STOP the WARS! March and Rally!

April 21, 2018 - 12 PM - 3 PM

Michigan Ave. and Congress Expressway, Chicago

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Anti-War Coalition

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— En español abajo —

The U.S. government has been at war for over 16 straight years. It has killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated several countries in the Middle East and Africa, creating millions of refugees, all in flagrant violation of international law and the Constitution. It continues to regularly bomb and drone-strike in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Libya, Yemen and Somalia and is funding a murderous covert drug war in Mexico. Now it is threatening new wars against North Korea, Iran and Venezuela, and has adopted a dangerously more aggressive policy on nuclear war, while engaging in dangerous brinkmanship with Russia.

The result? We have literally been made to pay TRILLIONS of dollars to make our lives LESS safe and secure. This money has benefited only the wealthy owners of energy, weapons and other corporations, while millions of working people in Chicago and around the nation, especially communities of color, struggle to survive. Every bomb that’s dropped and every missile that’s fired is a theft from our communities, robbing us of the good quality jobs, schools, public services, infrastructure improvements and just transition to a clean energy future that should be created instead.

These wars have also devastated our environment. In addition to contaminating the nations under attack, the military is a huge consumer of fossil fuels and the wars are mainly being waged for rich corporate owners to control supplies of oil, natural gas and other valuable resources in order to profit from their consumption. Thus, these wars are major contributors to catastrophic climate change.

It’s time to stand up and say ENOUGH is ENOUGH! END the WARS at HOME and ABROAD! If you have had enough of war, please JOIN US on Saturday, April 21st, marking Earth Day, for a RALLY and MARCH, beginning with a rally at noon at Michigan Ave. and Congress Expressway in Chicago, and marching to the Tribune Tower at 435 N. Michigan Ave. for a concluding rally. Featured speakers will include Dr. Anne Scheetz of Physicians for a National Health Program, journalist Randi Nord, Maria Hernandez of Black Lives Matter and Kathy Kelly of Voices for Creative Non-Violence.

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ESTE EL MOMENTO DE PARAR las GUERRAS!

¡Marcharemos en protesta!

El gobierno de EE. UU. ha estado en guerra por más de 16 años consecutivos. Cientos de miles de personas han sido exhiliadas y refugiadas abandonando sus seres queridos, familiares y hogares. Igualmente, miles de personas han muerto en lo que podriamos llamar crimenes de leza humanidad. Varios países en el Medio Oriente y África han sido nefastamente devastados por los Estados Unidos, creando cientos de refugiados, todo esto en flagrante violación a los derechos humanos, tratados internacionales y la Constitución nacional. Estados Unidos continúa bombardeando y lanzando drones con regularidad en Afganistán, Irak, Siria, Libia, Yemen y Somalia, y está financiando una guerra clandestina contra las drogas en México, donde aparecen miles de personas asesinadas aplicando penas de muerte in forma ilegal. Y como lo anterior fuera poco, es eminente la amenaza de nuevas guerras contra Corea del Norte, Irán y Venezuela, adoptando una política peligrosamente más agresiva de guerra nuclear, mientras se involucra en prácticas arriesgadas con Rusia.

¿El resultado? Se nos ha obligado a pagar TRILLONES de dólares para que nuestras vidas sean menos SEGURAS. Este dinero ha beneficiado solo a los ricos propietarios de corporaciones que producen energía, fabricantes de armas y otras mientras que millones de personas que trabajan en Chicago y en todo el país, especialmente las comunidades de color, luchan por sobrevivir. Cada bomba que se arroja y cada misil que se dispara es un robo a nuestras comunidades, nos roban la oportunidad de desempenarnos en trabajos dignos, buenas escuelas, servicios públicos, servicios de salud, inversion en infraestructura vial y servicio de transporte, la falta de inversion en trabajos locales que promuevan technologia limpia (sin el uso del petroleo y otros materiales quimicos que deterioran el medio ambiente).

Estas guerras también han devastado nuestro medio ambiente. Además de contaminar a las naciones atacadas, las fuerzas armadas son un gran consumidor de combustibles fósiles y las guerras se llevan a cabo principalmente para que propietarios de empresas ricas controlen los suministros de petróleo, gas natural y otros recursos valiosos, con el fin de sacar provecho de su consumo. Por lo tanto, estas guerras son importantes contribuyentes al catastrófico cambio climático.

Es hora de ponerse de pie y decir ¡BASTA YA!!! es SUFICIENTE! ¡PAREN las GUERRAS en casa y en el extranjero! Si tu consideras que Ya ha habido suficiente guerra! ÚNATE A NOSOTROS el sábado 21 de abril, celebrando el Día de la Tierra, en una marcha de protesta, comenzando con un mitin al mediodía en la Michigan Ave. y la calle Congreso en Chicago, y marchando a la Torre Tribune en 435 N. Michigan Ave. Los oradores incluirán a la Dra. Anne Scheetz de Médicos para un Programa Nacional de Salud, la periodista Randi Nord, María Hernández de Black Lives Matter y Kathy Kelly de Voices for the Creative Non-Violence.

April Gun Show Protest

April 29, 2018 - 10 AM - 12 PM

DuPage County Fair & Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Rd, Wheaton, Illinois 60187

Supporting Organizations: Friends Who March

Contact Info: FriendsWhoMarch@gmail.com

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The gun show continues at the Fairgrounds. They claim they won’t raffle off or sell ARs at this one like the March event but are undecided on future events. We will once again go to express our Constitutional right to peaceful protest & will not engage w the pro gun people. They will try to get in your face & intimidate you so be warned. Bring whatever sign you like. If you are a lawyer please attend as we clearly need someone who can protect our rights as the Wheaton PD did not care about us at the last protest. If anyone has any questions or your group would like to co-host please email FriendsWhoMarch@gmail.com.

Nobody is Above the Law Chicago Rally

December 30, 2018 - 5 PM - 9 PM

Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago 401 N Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60611

Supporting Organizations: Friends Who March, Refuse Fascism Chicago, Move On

Contact Info: https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/18949

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NOTE: This is a PLACEHOLDER for rapid response rally/protest for if/when Mueller is fired. It will be updated as quickly as possible if the event occurs, however we recommend that interested participants sign up directly with MoveOn.org (link below) for the most up to date info.

IF Drumpf fires Mueller we need to take to the streets. We will meet at Drumpf Tower. Rallies will begin hours after news breaks of a Mueller firing: If Mueller is fired BEFORE 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ 5 P.M. local time If Mueller is fired AFTER 2 P.M. local time —> events will begin @ noon local time the following day.

Bring whatever sign you want. This event will be updated if Mueller is fired & this rapid response goes into effect.

Please RSVP here:
https://act.moveon.org/event/mueller-firing-rapid-response-events/18949