Obama for President Campaign – Volunteer to work the field and precincts of Iowa

Obama for President 2008
Get involved and make history with us. Together we can.

“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has!” – Margaret Mead

WHO:
Anyone interested in volunteering for the Obama for President 2008 campaign. Please invite your friends.

WHAT:
Illinois Obama Team Official Campaign Training
Meeting will be conducted by the Obama Campaign Staff.

Organizing and training for field work in Iowa in preparation for the 2008 Iowa Caucus, most notably the Iowa Sister City program. We will be choosing a weekend in July to start our campaigning in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. This is a follow up of our previous meeting.

WHEN:
Time: Wednesday, May 30th at 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WHERE:
World Folk Music Company
1808 W. 103rd St
Chicago, IL 60643

Please call or email to confirm your attendance. Those that have already expressed interest need not respond again.

For further information call Michelle or John Presta at 773-233-7633 or email at readingonwalden@att.net. Also, check information at the Reading on Walden Bookstore blog at http://readingonwaldenbookstore.blogspot.com

Reading on Walden Bookstore
Your Online Community Bookstore Operating Since 1991
Chicago, IL 60643
773-233-7633
readingonwalden@att.net
http://www.readingonwalden.com
http://readingonwaldenbookstore.blogspot.com (blog)

Who Will Step Up and Take Her Place?

Cindy Sheehan, who helped to raise awareness of the effects of the Iraq War has decided to leave the antiwar movement. Criticized by left and right, she has announced she will let others do what they can to end the war. Whatever one thinks of specific tactics and viewpoints, she raised the issue to national attention in ways that had not been done before.
So WHAT WILL YOU DO TO HELP END THE WAR?
WHO WILL TAKE HER PLACE?

Senator John Kerry opposes Iraq funding bill

The following was an email I received from Senator John Kerry where he share his feelings about the Iraq funding bill. You can click on the blog Daily Kos link to get the entire message.

Thanks,
John Presta

The compromise supplemental will probably be presented to the Senate later today, but I wanted to drop a quick note to let all of you know my thoughts on it. I’m voting against it. I explain my feelings in a post I put up on the blog Daily Kos.

You can read it here.

Here are the first couple of paragraphs:

Let’s be really clear about the Iraq vote coming down the pike in Congress this week.

I’m voting no on this bill. I’m tired of the false choices of Republicans and all the recycled spin of old battles and the political calculations that do nothing for our troops who bear the real costs of this war. Bottom line: we support the troops by getting the policy right, and this bill doesn’t do that. I’ve said it again and again and I’m not about to stop: we need a deadline to force Iraqis to stand up for Iraq and bring our heroes home, not watered down benchmarks and blank check waivers for this President. We support the troops by funding the right mission, not with a White House that opposes a pay raise for our brave men and women in uniform. Do we need to bring out the hand puppets and make the case again?

Thanks for all of your help so far in this fight. I’m disappointed in the compromise bill, but I’m more convinced than ever that we’ll win this fight.

Senator John Kerry (D-MA)

John Kerry for Senate,
129 Portland St., Suite 500
Boston, MA 02114-2014, U.S.A.

Please call Senators and Congress Reps. TODAY!

PLEASE CALL OUR SENATORS AND CONGRESS REPS. TODAY AND DEMAND THAT THEY VOTE NO ON THE WAR FUNDING BILL THAT WILL BE UP FOR A VOTE TODAY! CALL 202 224-3121 AND ASKED TO BE CONNECTED TO THEIR OFFICES. THE BILL ALLOCATES ANOTHER $ 100 BILLION DOLLARS FOR THE WAR IN IRAQ. SUPPORTING THE BILL DOES NOT SUPPORT THE TROOPS. VOTING FOR THE BILL ASSURES THAT THE IMMORAL SLAUGHTER OF OUR SOLDIERS AND INNOCENT CIVILIANS WILL CONTINUE. PLEASE, PLEASE SPEAK UP FOR PEACE AT THIS PIVOTAL TIME! MAKE THE CALL AND HAVE YOUR VOICE BE HEARD!

Yearly Kos Conference comes to Chicago

The Yearly Kos Convention is coming to Chicago August 2-5 at McCormick Place.

But registration price increases are coming June 1st.

If you want to register for one of the most exciting political events of the season, check out the web site and register early to save money and promise yourself a role in political change www.yearlykos.com.

LIPINSKI BETRAYS HIS DISTRICT

As a lifelong resident of the Third Congressional District, I could not be more disgusted with Daniel Lipinski. I stand in utter awe at his complete betrayal of his constituents and his political party. He consistently votes with the House Republican leadership and most recently did so when
he egregiously voted against the Supplementary Funding bill for Iraq that had within it a deadline of 2008 for withdrawal of troops. What qualifies him as a “Democratic” Congressman?

It is no wonder that he has such a kinship with the President for they
have much in common. Both are sons of politicians whose characters left much to be desired, both attained their respective offices in ways that were highly questionable,and neither has seen the pain of battle.

So it only makes sense that Lipinski votes to support a man whose stupidity
is only outmatched by his lack of morality.

Snackville Junction Closed on April 29th!

This note from the owners of Snackville Junction,
Jeff and Linda Silhan
:

“After more than 60 years in business, Snackville will close its doors on Sunday, April 29th. We have owned Snackville for over 20 years and have spent the last 10 of them in Evergreen Park. It is time to retire. Our decision was a difficult one and we continue to hope that a new buyer might be found. Snackville has been in business since the 40’s and has brought smiles to the faces of so many children for all of these years. We hope that you can join us for one last ride with ‘Chow on the Choo Choo‘ before we have to say goodbye. We want to express our thanks to all our customers – it’s been a great ride!”

If you are interested in owning and operating a restaurant, call Jeff or Linda at 773-239-6279.

Feel free to share your experiences with this great institution over the years.

Maggie Brown at World Folk Music Company

Maggie Brown will be appearing this Saturday, May 5th at World Folk Music Company, located at 1808 W. 103rd Street. Maggie performs everything from folk to hip-hop. She is a wonderful performer who has made a lot of people take notice. It is a show you won’t want to miss. Tickets are $20. Show time is 8:00 P.M. Call 773-779-7059 for tickets.

Maggie Brown is captivating in her presentation and she effortlessly delivers a powerful performance whether singing spirituals, jazz, contemporary hip hop or even rapping. Her self-produced, debut, solo recording “From My Window,” was released on compact disc and cassette on Browns’ independent label Mag Pie Records. In 1996, the album was nominated by the Chicago Music Awards for Best Jazz CD. Maggie Brown was then nominated the following year for Best Jazz Performer (1997). Recent appearance at the Schaumburg Library Center in concert with her legendary father, Oscar Brown, Jr., afforded Maggie exposure to a New York City audience which included the highly acclaimed singer/songwriter Abbey Lincoln. After witnessing what Ms. Lincoln described as “a great performer,” she then invited Maggie to perform two duets on her latest CD, Wholly Earth which was released January 1999 on the Verve label. The Chicago Tribune declares Maggie is “sublime” on her duets in which she “maintains her musical identity. . . pointing to her depth as an interpretive artist.” You do not want to miss Ms. Brown’s debut performance at World Folk Music Company.

They are the Beverly All Stars, embedded every Wednesday evening at Cafe Luna

Two members of the Beverly All Stars, Steve Thomas (left) and James Seaberry (right) playing on Wednesday evening, May 2nd at Cafe Luna. The note below is from band leader Steve Thomas.

HI EVERYBODY – – – We have a busy week ahead. Wednesday evening we’ll be in our usual spot at Cafe Luna 1742 W. 99th Street, 7:30 – 10 pm, for a weekly jam where we welcome friends from the Chicagoland musical community to share our presentation. Each of these sessions is lively and each is different. Please plan to join us for free classic jazz. . . . On May 3rd this Thursday evening, we’ll be at Lexington House in Hickory Hills where several hundred will gather to pay tribute to Fr. Dan Mallette on the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Tickets are $125 as this is a benefit for St. Margaret’s of Scotland parish and school. . . . We also wish to alert you to an event on Saturday May 5 from 4 to 7 pm at Gallery Guichard, 3521 S. King Drive in Chicago. Music will be provided by our good friend, vocalist Jeanne Franks, who also hosts a Sunday evening jazz program at WDCB, fm 90.9. This is a benefit for South Side Youth; tickets are $30. Then next Monday evening we’ll be playing for a reception following a golf outing hosted by another good friend of our band, Jerry Macellaio, at the George Dunne golf course. . . . . Please keep us in mind for your upcoming events. Live music converts any gathering into a festival. Contact us through our website www.beverlyallstars.com or speak to any of our members, Eric Williams, George White, James Seaberry, Steve Thomas.

War, what is it good for, absolutely nothing

Today, the 4th Anniversary of “Mission Accomplished,” it is increasingly evident that War is Not the Answer. We put up this sign in our yard in September of 2002 when we realized that war with Iraq was imminent. Bush was beating the war drums at the time. WMD’s. Iraq was harboring terrorists. Sadaam was the worst dictator on the face of the earth.

Support the troops by lobbying your elected officials to bring them home now. Too many lives have been lost and far too many soldiers have been permanently disabled by this senseless war. We will take our sign down when the last soldier is back home safe and sound. If you would like a sign for your window or yard, call or email me at readingonwalden@att.net. John.