Pass the People’s Ordinance!

April 21, 2021 - 9 AM

Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL 60601

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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The fight for a community-driven police accountability system has been going on for years in Chicago, and it’s reached a historic moment in the Empowering Communities for Public Safety (ECPS) ordinance. The coalitions behind the CPAC and GAPA ordinances have come together to put forward ECPS, which will create the strongest police accountability model in the country, and a pathway towards community control of the police. We demand that City Council vote on and pass this ordinance at their next meeting on April 21st!

Join us at the Thompson Center during the City Council meeting to hear from members of both coalitions on what this ordinance and this moment means for them, for the countless Chicagoans affected by daily acts of police terror, and for the survivors of CPD’s violence. While we’re out there, we’ll be making some noise, to ensure the City Council hears how much support there is for this ordinance.

Bring noise-makers, instruments, pots and pans to bang together. Make sure your car horn is working. Our communities will be heard! It’s time for Lori Liefoot to step aside, and let the people decide!

Sign up to participate here: bit.ly/PassECPSNow

Chicagoland Vigil & Rally for Georgia Shooting Victims: National Day of Action to Stop AAPI Hate

March 26, 2021 - 5 PM

Horner Park, 2741 W Montrose Ave, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Host Organizations: Apna Ghar HANA Center HEART Women & Girls KAN-WIN NAPAWF Chicago Additional sponsoring organizations (updated daily): Planned Parenthood - Illinois People's Action Mujeres Latinas En Acción Healing to Action Committee for Better Chinese American Community (CBCAC) Alliance of Filipinos for Immigrant Rights and Empowerment (AFIRE) Indo-American Center Organizing Neighborhods for Equality: Northside (ONE Northside) National Korean American Service and Education Consortium (NAKASEC) Chinese Mutual Aid Association Vietnamese Association of Illinois Chinese American Service League Japanese American Service Committee Asians Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago Hanul Family Alliance Arab American Action Network Cambodian Association of Illinois Coalition for Better Chinese American Community Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights South Asian American Policy and Research Institute (SAAPRI) The People's Lobby Assata's Daughters Pilsen Alliance

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JOIN US with local Chicago organizations (led by Asian women and femmes with direct ties to AAPI Chicagoland communities) in a rally and vigil to mourn and honor the lives of those murdered in Atlanta, Georgia last Tuesday (3/16), especially the intended targets – 6 Asian American women. We will rally across the street from the historic HANA Center building at Horner Park.

A semi-permanent altar set-up with cross-cultural mourning practices, full program TBA.

**This is an IN-PERSON, OUTDOOR, SOCIALLY DISTANT EVENT. Masks are REQUIRED.**

As a part of National Day of Action against anti-Asian hate and violence, we rally to demand solutions that center Asian women, femmes, and elders, who are disproportionately impacted by the violence.
We REFUSE to ignore that this rise in anti-Asian harassment and violence has disproportionately impacted women and femmes, who know firsthand that sexual violence, sexism, and racism are intertwined and steeped in the history of US imperialism.

Together, we call our local elected officials to have a response which centers Asian American women, femmes, and elders – NOT increased police presence in AAPI neighborhoods.

Rally for Community Safety and Stop Anti-Asian Hate Crime

March 27, 2021 - 2 PM

Chinatown Square 2154 S. Archer, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Co-Sponsoring Organizations (in formation): American Fujian Chamber of Commerce, Chinese American Association, Wuyi Association of Chicago, Consolidated Chinese Benevolent Association, Chinese American Service League, Pui Tak Center, Chinatown Chamber of Commerce, Midwest American Northeastern Chinese Association, Chicago Hong Kong Club, The Association of Chinese-American Scientists and Engineers, Midwest Asian Health Association, Chinese American Alliance for China’s Peaceful Reunification, Global Friendship Exchange Foundation, Windfall Group, Chinese American Museum of Chicago, Chicago North Shore Chinese Center, Hoy Ping Association, US-China Restaurant Association, Chinese American Citizens’ Alliance, Beijing Normal University Alumni Association, Huaxing Lion Dance Club, Chicago Wuxushan Association, Greater Chicago Chinese American Women Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Chinese School, US-China Cultural Association, Wong’s Family Association, Hoy An Association, Kwon Hoy Association, Happy for Fitness, Colorful Artists Group, Chicago Professors and Scholars Wechat Group, Eng Ping Association, Zhongshan Association of Chicago, Duanfen School Alumni Association, Quyi Culture Center of the Chicago Library, Hubei American Association, Shandong American Association, Shandong University Alumni Association, Xilin Association, Yellow River Performing Arts, US Chamber of Commerce for Northeastern China, Chicago Chinese Performing Arts, Yee Fung Toy Family Association, Pui Ying Art School, United Chinese Association-Illinois Chapter, Illinois Asian American Acupuncture Association, Asian American Leadership Council, Henan American Association, US Northeastern Chinese Association, Lung Kong Association, Dong Fang Performing Arts, Gee Duck Sam Duck Association, 168 Fitness Team, Midwest Jiangxi American Association, Society of Chinese American Professors and Scientists, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Chicago Chinatown Bridgeport Alliance Service Center, Hip Sing Association, South East Asia Center, Moy Family Association, Lee Family Association, Suoyuan Family Association, Shanghang Hakka Association of North America Chicago Chapter, Women of Color Coalition

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The Chinatown Security Foundation and the Coalition for a Better Chinese American Community in collaboration with more than 65 Asian organizations invite you and your organization to a Rally on March 27 at 2pm.

Also co-sponsoring is national Women of Color Coalition, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle, 2nd District State Representative Theresa Mah, Cook County States Attorney Kim Foxx are confirmed and others will be joining.

Anti-Asian hate crimes have increased by over 150% in the last four years and have culminated in the murder of 6 Asian American women in Georgia on March 16, 2021. But this is 6 out of over 3500 documented cases of Asian American violence and the numbers are rising. These are the murder victims in Georgia: Soon C. Park, Hyun Jung Grant, Suncha Kim, Yong A. Yue, Delaina Ashley Yaun, Paul Andre Michels, Xiaojie Tan, and Daoyou Feng.

Lori Doesn’t C.A.R.E.S.

March 23, 2021 - 6:00 PM

Unity Park, 2636 N Kimball Ave, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Democratic Socialists of America, 32nd Ward United, 33rd Ward Working Families & Others - see graphic

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The Lori Doesn’t C.A.R.E.S. coalition is coming together to demand that the city government spend our COVID-19 relief on social services, not cops. Out of the last $480 million dollars in federal relief, 60% was spent on CPD, while only 2% went to rental assistance, 3% on small businesses, and 4% to public health.

With the new 1.9 trillion dollar COVID relief bill we know more money is coming to Chicago and we need to make sure that it actually goes to Chicagoans in need! We are demanding aldermen distribute these new funds to help re-open mental health clinics, ramp up vaccine roll out, pass a fully funded mental health crisis response program, fund initiatives for aiding houseless people, improve remote learning, and create a city initiative to hire unemployed youth to train the elderly in zoom and email. Join us to let Mayor Lightfoot and the Aldermen who granted her emergency powers to let them know that this money needs to be spent on actual relief!

ILPRC Day of Action: Laying Down for Justice for Justice

March 27, 2021 - 12:00 PM

The Thompson Center, 100 W Randolph St, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Illinois Prisoner Rights Coalition

Contact Info: IllinoisPRC@gmail.com

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ILPRC will be hosting a die in to protest the systemic killings of our incarcerated brothers and sisters.
We are remembering the lives of Andre Maiden and Jason Fancher, who died at the hands of Iroquois County jail seven months ago.

Join us to call for justice for Andre, Jason and all of those who have been victims to the notorious problem of death by incarceration.

#HowManyMore

Solidarity Rally: Stand With #Bamazon Workers!

March 20, 2021 - 1 PM CDT – 3 PM CDT

Federal Plaza, 50 W Adams, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Socialist Alternative, Chicago Democratic Socialists of America and Warehouse Workers For Justice

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Join us Saturday, March 20th for a National Day of Action in solidarity with Amazon workers organizing for union recognition in Bessemer, Alabama!

Unions are workers’ sharpest weapon in the struggle for safety, wages and rights on the job. The backbreaking pace of work, constant monitoring and surveillance, low wages and unsafe conditions at Amazon have generated both the conditions compelling workers to organize and the billions in profits for CEO Jeff Bezos, one of the richest men in the country. He has invested millions in union busting lawyers to crush this union organizing drive at the source and prevent it from spreading through the corporation.

Approximately 6,000 Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama are voting this month to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale Department Store Workers Union (RWDSU). RWDSU began organizing efforts at the Bessemer warehouse after last summer’s massive Black Lives Matter protests and this campaign is part of a struggle for civil rights on the job. Bessemer and Birmingham are majority-Black cities, and at this warehouse 85% of the workforce is Black and a majority are women. Fighting racial and gender oppression is a crucial component of the class struggle and of the organized labor movement. If they win, they’d be the first Amazon workers to be represented by a union.

Solidarity from everywhere is needed– an injury to one is an injury to all! A victory for one is a victory for all!


#UnionYes #BlackLivesMatter #Solidarity

*If you are interested in co-hosting this rally or speaking, please message us!

Stop Asian Hate Chicago March For AAPI

March 20, 2021 - 2:00 PM

Logan Square Monument, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Stop Asian Hate Chicago

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March for Asians! End the silence, call for support and media attention on recent hate crimes. 6 Asian lives were ended in the Atlanta shooting on 3/16.

According to statistics released by the FBI, hate crimes have risen to their highest level in over a decade in the United States. The data shows that 57.6% of the reported hate crimes were motivated by race, ethnicity, or ancestry bias.

We believe it’s time for all Asian Americans and allies to be united, stand in solidarity, and fight back.

We are speaking up for all Asian Americans and against the violence caused by systemic racism and white supremacy

Sat, Mar 20th, 2-4pm, meet at the Logan Square Monument and we will be marching down N Milwaukee Ave & Kedzie Ave. Please wear face covering and practice social distancing.

Bring megaphones, drums, anything to make noise.

Protest at Real Estate Lobby To Lift the Ban on Rent Control

March 20, 2021 - 12 PM

430 N Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Lift the Ban Coalition, Chicago Teachers Union, United Working Families, Chicago DSA, KOCO, ActionNow, Pilsen Alliance, many more.

Contact Info: info@ltbcoalition.org

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It’s on, people. Two bills that would lift Illinois’ ban on rent control are heading to a do-or-die vote next week. So we’re going to the heart of the opposition: the real estate lobby, which donated $35,000,000 to Illinois politicians in 2020 (OpenSecrets). Corruption and gentrification go hand in hand.

There will be a protest and caravan. We will march over to a second location after speakers.

Contact info@ltbcoalition.org for more info.

Endless Wars = Few or No Gains for Working People

March 20, 2021 - 12 PM

Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Committee Against War and Racism, Illinois Choice Action Team and many others (see organizer's link)

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** EL ESPAÑOL SIGUE EL INGLES **

Every new Presidential administration starts with attractive promises made to working class people: Good jobs, healthcare, prosperity for all.

If the economy does well, working people may make modest gains – these are pennies compared to the unimaginable wealth shoveled into the pockets of America’s richest people. More often, there’s stagnation and, for the poorest, outright regression. Rightwing populists build their careers and dangerous movements – blaming immigrants, Blacks, Muslims, and Jews for the nation’s problems. They inflame bigotry against LGBTQs, women and others.

Few Americans realize that, compared to other industrialized nations, the richest country in world history has by far the WORST public benefits for working parents and their children.

The reasons are not hard to find. Since the end of World War II, U.S. rulers have dominated the world with a huge military apparatus designed to intimidate other nations into doing its bidding or, failing that, brutally punishing them. Like police forces on the local level, the U.S. military eats up an enormous part of spending: 50% of the federal discretionary budget.

Meanwhile, much poorer nations suffer wholesale death and devastation unimaginable to people in the U.S.

For all the U.S. soldiers killed, traumatized or otherwise disabled by war, there are many more times that number of Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians and others with destroyed homes and shattered lives. Thanks to the U.S. conducting constant drone bombings, its support for brutal dictators, sanctions, threats of invasions and coups, the working people of these violated countries have far fewer resources to recover from wars and climate disasters. Many are forced into desperate migrations from their homes and communities in Central and South America, northern Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and elsewhere.

In addition, the U.S. military is the world’s biggest polluter. It is the #1 contributor to the growing climate catastrophe. While politicians debate the proposed $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, none mention the U.S.’s projected $3 trillion nuclear weapons “modernization” program.

We must end this death spiral. At best, the leading politicians of both parties have tinkered around the edges of these massive, deadly problems. At worst, they’ve thrown more gasoline on the fire. Either way, their measures fall far short of what working people need, especially Black, Latinx and Native American people.

For all the “change” they promise, both parties stay committed to preserving and extending U.S. domination of the world. They each have an iron-clad commitment to funding its massive nuclear and conventional arsenals with a devastating cost to working people here and abroad.

History has shown that the only times we get changes of the magnitude we need are when masses of working people, organized and with clear strategy, take matters into their own hands. This was the power behind the union struggles of the Great Depression, the struggles of Black people and their allies in the Civil Rights Movement, and the anti-war, Black Power, Chicano, feminist and LGBTQ movements of the late 1960s.

In the spirit of those earlier movements, on Saturday, March 20th – the 18th anniversary of the United States’ second longest Forever War, the invasion and occupation of Iraq – please join us as we demand:

** End State Repression & Institutional Racism
http://ccawr.org/end-state-repression-institutional-racism/

** Promote an Economy That Serves Working Class People
http://ccawr.org/promote-an-economy-that-serves-working…/

** Housing, Food, Education & Healthcare are Human Rights
http://ccawr.org/housing-food-education-healthcare-are…/

** We Have the Right to Control Our Bodies
http://ccawr.org/we-have-the-right-to-control-our-bodies/

** International Peace & Human Rights
http://ccawr.org/international-peace-human-rights/

** Protect the Planet, Protect Us All
http://ccawr.org/protect-the-planet-protect-us-all/

As Martin Luther King, Jr. said when he famously broke with the Democratic Party, calling out “the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today – my own government”:

“There is at the outset a very obvious and almost facile connection between the war in Vietnam and the struggle I, and others, have been waging in America…. I knew that America would never invest the necessary funds or energies in rehabilitation of its poor so long as adventures like Vietnam continued to draw men and skills and money like some demonic destructive suction tube. So, I was increasingly compelled to see the war as an enemy of the poor and to attack it as such….

“This business of burning human beings with napalm, of filling our nation’s homes with orphans and widows, of injecting poisonous drugs of hate into the veins of peoples normally humane, of sending men home from dark and bloody battlefields physically handicapped and psychologically deranged, cannot be reconciled with wisdom, justice, and love. A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

From “Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence,” delivered at Riverside Memorial Church, April 4, 1967 https://www.americanrhetoric.com/…/mlkatimetobreaksilen…

PLEASE NOTE: Proper use of masks is required to participate in this event. If you are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, please respect others by NOT attending.

To endorse the March 20th action, please message us or send an email to chicagoantiwar@gmail.com

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Guerras sin fin = pocas o ningunas ganancias para los trabajadores

Cada nueva administración presidencial comienza con atractivas promesas hechas a la gente de la clase trabajadora: buenos trabajos, atención médica, prosperidad para todos.

Si la economía va bien, los trabajadores pueden obtener ganancias modestas: estos son centavos en comparación con la riqueza inimaginable que se deposita en los bolsillos de las personas más ricas de Estados Unidos. Más a menudo, hay estancamiento y para los más pobres, una regresión total. Los populistas de derecha arman sus carreras y movimientos politicos peligrosos culpando a los inmigrantes, a los negros, musulmanes y judíos de los problemas de la nación. Encienden el fanatismo contra las personas LGBTQ, las mujeres y otros.

Pocos estadounidenses se dan cuenta de que en comparación con otras naciones industrializadas, el país más rico de la historia mundial tiene sin comparación, los PEORES beneficios públicos para los padres de familia que trabajan y para sus hijos.

Las razones no son difíciles de encontrar. Desde el final de la Segunda Guerra Mundial, los gobernantes estadounidenses han dominado el mundo con un enorme aparato militar diseñado para intimidar a otras naciones para que cumplan sus órdenes o, en su defecto, castigarlas brutalmente. Al igual que las fuerzas policiales a nivel local, el ejército estadounidense consume una parte enorme del gasto: el 50% del presupuesto federal discrecional.

Mientras tanto, las naciones mucho más pobres sufren muertes y una devastación en masa inimaginables para la gente en los EE.

Para todos los soldados estadounidenses muertos, traumatizados o discapacitados por la guerra, hay muchas más veces ese mismo número de iraquíes, afganos, sirios y otros con hogares destruidos y vidas destrozadas. Gracias a los constantes bombardeos de aviones no tripulados de Estados Unidos (Drones), su apoyo a dictaduras brutales, sanciones, amenazas de invasiones y golpes de estado, los trabajadores de estos países violados tienen mucho menos recursos para recuperarse de guerras y desastres climáticos. Muchos se ven obligados a migrar desesperadamente desde sus hogares y comunidades en América Central y del sur y el norte de África, del Oriente Medio, del sur de Asia y de otros lugares.

Además, el ejército estadounidense es el mayor contaminador del mundo. Es el contribuyente número uno a la creciente catástrofe climática. Mientras los políticos debaten el paquete propuesto de ayuda para la pandemia de $1,900 millones de dólares, ninguno menciona el programa de “modernización” de armas nucleares proyectado por Estados Unidos que está costando $3,000 millones de dólares.

Debemos poner fin a esta espiral de muerte. En el mejor de los casos, los principales políticos de ambos partidos han solamente manipulado los límites de estos problemas masivos y mortales. En el peor de los casos, han echado más gasolina al fuego. De cualquier manera, sus medidas están muy por debajo de lo que necesitan los trabajadores, especialmente los Negros, Latinx y Pueblos Indigenas.

A pesar de todo el “cambio” que prometen, ambos partidos mantienen su compromiso de preservar y extender el dominio de Estados Unidos en el mundo. Cada uno de ellos tiene un compromiso férreo de financiar sus masivos arsenales nucleares y convencionales con un costo devastador para los trabajadores aquí y en el extranjero.

La historia ha demostrado que las únicas veces que hemos logrado cambios sociales de la magnitud que necesitamos es cuando las masas de los trabajadores, organizados y con una estrategia clara, toman cartas en el asunto. Este fue el poder detrás de las luchas sindicales de la Gran Depresión, las luchas del Pueblo Negro y sus aliados en el Movimiento de Derechos Civiles y el movimiento contra la guerra tanto como los movimientos de Black Power, Chicano Power, y de lxs feministas y LGBTQ de finales de la década de 1960.

En el espíritu de esos movimientos anteriores, el sábado 20 de marzo, el 18º aniversario de la guerra eterna que es la segunda más larga de todas las guerras de los Estados Unidos: la invasión y ocupación de Irak, únase a nosotros mientras exigimos:

** Poner fin a la represión estatal y el racismo institucional
http://ccawr.org/poner-fin-a-la-represion-estatal-y-el…/

** Promover una economía al servicio de la clase trabajadora
http://ccawr.org/promover-una-economia-que-sirva-a-la…/

** Vivienda, Alimentos, Educación y La Salud son Derechos Humanos
http://ccawr.org/vivienda-alimentacion-educacion-y…/

** Tenemos el derecho al control de nuestros propios cuerpos
http://ccawr.org/tenemos-el-derecho-a-controlar-nuestros…/

** La Paz Mundial y los derechos humanos
http://ccawr.org/paz-y-derechos-humanos-en-todo-el-mundo/

** Proteger el planeta, protegernos a todos
http://ccawr.org/proteger-el-planeta-protegernos-a-todos/

Como dijo Martin Luther King, Jr., cuando rompió con el Partido Demócrata, identificando, “el mayor proveedor de violencia en el mundo de hoy: mi propio gobierno”:

“Hay una conexión muy obvia y casi demasiado sencilla entre la guerra de Vietnam y la lucha que yo y otros, hemos estado librando en Estados Unidos … Yo sabía que Estados Unidos jamás invertiría los fondos o los esfuerzos necesarios para la rehabilitación de sus propios pobres mientras sus aventuras como la de Vietnam siguieran atrayendo hombres, habilidades y dinero como un tubo de succión destructivo y demoníaco. Por lo tanto, me vi cada vez más obligado a ver la guerra como un enemigo de los pobres y a atacarla como tal …

“Este asunto de quemar seres humanos con el napalm, de llenar los hogares de nuestra nación de huérfanos y viudas, de inyectar drogas venenosas de odio en las venas de pueblos normalmente humanos, de enviar a los hombres a casa desde campos de batallas oscuras y sangrientas, discapacitados y trastornados física y psicológicamente, no se puede reconciliar con éllos sabiduría, justicia o el amor. Una nación que año tras año gasta más dinero en la defensa militar que en programas de beneficios sociales, está acercándose a una muerte espiritual”.

De “Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence,” pronunciado en el Riverside Memorial Church, April 4, 1967 https://www.americanrhetoric.com/…/mlkatimetobreaksilen…

NOTA IMPORTANTE: Será un requisito para participar en este evento con nosotros el uso apropiado de cubrebocas. Si estás padeciendo cualquier síntoma de COVID-19, por respeto a los demás favor de no asistir esta vez.

Para endosar la acción para el 20 de Marzo favor de escribir a nuestro correo electronico chicagoantiwar@gmail.com

The People vs. Derek Chauvin: Trial Day 1

March 8, 2021 - 6 PM

Federal Plaza, 50 W. Adams, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression & Many Others (see post details)

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On March 8th, the trial of Derek Chauvin, one of the four killer cops being tried in the murder of George Floyd, is set to begin. The whole world witnessed the brutality that stole George Floyd’s life. People took to the streets in Chicago this Summer, as they did in cities and towns in every state in this country, to demand justice for him and all those murdered by police. We are taking the streets again for a rally, march, and car caravan in solidarity with Minnesota organizers, whose state has never seen a white police officer prosecuted for murdering a Black person. We are demanding justice for George Floyd and all those murdered by police, that Derek Chauvin and all four officers involved in George Floyd’s murder be convicted and taken off the streets, CPAC Now for community control of police, and Free Them All! Stand with us on March 8th at 6 PM at Federal plaza.

Endorsing organizations:
BLM Chicago
SOUL (Southsiders Organizing for Unity and Liberation)
Chicago Torture Justice Center
USPCN (U.S. Palestinian Community Network)
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Nikkei Uprising
Trinity United Church of Christ
Good Kids Mad City
Showing Up for Racial Justice
National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
International League of the People’s Struggle (ILPS)
Anakbayan
Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR)
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America (CDSA)

Sign up to join the car caravan here: bit.ly/ThePeoplevsDerekChauvin