WHY DO THESE GRAPHICS ALWAYS LEAVE CHICAGO WHY
WHERE IS OUR FUCKING SKYLINE
WHERE I ASK
THIS POST WILL BE IN ALL CAPS FYI I DONT EVEN CARE
WE MET SABZI ON THE WAY TO CLARKES
WE WOUND UP SECOND ROW
THERE WERE EXCESSIVE AMOUNTS OF WHITE PEOPLE
BLUE SCHOLARS WAS SICK FROM BEGINNING TO END
GEO GRABBED CARLAS HAND A LOT AND COMPLIMENTED BRANDON’S SEATTLE SONICS HAT THAT SHE WAS WEARING
HE PULLED HER UP ON STAGE AND SHE DANCED ON STAGE
SHE RAPPED LOYALTY INTO THE MIC
GEO CAME OUT INTO THE CROWD
WE RAPPED A FEW LINES FROM “NO REST FOR THE WEARY” TOGETHER
HE PUT HIS ARM AROUND ME
I BOUGHT A SICK TOWN ALL DAY SWEATER THAT THEY BOTH SIGNED AND THAT WILL PROBABLY ONLY BE HAND WASHED IF I SO DARE TO EVEN WASH IT
SABZI ASKED HOW OUR FOOD WAS BEFORE THE SHOW
GEO ASKED FOR PROOF THAT MY NAME IS ANNA KARINA SO I SHOWED HIM MY PASSPORT AND HE TOOK A PICTURE OF IT AND I’M THE FIRST AND ONLY ONE HE’S EVER MET
UM GEO HAS A PICTURE OF MY PASSPORT
WE TOOK A PICTURE LOOKING TOUGH
SABZI DID NOT LOOK TOUGH
just found out recently that a black & white pic i took of John Vietnam is being used in both an upcoming Connect Force zine and a mural dedicated to him in Uptown!
here’s the image, which also happens to be one of my favorite shots i’ve ever taken:
i gave these pictures to his family after his sister told me that she wasn’t able to make a lot of his performances, simply so they could have them to remember him by. i definitely was not expecting anyone to use it for anything aside from sharing it with the Facebook event page or something. i’m so unbelievably honored to have been able to make a contribution to a mural honoring such a talented, kind hearted artist, activist, and individual.
while i can take credit for pushing the button, the true beauty of the photo is really John himself. both times i photographed him performing, the passion emanating from him made my job very easy.
Ermahgerddd, Metric at the Vic last night was amazing!!! Thanks for bringing me @chicanahanna!
Idgaf what people say, I’m glad Joe Moreno is trying to block that shit from the 1st ward.
Filipinos join massive protest against NATO in Chicago; demand for US troops of out the Philippines
Over 230 Filipinos from across the US and the Philippines joined over 15,000 more last Sunday in downtown Chicago to march in protest against the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Summit taking place just blocks away in McCormick Place. It was the largest outdoor anti-war demonstration in the US in years.
The Filipino contingent was led by BAYAN USA, a US-wide alliance of 18 Filipino social justice organizations and a founding member of the Coalition Against the NATO & G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8), the main organizer of last Sunday’s demonstration against NATO. Founded in 2005, BAYAN USA is the oldest and largest overseas chapter of BAYAN Philippines.
BAYAN USA joined the ranks of the 500+ marching contingent of the US chapter of the International League of Peoples Struggle (ILPS-US), which included Palestinians and Puerto Ricans projecting the role of national liberation struggles as key in the fight against the US-NATO agenda.
“Filipinos are here today because the US-NATO agenda seeks to intensify militarization in the Asia-Pacific region,” stated Bernadette Ellorin of BAYAN USA at the opening noon rally in Grant Park. “As I speak, the US is sending drones, nuclear warships, nuclear submarines, and more US troops to engage in military exercises in the South China Sea. They say this is to contain the threat of China, but that is a distortion.”
Ellorin spoke of the worsening global economic crisis driving US-NATO powers to secure critical economic investments in the Asia-Pacific region, where the US export position accounts for approximately $1 trillion of the US economy. Therefore, the US-NATO military pivot to Asia is to enforce a new free-trade agreement– the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA)– that would ensure US economic dominance in the region.
Responding to the recent high-level talks in Washington DC between US Secretary Hilary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario and Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin regarding the Philippines strategic role in the US military shift to the Asia-Pacific region, BAYAN USA also participated in a speaking panel on US bases one week prior at the People’s Summit, presenting the social impact of over 114 years of US military presence in the country.
Since its founding in 2005, BAYAN USA has campaigned consistently against continuing US militarization in the Philippines, including cutting US military aid to the country. It has worked in alliance with Philippine and US-based human rights organizations in drawing clear links between increased US military presence and increased human rights abuses in the country.
In 2009, BAYAN USA founding member Melissa Roxas was abducted by elements of the Philippine military while on a medical mission in a rural community in Tarlac, Central Luzon and subjected to 6 days of blindfolded secret detention and torture before surfacing. BAYAN USA spearheaded the Justice for Melissa Roxas campaign and continues to fight for justice.
Rekia Boyd, a 22-year old woman, died in the hospital yesterday after she was shot by an (off-duty) Chicago police officer. She was UNARMED.
What does it mean when a story of racist…
The six undocumented organizers who were arrested last August 17, 2011 were found ‘not guilty’ of all charges. Nadia Sol Ireri Unzueta Carrasco (24), Fanny Lopez-Martinez (22), Jorge Mena (24), Arianna Salgado (19), and Carla Navoa (22) were facing State and City charges of blocking traffic, mob action, and reckless conduct. Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas declared that the prosecutors had not met their burden of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, and that therefore the protesters were found not guilty of all charges…
“I’m glad that we tested the system, as undocumented youth, and found community support,” said Jorge Mena, a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an organizer with the Immigrant Youth Justice League. “However, Secure Communities is still being enforced and we need to continue bringing attention to how it is putting people into deportation proceedings and tearing families apart,” he added.
Attention Chicagoans and those in IL!
THIS Saturday is the annual National Undocumented, Unapologetic, & Unafraid Coming out of the Shadows rally in downtown Chicago at Daley Plaza at 1 p.m.
All are invited to listen to the testimonies of undocumented individuals share their experiences, as well as be an active participant in supporting the undocumented community as allies!
Now to the next order of business….
I was delighted to go to an open info session put on by the Latin@ Youth Action League (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lyal-Latin-Youth-Action-League/157145084349109?ref=ts) at a northwest suburban community college yesterday. It it is especially important to acknowledge the fact that outside of Chicago proper, there ARE undocumented individuals and families who have less access to information about the undocumented & unafraid community! Furthermore, the white suburbs are HELLA RACIST and you see less organizations supported out there that function to help the immigrant population! This is why the Latin@ Youth ACtion League and Nuestra Voz are especially significant!!!
Here is a list of information that has been compiled (I don’t know if it was ICIRR, IYJL, or L@YAL so pls forgive!) as resources for undocumented youth!!! Please pass this on!!
This is Illinois Specific as it pays special attention to Illinois’ House Bill 60 (HB60), passed in 2003, that gives undocumented students who live in Illinois the opportunity to pay in-state tuition at state universities if they meet certain requirements.
Requirements to qualify for HB 60
- Student has resided in Illinois with his/her parent or guardian while attending public or private high school
- Student has graduated from an Illinois public or private high school or received a GED from an accredited institution
- Student has attended an Illinois high school for at least 3 years
- Student has registered to enter the university no earlier than the Fall 2003 semester
- Student provides the university with an affidavit stating that he/she will file an application to become a permanent resident of the U.S. once he/she becomes eligible to do so
Illinois Dream Act- PASSED
- Good information: DREAM youths too often get incorrect information from high school counselors and college admissions officers regarding their college options. this law requires that these counselors and officers receive regular training regarding educational opportunities for immigrant youths.
- Education Access : Many qualified DREAM students do not have the financial resources to pursue college— and as a result their talents are wasted. An estimated 65% of DREAM youths come from households that earn below 200% of the poverty line. The Illinois DREAM Act established a privately0funded Illinois DREAM Fund, administered by a volunteer state commission, to make scholarships available to undocumented students. This law opens up college savings programs and prepaid tuition programs to all Illinois residents, so that the families of the DREAM students will be better able to pay for tuition.
- Illinois Dream Commission: In addition to administering and fundraising for the Illinois DREAM Fund, this commission will monitor implementation of other parts of this law and research the needs of DREAM youths as they make their way through college.
Remember, although scholarships do exist for undocumented youth, it is not possible to fund the 65,000 undocumented youth that graduate from high school each year in the United States. Therefore, the most important thing you can do is GET INVOLVED! Contact the following organizations for upcoming events and direct action organizing
If you end up in Deportation Proceedings:
ICIRR Family Support Hotline 1-855-435-7693 will assign you a free immigration lawyer to look at your case
http://endnow.org/ <——- If you are a student and you are facing deportation proceedings please contact Education Not Deportation- every student who has gone through them has NOT been deported. they WILL pick up your case and garner attention and signatures to see that you are not deported