Direct Action to Raise Wages and Labor Standards

MEDIA ADVISORY
For Immediate Release: February 13, 2015

Contact: Carlos Romero, 219-378-8822, carlos@rocunited.org

Restaurant Opportunities Centers of Chicago and Allies to Stage Surprise Direct Action at The Capital Grille to Call On Darden Restaurants to Raise Wages and Labor Standards

The Day Before Valentine’s Day, One of the Most Profitable Days of the Year for the Restaurant Industry, Restaurant Workers to Demand One Fair Wage


Chicago, IL
– Today, February 13th (2.13) several restaurant workers and community leaders will take action inside The Capital Grille, owned by Darden Restaurants Inc., to demand to raise the abysmally low tipped minimum wage which forces tipped workers to live predominantly off tips. The direct action will be accompanied on social media by using hashtag #recipe4love which supporters will be tweeting @Darden from 8pm-9pm.

Visuals: Press to arrive at 9pm sharp at entrance of Capital Grille to capture the moment activists exit for 15 minute program

As the largest full-service restaurant corporation in the world, Darden Restaurants Inc., is also the largest employer of tipped restaurant workers — a majority female workforce. The federal tipped minimum wage has been $2.13 an hour since 1991. Nationally, servers use food stamps at double the rate of the rest of the US workforce and are three-times as likely to live in poverty.

WHEN: Friday, February 13th at 9:00 pm
WHERE: The Capital Grille 633 N. St. Clair Chicago, IL 60611

WHAT: Direct action inside The Capital Grille to be tweeted via @rocchicago, followed by a short 15 minute program where One Fair Wage advocates will call on The Capital Grille, and all restaurants, to pay a living wage to tipped workers

WHO: ROC-Chicago, Food Chain Workers Alliance, Raise the Floor, Paid Sick Days Coalition, Women Employed, Cook County Place Matters, ARISE, Grassroots Collaborative

“The cause of violence [in Chicago] is not guns, it’s poverty,” said Rameka Aton, ROC-Chicago member. “It is time to raise the standard and hold companies like Darden and the NRA responsible for the disparities they incur on low income communities when they exploit their workers.”

Darden is a leading member of the corporate restaurant lobby, the National Restaurant Association. The extremely low “wage floor” in the restaurant industry is the result of intense lobbying by the National Restaurant Association, often referred to as “the Other NRA,” which is the most organized employer lobby in the country, and has spent millions of dollars opposing minimum-wage increases all over the country.

The One Fair Wage campaign is a national and state-by-state effort led by ROC United to eliminate the lower, tipped minimum wage thereby ensuring all workers are paid directly the full minimum wage by their employers.

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Co-founded by leading workers’ rights advocate Saru Jayaraman (“One of the top 50 most influential people in the restaurant industry” – Nation’s Restaurant News) ROC United has grown to over 13,000 worker-members across 26 cities in the US, winning 15 worker-led campaigns, totaling $8 million in stolen tips and wages.
Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United) is a non-profit that seeks to improve working conditions for restaurant workers. We assist workers seeking legal redress and provide customers and the public with information about the litigation in this restaurant through these signs, and do not seek to picket or interfere with deliveries. ROC United is neither a workers union nor a labor organization and does not seek to represent the workers or be recognized as a collective bargaining agent of the workers at this restaurant.

Carlos E. Romero
High Road Organizer
ROC Chicago
77 w Washington, Suite 1507
(219)378-8822
Check Out Our Book! Behind The Kitchen Door

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YOU’RE LOSING IT

Daily I get Press releases for actions in which 5 or 10 people show up. Lefties, we are going back to war, you are losing every political race, school closing, TPP and Keystone are about to pass. Gay marriage is being reversed around the country. What the fuck have you won? 10 people on a sidewalk is a nuisance. 1000 is a start. Want to start winning. Stand the fuck up and fight.

daily I tell organizations Q4 radio is there for you. You can have the media and start fighting back. How many have taken me up on that offer? Zero-zippo-nada-zilch, but I still hear “Oh, the media is corrupt and no one speaks for me.” Yet, given the chance you would rather be a Facebook liberal, text about the new club to go hang out for or pose. Fight, goddammit!

You want Utopia, but won’t stand for it. dropping out of the system just means half dead baby-boomers and retarded fucks that masturbate to right wing radio and Sarah Palin’s picture vote control of the government and the police. The right is collecting guns, legislating away your rights and people like Sean Hannity lobbies to kill your kids in foreign wars by selling the passion and heartbreak of the very soldier he advocates killing and maiming. Limbaugh equates the Left as a domestic ISIS. 50,000 blacks w ere kept from voting by two republicans with ties to Bruce Rauner and there are no indictments and no outrage. You lose.

I will be criticized here for the use of the word retard, or calling out the Left. That’s the problem.


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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Escape to the Future

Let’s face it, the present sucks, so I am escaping to the future. Not far in the future, but far enough that the present past doesn’t piss me off. That way I can look back on the present in the future and remember the present later with a certain whimsical melancholia. It’s okay, I get to look back on Governor Rauner in Illinois before he went to jail. For all of you in the present0-past, keep watching in the next 6 months, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Wink-Wink. I’ll recall with a mischievous smirk a time before Sarah Palin looked, after massive tucks and plastic surgery, like the love child of a post mortem Nancy Reagan and Chucky from that Child’s Play horror movie.

I shouldn’t give away too much. I went back to the present recently and let slip a billion dollar mega-ball jackpot to a couple of friends. Well, they played those numbers and started a dictatorship by forcing everyone to dress in Star Trek outfits. then they started a religion around William Shatner and marched across new England until all Dr. Who fans were in brutally horrid concentration camps guarded by thickly brogue-ished guards all cruelly named Scottie. So I returned and emailed the numbers to a half billion people. Future saved.

A few of the other surprises:

1.Afghanistan is now the new silicon valley of southern Asia, with real estate prices Jim Buffet could barely afford.
2. Jimmy Buffet is still alive many years into the future, finding a secret elixir.
3. Henry Kissinger also is apparently immortal, although, it seems, after a barter deal with Satan.
4. Rush Limbaugh’s passing…well, it saved him the indignity of a trial.
5. ISIS, after a long a terrible war now controls a greater share of the online shopping market than Amazon.
The Olsen Twins became California’s first twin governor.
6. The nation of Comcast won a blood 14 year war against Google, but was destroyed in a suicide attack by the sovereign republic of Netflix

Hardly anyone expected that once robots became self-aware, long about 2023, they just couldn’t stand us and left for the stars, leaving humanity with all the retarded robots as torture, such as those annoying robot dogs and dinosaurs. as for the 2016 presidential race: You knew. We all sort of knew. Didn’t we? 2024, however; holy crap, could anyone have predicted that outcome? I do miss winters, but I have a better tan in the future-all year round! I’m writing this in January, and the wife and I are on the patio. It’s 84 degrees, which isn’t bad for Chicago in January these days. It’s 4:30am, the coolest part of the day, and I haven’t put out the ice baths for the cats yet.

There’s more. I’ll tell you all about it later. For now the wife and I are off to North Korea for vacation. Oh, it’s a hedonists paradise now, not like the People’s Republic of Canada. Until them my present-past friends, from the future, well…later.


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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Black Youth Project 100 Chicago demand de-criminalization of Young Chicagoans

MEDIA ALERT

Black Youth Project 100 – Chicago | byp100.org/ | @BYP_100

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Charles Preston 773-719-2295, chicago.chapter@byp100.org

Press Conference & Speak- Out
5:15 PM
DuSable Museum of African American History
740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637

Black Youth Project 100 Chicago to Speak-out about Marijuana Decriminalization and join Communities United in calling for Chicago Mayoral Candidates to end the criminalization of Young Chicagoans.

WHO: Black Youth Project 100 – Chicago Chapter

WHAT: Press conference followed by a Speak-out

WHERE: DuSable Museum of African American History, 740 E. 56th Place, Chicago, IL 60637

WHEN: 5:15 PM

CHICAGO 2/10 – In the City of Chicago, Black people are 15 times more likely than White people to be arrested for a low-level marijuana offense and 40 times more likely to plead or be found guilty for a low-level marijuana offense(The Chicago Reader). In 2012, an ordinance was passed to ticket Chicagoans for marijuana possession, however reports are still showing a racial disparity of Black people being disproportionately arrested and convicted (The Chicago Reader).The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100), Chicago chapter will hold a press conference and speak-out outside of DuSable Museum before the Mayoral Candidate Forum about the racial disparities in the criminal justice system that largely impact Black youth in Chicago.

In coordination with Communities United, BYP 100 are calling for Chicago Mayoral Candidates to enact policies and programs that end racial profiling and the criminalization of Black and Brown youth. BYP 100 specifically directs the City of Chicago to end the unjust arrests of Black Chicagoans for low-level marijuana offenses. BYP 100 will also speak about the Agenda to Keep Us Safe, a policy agenda that proposes strategies and policies to end the criminalization of Black Youth in America.
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Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

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JCUA & Arise Chicago on Historic Cook County Vote

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Adam Kader, Worker Center Director, Arise Chicago (English & español)
773-937-1826 | adam@arisechicago.org

Daniel Kaplan, Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (English)
847-903-4895 | daniel@jcua.org

When: Tuesday, February 10th, 4:00 PM
Where: Cook County Building, 118 N. Clark, 5th Floor Press Conference Room
What: Press Conference to announce the results of the Cook County Board’s vote on
landmark anti-wage theft policy

At the February 10th Cook County Board meeting, Commissioners will vote on an ordinance introduced by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle and Cook County Commissioner Jeff Tobolski that will prohibit businesses who engage in wage theft from obtaining county contracts, business licenses and property tax incentives. Businesses seeking these services and benefits from the County would need to certify compliance with wage and hour laws and maintain compliance for continued eligibility.

Inspired by advocacy by workers’ rights organization, Arise Chicago, surrounding the recent closing of Source Interlink in McCook, Commissioner Tobolski led the effort to introduce new regulations that will prevent willful and repeat violators of existing wage laws from benefitting from Cook County benefits. “Millions of dollars in wages are stolen from workers by their own employers every year, and businesses who take advantage of Cook County workers should not benefit from Cook County contracts, licenses and property tax incentives,” said Tobolski.

Angelina Landaverde, Arise Chicago member and a leader of the Source Interlink workplace campaign that inspired the Ordinance states, “When our employer closed our plant without providing us any notice and without paying us severance, it was a terrible thing. But I’m glad that something good could come out of it, and I’m proud to support this bill.”

Arise Chicago has identified 17 ways in which employers do not pay full wages to their employees, the most common ways being paying below the legally-mandated minimum wage or failing to properly compensate employees for working overtime hours. A 2009 study calculates wage theft county-wide to total $7.3 million per week. If the bill passes, Cook County will become the largest county in the United States with such a policy.

“For businesses and working people to thrive in Cook County, we need to be morally grounded in our business ethics. We applaud Commissioner Tobolski and President Preckwinkle for their leadership on this ordinance, which is a building block in making Cook County the most ethical place in the country to do business!” says Arise Chicago Executive Director, Rev. C.J. Hawking.

A broad coalition of community organizations representing low-wage workers and their allies, including the Raise the Floor alliance of area worker centers, and the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs (JCUA) support the proposed ordinance. JCUA Board President, Peggy Slater, says, “The Torah commands, ‘You shall not oppress your fellow. You shall not rob. The hired worker’s wage shall not remain with you overnight until morning (Leviticus 19:13).’ Our values clearly compel us to protect workers’ rights. We are proud to stand against wage theft and urge Cook County to pass this ordinance.”

Arise Chicago Cook Co Media Advisory.docx

Daniel Kaplan
Community Organizer
Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
610 S Michigan Ave #400
Chicago, IL 60605
312-663-0960 ext. 125
daniel@jcua.org

“Getting to the Promised Land,” JCUA Seder 2015. Register today!


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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Anne Shaw recognized with the 2015 Vanguard Award

As we are heading into the final fifteen days of my campaign to be the 1st Asian American Women elected to the Chicago City Council I was humbled and honored to receive a call from Sanju Oomen Green, President of the Asian American Bar Association notifying me that I will be awarded with the distinguished Chicago Bar Association’s Vanguard Award on April 2, 2015. The Vanguard Award is given each year “to those lawyers, judges and institutions that have made the law and the legal profession more accessible to and reflective of the community we serve.”

My years of work in the both the Greater Chicagoland Community and in the 1st ward have provided me with so many opportunities to work with amazing people and to participate in making a difference on behalf of everyone in my community. And I’m so very honored to have the support of so many of my friends, neighbors and constituents of the 1st ward as we head toward February 24th.

Together we have all made such a difference in the 1st ward and with your help I hope to be a strong voice of leadership on the city council. With just 15 days left before the election our campaign will need just $15,000 more to be able to complete our campaign plan toward victory and with your help I am confident we can get there.

If you could please consider a contribution of $50, $100, $250, $500 or any amount you are able to do today it will truly help us succeed. This journey has been amazing to take with all of you and I continue to be honored to have earned your support.

Sincerely,
Anne

Anne Shaw is a candidate for Alderman in the First Ward of Chicago.

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ISIS? Government’s Grammys?

Does ISIS really exist? I’ll get to that in a moment.

First, Brian Williams has taken a leave of absence in the wake is apparent embellishments on stories that really in the grand scheme of things mean nothing. If you’re unaware of what Williams said that got him in so much “trouble,” you’ve been under a rock. I’m not wasting precious pixels explaining it all over again. This is for the rest of us with a pulse that extends above the neck.

I don’t so much care about Williams. I live in a modern city with internet, books and libraries and not a town in Idaho or Alabama or even downstate Illinois in which dinosaur, corporatized, filtered and manufactured network news is really the only source for tens of millions of Americans. I am, instead concerned about anyone who was shocked by Williams’ personal lies. He and everyone on ABC, CBS, FOX, MSNBC and CNN lie to us everyday.

Those groups are as much about journalism and truth as the Grammys are about real music. Because we know that Beyonce or any of the other media marketing creations are producing the very best music out there today. Seriously? I can name a hundred artists in 2014 with more real talent, creativity and heart than the uber-manufactured and ultra-marketed Beyoncé. This really isn’t about Beyoncé, who I’m sure is a nice…well, never mind.

Williams is just the poster boy for a media and government that routinely parades the most audacious lies to us. Think weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. What about a media and government that still pretends there is a controversy over man-made climate change, or a media that never talks about TPP? How about teaching children in school that we are the greatest nation in the world, and then in a whispering alternative media they discover that America has political prisoners; 85 year old Catholic Nun Megan Rice, John Kiriakou, Jeremy Hammond, Chelsea Manning and many more imprisoned using statutes to stop the exposure of real crimes while the HSBC bank officials that hid $100 billion in a Swiss bank and funneled money to Al Qaeda received the financial equivalent of a parking ticket. Maybe, it’s a government and media telling us the stockmarket shows the economy is great, until you try to find a job, pay your bills, visit a doctor or sell your one bedroom condo.

This is the era of distrust of the media and government, especially on the Right. Or is it? Why is it everything that the government says is a lie, a manipulation, an act of propaganda, except when it comes to those crazy and evil Muslim terrorists? It is as if we can pride ourselves on our distrust of media and government lies, except when it comes to Islam. But there is proof, right? All those terrible videos. The beheadings and burnings, the gun camera videos on Youtube, with tags that read “30mm cannon makes mince meat out of terrorists.” ISIS is coming to a mall near you! The people who claim climate change is a hoax, and measles vaccines, virtually unchanged in 60 years and given to hundreds of millions since then, caused their kid to be autistic, despite irrefutable science, buy the marketing of the ISIS boogieman without question.

Does ISIS really exist, or exist the way it has been marketed through a partnership between a corporatized media messaging for mega-corps with tighter and tighter hegemony over the government? It makes for the ultimate reality television show, erasing the so-called theatrical 4th wall erasing the presumable barrier between audience and story. At least you might be considering the question now?

Maybe ISIS really is the evil scum of the earth bastards we must eradicate. If so, don’t tell me it may take decades and more than a trillion dollars to defeat this militia-sized rabble in the desert, when we fought 3 axis armies on 4 continents and across two vast oceans of more than 30 million fighters with modern technology in World War Two’s 5 years. Tell me that and I start to believe I’m being played. Maybe ISIS is real, and everything the corporate media tells us is the truth. And maybe the Grammys really are about Music and not marketing.


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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Johnny Caught tha’ Autism #autism

The mother of an autistic child with a law degree is a dangerous thing. Likewise an conman with Doctor in front of his name perennially running for president is also just as dangerous. Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadzich was a doctor, and peasants followed him into villages raping and slaughtering neighbors and countrymen. What matters is facts and knowledge and understanding and test-ably provable science. They, however, get on FOX and MSNBC and CNN, and even on Democracy Now, so we can all celebrate the illusion of fairness. We are now in a position of debating idiots. Like Man-driven Global Climate Change, no amount of facts will change their mind, so the culture bends over backwards because their little urchin “caught” autism.

I’m old enough to remember getting separate Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccinations at school during the 1960s. In 1971, for the sake of crying kids everywhere, the vaccines were combined into one. Anyone born before 1975 recalls standing in line at school, trembling knees, dry throat, watching as teary-eyed and sniffling Johnny and Janey shuffled from their mandatory shot.

Amy Goodman on today’s Democracy Now, in the ultimate interest of fairness had on a lawyer-not a scientist, and the editor of a book “Vaccine Epidemic,” that relied on the same fraud tactic employed by the corporate media and talk radio to discredit 14 scientific studies, involving thousands of health professionals and scientists, in 14 countries studying hundreds of thousands of children. All 14 studies found no causal link between MMR vaccines and autism. The argument that confuses the issue; I know a guy. In other words, like Climate Change, the I know a guy defense, or I know what I know attitude trumps effective, proven and repeatable scientific findings.

The cult of the mommy syndrome, we see is as prevalent on the Liberal side of the isle as it is on the Conservative side. While media pundits blame one side or the other, this isn’t a partisan issue. Exactly like Climate Change, it is a science-caveman issue.

Amazingly, none of the kids in my grade school came down with autism after getting the MMR vaccine. Suddenly one Wednesday at 2pm Joey the Geek wasn’t suddenly missing from Mr. Proft’s Social Studies class, another victim of the MMR vaccine. There were no spikes or sudden increases in the numbers of autistic children back then. Although at my high school 10th reunion there was that ex-football player with the mullet who was throwing pats of butter at the ceiling in a fine dining hall…no, couldn’t…

The vaccine has changed only in minor ways over the years. The primary change was due to the vaccine alarmist lawyers and parents when this whole hysteria began 15 or so years ago. That only added preservatives. Prior to that the changes were in actually weakening, essentially watering down the MMR vaccine.

What has changed is a tolerance for allowing stupid or ignorant people to be taken seriously in debates critical to our collective health and to the planet. What has changed is this knee-jerk anti-government immaturity, a corporatized internet and info-tainment culture and the cult of the mommy that allows for parents to ignore the impact of their actions on the community in which they inflict their god-like little urchin.

And if its all about your kid and you don’t want vaccinations, or a commie teacher accidentally challenging your brat about science, a 6000 year old earth where dinosaurs fought cowboys, or that some people in the world might be born different than you: Buy a ranch in Alaska or move to the side of a mountain where you’ll never meet anyone who thinks different from you and leave the rest of us to continue evolving.


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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Fair Economy Illinois on Rauner Speech

February 4, 2014

Contact: Hannah Gelder, 847-219-5062 (m), hgelder@onenorthside.org

For immediate release:

Fair Economy Illinois responds to Governor Rauner’s State of the State

Governor Rauner’s State of the State address outlined a platform that attacks the middle class and working families. His agenda fails to raise adequate revenue to invest in the critical programs Illinois needs in order to be a leading state in the Midwest.

“Illinois is in a revenue crisis,” said Brianna Tong, a student leader with the Illinois Indiana Regional Organizing Network, which is a member of Fair Economy Illinois. Governor Rauner said we need a “21st century tax system to reflect a 21st century economy.” A recent study by the Economic Policy Institute shows that between 2009 and 2012, the top 1% saw a 34.5% increase in income, while the bottom 99% has seen only a .2% increase in income. In addition, 97% of the total income gains Illinois saw in this period went to the top 1%. “We must upgrade our tax code by ensuring Big Corporations, LaSalle Street and the 1% pay their fair share. Then we can invest in public education, human services, health care and public safety to ensure Illinois is a truly great state.”

“Spending is not the problem in Illinois,” said Allen Wesolowski of ONE Northside, a member of Fair Economy Illinois. Illinois ranks the lowest in the nation in state employees per capita. According to the Fiscal Policy Center at Voices for Illinois Children, many human service programs have already sustained 23% cuts since 2009. “If Governor Rauner wants to ‘empower’ local communities, he and the legislature must boldly push for revenue from big corporations and the 1%. Our communities are under dire threat due to looming state budget cuts. We must take care of our people first, they’re our most valuable resource,” Wesolowski continued.

“Governor Rauner spent most of his speech attacking unions and public sector employees,” said Sonny Garcia, a public sector employee in Bloomington and leader of Illinois People’s Action, a member of Fair Economy Illinois. “Undermining workers’ rights to organize for safe working conditions and a living wage will further hurt Illinois’ middle class families. If we want Illinois to succeed, we must tax Big Corporations and the wealthy and invest in, instead of undermine the middle class.”

In November, Illinois voters overwhelmingly supported a referendum calling on Illinois legislators to raise the minimum wage to $10/hour by January 1, 2015. Today, Governor Rauner suggested raising the minimum wage to $10/hour over the next seven years. This guarantees that hardworking families working for the minimum wage will continue to earn poverty wages. Governor Rauner must work with the legislature to raise the minimum wage this session.

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: Illinois-Indiana Regional Organizing Network (IIRON), Illinois Peoples’ Action (IPA), and Organizing Neighborhoods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside).

Hannah Gelder, Senior Organizer
ONE Northside

4648 N. Racine
Chicago, IL 60640

Tel: 773-769-3232 x19

Cell: 847-219-5062


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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Croatia’s Debt Trick #croatia

Reset the Debt

Once again the Press has it all wrong. Even Amy Goodman was struggling to get her head around this week’s debt forgiveness by Croatia of its poorest 60,000 citizens. Once again Revolution and Beer has the scope and the true analysis of the story. It was an ill-conceived effort by Croatia’s Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic to boost the southern European nation out of a crippling recession deepened by the Global Financial Crisis. As a predominantly service-based economy full recovery, at least in the near term, remains doubtful.

The gesture is a short-term reprieve for those making less than about $200 monthly. The average monthly salary in Croatia is about $1200. That represents predominately penshioners who would have been unlikely to pay back any debts any way. Croatia’s economics woes are far too complex to be solved or even affected to any notable degree by this debt-forgiveness effort. Currently the nation maintains an average unemployment rate of close to 20 %, but among men and women 25 years old and younger, a growing segment of the country, that number skyrockets to 45%. 18% of the population lives in poverty

Personal debt, predominately to meet basic survival needs has reached epidemic levels. In 2013 outstanding debt for 322,000 people whose accounts were blocked due to unpaid bills reached nearly $6billion USD. The population of Croatia is about 4 million.

Don’t be fooled, Croatia’s debt forgiveness for its poorest 60,000, under current conditions, will land most back in the debt-survival cycle. Not until there is system international economic reforms will there be any true relief for the poor, and for nations struggling with mounting debt, such as Croatia, Greece and Spain. Croatia’s debt forevivess gesture is a splash of cold water to an sick patient. It may bring the patient around for a moment, but it definitely is not a cure.


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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