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Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 -- Monthly organizing meeting of the Gay Liberation Network. Come by and help us organize for our rights! 7 PM to 9 PM at the Berger Park Cultural Center, 6205 N. Sheridan Road (corner of Granville Avenue and Sheridan Road, Chicago, about 3 blocks east of the "Granville" stop on the Red Line el).

Monday, Feb. 8 -- Stop Rahm & Cappleman's TIF Giveaway! While homeless people literally freeze yards away in the park, Uptown's Ald. Cappleman wants to give $15.5 Million of your tax dollars to a rich developer to build a luxury highrise next to the park. PROTEST at the City Council Finance Committee meeting where the matter will come up. 2nd floor of City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle Street. Time TBA.

Friday, Feb. 12 -- Gay Liberation Network on Chicago Access Network TV at 6:30 PM on cable Channel 21 in Chicago. Watch previous shows and other Gay Liberation Network videos here and here.

Wednesday, March 2 -- Rally to Defend Abortion Rights on the date of the Supreme Court oral arguments about notorious anti-choice Texas law. 1 pm in front of 219 S. Dearborn Avenue. Please join and share the Facebook event. Email for more information.

Rahm Emanuel and the LGBTQ Community --

An Open Letter to Equality Illinois and Its Supporters

This letter is an appeal to the conscience of Equality Illinois and its supporters.

There are times in civil rights movements when a simple act of courage -- a Rosa Parks moment -- can propel a movement forward. Right now, prominent Chicago organizations and individuals -- through their support or rejection of Mayor Rahm Emanuel -- face such a moment.

Rahm Emanuel showed contempt for democracy which was crass even by Chicago's low standards when he concealed the dashcam video showing the police murder of Laquan McDonald.

It's only thanks to a months'-long court battle that the City released the video and the officer was indicted for murder. Besides potentially being a felony, Emanuel's act of concealment allowed him to steal the close-fought election for mayor.

Most Chicagoans, especially in the Black community, know they've been had. A December 5th poll of "likely voters" showed Chicagoans disapproved of Emanuel's rule over those who approved by a nearly 4 to 1 margin. A 51% majority of likely voters -- a serious undercount of minority and working class residents -- said he should resign, versus only 29% who say he shouldn't.

And there are at least two more police shooting videos of other young Black Chicagoans that the City is still fighting to prevent the release of.

This is a Rosa Parks moment because organizations like Equality Illinois are at a moral crossroads. Those that continue to give tacit or explicit support to Emanuel will not only participate in his contempt for democracy. They will also be sharing in his contempt for Chicago's Black community, which disproportionately faces the police violence that Emanuel chose (and continues) to cover up.

More specifically, when an organization that is explicitly concerned with LGBTQ civil rights, trades respect for the rights of others in Chicago in exchange for political access, it compromises itself. But it also does worse: It sends a message that LGBTQs are ignorant of, or immune to, the sufferings of others, including large numbers of Black LGBTQs in our own community. It undermines or even destroys any future attempts we make to create bonds of mutual support and united struggle to win justice for all.

Equality Illinois, this is your Rosa Parks moment. We implore you not to invite -- do not welcome -- do not allow Rahm Emanuel in -- to your 25th annual gala on February 6th. Do not extend a political lifeline of support to a vicious and manipulative mayor who right now so desperately craves it.

Stand up for all of Chicago.

Gay Liberation Network

"Formed in response to three September '98 anti-gay bashings in the "Boy's Town" neighborhood... [we] respond to all serious hate crimes, no matter which scapegoated group is targeted. We will actively seek out and work with individuals and organizations in other communities to assist them in responding to hate crimes that target them. Only by the active involvement of grass roots people from all communities can we isolate the bigots and thus lessen hate crimes."

-- from the GLN/CABN founding statement

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GLN - Gay Liberation Network
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Gay Liberation Network

(formerly Chicago Anti-Bashing Network)

a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Direct Action Group


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Tuesday, January 26, 2016 


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