FRIDAY: UIC VICTORY RALLY / UNWELCOME JOHN TOLVA STILL ON!
Rahm Running Scared: Mayor 1% Cancels Friday UIC Appearance
From Occupy UIC:
Despite the mayor's cancellation we are still protesting.
THE ISSUES HAVE NOT GONE AWAY AND NEITHER ARE WE!
The speaking event sponsored by UIC is still happening. The cowardly Mayor, unable to face the 99%, is sending one of his corporate cronies, former IBM executive and current City Chief of Technology John Tolva, to speak in his place. We see it as a victory that the Mayor refuses to show his face on campus. Now lets all turn out for a victory rally and continue to build the movement against corporate greed and for human needs!
Cancellation email to UIC Students:
Dear Honors College Students:
I am passing along this message from the Department of Political Science. Please note that the Honors College will still have reserved seating at the front of the room, and that you are very much encouraged to bring your questions along to pose to Mr. Tolva. I look forward to seeing you there.
Due to schedule changes, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will not be able to make remarks on campus on December 2nd for the "Future of Chicago" lecture series. John Tolva, Chief Technology Officer for the City of Chicago, will represent the Emanuel administration as the new guest speaker. He will address the administration's vision for the city's future, beginning at noon in the Illinois Room, Student Center East.
As chief technology officer, Tolva has been appointed by Mayor Emanuel to leverage technology to ensure that the city delivers better services at a lower cost to taxpayers. Before joining the city, Tolva worked at IBM for over 13 years. In his most recent capacity, he served as the director of citizenship and technology for IBM where he was responsible for developing new social, educational, environmental, and cultural heritage projects that use innovative technologies in partnership with nonprofit institutions and governmental entities. His team developed programs that performed tasks ranging from contributing idle processing power to the search for a cure to HIV to matching employees with community volunteer opportunities. All of these initiatives align with the goals and interests of Honors College students and faculty.
Mayor Emanuel has agreed to reschedule his appearance for next semester. Both Mr. Tolva's and Mayor Emanuel's appearances are part of the Future of Chicago Lecture Series, co-sponsored by the UIC Honors College Leadership Series (funded through the Caterpillar Foundation), the Department of Political Science, the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement, the Great Cities Institute and the Office of Social Science Research.