#ChiCritMass ~ right/ride on! Raven Roberts speaks on Chris Drew

@ChiCritMass~right/ride on!| Raven speaks on DREW

Raven Roberts-Potawatomi-Miqma-Onedia – Speaking on Chris Drew and Critical Mass link. Heralding the love of bikes and support surrounding both. Raven is a Native American artist, Educator. She knew Chris since she was 5 years old, along with many members of her family and friends from the American Indian Center. Raven was also a community artist with the Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (UM-CAC)© 2012 video/Chris Drew Legacy Interview #6. by Nancy Bechtol, APA Photojournalist.

Raven Roberts_ “it was good to see all the love and support…” a lot of bikers, knowing Chris was a biker too.

http://youtu.be/GPFZj5VLijQ

Original art patch by Raven and clips from the Critical Mass Memorial Bike ride in honor of Chris featured in this video. On location Chicago Downtown. Filmed at The American Indian Center. Uptown, Chicago.

Chris Drew, was the Exec. Director of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (volunteer position) located/housed at AIC for 25 years. on the 3rd floor and was a part of the community and taught many how to silkscreen for free, use and repair computers, helping Bridge the digital divide, and participated, and helped develop programs at the AIC. This video is one in a series of several people sharing insights to the artist/activist and his life.

Now the story of his art, activism and love of Free Speech.

1.14.14 Chicago Premiere at the Logan Theatre! indie feature documentary, by Nancy Bechtol “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min)

See/Hear the Nancy Bechtol interview by Dan O’Donnell – Logan Square TV

http://logansquare.tv/?p=903

An important documentary about street artist Chris Drew, and his felony trial for recording police, will premiere at The Logan Theatre on November 14. Original Music featured in the film is courtesy of Hey Now Records.  http://www.heynowrecords.com “Paper Airplane”  by Behind the Sun` Andy Alton & David Mansfield.

Critical Mass Memorial Bike Ride Rememberance. Chris Drew gave his life for the 1st Amendment. Now see the rest of the story…11.14.14

Chris Drew UMCACreads tribune news Ill Law decared unconstitutio  11. 14. 14 Logan Theatre Premieres his story which impacts many.  “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min) doc indie film  one night only. for info/tickets   www.thelogantheatre.com

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The PEOPLE united, will Never be defeated!  WE the People.

Logan TV-Dan O’Donnell posts exclusive “ART is SPEECH” – on 11.14.14. see the film on DREW

Chicago Premiere at the Logan Theatre ,” Free Speech and the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” by Nancy Bechtol. Featuring indie Music by Behind the Sun-Andy Alton & David Mansfield “Paper Airplane” courtesy of Hey Now Records one night only – 11.14.14 Friday 7:30 PM

See/Hear the Nancy Bechtol interview by Dan O’Donnell – Logan Square TV

http://logansquare.tv/?p=903

An important documentary about street artist Chris Drew, and his felony trial for recording police, will premiere at The Logan Theatre on November 14. The film, Free Speech and the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist is directed by Logan Square resident, Nancy Bechtol. Literally thousands of people across Chicago know Chris Drew, because of his vibrant presence in Chicago’s art community and on Chicago’s streets… In the 2 1/2 years before he passed away in 2012, Drew became known to thousands more across the country and around the world, as he faced up to 15 years in prison for recording police on duty. The video recordings that Nancy Bechtol made on the day of his arrest as well as the years leading up to his arrest became the basis of this documentary. Footage from as early as 2002 shows Drew’s activism and his involvement with the art communities and Critical Mass community in Chicago. Interviews with his attorneys as well as people who knew him through the Uptown Multicultural Art Center are also featured

In December, 2009, he was arrested for selling art for $1 in front of Macy’s on State Street. He wanted to get arrested in order to challenge the city ordinance that would require him to wear a permit in order to sell art. Drew was trying to illustrate that artists are different from merchandise peddlers. Legal precedent has held that art is a form of speech that can’t be curtailed.. Before his arrest, Drew spent months with Bechtol recording his interactions with police on various occasions at various locations across Chicago. He would give away his art, and eventually began to sell it. He asked film maker Nancy Bechtol to record his activities with a video camera. He also carried a small audio recorder…Drew’s plan to challenge the (Chicago Peddler’s Ordinance) took a sharp turn when he was arrested. Officers found the audio recorder in his pocket, and subsequently dropped the peddling charges in favor of charges of eavesdropping

Eavesdropping charges – a Class 1 felony and carry a prison sentence of up to 15 years. Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez maintained that the conversation with the police was private, even though they were acting as public servants and were on a public way. Drew was exonerated in court in 2012, and Alvarez’s office immediately appealed the ruling. Drew died months later, however, so his case alone would not change the law in Illinois. Findings from his case, however, did affect similar cases that were being tried in Illinois at around the same time. In March of this year, the Illinois Supreme Court finally ruled that citizens have a constitutional right to record police actions in public.

Chris Drew’s Legacy lives on! Now in the Film. see it.

“ART is SPEECH!”

Chris Drew’s Legacy lives on! Now in the Film. see it. The film is scheduled to show for one night only, on Friday, November 14. Tickets are on sale now at The Logan Theatre box office or online at www.thelogantheatre.com

You can check out the trailer below. Much more information about Chris Drew and this film can be found on Nancy Bechtol’s website

“ART is SPEECH!”

“Chicago Talks” | “Free Speech…& Chris Drew” with Dr. Barb

Chris Drew Legacy:Interview :Dr. Barbara Iverson, Columbia College-School of Journalism, Assoc Professor, Chicago Talks, Journalist. Video by:Nancy Bechtol, APA photojournalist©2012 .This interview is part of the Chris Drew Legacy Interviews series # people sharing insights to the artist/activist and his life work. Barbara speaks about her connection with Chris and a larger circle of concerns including public rights, grassroots connections, the “art patches”, FCC, Free Speech, the Illinois Eavesdropping Law and the Constitution.


Two probono lawyers stepped up to defend Chris. First Mark Weinberg, Civil Rights Attorney, then Joshua Kutnick.

The Law was declared Unconstitutional in Chris’ case based on “wholly innocent conduct” March 2012 by Judge Sacks. Attorney Kutnick won vs IL State’s Attorney, Alvarez. Chris Drew RIP May 2012. The Illinois Supreme Court finally abolished the Law, March 2014. Now a feature documentary, “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist”. by Nancy Bechtol. 2014 release.

See/Hear :

Dr Barbara Iverson Interview

11.14.14 Chicago Premiere at Logan Theatre http://www.thelogantheatre.com/index.php/movies/coming-soon?view=showdetail&id=568 of indie doc “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min) film by Nancy Bechtol. Music by Behind the Sun. Andy Alton & David Mansfield. “Paper Airplane” Courtesy of Hey Now Records. www.heynowrecords.com

Citizens Recording Police: First Amendment Right| Rep. Elaine Nekritz speaks

Elaine Nekritz Frame FILM-_Bechtol_Logan-BIGPOSTER_wbChris Drew Legacy:Interview-Rep Elaine Nekritz. video:Nancy Bechtol, APA photojournalist©2013 January. in collaboration with Dr. Barbara Iverson, Educator, Chicago Talks, Journalist. .thanks to crew,Hermann Wieland and Ron Grenko.  Illinois Rep.(D) Elaine Nekritz, sponsored HB 3944 to amend the Illinois Eavesdropping Law (enacted in 1961) This is part of the Chris Drew Legacy Interviews #16 in the series of 16 people sharing insights to the artist/activist and his life work. Attorney.Josh Kutnick was brought on the Defense/case by Attorney Mark Weinberg — after the case progressed and went from Peddling and First Amendment Challenge to criminal charges of Class 1 Felony Eavesdropping which carried 4-15 years in jail. . The Law was declared Unconstitutional in Chris’ case based on “wholly innocent conduct” March 2012 by Judge Sacks. Attorney Kutnick won vs IL State’s Attorney, Alvarez. Chris Drew RIP May 2012. The Illinois Supreme Court finally abolished the Law, March 2014. Now a feature documentary, “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist”. by Nancy Bechtol. 2014

See/Hear Illinois State Rep. Elaine Nekritz:

http://youtu.be/OrMU4IPvbCUIllinois Rep. Elaine Nekritz speaks

11.14.14 Chicago Premiere at Logan Theatre http://www.thelogantheatre.com/index.php/movies/coming-soon?view=showdetail&id=568 of indie doc “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min) film by Nancy Bechtol. Music by Behind the Sun. Andy Alton & David Mansfield. “Paper Airplane” Courtesy of Hey Now Records. www.heynowrecords.com

Arts|Activism|Community: Wapahi speaks on CDrew

Robert Wapahi – Dakota- Nebraska, NE_ Artist. Chris Drew Legacy Interview -5 by Nancy Bechtol

Robert Wapahi is Native American Artist and former Board member of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (UM-CAC)_Chris Legacy– Interview by Nancy Bechtol, APA Photojournalist. On location. The American Indian Center. Chicago. Chris Drew, was the Exec. Director of UM-CAC(volunteer position) located/housed at AIC for 25 years. on the 3rd floor and was a part of the community and taught many how to silkscreen for free, use and repair computers and helped bridge the digital divide in the community., and participated, and helped develop programs at the AIC. This video is in a series of people sharing insights to the artist/activist and his life.

SEE/Hear Robert Waphai on YouTube interview:

http://youtu.be/ytwEUxmU-NI

“He is the only person I have seen come through here (the American Indian Center) that would avail himself to anybody, he didn’t care who they were ..he talked to everyone. He always made a statement..his focus was the arts and how to make it accessible. He was not bashful about making a statement how he felt about driving while “black or brown”.. we still have not forgotten him.”

Robert is featured in the indie feature documentary, by Nancy Bechtol

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“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min) film by Nancy Bechtol.  Music by Behind the Sun – Andy Alton & David Mansfield “Paper Airplane” courtesy of Hey Now Records. http://www.heynowrecords.com

The film- will have its Chicago premiere on November 14 at the Logan Theater.

Community|Native American connection : Drew..”the spirit ..to fight for what is right”

JOE PODLASEK-Ojibwe-Polish ‘Standing Buffalo Leader of People’ Currently CEO, Trickster Art Gallery

former Exec Dir Amer Indian Center_Chris Legacy– Interview by Nancy Bechtol, APA Photojournalist. On location. The American Indian Center. Chicago. Chris Drew, was the Exec. Director of the Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (volunteer position) located/housed at AIC for 25 years. on the 3rd floor and was a part of the community and taught many how to silkscreen for free, use and repair computers, and participated, and helped develop programs at the AIC. This video is in a series of people sharing insights to the artist/activist and his life.
Joe Podlasek: “…the spirit of who he (Chris) was, to fight for what is right.”
…he gave opportunities to people..he always wanted to teach and share.”

© 2012 video/Chris Drew Legacy Interview #7

SEE/Hear Joe Podlasek on YouTube interview:

http://youtu.be/fHjO6ZYfCOY

Joe is featured in the indie feature documentary, by Nancy Bechtol

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“Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” The film- will have its Chicago premiere on November 14 at the Logan Theater.

Spirits in Logan Theatre welcome the Film – Tech Check Good to go for 11.14.14!

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

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

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READY | Logan Tech Check Good 2 go! 11.14.14.

View of the Logan Theatre from Projection Booth (with Orlando, he is surrounded with films high above all and makes the magic happen) photos also shot in theatre 2- secretly known as the haunted theatre. The spirits welcomed the film! Tech Check good. “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” (99 min) film by Nancy Bechtol. Music by Behind the Sun- Andy Alton & David Mansfield-“Paper Airplane” courtesy of Hey Now Records. http://www.heynowrecords.com. It was amazing to see the film- shot in 5 formats from DSLR to Cell and whatever I had at the time) that took 5 years (plus clips from 10 yrs ago of peace marches in 2002 and on the streets, including Occupy 2011 and the Critical Mass tribute ride for Chris 2012) In gratitude for being able to tell the story, finally. hope you can see this one. very Chicago with the deep commitment of a determined spirit, Chris Drew. Yes, the Spirits of Theatre 2 welcomed him. smile.

Special “sneek preview short” Chris Drew’s Free Speech Challenge

Special “preview short” Chris Drew’s Free Speech Challenge

Special “preview short video” herein (4.30 min) highlights the struggle for free speech and rights as citizens- which impacts us all. Includes interview by WGN on the street, first dollar for sale of Art Patch, and clip of arrest. Upcoming 11.14.14 feature indie documentary (99 min) Premieres at Logan Theatre Fri eve- tickets now online and at box -one night only. “Free Speech & the...more

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Chris Drew – Protests Chicago’s Peddlers License- Street Artist…
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Chris Drew has been fighting to repeal the 1994 Chicago Peddler’s license which prohibits aritists to sell their art in Chicago. This video shows Chis on location downtown selling art, being interviewed by WBBM AM Radio 780. He was…

Civil Rights Attorney Weinberg defended Chris Drew, Street Artist

Civil Rights Attorney Weinberg defended Chris Drew

Mark Weinberg, ’88, Featured in Free Speech Documentary
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Civil rights specialist Mark Weinberg, ’88, defended artist Chris Drew pro bono after he was charged with a felony violation of Illinois’ Eavesdropping Law. Now Weinberg is featured in a documentary about the artist. From the press release:

Chris Drew, who passed away 2012, was the long-time Executive Director of The Uptown Multi-Cultural Arts Center (UM-CAC) located in the American Indian Center.In 2009, Chris asked [filmmaker Nancy Bechtol] (with 2 friends) to accompany him and document his attempt to get arrested for peddling art patches with messages of social awareness and artistic ideas to challenge Chicago’s Peddler’s Ordinance.

Chris was arrested for selling art patches for $1, (peddling) but since he had a personal tape recorder, charges changed to a felony violation of Illinois’ Eavesdropping Law by Illinois State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez, which carried 4-15 years in jail if convicted. In 2009 this law was generally unknown. Two pro bono Attorneys defended him. First, Mark Weinberg challenged on the free speech constitutional ground; then Joshua Kutnick, criminal defense, defended, and won in the courtroom of Judge Sachs, on the felony charges in 2012.

See/hear Weinberg on the |Chris Drew Legacy Interviews| on YouTube.

• “Free Speech & the Transcendent Journey of Chris Drew, Street Artist” The film- will have its Chicago premiere on November 14 at the Logan Theater.
http://thelogantheatre.com/index.php/movies/coming-soon?view=showdetail&id=568

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