ALERT! Press conference, rally Sunday to highlight global support for Gaza and US complicity in Israel’s crimes against Palestinians

(CHICAGO 08/09/2014) – On a day when President Barack Obama said that when the United States has the “unique capability to help avert a massacre,” of minorities in Iraq, we cannot “turn a blind eye,” the Chicago Coalition for Justice in Palestine condemns Mr. Obama’s blatant hypocrisy and calls on the US government to end all diplomatic, political and financial support of Israel.

Israel has been targeting civilians in Gaza since July 8 in a military onslaught the United Nations has warned may amount to war crimes. Israel has killed nearly 2,000 people, including more than 370 children, and wounded more than 9,000. Several Latin and South American countries have cut ties with Israel and a member of the British Cabinet resigned in protest over the UK’s stance on the massacre in Gaza. The Chicago Coalition says it is time for the United States to end its complicity in the death and destruction of the Palestinian people!

WHAT: Press conference and rally

WHERE: Southeast corner of Michigan and Congress
WHEN: 2:15 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10

WHO: Speakers will include lay representatives of several Latin American countries as well as interfaith peace activists.

The Chicago Coalition also encourages people to remember that even if a truce is reached and Israel’s attacks against Palestinians ends, the occupation and siege on Gaza are still in full force. The Coalition demands an immediate end to Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian people and an end to the siege on Gaza. Both contravene international law and deprive Palestinians of their human rights.

The rally will begin at 2:30 p.m. and will be followed by a march to Federal Plaza.

Sunday’s protest is being convened by the Coalition for Justice in Palestine, whose members include American Muslims for Palestine (AMP), Chicago Islamic Center, Islamic Community Center of Illinois, Mosque Foundation, Palestinian American Community Center, Palestinian American Council, Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP)-Chicago, and United States Palestinian Community Network (USPCN). Groups, including ANSWER Coalition, the Anti-War Committee-Chicago, the Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice in the Middle East, Jews for Justice in Palestine, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Palestine Solidarity Group, are supporting the rally.

CONTACT:

Hatem Abudayyeh, 773-301-4108; hatem@aaan.org;
Kristin Szremski, 708-717-4180; media@ampalestine.org

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BREAKING: Rogers Park Murder: The confluence of tragedies

Revolution and Beer was on scene shortly after a fatal shooting in Rogers Park Saturday afternoon. The shooting occurred around 3:30pm. A 28 year old man died in the incident that took place at the intersection of Glenwood and Devon in front of the Uncommon Ground restaurant along a normally quiet and busy block. The unidentified man later died at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston. 2 people, a man and woman, were taken into custody. Unconfirmed reports indicated that the weapon was found with the woman.

A police technician gathers evidence following a fatal shooting in Rogers Park. Photos by WC Turck

A police technician gathers evidence following a fatal shooting in Rogers Park. Photos by WC Turck

Witnessed said they thought it was firecrackers. They said the victim was standing at the corner when at least one of the suspects approached and began firing along the busy street. The victim turned but was struck in the back at least once. The wounds proved fatal.

The shooting disrupted businesses along Devon, rattled residents and rerouted the Number 36 bus. Predominantly gang violence has spilled out across the city apparently and shows no sign of slowing. Edgewater and Rogers Park have seen an increase in shootings in just the last week. A police source who asked to remain anonymous said that guns are now more readily available to gangs across the city.120_0776

Some blame gun advocates and pro-gun proliferation activists who challenge any effort at reasonable oversights and controls. Media hysteria about guns may be driving the precipitous influx of guns, as dealers and opportunists fear controls might curb straw purchases. According to the FBI and Chicago police, most guns that wind up being used by gangs are purchased legally. Very few guns recovered by police were stolen. Chicago is ringed by gun stores, although, for now, guns sales in Chicago are prohibited. In neighboring Indiana, where gun shows are prevalent, guns can be purchased without the normal waiting period. A number of recovered weapons on the streets of Chicago were purchased legally at gun shows and then sold to gang members; so called “straw” purchases.

Local groups like Ceasefire and OneNorthside have been working to step the violence in Rogers Park. As the violence grows they can use the public’s help to get involved in their community. For information on how the public can help visit : http://onenorthside.org/ or visit http://cureviolence.org/post/rogers-park-uptown-ceasefire-on-anderson-cooper-360/

One resident of the neighborhood cited the proliferation of guns, lack of opportunity in critical neighborhoods and the dismantling of CHA projects that scattered gang members throughout the city and suburbs.

It’s the system, man,” he said candidly. “You throw away a generation of young men, criminalize race and blame the symptom instead of the disease, then throw in gun and drugs, and something bad is going to happen.”

WC Turck is an author, artist, playwright and talk radio host in Chicago. He has been called the most dangerous voice on the Left. 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. For more information, past shows, videos and articles, visit www.revolutioandbeer.com

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