Posts in category "Marches/Rallies"

Angry About School Shootings? Join the Race Against Gun Violence

Angry About School Shootings? Join the Race Against Gun Violence
After the Parkland, Florida massacre on St. Valentine’s Day, we saw a true sea change in America regarding the issue of gun violence. Our nation became very activated, and the message conveyed was loud and clear- we as citizens WANT REAL COMMON SENSE GUN LAWS NOW! Unfortunately, Congress in Washington D.C. did not listen to act, and between the Parkland massacre and the Santa Fe, Texas school shooting last week, the federal government still didn’t move on what is truly the biggest public health crisis facing our country. It’s clear that the only way real policy change regarding gun violence comes is at the polls, and that’s still six months away...

May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

May Day Brings Heightened Awareness of Haymarket Memorial

Today is May Day, or International Workers Day, and with that we remember the Haymarket Affair on the evening of May 4 1886. May 1 is the date on the calendar that honors and remembers labor, so thus the Haymarket martyrs, who died in the cause of eventually giving us an eight hour workday, are top of mind.

"The day will come when our silence is more powerful than the voices you are throttling today.”...

March for Our Lives Chicago: Important Event Details

March for Our Lives Chicago: Important Event Details
Saturday brings the March for Our Lives, a show of solidarity against the epidemic of gun violence that plagues our country. It's also a call to action for the implementation of common sense guns laws, and to thus hold the NRA, the politicians that support them, and the arms manufacturers and dealers accountable. The main event, much like all the other marches that have been held since January 2017, will be held in Washington D.C. but the motto of the local event is this:   In Chicago We March for Our Lives Everyday....
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Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 2: Policy/Microlevel Issues

Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 2: Policy/Microlevel Issues

It’s right there in the text of the second amendment: “a well-regulated militia.”

What vision of “well-regulated” did the founding fathers have? Was it gun show loopholes? The ability of a suspected terrorist who’s on the no-fly list being able to purchase a gun? What about Donald Trump rolling back President Obama’s executive order restricting the mentally ill from purchasing firearms?

How about the fact that those who committed domestic abuse can obtain guns? Or the fact that purchasing sinus medication is more closely monitored than weapons of war? How is this all “well-regulated?”

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Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 1: Cultural/Macro Level Issues

Major Gun Sense Obstacles Part 1: Cultural/Macro Level Issues

Since an overwhelming majority of Americans want common sense gun laws, and our politicians in power (allegedly) work for the people, what stands in our way of finally bringing gun sense? The general answer comes to two parts, with every detail adhering to one of the two categories.

Today we look at the cultural or macro level obstacles that stand in the way. Later, in part two, we’ll explore the policy or micro level issues that halt change for the better.

Traditionally, there has always been a very wide enthusiasm gap between the gun fetishists and gun sense groups of people. The National Rifle Association leadership, not the everyday members of the group, but the people running the NRA have done an astounding job of redefining what the second amendment and gun ownership really means.

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Joseph Kennedy Visits Chicago, Boosts Uncle’s Surging Gubernatorial Campaign

Joseph Kennedy Visits Chicago, Boosts Uncle’s Surging Gubernatorial Campaign

Gun control is the most important issue of the day, and the topic that’s dominating political talk shows these days. Coincidentally, a man whose childhood was rocked by gun violence, Chris Kennedy, is now emerging in the Illinois gubernatorial race.

Kennedy was just five when his father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated in 1968. Bobby Kennedy was likely on his way to winning the Democratic Party nomination and perhaps also the presidency when he was gunned down. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III (D-MA, 4th District) is Chris Kennedy’s nephew, and a rising star in American politics. He was chosen to give the Democratic Party response to the Presidential State of the Union address earlier this month. 

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Gun Control: Outraged Younger Generation Now Leads the Fight

Gun Control: Outraged Younger Generation Now Leads the Fight

Since the adults in the room, in every single room it seems, will do nothing but dawdle, the younger generation will step up and take the lead in the fight for gun control. In the wake of the tragedy at Stoneman Douglas High School in south Florida, American youth are shattering the widely held stereotypes of millenials in the political arena.

Yesterday Emma Gonzalez just completely destroyed every tired cliche endlessly regurgitated by Ted Cruz, Paul Ryan and every other politician in the pocket of the Gun lobby.

You know the drill after every mass shooting- “it’s too early to have a gun control discussion.” That’s what we always hear from the NRA bought GOP congressional leadership in the wake of all mass shootings. Guess what guys?

It’s NOT up to you. It’s up to the survivors, and they tell us when it’s time to talk sensible gun legislation. Gonzalez, and the rest of the Parkland survivors say that it's right now.

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Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer Wows 'Em at Women's March Chicago

Need to Impeach Founder Tom Steyer Wows 'Em at Women's March Chicago

Tom Steyer is a hedge fund manager, philanthropist, environmentalist, progressive activist, and fundraiser with a net worth of $1.6 billion. You know him as the man who appears in that "Need to Impeach" President Donald Trump ad campaign that runs on television quite frequently. 

Tom Steyer was also the highlight of the speaking program at yesterday's Women's March Chicago: March to the Polls, as he delivered a powerful call to action...

Women's March Chicago: Top 10 Protest Signs (Photos)

Women's March Chicago: Top 10 Protest Signs (Photos)

The second annual Women's March Chicago surpassed even the most optimistic of expectations; on every level. The weather cooperated, and an unseasonably pleasant day helped facilitate a crowd that greatly exceeded last year's inaugural (according to Women's March Chicago event organizers).

The city will release their official crowd estimate numbers tomorrow, but a statement from the board of Women’s March Chicago reads:

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20 Best Protest March Signs of 2017 (Gallery) 

20 Best Protest March Signs of 2017 (Gallery) 
Clever and strong protest march signs are often the greatest component of any public demonstration. When you look at all the thought and effort that go into some of these signs, you get a perfect gauge of just how strongly an individual feels on the issue at hand. You need both the right message and... Read more »