Next CVO Meeting June 20, 2018

The next meeting of CVO is on Wednesday, June 20th at 7 PM at Jesse Brown VA (820 S Damen in Chicago) in the 2nd floor Conference Room.

The agenda will include an update on the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, and an update on the CVO Flipcause Fundraising Campaign. We will also talk about the struggle against VA privatization.

Additionally, we will have a report on the fight for Dental Care for veterans. Attendees are encouraged to bring in any article, email, or other communication from a national veterans’ organization regarding HR 4556 on Dental Care. We need to see what other organizations are doing about this issue.

As usual, pizza will be served and parking will be validated.

Come and support CVO!

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.

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:

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