Reparations Not Black Sites-Runoff Rally

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Contact: Kelly Hayes, 773-499-0172, kellyhayes81@gmail.com
Page May, 802-232-7751, page.organizing@gmail.com

Mon, March 2 – Runoff Rally
6PM ~ Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington

Mon 3/2: Reparations Not Black Sites — Rally for the Runoff!

Chicago 2/27 — On election day, this city sent a message. The most marginalized members of our communities are suffering because of shuttered schools, closed clinics and unchecked police violence. On Monday, May 2, Chicagoans will gather at 6PM in Daley Plaza to echo the message that was sent by Tuesday’s election results – Chicago has had enough, and this city will hold its leaders accountable!

Mayor Emanuel has long been dismissive of police violence, refusing to support the reparations ordinance for survivors of Chicago Police torture and allowing violent cops to remain on the street. The recent revelation of a black site interrogation and detention center in Chicago only adds insult to injury. This mayor faced stiff opposition to his polices in the months and weeks leading up to election day and the results make the will of the people clear: we will not tolerate business as usual.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel must answer for his indifference, say community organizers. “The cycle of brutality must be broken. The education component of the reparations ordinance will force the real history of the Burge torture cases into our public schools,” says Kelly Hayes. “The reparations ordinance will provide care and compensation to those tortured under former CPD Commander Jon Burge. This is how real change begins: with truth and accountability.”

Jon Burge began his parole on February 13, 2015, and will collect a city pension. The city spent $20 million dollars defending him — a torturer who’s retirement will be funded by Chicago taxpayers. Yet most of his victims go uncompensated.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel never answered the cry of survivors of police torture by actively support passage of the reparations ordinance. His record on police crime could have been much different. This rally is being organized to remind the mayor and every politician who has a stake in this runoff that they are answerable to the people.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577913122454903


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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BP Whiting Refinery 3rd Major Incident this Week

Chicago 2/27 – While more than half of BP Whiting’s workforce remain on strike over safety issues and shifts that last up to 24 hours at the BP Whiting refinery, 3 major incidents have occurred at the plant this week, calling into question whether BP is putting profits over the safety of the community and it’s workers.

At least 8 major incidents have occurred at the plant since the refinery underwent it’s $4 billion expansion to focus its production on heavy tar sands crude from Alberta, Canada. Unlike light crude, tar sands oil is a far more difficult and dangerous oil to process, and as evidenced by the Kalamazoo River tar sands disaster, cannot be cleaned up from water.

Less than a year after the renovation project came online, BP Whiting spilled up to 1638 gallons of tar sands oil mixed with conventional crude into Lake Michigan. After the spill, seven additional major incidents have been reported including chemical releases, explosions, fires, and a major blast that was felt as far as Griffith, Indiana. Workers have informally reported that they felt rushed at the end of the construction project, and that safety measures have been short-cut.

The latest round of mishaps, 3 so far this week, are leading to community concern that these are symptoms of a systemic problem at the plant, and that the problems will only get worse.

On Monday a massive flare-up lit up the sky due to a “compressor problem.”

On Wednesday a leak was caused by a breakdown of a crude distillation unit that processes up to 110,000 barrels of oil. It remains unreported precisely what leaked, how much leaked and where it leaked to. The NWI Times reports,

Picketing USW workers said they heard evacuation sirens going off at the refinery at around 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. A fire truck drove to Pipestill 11C, where refinery firefighters laid down absorbent boom. Striking workers said the vapor that was likely leaking was dangerous and could ignite. Union members said a massive flare-up early Monday morning and the pipe still malfunction Wednesday morning showed that replacement workers could not safely operate the refinery in their absence.

On Thursday morning another massive flare-up soared hundreds of feet into the air. A video of the flare can be seen here.

It appears that abnormal flaring continues since the latest incident. A resident from the Southeast side of Chicago who was on his roof this morning (Friday) reported on social media, “I can see the orange glow from here…I would get out of Whiting…ASAP.” He stated that it was not the normal flaring from the plant.

“BP has a long history of putting profits before safety,” Debra Michaud of the environmental group Tar Sands Free Midwest stated. “They continue to fight payouts over their devastation in the Gulf after the Deepwater Horizon spill. How can workers who are forced to work for 12-24 hour shifts not make errors? Three major incidents in a week, and 8 in less than a year, should be warning enough that the refinery is putting the community and its workers in great peril.”

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I am Afraid to Write This

I should not be afraid to write about anything in the United States. I have never been afraid before to write of anything in this country. I was less afraid to talk about atrocities committed by Serbs in Belgrade during the Miloshevich regime. I was less afraid at interviewing someone connected with Islamic terrorism, who had been part a plot to assassinate a foreign official and who possible was part of the plot to bomb the pope in the 1990s. I am afraid my fellow Americans, Chicago neighbors who wear a badge will retaliate against my family or neighbors. America you have turned a dark and terrible corner.

On Google Maps, the innocuous looking red brick warehouse at 1011South Homan, just off the Eisenhower Expressway, between Kedzie and Central is listed as “Chicago Police Department Prostitution.” I could make a joke about the law enforcement apparatus in this nation has prostituted itself to power and money interests. I could say that I am reminded that they have become Kapos, the Jewish guards within concentration camps who ultimately oversaw their own demise as well. Too harsh? Revelations that Chicago has operated a black prison site, where torture is reported to have occurred should be national headlines. Locally, a co-opted and corporatized Press has all but dismissed the story. Interesting that when this story came out it was eclipsed by a sensational and likely erroneous report about terrorists threats to shopping malls.

In fact, that local Press, like Tribune columnist and WLS morning host’s John Kass and former news reporter Lauren Cohn seemed to support the use of torture and the flagrant violation of constitutionally protected civil liberties. Speak with an attorney on their program, Wednesday, Kass was flippant about allegations and witness testimony regarding the site, in which at least one detainee died, remarking that “if you through a Molotov cocktail or even talk about it to an undercover police officer, bad things are gonna happen.”

Kass was referring to the so-called NATO 5, arrested during a controversial raid and accused of plotting to make Molotov cocktails during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. There were clear issues of entrapment and incitement by undercover police officers. The trials were held in virtual secret, with witnesses harassed and in some cases banned arbitrarily from the proceedings. All of them were processed, or “disappeared” through the Homan facility. Analysts believe that the trials were kept at a local level, initial charges of terrorism dropped, to avoid scrutiny of civil liberties violations. Two of the five were later released without charge. Brian Church was released in November 2014, calling into question the seriousness of the charges alleged by the police..

‘You’re going to get a tour of hell inside Homan’

Victoria Suter, a protester at the massive anti-NATO summit protest was apparently targeted as an organizer within the protest. She was arrested, and after hours of interrogation, and many more hours of detention without the benefit of a phone call, an attorney, availability to use the bathroom or even to have charges filed. Suter was released later the next day without any charges being filed.

“The stark difference between Homan and a county jail or a precinct that has holding cells or any other concept of a common jail that most Americans have is that you have no rights at Homan,” Suter told the Guardian.

The co-called Miranda Warning, or Miranda Rights are basic constitutional rights afforded pursuant to the bill of rights, and the amendments, specifically the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments to the constitution with regards to an attorney, self incrimination, search and seizure, and to have their attorney present. The Miranda Warning has been upheld by the Supreme Court on numerous occasions, Vic Suter held for more than 18 hours without being charged and without being afforded. The Supreme Court decided in 1984 that police must, regardless of the severity or nature of a charge, be afforded their Miranda Rights. Law enforcement and the government continues assail those rights which state:

1. they have the right to remain silent;
2. anything the suspect does say can and may be used against them in a court of law;
3. they have the right to have an attorney present before and during the questioning; and
4. they have the right, if they cannot afford the services of an attorney, to have one appointed, at public expense and without cost to them, to represent them before and during the questioning.

The Chicago Police Department, which clearly violated those rights responded to the Guardian, who broke the story by saying that it “abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other CPD facility. If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them.”

However, attorneys and detainees all report that the later is absolutely not the case. Attorneys are often turned away, or told their clients are not there, when in fact it later turns out that they were. Moreover, this speaks to a systemic abuse that may lead to the mayor’s office. Mayor Emmanuel routinely used the CPD as a bludgeon tool against dissent, u sing heavy-handed tactics against the Occupy Movement, NATO protesters, teachers and the teacher’s union and anti-ALEC protesters. ALEC, or the American legislative Exchange Council is a Koch Brothers driven effort by corporations to create, write and pass pro-corporate legislation. In 2013 ALEC’s annual summit was held in Chicago. Despite the peaceful nature of the protests video shows the police instigated violence which then became the news story as opposed to the substance behind the protests.

The police have never in the history of the Republic ever questioned or refused to enforce laws in clear violations of universal human rights, moral decency or that benefits the powerful or wealthy. The United States and other nations refused to allow German camp guards or Japanese soldiers the defense that they were simply following orders. Many of them were executed or sentenced to life in prison. Rush Limbaugh and others, however, respond that police do not make laws, but only enforce them. Limbaugh was referring to police who enforced slavery.

Ultimately it illuminates a moment in which the systematic erosion of law and civil liberties by law enforcement can no longer be ignored. That law enforcement should have such disdain and callous disregard for civil liberties, while nothing is done to hold the wealthy and powerful accountable, such as HSBC bank officials supporting terrorists, Al Qeada and drug cartels, shows the danger they now pose to all Americans. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until white people were subjected to “Hell at Homan” that the anyone took note. This, apparently has been happening to black and Hispanic victims for many years.

Regular readers will know that I do not pull punches. It is with the heaviest of hearts that I f ear the possible retribution this article may bring. My love of this country , and its potential, is so great that I simply cannot stand by when injustice such as this occurs. However, I understand that many of us feel we are standing alone. The state strategically attacked Occupy activists and leaders, like Michigan’s Chris Wahmoff, to prevent them from ever becoming active in society above the level of protests. Evidence was planted, situations fabricated and a willing mainstream Press compliant in destroying dissent.

And so I write, knowing full well I may well be targeted by a state we have surrendered to the forces of oppression…


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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Accidental Shooting’s Skyrocket

A survey of gun incidents by Revolution and Beer has found an alarming trend. Following a wave of conceal carry and gun proliferation legislation across the country, accidental shootings and road rage incidents have skyrocketed, eclipsing any potential benefit from civilian gun proliferation across the country. the survey was tallied from local and national news reports from all 50 states of road rage/accidental shootings as well as stories showing guns in a favorable light. The survey also took into account data and reports from so-called pro-gun advocate sites and publications. That survey found that for every story showing guns favorably there were 14 which underscored the negative effects of gun proliferation in civil society.

Violent crime and gun crime has continued to decline year over year for more than a decade. Conceal carry laws and proliferation efforts and propaganda by the gun industry and the NRA, ostensibly to boost sales, has had little to no effect on crime. The trend was well under way before laws came into effect. Florida, which introduced conceal carry laws in 1987 actually saw an increase in violent crime, robbery and murder. those numbers declined slightly between 1990 and 2013 but still remain far above the national average, despite that gun advocates continually hold up Florida’s pro-gun legislation as a template for the rest of the nation. Homicide and crime rates in Texas have remained constant since 1990 despite well publicized and aggressive proliferation there.

By contrast, Illinois, which had some of the toughest gun restrictions in the nation saw sharp drops in nearly every crime category. Robbery declined by nearly 40%, while aggravated battery declined in Chicago by almost half. Between 1990 and 1994 murders in Illinois peaked at an average of 1300 annually, driven primarily by gang crime in Chicago. In 2013, Illinois’ murder rate overall had declined to 706 for a population of just under 13 million people. Despite sensationalistic coverage of Chicago’s murder rate, driven by pro-gun interests crime rates in Chicago continued to decline overall. Social and neighborhood programs, innovative policing with state and local gun laws helped drive down violent crime rates in the city. Since 2000, from a peak in murders of 665 in 2001, 2014 closed with 425, still a tragically high number.

Recently in Wasilla AK, a 4 year old boy was shot in the leg when his mother dropped a weapon and it discharged. A Las Vegas woman was killed during a shoot out between an acquaintance and her son in their front yard in an incident attributed to road rage. A Michigan gun advocate, Christina Bond was killed in a fatal gunshot to the eye while adjusting her bra holster New Years Day. A Baltimore man was arrested February 16th after the shotgun he was cleaning discharged, seriously wounding his son. Those stories represent a small number of reported incidents.

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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National “We Rise” Day of Action @werise

Should our elected officials focus on helping the rich get richer?

That’s exactly what the Bruce Rauner Budget will do. Unfortunately, this is also what most of our elected officials – at all levels of government – do.

We’re all in this together. But, right now, most of our politicians are only interested in enriching themselves, their campaign donors and their corporate masters at our expense. They lack the courage to articulate a positive vision of what government can do and to tax the wealthy and corporations so that we can afford to do these things.

Instead, our politicians make deep budget cuts with deadly consequences. We suffer, and the rich get richer.

Bruce Rauner’s budget is a prime example. Two-thirds of corporations in Illinois pay $0 in state income tax, but Rauner won’t propose one cent of new corporate revenue. Instead, he plans to balance the budget with cruel and dangerous cuts, including:
•Ending support for young adults aged 18-21 who grew up as wards of the state. Many of these youth will end up homeless or in prison – guaranteed.
•Slashing support for public universities by 30%.
•Gutting Medicaid coverage for people who would otherwise be uninsured.
•Starving the public transit system that we rely upon to reduce congestion and carbon pollution and get to work.

But let’s be honest… we can’t lay all the blame at Bruce Rauner’s feet. Illinois Democrats held complete power in this state for many years, but they failed to close corporate tax loopholes or pass a graduated income tax. They lacked the courage to extend the corporate and personal income tax rates — the primary reason we’re in this situation. They also ignored voter’s overwhelming mandate to raise the minimum wage. They played political football with our lives, and we’re losing badly.

But, here’s the good news: we’re not letting Bruce Rauner or the Corporate Democrats off the hook. Save the date for the “We Rise” National Day of Action when The People’s Lobby will travel to Springfield with labor and community allies:

National “We Rise” Day of Action

(There will be actions in 13 state capitols!)

Wednesday, March 11

6 am – 7 pm

Springfield, IL

Reply to this email to save a seat on the bus. Click here to pitch in $5, $10 or $20 to help pay for the bus. If it’s impossible for you to get away from work, stay tuned for opportunities to participate via social media and phone calls to elected officials.

Sincerely,

David Hatch, Executive Director

P.S. Don’t forget to vote in Chicago’s municipal election on Tuesday, February 24. Not registered? No Problem. You can register and vote at one time today and Saturday, February 21 till 5 pm.

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Rauner is a Murderer #Illinois Policy Institute

How do you know the state is broke? because the government and media told you? Other say we would be just fine if not for being robbed by money interests and corporations.

Is the Koch Brothers funded Illinois Policy Institute now the unofficial spokesperson for the Rauner administration. He uses and quotes their lies about Illinois jobs, unions and families as he dismantles Illinois public finances for the benefit of corporations and money interests. this is how he and Mit Romney got rich, not from honest profit and loss businesses, but off of a neo-predatory capitalist takeover of legitimate and profitable companies that w ere carved up and sold in pieces for the profit of vultures like Rauner. He is now doing to Illinois that he did to untold companies, workers and families.

Illinois is broke. How do you know? Where are the non-partisan number. Why do you believe that, but nothing else from the “government?” Where are numbers from unbiased parties that simply want to break the backs of unions as the economic vultures simply wish to drive down wages and your family’s lifestyle and security to enrich Rauner’s friends. The state is not broke. If it was, how could it afford to give away billions to corporations, or forgive billions to corporations in taxes? That’s okay, we’ll make up the difference in red light and speed cameras, and then next years property tax increase, or by cutting assistance to your grandmother. Rauner announced 12% cuts to elderly care and medical availability, but promises incentives to corporations. He will kill the elderly with his cruel and fraudulent policies. He knows they are a fraud, unless he is fundamentally incompetent. Either way, through malicious intent, fraud or ignorance, that is murder, in my opinion.


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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Sun 2/22 Chicago & Nationwide #ShedLight Vigils for Tamir Rice & #StolenChildren

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Black Lives Matter Chicago, (872) 395-8048, BlackLivesMatterChicago@gmail.com

Sunday, February 22
6:00PM ~ Candlelight Vigil
1001 W. Roosevelt Road, Chicago

Nationwide #ShedLight Vigils for Tamir Rice and Other #StolenChildren
Cities Unite for Nationwide Vigil for Tamir Rice and children wrongfully killed by law enforcement. A Call for Law Enforcement Change.

Chicago 2/19 — On Sunday, February 22, 2015, The Coalition Against Police Violence, in partnership with independent organizers across the United States, will hold #ShedLight Vigils in peaceful solidarity to honor the life of Tamir Rice and other children killed by the national epidemic of police violence. In Chicago, people from all walks of life will gather at 6:00 PM for a Candlelight Vigil at the Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt Road.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/908495065849785/

The nationwide vigil marks three months from the date on which 12-year-old Tamir was gunned down by Officer Timothy Loehmann in Cleveland, Ohio. This shooting was especially tragic considering prior to killing Tamir, Loehmann was deemed “unfit for duty” and noted as “emotionally unstable” in handling a firearm by a former supervisor. Loehmann shot Tamir within two seconds of arriving at the scene. After shooting Tamir, Loehmann and his partner forcibly detained Tamir’s 14-year-old grieving sister. The officers, who described Tamir as a 20-year-old Black male, also failed to administer first aid as Tamir lay dying on the ground.

“The Justice Department’s civil rights investigation into the use of force by the Cleveland Division of Police has found a pattern or practice of unreasonable and unnecessary use of force.” Sadly, this is a pervasive trend across the United States. According to a study by the American Psychological Association, “Black boys as young as ten may not be viewed in the same light of childhood innocence as their white peers, but are instead more likely to be mistaken as older, be perceived as guilty, and face police violence if accused of a crime…” (emphasis added). Moreover, a Black teen is 21 more times likely to be shot by police than a White teen.

The Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, found that every 28 hours a Black man, woman, or child is killed by a police officer, security guard, or self-appointed vigilante. This number does not include the hundreds or thousands of incidents which go unreported each year, nor does it account for other non-Black men, women, and children who suffer the consequences of the unreasonable and unnecessary use of force by police.

In coordination with the victims’ families, the vigil’s purpose is to the bring awareness to Tamir’s innocence, as well as the many other young victims killed unnecessarily by law enforcement. The vigil also aims to encourage healing and to remember victims of a systemic culture of violence that results in disproportionate loss of Black and Brown lives. It honors bereaved families and communities united to dismantle a broken and biased criminal justice system.

The #ShedLight vigils will occur in 20 cities across the nation including Boston, Chicago, San Diego, New York City, Denver, Milwaukee, and Cleveland. Each vigil will feature a 4 minute moment of silence to remind the nation of the more than 4 minutes Tamir went without medical attention.

For a full list of cities, please visit www.4milemarch.org or contact the Coalition Against Police Violence at thecapv@outlook.org and 4milemarch@gmail.com.

Organized in Partnership With:

Black Leaders Across Cleveland Kinnected
blackleadersacrossclevelandkinnect@gmail.com

Black Lives Matter Chicago
blacklivesmatterchicago@gmail.com

Find Your Spine
findyourspine@gmail.com

United Against Police Terror
uaptsd@gmail.com

About Black Lives Matter Chicago:
Black Lives Matter Chicago is an ideological and political intervention in a world where Black lives are systematically and intentionally targeted for demise. It is an affirmation of Black peoples’ contributions to this society, our humanity, and our resilience in the face of deadly oppression. Our priorities are to amplify our collective knowledge and applied practices toward abolishing anti-Blackness, and to honor the organizing and mobilization put forth by various Chicago based organizations, collectives, projects and individuals within the expansive, intersectional Black Lives Matter network.

About the Coalition Against Police Violence:
The Coalition Against Police Violence’s mission is to unite and strengthen diverse individuals and organizations fighting to confront and eradicate systemic injustice and state-sanctioned violence. Nationwide 4 Mile Marches were held on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on January 19, 2015, in 30 cities nationwide and in Canada to honor the victims of police violence and demand police reform. Since then, the 4 Mile March has become a “Call to Action” for nationwide events.


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 broth

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ONE Northside’s Response to Gov. Rauner’s Budget

February 18, 2015

ONE Northside’s Response to Gov. Rauner’s Budget

Attention ONE Northside Members:

Today, Governor Rauner laid out his proposals to address Illinois’ fiscal crisis. The press release that ONE Northside’s statewide alliance, Fair Economy Illinois, issued is included below.

Governor Rauner’s proposals are disastrous. He is attempting to fundamentally change the role of government. He is doing this by cutting almost every single program we care about. During his speech, he did not mention one concrete idea for raising revenue.

Capitol Fax is reporting that the following programs and line items are under attack:

•31% reduction to higher education funding
•Elimination of the Grow Your Own Teachers Program, of which ONE Northside is a proud partnering organization
•$1.5 billion cut to Medicaid
•Supportive housing services, homeless youth services and addiction prevention services are also at risk of being eliminated entirely
•$139.2 million cut to Department of Children and Family Services
•Funding for Ceasefire, which ONE Northside proudly hosts for the north side, would be cut from $4.7 million to $1.9 million
•LIHEAP (a utility bill subsidy program for low income individuals) would be eliminated as well
•$112 million cut to the regional transit authority, which passes money to the CTA, along with funding for reduced fare programs and Pace’s Paratransit program

These are are just a few of the overall cuts, but cuts that are most pertinent to our organization’s and our members’ work. As a reminder, this is what’s being reported. More information will become available as the days go on. It is clear Governor Rauner is trying to balance the budget on the backs of working families and those most in need. He is making a choice to cut the programs that allow Illinoisans to lead dignified lives INSTEAD OF taxing Big Corporations, LaSalle Street, and the 1%.

These are Governor Rauner’s proposals. The two chambers must pass a budget before it will be signed into law. There is a long fight ahead of us. So how is ONE Northside responding?…

ONE Northside is moving into Action!
We cannot stand idly by. We cannot let the disatrous implications of Gov. Rauner’s budget overwhelm us. Our Economic Justice Team, along with Fair Economy Illinois, is in the process of finalizing a big and bold revenue package. It includes closing corporate tax loopholes, passing a financial transactions tax on LaSalle Street trades, raising income tax rates on millionaires, corporate tax transparency, and a proposal to refinance the pension debt. By making our tax code fair and progressive, we can raise revenue from the people and corporations who can afford it! Here’s how you can help advance our message that it’s a revenue crisis, NOT a spending crisis, and build the political will for Springfield to make it happen:
•Public meeting and rally, Tomorrow/Thursday, February 19, 10:30am, Chicago Temple (77 W. Washington): ONE Northside with join with other groups from the Grassroots Collaborative for a public meeting at the Chicago Temple. We will then do a quick 4-block march to the Thompson Center and Bank of America (dress warmly!). RSVP here.
•Springfield Day of Action, Wednesday, March 11, 6am-7pm: ONE Northside will join with Fair Economy Illinois, Action Now, labor unions and other allies for a day of action to reclaim our state house and advance our message for revenue. Actions like ours will be taking place in capitals across the country. Save a seat on the bus here.
•Revenue Action + Fight for $15, Wednesday, April 15, midday, Chicago: It’s going to be one of the largest mobilizations around the Fight for $15, demanding that Big Corporations pay their workers a living wage and recognize their right to form a union. We know Big Corporations have hijacked our democracy and economy. They need to pay their workers a living wage AND pay their fair share of taxes. Tell us you’re coming.

Fair Economy Illinois Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 18, 2015

Fair Economy Illinois Responds to Governor Rauner’s Budget Address

Today Governor Rauner outlined his proposal to bring stability to Illinois’ fiscal crisis. Fair Economy Illinois believes Illinois is in a revenue crisis, not a spending crisis. Governor Rauner’s proposals will devastate every community across the state and continue to hinder Illinois’ economic recovery.

The Governor has called for “shared sacrifice,” but vital services have been cut repeatedly in recent years. The people who depend on these services have already made deep sacrifices. They should not be asked to sacrifice even more.

“Governor Rauner said he would shake up Springfield. Instead he is showing us more of the same – balancing the budget on the backs of hardworking Illinoisans and the most vulnerable, while continuing to let Big Corporations and the 1% off the hook. His proposals are just horrifying,” said Sonny Garcia of Illinois People’s Action in Bloomington.

“There is plenty of money in Illinois. Our legislators and governor just need to decide to get it from those who can afford to pay more. The money is not in programs that allow seniors to live dignified lives, or in hard earned retirement funds for public workers, and or in health benefits for low-income people. The money is on LaSalle Street, in corporate tax loopholes and the bulging pockets of the one percent,” said Toby Chow of IIRON on Chicago’s south side.

The responsible solution is to generate the revenue needed to put Illinois on a path to sustainable prosperity. We know there are many options for the state to generate adequate revenue. To say that there is “no choice but to make cuts” is cynical and false. “Governor Rauner is making a choice. He is choosing to cause further devastation for our communities instead of taxing his millionaire friends and big corporations,” said Eugene Lim of ONE Northside in Chicago. “Rather than balancing Illinois’ budget by shirking the state’s most fundamental responsibilities, Rauner and the legislature must restructure Illinois’ tax code to raise adequate revenue. It is high time we invest in human services, health care, public education and public safety, so that being wealthy is not a prerequisite to living a dignified life.”

Fair Economy Illinois has a revenue package that would end the debate over cuts to critical programs in Illinois. It would raise billions in new revenue so we can truly invest in the people of Illinois. It includes a financial transactions tax on LaSalle Street trades, raising income tax rates on millionaires through a graduated income tax, closing corporate tax loop holes, corporate tax transparency, and refinancing the pension debt to take the pressure off the current general revenue fund.

Fair Economy Illinois is a statewide alliance that organizes urban, suburban and rural residents around issues that affect the common good. We organize people and money in order to: 1) limit the power of corporations and private interests in our state; 2) ensure adequate revenue for the State of Illinois to fulfill its primary functions so Illinoisans may lead dignified lives with strong public education, high quality infrastructure, fully funded human services and public safety, and; 3) protect our environment and natural resources from corporate exploitation.

The alliance comprises three organizations: IIRON, Illinois Peoples’ Action (IPA), and Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside).



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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Announcing: President Jeb Bush.

It is the media not the voters who choose, at least the final two candidates. Clients and agents of the two national parties, the corporate media includes/excludes skews, spins, exalts and mythologizes two prime characters in the ultimate reality multi-media show in which monstrous fortunes are moved, speculated and confirmed. In the end the voters decide on which of the two is to be president, their tribalist votes funneled to those select candidates.

I have been arguing for progressives lefties and liberals to quit bitching, be in the streets but also be in the ballot box. They didn’t turn out for the Illinois governor’s race and now our besides themselves with Bruce Rauner’s austerity and anti-unionism, in a template precisely that of Wisconsin’s Walker, Kasich in Ohio and Schneider in Michigan. Illinois, Wisconsin and Michigan, once solidly in the blue are now in play come 2016. It looks like, after Chicago mayor Rahm Emmanuel’s debacle with NATO, his outrage with the schools, TIFs, red light cameras to name a few, turn out in the election is expected to be extremely low. Liberals and Lefties, disenfranchised, disappointed, disillusioned and just plain disinterested will also help Jeb Bush become the next president.

Don’t kid yourself; the media has already decided that Hillary and Bush are their parties presumptive candidates. Why else would that already be covering every word, every footstep? This will be billed as the ultimate grudge match between America’s political royalty. The RNC has already decided that all of their resources are to be levied against Hillary.

And there is the mathematical and statistical component. Over the 116 years, since 1900, there have been 11 Republican presidents serving 68 years as opposed to 8 Democrat Presidents, serving 48 total years. Democrats presidents have never succeeded one another except when JFK was assassinated, ostensibly by the rightwing, and Johnson took over. Since Obama is a Democrat, history would virtually guarantee that the next president would be Republican. Since we know that the process of choosing candidates has been intercepted and manipulated then we can assume status quo. Jeb Bush will be the next president.

Of course the variable is the American voter, showing up to vote for tweedle Bush and tweedle Hillary, but if history is any indicator that looks unlikely. I have almost no hope or faith in progressives or the Left to show up and vote, Instead they seem content to do anything but vote on election day, and are content to be the perpetual victim, the proverbial whipping boy for the state. They’ll show up in the streets and on facebook for a half an hour once the republican and corporate co-opted government gets their well intentioned dander up. But then there will be a scandal with a reality TV personality, a must watch youtube or twitter sensation, a bowl game or a new bar to go to and the weekend radicals will abandon t heir rice-paper activism.

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

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Murder by Death’s Big Dark Love

murBe careful when you Google Murder by Death. They are, according to Wikipedia, either a campy 1970s movie, or a five piece indie rock band from Bloomington Indiana. Not that you can go wrong either way, it just pays to know what you’re clicking on. Still, accidents happen. I swear I didn’t click on that.That’s my story, honey, and I’m sticking to it!

Rock in the age of cynicism and Youtube. Not long ago I was lamenting to a friend that it has been a long time since I trolled a used music store hunting for interesting new music. All too often I find myself trolling for music online, but it just isn’t the same. Gone, I feared, was that sense of discovery over a previously unknown band with a unique sound that helps to stretch the boundaries of Rock Music’s ever evolving universe. Even better; discovering the new band has been making music for a long time, and like a staring soul you gorge your senses on this new experience.

Murder By Death is just such a band. 10 or 20 years ago they’d have been as ubiquitous on FM Radio as Dave Mathews, the Goo Goo Dolls, or Green Day. Fans would be arguing about the new album, “Big Dark Love” against their classic and early works Among those arguments would be whether “Big Dark Love” is classic or a new turn for the band. But this is the age of cynicism and a Youtube culture that all too often eschews the album in this pick and choose sort of deal. Gone, mostly are the days when the listener sat through an album side, but album’s like “Big Dark Love” remind us that artists are painting a far larger world than can be captured in a single song. They are rendering textures and stories.

mudMurder by Death’s Big Dark Love rises from the ether far differently, but with no less power than Bitter Drin, Bitter Moon, their 2012 standout, with “I shot an arrow.” Up front and center, accompanied by Sarah Balliet’s sultry and smoky cello, Adam Turla’s rich and resonant vocals build to a stunning crescendo that hardly relents in the most satisfying ways through the albums 10 tight and highly streamlined selections. Drummer Dagan Thogerson is genius for the conservatively understated rhythm, deepened by bass accompanist, Matt Armstrong. Bitter Moon’s keyboard genius, Vincent Edwards is very capably re placed by David Fountain.

“Strange eyes,” the second track is reminiscent, in all the right ways, of “I came around, off of the last album. But there is something unique and different that separates “Big Dark Love,” from Bitter Drink,” still one of my all time favorite albums. There is an overriding confidence and a resonant emotional maturity to this album building off the last album. There is not a weak song on the album Dream in Red, I shot an Arrow and Hunted are my favorites, but I say that while breathless over balliet’s soulful undercurrent in Solitary one.

mudeAt the end of it all, Murder by Death’s “Big Dark Love” is endlessly listenable. Some of these selections ought to have a far more prominent place in Rock’s lexicon. Sadly, long gone, or soon to be long gone are the days of tripping through record and CD bins in search of a gem. Technology changes, and so does the world, but in the end it really is all about the music. In that endeavor “Big Dark Love” more than delivers and proves that great discoveries are still to be found.

 

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

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