Monthly Meetings

{ Submitted by admin on Mon, 2006-09-18 00:38 }

North Side Green Party Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month, 7 to 8 pm. The next meeting will be held in the community meeting room above Carey's Pub, 2231 West Devon, Chicago. Our meeting place is accessible by public transit.

North Side Greens: 

Why the Greens Lost the Election

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Sun, 2017-01-01 19:34 }

I spent roughly thirty five years in politics, working for various candidates and ward organizations in and around Chicago. I was good at what I did, and it provided a comfortable living for myself and my family. The political outlook of those I helped wasn't very close to my own views, but it was the only game in town. It made me a living, provided a wonderful opportunity to observe and learn about politics. There was a pension plan. I made sure I never missed a payment.

Cornell West on Significance of Clinton Defeat

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Tue, 2016-11-22 10:41 }

Writing in the Guardian, Cornell West sums up the meaning of Hillary Clinton's defeat.

US Conflict with Russia about Predatory Lending, Interference Russian Internal Politics

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Mon, 2016-10-10 16:50 }

Paul Craig Roberts and Michael Hudson have written an analysis of the US/neo-liberal conflict with Russia. Forget about the foreign policy fairy tales you've been getting from the corporate media. This is real-politic from a progressive point of view: The issue is predatory lending, not democratic values. The North Side Greens don't think the ordinary citizen benefits, and question both the wisdom and the morality of the Obama administration policy toward Russia.

A Letter not Published by the Editors of the Tribune & Sun Times

{ Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 2016-10-08 16:09 }

Well, as I Live & Breathe, " I done seen about Ev'rything when I've seen an Elephant ( GOP) fly! What a Campaign is this! Should I go through the Whole Laundry List of Dirty Clothes Hung out for Public Display, even before the Innocent?

Pension Lawsuit Moving Ahead

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Wed, 2015-06-17 19:18 }

At a meeting of AFSCME Retirees Subchapter 161, Charles Hogan reported that AFSCME Council 31 was moving ahead in litigation to return pension and healthcare cutbacks imposed by the City.

He summarized a memo written by David Amerson, Council 31 Retiree Coordinator.

The union is part of We Are One Chicago, a coalition of unions, community organizations, and retirees now litigating against cutbacks. Legal filings are due by the end of this week, and a hearing is scheduled for early July.

State Argues Constitution Not Absolute, Supreme Court Skeptical

{ Submitted by Adam.S on Sat, 2015-03-14 20:52 }

The State of Illinois, in oral hearings last week, tried to convince the Illinois State Supreme Court that constitutional limits on the power of government are not absolute and may be set aside when authorities deem necessary. At issue were five class action suits brought by retiree groups and unions against the State of Illinois. Legislation enacted in 2013 reduced benefits previously earned.

North Side Greens Endorse Chuy

{ Submitted by admin on Thu, 2015-03-12 20:41 }

The North Side Greens endorsed Cook County Commissioner Jesus Chuy Garcia for Mayor of Chicago. Garcia came in first in a field of four contenders to replace incumbent Rahm Emmanuel. Garcia must now win a majority in the April 7th run-off.

You're Gonna Respect Me!

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Fri, 2015-03-06 00:57 }

A few weeks ago we heard noises outside our front window. I told my wife there was trouble. I was worried about my son, I said. He lives on the first floor. My wife said it was firecrackers. I said I didn’t think so. I knew the sound. She said I should stay inside.

I went downstairs.

The windows looked okay, so I went out.

Pension Theft In a Nutshell: Representative Neckritz Explains

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Fri, 2015-02-27 22:00 }

The cartoon above appeared recently on Pension Vocabulary, a blog maintained by John Dillon.

Dillon is a retired high school teacher who has made it his business to take Illinois politicians back to school.

FDA in Collusion

{ Submitted by S.Cody on Fri, 2015-02-13 19:39 }

Ira Flatow asks whether the FDA helps cover up medical fraud. It happens, but you may never hear about it. Click here to listen,

Emmanuel, Madigan Ask Court to Trash Constitution

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Wed, 2015-02-11 12:57 }

In court pleadings filed last week in Cook County, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emmanuel and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan asked Circuit Judge Rita Novak to set aside Constitutional limits protecting City retirees.

North Side Greens Announce Aldermanic, Mayoral Picks

{ Submitted by admin on Sun, 2015-02-08 19:56 }

Fioretti and Garcia are in the lead to face Emmanuel in a run off election, with Willie Wilson and Dock Walls trailing. Voters must choose among these four. The prospect of a second term for Emmanuel is deeply troubling . . .

AFSCME 31, SUAA File to Lower Legal Fees in Healthcare Case

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Mon, 2015-02-02 16:25 }

Most State retirees will be receiving refunds of money deducted for health coverage. The Illinois State Supreme Court recently ruled that deductions unilaterally imposed by the State were an unconstitutional change in agreed upon retirement plans.

Liberals More Analytic, Conservatives more Holistic

{ Submitted by Adam.S on Sun, 2015-01-25 01:01 }

A recent study concludes that liberals think more analytically than conservatives. Conservatives are holistic thinkers, responding to the overall picture, but likely to

Amicus Curiae Tossed in Pension Theft Case

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Fri, 2015-01-23 11:34 }

On Inaguration Day in Springfield while Bruce Rauner was being sworn in as Illinois Governor, Lisa Madigan filed a legal brief arguing that the State should be allowed to cut pensions of retired and active employees. An unwritten rule existed, she argues, giving states the right to suspend constitutional protections whenever, in their judgement, an "exigency" existed.

Research: Call for Halt in Search for Oil, Gas, Coal Reserves

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Mon, 2015-01-19 00:39 }

A research report published in Nature calls for a halt to all further fossil fuel exploration and and a ban on extraction of most existing coal, oil, and natural gas reserves. The researchers, Christophe McGlade and Paul Elkins, both of University College in London, studied the potential impact on global warming if existing fossil fuel reserves continue to be exploited. They assumed that a global limit of 2 degrees centigrade must be enforced. The researchers published their results in Nature January 8.

Kathy Kelly Convicted of Waging Peace

{ Submitted by S.Cody on Sat, 2014-12-20 14:21 }

Chicago peace activist Kathy Kelly was convicted on December 10, on charges stemming from an intrusion at Whitman Air Force Base, in Missouri. She has been sentenced to three months in a Federal prison.

Kelly is one of the original founders of Voices in the Wilderness, a not for profit now known as Voices for Creative Nonviolence. The group based on the north side of Chicago, has been tireless in its advocacy of peace. Kelly serves as co-coordinator of the organization.

Durban Representative: Higher Priorities

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Wed, 2014-12-17 14:12 }

Today I called Senator Durban’s Washington office. I was attending our retiree local’s noon meeting. I called during a lull in the program. I expressed concern about some of the riders attached to the Omnibus Spending Bill just passed by the Senate. The pension rights of 10 million retirees were being abridged. The staff member I talked to said that Senator Durban was aware that 10 million retirees might see their pensions cut. I told him that the retirees had worked all their lives, had done nothing wrong, and didn’t deserve such treatment.

Eric's Law

{ Submitted by moeshanfield on Sat, 2014-12-13 22:04 }

We all know about Megan's Law, and Amber Alerts. They are aimed at protecting defenseless children from violent exploitation. Now it appears that unarmed Black men are in need of protection. I propose we enact Eric's Law. This new law would guarantee the right of unemployed Black men to sell single cigarettes, work as squeegee men, etc., free from official harassment.

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