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Boycott Ralph Lauren! Protest Negative Body Image in Advertising! – December 15th!

CHICAGO BOYCOTT OF THE RALPH LAUREN STORE ON MICHIGAN AVENUE IN CHICAGO

Next Tuesday December 15th at 4pm, we’re going to have a peaceful demonstration in front of the Ralph Lauren store in Chicago at 750 North Michigan Avenue.

Women, girls, men and some organizations will join us as we send the message to Ralph Lauren and the rest of the industry, no more advertising to women and girls the way that you’ve done in the past.

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December 2nd – Stop Stupak! Abortion Rights Rally in Chicago!

Please join the Illinois Choice Action Team for a “Stop Stupak, Abortion Rights” rally in front of the Thompson Center in Chicago on Wednesday, December 2nd from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Bring your signs and plenty of pro-choice spirit!

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Chicago Progressive Radio – Chicago NOW Discusses the Stupak Amendment

Listen to Chicago NOW discuss the Stupak Amendment with Dick Kay on Chicago Progressive Radio!

http://www.doogiesplace.com/backonbeat111409.mp3

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Anthony Abbate Trial Summary

Chicago NOW attended today’s long overdue police review board trial of Anthony Abbate.  The entire proceeding lasted from approximately 10:45am to 3pm.  I was able to see Anthony, Karolina and several other key witnesses and we learned some new and interesting details.

The transcript and video of the trial will now be turned over to the board, who will review the trial and make a decision when they meet in December.  Hopefully there will not be a delay due to the holidays.

The first person to take the stand was Anthony Abbate.  He’s just as large and red-faced in person as he seems on TV.  He invoked his 5th amendment right and refused to answer any questions.  One can only assume that his reluctance to answer questions is due to the fact that he is appealing his conviction.  During the questioning, the prosecution showed various video clips from the day of the assault beginning at 4pm, when Abbate originally came to the bar, and ending around 8:30 or 9pm when he fled after the beating.

The video is much longer than anything that has been released in the news.  It chronicles the entire day beginning with Anthony entering the bar early in the evening and immediately attacking his friend Mike.  Apparently Mike had insulted Anthony’s dog earlier that day, so Abbate came into the bar to both verbally and physically assault Mike.  The bartender on duty at the time, Peggy, tells Abbate to leave after the altercation.

Around 2 hours later Abbate returns to the bar and appears to be intoxicated.  It’s not clear if he was already drunk earlier in the day.  He’s shown drinking a high ball, some beer and then taking shots.  He spends most of the night singing off key to the Eagle’s greatest hits and harassing his friend Jimmy by punching him, putting him in a headlock and repeatedly taking his hat… yeah, taking his hat away.  As the woman next to me remarked, this is not my kind of fun.  After a while, Jimmy goes to the other side of the bar to avoid Abbate’s obnoxious behavior.

Apparently this was the first time that Karolina and Abbate had met at the bar although he was a regular patron.  As one can assume, Abbate tries desperately to win the attention of Karolina by calling her pet names and paying her empty compliments.  As he drinks, he starts playing a game where he flexes his muscles and announces that he’s Chicago Police… it’s really gross.  He continues to “flex” and tries to tempt Karolina to touch his body, but she’s really not interested in playing along and attempts to ignore his requests.

Abbate makes two attempts to come behind the bar; the second attempt results in the brutal beating of Karolina.  What shocked me even more is that we now know that the patrons in the bar were all acquainted and none of them attempted to do anything to intervene with the beating outside of telling Abbate that he should stop.

Most of the witnesses, including the victim of the first assault and the other bar tender, pled the 5th and refused to answer questions.  However, we did get to hear belligerent arguments and accusations from Mike, Abbate’s friend and victim.  He was really the least pleasant person I have ever encountered and I get the feeling that he’s hiding something.  Mike began with his outrage over the lack of bottled water and ended by accusing the prosecutor of plotting against him and ruining his pheasant hunting trip.

The most interesting details learned during the trial:

  1. Abbate allegedly sent a friend to try to pay off Karolina before she filed charges.
  2. Abbate threatened to harass patrons and intentionally give out DUI’s to exiting patrons when he learned that the bar owner intended to release the security tape.
  3. Abbate knew he was being taped while the beating occurred.  His friend Jimmy told him he was on camera just before delivering the first punch to Karolina.
  4. Abbate allegedly threatened to plant cocaine on the other bartender, Peggy, who came to Karolina’s defense.

The prosecution delivered closing arguments and now we will wait for the Police Review Board to review the tapes and make a decision.  The Board only meets once a month, so we will likely hear back from them in December or January.

CNOW will keep you posted as more details develop…

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Tuesday, November 17th – Anthony Abbate Trial – Day 1

Members of Chicago NOW will be in attendance at Anthony Abbate’s Police Review board trial at 10am on Tuesday.  The dates are set for Nov 17th & 23rd.  This trial will determine if he will be fired from the Chicago Police Department!

The trial is open to the public:

November 17th & 23rd

10AM

30 North LaSalle Street
Suite 1220
Chicago, IL 60602

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Tonight! Chicago NOW Friendraiser and Adult Sex Ed!

Join Chicago NOW for a friendraiser at Early to Bed. We will have an after hours party from 8:00 – 10:00. We will have wine and cheese. Early to Bed will donate 10% of the sales that night to Chicago NOW to support our programming and education. We will also have a raffle with donation from Early to Bed. Searah Deysach will give a 30 minute presentation on sex toys & sexual health. 

Early to Bed
5232 N Sheridan Rd
Chicago, IL 60640

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October 24th – Chicago NOW Love Your Body Day Event!

Join us for Love Your Body Day on Saturday, October 24th at 11:00am. This year’s event will be held at the Phoenix Military Academy, 145 S Cambell Ave in Chicago. We will have the winners of the LYBD essay contest share their essays.

The topic of this year’s essay contest is “Body image and the media: Together we can fight the media’s harmful portrayal of women’s bodies by…” Everyday, we are exposed to thousand of commercials, advertisements, magazines, etc. that tell us our bodies aren’t good enough and are in need of constant improvement. The fashion, cosmetic, and diet industries have reduced women to body parts – legs, lips, breasts – that are airbrushed and retouched to meet an impossible standard; a standard most people will never attain, even with the “help” of all of the products that the industries want us to buy. Our goal is to engage young men and women in thinking critically about what they see in the media, how the images affect their own feelings and self-esteem, and what they think can be done to stop these negative influences. We are honored to have the group “Sisters Empowering Sisters” and a counselor from Phoenix Military Academy, Darci, to lead activities.

If you would like to attend Chicago NOW’s Love Your Body Day, or if you have any questions regarding the event, please email Jessica Brown jessica.brown.79@gmail.com

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