41st Annual Benefit— November 12th
Building Bridges, Not Barriers: Redefining Security

At a time when our nation is deeply divided after the recent election, as the world battles pandemic, climate catastrophe, and widespread war, we must all bring a critical and creative eye to rethink what security really entails.
We are thrilled to have progressive champion, U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna speak on the bold steps that must be taken to reshape U.S. foreign policy towards lasting security.

Thursday, November 12th, 2020

HOST COMMITTEE (in formation)

Andy and Rich Amend
Bill and Cele Arnold
Hon. Daniel Biss
Martha Cray
Helmut & Susanna Epp
Rep. Robyn Gabel
Monica Getzendanner
James Gibbs
Sallie and Alan Gratch

Gerry Gorman
Trudy Jenny
Jack and Maureen Kelly
Miriam Kelm
Jerry and Jackie Kendall
Jackie McKay
Ed McManus
Carol Moran

Michael Peshkin
Martha Pierce
Bob and Mary Anne Savard
Gail Schechter
Comm’r Larry Suffredin & Gloria Callaci
Ellie Sylvan
Phyllis Tholin
Dilnaz Waraich

Help us reach out fundraising goal of $18,000!


Congressman Ro Khanna represents California’s 17th Congressional District, located in the heart of  Silicon Valley, and is serving in his second term. In his past two years in congress, he has been an outspoken leader on progressive foreign policy. He led the bipartisan efforts to reassert congressional authority over war and peace through the Yemen and Iran war powers resolutions.
Rep. Khanna is first vice chair of the Congressional Progressive
Caucus and also serves as an Assistant Whip for the Democratic Caucus. He served in President Obama’s administration as Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Commerce. Rep. Khanna believes that the US should be a leader on human rights and democracy  through diplomacy, economic aid, and cultural influences. He believes that over-employment of war and force often backfire, do not keep us safe, nor promote democratic ideals. He seeks to continue promoting the idea that our current aggressive tactics are not effective, and our nation needs a progressive approach to foreign policy. 


Catherine Buntin, MS., MPH., is a retired Public Health Nurse. Catherine joined the  North Suburban Peace Initiative in 2002  as we went to war in Iraq. She developed speaking materials on the effects of Depleted Uranium Weapons by the U.S. military. She worked with colleagues at UIC to coordinate anti-war programs for health professionals on the effects of the war and the moral imperative for resistance. In 2014, she joined The People’s Lobby, a local organization that focuses on poverty, racism and incarceration. She is co-chair of the CAPA Climate Group, a committee focused on  the mitigation of climate warming. Catherine  promotes seniors collaborating with millennials to resist policies that threaten global security, quality of life and policy issues related to civil liberties. She says, “What  keeps me motivated is a focus on the needs of the children of tomorrow!  They deserve our time and persistence to protect the laws, democracy,  and ecology we have been so fortunate to inherit!”

Are you feeling apprehensive about participating in a virtual event? We’ve got you covered.

      1. We will be using the Zoom platform for this event. Check out their instructions for getting started here!
      2. Join us for a “Practice Event” on Saturday, November 7th anytime between 2pm— 3pm. Everyone who reserves a ticket will get instructions for how to participate. If you would like to attend this practice before committing to a ticket price, send us an email at capa@chipeaceaction.org. 
      3. If you’re still feeling uneasy about this new event format, we’d would love to talk you through it! Send us an email at capa@chipeaceaction.org to schedule a one-on-one tutorial!

Wine Recommendations from Nuclear Weapons-Free Countries for your Sipping Enjoyment

Thanks to Peace Action’s Kevin Martin for these recommendations!
These are the types of grapes or the name of the wines, not the producer or vineyard. Any of these should be good regardless of the producer.

White Wines

Austria Gruner Veltliner (may be hard to find but if you go to a good wine shop they should have it. Ask for a recommendation)

New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc

Spain has many varieties
-Cava, a sparkling wine!
-Avoid Freixenet

Red Wines

Australia Shiraz and Shiraz/Cabernet Sauvignon blend

New Zealand Pinot Noir

Spain Rioja (a region in Spain),Tempranillo or Garnacha (these are grape varietals)

South Africa Cabernet Sauvignon and Cab/Shiraz blend

Argentina Malbec or Malbec/Syrah blends

Chile Cabernet Sauvignon (a good one is Cousino Macul Antiguas Reservas)

Thursday, November 12th

6:00  Program Begins
6:15  Digital Cocktail Conversation
6:30  Student presentations
6:45  Keynote followed by Q&A
7:15  Breakout Rooms
7:30  Event Concludes


If you can’t attend this year, but would still like to make a donation, please donate here.