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#1 mauserme

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 11:45 AM

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July 25, 2020

Dear Mayor Lightfoot and Sheriff Dart,

We are writing to you to ask that the City of Chicago and the Cook County Sheriff’s Office cease cooperation with the federal agents being deployed by the Trump administration. Donald Trump has repeatedly demonstrated both his callous disregard for Black, indigenous, and immigrant lives, and his increasing inclination towards fascism and authoritarianism.

We grieve deeply the lives lost to gun violence in Chicago, including the terrible mass shooting on Monday night, the young children killed this summer, and the lives lost every day this year to less fanfare but no less tragedy--429 homicides total at the time of writing.

At the same time, we are clear that we cannot police ourselves out of this terrible situation. Chicago has more police officers per capita than any other major city in the US, but it has not made us the safest city in the US by any measure. Breaking the cycle of violence means that the city must invest in jobs, housing, schools, and healing, not prisons and police--and definitely not cooperation with a dangerous, racist, and repressive Presidential administration.

The ethnonationalist and fascist tendencies of the Trump administration have been well-documented, from his suggestion on Monday that he will not concede the election to encouraging violence against his political opponents, peddling conspiracy theories that fuel white nationalist terrorism, and cracking down on the freedom of the press. We DO NOT trust any promises that President Trump has made or will make about their deployment.

We ask that you immediately cease any existing or planned city police and county sheriff cooperation with the federal agents that President Trump has pledged to send to Chicago. This means:
 

Do not allow these federal agents (including DEA, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, Department of Homeland Security, and FBI) to use city police or county sheriff property, staff, or other resources, including offices, parking lots, police stations, or the Cook County Jail.

Cease all information- and database-sharing with federal law enforcement agencies including DEA, ATF, U.S. Marshals Service, Department of Homeland Security, and FBI.

Do not allow federal agents to assume custody of anyone who is being held in custody of the Chicago Police Department or the Cook County Sheriff, including at Cook County Jail.

Expand existing sanctuary zones (schools, hospitals, places of worship) to include other city properties, including library and park buildings, where federal agents are not permitted to enter, detain, or interrogate civilians.

 


Signed,

Illinois Senate Majority Leader Senator Kim Lightford, Chair of the Joint Black Caucus

Illinois House Majority Leader Representative Greg Harris*

Illinois Senate Majority Caucus Chair Senator Mattie Hunter

Illinois Senate Deputy Majority Caucus Chair Senator Jacqueline Collins

Illinois Senate Majority Caucus Whip Senator Omar Aquino, Co-Chair of the Illinois Legislative Latino Caucus

Illinois Senator Ram Villivalam, Co-Chair of the Asian-American Caucus

Illinois Senator Emil Jones*

Illinois Senator Robert Peters

Illinois Senator Heather Steans

Illinois Senator Patricia Van Pelt

Illinois Senator Celina Villanueva

Illinois Representative Will Guzzardi, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus

Illinois Representative Theresa Mah, Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus

Illinois Representative Kam Buckner

Illinois Representative Kelly Cassidy

Illinois Representative Lakesia Collins

Illinois Representative Sonya Harper

Illinois Representative Delia Ramirez

Illinois Representative Lamont Robinson

Illinois Representative Nick Smith

Illinois Representative Curtis Tarver

Illinois Representative Emanuel “Chris” Welch*

Cook County Commissioner Alma Anaya

Cook County Commissioner Dennis Deer

Cook County Commissioner Bridget Degnen*

Cook County Commissioner Brandon Johnson

Ald. Maria Hadden

Ald. Daniel La Spata

Ald. Roberto Maldonado*

Ald. Matt Martin

Ald. Carlos Ramirez Rosa

Ald. Michael Rodriguez

Ald. Rossana Rodriguez Sanchez

Ald. Byron Sigcho-Lopez

Ald. Jeanette Taylor

Ald. Andre Vasquez

Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender*

33rd Ward Working Families

40th United Independent Political Organization*

Action Center on Race and the Economy

Black Lives Matter Chicago

Black Roots Alliance

Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

Chicago Community Bond Fund

Chicago Teachers Union

Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600

El Foro Del Pueblo

Equity and Transformation (EAT)

Grassroots Collaborative

Healthy Illinois

Jane Addams Senior Caucus

Lift the Ban

National Lawyers Guild Chicago

Northside Action for Justice

Organized Communities Against Deportations

The People’s Lobby

Resist. Reimagine. Rebuild. Chicago Coalition

Southsiders Organized for Unity and Liberation

Trinity United Church of Christ

UE Western Region

United Working Families

United Nations Association of Chicago


*indicates name added after initial release of the letter on July 25, 2020

 



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 11:54 AM

Not conceding an election before a single vote is cast makes one ethnonationalist and fascist?



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 12:07 PM

These always come with the “we must invest more” in these communities.
We need to offer more jobs
We need more medical assistance
We need places where these folks can run and be covered from being subject to the laws of the world

And lastly it would only be in their favor to “outlaw” the Federal against since the local sheriff, CPD, prosecutors, etc have been neutered to the point of near non existence in Illinois

Not something THEY can do to the Federal agents
Those agents would actually be able to enforce laws on the books as written.

And these same elected officials sit by and watch a ranking CPD member kill himself today and think nothing they have done could/would be apart of this!

Sick, absolutely sick and mind numbing

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 12:13 PM

Aren't all these signatories supposed to working towards investing in jobs, housing, schools, and healing for the people of Chicago? I don't think they are doing a good job.



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 12:29 PM

Naturally, the BLM bunch signed....they don't want to face, you know, actual trial and prison time, for their actions. They're getting a pass from Groot, P-Winkle, Dart and Brown to riot and loot.



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 12:31 PM

What a list of allstars.

 

If I had nothing but time to kill, I'd add up all the years each senator and/or rep has in office, likely adds up to centuries, and ask how long they need?

 

To Bubbacks point, it's always mo' money, mo' money.  If there were any accountability for it, maybe I'd jump on board.  Chicago has spent billions over the years and nothing changes, the definition of insane.


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 01:25 PM

You expected something different from this bunch??????  Really??????



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Posted 28 July 2020 - 02:09 PM

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Posted 28 July 2020 - 02:32 PM

"At the same time, we are clear that we cannot police ourselves out of this terrible situation. Chicago has more police officers per capita than any other major city in the US, but it has not made us the safest city in the US by any measure". 

 

They are right in that policing, alone, will not solve the problem. Chicago has, proportionally, the 4th largest force, after Atlantic City, Myrtle Beach, and the District of Columbia. 

If they spent more time and energy in encouraging their constituents to obey the law, stop abusing drugs and alcohol, stay in school and apply themselves, respect the life and rights of others, there would be much less need for additional officers. 

https://www.governin...epartments.html


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 02:54 PM

All those signatures are a real shopping list for the Fed's to start digging into.   :devil:


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 03:14 PM

 

 

At the same time, we are clear that we cannot police ourselves out of this terrible situation. Chicago has more police officers per capita than any other major city in the US, but it has not made us the safest city in the US by any measure.

 

If they would prosecute and keep convicted felons in jail, that might compliment the actions of said police.  That's the problem with these folks, they don't get that half measures don't get you half the results, that gets you nothing.


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Posted 28 July 2020 - 09:39 PM

Based on that Letter “I” am rethinking what “I” own to protect my family come November when he wins and they go absolutely bananas! 
 

Why isn’t my state congress person attached to that letter, doesn’t Crespo care about his party unity or is he just collecting a check?
 


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 07:18 AM

Interesting note.  Only a minority, 20% of Alderman, signed.  Hmmm.  Also, the far left Dems are scared, as they are losing the 'propoganda' war on this.  Polls show support for BLM dropping daily.


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Posted 29 July 2020 - 03:24 PM

 

https://www.unitedwo...al-deployment-1
 

We ask that you immediately cease any existing or planned city police and county sheriff cooperation with the federal agents . . .

 

 

 

Hey, didn't another pair of Democratic politicians say something like that, too? Back in Little Rock and Tuscaloosa, or something like that, wasn't it?

 

These guys, I think it was . . .

 

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 08:26 AM

I guess I know the answer already but I don't know who votes for these inhuman idiots. I can't find the space in my mind where I can look at any of this objectively.

 

Everything the liberals stand for is just a train wreck and a plane crash but yet some people still think it's the path forward.

 

I'll never be able to wrap my head around it, frankly i don't know anyone who can.



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Posted 30 July 2020 - 09:15 AM

I guess I know the answer already but I don't know who votes for these inhuman idiots. I can't find the space in my mind where I can look at any of this objectively.
 
Everything the liberals stand for is just a train wreck and a plane crash but yet some people still think it's the path forward.
 
I'll never be able to wrap my head around it, frankly i don't know anyone who can.


The problem increasingly has been that in Illinois, the Republicans don't offer an effective, credible, reliable alternative. So at some level a lot of folks just let inertia carry them on in the dysfunctional direction we have been going.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 10:53 AM

I'm wondering though if Illinois could go red this election. I know in some of the Facebook groups there seem to be a lot of Chicago folks ticked at handling of current situations.

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Posted 30 July 2020 - 11:28 AM

I'm wondering though if Illinois could go red this election. I know in some of the Facebook groups there seem to be a lot of Chicago folks ticked at handling of current situations.


Dream on...

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Posted 01 August 2020 - 10:14 AM

"Breaking the cycle of violence means that the city must invest in jobs, housing, schools, and healing,....."

 

You'd think by now that there'd be some collective awareness of how utterly stupid this sounds.  Year after year after year for decades trillions of $$$ has been directed towards solving, or at least alleviating, problems in inner cities across America.  And what's been the result?

 

The title of the letter should have been "We, the Undersigned, are fools ignorant of history and completely devoid of fresh ideas."


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Posted 01 August 2020 - 11:10 AM

I'm wondering though if Illinois could go red this election. I know in some of the Facebook groups there seem to be a lot of Chicago folks ticked at handling of current situations.

 

 

Dream on...

 

For those of you old enough to remember, in 1986 Jim Thompson ran against Adlai Stevenson for the second time. The winner for the Lt. Governor spot on the Democratic ticket was a LaRouche candidate. Rather than run on a ticket with a LaRouche candidate, Stevenson ditched the Democratic Party and formed a new party called the "Solidarity Party". The idea was to cash in on the rising popularity of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement in Poland.

 

Anyway, there was no Democratic candidate for Governor that year.

 

The 1986 ballot contained a blank space for the Democratic candidate.

 

That blank space was not endorsed by any organization, newspapers, politician, or whatever. There were no volunteers, no fund raisers, no commercials, no lawn signs, etc. The blank space was not invited to appear in the debates.

 

With all that going against him, her, or it, the blank space still received 208,830 votes (mostly from Chicago) because some citizens simply vote the way they vote.



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 04:46 PM

 

I'm wondering though if Illinois could go red this election. I know in some of the Facebook groups there seem to be a lot of Chicago folks ticked at handling of current situations.

 

 

Dream on...

 

For those of you old enough to remember, in 1986 Jim Thompson ran against Adlai Stevenson for the second time. The winner for the Lt. Governor spot on the Democratic ticket was a LaRouche candidate. Rather than run on a ticket with a LaRouche candidate, Stevenson ditched the Democratic Party and formed a new party called the "Solidarity Party". The idea was to cash in on the rising popularity of Lech Walesa's Solidarity movement in Poland.

 

Anyway, there was no Democratic candidate for Governor that year.

 

The 1986 ballot contained a blank space for the Democratic candidate.

 

That blank space was not endorsed by any organization, newspapers, politician, or whatever. There were no volunteers, no fund raisers, no commercials, no lawn signs, etc. The blank space was not invited to appear in the debates.

 

With all that going against him, her, or it, the blank space still received 208,830 votes (mostly from Chicago) because some citizens simply vote the way they vote.

 

 

Actually, the 208K were most likely dead people.



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Posted 01 August 2020 - 04:47 PM

 

Anyway, there was no Democratic candidate for Governor that year.

 

The 1986 ballot contained a blank space for the Democratic candidate.

 

That blank space was not endorsed by any organization, newspapers, politician, or whatever. There were no volunteers, no fund raisers, no commercials, no lawn signs, etc. The blank space was not invited to appear in the debates.

 

With all that going against him, her, or it, the blank space still received 208,830 votes (mostly from Chicago) because some citizens simply vote the way they vote.

 

 

 

   I remember that year, it was still when there was a box at the top of the ballot so you could vote straight party.  My friend a die hard "D" because his union told him to be just hit the box and he was done.  Guess it must be nice in a way, never bother to have a real thought, just do what you are told.   Jim.


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Posted 04 August 2020 - 08:14 AM

   I remember that year, it was still when there was a box at the top of the ballot so you could vote straight party.  My friend a die hard "D" because his union told him to be just hit the box and he was done. 

 

 

--->Guess it must be nice in a way, never bother to have a real thought, just do what you are told.<---   Jim.

 

And there, you have distilled the entire goal of the Democrat party down to one sentence. Bravo, Sir.



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Posted 04 August 2020 - 09:25 AM

   I remember that year, it was still when there was a box at the top of the ballot so you could vote straight party.  My friend a die hard "D" because his union told him to be just hit the box and he was done. 

 

 

--->Guess it must be nice in a way, never bother to have a real thought, just do what you are told.<---   Jim.

 

And there, you have distilled the entire goal of the Democrat party down to one sentence. Bravo, Sir.

 

x2.  If I want my city services I'm paying for, I have to bow to the ward chief's who keeps the naughty & nice record.  Disgusting.






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