“WE the PEOPLE”–support democracy -spread the word! Art is Speech!

12.5.14::“WE the PEOPLE” |Victory!

Chris Drew UMCACreads tribune news Ill Law decared unconstitutiolarger

Chris Drew on location Silkscreening at May Day Rally ©nancy bechtol

Chris Drew on location Silkscreening at May Day Rally ©nancy bechtol

Logan Theatre Tech Check Chris_shot frm projection booth (1 of 1)


“WE the PEOPLE”–support democracy -spread the word! Art is Speech!

DATE: December 5 Friday, yes!

On the 5th anniversary week of Chris Drew’s arrest and subsequent unexpected challenge to the law that was overturned – The Illinois Eavesdropping Law by the Illinois Supreme Court (4/2014) celebrate victory!. Chris Drew’s Legacy is strong—let freedom ring!

Time: 11:30 am –-for about an hour…volunteers, your are invited too!…hand out flyers, buttons, etc, greeting all…smile. Mark Thomas, Candidate for the 44th Ward will be there too.

Meeting the public Always interesting.. on the street.

LOCATION: State Street between Randolph and Washington in front of Macy’s (where CDrew was arrested in 2009)

Special Note It is legal to give away anything– since we are giving away flyers, buttons, etc.

Only problem for Selling art. (smile)

Peace through Justice

for your reference:


Channel 2 NEWS report from 5/2014: Insightful – Where the now abolished Illinois Eavesdropping Law stands.

Legacy of CHRIS DREW! (1950-2012) and all those with him, special note to his pro bono attorneys! Josh Kutnick and Weinberg!




“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist”feature documentary (99 min) premiered at the Logan Theatre, 11.14.14


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Chicago’ “Free Speech..”Film Thanks:..a painfully gritty true story

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FILM-_Bechtol_Logan-BIGPOSTER-WEBxAll_Posters_Lobby_-Logan-Theatre-Bechtol_Post-Image11.14.14 Marked Chicago and World Premiere of “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” screened at the Logan Theatre. Local is best. Special thanks To the media the Reader, Sun-Times, Logan TV and DNAinfo, Chicago Talks, Mark Thomas of the Alley Stores for the great collector buttons given at the premiere, and all those who blogged and grassroots rallied to support this journey and NOW indie feature film. You are the best! The thank you list is a good 3 pages long on the film credits, several of Chris Drew’s former students were there, Lew & Diana – with beautiful flyers and ongoing People’s Tribune tributes to Chris, as well as his widow Deborah, attorney Mark Weinberg, and (includes spiritual advisors and inspirations) John Lennon, Martin Luther King and Gandhi, his probono attorneys Weinberg and Kutnick, Music courtesy of Hey Now Records/’Paper Airplane’, by Behind the Sun-Alton & Mansfield, ( along with the ACLU, APA, CANTV, Occupy Critical Mass and our Public Servants(who legally can and will be recorded in public), and more. so many more…all listed in the film ) Special thanks to the crew who supported the film Ron Grenko and Hermann Wieland, and David Bechtol, Technical Supervisor and fixer of all things, without him this film would not have been made. Thanks for all who were there in person and in spirit! an excellent audience, we nearly filled the 102 seat theatre. very well attended! What an experience to see so many people and, most I did not know… that was amazing. The film is now for history, forever.

above, is the Poster in lobby next to all the REAL movies! 27×39″ mine is 2nd from the left….”into the woods” ah yes, the journey was long to make this DIY indie, but worth every joy and sorrow, those who make films, know deeply what I mean. Peace through Justice. May the Chris Drew story of social justice radiate. The truth IS out there. Art IS Speech! In any way you can, tell the stories of our lives. ~Nancy Bechtol

11.14.14 Street Artist Chris Drew Profiled: DNAinfo Holiday POSTS on the Film Premiere at Logan Theatre!

Patron Saint of Street Artists|Defender of Free Speech|Chicago’s Own

Patron Saint of Street Artists | Free Speech|Defender of the 1st Amendment  Chris DREWFILM-_Bechtol_Logan-BIGPOSTER-WEBxReader Listing for Chris Drew film

The Legacy of Chicago’s Own: Chris Drew, Street Artist. Artist, Advocate and Activist

…Upon hearing of his VICTORY over the Class 1 Felony Eavesdropping charges, after showing his passion, his determination to ensure and declare “Art IS Speech” , for his Challenges and mandate to abolishing the Peddler’s Ordinance (which he never got to challenge due to the most unexpected switch to felony upon arrest) to his withstanding the trials of grueling 2.5 years of court battle, (with probono Attorney Mark Weinberg, and probono Attorney Joshua Kutnick, his most strong archangels in defense) to his faith that the people, especially those who are most vulnerable against the dark forces, that all shall have 1st Amendment Rights, to Free Speech”

Chris Drew RIP (1950-2012) was heralded Patron Saint of Street Artists (first proclaimed by Kingdom, a street artist himself) and additionally, Defender of Free Speech!

and now the truth, the rest of the story, for all time, for history, as given to me, slowly revealed in many ways, and sometimes through dreams by all the powers that be, I now give you the film.

11.14.14  Friday. Chicago Premiere at the Logan Theatre. doors open 6:30 screens at 7:30 p

Recommended by the Chicago Reader

~Nancy Bechtol, artist, inspired educator, filmmaker

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