Category Archives: Democracy

Reclaiming Our Voices – Restoring Voting Rights in the 21st Century

#GiveUsTheBallot #RestoreSection5

Michael Brennan at the Bughouse Square Debates

Michael got selected over me and a couple of others to argue in favor of Single-payer healthcare. The reject speakers were there to support him. It was not politics as usual nor was it supposed to be. He was armed with dignity and the facts on his side.

Michael Brennan argues for Improved Medicare For All at the Bughouse Debates at Washington Square Park, hosted by the Newberry Library

This year’s Bughouse Debates marked the 100th anniversary of Chicago’s 1919 Race Riots. Much like the death toll of that racist violence 100 years ago or unarmed citizens summarily executed by police today, bad outcomes from our current healthcare system disproportionately harm people of color. The life expectancies in the affluent nearby Streeterville community range decades higher than life expectancy in the low-income African American communities located just 15 miles west or south. Your life expectancy in the United States shouldn’t depend on your skin color or your zip code. Our Constitution calls for the government to provide a common defense and to promote the general welfare. Healthcare is a human right and National health insurance secures that right immediately. A government of the United States that doesn’t secure the rights of its citizens is a failed government.

Adam Broad and Mark Johnson at Washington Square Park for #Bughouse2019 @newberrylibrary Chicago, IL

Thanks to Timi, Ethan, and Joel for volunteering along with Mark. Thanks to everyone that stopped by to purchase a button, T-shirt, or to get on the mailing list for the ISPC.

My Top Two Reasons To Vote For Bernie and Top Two Reasons Not To Vote For Bernie

Top Two Reasons To Vote For Bernie:

1) Uncle Bernie’s grab-bag of good policy reclaims democracy for the people and takes a drastic U-turn away from ecological catastrophe.

2) He is the ultimate long-distance runner of politics. 30 years ago he had the vision to know what this country needed to do. He organized and spoke truth to power and the country finally caught up with him. We need that long distance vision to put us on track for where we need to be 30 years from now.

Top Two Reasons Not To Vote For Bernie:

1) The nails on chalk board effect of the billionth time he mentions the billionaire class.

2) The continuous deafening lamentations of ignorant Never Bernie people followed by Bernie’s exhortations to respect these people.

Coffee Talk With Adam

A preliminary discussion about MESSAGE (Something about Bernie or Bust)

Coffee Talk with Adam – Something about Bernie or Bust.

My wife Lisa is Not running for Congress

Why is it I have to work outside the party to empower low income people, people the system is not working for, people who are being crushed by our health care system?

Editor’s Note: Since the time this blog was posted the Facebook Live video was hacked and pieces of video and audio are missing. It probably makes a little more sense that we’re singing ABBA’s Fernando after I announce that AAA just called and Fernando is coming to tow the car.

…And the way REPUBLICANS sold out their constituents…

got cut off at the end of my comment asking “Are we seeing the same thing with Democrats”

Editor’s Note updated 6/23/19 – After putting out an SOS, the hack/glitch was anonymously resolved. Thanks, Anonymous! – And Now it’s broken again. Effin’ WordPress.

Fun with Facebook Live outside of Cupitol in Evanston. It’s Great To Be Alive!

MEMO FOR Establishment Republicans and Establishment Democrats: Maybe you didn’t get the previous memo. Don’t let the money and status fool you. You are not popular.

Are we actually seeing what we saw with the last Congress? Where Democratic (Congressional Representatives) now have to run and hide from their Democratic constituents because they are selling us out… the way Republican Congressmen sold out their constituents? And what a surprise… they all get money from the same people.

Sell the house. Sell the kids. We have to pay our health insurance corporation to bankrupt America.

Emergency Tour sends M4A Ambulance on rescue mission to Planet Brad. Text “M4A” to 83-224 to support Medicare For All.

Congressman Brad Schneider is blocking MedicareForAll. Our Revolution came to his office in Lincolnshire, IL to talk about that.

Trolling Congressional DEMS to save lives and livelihoods: Behind The Scenes on the National Emergency Ambulance Tour #MedicareForAll

Editor’s Note: an earlier version of the blog listed an incorrect text number. Please re-post this corrected version early and often to help correct that and get the word out.

Text “M4A” to 83-224 to support Medicare For All


Thursday morning in the LOOP. Our Revolution and Refuse Fascism share a rally outside a $1000 pr plate fundraiser for Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3). Our Revolution is promoting Medicare For All and protesting Democratic party efforts to block progressive primary campaigns against corporate conservative incumbents. Later in the afternoon, after the #MedicareForAll National Emergency Ambulance visited Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5), Our Revolution received parlay invites from Quigley, Rep. Lauren Underwood (IL-14) and Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11).

It was around 10 pm Wednesday night that Our Revolution activist Colleen LaVigne asked me what time she needed to leave to arrive on time for a Thursday morning rally and protest outside a fundraiser for Rep. Dan Lipinski. My wife Lisa had the answer for her. “Now,” she said.

Chicago is funny that way. Distance is irrelevant. Time is everything. Depending on time of day or luck of the draw, that projected 15 minute ride might take hours. If you’re running into unexpected construction or an accident, it’s bad. If you run into both, forget about it. Get a room and try again tomorrow.

Such predicaments can deter even the most experienced Chicago drivers, but with so much at stake, the National Emergency Ambulance Tour had to forge ahead to Help Our Congress Help Us by sharing facts they continue to ignore. Rep. Lipinski was perhaps too busy counting his money from a $1000 pr plate fundraiser to join us. Besides, he might be over-confident because of a Democratic party blacklist threat against any vendors that would help a pro-choice, pro-Medicare-For-All challenger against him.

Other Democrats targeted on the tour chose not to remain ignorant. Three democratic legislators in the Illinois contingent are meeting with Our Revolution to take a longer look at the facts concerning #MedicareForAll.

Joseph Geevarghese, Our Revolution national director, delivers a pointed message and exhorts the live stream audience to text “M4A” to 83-224.

Joseph Geevarghese kicks off the rally outside the Lipinski fundraiser
A Message for Rep. Dan Lipinski (IL-3)
Kerri Barber – Our Revolution McHenry – talks about the economic impact of Medicare For All
Linda Horn from Refuse Fascism – Chicago and Richard Rodriguez
Text “M4A” to 83-224 – Our Revolution
The Closer – The Cubs could have used Joseph earlier in the season. He is bringing the heat.

Next stop: Northside!

Reality TV on Facebook: The National Emergency Ambulance Tour visits the north side of Chicago. Rep. Mike Quigley’s chief of staff set up a meeting for the Congressman to further discuss #MedicareForAll

Medicare For All DAY OF ACTION IN CHICAGO -SATURDAY – Blue Cross Blue Shield Building – RALLY – MARCH – Die-In – PROTEST THE AMA

Join Our Revolution, Illinois Single Payer Coalition, Physicians For National Healthcare Program, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, National Nurses United and several other groups for a #MedicareForAll Day of Action in Chicago.

SATURDAY June 8, 2019 NOON RALLY Blue Cross Blue Shield Building 300 E. Randolph (north end of Millennium Park along E. Randolph Street at the NE corner of Randolph and Columbus Dr.)

Speakers at 1:30 followed by a MARCH (there’s an ADA complaint vehicle for those who can’t) to the Hyatt Regency Chicago where the American Medical Association is hosting its annual meeting. 

During the MARCH to the PROTEST there will be a DIE-IN representing those who have died due to lack of healthcare. The AMA opposed Medicare before its inception in 1965 and continues to obstruct single payer healthcare. Last year the AMA in a coalition with insurance and pharmaceutical companies formed Partnership For America’s Healthcare Future. They spend millions to lobby against Medicare For All/Single Payer to defend our inefficient for-profit system that is bankrupting families and businesses and results in lack of healthcare or death for tens of thousands of Americans.

Saturday June 8, 2019 3 PM The National Emergency Ambulance rushes out to visit Rep. Underwood at 3S 101 Rockwell St. Warrenville, IL

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