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Archive for April, 2010

SUNDAY APRIL 25, 4pm – 7pm–Potluck and Mailing to Tamms Prisoners

At Tamms supermax prison, every man is held in permanent solitary confinement. Tamms Year Ten is a grassroots all-volunteer coalition which came together to protest the misguided and inhumane policies at Tamms on the ten-year anniversary of its opening. Socialize, get updated on Tamms politics, and join us in signing and mailing letters to all Tamms prisoners. Bring snacks, a dish or beverages if you can!

Also this week:

MONDAY APRIL 26, 6-8:30pm–International Seed Day with Twine (www.twinenfp.org)

Join Twine at messhall for International Seed Day: Twine shares stories from farmers in Punjab returning to natural farming, the struggle to save eggplant in India, local stories of food and wheat from the midwest and beyond with Ben Walker. In solidarity with INEAS we gather on the day that Order 81 was passed. learn about how it effects Iraqi farmers, biodiversity, and seed soveriegnity. For more info see ineas.org or http://www.twinenfp.org

TUESDAY APRIL 27, 7-10pm–Next Objectivists (Poety Workshop)

WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 7-9pm–Chicago Political Workshop (Reading & Discussion Group)

THURSDAY APRIL 29, 6-9pm–Issues in Peace Activism: Indian Media and the Creation of Community Stereotypes

Yousuf Saeed, an independent filmmaker and researcher based in Delhi; see http://www.ektara.org http://www.tasveerghar.net http://yousufsaeed.blogspot.com)

SATURDAY MAY 1, 9:30-11:00am–Community Yoga Class (w/Jola ‘Shakti)

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WEDNESDAY–April 14
7pm – 9pm
AREA/CPW reading group meeting–Political Responses to the Present II:
Participatory Budgeting (continued)

We will be continuing our discussion of Empowered Deliberative Democracy and
Participatory Budgeting. The last meeting was primarily focused on outlining
the specifics of the Participatory Budgeting process in Rogers Park, so this
meeting will focus on the texts we didn’t have the time to discuss and the
broader historical and theoretical questions they raise. Please notice that a
new text, The Case for Participation as Tyranny, has been added.

The readings are:
– Deepening Democracy: Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance,
Archon Fung and Erik Olin Wright
– Could Participatory Budgeting Work in the United States?, Gianpaolo Baiocchi
and Josh Lerner
– Participation, Activism, and Politics: The Porto Alegre Experiment and
Deliberative Democratic Theory, Gianpaolo Baiocchi
– The Case for Participation as Tyranny, Bill Cooke and Uma Kothari

you can download the texts at: http://www.dropboks.com (does not work w/Safari)
– click on login
– email address: chicago.political.workshop@gmail.com
– password: 2008marx
– select the AREA/CPW April 14 texts folder

FRIDAY–April 16
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Twine and Family Farm Defenders Potluck ** More on Twine, Below **

SUNDAY–April 18
12pm-4pm
Sewing Rebellion

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TWINE @ Mess Hall

April 16th
Join Twine at messhall for a potluck from 5:30-7:30 with family farm defenders as we celebrate International Peasants Day in solidarity with Via Campesina. Discussions about how the Chicago Mercantile Exchange effects farmers directly, and why we chose to gather there for Peasants Day. Hear from Family Farm Defenders about the concerns of dairy farmers, learn about food sovereignty, learn about what’s coming up at the US Social Forum.
Family farmers and other food justice activists will mark the International Day of Peasant’s Struggle, with a rally outside the Chicago Mercantile Exchange (CME) and Board of Trade (BoT) on Fri. April 16th at 12:00 Noon. The CME/BoT are responsible for the lion’s share of corporate speculation in agricultural commodities that triggered the global food crisis now threatening the livelihoods of millions of farmers. This action is in solidarity with La Via Campesina, the world’s largest umbrella movement of family farmers, rural workers and indigenous peoples.
All who are able: Please bring a local dish to share.

here is a little bit of info about the day and the events:
http://www.viacampesina.org/
http://www.familyfarmdefenders.org/Main/HomePage
http://www.twinenfp.org/gallery/kheti-virasat-mission

April 26th: 6-8:30
Join TWINE at Mess Hall for International Seed Day: Twine shares stories from farmers in Punjab, India returning to natural farming, the struggle to save eggplant in India, local stories of food and wheat from the midwest and beyond with Ben Walker.
In solidarity with INEAS we gather on the day that Order 81 was passed. learn about how it effects Iraqi farmers, biodiversity, and seed soveriegnity.
for more info see ineas.org for more info or www.twinenfp.org
April 29th: 6-8:30
“Issues in Peace Activism: Indian Media and the Creation of Community
Stereotypes”
Yousuf Saeed, an independent filmmaker and researcher based in Delhi
gives an illustrated talk on the role Indian media plays in the
creation of stereotypes for communities such as Muslims and others in
the news, entertainment and education. The presentation will be
accompanied with slides and video clips from Yousuf’s earlier films
and other popular media. Yousuf will also share his experiences of
peace activism including the book “What kind of India shall we give to
our children?” he wrote in 2002.

Duration of presentation: 60-70 mins, followed by discussion

For more details about Yousuf and his works, please visit the following sites:
http://www.ektara.org
http://www.tasveerghar.net
http://yousufsaeed.blogspot.com


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FRIDAY, April 9
6:30pm – 9:00pm
LECTURE: Experiments in Participatory Budgeting (w/Prof. Gianpaolo Baiocchi &
Josh Lerner)

Come learn about the history of participatory budgeting from two of the
foremost experts on the topic, Brown University Prof. Gianpaolo Baiocchi &
doctoral candidate at the New School Josh Lerner!

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Ivonne Yanez, Delegate to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference from Ecuador and Oil Watch Sudamerica will be joined by LVEJO Clean Power Organizer, Ian Viteri, to talk about the need for all of us to work together to keep Oil & Coal and all fossil fuels in the ground including dealing with Chicago’s 2 coal power plants and the new proposed Coal Power Plant Chicago City Ordinance to be announced next Tuesday, April 13th. There are currently two talks scheduled for Chicago: Mess Hall this Sunday, April 11th @ 2pm and  Cafe Catedral on April 12 @ 7pm (directions below).

As delegates discuss various ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, our next guest has a simple message: keep untapped oil in the ground. Ivonne Yanez is an environmental activist from Ecuador, one of the larger oil producing countries in Latin America. Ecuador is believed to be sitting on an oil reserve of hundreds of millions of barrels. But the oil is located in the Yasuni National Park, one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Ecuador has launched a unique campaign to have the international community compensate the country in exchange for keeping the oil in the ground.

Cafe Catedral, Monday night, 7-9 pm.
2500 S. Christiana Avenue
Chicago, IL 60623
(773) 277-2233

*Directions to Cafe Catedral (Donation at the door; whatever you can honestly afford):

The Cafe is at 2500 S. Christiana Avenue: 3350 West southwest corner of 25th & Christiana

1. Take the #60 Blue Island/26th St bus from downtown and all points west to Christiana and walk 1 block north

2. Take the Kedzie Bus (connects to Pink Line Kedzie station) to 25th St. and walk 3 blocks west

3. Take the #82 Kimball/Homan/Lawndale bus (connects to Pink Line at Central Park) to 25th St and walk 5 blocks east or go to 26th St and take the #60 bus east to Christiana

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