Chicago Immigrants Speak out Against Inhumane Detention

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PRESS ADVISORY

June 3, 2015

Contact: Lissette Castillo, (312) 770-0350, organizedcommunitiesmedia@gmail.com

Chicago Immigrants Speak out Against Inhumane Detention

Residents and community organizers who have spent time in immigration detention continue to fight to stay in the U.S. and with their families.

WHAT: Echoing national calls to end immigration detention, Chicago residents will share stories of their experiences inside an immigration detention center and describe the ways in which they are continuing the fight to stay in the U.S. with their families.

WHEN: Saturday, June 6, 12:30-2 PM

WHERE: 1900 S. Carpenter, Casa Cultura

WHO: Chicagoans who experienced what it is like to be detained by immigration will describe the effect it has had on their mental health and their families, and how they are still fighting their deportation.The main presenters, who are member of Organized Communities Against Deportations, will include:

Noe Adan Carlos-Herrera

Noe, a resident of Aurora, spent 11 months in detention at the Dodge County Facility Detention Center in Wisconsin after making a right turn at a red light.

Maria Quizphi

Maria, an Albany Park resident from Ecuador, gave birth in the a detention center in Texas before coming to Chicago.

Maribel

Maribel also resides in Albany Park. Last summer, at the age of 16, she traveled to the U.S. alone from Guatemala. She is now fighting against her deportation.

Bruno

Bruno spent 4 months at the Dodge County Facility Detention Center.

WHY: The New York Times recently called for an end to immigrant detention, stating that “the system breeds cruelty and harm, and squanders taxpayer money. It denies its victims due process of law, punishing them far beyond the scale of the offense. It shatters families and traumatizes children.”

Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) is a Chicago-based, undocumented-led, community group organizing against immigration detention and deportation.

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CAKE and Revolution and Beer

On this show we’re joined by Max Morris of the Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE), as well as by our good friend Michael Henderson who is now the record-holder for the longest foreclosure in U.S. history. Catch CAKE this weekend. IT’S FREE AND IT’S AWESOME.

Our featured beer was Metropolitan Brewing’s Arc Welder Dunkel Rye Lager.

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Rally to End Police Violence against Black Women and Girls.


FOR ADVISORY PURPOSES

May 20, 2015


CONTACT:

Janae Bonsu
Phone: 917-439-1876
Email: chicago.chapter@byp100.org
Website: www.byp100.org

THURSDAY: Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Rally to End Police Violence against Black Women and Girls.

Who: Members of Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Chapter

When: Thursday, May 21st at 7:30 PM Central

Where: Chicago Police Department Headquarters

3510 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60653

What: Rally to demand the Chicago Police Board fire Detective Dante Servin with no pension, provide data on police sexual assaults, and advocate for an independent publicly elected civilian police accountability council.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1446328395661930/

CHICAGO – On Thursday, May 21, The Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) Chicago Chapter will join the National Day of Action for Black Women and Girls. In coordination with Black Lives Matter and Ferguson Action, BYP100 will lead a public rally outside of Chicago Police Department Headquarters to demand an end to police violence against all Black women and girls and to fire Detective Dante Servin; the CPD officer who was dismissed of all charges for murdering Rekia Boyd.

Black women and girls are victims of police violence, but their stories are less highlighted in comparison to Black men that have been victimized by police violence. BYP100 demands that justice is sought for all Black women and girls that are victims of physical, sexual, and structural violence by the police. In 2014, the Black Women’s Blueprint and Women’s All Point Bulletin to the Committee Against Torture reported that rape and sexual violence is the second most prevalent form of police violence. The report also cited an increase in the over-policing of Black women and that Black women are being incarcerated 6 times more than their White counterparts.

BYP100 will rally and address the police board directly to demand that a publicly elected civilian police accountability council is created completely independent from the Chicago Police Department (CPD), Detective Servin is fired from CPD without pension, and data be provided on police sexual assaults.

[Local spokespersons available for additional comment. Contact Janae Bonsu at 917-439-1876 to coordinate.]

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Illinois Inflicting Pain & Suffering on Sick Prisoners

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 20, 2015

Alan Mills, Uptown People’s Law Center, 773.769.1411, alan@uplcchicago.org
Megan Groves, Uptown People’s Law Center, 310.625.5726, megan@uplcchicago.org

Experts Find Illinois Inflicting Needless Pain & Suffering on Sick Prisoners

60% of Non-Violent Deaths Show “Significant lapses in care,” Says Just-Released Study

CHICAGO – The Illinois Department of Corrections has failed to provide adequate medical care to prisoners across the state, according to a new expert report filed in federal court. The report cites sweeping problems with a broad range of medical services, including unqualified and incompetent physicians and nurses, inadequate medical leadership and management and staffing of IDOC facilities, a lack of adequate and sanitary medical facilities across IDOC, and a lack of follow-up and ability to correct mistakes that pervade the system.

The report was filed by Dr. Ronald Shansky and a team of medical experts selected jointly by lawyers for IDOC and the inmates and appointed by the federal court in Lippert v. Godinez, a lawsuit challenging medical care in the IDOC system. IDOC currently houses nearly 50,000 prisoners in facilities in all parts of the state.

“This report demonstrates that Illinois is inflicting needless pain and suffering by failing to provide basic medical care for its prisoners.” said Benjamin Wolf, Associate Legal Director for the ACLU of Illinois. “The state is giving a for profit company tens of millions of dollars each year for substandard care. The broken nature of the system is revealed by the serious and preventable harm inflicted on so many of these vulnerable patients. People in the free world would never use a health care provider that did such a poor job, but these prisoners have no choice of who will provide their care when they get sick.”

The expert report criticized DOC for not having qualified physicians. As one example, a patient at the Menard Correctional Center with Type I diabetes was being treated by a physician who was not trained in primary care. The doctor discontinued the patient’s insulin use after his blood sugar levels were found to be normal while on the insulin. This error, the report notes, reflects “a lack of understanding of the basic pathophysiology of this common disease.”

The experts found “significant lapses in care” in 60% of the cases of prisoners who died from other than violent causes from January 1, 2013, to June 1, 2014. A patient at IDOC’s Illinois River facility, for example, presented “classic” signs and symptoms of lung cancer upon his entry into IDOC. Medical staff either ignored or failed to recognize these symptoms for more than three months. By the time the patient was diagnosed, the only treatment option was palliative radiation. The patient died nine days later.

The medical experts appointed by the court also examined a number of other deaths in the IDOC system. In many of the deaths, the experts found there were a number of significant deviations from the standard of care. These deviations vary from delays in testing and care to lack of follow up and failures to refer patients to specialists.

The report notes that in many IDOC locations, there are numerous medical vacancies, often including the medical director or other key leadership positions. Additionally, the report notes that many of the medical professionals – as in the example at Menard – are not trained to deal with the medical issues they confront in the prison population. The experts add that this problem is “compounded by a lack of oversight and peer review,” which causes problems to fester and grow.

“The lack of expertise and personnel is especially troubling,” added Jason Stiehl, a partner in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP. “Unqualified staff cannot provide competent, comprehensive medical care to the population. These deficiencies result in horrific consequences.”

“The tragic stories of prisoners unnecessarily suffering—even dying—from terrible medical care are disturbing. But the deeper question is why these elderly, seriously ill people are in prison in the first place. This report is further proof that Illinois simply has too many people in prison. As long as we imprison people, we have a constitutional obligation to provide decent care. Illinois is falling woefully short of its legal obligations,” said Alan Mills, Executive Director at Uptown People’s Law Center.

The filing of the expert report is the latest development in Lippert, et. al, v. Godinez. Lawyers from Uptown People’s Law Center and the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP filed the class action complaint on behalf of six prisoners in 2012, and the ACLU of Illinois joined the lawsuit in 2013.

Uptown People’s Law Center is a nonprofit legal services organization specializing in prisoners’ rights, Social Security disability, and tenants’ rights and eviction defense. More information is available at uplcchicago.org.

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Immigrant Coalition Prayer Vigil and Advocacy Visit to Washington D.C.

For Immediate Release

Wednesday, May 20 @ 10:30am

Press contacts:

Pastor Jorge Puentes (708) 212-4281
Rev. José Landaverde (773) 538-7414
Ms. Joann Montes (773) 412-3128


Immigrant Coalition Announces a Prayer Vigil and Immigration Advocacy Visit to Washington D.C.


What: Press Conference

Where: Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn St. Chicago

When: May 20, at 10:30am

Chicago IL – The Red De Oración, RDO, USA (Prayer Network USA) announces
a visit to Washington D.C. with the purpose of advocacy and prayer for a
moratorium on deportations. This visit will take place from June 11 – 13, 2015.

In addition, RDO is demanding for Congress to initiate an expedited process to address the broken immigration system that the US currently is faced with, which has led to record numbers of detention and deportation of immigrants, both documented and undocumented alike. RDO has also initiated efforts to advocate for those who are denied critical life saving treatments based on legal status. In a brief statement, RDO stated, “we are also advocating for those who are in need of a kidney
transplant and face deportation in the midst of their medical crisis.”

A number of Chicago area Pastors will attend the press conference. This also includes Mr. Isidro
Secundino, who is currently facing deportation and living in sanctuary at the Mission of Faith, Life and Hope. Reverend Jorge Fuentes, Director of RDO stated that
more than 50 pastors will be traveling from the Chicago area and other cities with the objective to pray and advocate for those who are
undocumented, facing deportation; and among these, individuals who are
also in need of a kidney or liver transplant and facing medical crisis.

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#TrainTakeover Chicago

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MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Charles Coffeen, crcoffeen@gmail.com, 260-402-6658

Friday, May 15: Chicago’s 4th #TrainTakeover
Action for #BlackLivesMatter

TALK TO ME: Using talents and voices to fight against the murder of black and brown people by police and the overwhelming racial inequality in the United States.

Chicago 5/15 — On Friday, May 15th, organizers with #TrainTakeover Chicago will hold their fourth action, beginning at 4:50 PM at the Roosevelt CTA Station, 24 E Roosevelt Rd, where they will board the Red Line.

For updates on location and photo/video: follow #TrainTakeover on Twitter.
Past actions have been covered by: Red Eye, Huffington Post and DNAInfo.

Facebook event description:

https://www.facebook.com/events/633439156756778/

Join us for our fourth time riding up and down the Red Line, using our talents and voices as means of not only fighting against the murder of black and brown people by police, but also the overwhelming racial inequality in the United States and the myriad of effects that come from it.

ARTISTS: bring your poems, pieces, hand drums, guitars, instruments, signs, etc.

Our goal is to start a dialogue with those who are so often easily able to ignore us and our voices. We gather to encourage Chicagoans to confront the realities of police violence against black and brown people. Each action has grown from the one before it, and this one will be no different. We will again have cards with facts, statistics, and quotes to present to riders and then leave on the train. We will also be passing out t-shirts that say “TALK TO ME” to encourage conversation with CTA riders.

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Burn the Confederate Flag Contest Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:

Pamela Geller
pamelageller@gmail.com

Burn the Confederate Flag Contest Announced

WHO: Free Speech Loving Americans led by Pamela Geller
WHEN: June 2015
WHERE: Spartanburg South Carolina

VISUAL: An Event Organizer practicing for the eventburn_CSA_flag_015__web

New York, May 15-
“What Good Is Free Speech If You Can’t Speak Freely?” Free speech patriot and activist Pamela Geller fresh from her success in Garland Texas last month will move on Spartanburg and the heart of the confederacy. The spectre of violence inhibiting free speech was given as a reason for the Drawn a Cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad event. Two “jihadists” drove hundreds of miles to attack the event. Both men were killed before reaching the event itself. We must be brave in offending anyone who might use violence to stop that fundamental freedom.

“Come to my town and burn the flag of the Confederacy,” said Darrell Mullany, who can trace back ancestors fighting under General James Longstreet, “and you’ll see some violence.” Mullany added, “That ain’t freedom of speech, that’s my heritage.”

This is exactly the sort of politically correct mentality Geller was addressing in the cartoon event. Free speech cannot be curtailed by a bunch of violent thugs, be they Muslims or southerners. Geller, remaining true and unbending in her crusade is currently looking for participants to burn a Confederate flag in the most creative way. She is also seeking a venue, volunteers and judges.
confederate-flag1
For more info, contact:

Pamela Geller
pamelageller@gmail.com
•145 W. Broad St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 596-2026

This post brought to you by the First Amendment of the constitution of the United States of America, protecting free, political, religious and parody since the inception of the Bill of Rights.

Pamela Geller (born June 14, 1958) is an American political activist and commentator. She is currently the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative which she co-founded with Robert Spencer. She and Spencer co-authored the book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America in 2010. Geller is the third of four sisters born to the Jewish family of Reuben, a textile manufacturer, and Lillian Geller.[1] She grew up in Hewlett Harbor, in New York’s Long Island. She helped out in her father’s business, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish.[ Two of her sisters became doctors, and the third became a teacher. Geller attended Lynbrook High School and Hofstra University, though she left before completing her degree. She was married to Michael Oshry from 1990 until the couple divorced in 2007, and is the mother of four children As of April 2013 she was living in Hewlett, New York. Geller has been barred from England, which she characterized as “a striking blow against freedom … The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.” Hope not Hate, which led a campaign to ban her, applauded the decision as a proper limit to “unfettered free speech”.

She was cited 12 times and praised in Anders Behring Breivik’s manifesto. Geller wrote on her blog that “any assertion that she or other antijihad writers bore any responsibility for Mr. Breivik’s actions was “ridiculous” and that “If anyone incited him to violence, it was Islamic supremacists.” Geller posted a picture of the youth camp children taken about 24 hours before Breivik’s attacks and added the caption “Note the faces which are more MIddle [sic] Eastern or mixed than pure Norwegian.” It later came to light that Breivik had intentionally portrayed himself as a counterjihadist and Zionist in order to trick the media into attacking these very people, and to cover up his true allegiance to “nordicists” and “ethnocentric nationalists” (i.e. neo-Nazis). In a 2014 letter, he stated “The idea was to manipulate the MSM [Main Stream Media] and others so that they would launch a witchhunt and send their media-rape-squads against our opponents. It worked quite well.”
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, criticized Geller, stating:

People say don’t give her too much credit, she’s a fringe character, but she is a fringe character who every day is on CNN, Fox, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She is the driving force behind the Islamic center campaign. I would say that she is the queen of the Muslim bashers, I see her rise and the rise of these anti-Islam hate groups going hand in hand.

Geller helped to organize a “Draw the Prophet” cartoon contest on May 3, 2015, at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, the same site where a Muslim group held a “Stand With the Prophet” event in January 2015 after the Charlie Hebdo shooting. The same day, shots were fired at the event in Garland, resulting in the death of two suspects and the injury of one Garland Independent School District (ISD) police officer. Prominent conservatives, including Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump, criticized Geller for organizing the provocative event.

Geller defended Slobodan Milošević and Radovan Karadžic, perpetrators of the Bosnian War and genocide against Bosnian Muslims and Catholic Croats, denying the existence of Serbian concentration camps and arguing that many Muslim war victims were murdered by their own people in order to bring condemnation on the Serbs

http://www.christianpost.com/news/what-good-is-free-speech-if-you-cant-speak-freely-139086/

http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/u-s-cities-secretly-selected-for-muslim-immigration/


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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Burn the Confederate Flag Contest Announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:

Pamela Geller
pamelageller@gmail.com

Burn the Confederate Flag Contest Announced

WHO: Free Speech Loving Americans led by Pamela Geller
WHEN: June 2015
WHERE: Spartanburg South Carolina

VISUAL: An Event Organizer practicing for the event

New York, May 15-
“What Good Is Free Speech If You Can’t Speak Freely?” Free speech patriot and activist Pamela Geller fresh from her success in Garland Texas last month will move on Spartanburg and the heart of the confederacy. The spectre of violence inhibiting free speech was given as a reason for the Drawn a Cartoon of the Prophet Mohammad event. Two “jihadists” drove hundreds of miles to attack the event. Both men were killed before reaching the event itself. We must be brave in offending anyone who might use violence to stop that fundamental freedom.

“Come to my town and burn the flag of the Confederacy,” said Darrell Mullany, who can trace back ancestors fighting under General James Longstreet, “and you’ll see some violence.” Mullany added, “That ain’t freedom of speech, that’s my heritage.”

This is exactly the sort of politically correct mentality Geller was addressing in the cartoon event. Free speech cannot be curtailed by a bunch of violent thugs, be they Muslims or southerners. Geller, remaining true and unbending in her crusade is currently looking for participants to burn a Confederate flag in the most creative way. She is also seeking a venue, volunteers and judges.

For more info, contact:

Pamela Geller
pamelageller@gmail.com
•145 W. Broad St.
Spartanburg, SC 29306
(864) 596-2026

This post brought to you by the First Amendment of the constitution of the United States of America, protecting free, political, religious and parody since the inception of the Bill of Rights.

Pamela Geller (born June 14, 1958) is an American political activist and commentator. She is currently the president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative which she co-founded with Robert Spencer. She and Spencer co-authored the book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America in 2010. Geller is the third of four sisters born to the Jewish family of Reuben, a textile manufacturer, and Lillian Geller.[1] She grew up in Hewlett Harbor, in New York’s Long Island. She helped out in her father’s business, where she learned to speak fluent Spanish.[ Two of her sisters became doctors, and the third became a teacher. Geller attended Lynbrook High School and Hofstra University, though she left before completing her degree. She was married to Michael Oshry from 1990 until the couple divorced in 2007, and is the mother of four children As of April 2013 she was living in Hewlett, New York. Geller has been barred from England, which she characterized as “a striking blow against freedom … The nation that gave the world the Magna Carta is dead.” Hope not Hate, which led a campaign to ban her, applauded the decision as a proper limit to “unfettered free speech”.

She was cited 12 times and praised in Anders Behring Breivik’s manifesto. Geller wrote on her blog that “any assertion that she or other antijihad writers bore any responsibility for Mr. Breivik’s actions was “ridiculous” and that “If anyone incited him to violence, it was Islamic supremacists.” Geller posted a picture of the youth camp children taken about 24 hours before Breivik’s attacks and added the caption “Note the faces which are more MIddle [sic] Eastern or mixed than pure Norwegian.” It later came to light that Breivik had intentionally portrayed himself as a counterjihadist and Zionist in order to trick the media into attacking these very people, and to cover up his true allegiance to “nordicists” and “ethnocentric nationalists” (i.e. neo-Nazis). In a 2014 letter, he stated “The idea was to manipulate the MSM [Main Stream Media] and others so that they would launch a witchhunt and send their media-rape-squads against our opponents. It worked quite well.”
Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, criticized Geller, stating:

People say don’t give her too much credit, she’s a fringe character, but she is a fringe character who every day is on CNN, Fox, The Washington Post, and The New York Times. She is the driving force behind the Islamic center campaign. I would say that she is the queen of the Muslim bashers, I see her rise and the rise of these anti-Islam hate groups going hand in hand.

Geller helped to organize a “Draw the Prophet” cartoon contest on May 3, 2015, at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland, Texas, the same site where a Muslim group held a “Stand With the Prophet” event in January 2015 after the Charlie Hebdo shooting. The same day, shots were fired at the event in Garland, resulting in the death of two suspects and the injury of one Garland Independent School District (ISD) police officer. Prominent conservatives, including Bill O’Reilly and Donald Trump, criticized Geller for organizing the provocative event.

Geller defended Slobodan Milošević and Radovan Karadžic, perpetrators of the Bosnian War and genocide against Bosnian Muslims and Catholic Croats, denying the existence of Serbian concentration camps and arguing that many Muslim war victims were murdered by their own people in order to bring condemnation on the Serbs

http://www.christianpost.com/news/what-good-is-free-speech-if-you-cant-speak-freely-139086/

http://www.wnd.com/2015/04/u-s-cities-secretly-selected-for-muslim-immigration/


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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King Rahm’s Coronation: You pay the tab!

rahmWith the city’s credit rating lowered to junk bond status, and claims that the city is teetering on bankruptcy, Rahm Emmanuel’s coronation as mayor this week is estimated to cost taxpayers almost a half million dollars. The bully mayor’s swearing in (Chicagoans are the ones who should be swearing) will take place at the Chicago Theatre, the premiere event space in Chicago, with a monumental price tag to taxpayers. The Chicago Theatre is owned and directed by New York’s Madison Square Garden. Given the current fiscal state of affairs propagated by alarmists and opportunists in the mayor’s and Governor’s office, a formal and respectful swearing in ceremony in city hall would have sufficed. Other cities, not decrying catastrophic fiscal woes warranting the closing of schools and mental clinics, and which do not proliferate red light and speed cameras in predominantly minority and working class neighborhoods, do not lavish upon civil servants extravagant and costly ceremonies this mayor expects on the backs of the taxpayer.

The mayor was not reached for comment, but his spokesperson had the following statement:the-simpsons-pants-bart-mooning-tv-poster-print

Chicago, you get what you voted for.

Vivre la revolucion!


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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#BlackLivesMatter Appeal Outside Obama Library Site

Press Contact:

Emilio Comay del Junco
312 806 7224
emiliocdj@gmail.com

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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