At noon on Friday, July 31st, Reverend Anthony Williams began a hunger strike to force the state of Illinois to recognize violence as a public health threat.
HR0433, a resolution on this issue passed last summer, yet no funds can be allocated without passage as a law or without an executive order.
Pastor Williams, who lost his son to violence, is now putting his own life on the line and calling on the legislature to turn his resolution into law or asking Governor Pritzker to sign an executive order declaring violence as a public health threat. Greens are asked to call your representatives and the Governor’s office in support of Pastor Williams. Pastor Williams would also like Greens to show up in support at the corner of 79th and Carpenter.
The Cook County Green Party stands in solidarity with peaceful protesters and joins with them in condemning the horrific murder of George Floyd at the hands of police. We acknowledge the festering pain and rage that this killing brought to the surface and the vital need to vent and voice the unbearable frustration that little has changed.
We recognize civil disobedience as a powerful tool to gain attention and awareness, as well as to demand change in a criminal justice system that displays such remarkable injustice.
The Green Party does not condone any physical attacks on individuals nor looting and destruction of property. We believe that these actions distract from the goal of systemic change and divert attention away from the endless looting of Americans’ pockets done by such predators as Wall St., Big Banks, Pharmaceutical companies, the Prison Industrial Complex and the Military Industrial complex. Destruction of the commercial cornerstones of neighborhoods further victimizes the very population that is already suffering and it serves to magnify divisions, escalate the conflict, ripping holes in the very fabric of our communities.
The Green Party has long advocated for police reform. Our platform calls for establishing “elected or appointed independent civilian re-view boards with subpoena power to investigate complaints about prison guard and community police behavior.” We also believe that we need to demilitarize our police forces by restricting police use of weapons and “restraining techniques such as pepper spray, stun belts, tasers and choke holds.” These institutional changes must be implemented. But we also must “get tough” on the sources of crime. Money spent offering jobs, vocational and educational opportunities is the kind of investment that builds strong communities.
It is the job of elected officials to work for a better world, to work for progress in our neighborhoods, to keep their neighborhoods informed about any threats, and to bring about the reforms needed for a true sense of justice. If this is, as they say, the best democracy money can buy, we need to elect people who are not already bought and paid for by big business. We need to elect people who are not invested in the status quo, but who are truly invested in the promise that systemic change can bring.
Meet the ORIGINAL Green New Dealer, Howie Hawkins and find out more about his 2020 run for President. Howie will talk about his plan for an Ecosocialist Green New Deal and his vision for real peace and prosperity for all. Learn more about how you can get involved!
The venue, Avenue Ale House, is located near the Blue Line at the Oak Park Stop.
Panel: The Need for an Anti-Imperialist Peace Movement: Kevin Zeese, Karen Aram (AWAKE, Prairie Greens), Dr. Francis Boyle, UI law professor representing The Plowshares activists demonstrating at a Trident Missile site.
The Panel on The Need for an Anti-Imperialist Peace Movement is streaming now at the ILGP Fall Conference
9:00 – 10:00: Discussion on party structure: Should we revisit our party structure and by-laws to reflect current realities about how work is getting done (or not done)? If so, how? The discussion and suggestions coming out of it would serve to inform the By-Laws Committee to draft corresponding changes for action later.
10:00 – 11:00: Meeting current party needs: Election of membership steward, vacancies on GNC. Staffing of committees and meeting other immediate needs.
11:00 – 12:30: Discussion on campaign 2020:
A. Review steps that need to be done to prepare petitions – list of electors, etc.
B. Who is going to coordinate the petition drive? Discuss tentative plans.
C. Report on who is seeking to run for local/down-ballot offices.
D. Review/possible selection of Senate candidate.
12:30 – 1:30: Lunch break
1:30 – 2:15: Completion of any leftover business from morning.
2:15 – 2:30: Ben Chapman of FairVote Illinois
2:30 – 3:50: Panel: What is Eco-socialism? Rich Whitney, Chris Blankenhorn, Peter Sentz of Party of Socialism and Liberation
3:50 – 4:00: Break
4:00 – 5:15: Panel: The Need for an Anti-Imperialist Peace Movement: Kevin Zeese, Karen Aram (AWAKE, Prairie Greens), Dave Johnson (IWW, Prairie Greens)