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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 May 11, 2012 at 5:33

A high-level investigation in the U.K. just implicated Rupert Murdoch and senior News Corp. executives in a cover-up of “rampant law breaking” across the organization.
The investigation concluded that News Corp.'s global media empire is so corrupt that Murdoch is “not fit to run an international company” — and that he and his son James must now answer for their reckless disregard for the law.1

Take Action: Hold Rupert Murdoch to Account in the United States

News Corp.’s corruption extends beyond British shores. Murdoch controls a huge swath of media in the U.S., including FOX News, the Wall Street Journal, cable networks and 27 local TV stations. Murdoch’s company faces allegations that it bribed government officials and hacked into phones and computers throughout its global operations.
These findings raise questions about whether News Corp. is hiding other legal violations.
Fortunately, Sen. Jay Rockefeller is on the case. He has just asked British officials for evidence of whether the News Corp. phone-hacking scandal involved U.S. citizens or violated U.S. laws.2
Now it’s time for the rest of Congress to follow Sen. Rockefeller’s lead and convene hearings into these new reports of corruption.

Enough Is Enough: Tell Congress to Investigate News Corp.

News Corp. is an American company that must obey U.S. laws. That won't happen unless you urge your member of Congress to call for a full investigation.
Add your name to this congressional letter — and forward this email to all your friends.
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 11, 2012 at 5:30


In light of a report released last week by Great Britain’s House of Commons, CREW renewed the call for an investigationinto whether Rupert and James Murdoch are fit to hold broadcast licenses in the United States. In our latest letter to Congress, Public Citizen, CREDO Action, Nell Minow of GMI Ratings, and West Virginia Citizen Action Group joined us.

News Corp. owns 27 U.S. broadcast licenses. It’s the job of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to make sure broadcast licensees adhere to a standard of conduct and character. If owners don’t meet the standard their licenses can be revoked.

The ability to broadcast on American airwaves is a privilege, not a right, reserved for those with good character who serve the public interest and speak with candor. The ongoing investigation into the News Corp. phone hacking scandal and its cover-up show that both Rupert and James Murdoch have continually failed to meet these obligations.

I appeared on C-Span’s Washington Journallast Thursday to talk about our actions. Here are some edited excerpts from that segment that help clarify which laws have been broken and what we’re asking the FCC to do:

Also, our friends at CREDO Action have a petition calling on the FCC to revoke the broadcast licenses held by Rupert Murdoch's media empire. If you’d like to add your voice, click here.

CREW’s policy director, Jeremy Miller, has written a blog post about our latest action. Click here to learn moreabout the letter we sent yesterday to the House and Senate Commerce Committees.


Comment by Joe Balkis on May 11, 2012 at 5:28
The next few weeks will be very busy and interesting! There is much going on revolving around protesting the NATO summit and presenting an alternative vision to the NATO's warmakers.
We are excited that Medea and Nancy will be in town from May 12 until the march and rally on May 20. We're thrilled that Jodie will be joining us for the march and rally on May 20. We're looking forward to them bringing their pinkness to Chicago!
We've listed below some of the events that are happening from May 12 to May 20:
May 12-13 The People's Summit

The People's Summit aims to unite the broadest and most diverse possible array of organizations and individuals who dissent from the global vision of NATO. The People's Summit will help educate a new generation about the issues related to NATO and mobilize people for the mass protests on May 20. The vision of the People's Summit is to have an open, democratic and inclusive conference, which will include both large panels and self-organized workshops.

Sunday May 13, 2012, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m: Join CodePINK in a Mothers Day: A Women’s Call to End War! workshop at the People's Summit.
Registration is FREE!
Click here to register and for a list workshops and panels.

May 15: Nakba Commemoration
Join us at Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn at 6:30pm for "Nakba - Telling the Story. Remember. Retell. Resist."
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 11, 2012 at 5:26
May 17: CodePINK action in Chicago
Stay tuned for information our CodePINK action!
May 18-19: Network for a NATO Free World Counter Summit.
Join the CodePINK workshop "Women Say No to War! Creative Tactics for Building Peace and Justice".
will have copies of ‘Drone Warfare: Killing by Remote Control’
Click here to register and for more information.
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 11, 2012 at 5:23
May 20: March and Rally to Protest NATO
Join in a legal, permitted, family-friendly march and rally to protest NATO! The rally starts at Noon at Petrillo Bandshell (corner of Columbus and Jackson).
The march route is: West of Jackson to State St South of State St to Harrison East of Harrison to Michigan Ave South on Michigan Ave to Cermak.
The closing rally will be within sight and sound of McCormick Place, where the NATO summit is being held. The Iraq Veteran's Against the War will conduct the closing ceremony in which they will return their medals to NATO.
For more information on the march and rally, housing board, and other resources, go to www.cang8.org.
If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at codepinkchicago@yahoo.com
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 11, 2012 at 5:21
 Drone Warfare: KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL  an evening with Medea Benjamin cofounder of Global Exchange & CODEPINK: Women for Peace  Rafia Zakaria Pakistani journalist & human rights activist  Heartland Cafe 7000 N. Glenwood Monday May 14th Gather at 7:00 PM | Program at 8:00 PM Medea Benjamin has been an advocate for social justice for more than 30 years. She is cofounder of Global Exchange & CODEPINK: Women for Peace. Described as "one of America’s most committed -- and most effective -- fighters for human rights" by Newsday, and called "one of the high profile leaders of the peace movement" by the Los Angeles Times, Medea has distinguished herself as an eloquent and energetic figure in the progressive movement.  Rafia Zakaria is a lawyer, journalist and human rights activist from Pakistan. She serves on the board of directors of Amnesty International USA and is co-founder of the Muslim Women's Legal Fund, which provides legal representation to Muslim women facing domestic abuse in family and immigration law cases.  Copies of Drone Warfare: KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL will be available for sale and Medea Benjamin will be happy to sign copies following the program.
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 9, 2012 at 5:04
How you can help build the movement to end the war in Afghanistan and stop a war on Iran and Syria
NEWNATOFB6.jpg1) Donate to ANSWER Chicago now to aid the citywide grassroots mobilization to build May 20

The ANSWER Coalition has gone out into the streets of Chicago repeatedly over the last month with leaflets and petitions to promote the March on the NATO Summit. We are demanding an immediate end to the war on Afghanistan, no war on Iran and Syria, all troops home now, and money for jobs, education, health care and housing not for war and occupation. Our message has been well received on college campuses, at busy train stops, in the heart of the downtown loop and beyond.

Why should you give as much as you can to ANSWER Chicago? Because the ANSWER Coalition has a proven track record of building antiwar demonstrations at the grassroots level in Chicago, Washington DC, San Francisco, Los Angeles and across the country. We are distributing 10,000s of leaflets for May 20 in the Chicago area. We will also be aiding Veterans, GIs, Students and Youth from all across the country to make it to Chicago to march on the NATO war makers. Every single penny you donate will go to promote an immediate end to US wars.
2) Join us on Saturday for a day of street outreach to build May 20
Sat., May 12, 12 noon Meet at the ANSWER Chicago Office 4802 N. Broadway #202 Directions
ANSWER Chicago 773-463-0311 http://www.chicagoanswer.net
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 9, 2012 at 5:00

Upcoming Know Your Rights Trainings
THURSDAY, MAY 10th, 6:00-7:30pm Hull House: 800 S. Halsted, Chicago
THURSDAY, MAY 17th, 7:00-9:00pm Grace Place Episcopal Church, 637 S Dearborn, Chicago
Know Your Rights trainings are designed for activists, collectives, and organizations engaged in political speech and activism. The National Lawyers Guild of Chicago Know Your Rights (KYR) training provides activists and organizers involved in the upcoming actions in May with basic legal information concerning interactions with police in Chicago. All trainings include material on the right to remain silent and searches and questioning by police. The interactive role-play format of the training allows participants to engage with issues in realistic settings and is designed to empower protesters exercising their First Amendment rights.
Remember: You can always request a training for your group by emailing nlgchi.knowyourrights@gmail.com. Upon request, NLG is also happy to include material on the following topics:

●     KYR for non-citizen activists

●     KYR for queer and transgender activists

●     KYR for members of the military

●     KYR for participants in actions with a high risk of arrest (including demonstration organizers)

So get knowledgeable, stay safe, and be effective.
In solidarity, The National Lawyers Guild of Chicago


Comment by Joe Balkis on May 8, 2012 at 18:13

Healthcare-NOW! is proud to be one of more than 85 environmental, labor, and health groups to endorse National Nurses United's "Protest the Global 1%" march and rally on May 18 in Chicago.
As part of their Main Street Not Wall Street campaign, NNU is calling for a financial transaction tax - or Robin Hood tax - on Wall Street trades on stocks, bonds, and derivatives.
Join thousands of nurses, their supporters, and Robin Hood and his band of Merry Men as they scour the "forest" for the absent G-8 world leaders hidden in the woods of Maryland. It's time to send the message to our world leaders that austerity policies don't work. No more cuts for our communities - make Wall Street pay for global recovery!
When and where:
11AM: MARCH - Leaves from Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water St., Chicago, IL
12:15PM: RALLY - Daley Plaza, Washington and Dearborn. The rally will feature a special performance by Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine.
Not in Chicago? Occupy is organizing bus trips from different cities around the country. Sign up for a bus here.
In solidarity for single-payer,
Francesca and Jeff
Healthcare-NOW! National Staff
Healthcare-NOW! survives on the generosity of our supporters. Please consider making a donation or joining Healthcare-NOW! to support our efforts on our secure server.

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Healthcare-NOW! - 800-453-1305 - 1315 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Comment by Joe Balkis on May 8, 2012 at 18:09
There's a showdown between the 99% and Bank of America next week. People are protesting at the the BofA shareholders meeting in Charlotte and at solidarity actions nationwide. There's a protest in Matteson at 4:30 PM. Can you make it?
RSVP for the Protest!

Given recent history, Bank of America should be rebranded "Bank vs. America."

While our economy tanked, BofA made billions in profits by dodging taxes, illegally foreclosing on homes, and squeezing customers—hitting communities of color especially hard.1 

But this spring, tens of thousands of people were trained to fight back against Bank of America and big corporations. Next week, at the annual shareholders meeting in Charlotte, NC, local progressives are blending street theatre with protest to get the attention of top BofA executives and the media. BofA's so nervous about bad publicity that the city of Charlotte will enforce a draconian protest law that allows police to search someone for having a bike helmet or magic marker.2

We know that Bank of America is susceptible to public pressure. (Remember when they tried to hike debit fees?)3 If we all speak out against BofA on the same day, we can ratchet up the pressure by drawing more media attention and scrutiny to them. That's why, as part of the 99% Spring, progressives are organizing protests at Bank of America


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