CVO marches with Poor People’s Campaign to Illinois State Capitol

CVO marches with the Poor People’s Campaign to the Illinois State Capitol on May 28, 2018.

Chicago Memorial Day Parade 2018 Photos

CVO Members and Organizational Members march in the Chicago Memorial Day Parade on May 26, 2018.

The Right to Heal VA Campaign (RTH) at Jesse Brown VA

rth_bannerThe Right to Heal VA Campaign (RTH) is calling on all veterans that care about saving the VA to join us tomorrow at a hearing on VA privatization and why it is not the solution. At the hearing we will make a call to action and announce an informational picket and press conference at Federal Plaza on Friday.  Details below.

Call to Action & Workers’ Rights Board Hearing

Where: Conference Room, Second Floor, Damen Building
Jesse Brown VA, 820 S Damen Ave, Chicago, IL 60612
When: 4:30PM | Thursday, May 17, 2018
RSVP by mailing Right to Heal <> or join the event on Facebook

On May 17th, join us as the Right to Heal Campaign announces a call to action and next steps in the fight to unite veterans and VA workers to save the VA and fight back against privatization. After the announcement the Workers’ Rights Board will hold a hearing to discuss what VA privatization would mean for veterans. The hearing will feature experts in the field of VA care, veterans speaking to their experience of using both the VA and the private sector, and VA employees who have dedicated their lives to serving veterans.

Save The VA Press Conference and Informational Picket
Where: Federal Center and Plaza, 219 S Dearborn St, Chicago, Illinois 60603
When: 10AM | Friday, May 18, 2018
RSVP by mailing Right to Heal <> or join the event on Facebook

The Save The VA Coalition and the Right To Heal VA Campaign will be holding an emergency press conference and informational picket to oppose H.R. 5674. The bill backed by the Trump adminstration and the Koch front group, Concerned Veterans of America would expand private healthcare vouchers at the expense of the VA healthcare system and give unprecedented powers to the VA secretary to make drastic changes, including authority to outsource/privatize services of VA healthcare without oversight or congressional approval.

With the firing of VA Secretary David Shulkin for not advancing a privatization agenda quickly enough and with continued disarray within the Trump administration in finding a replacement for Shulkin, we believe it is the worst possible time to give Trump such powers to change VA healthcare. We will be demanding that Senator Duckworth and Durbin hold the line against these terrible bills and vote no on these bills and other efforts to privatize the VA.

RSVP by emailing Right to Heal <> or join the events on Facebook Right to Heal Hearing at the Jesse Brown VA & Save the VA Press Conference at Federal Plaza.

Veterans & VA Workers
United to Save the VA!

In Memory of John Monaghan – 1946 – 2018

john_m_remember_2018It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of John Monaghan, Vice President of Veterans for Unification. John was an Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam and a veteran activist. John orchestrated a one of a kind veterans march event in downtown Chicago about a decade ago with his daughter Jessica and Alderman Dick Mell. Funeral arrangements for John: Thursday May 24 and Friday May 25, at Hursen Funeral Home, 4001 Roosevelt, Hillside Il.
For memorial Service information, contact Hursen Funeral Home, Hillside, 708-547-8200

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Join the Poor People’s Campaign Illinois Veterans Rally – May 28, 2018

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation’s distorted morality. We need you to step up and join our efforts.

Join the Illinois Veterans movement to transform the political, economic and moral structures of our country. Wear your military jackets, shirts, medals, assemble at the State Capitol

Memorial Day — Monday May 28, 2018 at 2pm

Illinois State Capitol
301 S 2nd Street
Springfield, IL 62756

Sign up online at:

PPC IL Vets Pledge Card
Watch CVO Chair, Willie Mack, talk about the Poor People’s Campaign Veterans’ Rally to be held May 28th in Springfield Illinois.

Watch Dr. Bruce Parry, former CVO Chair and current Treasurer, talk about the Poor People’s Campaign Veterans’ Rally to be held May 28th in Springfield Illinois.


Next CVO Meeting May 16, 2018

The next meeting of the Coalition of Veterans Organizations will be held on Wednesday, May 16, 2018 at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, 820 S Damen in the 2nd Floor Conference Room. The meeting will start at 7 PM, but refreshments and CVO leaders will be there at 6 to discuss issues with anyone who comes early. Also, the pizza will be hotter then, than during the meeting.

The key agenda point will be a presentation and discussion around the 1932 Bonus March, the Civil Rights Campaign of the 1950s and 60s, the Human Rights Campaign, the original Poor People’s Campaign in 1968, and the new “Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival” of today. CVO is participating in the Poor People’s Campaign on Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day). Find out all about it!

Pizza will be served. Get parking in the garage validated as you enter from Ogden Ave.

See you on the 16th!

The Poor People’s Campaign: Veterans Rally on May 28th


  • This is the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s Poor People’s Campaign in 1968.
  • This is not a commemorative of that event. It is a call for a New Poor People’s Campaign.
  • We want to change the American dialogue. It is a National Call for a Moral Revival.
  • This is a National Movement taking place in 40 state capitols and the District of Columbia.
  • 10’s of thousands of people have signed up. More than 1700 in Illinois alone. Join us.


The 4 pillars of the Campaign are: 
  • Against Racism
  • End Poverty
  • End the Militarization of Society
  • End the Environmental Destruction

Like the Sit-Ins and Freedom Rides that changed America in the 1950s and 60s, the Poor People’s Campaign is kicking off a series of Rallies to call attention to the moral decay of this country and pointing out a direction for change.

Join us at the Veterans Rally for Veterans’ Health Care and Benefits and against cuts in Veterans’ Care on May 28th in Springfield IL. More information:   
Sign up to join us: