Thursday, April 20th - Joe Walsh is coming; hide your muskets. Also, sign you for our Op-Ed workshop


On Friday April 21st the local branch of the Republican Party is hosting a fundraiser at 6122 N Milwaukee Ave at 6:30PM and they have decided to celebrate Joe Walsh, best known for not paying child support. This Tea Party hardliner has a litany of outrages including his claim that Civil rights activist Jesse Jackson “would be out of work if [African-Americans] weren’t dependent on government.”
Some other choice quotes by this NW Side GOP “star”:
• President Obama was elected "because he pushed that magical button: a black man who was articulate, liberal, the whole white guilt, all of that.” 
• “One thing I’m sure of is that there are people in this country, there is a radical strain of Islam in this country, it’s not just over there, trying to kill Americans every week. It is a real threat, and it is a threat that is much more at home now than it was after 9/11.”
• On Tammy Duckworth’s military service and the injuries she suffered Walsh claimed: “My God, that’s all she talks about.”
• Tried to get off of paying his child support after his defeat to Duckworth by claiming he had become unemployed “through no voluntary fault of his own.”

The 39th Ward Democratic Organization, Committeeman Robert Murphy and affiliated organizations will not be divided or be afraid to speak out against hate. It is an outrage to bring this bigot to represent Republican views on the NW Side. “It is incumbent upon all of us to be engaged and to speak with a united voice to defend our neighbors,” said Robert, “from those who would attack them simply for outward differences.” Celebrating such naked prejudice, callousness and self-dealing is the wrong politics for the NW Side.

Check out the Facebook invite here

Sign up for Indivisible Chicago Op-Ed workshop

A lot of people ask about how we can impact red districts from our blue district. We've heard from our Representatives at two separate town halls that one of the best ways is by writing op-eds. Our representatives absolutely hate to see the negative press in the paper as they know it reaches a ton of people.

We still have 4 spaces open for the Op-Ed Project Workshop on May 7. This workshop will teach you how to write an Op-Ed: a timely, evidence-based argument of public value, of approximately 600-800 words.

After the workshop, you will have a mentor who for will provide feedback on your writing and help you to find appropriate publications where you can submit the op-ed. Details of how the Mentor-Editor process works are here.

Mentor-Editors include a growing list of prestigious journalists, columnists and editors—including: Sheri Fink (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist); Maura Casey (former New York Times Editorial Board), Connie Shultz (Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Plain Dealer), Joe Loya (former prison writer, columnist, CNN contributor); Stacy Sullivan (war correspondent), Lisa Pryor (former Managing Editor of The Sydney Morning Herald Op-Ed Page), Michael Oreskes (Senior Vice President and Editorial Director, NPR); Harriet Washington (author of Medical Apartheid and New York Times op-ed contributor), who are committed to finally, once and for all, improving the diversity and quality of our world’s conversation.

The workshop costs $275 (a discount off the usual $325-400) and will take place at Hotel Indigo Chicago Gold Coast | 1244 N Dearborn Parkway, Chicago, IL 60610

The workshop will kickoff at 10:00 and run till 5:00, with an hour break for lunch.  Easy access on the Red Line and Parking stickers for the neighborhood will be available. 

If you're interested, please respond to this email and I will send you the registration form.  If you know of anyone who may wish to participate, please forward this email to them.

Jason Rieger