CanTV Hotline – American Legion Harold Washington Post


The Harold Washington American Legion Post 1987 is a member organization of CVO and they’re doing a Veterans program on CAN-TV Channel 21 every Wednesday evening from 6 to 6:30 PM. It’s on Comcast, RCN, Wow and cable channel 99. You can watch it on your computer, live at Be sure to watch and call in with your questions about Veterans issues!

Past Harold Washington Post videos can be found at this link:

Next CVO Meeting April 18, 2018


The next meeting of CVO will be held at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in the 2nd floor Conference Room on this Wednesday, April 18th at 7 PM.

We will hold elections to the Executive Committee.

Angela Turner-Susberry will make a presentation to veterans showing that they need to take care of their arrangements in advance, thereby taking the burden off their families. They can share this information with their family and friends.

Donald Evans of the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE) which organizes workers at Jesse Brown, will make a presentation on the Right to Heal Campaign. Bruce Parry will update the members on the Right to Heal meeting held on this past Saturday and on other activities involving CVO.

As usual, pizza will be served. Parking will be validated.

See you Wednesday!

Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County awards luncheon, March 24, 2018 photos


Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County 44th Annual Beef and Cabbage Awards Luncheon on March 24, 2018, at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois.

Stanley Porter, USMC awarded VACCC Jim Proffitt Volunteer Award


Willie, Stanley, and Bruce

Willie, Stanley, and Bruce

On March 24, 2018, the Veterans Assistance Commission of Cook County (VACCC) awarded Stanley Porter, United States Marine WWII, the Jim Proffitt Volunteer Award at the annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Awards Luncheon at the Ukrainian Cultural Center in Chicago.

Mr. Porter is a World War II veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He was one of the original African American Veterans admitted into the Marine Corps. And was trained at the segregated camp of Montford Point in 1942. For the remainder of the war, he served in combat as a 90mm anti-aircraft gunner in the Pacific, including on the Marshall Islands.  Mr. Porter has remained active both within the Montford Point Marine Association, Chicago Chapter 2, and within the Coalition of Veterans Organizations.  In 2011, Mr. Porter was active veteran advocate and exemplifies the finest attributes of the veteran’s movement through his selfless service to other veterans.

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Chicago Wolves Salute To Military Families Night April 14, 2018

The Chicago Wolves are proud to host the fifth Salute to Military Families Night on Saturday, April 14, when the team hosts the Rockford IceHogs at Allstate Arena. The Wolves will honor current and former servicemen, servicewomen and their families throughout the night in appreciation of their dedication to our country.

The Wolves have added a new aspect to the proceedings this year. The Wolves are hosting a pregame resource event to showcase organizations and companies that provide support to veterans and their families. Veterans have the opportunity to receive information and ask direct questions about services and programs designed for them and their families — whether they are getting ready to be deployed or transitioning back to civilian life for the first time.

“Members of our military do their jobs with little or no fanfare and they perform tasks many of us can only imagine,” said Chicago Wolves president Mike Gordon. “We are thankful for the chance to offer them a way to connect with resources they may need and to share it with their families.”

Partners such as Compass Heating & Air, Sport Clips and Circle K have purchased tickets and will donate them to military and governmental organizations to ensure veterans and their families can enjoy an evening out while receiving relevant information and support they might need.

If you are a veteran, register for the pregame resource fair and for tickets to the game.

To learn more about Salute to Military Families Night, or to purchase tickets for yourself or sponsor a veteran and his family, call 1-800-THE-WOLVES.

Forum on Gun Violence

Join Congressman Danny K. Davis on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 p.m. at a forum on Gun Violence. Many of our families, including Congressman Davis, who lost his grandson, have experienced the heartbreak of gun violence. It is serious business when people lose their lives. Please join him, let’s discuss what to do about it. Location: Westside Justice Center, 601 S. California, Chicago.

Next CVO Meeting March 21, 2018

The next meeting of CVO will be held at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in the 2nd floor Conference Room on this Wednesday, March 21st at 7 PM. The Executive Committee will meet before hand at 6 PM. All are invited. Executive Committee members are encouraged to be on time.

CORRECTION: There will not be an Executive Committee meeting on March 21, 2018 CVO meeting.

LaShun James will make a presentation on Addus Homecare for Veterans. This is an important medical issue for Veterans, so be sure to come and hear LaShun.

Also, nominations will be held for the Executive Committee. All nominations must be made at this meeting. The elections to the CVO Executive Committee will be held at the April meeting.

As usual, pizza will be served. Parking will be validated.

See you Wednesday!

Next CVO Meeting February 21, 2018

The next meeting of the Coalition of Veterans Organizations will be held in the 2nd floor Conference Room of the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center at 7 PM on this Wednesday, February 21st.

The Executive Committee will meet at 6 PM in the same location. If you want to attend and see what the Executive Committee does, arrive at 6 PM.

The Agenda for the Membership Meeting will include a presentation on “The Right to Heal Campaign,” a campaign against the increasing privatization of the VA. We will also have reports on the Veterans Against Violence Campaign, the CVO struggle for Dental Care for Veterans and other issues of importance to Veterans and their families.

Light refreshments will be served. Parking will be validated.

Come out and support CVO!

Poor People’s Campaign Illinois Press Conference

Poor People's Campaign Illinois Chapter

Illinois State Capital – Springfield, Illinois

The Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival aims to build a broad and deep national moral fusion movement – rooted in the leadership of the poor, marginalized and moral agents and reflecting the great moral teachings – to unite our country from the bottom up.

This campaign has emerged from more than a decade of work by grassroots community and religious leaders, organizations and movements fighting to end systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, environmental destruction & related injustices and to build a just, sustainable and participatory society.  We draw on the history, vision and unfinished work of the 1968 Poor People’s Campaign.

They demand a change in course.  And on February 5, 2018, they served notice to the state capitals that if their voices are not heard and the issues remain unaddressed, they are prepared to take direct action and engage in nonviolent civil disobedience.

The Illinois Poor People’s Campaign is forming teams across Illinois to organize for next spring and beyond.  We invite you to bring your talents and commitment to the liberation and moral revival of this nation.   Please indicate that you would like to participate in one of the teams and which team you are interested in by replying to this email.

  • Faith Community Outreach Team
  • Volunteer and Organizations Outreach Team (for cities throughout IL, as well as Chicago)
  • Direct Action Coordination Team
  • Movement Cultural Arts Coordination Team
  • Unions and workers Team
  • Millennial and College Students Team
  • Social Media Team

Volunteer organizers are available to meet with your organization and/or smaller groups of people who would like to learn more about our movement. Contact us:

In struggle and solidarity,
Illinois Poor People’s Campaign Coordinating Committee