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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.

Location: The frontline is everywhere!
Members: 75
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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 June 19, 2013 at 19:19
Veronica Castro, NPA Immigration Campaign Director, joins undocumented youth and allies in direct action to keep families together
Stand with NPA — tell President Obama to stop tearing families apart and suspend deportations!
Take Action
Dear Joe,
Yesterday, I laid down on one of the busiest streets in Chicago, with 11 undocumented immigrants, for a youth-led action. Our group blocked traffic in front of the location where President Obama was scheduled to have a political fundraiser later that evening.[1]
All 12 of us were arrested. Why did we choose to risk arrest? We did it because our families and communities are suffering. Right now, the Obama administration is on track to meet their deportation quota by tearing 400,000 people away from their families every year — that ain’t right. [2][3][4]
Will you join me and demand that the President suspend deportations? Click here to sign the petition — it takes just a moment.
NPA is in the fight to fix our broken immigration system and make sure Congress puts people first. We believe our country needs an immigration system that puts family unity first, protects worker rights and includes a clear pathway to citizenship for all 11 million undocumented immigrants
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 19, 2013 at 18:44

Wednesday, June 19, 6
PM to 8:30 PM
BioCheers!
Millennium Park Jay Pritzker Pavillion, 201 E. Randolph,
Chicago
Bioneers social, picnic, and concert. MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 18, 2013 at 4:40

Tuesday, June 18, 6 PM to 7:30 PM
Immigration "Reform"?
Rudy Lozano
Public Library, 1805 S. Loomis, Chicago
A workshop and public dialogue on
immigration "reform" as proposed in Congress. MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 13, 2013 at 20:34
Kevin Coval - Immigration and Its Discontents

Thursday, June 13, 7:30 pm Heartland Cafe, 7000 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago The event is FREE           RSVP Required

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 11, 2013 at 4:54

GRAPHIC: Sign here button

After years of mismanagement, the Tribune Company newspapers -- including the Chicago Tribune and L.A. Times -- are up for sale.
And one of the potential buyers? The Koch brothers.
Don't let it happen! Click here!
Yes, those Koch brothers: the billionaire businessmen who run Koch Industries, a sprawling multinational corporation involved in everything from oil to fertilizer to paper towels.
But you probably know the Koch brothers for how they spend their considerable wealth: bankrolling right-wing political causes like the Tea Party movement, and funneling millions of dollars to front groups and politicians devoted to their anti-regulatory, anti-labor, and pro-corporate ideology. The Kochs have spent millions propping up climate-change deniers, and have been instrumental in funding ALEC, the powerful business lobby that pushes corporate-friendly policies at the state level.
What would the Kochs do with a few major newspapers?  Let's hope we don't have to find out.
Some recent reports indicate that many L.A. Times staffers would consider leaving the paper if it were purchased by the Kochs -- which is probably music to their cost-cutting ears. 

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 10, 2013 at 19:02

Tuesday, June 11, 6 PM Budgetary Power to the People Chicago Cultural Center 5th Floor Millenium Park Room, 77 E. Randolph, Chicago Panel on Chicago's experiment in participatory budgeting. MORE INFORMATION.

Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM Let's Talk TIFs in the 50th Ward Devon Bank Community Room, 6445 N. Western Ave, Chicago An illumination of the 4 major TIF districts in the 50th Ward. MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 10, 2013 at 18:59

We are Trayvon Martin - The Whole Damn System is Guilty
WHAT:  Chicago Protest “Justice for Trayvon Martin” on National Hoodie Day

WHERE:  Daley Plaza, Washington & Dearborn, Chicago
WHEN: June 10, 2013; 5:00 p.m.
WHO:  The Stop Mass Incarceration Network
            FOR INFORMATION IN CHICAGO CALL:  312-933-9586
            National Contact: 347-979-SMIN (7646)
            www.stopmassincarceration.org
 
WHY:
Monday, June 10th, marks the first day of trial for George Zimmerman, the man who murdered Trayvon Martin because he looked like he was ‘up to no good’.  All around the country, the murder of unarmed black and latino youth is an epidemic-where every 36 hours another youth has their life stolen by law enforcement.  This case, in fact, concentrates a leading edge of the New Jim Crow: the criminalization of black and latino youth, that together with the more than 2.3 million people in prison, the tens of thousands in solitary confinement, and incarceration and deportation of immigrants, completes the picture of a slow genocide of black and latinos headed in a disastrous trajectory.
 
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 10, 2013 at 18:59

 
 
It took thousands in the streets to get Zimmerman charged in the first place.   If the case is postponed, the charges dismissed, or worse yet, comes and goes without a stir--it will proclaim 'open season' on black and latino youth.  This isn’t a situation that will just ‘stay the same’.
 
The Chicago Protest is part of National Hoodie Day. 
 
On June 10th people will throw on their hoodies and hit the streets.  They will join up with gatherings and parks and public squares in cities around the country.  In Chicago people will be gathering at Daley Plaza.  We will be joining with people around the world to act together in saying: “We are all Trayvon Martin, The Whole Damn System is Guilty!”
 
FOR INFORMATION IN CHICAGO CALL:  312-933-9586
            National Contact: 347-979-SMIN (7646)
            www.stopmassincarceration.org
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 7, 2013 at 17:28

Grassroots Arts
Archiving Symposium

Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E.
60th St, Chicago
Motives, issues, concerns re: independent archives. MORE INFORMATION.

Comment by Joe Balkis on June 7, 2013 at 17:08
Teach-in: Hands off Assata Shakur!
Meeting Time: 7pm
Tuesday, June 11th 
Trinity Episcopal Church at 26th and Michigan
Free parking provided 
Light food and drinks provided 
ON May 2, the FBI increased its bounty for the capture of Assata Shakur from $1 million to $2 million and included her on the FBI’s Most Wanted Terrorist list, the first time that a woman has ever appeared on the list. A Black Panther Party and member of the Black Liberation Army, Assata was arrested in 1973 after an ambush on the New Jersey Turnpike which left her critically wounded, her comrades, Zayd Shakur, dead and Sundiata Acoli still a US captured political prisoner. A New Jersey state trooper was also killed in the shoot out as well. With no physical evidence, Assata was convicted by an all-white jury and sentenced to life in prison. She managed to escape six years later, eventually finding asylum in Cuba. Labeling her as a “terrorist” has everything to do with her political beliefs, the liberation movement she fights for, and the symbol of Black revolutionary struggle that she has become — to continue the FBI’s COINTELPRO mission of criminalizing Black/New Afrikan freedom fighters, political prisoners, prisoners of war & political exiles and to send a chilling message to activists organizing against racism and oppression today.

Join the Illinois Campaign to End the New Jim Crow for a teach-in about Assata Shakur and why the FBI is pursuing her now. Check out www.assatateachin.com for readings.

Follow us on twitter @illinoisCENJC 
 

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