Chicago International Youth Peace Movement Conference

Chicago International Youth Peace Movement Conference
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Contact: Isha Haley, 786-709-1561, ChicagoYouthPeace@gmail.com
Rachael Perrotta, 773-653-5073, plusssone@gmail.com

PRESS CONFERENCE
Wednesday, June 3rd, 9AM
Chicago City Hall, 5th Floor

Wed 6/3: Press Conference for
Chicago International Youth Peace Conference
#ChicagoYouthPeace: Mobilizing, activating and empowering young people, in grades 5-12, to get organized and use their voices for peace and social change.

CHICAGO 6/2 — From June 4th to 6th, Chicago will host the first Chicago International Youth Peace Conference at Chicago Theological Seminary, 1407 E. 60th St, and at Hyde Park Art Center, 5020 S Cornell. Conference leaders and organizers will hold a press conference on Wednesday, June 3rd, at 9AM, outside the mayor’s office on the 5th floor of Chicago’s City Hall, 121 N LaSalle St.

Full conference press release, schedule, presenter bios and logo: http://tinyurl.com/ChiYouthPeacePress

PRESS CONFERENCE SPEAKERS

Jessica Disu, @FMSupreme: Chicago’s Jessica Disu (FM Supreme) uses language as a tool for positive change. She’s an international performing poet, mc, artist, activist and educator who describes herself as a “humanitarian rap artist.” She has shared the stage with Common, MC Lyte, Lupe Fiasco, KRS One, and Boys II Men. Jessica has produced and hosted dozens of youth led events and forums for the past five years.

Richard Taylor, @TrulyTaylorMade: Author and motivational speaker Richard Taylor hails from Chicago, IL. Richard dealt with insecurity, low self-esteem, and feelings of worthlessness that resulted from being bullied and ridiculed in his childhood. Now, at the age of 27, Richard is a nationally recognized best selling author and speaker. He is on a mission to be one of the influential voices for his generation and the generations to come. Richard stars in a motivational YouTube series, “Getting Over The Hump,” and wrote the books “Unashamed” & “Between The Dream.” His goal is to inspire the masses to tap into their inner potential to create the change they want to see.

Page May, @may20p: Page May is a Chicago-based youth organizer with We Charge Genocide (@ChiCopWatch). She is one of the 8 youth delegates who traveled to the United Nations and the lead author of the shadow report submitted to the UN Committee Against Torture. She is currently organizing the youth-centered campaign, #ChiStops, to challenge stop-and-frisk in Chicago (@ChiStopsWCG). She has the privilege of working with the elementary school students of Village Leadership Academy. They have co-organized several actions against police violence, i.e. the Reclaim MLK march, Stephon Watts Memorial and Freedom Ride, and Rally for Reparations. Currently, she is working to launch Assata’s Daughters, a new grassroots organizing collective for Black women in Chicago.

Ethan “Ethos” Viets-Van Lear, @EthosIII: Poet, Organizer, and Prison Abolitionist born and raised on the Northside of Chicago. Ethan’s work focuses on abolition through transformative/re-distributive justice work in the form of Peace Circle Keeping as an alternative to punitive punishment practices. Ethan also does environmental work in his community with an organization called LETS GO Chicago. He is currently enrolled at UIC in the College of Education. Ethan recently traveled with a delegation of young people (We Charge Genocide) to the United Nations Committee Against Torture to charge the Chicago Police Department with torture.

The lead organizing group for the conference is Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, along with a coalition of faith-based groups and individuals led by Jessica Disu (@FMSupreme), who was recently chosen by Chicago’s mayor Rahm Emanuel to lead the city’s “Summer of Faith and Action” program.

“If you’re looking for solutions to violence in Chicago and around the world, you should look to the young people who are the most disproportionately affected by it,” says Jessica Disu of Chicago International Youth Peace Movement. “The message of the Chicago International Youth Peace Conference is, if you want young people to put the guns down, you need to give them something else to pick up. Our goal is to mobilize, activate and empowering youth to get organized and use their voices for peace and social change.”

In March, Jessica Disu and the group she founded, Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, partnered with ABC 7 Chicago to write and perform in “Still Believe, Yeah” a Public Service Announcement to promote peace and encourage conversations about nonviolence and hope: http://abc7chicago.com/entertainment/fm-supreme-launches-still-believe-psa-promoting-peace/539810/

Chicago International Youth Peace Movement, a peer-to-peer mentoring and youth leadership advocacy group, empowers, inspires and activates youth and young adult voices for nonviolence and social change. Our mission is to creatively promote peace and nonviolence through the arts, mentoring, civic engagement, and youth led and young adult facilitated programming.

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Reparations Not Black Sites-Runoff Rally

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Contact: Kelly Hayes, 773-499-0172, kellyhayes81@gmail.com
Page May, 802-232-7751, page.organizing@gmail.com

Mon, March 2 – Runoff Rally
6PM ~ Daley Plaza
50 W. Washington

Mon 3/2: Reparations Not Black Sites — Rally for the Runoff!

Chicago 2/27 — On election day, this city sent a message. The most marginalized members of our communities are suffering because of shuttered schools, closed clinics and unchecked police violence. On Monday, May 2, Chicagoans will gather at 6PM in Daley Plaza to echo the message that was sent by Tuesday’s election results – Chicago has had enough, and this city will hold its leaders accountable!

Mayor Emanuel has long been dismissive of police violence, refusing to support the reparations ordinance for survivors of Chicago Police torture and allowing violent cops to remain on the street. The recent revelation of a black site interrogation and detention center in Chicago only adds insult to injury. This mayor faced stiff opposition to his polices in the months and weeks leading up to election day and the results make the will of the people clear: we will not tolerate business as usual.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel must answer for his indifference, say community organizers. “The cycle of brutality must be broken. The education component of the reparations ordinance will force the real history of the Burge torture cases into our public schools,” says Kelly Hayes. “The reparations ordinance will provide care and compensation to those tortured under former CPD Commander Jon Burge. This is how real change begins: with truth and accountability.”

Jon Burge began his parole on February 13, 2015, and will collect a city pension. The city spent $20 million dollars defending him — a torturer who’s retirement will be funded by Chicago taxpayers. Yet most of his victims go uncompensated.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel never answered the cry of survivors of police torture by actively support passage of the reparations ordinance. His record on police crime could have been much different. This rally is being organized to remind the mayor and every politician who has a stake in this runoff that they are answerable to the people.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1577913122454903


Listen Saturday’s from 11am-1pm to WC Turck, Brian Murray and guests on Chicago’s real alternative media, AM1680, Q4 radio, streaming at www.que4.org.
CAM00236WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. His new book “Shoot Down: is an unflinching look at the events leading up to the shooting down of Malaysia Air Flight 17.” His first novel, “Broken” was recommended by NAMI for its treatment of PTSD. In 2006 he published “Everything for Love,” a memoir of his experiences during the siege of Sarajevo. He wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He works with the homeless and foreclosure victims in Chicago. He partners in a weekly radio show dedicated to issues, society and politics with cohost, activist and artist Brian Murray For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com


The Illinois Policy Institute (IPI) is a conservative think tank with offices in Chicago and Springfield, Illinois, and member of the State Policy Network. IPI is a member of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) as of 2011. IPI is also a member of ALEC’s Health and Human Services Task Force and Education Task Force. Senior Budget and Tax Policy Analyst, Amanda Griffin-Johnson, presented model legislation (the “State Employee Health Savings Account Act”) to the HHS task force at ALEC’s 2011 annual meeting.[4] Collin Hitt, Director of Education Policy, is a private sector member of the Education Task Force representing IPI. He sponsored the “Local Government Transparency Act” at the ALEC 2011 States and Nation Policy Summit. In its 2006 annual report the Cato Institute states that it made a grant of $50,000 to the Illinois Policy Institute. The Cato Institute is a libertarian think tank founded by Charles G. Koch and funded by the Koch brothers.

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Holiday Gift Donations Collected for Incarcerated Moms to Give to their Kids Exceeds Thirteen Hundred

Contact: Holly Krig, 630-258-8552
Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration;
Alexis Mansfield, 312-738-2452 x 448,
Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers/Cabrini Green Legal Aid

“ I was once an incarcerated mother, and I can remember taking part in the toys for tots. My children would get a gift as if it came from me. Although the gift didn’t make up for me not being there, it made Christmas a little easier for my children”–Colette Payne

Chicago, IL. The Illinois Department of of Corrections estimates that 80-85% of incarcerated women are mothers of minor children; national figures estimate that figure at 51% for men. That means a whole lot of children will either visit their moms in prison over the holidays, or not see them at all. This year three groups came together to gather 400 gifts so that moms in Logan Prison in Lincoln, IL would have presents to surprise their kids with when they visit. Moms United Against Violence and Incarceration, the Visible Voices support group of Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM)/Cabrini Green Legal Aid, and Lutheran Social Services of Illinois’ Connections began contacting friends and colleagues. As word spread to communities around Chicago and beyond, donations quickly grew and the goal expanded to include the mothers of Decatur Prison, Division 17 of Cook County Jail, and transitional facilities in Aurora and Chicago. Currently the groups have received more than 1,300 donated gifts. With an average price of $15 per gift, that’s nearly $19,000 worth of gifts donated in just over 3 weeks.

In addition to creating an opportunity for incarcerated moms to share gifts directly with their children, and supporting a critical bond fraught by the trauma of separation, the organizers hope to raise the visibility of the largest group of people disappeared within America, the millions of people in jails and prisons in the US. Women suffer the fastest growing rate of incarceration, with an increase of 646% 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. Too many children live each day with the added trauma and insecurity of having their parents locked away from them. The goal, therefore, is also about working together to support community-based alternatives to mass incarceration, and to interrupt a systemic crisis that greatly increases the likelihood of incarceration for juveniles.

Most of the gifts have already been delivered directly to the facilities through the wish list. Donations for local facilities will still be collected this Saturday at a holiday party. At this free event, attendees will hear from formerly incarcerated moms, wrap gifts and do holiday-themed craft activities with kids. Moms United, Visible Voices/CGLA, and LSSI would like to thank everyone who has donated, shared the list, and who has committed to work in solidarity with incarcerated mothers everywhere.

What: Holiday Party in Solidarity with Formerly and Currently Incarcerated Moms
When: Saturday, December 13th, 2-5pm
Where: UE Hall, 37 S Ashland, Chicago IL
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. 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


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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SOUTHEAST SIDERS RALLY AT THOMPSON CENTER MONDAY MORNING TO CALL FOR PETCOKE PROTECTION

HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCE BEFORE DELIVERING LETTERS TO MAYOR, CHICAGO DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH AND STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL

Residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side have been battling facilities piling waste from the nearby BP Whiting Refinery close to their homes, schools and parks for more than a year. Though the City has taken action on the issue, residents remain concerned about pollution emanating from the facilities and are calling for a rejection of variance requests that would allow petcoke facilities to avoid compliance with City rules for years, if ever.

WHO:
The Southeast Environmental Task Force, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, National Nurses United, Reclaim Chicago and the Natural Resources Defense Council are bringing neighbors to the Loop to deliver letters to public officials calling on them to force KCBX, a Koch-brothers owned company, to enclose their petcoke piles as required by City law, or close.

WHEN:
MONDAY, December 8 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:
James R. Thompson Center, 100 E. Randolph in Chicago. Press conference and press availability to be held outside on the south side of the building.

Contact:
Olga Bautista, Southeast Side Coalition to Ban Petcoke, 773-712-4956
Sheilah Garland, National Nurses United, 312-255-5219

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. 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


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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Free Money from Revolution and Beer

Okay, so I’ve been listening to all this about Ferguson and Eric garner. Regular readers and listeners know my views. I won’t rehash them here. They also know I’m a numbers guy and we have torn up every rightwing and corporatist argument using their own numbers to prove their corrupt perspectives and motives. The other thing about numbers, and this comes from years doing logistics in the commercial sector for two major airlines; a clear understanding of those numbers will help you pull sense out of the confusion of facts. Efficiency! Isn’t it all about efficiency?

So when I heard that President Obama was directing $263 million for cameras and sensitivity training for cops I had to wonder. Is that the most efficient way to solve the problem? Hmm. Let’s see.

According to the United States Census, as of 2010, of almost309 million people in the US, 38.9 of them w ere-and still are-Black. Likewise there are about 28 million Hispanics, 3 million indigenous, who are being really patient and generous with all of us non-natives, that is everyone who arrived within the last 400 years. There are almost 15 million Asians, but for some reason, except for a crazy old neighbor who didn’t go to Vietnam but listens to Rush Limbaugh and wears camouflage pants to work, nobody seems to bother the Asians much. So, for giggles, since this country really has a problem with all brown and Black people, lets combine those folks-except the Asians- which brings us to about 70 million.

Now, the problem seems to be respect and neglect. Part of the respect issue is that black and brown folks are disproportionately poor. The other part is that they live in bad neighborhoods. A major cause of that is neglect. Houses on the south and west side of Chicago, half of Detroit and the part of New Orleans hammered by Katrina more than a decade ago remain abandoned. These minority neighborhoods are poor. Folks don’t have money for good schools, repairs, paying off mortgages, beautification, starting businesses, a strong tax base and investment.

You know who gets respect? Those annoying prozac laced moms who married a lawyer or hedge fund manager then slow down rush hour traffic for working stiffs while they dump the brat off at daycare and trundle off to Starbucks as they enjoy another lazy day. I know, I know…the hardest job in the world. Maybe for a working class mom, but not if your kid’s parental surrogate is referred to as an “au Paire.” They have a couple of appletinis in the afternoon with the girls and then berate the cop pulling them over with pearls of egalitarianism like “don’t you know who my husband is,” and “My husband makes your annual salary in a half hour!” If they get the ticket, they can afford a lawyer to get it dropped or expunged from their record. They don’t worry about politeness, and in white affluent neighborhoods the cops are always as sweet as peach pie.

So, what I propose for the most efficient and productive use of that $263 million is not that we waste it on sensitivity training and cameras. Cameras didn’t help Eric Garner. Instead, split that money among those 70 million minorities. Yep. That comes to a neat $3.76 for every Black, Hispanic and First Nation person in America. Toss in Undocumented folks and it’s still a cool $2.6 million.

Crazy, you say? With that money folks could afford to move, or fix up the neighborhoods they live in. They would start businesses and create a tax base to sustain schools, libraries and community centers for a generation or more. Gang crime and drug trafficking would collapse. Shooting deaths would virtually cease. Police in these neo-affluent communities would have to show respect. Parks would flourish, incarceration would plummet, if only because now poor folks could afford a decent attorney-which is what keeps white folks from overcrowding prisons. Banks would be happy. Imagine Engelwood with sidewalk cafes in the evening and folks strolling along bright vibrant business districts.

All I ask is one simple thing. Remember, my Black, Hispanic and First Nation brothers and sisters who came up with the idea. I think a 1% finders fee is fair…

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. 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


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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Community Members, Students, Scholars and Mexican Community call for the US to stop funding Mexico.

WHO:
Chicago community members with #USTired2, Students in Solidarity with Ayotzinapa and Justicia en Ayotzinapa Comité Chicago: community members, students, scholars and the concerned Mexican community and their allies calling together for the US to stop funding Plan Mexico.

WHAT/WHEN/WHERE :
Event 1: 4:00 pm Press Conference and Rally at 216 S Dearborn Dirksen Federal Building

Event 2: Evening Action and Rally 6pm Tribune Tower

Events Nationwide: http://ustired2.com/cities/

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. 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


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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A Protest without the promise of violence, should the state act against the people is a parade, and parades are for children and clowns, not the apparatus for justice and change.

Thomas Paine:
As a long and violent abuse of power is generally the means of calling the right of it in question, (and in matters too which might never have been thought of, had not the sufferers been aggravated into the inquiry,) and as the king of England hath undertaken in his own right, to support the parliament in what he calls theirs, and as the good people of this country are grievously oppressed by the combination, they have an undoubted privilege to inquire into the pretensions of both, and equally to reject the usurpations of either…
The cause of America is, in a great measure, the cause of all mankind. Many circumstances have, and will arise, which are not local, but universal, and through which the principles of all lovers of mankind are affected, and in the event of which, their affections are interested. The laying a country desolate with fire and sword, declaring war against the natural rights of all mankind, and extirpating the defenders thereof from the face of the earth, is the concern of every man to whom nature hath given the power of feeling; of which class, regardless of party censure, is
THE AUTHOR. Philadelphia, Feb. 14, 1776.

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. 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


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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Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago to hold a Press Conference in Response to the Grand Jury Decision on Officer Darren Wilson

Press Conference & Teach-In
Tuesday, November 25th, 9 AM
City Hall, 121 N LaSalle, 5th floor

CHICAGO, IL, 11/24 – A Black person is killed by a police officer, security officer or self-appointed vigilante every 28 hours in America (Malcolm X Grassroots Movement). Following an indictment Grand Jury decision in the case of Officer Darren Wilson, the Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) Chicago Chapter will engage in a press conference at 9:00 AM at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, 5thFloor, Chicago, IL, 60602 on Tuesday, November 25th, 2014. The press conference is in response to the lack of accountability for police violence in the City of Chicago and all over the nation.

In coordination with the Don’t Shoot Coalition and activists across the nation, BYP 100 Chicago members are calling for immediate demilitarization of law enforcement agencies nationwide. The group also joins Hands Up United in calling for Missouri Governor Jay Nixon to appoint a special prosecutor to oversee the case of Officer Darren Wilson.

Following the press conference, the group of young Black activists will lead healing circles and political education teach-ins on the BYP 100 Agenda to Keep Us Safe (The Agenda) which is a policy agenda that proposes strategies and policies to end the criminalization of Black youth in America. The Agenda is one step in a long-term fight to end the criminalization of Black youth and to end the violence against the Black people by law enforcement officers.

For more information about the press conference, please contact Camesha Jones at (240) 533-2876.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/299710183557970/

Black Youth Project 100 (BYP 100) is an activist member-based organization of Black 18-35 year olds, dedicated to creating justice and freedom for all Black people. We do this through building a network focused on transformative leadership development, non-violent direct action organizing, advocacy and education using a Black queer feminist lens. We are an organization affiliated with the Black Youth Project.

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. 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


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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Ferguson, the FBI and the Media’s Dangerous turn towards Violence

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/fbi-warns-ferguson-decision-lead-violence-extremist-protesters/story?id=26980624

The media, ahead of the verdict of whether or not to indict Officer Darrel Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown has taken a dangerous turn. That turn, in the view of many concerned Americans risks a perversion of the First Amendment by nakedly enflaming tensions, creating terror among civilians and seeking to directly affect events rather than report on or reflect them. Worse, there is growing evidence that the government, in particular the FBI and law enforcement are acting in collusion, or sympathy with the corporate Press; the endgame, a Boston-bombing style assault on civil liberties.

Rightwing hosts and so-called journalists (re: propagandists) like Breitbart and others purposely skewed and obtusely reframed dissent by activists and residents nationwide as looming violence. Their reporting, which largely targets white demographics seemed specifically intended to accomplish three fundamental points: Encourage gun sales, drive a stronger rightwing agenda and to undermine voices on the Left, particularly at a time when key issues like the XL Keystone pipeline, Net Neutrality and Trans Pacific Partnership are being decided. Republicans, while losing the pipeline vote in the Senate yesterday by a single vote, while reintroduce the bill in January when their chances are better for a victory in both houses.

Statements by activists regarding efforts to protest and rally, pursuant to their fundamental constitutional right were repeatedly skewed and reframed by the media as violent and threatening. There was no effort for balance, no counterpoint and no effort at correction. The strategy was clear, frighten the American people. But that has been the tactic of the rightwing media, except that the Left also made no effort to counter message with the truth, or by bringing activist and protest voices to the airwaves. That media message worked in tandem with deliberately inflammatory and irresponsible statements by the FBI. An FBI bulletin to law enforcement, and distributed widely by the media read in part:

“The announcement of the grand jury’s decision … will likely be exploited by some individuals to justify threats and attacks against law enforcement and critical infrastructure…This also poses a threat to those civilians engaged in lawful or otherwise constitutionally protected activities…Those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed…The FBI assesses those infiltrating and exploiting otherwise legitimate public demonstrations with the intent to incite and engage in violence could be armed with bladed weapons or firearms, equipped with tactical gear/gas masks, or bulletproof vests to mitigate law enforcement measures.”

There have long been allegations that law enforcement agent provocateurs have infiltrated peaceful protests around the country to undermine protected public dissent for political and economic purposes. Those economic reasons always protect specific corporate interests outside the law and the wishes of the vast majority of Americans.

In the aftermath of the Boston marathon bombing, and the subsequent manhunt for a single suspect constitutional rights at all levels were brazenly violated in martial-law style house to house searches, with residents ordered from homes at gunpoint, and an entire American city locked down. There was virtually no reaction and no civil right inquiries following Boston. It is alleged that Boston was a convenient experiment for mass public control by law enforcement. Spying and data collection on a mass scale against activists and civilians alike continued and expanded greatly in the time since Boston. The media was a key partner in that effort.

Ferguson is the next major step in a broader effort to roll back civil liberties and exercise greater control over dissent and citizen activism. With Boston the media had to play catch-up to the government. Here they are, or seem to be working in a dangerous partnership. In the next article I will tell you the endgame for this effort, who is behind it and why it is structured this way…


CAM00236WC 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


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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We can blame Quinn for running a centrist campaign – like many other Democrats – that offered no bold vision about government’s role in solving our deepest social problems and restoring economic health to our state. We can fret about the course of the Democratic Party as a somewhat kinder, gentler form of corporate rule. Even worse, we can blame our neighbors who share our values but don’t vote.

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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. 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


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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