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  • Wednesday, June 04, 2008

    ILLINOIS FOCUS: David Sirota, Peace Vigils, Alternative Energy, Groups and Events

    Here are some upcoming Democracy for Illinois events with David Sirota:

    Meet political journalist and New York Times bestselling author David Sirota at a book signing to promote his new book "The Uprising."

    The Uprising is a new book by New York Times bestseller David Sirota about the re-emergence of populist politics on both the Right and Left in America. The book, published by Crown, will be released on May 27th, 2008. The Uprising is all new, firsthand investigative reporting from across the country, showing how populism has become a dominant political force in both national and local politics. Sirota, a nationally syndicated newspaper columnist, takes us far from the media spotlight into the trenches where real change is happening - from the headquarters of the most powerful third party in America to the bowels of the U.S. Senate; from the auditorium of an ExxonMobil shareholder meeting to the quasi-military staging area of a vigilante force on the Mexican border.

    David Sirota is a political journalist, New York Times bestselling author and nationally syndicated newspaper columnist living in Denver. His daily blog can be found at Credo action. He is a senior fellow at the Campaign for America's Future and a board member of the Progressive States Network - both 501(c)3 nonpartisan research organizations. He writes a weekly, nationally syndicated column for Creators Syndicate which now appears in newspapers with a combined daily circulation of more than 1.6 million readers. Newspapers running Sirota's column weekly include The Denver Post, The San Francisco Chronicle and The Seattle Times. Sirota's first book, Hostile Takeover (Crown 2006), was a New York Times bestseller. He has been profiled in Newsweek and the Rocky Mountain News. The New York Times has called him a "populist rabble-rouser" with a "take-no-prisoners mind-set," while the Philadelphia Daily News labeled him "a progressive powerhouse." The American Prospect said Sirota is "the kind of pundit you'd like to have on your side in a knife fight and wouldn't want to cross in a dark alley."

    David Sirota Book Signing at Borders, Chicago
    Jun 19, 2008, 12:30 PM
    Borders Book Store, 150 North State Street, Chicago

    David Sirota and In These Times Panel Discussion, Chicago
    Jun 19, 2008, 7:30 PM
    In These Times office, 2040 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago

    Backyard Reception with David Sirota for Northside DFA, Chicago
    Jun 20, 2008, 6:00 PM
    Home of Jim and Lisa Ginsburg, 5255 N. Lakewood, Chicago
    GO HERE FOR TICKETS (space is limited)

    David Sirota at Loyola: Money & Power, Chicago
    Jun 21, 2008, 2:00 PM
    Loyola University, Simpson Multi-Purpose Room, 6333 North Winthrop, Chicago


    Here are some other Groups and Events:

    Women In Black peace vigils, Second Saturdays, 8am-9am in Elmhurst

    We will be holding a WIB vigil to protest the occupation of Iraq on the 2nd Saturday of each month.

    We meet from 8am-9am at the intersection of North Avenue (Rt. 64) and Rt. 83 in Elmhurst, Illinois.

    Please join us on the northwest corner. We'll be wearing black!


    Here are some Alternative Energy events in Illinois:

    The Chicago Green Home Meetup Group

    Meet other local people who are interested in making their homes environmentally friendly. As developers, designers, and brokers of Green Homes, we are a great resource to learn more about what you can do today to become more sustainable and green! Sign up to find out more about meetings.

    Chicago Sustainable Development & New Urbanism Meetup Group
    Meet other local people who are interested in Sustainable Development and New Urbanism.

    Let's define what we mean by "sustainable," "energy-efficient," "green," etc. and then work toward making it happen here in Chicago! What are the building blocks of "sustainability?" What are the most important issues that need to be addressed? What issues are important to you when you look at your home, your neighborhood and your city? What actions can we take to effect true change that benefits everyone? We hope to answer these questions through conversations with local experts and other community members.

    Let's work toward having more energy-efficient, healthy and "sustainable" options when looking for a new home. Let's create neighborhoods that are of human scale, cohesive and prepared for the future. Let's restore our urban fabric and communities!

    Sign up to find out about meetings.

    Illinois Renewable Energy Association
    Join us for the Seventh Annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair
    August 9th and 10th, 2008!

    For more information you may also contact:
    IREA c/o Sonia Vogl, Treasurer
    1230 E. Honey Creek Rd.
    Oregon, IL 61061
    sonia@essex1.com
    1-815-732-7332


    Here are some Drinking Liberally groups in Illinois:

    Chicago, Illinois
    * Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 7:00-9:00 pm
    * Sheffield's, 3258 N Sheffield Ave (In the back room)
    * Hosted by Greg Sasso and Jon Mclennand, chicago (at) drinkingliberally.org

    DeKalb, Illinois
    * Every other Tuesday, 8:30 pm onward
    * O'Leary's Irish Pub, 260 E Lincoln Hwy (On the Corner of 3rd and Lincoln Hwy)
    * Parking is available on 3rd St. in the public lot across the tracks.
    * Hosted by Kevin Malone, dekalb (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Evanston, Illinois
    * Every Wednesday, 7:00 pm onward
    * The Celtic Knot, 626 Church St (Half block east of Orrington)
    * For the upcoming holiday season we're not planning on meeting the week of Thanksgiving or during the month of December
    * Hosted by Mark Foisy, Rich Heath and Adelaide Rowe, evanston (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Moline, Illinois
    * First and third Friday of each month, 8:00pm onward
    * Jack's Place, 425 15th St
    * Stop on down and bring a friend!
    * Hosted by Amy Holcomb and Rachel Griffiths, moline (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Naperville, Illinois
    * 2nd Sunday and 4th Tuesday of every month
    * Quigley's Irish Pub, 43 E Jefferson Ave
    * Hosted by Rich Wawronowicz and Tom Mikesell, naperville (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Peoria, Illinois
    * Second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 6:30 pm onward
    * Kelleher's Irish Pub, 619 SW Water St
    * Hosted by Bill Poorman, peoria (at) drinkingliberally.org

    Springfield, Illinois
    * Every Thursday, 6:30 pm onward
    * Brewhaus, 617 E Washington St (Between 6th & 7th)
    * We also meet for Drinking Coffee Liberally the 1st & 3rd Saturday mornings of the month at Trout Lilly Cafe
    * Hosted by Vera Mount, springfieldil (at) drinkingliberally.org

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