2020 Unity March Against Racism

October 10, 2020 - 10 AM

11100 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643

Supporting Organizations: The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative

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On Saturday, October 10th, we invite you to join The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative in collaboration with neighbors and other organizations to march in unity declaring that Black Lives Matter in the 19th Ward, in the city of Chicago, and across the nation. The Southwest Chicago Diversity Collaborative (SCDC) which began as a response to fight against acts of hate and intimidation in and around the 19th Ward, along with all of the partner organizations wants the world to know that we do not tolerate hate in any form. Whether hate appears as white supremacy, police brutality, unjust policies, or the diminished allocation of resources that disproportionately affect Black, Indigenous & People of Color (BIPOC), we do not accept nor will we stand for it.

In 2019, we marched together after white supremacists tried to recruit in our neighborhood, however this work is not done for in 2020, we are seeing white supremacists threaten peaceful protesters across the nation, without consequences. In addition, within our city, segregation and inequities still shape access to healthcare, education, housing, and justice with BIPOC (Black, Indigenous & People of Color) people even dying of the coronavirus at a higher rate and suffering a worse economic impact than the rest of the nation.

Ultimately however, we believe that our community is stronger together and so we march in solidarity for justice and for change. We will therefore march to demand the following:
Police accountability in the city of Chicago. We advocate for the support of the all-elected Civilian Police Accountability Council (CPAC).

Increased funding for the predominantly African American schools in our neighborhood, especially Kellogg which for so long has been neglected and is in need of an addition to meet the needs of the neighborhood students that attend there.

Anti-racist, concerted, comprehensive, intentional efforts and investments by our elected officials to fight against the hate that has been so entrenched in the 19th Ward so that we can move as a neighborhood to a truly diverse, integrated place where everyone is welcomed.

Greater intentional acknowledgement, support and engagement with and consideration of the 1/3 African American constituency including the businesses that resides in the 19th ward.

The employment of an affirmative marketing campaign to promote the 19th Ward as a community that is diverse, inclusive, and welcoming to all people, with an emphasis on marketing housing opportunities to Black Chicagoans. This should be accompanied by significant efforts to educate all housing industry professionals operating in the 19th Ward on anti-discrimination laws as well as the general public on their fair housing rights and what to do if they are being discriminated against.

Ultimately, we believe Black Lives Matter in the 19th Ward, in Chicago, and in the greater United States and so together we march in solidarity.

See you on Saturday!

Justice Walk/Run

October 31, 2020 - 8 AM

Michigan & Ida B Wells, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Justice for Breonna

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Started as daily runs in San Diego and Encinitas, Run for Breonna is expanding locations across the US every Saturday in October until November 3rd (Election Day). Join us for a 5k run/jog or 2 mile walk here in Chicago!

Running is another way to protest police brutality and spread awareness in seeking justice for Breonna Taylor’s death. As we approach Election Day, it is crucial to raise awareness around local, state, and federal candidates and policies that will be on the ballot.

Related to the continuing investigation of Breonna Taylor’s murder, we want everyone to be reminded of action steps they can take to help get justice for Breonna Taylor.

We are promoting people to call/email, sign the petitions and donate. Join us until Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Joshua Jaynes and John Mattingly are held accountable for her murder. Judge Mary Shaw must also be held accountable. We will also be providing steps you can take locally in Chicago in line with Get Out the Vote.

For the walk/run, please make sure to do the following:
1) Register using the Eventbrite link below:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/unity-for-breonna-registration-115002461458

2) Wear black and a mask– bibs will be provided; donations to the official Breonna Taylor GoFund Me page optional. *Social distancing measures will be followed throughout the event.*

3) Take action after the run!

Bikes, Birds, and Environmental Justice

October 17, 2020 - 9 AM to Noon

Douglass Park, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Many! CFPAC LVEJO etc

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Build Black and Brown solidarity with Environmentalist of Color, Equiticity, and Organic Oneness on Saturday, October 17, 2020 from 9am to 12pm. The day will begin at 9am with an opportunity to heal in nature and build solidarity with themes of migration and liberation via birding activities (binoculars and field guides will be available for use), followed by a short orientation with tour beginning at 10am. Participants will go on a bike tour through Little Village and North Lawndale to learn about key sites that demonstrate a path towards healing and justice.

Throughout the eight mile journey, riders will visit the African Heritage Garden in North Lawndale which highlights plants that originated on the African continent and pay homage to this with a garden bed shaped like the African continent. Riders will also visit Semillas de Justicia garden (Seeds of Justice) and the Hilco sites to learn about Little Village Environmental Organization’s (LVEJO) journey to bring about food and enviornmental justice to the community.

Englewood Love March

October 17, 2020 - 3 PM

67th & Ashland, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: GoodKidsMadCity

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We are declaring an emergency! The public health crisis of #GunViolence has claimed to many lives here in #Chicago! 3,188 people have been shot so far this year & it’s just September! 190 of those shot are Children! Join the Love March to demand resources for healing!
#peacebook

Mohawk Court. We Need Your Support.

October 2, 2020 - 8:30 AM

26th & California, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Freedom for Mohawk

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This is Mohawks next court date. This is the biggest one so far. We need as many as we can get. The State’s Attorney needs to see Mohawk has the support and community behind him 100%. Bring a sign. Wear a mask. We will have snacks and water. Come show your support. We look forward to seeing you there. Message us if you have any questions or can give rides to people that need transportation.

Freedom Ride

October 1, 2020 - 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Former Columbus Statue, Grant Park (Columbus Drive), Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Freedom for Mohawk

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“There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest.” – Elie Wiesel

Bring your boards, your bikes, your scooters, your skates–or you can even walk along if you’d like! Let’s ride together and carry on the fight for our brothers and sisters who have risked their freedoms fighting for us.

We will be meeting at the starting point at the former Columbus statue in Grant Park on Roosevelt and Columbus. There will be volunteers wearing a green cloth on their sleeve to help guide you to the starting location.

Please bring water, snacks, signs, and friends! We need as much help as we can get in standing against Cook County and the system that has wrongfully charged Mohawk Johnson and the thousands of other protesters arrested in Chicago for exercising their First Amendment rights!

March for Our Homes in Pilsen: Make Pritzker Act

October 1, 2020 - 4 PM - 7 PM

Plaza Tenochtitlan (18th and Loomis), Chicago, IL

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

Contact Info: talkingtobrian@gmail.com

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We’ve got a political system controlled by the real estate lobby, and a housing system controlled by white supremacy.
The twin housing crises of gentrification and COVID are created by policymakers, not nature. It’s up to us to force Gov. Pritzker to act to save our homes:
LIFT THE BAN ON RENT CONTROL
CANCEL RENTS + MORTGAGES*
NO PILSEN LANDMARK
*(retroactively, and through the crisis plus 3 months)
Rally at 4, march at 5.

Tenemos un sistema político controlado por el lobby inmobiliario y un sistema de vivienda controlado por la supremacía blanca.
Las crisis de vivienda gemelas de gentrificación y COVID son creadas por los legisladores, no por la naturaleza. Depende de nosotros obligar al gobernador Pritzker a actuar para salvar nuestros hogares:
LEVANTAR LA PROHIBICIÓN DEL CONTROL DE RENTAS
CANCELAR ALQUILERES + HIPOTECAS *
NO LANDMARK DE PILSEN
* (retroactivamente y durante la crisis más 3 meses)
Rally a las 4, marzo a las 5.

Day after Day Demand Trump/Pence Out NOW!

October 3, 2020 - 2 PM

Federal Plaza, 219 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Refuse Fascism Chicago Chapter, No More Foundation, Degenerate Artists Against Fascism, Revolution Club Chicago

Contact Info: chicago@refusefascism.org

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It’s on: The Struggle for the Future
Will it be fascist
Or, will we act on our conscience?
October 3rd We Begin
Non-Violent Protests that Continue Day After Day
From Now Through the Elections
United by the Demand:
Trump/Pence OUTNOW!

We face a rolling coup barreling to a showdown on November 3rd. The Trump/Pence regime has said and shown that they will not abide by an election they lose.

It is the regime—Trump, Pence, Barr—who have raised the specter of insurrection and sedition. It is the regime that is tearing up the rule of law. It is the regime that demonizes and brutalizes immigrants, Black people, Latinos, Native Americans, women, LGBTQ people, the media and peaceful protesters. It is the regime that opposes science, leading to a country and a planet burning and drowning, and to unconscionable unnecessary death and illness from COVID.

We face a critical crossroads. The hour is late, but not too late. Relying only on our voting will lead to disaster. The Trump/Pence regime is subverting the election now and preparing to nullify it. Waiting to act till they do so will be too late.

Trump’s MAGA mobs maraud around the country in water and land caravans; they murder protesters and innocent people by guns and by their cars. They spread COVID. They are inflamed with passionate reactionary intensity. All for the purpose of rousing their followers and intimidating and demoralizing all who should be standing up for justice.

Now we must act. Beginning Saturday, October 3rd, gather and bring your family, friends, and community into the public squares of cities and towns across the country in non-violent protest unified by the demand: Trump/Pence OUTNOW! And, come back in waves, day after day. This is possible. We saw this in June and early July where people came out every day for justice for Black Lives. Now, that struggle, and every struggle, and the lives of millions of people hang in the balance. In our diversity, with our multiplicity of causes and demands we must come together and reach out to others to join us, recognizing that should the Trump/Pence regime remain in power it will be a disaster for every just cause, and most of all, for the lives of people here and around the world.

We will act on our principles, modeling the world we aspire to in contrast to the bigotry and hatred of this fascist regime. We will act together with creative joy and with the conviction and courage of standing together not only for ourselves but for all humanity.

In the Name of Humanity, We Refuse to Accept a Fascist America!

America’s Forever Wars – 19 years on

October 7, 2020 - 12 Noon

Federal Plaza

Supporting Organizations: Chicago Committee Against War & Racism; Voices for Creative Nonviolence; Chicago Area Peace Action; Gay Liberation Network (list in formation)

Contact Info: LGBTliberation@aol.com

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October 7 marks the 19th anniversary of the longest war in U.S. history, the 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

And Afghanistan is just one piece of a worldwide kaleidoscope of US military violence around the world including:

** occupations of Iraq and Syria
** drone bombings from Africa to Pakistan
** the proxy wars of Saudi Arabia vs. Yemen and Israel vs. Palestine
** threats to invade Venezuela
** devastating sanctions against dozens of countries
** over 500 military bases around the world, many with nuclear weapons — daggers at the throats of the peoples nearby them.

Almost an entire generation of Americans has lived with endless war. Babies not even born at the time of the US invasion of Afghanistan are now fighting in that country. Far worse, however, is the fact that over 1 million Middle Easterners are now dead to avenge the 3000 killed in the 9/11 attacks, and war has spread throughout the Middle East.

As revealed in the so-called Afghanistan papers – government documents released through Freedom of Information Act requests – senior U.S. officials have knowingly lied throughout the war, making optimistic pronouncements of success even while hiding evidence that the war was a disaster.

Despite this, in an effort to turn the tide of the Afghan war in the U.S.’s favor, Presidents Obama and Trump have both launched “troop surges.” Death and destruction were the predictable results while the puppet Afghan regime’s hold on the country, far from being strengthened, remained as precarious as ever.

While people in this country do not feel the direct physical effects of these wars, every bomb
dropped represents millions of dollars less for our schools, health care, affordable housing, public transportation, physical infrastructure, and a myriad of other social services desperately needed in a time of pandemic and severe economic recession. With one-half of the federal discretionary budget going to the US military, and much of the rest given over to subsidizing the already-rich, it’s little wonder that there are only crumbs left for the left of us.

US politicians’ support for war and U.S. domination has been and remains thoroughly bipartisan. The 2020 election will not change that. To establish their “patriotic” credentials, Democrats typically vote for military financing and war with the same frequency as Republicans.

On the 19th anniversary of the United States’ Forever War, and relentless US violence around the world, please join us to denounce these wars that both major political parties continue to finance.

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We will be having our event on the Plaza so that we can be socially distanced. Out respect for the health of everyone, please wear a mask.

Part of an organization? Please message us to co-sponsor! Thank you!

#StrikeDontStarve IL

September 30, 2020 - 11 AM – 1 PM

The Capital Grille, 633 N St. Clair St., Chicago, IL

Supporting Organizations: Illinois Service Workers United for Power and Service Workers United For Power

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On September 30th, One Fair Wage is organizing hundreds of tipped workers in four cities (New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago and Washington DC) to #StrikeNotStarve, calling for an end to the subminimum wage as restaurants begin to reopen indoor dining. COVID-19 has revealed just how broken the system is for tipped workers. Millions lack work and are struggling to make ends meet. For those who have a job, the tips they rely on to make a decent wage are way down. That means they are putting their health, and sometimes their lives, at risk while working for a subminimum wage.

Momentum is growing to end the subminimum wage for tipped workers. The two-tiered wage system in the restaurant industry harkens back to the Jim Crow era, when white restaurant owners refused to pay newly freed Black workers, and instead designed a rigged system for them to survive off of tips alone. Seven states have already adopted One Fair Wage—a full, fair minimum wage with tips on top—and momentum is building at the national level, too. Unfortunately, there has been strong opposition to the idea from the National Restaurant Association and its powerful allies, such as Darden Restaurants Inc. (The Capital Grille, Longhorn Steakhouse and Olive Garden). While many tipped workers are employed at independent restaurants, the majority work at National chain restaurants that have the resources to pay workers (especially during this crisis) — yet choose to pay their corporate executives MILLIONS instead. If tipped workers are going to survive, we’re going to have to show our power both in the streets and at the ballot box.

That’s why on Wednesday, September 30th, tipped workers are going on a one-day strike to fight for One Fair Wage. This fight is critical to so many workers, especially Black and Brown workers who have been hit hardest by the pandemic. Tipped workers are essential workers. Can you join us to demand that tipped workers are given the support they need?

OUR DEMANDS:

1. Paid sick leave, PPE, and One Fair Wage before we return to work.

2. Guarantee $600 of renewable unemployment insurance for every applicant in the state until it is safe to return to work.

3. Enact a paycheck guarantee for all of our state’s workers for the duration of this crisis.

Sign up to STRIKE: https://www.fightdontstarve.com/strike
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