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LP Chicago April Meeting

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This past Election Day, the Libertarian Party further chipped away at the old party duopoly and we have never been bigger. Now is the time to join the movement and we cannot lose momentum. Help us take action against the waste and corruption at City Hall and make Chicago a more free city.

You are invited to join us for our Monthly Meeting. You don’t have to be a member of the Libertarian Party to attend and we encourage people of all political persuasions to attend. Here’s an opportunity to spend an evening with like-minded individuals discussing what’s important to us – Liberty!

Not a member? This will be your opportunity to join and take part of the growing Libertarian movement in Illinois.

When: Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 at 7 PM
Where: Will’s Northwoods Inn, 3030 N. Racine St. at Nelson St. in the Lombardi Room (Steps from the Red, Brown and Purple Line stops at Belmont or Wellington. No permit is required on most of the streets to the west.)

Agenda:
7 PM – Meet, Greet, Eat, Drink

7:15 PM – Call to Order
Roll Call
Officer Reports
- Chair
- Secretary
- Treasurer
- Membership
- Fundraising
- SOC
- Webmaster
- Legislative Report
Committee Reports
- Action Committee
- Communications Committee
- Web Committee
New Business
- State Representative and Senator Candidates
- Community Q&A Events
- Tax Day Protest

There is no cover. Cash bar and food are available if you wish to order anything. Spread the word and feel free to bring a friend. See you there!

*Will’s Northwoods Inn does not endorse any political party.

Chicago, IL 60657 – USA

Tuesday, April 4 at 7:00 PM

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The Libertarian Party of Chicago calls for immediate release of prisoners of conscience

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHICAGO, March 7th, 2017 – The Libertarian Party of Chicago (LPC), believing that freedom of thought is fundamental to Liberty, calls for the immediate release of Cuban libertarian activists Ubaldo Herrera Hernández, Manuel Velázquez Visea and other prisoners of conscience from incarceration.

On February 2nd, Herrera and Velázquez reportedly refused to show their IDs to State Security agents dressed in civilian clothing and were arrested, as reported by the PanAm Post.

The Libertarian Party of Nevada has been following the situation very closely. According to their latest update posted to their blog, “both men were indeed convicted on falsified charges, are in a labor prison.”

“Mises Cuba volunteer staff member and attorney Nelson Rodriguez Chartrand now confirms that both men were convicted, and now face the additional criminal charge of distributing enemy propaganda,” the post also explained.

“As a Libertarian, I am disheartened by the news coming out of Cuba. These men were peaceful and harmed no one. Like many other dissidents around the world, they are political prisoners whose only crime is holding beliefs that challenge the status quo. In this case, it was free markets and Liberty,” says LPC Chair Justin Tucker. “My thoughts are with these brave activists and their families. I ask that Libertarians join the fight to free these and other prisoners of conscience.”

LPC joins several LP state parties and the Partido Libertario (P-LIB) of Spain in the Libertarian Party of Nevada’s call to:

  1. Condemn the Cuban government and the Communist Party of Cuba, and demand the safe release of the libertarian prisoners,
  1. Ask the US State Department to place diplomatic pressure on Cuba for their release,
  1. Call Senators, Congressmen, Governors, and State Legislators to make their own statements of support for these political prisoners and to ask the State Department to diplomatically pressure the Cuban government. Find your Congressman and contact his or her office, and tweet at your governor,
  1. Directly contact Cuba’s Ministry of Foreign Relations and demand the safe release of Ubaldo Herrera Hernández and Manuel Velázquez Visea. Send them a message on Facebook and tweet directly at them.

The Libertarian Party of Chicago encourages everyone to participate in efforts to bring attention to Herrera, Velázquez and other political prisoners, including contacting Amnesty International and other organizations to spotlight the situation. #TodosSomosMisesCuba

March Newsletter

The March LP Chicago Newsletter is out! You can view it here, or get your copy at our monthly meeting at 7pm today, Will's Northwoods Inn at 3030 N Racine Ave.

Is Money Speech? A Discussion on Citizens United

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Kit Cabello and WC Turck of Hard Lens Media will host a forum/debate on Citizens United at 5pm, February 24th 2017. Participants include Matt Cotten, Organizing Director for Wolf-Pac, and Ted Chakos, Miami School of Law Graduate and member of the Chicago Libertarian Party. The forum will take place at Leadway Bar and Grill, 5233 North Damen in Chicago. The forum addresses how Citizens United impacts our political system and how money impacts politics. This will be a fun event, drinks and food are available for purchase at the bar. The forum/debate will air on CANTV.

Chicago, IL 60640 – USA

Friday, February 24 at 4:30 PM

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Proposed Bylaws Amendments

As discussed at our previously monthly meeting, it has been proposed to amend the Libertarian Party of Chicago's bylaws. The purposes of these amendments are:

1. Allow the Executive Committee to delegate tasks and actions. This will allow our Executive Committee to issue statements (i.e. press releases) and make other timely decisions without waiting for the next monthly meeting.

2. Require that new members agree to a statement of the Non-Agression Principle.

3. Clarify that Party meetings may take place via phone or audio/video chat. As always, notice will be given in advance of all Party meetings.

4. Formalize the position of Webmaster.

See the link below for a version showing what has been updated:

Bylaws Amendments

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Text:

The Libertarian Party of Chicago

Bylaws

 

Bylaw 1: Name

The name of this organization shall be “The Libertarian Party of Chicago" hereafter referred to as the Party.

 

Bylaw 2: Purpose

The purpose of this organization shall be to promote the ideals specified in the National Libertarian Party Statement of Principles by any means consistent with those principles.

Bylaw 3: Membership

Any person who supports the principles of libertarianism shall be eligible for membership.

A member shall be any person whose dues are current and who has affirmed that he or she is not a member of any other chapter of the Libertarian Party of Illinois.

A member, upon joining the Party, must agree to the following: "I certify that I oppose the initiation of force to achieve political or social goals."

 

Bylaw 4: Meeting Rules

A regular meeting shall be held at least once a month.

Robert's Rules of Order shall govern meetings.

Only members may vote.

Proxy voting is allowed in all cases except removal of an officer. A signed letter shall be presented to the Secretary as evidence of a vote transfer.

A quorum shall be three officers and one general member.

The Chair must make a reasonable, good faith effort to notify the membership of meeting times and places via email, phone or social media.

The Party may meet by any means that allows simultaneous aural communication among all participants.

 

Bylaw 5: Officers

All officers must be members.

A member may hold only one office.

Elections shall be held for all offices at the Annual Meeting.

Terms of office shall not exceed one year.

If no one is elected to an office, that office shall remain vacant. The Chair may appoint someone to fulfill the duties of a vacant office and special elections to fill a vacant office may be held at any time.

An officer may be removed at any time by a three-fourths vote of the members present or by the vote of four members of the Executive Committee.

 

Bylaw 6: Executive Committee

The officers of the organization shall be Chair, Secretary, Treasurer, Fundraising Chair, Membership Chair. These five officers comprise the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee shall establish dues, and review and approve the budget at the Annual Meeting, have the power to form committees on an ad hoc basis to delegate tasks and actions, establish rules for how committees operate, and must approve any disbursement greater than $100.00.

 

Bylaw 7: Duties

The Chair shall determine the dates and locations of all meetings. He or she must notify the members of such dates and locations. The Chair shall mediate all meetings or appoint a member of the Executive Committee to do so in his or her absence.

The SOC Representative shall attend all state meetings. If the SOC Representative is unable to attend, he or she must appoint another member of the Executive Committee to attend in his or her place.

The Treasurer shall prepare monthly and annual financial statements, balance all accounts, file any forms required by any applicable election boards and taxing bodies, account for all receipts and donations, account for all disbursements, and propose a budget two months prior to the Annual Meeting. The fiscal year shall coincide with the calendar year.

The Secretary shall take minutes at all meetings, handle all official correspondence, submit monthly information to the state newsletter informing them of club activities, check the LPC phone line for messages and respond accordingly, declare a quorum, send personal meeting invitations to all inquiries as forwarded by national, and provide a copy of the bylaws to any member who requests one.

The Membership Chair shall manage the Webmaster, maintain all membership information, head all recruitment efforts, provide exact membership numbers upon request for voting purposes, and lead any other effort related to membership recruitment and retention as defined by the Executive Committee. The Fundraising Chair shall manage all activities or correspondence related to the raising of funds and lead any other effort related to the raising of funds as defined by the Executive Committee.

The Webmaster shall update and manage www.lpchicago.org, and maintain online presence on other social media.

 

Bylaw 8: Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting will be held every year in January. Elections for all offices shall be held at the Annual Meeting.

 

Bylaw 9: Parliamentary Authority

The rules contained in the current edition of Robert's Rules of Order Newly Revised shall govern the Party in all cases to which they are applicable and in which they are not inconsistent with these bylaws and any special rules of order the Party may adopt.

 

Bylaw 10: Amendments

These bylaws may be amended at any regular monthly meeting. In order for an amendment to be adopted, the approval of two-thirds of the membership is needed.

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