On Getting Our Shit Together: A Letter to the Left

Everything we don’t do hurts our causes. Our consciences are out accountability checkers.

Transformative Spaces

19466621_1938799263000085_8845485528896650523_o Attendees shake hands and share ideas at a health care vigil in Chicago on June 27, 2017. (Photo: Jim Pearson)

Dear fellow lefties,

Like many of you, I spent most of Saturday shaking and grieving. For those involved with movement work, who have watched motorists menace and even strike protesters in the past, these events were not wholly surprising, but one doesn’t need to be surprised by a blow to be injured by it. The violence of white supremacy is always with us, but this weekend, those who would kill us if they could sought to show us that they can. They created a spectacle of hatred and violence to make themselves known and felt. And I know the next time a march veers off a sidewalk in my city, the image of those brave people, being thrown through the air, after being struck by a murderer’s vehicle, will be…

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If an elected official tells you the school funding problem in Illinois is a formula, they are telling a lie. The school funding problem in Illinois is inadequate revenue.

Fund education, don’t BS it, Rauner!

Fred Klonsky

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Is ANY politician telling the truth about Senate Bill 1?

All sides say some schools will NOT OPEN next month (although no one has yet identified even one school that will not open in August). What is true is that many

schools could not remain open all school year without State funding.

State Sen. Andy Manar, who sponsored Senate Bill 1 to change the method of funding for schools, told The Associated Press a veto by Rauner would effectively KILL SB 1.

Manar needs to stop saying we have the “worst school funding formula in the country”.

No, we do not. The lack of funding of our current formula, the failure to increase the Foundation level for 9 years, since 2008, means we rely far too much on the property tax, which results in disparate and inequitable funding.

No matter how many times Manar (and others) say…

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I have questions for Senator Daniel Biss.

I need to hear more about these pension plans and the effect upon our workers and economy! Biss, do your homework.

Fred Klonsky

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Skokie Senator Daniel Biss is running for the Democratic nomination for Illinois Governor. He wants to run against Bruce Rauner.

Like just about all the candidates, Senator Biss is running as a progressive alternative to the Trumpian current occupant of the Springfield mansion.

Senator Biss has two big problems.

He doesn’t have nearly the cash of the front runners, Chris Kennedy and JB Pritzker.

And he was the most outspoken legislator in promoting the pension reform bill that the Illinois Supreme Court ruled as unconstitutional.

State Representative Elaine Nekritz, who recently announced her retirement, was the pension theft leader on the House side of the Capitol. Someone wrote to tell me that Elaine was on TV this weekend saying the pension problem would be solved by attrition. I didn’t hear her say that on TV this weekend and couldn’t find it on…

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The New Commissioner for the Administration on Disabilities: Misunderstanding and Ableism Within the Disabled Community

One needs what one needs, regardless of stigma!

Running with Crutches

It is disheartening to hear that Melissa Ortiz was appointed to the position of Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities. She is a disabled “disability advocate” who founded the grassroots organization Able Americans and a Republican supporter. Her alignment with the Republican Party per se does not bother me, but many of her beliefs perpetuate misconceptions about the disabled community–a community for which she claims she supports.

While I respect and admire Ortiz’s push for accessibility, her beliefs that all disabled people can be self-sufficient is ignorant and excludes severe physical, mental, and behavioral disabilities. While she may be able to function without many of the additional expenses that come with having a disability (i.e. a wheelchair, crutches, communication devices, personal care attendants, home renovations, personal tutors, interpreters, frequent doctor’s appointments, therapy sessions, and emergency room visits, ramps, elevators, feeding devices, modified vehicle and driving lessons etc.), many disabled Americans…

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White Supremacy (Overt & Covert)

Thought provoking. I’ll have to study this for awhile. There are so many things here that cross so many respect lines!

Radical Discipleship

A helpful visual on race floating around social media:

White Supremacy Visual

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Have A Scary Laugh: Was Watching Fox News and …

Who bound him to his wheelchair. I hear there’s a lot of that going around. Disgraceful!


Wow! Reincarnation is real!


The Ugly Duchess (also known as A Grotesque Old Woman) is a satirical portrait painted by the Flemish artist Quentin Matsys around 1513.

The painting is in oil on an oak panel, and measures 62.4 by 45.5 cm.[1] It shows a grotesque old woman with wrinkled skin and withered breasts. She wears the aristocratic horned headdress of her youth, out of fashion by the time of the painting, and holds in her right hand a red flower, then a symbol of engagement, indicating that she is trying to attract a suitor. However, it has been described as a bud that will ‘likely never blossom’. The work is Matsys’ best-known painting.[2]

And for (((Charles Krauthammer))) we have this:


Charles Krauthammer (/ˈkraʊt.hæmər/; born March 13, 1950) is an American syndicated columnist, author, political commentator, and non-practicing physician whose weekly column is syndicated to more than 400…

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The Fallacy of Boats

Stroke, stroke, sunstroke!


The temperature here is set to reach a hundred degrees by the end of the week, and we’re the lucky ones. In some parts of the country, it’s too hot for airplanes to fly. On days like this my dad used to throw us in the truck and head out to the lake, his scratched-up driftboat in the bed and us with our thighs stuck to the hot vinyl seats in the front. I remember being so small, kneeling in the curved belly of the boat while my father rowed, one eye on the sky for July thunderstorms. “Sit still, mae-mae,” he’d remind me. “Don’t rock the boat.”

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