HB40 Phone Bank
Aug
22
4:00pm 4:00pm

HB40 Phone Bank

  • 5539 North Broadway Street Chicago, IL, 60640 United States (map)
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Reproductive rights are under attack! With the help of pro-choice volunteers, a coalition of pro-choice groups across the state was able to put enough pressure on State Legislators to pass HB40 in the house. 

We have a major road block with Governor Rauner's threat of a veto. Rauner made a promise to protect women's reproductive rights and we need the people of Illinois demanding that promise is kept. Illinois women need volunteers going door to door urging pro-choice voters to tell Rauner to sign HB40. We will give you all of the information and materials you need to be a champion for choice in Illinois. 

Can you join us?

Details: 
When: Tuesday, 8/22, and Thursday, 8/24 from 4pm-8pm
Where: 48th Ward Democrats 5539 N. Broadway Chicago

Please contact Ellie Thornman at ejt0011@gmail.com

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The Girl Talk: Women Run IL Edition at The Hideout
Aug
22
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Girl Talk: Women Run IL Edition at The Hideout

The Girl Talk: Women Run IL Edition at The Hideout
Tues. 8/22/17 6:30pm | $5 http://ticketf.ly/2ur1mYA

It’s 2017 and not only do we have a Sex Offender In Chief, but abortion is essentially illegal in wide swaths of the country, our maternal mortality rate is higher than any developed nation, women still don’t get equal pay or paid leave for continuing the human race and there are only four female governors in the entire country.  Read more. 

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Stay Woke! A Crash Course on IL Civics 2018
Aug
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Stay Woke! A Crash Course on IL Civics 2018

Concerned about our political climate, especially in our home state? 

Join us for an interactive workshop where our Government Affairs interns will present a crash course on Illinois politics, key issues (e.g., financial aid, minimum wage, taxes, environmental justice, prison reform), and the upcoming Governor’s election in 2018. Learn about practical action steps and how to stay woke about issues that affect you.

Your voice matters--make sure it counts!

#WeDecide2018

Please RSVP here:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfdaca3MqntJTLB937rZXK209Fngh5xF6TuShtZLtiaoMFn_A/viewform?usp=sf_link

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Postcard Party for HB40: Protect the Right to Choose in Illinois
Aug
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Postcard Party for HB40: Protect the Right to Choose in Illinois

The amazing team at R Public House have allowed me to host a weekly postcard party Thursdays for the rest of August. Come by, have a pint, grab a bite, and write Governor Rauner to ensure he signs HB40 into law. 

What is HB40? 
HB40 is a bill passed by the Illinois House and Senate affirming that Ilinois will not go back to the pre-Roe days of illegal abortion, even if Roe v Wade is overturned. Read the ACLU of Illinois's fact-sheet on HB40 here:http://bit.ly/2jz29Un

"President Trump and his anti-choice cabal—including recently-appointed anti-choice Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch—are working night and day to overturn Roe v. Wade and take reproductive freedom away from American women. If they’re successful, things will be especially bad in Illinois.

"Illinois has a 'trigger' law that could criminalize abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned, known as the Illinois Abortion Trigger Law. Pro-choice advocates around the state are coming together to support legislation called HB40, which would repeal the awful Illinois Abortion Trigger Law. HB40 will ensure that reproductive freedom is secure in Illinois—no matter what Donald Trump and his anti-choice allies do in Washington!"

More info at: www.passhb40.com

We'll have information on how to stay involved with Planned Parenthood news and activism, plenty of postcards, and delicious beers on draft. Hope to see you there!

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Hate Has No Home Here-Pints for Peace & Celebrating Diversity!
Aug
24
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hate Has No Home Here-Pints for Peace & Celebrating Diversity!

Come celebrate diversity, community, and tolerance at our Taproom on Thursday, August 24th from 6-9pm. 

The national 'Hate Has No Home Here' campaign was born in our backyard in the North Park neighborhood right here in Chicago.

Alarmist Brewing is dedicated to respecting, loving, and defending all walks of life. We want to bring the community together to celebrate these American ideals.

We will have a large "Hate Has No Home Here" banner in our taproom for all to sign. A dollar from every sale of the night will be donated directly back to the HHNHH org.

Join us next Thursday for a night dedicated to what truly matters-a community founded on supporting one another and ending hatred and violence.

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Deputy Registrar Training
Aug
26
9:00am 9:00am

Deputy Registrar Training

Let’s get ready for 2018 and GOTV!!! Want to help register people to vote in the state of Illinois? Come to free training and learn how to become a deputy registrar! 

*** This training is for REGISTERED COOK COUNTY VOTERS ONLY ***
However, once trained, deputy registrars are able to sign up voters anywhere in Illinois.
Check your voter status here: https://ova.elections.il.gov/RegistrationLookup.aspx

RSVP: https://goo.gl/forms/OlvsiZsuCVxbnb2z1
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Salam Neighbor Film screening and discussion
Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

Salam Neighbor Film screening and discussion

Join Veterans for American Ideals members and refugee advocates in this special screening of the incredible documentary "Salam Neighbor". We will have a Q&A Session (following the film) featuring local members of Veterans for American Ideals and other agencies, who will share some of their stories on the advocacy work they've done to support refugees. We'll have coffee and some snacks available - so stop on by and learn more about what you can do to help.
Read more. 

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Resistance Fair
Aug
26
10:00am10:00am

Resistance Fair

  • Holiday Inn and Suites Bolingbrook (map)
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Get involved. Get organized. Find a group & get to work. 

The goal of the Fair is to connect as many people as possible with local advocacy organizations for either volunteer opportunities or employment. We want to make it easy to get involved and stay involved in local issues and campaigns. 

Why should your organization be part of the Fair? It will connect you directly to potential volunteers and/or future hires who believe in progressive causes and want to get to work. By attending, your organization will be able to grow their grassroots support and build out your advocacy efforts. 

There is no cost to have a booth at the Fair or to attend it. We will have a donation jar should anyone want to help pay the costs of this event. We have space for 30 booths & will be first come, first served. Please reserve your spot by August 19th. This event will be updated with the organizations that are confirmed to be at the Fair. 

If you have any questions you can message this page, email WillCountyResistanceFair@gmail.com or call 630-519-3694.

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Peace/Restoration March
Aug
26
4:00pm 4:00pm

Peace/Restoration March

We have been working with Bronzeville community members to develop restorative justice practices and negotiate peace and healing with rival street tribes that are in to it with each other. To help stop the violence and bring the much needed resources to the community, we need everyone to come together and let our collective voices be heard! 

Join us if you want to increase the peace, heal families who've lost loved ones to gun violence and demand resources like economic revitalization, mental health care, literacy programs, child care, community centers and high paying jobs!

We will make stops on 47th street and close out at RonnieMan Park off 53rd and King drive.
#BlackLivesMatter
#BlackLoveMatters

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Solidarity Against White Supremacy
Aug
27
2:00pm 2:00pm

Solidarity Against White Supremacy

Sunday, August 27, join a coalition of Chicagoans saying NO to violent fascists and the political culture and figures that produce hate and inequality. We are answering a national call for solidarity actions around the country to stand with Bay Area activists who will be protesting far-right racists at Berkeley on August 27 and in San Francisco on August 26. 
Read more. 

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Family Meal Block Party Benefiting the Young Center!
Aug
28
6:00pm 6:00pm

Family Meal Block Party Benefiting the Young Center!

Rally your loved ones and your appetites and join us at this special gathering on Monday, August 28. All proceeds benefit the Young Center, so you can do good while eating great!

Feed your soul and your taste buds with the buffet-style smorgasbord created by chefs from Ruxbin ChicagoMott St Chicago, and Ada Street.Hopewell Brewing Company is on tap to serve refreshing beer, and Mott St’s cash bar will also be on deck to serve delectable cocktails.

The chefs are asking for a $25 donation at the door to support immigrant children, but in the spirit of inclusion no one will be turned away from a meal. The night will also include sweet tunes by Chicago DJ BrassTax, a live, interactive art wall, speakers from the Young Center and raffle prizes from the restaurants.

This event is the brainchild of Ruxbin and Mott St, with support from Ada St and Hopewell Brewing, inspired by Chicago’s diversity and culture. They hope to bring people together to empower the public through a message of unity. At this crucial time, when kids’ lives are at risk, come show your support for the Young Center and our work with immigrant kids.

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Healthcare is a Human Right Trivia Night:   Hosted by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action
Aug
29
6:00pm 6:00pm

Healthcare is a Human Right Trivia Night: Hosted by Planned Parenthood Illinois Action

Do you know when birth control became legal in the United States? Can you name your Illinois State Senator? Put your Reproductive Rights knowledge to the test during a trivia tournament hosted by the PPIA Future of Choice Committee.

The Future of Choice Committee invites you to a night of laughs, drinks, food, and trivia as we look toward the future and work to combat the anti-women's health rhetoric of the current administration. Now, more than ever, we must act to advance commonsense policies that protect reproductive health and rights. 

$40 per person
Includes 2 hours of unlimited Revolution beer and Appetizers
All proceeds benefit Planned Parenthood Illinois Action

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Rebel Rousing: A Labor of Love
Sep
2
9:00am 9:00am

Rebel Rousing: A Labor of Love

ATTENTION: REBELS!

Once again it is time to convene with the purpose of play and political banter! We could think of no better way to celebrate Labor Day weekend than with a good old fashioned Rebel Rousing. 

Worker's rights and decent pay have been in the foreground of the progressive conversation for....well, as long as I can remember. And the conversation has gotten more hostile and xenophobic than ever before. We have created the Rebel Rousing to remind people that no matter what they are hearing in the public sphere, they are not alone in their beliefs or their struggles.

Naturally, there will be dancing in the main studio with DJ Sakdadi (Henry Press), and Kira Elliott will be slinging your drinks behind the bar in the back studio near the food! We will also have massage therapists donating their time to spoil us with chair massage. There's even talk of a FIRE performance!! More details to come.

Drinks and food will be provided, but if you want to bring something to share, we won't stop you! All we ask is for a $10 (or more) donation at the door.

See you all there!

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Hope and Light: A Chicago Nerd Vigil Against White Supremacy
Sep
2
7:30pm 7:30pm

Hope and Light: A Chicago Nerd Vigil Against White Supremacy

  • 50 West Adams Street Chicago, IL, 60610 United States (map)
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Hope and Light:
A Chicago Nerd Vigil Against White Supremacy

"Rebellions are built on Hope" - Jyn Erso
"For a thousand generations the Jedis were a symbol of PEACE" - Obi-wan Kenobi

In a time of great darkness, we must be the light. We call upon all nerds to recognize the need to speak out against hate and to continue to accept more diversity into our communities. The nerd community denounces hate and white supremacy in all forms and stands together in light.
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Deputy Registrar Training - Lake County - Deerfield
Sep
5
6:00pm 6:00pm

Deputy Registrar Training - Lake County - Deerfield

Tenth Dems is sponsoring volunteers to participate in a training seminar in Lake County for residents who want to become Deputy Voter Registrars. The training session is conducted by the County Clerk's office, and once you complete the session you will officially be able to register others to vote.

There are certain requirements. You must be 18 years old and registered to vote in Lake County. Once you are trained to register voters in Lake County, you can register voters anywhere in Illinois. 

We must submit your name in advance. If you are interested, please use the form below, contact us at volunteers@tenthdems.org, or call us at 847-266-VOTE (8683).

Voting is our most basic right, and helping others to exercise that right is an important contribution to our community. We hope you can help.

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Nasty Women Chicago- An Evening of Art, Music & Culture
Sep
8
5:30pm 5:30pm

Nasty Women Chicago- An Evening of Art, Music & Culture

Nasty Women Chicago is an act of resistance. We stand in solidarity against misogyny, xenophobia, racism, ableism, anti-Muslim, Anti-LGBTQ, anti-Semitism, and anti-planet policies of the current administration. We assert our mission through our creative vision community events and voice.

Nasty Women Chicago invites community collaboration! By exhibiting and selling artwork through an open submissions process, we invite the public to join us in supporting choice, honoring women’s bodies, and defending women's rights.  Read more. 

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Medicaid Battle Award Ceremony Fundraiser
Sep
9
12:00pm12:00pm

Medicaid Battle Award Ceremony Fundraiser

On the day before the 27th anniversary, 250 disability rights advocates, both ADAPT members and allies, swarmed the atrium of the Hart Senate Office Building, chanting, as the Senators took up a motion to proceed. 64 activists, including Scott, were arrested. We needed three Republican Senators to stand up to their party. We got two. But two nights later, when they called for a vote on the bill, all 48 Democrats and 3 Republicans said no.

As the 27th anniversary of the A.D.A. dawned, our community's protections held – and they continue to hold. The opponents of Medicaid haven’t got a bill through the Senate yet.

"Keep the pressure on! They're not afraid of the Democrats in the Senate.They're afraid of you." -Illinois Senator Tammy Duckworth

WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT TO KEEP THIS PRESSURE UP.

Join us on September 9th at 12pm as we honor those that have fought, continue to fight, and will join our fight to protect Medicaid!

HONOREES INCLUDE:
Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
Protect Our Care Illinois
Arc of the United States/Arc of Illinois
Autistic Self Advocacy Network
[Others pending acceptance]

And...you'll find out about the Ed Hoffmans Awards!

Tickets are $30 employed, $10 unemployed, negotiable if necessary. 

To RSVP, contact 708-856-6437 (voice/text) or lifelibhap@gmail.com

SPONSORS:
Thank you to the following sponsors...
SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana
Access Living
If your organization would like to sponsor us, get in touch before September 9!

ACCESSIBILITY:
We will have ASL interpreters plus CART. There will also be personal assistants, and we are taking care to make the room free of fluorescent lighting. Written materials will be available in Braille and large print. Access Living is a SCENT FREE environment so leave your perfumes and colognes at home. Please give us a heads up if you need other disability accommodations. Thanks!

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Activist Expo
Sep
9
1:00pm 1:00pm

Activist Expo

  • DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This event is for people who want to get active but don't know how can check out the many grassroots groups to find which one is the right fit for them. This is open to any group from anywhere. They do not have to be political in nature. This is also open to political candidates. Any candidate that wants a booth is welcome. 

We are not charging for booths & we will not charge admission. There will be a donation bucket at the event. If you want a booth or your group would like to be added as a co-host please email FriendsWhoMarch@gmail.com.
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A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Sep
11
7:00pm 7:00pm

A Conversation with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

  • Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg speaks in conversation with Judge Ann Claire Williams of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear Justice Ginsburg, who has served on the nation’s highest court since 1993, discuss her life and career. Justice Ginsburg was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2015 and is the best-selling author of "My Own Words" (2016). This special event kicks off Roosevelt University’s 2017 American Dream Reconsidered conference, which focuses specifically on Law, Social Justice, and the American Dream.

Groups of 10 or more people are not currently available. Individual tickets go on sale on Friday, July 28 @ 10AM! Tickets are $35 and will go fast!

Right now, the only way to get tickets before they go on sale to the general public on July 28 is to purchase a subscription with the Auditorium and then add this evening onto your subscription. Subscribers save 20-30% on tickets and there’s something for everyone on our season! Please visitAuditoriumTheatre.org or call 312.341.2300 for more information and to order.

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POWER Institute - "Chicago 101" Fall 2017 Training
Sep
13
7:00pm 7:00pm

POWER Institute - "Chicago 101" Fall 2017 Training

  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The CivicLab has launched the POWER Institute (People Organizing to Win, Engage & Resist) to get you TRAINED to ORGANIZE and WIN a Chicago and a world that we all deserve and can propser in.

All attendees will get a copy of "Chicago Is Not Broke. Funding the City We Deserve."

Fall Session #1 - Wednesday, Septemkber 13 - 7-9pm - "Chicago 101" - What are the basics for preparing to organize and win in a city dominated by the Democratic Machine for 75 years? You will learn about the history of Chicago grassroots victories, how wards work, what aldermen are most vulnerable and much more! 

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HB40 Canvass with Rep D. Burke
Sep
16
10:00am10:00am

HB40 Canvass with Rep D. Burke

  • 4701 South Cicero Avenue Chicago, IL, 60632 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Reproductive rights are under attack! With the help of Representative Burke pro-choice volunteers, a coalition of pro-choice groups across the state was able to put enough pressure on State Legislators to pass HB40 in the house.

We have a major road block with Governor Rauner's threat of a veto. Rauner made a promise to protect women's reproductive rights and we need the people of Illinois demanding that promise is kept. Illinois women need volunteers going door to door urging pro-choice voters to tell Rauner to sign HB40. We will give you all of the information and materials you need to be a champion for choice in Illinois.. 

Can you join us? We will be meeting at the Starbucks at corner of 47th and Cicero Ave., Chicago. 

Sign up at www.passhb40.com or email Renee at rwsol82@gmail.com

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Election Integrity Conference 2017
Sep
16
to Oct 17

Election Integrity Conference 2017

  • 28600 Bella Vista Parkway Warrenville, IL, 60555 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Donald Trump warned of a 2016 rigged election. Was he right? In his 2016 article for ABC cyber security expert Richard Clarke states that all computer systems can be hacked whether they are in the private or the public sector. Former CIA Director James Woolsey warns that our computerized election systems are indeed vulnerable to malicious hacking.

This conference is designed to address these and other election system vulnerabilities. Conference participants will present a single-solution for our election system vulnerabilities.

Speakers include Mark Crispin Miller, Jonathan Simon and Bob Fitrakis.

More information is available at the Conference website, http://

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Nasty Women Oak Park Art Exhibition and Fundraiser (Event)
Sep
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Nasty Women Oak Park Art Exhibition and Fundraiser (Event)

Nasty Women Oak Park Art Exhibition is seeking submissions for its September 16th event. Subject of the work can be, but does not need to be, political in nature. All work that fit the submission guidelines will be accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Women (trans-inclusive) artists only please; men are encouraged to support and donate.

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Indivisible Chicago Social Get Together
Sep
17
1:00pm 1:00pm

Indivisible Chicago Social Get Together

  • Diez y Ocho on 18th street and Damen (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Please join us for September's social gathering at this Great Burger place in Pilsen. Diez Y Ocho does not take reservations so please be early or on time. They have a outside area that we can spread out. Carol and Eric Rodriguez will arrive early to hold a spot so do RSVP and it is BYOB. Hope you can make it. Here is a link to their menu

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Chicago Voter Deputy Registrar Training
Sep
18
6:00pm 6:00pm

Chicago Voter Deputy Registrar Training

*** YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED VOTER IN COOK COUNTY FOR THIS TRAINING ***

Please fill out this form by Thursday, September 14th, 2017. We must have your voter address to confirm your status at least 48 hours prior to the training. We require at least 20 people for the class to run.

Here is the form: https://goo.gl/forms/vaSuTr3fljGHW4X92

Date: Monday, September 18th, 2017
Personal Story Workshop: 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Deputy Registrar Training: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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Chicago Women Take Action General Meeting - September
Sep
19
6:00pm 6:00pm

Chicago Women Take Action General Meeting - September

Let's create a hotbed of creativity and progressive ideas right here in Chicago. What happens at our general meeting? What are we about? 

Learn more about CWTA; mission, goals, agenda at http://chicagowomentakeaction.com/ Follow us on Facebook and...
Twitter: @chicagowta
Instagram chicagowomentakeaction
Google + https://plus.google.com/+Chicagowomentakeaction

Agenda will be posted soon. 

We are meeting at:
Bar Louie, 47 West Polk at Dearborn, in the private dining room. 
Private dining room.
Street parking works & public parking lot behind train station is $8.00 for 2 hours.

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CampaignTech Chicago
Sep
21
8:00am 8:00am

CampaignTech Chicago

Putting the Spotlight on Digital in the 2018 Midterm Elections

Ahead of the hugely competitive 2018 midterm elections, CampaignTech Chicago is a one day conference focused on the technology, tools, digital strategy and tactics that will shape the most competitive races up and down the ballot.

Building on the biggest political campaign technology conference in the world, CampaignTech East (taking place this April 26-27 in Washington DC), CampaignTech Chicago will bring together the decision-makers, innovators, strategists and vendors who will shape digital campaiging in 2018 and beyond.

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Dolores - Chicago, IL screening: Sept. 22-28
Sep
22
7:00pm 7:00pm

Dolores - Chicago, IL screening: Sept. 22-28

  • Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

See the film, directed by Peter Bratt, about Dolores Huerta. She is among the most important, yet least known, activists in American history. An equal partner in co-founding the first farm workers unions with Cesar Chavez, her enormous contributions have gone largely unrecognized. Dolores tirelessly led the fight for racial and labor justice alongside Chavez, becoming one of the most defiant feminists of the twentieth century—and she continues the fight to this day, at 87. 

With intimate and unprecedented access to this intensely private mother to eleven, the film reveals the raw, personal stakes involved in committing one’s life to social change.

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Annual Conference for Illinois NOW
Sep
23
11:30am11:30am

Annual Conference for Illinois NOW

  • pin Hide Map Local History Collection : Peoria Public Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Highlights of the conference:
- Keynote address by newly elected National NOW President Toni Van Pelt
- Action at Rep. Darin LaHood's office - resisting and making our voices heard!
- ERA Workshop and panel
- Awards to local and state sheros, including Rep. Jehan Gordon-Booth and Rep. Kelly Cassidy
- Acknowledgement of Bonnie Grabenhofer, retiring National NOW Vice President
- Ilinois legislative report
- Setting the 2018 goals and agenda
- Elections for Illinois NOW board
- Complimentary included lunch
- Silent Auction

To register, send an email to illinoisnow@aol.com or call 217.898.3152.

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2nd Annual Chicago Young Feminist Conference
Oct
21
9:00am 9:00am

2nd Annual Chicago Young Feminist Conference

Join us for a FREE half-day conference for panel discussions and break-out sessions aimed at empowering young women to get smart, vocal, and active on the issues that matter most to them. 

Feminists of ALL ages are welcome and encouraged to attend! 

The exciting speaker line-up will be announced in the coming weeks! 

Register today! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2nd-annual-chicago-young-feminist-conference-tickets-35007157350

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Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates’ Women’s Forum
Oct
26
6:00pm 6:00pm

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates’ Women’s Forum

Join us for a panel discussion on issues important to women with the Democratic candidates for Governor of Illinois. Learn about each candidate's viewpoints, policy ideas, and past engagement on progressive issues such as equal pay, equal choice, and more.

She Votes Illinois is a newly formed political action committee aimed at highlighting the importance of women’s issues in elections. She Votes Illinois has teamed up with Indivisible Illinois and the Women's March Illinois for this inaugeral Women's Forum. 

We are a grassroots team of Illinois women who want to get the women of Illinois excited about, and engaged in, the upcoming election.

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Joe Biden: American Promise Tour
Dec
11
7:30pm 7:30pm

Joe Biden: American Promise Tour

Joe Biden has always believed that when given a chance, ordinary people can do extraordinary things. As a scrappy kid from Scranton who rose to the Office of Vice President, he is no exception. During his 45 years of public service, one of Biden’s greatest strengths has been his ability to bring people together, even in crisis, even across difficult divides, all the while, respecting everybody at the table. 

This fall, Vice President Biden will travel the nation for his American Promise Tour, a series of conversations that will go beyond the 24-hour news cycle and 140-character arguments to connect friends and neighbors around the topics that matter most. Biden will reveal the big political moments of his career, the life-altering choices he made, and the key traits that have helped him persevere through challenges. He will share how the loss of his son Beau tested his resolve, and how he is finding new purpose in a time of uncertainty.

Each ticket includes a copy of Joe Biden’s forthcoming memoir, Promise Me, Dad: A Year of Hope, Hardship, and Purpose (a $27 value, on sale November 14 from Flatiron Books).

**Tickets for the American Promise Tour go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 28 at 10 a.m. local time. Presales begin Tuesday, July 18 at 10 a.m. local time.

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Chicago Women Take Action General Meeting
Aug
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Chicago Women Take Action General Meeting

Let's create a hotbed of creativity and progressive ideas right here in Chicago. What happens at our general meeting? What are we about? 

Learn more about CWTA; mission, goals, agenda at http://chicagowomentakeaction.com/ Follow us on Facebook and...
Twitter: @chicagowta
Instagram chicagowomentakeaction
Google + https://plus.google.com/+Chicagowomentakeaction

Agenda will be posted soon. 

We are meeting at:
Bar Louie, 47 West Polk at Dearborn, in the private dining room. 
Private dining room.
Street parking works & public parking lot behind train station is $8.00 for 2 hours.

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Families Against Racism March
Aug
19
3:00pm 3:00pm

Families Against Racism March

  • 6150 North Caldwell Avenue Chicago, IL, 60646 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Unity in Community Northwest Invites You To…
Families Showing Up Against Racism and For Racial Diversity Neighborhood Parades

Join your neighbors on Saturday, August 19 at 3 PM (Edgebrook) and at 4:30 PM (Sauganash) for our first two Families Showing Up Against Racism and For Racial Diversity Neighborhood Parades. The parades are family friendly and for all ages - kids, teens, young adults and seniors alike. 
Read more. 

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Reproductive Rights Training for Men
Aug
19
2:30pm 2:30pm

Reproductive Rights Training for Men

In Partnership with Personal Pac, Men4Choice, Personal Pac, and Future Voices, #OFAfellows brings you #CallBS Reproductive Rights Training for Men.

Women's reproductive freedom is under attack in Illinois and nationwide. For too long men have stood on the sidelines passively while those most affected by these attacks have suffered the consequences of this injustice. The time has come for men to step up and stand behind the women leading this fight. The time has come for men to call out these laws. The time has come for men to #CallBS. Join us to find out how to be a partner in the fight.

All are welcome for an in-depth workshop advocating for choice and women's health. We encourage participants to bring a partner or a friend.

Training and breakouts will include
Understanding the law (Roe v Wade and rulings that have eroded it)
The current state of reproductive freedom (State and National)
How to be a partner/ally in the fight
Why we have to win in IL, the oasis of the MidWest
Networking with local groups to be an ally in the fight for #HB40

Space is extremely limited. Get signed up at http://bit.ly/CALLBS today. If you are bringing a partner, both must sign up separately.

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Back to school Garden game day for children and teens! · Hosted by Black Lives Matter Chicago, BYP 100, Our Story Chi, Black Youth Project
Aug
19
1:00pm 1:00pm

Back to school Garden game day for children and teens! · Hosted by Black Lives Matter Chicago, BYP 100, Our Story Chi, Black Youth Project

BLMCHI is hosting a safe and fun game day in the garden for children and teens!

We are asking that you bring school supplies and toy donations for the youth in the surounding community.

It's a free event for the neighborhood.
There will be light snacks and refreshments.
Jump ropes
Board games
Life size chest
Side walk chalk
Live music and poetry
Bring your family for and day of fun and uplifting the community!

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R3 Against White Supremacy · Hosted by Resist Reimagine Rebuild Chicago
Aug
19
12:00pm12:00pm

R3 Against White Supremacy · Hosted by Resist Reimagine Rebuild Chicago

  • 636 West 35th Street Chicago, IL, 60616 United States (map)
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Charlottesville Is a Call to Renewed Action Against Racism and Neo-Fascism. We are outraged and deeply saddened by the rampage of racist terror and violence that was rained down upon the people of Charlottesville this past weekend. The murder of Heather Heyer, the vicious beating of De’Andre Harris and the injuries suffered by dozens more are the bitter harvest of a season of racial hatred seeded by the President of the United States himself. We understand that the threat extends beyond Charlottesville.

Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. Coalition. (R3) will join The Majority and the National Movement for Black Lives in a Day of Action on August 19, 2017 at Stephen Douglas's Tomb, 636 E. 35th Street, Chicago, IL. Stephen Douglas was at 19th century Illinois politician and slaveholder who donated land to help establish the University of Chicago. Organizers have been demanding that the university develop a reparations plan in response. 

The R3 Coalition in Chicago is an anti-racist group of 32 progressive organizations and labor unions determined to push back, on the local and state level against a right wing agenda that threatens our values, our communities and our lives.

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Midwest Regional Conference
Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

Midwest Regional Conference

Whether you’ve marched in the streets with us, come to meetings, or you’re just getting involved, come to this one-day conference to dig into the mission of Refuse Fascism and make concrete plans to mobilize to drive out this fascist regime! We will be welcoming activists from Detroit, Cleveland, and around the Midwest. More details coming soon.

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A Bike Ride for Peace #2
Aug
19
9:00am 9:00am

A Bike Ride for Peace #2

Missed our last Ride for Peace? Join us for the 2nd installment of this wonderful FREE COMMUNITY EVENT! 

BUILD will partner up with Slow Roll Chicago for a bike ride for peace on Saturday, August 19, 2017 starting at 9:00am! We will ride for peace during this 8 mile event throughout parts of the Austin Community. We will meet at BUILD Headquarters and prepare for our peace ride at 9am and start the ride at 10am. ALL ages welcomed - Bring your bike to ride or you may receive a bike rental at no cost (limited supply) - All riders must register and registering early is encouraged to secure a free bike rental.

Slow Roll Chicago and BUILD Chicago are joining their respective missions in order to promote peace in the Austin community and all communities in Chicago. We hope you can join us!

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Third Friday - Woman as Warrior
Aug
18
7:00pm 7:00pm

Third Friday - Woman as Warrior

Zhou B Art Center announces the opening date of group exhibition "Woman as Warrior" as Friday, Aug 18th, 2017, with an opening reception from 7 to 10pm. Curated by Didi Menendez and Sergio Gomez, the exhibition will be on view at Zhou B Art Center till Oct 13th, 2017. The exhibition features 39 artists and 4 poets, and celebrates female empowerment.
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#IncreaseThePeace Vigil: Ni Uno Mas
Aug
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

#IncreaseThePeace Vigil: Ni Uno Mas

  • 1824 South Wood Street Chicago, IL, 60608 United States (map)
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Dear Pilsen Community Members, 
Recent shootings have caused an immense spread of fear for the safety of residents. Parents and grandparents have expressed that they do not feel safe even walking to the park because their loved ones or themselves may be shot. Fear has not only spread into our streets, but into our homes. Therefore, it is our duty to our families, friends, and community to come together and take action. All Pilsen residents are encouraged to come to this vigil to pay respect to those that have been affected by the recent gun violence, and work to bring peace to each other and our hood. 

We hope to see you there.

Los recientes tiroteos han causado una inmensa extensión de temor por la seguridad de los residentes. Los padres y abuelos han expresado que no se sienten seguros ni siquiera caminando al parque porque sus seres queridos o ellos mismos pueden ser fusilados. El miedo no sólo se ha extendido a nuestras calles, sino a nuestros hogares. Por lo tanto, es nuestro deber a nuestras familias, amigos y comunidad reunirse y tomar medidas. Se anima a todos los residentes de Pilsen a venir a esta vigilia para pagar el respeto a aquellos que han sido afectados por la reciente violencia con armas de fuego, y trabajar para traer la paz a los demás y nuestra capilla.

Esperamos verte ahí.

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Author Reading: Invisible No More by Andrea J. Ritchie
Aug
17
7:30pm 7:30pm

Author Reading: Invisible No More by Andrea J. Ritchie

Please join us for a free reading, Q&A, and book-signing with author Andrea J. Ritchie for her new book, INVISIBLE NO MORE: POLICE VIOLENCE AGAINST BLACK WOMEN AND WOMEN OF COLOR. 

Invisible No More is a timely examination of how black women, Indigenous women, and women of color experience racial profiling, police brutality, and immigration enforcement. Placing stories of individual women--such as Sandra Bland, Rekia Boyd, Dajerria Becton, Monica Jones, and Mya Hal--in the broader context of the twin epidemics of police violence and mass incarceration, it documents the evolution of movements centering women's experiences of policing and demands a radical rethinking of our visions of safety--and the means we devote to achieving it. 

Andrea J. Ritchie is a Black lesbian immigrant and police-misconduct attorney, and a 2014 Senior Soros Justice Fellow, with more than two decades of experience advocating against police violence and the criminalization of women and LGBTQ people of color. She is currently Researcher-in-Residence on Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Criminalization at the Barnard Center for Research on Women and the coauthor of Say Her Name: Resisting Police Brutality Against Black Women and Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and Chicago.

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Postcard Party for HB40: Protect the Right to Choose in Illinois
Aug
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Postcard Party for HB40: Protect the Right to Choose in Illinois

The amazing team at R Public House have allowed me to host a weekly postcard party Thursdays for the rest of August. Come by, have a pint, grab a bite, and write Governor Rauner to ensure he signs HB40 into law. 

What is HB40? 
HB40 is a bill passed by the Illinois House and Senate affirming that Ilinois will not go back to the pre-Roe days of illegal abortion, even if Roe v Wade is overturned. Read the ACLU of Illinois's fact-sheet on HB40 here:http://bit.ly/2jz29Un

"President Trump and his anti-choice cabal—including recently-appointed anti-choice Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch—are working night and day to overturn Roe v. Wade and take reproductive freedom away from American women. If they’re successful, things will be especially bad in Illinois.

"Illinois has a 'trigger' law that could criminalize abortion in the event that Roe v. Wade is overturned, known as the Illinois Abortion Trigger Law. Pro-choice advocates around the state are coming together to support legislation called HB40, which would repeal the awful Illinois Abortion Trigger Law. HB40 will ensure that reproductive freedom is secure in Illinois—no matter what Donald Trump and his anti-choice allies do in Washington!"

More info at: www.passhb40.com

We'll have information on how to stay involved with Planned Parenthood news and activism, plenty of postcards, and delicious beers on draft. Hope to see you there!

Thursday, August 10th: 6-9pm
Thursday, August 17th: 6-9pm
Thursday, August 24th: 6-9pm

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Deputy Voter Registrar Training - Chicago
Aug
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Deputy Voter Registrar Training - Chicago

*** YOU MUST BE A REGISTERED VOTER IN COOK COUNTY FOR THIS TRAINING ***

Please fill out this form by Monday, August 14th, 2017. We must have your voter address to confirm your status at least 48 hours prior to the training. We require at least 20 people for the class to run.

Fill out form here: https://goo.gl/forms/ZrHTPTlX9SaQhiPo2

Date: Thursday August 17th, 2017
Personal Story Workshop: 6:00PM - 7:00PM
Deputy Registrar Training: 7:00PM - 8:00PM
Location: Conrad Sulzer Regional Library
4455 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60625

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Canvass at Argyle Night Market
Aug
17
5:00pm 5:00pm

Canvass at Argyle Night Market

Join us to talk to attendees at the Argyle Night Market. We'll meet up at the Argyle Red Line stop at 5pm to get materials and go over the basics of canvassing. Then, we'll hit the streets to talk to as many people as we can about Ameya. Afterwards, feel free to enjoy the festival with your fellow volunteers!

Note: Ameya Pawar will not be present at this event, but we hope that you can join us to help get the word out about our people powered campaign.

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 Democrats Day Brunch at IL State Fair
Aug
17
8:30am 8:30am

Democrats Day Brunch at IL State Fair

"Democrats Day" at the Illinois State Fair kicks off with a Democrats Brunch at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Sign up to sit at one of the Democratic Party of DuPage County's tables. The overall event typically hosts 1,500 attendees, including a significant number of elected officials. This brunch is a wonderful opportunity to feel the energy of the Democratic Party in Illinois, hear inspiring speakers, and get to know other Democrats throughout our state.

To secure your spot, please call DPDC Chairman Bob Peickert at 630-421-2405, ASAP. Tickets are $50 per person. Transportation is the responsibility of each individual attendee. Read more

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Drinks & Discourse: No Human Being is Illegal
Aug
16
7:30pm 7:30pm

Drinks & Discourse: No Human Being is Illegal

Join us this month for a panel discussion on Immigration in Chicago. The discussion is meant to move the conversation past the terrifying and reactionary news cycle and into real people’s experiences with immigration and real vision for what a just world could be. 

Full list of panelist TBA shortly.

“Our fights must be rooted in experiences, in stories, and in anecdotes. People remember these more than sterile numbers or facts. Myths are powerful magic and can turn enemies into friends. In a world where too many still tell stories that some are illegal and that to be free we must control the movement of others, the work of making new myths is essential.” - Syed Hussan

We will leave plenty of time after for the traditional Drinks and Discourse: an informal space where we can get together face to face (irl) to hang out, drink, and discuss politics. 

As usual, most of the space will be for just hanging out, finding common ground, sharing experiences, and uniting the community.

Co-hosted by Chicago Progress and Reclaim Chicago North Chapter

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Portage Park Says No to Racism and Hate
Aug
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Portage Park Says No to Racism and Hate

  • 4200 North Long Avenue Chicago, IL, 60641 United States (map)
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In the wake of the white supremacist and neo-Nazi "Unite the Right" terrorist violence in Charlottesville, Va., Portage Park area neighbors will hold a vigil and speak out against racism, white supremacy and hate. An injury to one is an injury to all. Bring signs, candles, sidewalk chalk. We'll meet at the southwest corner of Long and Berteau.

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Activism: Sierrra Club Chicago & Citizens Climate Lobby
Aug
16
7:00pm 7:00pm

Activism: Sierrra Club Chicago & Citizens Climate Lobby

For the August edition of our Activism Series, we are proud to welcome Sierra Club Chicago and Citizens’ Climate Lobby. 

Representatives from the Chicago chapter of the national environmental group Sierra Club will be discussing their "Ready For 100%" Clean Energy Campaign. Sierra Club Chicago is currently collecting bottled water for East Chicago, which is facing a water crisis similar to the one in Flint, Michigan. The goal is to collect 10,000 bottles of water by the end of July. You can learn more at ChicagoIsReadyFor100.com. Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter at @SierraChicago and @SierraClubIL. 

Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots organization focused on enacting national legislation on climate change. With more than 60,000 volunteers nationwide, they’ve met with virtually every member of Congress. Currently, they are going neighborhood to neighborhood to create the political will necessary for change. Learn about the policy they want to enact and how you can participate at https://citizensclimatelobby.org/

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NoBanNoWall: Alternative Fact & Resistance Practice Panel
Aug
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

NoBanNoWall: Alternative Fact & Resistance Practice Panel

#NoBanNoWall: Alternative Fact & Resistance Practice Panel, with Larycia Hawkins

In the context of ALTERNATIVE FACTS, how do we RESIST systems, policies and governments that employ the same tactics of exclusion as INCARCERATION and JIM CROW against marginalized and minority bodies at the intersection of ART and ACTIVISM? Former Wheaton College professor Dr. Larycia Hawkins, subject of The New York Times Magazinestory: “The Professor Wore a Hijab in Solidarity - Then Lost Her Job,” offers a public talk and leads a panel discussion on solidarity with Muslim Americans. Panelists include Khadine Bennett, Director of Advocacy and Intergovernmental Affairs with the ACLU of Illinois, Fred Tsao, Senior Policy Counsel at the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and Sadia Nawab, Youth & Arts Manager at the Inner-City Muslim Action Network (IMAN). Featuring performance by Azhar Usman.

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Standing In Solidarity With Charlottesville
Aug
15
7:00pm 7:00pm

Standing In Solidarity With Charlottesville

  • Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist (map)
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We will come together in love and community to stand in solidarity with Charlottesville. Join us for a casual potluck, including readings, conversation and fellowship. There will also be supplies to write letters and make signs/posters to display around the church building to serve as a visual reminder that we are dedicated to resisting hate and responding in love.

Feel free to bring a dish to pass if you'd like (not required!), as well as any supplies for making signs and posters (markers, crayons, etc.).

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Chi Hack Night - Fighting Gerrymandering 2020
Aug
15
to Aug 16

Chi Hack Night - Fighting Gerrymandering 2020

Every ten years, everyone in the US is counted by the Census, and our congressional districts get redrawn. In 2020 it will be different: manipulating the district maps, known as gerrymandering, is now done with algorithms and “big data” collected on every voter. A recent study by the The University of Chicago Law Review concluded that “the severity of today’s gerrymandering is … unprecedented in modern times.”

Web developer, mapmaker, and former Code for America fellow Nick Doiron returns to Chi Hack Night from Gerrymandering Summer School by the Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group (yes, this is a real thing), to share how mappers and technologists can help measure and challenge unfair election maps.

This talk will cover :

  • what gerrymandering is, and how it works today
  • why we probably can’t draw districts with one, unbiased algorithm
  • open source maps and metrics that Metric Geometry and Gerrymandering Group is developing

ASL This event will have an American Sign Language interpreter.

Food
Food and drinks will be provided. We encourage attendees to bring their own water bottles to reduce waste.

Civic hacking
After the presentation, we will break out into learning and working groups until 9:30pm.

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Democratic Gubernatorial Forum
Aug
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

Democratic Gubernatorial Forum

It's time we have a Governor who is really on our side. A Governor that understands that people - here in the 10th Ward and throughout our state - work hard and aren't looking for a short cut or special deal, but only want a fair shot at helping their families succeed. 

That's why I am sponsoring a "10th Ward Town Hall Forum" with the major Democratic candidates for Governor in the 2018 election.

You'll hear the candidates present their views and ideas about job creation, education, taxes and more. 

Please plan on attending the Town Hall on August 15th. The stakes are too high for you to stay home. 

Susan Sadlowski Garza

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Democracy Under Attack: Rally in support of Charlottesville, VA
Aug
15
5:00pm 5:00pm

Democracy Under Attack: Rally in support of Charlottesville, VA

The murder and attempted murder of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville, VA by armed thugs marching under the banners of openly white supremacist anti-Semitic and homophobic organizations is not an isolated incident. This assault was organized by the neo-fascist forces of the United States who are seeking to become the Storm Troopers of the Alt Right and Donald Trump. The fact that the President of the United States could not find the words to condemn these groups and their actions only confirms that he is in on the plan, the leader of the conspiracy. 
Read more. 

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No nazis in chicago, no nazis anywhere
Aug
15
2:00pm 2:00pm

No nazis in chicago, no nazis anywhere

  • Circuit Court Of Cook County, Belmont & Western (map)
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As the country reels from the violent and deadly attacks carried out by white supremacists and fascists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Chicagoans are grappling with violent white supremacists closer to home. Tom Christensen, a 34-year-old Humboldt park resident, is a well-known white supremacist affiliated with the neo-nazi organization Volksfront International, the neo-Nazi website Stormfront and the alt-right organization the Proud Boys. 

On July 29, he attacked a person of color wearing a left-wing t-shirt outside Wicker Park. 

Read more. 

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Defend DACA Press Conference
Aug
15
10:00am10:00am

Defend DACA Press Conference

  • 101 West Congress Parkway Chicago, IL, 60605 United States (map)
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Tuesday, August 15th is the 5th Anniversary of DACA implementatio. Join us that morning for a press conference to defend DACA and reject immigration enforcement that criminalizes our communities and separates families. 

When: Tuesday, August 15th
Where: In front of ICE (101 . Congress)
Time: 10am

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Community Open Dialog
Aug
14
7:00pm 7:00pm

Community Open Dialog

URGENT CALL FOR ACTION
Speak up! this is not the time to be quite and shy away. 
The latest violence in Charlottesville left all of us shellshocked and sad. 
Pem Hessing Dima Ali would like to invite you to a community open dialogue to talk more about this subject not as white, brown or black, rather, as friends and big family. In a sad time like this we need each other.
Changing your Facebook profile to "Pry for Charlottesville" is not enough... Speak up. 


**Lively Athletic kindly donated their place to host, many thanks.

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