Resist, Unify, Build: Success!

 
 Jacky Grimshaw Rohina Malik Bill McKibben
 David Borris, Robert Naiman Grace Pai Brandon Lee, Father Larry Dowling

Thanks to all who attended! It was an exciting conference with interesting speakers and an energetic group of citizens! We will be following up with those who expressed interest. If you couldn't attend, but would like to follow up about CAPA's Climate, anti-Militarism, or Radical Solidarity committees, drop us a line at: info@chipeaceaction.org!

Over 80 people gathered together at the Irish American Heritage Center to help CAPA figure out how to harness the anger and energy felt by a majority of Americans over the Trump/GOP political ascent, and turn it into action in the name of peace, social justice, and environmental stewardship. We thank AFSC, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Citizens' Climate Lobby, Just Foreign Policy, the People's Lobby and Tzedek Chicago for their active engagement and partnership. Rohina Malik's moving monologue of a Muslim immigrant loving American ideals while confronting xenophobia illustrated the theme of Radical Solidarity. Our goal is to create a "clearinghouse" of mutual support for the many individuals and organizations that share our outlook as well as to create the conditions for a larger dialogue. As Jacky Grimshaw said, "To be healthy, all of our parts must be functioning well and contribute to our overall health. When one part of our system malfunctions, we have dis-ease. So it is with our society, an attack on just one or many parts of our social, economic or environmental sectors creates dis-ease of our whole." CAPA strives to be the "convener and organizer" of veteran and new generations of activists.
 

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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