All posts by Mary Shesgreen

Occupy Elgin is Celebrating Juneteenth on Saturday, June 20th.

Please join us on Saturday, June 20th from 1 PM till 2 PM at the corner of Kimball and Grove Street in Elgin.  We will wear masks and we will stand at least 6 feet apart for social distancing.  But we will be passionate in our celebration of Juneteenth, the festival that commemorates the end of slavery in 1865.   We stand in support of the Movement for Black Lives.  We call for the Defense of Black Lives, for De-funding the Police*,  and we call upon Donald Trump to resign the presidency.

  • The definition of this term is being explored and developed as you read these words. 

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Occupy Elgin for Saturday, January 25th, 2020: No War With Iran!

 

Tensions between the US and Iran remain extremely high between the US and Iran, since Trump ordered the assassination of General Qasem Soleimani, an act that brought us to the brink of war.    Such a war would be catastrophic politically, strategically, and morally.  It would kill countless innocent civilians, and would further destabilize the Middle East.  It would exacerbate the climate crisis.  It would make no sense.

So at Occupy Elgin on Saturday, January 20th, our message will be No War with Iran.   read more

Occupy Elgin is Fighting for the Green New Deal.

 

On Saturday, August 24th, and again On Saturday, August 31st,  Occupy Elgin will gather from 1 PM till 2 PM at the corner of Kimball Street and Grove Avenue in Elgin.  We will hold signs and distribute flyers calling for                                  a Green New Deal. 

Such a program would alleviate poverty and inequality,  employ the currently unemployed and under-employed, and move us toward a more fair and equitable society. 

Most important, it would address the urgency of the climate crisis.  It would sharply reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and would start us moving over the next ten years towards 100% clean, renewable energy.   It would move us back from the brink of climate catastrophe, and toward a livable planet.   

Please join us at Kimball and Grove on Saturday, August  24th, and 31st,  2019 from 1 PM till 2 PM  to advocate for a Green New Deal. read more

Butterflies Are Free: Trauma, Turmoil, and Testimony at the US, Mexico Border– Public Program, March 30th, 2019, Elgin.

Free Public Program, March 30th, 2019, 2:30 PM, the Elgin Room,  Gail Borden Library, 270 N. Grove Street, Elgin.

Why are families from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras, many with small children,  leaving their countries in large numbers and coming to the US border asking for Asylum?

Public Artist David Stocker and Videographer Mike Barr, from Rockford, IL, traveled to the US/Mexico Border for the past two years to participate in the massive demonstrations held there each November.  There, many times over,  they found answers to the question above.  They will share their stories and insights with us.  

Most of us grow up up learning that the United States brings democracy, freedom, and human rights to countries around the world.  All too often, especially in Central and Latin America the truth is just the opposite.

Come and learn the painful history of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras and of their suffering populations.  Come and rejoice in the triumphant survival of these people as they defy nightmarish conditions to reach out for a better life for themselves and their families.

Bring your questions, ideas, and experiences.  There will be time for Q&A and discussion.
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