#Baltimore. Black lives apparently less important than CVS

As it turns out, all those people chanting #BlackLivesMatter may be shocked to learn that America cares more about a Sport Mart, a CVS pharmacy and an Italian Restaurant than the lives of young Black men and women. The media and talk shows resounded with pained lamentations over Baltimore shoppers and diners robbed of the opportunities at minimum wage jobs, or the privilege of shopping at midnight for string cheese and Ibuprofen, Lacrosse rackets or the best manicotti in the county. However, there was little of that same outrage and disconcertation over a man whose spinal cord was snapped. He was robbed of life. His family were robbed of him. Take a cigar from a convenience store and the police will solve that caper in an afternoon. The Chicago police used torture to close a number of cases, albeit with innocent men, but 6 police officers are involved in the “mysterious” death of a Black still can’t solve the caper in two weeks, while the officers involved still collect paychecks? We wouldn’t want to rob them of their paychecks. So, apparently the question has been answered: Black lives don’t matter, at least in this culture.


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 “A Tragic Fate: 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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Life and Times of Henry Turck

Henry Turk was born to Charles and Magdelen Turk about 1838, possibly in Seneca, Ontario New York. Charles was born about 1799 somewhere in New York. His wife was born 5 years later. Charles appears to us in 1830 living in Smithfield-Madison New York.

The family is seen through the early part of the 19th Century moving west. Lake Oneida and its tributary Wood Creek were part of the Albany-Oswego waterway, stretching from the Atlantic seaboard westward via the Hudson River. From there is forged its way through the Appalachian Mountains via the Mohawk River. Westward travel from here was by portage over the Oneida Carry to the Wood Creek-Oneida Lake system. The navigable waterway exited Oneida Lake by the Oneida River, which led to the Oswego River and Lake Ontario. From here travelers could reach the other Great Lakes. In 1835 Oneida Lake was connected to the Erie Canal system by construction of the (old) Oneida Canal, which ran about 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from Higginsville on the Erie Canal northward to Wood Creek, about 2 miles upstream of Lake Oneida. This was the route that brought the Turks from Eastern New York.

First verifiable mention of Charles Turk, about 1820 at Smithfield. Lake Oneida us just above Syracuse

First verifiable mention of Charles Turk, about 1820 at Smithfield. Lake Oneida us just above Syracuse

The first true record we have of Henry comes from the 1850 census for Constantia, Oswego New York, on the north western shores of Lake Oneida. Interestingly, Henry and sister Martha are shown living with a 22 year old Peter Turck,27 year old Jonathan Turck, new settlers to the area. A map of the area from about that time lists Peter as the owner of a substantial parcel of property. Just east of that property a second smaller parcel is listed also apparently belonging to Peter Turck just west of what today is Martin Road. Charles, Henry’s father likely leased or worked the land for Peter.

Martin's Road today facing Lake Oneida, about 4 miles away. Charles Turk worked a parcel of land just to the right in this image. Note the rocky ground.

Martin’s Road today facing Lake Oneida, about 4 miles away. Charles Turk worked a parcel of land just to the right in this image. Note the rocky ground.

The property matter is a bit confusing. The census helps to orient a bit better, and helps understand who was likely living and working on the two parcels of land, both marked as P. Turk. Beside, and just east of Constantia is the tiny hamlet of Bernard’s Bay. Beside that, and just slightly larger is Cleveland. We find Charles and his family connected to the Cleveland post office in the census.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The road has changed little over nearly two centuries. It wasn’t paved then. Pine and fir trees grow thickly to the edge of the road. The land flows gently, the soil rocky and difficult to farm. There is a small plat that roughly corresponds to the homestead of Charles and Magdelen. The small creeks that flowed through are dried now. Just to the south, at the edge of the property, a small pond is now all but gone. Hunting and fishing would have been the main stay for the family. For the children, especially the bots, there was nothing of consequence tying them to the land.

Cleveland new York as it would have appeared to Henry Turk about 1860

Cleveland new York as it would have appeared to Henry Turk about 1860

Henry was born amid the financial panic of 1837. Families w ere devastated in an ever deepening recession. Men were thrown out of work, homes, farms and fortunes lost overnight. Factories and businesses shuttered. It would last the first 6 years of Henry’s life. It is possible that the devastation wrought by those years may have led to the family’s westward movement, driven perhaps for work on the waterways, and then the railroads as the country expanded west.

NEXT: Following the Railroads. Henry Turck moves West and finds Love.


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 “A Tragic Fate: 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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LIGHTS, CAMERA, REVOLUTION! From Prague to Baltimore

On Saturday’s roundtable (11am-1pm, on Que4 Radio AM1680, www.que4.org) we presented the following question about Freddy Grey, the Baltimore man killed two weeks ago in police custody:

“The University of Florida suspended a fraternity after member of Zeta Beta Tau, which incidentally was a character from the first start trek, shouted insults and spit on disabled veterans and urinated on the American flag. In another story, Rand Paul’s son was stopped for DUI and released, despite being described as visibly intoxicated. Meanwhile Linda Cope, founder of the warrior group “They were urinating off of balconies, vomiting off of balconies. They could see the men and women below were there with the retreat.” she described students spitting on veterans, throwing beer bottles over a balcony and ripping flags off their cars. Local police did respond, but no criminal charges were filed. the fraternity has hired its own independent investigator to find out what happened. Cope said the fraternity has so far been helpful in its response, and that she believes fraternity leaders are doing all they can to help make things right, including making a cash donation to her small, grassroots charity. Meanwhile, two more black men died this week at the hands of police, including Freddie gray, whose spinal cord was nearly severed. Can we believe that the proliferation of video is suddenly cause police to be more aggressive with blacks and minorities, or is this finally proof of what blacks and minorities have been experiencing for many decades?”

An autopsy and the family indicate his spinal cord was 80% severed. When that happened has yet to be precisely determined. Video shows Mr. Grey struggling for control of his lags as police pulled him off the sidewalk after several officers tackled him to the ground. If at this point you are asking WHY he was arrested, then you might also find yourself asking what rape victims did to get raped. Stop it. Focus. It is what is needed here.

The interesting and alarming thing with all the black folks at the station that day was their reaction, or lack of one. From our good friend Michael Donnelly, who was in for the roundtable, to Toni Scott, RN and Yoga therapist, and host of “Creating a Healthier Self” (Saturday’s 6-7pm on Que4 Radio, AM1680 in Chicago), or her two guests, a trauma nurse on Chicago’s south side and a 3rd year resident, they were largely uniform in that reaction. This has been going on for decades.

What it exposes is a level of ambivalence and indifference to human rights abuses long prevalent in the black community. The systemic neglect, and the tiered standards applied to black communities is well established here. But something else is interesting here. I believe that it has even come as a bit of a shock to the black community as well. At the fulcrum of that shock is the revolution in digital technology, and especially the revolutionary availability of cameras now so ubiquitous in society.

From all of those I have spoken to in recent days, the sudden wave of video and images showing police heavy-handed and aggressive, and often fatal, behavior towards minorities, often for minor, manufactured and sometimes invented offenses has validated and confirmed for Blacks what they knew but could never prove. The idea that cameras and police violence erupted simultaneously is absurd. That’s sort of like saying that sex was invented with stag films. This has been a hidden form of terrorism and oppression long decried by the Black community and long ignored by the rest of America.

In 1993, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall I was in Prague, just as they were shaking off their Communist past. On a wall in a working class neighborhood, hastily written in English were deeply prophetic words:

“LIGHTS, CAMERA, REVOLUTION!”

Those words are as true here and now as they were on that wall in 1993. The meaning behind them resonating through to this moment and to the embattled Baltimore streets; The past always finds us.


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “A Tragic Fate: 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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Chicago Solidarity for #Baltimore today 6pm

Black Youth Project 100 Chicago Chapter | byp100.org | @BYP_100 | Facebook

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Contact: Malcolm London, 773-386-3010, malcolmxlondon@gmail.com
Charlene Carruthers, 773-208-2264, charlene@byp100.org

Baltimore Solidarity Action
Tuesday, 4/28
6PM, 3510 S Michigan

Tues 4/28: Chicago Emergency Action in Solidarity with Baltimore

Chicago 4/28 — Local organizers are calling for a solidarity demonstration with the people of Baltimore on Tuesday, April 28, at 6PM at Chicago Police Department Headquarters, 3510 South Michigan Avenue.

Join BYP 100, We Charge Genocide, The Chicago Light Brigade, Black Lives Matter: Chicago, Chicago Socialists – ISO, #LetUsBreathe Collective & many more tomorrow for an emergency action at CPD HQ to protest, to learn, to join together, to continue loving one another by fighting for each other’s lives.

Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1848370672054274/

Too many names have been turned into hashtags. What is happening in Baltimore is not an isolated event. This did not start today, or yesterday or last month or with Ferguson or with Rodney King. You cannot critique how Black people & people of color deal with the anguish, the frustration, the trauma, the death we experience everyday at the hands of the state, especially if you have never joined in the fight to end this oppression.

The police militarization and murder, the racist and systemic violence, the trauma and denied justice are happening in your backyards. Just days ago the judicial system that we are told to have faith in let Dante Servin walk free after acknowledging he did kill Rekia Boyd.

We do this for Rekia Boyd, Freddie Gray, Dominique Franklin, Mya Hall, a trans woman who was killed by Baltimore police March 30. We do this to have symmetry in the cemetery. To value every life taken.

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Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) 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, 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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Bank/Sheriff’s Eviction Mistake leaves Family Homeless in Chicago

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Monday, April 27th, 2015 Toussaint Losier 773-236-0559

Press Announcement: Auburn Gresham family left with broken door, threat of homelessness, after Cook County Sheriffs, Charter One Bank Eviction Mistake

(Chicago, IL) Last Monday, Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies and officials from Charter One Bank nearly evicted the Lee family from the family’s Auburn Gresham home – by accident. That morning, the Lees had gone before a circuit court judge at the Richard J. Daley Center. Following the judge’s decision to postpone a hearing until the next day, the Lee’s returned to their Auburn Gresham home only to find that Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies had broken down their door and agents from Charter One Bank were about to begin removing their belongings – even though the judge had not issued a final ruling on their appeal. One week later, neighbors and supporters with the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign will hold a rally to support the Lees and call on Charter One Bank to keep them in their home.

“We came back to court and find the door of the hinges and six sheriffs deputies in our living room,” explained Timothy Lee. “When they saw we had just come from court, they told us it was a mistake and tried to fix the door, but said they can come back out any day they want.”

Since 2013, Timothy Lee and his family have been trying to repurchase the home that his elderly mother lost to a foreclosure by Charter One Bank. Unlike most home loan foreclosure cases in the Chicagoland region, Mr. Lee’s mother had owned her home ‘free and clear’ – except for a $3,300 home improvement loan she owed when she passed in 2010. After dealing with several attorneys that failed to take their case forward, the Lees had attempted to negotiate with the bank themselves, only to find their offers to hold onto their family home repeatedly dismissed by bank officials who ultimately purchased the property at auction in February 2013. Six months ago, the Lees were finally able to arrange to have an appraiser from Charter One view the house, but never received any response from bank officials, except notices from the bank’s lawyers that they were in the process of having them evicted.

“I’ve never seen the Sheriff and the Banks evict some one and then say it was a ‘mistake’. Its only a mistake because this time they got caught in the act,” explained Willie Fleming of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign. “Charter One Bank should do the right thing by keeping the Lees in their home and Sheriff Dart should make sure this sort of thing doesn’t happen again.”

Monday’s eviction left the Lees with a broken front door and a host of unanswered questions. Contrary to established policy, Sheriff’s officials removed their “No Trespassing” sign and returned possession of the property to the Lees when they discovered that their court appeals were still pending before a judge. While taking note of the damage done to their home, officials from Charter One first said they would find a way to keep them in their home, yet in the days since, their calls into the bank have once again been met with silence. The Lees remained concerned that this is taking place because officials from Charter One Bank are more interested in profiting off of the foreclosure insurance they can claim when the home is empty, than the money they would make from the sale of a South Side home that has declined in value.

“We grew up in this neighborhood and this house is all our family has,” explained Timothy Lee’s wife, Eugenia. “I don’t understand why Charter One won’t even tell what they need us to pay to keep our home. Instead, they want to put us out on the street while we are meeting with the judge.”

Described as a “mistake” by sheriff deputies and bank officials from Century 21, last Monday’s events are part of worrying trend, where officials from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s office are partnering with bank officials to go ahead with evictions even when foreclosed homeowners and tenants have secured a stay of eviction pending a judge’s ruling on their motion. Last year, a change to Cook County’s eviction law that would have made this process legal was in a bill drafted by Illinois State Representative Monique Davis (D), but the measure failed to pass the State House. Without a change in the law, the sheriff’s office has moved forward under what seems to be a new policy that denies struggling families any sense of due process and sides with the same financial institutions that have left large swaths of the South and West sides blighted by most of the Chicagoland’s roughly 60,000 vacant buildings.

What: Press Conference for the Lee family

Where: Lee family home, 8143 S. Morgan Ave, Chicago, IL 60620

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Exelon digging deep…in your pocket

One point six Billion dollars. We’ll get into the numbers in detail in a bit, but we’d prefer if you didn’t punch your computer just yet before you hear the details.

Jim Chilsen, Communications Director for Chicago’s Citizen’s Utility Board, a consumer watchdog group dealing with public utilities was adamant the deal would be disastrous to small businesses, fixed income households and working families if Illinois agreed to pay a profitable company $1.6 billion Dollars. The company, Exelon, wants a state bailout that would cost Illinois taxpayers, hit public services and schools, which are already cash strapped and struggling. Chilsen made those comments Saturday on the Revolution and Beer show, heard Saturdays from 11am-1pm on Que4 radio, AM1680.

For the moment forget the purposeful maze of numbers intended to confuse, dilute and distract from the core issue, this is really about market economics and if big business, like Exelon, the parent company of Commonwealth Edison, are far too cozy with government officials to the detriment of the average taxpayer. Business graft advocates like the Illinois Policy Institute regularly argue that all aspects of economics, politics and your kids’ after school bake sale are beholden to these never fully defined market imperatives. Indeed, too many large companies, from coal and oil concerns to banks and public utilities do not live and die by market dynamics, instead they have learned that using the government as a middleman and enforcement mechanism to fill their ever deepening coffers if far more profitable than actually doing business in a fair and real market place.

Think of it this way; it is as if the balloon industry realized that they could no longer compete with those new upstarts, the Wright Brothers and their aero planes. Instead, the balloon industry, unable and unwilling to compete in that changing marketplace went to William McKinley and asked the taxpayers to bail them out. Exelon, still reaping profits from 6 nuclear power facilities in Illinois, sees the writing on the wall about the changing marketplace, but want you to pay for it. They are the balloon people. Use that visual any way you choose.

Now, let’s say the balloon people partied at the same club with ole Bill McKinley. And let’s say that you couldn’t get invited to that club to clean the bathroom. And you definitely can’t get to McKinley to plead your case, but the balloon people can. That might just be enough to make an anarchist go a little crazy. And let’s call this club the Commercial Club. Coincidentally there is a Commercial Club of Chicago. William McKinley isn’t a member, but Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, and Governor Bruce Rauner are, along with the CEO of the Balloo, er, um, Exelon is. Bruce Rauner, critical of untoward influence by unions in negotiating contracts is silent on a rate increase and bail-out bill for Exelon, which is backed by….Exelon!

Speaking of the CEO of Exelon, now for the numbers. First this one; CEO Christopher Crane got a 69% raise last year. Don’t worry, the very sympathetic Chicago Tribune let readers know that “in the Marketplace” Mr. Crane was underpaid, and that part of the raise, giving him a total compensation package of over $17 million, was a correction. Did I mention the Tribune was well represented in the Commercial Club too?

Just as an aside, the average Exelon worker makes annually about $45,000. It would take each of them roughly 380 years to make what Crane takes home in a year. Oh, yeah, they, or you gave him an additional $3 million to keep him around because in a market (there’s that word again) that saw an overall increase last year of 30%, he steered Exelon to a loss of 3.8%. You can see why they wouldn’t want to lose him.

In 2007 Illinois passed the Renewable Portfolio Standard, to much fanfare, parades and fireworks (sic). That legislation mandates that the state’s energy needs should be met by renewable sources, like natural gas, wind and solar. Last week Crane, along with the Koch Brothers and ExxonMobil pressed congress to crush wind power, asking legislators to kill subsidies for wind energy.

“If the government believes that they’re improving the environment by subsidizing wind, they are wrong…It is going to shut nuclear plants down.” He told the Chicago Tribune

Exelon, in a cynical twist of truly comedic irony, says that it is anti-subsidy not anti wind. That disconnect, and hypocrisy highlights a fundamental shortcoming by Exelon. Wind power is not the enemy here, any more than tiny mammals posed a threat to dinosaurs. It is their apparent inability to recognize and adapt to a changing market. In a 2013 article in Forbes Fracking for natural gas was heralding the decline and even eventual demise of Nuclear energy. Investors were realizing that eventuality and fleeing from Nuclear energy. Say what you will about fracking and natural gas, both of which are dangerous to the environment, but they were one of the forces changing the energy market fundamentally.

In may 2014 Revolution and Beer reported on promising and exciting breakthroughs in solar power, in an article titled “Endless Solar! The end of Fracking and Coal.” The piece describes strategies that could transform the nation, provide endless solar power and could spur a renaissance for the big energy companies for distribution. We definitely don’t have the marketing and R and D capabilities of Exelon. Then again what made dinosaurs, dinosaurs was their inability to adapt, except now those dinosaurs sip champagne in exclusive clubs with politicians who can write massive checks from your money.


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 “A Tragic Fate: 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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Stop Mass Incarceration Network: Release LaQuan McDonald Video Now

Stop Mass Incarceration Network – Chicago is calling for all people of conscience to join with us in collaborative action to demand that the immediate release of the Chicago Police Department dash cam video showing their murder of LaQuan McDonald last October 20, and the immediate firing and indictment of the cop who shot LaQuan 16 times. We are reaching out now, and ask that people and organizations who feel similarly contact us immediately. We want to do something concrete as quickly as possible to force that video to be released.

The city has said it will NOT release the video publicly. The cop is on desk duty, and continues to be paid. ALL of this is outrageous and needs to change, NOW.

17-year-old LaQuan McDonald, shot 16 times and killed by Chicago police Oct 20, 2014

17-year-old LaQuan McDonald, shot 16 times and killed by Chicago police Oct 20, 2014

Background information:

Mary Mitchell of the Chicago Sun Times wrote an article, “Why the city doesn’t want video of Laquan McDonald’s shooting release, (posted April 14, 2015) which details the murder and the subsequent efforts by the City of Chicago and the CPD to conceal that murder, which was recorded on a CPD dash-cam video.

Jamie Kalven and Craig Futterman reported in Slate.com (“Sixteen Shots”) that the autopsy report shows Laquan was shot in the left scalp, neck, left chest, right chest, left elbow (2), right upper arm (2), left forearm, right upper leg (2), left upper back, right arm, right forearm, right lower back.

Today (April 21, 2015), the New York Times published an editorial, The Violent Legacy of Chicago’s Police, which says in part, “The city has declined to release the police video because of the continuing investigation. But that’s a flimsy excuse. The public deserves to see this evidence, and the longer the delay the greater the suspicion against a department that has a history of violating the public’s trust.”

The Chicago Tribune published an April 16, 2015 editorial, Why did a Chicago cop shoot Laquan McDonald?, which said in part that “City attorneys didn’t want to gamble with a jury. (Corporation Counsel) Patton said video captured by a police cruiser’s dashboard camera was crucial to that decision…So let’s see that video.”

Chicago Pays $5 Million to Suppress Dash Cam Video of Laquan McDonald Shot 16 Times by Police from Revolution newspaper (revcom.us)

In Mitchell’s article, Jeffrey Neslund, LaQuan’s family’s attorney, described the video:

“Laquan is walking away from police with a knife in his right hand. ‘He is not running. He is not lunging. He is walking. Two Chicago police officers jump out of a Tahoe with their guns drawn. McDonald is still walking west toward the sidewalk with a full lane of traffic separating him from one of the officers. When the officer begins shooting, the first shots spin McDonald around. The officer continues to fire from a distance of between 12 and 15 feet. McDonald falls. The only movement is the puffs of smoke coming from the teen’s torso and his head.’”

Sixteen shots. This is hard to read without a sense of overwhelming horror, and anger, and fury – what must it be like to watch it? A snuff film of a young human being, with his whole life ahead of him, shot down in cold blood – his future gone in a hail of bullets.

Last Wednesday, April 15, the day after the nationwide #ShutDownA14 protests to stop police murder, the Chicago City Council voted 47-0 to approve a $5 million payment to LaQuan’s family. The settlement was specifically to avoid a lawsuit by the family, which would have brought many details of this murder to the light of day.

The next City Council meeting isn’t until Wednesday, May 6, two weeks from now. The dash cam video needs to be released NOW, long before May 6.

Release the video of LaQuan’s murder NOW!
Fire the cop who murdered LaQuan!
Indict the cop who murdered LaQuan!

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#justiceforRekia Monday @ 1:30

Join us as Monday, April 20th at 1:30 pm as we continue to pack the courthouse and demand justice for Rekia and all of our sisters who we’ve lost to police murder and violence.

You can join and share the Facebook invitation here

The judge has announced that he will make a decision Monday regarding officer Servin’s defense request to dismiss the case. We are encouraging as many people as possible to show up and show your support to the family in demanding justice for Rekia and demanding an end to police violence.

We’re asking that you:
– Show up physically to the court room
– Spread the word about the case via social media
– Change your profile pic to support Rekia
– Inform your friends & family about the case -http://tlshelton.wix.com/rekia-boyd#!fact-sheet

Together we stand strong in demanding justice for Rekia!
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NOTE:
Seating is VERY limited so plan to arrive by 1:00pm to get in.

We ask that everyone try to wear/bring a yellow clothing item if you can. Yellow was Rekia’s favorite color and we’d like to show our solidarity this way.

Background:

Rekia Boyd was only 22 when she was shot in the back of the head and killed by an off-duty Chicago police detective.

The detective, Dante Servin, had gotten into a verbal altercation with one person among a group of individuals Boyd was standing with in Douglas Park, located on the South West Side. From his unmarked car, Servin turned the wrong way on a one-way street and fired five rounds over his left shoulder out the window. One of the rounds struck the hand of a man in the group; another hit Boyd in the back of the head. She died less than 24 hours later.

Police initially claimed a man in the group approached Servin with a weapon, prompting Servin to fire, “fearing for his life.” The Independent Police Review Authority later stated they found NO weapon at the scene and that the man was reportedly holding a cell phone — NOT a gun.

Servin is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless discharge of a firearm and reckless conduct. He is only the second officer since 1997 to be indicted for killing a civilian.

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Sometimes heroes are not what they seem, and the so-called tough guys are part of the problem. General George S Patton, whom Richard Cohen, a heavyweight columnist at the Washington Post, termed a “contemptible bigot”. Patton wrote in his diary that the Jews were “lower than animals” and wanted them kept in camps under armed guard, for fear that they would “swarm like locusts”. Patton wrote those words amid a second Holocaust after some Poles began murdering “liberated” camp victims. Still view this American hero the same way?


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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 “A Tragic Fate: 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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PROTEST TO END TO POLITICAL INTIMIDATION AND CORRUPTION

For Immediate Release:

04, 11, 2015

Contact:

Anthony Martinez: 773-819-6317

RESIDENTS PROTEST TO DEMAND AN END TO POLITICAL INTIMIDATION AND CORRUPTION AT 106TH AND AVENUE M CHICAGO, ILLINOIS

Threats of retaliation and reports of harassment for absentee ballots causes community outrage

(Chicago, Illinois) – On 11th, April, 2015, at 2 pm a coalition of local community members and groups led by Anthony Martinez from RISE Southeast Chicago community group, will come together to protest threats of retaliation, intimidation and corruption following the results of the 10th ward election on 106th and Avenue M.

Protest organizer Anthony Martinez says, “The activities that have been going on the last 16 years and recently the violent crimes and threats against people who voted against the current alderman are unacceptable. We are calling for an end to this and an investigation into any reports of rigging the results of the election through intimidation or fraud.”

After threats of violence and harassment towards voters in the 10th ward election, residents are organizing to demand justice. From signs being torn from homes, broken car windows, Facebook threats, and now reports of shady characters requesting absentee ballots after the deadline, the community has begun organizing to demand an investigation and end to these practices. Residents are demanding a full investigation into any attempts at voter intimidation or fraud, along with demands that officials look into allegations of corrupt practices in the ward. Organizers are trying to gather attention to these threats out of fear someone will be hurt as a result of retaliation.

l Corona a community resident and RISE members states: “We will stand up against these social injustices. Our community needs it, our neighbors want it, and our children demand it! We will not let people in our community be intimidated, threatened or hurt!”

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Visit facebook.com/RISEChicago for more information or email robert.eckes@gmail.com.
For information about gang involvement in 10th ward politics visit 10thwardcorruption.wordpress.com/ (non RISE affiliated site)

Olga Bautista
(773) 712-4956

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