Weekly Free Speech Forum established Jan. 6, 1951
College of Complexes
The Playground for People Who Think
sustaining the academic tradition of  “One Fool at a Time”

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.December 4th
The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC)
Environmental Scorecard for the Illinois General Assembly
Meeting #3,645 - Jen Walling, Executive Director.
"Our mission at IEC is not just passing environmental policies that benefit Illinoisans and our state’s environment, but building power for people and legislators’ recent decisions on the environment accessible to you, so you can see just how they’re leveraging their influence in the general assembly to either advocate for their constituents’ right to a healthy environment OR for the interests of big polluters." http://ilenviro.org/2021-scorecard/ 

December 11th 
Center for Pluralism
"Talking with difficult people" or "Cleaning your slate and living in peace"
Meeting # 3,646 - Mike Ghouse, President https://centerforpluralism.com/ 
Dr. Mike Ghouse is a speaker, thinker, author, community consultant, pluralist, activist, newsmaker, and interfaith wedding officiant. Mike is deeply committed to Pluralism in Religion, Politics, Societies, and the workplace. He is an activist for Human Rights and freedom. He has dedicated his life to building a cohesive America and offers pluralistic solutions to the media and the policymakers on issues of the day. Everything about him is at www.TheGhousediary.com   

December 18th 
The Church of The Revolution
intersectional ecosocialist religious communism
Meeting #3,647 - Rev. Charley Earp  https://www.facebook.com/charley63
​This emerging online and in-person congregation is committed to advancing a new vision of an intersectional ecosocialist Religious Communism that integrates the radicalism of Jesus of Nazareth, Karl Marx, and Universalism.

Dec 25, Jan 1Happy Holidays! Closed

1st meeting of the CoC was on January 6, 1951

January 8th
America Walks / Pedestrian Advocacy
Meetings # 3,648 - Ian Thomas, PhD, State and Local Program Director  https://americawalks.org/
America Walks is leading the way in advancing walkable, equitable, connected, and accessible places in every community across the U.S. We are the national voice for public spaces that allow people to safely walk and move. At the regional, state, and neighborhood levels, America walks provides critical strategic support, training, and technical assistance to partner organizations and individuals to effectively advocate for change.

January 15th
Dank Libertarian Meme Stash
Meetings # 3,649
Justin Tucker, Executive Director of the Libertarian Party of Illinois,
rings in the New Year with a slideshow of the dankest libertarian-themed memes shared on social media. He will demonstrate how humor is a fun way to spread the message of liberty and show appreciation for dank memes as an art form. From thoughtful quotes to Leonardo DiCaprio, these dank memes will provoke thoughts and laughs. There will also be an update on the Libertarian Party of Illinois as we enter the 2022 election cycle. Trigger Warning: excessive dank. Rated PG-13.   

https://lpillinois.org/  LP of Illinois

https://www.facebook.com/groups/ChicagoLP/posts/3008396199400699/  LP of Chicago

About the Libertarian Party:
We, the members of the Libertarian Party, challenge the cult of the omnipotent state and defend the rights of the individual.

We hold that all individuals have the right to exercise sole dominion over their own lives, and have the right to live in whatever manner they choose, so long as they do not forcibly interfere with the equal right of others to live in whatever manner they choose.

Governments throughout history have regularly operated on the opposite principle, that the State has the right to dispose of the lives of individuals and the fruits of their labor. Even within the United States, all political parties other than our own grant to government the right to regulate the lives of individuals and seize the fruits of their labor without their consent.

We, on the contrary, deny the right of any government to do these things, and hold that where governments exist, they must not violate the rights of any individual: namely, (1) the right to life — accordingly we support the prohibition of the initiation of physical force against others; (2) the right to liberty of speech and action — accordingly we oppose all attempts by government to abridge the freedom of speech and press, as well as government censorship in any form; and (3) the right to property — accordingly we oppose all government interference with private property, such as confiscation, nationalization, and eminent domain, and support the prohibition of robbery, trespass, fraud, and misrepresentation.

Since governments, when instituted, must not violate individual rights, we oppose all interference by government in the areas of voluntary and contractual relations among individuals. People should not be forced to sacrifice their lives and property for the benefit of others. They should be left free by government to deal with one another as free traders; and the resultant economic system, the only one compatible with the protection of individual rights, is the free market.

January 22nd
Just Strategy / Alliance for a Just Society
National Campaign for Transit Justice
Meeting # 3,650 - Libero Della Piana, Senior Strategist and LeeAnn Hall
Founded by LeeAnn Hall in 1993, AJS began as the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations (NWFCO). They advanced racial justice and multiracial organizing in rural and conservative communities. In 2003, this network expanded nationally and changed its name to Alliance for a Just Society. Our network played a pivotal role in the national campaign to win the Affordable Care Act. https://www.allianceforajustsociety.org/ 

Transformational change requires strategic organizing
The Alliance for a Just Society builds powerful issue campaigns that win.
We educate organizers and movement leaders.
We help develop effective strategies for racial and economic justice movements.
We create innovative organizing projects.
We partner with organizations to build people’s power.

The Alliance for a Just Society launched the National Campaign for Transit Justice in response to the emergency faced by public transit systems around the country. The pandemic and the resulting economic crisis pushed public transit around the country to the edge of disaster.
We and the broad coalition of over 60 transit rider organizations, national advocates, and transit unions have helped win $69 billion in federal support from Congress to avoid fare hikes, service cuts, and shutdowns.
https://www.allianceforajustsociety.org/campaigns/transit-justice/ 

January 29th
Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) 
The Fair Food Program, Anti-Slavery Campaign, Boycott Wendy’s
Meetings # 3,651
​The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a worker-based human rights organization internationally recognized for its achievements in fighting human trafficking and gender-based violence at work. The CIW is also recognized for pioneering the design and development of the Worker-driven Social Responsibility paradigm, a worker-led, market-enforced approach to the protection of human rights in corporate supply chains.

Built on a foundation of farmworker community organizing starting in 1993, and reinforced with the creation of a national consumer network since 2000, CIW’s work has steadily grown over more than twenty years to encompass broad and overlapping spheres.  https://ciw-online.org/

February 5th
The Surrender of Democracy
Meeting # 3,652
Kenneth Williams, President, Dallas, Texas Alliance for Retired Americans, and Democratic Activist, will discuss the Question: "Should Democrats be doing more to save democracy from the anti-democratic movement that has taken over the Republican party?" He concludes that they should, and offers directions as to what we can do to combat this situation.

February 12, 19, 26
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Meetings # 3,653+
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