May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy

Yesterday, May 6th, 2015 — a date which will live in infamy –The unions of Illinois and the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by political and media forces allied with the Empire of Governor Bruce Rauner.
The Unions were at peace with that Emperor and, at the solicitation of Rauner, was still in conversation with its government and its Governor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the workplace.
Indeed, less than three months after Rauner had commenced attacks in the American city of Chicago, Rauner addressed the City Council and delivered to the people of Chicago a reply to a recent Union message.
And while this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or of all out attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Chicago from Springfield, or Lake Forest makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many months or even years ago. During the intervening time, the Rauner government has deliberately sought to deceive working families by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on all unions has caused severe damage to American workers and their families. I regret to tell you that very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American and Illinois jobs have been reported torpedoed by this unwarranted attack.
Yesterday, the Rauner government also launched an attack against teachers.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked schools.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Poor.
Last night, Rauner forces attacked the Environment.
Last night, Rauner attacked healthcare.
And this morning, Rauner attacked middle class homeowners.
Rauner has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Chicago area. The facts of yesterday and today speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe that I interpret the will of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our working class, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.
I ask that the Allied Unions and working people declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Rauner on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Rauner empire.


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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Illinois Policy Institute Folds

This week Illinois Koch brother puppet in chief, Bruce Rauner declared war on working families by attacking unions within days of taking office. Clearly bereft of concrete ideas on closing the budget gap, such as ending more than $3.5 billion in annual subsidies and tax forgiveness to corporations, like Republican plutocrats Scott Walker, Rick Schneider and others Rauner will drop that heavy burden on the backs of working families. Unions are rendered in Rauner’s fantasy as the proverbial boogieman as a means of concealing the true culprit; company bought politicians that allow their corporate owners to bilk states and communities of billions in tax breaks, giveaways and tax delinquency.

Today I spoke with representatives from the Illinois Policy Institute, with a cordial invitation to defend what can only be described as blatant anti-working family propaganda. they appear regularly on rightwing talk shows, but after hearing the strength of our position, and being assured that they would have to indeed defend their positions and screes in the face of absolute facts, they bowed out of debating us.

This on the eve of what is shaping up to be an epic battle between corporation-owned politicians and struggling Illinois workers and their families. The line in the sand is being drawn. Already unions have been assailed with corporate sponsored and written legislation stealing pensions, freezing or reversing pay increases that often do not keep pace with inflation and then eliminating or cutting the social safety net protecting workers and their families from losing everything. The right’s propaganda wings in the media and the Illinois Policy Institute openly lie or twist facts to make their anti-family case.

So, the media organization funded in part by the Koch brothers, according to a report below is the greedy gloved hand manipulating Gov. Bruce Rauner. They are safe among their co-conspirators in attacking your children, your family and threatening your future in a bid to deliver Illinois to the republicans in 2016 and to enriched themselves. They refuse to engage us in actual debate, so we’ll shine the light of day on them. There ultra-elitist refusal to engage this issue only shows their disdain for Illinois families

Call them and say shame at 1312-607-4977


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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May Day May Day – Cooptation Confrontation – Revolution & Beer Weekend – May 3rd 2014

We had a full studio for this show. Poet and new Que 4 radio host Larry Sawyer sat down with us. We also had our old friend Earnest James, blogger, working dad, and radio personality at WCPT joined us for his take on recent issues.

We talked a lot about the ICIRR/SEIU situation at May Day Chicago this year, and what the dynamics on the street level were for those advocating clashing positions on Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Brian had just witnessed the arrests of past guest Ze Garcia and his friend Anne Wooten during the May Day Chicago march.

Our friends Sarah Finkel, Rising Tide Chicago, and Ergoat, Occupy CA, enlightened our discussion on street-level citizen rights and the patterns of tactics by NGO protest marshals and police. We covered a lot of ground, and the conversation was very beneficial for everyone involved. One thing that came from it was a very inspired and reflective piece from WC Turck, entitled “Attack of the Suburban Middle-aged White Guy.” This is also well worth a read.

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Attack of the Suburban Middle-aged White Guy

Don’t make waves. Have there ever been more ominous words?

Day after day on my radio show in Chicago I pound the desk advocating the complete overthrow o the American government-one vote, one protest at a time. I want to know where are the Moral Monday protests in Chicago and across the nation?3-haymarket-riot-1886-granger

I am incensed that our politicians are naked agents for a corporate subversion of our constitution and security, and that the police assert more and more on their institutionalized effort to control dissent. In a righteous world I would see 100,000 citizens surrounding the offices of co-opted public servants to remove them from office and march them off to jail for crimes against the people and the constitution. The police who uphold their oath to serve and protect the people would maintain the respect and honor from those people. Those who do not, and who remain the force mechanism of control at the behest of money interests, would likewise be arrested and marched off to jail with the other cronies. The world did not absolve Nazis who claimed to simply be following orders, and yes, it has gotten almost to that point.

That would be in a righteous world, if it was really about the law. That’s what I believe, but that’s not what I said following last week’s May Day protests.

A few weeks earlier Brian and I had Ze Garcia on the show as a guest. Ze is a young local immigration activist facing deportation. He is part of the “dream” generation; children brought to America for a better life by their parents. This is Ze’s home. It is the only home he has ever known. His “illegal” status is not genetic in nature. It is an abstract; a legal and political construct crafted to legitimize the power of the state, like slavery and preventing women from having the vote. It is not something written in stone or mandated by God. I looked in the Bible, Koran and Torah. Can’t find it anywhere. Moses fled Egypt and was never designated illegal. Columbus landed in someone else’s country… So it is easy to understand why Ze feels betrayed. On May Day Ze and a friend were arrested.

“Its impossible to separate labor and immigration issues,” Brian told me after our Saturday show this week. That statement resonated with me, along with, “You can’t shut out labor groups and dominate the message on f#$%ing May Day.” Truly, it is their Christmas of sorts.

On May Day 2014 a coalition of labor and immigrant rights groups rallied in Haymarket Square on Chicago’s near west side. The place is ubiquitous for a rally for an 8 hour workday as well for several workers earlier killed by police that turned deadly on May4th 1886. A bomb blast and gunfire from police saw 7 police and scores of civilians dead and wounded. Dominating the diverse coalition at Haymarket last week were members from the Service Employees International Union and the ICIRR, the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.

Obvious in the images and video from the day are the vested members of ICIRR and SEIU maintaining order, and seeming to play apart in Ze’s arrest, or at the very least attempting to keep him corralled within the very orderly parade. And here is where things get a bit weird, for Ze, but also for me.

In my opinion, and by viewing as much video and stills as possible, Ze was agitating, and the White Middle-aged Suburban Male in me (I live in the city, by the way) reacted blindly with why was it necessary to agitate and start trouble for no reason? The criticism from various groups that day was that ICIRR and SEIU had acted as if they were in charge of the protest, and there’s the rub.

On the show yesterday Brian and a guest were deeply critical of groups acting in service to the authorities. I countered that even Occupy employed monitors to keep people in line. They were also there for the NATO protest in 2012, but I personally witnessed and documented, as with the anti-ALEC protest last summer that the police were eager and even proactive in creating violence as an institutional strategy to attract a willing corporate Press to shift the message of protests to violence.

And so I pondered all of this through the day and came away with some simple conclusions. There are no safe protests, nor should there be. A safe protest is a parade, and parades accomplish nothing. And don’t throw the Civil Rights marches at me. Having met and talked with many civil rights activists, there was always a line in the sand, and the importance of the Black Panthers and Malcolm X was that they stood watch on that line. “Power concedes nothing without demand,” said Frederick Douglas. By monitoring ourselves we concede to and become part of the State Control apparatus. As I recently argued on the show, the most successful and insidious type of censorship is self-censorship.

It is not that agitation becomes the distraction. The distraction comes from the unchecked power of the state when it no longer is a resource for the people, but instead becomes their rulers. It is not the “absurdity” of beating drums, Guy Fawkes masks or indignant chants, it is the absurdity of a media that is no longer a Fourth estate separate and antagonistic to power, privilege and corruption, but when that media becomes the Public Relations function for them. Protests and movements that champion human dignity, rights and respect for all must begin peacefully enough, but implied in their outrage and passion must always reside to the powerful, the privileged and the corrupt the unmistakable promise that the people will find justice one way of the other.

There is a saying that goes like this: when I was a young man I was filled with passion and Liberal, but then I grew wise and became a conservative. That line is a sad excuse for the Middle-aged Suburban White Guy in all of us, and a sign that we have given up the fight…

WC Turck is the author of 4 books, including the critically acclaimed Bosnian War Memoir “Everything for Love,” and Broken: One soldier’s unexpected journey home, at Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. Turck wrote and produced two critically acclaimed plays, “Occupy my Heart: A Revolutionary Christmas Carol” and “The People’s Republic of Edward Snowden.” He can be heard weekdays from 9-11am, and 1-3pm on the Revolution and Beer show with partner and cohost BL Murray.

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