Sitting on Billions

July 28, 2021 - 8:45 AM

Chicago Board of Education, 42 W. Madison St., Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: CTU

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Chicago Teachers Union leaders, City Council members, rank-and-file educators and community partners are holding an informational picket and press conference at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow at the Chicago Board of Education to present budget concerns around school staffing, capital improvements and long-term district sustainability.

WE CAN’T WAIT: March and rally to win citizenship for all and stop deportations NOW

July 8, 2021 - 4 PM

100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights

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Last year, Black, Brown, and immigrant communities turned out to reject the racist and anti-immigrant Trump administration, while demanding policies that affirm the humanity of our communities and that allow us to thrive.

But six months into the Biden Administration, even with a new Congress, we’re seeing more of the same. The president and Congress so far have not held up their promises — deportations are still happening, ICE is still conducting raids, and there is still no relief for 11 million people without immigration status.

As we push for transformational change, we are calling on President Biden and Congress to take immediate action to ensure our families and communities can live free from fear. RIGHT NOW, we demand:

  • CONGRESS: Include a pathway to citizenship in budget reconciliation and defund ICE NOW
  • PRESIDENT BIDEN: Stop all deportations IMMEDIATELY, and release the new memo on prosecutorial discretion to keep our families together

Time is running out for Congress to take action on immigration, and it is way past time for President Biden to reel in ICE. Senator Durbin, Senator Duckworth, members of Congress, and President Biden need to hear from our communities NOW!

On Thursday, JULY 8, we need YOU to join us and show that we are united in the demand for transformative change for our communities that starts with citizenship for ALL, defunding ICE, and stopping deportations NOW.

Join us for a rally at 4pm on July 8, at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph! After the rally we will MARCH. Can you be there?

PLEASE WEAR A MASK EVEN IF VACCINATED as COVID variants continue to spread. Social distancing will be observed.

Rally for Election Protection: It’s all on the line

July 10, 2021 - 1 PM - 4 PM

Logan Square Park, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Indivisible Chicago, ACLU of Illinois and Activate:chi

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Join Indivisible Chicago, ACLU of Illinois, and Activate:Chi to learn how YOU can take action to pass the For the People Act and end the filibuster. We will have speakers, music, food trucks, and activity booths where you can help make a difference on the spot!

In November we took action to defeat Trump and win the House, Senate, and White House hoping to advance reforms on many issues: racial equity, everyday gun violence, immigration, climate change, criminal justice, voting rights, and more.

Now our opponents are attacking the very core of our movement by suppressing the freedom to vote throughout the county. If we want to pass meaningful reform we must raise our voice, end the filibuster, protect our vote, and advance our progressive agenda before it is too late.

We MUST pass the For the People Act to secure our freedom to vote–not only for ourselves but our posterity as well.

It’s all on the line. The Deadline for Democracy is here.

They Denied – We Will Defend Our Right to Stop Police Crimes

June 23, 2021 - 9 AM

100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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After having our democratic rights trampled by obstruction in the Public Safety committee, the fight for community control and civilian oversight continues on. We will not allow a handful of white alder people on the northside to stand in the way of Black and brown liberation! We will continue to fight for ECPS AND the referendum to end CPD terror and impunity. Debra Silverstein, Tom Tunney, Samantha Nugent, and Michele Smith chose their position in history. Alongside the Mayor, they chose to stand against the people demanding our democratic right to determine who polices our communities and how our communities are policed. We need EVERYONE to join us this coming Wednesday at City Hall. This fight is far from over, and we need these alders to know: we see your obstruction, your weak attempt to halt and reverse the motion of progress, but Chicago is ready to move forward, with or without you.

March With The Coalition for Peace

June 21, 2021 - 11 AM - 3 PM

121 N LaSalle, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: GoodKidsMadCity, and others (see graphic)

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Show up to support Black & brown folks as we demand an END to gun violence and the passing of the Peace Book/Community Restoration Ordinance. We need resources for mental health care, housing, healing, restorative justice, etc., NOT cops and surveillance!

Movement Memorial for Mike Siviwe Elliott

June 19, 2021 - 5 PM - 8 PM

5300 S Dr Martin Luther King Jr Dr, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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Celebrate the life of Mike Siviwe Elliott, a cherished fighter for Black liberation and the working class, on June 19th from 5-8 PM. All are welcome.

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Pride Without Prejudice 2021!

June 27, 2021 - 12 PM

Belmont CTA Station (Belmont & Sheffield), Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Communities Against Deportations, Life Is Work and 7 others (see organizer page)

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The cancellation of last year’s “Pride Parade” gave several Queer community members the opportunity to replace that vapid, corporation-drenched spectacle with a truly community-driven event & we did it with “Pride Without Prejudice”. A march that celebrated the best traditions of the Stonewall Rebellion which rebirthed our movement.

Rather than a parade, with most people passively viewing from the sidelines, we will have a participatory march that centers Black and Brown Queer & Trans voices, who are so often shunted to the side. This march will celebrate the best traditions of the Stonewall Rebellion, which rebirthed our movement.

We will unapologetically highlight issues of racism, police violence, and the obscene amount of money spent on a militarized police, and a military which polices the world. In so doing, we will be honoring the rich, but largely forgotten, history of the Stonewall Rebellion and the movement that followed it.

Like today’s #BlackLivesMatter movement and its demand to defund the police, the post-Stonewall movement recognized that resources spent on repression at home and military domination abroad kill our people and deprive our communities of desperately needed resources.

This is a PEACEFUL MARCH/PROTEST! We are not here to entice violence, we are here to make all our voices heard!

-PPE (Masks) are very much encouraged
-If you would like to help please reach please the link below
https://tinyurl.com/h597h4ww

Our goal is to reclaim Pride from white profiteers and huge corporations and return it to the people, especially our black community and our demands for change are as follows:

–Refocus and remember that Pride began with Black, Brown Queer & Trans lives.
–Bars and events to not only include, but showcase and feature the black, brown, trans, femme, lesbian, non-binary and all other underrepresented communities on all promotions and advertisements for without these communities we would not have any of the achievements we have today.
–Defund the Police, Remove them from all queer community activities, use those funds towards our most marginalized communities, and redistribute that wealth into organizations providing to these communities in need.
— Decriminalize sex work and demand justice for our brothers and sister lives who have been murdered.

Our 2021 Pride Without Prejudice march aims to relearn and broadcast the valuable lessons of the Stonewall movement not only to honor our elders, but to change the brutal world we live in today.

This year we would like to carry on the tradition of last year’s Pride Without Prejudice, with more voices from those in our community who would’ve been silenced otherwise.

Speakers & more will be announced closer to the date!

Wake Up, Silverstein!

June 16, 2021 - 4 PM

2949 W Devon Ave, Chicago, IL 60659

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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On Friday June 18th, the Chicago City Council Public Safety Committee will make one of the most important decisions in its history!

The choice before the Committee is clear:

Vote to support the decades-old demand for a democratic police accountability commission in Chicago

OR

Give in to the Mayor and continue the status quo, in which communities have no democratic power to determine what public safety looks like.

The Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance, will create an elected commission with power over Chicago Police Department policy and investigations of police misconduct.