Press Conference & Die-in against Boeing at City Hall
Wednesday, July 30
121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor
July 28 – Chicago activists demand accountability for all those involved in continuing the current siege of Gaza. As human rights continue to be trampled in occupied Palestine, it is imperative that the global community refuse to reward this campaign of terror and destruction. Boeing weaponry is responsible for many of the over 1000 dead and more than 6000 seriously wounded Palestinians in Gaza in the past three weeks. The dead are mostly civilians, including over 200 children. Israel’s F15 fighter jets and Apache helicopters are made by Boeing. Boeing has made billions from the sale of weapons for use in Israel’s attacks, as part of its eight year old siege of Gaza.
In light of Boeing’s complicity with and profit from the inhumane and illegal siege of Gaza, the City of Chicago should drop Boeing from the sponsors of the Air and Water Show. Boeing is a major sponsor of Chicago’s annual Air and Water Show, which will take place later this summer. Many people come to the lake shore every year to see displays of jets and other aircraft, but this experience should not implicate event participants and the City of Chicago in the ongoing crusade of bloodshed and dehumanization of the Palestinian people. No company that makes profit from the slaughter of civilians should be included in city events and programming.
To this end, the organizers of this event will be hosting a Press Conference & Die-in on Wednesday, July 30, 9:30 a.m. at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., 2nd Floor. This action is intended to draw attention to Boeing’s role in the ongoing human rights abuses in Gaza, as well as to the City Council’s responsibility to keep City events free of corporations who profit from civilian death. The die-in will dramatize the deaths of Palestinian civilians who have been killed in the past few weeks. This action is organized by Anti-War Committee – Chicago, Jews for Justice in Palestine, U.S. Palestinian Community Network and 8th Day Center for Justice, and is endorsed by a dozen other Chicago-based social justice groups.
WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. He is currently working on a new book “Shoot Down: 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