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Monthly Archives: October 2013
SATURDAY OCTOBER 26, 2013
Join OCCUPY NAPERVILLE to celebrate the Farmer’s Market and PROTEST MONSANTO
Protest Against Monsanto at the final Naperville Farmer’s Market of the year.
Protestors will gather at the East entrance to the Farmers Market on the North side of the station at 10AM. The market is at the parking lot of the Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth ave., in downtown Naperville.
At 11AM, Occupiers will hold their General Assembly near the protest area.
Please do not forget those less fortunate – bring a canned or non-perishable food item for weekly Loaves & Fishes donation drive. Donations will be collected at the beginning of the GAs.
- Occupy Naperville (occupynaperville.org)
- Trans-Pacific Partnership October 19 – PROTEST (occupynaperville.org)
- May 25th March on Monsanto (occupynaperville.org)
- Global march against Monsanto says ‘Label it or ban it!’ (workers.org)
- Hundreds of demonstrators gather outside Monsanto headquarters (stltoday.com)
The Annual Township Meeting is under attack by Illinois lawmakers. This unique tool us ‘little people’ have allows ordinary citizens to place questions on statewide ballots. However, Illinois politicians want to even further remove our rights by lessening democracy at the local level. If you want to help save Illinois’ democracy please help. Occupy Naperville voted to fully support this action at the October 19 2013 General Assembly.
The Illinois General Assembly reconvenes Monday October 21st and the veto override vote of HB2454, which will determine whether we will retain our right to place substantive advisory public questions on the ballot via the Annual Township Meeting, is on the docket for Tuesday October 22nd, so time is of the essence. Please call your legislators.
If the Illinois House and Senate is successful in overriding Governor Quinn’s amendatory veto of HB2454, they will stop citizens from in the future placing on the ballot advisory public questions, such as the Move to Amend question, at their Annual Township Meeting.
HB2454 would drastically reduce our ability to use the simplest way to get a referendum on the ballot – through a procedure at the Annual Township Meeting. At the Annual Township Meeting questions can be added to the ballot by a small group of voters, as an alternative to door-to-door petitioning a process that can be expensive and burdensome.
We need to retain this right to continue to educate our citizens about campaign finance reform issues, and to influence our U.S. Representatives and Senators in the future. It is vital for our cause. Shockingly a majority of the elected members of the Illinois House and Senate don’t agree and have passed a bill to silence Illinois voters during future Illinois elections.
- Join the Facebook event to Stop Illinois Lawmakers from Taking Away Our Right to Place Questions on the Ballot.
- Call and email Your Illinois State Senator and Representative before Tuesday and insist that they Vote to Accept the Governor’s Amendatory Veto of HB2454 – The Bill to Take Away Our Right to Place Substantive Advisory Questions on the Ballot at Annual Township Meetings. Tell them this bill threatens our democracy.
- Call and e-mail the President of the Illinois Senate with the same message. His contact details are:
Springfield office 217-782-2728
Chicago office 773-883-0770
How to Find Phone Numbers for Your State Senator and Representative
DuPage County residents can go HERE to find your elected officials. Kane residents can go HERE. Will county residents can go HERE. Cook County residents can go HERE. for a map of Illinois, go HERE and enter your street address, city and zip in the search box in the upper left hand corner of the page. The page will return the names, addresses, and phone numbers of your Illinois State Senator and Representative.
For more information Contact:
- Lawmakers Prep for Fall Veto Session (wifr.com)
- State Senate President John Cullerton on Illinois Pensions (wgnradio.com)
- Cost of do-little Illinois Legislature? $260,000 (watchdog.org)
OCCUPY NAPERVILLE 2013
This summer and early fall, fair trade activists and allies worked hard to raise awareness of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which has been blacked out of the media. They held visibility actions and teach-ins across the country. Tens of thousands of educational TPP occucards were distributed. The work has paid off. There is more discussion of the TPP and more articles are appearing about it. And the increased visibility and pressure has emboldened TPP opponents in other countries to protest. Here in the US, the process has slowed and members of Congress from both the Democratic and Republican Parties are taking a stance against the TPP and Fast Track approval.
Our goal now is to prevent congress from voting for Fast Track. Fast Track, also called Trade Promotion Authority, would allow the President to sign the TPP and then send it to Congress for a rapid up or down vote without the ability to make changes. This would subvert a democratic and transparent process. It would allow the TPP to be rammed through without evaluation of the impact it will have on protection of consumers, workers and the planet.
Protesters will gather in downtown Naperville at 10AM, Staging and meeting area is in front part of the Free Speech Pavillion, corner of Jackson Ave. and Webster St., across from the Naperville Library to show Anti-TPP messages through signs and Chants.
At 11AM, Occupiers will hold their General Assembly in the Pavilion or amphitheater. All are welcome.
Please do not forget those less fortunate – bring a canned or non-perishable food item for weekly Loaves & Fishes donation drive. Donations will be collected at the beginning of the GAs. Also collecting gloves, hats, coats, and other clothing items. Occupy Naperville donates a percentage of all cash donations to DuPage Pads, a local organization that has provided hope for the homeless through a range of service offerings, including emergency shelter, food, and job skills training and continues to be a fixture in the community after almost 25 years, Occupy Naperville is proud to stand with Pads in defense of the victims of economic injustice.
You can also join our Facebook Group, follow on Twitter, or email us at [email protected]
Solidarity! Occupy Naperville!
Occupy Together Everywhere until We End the Corporate Dominance of our Government and Achieve Economic Justice!
For more information about the TPP please visit:
- Occupy Naperville (occupynaperville.org)
- We Are 90 Days Away from the Total Loss of US Sovereignty (activistpost.com)
- President Obama Trying to “Fast Track” the Trans-Pacific Partnership – a Trade Pact That Could Be Worse Than NAFTA (jonathanturley.org)
- The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won’t Be Fooled by Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements (alethonews.wordpress.com)
- Why is the Trans Pacific Partnership a Greater Threat Than Terrorism? (pbdemocrats.wordpress.com)