All posts by Mary Shesgreen

People’s Climate March in Elgin, Illinois, Sunday, September 21st

Please join Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice, for a People’s Climate March in Elgin, Illinois on Sunday, September 21st.

This event will be in sympathy and support of the HUGE Citizens Climate March which will be held on that day in New York City. There will be similar events all across the country.

Our goal is to draw awareness to the Climate Crisis and demand that our elected officials take action to halt greenhouse gas emissions. We will rally at Kimball Street and Grove Avenue at 3:30 PM. We will have signs and will distribute flyers to passers-by. Then we will walk with our signs to Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren, 783 W Highland Avenue to join a potluck supper. Feel free to bring your own sign or use one of ours. read more

Guest Editorial about the proposed charter school in Elgin

by Mary Shesgreen

Below is a slightly edited version of my guest editorial that appeared in the Elgin Daily Herald on July 4th .  I thank the Herald for publishing it.

I oppose charter schools because they address the wrong problem. The real cause of academic failure is not, as charter proponents contend, bad teachers, teachers’ unions and bureaucratic school systems. The real cause is poverty. Charter schools not only do not solve poverty;  they create a major distraction from that simple fact. read more

Join us in Elgin’s July 4th parade

Walk with Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice in Elgin's July 4th parade.

Left to right: Mary Simms, Earl Silbar and Steve Bruesewitz

  •  If you oppose any new war in Iraq,
  • if you are concerned about growing poverty and economic inequality,
  • if you mourn the erosion of rights for working people,
  • if you want to see stronger action to slow climate change,
  • if you want to get money out of our elections,

Then definitely walk with us.

This is an opportunity to share our concerns with the 10,000 or more people who watch Elgin's parade each July 4th.  It's a chance to participate in a deeper, more meaningful kind of patriotism, and to forge a new declaration of independence from the plutocracy that threatens to take over our country.

That's Friday, July 4th, 2014.  We line up at 8:00 AM.  Our line-up spot will be assinged soon and posted here.  The parade steps off at 9:00 AM, and is over around 11:00.  Call 847-742-6602 to let us know you are coming or to ask questions. read more