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by Ellyn Fortino
Fri Aug 23

Chicago Freedom Riders To Demand Jobs & Justice At Washington’s ‘Realize The Dream’ Rally

The more than 150 activists and Chicago public service workers who are set to take part in Saturday’s “Realize the Dream March And Rally” to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington say their message will be the same as the thousands of people who rallied at the nation’s capital in 1963: jobs and justice.

“Fifty years ago it was unimaginable that the United States could have an African- American president. Today that unimaginable thought is a reality,” said Tonya Pugh-Rizer, an SEIU* Healthcare Illinois and Indiana member who boarded a bus to Washington Friday evening with other workers and activists, who are calling themselves the "Chicago Labor Freedom Riders." 

“But even with an African-American president who has worked hard to address issues that impact working people, we are still marching for jobs and justice,” she said. Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Jul 30

‘Abortion Rights Freedom Ride’ Tour Comes To Chicago (VIDEO)

Illinois pro-choice activists and others across the country are making the call for “abortion on demand and without apology.”

More than a dozen demonstrators gathered near Michigan Avenue and Congress Parkway over the weekend to promote that message as part of the cross-country ‘Abortion Rights Freedom Ride’ tour, which stopped in Chicago on Saturday.

Members of the national organization End Pornography and Patriarchy: The Enslavement and Degradation of Women, or StopPatriarchy.org, kicked off the freedom ride July 23 in New York City and San Francisco. They will travel to at least 14 cities by August 21. The goal of the freedom ride is to push back against the reversal of abortion and birth control rights being seen across the country and to protect those on the front lines who provide abortions.

Chicago resident Martha Conrad, 62, is one local activist who will trek to other key abortion battleground states as part of the freedom ride. Conrad called it “shocking and horrible” that women still have to fight for their rights and reproductive freedom.

“We need people from all generations and all nationalities to step up,” Conrad said. “If we do not, women will not be free ... Women have been the chattel property and the breeders of children for many centuries, and we don’t want to go back to that.” Read more »

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by Ellyn Fortino
Tue Jul 9

Chicago Activists Speak Out Against Public Service Cuts, Offer Alternatives

The concept of a social safety net in Illinois is under attack, according to Chicago activists who spoke out at a forum Monday evening regarding threats to public services. Members of the the Alliance For Community Services and other groups offered up various ways to avoid future social services cuts. Progress Illinois was there to learn more.

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by Michael Sandler
Wed Jan 23

Pluses And Minuses Of Retail Clinics Still Being Debated

Retail medical clinics in stores such as CVS and Walgreens can be a cheaper and more convenient option for patients seeking relief from minor ailments. But just how these clinics fit in to the country’s health care system, and how much they fragment an already disjointed system, is being debated by primary care physicians and retail clinic representatives.

The clinics accept patients on a walk-in basis, are open on nights and weekends, and accept most insurance plans. But the clinics do not have actual doctors on staff; instead, nurse practitioners and physician assistants attend to the patients. Retail clinics offer treatment for common illnesses, vaccinations, and monitoring of chronic conditions.

According to Walgreens spokesman Jim Cohn, there are more than 360 Walgreens Take Care Clinics across 19 states. Cohn told Progress Illinois that retail clinics are the next logical step in the evolution of health care, and provide cost relief to a health care system that is already overtaxed.

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