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: 

We Don't Have 30 Years

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Tue, 2018-10-09 16:26 }

Check out this story. There is a link to the report.

The central policy direction, in the US, of every government prior to Trump has been continued reliance on fossil fuels and expansion of global trade. Will anyone recognize that this panel has just told us we were wrong on these two issues?

They are calling for immediate corrective action and "net zero CO2." They are hinting rather strongly that this won't be enough to avert disaster. We will have to move to net negative CO2, they suggest.

Comey Firing Grounds for Impeachment?

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Tue, 2017-05-09 20:25 }

President Trump terminated FBI Director Comey today. Predictably, the North Side Greens are being urged to invest resources in a crusade to help the Democrats impeach Trump. We're not entirely sure if this is a good idea.

From where we sit, both groups, Democrat and Republican, are parties of the right. They have been embroiled in conflict since Trump emerged. Bipartisanship has gone out the window.

Fukushima: Robots unable to penetrate lethal radiation

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Thu, 2017-03-30 15:33 }

As of the 11th, six years have elapsed since the Fukushima nuclear meltdown. Little progress has been made toward a solution. Now we hear that repair robots sent in to survey conditions have been unable to to withstand the radiation levels in Reactors One and Two. They broke down before completing their missions.

Technicians had to abandon two robots inside the reactors. Conditions at Reactor Three are still worse. They couldn't send anything in to Number Three.

Why the Democrats Lost the Election

{ Submitted by wesler1 on Fri, 2017-01-20 17:23 }

The Democrats are extremely angry in the wake of Hillary Clinton's unexpected loss to Donald Trump. They can't understand why it happened.

It must have been racism, some say,or a late backlash against affirmative action. Others blame sexism, or the KKK, or the American NAZI Party. It was Bible religion and the organized power of ignorance, say still others. Some blame the Republican Party for stealing votes. Sectional and class stereotypes have been resurrected. Rural, blue collar, or Appalachian whites Corporate America is blamed.

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.