Second Vigil Against Street Violence and Police Violence

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Contact: Kelly Hayes, 773-499-0172, kellyhayes81@gmail.com

For Our Fallen – Memorial and Protest
Tuesday, December 30th
6:30 PM
7000 North Glenwood Avenue

Another Look at For Our Fallen: Honoring Victims of Violence in Chicago & Standing Against Police Brutality

Chicago 12/30 - On December 17th, hundreds of people attended The Chicago Light Brigade’s annual memorial for victims of violence in Chicago. The gathering was not only a vigil for Chicagoans who were killed this year, but also a protest of the role police play in maintaining the culture of violence that has taken so many lives in our city.

Community members, including friends and relatives of those we’ve lost to violence this year, expressed their grief in speech, song, and poetry. The response to this event was so overwhelming that Chicago Light Brigade organizers have decided to bring the imagery they created back to the neighborhood where their group began. “We held the previous two events in Rogers Park, because a lot of us live here, but this year, we thought the event should be more central,” says organizer Kelly Hayes. “That allowed a lot more people to attend, which was beautiful, but when it was all said and done, we knew need to bring this imagery home.”

“We know connecting with this project means something to people,” says Hayes, “and we want to honor that. We had people as far away as Washington state folding origami lilies and sending them to us. When word of what we were working on got out on social media, the idea of holding up a lighted flower for each person lost really resonated with people, and a lot of folks got involved.”

It took over a week for community members, including children and elderly residents, and their out of state helpers, to fold more than 400 origami lilies for the event, and about half a day for Chicago Light Brigade members to connect all of the paper flowers to LED lights.”The end result was more than worth it,” said teacher Jerica Jurado, whose students both helped fold the flowers, and attended the event.

Connecting this year’s event to the current Black Lives Matter protest movement was an easy decision for organizers. “We collaborate with these young people every day. They’re our friends and we admire what they’re doing in the streets,” says organizer Babur Balos. “We stand with them, and we don’t think we can have honest conversations about making communities safer without addressing the fact that police are allowed to kill our young people without cause or consequence. How can you ask them to work against street violence if you won’t address state violence? It’s hypocrisy.”

Attendees will gather outside the Heartland Cafe Tuesday night for one last look at the vigil’s imagery, and speak out about local efforts to increase community safety without involving police. “If people knew what kind of chain reaction they were setting off by calling the police when they don’t have to, I think a lot of them would make a different choice. That’s why we have to have these conversations. There have been enough Tamir Rices and Dominique Franklins. We need to do better in 2015,” says Jurado.

*Attached photos may be used with attribution to Sarah Jane Rhee.

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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NEW YEARS EVE PROTEST: NO NEW YEAR UNDER THIS OLD SYSTEM! WE CAN’T BREATHE!

NEW YEAR’S EVE WED. DEC. 31 10 pm CST

Chicago Tribune Tower (Plaza)

435 N. Michigan Ave, just north of bridge on Michigan

https://www.facebook.com/events/1553903348188685/?ref=5

Bring everyone you know! Bring your whistles! All actions should be nonviolent and creative. Bring banners and signs you can carry under your coat. Please be on time, bitter cold weather predicted, dress warmly!

Call from Carl Dix:

On New Year’s Eve, as the clock winds down on 2014, the powers that be will hope to be ringing in a new year that carries forward business as usual. That must not be allowed to go down because business as usual in Amerikkka includes wanton police murder of Black people. The refusal of grand juries in Ferguson and Staten Island to indict the cops who murdered Michael Brown and Eric Garner made this clear. So the powerful, beautiful and necessary outpourings that have disrupted this society’s normal routine must continue and escalate on New Years Eve and into the New Year.

We should live in a society where those who are entrusted with public safety would sooner risk their own lives than kill or injure an innocent person. But in this society, cops who brutalize and murder are given the benefit of the doubt and are almost never punished in any way for their crimes. This is illegitimate and unacceptable. It must be STOPPED, and it’s up to us to stop it! On New Year’s Eve, we must act in many different ways to do just that.

If you think that police murder must STOP, be out in the streets with that message out on New Years Eve. Say in a loud, clear voice – NO NEW YEAR UNDER THIS OLD SYSTEM! And – WE CAN’T BREATHE! Bring your whistles and blow them loudly. Bring your signs and banners.

And if you think that torture, that violence against women and attacks on women’s rights, that attacks on immigrants and the pillaging of the environment of the planet, that US wars for empire and attacks on people for who they love and how they love and more must be stopped; join us in the streets on New Year’s Eve. Bring your signs and banners too. Figure out imaginative ways to say NO MORE to all these horrors.

See more at: http://stopmassincarceration.net/content/rock-new-year-resistance#sthash.lGhgGwAK.dpuf

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago

stopmassincarcerationchicago@gmail.com * (312) 933-9586
www.facebook.com/SMINChicago
@StopMassIncChi
stopmassincarceration.net

The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is a project of the Alliance for Global Justice, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Stop Mass Incarceration Network is building a movement to stop the injustice of mass incarceration and police brutality; and the racially biased policies and practices of the police, the courts and the U.S. legal system; and to support the rights of prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. We call on all to join us.

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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Immigration Judge Grants Administrative Closure to Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez Deportation Case

A month after Beatriz’s deportation case was reopened and set for a new hearing on 2015

Chicago IL – An immigration judge has granted administrative closure to undocumented woman Beatriz Santiago-Ramirez who obtained sanctuary at Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission on August 2014 – she stayed in sanctuary until her immigration case was reopened on November of the same year.

This recent judge order means that Beatriz gets the right to stay in the United States while waiting USCIS decision on her U visa application, this also means that Beatriz would not have to attend any future immigration deportation proceedings, her deportation case has been close. This great news comes after a long battle initiated by Beatriz, father Jose Landaverde, attorney Juan Soliz and the many supporters who rallied next to Beatriz.

Beatriz’s immigration attorney Juan Soliz, states the following in a letter to father Jose Landaverde:

“I am happy to inform you that today I received a copy of the Order of the Immigration Judge administratively closing the removal/deportation proceedings against Beatriz … this was done because we were able to show that a new U visa application had been filed on her behalf which is pending … I have every reason to expect [the U visa] will be granted in the near future.”

Father Jose Landaverde states,

“What we are seeing today with the case of Beatriz is the potential that organized communities have, specially when challenging injustices. We still need to continue fighting for the thousands and millions under deportation proceedings, for those who do not have access to financial and social resources, we need to demand a moratorium on all deportations, and continue to pressure for the legalization of all undocumented people.”

Background:

Beatriz was the victim of an aggravated criminal sexual assault in 2009. She cooperated fully with the investigation and testified against her attacker, leading to his conviction in 2011, Due to the Madison County State’s Attorney Office’s unreasonable refusal to sign a form affirming that Beatriz was a crime victim and that she cooperated with the investigation, she was not able to successfully apply for a U Visa and was order to be deported.

Beatriz, who resided in Southern Illinois, came to Chicago in August to request a meeting with Fr. Jose Landaverde and to ask for help and sanctuary because the likelihood of her deportation was looming ever closer. Father Jose Landaverde and the Mission offered sanctuary to Beatriz and her two young US citizen children.

Following a legal battle, in the month of November, an immigration judge in Kansas, Missouri reopened her case for a new hearing set for January 13, 2015. This was a victory for Beatriz and her supporters, since they would be able to challenge, in court, the government’s attempts to forcefully remove her from this country and from the separation of her US citizen children.

In that same month, following the reopening of her case, new forms were able to be filed with the immigration court, including the petition for U Visa and the a motion to administratively close the removal proceedings against Beatriz Santiago Ramirez.

A month later, in December Beatriz receives the great news that her deportation case has been administratively closed by judge order, this means that she does not have to appear in immigration court for the scheduled hearing set for January 13, 2015 anymore. She is now awaiting approval of her petition for U Visa. If granted Beatriz will be able to remained in the US with the authorization to work legally and with the opportunity of applying for permanent resident in the near future.

Jose Herrera
773-632-9992

For Immediate Release

Contact: Fr. Jose S. Landaverde 872-203-4310

What: Press Conference

When: Monday, December 29, 2014 at 2:30pm

Where: Our Lady of Guadalupe Mission, 2955 W 25th Street Chicago, IL 60623

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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Fioretti Reminds Candidates of Mayoral Debates in Letter

Chicago, IL – Bob Fioretti sent the below letter to candidates for Chicago mayor today to remind them of the proposal for five debates. As of today, no one has publicly accepted the idea of multiple debates, nor have they put out their own proposal.

December 29, 2014

Dear Mayoral Candidates:

On December 5, 2014, my campaign for Chicago mayor put out a specific request for five debates to occur before the start of early voting in the February 2015 municipal election. As of this date, we have received no public or private response – positive or negative. I am formally requesting a response to my campaign’s proposal, as follows:

· At least five debates between mayoral candidates that are receiving at least 5% of the vote in public polling

· At least three debates broadcast on television

· At least one debate to take place in the South Side of Chicago and one on the West Side

· One debate dedicated to education

· One debate dedicated to crime

· One debate to be a town hall format with questions coming from the audience and the public

As you can see, these five debates are intended to provide a large section of Chicago an opportunity to hear directly from the candidates. It is vital to the future of this city that we have a robust discussion on the issues, and with that in mind, I propose these debates.

Our campaign has been approached by several organizations planning to host debates and we look forward to scheduling at least these five requested in the lead up to the election.

Please do not hesitate to call my campaign office with your response.

Respectfully,

Bob Fioretti
Contact: Aaron Lorence

alorence@bobfioretti.com (708) 307-9264

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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“Protest to Condemn School Attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, Saturday, December 27, 2014″

CHICAGO, IL [December 27th, 2014]: Chicago Muslim Organization, a grass root group, invites you to attend the event being held in Chicago, IL to condemn the brutal attack by Taliban on an Army run school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar which has left over 140 people, mostly children dead and many injured.

The fatal attack, which occurred in the early hours of December 16th, 2014, sparked an international outrage, as Taliban gunmen walked from class to class in the school shooting 132 students.

The pain and destruction in the city, the killing of young innocent lives has left families torn apart and haunted by the loss of their loved ones. We are requesting your presence to pay tribute to the lives of the innocent children & condemn Taliban and their sympathizers for their brutal act of terrorism.

We are gathering at the corner of Washington St. & Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL, at 1:00 PM on Saturday, December 27th, 2014. We request your presence and coverage of this event.

Ali Hasan (612-730-0000)
Rehan Rizvi (312-823-7515)
Haider Hasan (630-362-4609)

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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Not My Country!

The wife and I have an annual ritual on Christmas morning. It is all for us. Each Christmas, snow or shine, global warming or polar vortex we go for a long walk along the lakefront. The last few years that ultimate destination has been a place adjacent to Montrose harbor called the Magic Hedge, part of the Montrose Point Bird sanctuary it’s a beautiful bit of wilderness almost unknown to most in the city; a stunning dichotomy with one of the most incredible views of the Chicago skyline through woods, brambles and tall grasses. It’s a world apart, a moment, a brief escape from the heartbreak and unending chaos of the city. Getting there is another story indeed.

I met Steve first. He was sitting up, surrounded in blankets against the cold wall beneath Lake Shore Drive’s Lawrence Avenue Bridge. Fifty-two, with neatly cut salt and pepper hair and a well worn brown leather jacket, Steve claimed to be an ex-marine sniper who served in the 1983 invasion of Grenada. Immediately he was up and asking if there was any job I had for him. He wanted me to know that he wasn’t lazy, that he was down on his luck, fighting back after a couple of tough mistakes, but that he still had value and dreams a d something to offer the world. Steve attends church regularly, struggles with alcoholism and says he starts rehab tomorrow. I wasn’t there to judge. I was there for community.

The clouds that morning had broken, still, under the low confines of the bridge, better than 8 lanes wide, and especially this time of year, the commodity of warmth from sunlight comes grudgingly if at all. Heavy arches partly shield the wide walkway beneath the bridge from the roadway. I’ve come this way hundreds of times over the near 30 years I’ve lived in the city. Never have I seen so many people living under the bridge. I might take the all too prevalent convention that there are just too many people looking for a handout, rather I know it to be a darker indication that this society is failing in its own fundamental humanity.

“Merry Christmas, friends and neighbors,” I announced, carrying a box of food-sandwiches, soda, cookies and fruit-after the wife and I decided to forego our walk and then rushed to a local market to buy food. In a wild, production-line efficiency we built simple sub sandwiches of deli meats, cheese. lettuce, tomato and a vinaigrette on a hearty bread. Our neighbor Julia, struggling herself in a sluggish real estate market, chipped in to help. We wrapped the sandwiches, parceled them among two boxes and raced off to deliver a little bit of unexpected Christmas giving.homeless

“I don’t know about the friend part,” said Steve, rising quickly to offer a welcoming handshake.

“Neighbors then,” I replied. “We’ll work on the friends part.”

“Sounds good.”

I chatted with the five or six men living under the bridge for a time, including a little old Hispanic man who spoke little English. He offered me an appreciative hug. At least two were struggling with mental health issues.

“I’m not here to judge anyone,” I said. “I’m here to help a neighbor. I’m not going to give you any advice, tell you to pull yourself up by your boots straps. I am here, because I had something extra to give and I picked you.”

We had a second box that was intended for the folks we’d seen beneath the Wilson Avenue Bridge. When we arrived there were others there delivering gloves, McDonald’s happy meals. We all chatted briefly, coordinating that our efforts would be maximized and then wished one another a merry Christmas.

There are those who would erase government aid to the homeless and those in need. There is a local ex-congressman who opines for a fictional America in which we all took care of each other instead of the government. But that America never existed. There never was a time in this country where churches cared systemically for the homeless, handicapped, disabled, the poor or elderly. Too many elderly died destitute and alone-your personal story of Grandma Betty living in the attic doesn’t matter here. Have we forgotten Hoovervilles, soup and bread lines of the Depression, the dust bowl, ethnic, immigrant and national ghettos, the influenza pandemic of 1918, skidrows and “insane asylums?’

Have we forgotten that no one kept statistics on poverty and mental illness for much of the 20th century? So the rest is all anecdotal and meaningless. Cholera and dysentery epidemics swept through the nation with alarming frequency through the 19th and early 20th centuries, diseases associated with poverty. Without government assistance many families carrying the burden of a handicapped family member were both ostracized by society as well as relegated often to poverty. Likewise, single parents, especially women, ran a significant risk of being locked into a continuous cycle of poverty, with all that comes with poverty and lack of opportunity.

This is not my country. My country is a nation that self examines and corrects its mistakes, rather than doubling down on indifference and selfishness because criticizing America is anti-American and unpatriotic. My country is a country of humanity. It is a nation of Avenues rather than dead ends that allows and helps people find their way back to the avenue in order to continue the journey. My country is a country of forgiveness and dignity, in which it is guaranteed that all people, of all colors, religions and persuasions are indeed equal. In my country freedom is not a privilege to be controlled by a few who measure it by the cash in one’s pocket, real estate holdings or the color of their skin!

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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Fioretti Statement on Pregnancy Discrimination Lawsuit Against the Board of Education

Chicago, IL - The following is a statement from mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti:

In a matter of days we have seen two overwhelming examples of why our school board should be elected.

A millionaire venture capitalist sits on our school board, appointed by our millionaire mayor, and makes decisions that enrich the companies in which she invests. Meanwhile, women who make a working salary to teach our children are being forced to choose between a career and motherhood.

This is an embarrassment and is one more example of why a mayoral appointed school board has failed this city. We should have absolutely no tolerance for sexist practices in any workplace or our school system. These teachers deserve justice now.

Paid for by Friends of Bob Fioretti, 17 East Monroe Street, Suite 211, Chicago, IL 60603. A copy of our report is (or will be) available from the State Board of Elections, Springeld, IL and the Cook County Clerk, Chicago, IL.

Friends of Fioretti
17 East Monroe Street, Suite 211
Chicago IL 60603 United States

Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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Assailing the First Amendment one local statute at a time

Chicago Chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
For Immediate Release: December 23, 2014

Contact: People’s Law Office & NLG Attorney Sarah Gelsomino 773-520-8246
NLG Attorney Molly Armour 773-746-4849

Illinois Appellate Court Reverses Circuit Court Finding of Unconstitutionality in the Occupy Chicago Cases
Court rules Chicago’s park curfew ordinance is constitutional

As protests against police misconduct and racial injustice sweep the nation, a panel of the Illinois Appellate Court Tuesday, December 23, 2014 upheld one of the largest mass arrests in the city’s history.

Occupy Chicago protesters, represented by pro bono attorneys with the National Lawyers Guild of Chicago (NLG), People’s Law Office (PLO), and Durkin & Roberts had won an earlier lower court decision dismissing their 2011 arrests as an unconstitutional violation of their First Amendment rights. The case, City of Chicago v. Tieg Alexander, et al., 1-12-2858, dates back to October of 2011, when approximately 300 activists associated with Occupy Chicago were arrested on two consecutive Saturdays in Grant Park.

Ninety-two of the arrestees challenged their arrests and were victorious in the Circuit Court, which struck down the ordinance used to arrest them. Today a panel of the Illinois Appellate Court overturned that decision, in a rollback of First Amendment rights.

“The policing in these cases illustrates Rahm Emanuel’s shameful corporate agenda, designed to elevate corporate interests and erode the rights of everyday people,” said Sarah Gelsomino, attorney with the People’s Law Office and National Lawyers Guild. “It’s outrageous that the City continues to waste our money on prosecuting activists for a petty curfew violation.”

NLG attorney Molly Armour stated: “Today’s decision strikes a blow to protest movements at the very moment we see how essential they are to the national dialogue and to affecting fundamental social justice. As lower court recognized — public spaces should be reserved for the People and the moments in our history where dissent is essential.”

“The National Lawyers Guild will continue to demand protections for those who challenge injustice,” Gelsomino says. “The fight to protect freedoms of speech and assembly is vital, especially now as protests against racist and oppressive policing sweep the country.”

The NLG continues to support people’s movements in the streets with its Legal Observer™ Program and in the courts defending those arrested. While disappointed in the ruling, the NLG remains steadfast in its commitment to the fights for social, economic, and racial justice.

The National Lawyers Guild was founded in 1937 and is the oldest and largest public interest/human rights bar organization in the United States. Its headquarters are in New York and it has chapters in every state.

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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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Capitalism didn’t give you that, nor did the government.

Thank Gaia that we’ve managed to maintain a historical thread of reality through the last century, however timid and broken it may be. There are answers in the history explored below, a long forgotten history that we’ve been coerced into negating. This whispers to the common sense of the community and the village within us; the inclination that leads one to turn to her/his neighbors for help and information before turning to the the state authorities or the closest blaring talking box—because you still know your neighbors and what they go through. Remember that impulse based on instinct? Capitalism didn’t give you that, nor did the government.

From “An Overview of the Spanish Libertarian Movement

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Fioretti, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, Call For Immediate Shutdown of Red Light, Speed Cameras

MEDIA ADVISORY
December 22, 2014
Contact: Aaron Lorence ALorence@BobFioretti.com | 708-307-9264
Who: Mark Wallace, Director, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, Alderman Bob Fioretti, Mayoral Candidate and Don Bransford, Public Relations Director, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras
What: Press conference calling for immediate shutdown and removal of Chicago’s red light and speed camera program.
When: December 22 at 10:00 am
Where: City Hall, 121 North LaSalle Street, 2nd Floor
After a Chicago Tribune study showed that the City’s red light camera program does not provide the safety benefits promised by the Emanuel administration, Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras, joined by Alderman and Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti, call for an immediate shutdown of the program.
“The Chicago Tribune and Texas A&M study confirms what The Citizens To Abolish Red Light Cameras has been saying for two years,” said Mark Wallace, Director of Citizens to Abolish Red Light Cameras. “The city’s fraudulent red light camera and speed camera policy has nothing to do with safety at all. We don’t have an epidemic of children being struck by cars; we have a problem with children being struck by guns and bullets.”
“These cameras are brought to us by fraud, abuse and an ongoing federal investigation,” said Alderman Bob Fioretti. “You can’t balance the budget by giving away the public trust, and that’s what the Emanuel administration has done with these cameras. The proof is right here in front of us that this system doesn’t work and has been a burden on Chicagoans, and I will continue to work to lift it by eliminating this program.”
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Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
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


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.

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