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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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How to Promote Solidarity? 1 Reply

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 5, 2012 at 15:57

Springtime has released the pent up energy of the Occupy Chicago Movement and Southsiders for Peace has decided to join their kick-off event. 
At 1:00, Saturday, there will be a rally at LaSalle and Jackson, followed by  a march to Grant Park.  At Grant Park, there will be  stages set up for activities and discussions of topics relevant to the movement for peace and social justice.  Follow this link for more information:  www.occupychi.org.  Some members of Southsiders for Peace will be meeting on 103rd and Hale at 11:15 to take the 11:20 Metra.  Please try to join us there or at the events downtown.

Comment by Joe Balkis on April 5, 2012 at 15:56
Join us this weekend for two events that combine art, activism & conviviality. It is good to recall that all Mess Hall events are F R E E & open to the public! It won't cost you a dime to have a pleasurable & productive time.
Saturday 7 April, 1pm – 5pm 3 Crises: G8/Nato workgroup Please join us as the Three Crises Seminar moves from study to praxis & becomes a Three Crises NATO/G8 Action Team!! Between February and May, we will discuss ideas for how to develop experimental, collective and situated actions that respond to the presence of NATO in Chicago (May 15-May 22, 2012). We are currently putting together a pamphlet to be released prior to the summit—it’s not too late to join us in this project!
Sun, April 8, 4pm – 6pm Prisoner Letter Writing and Chicago Anti-PIC info session Come back and join in! On April 8th, we’ll have a chance to get back to folks in prison who got valentines from us, and we welcome new comers who would like to get involved in anti-PIC organizing in Chicago, and get to know some other rad folks looking to do the same!
** *** ** *** ** *** ** This is the announcement list for Mess Hall, an experimental cultural center in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago. Mess Hall hosts a printed matter archive, exhibitions, workshops, lectures, public projects, actions, events, meals, and more.
Mess Hall 6932 N Glenwood, Chicago just across from the Morse stop on the Red Line http://www.messhall.org
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2012 at 9:00

[WorkingBikes] PSO, Uganda, Shipping Party

We will be filling a container with bikes for shipment to the Prisoner Supoort Organisation in Uganda this coming Easter Saturday, April 7th, from around 10am until we're done - hopefully well before 5pm!
See http://workingbikes.org/node/188751 ...
Comment by Joe Balkis on April 4, 2012 at 8:58
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization MARCH 23, 2012
Transit Coalition Meeting
Little Village Environmental Justice Organization | 2856 S. Millard | Chicago | IL | 60623

Howard Ehrman, MD, MPH
Assistant Professor University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)
College of Medicine, Department of Family Medicine
School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences
Contact Information:
email: hehrman@uic.edu
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
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