A Crisis of Faith…

A crisis of faith on today’s radio program. Tune in at 11am CST for the details, and one of the most honest conversations you’ll ever hear on the radio. On Que4 radio in Chicago. We are the alternative media you’ve been hearing about. www.que4.org

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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America Ended Today.

I’ll bet you didn’t notice, but there were a number of declarations today following the back to back supreme court decisions upholding the ACA and legalizing Gay marriage.

Glen Beck made the proclamation yesterday to his audience of crayon eaters, saying that “the country as you know it, and as it was designed, is done.” Talk wimp, reported deadbeat dad and deposed representative Joe Walsh declared today on his show that America is dead. Ron Paul said in the Senate floor that America is gone. National Review on line posed this milestone in world history as a question. Northern Truth Seeker gave 19 reasons why the country ended yesterday, then revised it down to 10. Not sure where they are now.

Like you I was just as surprised that America was over. Stupid me, I had just mailed in a mortgage payment to a bank that has no basis legally to run a mortgage on my condo since they are licensed through the American government. Just in case some poor colored mama was able to buy aspirin for her sick brat under Obamacare, or in a couple of gay guys said “I do” somewhere on the eastern seaboard, I rushed home amazed to find that my toilet still flushed. (At the writing of this article I am still on a toilet vigil.)

Lucky for me that fool at the gas station accepted that antiquated paper money for gasoline. I was sweating that one, because I have no idea where I could find a goat of chickens to trade here in the inner city.

It was a good run, America, as Joe Walsh announced to his lead paint chewing audience. Michael Savage pontificated that he had a “mystical” and “Godly” perspective, incensed that “the Perverts have taken over,” and that they were responsible for the rise of ISIS. Whew, good news, because I was worried that oil companies working with Western politicians, like President Obama, were merely corralling them in order to manipulate world oil prices. I guess that means Savage and ISIS are actually on the same side?

So, since America is over, I am free to proclaim my condo as a sovereign nation. I therefore am an ambassador with legal immunity everywhere I go under the United Nation’s charter. They still exist after all.


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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DARK HORSE: Bernie Sanders and the race for 2016

Coming next week: The numbers and how they shake out. Can Sanders become the nominee? Could he win in the general?

Continued from the previous article:

…both parties ignored the voice of the people, not over prudent judgment, but in favor of smaller but far better funded special interest groups.

For Hillary Clinton’s bid for the White House in 2016 that spells big trouble. The Progressive base is less and less enamored with Clinton, as early polls, and this is still a very early race, in favor of Sanders. Clinton felt that heat when newcomer Sanders garnering 208 votes against Clinton’s 252 votes in a Wisconsin Straw Poll. It was not an aberration. Throughout June that trend continued. While Clinton won narrowly in the New Hampshire primary against Senator Barack Obama 2008 she might not be able to stave off a serious challenge by Sanders. Recent polls, with less than a year to the primary show Sanders steadily gaining ground with 31% to Clinton’s 41%, according to a Suffolk University poll looking at 500 likely Democratic primary voters. http://www.suffolk.edu/academics/10738.php

That terrifies a Press who on one hand has alternately exalted and vilified Hillary Clinton as the presumptive Democratic nominee. The Republicans and the Right has rallied fully all of their resources and vitriol into a decades long feud going back to President Clinton’s trouncing of George Bush Sr. in 1992. Squandering energy on exaggerated or manufactured scandals has only done minor damage to Clinton. That Press is simply playing to its own already decidedly anti-Clinton base. All the while Sanders builds steadily, drawing a Progressive and Liberal base deeply disappointed in the Obama administration, and in a political hierarchy, including Clinton, whom they feel no longer speaks or fights for poor and working class Americans.

In 2007 Obama promised that he was, “in this race to tell the corporate lobbyists in Washington that their days of setting the agenda are over.” Once in office Obama filled his administration with lobbyists, including Monsanto executives, Wall Street insiders like Larry Summers as his chief financial advisor and former lobbyist Tom Wheeler, and outspoken opponent of Net Neutrality and a lobbyists for both the cell phone industry and cable television. He further soured and alienated the base when he and his justice department refused to hold banks and those responsible for the economic collapse. Instead they w ere bailed out while, as the Occupy movement railed in 2011, the people got sold out. That disenfranchised base feels betrayed by a refusal to hold banks accountable for the financial crisis, equivocations on climate and the TPP, NSA spying on Americans, immigration and more.

It is all about the base. While the media would love to claim credit for the mistrust for Hillary Clinton, it was Hillary and the Progressive and Democratic base which is leaning in greater and greater numbers to Sanders. She is trapped by the very media she feuds with, playing to cameras with messages so broad that compel her into being overly cautious, and appears to be cozy to lobbyists and special interest groups to an alarming degree. In April she hired Jerry Crawford, a Monsanto lobbyist as a campaign adviser. Not surprising, since earlier she spoke in favor of so-called genetically modified organisms, GMOs, saying that she stood,” in favor of using seeds and products that have a proven track record….And to continue to try to make the case for those who are skeptical that they may not know what they’re eating already. The question of genetically modified food or hybrids has gone on for many years. And there is again a big gap between what the facts are and what perceptions are.” In mid June she hosted a fundraiser with a top pro-TPP lobbying firm.

These are issues that pit her directly in opposition to the Democratic base, and to the majority of Progressive and Liberal voters. When pressed she equivocates and postures on issues, which the base immediately views as a dodge. That does not sow trust or create confidence. By contrast, Sanders has never wavered from clear positions and his critical positions against the TPP, banks and GMOs and his support for net neutrality. While Clinton is forced to waste energy and money posturing, Sanders, the would-be statesman, is reaping the benefits of an all too scarce commodity lost to America’s political landscape: Honesty.

Who would have figured?

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DARK HORSE: Bernie Sanders 2016

He is unassuming and professorial in appearance, with brushed white hair and wide eye glasses. At a glance one might almost expect that with rolled up shirt sleeves and loosed tie that Bernie Sanders, born September 8th 1941, just three months before the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, that he just finished grading a stack of English papers, or concluded a patient exam. He slouches a bit and talks with his hands in a way reminiscent of a conductor conducting and orchestra. Those unfamiliar with Sanders say he should smile more. His smile is warm with a hint of irreverence. His words are chosen with great economy, but without hesitation. Like an aural roadmap of his life, Sanders ubiquitous Brooklyn accent is softened and tempered from nearly a half century in his adopted home of Vermont. Sanders is decidedly non political, perhaps the only current elected official in Washington DC never to run a negative ad. He is the biggest political story of the 2016 Presidential election.

Prior to March of 2014 most Americans knew little of Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. While Republican candidates were lining up for the GOP ticket the Democrats were growing ever discontent over the prospect that Hillary Clinton had been ordained as the sole Democrat candidate. On May 26th Sanders officially announced his candidacy from Vermont to a virtual media blackout. Almost no one carried the announcement live in contrast to republican Rick Santorum a day earlier or Marco Rubio in April whose speeches were carried live on FOX News and on conservative radio talk shows around the country.

The national media relegated Sanders to a long shot. Almost two months into his rapidly growing grassroots campaign, they still show him little respect, instead the media clings to the Hillary brand. Maybe that is a good thing for now. He was dismissed and derided as a nobody and a socialist. Social media picked up and drove his story. Sanders was not just saying what progressives and liberals alike wanted to hear, like other candidates. Unlike those other candidates his record and actions mirrors his rhetoric.

“I voted against the war in Iraq, he told MSNBC’s Ed Schultz on May 28th 2015, “I believe in a nation in which someone who works 40 hours per week should not live in poverty. I believe in a nation in which everyone gets a fair shot, in which we don’t have massive income inequality.“

All of this happened amid a bitter political fight in Washington over the Trans Pacific Partnership trade pact and an effort by the Obama administration to fast-track the TPP through the House and Senate, avoiding lengthy debates over the specifics of the agreement. Clinton, courting Union votes was inconsistent on her position regarding the TPP. Unions and a great majority of Progressives and Liberals vehemently opposed both fast track and the TPP, which many dubbed NAFTA on steroids, referring to the North American Free Trade Agreement championed by Clinton’s husband, President Bill Clinton.

While the Obama administration asserts that the TPP will improve working conditions and wages for workers in Asia-Pacific countries-the agreement excludes China-the experience of other similarly structured agreements would tend to discredit that possibility. Though the actual text of the TPP has been kept a secret, including from lawmakers, parts of the text have been leaked and posted to Wiki-leaks on the internet. Less talked about are the ISDS or “investor-to-state dispute settlement “ courts which would allow corporate run arbitration boards to decide and impose damage awards against states and the federal government or to overturn US law, including constitutionally “protected” civil rights.

Far-fetched? Wording similar to that found in other pro-corporate trade agreements is reported to be found throughout the TPP. Critics and observers point to growing abuse by corporations in ISDS courts to the detriment of workers and sovereign governments. For example, a Swedish company is currently suing Germany for a decision to begin phasing out nuclear power in favor of clean and renewable energy sources.

Egypt’s decision to raise its minimum wage was met by a lawsuit from a Multinational company, the Veolia Group, according to France’s Le Monde Diplomatique. Veolia decided that the increase in the minimum wage was simply too much. Under the NAFTA agreement, the Canadian Company Methanex sued the government when California decided to prohibit the use of a gasoline additive. The government ultimately prevailed in the case, but at a monumental cost in court and legal fees.

These are just three of numerous examples of the sort of corporate assault against the treasury and the constitution the United States might face in ISDS courts. There is well placed concern about environmental and human rights abuses which could result from the agreement. It is conceivable, and even likely, as with the Egyptian minimum wage case, that the government could be sued and journalists jailed for writing or reporting pieces that could be argued resulted in lost revenue for corporations.

Moreover, the TPP was touted as producing jobs for Americans, yet lawmakers could not agree on a key provision of the fats track bill which would set aside one billion Dollars for US workers displaced by TPP. Even more, it could have a disastrous and destabilizing effect on other global markets, particularly emerging markets like Africa. It was that duplicitous nature which hardened many Americans against the agreement, a position that Sanders has remained very consistent and very clear about his distrust for the agreement.

Recall that many refer to TPP as NAFTA on steroids. NAFTA itself had disastrous effects on both the US and Mexico. In 2011 Dustin Ensinger wrote in Economy In Crisis that,”
highly subsidized corn flooding the Mexican market has displaced millions of rural farmers…” and that, “Mexican officials had promised that NAFTA would result in the “export of goods, not people.” That, however, has turned out to be far from reality. Since NAFTA was signed into law, illegal immigrants in the U.S. has increased to 12 million today from 3.9 million in 1993, accounting for an overall increase of over 300 percent.

There is ample reason to believe TPP will prove at least as damaging to the US economy and to be detrimental to foreign workers as well. Sanders, then an Independent representative from Vermont noted no on NAFTA, a position he has never waffled over. (http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/01/01/1255736/-NAFTA-at-20-An-Unhappy-Birthday-and-a-Look-at-the-Roll-Call-Votes-on-Free-Trade-Deals)

Last February on the Senate floor sanders was unequivocally opposed to both NAFTA and TPP:

I think it’s obvious for anyone who has taken a look at this issue that is the TPP is just a new, easy way for corporations to shut down in America and to send jobs abroad. The United States, it is estimated, would lose more than 130,000 to Vietnam and Japan alone if the Trans Pacific Partnership goes into effect.
…and the reason for that is my understanding is that the minimum wage is 56 cents an hour — 56 cents an hour. when you’re dealing with a country like Vietnam…Corporate America has said we want these trade policies and the leaders of both parties have said, yeah, that’s what we will do. I think it is time to say enough is enough. This country is in a major race to the bottom. Workers are working longer hours for lower wages. No American worker should be force to compete with desperate workers around the world who are making pennies an hour…

Beyond the obvious issues and details of TPP which the Obama administration and many republicans and democrats alike support, the way this agreement has been hidden from scrutiny and debate speaks directly to the way this nation is governed and how it responds to its constituents. More than 2000 grassroots organizations and tens of thousands of Americans called congress voicing their displeasure over TPP and the fast track vote. The vote defeating the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) bill, which also halted the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) fast track bill from reaching President Obama’s desk was 126-302. Most observers were quick to point out that the defeat of TAA and TPA were hardly victories for those opposed to TPP. Many of the republican nay votes were more likely partisan in nature, continuing the obstructionist tactics characterizing much of Obama’s presidency. Congress and the senate were quickly at work on a compromise bill. In truth both parties ignored the voice of the people, not over prudent judgment, but in favor of smaller but far better funded special interest groups.


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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Columbia University First to Divest from Private Prison Industry

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

Student Organizing Results in Columbia University Becoming First to Divest from Private Prison Industry

On Monday June 22nd, following sixteen months of relentless student activism, the Columbia University Board of Trustees announced its decision to divest from the private prison industry and institute a policy banning reinvestment in companies that operate prisons. This decision makes Columbia the very first university to divest from the private prison industry.

“We targeted the university’s investments in two private prison companies, but we hope that private prison divestment campaigns, with the abolitionist vision of a larger anti-prison movement, can help us start working towards divesting from the idea that prisons equal justice, which we believe to be fundamentally racist.” – Dunni Oduyemi

The Columbia Prison Divest campaign was launched in February 2014 by Students Against Mass Incarceration, a Black-led prison abolitionist student group, after students discovered that approximately $10 million of Columbia University’s endowment was invested in two for-profit prison companies: the Corrections Corporation of America and G4S. CCA, GEO Group, and G4S have played major, active roles in pushing for legislation that further criminalizes marginalized communities such as mandatory minimum laws and Arizona’s infamous SB1070 statute. Alumni, faculty, staff, and West Harlem community members came together to support the student-run campaign demanding immediate divestment from these companies and a permanent negative screen against any future investments.

“My involvement in this campaign has been about acknowledging my complicity in racist systems of incarceration and policing. As a student at an elite university, I have a choice to quietly benefit or take the opportunity to leverage my privilege to hold my school accountable” – Ella Every-Wortman, student organizer

“These companies have a fundamental interest in expanding incarceration in order to maximize profit. We will not see an end to the racism and exploitation embedded in our contemporary systems of mass incarceration and detention if we do not dismantle the economic engines of this prison-industrial complex.” – Gabriela Catalina Pelsinger, student organizer

Prison Divest is a strategy born out of collaboration between immigrant justice and anti-mass incarceration organizers in a common fight against the criminalization of marginalized communities. Student organizers have situated prison divestment in the context of broader visions for change. Through their actions, political education, and avid social media presence, Columbia Prison Divest has tied their work to the Black Lives Matter movement, anti-gentrification efforts in West Harlem, the movement to divest from the Israeli police state, and activism against immigrant detention and the militarization of the U.S.-Mexico border.

“Universities investing in prisons reinforce systems of inequality that allow only some to succeed. As a Black student, I know that Columbia is actively doing violence against people that look like me in a number of ways. I refuse to be just another brown face in a college brochure that my school can use to mask the systemic racism it participates in.” – Asha Rosa, student organizer

“From the start we wanted to establish those links that what’s happening globally is happening domestically”- Imani Brown, alum and former organizer

“For us, prison divestment has been an entry point for addressing the ways in which students at elite colleges and universities are directly and specifically in the privileged positions that we are because of systems of inequality. The racist, classist images of “criminals deserving of punishment” are created in tandem with images of “hard-working college students deserving of opportunity,” and each is defined in relation to the other. Through prison divestment, we have worked to challenge these narratives and structures. We refuse to buy into the false narratives that justify our privilege at the expense of the suffering of others. We hope this victory opens doors to more campaigns, to more organizing, to more victories. This is not the end. This is a beginning”- Columbia Prison Divest campaign organizers

There are over a dozen active prison divestment campaigns on college campuses across the United States. Notable victories in prison divest organizing include United Methodist Church’s divestment from CCA and GEO Group and the Gates’ Foundation’s divestment from G4S.

Contact:

Asha Rosa
asha.ransbysporn@gmail.com
columbiaprisondivest@gmail.com
(708) 334-2390

Gabriela Pelsinger
gcpelsinger@gmail.com
(415) 265-8372

Dunni Oduyemi
(917) 868-2484
dunni.oduyemi@gmail.com

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ACTION ALERT: Just Say No To Fast Track Stop Fast Track Rally

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact
Mara Cohen
847-471-4129

Photo opportunities outside of the Dirksen Federal Buildings

Just Say No To Fast Track Stop Fast Track Rally

When: Beginning at 9:30 AM, June 23, 2015 and continuing preferably through the cloture vote on Fast Track trade authority currently scheduled for 10 AM central time.

Where: Outside the Dirksen Federal Building, 219 South Dearborn Chicago

We are rallying to tell Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk that we care and we notice what they do, to tell them if they don’t vote no on fast track we will vote no for them and campaign against them as hard as we can. They will be primaried out and voted away! We will be bringing noise, costumes, and lots of creative energy. We are rallying to express our revulsion for fast track to Durbin and Kirk as well as the USTR and the “Free” Trader-In-Chief! Stop fast track before it’s too late!

“The Obama trade agenda that Congress is considering fast tracking through Congress will lower wages, export jobs, increase the wealth divide and increase the trade deficit. This is the consistent history of trade agreements written for trans-national corporations. They benefit big business interests at the expense of the people and planet. Senators who vote for Fast Track are driving the race to the bottom for the US economy and voters need to know they are the reason our downward decline,” said Kevin Zeese, co-director of Popular Resistance.

“The international treaties being negotiated by the president go beyond trade to impact every area of our lives. They will raise the costs of health care, undermine food safety, lead to more poisoning of the water, land and air and worsen the climate crisis. Additionally, the ISDS provisions mean that we will not be able to enact laws that protect our health and safety even at the local level,” added Dr. Margaret Flowers, also co-director of Popular Resistance.

On June 12th the House of Representatives voted in a landslide to reject the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) portion of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) bill passed by the Senate. This should have resulted in the Obama trade bill’s defeat. But Speaker John Boehner called for a revote, then delayed that until the end of July, and with Majority Leader McConnell and President Obama, manipulated the congressional process not for a re-vote, but to avoid a re-vote. They then split the bills into two: TPA and TAA, rapidly pushed TPA through the House with 218 votes for (but 210 against) and now are trying to ram it through the Senate. The indadequate TAA bill will be included by the Senate;s version of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) in order to prevent a re-vote on TAA in the House. AGOA is popular with Democrats and the Republican leadership, with President Obama are trying to pass TAA by making it part of AGOA.

“This manipulated approach in Congress was necessary because there has been a populist revolt across the political spectrum urging elected officials to oppose another job-killing trade treaty. Hundreds of thousands of phone calls have been made to Congress in the last three weeks with protests held across the country. At the same time $200 million has been donated to Members of the House to encourage them to support TPA. Speaker Boehner received over $5 million from transnational corporate interests. This has become a battle between people and money. People won on June 12th, but corrupt legislative leaders have manipulated the process, linking votes on trade to pension and intelligence bills in the House and tying TAA to a bill on Africa. Corruption is winning, but the people will continue to oppose the three Obama trade deals no matter how TPA turns out,” added Zeese.

Organized by:

Mara Cohen
National TPP Team
847 – 471 – 4129
Facebook page: https://facebook.com/groups/448515881931246

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From the Charleston Massacre to Rekia Boyd, Rise Up Demand Justice

Chicago Alliance Against Racist & Political Repression

1325 S. Wabash Ave. Suite 105, Chicago, Illinois 60605

www.naarpr.org

MEDIA ADVISORY

For release Monday June 22, 2015

For information contact Frank Chapman, 312-513-3795
email: contact@naarpr.org

Rally: From the Charleston Massacre to Rekia Boyd, Rise Up Demand Justice

When: 5pm, Tuesday June 23rd, 2015

Where: Federal Plaza, Chicago. Adams & Dearborn

Who: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression with

Chicagoans from across the city

Chicago 06/23 – On Tuesday, June 23 at 5pm Chicagoans from across the city will be gathering at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago. We will be rallying in solidarity with those murdered in the Charleston Massacre and for all those slain by the police, from Eric Garner choked to death by New York cop Darren Wilson to Rekia Boyd who was shot to death by Chicago cop Dante Servin. We will be demanding justice for all Black people and an end to institutionalized racism and genocidal policies:

What are we demanding that the city, state and federal governments do? We are demanding that they:

STOP KILLING US!

FIRE DANTE SERVIN, THE COP WHO KILLED REKIA BOYD

TAKE THE CONFEDERATE FLAG DOWN FROM ALL PUBLIC BUILDING!


Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1581682608751383/

Mother Emanuel is a sacred shrine of the Black Liberation Movement and at this moment is the site of a racist massacre of Black people. This is so much more than symbolic for in the deranged and delusional minds of racists the struggles of Black people for freedom can be abolished by murder and terror. While fear and terror are the ancient tools of the oppressor they have never been proven to be more powerful than the struggle for freedom.

The Freedom Movement is agitated into existence by oppression, by the thousands of wrongs and injustices heaped upon us daily, until we arrive at that turning point where we are fired up and can’t take it no more. Then the struggle starts up again as open rebellion and no one individual or government entity can stop it.

Every time we have rebelled throughout our history we have been met by white, racist resistance designed to frighten and terrorize us back into submission. In the wake of the Denmark Vesey Rebellion of 1822 Emanuel African Methodist

Episcopal Church was burned to the ground, and was later shuttered by the slave

holding City of Charleston in 1834. Mother Emanuel A.M.E. was reorganized in 1865 in a new building designed by Denmark Vesey’s son, Robert Vesey. The timing of this current massacre coincides with the anniversary of the Rebellion of 1822 led by Vesey. The clock of history never turns back. Freedom is a constant struggle.

Today is no different. Maybe the individual who perpetrated this massacre is not part of an organized racist hate group, but it doesn’t matter since his actions are
consistent with the gang of cops who lynch-murdered Eric Garner, and the Chicago cop Dante Servin who shot into a group of Black people and murdered Rekia Boyd. A government, which allows cops to murder Black people with impunity, cannot escape accountability by apologizing and being in hot pursuit of one racist murderer when you have let Darren Wilson, and other racist murderers, go free because they carried a badge.

If there ever was a clarion call from our history for us to rise up and demand that this Government and this Nation, cease and desist in all its institutionalized racism and genocidal policies against our people, this is it.

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Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Stop Police Crimes Campaign for an Elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC)

www.StopPoliceCrimes.com

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Southside Trauma center Fight:#BlackLivesMatter

Press contact:
Alex Goldenberg
773 543 9153
alexgberg@gmail.com

Arrested Trauma Center Protesters Go to Court Today

Who: Community leaders, and University of Chicago students and Alumni and allies

What: Press Conference

Date: June 18, 2015

Where/When: 555 W. Harrison at 8:30am

Chicago, IL
– On June 18, nine community leaders, University of Chicago Students and Alumni, who were arrested at a peaceful sit in on June 3rd, will go to court. The University is charging the protesters with trespassing, mob action and resisting arrest. The protestors were demanding a meeting a University President Zimmer to discuss the University opening a needed south side trauma center.

The sit in, at the University Administration building, lasted two and a half hours before the University called the fire department to ax through drywall, break windows, and saw through doors in order for police to arrest the protestors.

The arrested protestors will hold a press conference before the court date to explain why they engaged in a peaceful sit in and explain the movement that has come together to push for their charges to be dropped. It is rare for a University to pursue such strong charges, particularly against its own students and Alumni. “This campaign has been going on for five years. Instead of agreeing to a meeting, University President Zimmer had us arrested and detained for 45 hours, this goes completely against the University’s so called value of free and open dialogue” said Victoria Crider, a leader of Fearless Leading by the Youth.

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, the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, University Church and Kenwood Church, and many allies.

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.

Recent stories on the trauma center campaign:

“Obama Library Not Urgent Care Chicago needs as protests overshadow ‘final campaign’” The Guardian

“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

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Monsanto Protection Act Not Over Yet

The Monsanto Protection Act is back and worse than ever! Don’t let Monsanto and Junk Food lobbyists kill GMO labeling in Washington DC!


Last week we had an incredible victory by stalling the Fast Track for secretive international trade agreements like the TPP that would undermine representative democracy and make it illegal to label GMO foods. Your calls and emails helped make the difference, but we can’t let up.

Right now Congress is back at it, once again carrying Monsanto’s water to put their toxic profits over our nation’s health and our democracy.

This time, Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) has reintroduced his disastrous bill, the so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599), which would make it illegal for states to pass common sense GMO labeling and now also prohibits states or counties from banning or regulating GMOs in any way.

Take a stand! Tell Congress: “I support GMO labeling!” The Monsanto Protection Act is back and worse than ever! Every voice counts!

For the past 23 years, Monsanto and giant chemical companies have gotten away with writing the rules and regulations behind closed doors allowing their toxic chemicals and untested genetically engineered crops to receive rubberstamp approvals at the FDA, EPA and USDA.

The latest additions to Pompeo’s deceitfully named bill would only further enshrine regulatory incompetence here in the United States and permanently preserve the illusion of government oversight of GMO crops put in place when Monsanto’s former attorney Michael Taylor originally wrote the rules of “substantial equivalence” that currently deny Americans the right to know if their food has been genetically engineered.

What Monsanto’s New Protection Act, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” (H.R. 1599) will do if passed:

1. Forbid states from labeling GMO foods or enforcing existing labeling laws passed in Connecticut, Maine and Vermont.
2. Prohibit any state or local county or city oversight of GMO crops, even when the federal government has declined or failed to regulate them.
3. Weaken already impotent federal regulations on GMO crops at USDA and FDA.
4. Make it more difficult to voluntarily label GMO and non-GMO foods by prohibiting any private label claims that do not go 
through a new USDA certification standard established by the bill.

This morning, June 18th, the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health will be holding a hearing on Pompeo’s dangerous new bill and we need your help to stop this undemocratic bill. We can’t let Monsanto get away with killing the growing grassroots movement to hold them accountable, especially when glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in their weedkiller Roundup, which more than 90 percent of GMO crops have been engineered to withstand, was recently declared a probable cancer-causing agent by the World Health Organization.

In the past 3 years, more than 30 states have introduced bills or ballot initiatives to require GMO labeling – and because of this growing grassroots movement, mandatory GMO labeling laws have passed in Connecticut, Maine and Vermont.

Now Monsanto’s getting more desperate than ever.

If members of Congress voted to pass Pompeo it will preempt state’s rights, outlaw state GMO labeling and reverse recent victories like bans on GMO crops passed in Jackson and Josephine County in Oregon and Maui, which passed by popular votes to protect organic seed and community health in these states last year.

Click here if you support labeling genetically engineered foods! Don’t let Monsanto get away with continuing to undermine our democracy write the rules behind closed doors.

http://action.fooddemocracynow.org/sign/stop_HR_1599_the_Ultimate_Monsanto_Protection_Act/?t=9&akid=1581.705163.NLmUnP

Remember, democracy is like a muscle, either you use it or you lose it!

Thanks for participating in food democracy,

Dave, Lisa and the Food Democracy Now! team

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The People’s Lobby to Congress: Enough is enough!

Apparently, some politicians didn’t get the message after last week’s vote blocking Fast Track legislation from moving forward in the House. The House Rules Committee came up with a new scheme that would allow Fast Track to be voted on again TODAY.

ACT NOW: Send an email to Congress NOW to vote NO on Fast Track.

Please also CALL also the TPP action line at (888) 966-9836. Give them your zipcode to be connected to your representative.

Please also contact these representatives using 888 number above, as you are able:

REP BILL FOSTER use this zipcode to be connected: 60502

REP ROBIN KELLY use this zipcode to be connected: 60901

REP BOBBY RUSH use this zipcode to be connected: 60445

REP DUCKWORTH use this zipcode to be connected: 60118

REP DAN LIPINSKI use this zipcode to be connected: 60462

REP DANNY DAVIS use this zipcode to be connected: 60612

REP CHERI BUSTOS use this zipcode to be connected: 61101

REP LUIS GUTTIEREZ use this zipcode to be connected: 60647

REP MIKE QUIGLEY use this zipcode to be connected: 60618

REP SCHAKOWSKY use this zipcode to be connected: 60056

REP PELOSI (202) 225-4965

There’s a reason we were able to block Fast Track in the House last week: you and countless others keep telling Congress in no uncertain terms that you want “No Fast Track for the TPP!” We can’t let up now.

Corporate lobbyists’ and certain political elites’ attempt to ram Fast Track legislation through again so soon after last week’s failure — possibly as early as today — is a desperate move. I have every confidence we can stop them again, but we need your support once more.

Tell Congress enough is enough, and to say NO to Fast Track for the TPP.

You know the stakes here are very high. If passed, Fast Track would create a virtual rubber-stamp for dangerous trade agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) that threaten jobs, wages, the environment, public health and more in your community and communities throughout the world.

As House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi wrote recently in USA Today, “As we look to the future, it is clear that this debate on the trade authority is probably the last of it’s kind. The intense debate of the past few weeks has further convinced me that we need a new paradigm.”

Fast Track legislation really did take a major blow last week. Winning this vote should knock Fast Track out for good. Please take action now.

Your calls makes a difference.

In solidarity,

David Hatch, Executive Director

P.S. Click here to learn more about why the TPP is so bad for people around the world.

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