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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I am Afraid to Write This

I should not be afraid to write about anything in the United States. I have never been afraid before to write of anything in this country. I was less afraid to talk about atrocities committed by Serbs in Belgrade during the Miloshevich regime. I was less afraid at interviewing someone connected with Islamic terrorism, who had been part a plot to assassinate a foreign official and who possible was part of the plot to bomb the pope in the 1990s. I am afraid my fellow Americans, Chicago neighbors who wear a badge will retaliate against my family or neighbors. America you have turned a dark and terrible corner.

On Google Maps, the innocuous looking red brick warehouse at 1011South Homan, just off the Eisenhower Expressway, between Kedzie and Central is listed as “Chicago Police Department Prostitution.” I could make a joke about the law enforcement apparatus in this nation has prostituted itself to power and money interests. I could say that I am reminded that they have become Kapos, the Jewish guards within concentration camps who ultimately oversaw their own demise as well. Too harsh? Revelations that Chicago has operated a black prison site, where torture is reported to have occurred should be national headlines. Locally, a co-opted and corporatized Press has all but dismissed the story. Interesting that when this story came out it was eclipsed by a sensational and likely erroneous report about terrorists threats to shopping malls.

In fact, that local Press, like Tribune columnist and WLS morning host’s John Kass and former news reporter Lauren Cohn seemed to support the use of torture and the flagrant violation of constitutionally protected civil liberties. Speak with an attorney on their program, Wednesday, Kass was flippant about allegations and witness testimony regarding the site, in which at least one detainee died, remarking that “if you through a Molotov cocktail or even talk about it to an undercover police officer, bad things are gonna happen.”

Kass was referring to the so-called NATO 5, arrested during a controversial raid and accused of plotting to make Molotov cocktails during the 2012 NATO summit in Chicago. There were clear issues of entrapment and incitement by undercover police officers. The trials were held in virtual secret, with witnesses harassed and in some cases banned arbitrarily from the proceedings. All of them were processed, or “disappeared” through the Homan facility. Analysts believe that the trials were kept at a local level, initial charges of terrorism dropped, to avoid scrutiny of civil liberties violations. Two of the five were later released without charge. Brian Church was released in November 2014, calling into question the seriousness of the charges alleged by the police..

‘You’re going to get a tour of hell inside Homan’

Victoria Suter, a protester at the massive anti-NATO summit protest was apparently targeted as an organizer within the protest. She was arrested, and after hours of interrogation, and many more hours of detention without the benefit of a phone call, an attorney, availability to use the bathroom or even to have charges filed. Suter was released later the next day without any charges being filed.

“The stark difference between Homan and a county jail or a precinct that has holding cells or any other concept of a common jail that most Americans have is that you have no rights at Homan,” Suter told the Guardian.

The co-called Miranda Warning, or Miranda Rights are basic constitutional rights afforded pursuant to the bill of rights, and the amendments, specifically the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments to the constitution with regards to an attorney, self incrimination, search and seizure, and to have their attorney present. The Miranda Warning has been upheld by the Supreme Court on numerous occasions, Vic Suter held for more than 18 hours without being charged and without being afforded. The Supreme Court decided in 1984 that police must, regardless of the severity or nature of a charge, be afforded their Miranda Rights. Law enforcement and the government continues assail those rights which state:

1. they have the right to remain silent;
2. anything the suspect does say can and may be used against them in a court of law;
3. they have the right to have an attorney present before and during the questioning; and
4. they have the right, if they cannot afford the services of an attorney, to have one appointed, at public expense and without cost to them, to represent them before and during the questioning.

The Chicago Police Department, which clearly violated those rights responded to the Guardian, who broke the story by saying that it “abides by all laws, rules and guidelines pertaining to any interviews of suspects or witnesses, at Homan Square or any other CPD facility. If lawyers have a client detained at Homan Square, just like any other facility, they are allowed to speak to and visit them.”

However, attorneys and detainees all report that the later is absolutely not the case. Attorneys are often turned away, or told their clients are not there, when in fact it later turns out that they were. Moreover, this speaks to a systemic abuse that may lead to the mayor’s office. Mayor Emmanuel routinely used the CPD as a bludgeon tool against dissent, u sing heavy-handed tactics against the Occupy Movement, NATO protesters, teachers and the teacher’s union and anti-ALEC protesters. ALEC, or the American legislative Exchange Council is a Koch Brothers driven effort by corporations to create, write and pass pro-corporate legislation. In 2013 ALEC’s annual summit was held in Chicago. Despite the peaceful nature of the protests video shows the police instigated violence which then became the news story as opposed to the substance behind the protests.

The police have never in the history of the Republic ever questioned or refused to enforce laws in clear violations of universal human rights, moral decency or that benefits the powerful or wealthy. The United States and other nations refused to allow German camp guards or Japanese soldiers the defense that they were simply following orders. Many of them were executed or sentenced to life in prison. Rush Limbaugh and others, however, respond that police do not make laws, but only enforce them. Limbaugh was referring to police who enforced slavery.

Ultimately it illuminates a moment in which the systematic erosion of law and civil liberties by law enforcement can no longer be ignored. That law enforcement should have such disdain and callous disregard for civil liberties, while nothing is done to hold the wealthy and powerful accountable, such as HSBC bank officials supporting terrorists, Al Qeada and drug cartels, shows the danger they now pose to all Americans. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until white people were subjected to “Hell at Homan” that the anyone took note. This, apparently has been happening to black and Hispanic victims for many years.

Regular readers will know that I do not pull punches. It is with the heaviest of hearts that I f ear the possible retribution this article may bring. My love of this country , and its potential, is so great that I simply cannot stand by when injustice such as this occurs. However, I understand that many of us feel we are standing alone. The state strategically attacked Occupy activists and leaders, like Michigan’s Chris Wahmoff, to prevent them from ever becoming active in society above the level of protests. Evidence was planted, situations fabricated and a willing mainstream Press compliant in destroying dissent.

And so I write, knowing full well I may well be targeted by a state we have surrendered to the forces of oppression…


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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Important NATO3 Update Missed on Saturday’s Show–Please Write and Donate

“We all wasted a lot of money on the war on terror, because if these guys are terrorists, we’ve got nothing to worry about.” – Thomas Durkin, Jared Chase’s defense attorney

Our apologies to the NATO 3 and the NATO 3 defense committee for not getting an update out to our listeners concerning Friday’s follow-up hearing in the trial of Jared Chase, Brent Betterly, and Jacob Church. In all the shuffle and discussion over the ISAT situation on last Saturday’s show that, we forgot to give an update on the air.

On February 28th, Judge Thadeus Wilson set the tentative sentencing and post-trial motions date of April 25th. In addition, the defense team filed a motion for acquittal based on the evidence presented earlier in the trial. We’ll keep our fingers crossed but won’t hold our breath, seeing as Judge Wilson rejected an earlier bid to toss-out the terrorism counts brought by States Attorney Anita Alvarez via a little-used terrorism statute. Lest we forget that Alvarez has a long track record of defending police misconduct.

The verdict was reached back on February 8th when, after 8 hours of deliberation, the jury acquitted the 3 men of providing material support for terrorism and conspiracy to commit terrorism. They did, however, convict them of two counts of misdemeanor mob action and two felony counts for possessing an incendiary device. The last conviction is odd because the recordings by undercover police officers indicate quite clearly that the officers prodded the three activists through the entire process of making Molotov cocktails from conception to semi-completion.

As we discussed with local journalist Chris Geovanis on our show earlier in February, it was very telling that the Federal Government had little to do with this otherwise high profile terrorism case. This implies that there was a concern about the strength of the case that warranted avoidance of giving the defense a national stage to point out some very un-constitutional activity and possible entrapment, carried out by the police infiltrators.

We obviously feel that the conviction is excessive, and the cost of the entire NATO legacy, not only to the three activists but also the city and the state, is terrible. Please consider donating to help with their legal costs and commissary needs. You can also write letters and send them books and postcards. To find out how, visit http://freethenato3.wordpress.com/contact/. You can also check that site out for updates as they come along.

For more information about the trial and what the activist community in Chicago is doing to help, check out our interview with a member of the NATO 3 defense committee:

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Interview: The NATO3 Defense Committee


A special thanks goes out to the NATO3 Defense Committee for having a member join us last Saturday. We appreciate, and stand in solidarity with, your work to support all prisoners of this system. Brent, Jared, and Brian are now heroes of this movement. Who knows if they really intended on it, but they have managed to take on the force of anti-democratic hostility served by the state, and delivered a defeat to the overzealous prosecution. Surely, the cost to them and their family is enormous. That is why we say they are heroes.

It says a lot about the radical community here that groups like the NATO 3 defense committee have formed to support those who came from elsewhere to fight this fight; and got nabbed in the process. Let us hold the NATO3 in our thoughts and prayers, and advocate for leniency in their pending sentences.

Please check out the support site, and donate to their jail fund if you can.

More background on the trial and the story:

Ahead of Verdict in ‘NATO 3′ Trial, A Look at the History of Police Repression in Chicago

Prosecutors Crank Up the Fear, Call ‘NATO 3′ Terrorists in Feverish Closing Arguments for Jury

The Chicago Tribune’s War on Dissent

Your Rights Aren’t Worth Crap

If we’ve missed any coverage that you feel is important hit us up @revolutionNbeer on Twitter, our Facebook page, or email us info(at)revoluitionandbeer(dot)com.

 

 

 

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