DNC Wake-Up Call: Make the Democratic Party democratic

August 23, 2018 - 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 East Wacker, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Roots Action Committee

Contact Info: MLynn226@gmail.com

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NOTE: Three days of action!

As the DNC gathers in Chicago, help us press the message that the Democratic Party must change.

THREE DAYS in AUGUST could define the future of the Democratic Party and the United States of America.

Will they vote to open up the party?

We need early risers to greet the committee members with a strong and clear message of TRANSPARENCY, OPENNESS, FAIR PLAY as they attend meetings to vote on the rules that will determine the fate of grass-roots access to the party.

Please show up between 8am and 9:30am on any or all of the three days:

August 23, 24, 25. SIGNS PROVIDED

Hyatt Regency Chicago
151 East Wacker

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August 23, 24, 25 (Thurs. | Fri. | Sat.)
8am – 9:30am

Let’s show our resolve:

• To ensure a fair election
• To make the Democratic Party democratic
• To end the leverage of superdelegates over the nomination process
• To make the Democratic Party a grassroots party
• To dialogue with 447 members of the DNC face-to-face
• To leaflet and talk to the press

Signs will be provided (or bring your own).

Initiated by RootsAction.org in cooperation with a fast-growing coalition that includes Progressive Democrats of America, the Progressive Caucus of the California Democratic Party, the Progressive Caucus of Democrats Abroad, and the Adelante Progressive Caucus of the Democratic Party of New Mexico.

Contact: Michael Lynn – MLynn226@gmail.com

1968 & 2018: Unite Against War and Police Violence!

August 25, 2018 - 12 PM - 3 PM

Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St., Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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Fifty years ago, growing numbers of Americans rose up against the twin evils of war and racism. Outside the Democratic National Convention in Chicago in August 1968, peaceful protestors were savagely attacked by the police minions of Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley while Party bosses inside were busy crushing the hopes of peace candidates whom the majority of Democratic primary voters had supported.

We intend to commemorate this event. But more than that, we intend to highlight the sobering lessons of 1968 for today’s world, where both parties supported unending wars, huge military spending that starved urgently needed social services of funds, and a brutal police and prison apparatus that targets people of color.

In many respects things are worse today than in 1968. The U.S. government is still at war – only now it’s not one war in Vietnam but MANY wars. Today, however, we barely know they’re happening. Yet these wars cost trillions of dollars and people here pay for them by doing without decent schools, good jobs, decent services, health care – even safe drinking water. We are still plagued by persistent war, racism, poverty, and police violence.

We need a revived and unified movement for peace and social justice TODAY – one that links the struggles against racism, poverty and police violence in the United States to our government’s unending wars and military domination abroad. We call on peace, anti-poverty, anti-racist, immigrant rights and other progressive organizations, and all persons of conscience:

JOIN US FOR A RALLY AND MARCH, STARTING AT CHICAGO’S DALEY PLAZA, AT NOON, ON SATURDAY, AUGUST 25TH, the anniversary of the Chicago police riot 50 years ago! We demand:

No more war! No more police violence! No more racism!

Fund human needs, not destruction and death!

Respect human rights at home and abroad!

Rally at Noon, Richard J. Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois.

March at 1 pm to Grant Park and the Gen. John Logan Statue, scene of the most iconic protest at the 1968 convention.

SaveSCOTUS – Day of Action

August 26, 2018 - 1 PM - 2:30 PM

Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: NARAL Pro-Choice Illinois, Chicago Women Take Action, Indivisible Illinois, Planned Parenthood Illinois Action

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Join NARAL Pro-Choice AmericaIndivisible ChicagoPlanned Parenthood Illinois ActionCitizen Action Illinois, SEIU, and our other Illinois coalition partners to rally against Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh.

If Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed, he will gut the protections of Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion. Kavanaugh is also a threat to unions, environmental protections, LGBTQ rights, immigrants’ rights, and more.

As we get closer to the event, additional details will be announced.

RSVP at this link! https://act.moveon.org/event/unite-for-justice/21250/signup/?akid=&zip=&source=

Jason Van Dyke Trial Rally: 9/5 at 8AM

September 5, 2018 - 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Cook County Criminal Courthouse, 2650 S. California Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60608

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls upon all its allies, friends and all the various strands of the peoples’ movements to stand up to demand justice for Laquan McDonald, who was brutally shot 16 times execution style by Chicago Police Department officer Jason Van Dyke on the night of October 20, 2014.

The eyes of people around the country are on Chicago. This is the first time in the city’s history that a white police officer has been indicted for first degree murder for killing an unarmed Black person. But from the beginning, starting with the cover-up of the video recording of the murder by Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the entire system seems determined to not allow justice to prevail in this case. Without a movement, there is no guarantee of justice.

It is up to the people to make this the first time a white police officer has been indicted, tried and convicted of murdering a Black person. We must do this to end the cowardly, racist past practices where the police murder and brutalize us with impunity and bring about a new day of justice where police are held accountable for the crimes they commit against the people.

On September 5th, the Chicago Alliance calls for a mass protest outside the courthouse at 26th Street and California Avenue to begin at 8:00 a.m. We urge all organizations that want Justice for Laquan to endorse the call, and to join us.


September 8: Rise for Climate

September 8, 2018 - 9:30 AM

Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: The Action Network

Contact Info: caroline.wooten@sierraclub.org

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Board Buses to Elwood, IL for Chicagoland Rally

We’re encouraging Chicago area residents to rally and march in Elwood, IL where residents are fighting diesel pollution, and workers are challenging inhumane working conditions in the warehouses.

Join us for a press conference at 9:30 am, and then board buses or hop on the train to travel to Elwood, IL to rally + march.

RSVP and we’ll send you info on how to reserve a bus seat, as well as information about how to travel there by train (we’ll then have shuttles from the train station to the site of the rally).

More info on Elwood:

Chicagoland has half a billion square feet of warehouse space and 150,000 warehouse workers, making it one of the largest concentrations of warehouses on the planet. Many of these warehouses are concentrated in Will County, IL. These warehouses serve as distribution for large corporations like Amazon, Walmart, and Home Depot. Working conditions in the warehouses are notoriously bad: with poverty level wages, temp positions designed to prevent union organizing, wage theft, lack of basic benefits, unsafe working conditions, and discrimination and abuse. Workers have been organizing for years to demand the rights and respect they deserve. Meanwhile, truck and train traffic have increased air pollution in the region, and residents have been organizing to demand an end to warehouse expansion and cleaner air.

Workers and residents are coming together to demand workers’ rights and a clean environment from the corporations that are benefiting off of these warehouses.

They’re asking Chicagoland to come join them to show solidarity on Sept. 8.