Today we are sharing news with you about two important battles we have supported – one a ‘thank you’ and celebration; the other an urgent call for support in any way you can -
World Can’t Wait Chicago
From the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason:
You’re Invited to the “After Party” for Gregory Koger! Saturday, Nov. 2 Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, Chicago Doors open 6:30 pm, festivities begin at 7 pm
After a four-year battle against a truly vindictive prosecution, our friend Gregory Koger is finally out of the clutches of the Cook County system of criminal injustice. Gregory, his defense committee, and friends fought tirelessly against a prosecution for the “crime” of taping a statement against censorship at the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago. Hard to believe? Read the details & watch the video he took that day at here. Gregory faced such an outrageous prosecution mainly because he is a former prisoner who has now dedicated his life to the emancipation of humanity.
Now, we invite you to celebrate the fact that Gregory has served the outrageous sentence he was given and he will now be with us again contributing to the fight to liberate humanity and the planet! We also want to thank all of you for the support you have given in this battle.
This will be an evening of music and celebration; please bring any finger food you’d like to share.
Ad Hoc Committee for Reason
And from StopPatriarchy.org, which can be contacted in Chicago here –
Abortion Rights Emergency in Mississippi and Albuquerque and YOU Are Needed NOWAs you know, this past summer, StopPatriarchy.org led a 15 state, one month long Abortion Rights Freedom Ride caravan responding to the state of emergency surrounding abortion rights nationwide. But that was just a beginning. We made a commitment and we are seeing it through. Now: in the month of November, StopPatriarchy.org is mobilizing a national response to the two most concentrated assaults on women’s right to abortion. Oct 29 – Nov 6: We are traveling to Jackson, MS where a woman-hating Christian fascist organization will lay siege to and terrorize the last abortion clinic in Mississippi. Nov 15-17: We are traveling to Albuquerque, New Mexico where a ballot initiative would ban abortion at 20 weeks, thereby shutting down half the third-trimester abortion providers in the country.
We call on you to join with and support this effort because it is immoral to abandon the women of Mississippi and New Mexico. And it is delusional to think that if these assaults are not resisted and defeated now, similar attacks on women’s right to abortion won’t soon confront women everywhere else.Our new campaign to raise $15,000 for this mobilization has just been launched on IndieGoGo. The deadline to reach this goal is November 13. Please donate whatever you can at www.igg.me/at/abortionrightsemergency
- Join us in Jackson MS from Oct 29-Nov 6 and Albuquerque NM from Nov 15-17. Sign up online for all or part of the time.
- Send your message of support to be delivered to the last clinic in Mississippi and to abortion providers in Albuquerque.
- Sign and circulate the Abortion on Demand & Without Apology statement-among friends, family, online communities and to any prominent people you know. Add your personal message when you sign.
- Organize a satellite protest in your local area to alert people to what’ going on in these flashpoints. Use your voice and your influence to turn these vicious attacks into a resounding political defeat for those who want to criminalize abortion.
One way or another, be part of a national response tothese attacks.
Joan for Stop Patriarchy
At Jackson Women’s Health Organization, Aug 17, 2013
Funding an Emergency
Whatever you can contribute – $10, $20 or $200 – it all makes a difference. And everyone can share this request with friends and urge them to contribute. Together we can confront this national assault on women’s rights where it is most concentrated now!
Tuesday, October 22, is the 18th National Day of Protest against Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation. Around the country, World Can’t Wait calls on you to march on O22. See video testimonials, a list of assembly points around the country, and more at stopmassincarceration.org
CHICAGO – CENTRAL RALLY & MARCH – NOON – DALEY PLAZA
If you are on Facebook, please join here and invite friends.
If you’re someone who’s fed up with being jacked up, harassed, beaten down, arrested, and worse by the cops, you need to act on O22!
If your eyes were opened to this abuse by the verdict in the Trayvon Martin case, you need to act on O22!
If you’re one of the actors, musicians, and other well-known people who tweeted “No Justice, No Peace!” when that Zimmerman verdict came down - well, we haven’t gotten justice, so you need to act on O22!
High school students and teachers need to mobilize their schools on O22!
College students and faculty members need to mobilize their campuses to act on O22!
Religious leaders need to address this injustice in their sermons, and lead their congregations to take to the streets on O22!
STOP POLICE BRUTALITY, REPRESSION AND THE CRIMINALIZATION OF A GENERATION!
NO MORE STOLEN LIVES! HOODIES UP! WEAR BLACK, FIGHT BACK!
Hear the words of Cephus “Uncle Bobby” Johnson, the uncle of Oscar Grant – he says:
“The Call for the 18th National Day of Protest to Stop Police Brutality, Repression and the Criminalization of a Generation is to bring forward the united, powerful, visual coalition of families victimized by police terrorism and to reach into all parts of our community. May our unity bring the change that our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren so rightfully deserve – freedom, justice, equality, humanity, respect, and a right to take BART [Bay Area Rapid Transit] and a right to walk to 7-11 for Skittles and ice tea without being executed.”
O22 marches, rallies, and other public events have been announced for Albuquerque • Atlanta • Chicago • Cleveland • Greensboro • Houston • Jacksonville • Los Angeles • Lynn, MA • Minneapolis • New York City • Oakland/Bay Area, Fresno, Hayward, Redding, Sacramento, San Diego CA • Seattle • CANADA Montreal, QC (list in formation See Details)
OCT 25 * FUND RAISER * DEFEND DEFENDERS OF OUR ENVIRONMENT
Organized by Tar Sands Free Midwest
Friday, Oct 25, 8 pm
Ribcage, Lincoln & Wellington, Chicago
Live music by The Cavepainters
DJ Read will be spinning regae and soul
Art from “Pipelines and Borderlines” (prints will be raffled)
Here in Chicago, we are in the middle of a major part of the tar sands pipeline network that is expanding throughout North America. In fact, the British Petroleum refinery in Whiting, IN, (just minutes from Chicago) will be the largest inland refinery for toxic tar sands sludge in the country. Its pet coke wastes are already piling up on the Southeast Side. Last summer, several people working with MICATS (Michigan Coalition against Tar Sands) chained themselves to equipment being used to expand the Enbridge 6B pipeline along the eastern side of Lake Michigan to interrupt the project.
Three years ago, the 6B spilled over a million gallons of tar sands into the Kalamazoo River, creating the largest inland oil spill in US history.
Enbridge has failed to clean up that spill, and now, under the guise of rebuilding, they are in the process of doubling the size of the 6B.
With their action, MICATS hopes to draw attention to this imminent danger and contribute to a broader movement to stop tar sands.
MICATS needs to raise $10,000 to cover their legal costs. Come to this party and lend a hand – Humanity and the Planet Come First!
Don’t forget that October 22nd is also the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality. This is from our friends at GLN!:
FREE and low-cost
bus tickets to the
BIG Springfield March!
FREE and reduced cost ($10) bus tickets are still available for the big Oct. 22nd March on Springfield for Marriage Equality!
Thanks to the generosity of our donors, free seats are still available for buses leaving from Rogers Park (in front of Touche, 6412 N. Clark), The Center on Halsted, (3649 N. Halsted Street), Pilsen (outside the 18th Street Pink Line el stop) and Chatham (at the Hardtimes Restaurant, 436 E. 79th Street).
Tickets are first-come, first-served while they last, so get yours today! To get reduced price (or full price) tickets, go to www.gayliberation.net For free tickets, email LGBTliberation@aol.com with your name, phone number and location that you would like to depart from.
Don’t miss this important day in LGBT history!
“After Party” For Gregory Koger! Saturday, Nov. 2
Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn
Doors open 6:30, start 7 pm
After a four-year battle against a truly vindictive prosecution, our friend Gregory Koger will finally be out of the clutches of the Cook County system of criminal injustice. He and his defense committee and friends fought tirelessly against a prosecution for the “crime” of taping a statement against censorship at the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago. Hard to believe? Read the details & watch the video he took that day here. Now, let’s celebrate the fact that Gregory has served the outrageous sentence he was given and he will now be with us again contributing to the fight to liberate humanity and the planet!
This will be an evening of music and celebration. If you can contribute to the casual buffet of finger food, please get in touch.
Chicago Chapter Meeting – Monday – Oct 14 – 7 pm
World Can’t Wait Chicago/Evanston Chapter is resuming our monthly meetings on a new day. We will meet the second Monday of every month. And we have a new location: St. Gertrude’s on the northside of Chicago (6214 N. Glenwood, 2nd floor). You are invited – come share your thoughts, make plans, and contribute to the resistance so urgently needed to stopping the crimes of our government!
Probably everyone reading this has complained about the almost total lack of media coverage of the US war on Afghanistan. Now, on the 12th anniversary, we have a rare opportunity to hear directly from a heroic Afghan woman and join our voices to her call for an end to the US war and occupation of her country.
Acclaimed Afghan human rights activist and author, Malalai Joya, visits Chicago this week on her national tour coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the US war in Afghanistan. She has been called “the bravest woman in Afghanistan.” She was 27 years old when she was elected to Afghanistan’s first parliament. She was suspended, however, for speaking out against war lords, drug barons and their cronies. Her life is under constant threat for continuing to speak out against both imperialist war and Islamic fundamentalism.
She will address the following questions:
• Why are Afghan women more vulnerable than ever?
• What is the impact of US drones, bombs, and raids?
• What would the end of the US’s longest war mean?
• Why is violence increasing after 11 years of war?
Join her to Rally to Protest the US War on Afghanistan!
Thursday, Oct. 10, at 5pm
Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn) to demand an end to this war!
Join the Facebook event, invite friends, and forward this email widely.
Sponsored by Chicago Area Peace Action, World Can’t Wait, and many others.
Then come to “A Conversation with a Hero” when Malalai speaks in depth
Friday, Oct. 11, 7 pm
637 S. Dearborn, Chicago
Join the Facebook event, invite friends, and forward this email widely.
Sponsored by Chicago Area Peace Action, endorsed by World Can’t Wait, and many others.
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Join the March on Springfield For Marriage Equality!
The Illinois legislature starts its veto session on October 22nd.
Be part of sending a powerful message that “We Demand Marriage Equality Now!”
Bus tickets are still available here.
Sponsored by Gay Liberation Network.
The civil war in Syria continues and US warships remain just off the coast. No, “peace” has not broken out. As Dennis Loo writes, “It is dangerous to claim victories that you have not won. To paraphrase Mark Twain: the reports by some in the anti-war movement of a victory are exaggerated. Let’s be clear: there is still a bloody civil war raging in Syria which has taken close to 120,000 lives. We have not, in other words, ‘prevented a war.’” Read more here.
Larry Everest writes that this has not really been about chemical weapons but about global aims of the US in the region in “Syria: Diplomacy… and the Ongoing Danger of a US Attack.”
We have seen during the run up to the first Gulf War, for instance, that negotiations can be the prelude to military attacks, which are then justified by saying, “See, we tried!” Obama declared in his most recent speech that the US military maintains its positions threatening Syria. Now is not the time to relax and congratulate ourselves, let alone put our trust in diplomacy among powers with their own interests.
World Can’t Wait Chicago is working with other anti-war groups and individuals in the Chicago area to organize an emergency protest if the US does attack Syria. We will meet at the Federal Plaza (Adams & Dearborn, Chicago) to say NO! No US Attack on Syria! Such an attack will bring only more misery to the people there and, far from launching it to stop the illegal use of chemical weapons (which the US itself has used in Iraq, Vietnam and more), such a US attack would be immoral and illegal itself. We will alert you in this newsletter when our joint call is issued.
Afghan Anti-war Leader Malalai Joya is touring the US on the 12th Anniversary of US War on Afghanistan Malalai Joya, 35, first gained international attention in 2003 when she spoke out publicly against the domination of warlords in Afghanistan. She was at that time serving as an elected delegate to the Loya Jirga that was convened to ratify the Constitution of Afghanistan.
In 2007 she spoke out against former warlords and war criminals in the Afghan parliament and was thereupon suspended from the parliament. Since then she has survived six assassination attempts. She travels in Afghanistan with armed guards and has worked tirelessly on behalf of Afghan women. Read more about her and tour dates here.
Save the date: Malalai Joya will be in the Chicago area on October 10/11. You won’t want to miss her! We will share details as soon as they become available.
We Are Not Your Soldiers-
While schools are being closed and school budgets cut, there always seem to be funds for the military recruiters that prey on our young people. In fact, Chicago remains one of the most militarized school districts in the country. World Can’t Wait, through our We Are Not Your Soldiers initiative, brings anti-war veterans to classrooms and youth groups to tell the truth about wars for empire and refute the lies told by military recruiters. Last year we visited schools here and in New York, Connecticut, the SF Bay Area and Washington State. You can read a brief report about those visits here. If you are a teacher or student or lead a youth group, please invite us to speak with your class or group. Or pass this email along to a teacher or student you know. For more information, contact us by email or call us at 866 973 4463
World Can’t Wait Chicago is meeting next Monday, Sept. 30 When: 7 PM Where: Nesh Cafe, 734 W. Fullerton, Chicago We’ll be talking about the situation in Syria and opposing US threats and much more. Bring your ideas and energy!
The Chicago affiliates of NBC, CBS and ABC, independent statoin WGN TV, and China Central TV attended the Chicago World Can’t Wait Press Conference the morning after Obama’s speech to refute his claims and oppose any US attack on Syria. It was cablecast and streamed live by CAN-TV, Chicago Access Network, which has also posted the video on its website and YouTube channel. The link to that has now been shared on websites, Facebook and twitter to people in the US, Mexico, South Korea, the Phillippines, Germany, and Taiwan, that we know of.
Speakers includedFather Bob Bossie (SCJ) recently retired from 8th Day Center for Justice who participated in multiple delegations to Iraq before the US invasion in 2003; Dr. Theodore Jennings, scholar, theologian and author, from Chicago Theological Seminary; Mario Venegas,human rights activist with Illinois Coalition Against Torture and a survivor of torture under the Pinochet regime of Chile; and long time activist of Voices for Creative Non-Violence and Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Kathy Kelly. Please watch the press conference here and share it widely.
This coming week the sentencing phase of Bradley Manning will end and it’s important that people who know Bradley was and is on the right side of history for exposing U.S. war crimes come out into the streets the day the sentence comes down. All across the country and the world there are actions planned. Please check out the facebook event for the action planned here in Chicago and join and invite others! https://www.facebook.com/events/calendar
Please read Jill McLaughlin’s You Have Nothing to be Sorry For: An Open Letter to Bradley Manning and Dennis Loo’s Because of Bradley Manning both of the World Can’t Wait Steering Committee.
Our dear friend and supporter, Gregory Koger was sent back to Cook County Jail on July 23rd. Gregory was convicted in 2010 for videotaping an anti-censorship statement in November 2009. Please sign the petition to Sheriff Tom Dart to have Gregory released on electronic monitoring.
We received the following announcement from the Ad Hoc Committee for Reason and urge everyone reading this to share it and come out on July 23:
A court hearing has been set for 1:30 pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2013, where the State will move to put Gregory Koger in jail to serve the remainder of his 300 day sentence for peacefully videotaping a statement against censorship at a public meeting of the “Ethical” Humanist Society of Chicago (EHSC) on Sunday, November 1, 2009.
Join us! When: July 23, 2013 at 1:30PM Where: Cook County Courthouse – Courtroom 104, 5600 Old Orchard Rd Skokie, IL
Neither the Court nor the Cook County State’s Attorney has responded to the Post-Conviction Relief Petition that Gregory’s legal team filed in March. This Petition exposed the lies at the heart of the false charges against him and provides documentary evidence (suppressed by the judge at trial) of the perjured testimony and prosecutorial misconduct that laid the basis for his conviction – and demands that his wrongful conviction and outrageous sentence be overturned. For more details, see www.dropthecharges.net
In his youth, Gregory spent years in solitary confinement while in prison. He transformed himself and has dedicated his life since his release to opposing injustice and struggling for a liberated world for all humanity. Gregory’s legal team will vigorously oppose any attempt to put him back in jail.
We call on you to come out to stand with Gregory and demand: Not One More Day In Jail for Gregory Koger!
Ad Hoc Commitee for Reason • www.dropthecharges.net • firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspired by the outpouring of opposition to more attacks on abortion rights in Texas? Outraged by the continuing war against women’s most basic right to determined when and if to have children? There is a way to act to reverse this whole horrific assault on women!
The Abortion Rights Freedom Ride is filling a great need but it needs YOUR support to do that. Donate now, join up with it if you can, and save the date of Saturday, JULY 27 when it arrives here in Chicago! And be sure to contact Stop Patriarchy Chicago to find out all the many ways you can get involved!