Category Archives: Protests

Demonstration to Protest Paul Ryan’s Health Care Bill

Fox Valley Voices for Democracy, a newly formed organization, along with
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice will hold a
Demonstration of Protest to express our strenuous rejection of


HR #2653, the new Paul Ryan Health Care Bill. 
 
Wednesday, March 22nd from 5:30 till 7:00 PM
 
Elgin City Hall
150 Dexter Court
Elgin, IL  60120

 
 
We will gather outside city hall, not because we are targeting city officials, but because that location, at the local level, represents government.  We will make ourselves visible. 
 
We will have speakers, signs, and a vigorous crowd of protesters.
 
We see the “replacement” for the ACA as a war upon the poor, the working class, and the middle class by the One-Percent, the billionaire class, and by our elected officials who do their bidding.  The bill will gut Medicaid, damage Medicare, and will throw millions of people off the insurance rolls over the next ten years.  Thousands will die; the poor, people with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions.  The bill will also provide a big tax cut to the wealthy. 
 
We believe that health care is a human right, not a commodity.
 
Some of us support the ACA, while many of us support a Single Payer Health Care system, such as is described by HR # 676, and as exists in Canada.  Every other industrialized country, and even a very poor country like Nicaragua,  has some form of universal coverage for health care its citizens.  Here in the US, we pay more than people in those countries, and receive less care. 
 
We are outraged.  Join us.  
 

#NO DAPL Action Events for December 1st in Chicago Metro Area

For those of us who cannot go to the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota to be physically with the Standing Rock Sioux, there are important things we can do locally. to support them.

As most of you know, the Army Corp of Engineers has issued a notice that they will evict water protectors and their allies from the Sacred Stone Camp on Monday, December 5th. The Standing Rock Sioux have vowed to stand and hold their positions. Most of you are also aware of the violence perpetrated upon the Sioux and their allies by law enforcement bodies.
We plan some solidarity actions beginning on Thursday, December 1st. We will target branches of the banks which are invested in and supportive of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We call upon them to withdraw their funding from the project, as the Norwegian bank has done. We will call upon the customers going in and out of those banks to consider moving their money to other institutions.
Please Join us.
Here is the schedule of our plans for Thursday:
1) 8 AM till 9 AM, Chase Bank at Grove Avenue and Chicago Street in Elgin.
2) 10 AM till 11 AM, Citibank at 800 S. Barrington Road in Streamwood,
3) 1 PM till 2 PM, Wells Fargo Bank at 210 So Roselle Rd in Schaumberg.
4) There is also at least one event planned for Chicago. You can read about it here.
5) We are also aware of an event planned for a bank at 4 PM in South West Naperville. The details of this event are not yet available, but you can sign up to get more information here.
Bring a relevant sign and join us. read more

Occupy Elgin for Sat., Nov. 26th, 2016

Occupy Elgin will gather on Saturday, November 26th at the corner of Kimball Street and Grove Avenue in Elgin from 1 PM till 2 PM. Our message will be

WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!

Below is the text of the flyer we will distribute.
We are shocked and saddened by the recent election. But we will continue to stand up for peace and diplomacy along with racial, economic, gender, social, and environmental justice. These are moral commitments, and we will not back down from them.

We celebrate the greatness of America in the enormous diversity of our population, in our constitution and bill of rights which gave citizens protections against tyranny, and in the proud history of the social movements which fought to expand that citizenship and those protections to groups that had previously been excluded, oppressed and even enslaved. read more

Rally in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux, Nov 15th, Chicago

Rally in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux.  #NoDAPL Day of Action at Army Corps of Engineers, Tuesday, November 15th.

Please join us as we start at Daley Plaza  and march to the office of the Army Corp of Engineers,   231 South LaSalle Street,  5 blocks away to deliver our letter demanding that they revoke the permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is part of a nationwide action sponsored by 350.org asking that this administration, the next administration AND the Army Corp of Engineers reject this pipeline and all those that follow it.  read more