January 15, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
ItAG Kickoff Night (ItAGs are Inquiry to Action Groups that investigate a particular area of education and develop a practical activity based on the inquiry. See website — link on the right sidebar — for ItAGs that will be launched and more info)
1900 S Loomis
Meet the facilitators and other ItAG participants
January 16 11AM – 1PM
First TSJ meeting of 2010
UIC College of Education
1040 W. Harrison, Room 3008 (Harrison & Morgan), Blue Line UIC stop
Discussion/analysis of Renaissance 2010, national significance, and TSJ’s position
Planning actions, projects, events and how to get involved
January 16, Vigil for immigrants rights in Logan Square. Click on this link for a flyer with information on this event, in PDF format, Spanish and English:January Prayer Vigil Flyer
Jan. 16, 2010 FULL CITIZENSHIP AND FULL EMPLOYMENT
For FULL EQUALITY!
Celebrate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with hundreds of your brothers and sisters as we call for good jobs and immigrant worker rights!
Community members, congressmen, and elected officials, labor leaders, faith leaders will honor of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by affirming our commitment to rebuild our cities. Full and fair employment and fair immigration reform are necessary components of working communities.
We need to join together to demand an economy that honors all work and workers.
Saturday, January 16th
1:30-2:30 P.M. (Seating begins at 1:00pm)
First Baptist Congregational Church
1613 W. Washington
Endorsed by Northside Action for Justice, Chicago Jobs with Justice, IL Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Rainbow PUSH, South Austin Coalition, IL AFL-CIO and other groups.
January 18 – Public Workers March for Jobs (See link to CORE website in sidebar at right for more information)
CTA management is threatening to lay off 1,000 bus drivers on February 7th. CPS plans to close or turnaround another 25-30 schools, displacing hundreds of teachers, PSRPs, and career service workers. With unemployment at a 30 year high and families more dependent on food stamps and medicaid than ever, caseworkers have unworkable caseloads of up to 2200 families.
CORE is endorsing a Martin Luther King Day March by Public Workers Unite! at 11AM on January 18th. The march will start at CTA Headquarters at 567 W. Lake and continue on to the Board of Education before ending at the State of Illinois Building. Come out to fight the rampant privatization in this city and defend public services and public service jobs.
Janaury 27, 2010 Discussion and book signing with Garry Wills
Garry Wills – Bomb Power: The Modern Presidency and the National Security State
In Bomb Power, Garry Wills reveals how the atomic bomb transformed our nation down to its deepest constitutional roots-by dramatically increasing the power of the modern presidency and redefining the government as a national security state-in ways still felt today. A masterful reckoning from one of America’s preeminent historians, Bomb Power draws a direct line from the Manhattan Project to the usurpations of George W. Bush.
The invention of the atomic bomb was a triumph of official secrecy and military discipline-the project was covertly funded at the behest of the president and, despite its massive scale, never discovered by Congress or the press. This concealment was perhaps to be expected in wartime, but Wills persuasively argues that the Manhattan Project then became a model for the covert operations and overt authority that have defined American government in the nuclear era. The wartime emergency put in place during World War II extended into the Cold War and finally the war on terror, leaving us in a state of continuous war alert for sixty-eight years and counting.
The bomb forever changed the institution of the presidency since only the president controls “the button” and, by extension, the fate of the world. Wills underscores how radical a break this was from the division of powers established by our founding fathers and how it in turn has enfeebled Congress and the courts. The bomb also placed new emphasis on the president’s military role, creating a cult around the commander in chief. The tendency of modern presidents to flaunt military airs, Wills points out, is entirely a postbomb phenomenon. Finally, the Manhattan Project inspired the vast secretive apparatus of the national security state, including intelligence agencies such as the CIA and NSA, which remain largely unaccountable to Congress and the American people.
Wills recounts how, following World War II, presidential power increased decade by decade until reaching its stunning apogee with the Bush administration. Both provocative and illuminating, Bomb Power casts the history of the postwar period in a new light and sounds an alarm about the continued threat to our Constitution.
60 W. Walton Street
Chicago, Illinois 60610
Presented by Seminary Co-op Bookstores
January 31 at Women and Children First Books
Sun, 01/31/2010 – 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Louise Cainkar reads and discusses her new book:
Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11 $35.00 ISBN-13: 9780871540485 (hard cover)
In Homeland Insecurity, Marquette University professor Cainkar argues that 9/11 did not create anti-Arab or anti-Muslim suspicion, but rather that socially constructed images and social and political exclusion existed long before these attacks, creating an environment in which post 9/11 misunderstanding, hostility, and racial profiling could thrive. Focusing on the Chicago Metropolitan area, Cainkar bases her research on of interviews and in-depth oral histories with native-born and immigrant Palestinians, Egyptians, Lebanese, Iraqis, Yemenis, Sudanese, Jordanians, and others.
February 11, 2010 This is Athol Fugard winter in Chicago, with three excellent theatre groups performing three of Fugard’s very important plays. TimeLine Theater is performing Master Harold and the Boys as a fund raiser for CORE, the Caucus Of Rank-and-file Educators. See the CORE link to the right for more details.
Tickets are now available for Master Harold and the Boys at Timeline Theatre on February 11, 7:30 p.m. This award-winning play which was banned in South Africa when it was first produced in 1982, is now being made into a film in that country. The work of author Athol Fugard is distinguised for conveying strong political messages without being dogmatic.
There will also be a post performance discussion with the actors and the director on that evening for those who are interested in discussing the themes of the play. Tickets are $35.00 each.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets.
NOTE: performances of the Fugard plays by these three Chicago theaters can be found at the FugardChicago website: http://www.fugardchicago2010.org/?utm_source=TimeLine_MHB&utm_medium=Website&utm_content=Title&utm_campaign=Fugard_Chicago_2010