Agents of Change
Friday, October 26th, 2012 at 9:00pm
Festival For The Dead and E.M.P.A.C.T.
Live Performances By:
+ Runa Roots (andino fusion)
...+ Son del Viento (son jaracho)
+ Phillip Morris (hip hop)
+ Las BomPleneras (bomba/plena)
+ Agents of Change
.:FESTIVAL FOR THE DEAD:.
..Dia De Los Muertos Art Opening..
Coordinated by Alyssa Stone
+ Xochitl Ramirez
+ Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas
+ Albert Ruiz
+ Rosa Paulina
+ Victoria Martinez
+ Will White
+ Sean Cero
+ Michelle Graves
+ Paul Komendacki
+ Dani D'Antonio
+ Jess Vera
+ Angelica Robles
+ Sarah Gonzalez
+ Alyssa Stone
+ Calaveras de Azucar created by Maggie Latos
A complete list of featured artists soon to follow.
This E.M.P.A.C.T will benefit the Mental Health Movement.
The Mental Health Movement, spearheaded by Southside Together Organizing for Power (STOP), The Community Mental Health Board of Chicago and AFSCME Council 31, has been fighting for four years to defend Chicago's mental health clinics and push for increased funding and staffing. We stopped Mayor Daley in 2009 from closing five clinics, 4 of 5 of which were on the south side.
We have been trying to meet with Mayor Emanuel since he was a candidate to inform him from our direct experiences how important preservation of and investment in Chicago's public mental health infrastructure is to the whole city and especially its most vulnerable residents. We delivered him 4,000 letters explaining the dangers of cuts to services and opposing privatization after he became Mayor. Then he released his budget and it included not only the privatization of all of Chicago's neighborhood health centers, but the closure of HALF of its 12 mental health clinics.
The day before his budget passed we sat-in at his doorstep for 10 hours telling the stories of the lives that hang in the balance of this issue.
He still has not met with us.
But as was the case in 2009, we fill fight to the very end to halt these closures and the outcome is not determined yet. Join us in demanding accountability to the public, good sense public policy and respect for the human right to healthcare of our city's most marginalized.
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