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Mayor 1% Rahm Emanuel is closing half of Chicago’s mental health clinics, including Woodlawn Mental Health Clinic, 6337 S Woodlawn. Mayor 1% has money in his budget for NATO preparations, flowers in the park, and the walking trail along the lakeshore but not for people in need of mental health services. Mental Health Movement with Stop Chicago and support from Occupy Chicago have taken a stand against Mayor 1%’s austerity. They had barricaded themselves inside the closed clinic until their arrest on April 12. Since April 14, they all have established a 24-hour camp occupation across the street until this morning, April 17 when police evicted protesters.
For more information, see http://chicagoist.com/2012/04/16/activists_set_up_new_encampment_at.php
For the most current information on Woodlawn Clinic Occupation, follow on Twitter @STOPchicago @Occupychicago #saveourclinics #woodlawnclinic
YOU can help!
Contact Mayor 1% and tell him to meet the occupation’s demands:
”*Keep all 12 city mental health clinics public, open, fully funded and fully staffed
* Stop plans to privatize Chicago’s 7 neighborhood health centers
* Hire more doctors, therapists, nurses, social workers and other clinic staff
* Reinstate the drug assistance program
* Expand the public mental health safety net to cover unmet community needs”
USE your voice!
Phones: 312.744.5000 & 312.744.3300
On Twitter @RahmEmanuel & @ChicagosMayor
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Mental Health Clinic Facing Closure Occupied by Patients and Advocates Mental Health Movement barricaded inside Woodlawn Clinic until Rahm Emanuel backs off clinic closures!
Dozens of people who use Chicago’s mental health clinics along with other advocates have barricaded themselves into the Woodlawn Clinic at 6337 S. Woodlawn, one of 6 clinics… facing closure. They intend to remain there until Mayor Emanuel agrees to keep all of Chicago’s public clinics open, fully funded and fully staffed.
Two of the clinics slated for closure - the Northwest Clinic in Logan Square and the Northtown Clinic in Rogers Park - shut their doors last Friday. Four others (Woodlawn, Auburn/Gresham, Back of the Yards and Beverly/Morgan Park) are scheduled to close April 30th. The Mental Health Movement, which put out a report and a video undermining the Chicago Department of Public Health’s claim that all patients will continue to receive care, has been calling for hearings on the clinic closures since October. Despite repeated promises and a resolution calling for hearings, the Emanuel Administration has prevented any hearings from taking place in order to avoid public scrutiny of the plan, which has come under fire even from Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart.
“We have tried everything we could to be heard. We visited Mayor Emanuel when he was a candidate. We delivered him over 4,000 letters. We have talked to almost all 50 Alderman. We have held press conferences, rallies and even sat-in for 10 hours on the 5th floor of City Hall. We are the ones who know the disaster these clinic closures will mean for our communities and our city but Mayor Emanuel been unwilling to listen to us, so we are taking drastic measures to avoid a tragedy and defend our human rights,” says N’Dana Carter, who goes to one of the city clinics and is a spokesperson for the Mental Health Movement.
The people barricaded in the clinic have enough food and supplies to stay for months and are threatening to do so unless Mayor Emanuel meets the following five demands:
-Keep all 12 city mental health clinics public, open, fully funded and fully staffed
-Stop plans to privatize Chicago’s 7 neighborhood health centers
-Hire more doctors, therapists, nurses, social workers and other clinic staff
-Reinstate the drug assistance program
-Expand the public mental health safety net to cover unmet community needs
Bring a tent and join us at 6337 S Woodlawn Avenue! For updates, follow @STOPChicago on Twitter, or search the hashtag #SaveOurClinics!
At a time when need for mental health services is growing, closing Woodlawn and the other five mental health clinics will leave too many people with no where to turn for help.
Join us as we honor Woodlawn Mental Health Center’s 30 years of service and remind our leaders of the devastating impacts closing this center will have on our community.
Please join us before it’s too late to help the most vulnerable in our communities!
More information: www.stopchicago.org -
Dena Killacky, her husband Patrick and their four children (ages 9-to-18) will be evicted from the home that Dena’s father built in 1978. They are vowing to resist eviction by the Will County Sheriff. Their home is located at 13929 S. Kickapoo Tr. Homer Glen, IL 60491 between 131st & 143rd Street (north-to south), South Bell Road & Parker Road (east-to-west).
Call DG Enterprises and tell them they are complicit in the bank’s deceit and that they should renew their original offer to rent the home to the family until they can arrange a way to buy it back.
Tell them you support the demand for a moratorium on foreclosures & evictions nationwide.
Show support to the family by being present at the house when the sheriff comes.
Call Arthur C of Chicago Realty Partners at 312 575 0100
Tell him you stand with Pat Hill of 3811 S Wabash in Chicago and support her offer to buy her home back.
For more information, see and sign petition at http://nesri.org/take-action/chicago-anti-eviction-campaign-sign-petition-save-pat-hills-home
Do you enjoy, make, or want to make revolutionary art? Then JOIN US for the launch of the Rebel Arts Collective and discover the possibilities throughout this incredible art-packed night! Friday, February 24 at 6:30 pm at Wicker Park Arts Center (2215 W. North Ave, Chi)
For an $8 cover, you support Occupy Chicago, enjoy a cash bar and…
Homegrown rebel music acts including:
Snake Oil Salesmen (https://www.facebook.com/SnakeOilSalesPeople)
The Kuhls (https://www.facebook.com/thekuhls)
When Flying Feels like Falling (https://www.facebook.com/whenflyingfeelslikefalling)
Kris De La Rash (https://www.facebook.com/KrisDeLaRash)
Theatrical performances from:
20% Theater Company (https://www.facebook.com/pages/20-Theatre-Company-Chicago/26450919339)
Theatre of the Oppressed (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Theatre-of-the-Oppressed/111330542228271?ref=ts)
Cutting Edge Art and Poetry
Interactive Art Installations
Silk Screen Revolutionary Imagery
…plus plenty more that gives Rahm Emanuel nightmares!
Connect with other politically motivated artists, find the resources you need to get your ideas off the ground, and collaborate with other artists to make the most world-changing art you’ve never imagined!
Another world is possible — let’s make it!
FB Event listing: https://www.facebook.com/events/228952727191418/?ref=ts
“The goal of the revolutionary artist is to make the revolution irresistible.”