Hundreds of cars whizzed past us every moment while the wind blew, but spirits were high. We were joining the Women’s March, urging people to vote, and supporting the Illinois Fair Tax proposition.
Notes from the FVC4PNJ meeting of Saurday, July 4th 2020
Those present were: Kathy Hamill. Bill Koehl, Paul Scott, Mary Roberti, Vince Hardt, Sherry Liske, Barbara Evans, Bettina Perillo, Steve Bruesewitz, Earl Silbar, Karen Beyer, Ro Maziarz, Don Bak, Mary Shesgreen.
Once again, most of our meeting focused on conversation about the first discussion question on our agenda: Are the protests for police accountability and racial justice working? What else needs to happen? Paul talked about his work in DuPage County with the NAACP and Unity Partnership and their hopes to move toward better racial justice especially in the area of policing. He talked about moving to change the wording of police procedures and policies as California has done: Use of lethal force is only permitted when it is “necessary.” Earl stated that the wording of Elgin’s police standards was excellent, but good wording did nothing to protect DeCynthia Clements, and did nothing to bring Lieutenant Jensen to account. Paul also talked about citizen oversight boards for police departments. Earl said those only made a difference when they had the power to subpoena police officers, interrogate them under oath, and then have disciplinary power to fire or even change officers.
Agenda for FVC4PNJ meeting of August 1st, 2020
- Federal agents invade US cities. Implications and what we can do about it.
- On-line activism versus street activism. Can those of us staying at home to avoid the virus do anything effective at this dangerous, dreadful and hopeful time?
- Can we continue to engage in the national fight for Racial Justice which has continued and is making some progress, and also address Climate, Medicare for All, Immigrants’ Rights, and other urgent causes?
- De funding the military along with defunding the police: results of Congressional vote.
Evaluation of July Activities:
- Nurses strike???
- Car Caravan and street demonstration opposing US sanctions on 39 nations. https://www.facebook.com/BerningMediaNetwork/videos/1206401736373928
- July 25th, Car Caravan to Woodstock to Immigrant Detention Center
- July 26th, McHenry County Board may discuss the possibility of discontinuing their relationship with ICE. Members of the public may be able to speak.
- Thursday, July 30th, 6:45 till 9 PM, screening of “Power to Heal,” hosted by Illinois Single Payer Coalition. Screening is open. Link and password to join https://streaming-bullfrogfilms.nationbuilder.com/forms/user_sessions/new
Password to join is PHOt76. Post screening panel via zoom requires registration https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcu-oqDksE9RY6IywyLHoCEmm9mXn7FZJ?fbclid=IwAR1CxjhxKgEiyoJXXBV2WSG-giPIiR1YxSKMt5_i5K7ewcK3k2eGKXT_2Qo
Occupy Elgin is doing substantial work on homelessness and doing weekly demonstrations each Saturday from 1 PM till 2 Pm at Kimball and Grove in Elgin calling for racial justice.
Occupy Elgin celebrated Juneteenth on Saturday, June 20th. We registered our event on the SixNineteen website. Twenty People participated, wearing masks and standing, carefully apart to observe social distancing. Here are a few photos from that day.