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Solidarity 69

The purpose of this group is to create solidarity among the left & to take action by any means necessary.

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I think this group is a great idea and a worthy goal, but the question is how do we achieve this or at least how do we take practical steps to it?I know of many different attempts to unify various…Continue

Started by Rhys Harrison. Last reply by Joe Balkis Sep 30, 2012.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2012 at 8:57
National Day of Action to Defend Public Transit!
Wednesday, April 4, 6 pm In Chicago: Protest at CTA Headquarters (567 W. Lake) Directions (Green Line - Clinton Stop) Info: 773-463-0311 Occupy Chicago Facebook Event
Riders and Transit Workers Stand Together and Organize to Defend Transit Funding and Workers Rights! No Transit Cuts:  Make the Billionaires and Banks Pay Up! Money for Transit, Not War!
The April 4 National Day of Action for Public Transportation was initiated by Occupy Boston and is supported by the Amalgamated Transit Union International (www.ATU.org). Actions are taking place in over 18 cities. In Chicago, ATU Local 241 is supporting the action along with Occupy Chicago, ANSWER Chicago, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization and NoCTAcuts.org.
Across the nation and in Chicago, transit funding and transit unions are under attack. The Emanuel administration's most recent attack against transit came in the form of a threat against workers. Outrageously, the city wants to eliminate work safety rules that save lives. The fat cats who run city hall also want to take $230 million out of the workers pockets over the next two years--all while the city continues to dole out huge tax breaks and subsidies to billionaire corporations like the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Boeing and United Airlines.
Let's Fight Back: ANSWER Chicago urges everyone who can to join this very important action to save public transit and defend transit workers.

ANSWER Chicago 773-463-0311 http://www.answerchicago.org
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 3, 2012 at 6:14

Representatives from the Save Our Clinics campaign will be at the next meeting of Southsiders For Peace. Please come to hear their story and join the fight for mental health services in our neighborhood. The next meeting is at 7:30 on Tuesday April 3 at the castle.
Urgent action is needed to stop the closing of Chicago mental health clinics.
Due to budget cuts, Chicago is planning on closing 6 of the 12 locally financed mental health clinics, including the one at 111th & Longwood. These closings would effect hundreds of our most vulnerable neighbors. Many have no medical insurance, SSI, Medicare, or MedicAid. Please help the Save Our Clinics campaign.
Call the mayor's office at 312-744-3300
Call 19th ward alderman Matt O'Shea at 773-238-8766
Protest at Daley Plaza on Thursay April 5 at 2:30pm
Join the Save Our Clinics campaign by calling 773-340-9598 or email MentalHealthMovemen t@gmail.com

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 1, 2012 at 18:31
Class 1: The Evolution of Socialism from the Paris Commune to the Russian Revolution
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PSL School for the Study of Revolution
Tuesday, April 3, 6:30 pm
PSL School for the Study of Revolution 4802 N. Broadway #202 (Red Line – Lawrence Stop) Directions Info: 773-920-7590 Register Now
Reading ** The Paris Commune ** The Russian Revolution
Reading is not required, but recommended.
Class Schedule April 3: The Evolution of Socialism From the Paris Commune to the Russian Revolution April 10: Cuban Revolution 101 April 17: Palestine, Israel and U.S. imperialism April 24: The Struggle for Socialism and Liberation in the United States (more info soon)
All Classes are on Tuesday nights, starting at 6:30 pm $15 Donation for all four classes. $5 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds.
Hosted by the Party for Socialism and Liberation ________________________________________ PSL Chicago 773-920-7590 http://www.pslchicago.org

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 1, 2012 at 18:30
Considering that CTA changes bus/train schedules with some frequency, this might be something to consider in attracting ridership.  It's a monthly, ongoing topic at our meetings. 
http://www.ctariders.org/TransitExperience.html “the speed of the proposed service gets more political attention than how frequently it runs, even though frequency, which determines waiting time, often matters more than speed in determining how long your trip will take.” Drivers don’t wonder when their cars are going to show up." “The prevailing habit of most transit systems,” he writes, “is to advertise where they go but to treat when as though it were a detail.” The map, in other words, dwells larger in the imagination than the timetable ... Transit agencies hardly help matters by printing maps where all lines seem to promise the “same kind of product,” when, in fact, one line may run every ten 10 minutes and the other twice a day. “A transit map that makes all the lines look equal,” writes Walker, “is like a road map that doesn’t show the difference between a freeway and a gravel road.”
Meeting on Monday There will be a meeting on Monday, April 2nd, of Citizens Taking Action for preservation of public transit from 7-9:00 PM, 77 W. Washington, 4th Floor  http://www.ctariders.org/ Agenda:  Plans for Sale of Red Line etc by Mayor through Investment Trust, Public-Private Partnership
Rally on Wednesday
National Day of Action for public transportation called by Occupy and endorsed by ATU International, actions planned in 18+ cities, 6:00 PM, CTA Headquarters, 567 W. Lake Street
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 1, 2012 at 18:29
TAKE ACTION! Keep Up The Fight To Stop Mountaintop Removal Mining Take action today!

Kayford Mountain Blast (Mark Schmerling)

Destroying mountains and dumping toxic waste in communities’ waters is wrong. Please urge the Obama administration to stand strong amid coal industry attacks and to protect the waters and people of Appalachia. Take Action Today!

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 1, 2012 at 18:08
We can clean up elections even before we fix the Constitution.

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Across the political spectrum, Americans agree that the Citizens United decision, allowing unlimited corporate spending on elections, has been a disaster – and that the Super PACs doing most of that spending should be banned. The Super PAC-funded attack ads dominating the Republican primaries have become national jokes.
Tell Congress and your state legislators to tax Super PACs at 99%. 
 

 

 

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 31, 2012 at 21:22
Walk a block with us, walk a mile with us, join us for a stop along the way, or meet up with us in Crete. Below you will find the route and schedule — each day we will update as more details become available so that you can find out where we are and meet up with us. Check back often for daily updates! Also please see information and logistics for walkers.
Contacts: Jose Herrera josefromchicago@aol.com 773-632-9992 Rozalinda Borcila rborcila@yahoo.com 813-789-0123
Saturday, March 31
: – 3:30-4:30 PM lunch at 15734 S Halsted St, Harvey - 4:30 PM – Holmes Park: 161st and Halsted, Harvey — rally with Human Action Community Organization - walk South on Halsted – 6:30-7 PM rest, Halsted and 190th St – 9:00 PM – arrival in Chicago Heights: Nena’s Bakery, 2316 Chicago Rd – dinner and spend the night
Sunday, April 1st – 9AM walkers step off from 2316 Chicago Rd, Chicago Heights - Walk South on Chicago/Rt 1 – 12 PM – 1PM – GATHERING/CONVERGENCE at Crete Park, corner of Main St and 1st St – 1PM – 3PM procession through Crete with several stops for actions and messages – end at proposed detention center site - 4PM – return to buses
WHY WE WALK - No detention of immigrants – not in any back yard! - Our families are being torn apart, so we walk together as one large family. - The walk is a expression of the experiences of communities who have been criminalized – we are committed to immigrant justice and to full human rights, full dignity, for all. We do not accept the division of good immigrants vs criminals. - No profit out of the criminalization, illegalization or incarceration of human beings - Borders and cages do not create just and safe communities - Detention is about dividing society into prisoners and their jailers. Creating an incarceration nation will devastate all our communities. We refuse to be the captives, and we refuse to be the captors. - Detention is about an open market in the business of selling human lives. Detention centers are a new prison experiment, an old product re-packaged in new ways. Detention camps, concentration camps, interment camps, prisons serve the same repressive function
 
Comment by Joe Balkis on March 30, 2012 at 17:10

Our country has literally no limits on the carbon pollution that is causing catastrophic climate change and that is freely spewed by power plants.

Yesterday, The Environmental Protection Agency finally proposed a rule to change that. Unfortunately, not by very much.1

The EPA's first ever rule limiting carbon pollution — known as the Carbon Pollution Standard — applies only to unlikely-to-be-built, new coal-fired power plants. It is riddled with loopholes allowing new sources of pollution including some new coal plants. It does nothing to reduce carbon pollution from much more significant existing sources.

It's sad that our political climate has been made so toxic by climate change denying Republicans — who literally voted to deny the science of climate change2 — that the very acknowledgement of the need to regulate carbon pollution by EPA is a victory and a positive step forward.

But in today's actual climate — where much of our country just experienced record-shattering March heat waves after a disturbing lack of winter — it is not nearly enough. It is not only disappointing but profoundly dangerous that this rule does little if anything to effectively reduce unregulated climate pollution.

The EPA will now accept public comments on the rule — and as it weighs the public's reaction, we need to show that we expect much, much more from EPA to regulate carbon pollution.

Tell the EPA: We need stronger rules to protect us from existing and future sources of carbon pollution.

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 30, 2012 at 17:09
 
 
 

If the U.S. Supreme Court rejects the individual mandate for healthcare this summer and even if it doesn't, we should be aware that this was never a real solution and that something better is available.  We should make Congress and our state legislatures aware now.
Tell them single-payer healthcare is the way.
Most rich countries spend much less on healthcare and provide it for everyone without mandating the purchase of health insurance from private corporations.  They use non-profit systems like single-payer that cut out the middleman, the bureaucracy, the advertising, and the profit motive.
Congress has the Constitutional right to pass laws "necessary and proper for carrying into execution" its powers, including providing for the "general welfare."  Medicare and veterans' healthcare are single-payer systems that could easily be expanded to include everyone.  It is arguably not "necessary and proper" to require people to buy an expensive, inadequate product from a private corporation.
If the individual mandate ends, let's not lose heart.  Let's seize the opportunity. States are moving ahead with single-payer, but Obama's healthcare law included measures aimed at making it harder for states to act.  Vermont has passed single-payer and is struggling with these hurdles now.
An amendment to fix this was passed in House committee during the 2009 healthcare debate but then unceremoniously stripped out by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Tell Congress to allow states to create single-payer now.
Please forward this email widely to like-minded friends.
Signed, Aimee, David, Jeff, Sarah and the Roots Action Team
P.S. Our small staff is supported by contributions from people like you; your donations are greatly appreciated.

Comment by Joe Balkis on March 30, 2012 at 17:02

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