For Our Fallen – Memorial and Protest

For Our Fallen: Vigil for Victims of Violence in Chicago & Protest Against Police Brutality

Wednesday, December 17th

6:30 PM ~ Congress Plaza

Congress Pkwy & Michigan Ave

Chicago 12/13 - Each year, The Chicago Light Brigade holds a memorial for victims of violence in Chicago. This year’s event will take place on Wednesday, December 17th at 6:30 PM in Congress Plaza, at the intersection of Congress Pkwy and Michigan Ave. The gathering is not only a vigil for Chicagoans who were killed in 2014, but also a protest of the role police play in maintaining the culture of violence that has taken so many lives in our city.

“There’s a mythology that surrounds police violence,” says Chicago Light Brigade member Kelly Hayes, “glorifying cops who push the limits of the law as beleaguered protectors of the public, when in reality, violent cops are on the streets every day, perpetuating everything they claim to be protecting us from. If we continue to accept this fictional separation between street crime and murders that are legitimized by the state, we’ll never break the cycle.”

“Police make the disposability of black and brown lives a state sanctioned reality,” says Chicago Light Brigade member and teacher Jerica Jurado, who spoke at last year’s vigil. “How do you even explain to a child that their disposability is grounded in case law? We can’t expect young people to thrive in a society where their lives can be taken without consequence, and that’s a reality that hasn’t changed over the course of time, whether we’re talking about a noose or a policeman’s bullet.”

December 17th is the 63rd anniversary of the filing of the original We Charge Genocide petition, presented to the United Nations in 1951, which documented 153 racial killings and other human rights abuses, mostly by the police.

Speakers at the vigil will include members of Chicago’s 2014 We Charge Genocide (WCG) delegation to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (UNCAT). In November, WCG presented a report to UNCAT in Geneva documenting Chicago Police violence. In their concluding observations, UNCAT stated they are “particularly concerned at the reported current police violence in Chicago, especially against African American and Latino young people who are allegedly being consistently profiled, harassed and subjected to excessive force by Chicago Police Department (CPD) officers.”

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/317557701784097

Visuals: As in years past, this event will include a collection of imagery meant to honor those lost. This year it will also include imagery aimed at challenging state sanctioned violence.

The Chicago Light Brigade is a network of community organizers and radical activists who are committed to supporting Chicago’s grass roots struggles with creative tactics, skill sharing, and mutual aid. This year the group is particularly focused on the defense of public education and the deincarceration of our youth.

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Stealing the Climate at COP 20

It really is the picture of true hypocrisy. The statements today by Secretary of State John Kerry at the COP 20 Climate talks in Lima Peru and recent statements by President Obama stand in stark contrast to their actions with regards to fossil fuel. US policy is also connected directly to the crash of a Malaysian jetliner earlier this year over Ukraine. They also show a substantial lack of understanding on how climate change affects current geopolitical issues and how it will drive those issues in the coming tears and decades and beyond. Kerry, in his speech, disconnected them from climate change:

“Measured against the array of global threats that we face today – and there are many – terrorism, extremism, epidemics, poverty, nuclear proliferation – all challenges that know no borders – climate change absolutely ranks up there equal with all of them. And I challenge anyone who has thought about the science or listened – actually listened carefully to national security experts tell us that these dangers are real…”

The fact is, under the current geopolitical climate, driven by rogue capitalism, corporate greed, and short term economic vision most often defined by oil and gas revenues, the specter of climate catastrophe guarantees the expansion of poverty, epidemics and the potential for war. The so called war on ISIS carries a dimension of the climate crisis as fresh water sources around the planet become increasingly imperiled. While both a natural regional route and a historically strategic place, ISIS has sought quite specifically to control the Euphrates Tigris delta, the region’s preeminent source of water.

COP20, a politicized and coopted event favoring big oil propagandists over true climate science and climate activists served to highlight, along with Kerry’s statements the insincerity and lack of determination by world leaders. More from Kerry:

“The science of climate change is science, and it is screaming at us, warning us, compelling us – hopefully – to act. Ninety-seven percent of peer- reviewed climate studies have confirmed that climate change is happening and that human activity is responsible. And I’ve been involved, as many of you have, in public policy debates for a long time. It’s pretty rare to get a simple majority or a supermajority of studies to say the same thing, but 97 percent over 20-plus years – that is a dramatic statement of fact that no one of good conscience or good faith should be able to ignore. …And they agree that if we continue down the same path that we are on today, the world as we know it will change profoundly and it will change dramatically for the worse.”

Meanwhile, Kerry’s stalwart rhetoric does not reflect his actions and the actions of the administration. President Obama and democrats sent very mixed signals and teetered towards approval of the XL Keystone pipeline in a bid to help Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu’s failing election runoff earlier this month. Landrieu was in favor of Keystone. Kerry remains silent on Keystone ahead of his recommendation regarding the future of the pipeline. Indeed, even after the ultimate political demise of Mary Landrieu, and after alienating a great many progressives over Keystone and the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement, which would be catastrophic for the climate, the Obama administration continues to flip flop on climate issues.

The worst part, is that the Administration’s political gaming, weighed quite transparently by oil and gas interests is causing lives that can be directly attributed to climate issues and the global race for every last drop, tar sand or to squeeze that dark liquid from rocks. In July, 300 people died when a commercial airliner was shot down over Ukraine. That war is quite literally a fight between the US and Russia over vast oil and gas reserves, with the US posturing towards reserves in the north, while Russia struggles for reserves in Crimea and the Black Sea. Caught in the crossfire was Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, downed in a case of mistaken identity by pro-Russian rebels.

Despite blustering, the Administration’s fingerprints are on that war crime equally with Putin’s. The children of both Vice President Joe Biden and John Kerry are directly involved with Burisma, Ukraine’s largest oil and gas concern. Hunter Biden and Christopher Heinz, Kerry’s stepson, regardless of denials carry the weight of the US government. In June 2014 Hunter Biden, sporting an American flag lapel pin attended the inauguration of Petro Poroshenko as Ukraine’s new president, telling the new leader, a billionaire and businessman that “there is a window for peace and you know as well as anyone that it will not stay open indefinitely … America is with you.”

But America is not with Ukraine in a blood for oil folly. Kerry and the administration must hear the words they so eloquently pander, like stage dressing for the poison of fossil fuels were are being fed. They must hear those words and change them into action, even though it may already be too late to prevent the head on collision between humanity and global climate change. No longer are we talking about prevention, but rather about survival. A decade or two ago we might have used action to mitigate the catastrophe, now we need it in order to exist.

Read the full transcript of Kerry’s speech here http://tomnelson.blogspot.com/2014/12/kerrys-cop20-speech-was-packed-with.html

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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Trauma center activists to gather at Obama’s house: “UofC doesn’t recognize that #BlackLivesMatter, shouldn’t host Obama library”

What: Trauma center activists press conference and letter deliver to Obamas’ Kenwood home

Where and when: 12 pm (noon) at E Hyde Park (51st St) and S Greenwood, Thursday Dec. 11th

Who: Trauma center community and student activists including youth organizers, mothers, clergy, college and high school students

Chicago, IL – Tomorrow, December 11th, the deadline for candidates to submit their final proposals to host Barack Obama’s presidential library, trauma center activists from across the South Side will gather at the Obamas’ Kenwood home to deliver a public letter calling on the president and Michelle Obama not to place the library at the University of Chicago until the elite institution commits to bringing trauma care for adults to the South Side.

Veronica Morris-Moore, Woodlawn youth organizer and leader of the trauma center campaign, explained that the decision to reach out to Obama is situated within the growing #BlackLivesMatter movement for racial justice following events in Ferguson, MO and New York City. “This came at a time when we’re really engulfed in this whole moment the country is having around black life and anti-blackness, and what that means and looks like,” she explained.

The letter delivery calling on the Obamas to ask the University to open an adult level one trauma center before they place the library at the institution comes just two days after the University of Chicago Medical Center announced it would raise the age of its pediatric trauma center to 18 years, a long time intermediate demand of trauma center activists. While organizers said they were “thrilled” at the victory, they also emphasized that it did not go nearly far enough.

“This campaign has always been about making sure that everyone on the South Side has access to trauma care,” explained Morris-Moore. In the University’s press release, UCMC President and CEO Sharon O’Keefe claimed that the move “underscores our commitment to continually meet the needs of children in our South Side community.” But, activists say, it is not only children in need of trauma care. “While we wholeheartedly see this as a victory for black people on the South Side of Chicago, especially black youth,” Morris-Moore elaborated, “it still leaves a lot of people out, and shows that the UofC picks and chooses which black lives it thinks matter.”

Activists note that many pediatric trauma centers in Illinois and across the country treat patients well above the age of 18 as well as that gun violence disproportionately affects youth ages 16-24. Given this, trauma center activists are making two concrete demands: first, that the UCMC change raise the age of its trauma center to 24 instead of 18, and second, that UCMC President Sharon O’Keefe and Dean Kenneth Polonsky immediately agree to meet with campaign organizers to discuss bringing full adult trauma care to the South Side.

If the University of Chicago leadership does not respond to these demands, organizers are calling on President Obama to intervene by telling the University he will not place his library at its campus unless it takes further immediate steps to providing trauma care for all South Siders.

The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Woodlawn youth leader Damian Turner, and is led by the Woodlawn-based Fearless Leading by the Youth, along with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Students for Health Equity at the UofC, National Nurses United and many faith groups including the United Church of Christ. The call for trauma care is also supported by new research by Dr. Marie Crandall of Northwestern Hospital on “Trauma Deserts” which shows that longer travel times to a trauma center increase the likelihood of dying.

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Recent stories on the trauma center campaign:

“UofC Wants to Raise Age Limit at Pediatric Trauma Center,” The Chicago Sun-Times

“UofC Aims to Expand Treatment at Children’s Trauma Center,” The Chicago Tribune

“Trauma center protesters target U. of C. capital campaign,” The Chicago Maroon

“Chicago Faith Leaders Sing, Pray For A South Side Trauma Center ,” Progress Illinois

“Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center,” Hyde Park Herald

“South Side Hospital Patients Caught in Trauma Deserts,” (Feature Story), Chicago Tribune

“University of Chicago Alumni: No Donations Until Trauma Center Opened,” Progress Illinois

“Chicago needs help, not Obama Library,” LZ Granderson, CNN.com

“Activists protest university’s bid for Obama Library,” USA Today

“Why This Hospital Turned a 18-Year Old Away After He Was Shot,” The Huffington Post

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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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Quitting Christmas. It’s not you, baby Jesus, it’s me.

I found myself in the middle of events following the September 11th attacks in 2001. My first reaction was to reach out to Muslim friends and neighbors and reaffirm those relationships. The other thing the wife and I did-mostly me-was to collect Santa dolls. The effort was to fill our house with joy and joyous imagery. It was a bittersweet Christmas, given all that had happened. American troops were in Afghanistan seemingly on the hunt for bin Laden. There were the usual complaints about too much commercialism for the holiday. Oh what I would give to have those days back.

If the commercialism of the holiday season was outrageous in 2001, in 2014 it has grown to perversely disgusting levels. In 2001 no retail businesses considered opening on Thanksgiving, now, with friends and family in retail, there is abject terror at the growing specter of Thanksgiving Day Shopping. Incidentally, this year, retail chains that opened on Thanksgiving were also 4 times more likely to be members of ALEC, the Koch brother’s Franken-capitalism, American Legislative Exchange Council; a pro-corporate, stealthily anti-family and anti-American-in my opinion-criminal enterprise.

Re now strangled by a season not of peace and love, but of meanness, selfishness and spite, in which nasty, petty little people who berate others about the use of the words “Happy Holidays.” A store clerk the other day actually, and meanly, corrected my friendly and unassuming salutation of “happy Holidays,” respecting that she might celebrate Yule, Christmas, Kwanza, , that she might be Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or whatever. Instead, what was an innocent and friendly greeting was corrected with a sneering and bitter response, “Christmas. It’s Christmas not Happy Holidays!”

Am I bad that I hoped that when she stood beneath the missiletoe, that it was a real missile?

Did you know that those retailers no longer even refer to Thanksgiving anymore. Increasingly it is called Gray Thursday, erasing any pretense of that non-commercial family day.

There is no Christmas anymore. Santa Claus is merely an employee of greedy corporate marketing departments. Test that by making a Christmas gift for a relative instead of buying something, and watch their expression. We no longer focus on the message of Jesus, and love and family and peace. Instead we pander to the cult of Jesus, which we use to justify war, or use as the political fetal football in the fictitious war on Christmas. I use to grown that every radio station was wall to wall Christmas music all day on the holiday. Now it’s just another day, but with reruns of political talk shows. On television there will be a basketball or football game.

Christmas will be just a day to catch your breath between frantic sojourns to the mall. Most will be zombie-eyed after their morning greed-fest anticipating a fresh run to the malls to buy more and more crap they don’t need. And those who would exhort their fellow man, as some sort of modern day Scrooge, to eschew commercialism for redrawing the ties between friends and brethren, they will incur the disdain and belligerence of a nation hypnotized and fixated upon consumerism.

And so I quit. I want no part of it. 51 years of Christmas and hoping humanity would find its better heart. You will not get a 52nd year celebrating the bastardization of a day that is no longer the focal point of the day, but instead the guilt excuse for Gray Thursday, Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Super Saturday and the day after Christmas. Hmm, maybe Ebenezer Scrooge had it right all along. Maybe it is just another work day. At least he was working, rather than at the mall. So long Christmas, I’m tired of mean people, at least for a while you were fun…

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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Holiday Gift Donations Collected for Incarcerated Moms to Give to their Kids Exceeds Thirteen Hundred

Contact: Holly Krig, 630-258-8552
Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration;
Alexis Mansfield, 312-738-2452 x 448,
Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers/Cabrini Green Legal Aid

“ I was once an incarcerated mother, and I can remember taking part in the toys for tots. My children would get a gift as if it came from me. Although the gift didn’t make up for me not being there, it made Christmas a little easier for my children”–Colette Payne

Chicago, IL. The Illinois Department of of Corrections estimates that 80-85% of incarcerated women are mothers of minor children; national figures estimate that figure at 51% for men. That means a whole lot of children will either visit their moms in prison over the holidays, or not see them at all. This year three groups came together to gather 400 gifts so that moms in Logan Prison in Lincoln, IL would have presents to surprise their kids with when they visit. Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, the Visible Voices support group of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)/Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ Connections began contacting friends and colleagues. As word spread to communities around Chicago and beyond, donations quickly grew and the goal expanded to include the mothers of Decatur Prison, Division 17 of Cook County Jail, and transitional facilities in Aurora and Chicago. Currently the groups have received more than 1,300 donated gifts. With an average price of $15 per gift, that’s nearly $19,000 worth of gifts donated in just over 3 weeks.

In addition to creating an opportunity for incarcerated moms to share gifts directly with their children, and supporting a critical bond fraught by the trauma of separation, the organizers hope to raise the visibility of the largest group of people disappeared within America, the millions of people in jails and prisons in the US. Women suffer the fastest growing rate of incarceration, with an increase of 646% in just 30 years. Among them, Black women are disproportionately affected, and given current rates, the lifetime likelihood of incarceration for Black women is 1 in 19. Too many children live each day with the added trauma and insecurity of having their parents locked away from them. The goal, therefore, is also about working together to support community-based alternatives to mass incarceration, and to interrupt a systemic crisis that greatly increases the likelihood of incarceration for juveniles.

Most of the gifts have already been delivered directly to the facilities through the wish list. Donations for local facilities will still be collected this Saturday at a holiday party. At this free event, attendees will hear from formerly incarcerated moms, wrap gifts and do holiday-themed craft activities with kids. Moms United, Visible Voices/CGLA, and LSSI would like to thank everyone who has donated, shared the list, and who has committed to work in solidarity with incarcerated mothers everywhere.

What: Holiday Party in Solidarity with Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Moms
When: Saturday, December 13th, 2-5pm
Where: UE Hall, 37 S Ashland, Chicago IL
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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UofC to raise age of pediatric trauma unit Trauma center activists announce decision as ‘first step to South Side adult trauma care.’

What: Press conference to announce increased trauma care for South Side
Where and when: 12 pm (noon) at 58th and Maryland, Tuesday Dec. 9th
Who: UofC doctors and med students in support of a trauma center; trauma center community and student activists including youth organizers, mothers, clergy, college and high school students


Chicago, IL — Trauma center activists from across the South Side and the University of Chicago will announce a recent concession from the University of Chicago Medical Center to provide coverage for trauma patients up to 18 years of age. Activists, including UCMC doctors and medical students along with community organizers, mothers, clergy and student activists, will hold a press conference on Tuesday, December 9th at noon outside the main UCMC hospital at 58th and S. Maryland to announce the decision and explain how it affects the ongoing campaign to bring a trauma center to the South Side.

The University of Chicago currently treats pediatric trauma patients up to 15 years of age, and activists have long asked for a raise in age limit as an interim measure to providing full trauma care for adults on the South Side. “The trauma center desert on Chicago’s southside is both unjust and a significant public health problem,” explained UofC ICU physician Dr. Philip Verhoef, “Such an expansion is an exciting opportunity for the U of C to further its mission of improving health and access to quality care on the South Side of Chicago.”

In the past, UofC officials, including hospital Dean Kenneth Polonsky, have claimed that they would not raise the age of their pediatric trauma unit above 15 years because they are bound by Illinois Department of Public Health regulations which define “pediatric patient” as 15 years and under. However, in a public letter to the Trauma Care Coalition, IDPH Director LaMar Hasbrouck wrote that, “if an Illinois Designated Pediatric Trauma Center sought to voluntarily increase the age of Trauma Patients for whom it would provide trauma care, the EMS administrative code would not restrict the upper age limit of a pediatric trauma center at 15 years.”

Woodlawn youth organizer and trauma center campaign leader Veronica Morris-Moore called the announcement a “huge victory. It’s a clear sign we are moving forward.” But, she explained, the fight for adequate trauma care on the South Side is far from over: “We will continue with our efforts to get the University of Chicago to assist in providing an adult level 1 trauma center on the South Side.”

The announcement comes three weeks after over 150 students and community members disrupted the gala launch of the UofC’s $4.5-billion capital campaign in Hyde Park and just one week before the University will submit its proposal to host Barack Obama’s presidential library in Hyde Park. Trauma center activists and supporters have been consistently demanding that the UofC not be selected to host the library until they commit to opening a trauma center.

The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Woodlawn youth leader Damian Turner, and is led by the Woodlawn-based Fearless Leading by the Youth, along with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Students for Health Equity at the UofC, National Nurses United and many faith groups including the United Church of Christ. The call for trauma care is also supported by new research by Dr. Marie Crandall of Northwestern Hospital on “Trauma Deserts” which shows that longer travel times to a trauma center increase the likelihood of dying.

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Recent stories on the trauma center campaign:
“Trauma center protesters target U. of C. capital campaign,” The Chicago Tribune
“Chicago Faith Leaders Sing, Pray For A South Side Trauma Center ,” Progress Illinois
“Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center,” Hyde Park Herald
“South Side Hospital Patients Caught in Trauma Deserts,” (Feature Story), Chicago Tribune
“University of Chicago Alumni: No Donations Until Trauma Center Opened,” Progress Illinois
“Chicago needs help, not Obama Library,” LZ Granderson, CNN.com
“Activists protest university’s bid for Obama Library,” USA Today
“Why This Hospital Turned a 18-Year Old Away After He Was Shot,” The Huffington Post

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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Thanks Joe Fedorko, So Long Mary Landrieu

I’m not shedding any tears for Louisiana now Ex-senator Mary Landrieu. She lost in a landslide victory to Reopublican Bill Cassidy. Not that it makes much difference, except in the bi-polar party ping pong politics of Washington. She favored fast track for TPP and favored passing the XL Keystone pipeline. She was a panderer and a fraud and very definitely a rightwinger who merely hung her hat on the D peg rather than the R peg. Not that it would have mattered.

But when push came to shove earlier this year as Dems sought to drive voter turn out in key races, it wasn’t that they lost to republicans. Democrats lost to themselves. The republicans were just smart enough to pander to their psycho base and then slip amid the void left by incompetent, inept and corrupt dem candidates and to take advantage of whiny leftie voters who say a lot but don’t do a lot-like vote. (A request: if you are building a better world 99%ers do it already. Burn it all down and do it! I can take calamity and chaos for that better world, but you never get to it, you just drag us all through rivers of crap when you don’t vote to keep the worst of the bad choices out! It’s been 5 decades of your utopia dreams and posturing, and so far you haven’t done dick but look moody and eternally put upon.)

Recently a friend, Joe Fedorko, producer of the political improv group Democracy Burlesque, shared a piece about reforms in the Democratic party. “No reforms,” went the slogan, pertaining to what Fedorko believes should be a general refusal for any retreat from Obamacare, or ACA. Fedorko found a good deal for health insurance with the ACA and has been a proponent. Like many of us on the Left, he feels, as I do, that it doesn’t go far enough. My issue with the ACA is that I believe it to be a corporate giveaway in sheep’s clothing, but that’s a different article.

Voter turnout across the country, as well as Louisiana was low, and that lower turnout did not favor the dems. But what the issue with ACA shows is something far more perilous not just to the party but to the Left in general. The democrats do not have the confidence of the people. Voters do not trust them. They waffle, negotiate and retreat on issues important to progressives, true democrats and Liberals; the environment, Single payer insurance, stopping TPP, reforming the banks, hammering corporations that exploit slave labor overseas and suck manufacturing from this country, the poor and keeping the greedy rich from getting access to our social security. While LGBTQ rights and immigration are important, those issues are akin to swatting at flies while being stung by a swarm of wasps.

An example of weak-kneed pathetic democrat equivocators? Chuck Schumer said that the dems blew it by voting for the ACA. Years ago a friend was relating how he got robbed and carjacked by actually giving the keys to the robber rather than running, throwing the keys or fighting back. Schumer and other dems are that guy; no balls. They do stand for anything and will negotiate anything. The right on the other hand never retreats. They attack and push and attack some more. And the same goes for the so-called progressive media, which is either comprised of snooty elitists(The era of the nerd is really over) like Chris Hayes, pushovers like Thom Hartman, or ass clowns like Stephanie Miller or rightwingers in lefty clothing, like the FOX leftists.

Our ideas are better, but were are perceived as a party of brats running in the street or of wimps. Now it is this sort of alpha male tribalism. Fed by a corporate media that still reaches far more Americans than facebook, Leftie blogs and twitter combined, frightened and disillusioned and seriously ill-informed and over entertained Americans are turning to the loudest, most boisterous chimps in the trees, the ones hording all the bananas and flinging their crap the farthest, as opposed to the monkeys who just want to get along. That’s fine if you’re sitting down to tea, but not when you’re in a back alley fight. Stand for something dems, because in the alternate, you are getting your ass handed to you!


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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SOUTHEAST SIDERS RALLY AT THOMPSON CENTER MONDAY MORNING TO CALL FOR PETCOKE PROTECTION

HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE DELIVERING LETTERS TO MAYOR, CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side have been battling facilities piling waste from the nearby BP Whiting Refinery close to their homes, schools and parks for more than a year. Though the City has taken action on the issue, residents remain concerned about pollution emanating from the facilities and are calling for a rejection of variance requests that would allow petcoke facilities to avoid compliance with City rules for years, if ever.

WHO:
The Southeast Environmental Task Force, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, National Nurses United, Reclaim Chicago and the Natural Resources Defense Council are bringing neighbors to the Loop to deliver letters to public officials calling on them to force KCBX, a Koch-brothers owned company, to enclose their petcoke piles as required by City law, or close.

WHEN:
MONDAY, December 8 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
James R. Thompson Center, 100 E. Randolph in Chicago. Press conference and press availability to be held outside on the south side of the building.

Contact:
Olga Bautista, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, 773-712-4956
Sheilah Garland, National Nurses United, 312-255-5219

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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Free Money from Revolution and Beer

Okay, so I’ve been listening to all this about Ferguson and Eric garner. Regular readers and listeners know my views. I won’t rehash them here. They also know I’m a numbers guy and we have torn up every rightwing and corporatist argument using their own numbers to prove their corrupt perspectives and motives. The other thing about numbers, and this comes from years doing logistics in the commercial sector for two major airlines; a clear understanding of those numbers will help you pull sense out of the confusion of facts. Efficiency! Isn’t it all about efficiency?

So when I heard that President Obama was directing $263 million for cameras and sensitivity training for cops I had to wonder. Is that the most efficient way to solve the problem? Hmm. Let’s see.

According to the United States Census, as of 2010, of almost309 million people in the US, 38.9 of them w ere-and still are-Black. Likewise there are about 28 million Hispanics, 3 million indigenous, who are being really patient and generous with all of us non-natives, that is everyone who arrived within the last 400 years. There are almost 15 million Asians, but for some reason, except for a crazy old neighbor who didn’t go to Vietnam but listens to Rush Limbaugh and wears camouflage pants to work, nobody seems to bother the Asians much. So, for giggles, since this country really has a problem with all brown and Black people, lets combine those folks-except the Asians- which brings us to about 70 million.

Now, the problem seems to be respect and neglect. Part of the respect issue is that black and brown folks are disproportionately poor. The other part is that they live in bad neighborhoods. A major cause of that is neglect. Houses on the south and west side of Chicago, half of Detroit and the part of New Orleans hammered by Katrina more than a decade ago remain abandoned. These minority neighborhoods are poor. Folks don’t have money for good schools, repairs, paying off mortgages, beautification, starting businesses, a strong tax base and investment.

You know who gets respect? Those annoying prozac laced moms who married a lawyer or hedge fund manager then slow down rush hour traffic for working stiffs while they dump the brat off at daycare and trundle off to Starbucks as they enjoy another lazy day. I know, I know…the hardest job in the world. Maybe for a working class mom, but not if your kid’s parental surrogate is referred to as an “au Paire.” They have a couple of appletinis in the afternoon with the girls and then berate the cop pulling them over with pearls of egalitarianism like “don’t you know who my husband is,” and “My husband makes your annual salary in a half hour!” If they get the ticket, they can afford a lawyer to get it dropped or expunged from their record. They don’t worry about politeness, and in white affluent neighborhoods the cops are always as sweet as peach pie.

So, what I propose for the most efficient and productive use of that $263 million is not that we waste it on sensitivity training and cameras. Cameras didn’t help Eric Garner. Instead, split that money among those 70 million minorities. Yep. That comes to a neat $3.76 for every Black, Hispanic and First Nation person in America. Toss in Undocumented folks and it’s still a cool $2.6 million.

Crazy, you say? With that money folks could afford to move, or fix up the neighborhoods they live in. They would start businesses and create a tax base to sustain schools, libraries and community centers for a generation or more. Gang crime and drug trafficking would collapse. Shooting deaths would virtually cease. Police in these neo-affluent communities would have to show respect. Parks would flourish, incarceration would plummet, if only because now poor folks could afford a decent attorney-which is what keeps white folks from overcrowding prisons. Banks would be happy. Imagine Engelwood with sidewalk cafes in the evening and folks strolling along bright vibrant business districts.

All I ask is one simple thing. Remember, my Black, Hispanic and First Nation brothers and sisters who came up with the idea. I think a 1% finders fee is fair…

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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Tim Meegan, Ward 33; How to Challenge an Incumbunt

This segment of Tim Meegan’s speech at a fundraiser last night does an excellent job of outlining the basic challenges of having a city government run by patronage, dynasty, and nepotism. The event took place at Revolution Brewing’s North Kedzie tap room in Chicago. Tim’s running an amazing campaign and was recently approved to appear on the ballot in this upcoming city election. In addition, the “Elected School Board” ballot question also passed and will appear on the ballot.

Check out our full interview with Tim Meegan to hear a lot more about his thoughts and concerns as a father, a high school teacher (talk about front lines!), and an engaged member of his community.

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