Screening of “Who Bombed Judi Bari?” on October 23rd


Join Rising Tide Chicago and the Chicago IWW for a screening of the new documentary Who Bombed Judi Bari? The film will be followed by a discussion of the themes and topics covered in the film, including government/state repression of activist organizations and what can be learned from the struggles of activists who have come before before us.

Screening Details

When: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 7:30PM
Where: Multikulti, 1000 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60642

About the film

Judi Bari and Darryl Cherney were falsely arrested for car-bombing themselves on May 24, 1990 while on an Earth First! musical organizing tour for Redwood Summer. They sued the FBI for violations of the First Amendment, claiming the FBI knew they were innocent but arrested them to try to silence them. Having survived the bomb but now stricken by cancer, Judi Bari, a leader of the movement to save California’s old growth redwoods, gives her on-camera, deathbed testimony about the attempt on her life and her colorful organizing history with the Industrial Workers of the World and Earth First!.

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CPS Destroys la Casita – 10 arrests – Community hunts the Alderman


Parents and neighbors blockade la Casita against cops and a scab demolition crew.

NOTE: Contribute solidarity funds now! Whittier Wepay

This morning, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel, Alderman Daniel Solis and the neoliberal CPS sent a surprise attack against La Casita. Instead of meeting the mothers to negotiate, Ald. Danny “Sleaze” sent cops and bulldozers to meet the community blockade. The blockade turned away a union truck driver but the cops ushered in scab demo crews who proceeded to destroy La Casita community center at Whittier Dual Language Academy at about 10:00 am. FW Vasquez was among 10 arrested defending La Casita from this treacherous assault.

An injury to one is an injury to all.

An injury to one is an injury to all. Photo via Tracy Barrientos



Photo courtesy of FW Geovanis

Wiping tears aside, mothers and the community marched to Juarez High School at Cermak and Ashland in search of Ald. Sleaze. Protestors marched across the turf soccer field, disrupting an Alderman sponsored back to school fair with chants of “Solis, ratero, donde esta’ el dinero” – Solis, thief, where is the cash (referring to over about $300K in funds reserved to restore the building rather than destroy it). Solis was nowhere to be found but the message was shared with at least 100 families who were at the event.

Now solidarity funds are needed for legal support and to continue the campaign.

In 2010 and 2011 wobblies proudly defended the occupations of La Casita. The 43 day occupation in 2010 secured the fate of the center up until this point, which was used as a library, community center, after-school center and more.

Please contribute what you can to support the courageous mothers, neighbors and fellow workers who defended this center.

Whittier Wepay

Also, fyi, here is the scab hall of shame – workers & companies who crossed the picket line today:

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Let ‘em know what a ‘great job’ they did today.

so rough and tough, they have the cops go in first.

So rough and tough, they have the cops go in first.


Hauling scab equipment.


Unloading scab equipment


Where these scabs belong.

More info:

Rahm’s role in this.

Whittier News Roundup

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Urgent Alert! Solidarity needed at School Blockade

Forward widely,

Saturday, 7:30am. A blockade is in effect at La Casita community center at Whittier Elementary School, 1900 W 23rd street. More and more cops have been showing up during the last 2 hours. Union workers honored the picket and turned away but demolition trucks just showed up on site.

Please go there if you can!

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Mobile Rail Workers win NLRB election

Thursday August 15th 2013: Mobile Rail Workers Union win the NLRB Election 17 -5! The Margin is so wide that the 3 contested ballots were not needed! Now the employer has 7 days to challenge the results. After the 7 days IWW Chicago General Membership Branch becomes the certified bargaining Unit for Mobile Rail Solution’s Employees!

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Mobile Rail Picket

Mobile Rail Picket

August 1, Western and 14th

Outside Union Pacific Global 1 yard

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Mobile Rail Workers on ULP Strike!

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sam Green, 773-728-0996,

Rail Service Workers Go on Strike Demanding an End to Illegal Firings

From July 26th to 29th, Management at Mobile Rail Solutions fired three workers actively engaged in unionizing efforts. The termination of these organizers is a direct attack on their Union drive and apparent retaliation for their recent OSHA filings. Management then threatened to continue firing workers showing no respect for their employees or labor law.

In response, the workers have self-organized a strike and will be picketing at Union Pacific’s Global 1 location in Chicago, Illinois. They demand a meeting with Mobile Rail’s general manager to discuss the recent wave of Unfair Labor Practices and for the reinstatement of their three fired workers. With most workers coming to the picket line, they expect locomotive servicing will come to a halt.

The workers at Mobile Rail solutions have organized with the Industrial Workers of the World. Several weeks ago they filed for an NLRB election and hoped to have their voices heard in a secret ballot election on August 14th. With the string of three firings over the course of three business days and threats of more firings to come, they feel that only an Unfair Labor Practice Strike can protect their livelihoods and ensure that all workers get the right to vote for Union representation.

We encourage all union members and supporters to show solidarity and come join the picket at 1425 S. Western from 6 am to 8pm.workers with banner

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Workers at Mobile Rail Solutions Organize under IWW Banner

CHICAGO – The Workers at Mobile Rail Solutions, a specialized truck company servicing locomotives, have organized a Union seeking full recognition through the Industrial Workers of the World. With an overwhelming majority of petitioning workers, the IWW is immediately asking to be voluntarily recognized by Mobile Rail Solutions. If recognition is not voluntary, the workers at mobile rail are prepared to file for a representation election by the end of today.

The workers at Mobile Rail are acting together to address long standing issues of required safety, industry standards of pay, and basic workplace dignity. In the coming days, we are prepared to defend ourselves both with legal protections as well as workplace direct actions. The unionization of Mobile Rail Solutions will also protect the hard won standards of workers across their industry.Mobile rail solutions workers with banner

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A Fracking Manifesto


The Chicago IWW endorsed the following at our June 2013 GMB Meeting.

A Fracking Manifesto

from the people of Illinois to the nation

May 30, 2013

 We know that high-volume horizontal hydraulic fracking (HVHF) is an accident-prone, inherently dangerous industrial process with risks that include catastrophic and irremediable damage to our health and environment.

 We know that HVHF and its attendant technologies—

·         contribute to groundwater contamination, including 219 cases in Pennsylvania alone.

·         turn massive amounts of fresh, drinkable water into massive amounts of briny, poisonous flowback fluid for which there is no failsafe disposal solution.

·         vent hazardous air pollutants that are associated with cancer, asthma, heart attack, stroke, and preterm birth.

·         release radioactive substances—including radon, which is the number two cause of lung cancer—and benzene, which is a proven cause of leukemia, from deep geological strata.

·         fragment forests in ways that decimate birds and wildlife, sabotage natural flood control systems, and pour sediment into rivers and streams.

·         industrialize communities in ways that vastly increase truck traffic, noise pollution, light pollution, stress, crime, and the need for emergency services.

·         offer jobs that are dangerous, toxic, and temporary with a fatality rate seven times that of other industries.

·         leak prodigious amounts of methane, a potent heat-trapping gas.

We know these problems cannot be prevented by any set of rules or government office, let alone state agencies like those in Illinois, which have been cut to the bone by budget cuts and cannot be counted on for regulatory enforcement.

We have heard the warnings of our brothers and sisters living in the gasfields of Pennsylvania and Ohio, whose children, pets, and livestock are sick, whose property values are ruined, whose water is undrinkable. We have heard the pleas of our neighbors in Wisconsin, Iowa, and Minnesota, where stripmining for frac sand has devastated communities, destroyed landscapes, and filled the air with carcinogenic silica dust. We are aware that our own beloved Starved Rock State Park is already threatened by industrial mining of silica sand used for fracking operations and that the pressure to stripmine Illinois for sand will only increase with every well that is drilled and fracked.

We assert that fracking is a moral crisis. In a time of climate emergency, it is wrong to further deepen our dependency on fossil fuels. In a state such as Illinois, where chronic drought and water shortages are already forecast for our children’s future, it is wrong to destroy fresh water resources in order to bring new sources of climate-killing gas and oil out of the ground.

We reject the legitimacy of Illinois’ fracking regulatory bill, which was the result of closed-door negotiations between industry representatives and compromise-oriented environmental organizations. Responsible only to their funders and their members, these environmental groups do not represent us nor are they empowered to negotiate on our behalf. We consider the fracking regulatory bill to be a subversion of both science and democracy. Throughout its creation, no comprehensive health study or environmental impact study was ever commissioned. No public hearings or public comment periods ever took place. And yet it is the public that is being compelled to live with the risks sanctioned by this bill. It is an unjust law.

Knowing that our own government has abdicated its responsibility to protect the safety and wellbeing of the citizenry, knowing that no one is coming to save us, we declare our intent to save ourselves from the ravages of shale gas and oil extraction via HVHF. We declare our intent to join together in a fracking abolitionist movement.

 As such, no longer shall national environmental organizations based far from impacted realities make decisions that will have life-changing impacts on the people living in impacted zones. We will call out organizations that betray core values and integrity.  We will openly inform their membership and their funders and reveal the truth of where they stand and at whose expense. 

 We call for a mobilization that brings fracking realities to the rest of the nation. If our elected officials refuse to visit the fracking fields, then we will bring the fracking fields to them—in the form of science, stories, photographs, film, lectures, hearings, and journalism. If elected officials refuse to defend our land, water, air, and health against those who would despoil them for their own profit, then we will do it ourselves, using peaceful, non-violent methods.

 We hereby commit ourselves to building a powerful movement that will protect Illinois’ children—and safeguard the living ecosystem on which their lives depend—for generations to come. In short, we declare our intent to take the future into our hands. And that future is unfractured.

 Related Links:

SAFE: Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment

After One Arrest, Sit In Continues Demanding Moratorium on Fracking

 Environmental Activists Demand A Fracking Moratorium, Stage Sit-In At Quinn’s Office
















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Teachers and Families March for Workplace Democracy

Saturday, Sept 15th
TIME:      11:30 am
PLACE:   UE Hall, Ashland and Monroe
Wear RED! Bring pots, pans, noisemakers, signs and your voice!
March with CTU & IWW teachers, workers and families for an educational system that is managed directly and democratically, without the interference of unelected corporate Boards and the Mayor. The CTU Strike is a first, crucial step in defending public education and calling for what students need. Let’s continue to struggle for a system that will create the most effective and liberatory education possible.

From the UE, we will march over to the CTU Solidarity Rally at Union Park.

(Called by the Chicago IWW Organizing Committee)

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Picket Picnic Street Party

Picket Picnic Street Party

2439 South Oakley Avenue Chicago, IL 60608

It’s been a long week but we are still going strong. Get out your dancing shoes, bring an instrument, throw food on the fire and Join us for a Picket Picnic at Alderman Solis’s office. Solis was one of the original founders of UNO Charter schools which generally have lower test scores than the existing neighborhood schools, have no local school council, and have no collective bargaining with their teachers. He has pushed other wards to change zoning laws in favor of Charter construction and supportive of

Cristro Rey’s attempt to bulldoze Whittier’s field house (La Casita) which was used for a community library.

Friday 14th
11:00am-1:00+ (if the strike is still going)*
If we are kicked out of the streets we will move to nearby Park (Baraga Playlot Park)

*If the strike is called off this week, we will still have street party, the time will be bumped up to 4:30pm.

A Picket Picnic/ Street Pary
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