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To promote a discussion of the book by Stewart Acuff and Richard Levins: Getting America Back To Work.

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Comment by Joe Balkis on January 29, 2012 at 16:57


IranFlyerCHI_Page_1300.jpgHere's what you can do to oppose a war on Iran ...
(1) Spread the word about Feb. 4 now!
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(2) Join us: Volunteer Work Session
Thurs., Feb. 2 , 7 pm
4802 N. Broadway #202
Info: 773-463-0311
We'll be painting a big "No War on Iran!" banner and more
(3) Join the Facebook Event and Invite Your Friends
(4) Download the 2 page leaflet/fact sheet
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No Sanctions, No War on Iran!
Chicago March & Rally

Saturday, Feb. 4
Assemble at Federal Plaza (corner of Adams and Dearborn) at 12 Noon
Info: 773-463-0311

Hey 1%: Hands off Iran & Syria!
No War, No Sanctions, No Assassinations, No Intervention!

Money for Jobs and Education, Not War and Occupation!

This is a national day of action

The U.S.-led campaign to bring about regime change is escalating. Just today, the European Union announced a complete embargo of Iranian oil. Taken together with the other economic sanctions imposed by the U.S. and its allies, this is a campaign meant to impose maximum suffering on the people of Iran by destabilizing and destroying the country’s economy.  At the same time, covert action inside the country, including assassinations, sabotage and drone over flights, is intensifying. U.S. military bases surround Iran, while nuclear-armed U.S. aircraft carriers and Trident submarines sit right off its cost.

The pretext for this aggression against another country in the strategic Persian Gulf region is that Iran is developing nuclear weapons, an assertion that Iranian leaders have denied. The utter hypocrisy of this charge by the world’s leading nuclear weapons power and its nuclear-armed allies, including Israel, Britain and France, could not be clearer.

U.S. seeks to repeat history

Sixty years ago, the U.S. and British imposed a worldwide embargo on Iranian oil in response to the nationalization of the country’s petroleum resources by the Mossadegh government, the first democratically  elected government in Iran’s history. The embargo weakened the government enough so that in 1953 the U.S. CIA was able to carry out a coup, and place the Shah (king) back on the throne.  For the next 25 years, the Shah served a extremely brutal agent of the U.S., killing up to 100,000 Iranians in the regime’s notorious torture chambers, and turning the country’s resources over to U.S. oil companies and banks.

Twenty-one years ago the U.S. pushed the UN Security Council a total blockade of Iraq. Thirteen years of sanctions killed more than a million Iraqis and severely weakened the country, paving the way for the 2003 invasion and an occupation which killed a million more Iraqis and killed and wounded tens of thousands of U.S. and other occupying troops.

Now is the time to take action to stop the war that has already started against Iran before it escalates. We hope that you will join us in cities where demonstrations are already scheduled,  or organize a protest if one is not yet planned in your city, town or campus.

The same type of destabilization campaign that is taking place against Iran is also being used against Syria. Why? Because Washington cares about democracy in the Middle East? No. Washington and the Pentagon seek to overthrow the governments of Syria and Iran, just like they overthrew the governments of Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan, so that they can attempt to tighten their grip over the region.

Join hands with people of Iran and the Middle East and march in the streets on Feb. 4 to help bring an end to all of Wall Street's wars and occupations!

Initial endorsers of Feb. 4 in Chicago are American Muslim Alliance, ANSWER Chicago, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Chicago World Can’t Wait, Code Pink, Gay Liberation Network and Midwest Anti-War Mobilization. To endorse call CodePink at 773-405-2564.

The national day of action is endorsed by ...

American Iranian Friendship Committee • American Muslim Alliance • ANSWER Coalition • Antiwar.com • Bail Out The People Movement (BOPM) • Cindy Sheehan, National Co-ordinator of Peace of the Action • CODEPINK Women for Peace • ComeHomeAmerica.us • David Swanson, Author, “When the World Outlawed War” • Defenders for Freedom, Justice & Equality-Virginia • Delegation’s Journey through the Islamic Republic” • George Phillies, Editor for Liberty for America • Granny Peace Brigade • International Action Center (IAC) • Karla Hansen, Producer/Director “Silent Screams” • Malcolm X Center for Self Determination • Minnesota Peace Action Coalition • Movement for a Democratic Society (MDS) • Party for Socialism and Liberation (PSL) • Peace of the Action • Phil Wilayto, Author, “In Defense of Iran: Notes from a U.S. Peace Activist" • Ramsey Clark, Former US Attorney General, awarded UN Human Rights Award • Ray McGovern, Veterans for Peace • Refugee Apostolic Catholic Church • SI! Solidarity with Iran • St. Pete for Peace • Twin Cities Peace Campaign • United National Anti-War Committee (UNAC) • Veterans for Peace – NYC Chapter 034 • Waco Friends of Peace • WAMM, Women Against Military Madness • We Won’t Fly • WESPAC Foundation • Workers World Party • World Can’t Wait

ANSWER Chicago
Comment by Joe Balkis on July 26, 2011 at 5:21
Hands Off Social Security/Medicare/Medicaid: Call/Write/Visit Members of CongressMonday, July 25, 2011 4:59 PM
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The budget clock has run out.

Tuesday is the deadline

to work a deal.

Any cuts to Social Security or Medicare - which are prepaid insurance - are a major violation of trust and contract.

Cuts in Medicaid are cruel and inhumane and will lead to suffering and premature death.

Social Security and Medicare are not part of the budget deficit and should be off the table.

Contact everyone you know to call/write/visit their Congressional representatives NOW!

MoveOn and Rebuild the Dream just put out a call for an emergency mobilization at local Congressional offices Tuesday at Noon.

The message: Increase the damn debt ceiling now and don't touch Medicare, Medicaid, Pell, Social Security, etc. Make the billionaires and corporations pay their fair share instead of hurting the middle class, working people and folks who are struggling. End the wars and put the Pentagon on a diet.

We need as many people / groups / bloggers as possible to make a public outcry. The media has had zero visuals of people protesting. If we show up and wave signs, we might just have a chance to break into the news cycle --especially in local districts-- and make an impact.

Tuesday at noon, show up at your Congress member's local office. If they are committed to defend these core social safety net programs, bring signs to thank them and show your support.

If they are waffling or lining up to make cuts to these survival programs, let them know you will remember this betrayal next time you vote.

E-mail your Congressperson www.congress.org, or call Congress members directly at (202-224-3121) till 7:00 pm EST. Call the White House at (202) 456-1111.

Forward this communication immediately to friends and relatives using text message, e-mail, personal calls, leaflet, facebook and other social media.

This message is based on an alert from MoveOn.org.

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Comment by Ira M Wechsler on June 22, 2011 at 0:34
What a misleading waste of time!  Electoral politics will never stop the war in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, or elsewhere.  Imperialist wars for world domination of energy resources , profit. and geo-political domination can only be ended by class warfare by the workers. It was the open rebellions by working class GI's and particularly led by black soldiers and sailors including fraggings and  mutiny on the Kitty Hawk, and Constellation that brought the Vietnam War to an end. By organizing our class in the shop. community, and military we can not only end these wars but turn them into a struggle for communist revolution. Build the PLP.
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 21, 2011 at 18:20
Please call your representative in their Washington office and send a clear message: We want you to bring our war dollars home! VOTE NO ON THE 2012 DEFENSE APPROPRIATIONS BILL. House switchboard is 202 224-3121
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 8, 2011 at 5:21
Chicago Peace Fest
1700 N. Stockton Drive (Lincoln Park), Chicago
Music fest and organization fair. MORE INFORMATION .
Sunday, June 19 through Tuesday, June 21
Interfaith Worker Justice National Conference
DePaul University, Chicago
Comment by Ira M Wechsler on June 5, 2011 at 22:19

  I sharply disagree with the reformist and patriotic politics of "Getting America Back to Work". It reiterates all the old and broken pro-capitalist

philosophy which infects the labor lieutenants of capitalism who mislead the labor movement and and are destroying its power and helping Wall Street destroy our lives. Look what happened in Wisconsin. The working class rebels , takes over the state capitol building, and threatens general strike. The A.F.L.-C.I.O. and Change to Win fakers go into containment mode to change that struggle into an endorsement for the Democratic Party and merely a watered down loser of "recall".  Essentially the choice was class struggle or collaboration and the capitalist labor fakers chose the latter. They are afraid to go to jail, they are afraid to upset their little deals with the local politicians of each state and nationally Obama and the liberal party of fascism, the Democrats (Rockefeller influenced and funded).

 We as the victims of capitalism's crisis and the class which soley has the power to rectify these events , have no business in choosing sides between one set of capitalists or another. It matter not whether the Tea Party fascists hold the reigns of the capitalist state or the Democrats , who front for the Rockefeller-dominated financial interests.  The Democrats are just as much thew engine of fascism and layoffs and and wage cuts as  the Tea Party. In fact, the banks and finance capital are the ones dictating the terms of bonds and finance for both the private and public sector . That means JP Morgan-Chase , Goldman-Sachs, and Bank of America which are all Rockefeller influenced and /or controlled

are setting down wage cuts and layoffs for corporate America, and local, state, and federal government as the condition of funding.

  The only difference between the Rockefellers and the Tea Party crowd is tht the Rockefellers really have state power and will ultimately win their struggle to maintain imperialist international foreign policy to guarantee both profit and strategic political control of Mid-East and North African oil and other ventures. The Tea Part crowd lead and financed by the Koch brothers are strictly narrowly domestically influenced. Koch industries is a domestic energy producer and supplier and has no interest in adventure in the Mid-East and  Africa. That is what is fueling the frenzy .  Both factions are mortal enemies of our class and , both are profiteers from racism, and both want to erode our class's wages and jobs.  The Rockefellers  due it more gradually and insidiously through political deals with politicians and union labor fakers. The time for lesser-evilism is finished. It never was a good philosophy. It lured us to sleep and to away from our class's targeted  goal of worker's power and collective ownership of society and the means of production under an egalitarian society. We now are swallowing bitter medicine, the product of years of collaboration by the labor movement internationally with our class enemies. This book does NOTHING to further the struggle but is merely a slick reiteration of the bankrupt dead-end ideas of the union bureaucracy.

Comment by Ira M Wechsler on June 5, 2011 at 21:46
Joe I see you are very active i  promoting these causes, which are, in essence, causes of labor not merely "social causes". There is no disconnect between the oppression of a worker say in New York or Chiocgo and one in China, Africa, or Haiti.   We are one class and we must strive to ultimately build one world where our class can solely benefit from the fruits of our labor. Keep up the good work.
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 5, 2011 at 19:33
Open Planning meeting of the March 19 Anti-War Coalition Sunday at 2
M19 Anti-War Coalition meeting
on Sunday, June 5, at 2 p.m.
at the Kent School of Law,
565 W. Adams, Room 520
Comment by Joe Balkis on June 3, 2011 at 17:01
You are invited to join in the March 19 Anti-War Coalition leafleting teams that will be distributing leaflets against the U.S. war in Libya and encouraging discussion with passersby on the issue--

Friday, June 3 at 11:30 a.m. near in Lincoln Park near the DePaul campus
Comment by Joe Balkis on May 28, 2011 at 19:05
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May 27, 2011

There are some very interesting and worthwhile events happening during the week of Memorial Day. Check it out...

May 30th, Monday: Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade March for Peace

When: MONDAY, MAY 30th, 9:30 A.M. parade begins.
Where: Meet at Sigwalt Street at Arlington Heights Road (one block south of Northwest Highway)

Look for Group 47 in the parade.

For the past seven years, NW Suburban NOW has marched for peace in the Arlington Heights Memorial Day Parade. Please join us as we carry on this important tradition and speak out for peace at this vitally important (and friendly) venue. Everyone is welcome, especially families.

Wear pink and bring candy if you can.

Women’s Call for Peace
We, the women of the United States, Iraq, and women worldwide, have had enough of senseless wars in Iraq and around the world. We’ve lost too many loved ones and seen too many lives crippled by physical and mental wounds. We’ve watched in horror as our precious resources are poured into war, while our families’ basic needs of food, shelter, education, and healthcare go unmet. We’ve had enough of violence and of seeing hatred and intolerance spread throughout our communities.

This is not the world we want for ourselves or our children. With strength of purpose and love in our hearts, we women are rising up across borders to unite and demand an end to the bloodshed and the destruction.

May 30th, Monday: Veterans Against the War Memorial Day Observance

When: MONDAY, MAY 30 – 11: A.M.
Where: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Wacker & Wabash in Chicago. The memorial is down the stairs by the Chicago River.

Listen to testimonies from veterans of the Vietnam and War on Terror. Learn about current struggles within the veteran and active duty G.I. community. Accompanied with music from Anna Stange and a remembrance ceremony of friends and family lost in past and current military conflicts.

May 31st, Tuesday: Vigil to Remember the Mavi Marmara Martyrs

In memory of nine activists killed by Israeli special forces on a boat bound for Gaza. On the one-year anniversary of the day on which nine activists were murdered while engaged in the life-giving act of
breaking the siege of Gaza, you are invited to help mourn their loss.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
12 noon, Israeli Consulate, 111 E. Wacker Dr.

To our nine fallen brothers and to the people of Gaza: We will never forget you.

Sponsored by the Chicago Network to Send a U.S. Boat to Gaza. Find us on Facebook.

May 31st, Tuesday: Then They Came for Me...Civil Liberties in Peril in Chicago

WHEN: Tuesday, May 31 at 7:00 pm
WHERE: DePaul University, McGowan South Room 104
1110 W. Belden Avenue

Free and open to the public.

On September 24, 2010 the FBI carried out a series of raids of homes and anti-war offices of public activists in Chicago and Minneapolis. Following the raids the Justice Department subpoenaed 23 Palestine and Colombia solidarity activists to appear before a Chicago grand jury headed by US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald. A grand jury is a secret court proceeding where the jury members are not screened for bias, where a prosecutor questions witnesses without a defense attorney present, and where there is no judge.

Many believe that the government is testing a June, 2010 US Supreme Court ruling, Holder vs. the Humanitarian Law Project, which goes a long way in criminalizing political dissent. What do these FBI raids and the calling of a grand jury mean for the right of freedom of speech, public debate and peace and justice organizing in the US? How can this chill debate over this nation’s war policies, national security doctrine and role in the world?

Come hear from those who have been directly affected and from the Chicago civil liberties community, which has been mobilizing to bring to light the realities of grand jury proceedings and the right to freedom of speech.

Speaker Panel:

Moderated by MICHAEL MCCONNELL, Great Lakes Regional Director of the AFSC and ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

MICHAEL DEUTSCH is an attorney with the People’s Law Office in Chicago. For over 40 years he has represented political activists and other victims of police and government civil rights violations.

LEAH FRIED has been an organizer with the UE (United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America) for 12 years.

SARAH SMITH is a young Chicago student who participated in a delegation to Palestine and Israel, and shortly thereafter was subpoenaed by the FBI to appear before a grand jury.

REEMA AHMAD is the Executive Director of Project Mobilize, a political action non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of politically marginalized communities at the local, state and national level.

STEPHANIE WEINER teaches English in Chicago City Colleges, is a founder of AFSCME Local 3506, and is one of the activists raided and subpoenaed.

HATEM ABUDAYYEH is Executive Director of the Arab American Action Network and one of the activists raided and subpoenaed.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact us at codepinkchicago@yahoo.com

See you on Monday and Tuesday!
Julia, Nina, and Pat

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