Monthly Archives: March 2019

Rent Party live at Gallery Cabaret

Rent Party live at The Gallery Cabaret on Friday March 22, 2019

Rent Party set list
Rent Party at the Gallery Cabaret – 1. Rent Party 2. Sunglasses in the Rain (2:48) 3. Gates of Hell (5:49) 3. Welcome to Catastrophe (8:13) 4. Red Cells (11:40) 5. Stowaways (14:31)
Rent Party live at The Gallery Cabaret – Twirl Girl

Rent Party live at The Gallery Cabaret – 1. Ain’t Got No 2. Time (3:00) 3. Pie in the Sky (6:00) 4. Chicago (8:20) 5. Hate My Job (12:15) 6. Precious Rhinestone (15:12) 7. Shadow Dancing (17:33)

Five Years of Rent Party

With the addition of Matt and Holly, Heather and Snezana’s feminist folk duo evolved into an electric quartet. When Heather moved onto other projects, Rent Party cranked into more of a garage rock sound. Yesterday, at City News Cafe (4018 N. Clark St.) Heather rejoined her former bandmates to celebrate the entire journey.

I regret that catching the entire show was unplanned and that I did not capture this with my portastudio and my video camera. Seeing the entire evolution of the band is still entertaining on an iphone capture.

Adam and Lisa Facebook Live intro followed by Heather and Snezana (a.k.a. Nana) Rent Party

Rent Party goes electric. The Quartet years.
Rent Party. The band in its current garage formation.

Holly goes back to the sticks on Friday at The Gallery Cabaret 2020 N. Oakley. Chicago, IL. 10:00pm – 2am. Rent Party/Baby No-Name.

Trump Administration and Mexico attempted to cover-up violations by targeting Journalists and Activists

March 8, 2019

National Lawyers Guild condemns “Operation Secure Line”

Investigation and leaked documents uncovered human rights violations, watch list, and sytematic targeting.

Clear evidence Trump Administration is conspiring against US journalists with a foreign government. Was this secret program the planning phase of another Jamal Khashoggi scenario or just another routine disregard for the First Amendment? Another scandal on the pile.

TIJUANA, Mexico—Leaked US-Mexican government documents revealed both governments are maintaining a secret database targeting at least 59 journalists, activists, and an attorney as part of an intelligence-gathering mission under “Operation Secure Line,” based on their work reporting on and offering humanitarian aid to the recent caravans of migrants fleeing from violence and poverty. The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) condemns this practice as a blatant violation of civil liberties and attempt to intimidate those seeking to provide necessary, legal and legitimate aid to migrants and their families.

An NLG delegation was in Tijuana investigating violations of migrants’ rights by US and Mexican authorities when the documents, titled “San Diego Sector Foreign Operations Branch: Migrant Caravan FY-2019, Suspected Organizers, Coordinators, Instigators and Media,” were uncovered. Prior to the leaked report, the delegation heard stories of hours-long interrogations, harassment, confiscation of electronic devices, and intimidation of activists and lawyers by immigration authorities on both sides of the border related to their humanitarian work, including members of the group Pueblo Sin Fronteras (PSF). Many activists who felt singled out by CBP correctly suspected that they were on a government watch list due to their association with the migrant caravan, especially following the of two journalists and US attorneys with Al Otro Lado who were denied entry into Mexico earlier this month, who were held and faced questioning for up to 10 hours.

“It’s worrisome, but not surprising… I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.”

Alex Mensing, a US citizen living in Tijuana who helped coordinate the delegation’s meetings with domestic and international NGOs, as well as Mexican human rights and immigration authorities, chose not to accompany the delegation to San Diego on Wednesday for meetings with the ACLU, Border Angels, and the International Rescue Committee. Mensing has been repeatedly stopped for secondary questioning by US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on a clear effort to intimate PSF and other volunteers. “It’s worrisome, but not surprising,” Mensing told Telemundo yesterday. “I was taken into a concrete
cell for interrogation and they took my phone, scanned all my notebooks, all the papers I brought… It angers me that the government is using taxpayer funds to create a database meant to intimidate people.” For the last four months, Mensing has attempted to obtain information directly from CBP about his repeated questioning to no avail.

“We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

Pooja Gehi, Executive Director of the NLG and member of the Tijuana delegation, said, “We witnessed migrants who had traveled days fleeing violence and persecution, only to be denied their right to claim asylum at the border, in contravention of international law. Instead, they were required to put their name on a handwritten list, then wait indefinitely while trying to find food and shelter, dodging violence and deportation, in hope that their names would be called to start the arduous process that is the US asylum system.”

It is also important to note that Mexico has previously operationalized their surveillance of activists and journalists through practices such as Pegasus malware, and the leaked list also delegitimizes the Democrats’ offer of a “technological wall” as an acceptable compromise to Trump’s border wall that would be any more lawful or based in human rights principles.

While government surveillance of activists is nothing new, and an issue the NLG has a long history of fighting, we are particularly concerned that binational surveillance of activists will not only deter people from engaging in humanitarian action but will also leave migrants in need of humanitarian and legal support with neither, thereby exacerbating human suffering at the border.

Since last year, NLG lawyers, legal workers, and law students have been on the ground in Tijuana volunteering legal support, training, and observation in coordination with other organizations such as Al Otro Lado. The NLG urges deepened investigation into this report and demands an immediate termination of the illegal practice of targeting activists and journalists.

The National Lawyers Guild, whose membership includes lawyers, legal workers, jailhouse lawyers, and law students, was formed in 1937 as the United States’ first racially-integrated bar association to advocate for the protection of constitutional, human and civil rights.

(Adam’s Note: This blog was mostly extrapolated from a press release by the National Lawyers Guild without any prior approval or consent. The headline and prefaces to the text and the presentation of the text reflect my personal editorial perspective and points of emphasis.)

DSA Elected Officials Support Teacher Power and Working People Everywhere

DSA Elected Officials Support Teacher Power and Working People Everywhere

We pledge to do everything we can to empower teachers in their fight to defend our public schools at home and urge elected officials around the country to support teachers, students, and working people, not the wealthy few.

Facebook Live Demo

Dr. Mrs. Girlfriend joined me in the podcast studio which is still under construction.

Lisa needs practice for her #M4A podcast so I fired up the Facebook Live and started rolling. We’re having some fun with our lefty Romper Room and we talked about #MedicareForAll #M4A, some #GreenNewDeal some #Bernie2020 and looked back again at #ACA #Obamacare and the #GOP #RepealAndReplace movement that won a lot of elections but then backlashed in the midterms when after seizing all levels of American government it was revealed they had nothing but misery and despair and more money for #BigPharma and #BigInsurance to offer the desperate and pissed off American voters that are tired of paying more for less.

We gave a couple of shout outs to #BLM Lake County founder Clyde McLemore who had to visit the ER and has our thoughts and prayers.

We walked into an emotional minefield to talk about Israel and Rep. Ilhan Omar. This is a great wedge issue for the reactionaries and they’ve been building on and stressing the divisions within the Jewish community and between progressive Jews and other progressives for over a decade. Just to be clear: I stand with Bernie and Kamala on this issue and I #StandWithIlhan

We talked about campaigns and elections. I did some GOP-bashing but took some hope in the fact that Trump was elected over Cruzifer (Banning Muslims guy vs Carpet bombing Muslims guy).

We talked about the concerns of one community member who is dismayed about the Socialist trend in the Democratic party. We were all over the road on that one and I’m glad we have at least another 6 months to tighten that up before we do another 6 months of messaging before the IL Democratic primary. And then another 6 months to get mobilized for the 2020 Get Out The Vote campaign. We’re just getting started to #FuelTheBern


I stand with J-Street and the Peoples Resolution. – A.B.

“For the sake of the US-Israel relationship and for the long-term benefit of Americans, Israelis and Palestinians alike, we urge Congress to do more to help bring a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and take care not to contribute to a climate in which inexact or insensitive phrasing is quickly weaponized to limit the space for discussion on these issues.”

The American political debate over Israel and the Palestinians grows more polarized and  less productive by the day. Name-calling, twitter fights and congressional posturing grab headlines while substantive discussion of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict – and how to end it – gets pushed to the back burner. The issues at stake – peace and security, prejudice and racism, foreign policy and geopolitics – are vitally important and deserve better than the political grandstanding we’re seeing today.

J Street is dismayed by some of the rhetoric and imagery used by some critics of Israeli policy. Harmful language that echoes long-standing stereotypes and anti-Semitic tropes concern us deeply. It is also our view that the far greater threat to the Jewish community – to its security and its values – comes from the surge of ethno-nationalism and racism that forces on the right, including President Trump, have unleashed here and across the globe.

We agree with and support the sentiments expressed in the resolution which House Democratic leadership plans to introduce this week in opposition to anti-Semitism. We support members voting for this resolution to show their agreement with these sentiments. At the same time, we are concerned that the timing of this resolution will be seen as singling out and focusing special condemnation on a Muslim woman of color – as if her views and insensitive comments pose a greater threat than the torrent of hatred that the white nationalist right continues to level against Jews, Muslims, people of color and other vulnerable minority groups in our country. 

By narrowly focusing on progressive critics of Israeli policy and the politics surrounding Israel-related issues, much of our current debate bears little relation to the reality of anti-Semitism in the United States today. This plays directly into the hands of the president and his allies, who act in bad faith to weaponize the debate for political gain. 

To make clear their commitment to standing against all forms of hatred plaguing our nation, we urge congressional leaders to also urgently pass legislation expressing clear opposition to Islamophobia, anti-immigrant xenophobia and all forms of racism. 

Recognizing the charged atmosphere around these issues, J Street urges those looking to criticize Israeli policy and actions to do all they can to keep the debate focused on the merits of the issues by (1) acknowledging and committing to fight the very real scourge of anti-Semitism and other forms of racism and prejudice; (2) explicitly clarifying that their critique is of Israeli government policy, not of the Jewish people or of the right of the state of Israel to exist; and (3) focusing as much as possible on how American policy can help substantively to end the occupation, resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and address the legitimate needs of both peoples.

The United States, the Jewish community and Israel will only benefit from an ever more robust debate over time regarding US policy in the Middle East. Attacks on those members of Congress who criticize Israel’s policies should not be allowed to limit debate on the merits of the issues they are raising.

The US-Israel relationship is supposed to be based – as political figures consistently reinforce – on the interests and values that the two countries share. The primary challenge to that relationship right now is that the current government of Israel is regularly taking actions that run counter to American interests and implementing policies that call into question its commitment to core shared values. 

For the sake of the US-Israel relationship and for the long-term benefit of Americans, Israelis and Palestinians alike, we urge Congress to do more to help bring a peaceful end to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and take care not to contribute to a climate in which inexact or insensitive phrasing is quickly weaponized to limit the space for discussion on these issues.

Sign on: People’s Resolution Rejecting Antisemitism, Islamophobia, Racism, and Xenophobia

#BernieInChicago #NotHimUs

#BernieInChicago #NotHimUs

Nina Turner introduction speech for Sen. Bernie Sanders

Sunday March 3, 2019 Navy Pier – Chicago, IL

It’s wise to notice that the rock star qualities of the Bernie Sanders 2020 campaign have very little to do with his flashy style and smooth talk.

By himself, he could be mistaken for the crank hypes and confused repeaters distort him out to be. Surrounded by a million volunteers out of the gate and ten million dollars in mostly small ticket donations within the first week of #Bernie2020, this is something else. One man alone is a voice in the wilderness. A million people united at the very start is, at the very least, a campaign with legs. We call it the next step of a political revolution. In the ideal sense, it’s a movement to a more perfect union. In a practical sense, it’s a survival plan.

Nina Turner Introduction speech for Sen. Bernie Sanders at Navy Pier. Sunday March 3, 2019 Chicago, IL. #DIY #TheseHands

Dan Everhart fought, ferociously, for social justice

Dan Everhart fought, ferociously, for social justice

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Dan Everhart fought, ferociously, for social justiceSobriety was a watershed in Chico resident’s life

by Steve Breedlove

Dan Everhart provided this photo when he wrote guest commentary for ChicoSol just a few months before his passing.

Born Danny Allen Everhart in Madison, Ind., on Sept. 2, 1958, Dan split his time between Elgin, Ill., with his mother, and southern Indiana, with his father, until he was 20. Displaying anti-authoritarian hard-headedness and the general alienation that foments, Dan lived rough and tumble in his formative years and fell into alcohol and drug abuse. He didn’t stay in one place for very long and he dropped out of high school.

He also fathered a child around this time, but left him in his infancy. Christopher was adopted by his mother’s husband, and said that Dan was “never his ‘dad.’” According to Chris, Dan definitely imparted his intellect and curiosity, and also his skill in IT and data analysis. They maintained communications with twice-a-year phone conversations — on Chris’s birthday and on Christmas. One of Dan’s friends recounted that “he despaired” about having left his infant son and that he carried a picture of Chris. Another said it was one of the demons he carried for the rest of his life.

Like many young men looking for a paycheck and some direction, Dan enlisted in the Army in 1979, serving very briefly. Like many recruits who are unwilling to play by the rules quickly learn, the military is not very accepting of anti-authoritarianism, no matter how deeply it is embedded in good conscience. He was discharged honorably in 1980.

While visiting a cousin in Nashville, Dan fell from a balcony while intoxicated — describing it as a “cartwheel” to a college friend — and it changed the course of his life forever. The doctors gave him five years to live, but he was as stubborn as a tumbleweed’s taproot, and lived another 35 years beyond their expectations.

Despite his longevity, he did experience considerable “phantom pains,” as well as general discomfort from being quadriplegic. As one friend in Dallas who had the same spinal cord injury described it, it feels like “your bones want to puncture through your skin.” From the VA facility in Chicago, he transferred to the halfway house, Winning Wheels, in Prophetstown, Ill., to finish rehabilitation and to learn how to live in a wheelchair.

While he recovered from his accident, Dan obtained his GED and enrolled in nearby Sauk Valley Community College. He then transferred to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale — a school that was an early adopter of accessibility programs and infrastructure — and moved into an innovative independent living facility off-campus called “The Fields.” Dan received a BS in psychology, graduating summa cum laude in 1987, writing his capstone paper on the dynamics of loneliness — a condition that proved perennial.

Near the end of his undergraduate years and after, he worked for a crisis hotline for a program called Synergy in a geodesic dome facility they called, unsurprisingly, “The Dome.”

During this period of his life, his friends and peers recalled his intense intelligence and his “acerbic wit.” One asserted that, “We weren’t squares, and Dan was kind of like a leader,” and that he was prone to deliver monologues of deep philosophical musing “while we tripped.” Dan and his friends continued to party hard, and a few bad experiences led him to finally decide to become sober. One friend noted he was later ashamed that he had been a “horribly mean drunk.”

Carbondale had a really strong recovery community which most certainly helped him in his process and, according to a confidant in Dallas two decades later, “Dan was proud of being sober.”

Another friend recounted that “sober Dan was like not-sober Dan, just without the hangover,” referring to his often abrasive personality, his intellect and his sense of humor. While always concerned with the suffering of others, sobriety granted Dan new opportunities to focus on social justice work and was a watershed in his life.

In 1991, now sober, he enrolled in a Master’s in Social Work program, also at SUI-Carbondale. A study partner recalled that he was brutally critical, but that he couldn’t “help being critical when [he was] so intelligent.” He graduated in 1993 and was named Graduate Student of the Year. One classmate joked, “he actually read the books,” counting Saul Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals” and Thomas Szasz’s “The Myth of Mental Illness” as important influences on Dan’s thinking. His passion for the unhoused emerged around this time.

After a very brief career as a social worker in a local prison, Dan went to Dallas to work for Microsoft, where he remained until retiring in 2011. He was on the development team of the SOAP XML protocol, which facilitates the exchange of information over networks. While in Dallas, he joined other activists in fighting for accessibility across the city, which, according to a close friend and activist, was “one of the least accessible cities in the country.”

Dan was an expert poker player, a cinephile and a member of the Dallas Movie Geeks. He participated in Occupy Dallas and brought his wit, intelligence and compassion for the unhoused. He was described as a “trooper” for the long days he spent exposed to the elements, much as he was a trooper meeting with the folks at the makeshift Butte County camps that sprung up in the wake of the Camp Fire.

After a bad breakup, Dan decided to go West.

He told his family Dallas was too hot, but ironically Dan chose Chico. According to them, he thoroughly researched Chico and felt it was a town where he could “make a difference.” To say he made a difference is an understatement that obscures the legacy of this amazing and principled man.

Shortly after arriving in Chico, Dan involved himself in the remnants of Occupy Wall Street and Food Not Bombs. He was instrumental in forming the Northern California Counties Time Bank, where he served on the board at his passing, advocating for face-to-face egalitarian economics as an antidote to the crushing pains of capitalist exploitation. He served, for a time, as treasurer of the Chico chapter of the ACLU, where his uncompromising principles and stubbornness were often on full display. He served as board president of the Chico Peace and Justice Center, advancing the teaching and practice of Gandhian nonviolence and social change.

Dan believed voluntary suffering was central to struggles against oppression and that loving your enemy is a revolutionary act. This led him to de-emphasize his own disability and focus on his relative privilege vis-à-vis other oppressed groups, particularly the unhoused and people of color suffering under the white supremacist criminal injustice system. Also a testament to both his principles and his intersectional thinking, Dan was a strong voice for the elders to step back from positions of power within organizations and open space for younger and more diverse voices.

Dan’s principled nonviolence and belief in direct action for social change led him to many protests and actions against war, against fossil fuels, rail transport of oil, and more. He truly understood the scope and scale of our ecological crisis. Dan was also the driving force behind the Chico Housing Action Team, taking decisive action to provide immediate shelter to unhoused folks during a dangerous winter cold snap and bringing together people who shared a desire to address the crisis of homelessness. As a regular speaker at City Council and board and commission meetings, Dan was a powerful voice advocating for justice for the least among us and against the insane economic paradigm of endless growth.

Dan was one of those rare people who could light up a room with his child-like excitement for ideas, like direct democracy through neighborhood assemblies, while also being bluntly truthful about the mass extinction underway and the slim prospects of humanity surviving.

People who knew him described him in many ways, including as “wicked smart,” as “curious about everything,” as someone who “loved a good debate,” as someone who “had a personal side that was warm, generous and charming” and offered a “genuine handshake.” But he was also described as someone who could be at times “very cruel” and a “difficult friend to have . . . because he had crazy high standards not only for himself but others as well.”

Many who worked with Dan on issues of social and economic justice here in Chico can verify this latter fact with their own experiences.

Dan inspired other individuals and organizations and his legacy will never be fully understood. Like a tumbleweed, Dan rolled in from the Midwest, broken from a tenacious taproot, and spread seeds of a better world all over the city. Some of those are maturing, like a tiny house village recently approved. Some have already sprouted, like North Valley Mutual Aid. Many more seeds are dormant, waiting for the right moment to spring to life. We owe these to him.

Rest in power, comrade.

Dan Everhart died in his home Dec. 23, 2018. He is survived by his mother, ValDean White, his son, Christopher Heaney, sister Pam Asinopo, his father, Dan Everhart, Sr., stepmother Avalon Hampton, brother Dan Jr., and his sister, Kat Knox.

Writer’s note: Thanks to all the people — near and far, estranged or intimate — who shared their stories and helped me learn about my friend and mentor. I see so much of myself in Dan’s story. His lessons encourage my self-reflection and give me the strength to persevere. Let’s carry his flame as a torch to pierce the darkness of our moment and to light the path to a world of beauty, abundance and love.

Editor’s note: Steve Breedlove is a father, gardener, veteran and an occasional contributor to ChicoSol.

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