Talkin’ Tuesdays at the Heartland Cafe — from Jeff Biggers

Our “Talkin’ Tuesdays: No Exit Cafe’s Great Monologues Showcase,” continues on Tuesday, October 26th, 7:30pm, at the No Exit Cafe on 6970 N. Glenwood, in Rogers Park. Donations suggested. The doors open at 6:30pm, with food and drink.

Featuring nationally acclaimed writers, performance artists, actors, activists and legendary Chicago characters, Talkin’ Tuesdays will run every fourth Tuesday of the month at No Exit Cafe, and showcase riveting, harrowing, hilarious and topical storytelling and monologue performances on issues of crime and punishment, sex, race and ethnicity, borders and borderlands, politics and polemics, and the back stories from the hills and hollers of Chicago’s Uptown streets and beyond.

On Tuesday, October 26th, legendary Chicago labor organizer and educator James Thindwa will join award-winning journalist Kari Lydersen for an evening of “Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Badges: Road stories from frontlines of Honduras, Zimbawe and Chicago.”

Launched on September 28th, Talkin’ Tuesdays will be hosted by author/performer Jeff Biggers, whose latest memoir, Reckoning at Eagle Creek: The Secret Legacy of Coal in the Heartland (Nation Books) was recently adapted for an Off Broadway stage production.

For more information, contact the Heartland Cafe @ 773-465-8005.

James Thindwa

James Thindwa is a 28-year veteran of political activism. Since June 2009, he has served as Civic Engagement

James Thindwa

Coordinator for Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers/AFT-IFT. His work involves building public and political support toward the effort to organize charter school teachers.

James began his organizing career in 1982 working for Ohio Citizen Action and the Citizens Action Coalition of Indiana. He came to Chicago in 1993 and for 9 years worked as lead organizer for Metro Seniors in Action. From 2002 to 2009, he served as Executive Director for Chicago Jobs With Justice, a labor-community coalition that promotes workers rights and livable communities. During the 1970’s and 1980’s James was a student leader in the anti-apartheid movement. James also serves on the boards of Illinois Labor History Society, In These Times magazine, where he is also a writer, and CAN TV. On March 27, 2009, James’ organizing work was featured on PBS’s Bill Moyers Journal.

Kari Lydersen

Kari Lydersen is a long-time Chicago reporter, author and journalism teacher who seeks to shed light on the

Kari Lydersen

real-life effects of public policy, political and technology issues with a special focus on the environment, immigration, Latin America and labor. She writes for publications including The Washington Post, New York Times (Chicago edition) and In These Times magazine. She is the author of three books, most recently Revolt on Goose Island: The Chicago Factory Takeover and What it Says About the Economic Crisis (Melville House 2009). She teaches at Columbia College and through the youth program We the People Media. www.karilydersen.com.

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