Chicago NEIU College Students Going to United Nations in Geneva Switzerland November 11-13 2014

(Chicago, IL) Between November 11th and 13th, a delegation of sixteen students from Northeastern Illinois University will visit Geneva, Switzerland and attend the U.S. government’s review formal review before the Committee Against Torture. This committee will assess what the U.S. has or has not done over the past six years to fully implement the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, typically called the Convention Against Torture. The convention became legally binding when the U.S. government ratified this convention in 1994.

During this review, delegation members will hear personal testimony from a range of U.S. Non-Governmental Organizations and citizens groups, including the parents of Mike Brown, a black teenager whose shooting death has sparked a national outcry. In the process, delegation members hope to learn about the inner workings of the UN system, particularly the measures by which governments accused of human rights violations can be held accountable on the international stage. For many delegation members, this will be their first trip out of the country.

We’ll be educating the students in our delegation as to how the treaty can be used to promote human rights at home and abroad,” explained Professor Patricia Hill, who worked with community organizers and legal advocates to raise the issue of Chicago police torture before the UN committee during the last review of the U.S. government. “At the same time, we’re not just going to educate our students, but really the public as a whole, about the U.S. government’s human rights obligations.”

This delegation is being sponsored by the student organization Students United for Human Rights and the Chicago Independent Human Rights Council. Its trip is being done in coordination with the U.S. Human Rights Network.

What: Chicago College Students Going to United Nations in Geneva Switzerland November 11-13 2014

For more information, contact: 773 330 6960

Willie J.R. Fleming
Chairman/Founding Member Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign
National Economic &Social Rights Initiative/Campagn To Restore National Housing Rights
U S Human Rights Network /Land and Housing Action Group
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“Look at yourselves. Some of you teenagers, students. How do you think I feel and I belong to a generation ahead of you – how do you think I feel to have to tell you, ‘We, my generation, sat around like a knot on a wall while the whole world was fighting for its human rights – and you’ve got to be born into a society where you still have that same fight.’ What did we do, who preceded you ? I’ll tell you what we did. Nothing. And don’t you make the same mistake we made….”
Malcolm X

“Solidarity is an act,not a worded saying but a statement made thru action that builds Unity..We at the Anti Eviction Campaign are committed to letting our action speak louder than words.Our Actions are simple it is our love and passion for the human right to our communities that drives us to ensure and enforce our Human Right to housing. In order to have a Community we have to come together in Unity. The human right to housing is a movement growing every day the collaboration of the homeless,public housing,renters and homeowners Uniting from rural to urban America committed to working across our racial,and economic difference for a common goal. Housing is a Human Right and we will Unite and fight”…

“J.R. Fleming” Founding Member Chicago Anti Eviction Campaign

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ACTION ALERT: Violent Retaliation Against Chicago Anti-Eviction

We received this request for action from past Revolution and Beer guest Toussaint Losier, current Ph.D student at the University of Chicago, and organizer with Chicago Anti-Eviction:

“On Monday, a handful of us in Chicago went with Mrs. Yinka Solebo as she went to take this petition to the manager of a local PNC Bank branch.

When we she went to hand deliver her family’s petition, the branch manager acted as if she had no business being there and refused to look up her name in their system.

When I tried to help hand over the Solebos’ petition to the branch manager, they literally threw our petition out of the door.

When I explained that more than a thousand people around the county wanted to know why PNC Bank would not take the time to sit and negotiate a solution with the Solebos, the bank’s security guard grabbed me and nearly threw me to the ground – and then called the police and had me arrested.

Even though our efforts to help the Solebos are clearly being criminalized, we will do our part to make sure this family is being treated with dignity.

Can you take a moment to help us?

If so, please considering signing and sharing the petition for the Solebos and calling 412-803-1296 for Beverly Duboski, Secretary to PNC Bank CEO William Demchak and tell her:

‘Hello, my name is ________________. I am calling on behalf of Yomi Solebo, who use to live at 1920 Vermette Circle in Plainfield, Illinois. When unemployment struck, his and his family tried to work with PNC to pay what they could. Instead of working with them, PNC Bank foreclosed on them and refused to go to court when they tried to stop their eviction. For the past three months, the Solebos have been homeless and there home has been empty. We are demanding that PNC Bank give them an opportunity to pay off their mortgage and move back into their home.’

Also, please call the local PNC Bank branch at 773-483-9349 to tell the manager:

‘Hello, my name is _________________. I was shocked to learn that your branch refused to accept a petition that I signed regarding PNC Bank’s eviction of Yomi Solebo and his family from their Plainfield home. I was also shocked that you arrested one of the people tha tried to help deliver this petition. I am calling to demand that your bank drop the charges against those who were arrested.’

We will continue to work with the Solebo family and we appreciate any help that you can offer. 


Toussaint and the rest of the Chicago Anti-Eviction Campaign”

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