Streaking Rahm: Of Course She did it for the Money

Streaking_RahmOf course Jackie S. streaked Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for the $250k–but what for? She’s not the kind of thrill-seeking attention hound that we often expect when we someone pull a prank of this nature. Listen to a bold, intelligent, and committed young woman who decided to pay Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel an awkward surprise visit.

Listen on archive.org.

Thanks to Natalie Wahlberg for helping connect the dots.

Watch the clip below to see the awkward encounter:

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Tim Meegan, Ward 33; How to Challenge an Incumbunt

This segment of Tim Meegan’s speech at a fundraiser last night does an excellent job of outlining the basic challenges of having a city government run by patronage, dynasty, and nepotism. The event took place at Revolution Brewing’s North Kedzie tap room in Chicago. Tim’s running an amazing campaign and was recently approved to appear on the ballot in this upcoming city election. In addition, the “Elected School Board” ballot question also passed and will appear on the ballot.

Check out our full interview with Tim Meegan to hear a lot more about his thoughts and concerns as a father, a high school teacher (talk about front lines!), and an engaged member of his community.

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Gale Elementary: The anatomy of a CPS school closure, & a strategy to stop it

On today’s show (que4.org), we’ll be discussing the conditions of Gale Elementary school with Rogers Park community members and members of Chicago Light Brigade. Earlier this month, due to the hard work & love put in by the community, they were informed of CPS plans to meet their demands. Now the school will NOT be closed, and after years of neglect by the CPS which has lead to plummeting enrollment numbers, the learning environment if these children will begin to improve. Tune into Revolution and Beer tomorrow for a live discussion with about what this school and their supporters have been up against and how to secure the gains they’ve made into the future.

Here’s a quick overview of the situation surrounding Gale Elementary School in Rogers Park, as seen on Chicago Tonight:

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Interview: What Inspires a Chicago Public School Teacher?

On Saturday, March 15th, 2014, Anne Carlson and Juan Gonzalez of Drummond Thomas Montessori School in Chicago joined us to talk about what inspires them as public school teachers, and why they joined many teachers and parents across Chicago to boycott the ISAT test.

Download the MP3 here.

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Special Thanks to the NATO3 Defense Committee

Dude_wheres_my_molotovA special thanks goes out to the NATO3 Defense Committee for having a member join our show today. 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 leveled 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.

 

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Revolution and Beer Episode 6 – TIFfed Off


This episode was shot at the Peoples Church, in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. Our guest was Tom Tresser of The TIF Illumination Project and CivicLab Chicago. He joined us to illuminate the issue of Tax Increment Financing districts in the City of Chicago–that is until the lights went out. Spoookyyyy…..

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Revolution and Beer Episode 10: Art vs. The Status Quo

Revolution and Beer Episode 9: Evictions and Bad Landlords – How to Handle It

Revolution and Beer Episode 8: Peoples Theatre Part 2


We return to where we left off at Lost Eras for the second part of our discussion on community-centered theatre. We continue to explore the rolls of artists in society. Is it just for entertainment, or is there a higher purpose? Should the arts teach and inspire a vision of the future? We’re joined again by Democracy Burlesque‘s Joseph Fedorko and Erik Parsons, along with Carl Lindberg from Stone Soup Theatre Project.

Special thanks again to all of our guests for this two-part series: Joseph Fedorko, Mallory Green, Erik Parsons, Whitney Jones, and Carl Lindberg.

http://stonesouptheatreproject.org/

http://www.losteras.com/

http://www.democracyburlesque.com/


Revolution and Beer Episode 7 – Peoples Theatre Part 1

Revolution and Beer Episode 6 – TIFfed Off

Feminism and Beer – Part 2

On episode 5, Feminism and Beer part 2, We continue with our intelligent, creative, and very classy guests, Paula Kamen, Regina Buccola (@TheLittleProf), and Linda Bubon. Please join us as we continue to explore this topic in a very nuanced matter…with good beer in-hand.

Here’s the full schedule for the second part of series 1 on CAN TV. We’re scheduling shoots for series 2 now!

(Ep. 5) Women In the World, Part 2


Tuesday, July 02, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Sunday, July 07, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 6) TIFs Where Has the Money Gone

Monday, July 08, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Tuesday, July 09, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 10, 2013 -02:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 7) Radical Theater, and Artistic Community Expression Part 1

Tuesday, July 16, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 17, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Thursday, July 18 2013 – 10:00 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 8) Radical Theater, and Artistic Community Expression Part 2

Tuesday, July 23, 2013 – 7:30 pm Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 24, 2013 – 2:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Saturday, July 27, 2013 – 10:00 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

(Ep. 9) Fair Housing vs. Eviction and Foreclosure

Sunday, July 28, 2013 – 10:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Tuesday, July 30, 2013 – 07:30 pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

Wednesday, July 31, 2013 – 02:30pm, Chicago Cable Channel 19

To catch-up on past shows, click here.

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BREAKING: Students-Parents Occupy Lafayette Elementary School

Around 3 p.m. this afternoon students, parents, and activists moved-in to occupy Lafayette Elementary School in Chicago’s Humboldt Park neighborhood.

Volunteers blocked the doors to the school while the parents and students made their way into the school building to begin the occupation.

 

Lafayette’s last concert. Photo from DNAinfo.com

Earlier this month, the school performed it’s last concert for a very emotional and upset audience. These scenes of heartbreak and fractured communities are becoming all too common as Rahm Emmanuel continues to impose austerity through school closings, health facility closings, and all sorts of other cuts in public services. This ironic approach to “balancing the budget” is laughable in a state where two-thirds of corporations pay no income taxes.

“Closing Lafayette will kill our neighborhood and our families,” says Rousemary Vega, who is occupying a classroom at Lafayette Elementary. “We demand that this school stay open. We demand to keep our music programs, and our special ed program. We’re not leaving until this school is saved.” …nor should they. The favorite allotments of public tax dollars by our beloved mayor go to such badly needed things as high-end rental and condo units in neighborhoods with no real demand for them, and a $300 million basketball stadium for Depaul. Yes, our schools and institutions are getting closed while the likes of Depaul and Loyola Universities, and BJB Properties get nice slices of the tax pie through TIFs to push “business as usual” to an all new level of neoliberal budgetary scams. Guess who gets the bill, again?

So big deal that our children get shuffled around as our work days are made more stressful by sluggish CTA service, failing infrastructure, and anxiety-laden hoop-jumping in order to try and get our kids into a decent school (if you even can take the time away from the office); and affordable housing becomes an endangered species (despite being the original purpose for TIFS). Well…we know for sure Rahm Emmanuel doesn’t, unless Coca Cola wants to come in and buy up what’s left of a failed public program; with a nice little tax break to do it. If we could only see those corporate logos a few hundred more times a day, we might remember where all our money went. Then we would certainly buy more stuff.

Original Press Release:

Lafayette Elementary School Occupation – 2714 W. Augusta Blvd., Chicago
#LafayetteOccupation | #SaveOurSchools | @nini0179 (inside school) | @OCPress
BREAKING NEWS
For Immediate Release
Lafayette Parents, Students Overtake Lafayette Elementary School Classroom
to Halt School Closure on Last Day of Classes
Community calls on President Obama to overturn Mayor Emanuel’s School Closings
Chicago 6/19 2:45PM — Nine Lafayette Elementary parents and students have just peacefully occupied a school classroom, at 2714 W. Augusta Blvd., to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and his handpicked Chicago Board of Education reverse the school’s closing.
“Closing Lafayette will kill our neighborhood and our families,” says Rousemary Vega, who is occupying a classroom at Lafayette Elementary. “We demand that this school stay open. We demand to keep our music programs, and our special ed program. We’re not leaving until this school is saved.”
The Humboldt Park neighborhood school serves Pre-K to eighth grade students. Lafayette School focuses on fine arts and music education, boasting an award-winning string orchestra in partnership with Merit School of Music, bilingual classrooms, and an autism cluster site. The school is home to 442 students in 2012, 97.7% from low-income homes. Emanuel and the Board of Education voted to close the school as one of 50 public school closures citing “underutilization,” population decline, and astronomical building maintenance costs. Those claims have been refuted by individual CPS auditors, the media, parents, and community members, who have all been ignored by Emanuel and the unelected Board of Education.
“We are at Lafayette Elementary to support the students and parents who are fighting to keep this school open,” says Denise Bisley, a parent from the Von Humbolt school. “Shame on Mayor Emanuel, and the Chicago Board of Education. This is a national problem. President Obama told us change was coming, and his buddy Mayor Emanuel has changed the city – closing our clinics, our schools, and wrecking our children’s futures.”
CPS and Emanuel propose Lafayette students be displaced to Chopin Elementary, seven blocks away, where the future of the Merit School of Music program is uncertain, as is the program for autistic children. Emanuel and the Board of Education have faced severe public backlash and outcry against the school closures.
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GET TO HUMBOLT PARK! LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY IS OCCUPIED! Follow #LafayetteOccupation for breaking info | 2714 W. Augusta Blvd, Chicago
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Fuck you @chicagosmayor @rahmemanuel! We’re taking over #LafayetteOccupation against #CPSclosings
#SaveOurSchools SUPPORT NEEDED at #LafayetteOccupation, 2714 W. Augusta Blvd #CPSclosings

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F.L.Y. and The Campaign for a South Side Trauma Center – Revolution And Beer Archive: Feb. 23rd, 2013

On this show, we were joined by Veronica Morris-Moore from Fearless Leading by The Youth (FLY). We discussed the campaign to get a Trauma Center on the south side of Chicago.

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Karen Lewis Speaking at NEIU

Chicago Teachers Union president, Karen Lewis delivered a speech at NEIU on April 3rd Entitled “Lies About Schools.”

See the other segments of Karen’s speech, captured by WC, on our Video page.

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