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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS: 2019 climate action badge? Leave the Leaves

I’ve lived in Evanston, a Chicago suburb, for 43 years. I can confirm that for 43 years, most of the organic growth from Evanston’s soil—grass clippings, leaves, shrub prunings, tree branches—left the city limits. Almost none was returned to the soil. Yes, there was always the occasional composter or real gardener who kept that precious […]

PART 3 of PUBLIC TRUST IN EVANSTON, IL: National Cracks being Exposed in Chicago Suburb

This is an update of an on-going issue in Evanston, IL, a citizen complaint against a sitting alderman. Original details are in my August 25, 2019 post, Part 2 of this series. This update was sent to approximately 30 Evanstonians in my personal networks–media, political & justice groups, and individuals who I think are interested […]

Reinventing Cooperative Extension: Partner with Local Public Libraries

I recently sent a version of this blog to some food-and-farm colleagues as a possible idea for “big picture” system change, without reinventing the wheel. This is basically a re-purposing of two U.S. institutions, to the benefit of both and for the benefit of all Americans—rural, urban, suburban, including non-humans (soil, water, air, plants, animals, […]

Who’s your Clan Mother? Saying STOP is Women’s Public Authority (including Impeachment)

In March 2019, I posted this blog as part of a longer blog, my first detailed public statement supporting impeachment hearings.  “Who’s your Clan Mother?” Impeachment as Women’s Public Authority Why it took me so long to come out for impeachment is a topic for another day. Since then, I have been promoting impeachment non-stop […]

LEGAL MALFEASANCE: Commercial Banks Create Money out of Thin Air with Every Loan

From: Debbie Hillman Subject: MOTHER JONES article — Trump $50 million loan: Case study for banks creating new money ?? Date: September 7, 2019 To Russ Choma, reporter – Mother Jones Scoop@Mother Jones cc: Lucille Eckrich, President – Alliance for Just Money (professor based in Bloomington-Normal, IL) Steven Walsh – Board member, Alliance for Just […]

Stopping Trump & Trumpism: IMPEACHMENT INFORMATION PLAN for Evanston, IL

To: Democratic Party of Evanston (DPOE) bcc: Evanston justice groups Individual Evanston activists Evanston media Hi, all — Thanks to the Democratic Party of Evanston for inviting me to put a “game plan” together for working on impeachment in Evanston. Or as I like to say, for “getting the impeachment show on the road” in […]

PUBLIC TRUST IN EVANSTON, IL: National cracks being exposed in a Chicago suburb

In April 2017, the City of Evanston had local elections. By a very slim margin, we elected a white disaster capitalist as Mayor (with no previous elected experience). By a very wide margin, we elected a young Black advocate for participatory democracy and government transparency as City Clerk (with no previous elected experience). We elected […]