Upcoming Events: Week of April 29, 2013

Posted on April 28, 2013

Now through May 15
Apply to be part of Project NIA’s Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective for Summer 2013
WHEN: Now through May 15
WHERE: Online @ http://bit.ly/11Qd6zh
DESCRIPTION: The Chicago Prison Industrial Complex (PIC) Teaching Collective is seeking participants for an in-depth training and volunteer program during the summer of 2013. After attending a series of 8 workshops and participating in a volunteer internship, interested individuals are invited to apply to join the collective. The training aims to recruit and train new volunteers to support organizing against mass incarceration, either through our collective or through other organizations. 

Protest at Boeing: Annual Stockholders’ Meeting
April 29, 9:30a
Field Museum, South Entrance
Join the Anti-War Committee (AWC) of Chicago to oppose Boeing CEO James McNerney’s plan to make the next combat drone for the US military. Boeing is competing with the other top arms manufacturers for the growing budget for unmanned aircraft for the military. This year, the Navy is asking for designs for a new combat drone. Boeing is expected to propose its “Phantom Ray.” Boeing’s stockholders meeting will take place at the Field Museum on Monday, April 29th. Members of the AWC, including Sarah Simmons and Newland Smith, have purchased Boeing stock and will hold a press conference at the Field Museum to condemn the plans for the new killer drone. 

May Day: Solidarity Speak Out
WHEN: May 1, 12:45p
WHERE: Union Park, Randolph and Ashland
DESCRIPTION: This May Day, Occupy Chicago asks supporters: Who does the American government work for? Occupy Chicago calls on our brothers and sisters throughout the city to join us on May 1st to stand up against the assaults on the 99%. At 12:45pm on May 1st we will gather at Union Park, Randolph and Ashland. At 1:00pm sharp we will engage in a lively speak-out on the issues affecting us all: austerity, debt, joblessness, foreclosures, endless war, gun violence, climate change, the war on drugs, school closings, the two-tiered justice system, deportations, etc. All are free to speak their minds! Then at 2:00pm, we will join in solidarity with the International Workers Day March for Immigration Reform. The march ends at Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Jackson.

Chicago Palestine Film Festival
WHEN: Thursday May, 2
WHERE: Various locations
DESCRIPTION: The Chicago Palestine Film Festival (CPFF) is an independent, not-for-profit, non-sectarian project based in Chicago that exhibits and promotes films by Palestinian directors and films about Palestine. CPFF is dedicated to presenting a film festival that is open, critical, and reflective of the culture, experience and vision of the filmmakers. CPFF is a project of the Middle East Cultural and Charitable Society.

Chicago Community Action Day
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 10:00a
WHERE: University Center Conference Chicago, 525 S. State Street, 2nd Floor
DESCRIPTION:  The Allstarts Project of Chicago is partnering with other frontline community organizations to organize hundreds of volunteers to go out together into the hardest hit communities to talk one on one, person to person with fellow Chicagoans. The Community Action Day teams will have a survey designed to spark thoughtful conversation, as well as information bout youth development programs and organizations committed to creating positive change.

The Englewood TIF Exposed! A Town Meeting To Review The Englewood Neighborhood TIF
WHEN: Saturday, May 4, 9:30a — 12:00p
WHERE: Kelly Public Library, 6151 S. Normal Blvd.
DESCRIPTION: The Englewood Neighborhood TIF was created in 2001 and will go to 2025. It has already extracted $44 million in property taxes from the property owners inside the district! Presenter: Tom Tresser, TIF Illumnination Project (http://www.tifreprts.com/), a work of the CivicLab (http://www.civiclab.us/)


Beneath the Blindfold Screening
WHEN:  Thursday, May 9, 7:30p
Wellington Avenue United Church for Christ
DESCRIPTION: Co-presented by Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Percolator Films, and Human Rights Watch Chicago. Where are the voices of torture survivors? In a time when fictionalized accounts in Hollywood films like Zero Dark Thirty dominate the public’s understanding of torture, Beneath the Blindfold reveals the reality of life after torture. Four survivors from around the globe face the psychological and physical fallout from their experience, while going through the daunting steps of building new lives, careers, and relationships. Beneath the Blindfold takes an unflinching look at the consequences of torture through the eyes of survivors while celebrating their ability to regain agency and hope. Produced by Chicago filmmakers Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer, the documentary recently screened on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and their staff.

Red Squad Symposium
WHEN: June 1, 9:00a — 3:00p
WHERE: Chicago History Museum
DESCRIPTION: Over much of the 20th century, Chicago’s Police Surveillance Unit monitored “subversives” and stored what it discovered in its Red Squad records. These days, the Chicago History Museum holds that material as part of a special archive. Attorney Richard Gutman, who helped lead the legal fight against the Red Squad, will be a featured speaker. Cost: $30, $20 members; includes lunch. Purchase tickets here.

Tribute: A Brunch with Stan Willis
WHEN: June 22, 11:30a – 2:30p
WHERE: Small Business Center, Amberg Hall, 1140 N. Lamon Ave., Chicago
DESCRIPTION: Save the date!  Join CCDBR in honoring Stan Willis on June 22 from 11:30 – 2:30. Brunch, followed by program. For information/reservations, call: Brenetta Howell Barrett (312.733.9692) or Bob Clarke (773.281.5164), or email Bob Clarke, Shango1@aol.com.