168-1 Politics

Make Illinois Tuition-Free

State Representative Will Guzzardi has announced a grassroots campaign to waive the cost of in-state public college for Illinois residents. You can find out more (including a kick-off rally at the UIC Forum on October 7) and sign an online petition in support if you CLICK HERE.

Tenants’ Bill of Rights

It’s an obscure bit of history, largely forgotten, but Chicago DSA was instrumental in getting Harold Washington elected Mayor of Chicago, and that eventually made possible the passage of the historic Tenants’ Bill of Rights ordinance, which Chicago DSA was also very much involved in facilitating. (The Metropolitan Tenants Organization’s annual Ralph Scott award is named after a Chicago DSA activist.) Now Alderman Brendan Reilly (42nd) is proposing a small amendment to the ordinance that would seriously undermine tenant protection. Curtis Black writes about it HERE.

ISDS

In a parallel legal universe where privileged corporations make their executives immune from criminal prosecution, bleed small nations dry and scare the bejezuz out of the large… It’s not Hollywood horror but the Investor State Dispute Settlement mechanism that is a standard feature of most “free trade” agreements, including the pending Trans Pacific Partnership. Chris Hamby has a series of articles at Buzzfeed that are very worthwhile reading. It’s not a court system, really; it’s a gold mine:

Solidarity

More than 50 delegates from trade unions representing Mondelēz International workers around the world gathered in Chicago on September 20- 21 at a Global Summit to address the rampant and calculated destruction of jobs by Mondelēz, whose global subsidiaries include Nabisco, Cadbury, LU and Milka. MORE.

Chicago teachers voted (90.6% turn-out) to authorize a strike (95.6% in favor). MORE. Find out how you can help HERE.

Dr. David Gill

Dr. Gill thought he had more than enough signatures to be on the ballot as an independent in the 13th Congressional District, but the Illinois’ election board disagreed. He appealed. The court put him back on. The appeal was appealed. The appellate court took him off. Dr. Gill appealed to the Supreme Court. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear the case. The Peoria Journal-Star was among those seriously irritated by this.

Why is Puerto Rican Oscar López Still a Political Prisoner?

At Democratic Left, Margaret Power begins the story by explaining:

Oscar López Rivera is the longest-held Puerto Rican political prisoner in U.S. history. He has now served 35 years in U.S. federal prisons, including 12 in solitary confinement. The movement calling for his release has intensified, broadened and strengthened in the last few years. For example, on June 20, 2016, solidarity events with Oscar López took place on all six continents, and in 39 countries, including Chile, Cuba, Eritrea, France, Kenya, Mauritius, Mexico, Syria, Switzerland and Venezuela. In addition, five Nobel prize winners, Archbishop Desmond Tutu (South Africa); Jose Ramos-Horta (East Timor), Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (Argentina), Jodi Williams (United States) and Mairead Corrigan Maguire (Ireland) took part that day in actions urging President Obama to release López. Who is Oscar and why is he still imprisoned? Why is the movement for his freedom growing, and how does it relate to the current economic crisis in Puerto Rico?

MORE.

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