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Excerpts from Popular Art and The Primal Shout – The Basement Poems 1986-2006

Fun at 2 a.m. yesterday morning while taking a break from editing video.

2 a.m. Facebook Live poetry reading

I mentioned Rodney Jones. I attended creative writing workshops with him and others with Philip St. Clair, who wrote an incredible epic poem Vicksburg. I remember vaguely that one or both of them advised me to let poetry speak for itself and that vast backstory should be unnecessary for a good poem. The same is usually true for good songs, but Facebook is an informal, maybe less than informal, social medium. Also, I do love when Patterson Hood adds narrative to his songs. I hope, at least, my backstory is tolerable. Thanks again to those wonderful oddballs, Facebook friends, and misc. vampires that joined me unscheduled and unpromoted in the early morning hours.


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.

http://ilsinglepayer.org


Welcome To Planet Brad

I’m slowly trying to get support among Republicans and I think it’s there, because they want the same thing. -Rep. Brad Schneider

Rep. Brad Schneider continues to ignore the facts about #MedicareForAll. This is his alternative plan: Slowly trying to build support among Republicans.

No surprise, then, that Our Revolution is bringing the National Emergency Ambulance Tour directly to his office Friday June 7, 2019 at 4:30 PM.

Our Revolution volunteer activists Dr. Lisa Peck, Colleen LaVigne, and Kerri Barber will be sharing those facts our Congressman is ignoring. Help Brad help us by showing up and adding your voice.

Our Revolution: Show up for the #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour

Our Revolution #NationalEmergencyAmbulanceTour:

8:00 AM Thursday June 6 – Rep. Lipinski at 300 N. LaSalle Chicago, IL

NOON Friday June 7 – Rep. Bill Foster 815 N. Larkin STE 206 Joliet, IL

4:30 PM Friday June 7- Join Our Revolution Buffalo Grove and Our Revolution Lake County with the National Emergency Ambulance Tour.

Brad Schneider’s office 111 Barclay Lincolnshire, IL

“Each day House Democrats fail to lead, lives are lost,” Joseph Geevarghese, national director of Our Revolution, said in a statement. “It is morally unacceptable for the Democratic House majority to stand by and do nothing as Americans needlessly die and families fall into despair.”

“The truth is Medicare for All is a progressive litmus test—either you’re on the side of the sick and the suffering or you’re with corporate healthcare CEOs,” said Geevarghese.

#MedicareForAll DAY OF ACTION IN CHICAGO -SATURDAY – Blue Cross Blue Shield Building – RALLY – MARCH – Die-In – PROTEST

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

Monday June 10, 2019 1 PM #M4A/End DCCC Blacklist National Emergency Ambulance Rally 2401 4th Ave Rock Island, IL

ACTION ITEM ADDED – FROM NATIONAL NURSES UNITED:

The Ways & Means Committee is set to hold hearings next week on H.R. 1384: The Medicare for All Act of 2019. Brad Schneider sits on this committee but has not yet signed onto the bill. Please call Brad before the hearing. Just dial 202-858-1717 and enter your zip code to be connected with his office.

Colleen debriefing on Facebook Live after Rep. Brad Schneider’s Town Hall last Saturday morning after asking, “What will it take just to get the bill out of committee?” We appreciate the Congressman making himself available afterwards, but we are losing patience with Brad’s “How will we pay for it?” objection. We answered that question repeatedly and the answer is in the bill itself.


Rent Party: Burn It Down! (EP)

Holly, Matt, and Snezana have a digital preview of their upcoming CD release!

Burn It Down by Rent Party

released May 15, 2019 

Lunch Bag Records, 2019, EP 

All songs written by Rent Party, except “Bolje kada odeš,” written by Gene Clark, with lyrics by Rent Party. 

Recorded at I.V. Lab Studios in Chicago, IL by Chuck Kawal and at Five Cats Audio in Highland Park, IL by Matt Sobczyk. 

Mixed by Matt Sobczyk, Snežana Žabić, and Stanislav Žabić (tracks 6 and 7). 

Rent Party are: Holly Rose Shapiro (drums), Matt Sobczyk (bass, percussion, guitar), and Snežana Žabić (vocals and guitar). 

Special thanks to: 
Heather Brown: vocals on tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Guitar on track 4.
Kim Simpson: lead guitar on tracks 6 and 7 and mandolin on 7. 
Stanislav Žabić: vocals on 7. 

Cover design by Jason Shapiro.

license

Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.


Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

Coffee Talk #Broadsheet #Broadcast

There’s this mythos that the left wing controls the media… Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, that’s not the far left. It is in a bizarro world where you have a President like you have now… we’re living in a rightwing madhouse where these corporate conservative people are the far left.

More nonsense. More craziness. It becomes normal in a sort of way. Like the way racism is normalized to the point where we don’t even see it.

RICHARDSON! calls in! TIGER WON? Are you kidding? I thought Ex-Cub, ex-White Sox Bobby Molinaro was going to win that thing!

Fun Facts: The GOP was formed in 1854. Lincoln campaigned for Republican candidates to the Illinois General Assembly in 1858 seeking an appointment to the US Senate.


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.

https://www.facebook.com/events/697883810613802/


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.

https://www.dsausa.org/statements/dsa-elected-officials-support-teacher-power-and-working-people-everywhere/


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