No show by Part-time Governor Rauner after Disaster

Governor Rauner was absent and unresponsive to the destruction to homes and businesses in North central Illinois after Tornadoes struck overnight. Dozens of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and at least one person was killed. But in his first test as Governor, Bruce Rauner was absent and silent over the disaster. His primary concern with this part-time Governor seems to be his assignment to attack unions and cut help to the poor.

http://www.msn.com/en-us/weather/topstories/1-dead-homes-destroyed-in-tiny-illinois-town-after-tornado/ar-AAaCOcz?ocid=U146DHP


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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Rogers Park Food Co-ops Special Screening of “Food Patriots”

Media contact:
Lisa Gordon
RPFC.Media@gmail.com
847-492-1302

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Rogers Park Food Co-op Presents Special Screening of Food Patriots
Tuesday, April 21 at Bremner Lounge in Centennial Forum at Loyola University

ROGERS PARK, IL – The Rogers Park Food Co-op will present a special screening of the documentary Food Patriots, on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, at 7:00 p.m. at Bremner Lounge in Centennial Forum, 1125 W. Loyola Ave., on the campus of Loyola University in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood. Following the screening, the Co-op will present a panel discussion with Sam Spitz, an associate producer at Groundswell Educational Films who is featured prominently in the film, and other local food thought leaders.

Filmmakers Jeff and Jennifer Spitz were inspired to change the way their family ate after their oldest son, Sam, got sick from eating chicken contaminated with a superbug, and antibiotics failed. The film chronicles their efforts to eat more locally, and their encounters with numerous food patriots—from an urban agriculture pioneer in Madison, WI, to a victory garden revivalist in Chicago—whom they meet along the way. Food Patriots features people from all walks of life who are trying to change the way Americans eat and buy food and educate the next generation of consumers. For more info, visit http://www.foodpatriots.com/.

Tickets for the event on April 21 at Bremner Lounge are $10 for the general public and $5 for college students with ID and children 18 and under. Tickets may be purchased through Brown Paper Tickets at http://rpfcfoodpatriots.brownpapertickets.com or at the door.

More information is available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/RogersParkFood/events or by e-mailing RogersParkFood@gmail.com. Event graphic available on request.

About the Rogers Park Food Co-op

The Rogers Park Food Co-op is in its third year of organization and is currently campaigning to sign up its first 300 members. It will be a member-owned cooperative grocery store in Rogers Park, offering access to trusted sources of healthy, locally grown, sustainable, and artisanal foods. It will also offer food education programs, serve as a gathering place for the community, and foster strong ties among the many diverse cultures of Rogers Park.

Because food co-ops are locally owned, they generally source many of their products from local farmers and food purveyors. Doing so keeps money spent on groceries in the local economy. Food co-ops often hire more employees than corporate supermarkets, which is good for the local economy, as well. By becoming a member or by shopping at the Rogers Park Food Co-op, residents can help strengthen the local economy and support a sustainable, healthy food system at the same time.

The Rogers Park Food Co-op is a proud member of the Chicagoland Food Co-op Coalition.

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Chuy Wins! Wait. What? :(

18%. That was the final turn out for my district on the northside. Had a conversation with one of these “trash the system” people who out of some supreme sense of civic consciousness strategically do not vote. City wide the turn out is estimated at around 40%, better than 34% in the election that led to the runoff. That number is still abysmally low. Low turn outs nearly always favor the incumbent.

The good news is, if you like:

Speed and red light cameras,
Pay to play politics,
Zero transparency,
Police abuse,
A condescending dictatorial city hall,
Your property taxes skimmed for gifts to the mayor’s wealthy friends,
Shuttered public schools to pay for corporate charter schools,
The elimination of public services, such as rat abatement and mental health clinics
Hidden predatory taxation
The continued blighting of the south and west sides in a continuing housing and foreclosure catastrophe

If you love all of those things, then keep reminding yourself that voting is evil and doesn’t matter. Then again, if you feel that way you might just be Governor Bruce Rauner


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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Immigrant Groups March to Save Lives Today

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Immigrant Groups Announce a March to Save Lives (press conference at 11:30am)
Contact :
Rev Jose S. Landaverde 773-538-7414 ,
Hilda Burgos , 312-388-5963
Gustavo Galves 773 -475-131

What. Press conference to send the message: “We will march because, we do not want to died”
When: TODAY: April 2, 2015 At 11: 30 am
Where: 2057 W 51 Street Chicago , Ill 60609

The Mission Faith, Life,and Hope in solidarity with the Guadalupe Fighting for Life committee and with the support of the Angeles Bringing Peace and Hope to the World are calling to a press Conference to Announce a March for Life From back of the yards neighborhood to the State of Illinois building scheduled for next Wednesday April 8, 2015

WHY:

This is to protest against Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner who wants to remove funds and pass SB741 law, which in effect would strip immigrants without legal status having any chance of acquiring life saving organ transplants.
We are asking the support of the community to please join us in this march with which we will be representing the cross by which Jesus of Nazareth suffered because of denouncing injustice and politicians who dare to commit all sorts of atrocities against the people of God.


MARCH PLACE OF START:

The reunion will held on April 8, 2015 at 11:00 AM. Place of reunion will held at 2057 W. 51st Street, Chicago IL, 60609.
From the starting point of our mission, we will be marching to the State of Illinois building in downtown Chicago.

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Freedom Ride for #BlackLivesMatter

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Page May, 802-324-7751, page.organizing@gmail.com

Justice for Stephon:
A Freedom Ride for #BlackLivesMatter
From Chicago to Calumet City, connecting Stephon Watts’ murder to the systemic criminalization of Black youth with disabilities, as well as the closing of Illinois’ community mental health services.

CHICAGO 4/2 — On Saturday, April 4th, a Freedom Ride caravan will travel from Chicago to Calumet City to rally, march, and demand justice for Stephon Watts and his family. The date also marks the anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Busses and cars will depart at 12PM from the Village Leadership Academy, 1001 W. Roosevelt Rd.

February 1st marked the three-year anniversary of Stephon’s murder by the Calumet City police. Stephon was a 15-year-old with autism who was killed in his home. Saturday’s event will focus on the story of Stephon Watts, while connecting his death to the legacy of Dr Martin Luther King Jr and the current Black Lives Matter movement. Speakers will include the mother and father of Stephon Watts, students from the Village Leadership Academy, members of the United Auto Workers, and organizers from We Charge Genocide and Access Living.

A fleet of buses and cars will drive together from Chicago to Calumet City, singing freedom songs and building community along the way. Upon arriving in Calumet City, at 14600 S Torrence Ave at 1:00pm, participants in the caravan will meet and rally with the family of Stephon Watts. They will then march to the police department at 1200 Pulaski Rd for a demonstration.

“What happened to Stephon Watts is part of a larger, national crisis. Half of the people killed last year by police had a mental health disability. As part of the Black Lives Matter movement, we must understand and draw attention to the criminalization of disability and how it intersects with the criminalization of race, gender, sexuality and poverty,” says Page May, an organizer with We Charge Genocide. “This Saturday, we will honor the memory of Stephon Watts and support his family. We will also lift up the names of others with disabilities who have been killed by the police.”

Those that plan to join the Freedom Ride must register to reserve fee transportation. Journalists are welcome: http://bit.ly/1wOxyVb

This event is organized and hosted by: We Charge Genocide and Village Leadership Academy

For updates from the Freedom Ride: Follow #Justice4Stephon and #JusticeForStephon on twitter

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/396767897177918

Statement from Attorney Anthony Peraica

The tragic death of a 15 year old Stephon Watts was avoidable. Officers Haynek and Coffey of the Calumet Park Police Dept. shot and killed Stephon right in front of his father. The officers acted in a completely unprofessional, intentional manner, putting themselves and members of the Watts family in grave danger.

They caused Stephon to die needlessly. Knowing about Stephon’s autism disability from their two previous visits to the Watts house, they nevertheless proceeded to antagonize Stephon putting him in a closed environment under severe stress.

When Stephon tried to exit the confined space, Haynek shot him in the chest. As Stephon fell to the ground, Coffey shot him in the back.

This is yet another outrageous example of bad policing practices that have caused a death of a young disabled person.

When are police going to stop shooting? When are they going to start respecting life? When are they going to learn that proper policing methods are designed to preserve life, not end it?

All of you are here today to draw attention to a spree of police killings of innocent people who did not need to die. Stephon did not need to die. Watts family did not need to be destroyed.

All of us must hold police accountable and put pressure on those departments, like the Calumet City, who act with reckless disregard for the safety of citizens.

Your protest today is one way to hold police accountable. Our court system is another way. Political pressure is another.

On behalf of the Watts family, I thank you for all that you do.

Tony Peraica
Anthony J Peraica & Associates, Ltd
5130 South Archer Avenue
Chicago, IL 60632

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Get Out the Vote Party

MEDIA ADVISORY FOR: April 1, 2015

CONTACT: Tamara Fouche, tamara@chicagovotes.com, 847-371-1434

Young People, Civic Leaders, and Newly Elected Aldermen Host Citywide Party to Get Out the Vote

On Saturday, Hundreds Will Come Together for Music and Democracy

Next week, Chicago will host the first runoff election for mayor in more than 30 years. Young people—and allies across the city—are seizing the moment to take civic engagement to new heights.

On Saturday, April 4, hundreds will come together for “Deluxe Democracy: the Party,” featuring local artists and newly elected officials, including 26-year old alderman-elect Carlos Ramirez-Rosa from the 35th Ward, the first openly gay Latino alderman. The event is being sponsored by Deluxe Vodka and Revolution Brewing, supported by a range of youth groups, and hosted by Chicago Votes, a nationally recognized non-profit dedicated to young voter engagement, particularly among youth of color. The organization is also responsible for passing legislation that makes voting access easier for young people, including Online Voter Registration.

The event will have free food—and drinks,—and is open to the public, but is 21 and over after 9pm. Attendees are encouraged to go to the polls early before joining the party.

Earlier this week, Chicago Votes hosted #PollsGoinUp, a debate watch party and panel discussion featuring former Mayoral candidate Amara Enyia, Martin Torres of the Latino Policy Forum, and Jessica Pierce of The Black Youth Project and Christian Diaz of the Logan Square Neighborhood Association.

What: Deluxe Democracy: The Party, a citywide event to celebrate and strengthen the youth vote

Who: Youth groups, elected officials, and artists Kiings, Sylvie Grace, Moses, and DJ Earn Money

Where: Canvas, 2313 W North Avenue, Chicago, il 60647

When: April 4, 2015, Programming from 5-9 PM, party continuing until 1 AM

Registration: deluxedemocracy.eventbrite.com

Chicago Votes is the only organization in the city that systematically engages young people of color in the electoral process, provides real world organizing training, and helps to pass legislation that advocates for youth voting rights.

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Ethics and Sincerity at Lufthansa: The Tragedy of Flight 9525

Full disclosure: I was laid off from a Lufthansa affiliate 2 years ago. Over almost 25 years of travelling to Europe I have flown nearly every major airline. I returned most often to Lufthansa as my carrier of choice. I do not work for Lufthansa any longer. This is not a commercial for Lufthansa. It is an attempt to define a bit of clarity amid a terrible tragedy.

We live in a litigious age, an age of PR spin and plausible deniability, where ethics are massaged and honesty is a distant consideration. Perhaps because of all that, or even in spite of it is why Lufthansa Chief executive, Carsten Spohr’s moral and ethical clarity in the wake of the Germanwings tragedy is so extraordinary. It now seems apparent that the loss in March 2015 of Flight 9525, with a loss of all on board was no accident. The flight was operated by an affiliate of Lufthansa. It now seems apparent that a young co-pilot suffering from severe depression intentionally crashed the plane. Whether the tragedy could have been debated is likely to long be the subject of debate

Immediately following the crash I wrote an article calling for cockpit image recorders. The intention is to take a longer view and too be a counterbalance to a reactionary mainstream Press. Always accusatory, and prone to sowing hysteria, that Press regularly drops stories as quickly as pre-school children lose interest in one toy over another. Rarely is there ever any usable information or a focused perspective.

The revelation that the Germanwings co-pilot, trained by Lufthansa, was known to suffer from clinical depression offered that Press ample fodder. Lost is a human perspective that reminds how nearly all of us will suffer depression in our lives, either due to the loss of a loved one, an accident or perhaps a severe illness. Many will struggle with that depression long term. A subset will endure clinical depression to varying degrees of severity their entire lives. A very few will become lost, as apparently this copilot did, in the psychological maze of deep biological depression. I have heard depression described as the inability to recognize choices, and an impediment to recognizing hope. That, it seems, was underscored only too painfully aboard that ill-fated flight.

That might have begun an inward looking public relations damage control effort by Lufthansa. The victim’s families might have been further insulted with corporatized insincerity, carefully manicured statements and non-apology apologies. Instead, Herr Spohr dared sincerity and honesty where one might have expected and others might have encouraged propaganda.

“This is the worst possible time,” Spohr told reporters, “the worst possible moment, the darkest chapter in the history in our airline. And yet we have full confidence in our pilots, so this is totally incomprehensible… “It appears to be true that the colleague left in the cockpit, the co-pilot, denied him access to the cockpit to initiate the deadly descent into the French Alps.”

The financial cost of this horrible incident is and must be secondary to the pain and anguish of all those who lost loved ones. There is ample opportunity for plausible deniability here. From a PR standpoint it would have been relatively simple to blame Germanwings. I do recall a story about tainted Coca-a-cola in Europe some years back. The local manager, and American, miscalculated European sensitivities in trying to make the situation right by offering every European a Coke. Perceived as a smug response by Europeans, sales of Coke plummeted. Spohr’s deliberate sincerity, however, was more than European in sensibility, but rather human in sensitivity.

As a company, Lufthansa has so far faced this tragedy with contrition. It will and must be a painful process. That pain pales in comparison to the victim’s families. But we should acknowledge that facing it squarely and honestly, as Spohr has done is the moral and decent thing to do. Sad, that when we are challenged so desperately, that sort of moral clarity has become the exception rather than the rule.


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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Ethics and Sincerity at Lufthansa: The Tragedy of Flight 9525

Full disclosure: I was laid off from a Lufthansa affiliate 2 years ago. Over almost 25 years of travelling to Europe I have flown nearly every major airline. I returned most often to Lufthansa as my carrier of choice. I do not work for Lufthansa any longer. This is not a commercial for Lufthansa. It is an attempt to define a bit of clarity amid a terrible tragedy.

We live in a litigious age, an age of PR spin and plausible deniability, where ethics are massaged and honesty is a distant consideration. Perhaps because of all that, or even in spite of it is why Lufthansa Chief executive, Carsten Spohr’s moral and ethical clarity in the wake of the Germanwings tragedy is so extraordinary. It now seems apparent that the loss in March 2015 of Flight 9525, with a loss of all on board was no accident. The flight was operated by an affiliate of Lufthansa. It now seems apparent that a young co-pilot suffering from severe depression intentionally crashed the plane. Whether the tragedy could have been debated is likely to long be the subject of debate

Immediately following the crash I wrote an article calling for cockpit image recorders. The intention is to take a longer view and too be a counterbalance to a reactionary mainstream Press. Always accusatory, and prone to sowing hysteria, that Press regularly drops stories as quickly as pre-school children lose interest in one toy over another. Rarely is there ever any usable information or a focused perspective.

The revelation that the Germanwings co-pilot, trained by Lufthansa, was known to suffer from clinical depression offered that Press ample fodder. Lost is a human perspective that reminds how nearly all of us will suffer depression in our lives, either due to the loss of a loved one, an accident or perhaps a severe illness. Many will struggle with that depression long term. A subset will endure clinical depression to varying degrees of severity their entire lives. A very few will become lost, as apparently this copilot did, in the psychological maze of deep biological depression. I have heard depression described as the inability to recognize choices, and an impediment to recognizing hope. That, it seems, was underscored only too painfully aboard that ill-fated flight.

That might have begun an inward looking public relations damage control effort by Lufthansa. The victim’s families might have been further insulted with corporatized insincerity, carefully manicured statements and non-apology apologies. Instead, Herr Spohr dared sincerity and honesty where one might have expected and others might have encouraged propaganda.

“This is the worst possible time,” Spohr told reporters, “the worst possible moment, the darkest chapter in the history in our airline. And yet we have full confidence in our pilots, so this is totally incomprehensible… “It appears to be true that the colleague left in the cockpit, the co-pilot, denied him access to the cockpit to initiate the deadly descent into the French Alps.”

The financial cost of this horrible incident is and must be secondary to the pain and anguish of all those who lost loved ones. There is ample opportunity for plausible deniability here. From a PR standpoint it would have been relatively simple to blame Germanwings. I do recall a story about tainted Coca-a-cola in Europe some years back. The local manager, and American, miscalculated European sensitivities in trying to make the situation right by offering every European a Coke. Perceived as a smug response by Europeans, sales of Coke plummeted. Spohr’s deliberate sincerity, however, was more than European in sensibility, but rather human in sensitivity.

As a company, Lufthansa has so far faced this tragedy with contrition. It will and must be a painful process. That pain pales in comparison to the victim’s families. But we should acknowledge that facing it squarely and honestly, as Spohr has done is the moral and decent thing to do. Sad, that when we are challenged so desperately, that sort of moral clarity has become the exception rather than the rule.


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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Uptown Rally for Disabled Woman

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2015
For Information:
Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center, 773.769.1411, alanmills@uplcchicago.org
Megan Groves, Uptown People’s Law Center, 310.625.5726, megan@uplcchicago.org

THURSDAY, APRIL 2
Press Conference and Rally, 12:45 PM, Daley Center, 50 W. Washington
Court Hearing, 1:30 PM, Room 1501

Community Members Rally in Support of
Elderly Disabled Woman Evicted by Her Son

Chicago, IL – Blanca Peña is a 75 year old disabled Latina woman whose son, Miguel Peña, is evicting her from her home. The home, located in Gage Park, was purchased by both of them for her to live in, and Ms. Peña has been there for 25 years.

On April 2 there will be a hearing, where the judge will either evict Ms. Peña or choose to send the case to a jury trial. Supporters will be gathering at a rally before the scheduled court time, and then entering the courtroom as a show of support for Ms. Peña.

Uptown People’s Law Center, a nonprofit legal organization specializing in tenants’ rights, is representing Ms. Peña, who speaks limited English. Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center, said, “This is grossly unfair. Ms. Peña and her son bought the house together, and she’s lived there for 25 years. The law should not allow a son to throw his elderly, disabled mother out of her home.”

Ms. Peña provided a home for Mr. Peña while he was growing up. In 1990, Mr. Peña told his mother that he was going to buy her a house because he didn’t want her to have to worry about paying rent or living in poor conditions. They moved into the house in Gage Park. Ms. Peña helped pay the mortgage over the years and paid for extensive repairs to the home. Though Mr. Peña moved out in 2007 when he got married, at no time did he say his mother would need to leave, until the filing of this eviction. Ms. Peña is unable to work, and unable to afford market rent.

“There are three legal reasons why Ms. Peña has a right to stay in her home. First is promissory estoppel, a legal term that means ‘keep your promises’. Second, she has an easement which allows her continued use of the home. Finally, he failed to serve her with a proper notice of tenancy termination,” said Alan Mills, Executive Director of Uptown People’s Law Center.

Uptown People’s Law Center (UPLC) is a nonprofit legal services organization specializing in prisoners’ rights, Social Security disability, and tenants’ rights and eviction defense. More information is available at the UPLC website. Further updates and information for the press conference and rally can be found here.
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Ain’t no cure for Stupid

Indiana, and now Arkansas either have or are about to pass anti-gay legislation, paraded at religious freedom. Now Nevada wants to kick out the federal government and deny them any claim to federally designated land-all to benefit tax thief and illegal land squatter Cliven Bundy. Jeez, Nevada, if you must suck dick, make it a little younger.

These ISIS “Christians” are throwing a hail Mary pass for an end run around anti-discrimination laws and gay marriage being upheld in state after state, despite the right’s Taliban-style histrionics. This is exactly their tactic with the whole vaginal probe thing for all those sluts who insist they are in charge of their own bodies. Guess it really isn’t about freedom after all, eh righties?

Instead they are taking it out on the Black guy in the White House, who they have never accepted as President. The laws are really edicts by a small group of bigots determined to do to my Christianity and yours what bin Laden and the Taliban have done to Islam. Now they are crapping all over our religion, stealing it and turning it into their own political hate fest, and using it to bully minorities.

I say, let them have it. In fact, if these right wing scum hate the government so much, let’s balance the budget on red states. No more federal money, grants or subsidies to red states. I can think of a dozen economic and cultural ashtrays who should see military bases withdrawn. Texas for example, a near criminal state, sucks on the teat of federal money to service and run a number of bases, such as the nation’s largest, Fort Hood. Close it. Stop highway, water and education subsidies to Texas, Indiana. Oklahoma, Arkansas and any other regressive, mud-hump for brains red state. They won’t last long. Between climate deniers and fracking they are running out of water, so good riddance. Don’t come north where we have w ater; the borders will be as closed to you as you’d like the border to be closed to economic refugees this country helped cause.

Let them rot, burn up and blow away in global warming and economic and intellectual stagnation and decay. In fact, move the border up to the south side of Joliet. The rest can spin away into space. So long to you dumb as dirt slack-jawed reprobates. While you are at it, take the righties, conservatives and tea party mongoloids in the remaining pro-evolution states. Be sure to film it, though. It’s always interesting watching evolution run in reverse as you all filter away into your own inhuman swamp. And when you get thirsty, drink your crude, or kneel before Cliven Bundy.


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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