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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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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 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
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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

Comment by Joe Balkis on May 8, 2012 at 18:08
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 8, 2012 at 6:21

Don't let student loan rates double on July 1st!

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Tell the Senate to stop student loan rates from doubling before it's too late.
add your voice
Tomorrow, the Senate is scheduled to vote on the Stop the Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Act of 2012. This is Senator Harry Reid’s (D-NV) bill to prevent federal Stafford student loan rates from doubling on July 1st.
More and more students are finding college to be out of reach due to skyrocketing tuition and interest rates. And with outstanding student loan debt now outpacing total credit card debt in America, millions of students are being crushed under the weight of their educational debts.1
If America wants to compete in the world, we need to make college more affordable — not less. Yet Republicans continue to play politics in Washington, with one Senate candidate likening student loans to a “stage three cancer of socialism.”2
And while Mitt Romney thinks borrowing money from your parents is a viable solution to pay for college, millions of students who don't have that option depend on Stafford loans to get through college every year.3
Will you tell your Senators to not let student loan rates double before it’s too late?
Comment by Brian Ross Ashley on May 7, 2012 at 3:54
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 7, 2012 at 3:46

Since September, police have arrested dozens of journalists and activists around the country for the “crime” of trying to document political protests in public spaces.1
People using iPhones, Androids and other mobile devices are changing the way we record and share breaking news. In return, police have targeted, harassed — and in many cases, arrested — those trying to capture images and video of public events.
I have documented more than 75 such arrests since the Occupy Wall Street movement began. It has gotten so bad that America’s global press freedom ranking has dropped to a historic low, according to two separate surveys.2
Today Free Press and a coalition of free speech and digital rights groups are reclaiming the First Amendment for the millions who want the freedom to document events in public spaces. We have sent a letter urging Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department to defend our “right to record.”3

Please Join Us and Sign the Letter. Protect Everyone’s Right to Rec...

Whether you’re a credentialed journalist, a protester or a bystander with a smartphone, you are guaranteed freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of access to information. Your right to document public events must also be protected.
Unfortunately, not everyone sees it this way. Conflicts are escalating between those trying to bear witness on one side and local police and government officials on the other. All too often, the First Amendment is caught in the middle.
As protests and election-year events unfold in 2012, we must guard these rights and protect the networks that help us voice our political beliefs. Our First Amendment right to record must extend to everyone.
Josh Stearns Free Press

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