In Conversation: David S. Mitchell and Dave Baron

January 14, 2017 at Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago.


Join us on January 14th at 7:00pm for Dave Baron and David Mitchell as they discuss Mitchell’s debut novel WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS.

In his first novel, WE HOLD THESE TRUTHS, David Mitchell explores how inaction by Democrats and progressives in the years following Barack Obama’s 2008 election led to a missed opportunity: the chance to deliver the change we all voted for in 2008 when we cast our votes for Barack Obama.

Through the eyes of his main character, an intelligent though troubled recent law grad named Al Carpenter, David pulls back the curtain on the experience of a young African-American male as he navigates the complex web of race and politics in a 2010 US Senate race in North Carolina. In the process, the reader finds—in colorful detail—that African-Americans hold the power to drive political outcomes that can galvanize the kind of economic and social opportunities our parents’ and grandparents’ generations worked so hard to make possible. The novel is timely as we begin to think through the legacy of Barack Obama and take account of all the progress we made—and the substantial amount we left on the table too.

David Baron is the author of the acclaimed book PEMBROKE: A RURAL, BLACK COMMUNITY ON THE ILLINOIS DUNES. Alvin B. Tillery, Jr. of Northwestern University called it “A must read for anyone interested in understanding the roots of the racial gaps that plague post–Civil Rights America.”

Address: 1474 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago
In Conversation: David S. Mitchell and Dave Baron

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Women’s March On Chicago

January 21, 2017 at Petrillo Band Shell in Chicago.


The Women’s March on Chicago will start at Petrillo Bandshell in Chicago’s Grant Park at 10 a.m. on Saturday, January 21.

We will mobilize as women and supporters of women to protect our rights and civil liberties.

We stand in solidarity with other women’s marches planned across the country and the world on January 21.

WE WILL BE SEEN AND HEARD by the new administration.

We are of varied races, ethnicities, ages, religions, sexual identities, economic situations, politics, and countless other diversities. We share space on January 21 to express our diverse and similar concerns and protect our rights and our humanity.

The mission of Women’s March on Chicago is: CONNECT, PROTECT, ACTIVATE. We CONNECT to support each other in PROTECT-ing and furthering women’s rights and civil liberties. We ACTIVATE in our communities to uphold and strengthen values, rights, and humanity.



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MOMMY presents: I’m Sorry You Took It That Way

December 20, 2016 at iO Chicago in Chicago.


Join us for our preview on December 6th!

At last a sketch show with two guys who just want to have fun. If you’re just plain sick and tired of race, gender and sexuality politics in your comedy, then this is the show for you. Can we put all the “serious” stuff on pause for a second and just have fun again?

Come join Chicago based, sketch comedy group MOMMY, as they present, “I’m Sorry You Took It That Way”.

Written by and featuring Greg Yates and Michael Aviles.
Directed/co-created by Terrance T. Brown.

You have a few opportunities to see this show! It runs Tuesday nights at 10:30pm:
December 20, 27*
January 3, 10

*This show might be a littler different due to the holidays

Address: 1501 N Kingsbury St, Chicago
MOMMY presents: I

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Chicago Progress Meet-Up — Drinks and Political Discussion

November 30, 2016 at Jerry’s – Lincoln Square in Chicago.


Are you still deconstructing the causes, and consequences of the election? Do you want to hear how other people are organizing or spread the word about your own efforts? Want to be around your people who *also* only want to talk about politics?

Join us for our first monthly IRL discussion group. This is just meant to be a casual space to have some drinks, talk politics, and possibly to make some new connections. Stay tuned for more formal upcoming events!

Address: 4739 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago
Chicago Progress Meet-Up -- Drinks and Political Discussion

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UWF Post-Election Strategy Session

November 28, 2016 at SEIU Healthcare Illinois & Indiana in Chicago.


What’s next for independent political organizing? What do we learn from the 2016 election results–and where do we go from here?

Join United Working Families for a public meeting and strategy session on the future of independent political organizing.

Address: 2229 S Halsted St, Chicago
UWF Post-Election Strategy Session

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Second Saturday of Service with Common Cause Illinois

November 12, 2016 at University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration in Chicago.


The mission of Common Cause Illinois is to restore the core values of American democracy, reinvent an open, honest and accountable government that serves the public interest, and empowering ordinary people to make their voices heard in the political process. The 15-20 volunteers will canvas the 20th Ward of Alderman Willie B. Cochran to get him to support Fair Election Ordinance and get rid of money in politics. Meet at 10AM at SSA Lobby and join us!

Address: 969 E 60th St, Chicago
Second Saturday of Service with Common Cause Illinois

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P&I Community Conversation: Diversity in Politics

November 03, 2016 at Institute of Politics in Chicago.


Join the Leaders of Color’s Politics & Identity Program (P&I) for its first community conversation, “Diversity in Politics!” We will be discussing topics such as equal representation in legislature and the intersection of personal identities and political beliefs. This is the first in a series of conversations that will focus on topics pertaining to both politics and identity (including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status) with a strong focus on intersectionality. Topics for future conversations will be student-suggested. P&I aims to create a space where students can have thoughtful, in-depth dialogues on topics that are both timely and relevant to their daily lives. All students are welcome and refreshments will be served.

CC: The University of Chicago Institute of Politics The University of Chicago Center for Identity + Inclusion

Address: 5707 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago
P&I Community Conversation: Diversity in Politics

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Reality Check: Curator and Artist Talk

November 05, 2016 at Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art in Chicago.


Curator Adrienne Kochman and artists Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak & Natalka Husar will be present to discuss their work, identity, and politics in the exhibition “Reality Check: Directions in Contemporary Art since Ukrainian Independence”

The exhibition is on view at UIMA through November 27.
This event is FREE and open to the public.

Address: 2320 W Chicago Ave, Chicago
Reality Check: Curator and Artist Talk

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Hon. Mike Quigley, US Congressman, 5th District

December 05, 2016 at City Club of Chicago At Maggiano’s Banquets in Chicago.


Mike Quigley was elected to Congress to represent Illinois’ 5th District on April 7, 2009. A former Cook County Commissioner who began his career serving as an aide to former 44th Ward Alderman Bernie Hansen, Quigley has served his community for more than thirty years. His election to Congress was an opportunity to take his unique style of reform-minded politics, which Chicagoans have known for years, from Cook County to Washington.

Quigley strongly believes that if we want to remain a leader in the growing global economy, we must embrace the economic opportunities that trade offers, while at the same time demanding agreements protect American workers and reinforce our morals around the world. That is why he voted in favor of Trade Promotion Authority (TPA), which gives President Obama the authority to negotiate progressive, high-standard trade agreements with countries around the world—the same authority that we have given almost every president for the last 80 years. As one of only 28 Democrats in the House—and the only Democrat in the Illinois delegation—to vote in favor of TPA, Quigley understands that if we are concerned with current international trading standards (or lack thereof), the answer is not to block the president from trying to negotiate better deals. Rather, the answer is to give the most progressive president this country has ever seen the tools he needs to fix the mistakes of NAFTA and keep America competitive in this 21st-century global economy.

As the only Illinois member of the House Committee on Appropriations, Quigley is using his position to prioritize investments in innovation and Chicago-area infrastructure, which will grow the local economy and spur job creation. Quigley also is fighting to put more cops on the streets and protect funding for vital housing and social services programs, and on the committee he is a leading voice for smarter defense spending and nuclear reduction. Quigley also currently serves on the Subcommittee on Financial Services and the Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development.

At the start of the 114th Congress, Quigley was appointed by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to serve on the influential House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, which oversees the activities of the entire intelligence community. Representing Chicago, Quigley brings to the committee a unique understanding of the national security challenges we face. He believes the government has both the capability and responsibility to strike the proper balance between protecting our nation’s security and safeguarding the civil liberties of its citizens. He will serve as a watchdog over our intelligence agencies. Quigley also currently serves on the NSA and Cybersecurity Subcommittee and is the Ranking Member on the Emerging Threats Subcommittee.

He previously served on the House Committee on the Judiciary and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, where he was the Ranking Member for the Subcommittee on TARP, Financial Services, and Bailouts of Public and Private Programs.

Quigley lives with his wife Barbara in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood, where he has lived since 1982. His daughters, Alyson and Meghan, are both grown and out of the house but he has his dog Scout to keep him busy. In his free time, he roots for the Blackhawks, remains optimistic about the Cubs, and enjoys playing ice hockey in a weekly game at home in the district.

Address: 111 W. Grand, Chicago
Hon. Mike Quigley, US Congressman, 5th District

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