College of Complexes
weekly free speech forumon social issues and current events
"The Playground for People Who Think"
all meetings open to the public, no membership is maintained, volunteer operated
Presentation at 6:00 PM
Dappers East Restaurant
2901 West Addison St. (3600 north)
$3 Tuition, food/drink purchase / 20% gratuity
CTA Bus Routes 52, 82, 152
Addison stop on Red, Brown, Blue lines
Sept 21st Prisoners' Rights Program of the Uptown People's Law Center
Meeting # 3,547 - For over 35 years, Uptown People’s Law Center has fought on behalf of Illinois prisoners. UPLC is the only group that actively represents prisoners in both class action matters as well as individual cases.
Who We Help
UPLC has a database of correspondence with over 10,000 prisoners. We receive over 100 letters a week from people in all of the Illinois prison facilities, as well as federal, other state and county facilities. Additionally, we receive hundreds of phone calls from family members of prisoners, who we try to assist as much as possible.
UPLC has multiple class action lawsuits and several other lawsuits currently filed against the state of Illinois for unconstitutional prison conditions. Our lawsuits will ultimately change the Illinois prison system for the better.
UPLC assists prisoners in various matters, including denial of adequate medical care, excessive force matters, denial of religious rights, discrimination, access to the courts, due process and cruel and unusual punishment. Through the pro bono network, UPLC is able to find legal representation for many of these cases. UPLC does not represent individuals in criminal appeals.
As part of our Prisoners’ Rights Program we provide other attorneys advice about litigating prison cases and other related information. Our lawyers and paralegals have an extensive knowledge of the prison system, prison litigation and information about Illinois Department of Corrections.
Sept 28th Movement for a Peoples Party
Meeting # 3,548 - Chris Kruger, Organizer
"We are working to build a coalition of groups on the left in order to create a new party for working people. Polls show that the large majority of Americans are progressive and want a major new party. They want single payer health care, free public college, money out of politics, an infrastructure jobs program, a $15 minimum wage, financial regulations, and more. Working people do not feel represented by the Democratic and Republican parties and, after decades of watching the parties turn their backs on them, they understand that they cannot be salvaged. That's why Gallup reports that almost two out of three Americans are now calling for a major new party, including an even greater number young people and poor people.
The country is beyond ready for a new nationally viable progressive party.
Our intrepid field leaders and volunteers across the country are approaching groups and discussing the coalition with them. They are emissaries of the coalition, and one conversation at a time we are bringing groups together for the party that will complete the political revolution and usher in a twenty-first century progressive era. Let's make history!"
Oct 5th HR1, For the People Act 2019
Re: Public financing of campaigns / Disclosing tax returns / Voting rights and procedures
Meeting # 3,549 - NWSOFA (NorthWest Suburbs Organizing for Action) will present a short non-partisan presentation on why the issues covered in HR1 are important for all Americans to know about and reasons to support it. HR1 is a far reaching bill that and the presentation includes three short videos and summarizes HR1.
Summary of HR1 Sections
Public financing of campaigns, powered by small donations. Under H.R.1, the federal government would provide a voluntary 6-1 match for candidates for president and Congress, which means for every dollar a candidate raises from small donations, the federal government would match it six times over. Support for a constitutional amendment to end Citizens United.
Passing the DISCLOSE Act, This would require Super PACs and “dark money” political organizations to make their donors public.
Passing the Honest Ads Act, This would require Facebook and Twitter to disclose the source of money for political ads on their platforms and share how much money was spent.
Disclosing any political spending by government contractors and slowing the flow of foreign money into the elections by targeting shell companies.
Restructuring the Federal Election Commission to have five commissioners instead of the current four, in order to break political gridlock.
Prohibiting any coordination between candidates and Super PACs.
Requiring the president and vice president to disclose 10 years of his or her tax returns. Candidates for president and vice president must also do the same.
Stopping members of Congress from using taxpayer money to settle sexual harassment or discrimination cases.
Giving the Office of Government Ethics the power to do more oversight and enforcement and put in stricter lobbying registration requirements. These include more oversight into foreign agents by the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
Creating a new ethical code for the US Supreme Court, ensuring all branches of government are impacted by the new law.
Creating new national automatic voter registration that asks voters to opt out, rather than opt in, ensuring more people will be signed up to vote. Early voting, same-day voter registration, and online voter registration would also be promoted.
Making Election Day a holiday for federal employees and encouraging private sector businesses to do the same, requiring poll workers to provide a week’s notice if poll sites are changed, and making colleges and universities a voter registration agency (in addition to the DMV, etc), among other updates.
Ending partisan gerrymandering in federal elections and prohibiting voter roll purging. The bill would stop the use of non-forwardable mail being used as a way to remove voters from rolls.
Beefing up elections security, including requiring the director of national intelligence to do regular checks on foreign threats.
Recruiting and training more poll workers ahead of the 2020 election to cut down on long lines at the polls.
Oct 12th Report on a Trip to China
How does China differ from the USA, and what is worth emulating?
Meeting # 3,550 - college regular Peter Pero
Developments in China are frequently featured in today’s news. How do Chinese ways of culture, economics and social organization differ from those found in the USA? What fundamentals does a traveler to China need to understand ? Which Asian inventions or exports are worth emulating? Peter Pero offers his views of the Middle Kingdom based on a trip to China. He explains how China can improve as well as offer growth models for the Western World.
Oct 19th An Analysis of Milton Friedman and
"Capitalism and Freedom"
Meeting # 3,551 - Justin Tucker, Chair, Libertarian Party of Chicago
This presentation will analyze the classic book, "Capitalism and Freedom" by the Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman. Justin Tucker will examine some of the ideas Friedman explores in the book, such as the negative income tax and school vouchers, and discuss the impact Friedman's book has had on the world. Friedman is noted for saying that "there is no such thing as a free lunch."
Oct 26th Theoretical Spiritualist
Meeting # 3,552 - college regular Ed Rios will be providing a theoretical basis for the unseen world and the soul
Nov 2nd WWJ Warehouse Workers for Justice
Meeting # 3,553 - Roberto Jesus Clark, Associate Director
Warehouse Workers for Justice fights for good, stable, living wage jobs in Chicago's massive logistics and transportation industry. We educate workers on their rights, help workers enforce their rights, and fight for public and private policies that promote full-time work with respect and fair wages in our region's warehouses and distribution centers.
Nov 9th Tips for Making Meaning
Meeting # 3,554 - Prof. Robert Lichtenbert discusses his new book, who hosts a monthly meeting open to the public to discuss philosophical topics, the Chicago Seekers
Nov 16th Tikkun Chai Inter-National, Humanitarian Foundation
Meeting # 3,555 - Rabbi Michael Ben Yosef
To be the humanitarian foundation that helps to repair the lives of people all over the world nationally and internationally in a diverse manner.
REFUSE FASCISM, MASS INCARCERATION & PRISON REFORM, FEEDING THE HUNGRY, POLICE ACCOUNTABILITY, IMMIGRATION REFORM, REFUGE CRISES, CLIMATE CHANGE, NATURAL DISASTERS, EDUCATION, HUMANITARIAN OUTREACH, SOCIAL ACTIVISM & EQUALITY
Nov 23rd The Problem of Egalitarianism: A Philosophical
Examination on The Precursor of Inequality
Meeting # 3,556 - Germinal G. Van, author & political essayist, will discuss his new book
“The purpose of this lecture is to explain why Egalitarianism as a goal is impossible to achieve. Seeking equality requires coercion by the state. As the state is used as the great equalizer to enforce equality, the state must deprive the haves of their property, and give it to the have-nots. Egalitarianism, by seeking equality, generates in fact more inequality between the haves and the have-nots.”
Nov 30th Should I Shop On-Line for Gifts, or Go to a Store?
a look at how changes in retailing affects our economy and employment, consumer choices,
what we buy and US trade policy, etc
Meeting # 3,557 – Tim Bolger, college regular
Speaker has worked marketing electronics on-line worldwide for 10+ years, takes a look at the transformation in shopping for Christmas gifts, places and conditions of employment, with advice on benefits and disadvantages of each to the consumer
Dec 7th Life & Ideas of Hungarian Economist Janos Kornai
under Communism, on the thirtieth anniversary of the 1989 fall of the Eastern Bloc
Meeting # 3,558 – Adam Balling presents a glimpse at twentieth century European history, economic ideas and dynamics, & recent politics, as well as a surprisingly dramatic life.
“Hungarian economist Janos Kornai, who is not a household name but a distinguished academic who wrote an autobiography, “By Force of Thought: Irregular Memoirs of An Intellectual Journey.” He was born in 1928, lived through WWII and lost relatives in the Holocaust, joining the communists party after the war. Initially a true believer, Kornai later became a critic of communism through both his study of economics and learning about Stalinist repression.
Despite suffering persecution in the aftermath of the 1956 uprising, his ideas about central planning and chronic economic shortages under state socialism won him an audience on both sides of the Iron Curtain: perhaps unique in being able to reach Soviet bloc experts, as well as scholars in the West, both followers of Keynesianism & their more market-oriented opponents. Still alive at 91, in recent years, Kornai has spoken out against the Orban regime in Hungary.”
Dec 14th 50 Years of the Modern Libertarian Movement
Meeting # 3,559 - Donald Meinshausen, Longtime Libertarian Scenester
2019 not only marks fifty years of the moon landing, the Stonewall rebellion and Woodstock, but also the modern Libertarian movement.
Donald Meinshausen, longtime Libertarian scenester, will discuss key events of 1969 that ignited the modern movement, such as the final Students for a Democratic Society convention, held in Chicago, and the Young Americans for Freedom convention in St. Louis. He will also the history of the movement since those important events.
Dec 21st A Collection of Libertarian Memes Shared on Social
Meeting # 3,560 - Celebrate the holidays with Justin Tucker as he presents a slideshow of libertarian-themed memes, demonstrating how images shared through social media have been an effective means of spreading the philosophy of liberty. He will also discuss how the phenomenon of memes are a form of 21st Century folk art. Trigger Warning: excessive hilarity.
Dec 28th Joshua Flynn, Libertarian for State House (District 78)
Meeting # 3,561 -
Joshua Flynn is a vibrant, energetic, experienced champion of the underserved in his community. For over a decade, Flynn has been an organizer, activist, mentor and conduit of resources, creating opportunities and making an impactful difference in the lives of others.
Joshua Flynn is running for the office of State Representative, 78th district, in the state of Illinois, to represent and champion the needs of his community. District 78, home to over 108,000 residents, is located in the city of Chicago and includes Leyden, Oak Park and Proviso townships, and the villages of Elmwood Park, Franklin Park, Melrose ark, Oak Park and River Grove.
Restoring integrity to our local government is the prime focus for Flynn. At the financial level, he seeks to bring better oversight to both budget and spending, and believes that our pension and tax programs need solid, thoughtful reform. And at every level, he plans to bring greater transparency to government.
Flynn is well-versed in the disparities facing African American communities, and has made it his mission to educate and engage citizens to attain more financial security and opportunity. As an experienced Insurance professional, Flynn has had a transformative effect on the lives of others through seminars, mentorship and providing resources, leaving a legacy for generations to come.
As an Austin native, Flynn has been interested in the welfare of his community since he was a young boy. Both of his parents were active community leaders - his mother as a local business and real estate owner, and his father as a local pastor, Austin community organizer, NAC (North Austin Council) Board Member, CAPS member and United Front Organization member. His tight-night, deeply involved family encouraged Flynn’s interest in public service. In his youth, Flynn was involved in the Junior Craft Mason organization and also part of the 25th Police District Explorer’s program.
Flynn now works with several organizations in the Austin community and beyond - he is Co-Director and Community Organizer for the new North Austin Council, Facilitator and Recruiter at Get to Work Illinois, (GTW), a Mentor with BUILD, Honorable Committeeman of Black Workers Matter (BWM), Honorable 29th Ward Committeeman of the Libertarian Party, and a recent Inductee in the Rotary International Organization, headquartered in Evanston, IL.
Family values are at the heart of Flynn’s work. His desire to build a better world for his children to live in is his reason for running for local government. He credits his success to his upbringing, his love of people, and being a family man. His wife, a Doctoral candidate, and his two children are at the very core of all that he does, and he strives to shepherd his family in the same way he shepherds his community - by providing opportunity, education and resources. As State Representative, Joshua Flynn will be an intelligent, informed, tireless champion for everyone in his district.
Jan 4th Illinois Prison Project
Meeting # 3,562 - Jennifer Soble, Executive Director
The Illinois Prison Project works for a saner criminal justice system by using creative approaches to reducing the size and expense of Illinois' prison population. We represent clients directly, and connect clients to lawyers throughout the State.
"We push back against excessive sentences in Illinois through direct representation, issue education, and by connecting lawyers directly to clients."
We provide direct representation to people in the Illinois Department of Corrections by filing clemency petitions on their behalf.
Screening and Clearinghouse
We screen thousands of cases to identify people that are strong candidates for clemency. We match those people with lawyers, social workers, and other volunteers throughout the state, who file clemency petitions on their behalf. We provide models, templates, and support to our volunteers throughout the clemency process.
We provide education about our core issues, the clemency process, and the benefits of a smarter approach to criminal justice.
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