Caroling for Our Clinics at City Hall

Wednesday 12/14
9am
2nd floor of City Hall (121 N. LaSalle) 
We will sing some carols as City Council comes in for their first session since voting on a budget that closes half the city’s mental health clinics and privatizes all of its neighborhood health centers. The modified lyrics to classic holiday tunes are below so you can practice!Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer


Mayor Emanuel’s budget
Wants to make our clinics close
All of the city council
Shrugs and says “that’s how it goes”All of the Mayor’s buddies
Toast their glasses of champagne
He’s giving them big tax breaks
And closing clinics without shame

Then one cold December night
The people rose to fight
Mayor your budget’s not right
We’ll resist your greed and might!

Then all the people rose up
Fighting against corporate greed
We’re building one big movement
And we’ll go down in history!

Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas


Have you just a little bit of heart left?
To respect our rights?
If you close our clinics we will rise and fightHave you just a little bit of heart left?
Don’t we have a say?
If they close, our clinics will be miles away

Here we are as in olden days
With no rights or say at all.
If mental health isn’t near to us
Through the cracks we’ll fall

Through the years you’ve subsidized your rich friends
Like the CME
You’ve got money for all of your rich buddies
So closing clinics is heartless as we all can see!


Jingle Bells

Dashing through the snow
Cause my clinic closed today
Across gang lines I go
Can you hear me say NO NO NO
If our clinics close
Or it you privatize
What will you say to those who know
That we will lose some lives  – HEY!E-man-uel,
E-man-uel
Can’t fool me today!
Corporate greed gets more and more
While our clinics go away, hey!
(2x)

For well over a year
We’ve tried to get your ear
But every time we’ve tried
You just run and hide (SHAME SHAME SHAME)
So your budget passes
To close clinics and schools
While cut your friends’ taxes
You must think we’re fools – HEY!

E-man-uel,
E-man-uel
Can’t fool me today!
Corporate greed gets more and more
While our clinics go away, hey!
(2x)

O Christmas Tree:

O can’t you see? O can’t you see?
This Mayor’s budget’s deadly?
O can’t you see? O can’t you see?
He’s closing clinics for you and me
It’s only bankers who he hears,
Mental health clinics disappear.
O Can’t you see, O can’t you see?
We need our clinics to be free!

12 days of Xmax:

On the first day of Christmas the Mayor took away, public health from the city.On the second day of Christmas the Mayor took away, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the third day of Christmas the Mayor took away, all our meds, our therapists, and public health from the city

On the fourth day of Christmas the Mayor took away mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the fifth day of Christmas the Mayor took away, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the sixth day of Christmas the Mayor took away all of our jobs, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the seventh day of Christmas the Mayor took away 7 health centers, living wage jobs, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the eighth day of Christmas the Mayor took away 8 public schools, 7 health centers, living wage jobs, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the ninth day of Christmas the Mayor took away public libraries, 8 public schools, 7 health centers, living wage jobs, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the tenth day of Christmas the Mayor took away any hope of learning, public libraries, 8 public schools, 7 health centers, living wage jobs, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the eleventh day of Christmas the Mayor took away NATO protest permits, any hope of learning, public libraries, 8 public schools, 7 health centers, living wage jobs, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city.

On the twelfth day of Christmas the Mayor took away, any chance of re-election, NATO protest permits, any hope of learning, public libraries, 8 public schools, 7 health centers, living wage jobs, all our hopes and dreams, mental health clinics, all our meds, our therapists and public health from the city!