Chicago-style caroling: Mental health protesters sing their budget objections to city council

Chicago-style caroling: Mental health protesters sing their budget objections to city council

This morning, groups protesting the closure of half of Chicago's mental health clinics and the layoff of 208 staff members will gather at city hall to serenade Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago's aldermen. They've taken the usual holiday tunes and modified them just a bit to express their dissatisfaction.

Looking for a new take on the holidays in the city? Read some of their alternate lyrics below, or maybe try singing along:

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer
Mayor Emanuel’s budget
Wants to make our clinics close
All of the city council
Shrugs and says “that’s how it goes”

All of the Mayor’s buddies
Toast their glasses of champagne
He’s giving them big tax breaks
And closing clinics without shame

Then one cold December night
The people rose to fight
Mayor your budget’s not right
We’ll resist your greed and might!

Then all the people rose up
Fighting against corporate greed
We’re building one big movement
And we’ll go down in history!

Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
Cause my clinic closed today
Across gang lines I go
Can you hear me say NO NO NO
If our clinics close
Or it you privatize
What will you say to those who know
That we will lose some lives  - HEY!

E-man-uel,
E-man-uel
Can’t fool me today!
Corporate greed gets more and more
While our clinics go away, hey!

For well over a year
We’ve tried to get your ear
But every time we’ve tried
You just run and hide (SHAME SHAME SHAME)
So your budget passes
To close clinics and schools
While cut your friends’ taxes
You must think we’re fools - HEY!

E-man-uel,
E-man-uel
Can’t fool me today!
Corporate greed gets more and more
While our clinics go away, hey!

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas
Have you just a little bit of heart left?
To respect our rights?
If you close our clinics we will rise and fight

Have you just a little bit of heart left?
Don’t we have a say?
If they close, our clinics will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
With no rights or say at all.
If mental health isn’t near to us
Through the cracks we’ll fall

Through the years you’ve subsidized your rich friends
Like the CME
You’ve got money for all of your rich buddies
So closing clinics is heartless as we all can see!

Photo credit: Mykl Roventine

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