Dangerous Skies: Breaking News

Revolution and Beer was first to describe the rapidly emerging dangers of unregulated Drone technology in the new book “A Tragic Fate: Politics, Oil, the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the Looming Threats to Civil Aviation,” (http://www.amazon.com/TRAGIC-FATE-Politics-Malaysia-Airlines-ebook/dp/B00RPXWDPK/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1422283768&sr=1-1&keywords=a+tragic+fate&pebp=1422283780943&peasin=B00RPXWDPK). Initial reports describe the discovery Monday morning of a small drone on the White House grounds. Video appears to show a small object crashing into the north lawn of the White House around 3:15 am. It was described as a quad-copter type drone about 2 feet in diameter. President was away on a dimplomatic trip to India at the time.

FOX News’ brett Bayer made light of the discovery of an apparent drone on the grounds of the White House this morning. He was far more interested in Sarah Palin’s ramblings at the so-called “Freedom Summit” of republican millionaires vying for president in 2016 to help other millionaires. Had this alarming breach have happened while a republican president was in office it would have been a call to arms by the media. As it is, an often irresponsible and partisan media will twist the issue to assail any proper and reasonable discussion of comprehensive regulations aimed at protecting the public.

Drone technology represents a revolution in everything from warfare to commerce and movie making, but it also offers unprecedented opportunities for unregulated government abuse, as well as for terrorists and criminals. From voyeuristic violations of privacy and civil liberties to potential violence, legislation is necessary to keep pace with this new and rapidly evolving industry. The FAA currently is struggling to get a handle on the issue, and there are virtually no clear regulations regarding drones in the United States. Just in the last year there have been dozens of reported close calls between commercial airlines and drones. Europe currently has the strongest drone legislation. Even a small drone, like the one found Monday on the White House lawn, could have catastrophic consequences in a collision with a drone.

Given the time and location, the likelihood that this incident was an accident is extremely remote. The White House is a virtual fortress, bounded on one side by federal buildings, and by the National Mall on another. The operator, who has not been named or found at the time of this writing would have likely guided the drone deliberately onto the grounds. Whether that amounts to an act of espionage, terrorism or a terribly misguided prank remains to be seen as officials investigate. However, this represents a significant breach, and highlights both the capabilities and dangers of drone, as well as the need for stronger oversight.

For more on the emerging threat posed by drones, and a look at international laws regarding this technology check out, “A Tragic Fate,” by WC Turck, available now exclusively as an e-book at Amazon.com

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. His new book “Shoot Down: is 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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Climate Criminals

It’s time to treat Climate Deniers as international criminals and issue warrents for their arrest. Start with Rush Limbaugh and James Inhofe. Fracking and oil lobbyists.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/an-arctic-ice-cap%e2%80%99s-shockingly-rapid-slide-into-the-sea/ar-AA8wgqG?ocid=U146DHP

http://blog.heartland.org/2015/01/sen-inhofe-uses-heartland-poster-to-debunk-climate-alarmism/

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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Three Amazing Words

There are three words that bind us around the planet, MAMA, ORGASM and UTOPIA. They are the same in virtually every language. Not even GOD, LOVE or HEAVEN are the same in most languages. Guess which of the two the Left strives to realize and which the Right wants to control.

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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GRAB YOUR ANKLES, ILLINOIS

HERE COMES RAUNER’S FISCAL RELIEF, DETROIT STYLE

Even the so-called Progressive Huffington Post ran the headline. Well, let’s be honest, there is the rightwing media over here. They dominate the field. Then there is the status quo media, like MSNBC and CBS, NBC, WGN and ABC, the networks that just go along to get along, while really serving the Right. Then there is the faux Progressives and so-called liberals; the weak kneed, bend over, we-have-to-fight-for-constructive-dialogue-with-the-Right bunch. They are the ones who turn out to vote but organize protests that are inoffensive and don’t involve jaywalking. In a corner is a small group of truly Leftist, progressive and liberals relying solely on alternative media. Huffington Post is not among this crowd. I digress.

“Illinois’ Budget Deficit is Worse than Expected,” ran the headline. There was no questioning, no scrutiny and no critical analysis of the numbers. The deficit may well be as bad as they say, but then someone had better go to jail, not in a car, but in a fleet of school buses, because there is and has been for years a major conspiracy. I think it’s far more than that. In fact, I believe, and I’ll explain further, why I think this is a Right wing, Rauner supporting, 1% attack on the state of Illinois, and a conspiracy to undermine the city of Chicago Detroit-style.

For those just today revived from a coma over the last several years, the once great city of Detroit is now one of those futuristic hellholes they made bad movies starring Kurt Russell about in the 1980s. Michigan Governor Rick Schneider, corrupt little functionary for the ongoing corporate coup of America and his henchmen, in brilliant chess-like fashion instigated a beheading of Detroit’s duly elected public officials, and replaced them with Republican appointed henchmen. Schneider relied, and still relies that people will for get decades of corporate crafted deals and trade schemes that sucked jobs and erased tax bases from Detroit until teachers, police and water services, to name a few, were unsustainable-then they blamed the crisis on those unions.

That should have been enough with a proper nation to bring millions into the street with Ukraine-style trashing of public buildings and wholesale…disdain…of corrupt and compliant officials, It did not. That speaks volumes about Americans. Schneider and the Right will tell you anything and you’ll probably buy it. That reminds me of a guy I once knew who was skimming money from a football pool. He had a different excuse about what happened to the money for each person who inquired. One guy left, turned around and got an entirely different answer than the first time, and bought that one too.

Rauner, like Schneider in Michigan, Walker in Wisconsin, Kasich in Ohio, and damn near ever state south of Joliet are constructions; Franken-candidates designed to forward a corporate-friendly and profitable agenda. Government doesn’t work; that’s why I want to spend tens of millions to join it!

So how did Illinois’ budget supposedly get so out of whack? A report from the Fiscal Futures Project at the Institute for Government and Politics at the University of Illinois blames pay later accounting and a number of temporary revenue surges. It isn’t a democrat or republican problem. Both are equally responsible. Any of that would land you in jail for fraud, but not if you’re government. It would take far more to sort out accurately the State’s finances, but we can get a picture quickly coming at the issue another way.

Further along in the article and report than journalists got, including the Huff Post people, something interesting appeared. The report says that “…the report assumes the new pension plan pending before the state’s high court will not pass muster. If it is approved, the projected fiscal 2016 deficit would be $1 billion to $1.5 billion less…”

Hammering away at the deficit, if that was what the Rauner government really wanted to do, would be fairly simple. Personally, I would start with $2.3 billion average annual incentives and subsidies to corporations. So already we’ve saved about $3.3-3.8 billion. Last year in a brief conversation with Cook County commissioner Larry Suffredin, he lamented the incredible waste in incarcerating young, first time offenders and non-violent drug offenders. That would save more than a quarter billion, and tipping us across the $4 billion mark for annual savings. That would not include the ancillary windfalls of tax revenue for legal marijuana sales, law enforcement savings and a stronger tax base for people not handicapped by bogus felony charges. Low-bally that figure brings in another $100 million, conservatively.

There is a billion dollars worth of waste just in money shielded under law enforcement and prison. The state also forgives or fails to collect, conveniently, more than a billion dollars annually. All total, with only a quick estimate saves or brings the state better than $6 billion annually. I’m sure there is more waste to cut without strangling the poor or elderly, if that’s what Rauner wanted to do. When protests erupt Madison-style next summer in Chicago and Springfield, remember this article.

Rauner is there to move forward the corporate takeover of the nation. The Midwest, formerly blue states are falling one by one. Rauner should be in jail for his connections to the robocall bandits that disenfranchised and prevented tens of thousands of voters from cast votes in predominantly democrat districts. The key here is, if a single democrat had cast a single fraudulent vote in a corn field outside Quincy it would have been front page and obsessive to the rightwing pundits. Prevent thousands of voting for a democrat and the story disappears completely.

Your state is being stolen, and it’s already halfway gone. The next part is to dismantle Chicago they way the republicans attacked the state. All that is required is for you to remain as gullible, inactive and uninformed. That’s the price of staying home on election day and not demanding a thorough investigation of blantant voter fraud and intimidation. Grab your ankles, Illinois…

http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/budget/Documents/Budget%20Book/FY%202015%20Budget%20Book/FY%202015-2019%20Budget%20Presentation.pdf

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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I have a (White) Dream. #MLK

I’ll say it; I am proposing a ban on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. well, not entirely, just his I have a dream speech. Maybe not forever, but there is a need, at least in the short term, to ban that speech, particularly on the day set aside to honor the memory of the slain civil rights leader, at the very least until Barack Obama is out of office. Don’t get me wrong, I love the speech.

As I’m writing this Democracy Now is playing a newly discovered speech by King in London 1964. In that speech he dispels the emasculated image of a non-violent King spoon fed to the public. He is celebrating the struggles of Nelsen Mandela, then considered here and in Africa as a terrorist. He connects the apartheid struggle quite rightly with the civil rights struggle in the US.

50 years ago this year, King gave is landmark speech, “I have a Dream” speech. Think back to the American media before 2001 and the pivotal events that year. Certainly there was a right wing dominance of the media, but nothing as it exists today. In fact, it is one of the overlooked drivers of culture and politics of the myth of a “free” media. The media was used effectively to steer us into the Iraq invasion to prevent Condoleezza Rice’s “smoking gun in the form of a mushroom cloud.” It drove us into accepting the Patriot Act, mammoth tax cuts for the obscenely wealthy, more than a trillion in subsidies to oil companies in the last 10 years. (Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_subsidies, http://www.worldbank.org/html/fpd/esmap/energy_report2000/ch7.pdf)

To undermine our collective rights the right wing media continues to pit American against American. Where those of us on the Left do indeed our differences, the Right seeks to exploit them. The strategy is to eliminate dissent against the unprecedented assault on the poor and working families of all colors. The civil rights movement was and is the cornerstone for virtually all rights movements in America today. Many of the remaining or unresolved issues of the movement still resonate as powerful rallying cry for everything from immigrant rights, LGBT and government reform efforts. The right sees it rather like fighting a fire: Attack the base as a means of extinguishing the danger that the people might have control of their government and society again. Why else would every effort at reform-not the fake cover story for the wealthy parading as the Tea party-be attacked so ruthlessly?

King’s “I have a Dream” speech is now a bludgeon tool to assail grievances by Blacks on a host of issues, and the right’s sleazy lawyer excuse for justifying racism, profiling and infringement of civil rights. They twist into racist porn his words about we might join hands one day as sisters and brothers, to sow discord with his “beautiful symphony of brotherhood,” and that one day a man(and woman) will be judged for the content of their character rather than the color of their skin. That has been the rallying cry to roll back or discredit the civil rights movement. They distract the country with rants about Al Sharpton, but when did anything Al Sharpton ever did or said affected you or your family? By contrast, the red light and speed cameras, cuts to infrastructure and social safety nets, Social security, the high cost of schools and medical care, lack of properly paying jobs, the Trans pacific Partnership that will eliminate still more jobs never finds its place in public discourse.

The “I have a Dread” speech is no longer about civil rights, instead it has been refashioned by a nakedly partisan and regressive media to mean I have a white dream, and that is simply un-America…

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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“WOMEN AGAINST THE MACHINE,” A NEW VISION FOR CHICAGO

Contact: Rousemary Vega 773-987-5355, Cassie Creswell 716-536-9313, Shannon Carter 312-203-5071

PROGRESSIVE ALDERMANIC CANDIDATES DEFYING CHICAGO POLITICAL ESTABLISHMENT “WOMEN AGAINST THE MACHINE,” CALL FOR NEW VISION FOR OUR CITY

Chicago 1/10 — Stories of struggle, of victories, of heart-pounding excitement in a battle for families and communities. Women running against the Chicago machine know them all.

Take the opportunity to hear about them firsthand as progressive women aldermanic candidates talk about their political fight for a new Chicago that works for ALL city residents.

Sixteen women from across the city are taking on Chicago’s political machine in February’s election, promising to end the “business as usual” policies that serve the city’s wealthy corporate elite at the expense of Chicago workers, students and taxpayers.


WHAT:
16 progressive, independent women aldermanic candidates detail their platform and vision for a new Chicago and a new style of Chicago politics.

WHO: Anne Shaw and Ronda Locke, 1st ward; Stacey Pfingsten, 2nd ward; Tara Baldridge, 8th ward; Sue Sadlowski Garza and Olga Bautista, 10th ward; Maureen Sullivan, 11th ward; Guadalupe Rivera, 16th ward; CM Winters, 21st ward, Juanita Irizarry, 26th ward; Zerlina Smith, 28th ward; Tammie Vinson, 29th ward; Irma Cornier 31st ward; Tara Stamps, 37th ward; Dianne Daleiden, 40th ward; Denice Davis, 46th ward. Moderator, Amara Enyia, former mayoral candidate.

These women all share common goals of winning a democratically-elected school board, redirecting economic development to Chicago’s neighborhoods, reforming the untransparent and unfair TIF system and building a truly new Chicago: a city run for the benefit of all its residents and all its neighborhoods.

“As women in politics, we are constantly fighting the system for ourselves, our families and our communities. Chicago politics has historically been a boys-only club and we’re battling to change it. It’s an amazing fight but one that few experience firsthand. By sharing our stories, we’ll provide deeper understanding about the political machine, the issues, and what it means to be a woman changing a man’s world,” said Maureen Sullivan, candidate in the 11th ward, heart of the Daley political machine for decades.

“Women are vastly underrepresented in politics at every level and here, it’s no different. Out of the 50 wards, only 16 are represented by woman aldermen. Only one woman has been mayor of Chicago. The time has come for change. Chicago can do better!” said Rousemary Vega, an organizer of the event.

With over 140 people attending, admission will be free but registration is recommended.

Register at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-against-the-machine-tickets-15080983628

Visit Women Against The Machine on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/WOMEN-Against-the-Machine/648396258604067

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Help Keep Barbara Conway in her home!

TO: GERALD HASSELL, CEO AND PRESIDENT OF THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON: GERALD HASSELL

Barbara was so happy to have a home and was looking forward to her time in Woodlawn. She expected affordable monthly payments which she would be able to maintain when signing with BNY Mellon. However as time went on, mortgage payments increased and became unaffordable; Barbara discovered she had an adjusted rate mortgage. Monthly mortgage payments began to sky rocket to $2,500.

Barbara fought over the years between filing Chp 13 and 7 bankruptcies, as well as applying for multiple loan modifications. Inconsistent employment exacerbated her ability to stay afloat. More importantly, BNY Mellon has not helped with any negotiation. And on January 15 2013, New York Bank of Mellon Trust filed for foreclosure. This was the first time Mrs. Conway received court papers, in the mail. She attended court on March 18th 2013 stating her case, and then some; Barbara had stated that BNY Mellon had inaccurate claims on missed payments. This was disregarded.

We demand that The Bank of New York Mellon (BNY Mellon) stops pursuing the eviction of Barbara Conway and her family. BNY Mellon- the bank which Barbara did not enter into a mortgage agreement with-denied her the ability to work out a solution to save her home. She lives with her daughter at 6612 S. University. After utilizing numerous different avenues to fight for her home, Barbara and her family still want BNY Mellon to work out a solution which keeps the Conways in their home. They are members of the Woodlawn community and believe that displacing people through foreclosure exacerbates community issues.

Please support Barbara by going to the link below and signing her petition:

http://start2.occupyourhomes.org/petitions/gerald-hassell-stop-trying-to-evict-barbara-conway-and-her-family

Sincerely,

The Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign

To contact the Chicago Anti-Eviciton Campaign, email us at antieviction@gmail.com or call (312) 287-7228

Visit us on the web at chicagoantieviction.org

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Reclaim MLK Day March

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Page May, 802-324-7751, page.organizing@gmail.com
Kelly Hayes, 773-499-0172, kellyhayes81@gmail.com

Reclaim MLK Day March
Thursday, January 15th
6:00 PM Rally ~ Village Leadership Academy
1001 W. Roosevelt Road

Reclaim MLK Day: A Youth of Color Led Rally & March to Reclaim a Leader’s Legacy

Chicago 1/13 — On January 15, 2015, an intergenerational coalition of activists and community members, led by youth of color, will hold a march and rally aimed at reclaiming the radical legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Grade schoolers, high school students, young adults, and longtime activists have collaborated to organize this action. Attendees will gather outside the Village Leadership Academy (VLA), 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd, at 6pm, before marching to the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, at 1100 South Hamilton Avenue, for an artful demonstration and speak out.

Allied organizations and community members will also be be holding a series of daytime solidarity events, which will include both educational workshops and creative direct actions.

Organizers are responding to a national call to action, but this local installment is largely grounded in a youth led effort aimed at centering the struggle of young people of color. The primary vision for this event, including the theme and destination of the march, was developed by students from the Village Leadership Academy, and has been supported by The Chicago Light Brigade, We Charge Genocide, BYP 100, and other allied community organizations.

“When we’re talking about police violence, we’re talking about young people of color,” says organizer Page May. “We asked the Village Leadership Academy students to join us because we were hoping they could help us understand how to organize an event that would be safe and welcoming for younger students. They wound up bringing much more than that to the table. They have the radical, bold vision and analysis we needed for this march. In the span of one meeting, they became the heart, voice, and center of our efforts.”

This youth led coalition’s original plan was to stage a small action in December, but the VLA students soon developed a larger vision. Upon hearing about the national call, Kaleb Autman, a twelve year old student at VLA, and one of the event’s organizers felt strongly about the idea of reclaiming Martin Luther King’s legacy. “The government made this ploy holiday as a pacifier,” says Autman. “This is 2015 and black and brown lives still don’t matter to them.”

While Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday will be officially recognized on the 19th, the youth organizers of this event felt strongly about staging their action on MLK’s actual birthday. “If we want to reclaim his legacy, we need to take it back from the people who sanitized it in the first place,” says organizer Babur Balos.

Speakers at the event will include VLA students, poet Malcolm London, We Charge Genocide organizer Page May, CPD torture survivor Mark Clements, performers Jasmine Barber and David Ellis, and Mariame Kaba.

Organized by a coalition of activists from the following organizations:

Village Leadership Academy
BYP 100
We Charge Genocide
Chicago Light Brigade
Palestinian Youth Collective of Chicago

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/896361027062848

Free-use images of event preparations. Please Credit Kelly Hayes:

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Fioretti Statement on Rahm’s Economic Policy Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 14, 2015
Contact: Aaron Lorence 708-307-9264 | alorence@bobfioretti.com

Chicago, IL - Mayoral candidate Bob Fioretti released the following statement about the mayor’s economic policy release:

While Mayor Emanuel might say he’s trying to make Chicago work for all our communities, his actions in the past four years have created a divided Chicago – one for the rich, and one for everyone else.

Rahm’s track record of privatizing city resources, attempting to pass off our pension problem, and failing our neighborhoods while turning the loop in to a playground for the privileged shows he’s more interested in making Chicago a world class city for campaign donors.

We need good paying jobs and economic development in our communities, strong neighborhood schools, a budget that doesn’t shortchange our civil servants and streets that are safe for all our citizens. We can’t afford another four years that will inevitably ignore the voice of the people in our neighborhoods. ​

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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, Springfield, IL and the Cook County Clerk, Chicago, IL.

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Chicago IL 60603 United States

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Activists at City Hall TOMORROW, JANUARY 15 Demand Hearing for Reparations for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

CONTACT: Mandy Simon, 212-633-4162; asimon@aiusa.org; Shubra Ohri, 773-235-0070, justicememorials@gmail.com

CHICAGO – On January 15, activists from Chicago Torture Justice Memorials (CTJM), Project NIA and Amnesty International USA will hold a sing-in for justice outside of Chicago City Council at 9:00 a.m. as the city’s finance committee meets for the penultimate time before the 2015 elections.

On the anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, people will raise their voices to demand passage of the Reparations Ordinance for Chicago Police Torture Survivors – landmark legislation that has garnered the public support of more than half of the sitting aldermen and the United Nations Committee Against Torture but remains stalled in City Council, pending passage through the finance committee. Activists are demanding that Finance Committee Chair Ed Burke call for a hearing of the legislation in committee, and that Mayor Rahm Emanuel help to pave the way for a prompt public hearing and passage of the ordinance.

The ordinance would provide reparations, as required under international law, to survivors of a brutal legacy of racist police torture under the direction of former Commander Jon Burge. Between 1972 and 1991, Burge and the officers under his command systematically tortured more than 100 people of color on Chicago’s South and West Sides – most of them African American men. The vast majority of the torture survivors were also subjected to verbal abuse where they were repeatedly called racist slurs throughout their interrogations. There is overwhelming evidence that unequivocally demonstrates that the city of Chicago effectively condoned Jon Burge’s use of torture by failing to put an end to the systematic use of torture to extract confessions and/or trying to cover it up.

Decades later, the torture survivors have been denied the reparations they need to heal. The United Nations Committee on Torture (UNCAT) has twice remarked on the Burge torture cases during review of the U.S., first in 2006 and most recently in October 2014. The committee called on the U.S. Government to provide redress by supporting the passage of the reparations ordinance.

“It is only fitting that Chicago advocates are gathered to demand reparations for a legacy of racist police torture on what would have been Dr. King’s 86th birthday,” said Amnesty International USA’s Executive Director Steven W. Hawkins. “Dr. King called for law and order to be utilized to advance justice, rather than to block social progress. It is time that the Chicago authorities heed his words and international law, and to stand on the right side of history.”

Mayor Emanuel has already acknowledged that Chicago has enduring obligations to the survivors of Chicago Police torture, but has expressed reservations about the proposed $20 million of reparations.

“The City of Chicago has already spent more than $20 million to defend Burge – why is he balking at spending the same amount on survivors?” asks Alice Kim of Chicago Justice Torture Memorials. “Empty words and apologies are not enough – it’s time for a break with the past. The trauma wrought by Burge and his men left scars on these survivors and on the city of Chicago that can never be quantified. The Mayor should show his commitment to true progress by immediately paving the way for a prompt public hearing.”

WHAT:
Singers and activists will convene at City Hall before the Finance Committee meeting to demand a hearing on the Burge Torture Reparations Ordinance for those tortured by Chicago Police under the leadership of Burge.

WHEN:
Thursday, January 15, 2015, 9:00 am

WHERE:
City Hall, 2nd Floor

WHO:
Aldermen Joe Moreno and Howard Brookins; Torture Survivors Darrell Cannon, Mark Clements and Anthony Holmes; Ernest Coverson of Amnesty International USA; members of Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project (CTJM) and Project NIA.

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Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning global movement of more than 7 million people in almost every country in the world. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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