Feb 15, 2020 Carbondale, IL LIVE RECORDING at Lost Cross House
Tag Archives: Illinois
I first met John Powell a.k.a. Johnny Skatepunk circa 1984-85 via the underground Carbondale punk rock scene. Places like Airwaves or Cafe Flesh that featured bands like The Hip Chemists, Your Mother’s Lover, Nice Boys From Good Homes, Life Without Art, The Jesus Guys, Blood Stained Tool, and The Coffee Achievers.
Johnny went on to become a scientist and an avid sailor. While the political establishment considers the Bernie Sanders Green New Deal plan to be too radical, Johnny echos a fragment of discouraged scientists that believe it may already be too late to mitigate #ClimateEmergency. He related his personal experiences in Antarctica to his skepticism, though he remains in favor of making the boldest effort possible to save ourselves.
These are iphone videos are from my visit with Johnny while canvassing North Chicago to get on the ballot as part of my run for Congress in IL-10.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Some rights reserved. Please refer to individual track pages for license info.
It should be noted that when Rep. Rita Mayfield and Rep. Curtis Tarver sided with Republicans and voted no and stopped an effort to Lift The Ban on Rent Control, it wasn’t a vote against a particular form of rent control. It was a vote against any form of rent control anywhere. It was a vote against democracy supported mostly by the real estate industry and developers, people who stand to profit from predatory rental agreements and gentrification.
Once again, we have profits over people. Money speaks for money while low-income people are not organized to protect themselves. With this vote we see the results of that. It is telling that the victory statement by the Chicagoland Apartment Association admitted that “affordable workforce housing… is currently lacking in supply, but the concept of rent control would make the goal of providing additional affordable housing less attainable because it would reduce the supply and quality of rental units to select from.” Simply put, the inability to force people out of their homes with sudden extreme rent increases will limit the number of units on the market. People with the least privilege and risk are expected to be left vulnerable so that wealthy and secure people are not inconvenienced in their effort to become wealthier and more secure at the expense of working people forced into homelessness.
The Democratic party, with a historic super majority in the Illinois general assembly, remains saddled with Koch Brothers/ALEC legislation that was implemented with regressive intent to serve the interests of the powerful and make sure every dollar earned by working families ends up in the company store with IOU notes added. There will always be a well-funded slick argument to support a grand pyramid scheme, but if a Democratic super majority cannot find the political muscle to stand up for people, it’s time to change the name of our party to GOP LITE.