The Rainbow blog is back in action and we have news to report:

Apologies for the long delay between posts but we have been doing a lot of organizing since you last heard from us.

First things first. There is a traveling exhibit that is just finishing up a successful run in Philadelphia. Organized by Daniel Tucker, “Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements”, is a multi-city exhibition and event series taking place in Philadelphia at Kelly Writers House (January 14 – February 17, 2016) and in Chicago at The Averill and Bernard Leviton Gallery (March 3 – April 9, 2016), with events taking place in both cities throughout the exhibitions. 

You can find out more info and get a complete Chicago schedule at the Organize Your Own website. I encourage you to go to the site and read its other contents. 

Fundraiser at The Hideout in Chicago:  "From Blues to Bluegrass: The Radical Tradition in Politics and Music"

There was a successful fundraiser on February 9 featuring the music of Jake La Botz and Jon Langford at the Hideout on Chicago's North Side. Owner of the Hideout Tim Tuten told about his own Uptown upbringing. Hy Thurmond, one of the original Young Patriots explained the group's origins. Mike James talked about Rising Up Angry and its role in the Rainbow Coalition while Marilyn Katz talked about the organizing done by SDS with Jobs or Income Now (JOIN).

Chicago Tribune writer Rick Kogan wrote a column that appeared a day before the event entitled Young Patriots' history is a lesson for political activists of today. Kogan wrote:

"This was community organizing at its most creatively active, and the group did, among many things, build and operate health clinics, offer legal advice to those dealing with unethical landlords and police brutality, and hold food drives for children and the homeless (often, tragically, one and the same). It used music to spread its message, a series of concerts that blended the musical heritage of its participants."

You can read  the  announcement of the event on the Hideout website. Below are photos taken by Bob Simpson at "From Blues to Bluegrass: The Radical Tradition in Politics and Music". Simpson was involved with the Patriot Party in DC ( a spinoff from the Young Patriots)  as well as the Committee to Defend the Panthers. More of his photos of the event may be viewed here.