Unions to protest Rahm at Milwaukee fundraiser Wednesday for right wing Democrat candidate

Union members from Illinois and Wisconsin will be protesting in Milwaukee on Monday, March 28, 2012, against the appearance in Milwaukee of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at an expensive fundraising event on behalf of mayoral candidates Tom Barrett, who is running for Mayor of Milwaukee on a platform that sounds like Rahm's Chicago program.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has staged more media events in the ten months since he became mayor in May 2011 than all of his predecessors combined. Above, Emanuel hosted a carefully staged event to praise Chase Bank on August 16, 2011 on Chicago's Northwest Side. Substance photo by George N. Schmidt. On March 23, Norine Gutekanst of the CTU organizing committee, sent out the following:

Sister & Brother unions in Wisconsin are organizing this picket to protest Rahm Emanuel's support of Tom Barrett (Milwaukee mayor) right-wing Democratic Candidate for Mayor. He is challenging another Democratic candidate, Kathleen Falk, who has pledged not to use the union-busting Gov. Scott Walker laws against unions. I am passing this information on to any one who wishes to participate in this action against Rahm Emanuel and Tom Barrett, two anti-union Democrats.



Wednesday, March 28th

11:00 am

Italian Community Center

631 East Chicago Street


Mayor Barrett and Mayor Emanuel have a lot in common…

They have both saved their cities money by extracting concessions from public employee unions.

In Chicago, Mayor Emanuel put the screws to organized labor last summer to find $30 million in concessions.

Instead of protecting public sector workers in Milwaukee, Mayor Barrett chose to utilize Governor Walker’s rights stripping legislation of Wisconsin Act 10.

Chicago Mayor Emanuel iced out the Chicago Teachers Union, unilaterally adding on a longer school day without input from the negatively affected teachers.

He has increased privatization of public services, and expanded charter schools. Emanuel (“Mayor 1%) is an original architect of the job killing bill NAFTA.

“…The politics and policies of Barrett and Emanuel, the record shows, also have similarities.

If Tom Barrett were to run for Governor, whose Governor would he be?

His policies, which break similar to Emanuel’s; as well as Barrett’s campaign donors, do not bode well for Barrett as a progressive candidate reflective

of the new Wisconsin Movement.”

Lunch Ticket Prices Range: $400-$2,500. How many public sector workers in the City of Milwaukee can afford that?

Doors open 11:30 am.

For more information:

Ed Sadlowski, AFSCME,; 608-751-4554


March 27, 2012 at 11:52 PM

By: John Kugler

Rahm Blames Citizens

Rahm Blames Citizens

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

(From the Sun Times) Damn you citizens!!!!

The Chicago Police Department has busted two West Side drug markets — and arrested 45 members of the Traveling Vice Lords and Four Corner Hustlers street gangs — but it won’t mean a thing unless area residents reclaim that turf, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Monday.

The Harrison District market allegedly operated by the Four Corner Hustlers was busted as part of a city-federal investigation that resulted in the seizure of $1 million in cash, $1.5 million worth of narcotics and eight firearms.

An international narcotics cartel has been identified as the source of the drugs, according to Police Supt. Garry McCarthy. Thirty-six “gang targets” have been charged. Twenty-eight of them are already in custody.

A good long term investigation by the officers. If it's airtight, some people will be headed to prison for some extensive time.

On the flip side, nature abhors a vacuum - and so does the drug trade. Dealers are going to be jockeying for the spots vacated by the arrested and the cycle will begin again. Rahm saying it's up to the community to reclaim that turf means that (A) in contradiction to what Rahm said a few days ago, the gangs do run the streets and (B) if the effort fails (which it will - it's been the same for 60 years now), then it's the citizens' fault and Rahm can't be held responsible as he runs for the White House.

And the Tribune has this report:

One week after dozens of people were shot in a deadly outburst of street violence, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy held a news conference today to highlight efforts to crack down on gangs.

Emanuel and McCarthy sought to assure the public they are focused on new strategies for dealing with the city's seemingly intractable gang problem.

McCarthy hinted at a comprehensive gang-related strategy, but provided few details. Police will identify gang conflicts, new territories and factions, focus on gang-related violence and share that information throughout the department to prevent retaliation, McCarthy said.

Either we're going back to the map full of push pins or the Crystal Ball assholes got another shot at things. If only we had an actual gang unit that concentrated on gangs. They could fit right in with Garry's latest "reorganization" and call themselves Gangs North, Gangs South and Gangs Central. And when that got boring, Gangs South could become S.O.G.


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