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by Aaron Cynic
Thu Feb 6, 2014

CTU President, Protesters Push Back Against ‘Unjust’ Whole Foods Firing

Dozens of demonstrators picketed a Whole Foods Market in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood Wednesday and demanded that store management reinstate an employee they say was unjustly terminated last week. Rhiannon Broschat said she was fired last week after calling off work due to the inclement weather. Broschat, a single mother, was unable to find someone to care for her special needs son Alexander last Tuesday when the Chicago Public Schools cancelled classes. On Wednesday, Broschat received a termination notice for violating the company’s attendance policy.

“I called to let them know my struggle,” Broschat said. “To my surprise, they called me back the next day to tell me I was terminated. This left me with questions because we had a new revised attendance policy that stated inclement weather would be an excused absense.”

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Feb 4, 2014

Environmentalists Hold Vigil In Chicago To Protest Keystone XL Pipeline (UPDATED)

About 100 environmentalists held a vigil outside of the U.S. State Department’s Chicago regional office on Monday evening to demand that President Barack Obama reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline.

The activists held candles in one hand and signs reading “Stop KXL” and “KXL = Climate Change” in the other.

“We believe that building more pipelines is not the way to energy security, to energy independence or to the clean energy future that we need for our climate, but also for our economy,” said Kady McFadden, an organizer with the Sierra Club Beyond Coal campaign in Illinois. “We’re here to urge President Obama to say, ‘No. Absolutely no’ to the Keystone XL Pipeline.”

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by Aaron Cynic
Wed Jan 22, 2014

Chicago Education Activists Brave The Cold In Overnight Vigil In Protest Of Charter School Expansion (UPDATED)

    Dozens of protesters braved single digit temperatures Tuesday night to hold an overnight vigil in opposition of charter school expansion in Chicago.

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by Ellyn Fortino
Thu Nov 21, 2013

Walmart Workers To Hold 1,500 National Black Friday Protests

Walmart workers and their supporters plan to hold 1,500 protests nationwide against the mega retailer on Black Friday, including actions in Illinois, members of OUR Walmart announced on a conference call with reporters Thursday.

Organizers with OUR Walmart, a group that formed two years ago and is connected to the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, are anticipating an even bigger turnout than last year’s Black Friday protests, which were attended by some 30,000 people at 1,000 Walmart stores in 46 states.

“Black Friday 2013 will mark a turning point in American history,” said Dorian Warren, an expert on labor politics and an associate professor at Columbia University. “Fifteen hundred protests against Walmart is unprecedented. Working families are fighting back like never before, and have the support of America behind them.”

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Nov 19, 2013

Immigrant Rights Activists Temporarily Stall Deportation Bus At Broadview Detention Center (VIDEO)

About 50 activists rallied outside the Broadview Detention Center Tuesday afternoon and temporarily stopped a bus filled with undocumented immigrants set to be deported.

For about an hour, 12 organizers with Undocumented Illinois formed a human chain by linking arms inside tubes made of PVC pipes in front of the bus and others joined arms around the vehicle’s two front tires.

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by Aaron Cynic
Thu Nov 14, 2013

Chicago Walmart Workers Take Part In National Series Of Strikes

Less than a week after Walmart workers in Los Angeles went on strike and a day after Seattle workers at the retail giant walked off the job, Walmart employees at three locations in Chicago staged a strike of their own.

Employees from stores in Lakeview, Evergreen Park and Chatham staged walkouts in the early afternoon Wednesday and later descended on the South Side Chatham location for a rally. The series of strikes are part of a larger campaign by OUR Walmart, which is tied to the United Food & Commercial Workers Union. The group is calling for a nationwide protest against Walmart on Black Friday and has built a website to help organize workers and community supporters. The Nation reports that more than 400 Walmart workers walked off the job in a similar protest against the company last year.

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by Ashlee Rezin
Thu Nov 7, 2013

Hundreds Protest For A Vote On Immigration Reform, Block Traffic In Chicago (VIDEO)

More than 100 people were given citations for blocking traffic Wednesday night as a massive immigration reform rally interrupted traffic at the Clark Street and Congress Parkway intersection, near the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) headquarters building in Chicago. Progress Illinois was there for the action.