MuteRKelly StopRKelly & Stand for Black Women & Girls Protest

January 12, 2019 - 10 AM - 2 PM

219 N Justine St, Chicago, IL 60607-1403

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There is a long history, dating back to slavery of our Black women and girls being hypersexualized, silenced, and targeted by sexual violence, as well as abuse. The stories of Black women and girls are often never heard and when they are, victim blaming and shaming occur.
The plight of our Black women and girls is currently on full display as the #MuteRKelly movement has led to a spike in the artist’s music sales. Apologists and supporters of Robert Kelly are complicit in his attacks and sexual abuse of underage Black girls and women.
As a Black man, I believe it is of the upmost importance that other Black men and all allies of Black women and girls take a stand and put an end to R. Kelly’s reign. We can no longer accept and ignore the plight that many of our women face at the hands of powerful men with influence.
We must continue to apply pressure as the organizers of the #MuteRKelly campaign has in ending R. Kelly’s ability to generate cash and hold property that allow him to carry out and cover up his crimes.

We are asking all who stand against R. Kelly and stand against sexual assault, rape, abuse, pedophilia, & the overall toxic masculinity that promotes such cultures to join us this Saturday @ 10 am in front of R. Kelly’s Chicago studio to send clear messages that he does not represent Chicago and he will no longer be protected in Chicago or anywhere. We also want to demand that the building’s owner (Midwest Commercial Funding) immediately engage in further efforts to break whatever contract is held with R. Kelly as this building has been identified as a location of abuse. Any artist, concert promoter, DJ, influencer etc. also know, that the #MuteRKelly movement will continue and you will be called out for any complicity in his actions!

R. Kelly must be held accountable and needs professional help. But, more importantly the Black women and girls who are victims and survivors of his reign of terror must be believed, supported, and know that we as a commUNITY stand with them in calling for justice!

Let this action be part of greater actions in empowering not only our commUNITY, not only Black women and girls, but all commUNITYs and all women and girls in knowing they are not along and this will not be accepted. We must be purposeful in what we are teaching are next generations that the lives of women, particularly Black women must be valued over talent and money!

AFGE rally to end the government shutdown!

January 10, 2019 - 12 PM - 1 PM

Federal Center and Plaza, 219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois 60603

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The wasteful and shameful government shutdown is now in its third miserable week. The shutdown has already caused needless suffering for federal employees and their families, many of whom live paycheck-to-paycheck and have already fallen behind on their rent, mortgage payments, or bills. As the shutdown continues, vital public services will come to a halt, creating an exponential increase in the cruel effects of the shutdown.

THIS NEEDS TO END. Please come and show your support for these employees and to call for an immediate end to the government shutdown!

Young Women’s March Rally 2019

January 19, 2019 - 10 AM - 11:30 AM

Federal Center and Plaza, 219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois 60603

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Young women, femmes, non-binary folks, and allies of all ages are coming together in Chicago to stand in solidarity with the Women’s March on January 19, 2019! #WomensWave

The Women’s March believes that the single most powerful act we can do is prepare young people with the skills and commitments to take action around causes that matter to them with courage, compassion, and collaboration.

It is time for the next generation to raise their voices, and commit to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive spaces for all. This includes all women—Black women, Indigenous women, poor women, immigrant women, disabled women, Jewish women, Muslim women, Latinx women, Asian and Pacific Islander women, lesbian, bi, queer and trans women.

The 2019 Women’s Agenda priorities that youth leaders will be speaking to are issues important to us:

• Ending Violence Against Women & Femmes
• Ending State Violence
• Reproductive Rights & Justice
• Racial Justice
• LGBTQIA+ Rights
• Immigrant Rights
• Economic Justice & Worker’s Rights
• Civil Rights & Liberties
• Disability Rights
• Environmental Justice

This rally is youth-organized and youth-led, but everyone young and old is invited to attend this event. More details coming shortly, and we will see you at Federal Plaza!

The time is now. You are NOT powerless.

Youth Empower is the youth voice of the Women’s March Network, aligned with the Women’s March Unity Principles. Note, this rally is not associated with We March On Chicago/Women’s March Chicago.

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CPAC Press Conference : Flood City Hall on Jan 9th!

January 9, 2019 - 9 AM - 10 AM

Chicago City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Illinois 60602

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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Join CAARPR on January 9th as we hear from the aldermanic candidates who are planning to fight for CPAC and lay out our plan to make community control of the police a reality.

No matter where you stand on the question of police accountability there is one thing we can all agree on: the murder of Laquan McDonald by Chicago Police Officer Jason Van Dyke, and the video that recorded it, ignited one of the largest and longest protest movements in Chicago history. It also created an unprecedented political crisis in Chicago. The attempted cover-up of the Laquan McDonald murder unveiled corrupt collaboration between the Mayor, the City Council, the City Law Department, and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). It exposed a conspiracy among them all to cover up a heinous murder by a racist cop. Even State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez had to call it first degree murder after a judge ordered the release of the video recording of the crime over the objections of all of them.

This movement demanded community control of the police: an all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).

The upcoming 2019 elections can be a bold beginning of a new, progressive political realignment in this city. We’re hosting this candidates forum on the 20th in order to help make this happen. There are over 55,000 CPAC supporters city-wide and the list grows every day. The people have made it clear that they demand a real police accountability council. Now is the time to make it happen.

Free Gerald Reed Judge to Rule on Police Torture

December 19, 2018 - 10 AM - 1 PM

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

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

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#FreeGeraldReed On Dec 19th 2018, Judge Gainer who has been presiding over the evidentiary hearing on the torture of Gerald Reed by Chicago police is scheduled to make his ruling. He will be deciding on whether the tortured false confession is to be suppressed and a new trial ordered. 

The Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression calls on all people to join with Gerald Reed’s family and community of supporters to pack the court room. This is a very important day in Gerald Reed’s 28 year fight for freedom and justice, we demand his immediate release. Join us at Dec 19, 10am Cook County Criminal Courthouse (26th and California), room 604 to free Gerald Reed!

Gerald Reed was tortured and forced to falsely confess to a murder he did not commit in October, 1990. He has been in prison for 28 years. 

The Illinois Torture Inquiry and Relief Commission voted unanimously six years ago that the evidence showed that Gerald Reed was tortured. It took six years for the actual hearing to commence. There have been endless continuances by the court appointed special prosecutors, who are all attorneys from the O’Rourke & Moody private law firm.

Gerald is one of more than 100 Jon Burge torture survivors who were tortured, wrongfully convicted and who are all still imprisoned. 

Reed was tortured in the CPD 3 Violent Crime Unit. Disgraced Commander Jon Burge supervised CPD Detectives Victor Breska and Michael Kill, who tortured Reed. He was savagely beaten; his femur and a previously inserted metal rod fractured.

There was no material evidence against Reed, only his false confession. He was sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole. 

For 27 years Reed has repeatedly requested medical intervention to fix the excruciating painful damage done by his torturers. He has been unable to walk. In 2016 he finally received the first stage of surgery to repair the damage to his femur, his orthopedic surgeon, Dr Steven Rabin, made it clear a second follow-up surgery is necessary.

We demand the immediate release of Gerald Reed. 
We demand that the governor of Illinois grant pardons to all police torture survivors and free those still incarcerated in prison

#FreeGeraldReed #FreePoliceTortureSurvivors

Women’s March – Woodstock IL – #WomensWave

January 19, 2019 - 1 PM - 3 PM

Woodstock Square Historic District, Main St, Woodstock, Illinois 60098

Supporting Organizations: Women's March

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It’s time to march again. And this time, we’re coming back with an agenda.

On January 19, 2019, we’re going to flood the streets of Woodstock Square in sisterhood with cities across the globe. The #WomensWave is coming, and we’re sweeping the world forward with us.

‘Healing, Community, Resistance’ is our theme. We are asking all participants to take action locally. We will rally at the Gazebo, follow with a march ending at Home of the Sparrow, 120 E. Calhoun St., where we will drop off donations to help homeless women and children in our community.

Please RSVP here and at the Women’s March website

Questions or to volunteer, please message us. 
Organizers: Cathy Johnson, Ruth Scifo

Trump Anniversary: Unite to Fight Racism, War & Bigotry, Save Planet!

January 19, 2019 - 12 PM - 3 PM

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

Supporting Organizations: Answer Chicago

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On the Anniversary of white supremacist Trump’s inauguration, we will take to the streets again to shut down racism, war & bigotry and save the planet. Join us. We must and will keep marching and fighting and building the people’s movement for the real and lasting changes that are so badly needed!

Multiple looming crises are confronting the human race and we must and will take collective action.

We have 12 years to save the planet.
We must resist the divide and conquer strategies of the rulers of this country and build solidarity with the refugees who are bearing the brunt of these increasingly reactionary times.
The U.S. foreign policy elite — in a thoroughly bipartisan way — is aggressively leading us toward confrontations with major nuclear powers.
Naked white supremacy and fascism are again emerging in the centers of power from Brazil to the United States to Europe and beyond.
Austerity has wrecked the working class and oppressed communities.
Abortion rights must be defended and so much more.

The people must and will reemerge as an unstoppable force in society to shut down racism, war & bigotry. Bring your signs, banner and voices of protest!

Gather at Wacker and Wabash at 12 noon. March to La Salle St (Chicago’s Wall Street)

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Pro-Choice Counter Protest: Making fun of antis at the clinic

December 15, 2018 - 11 AM - 11:45 AM

American Womens Surgical Center 2744 N Western Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60647

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Campaign to Expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers

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The “pro life Christmas caroling” time of year is upon us. At these events, antis come out to belt out songs about baby jesus and Mary in an attempt to dissuade people from accessing abortion.

Joke’s on them because this clinic doesn’t even provide abortions on saturdays, and instead will be performing foot surgeries and other podiatry related services. Hence, this protest is foot condition themed – “ingrown toenails are a gift from god!” “I regret my bunionectomy!” and graphic photos of foot surgery. Bring your best foot puns!

We have permission from the clinic to counter protest on this day and help keep the antis from parking or stepping in to their private parking lot or otherwise messing with things. We expect the antis will spend 45 minutes or less there.

Pack Midlothian Village Hall to Demand #justiceforjemel

November 28, 2018 - 7 PM - 9 PM

14801 S. Pulaski Rd. Midlothian, IL, 60445

Supporting Organizations: Black Lives Matter Chicago, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, SOUL - Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation

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In the early hours of November 11, Jemel Roberson was gunned down by Midlothian Police as he was subduing a shooting suspect and while working as a security guard at Manny’s Blue Room. Jemel was 26-year-old son, father and hero who saved countless lives that night only to be senselessly murdered by cops.

We must stay vigilant to ensure #JUSTICEFORJEMEL. Please join us at the Midlothian Board of Trustee Meeting to demand answers and police accountability in the south suburbs.