#BlackLivesMatter Appeal Outside Obama Library Site

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Trauma activists speak outside Obama Library announcement: “Obama, tell UofC that #BlackLivesMatter”

Who: Trauma Care Coalition

What: Trauma center activists

Date: Tuesday May 12th

Where/When: Main entrance of Gary Comer Youth Center, right now

Visual:
Banners reading “Obama Cares, UofC Doesn’t, #TraumaCenterNow, #BlackLivesMatter”


Chicago, IL
– Members of the trauma care coalition are outside the Gary Comer Youth Center where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Obama Foundation head Martin Nesbitt are set to officially announce the foundation’s decision to award the presidential library to the University of Chicago. The activists will be speaking out about their concerns that the lack of community benefits agreement means that the Obama Library will not provide what the South Side needs. Organizers are calling on UofC president Robert Zimmer to commit to opening a level 1 trauma center at the school’s Hyde Park campus.

Trauma activists and allies from the #BlackLivesMatter movement are also planning a march from one of the potential library sites through Hyde Park to Obama’s house and then to the UofC campus. Over one hundred supporters of a South Side trauma center, led by high school students, South Side clergy, UofC students, nurses and doctors will gather at one of the potential library sites. They will then make their way to Obama’s Kenwood home, where they will rally before continuing to the University’s campus.

The University of Chicago stands to gain national and international prominence from the addition of a presidential library, but trauma center activists say the University’s failure to provide adequate guarantees of benefits for the residents of Chicago’s South Side must be central to the narrative.

“Now that they’ve been awarded the library, the UofC has an obligation to make good on all the promises they made about caring for the community,” said Darrius Lightfoot, an organizer with Fearless Leading by the Youth (F.L.Y), “When they were trying to get the library, the University was all about showing how open and responsive they are to their surrounding communities. But we have yet to see that translate into real concrete changes.”\

The South Side of Chicago is classified as a “trauma desert.” The closest medical facility equipped to treat the most severe injuries, including gunshot wounds, is over ten miles from most of the region. Trauma is the leading cause of death for Chicagoans aged 18-44 and areas of the South Side near the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus see some of Chicago’s worst gun violence.

The Trauma Care Coalition doesn’t see this as an isolated instance of institutional neglect. “The UofC is eager to capitalize on the prestige of the first Black President of the US, but they have consistently failed to show a commitment to dismantling racial inequality right here in their own backyard,” said Veronica Morris-Moore, a lead organizer with F.L.Y, noting that gun violence overwhelmingly affects Black Chicagoans. “They are very happy to build a museum, but continue to refuse to provide life-saving trauma care at their medical facility.”

The library news comes amidst renewed protest nationwide over racial discrimination in the wake of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. The same day news outlets broke the story of the University of Chicago being awarded the library, six Baltimore police officers were arrested and charged, following days of intense protests, for the death of Freddie Gray.

Trauma activists also support a broader push for a comprehensive community benefits agreement to go along with the library. “They say that they’re taking community voices into account, but even if they did that in more thorough way, like by agreeing to provide trauma care, there still needs to be way to hold them accountable,” explained Morris-Moore, who hopes that the University will sign a legally binding Community Benefits Agreement (CBA).

Student activist Tessa Garcia-Duarte also questioned the effectiveness of the University’s projected impact of the library project. The University claims that the library will bring $220-million a year to the city of Chicago. “What we don’t know is who’s going to benefit from that income – even the UofC isn’t claiming that it’s going to South Siders, and given their record of racism and exclusion, we need to see clear guarantees. It’s only a compelling statistic if you’re a diehard believer in trickle-down economics,” said Garcia-Duarte.

The community’s demand for trauma care was sparked by the death of Woodlawn youth leader Damian Turner, and is led by the Woodlawn-based Fearless Leading by the Youth, along with the Kenwood-Oakland Community Organization, Students for Health Equity at the UofC, National Nurses United and many faith groups including the United Church of Christ.

The South Side is currently a trauma desert for adults, meaning that victims of shootings and other serious injuries must be taken over ten miles away, to the Near North Side or south west suburbs. The call for trauma care is also supported by a new study by the Illinois Department of Public Health which states that longer travel times to a trauma center increases the likelihood of dying, the study also states that the U of C is best positioned to expand access to trauma care, and that the U of C could further raise the age limit of their pediatric trauma center.

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Recent stories on the trauma center campaign:

“Here’s What U of C Should Do for the City” Crain’s Chicago Business

“Protestors link Obama library with #BlackLivesMatter,” Bloomberg

“UofC Wants to Raise Age Limit at Pediatric Trauma Center,” The Chicago Sun-Times

“UofC Aims to Expand Treatment at Children’s Trauma Center,” The Chicago Tribune

“Trauma center protesters target U. of C. capital campaign,” The Chicago Maroon

“Chicago Faith Leaders Sing, Pray For A South Side Trauma Center ,” Progress Illinois

“Religious leaders march for South Side trauma center,” Hyde Park Herald

“South Side Hospital Patients Caught in Trauma Deserts,” (Feature Story), Chicago Tribune

“University of Chicago Alumni: No Donations Until Trauma Center Opened,” Progress Illinois

“Chicago needs help, not Obama Library,” LZ Granderson, CNN.com

“Activists protest university’s bid for Obama Library,” USA Today

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American Eulogy

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Something changed. What changed? Where did America steer off the cliff into the abyss? On the Left it is fully the fault of Reagan and the Corporations. On the Right, the demons are the unions and welfare recipients. You could drive a whole nation through that gap. Neither of them fully answers the question.

I was recollecting the other day on my first job. 1978, a week before my 16th birthday I was hired to bag groceries at a Jewel Food Store in Romeoville, Illinois. Romeoville was hardly 15,000 people at the time, surrounded on three sides by farm fields. 3 years before my parents purchased a modest 3 bedroom, one incredibly small and overworked bathroom, single story ranch with their three sons for $36 thousand at 8% interest. My father, working regular by exhausting 12 hour shifts at a Union aluminum plant, as well as a part time job as a volunteer firefighter brought home all total around $20,000. With a certain latent anxiousness, my mother relates that without that overtime and the part time job as firefighter the family would not have been able to remain in that house.

It was a very different country in 1978. As part of my orientation at my new job, a Union position, by the way, paying a grand total of $3.35 an hour, I was introduced to the various department managers. The produce manager, a tall, studious gentleman, with military-trimmed blond hair and dark framed glasses was able to support his family on what he made at Jewel. Was he well off? No, but like my father, he made enough to sustain the family. I buddied up to a sweet woman named Sylvia who was the most senior checker. A widow, she could afford to support herself and two kids on a single salary. Those positions are, for the most part, gone now. They certainly do not pay a wage that could adequately support a family. Recently, we had someone on the show working a full time job who found it necessary in order to survive to also require food stamps.

Where did that country go? What happened? Someone got rich. It wasn’t the produce manager, or Sylvia. The wages for their positions have stagnated or grown at rates which have not kept pace at all with the economy. Gas stations, which once employed one or more attendants who would pump gas, clean windows and mirrors, check tire pressure and oil are now replaced by a single minimum wage worker behind a counter, while you do all the work.

Poverty rates in America. The Welfare system began in the 1930s, the war on poverty in the mid Sixties had a positive effect.

Poverty rates in America. The Welfare system began in the 1930s, the war on poverty in the mid Sixties had a positive effect.

The numbers are telling and heartbreaking. More than that, they reveal the misconceptions too eagerly fostered and promoted by a media increasingly used as a public relations tool for government, industry and the opulently wealthy. It isn’t all their fault, like some sort of alien invasion or takeover. The average American shares some guilt, but more on who and how much each of us is to blame in a moment.

Interesting, that when I began researching this piece I got many of the same responses over and over again. Wages were predominant. They have not kept pace against inflation or against CEO pay. Since 1950 CEO pay is up 1000 against employee pay. When I started that first job in 1978 the ratio was 42 to 1. Today it is more than 150 to 1. By contrast, minimum wages in this country have actually reversed when adjusted for inflation. If they had kept pace with inflation those wages would be around $17 an hour.

Apartment prices have more than doubled in that period, while wages have not. The median price for an apartment in Edgewater, not far from where I live, is over $1000, while a full time minimum wage job, the largest growing number of available jobs nets, before taxes, about 1400 per month. Through in a couple tins of tuna and a loaf of white bread for the month, the bill for that one light bulb you can afford to burn to open the tuna, and a bus pass to get to a job that doesn’t support you, and you are already well past your actual take home pay. Want to live in a safer neighborhood in the city? Mama better be sending you a check every month.

It isn’t the welfare state. As the picture shows, the war on poverty has actually had a substantial effect. Until the crisis of 2008, a massive scheme to loot the treasury (No ski masks and not a shot fired) for which no one was even given a stern talking to, the number of people living in poverty had continued to decline. It’s higher and growing now, because those with less assets bore the brunt of the crime. Nor is it the fault of unions. As the market increased and the economy shifted from manufacturing to service union membership fell to a negligible rate from its high of a still underwhelming 33% in the 1950s, or as many call it: The good ole days. Declining over the next 2 decades, membership increased slightly to about 29% at the end of the Carter administration. From there the attack on unions by Reagan, Clinton, Bush and Obama, as well as rhetoric rising in direct relation to the consolidation of media by corporate interests directly aligned with government drove union membership to the current 7 or 8%.

Union wages have not kept pace either. Union members, the very few that remain had instead taken more and more concessions, including reductions in pay. Loss of 401ks, reductions in benefits and even elimination of retirements, as in the case of the United Airlines Bankruptcy in 2001. What unions have done is set standards of wages and benefits defining America’s middle class. At less than 10% of the workforce, there isn’t much more they could do. It certainly doesn’t put that great a pressure on the real economy to make a difference. Union wages only account for less than 1/7 of the total income for American workers.union

Tax rates certainly are not the whole story. The Left is wrong to believe taxing the wealthy is the only answer. It is part of the answer. Manufacturing and innovation, both of which have been virtually eradicated in America and shipped overseas is a larger piece of the puzzle. Trade reform helps to stop the bleeding. Corporate taxes, as seen here in comparison to individual taxes are certainly in need of reform. The government continues paying massive amounts of money, far eclipsing so-called welfare and food stamps, to already profitable companies, like Exelon and the oil industry.u-s-federal-government-revenue-source

State, local and federal subsidies, tax breaks and tax forgiveness to companies in the US nears $1 trillion annually, and you are asked to tighten your belt! The largest growing demographic in Washington DC are lobbyists. Under Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner, who promise reform and called previous governors corrupt, has seen an explosion in the number of corporate lobbyists. The biggest lobbying concern is led by an organization led by his wife, Diana.

So the question remains; what happened to America? If the good old days were the 1950s, as we are told constantly, how come unions were bigger then and the economy greater. There were far more people living in poverty in America. Somebody got paid, and it wasn’t the poor and working class. They got cut. Question is, who did the cutting and what was the result? A better America, or a weaker America. Something was stolen. Somebody isn’t telling us the truth.


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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Off Color’s Tooth and Claw Lager: 180 Million Years to a Tap

At the age of seven it seemed like the longest word I had yet heard of: Paleontologist. No doubt my parents would recall that practically nothing but dinosaur this or dinosaur that left my mouth for much of the next few years. There was relatively little literature in the early 1970s for the novice about Dinosaurs; I devoured everything I could find. And though it was a fair distance from our rural Illinois home, my parents regularly indulged and encouraged my passion with regular trips to Chicago’s Field Museum.

I dreamed one day of being a Paleontologist. I wrote a letter to the head of the department at the museum and got a reply encouraging me to pursue my studies, and that one day I might be a famous scientist. I still have the letter somewhere. I pursued a career in art instead, and ended up in broadcasting, an author and in logistics.

In a few years I’ll approach five decades since I first walked through the doors and beheld the mind awakening majesty of the great hall. The Field Museum has changed much in that time. Still, in all that time it has never lost its breathless wonder for me. From the halls that map the evolution of the planet and its myriad and wondrous life forms, to the eternal assertions of the ancient Egyptians and the legacy of the vibrant indigenous cultures who effused the Americas for more than 13 millennia before Columbus and the Europeans arrived. In my dreams I retrace those uncountable steps which have come to help guide and define my understanding of the world and my place in it.IMG_3933

And so, in a word, the Field Museum is about evolution, and evolve it has. On Saturday’s radio show, (11am on AM1680, que4.org) a friend of the station shared samples of a local Craft beer available only at the Museum’s new, The Field Bistro, a comfortable and elegant adult respite, features several local brews. Ah, my father would have been in heaven compared with the old days with a somewhat austere basement cafeteria of greasy fast food and fountain sodas. We sampled Tooth and Claw, Dry Hop Lager, brewed exclusively by Chicago’s own Off Color Brewing for the Bistro.

The beer poured, into a pint glass bearing its name, to a slight burnt gold, clear with a one inch fluffy white head. Breathing in a beer is essential to truly valuing the taste. This was light and bready, balanced slightly by that citrusy hint of hops. The first taste was straight forward, reminding me slightly of a freshly brewed European lager on tap at a Prague brewery in the early 1990s. Tooth and Claw, I found, had that great sense of balance between sweet malts and bitter German noble hops. I found that malty fullness first, with a citrusy bitterness that lingered for just a moment. This one I would have bared with a hearty stew hinting of fresh rosemary, grilled meat or a smoky cheese, or porcini or portabella mushrooms for our vegan friends.

I have to confess, at first I failed to recognize Off Color. The label of Tooth and Claw is dutifully understated for the museum. Beer enthusiasts, particularly in Chicago, will recognize their hand drawn cartoonish labels. Last year Revolution and Beer featured their full and rich Scurry Dark Honey Ale. Their Troublesome Gose Style Beer remains one of our favorites. Tooth and Claw proves that Off Color is moved from a competent brewer to one of the important brewing houses in the city. If you ever need an excuse to go to the museum!

It’s funny, about the time I was discovering dinosaurs as a young boy my father let me taste beer for the first time. It too was a local beer, with a ubiquitous name, and one tethered deeply to Chicago history. My palette for beer has greatly evolved since then, just as all those years visiting the Field Museum has helped evolve my intellect and sensibilities. I still find wonder in the world, and new discoveries. Hardly a year passes that I do not find myself exploring those great and seemingly endless halls. It is the sense of adventure and exploration that holds the key, whether at the museum, somewhere in the world and in a new beer. That’s the stuff.


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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Messaging the Left: We can win this

Messaging, its where we lose the battle on the Left. It is critical. For visual artists, like myself, I think of the nation as a color made up of millions of points. It is messaging which begins to change the common color of red towards purple and then to blue, where the true promise of the constitution, and the ture spirit of all the world’s religious ideals are realized: Liberty, true freedom, economies and government that champion individual rights, responsibly stewards the environment and realizes the truly equal and humane dispensation of justice.

Each week on the Revolution and Beer show( Saturday’s, 11am in Chicago on www,que4.org, Que4 Radio, AM1680) we hold a roundtable discussion of the week’s and the progressive movement’s top issues to help forge strong, succinct messaging on those issues.

Our aim is not to trick you into believing or accepting our point of view, as the Right does. They employ guilt through the misrepresentation of religion, which they pick and choose from, or in blinding arguments with fear and hysteria. On the Left, those better argument are too often eclipsed by the slick and polished messaging on the Right, all of it designed to protect the wealthy and powerful. Our aim is to combat that message, because at its core, progressive and Liberal ideas better address those critical issues of human rights, dignity, true liberty and equality.

So join us. Join in the conversation. Call in or come in. Where else in any media has there ever been such a bold and audacious invitation? But the airwaves are the people’s. they were meant for the people, until corporations and the powerful stole them to trick your better and deeper sensibilities. It is time to begin taking them back.

This week we’ll cover:

The boy in the suitcase, and the lies the Right tells about capitalism lifting the world from poverty.
Rahm’s cozy relationship with Rauner
Islam and Pamela Geller’s personal religious war
Does race matter with roadside panhandlers?
The Right says marriage between man and woman is best. What is the parents are ISIS?
Dems or the Right responsible for Urban strife and decay. You won’t hear the answer on CNN.
Taken 3 is out on video. Find out how that relates to Baltimore.
A disappearing industry intends to grab $1.6 billion of your cash on the way out.
Gas prices are up.
Rauner’s day of Infamy
Weather channel: Porn for nerds?


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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Ccelebrate Palestinian heritage with Chicago parade

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Contact: Deanna Othman
AMP-Chicago media coordinator

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773-510-8011

Kristin Szremski
AMP National Director of Media and Communications
media@ampalestine.org
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AMP celebrates Palestinian heritage with Chicago parade

(CHICAGO 05/09/2015) —In commemoration of 67 years since the Nakba, or catastrophe, which led to the systematic dispossession of two-thirds of the Palestinian population, American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), a national education and advocacy organization based in Palos Hills, IL, holds the first-ever Palestinian heritage parade in downtown Chicago.

The groundbreaking event, which celebrates the rich cultural and historical heritage of Palestinians in the Holy Land, is especially poignant since it falls less than a week before the anniversary of the Nakba, which marked the beginning of the ethnic cleansing of Palestinians from their homeland. In 1948, Palestinians were exiled from their homes, robbed of their property, land and dignity. This day, with the creation of the state of Israel, came the creation of the Palestinian refugee crisis and the birth of the Palestinian diaspora. The parade, which features floats, folk dancing, songs, a recreation of a Palestinian wedding and models of Palestinian religious sites, seeks to shed light on a grave historical event and contemporary crises by raising awareness through artistic expression.

“Palestinians have a deep cultural and religious history that many try to deny, and our aim is to both celebrate this and show the world that our legacy is timeless,” said Nida Ali, chairwoman of AMP-Chicago.

While the very existence of a Palestinian people and culture is called into question by those who seek to deny their legitimacy, AMP hopes to educate the American public regarding the facts surrounding this dispossession and blatant attempt to expunge the Palestinian narrative from the mainstream.

The parade celebrates the dual identity of Palestinian Americans, the majority of whom were born in the diaspora. Young Palestinian Americans value the diversity of the American landscape that allows them to embrace both of their identities.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national, grassroots organization whose mission is to educate the public about issues related to Palestine and its rich cultural and historical heritage. AMP has chapters throughout the country and offices in Palos Hills, IL and Washington DC. For more information, go to www.ampalestine.org.

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Street named in Honor of Local Musician Danny Seraphine

MEDIA ADVISORY:

For Immediate Release: For more information:

May 08, 2015 Bob Denneen
(773) 742-3809
Alderman Nicholas Sposato To Dedicate Street in Honor of Local Musician Danny Seraphine

Chicago- On Saturday May 9, 2015 Alderman Nicholas Sposato (38) will dedicate Honorary Danny Serephine Way. Danny Seraphine was the original drummer for the rock band Chicago who grew up on the 3500 block of N. Normandy, attended St. Priscilla Grammar School and Steinmetz High School before going on to study music at DePaul University.

“I am very excited to have this opportunity to honor one of our local sons, Danny Seraphine,” said Alderman Sposato (38). “His talent and worldwide success over many decades has always been a point of pride for our neighborhood and it is a pleasure to dedicate this street in his honor today.”

WHAT: Honorary Danny Seraphine Way Street Dedication

WHERE: Corner of N. Normandy and W. Cornelia

WHEN
: Saturday May 9, 2015, 1 PM

WHO: Alderman Nicholas Sposato & Chicago Drummer Danny Seraphine

Chicago drummer Danny Seraphine and his family will be in attendance along with Alderman Nicholas Sposato and community residents. For more information contact Bob Denneen (773) 742-3809

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Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration Vigil

5/8/2015

For immediate release

Formerly Incarcerated Moms and Moms whose Children were killed by Police will hold Mother’s Day Vigil, Speak-out, and Balloon Action outside Cook County Jail

Contact: Holly Krig, 630-258-8552

Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration

Chicago, IL. The Illinois Department of of Corrections estimates that 80-85% of incarcerated women are mothers of minor children. That means a whole lot of moms will visit their kids inside jail or prison this Mother’s Day. Given the many barriers to visitation, many moms never receive a visit from their kids, a painful and personal reminder that incarceration disappears people, sometimes permanently. For that reason, a group of formerly incarcerated moms, and moms who have lost children to incarceration and other forms of state violence, will be holding a Mother’s Day vigil this Saturday, right across from Cook County Jail Division 17, which houses women who are pregnant and also women who are struggling with trauma, including mental illness and addiction. Organizers insist that this year mothers will not be forgotten behind those walls, rather they will be honored. Furthermore, they will insist that survival is not a crime.

While the vigil may not be visible to the women inside Division 17 or other areas that house mothers, it will be visible to visiting families, who can carry the message inside that they are not forgotten. Women suffer the fastest growing rate of incarceration, with an increase of over 800% in just 30 years. Among them, Black women are disproportionately affected, and given current rates, the lifetime likelihood of incarceration for Black women is 1 in 19. The vast majority of these women are incarcerated for nonviolent offenses directly related to trauma and addiction. For those women charged with violent offenses, they are often the direct result of self-defense, which has historically been criminalized in the US, especially for Black and also poor woman. Examples include CeCe McDonald, Marissa Alexander, and Charelle Baldwin. There are many examples in Illinois too, including Paris Knox, Tewkunzi Green, and Tammy Englerth. The goal, therefore, is to highlight the reality that prisons and jails are filled with people committing survival crimes. The demand of the many organizers and supporters is that Illinois expand community-based alternatives to mass incarceration, that the resources saved by not relying on expensive prisons be used to resource communities in ways that could prevent most of those offences, and that self-defense be de-criminalized for Black and poor women as it is for men.

Moms United, with the help of Black Lives Matter, Love & Protect and other groups, is creating a space to center the voices of mothers most directly and profoundly impacted by state violence. There will be a speak-out, music and chants, and as many as 100 balloons released to send out the names of women who are incarcerated across the country for survival, sons and daughters killed by police. Participants are encouraged to include the names of any moms or family members they wish to memorialize or celebrate, in a setting that calls out structural violence as the great offender, not our moms, and not our fallen friends and family.

What: Vigil and Speak-out

When: Saturday, May 9th 11:15-12:15

Where: Cook County Jail, 27th and California, (grass median)
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Saturday May 9th: Mother’s March for Absolute Justice

MEDIA ALERT ~ FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

#BlackLivesMatter March
Saturday, May 9th
6 PM, 67th & Indiana

Contact: Pablo, 331-213-8314

6PM, Saturday May 9th: Mother’s March for Absolute Justice

Mothers of Youth Murdered by Chicago Police and Community Members March Through The South Side to Demand An End to the Police State

Chicago 5/8 — Saturday, May 9th, at 6 PM we will march through the South Side beginning at the intersection of 67th & Indiana- site where Dakota Bright was shot execution style by the Chicago Police Department.

March called by Panzy Missin Dakota Bright, mother of Dakota Bright:

http://heyevent.com/event/813174145426387/chicago-mothers-march-for-absolute-justice

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/813174145426387/

We invite all media—corporate and independent—to witness speeches by mothers, family members, and community organizers. We will begin the march through the South Side after the speeches to demand:

1) Absolute Justice For Our Loved Ones: We are not so sure that justice can come from the same “justice $ystem” that kidnaps and kills our loved ones.

2) Dismantle the Chicago Police Department: We Want To Introduce No Cop Zones In Our Communities

3) The Names Of All Chicago Police Department Officers Who Have Killed Our Loved Ones

4) Reparations for All Victims of $tate Sponsored Police Violence: Instead of the billions of dollars the City of Chicago spends on paying the salaries of Chicago Police Officers and their pensions, we will use this money to support & empower those communities most affected by police occupation and violence. The 5.5 million dollars offered by the City of Chicago are nowhere near enough.

5) A Civilian Police Accountability Council: Can we fight to dismantle the entire Chicago Police Department while at the same time push for civilian oversight of Police Districts?

The loved ones of those currently suffering the worst effects of $tate Sponsored Black Genocide will speak at the commencement of the march. It is the communities living under constant police occupation who will march at the front and lead us towards Liberation.

We will march through the very hoods getting hit left and right with Chicago police bullets, being kidnapped by the Chicago Police, taken to the Court$ and being funneled into the pri$on $ystem.

WE’RE BLACK, WE’RE BROWN, WE WILL SHUT THIS CITY DOWN

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. CHICAGO POLICE MUST GET OUT OF OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, OUT OF OUR LIVES.

WE WILL NEVER FORGET THE $TATE KILLED OUR BROTHERS & SISTERS, WE WILL SPEAK THEIR NAMES:

Dakota Bright
Rekia Boyd
Fred Hampton
Pedro Rios
Ronald “Ronnieman” Johnson
Roshad McIntosh
Darius Pinex
DeSean Pittman
Justus Powell
Laquan McDonald
Michael Westley
Warren Robinson
& too many more

STRONG COMMUNITIES MAKE THE POLICE OBSOLETE

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Immigrant Woman Needing Kidney Transplant Seeks Refuge/ Community Support

For Immediate Release

Contact: Fr. Jose S. Landaverde 773-538-7414

Rosa Melendes al 312-428-1953

What: Press Conference

When: Thursday, May 7 at 11:30 am

Where: 6345 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60639

Immigrant Woman Need of Kidney Transplant Seeks Refuge and Community Support

Chicago IL – Central American immigrant woman from El Salvador, Mara Lidia Moran Rosales, 23, recently made a Youtube video imploring for help and support. She is currently under dialysis treatment, three times a week, and is in need of a kidney transplant. She states that she has no family or support and that is not “easy to live in this way.” When asked about “what is she asking the community for?” She breaks into tears and states that the only thing she asks for is “to be help, I would want to have a normal life like any other person, it is no easy…to all the people that are listening, watching this video, please lend me your support; I would greatly appreciate it, thank you” she concluded.

Father Jose Landaverde, a long time Chicago activist who have fought for the rights of immigrants and has led several kidney-transplant campaigns fighting for the right of immigrants to have access to organ transplants, has summoned activist and community members alike to rally around Mara Lidia Moran Rosales in an ongoing fight to Save Lives. In a brief statement father Jose Landaverde states “Marta needs our support due to her serious illness, her condition deteriorates day after day. For Marta, we the community are her only family here in the US. Therefore we call on the community to join the battle to save young Marta’s life.”

Here is the link to the video released by Marta Lidia Moran Rosales.

https://youtu.be/vXNxqpYN-LI

Press Conference: Thursday May 7 at 11am.

Location: El Cuanaco Restaurant, 6345 W. Grand Ave. Chicago, IL 60639

Mara Moran will be present for interviews.

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May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy

Yesterday, May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy –The unions of Illinois and the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by political and media forces allied with the Empire of Governor Bruce Rauner.
The Unions were at peace with that Emperor and, at the solicitation of Rauner, was still in conversation with its government and its Governor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the workplace.
Indeed, less than three months after Rauner had commenced attacks in the American city of Chicago, Rauner addressed the City Council and delivered to the people of Chicago a reply to a recent Union message.
And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of all out attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Chicago from Springfield, or Lake Forest makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many months or even years ago. During the intervening time, the Rauner government has deliberately sought to deceive working families by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on all unions has caused severe damage to American workers and their families. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American and Illinois jobs have been reported torpedoed by this unwarranted attack.
Yesterday, the Rauner government also launched an attack against teachers.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked schools.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Poor.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Environment.
Last night, Rauner attacked healthcare.
And this morning, Rauner attacked middle class homeowners.
Rauner has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Chicago area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our working class, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.
I ask that the Allied Unions and working people declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Rauner on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Rauner empire.


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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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