposite banks of the Euphrates fell to ISIS. This week they are pressing assaults for Baghdad. As of this writing the northern Syrian town of Kobane on the Turkish frontier was close to falling. The capture of the town neutralizes Kurdish resistance in the region, on the road to Jarabulus, consolidating their control over the Euphrates and Tigris delta clear to Baghdad. That control makes them an entity to be reckoned with and a state to be recognized.

Once they ISIS has solidified control over the region the rest of Iraq will fall, and it it is likely that ISIS will turn south to Kuwait for a warm water port and access to the Persian Gulf. ISIS is Sunni. This largest sect of Islam believes itself the closest adherents to the Prophet Muhammed and his heir Abu Bakr. But what sect of any religion doesn’t believe that it holds the fast track to God or a prophet? The Seljuk Turks, which raged across the middle east in the 10th and 11th centuries used these lands as their base of operations, moving up the Euphrates and into Turkey. The land ISIS now covets mirrors the Seljuk expansion to a frightening degree. There are powerful historic connections for ISIS to the region. History tells us much.

South of Baghdad and just west of the Euphrates, on the edge of the river’s fertile extent lies the city of Karbala. It was the site of the Battle of Karbala in 680AD. The city is considered holy by Shia. Loss of the city to the Sunni ISIS would represent a spiritual and historic calamity within Islam. Over the last several years Sunni militants and ISIS sympathizers have continually attack Shia pilgrims to the city.

In both the Bible and Koran there are references to the river as well:

“The Prophet Muhammad said: “The Hour will not come to pass before the river Euphrates dries up to unveil the mountain of gold, for which people will fight. Ninety-nine out of one hundred will die [in the fighting], and every man among them will say: ‘Perhaps I may be the only one to remain alive’.”

“Soon the river Euphrates will disclose the treasure of gold. So, whoever will be present at that time should not take anything of it.”

In fact ISIS has been only to happy to sell their black gold, or oil on the black market for pennies on the dollar to fund their operations. Like the rest of us ISIS is perpetually caught between history and tomorrow. That history bends our reason as we craft illusions of freewill in our reach for tomorrow. Mankind like a racer shadowed at the shoulder by a competitor is constantly forcing itself to look forward while look back at its own history. ISIS is just as crippled by that dichotomy as the rest of us. Their burden is living too much in an idealized past. Here in the West, we are burdened by a lack of historical perspective and the realization that our collective history remains a shared lesson and curse.


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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I Love Ebola!

I know that democrats, Republicans and corporations love Ebola as well. In fact, they love it so much, they are counting on you to fear it, become obsessed by it and ignore everything else they are sliding by you while their media dangles the shiny keys of the Ebola crisis in your face. Here is the short list of things they want you to forget about:

1. Trans Pacific partnership: This trade agreement will override the constitution, negate congressional oversight, reverse gains on the environmental front and loot the US treasury in favor of corporations. Obama wants to fast track ratification after the election.

2. XL keystone Pipeline: The administration put off a vote on this until after the mid terms. The US will see minimal job gains; in the dozens, not hundreds or thousands. The US will see no benefit in lower gas and oil prices. We are essentially the mule for Canada’s dirty fuel which will ultimately be shipped overseas. The Koch brothers will, however, reap tens of billions.

3. Fracking: With the US essentially a pin cushion for frackers communities are being deprived of water, contamination is on the increase, communities are endangered by radioactive waste from fracking, and earthquakes are on the rise in places that have never seen earthquakes before, like Ohio and Arkansas.

4. ISIS The cost not the war: estimates are for $40 billion annually. Pentagon sources say we could be at war with ISIS for 40 years. Sounds like someone is thinking of long term profits. By last count ISIS was thirty thousand men or so. How did we beat the Germans and Japanese simultaneously in the Second World War with a combined force of about 25 million soldiers?

5. The economy: The administration has hit the markers on traditional economic metrics in the economy, like the stock market and the unemployment numbers. The real indicators are private debt, savings and consumer spending. One is way up and two are way down. 85% of the stock market is is controlled by the top 10% earners in the nation. Your 401k, and those of a hundred million other working class Americans is merely the lubricant to the market and represents a miniscule fraction of the market. What they really want is to get a hold of your Social Security. Think of that the next time you are trying to afford the heating bill and there is one of those regular market corrections!

6. Police Militarization: The issue came to light nationally out of the Ferguson issue. A debate on the militarization and growing brutality of the police was just beginning to take shape in the country right about the time the CDC flew home an Ebola patient. A month later the first patient trundles into a Dallas emergency room. Suddenly Ebola is the greatest threat to the union.

That’s just the short list. There are many more things you should be concerned about before Ebola. I didn’t get to government spying, foreclosures, the banks, the next Attorney general, Global Warming, racism, manipulation of gas and oil prices by the government for political gains, global warming induces invasions by insects destroying crops and soil fertility, corporate and special interest interference of the education system, privatization of government services that drive up the cost and inefficiency of government, and more than $1 trillion in subsidies and tax forgiveness to corporations.

If 50,000 people had Ebola your chances, in a country of 380 million, of catching it would be slightly better than winning the lottery. The wife and I have been playing Lotto for about 10 years, 2 tickets per week and haven’t won a penny. The government says that you can only catch it from exposure to an infected person’s feces…never going to be a problem…having someone vomit on you…avoid that…and blood…if you are living in a Law and Order episode! Relax America. There are even worse diseases that are far more common. Heart disease and strokes kill almost a million annually, mostly because people eat way too much fat and salt, but I don’t see authorities setting up checkpoints to confiscate contraband packs of Kraft Mac N Cheese!


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Run Chris Run, A bold new play from Stone Soup Theatre Project

I’m close to this story in any number of ways. I lived only a few blocks from the streets Chris Patterson was fighting over as a member of notorious street gang, near enough to hear the gunshots at night. Chris lives only a few blocks away from me now. We are friends. His book, 21: The Epitome of Perseverance, Authorhouse 2009, read to me like a street history of the Chicago I knew. The book is honest, painful in places and intimate as it follows Chris’ personal journey of self redemption and recrimination. The task of adapting properly to the stage required overcoming a number of daunting obstacles.

The book takes place over much of Patterson’s life. The narrative, like the rendering of any life, is a complex journey. Patterson’s is perhaps more complex given the moralistic tangent of the book; a lesson and a rebuttal for anyone who asserts that a person cannot change. Here is the reply to that narrow perspective. But much of the book takes place in prison after Chris succumbed to a pivotal choice to rob a bank, one in a series of crossroads which to younger eyes might seem a predetermined path. The challenge to playwright Katie Abascal is how to render those moments and choices on stage, tell the story accurately and maintain a voice that is true not only the book but the street as well.

Brought to the Stage by Stone Soup Theatre Project, the audience is less a passive theatre patron as a invitee to the intimate conversations and memories within Chris Patterson. The honesty of the book comes forth readily in a powerful and quietly lyrical script from Abascal which helps to create a cultural narrative without becoming distracting or burdensome. The center stage becomes the focal point for the 90 minute composition and serves as the prison cell for the older Chris, now struggling with recriminations and regrets.

That Chris is played by a moody and regretful Ian Deanes, desperately appealing to his younger self, fending off memories and temptations. The younger Chris matures through an arc ably rendered by actor Aaron Mitchell Reese. There is energy and a natural synchronicity to the talented and passionate cast. Directed by Alexandra Keels and Whitney Kraus Jones, Stone Soup succeeds in muddling the Fourth Wall, the so-called barrier between actors and audience as mere spectators. The production swirls around and behind the audience, building to a crescendo, helping to sweep the audience into that intimate and dramatic conversation taking place within Chris. It is a story which transcends the life of one man, and instead serves as a guidepost for each of us, and to the troubled times and street violence that still plagues us.

Aided by donations the play is a steal at $5 per ticket, and would be a bargain for a piece of this caliber at $15 or $20 per ticket. Performed at the new Wilson Abbey theatre, 935 West Wilson, Run Chris Run is part of an ongoing anti-violence campaign. Don’t be fooled by the café out front. The theatre is located within Everybody’s Coffee. Seats are limited. The play runs until November 8th Fridays at 8pm and Saturdays at 4pm. Doors open at 7:30 and 3:30 respectfully. Everybody’s Coffee is open daily from 6:30am weekdays and 7am weekends. For tickets to Run Chris Run, show times and more about Stone Soup Theatre Project, visit Artful.ly/StoneSoupTheatreProject and http://www.stonesouptheatrechicago.com. Chris Patterson’s book, 21: The epitome of Perseverance, is available at Amazon.com.


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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The Nature Trigger, Global Climate Change and Fate

A series of stories are leading to a disturbing conclusion that nature may not be an ally, but an all too willing partner in the coming Global Climate Catastrophe, at least as far as human civilization is concerned. More and more evidence is coming to light that as human accelerated Global Warming, Or Anthropogenic Global Warming, AGW, environmental thresholds are reached. Each of these thresholds marks a tripwire in which the environment itself becomes the driver in AGW. Rather like a campfire which grows to become a firestorm, out of control, wholly independent and feeding itself from multiple sources, in which the terrain, atmosphere and forest (or homes) all become partners in the process.

Recent articles in earthtimes.org and Nature discussed the accelerated expulsion of carbon from the soil as Global temperatures increase. 2014 was the hottest year in recorded history. It is evidence that those thresholds or triggers are being reached. In the Nature article, Temperature sensitivity of soil respiration rates enhanced by microbial community response, taken from a number of studies discusses findings that “warming induced stimulation of soil microbial respiration rates could increase soil carbon dioxide emissions and hence induce a positive climate feedback effect…” and that, “…substantial carbon stores in Arctic and boreal soils could be more vulnerable to climate warming than currently predicted.” In other words the environment maintains stores of carbon which would otherwise be loosed to the atmosphere, making it warmer and less hospitable to life.

Satellite imagery recorded a record low in Arctic Sea ice in 2012. This year, due to continuing record low levels of sea ice more than 35,000 walrus came ashore in Alaska. The phenomenon was first reported in 2007, but the numbers this year are unprecedented. Alaska in 2014 recorded an unusually warm winter. Additional evidence also has emerged from previously unrealized effects of global climate change in Greenland which shows it is more vulnerable than previously believed. It is estimated that melting of Greenland glaciers releases 200gigatons of fresh water into the oceans annually. Antarctic is melting at a vastly accelerated rate as well, and though sea ice covers a wider area around Antarctic this year, it is feared that warming of the continent has spread ice over the wider area. There is also concern that it is the result of fresh water melting from glaciers. Fresh water freezes much easier than salt water. Fresh water and Sea water do not mix, but instead form layers and disrupts currents which in turn drives and affects weather. Rising sea levels will also impact aquifers, contaminating ground water essential for human consumption, crops and livestock. One can imagine the ramifications to society, the economy and instability worldwide.

Rush Limbaugh yesterday was cheering the absence of hurricanes striking Florida in the last 9 years, ignoring, of course, hurricane Sandy and other powerful storms striking Mexico or affecting the Atlantic. Lost to Limbaugh, and others how think narrowly in terms of the weather exactly where they are standing, is an alarming warming of the Atlantic ocean, and the historic super storms in the Pacific, like Hayan and VongFong, the two most powerful storms ever recorded on earth. Cancun was devastated by hurricane Wilma in 2005. This year hurricane Odile, the most intense cyclone to hit the region on in more than 4 decades, pummeled Cabo san Lucas.

Humanity has its own tripwires. We, as a species, are beyond the point of addressing Global Climate Change and now must look to adaptation. If we fail to heed that warning, the next may be survival, a partnership and community enterprise mankind shows itself daily to be incapable of doing rationally. The point here is not to create panic or hopelessness, but engender a deeper understanding of the supreme balance that allows for life to exist on this planet, and which allows for human life to exist. The evidence is clear, that with each passing day the planet reaches and crosses thresholds. With each line, each trigger we lose the chance to chart our own fate and instead enter into the disastrous realm of the unknown in which calamity and the chaos of global climate change decides our fate instead.


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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Run Chris Run: A Stone Soup Theatre Project World Premier

Produced by Stone Soup Theatre as part of an ongoing anti-violence campaign, RUN CHRIS RUN tells the true story of Chicago native and community organizer Christopher Patterson.

CHICAGO – On October 3rd, Stone Soup Theatre Project brings Run Chris Run to the Wilson Abbey stage as part of its ongoing anti-violence campaign. Artistic Associate Katie Angelica Abascal adapted this lyrical drama from the memoir 21: The Epitome of Perseverance by Chicago native Christopher Patterson. Run Chris Run is co-directed by Stone Soup’s Managing Director Alexandra Keels, and Artistic Director Whitney Kraus Jones.

PRESS PERFORMANCE: Press opening for Run Chris Run will be at 8:00 Friday the 10th. Please email ArtisticStoneSoupTheatregmail.com to request complementary press tickets.

Based on a true story:
Run Chris Run follows the life of Chicago-native Chris Patterson and his quest for love, family, and acceptance. His journey begins in the foster care system, leading him to gangland, imprisonment, and ultimately deliverance. This “theatre project” tells the story of human perseverance and the individual strength it takes to change a life path.

Show Schedule
October 3rd- November 8th
Doors Open 7:30 PM Fridays and 3:30 PM Saturdays
Wilson Abbey – 935 W Wilson Ave
Tickets:
Tickets are always only $5
& can be purchased online at Artful.ly/StoneSoupTheatreProject or at the door.


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 www.revolutioandbeer.com

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On today’s show: Rob Poe on “Nature Deficit Disorder,” the Politics of Poaching, & the Lack of the “Commons”

Coming up this morning at 11 a.m. CT, on Que4 radio Chicago, we’ll be speaking with Chicago’s Mushroom Man, Rob Poe on about “Nature Deficit Disorder” in both children and adults, the politics of poaching, the lack of the “commons” and how it relates to Chicago. Rob has a great knack for finding good free food in nearby places, and I don’t mean dumpster diving. He’ll be explaining a lot about foraging and the contradiction of selling his yield to fancy restaurants that service the 1%.

You can find more about all the awesome stuff Rob does at his website: http://chicagomushroomman.wordpress.com/

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