#Baltimore. Black lives apparently less important than CVS

As it turns out, all those people chanting #BlackLivesMatter may be shocked to learn that America cares more about a Sport Mart, a CVS pharmacy and an Italian Restaurant than the lives of young Black men and women. The media and talk shows resounded with pained lamentations over Baltimore shoppers and diners robbed of the opportunities at minimum wage jobs, or the privilege of shopping at midnight for string cheese and Ibuprofen, Lacrosse rackets or the best manicotti in the county. However, there was little of that same outrage and disconcertation over a man whose spinal cord was snapped. He was robbed of life. His family were robbed of him. Take a cigar from a convenience store and the police will solve that caper in an afternoon. The Chicago police used torture to close a number of cases, albeit with innocent men, but 6 police officers are involved in the “mysterious” death of a Black still can’t solve the caper in two weeks, while the officers involved still collect paychecks? We wouldn’t want to rob them of their paychecks. So, apparently the question has been answered: Black lives don’t matter, at least in this culture.


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 “A Tragic Fate: 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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LIGHTS, CAMERA, REVOLUTION! From Prague to Baltimore

On Saturday’s roundtable (11am-1pm, on Que4 Radio AM1680, www.que4.org) we presented the following question about Freddy Grey, the Baltimore man killed two weeks ago in police custody:

“The University of Florida suspended a fraternity after member of Zeta Beta Tau, which incidentally was a character from the first start trek, shouted insults and spit on disabled veterans and urinated on the American flag. In another story, Rand Paul’s son was stopped for DUI and released, despite being described as visibly intoxicated. Meanwhile Linda Cope, founder of the warrior group “They were urinating off of balconies, vomiting off of balconies. They could see the men and women below were there with the retreat.” she described students spitting on veterans, throwing beer bottles over a balcony and ripping flags off their cars. Local police did respond, but no criminal charges were filed. the fraternity has hired its own independent investigator to find out what happened. Cope said the fraternity has so far been helpful in its response, and that she believes fraternity leaders are doing all they can to help make things right, including making a cash donation to her small, grassroots charity. Meanwhile, two more black men died this week at the hands of police, including Freddie gray, whose spinal cord was nearly severed. Can we believe that the proliferation of video is suddenly cause police to be more aggressive with blacks and minorities, or is this finally proof of what blacks and minorities have been experiencing for many decades?”

An autopsy and the family indicate his spinal cord was 80% severed. When that happened has yet to be precisely determined. Video shows Mr. Grey struggling for control of his lags as police pulled him off the sidewalk after several officers tackled him to the ground. If at this point you are asking WHY he was arrested, then you might also find yourself asking what rape victims did to get raped. Stop it. Focus. It is what is needed here.

The interesting and alarming thing with all the black folks at the station that day was their reaction, or lack of one. From our good friend Michael Donnelly, who was in for the roundtable, to Toni Scott, RN and Yoga therapist, and host of “Creating a Healthier Self” (Saturday’s 6-7pm on Que4 Radio, AM1680 in Chicago), or her two guests, a trauma nurse on Chicago’s south side and a 3rd year resident, they were largely uniform in that reaction. This has been going on for decades.

What it exposes is a level of ambivalence and indifference to human rights abuses long prevalent in the black community. The systemic neglect, and the tiered standards applied to black communities is well established here. But something else is interesting here. I believe that it has even come as a bit of a shock to the black community as well. At the fulcrum of that shock is the revolution in digital technology, and especially the revolutionary availability of cameras now so ubiquitous in society.

From all of those I have spoken to in recent days, the sudden wave of video and images showing police heavy-handed and aggressive, and often fatal, behavior towards minorities, often for minor, manufactured and sometimes invented offenses has validated and confirmed for Blacks what they knew but could never prove. The idea that cameras and police violence erupted simultaneously is absurd. That’s sort of like saying that sex was invented with stag films. This has been a hidden form of terrorism and oppression long decried by the Black community and long ignored by the rest of America.

In 1993, just after the fall of the Berlin Wall I was in Prague, just as they were shaking off their Communist past. On a wall in a working class neighborhood, hastily written in English were deeply prophetic words:

“LIGHTS, CAMERA, REVOLUTION!”

Those words are as true here and now as they were on that wall in 1993. The meaning behind them resonating through to this moment and to the embattled Baltimore streets; The past always finds us.


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 “A Tragic Fate: 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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Reparations Not Black Sites-Runoff Rally

MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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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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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BURGE IS BEING RELEASED FROM PRISON WHILE THOSE HE TORTURED CONTINUE TO SUFFER

When Will Chicago’s City Council Pass the Ordinance Providing Reparations for the Burge Torture Survivors?

WHAT: On Oct. 2nd convicted, former Chicago Police Commander Jon Burge is scheduled to be released from prison to a halfway house, while those he was responsible for torturing have not been provided any redress to recover from the torture they endured. A press conference will be held with Alder attorneys, activists and Burge torture survivors who are calling on the City Council and Mayor Emmanuel to pass the ordinance providing Reparations for the Chicago Police Torture survivors.

WHEN: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:30 am

WHERE: City Hall, 2nd Floor

WHO: Aldermen Joe Moreno, Joe Moore and Roderick Sawyer; Torture Survivor Anthony Holmes, Joey Mogul and Flint Taylor of the People’s Law Office, Alice Kim and Adam Green of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorial Project (CTJM) and Ernest Coverson of Amnesty International, USA.

WHY: Tomorrow, Burge is being released from prison and given the opportunity to begin his life anew with the benefit of his police pension funded by Chicago taxpayers’ money. Yet, scores of Chicago Police Torture survivors continue to suffer from the psychological effects of the torture they endured without any compensation, assistance, or any legal recourse for redress.

The Ordinance providing Reparations to the Chicago Police Torture Survivors is pending in the Finance Committee and there are 25 Alderpeople who support its passage. It is time for City Council and Mayor Emmanuel to pass the ordinance and provide the torture survivors and their family members the recognition, compensation and services they deserve.

The Ordinance serves as a formal apology to the survivors; creates a Commission to administer financial compensation to the survivors; creates a medical and psychological center on the south side of Chicago; provides free enrollment in City Colleges to the survivors; requires Chicago Public schools to teach a history lesson about the cases; requires the City to fund public memorials about the cases; and sets aside $20 million to finance this redress, the same amount of money the City has spent to defend Burge, other detectives and former Mayor Richard M. Daley in the Chicago Police torture cases.

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

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U.S. failing to eliminate racial discrimination, says UN

Contributed By Toussaint Losier,

New York, NY, August 29, 2014 – Today, the United Nations CERD Committee released itsConcluding Observations, which detail more than twenty areas of unacceptable racial discrimination in the United States. The observations call for the U.S. Government to “prohibit racial discrimination in all its forms in federal and state legislation, including indirect discrimination, covering all fields of law and public life.”

The Concluding Observations follow a two day review – on August 13 and 14 in Geneva – of the U.S.’s compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination. At the review, the mother of Trayvon Martin, Sybrina Fulton, and the father of Jordan Davis, Ron Davis, testified about the racially discriminatory practices and policies that played direct roles in their sons’ deaths. Ron Davis and Sybrina Fulton spoke powerfully of the loss of their sons and the loss of other young people to state violence, including 18 year old Michael Brown.

Despite this testimony, the U.S. Government delegation failed to meaningfully address how it is combating racial discrimination in the U.S. and focused primarily on initiatives that alone have proven to be insufficient. In neither its report nor delegate statements did the U.S. Government indicate a commitment to address racial discrimination in a comprehensive and coordinated manner.

In response to the Committee’s Concluding Observations, Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network, a coalition of over 250 human rights and social justice groups around the U.S., stated, “We welcome the recommendations of the UN CERD Committee, including the call for the U.S. Government to adopt a National Plan of Action on Racial Justice. After the death of Michael Brown and the police violence on the streets of Ferguson, it is clearer than ever that the U.S. Government needs to once and for all address the racism that plagues our nation.”

Contact: Mike Ward, US Human Rights Network, mward@ushrnetwork.org

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Evanston Censorship Struggle Challenges Taboo on Palestinian Narrative and False Call for ‘Balance’

Library director Karen Danzig Lyons reverses cancellation of event in wake of
First Amendment outcry, as organizers brace for opposition to Palestinian author.

Forum/Reading: 7PM, Monday, August 11, 2014

Evanston Public Library Community Room, 1703 Orrington Ave, Evanston, IL 60201

Overflow room location: Lake Street Church, 607 Lake St, Evanston, IL 60201, (847) 864-2181

URL for web-cast – live stream: http://www.chicagoactivism.org/live

EVANSTON, IL: After a pitched struggle between peace activists and Evanston Public Library staff, a book reading and community forum with Palestinian author, Ali Abunimah, will go ahead as planned Monday evening at the suburban library. Organizers are bracing for opposition voices to mobilize to attend the event in the wake of their successful battle to push the library to reinstate Abunimah’s presentation.

The library had sought to cancel Abunimah’s discussion of his book, “The Struggle for Justice in Palestine,” because the library had not yet scheduled additional programs to offer a ‘balance’ to Mr Abunimah’s point of view, i.e. an event with a pro-Israeli frame. Peace activists decried the library’s viewpoint particularly when, to their knowledge, no similar request had ever been made in reference to an author event for a recently published book. They argue, when pro-Israel voices already dominate media and public policy discussion on the Israeli occupation and Israel’s ongoing assault on Gaza, there is a standard being imposed, that is not imposed for any other topic.

“Palestinians are the only people whose mere existence in any cultural, academic or intellectual space is required to be “balanced” by the presence and voice of their oppressors or their oppressors’ apologists,” says Abunimah.

Online registration for Abunimah’s event filled to capacity within hours, with organizers expecting a lively debate with pro-Zionist activists who are expected to attend to challenge Abuhimah personally now that the library has relented in the face of concerns about censorship and First Amendment rights. 120 seats are reserved in the library, with an expected overflow crowd to be housed to watch the event remotely at nearby Lake Street Church.

The library had announced that it was cancelling Abunimah’s appearance barely a week before he was scheduled to speak, setting off a firestorm of criticism in social media – and the demand for Palestinians to be heard, not just seen and characterized by others. Peace activists have worked with the library to web-cast the event live as part of a larger effort to breach what they say is endemic pro-Israeli media bias.

Abunimah will read a section about Gaza from his book that provides context for the current struggle that the Palestinian people are waging in the beleaguered open-air prison, at an almost unbearable cost, to end Israel’s murderous siege and bombardment. He will discuss what Israeli historian Ilan Pappe has termed Israel’s “genocidal slaughter” in Gaza, which since July 8 has killed over 2,000 people – over 80% percent of whom are civilians, including 450 children.

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