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Call to Conscience: Revisiting King's Radical Revolution of Values

   Thanks to all who attended CAPA's event April 2nd commemorating MLK's watershed speech criticizing the war on Vietnam. King delivered that speech in 1967 at the Riverside Church in NY and called for a radical revolution of values. He called upon us to challenge poverty, militarism, and racism. He challenged people to think deeply about our roles in society and how we treat each other. He questioned America’s use of military force at a time when that was very unpopular. It caused him to say only 16 days later, “It’s not easy to stand up for truth and justice. Sometimes it means that you will walk the streets with a burdened heart. But let us bear it - for truth, bear it for justice, bear it for peace.” This event was a chance to revisit our history in hopes we can apply it to today’s challenges. 
 
 
 
Special thanks to our amazing speakers and co-conveners for collaborating with CAPA on this event:
 
Sherri Bevel, co-founder of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago and the daughter of civil rights legends James Bevel and Diane Nash, will share reflections and a call to action.
 Olga Bautista of the Southeast Environmental Task Force
 Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
 Toby Chow of The People’s Lobby,
 Rory Fanning of Veterans for Peace,
 Troy LaRiviere, President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association,
 Tuyet Le, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
 William McNary, Co-Director of Citizen Action Illinois.
 
Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Freedom School
Citizens' Network of Protection
Haymarket Books
People for a Safer Society
The People’s Lobby
The Southside Coalition to Ban Petcoke
Veterans for Peace
World Beyond War
 
Thanks again for all the support and we hope to see you at the next event!  

Introducing Our New Website and Re-Energized Mission

Tracing our origins back to the nuclear freeze movement of the 70s, Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) has grown and evolved to confront a much more complicated and dangerous world in the 21st century. Realizing that the methods and even the goals of the past are inadequate for a planet facing the existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate disruptions, we strive for a deeper understanding of global forces and effective methods of building a more humane and just society. We must mitigate the climate crisis by moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. CAPA supports policies that break with the monopolistic energy structures of today. The opportunities for bold changes must be grasped by an informed electorate.

We don’t simply advocate for less military spending and the elimination of nuclear weapons; we strive to facilitate the construction of a world that has need for neither. We understand that seeking a world free of conflict involves building a world much more free of injustice and inequality. The magnitude of the converging crises that threaten to overwhelm us doesn’t allow us the luxury of continuing our work separately in each of our individual issue silos. We strive to build that space where the peace movement and all the various movements for social, economic, racial, and climate justice can find common ground. 

 
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