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
People for a Safer Society
The People’s Lobby
The Southside Coalition to Ban Petcoke
Veterans for Peace
World Beyond War