EVENTS

Saturday, DEC. 10TH, 12Noon – 2 P.M. Central, online: Join CAPA and friends in attending SANCTIONS: A WRECKING BALL IN A GLOBAL ECONOMY”

Join this important discussion hosted by Black Alliance for Peace! 

REGISTER HERE.

Sanctions have boomeranged back on the US and EU countries with inflation, supply chain shortages, and a looming recession causing hardship at home. But by far the greatest burden is borne by 40+ sanctioned countries. The US response is doubling down on harsher sanctions. What are the implications? Join the webinar to learn together with us!

JOIN CAPA and friends for an all-day event on Friday, DEC. 9TH, 2022…. Build 2 Heal, the kick-off event for a local movement to push back the dominant narrative about people in communities directly impacted by criminalization, violence, and incarceration. It brings together activists, spoken word performers, musicians, visual artists, educators, and witnessing by directly impacted subject matter experts.

  • WHEN:  December 9, 2022, 11:30 AM to 8:30 PM
  • WHERE: NEIU Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies (CCICS)
  •                 700 E Oakwood Blvd, Chicago, IL 60653
  • WHO: Free Admission to all – Donations Welcome! Refreshments will be served

Build 2 Heal is a Collaborative Event organized by and with The Institute for Nonviolence Chicago, Chicago Coalition for The Homeless, Chicago HipHop Heritage Museum, N The Spirit, Books Over Balls, Sydney Jackson, One Aim, PNAP (The Prison + Neighborhood Arts/Education Project), G.O.D.(Giving Others’ Dreams), and Formerly Incarcerated Standing Together (F.I.S.T.). 

Build 2 Heal is dedicated to improving community safety through non-violence, restorative justice, and criminal justice transformation efforts, in the spirit of formal and informal cross-cultural and intersectional alliance-building by, with, and for denizens of Chicago.

Build 2 Heal envisions community healing from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and post-incarceration syndrome (PICS) experienced in our city’s communities when the realities are shared through the looking glass that art provides. 

“Art opens the closets, airs out the cellars and attics. It brings healing” –-Julia Cameron

Join the CAPA Loyola Student Chapter online on Tuesday, Dec. 6th, 2022, from 6:30-7:30 P.M Central, for a film screening and discussion of “YEMEN’S DIRTY WAR.”

[*Note: contact capa@chipeaceaction.org for info on how to join the Zoom call!]

The U.S. is actively supplying weapons and logistics to a Saudi Arabia-led coalition to attack and blockade Yemen’s cities and ports. From filmmaker DW Documentary: “At least 370,000 people have already died in the Yemen conflict, and millions have been displaced…. The United Nations ranks the bloody proxy war and its effects as the world’s worst humanitarian crisis.”

One of CAPA Loyola’s main campaigns is to bring awareness to the ongoing crisis in Yemen, and inspire people to take action. We invite all CAPA members to join CAPA Loyola for this one-hour event, Tuesday Dec. 6th!

(DATE TBD soon): “SPECIAL DRAWING RIGHTS” CALL + TWEET PARTY!

Join CAPA online (date TBD soon!) as we offer a primer on the life-saving potential of Special Drawing Rights for multiple nations; followed by a call and tweet storm to persuade Congress to take immediate action! This event is made possible by the work of awesome activists from Action Corps.

Help make a difference with us! Click here to RSVP.

 
Join us for this teach-in, in-person at the DePaul University Quad (Date TBD soon)…
 

…as we discuss the context of the war in Ukraine, harmful actions being taken by various sides, and peaceful ways to end the war.

Co-sponsored by Codepink, Chicago Area Peace Action, CCAWR (Chicago Committee Against War & Racism), Gay Liberation Network, Neighbors for Peace, and more!
 

JOIN US online on Wednesday, NOV. 30TH @ 7 P.M. CST for a discussion of how to end war in Ukraine and avert nuclear apocalypse!

REGISTER HERE!

JOIN CAPA in attending a timely webinar from our friends at Roots Action, “Ending the War in Ukraine, Not Life on Earth,” featuring a wide-ranging panel of experts! Contrary to what most U.S. media reports, the peace movement has numerous practical proposals for ending war while protecting people’s rights–tune in with us to hear more.

Special Guest Panelists:

photo of Mandy CarterMandy Carter: Mandy Carter is a southern African-American lesbian activist engaged in social, racial, and LGBTQ justice organizing since 1967. 

photo of Dennis KucinichDennis Kucinich: Dennis Kucinich served in the U.S House of Representatives for Ohio’s 10th Congressional District for 16 years, during which he was a leading Congressmember on issues of peace and ending war

Michael McBride: Pastor Michael McBride (known as “Pastor Mike”) is a native of San Francisco &  is one of the national leaders in the movement to implement public health & community centered gun violence prevention programs.

photo of Khury Petersen-SmithKhury Petersen-Smith: Khury Petersen-Smith researches U.S. empire, borders, and migration. Khury is one of the co-authors and organizers of the 2015 Black Solidarity with Palestine statement.

photo of David SwansonDavid Swanson: David Swanson is an author, activist, journalist, and radio host. He is executive director of WorldBeyondWar.org and campaign coordinator for RootsAction.org.

photo of Marcy WinogradMarcy Winograd: Marcy Winograd is Coordinator of CODEPINK CONGRESS. Marcy served as a 2020 DNC delegate to Bernie Sanders and co-chairs the End Wars and Occupations Team for Progressive Democrats of America. 

photo of Ann WrightAnn Wright: Ann Wright resigned from the US government in March 2003 in opposition to the US war on Iraq. Since then, she has been challenging US wars and foreign policy. 

photo of Ryan BlackRyan Black: Ryan Black is RootsAction Organizing Coordinator. He is a political organizer and digital marketing professional based in Fort Wayne, Indiana. 

JOIN CAPA and friends in protesting CHASE Bank’s fossil fuel complicity and greenwashing efforts on Black Friday, Nov. 25th, 2022!

WHEN: (Black Friday) Friday, Nov. 25th, 11am-2pm Central
WHERE: Chase Bank, 150 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago

RSVP HERE!

From our friends at Rising Tide Chicago: “Join us on Black Friday to protest Chase Bank greenwashing its image as it profitis immensely from funding fossil fuels, deforestation, and polluting fresh water including Lake Michigan…. Chase Bank can’t be the #1 global funder of fossil fuels and claim to be green at the same time!… Big Banks like Chase have profited from funding fossil fuel companies and deforestation for decades since scientists first sounded alarms about the connection between burning fossil fuels, deforestation and climate change….

“Putting solar panels on office buildings does not make up for funding activities that pump carbon dioxide into our atmosphere and put lives in danger or even worse result in deaths. In order to preserve life on earth, we must cease investments in fossil fuels and deforestation in the very near future and repair our earth. In a just world, Chase Bank (and all the other banks profiting immensely from climate change) would not exist. Climate change is a symptom of an economic system that puts profit and growth for a few above the health of people and ecosystems that sustain life on earth.”

Bring your signs, chants, and energy with us in the streets on Friday Nov. 25th!

JUSTICE 4 BRANDON LEE!

Join CAPA in solidarity with ICHRP and the Justice 4 Brandon Lee Coalition in writing to U.S. VP Kamala Harris here, urging justice for victims of violence by the Philippines gov’t under U.S. gov’t support.

VP Harris is visiting the Philippines from Nov. 20-22nd, 2022, legitimizing a Marcos gov’t which targets human rights workers, exploits, and terrorizes indigenous people, just as occurred under Duterte. Urge VP Harris to acknowledge these atrocities, demand accountability, and support the Philippines Human Rights Act!

JOIN the CAPA Climate Group in urging Congress to reject fossil fuel proposals which Senator Joe Manchin wants attached to end-of-year “must-pass” legislation! 

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS!

These proposals would undermine bedrock protections in the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Clean Water Act (CWA), paving the way for dozens of new fossil fuel and mining projects. Senator Manchin’s proposals are clearly written in consultation with the American Petroleum Institute (API) and aim to fast track the development of fossil fuels and mineral mining at the expense of frontline communities. They would limit NEPA and CWA reviews, weakening Tribal consultations and imposing barriers for communities to have their voices heard.

Senator Manchin’s proposals must not be attached to any “must pass” legislation. We need legislators to rally colleagues in both houses of Congress to fight this dangerous legislation. Please click either green button above to contact your legislators. Thank you for your rising with us to prioritize people and planet over fossil-fuel profits.

JOIN CAPA’s Foreign Policy Working Group in viewing the documentary “ITHAKA,” currently entered in the DOCNYC Festival in New York!

WATCH ONLINE BY NOV. 17TH!

ITHAKA focuses on the struggles of Julian Assange’s father, John Shipton, and Julian’s wife, Stella Assange, in their quest to free Julian from maximum security prison in the UK and from the threat of extradition to the US.  

DOCNYC has made this documentary available for streaming online for a fee of $13. If you are concerned about Julian Assange and the basic rights of journalists to tell the truth without persecution, take this opportunity to watch the documentary. 

After you have watched the movie, please vote and give it five stars for the DOCNYC Audience Award. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Such recognition will enable greater attention on a global basis.  Note: The vote must taken by end of day Nov 17th. Click here for a preview, and click the button below for the full film.

CAPA’s Climate Group is once again teaming up with Vote Forward, this time to encourage voter turnout in Georgia’s Senate run-off election🗳️🗳️🗳️🗳️

CLICK HERE TO JOIN THE EFFORT

Georgia voters will decide who to send to the U.S. Senate by December 6th. This run-off can keep a decidedly more progressive voice in this critical seat for the next six years, as well as reduce Senator Joe Manchin’s power to hold the Senate hostage to fossil fuel demands. 

That is why we again team up with Vote Forward to write letters to registered voters in Georgia, and encourage their participation in the run-off election. And so we are asking you to make one FINAL effort with us.

Go to: votefwd.org and sign up for their letter writing campaign to Georgia voters. When you sign in, they will take you to their Dashboard and you can select how many letters you are willing to write. You print the letters, write, stamp, and mail following their directions. Let us know if you have any questions or need assistance with printing, stamps, or any other aspects–reach us at capa@chipeaceaction.org.

Thank you for you work to support participation in this important election!

JOIN US in-person on Friday, NOV. 11TH @ 11 A.M. CST for a Demilitarized Veterans Day/Armistice Day Ceremony in Chicago! Hosted by About Face/Iraq Vets Against the War

….44 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL 60601, United States
Veterans Day, Friday, November 11, 2022 | 11AM

Join veterans, students, and union members as they speak out against the war, military industrial complex, workers and the future of the planet. Speakers will be followed by a flower ceremony to remember those whom we’ve lost.
We will gather at 44 E Wacker Dr, Chicago, IL Vietnam Memorial at River Level.

Please RSVP here to indicate that you plan to join, as we build momentum for this event!

JOIN US online, Thursday, November 10th, 2022 at 6 P.M. CST for this urgent virtual teach-in on events in Haiti, “The Crisis Is Imperialism”, hosted by Black Alliance for Peace!

REGISTER HERE!

From our friends at Black Alliance for Peace: “What we hear about Haiti today is a distortion—or outright fabrication—of its social and political reality. Much of what’s said about Haiti lacks historical context, especially when it comes to the unrelenting meddling of the foreign agents and institutions, based in a deep racism that presumes that African/Black people are ungovernable while resenting the implications of Haiti’s historical commitment to Black freedom.

“Taking all of this into consideration, the Black Alliance for Peace Haiti/Americas Team is hosting a teach-in on the crisis of imperialism in Haiti. This teach-in will not only focus on direct U.S. action, but also seek to pull back the layers and understand how the United States is increasingly delegating military and other interventionist actions through partner countries in the region, and what this means for the future of sovereignty in Haiti and self-determination for African peoples in the Americas.”

Join BAP for this critical teach-in, and continue the call: “No to Occupation! Yes to Self-Determination in Haiti!”

MODERATOR:

    • Kimberly Miller

SPEAKERS:

    • David Oxygène, MOLEGHAF in Haiti
    • Jafrikayiti, Canada’s role
    • Christophe Simpson, CARICOM’s role
    • Erica Caines, United State’s role
    • Jemima Pierre, Progressive’s role
    • Tamanisha John, Jamaica and Haiti

Chicagoans have spoken up for justice! 🎉🎉🎉

In the November 8th, 2022 Midterm Elections, a major pro-peace ballot measure in Chicago, the Treatment Not Trauma referendum uplifted by our CAPA DePaul chapter, has overwhelmingly passed in wards where it was on the ballot!

Treatment Not Trauma is a campaign to move funds and tactics away from policing, toward non-police first responses and supports for those experience mental health or substance use crises.

Celebrate this moment with us, as we continue working toward a future with continually less policing, and more healing!

DISSENTERS IS CALLING ON COMMUNITIES all over the U.S. to join a week of direct action, base building, and solidarity for the liberation of people all across the globe! Check out what’s involved:

CLICK HERE to take action!

THIS NOV. 7th-13th, CAPA‘s Defund the Pentagon Campaign invites you to join the Dissenters’ #BoeingArmsGenocide team for a #DivestFromDeath Week of Action! By engaging in direct action that disrupts business as usual, we can reject Boeing’s propaganda and influence public opinion and decision-makers to take power, partnerships, and profit away from Boeing in Illinois. The #BoeingArmsGenocide campaign and partners, led by powerful youth organizers, are rising up to get free, to break the power of the U.S. war industry, and halt the unjust war on communities of color around the world!

1. NOV. 9TH: Join us on Instagram Live! Join us on Wednesday, November 9th at 3:30 PM CST @wearedissenters Instagram Live, along with Resist US-led Wars-Seattle to learn more about how we are taking action against Boeing across the country P.S. You can boost posts about the #DivestFromDeath Week of Action on Instagram and Twitter.

 

2.  NOV. 10TH: Participate in a Social Media Storm against PARIC, Boeing’s drone factory construction company! Use this toolkit on Thurs, Nov 10th from 12-5 PM CST/1-6 PM EST to participate in our social media storm against PARIC, the construction company slated to build Boeing’s drone factory in Southern Illinois — a drone factory funded by Illinois tax dollars.

 

3.  NOV. 10TH & 11TH: Canvass with #BoeingArmsGenocide! No canvassing experience or knowledge of the campaign needed! We will gather in community, have a canvassing training, and speak to our neighbors together. Two in-person canvasses: —Thursday, November 10th in Rogers Park 3-5 pm: Meet at PO Box Collective (6900 N Glenwood Ave) at 3 PM! —Friday, November 11th in Hyde Park from 3-5 pm: Meet on the back patio of Cafe 53 (1369 E 53rd St) at 3 PM!

 

We hope to be Divesting from Death with you all week!  And don’t forget to sign the petition!

JOIN CAPA DEPAUL and friends on Monday, November 7th, 2022, @ 5:30-7:30PM to do virtual Phone Banking for Chicago’s Treatment Not Trauma referendum! Treatment Not Trauma is on the ballot this year in wards throughout Chicago, like the 6th, 20th, and 33rd. It’s important to inform voters about why this kind of legislation is desperately needed. 

CLICK HERE to join us on Monday November 7th!

The Treatment Not Trauma campaign has been working to get a public health care system in Chicago, which entails investing in more mental health services and creating a crisis response program that is serviced by mental health professionals and EMTs rather than police officers. 

On Monday, Nov. 7th from 5:30 – 7:30 P.M. CST, CAPA DePaul will be phone banking to get the TNT referendum passed! Come join us on Zoom by clicking the button below. If you can’t make it on Monday, there are other volunteering options as well. Visit CAPA DePaul’s instagram page for more info and check out leaders of these efforts, including Collaborative for Community Wellness, Defund CPD, and Students Against Incarceration DePaul!

We hope to be with you virtually on Monday, November 7th!

JOIN US from NOV. 7TH-12TH, 2022, in following the work of five Chicago-area high school students who are in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt for this year’s UN Climate Summit, COP27! 

These young activists are in Seven Generations Ahead‘s youth climate advocacy program, It’s Our Future. Keep an eye out for all their COP27 coverage starting Monday, November 7th!  Read more HERE. Seven Generations Ahead has also teamed up with the crew at Climate Generation to host a livestream from the summit at 12pm Central time on Thursday, November 10th. Join us then to help learn out about the ways you can bring the action back home, from the Mideast to the Midwest and beyond —

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER for the students’ Nov. 10th Livestream!

This year’s student delegates come from Evanston Township High School, Oak Park River Forest High School, and Solorio Academy in Chicago. An environmental science, chemistry, and biology teacher from Solorio Academy will also be joining the group. The delegates will be attending the first week of COP27, from November 6th through the 12th. Get to know this year’s student delegates!

CAPA Climate Group invites you to join us for all the coverage here. Follow the Climate Generation Window into COP27 program with policy summaries, video interviews, climate stories and more, visit SGA on Facebook and Instagram, and find the It’s Our Future on Instagram, where students will be posting COP updates daily! 

JOIN US on Thursday, Nov. 3rd, 6:00-7:30 P.M. CT, for a special webinar, “Peace Making In A Time of Endless War,” hosted by World BEYOND War!

This webinar features WBW Board Member John Reuwer, who has recently returned from Ukraine. John will report back on his first-hand observations of the ongoing conflict and share his insights on how we can move forward to push for peace in Ukraine and worldwide. Plus, we will hear from special guest speaker Yurii Sheliazhenko, WBW board member and executive secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, based in Kiev, Ukraine. Yurii will speak about peacemaking amidst war in his country.

Click here to register!

About the Speakers:

John Reuwer is treasurer and a member of the board of directors of World BEYOND War. He is a retired emergency physician whose practice convinced him of a crying need for alternatives to violence for resolving tough conflicts. This led him to the informal study and teaching of nonviolence for the last 35 years, with peace team field experience in Haiti, Colombia, Central America, Palestine/Israel, and several US inner cities. He worked in South Sudan with the Nonviolent Peaceforce, one of the few organizations practicing professional unarmed civilian peacekeeping. He also serves on the Committee to Abolish Nuclear Weapons with Physicians for Social Responsibility educating the public and politicians about the threat from nuclear weapons, which he sees as the ultimate expression of the insanity of modern warfare, so blatantly displayed in the current war in Ukraine. John has been a facilitator for World BEYOND War’s online courses “War Abolition 201” and “Leaving World War II Behind.”

Yurii Sheliazhenko, PhD, is a Member of the Board of Directors of World BEYOND War. He is based in Ukraine. Yurii is executive secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, a board member of the European Bureau for Conscientious Objection, and a council member of the International Peace Bureau. He obtained a Master of Mediation and Conflict Management degree in 2021 and a Master of Laws degree in 2016 at KROK University. In addition to his participation in the peace movement, he is a journalist, blogger, human rights defender, and legal scholar, an author of academic publications and a lecturer on legal theory and history. He has been a facilitator for World BEYOND War’s online courses. Yurii is a winner of the International Peace Bureau’s 2022 Sean MacBride Peace Prize.

JOIN US on Sunday, October 30th, 12 Noon, at 1101 Ridge Ave., Evanston, IL, to seek U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky’s support for H.R. 2590, the Palestinian Children and Families Act!

After months of pressure, U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky has finally responded to an urgent letter from the U.S. Palestinian Community Network (USPCN) and allies, urging her to sign onto HR 2590 – The Palestinian Children and Families Act.

Unfortunately, in her response, Rep. Schakowsky says that there is “no proof” U.S. aid to Israel is used to support the imprisonment of Palestinian children, and that “any proposed legislation that refers to a just and lasting peace and Palestinian self-determination, but fails to mention a two-state solution, represents a significant and dangerous step backwards for Congress.”

The movement for Palestinian human and civil rights can’t wait on a status quo of inaction.  As violence against Palestinians is escalating, with even Palestinian journalists and doctors being murdered by the IDF in the last few months, we call on all our elected officials to move beyond the ‘Progressive except for Palestine (#PEP)’ stance. The time to support H.R. 2590 is now! Join us for this important action calling for support of HR 2590, in front of Jan Schakowsky’s residence, this upcoming Sunday October 30th at 12 Noon!

#FreePalestine #ProgressiveExceptForPalestine #GazaUnderAttack #WestBank

 

Join CAPA on Saturday, October 29th, 2022 from 11 A.M.-12 Noon CST, for “Lessons Learned In Effective Peace Activism: Reflections On Norman Cousins’ Life, a virtual Lunch & Learn hosted by Citizens for Global Solutions! 

Click here to register for this FREE event!

Dr. Allen Pietrobon and special guest, Candis Cousins, will reflect on Norman Cousins’ life devoted to peace activism and world federation perspectives. How can we as world citizens follow in his footsteps and carry on his life’s work to make the world a more peaceful place?

Norman Cousins was the editor of the Saturday Review for more than thirty years and had a powerful platform from which to help shape American public debate during the height of the Cold War. Under Cousins’ leadership, the magazine was considered one of the most influential in the literary world. Cousins’ progressive, nonpartisan editorials in the Review earned him the respect of the public and US government officials. But his deep impact on postwar international humanitarian aid, anti-nuclear advocacy, and Cold War diplomacy has been largely unexplored.

Starting in 1945, Cousins mobilized powerful efforts to support victims of the atomic bombing of Japan and of Nazi `medical experiments,’ to foster world federation, to halt nuclear weapons testing and abolish nuclear weapons, to build a mass peace movement in the United States (as founder and co-chair of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy), and to end the Vietnam War. At the height of the Cold War, he played a central role in securing the world’s first nuclear arms control agreement (the test ban treaty of 1963) and in securing U.S.-Soviet detente.

JOIN US online on Friday, Oct. 28th, 2022 at 12 Noon …for an essential discussion, “Approaches to Building a Culture of Peace,”  featuring peace views from Russia, Ukraine, and more!
 
 
Presenters:
    • Alexander Belik is a lawyer, human rights educator, mediator, one of the leaders of the Russian Movement of Conscientious Objectors.
    • Ellis Brooks is a Peace Education Coordinator at Quakers in Britain.
    • Phill Gittins, PhD in Peace and Conflict Studies, Master of Education with 20 years of educator’s and researcher’s experience, Education Director at the international network World BEYOND War.
    • Yurii Sheliazhenko, PhD in Law, Master of Mediation and Conflict Management, Executive Secretary of the Ukrainian Pacifist Movement, laureate of the Sean MacBride Peace Prize of the International Peace Bureau.
    • Werner Wintersteiner, PhD in Education (focus peace education), University of Klagenfurt in Austria (1997), member of the editorial board of the Journal of Peace Education.
Education at all levels, especially human rights education, is one of the principal means of building a culture of peace, that is, values, attitudes, traditions, behaviors and ways of life based on the practical rejection of violence through education, dialogue and cooperation. This is stated in the Declaration on a Culture of Peace, adopted by the UN General Assembly.
 
Almost all forms of civic education contain elements of non-violent teaching, including creation of a safe learning environment and development of nonviolent communication skills. Children and teenagers learn to talk instead of fighting. Adults learn effective negotiation and mediation. A culture of peace among people is gradually taking root in our educational systems. It is much more difficult to learn a culture of peace between peoples.
 

How to study war without militaristic indoctrination? How can we talk about the peaceful resolution of conflicts enshrined in the UN Charter, if the media call to fight for victory at any cost, threatening to punish cooperation with enemies? Is it timely to defend the internationally recognized human right to conscientious objection to military service when a country mobilizes to stand against “fascist” neighbors? Is it possible to criticize the war and the army without disinformation and defeatism, without becoming “useful idiots”? Is it possible to achieve peace by complete destruction of the enemy, and are there other ways to achieve peace? What knowledge, skills and sacrifices will each of these ways require?

We invite you to participate in the discussion “Approaches to building of a culture of peace and critical study of armed conflicts in civic education”, organized by the EENCE Working Group “Research in the field of Civic Education”.

When: October 28th, 2022, 12 Noon CT (8pm Kyiv time)
Working languages: English, Russian

CAPA’s Climate Group thanks everyone for your support in writing letters to potential voters in this mid-term election ending on November 8th, 2022!  🗳️🗳️🗳️🗳️

 As part of CAPA, YOU have helped write nearly 5,000 letters encouraging swing-state voters to participate in our democracy! Vote Forward, the organization we teamed up with, has written five million letters nationally.

Thank you for amplifying people’s participation in democracy nationwide!

CAPA DEPAUL PRESENTS… a book swap!!
 
Come join CAPA DePaul on Thursday, Oct. 20th, between 4:30-6:30pm in McGowen South 107 at DePaul. We will be discussing the US education system, including harmful censorship of curriculum, attacks on queer and trans students, the uneven distribution of funds, leftist theory, and more!!
 
There will be coffee, tea, hot cider, cookies, and other snacks. 🙂
 
 
 

Please JOIN US on Tuesday, October 18th, 2022, at 6 P.M. …as Medea Benjamin’s book tour stops in Chicago! Medea will be at Seminary Co-Op Bookstores, 5751 S Woodlawn Ave, Chicago, IL 60637, discussing her new book, “War in Ukraine: Making Sense of a Senseless Conflict.”

—-RSVP HERE!—-

Medea Benjamin is cofounder of CODEPINK and a dynamic, renowned leader within the U.S. peace movement. Medea is also a friend of CAPA, and CODEPINK has been an amazing local partner for both CAPA and the CAPA Student Network. Come listen, learn, and share in the discussion!

Russia’s brutal invasion of Ukraine has attracted widespread condemnation across the West. Government and media circles present the conflict as a simple dichotomy between an evil empire and an innocent victim. In this concise, accessible and highly informative primer, Medea Benjamin and Nicolas Davies insist the picture is more complicated.

Skilfully bringing together the historical record and current analysis, War in Ukraine looks at the events leading up to the conflict, surveys the different parties involved, and weighs the risks of escalation and opportunities for peace. For anyone who wants to get beneath the heavily propagandized media coverage to an understanding of a war with consequences that could prove cataclysmic, reading this timely book will be an urgent necessity.

See you at the Seminary Co-Op!

 
We’re excited for another October afternoon of activism and community around our beautiful great lakes and watershed.  Can you join us in Elliot Park on Sunday, October 16 from 2-4pm? 
 
 
We will have speakers about the fight against Enbridge’s tar sand pipelines Lines 3 and 5, as well as a proposed CO2 pipeline that would run through Illinois.  Listen to music 🎶 from Creative Artists and Activists in Service Together LIVE!, and there will be an open mic 🎤 if you have music or poetry to share. This event is a fundraiser 💸 for the Water Protectors’ Legal Fund. 💦
 
Bring a chair or blanket, a mask, your water, and a friend.
Hope to see you at the park! (unless it rains)
#WaterIsLife #StopLine3 #StopLine5
 
🌈🌎🌱💧☀️♥️
 

CLICK HERE to tell Senators Duckworth and Durbin to TAKE 5 ESSENTIAL ACTIONS NOW for nuclear disarmament!

Then JOIN Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Committee Against War & Racism, Codepink, and partners as we picket the offices of Sens. Duckworth and Durbin on FRIDAY, OCT. 14th, 11:30 A.M.-12:30 P.M. at Federal Plaza, 230 S. Dearborn, Chicago… 📢 📢 📢 🪧🪧🪧

…as part of a nationwide action organized by Roots Action and Defuse Nuclear War to jumpstart the movement to abolish nuclear weapons! 

On Friday, Oct. 14th, informational picket lines will be held at Congressional offices ACROSS THE U.S., to demand steps to significantly reduce the risk of nuclear war. We will be holding forth on a picket line in Federal Plaza, at the offices of Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth.

CLICK HERE TO RSVP!! — and also let your friends know you’re going by rsvp-ing on facebook here! 

If you have any questions, please reach us at capa@chipeaceaction.org!
(https://defusenuclearwar.org/month-of-action/#Get_involved)

JOIN CAPA and partners for a 90-minute livestream on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 1 P.M. Central featuring experts on nuclear disarmament, as groups nationwide look to jump-start the movement to abolish nuclear weapons!

A BIT OF HISTORY:

In 1979, the forerunner to Chicago Area Peace Action, the North Suburban Peace Initiative, was formed as part of the burgeoning social movement to stop the madness of nuclear weapons proliferation. While that movement has had some success, most notably turning out the largest in-person demonstration in U.S. history in 1982, when more than 1 million people came to New York’s Central Park to demand nuclear disarmament, it has, of recent years, lost much of its momentum and visibility in the public square. 

UNTIL NOW — 

The entire world is once again living in extreme anxiety over the possibility of nuclear conflagration, from the frightening rhetoric coming out of the Russia/Ukraine conflict to our lack of ability to re-engage the JCPOA. We are now closer to the possibility of nuclear war than at any point since those alarming 13 days in October 60 years ago — when de-escalation narrowly prevailed over calls for the U.S. and Russia to instigate nuclear war.

Roots Action and Defuse Nuclear War are organizing a national action (in more than a dozen states and counting) on Friday October 14th to mobilize support for the movement to abolish nuclear weapons. Prior to that, there is a 90-minute livestream on Sunday, Oct. 2nd at 1 P.M. Central featuring experts on nuclear disarmament including Daniel Ellsberg, Professor Vincent Intondi (panelist from CAPA‘s 2022 Peace Summit), Dr. Assal Raad, Alice Slater, Norman Solomon, David Swanson, Alyn Ware, Marcy Winograd, Hanieh Jodat, and more.

This Livestream will energize and mobilize everyone for Friday, Oct. 14th, when picket lines will be held at Congressional offices across the U.S., to demand steps to significantly reduce the risk of nuclear war. Chicago Area Peace Action will be holding forth on a picket line in Federal Plaza, at the offices of Senators Richard Durbin and Tammy Duckworth (details to follow soon). If you are receiving this email from outside the Chicago area, find a picket line near you HERE or organize your own by filling out this form.

It is time to again pick up the mantle bequeathed to us by those millions of people worldwide over the years who have organized to stop the madness and eliminate nuclear weapons from the face of the earth. 

CELEBRATE with us!

CAPA recently asked for your help contacting House Reps. and Senators to reject the “Energy Independence and Security Act of 2022, a deal brokered by Senator Joe Manchin and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer to force through pipeline projects and strip away environmental protections.

The PEOPLE rose up to their legislators, demanding refusal of this planet-harming bill. As a result, Senator Manchin lacked enough votes to take it forward. Last night, he withdrew this bill which would have been attached to “must-pass” legislation due on September 30th.

Now we must be vigilant to ensure that new iterations of Senator Manchin’s legislation are not brought forth in future sessions — specifically legislation that removes community protections and reviews provided by the Clean Water Act (CWA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).

Thank you for acting urgently for people and planet!!

 

JOIN CAPA on FRIDAY, SEPT. 23RD, @ 11 A.M. at Pritzker Park, 310 S State St, Chicago, IL 60604…

…for the Global Climate Strike!! We’ll be alongside a growing coalition of local 350 movements, Sunrise Chicago, Rising Tide Chicago, Extinction Rebellion Chicago, and many more to tell the Federal Reserve, Chase, and BP to halt the financing, extraction, and burning of fossil fuels. This event will be in full collaboration with youth groups Fridays for Future Chicago and the Chicago Climate Youth Coalition.

This will be the Chicago edition of the Global Climate Strike! We will march and stop at all 3 targeted locations downtown, perform a little Civil Discobedience to “Staying Alive,” have a die-in, and dance some more to “I Will Survive,” to raise awareness to the public and call on the following institutions to act.

We demand:

    • that the Federal Reserve System regulate fossil fuel financing in the U.S. and promote investment in sustainable solutions and underserved communities
    • that Chase Bank end financing to fossil fuel infrastructure and extraction and expand investment in sustainable solutions
    • that BP live up to its name of “Beyond Petroleum” and end fossil fuel extraction and pipeline activities

Click to RSVP!

See you in the streets on September 23rd for climate justice!

Please join us online on Thursday, Sept. 22nd, for CAPA’s 2022 Annual Benefit, “Dispelling the Myth of the Indispensable Nation.”

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER and read the full Benefit program here

CAPA and the 2022 Host Committee are excited to invite you to CAPA’s 43rd Annual Benefit! We welcome the esteemed scholar Dr. Trita Parsi to help us explore alternatives to American primacy, and dispel the twin myths that America is the indispensable nation and America’s global dominance has made Americans more safe. 

The inability to frame a coherent foreign policy strategy that takes into account the self-interest of other nations has left the American electorate and the U.S. foreign policy establishment adrift in a sea of misconceptions – clouded by hubris, a false sense of self-importance, and a myopic and distorted view of the world. The belief that America must dominate the world for it to be stable and America to be safe has led to endless wars rather than endless peace. Take the time to learn why and how to resist ongoing, calamitous U.S. foreign policy blunders, from the Taiwan Strait to the Middle East to Ukraine and beyond. 

At this year’s Benefit, CAPA will also honor Chicago activist Andy Thayer with the Robert A. Cleland Pursuit of Peace Award.

Finally, we will celebrate the work of CAPA’s Student Network, our Climate and Foreign Policy Working Groups, and invite all attendees to share their insights and passions among fellow peacebuilders. Please register now for the Benefit, and we’ll see you on September 22nd!

2022 Host Committee (in formation):    Rich and Andy Amend, Bill and Cele Arnold, Marcia Bernsten, David and Cari Borris, Martha Cray, Aaron Dellutri, James Gibbs, Gerry Gorman, Sallie and Alan Gratch, Jack and Maureen Kelly, Miriam Kelm, Jackie and Jerry Kendall, Ed McManus, Michael Peshkin, Martha Pierce, Gail Schechter, Comm’r Larry Suffredin and Gloria Callaci, Ellie Sylvan, Phyllis Tholin, Dilnaz Waraich, Elliot Zashin, Mark Zivin

JOIN CAPA in solidarity with CCHRP and partners, on Saturday, Sep 17th, 2022 from 2-4 P.M. CT @ the Philippine Consulate (122 S Michigan Ave, then to Millenium Park – Crown Fountain)…

…for a vigil against President Marcos Jr. & Vice Pres. Duterte’s upcoming visit to the U.S.!

The brutal regimes of the ruling Marcos and Duterte families have partnered with U.S. government rulers for decades, making weapons deals and crushing Filipino communities. Those who support justice for the people of the Philippines rise up in resistance to these harmful regimes and their partnership with the architects of U.S. imperialism. 

See you in the streets!

JOIN CAPA and friends on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 11TH from 12:00-1:30 P.M. CST, @ N. Astor St & E. North Blvd, Chicago, IL, 60614…

…for a rally and people’s trial against Governor Pritzker and Boeing for enabling militarized violence here and across the world! The State of Illinois is complicit in the violence that Boeing profits from. Governor Pritzker’s administration is funding a new Boeing drone production factory in IL

As Illinois residents, we want to see an end to our tax dollars funding Boeing operations that fuel genocide in Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, West Papua, and elsewhere. Join us in-person on Sept 11th at 12 P.M. to demand that Gov. Pritzker and the State of IL stop funding Boeing, and redirect our public resources into life-giving resources and institutions such as free healthcare, public schools, and so much more.

See you there!

   

JOIN CAPA on Wednesday, September 7th, 2022 @ 5:30 P.M. CT for  “Imperialism vs People & Planet”– an online discussion from awesome local Filipino orgs, Malaya Chicago and CCHRP (Chicago Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines), in partnership with IL Green New Deal. 

Malaya Chicago and CCHRP members will lead a conversation on the harms that extractive industries cause as part of a larger imperialist agenda across the globe. With a focused discussion on the fight for indigenous communities in the Philippines, this gathering will center conversations on the benefits and critiques of a U.S.-led Green New Deal policy platform.

–CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!–

 “From Palestine to the Philippines, STOP the U.S. war machine!”

Thank you for taking action last week by sending a personal letter to your House Representatives urging them to vote “NO” on Senator Joe Manchin’s new planet-harming legislation. As you know, CAPA is working with a coalition of 652 organizations across the U.S. to reject this legislation.

Now we need your help again to take one more action. Please click here to send a similar letter to Senators Duckworth and Durbin. They will be in Washington on September 7th. On September 8th, thousands of protesters from across the country will gather in front of the U.S. Capitol demanding that the Senate also vote “NO” on this legislation. Your letter will reinforce their demand.

We have already received feedback that the House Democratic Members will likely reject this legislation. If the leadership of both the House and Senate know that this legislation will not pass ,they may decide not to bring it up for a vote.  

Thank you for your continued support!

During the past few days, some members of the CAPA Board have participated in an emergency podcast sponsored by the national organization, Food and Water Watch. They have alerted us about a new and alarming bill that will be proposed in the House and Senate, led by Senator Joe Manchin (with some help from his friends at the American Petroleum Institute) shortly after Congress returns to Washington on September 7th, 2022.

As you know, Senator Manchin has already received a number of fossil fuel concessions in exchange for his vote on the Inflation Reduction Act. Now he is requesting the passage of a bill that would gut the bedrock protections of our Environmental Policy and the Clean Water Act that have been in place for years.

These proposed revisions would pave the way for dangerous fossil fuel mining and pipeline projects. This we cannot allow. CAPA is joining with 652 other organizations across the U.S to urge our Democratic representatives in the House to reject and vote against this legislation. We will be sending similar letters to our Senate representatives.

We have hand-delivered a letter to four House Representatives that serve many of our CAPA members. Now it is your turn to send a letter to your Representative by clicking here, signing the letter, including your address, then sending it. Thank you for taking action on this important issue!

AUG. 18TH: Dissenters’ “No Boeing Drones” Press Conference! 

Join CAPA in solidarity at the Dissenters’ press conference on Thursday, August 18th @ 11 A.M. CST, at 100 N Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606 in front of the Boeing HQ (soon to be relocating out of Chicago), to demand an immediate end to Illinois’s investment and relationship with Boeing!

Organizers, community members, and supporters will demand that Governor Pritzker stop public funds from going to war profiteers like Boeing and present an alternative vision of how public dollars should be invested in community care in our state. Come through with us to build toward a demilitarized, life-affirming future.

Governor Pritzker’s administration is funneling millions of public dollars toward a new Boeing drone factory in Illinois. Production of these drones will extend the reach & lethality of US military intervention & lead to more violence against marginalized communities globally. As residents of Illinois, we want to see an end to our tax dollars funding Boeing operations that enable genocide in Yemen, Lebanon, Palestine, West Papua and other countries impacted by wars that Boeing arms and profits from.

See you on August 18th!

Join CAPA on Friday, August 12th, 2022 from 5-8 P.M. CST at Haymarket House, 800 W. Buena in Chicago… 
 

…for the “No Boeing Drones” Campaign Launch Event from Dissenters’ Boeing Arms Genocide team! The Dissenters have already succeeded in getting Boeing to move its HQ out of Chicago — now the team has turned their focus to stopping a planned Boeing drone facility from operating in IL.

CAPA has been learning a ton from the Dissenters while collaborating with their recent work — please join us as we work in solidarity on this exciting new campaign. This launch event will include a ton of detailed info, practice with 1 on 1 discussions about Boeing’s practices, and brainstorming on tactics to bring this new campaign to a successful goal of shutting down the new drone facility. You won’t want to miss this event!

RSVP here! 

 
AUGUST 6th, 2022: Hiroshima Day Vigil: 10+ Local Orgs Uniting for Nuclear Abolition
 
Please mark your calendars to join us on Saturday, August 6th, 2022 from 11:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M, beginning at Fountain Square in Evanston — for a powerful Hiroshima Day Vigil honoring Sadako Sasaki and all victims of the horrific atomic bombings of August 6th and 9th, 1945.
 

Hibakusha (“bomb-affected person”) Sadako Sasaki’s personal project of folding 1,000 paper cranes to earn a wish from the gods brought global attention to the bombs’ impact. We will begin our vigil by sharing more of Sadako’s story, then learn about anti-nuclear actions from coalition partners. Other special features will include ceremonial bell-ringing, music by local artist Margaret Nelson, a walking meditation, and finally, moments of silence for all bomb-impacted people as 1,000 paper cranes are floated in a reflecting pool.

Please bring family and friends of all ages to this special vigil and movement-building opportunity. Be side by side with Buddhist Peace Fellowship-Chicago Chapter, Chicago Anti-War Coalition, Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Committee Against War & Racism, Codepink, Fellowship Of Reconciliation Chicago, Neighbors for Peace in Evanston-Chicago, Nuclear Energy Information Service, West Suburban Peace Coalition, World BEYOND War, and friends working to abolish all nuclear weapons.

  • WHEN: Sat., August 6th, 2022 from 11 A.M.-12:30 P.M. CST.
  • WHERE: Fountain Square in Evanston, IL, proceeding to Dawes Park
  • WHO: All are encouraged to take a simple 90 minutes to make your presence felt

RSVP here! 🖤🖤

CLICK HERE to take immediate action: Immediately, you can ask your congressperson to co-sponsor H Res 1185, legislation embracing the provisions of the international Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

Join the DIVEST CHICAGO FROM THE WAR MACHINE COALITION and special guests, Alders Ramirez-Rosa and Rodriguez Sanchez, on Wednesday, July 27th, 2022 from 6:30-7:30 P.M. CST…..

…for a webinar on the exciting campaign to pass a “DIVEST CHICAGO FROM WAR” city council resolution! This resolution now has 9 Chicago alders signed on, and is gaining grassroots partners. The resolution has already progressed to the Finance Committee. Now we need the Finance Committee to bring it forward for a vote.

The best way to do that is with a groundswell of concerned Chicago area residents! 

Hear from Alders Rodriguez Sanchez and Ramirez-Rosa, as well as representatives from Codepink, World Beyond War, CAPA, and others as we continue building this amazing movement to become the largest U.S. city to pass a resolution on divestment from major war profiteers. Let’s put peace on the books at Chicago City Council, a major step forward in the long-term movement away from companies making a killing on killing!

RSVP here!

    

Join CAPA in celebrating today’s important anti-nuclear victory: Chicago City Council just passed a Back from the Brink resolution!!
 

CAPA and our Back from the Brink Coalition partners, including Union of Concerned Scientists, Physicians for Social Responsibility, and others – would like to thank all who helped make this happen, and recognize the leadership of Chicago Alders Maria Hadden (49th Ward), Daniel La Spata (1st Ward), and Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th Ward)!

This resolution is one major move further in the continuing work of nuclear disarmament. We now look forward to next action steps. Join CAPA and friends in the movement to divest our cities and nations from war! And remember to celebrate today’s victory. 

   

 

Join us July 20th, 2022 for a preparatory art-build from 5:30-7:30 P.M. CST in Evanston, IL….

…We’ll be folding origami cranes in preparation for our special Hiroshima Day Vigil + Call to Action scheduled on August 6th, 2022, when CAPA, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nuclear Energy Information Service, Chicago Committee Against War & Racism, World BEYOND War, and friends will remember Sadako Sasaki and all hibakusha 💚💚 –> PLUS take actionable steps toward a nuclear-free future!

Japanese hibakusha (“bomb-affected person”) Sadako Sasaki was just 2 years old during the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945, and succumbed to radiation effects  10 years later; before her death, she took on a project of folding 1,000 origami cranes, which by tradition meant she would be granted a wish. On July 20th, 2022, help us fold cranes in remembrance of Sadako, to be floated during our August 6th vigil.

**Please contact us at capa@chipeaceaction.org if interested and we’ll provide you the location for the art-build!

(July 18th) ** The DIVEST MIKE all-day sit-in at Mike Quigley’s office has moved to today, Monday, July 18th! Join us from 8A.M.- 4 P.M.

outside U.S. Rep Mike Quigley’s office! Show up anytime before 4 P.M. at 3223 N Sheffield Ave (Suite A), Chicago, IL 60657 in support. Another action you can take — call Rep. Quigley’s campaign office to demand he meet with the Divest Mike team: 

CALL (312) 618-6636.  Phone script: “Hello, my name is ____________ and I’m calling from (city, state) to support Mike Quigley’s constituents protesting outside his office. I understand Rep Quigley refuses to meet with these activists. Rep. Quigley should meet with them and sign the CODEPINK pledge refusing money from the top five military contractors and NRA.”

Thank you for supporting the campaign to Divest Mike!

 
    
 
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Students from CAPA’s DePaul chapter, along with Codepink and other awesome peace partners, are leading an all-day sit-in action this Friday, July 15th at U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley‘s office – please join us there any time from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. at 3223 N Sheffield Ave (Suite A), Chicago, IL 60657! 

This amazing group has previously succeeded in getting Mike Quigley signed onto Medicare 4 All – now they’re escalating the campaign to get Mike’s signature on a pledge to refuse weapons company donations.

Please RSVP here and join the SIT-IN to divest Mike!!

(July 15th) ** IMPORTANT UPDATE ** for those planning to support today’s DIVEST MIKE all-day sit-in: Mike Quigley’s office is unexpectedly closed today for “staff development”–(interesting timing!). In response, the DIVEST MIKE team has pivoted to move the all-day sit-in to a new date TBD– please stay tuned!!
 
    
 
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Students from CAPA’s DePaul chapter, along with Codepink and other awesome peace partners, are leading an all-day sit-in action this Friday, July 15th at U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley‘s office – please join us there any time from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M. at 3223 N Sheffield Ave (Suite A), Chicago, IL 60657! 

This amazing group has previously succeeded in getting Mike Quigley signed onto Medicare 4 All – now they’re escalating the campaign to get Mike’s signature on a pledge to refuse weapons company donations.

Please RSVP here and join the SIT-IN to divest Mike!!

 
 
Please join CAPA in attending NOWAR 2022: Resistance and Regeneration, an important 3-day global online conference from World Beyond War! Registration is now open. Click here to purchase tickets. 
 
Exploring tools and methods like public banking, solidarity cities, unarmed civilian protection, and more, #NoWar2022 will illustrate inspirational examples of social change activism that, as described by political theorist Adrian Kreutz, plant the seeds of the future society in the soil of today’s society. … “Social structures enacted in the here-and-now, in the small confines of our organisations, institutions, and rituals mirror the wider social structures we can expect to see in the post-revolutionary future.”
 
 
 
<—Meet these
peace leaders
and many more!
 

Join national organizers and activists across IL to demand a Yemen War Powers Resolution to end all forms of US support for the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen – which is responsible for mass human rights violations in the midst of a humanitarian crisis.

On this 30-minute rapid action call, you will be quickly briefed on Yemen and current legislation. At the end of the call, we will take action together with activists across the state, calling on our Representatives to cosponsor the Yemen War Powers Resolution, which would end all forms of US support for the coalition, including providing spare parts, maintenance, and logistical support for Saudi warplanes.

 
Join us as we work to end US complicity in the world’s worst humanitarian crisis, alleviate suffering for Yemeni families, and get us on the path to peace.
 

   

This weekend, communities nationwide will hold JUNETEENTH Freedom Day celebrations to commemorate the release of slaves in Galveston, Texas in 1865 – more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation’s signing.

Please join CAPA in uplifting this annual holiday, a celebration of freedom in defiance of ongoing structural racism and systemic injustice. Unite with fellow community members at Chicago-area events filled with art, music, food, fun, and education.

Events will feature Black artists and products from Black-led organizations and creators. There are theatrical works like “1619: The Journey of a People, The Musical” and online book discussions like  “How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.”

Use the weekend to learn more about Juneteenth and recommit to undoing personal and societal prejudices, building peace and freedom for all. Join together with Chicago-area family, friends, and neighbors in honoring this Juneteenth weekend. 

      
 

Thursday, June 16th @ 7 P.M. CST – please SAVE THAT DATE to hear from Chicago’s own pro-peace candidate Kina Collins for U.S. Congress! This virtual “Meet the Candidate” event from Peace Action will introduce you to a leader who has CAPA and other peace orgs so excited for the IL primaries June 28th (yes, June 28th)!

Kina’s candidacy has inspired everyone from youth leaders with YC4C, to longtime grassroots leaders in Englewood, to a ton of progressive organizations. However, she faces an incumbent with huge name recognition who’s funded by anti-progressive Democratic Party PACs.

Speak with Kina online JUNE 16TH on issues you care about, and learn how to spread the word to other voters. The push for another much-needed progressive voice in Congress will require us all.

Book your virtual spot to meet Kina

Join CAPA and friends online Sunday, June 12th @ 3 P.M. CST. for the Defuse Nuclear War livestream by RootsAction Education Fund to mark the 40th anniversary of when a million people gathered in Central Park for nuclear disarmament. Forty years on, the international movement to disarm is still growing. This online event will serve as a catalyst for grassroots organizing.

RSVP!!

Several dozen peace, disarmament, and social justice organizations are co-sponsoring this event along with CAPA. We’ll hear live from a wide range of speakers including Hanieh Jodat Barnes, Medea Benjamin, Jerry Brown, Leslie Cagan, Mandy Carter, Emma Claire Foley, Pastor Michael McBride, Khury Petersen-Smith, David Swanson, Katrina vanden Heuvel, India Walton, and Ann Wright. 

Director/producer Jeff Daniels will also present excerpts from his documentary “Television Event” about huge impacts of the 1983 TV film “The Day After.” Plus, we’ll see the world premiere of a video featuring Daniel Ellsberg on defusing the threat of nuclear war. See you there on Sunday! 

 

KINA COLLINS for U.S. CONGRESS in IL-7
Want to enjoy some sun while also working for peace? 🌞🌞🌞 We invite you to join the CAPA Team in a neighborhood canvass on Saturday, June 11th, 2022 — (time TBD) as we hit the pavement for awesome pro-peace Congressional candidate Kina Collins! If you can give two hours of time for this important primary election, we’d love to canvass beside you.
 
(PLACE and TIME TBD)
 

Email capa@chipeaceaction.org to join us!

Canvassing is an effective way to reach fellow community members, and you’ll be amazed how many are receptive to hearing about candidates like Kina who prioritize people, planet, and peace over the Pentagon. 

KINA COLLINS for U.S. CONGRESS in IL-7
Want to enjoy some sun while also working for peace? 🌞🌞🌞 We invite you to join the CAPA Team in a neighborhood canvass on Saturday, June 4th, 2022 — (time TBD) as we hit the pavement for awesome pro-peace Congressional candidate Kina Collins! If you can give two hours of time for this important primary election, we’d love to canvass beside you.
 
(PLACE and TIME TBD)
 

Email capa@chipeaceaction.org to join us!

Canvassing is an effective way to reach fellow community members, and you’ll be amazed how many are receptive to hearing about candidates like Kina who prioritize people, planet, and peace over the Pentagon. 

On Earth Day weekend last month, thousands of demonstrations and rallies took place across the U.S., organized by frustrated climate activists due to the inaction of the U.S. Senate on the Biden administration’s Build Back Better plan and its climate provisions. Young activists, labor leaders, civil rights groups, and mainstream environmental organizations were in the streets. Recent events in the war in Ukraine have further increased the need for immediate climate legislation as the role of Oil and Gas have come into stark focus.  Tell President Biden and your Senators there are four compelling reasons to pass Comprehensive Climate Legislation NOW.

    • FIRST, our planet is warming at an alarming rate. U.N. climate scientists have published two reports this year warning us that we have 6 to 8 years to wean off fossil fuels if we are to avoid an ecological catastrophe. The UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres recently warned, “We are sleepwalking into an unlivable world.”
    • SECOND, the European Union is announcing an oil embargo with Russia over the war in Ukraine. We can support efforts to reduce oil consumption by providing electric heat pumps and other sources of efficient energy. No matter how this embargo unfolds, it’s clear that dependence on oil escalates the international drive toward resource wars, territorial abuses, and weapons proliferation. 
    • THIRD, the Senate cannot continue to delay passing climate legislation. We expect support from some Republican senators this time as we do from Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, the only Democrat who has not supported the climate legislation in Build Back Better. We must wean off fossil fuels by investing quickly in renewable energy and heat pumps. This is the best opportunity for making a leap to renewable energy and to cut our carbon emissions.
    • FOURTH, there are two global climate conferences scheduled this year with world leaders attending. The first is in Bonn Germany on June 6th and the second is in Egypt in November. These conferences are called to review progress on efforts to address the climate crisis that is threatening our existence In passing major climate legislation now, the U.S. will have the credibility to push world leaders to take bold actions to cut emissions providing the much-needed hope to people around the world.

We are sending these concerns to President Biden, Special Envoy John Kerry, and our Senators. With one click you can send it also (click here).  For more information about specific recommendations for climate legislation and follow-on climate actions, click here. We are also contacting a number of other like-minded organizations like the Green New Deal Network to increase our voice in D.C. on the need for climate legislation NOW. You may also want to forward this email to your friends and encourage them to also take action.

 
Join CODEPINK, CAPA DePaul, and other CAPA friends in daily 1-hour protests outside U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley’s office to DIVEST MIKE from the war machine! 
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The more of us raising our voices, the merrier – we’re grateful for any presence you can give, whether it’s one time, multiple times, or daily. These sustained direct actions outside Mike Quigley’s office at 3223 N Sheffield Ave. will continue from 9-10 A.M. every week day morning — until he signs the pledge to refuse campaign donations from weapons companies. As our friends leading the protests explain:
 
“We are choosing this tactic because it has worked before. After three weeks of sustained action, Mike Quigley signed on to Medicare for All to meet our requests just one year ago. We believe this will take longer, but we believe it is winnable.”
 

In response to a leaked draft from Supreme Court Justice Alito indicating the undoing of Roe v. Wade and its protections of the right to choose abortion, CAPA echoes this statement by Peace Action National.

 
Join CAPA DePaul for a teach-in on THURSDAY, MAY 5TH, 2022 at 6:30 P.M. CST, online or in-person at DePaul (hybrid event)…
 

…to discuss how to support the people of Yemen and end the death, destruction, and famine caused by the U.S. military-industrial complex and partners in the ongoing war. 

 
 
Join CAPA UIUC on TUESDAY, APRIL 26TH, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. CST online…
 
…for our 2nd annual Bipartisan Forum! We’ll discuss our campaigns and other environmental, justice, and peace-related topics of importance with you. You’re welcome to come with your own questions and topics you would like to discuss as well!
 
 
Join the CAPA Climate Group on MONDAY, APRIL 25TH, 2022 at 1:00 P.M. CST, in-person at Fountain Square in Evanston …
 
…as we join in solidarity with Evanston Township High School students who are walking out of school for climate justice! 
The students are demanding the school hire a full-time sustainability coordinator. This staff position will create and implement a plan for the school to become more sustainable and lower its climate impact.
 
Supporters will gather for a pre-program with endorsing organizations and updates on local environmental issues, plus songs and snacks. Endorsers include Citizens’ Greener Evanston, Chicago Area Climate Action, Chicago Against Line 3, and more. Please RSVP and invite your networks to this youth-led action for a sustainable future! 
 
 
JOIN CAPA LOYOLA on Sunday, April 24th, 2022 at 7 P.M. CST online…
 
for a film screening in support of the Stop Line 3 movement! One of the main issues CAPA Loyola is uplifting this year is the fight of land and water protectors against abuses of Line 3 on the environment – which immediately impact current and future generations. Corporations poisoning our shared resources for short-term private profits is no way to a sustainable future. Come watch with us and help be part of the solution. 
 
    
 
Join us on THURSDAY, APRIL 21ST, 2022 from 4-6 P.M. CST, in-person at Millennium Park…
 
…as we join our awesome anti-imperialist, anti-war, youth-led partners the Dissenters, for a Boeing Arms Genocide protest. This protest will convert the “Boeing Galleries” at Millenium Park into the “Boeing Arms Genocide Galleries,” educating the public about Boeing’s role in making weapons that spread death and destruction across the globe. There will be art installations, seed gardens, chalk art, speeches, and more!
 

          

Join CAPA’s Student Network online this April 2nd and 3rd for our Third Annual Peace Summit!

This year’s summit is entitled “Militarism and the Violence of Climate Catastrophe.” Full Summit page here! We’ll not only be taking a deeper dive into the environmental degradation/military complex, but what we as a global community can do about it. Importantly, our shared predicament offers us the opportunity to unite across our cultural, ideological, and national differences to address the climate crisis as one, de-escalating militarism and dismantling global norms of violent communication, corporate greed, and imperialism.

But we can’t do it without you! Climate justice will not come without racial justice, decolonization, and an end to a world order based on violence and militarization.  As Naomi Klein said, “We can save ourselves, but only if we learn to let go of the myth of dominance and mastery and learn to work with nature.” Let’s make it happen. 

 
Join us on THURSDAY, MARCH 24TH, 2022 at 7:00 P.M. CST online…
 
…as we meet Peace Action-endorsed candidate Junaid Ahmed! Longtime community activist Junaid is running for U.S. Congress in IL-8 to represent the needs of communities instead of corporations. The proud son of immigrants, he organizes, protests, and advocates for systemic change – unable to accept a status quo of corporations buying political influence and Pentagon budgets putting billions in taxpayer money to waste.
 
 
Join us on FRIDAY, MARCH 4TH, 2022 from 12:00 Noon to 1 P.M. CST outside Rep. Mike Quigleys office; and from 2-3 P.M. CST outside Rep. Sean Casten’s office…
 
to demand they sign the War Powers Resolution, help end the U.S.-enabled Saudi-led war on Yemen, and stop taking money from weapons makers! This in-person event will be co-hosted by CAPA, CAPA DePaul, Codepink, CCAWR (Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism) and others!
 
Rsvp for Rep. Quigley action here; RSVP for Rep. Casten action here.
 
 
Join us on SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 20TH, 2022 at 6:00 P.M. CST online…
 
as CAPA UIUC and CAPA Loyola host a film screening and discussion of the documentary “The Interrupters,” about the work of unarmed protectors in Chicago. This award-winning film shows how protection without the threat or use of force works – a timely topic as more community members than ever are rethinking what protection can look like. See you on Sunday! 
 
Register at this link!
 
 
Join us on MONDAY, FEBRUARY 14TH, 2022 at 12:00 Noon CST at 230 S. Dearborn, Chicago, IL, 60604…
 
to demand U.S. action to unfreeze assets for Afghanistan’s people and prevent further mass suffering there from U.S. imperialism! 
This in-person event will be co-hosted by CAPA, Codepink, CCAWR (Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism) and others. See you in the streets! 
 
RSVP at this link
 
 
Join us on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 5TH, 2022 at 1 P.M. CST outside the Art Institute in Chicago…
 
Join CAPA, CODEPINK, the Chicago Committee Against War & Racism, and more IN-PERSON on Saturday, February 5th, 2022 at 1pm CST to demand an end to the drumbeat of war with Russia over Ukraine! Facebook RSVP here. This action will coincide with activities around the country to resist the normalization of war and demand that not a single bullet or gun be sent to Ukraine. Diplomacy, not war!
 
Bring signs with the following messages:
No War with Russia #NoWarWithRussia
NO to war YES to peace! #NoWarWithRussia
Give PEACE a budget! #NoWarWithRussia
Fund HEALTHCARE NOT WARFARE #NoWarWithRussia
🕊️ See you there! 🕊️
 
WHEN: February 5, 2022 at 1:00pm – 2:00pm (CST)
WHERE: In front of the Art Institute: 111 S. Michigan Avenue. Chicago IL 60603
CONTACT: Shea – shea@codepink.org or Charles – capa@chipeaceaction.org
 
***To respect everyone’s safety during the pandemic, mask use is required of participants. If you test positive or have COVID-19 symptoms, we ask that you do not attend. Thank you.***
Join us on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 4TH, 2022 at 4:30pm
at Fountain Square in Evanston for a rally to get Chase to stop funding fossil fuels!!
 
We will also discuss how to Move Your Money to align with your values.
Facebook event invite: https://bit.ly/3sYz3So
 
 
Concerned about climate change? Think banks should stop funding dirty new fossil fuel projects? Join us every 1st and 3rd Friday to tell Chase Bank it’s not cool to be the #1 funder of climate chaos! Chase customers and community members will deliver a letter to Chase, urging them to Stop the Money Pipeline that is fueling the climate crisis. JPMorgan Chase is the world’s top funder of fossil fuel projects, investing $317 billion since 2015, and 33% more than any other bank. 
 
Please join us to support defunding all new fossil fuel infrastructure! We will meet at Fountain Square in Evanston at 4:30 p.m. for a rally with songs and speakers, then walk over to Chase. Bring a protest sign and your family!
 
 
Hosted by:
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Against Line 3
Save Our Illinois Lands
Citizens’ Greener Evanston
Sunrise Movement Chicago
E-Town Sunrise
Extinction Rebellion
350.org Chicago
Rising Tide Chicago
 
Join CAPA in celebrating Black History Matters Fest ’22! 
 
This festival will celebrate, remember, and center Black experiences through art, history, and community! With new content posted daily from Feb. 1- 22, 2022, culminating in Thoughtpoet’s highly anticipated photo gallery on Feb. 22nd at the Hideout! 
 
See all the content at CAPA’s Instagram, Twitter, and/or Facebook. Thanks to all our partners @thought_poet77, @neighborscapes, @HERChicago_ and others. 
 
Get your tickets for Thoughtpoet’s Feb. 22nd gallery here!
 

 Dear CAPA members and friends,

JOIN US on Zoom, Monday evening, January 24, 2022 at 6 P.M. Central for a 30-min film screening and discussion as we celebrate the 1st anniversary of the landmark Treaty for the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW) coming into force! 

With thanks to International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN)

Co-sponsors:

CAPA, Union of Concerned Scientists

Register here!

Join us on FRIDAY, JANUARY 21ST, 2022 at 4:30pm
at Fountain Square in Evanston for a rally to get Chase to stop funding fossil fuels!!
 
We will also discuss how to Move Your Money to align with your values.

Facebook event invite: https://bit.ly/3sYz3So

 
 
Concerned about climate change? Think banks should stop funding dirty new fossil fuel projects? Join us every 1st and 3rd Friday to tell Chase Bank it’s not cool to be the #1 funder of climate chaos! Chase customers and community members will deliver a letter to Chase, urging them to Stop the Money Pipeline that is fueling the climate crisis. JPMorgan Chase is the world’s top funder of fossil fuel projects, investing $317 billion since 2015, and 33% more than any other bank. 
 
Please join us to support defunding all new fossil fuel infrastructure! We will meet at Fountain Square in Evanston at 4:30 p.m. for a rally with songs and speakers, then walk over to Chase. Bring a protest sign and your family!
 
 
Hosted by:
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Against Line 3
Save Our Illinois Lands
Citizens’ Greener Evanston
Sunrise Movement Chicago
E-Town Sunrise
Extinction Rebellion
350.org Chicago
Rising Tide Chicago
Join us on FRIDAY, JANUARY 7TH, 2022 at 4:30pm
at Fountain Square in Evanston for a rally to get Chase to stop funding fossil fuels!!
 
We will also discuss how to Move Your Money to align with your values.

Facebook event invite: https://bit.ly/3sYz3So

 
 
Concerned about climate change? Think banks should stop funding dirty new fossil fuel projects? Join us every 1st and 3rd Friday to tell Chase Bank it’s not cool to be the #1 funder of climate chaos! Chase customers and community members will deliver a letter to Chase, urging them to Stop the Money Pipeline that is fueling the climate crisis. JPMorgan Chase is the world’s top funder of fossil fuel projects, investing $317 billion since 2015, and 33% more than any other bank. 
 
Please join us to support defunding all new fossil fuel infrastructure! We will meet at Fountain Square in Evanston at 4:30 p.m. for a rally with songs and speakers, then walk over to Chase. Bring a protest sign and your family!
 
 
Hosted by:
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Against Line 3
Save Our Illinois Lands
Citizens’ Greener Evanston
Sunrise Movement Chicago
E-Town Sunrise
Extinction Rebellion
350.org Chicago
Rising Tide Chicago

Emergency Response if the US Attacks Iran
On the day of an attack,
5:30 PM
Trump Tower, Wacker & Wabash Ave

With the growing threat of a U.S. military attack on Iran and its forces in the region ─ which could lead to full-scale war killing many thousands ─ several organizations in the Chicago area have come together to have a unified response against war in the event of such an attack.

On the day of the attack we will gather for an action beginning at 5:30 pm in front of Trump Tower, corner of Wacker and Wabash Avenues in Chicago. If the attack is announced after 3 pm, the action will occur at 5:30 pm the next day. Further actions will likely be announced at this initial action.

For more information, please email chicagoantiwar@gmail.com

Cosponsors:
Albany Park, North Park, Mayfair Neighbors for Peace and Justice
ANSWER – Chicago
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Anti-War Coalition
Chicago Committee Against War & Racism
Freedom Road Socialist Organization
Gay Liberation Network
Peace United Against Oppression
Voices for Creative Non-Violence

SUPPORT FREE SPEECH FOR PALESTINE!

Join us to protest in-person Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021

Join us on December 22nd, 2021 at 11 A.M. at the Thompson Center, 100 W. Randolph in Chicago, in solidarity with the Illinois Coalition For Justice, Equality, and Free Speech — supporting the Palestinian right to free speech, which is currently under attack in Illinois!
 
We’ll be calling on the IL Investment Policy Board to cease its adverse actions against Unilever and Morningstar for refusing to operate in the illegal Israeli settlements. We also call on Governor Pritzker to review the discriminatory, unconstitutional nature of the 2015 IL statute targeting these companies for speaking out, and of the Committee on Israel Boycott Restrictions.
 
We support the right of companies and pension funds to follow socially responsible investment principles. The Coalition will rally outside the Thompson Center 100 W. Randolph, on December 22nd, 2021 at 11:00 A.M. before addressing the Committee members in person at their noon meeting. Raise your voice for equality, justice, and freedom for all!
 
The CAPA Team, in solidarity with:
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American Friends Service Committee
American Muslims for Palestine
Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace and Justice int he Middle East
Black Lives Matter Chicago
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Chicago Faith Coalition
Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America
Committee for a Just Peace in Israel Palestine
Community Renewal Society
Democratic Socialists of America, Chicago chapter
Gay Liberation Network
If Not Now Chicago
Indigenous Peoples’ Day Coalition – Illinois
Jewish Voice for Peace
Palestine Legal
Peace & Justice Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago
Students for Justice in Palestine
US Campaign for Palestinian Rights
US Palestinian Community Network

STAND WITH THE 6!

Take Action Tuesday, December 14th, 2021!

Join us on Tuesday, December 14th, 2021 in showing solidarity with Palestinian civil society groups! We are calling attention to Israel’s anti-human rights move of designating 6 Palestinian civil society groups “terrorist.” Instead of looking at its own human rights abuses and apartheid policies, Israel condemns 6 organizations who stand for Palestinian human rights. 

Use this toolkit to take action!

https://palcivilsociety.com/

Take Action Tuesday, December 14th, 2021!

Today, December 14th, Stop Line 3 and Defend the Gulf are teaming up to deliver messages to US Army Corps offices from North to South and East to West, holding the Corps accountable for two emergencies we need addressed:

  • A federal Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Line 3
  • A regional EIS for the Permian and Gulf South

Here is our map of actions (find or create one!), a couple letters you can deliver to Stop Line 3 and Defend the Gulf, plus a toolkit with more ideas! Events can be simple and small; our superpower is working together. Please share your actions with the hashtags #StopLine3 and #DefendTheGulf (You can watch Line 3 and Gulf South water protectors discuss the issues on last week’s hype call!)
 

Join an action today!

Tune in Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 @ 12 Noon Central!

“U.S., NATO, and Russia: Arms Races, Confrontations, and Common Security Alternatives”:

a webinar by Campaign for Peace, Disarmament, and Common Security, co-sponsored by Peace Action National.

RSVP here

Join us on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021 at 12 Noon Central for a timely webinar: “The U.S., NATO, and Russia: Arms Races, Confrontations, & Common Security Alternatives.” As recently reported to the Times Radio by Britain’s most senior military officer, “The risk of an accidental war breaking out between Russia and the West is greater than at any time during the Cold War.” CNN – Nov. 14,2021

With tensions and fears of renewed Great Power wars over Ukraine, please join CPDCS, Peace Action, and partner organizations in welcoming Alexey Gromyko of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Kate Hudson of the British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, and Daryl Kimball of the U.S. Arms Control Association as panelists in this unique, and uniquely important, international webinar.

Featuring:
 
Alexey Gromyko (Russian Academy of Sciences)
Kate Hudson (British Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament)
Daryl Kimball (U.S. Arms Control Association)
 
Learn principles of Common Security from this great panel of experts!
 
 

BLACK FRIDAY Call to Action!

Concerned about climate change? Think banks should stop funding dirty new fossil fuel projects? Join us on Black Friday to tell Chase Bank it’s not cool to be the #1 funder of climate chaos! 

JPMorgan Chase is the world’s worst “fossil bank,” contributing $51.3 billion in fossil fuel financing last year alone, and a total of $317 billion from 2016 to 2020. Chase customers will deliver a letter to Chase urging them to stop fueling the climate crisis.

We will meet in Independence Park on Central in Evanston at 10:30 A.M. and then walk over to Chase. There will be cider, songs, and speakers. Bring a mug, a protest sign, and your family! 

What: Chase Bank Black Friday Action

When: 10:30am on Black Friday, November 26th, 2021 

Where: @2063 Central Street, Evanston IL 

Why: To tell Chase Bank to stop funding climate chaos!

Who: You and your friends and family

USPCN leads a call to action on Rep. Schakowsky’s office–CAPA cosponsors. 

Join CAPA as we support USPCN’s call to action in response to Israel’s “terrorist” designation of 6 Palestinain human rights organizations. We will be urging her to sign onto two pieces of legislation:

 
 

To participate, email us at capa@chipeaceaction.org.

Join CAPA DePaul’s Thrift Swap and Teach-in! 

This is an in-person event Monday, November 15th, 2021, 6 P.M. Central, in Arts & Letters Room 104 at DePaul University.

Learn about positive and negative aspects of thrifting, mutual aid, and community resources. Hope to see you there!

Join CAPA and cosponsors as we support the rights of Alex Saab, Venezuelan diplomat. 

We will meet in downtown Chicago, Monday, November 15th, 2021, 4:30 – 6 P.M. Central, at Water Tower Park (Michigan Ave. and Pearson St.). We stand in solidarity with Alex Saab, who is being held in U.S. prison. Alex Saab was seized while engaged in acquiring food and medicines for Venezuela, perfectly legal international trade. The US claims this violates the sanctions it imposed on Venezuela. See more details here.

Free US Imprisoned Venezuelan diplomat Alex Saab!

End the US blockade of Venezuela, which has killed over 100,000 civilians! 

End US Interference in Venezuela elections!

Sponsors: Chicago Area Peace Action, Chicago Anti-War Coalition, Chicago ALBA Solidarity, Cuba Caravan Planning Group, South Siders for Peace, Party for Socialism and Liberation, ANSWER, Latin America Solidarity Group, Peoples Response Network

CAPA Virtual Lobby Visits, November 2021. 

Join CAPA as we bring issues to our legislators. We will be addressing the Yemen crisis and Nuclear Disarmament. Make your voice heard! To participate, email us at capa@chipeaceaction.org.

CAPA Signs Onto Palestinian Solidarity Letter, Condemning the Israel Government’s “Terrorist” Designation of 6 Palestinian Human Rights Groups. 

Click Here to see the Letter.

Click Here to see the new McCollum Resolution calling on the House to reject these terrorist designations.

CAPA DePaul Action Week, October 25-29, 2021!

Join CAPA DePaul in a week of online and in-person actions!

To participate, go to: https://www.instagram.com/depaulchipeaceaction/

CAPA’s 42nd Annual Fall Benefit
The Hidden US Empire and Its Cost to Us All
Thursday, October 21st, 2021
6:00— 7:30pm Central
via Zoom

Watch the Full Program!

Facebook Event 

RSVP 

For years, Chicago Area Peace Action has focused its energy on working against the twin existential threats of accidental or designed nuclear war and unsustainable climate destabilization. But this year we choose to pause and shift our analysis inward, in the recognition that it is impossible to plot a path forward without a thorough understanding of what got us here. 

Professor Daniel Immerwahr, a historian at Northwestern University and author of How to Hide an Empire: A History of the Greater United States, provides an excellent recounting of the United States’ drift toward and full embrace of expansionism and global empire while it seeks to minimize the optics of such  egregious behavior. Starting with the founding of the original colonies up until the present day, Professor Immerwahr recounts with brilliant clarity the path of imperial growth and the exploitative behavior that we never learned about in school, and consequently are taught to conveniently ignore. This also explains why the United States now operates, almost invisibly, more than 800 military bases in 140 sovereign nations across the globe. 

What is the cost of the United States’ ambivalence toward the negative externalities that primarily impact those who we have determined don’t belong? How does this ambivalence impact our work as peace activists, and what can we do about it? Because as George Satayana and Winston Churchill have said, “those who do not learn the lessons of history are doomed to repeat it.” 

Join us this coming October 21 to learn more about the history of our nation’s imperialism. With this new understanding we can engage in greater solidarity work with people the world over and not repeat the errors of our past. We will strive to  articulate a vision for what Martin Luther King called a “radical revolution of values”, and begin to address and overcome the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and abject militarism.  

Facebook Event: https://fb.me/e/1np33Lamu

Ticket Link: bit.ly/CAPABenefit2021

 

Protecting Our Planet
One Pipeline at a Time

Join us Sunday, October 17th, 2021 from 2-4pm
@ Elliot Park, 1200 Lake Shore Blvd in Evanston
for an afternoon of activism and connection!

Want to protect the water and the climate? Come join the
movement to stop two tar sand pipeline expansions in the Midwest!
Enbridge’s Line 3 crosses under the Mississippi, violates treaty rights, and is the
climate equivalent of building 50 new coal plants. Their Line 5 is drilling under the
straits of Mackinac in our very own Great Lakes!

 Hear speakers from the front lines, listen to music from Creative Artists and Activists
in Service Together LIVE!, and learn how you can support the Water Protectors Legal
Fund. There will be an open mic if anyone has music or poetry to share.
Bring a chair or blanket, a mask, and a friend.
Hope to see you at the park! (unless it rains)

#WaterIsLife #StopLine3 #StopLine5

20 Years After 9/11: The Empire’s Descent
Wednesday, August 25th
6:00— 7:30pm CST
Buttercup Park Uptown
4901 N Sheridan Rd 

The September 11, 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, DC ushered in a wave of political and social reaction that haunts the world to this day. Politicians cynically used the crisis atmosphere to “re-order” politics, increasing the U.S. government’s power both domestically and internationally.
Within weeks, the U.S. military, with overwhelming support from both major political parties, launched the war in Afghanistan, its longest war ever. Other “forever wars” in Iraq and elsewhere soon followed. Today the U.S. government’s “right” to bomb or outright invade other countries goes virtually unchallenged.
Meanwhile, anti-terrorist hype gave license to domestic police forces to pump themselves up with military-grade hardware and harass or repress those in oppressed communities who organize against them.
Following 9/11, the U.S. had a preview of the open bigotry of the Trump years with a wave of racist murders and other physical attacks against Arabs, Muslims, and South Asian people and their institutions. Racist depictions of Arabs became standard fare in movies, TV programs and legislatures.
Washington made an already hostile environment for immigrants much worse by passing the USA PATRIOT ACT that founded the Department of Homeland Security and its notorious subdivision, ICE. Further restrictions on the rights of asylum seekers and refugees followed.
A host of Constitutional principles protecting freedom of association, outlawing torture and forbidding imprisonment without due process were violated with impunity. Dissent was shouted down and whistle-blowers were vilified and persecuted, while high government officials sanctioning torture and murder were given a free pass by both parties.
On the eve of the 20th anniversary of 9/11, we invite you to participate in a community discussion of how this tragedy was used to brutalize our country while destroying hundreds of thousands of lives in Central Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
Only by knowing our history can we organize to win a non-dystopian future for ourselves and the world.
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To provide maximum protection against the pandemic and because it’s still summertime (!), our discussion will be held outside at Buttercup Park located at 4901 N Sheridan Road (4 blocks from the “Argyle” Red Line stop). Masks are required. There is some seating on the side of a planter and organizers will be bringing what extra folding chairs that we can. Participants are encouraged to bring their own lightweight portable chairs too, if it’s not too much trouble.
Rain location is underneath the large eaves of the McCutcheon Elementary School at the south end of Buttercup Park.
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Our discussion will be led by:
Michael Deutsch – Michael was one of the lawyers for the Attica prisoners following their 1971 uprising and the massacre of prisoners authorized by the governor of New York. He initially worked on the defense of prisoners charged with criminal offenses, and subsequently helped obtain a $12 million settlement for the prisoners’ class-action civil rights suit against New York State officials. He has represented Puerto Rican Independence activists over the past 40 years. He was lead counsel in obtaining the clemency release of the Puerto Rican nationalist prisoners, including Lolita Lebron and Rafael Cancel Miranda from President Jimmy Carter in 1979. In 2006, he and Erica Thompson successfully defended Muhammad Salah, a Palestinian indicted for allegedly running a terrorist-recruiting and financing cell in the United States. He is a past legal director of the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights.
Kathy Kelly – Kathy has traveled to war zones and lived alongside ordinary people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia, Haiti and Nicaragua. She and her companions in various peace team delegations believe the U.S. should end all U.S. military and economic warfare and pay reparations for the suffering that the U.S. has caused. Kathy has refused to pay all federal income taxes since 1980. She spent a year in maximum security prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites, which was the first and longest of her three federal prison sentences following nonviolent direct actions.

2021 Peace Action Virtual Lobby Days Extravaganza
Tuesday, June 15— Thursday, June 16

Register Via Zoom

Join the Peace Action network June 15-17 for our 2021 VLD Extravaganza — a conference consisting of briefings on key peace issues from nuclear disarmament to cutting Pentagon bloat to ending endless wars, along with direct advocacy trainings. Detailed agenda to come, but you can register now!

After the meeting, we’ll push to get one step closer to a sane foreign policy through advocacy meetings with Members of Congress!

If you are able, we ask you consider a $20 donation to help fund this work: bit.ly/2021VLD_Donation

Notes:
– If you are interested in participating in a lobby visit(s) with your Senators and Representatives alongside Peace Action staff or other leaders, we are requiring attendance of our Lobby Visit 101 training.
– Times listed are overestimated to allow wiggle room for folks to join early and stay on a little late to chat.

Defend Courageous Journalism! Defend Julian Assange!
Thursday, June 17th
4:30pm CST
British Consulate, 625 N. Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL

Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange has been the target of U.S. persecution by both leading Democrats and Republicans ever since he helped expose U.S. troops’ slaughter of civilians, including journalists, in Afghanistan and Iraq (https://collateralmurder.wikileaks.org/).
 
By publishing documents provided by courageous whistleblowers such as Chelsea Manning, the Wikileaks team brought to public attention a host of other U.S. crimes, from the Obama administration’s support of a bloody coup against the democratically elected government in Honduras, to U.S. backchannel support for a host of wealthy dictators in North Africa.
 
Rather than prosecute U.S. troops who commit serious crimes or cut off aid to dictators bilking their own peoples, many U.S. politicians responded by launching a decade-long drive to extradite Assange from Britain to the U.S. to be tried for exposing these crimes.
Leading journalists and activists from Noam Chomsky to Alice Walker to Daniel Ellsberg have recognized that Assange’s work is in the finest tradition of courageous journalism exposing the crimes of the rich and powerful, and thus must be defended.
 
Chicago will soon be privileged to host Assange’s father and brother as part of a national tour to pressure the Biden administration to drop its drive to extradite and persecute Assange (www.AssangeDefense.org/tour). Please join us for a Thursday, June 17th rally at 4:30 pm in front of the British consulate, 625 N. Michigan. A program featuring Assange’s father and brother and local supporters will begin at 5 pm.

Ending the Climate Emergency While We Still Can
Thursday, June 3rd
7:00pm cst
Register via Zoom 

Facebook Event

A Webinar: Beyond the Green New Deal
 
An analysis of the complexities of the energy transformation in the U.S.
Featuring Stan Cox: Author and senior scientist at The Land Institute, Stan Cox, will explain the need for more serious actions to avoid climate disaster, The Biden plan is a step in the right direction, but much more needs to be done. In his fifth book, Cox analyzes critical issues not being addressed in the dominant discourse today. Save the date! Join us on June 3rd!
Moderated by Jerome McDonnell— longtime esteemed host of WBEZ World View
Co-Sponsored by: The Evanston Library, 350 Chicago, Citizens Greener Evanston, SOIL, 350 Kishwaukee,
NEIS, Sunrise Movement Chicago, Extinction Rebellion Chicago, CAPA Loyola Student Chapter, Sunrise Chicago, CAPA UIUC Chapter, Etown Sunrise

 

Community Solar
Thursday, May 27th
7:00pm cst
Register Via Zoom

CAPA will host another webinar with Trajectory Energy Partners on May 27th at 7pm. The webinar will review the Community Solar program that is now underway in the Chicago Area and throughout the State of Illinois. This program will enable you to subscribe to solar energy for your home electric bills while providing the following benefits:

  • No roof space required.
  • No up-front investment required.
  • Lower your present electricity costs from ComEd.
  • Your individual and community carbon footprint will be lower. (The more solar panels we subscribe to the less electricity we will be drawing from coal, gas, and oil-fired facilities)
  • Conserve energy and reduce transmission losses by putting production where power is consumed.
  • Reduce infrastructure costs by reducing or eliminating the need to build additional power facilities to meet increasing power demands or to meet “Peak Demand Requirements”.

In addition, if you subscribe after reviewing the information discussed in the webinar you will be eligible to receive a limited promotional offer of $400 that can be applied to your solar monthly bills. The State of Illinois has placed a high priority on Community Solar to enable a fast transition to renewable energy. Register here to attend:  https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_7N8NxEBqT7WOPYPrVOIOdA

CAPA Student Network Peace Summit 2021
Organizing Towards Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution
Saturday, May 22nd— Sunday, May 23rd

The Peace Summit may be over, but you can watch and engage with all the recordings by clicking here! 

Facebook Event

Chicago Area Peace Action’s Student Network is planning the second annual Peace Summit! This year’s theme is Organizing Towards Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution. 

After a year that has reshaped so many of our ways of thinking and being, as we exit the Trump era and fend off complacency under a Biden administration, the need for a more organized and more connected peace and justice movement was decided to be one of the greatest needs for the 2021 Peace Summit. New skills are required in this virtual era, and we see the many activists and organizers, old and new, in need of an outlet to stay engaged after a tumultuous year. 

This year’s Peace Summit will focus on forging and strengthening relationships, developing our collective skills, and expanding our knowledge base. 

Check out some of the featured speakers and workshops:

Prohiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons
Saturday, May 15th,  11:30am— 4:00pm cst
Register Via Zoom 

Facebook Event

A nuclear exchange between the US and Russia would incinerate hundreds of millions of people immediately, and lead to a Nuclear Winter which would slaughter an estimated 7 billion of the Earth’s 7.7 billion people, mostly through starvation. Building back civilization would require over 1,000 years [Daniel Ellsberg talk, 12/13/2020]. A U.S. nuclear strike against China would result in a similar catastrophe.

These are the stakes. As a step toward reducing the danger of Nuclear War, a coalition of groups has called upon Congress to legislate – and the President to declare – that the United States will neither initiate nor threaten to initiate the first use of Nuclear Weapons. Register to attend: bit.ly/nfu-register.

Click here to see the full schedule: http://masspeaceaction.org/prohibiting-the-first-use-of…/

Confirmed Speakers (partial list):

Rep. Ted Lieu (California)
Special message from Sen. Ed Markey
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (WA; video message)
William Perry (Sec. of Defense in Clinton adm.)
Ira Helfand (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War)
Elaine Scarry (Harvard; MA Peace Action; CPDCS)
Zia Mian (Program on Science and Global Security, Princeton University)
Tom Collina (Ploughshares Fund)
Tong Zhao (Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy)
Joseph Gerson (CPDCS)
John Burroughs (Lawyers Committee on Nuclear Policy)
Kennette Benedict (Bulletin of Atomic Scientists)
Max Tegmark (MIT)
Tom Unterrainer (Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation)
Monica Montgomery, John Isaacs (Council for a Livable World)
David Swanson (World Beyond War)
Carley Towne (CODEPINK)
Anna Baker (GBPSR)
Kevin Martin (PA)
David Borris (CAPA)
Erica Fein (Win Without War)
Denise Duffield (PSR)
Jonathan King (MAPA/MIT)
William Hartung (Center for International Policy)
Joshua Bennett (Poet, Dartmouth)
Jillian Hanesworth (Buffalo Poet Laureate)

Breakout Topics:

Why No First Use Will Keep Us Safer
Communications & Messaging
Social Media / Street Theater / Artivism
Congressional Strategy
Recruiting/Organization Building
Back From the Brink
Stopping the Money Pit Missile and Reducing Nuclear Weapons Budgets

Declaring and legislating a No First Use policy would be a major step to help avoid:

A US nuclear attack that escalates
Russia or China attacking the US due to a false alarm
Violating the US Constitution by a first strike act of war
US threats of a nuclear attack which amount to bullying and blackmailing other countries, and which carry unacceptable risk of starting a general nuclear war.

With the support of a growing number of members of Congress, and President Biden’s 2019 statement that he has supported “No First Use” for twenty years, we have a real chance to take an important step toward reducing the risks of nuclear war in the next year by getting a No First Use policy declared and legislated into law!

Join us on May 15 at a conference to discuss and implement “Prohibiting the First Use of Nuclear Weapons.” Register to attend.

The conference is free but we appreciate donations to support this work.

Cosponsors: Campaign for Peace, Disarmament and Common Security (CPDCS); Mass Peace Action (MAPA); Council for a Livable World (CLW); CodePINK; Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA); NY Peace Action (PANYS); Nuclear Age Peace Foundation; Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (GBPSR); Maine Peace Action; MIT Radius; Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR); Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard; Public Citizen; Maryland Peace Action; Institute for People’s Engagement; PeaceWorks Kansas City [list still in formation]

Vigil for Yemen: Remembering 6 Years of War
Thursday, March 25th, 5:30 PM
Federal Plaza, Chicago

 
 
March 25th is the sixth anniversary of the Saudi-led and U.S. supported war on Yemen. We will gather in Federal Plaza on March 25th, socially distanced and masked, to remember those harmed by this war. With US support, the war has created the world’s worst humanitarian crisis. We will mourn the lives lost, and call attention to the millions of Yemenis still at risk of famine, and honor those who are internally displaced within Yemen due to this war.
 
We encourage attendees to bring flowers to lay down to honor and remember the countless innocent people who have been killed or starved over the last six years. Attendees will have a chance to write notes of support people in Yemen, which will be sent to Yemen Relief and Reconstruction’s office in Yemen.
 
While the United States has ended all “offensive” support for the war on Yemen, there are still many questions ahead of us. There is still a reality to confront: that American tax dollars and military equipment helped destroy Yemen. While we fight for transparency in regard to U.S. involvement in the war, we cannot walk away from U.S. responsibility in creating this crisis. Stopping a few arms sales to Saudi Arabia is not enough. As we mark six years since the war began, we must confront these realities.
 
Cosponsors:
Action Corps Illinois
Chicago Area Peace Action
CODEPINK
SWANA Chicago

End the Endless Wars: US Troops Out of the Middle East 
Saturday, March 20th, 1:30 PM— 3:00 PM CST 

End the Endless Wars: US Troops Out of the Middle East!

18 years after President Bush invaded Iraq on March 19, 2003, the US remains at war in Afghanistan and Syria.  President Biden bombed Syria on February 25.  The US continues to support the wars in Yemen and Libya, stations troops in Iraq and Somalia, and is selling arms to its allies Saudi, UAE, and Israel as they prepare to confront Iran.  Syria and Iran are heavily sanctioned, including new “Caesar Act” sanctions which are devastating Syria’s civilian economy, and President Biden’s team is moving much too slowly to rejoin the Iran Nuclear Deal.  Presidents change but the endless wars continue and escalate. Get full speaker line-up here.

Register Here!

Endless Wars = Few or No Gains for Working People
Saturday, March 20th,  12:00 PM 
Federal Plaza, Chicago

Facebook Event 

Every new Presidential administration starts with attractive promises made to working class people: Good jobs, healthcare, prosperity for all.

If the economy does well, working people may make modest gains – these are pennies compared to the unimaginable wealth shoveled into the pockets of America’s richest people. More often, there’s stagnation and, for the poorest, outright regression. Rightwing populists build their careers and dangerous movements – blaming immigrants, Blacks, Muslims, and Jews for the nation’s problems. They inflame bigotry against LGBTQs, women and others.

Few Americans realize that, compared to other industrialized nations, the richest country in world history has by far the WORST public benefits for working parents and their children.

The reasons are not hard to find. Since the end of World War II, U.S. rulers have dominated the world with a huge military apparatus designed to intimidate other nations into doing its bidding or, failing that, brutally punishing them. Like police forces on the local level, the U.S. military eats up an enormous part of spending: 50% of the federal discretionary budget.

Meanwhile, much poorer nations suffer wholesale death and devastation unimaginable to people in the U.S.

For all the U.S. soldiers killed, traumatized or otherwise disabled by war, there are many more times that number of Iraqis, Afghans, Syrians and others with destroyed homes and shattered lives. Thanks to the U.S. conducting constant drone bombings, its support for brutal dictators, sanctions, threats of invasions and coups, the working people of these violated countries have far fewer resources to recover from wars and climate disasters. Many are forced into desperate migrations from their homes and communities in Central and South America, northern Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia and elsewhere.

In addition, the U.S. military is the world’s biggest polluter. It is the #1 contributor to the growing climate catastrophe. While politicians debate the proposed $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, none mention the U.S.’s projected $3 trillion nuclear weapons “modernization” program.

We must end this death spiral. At best, the leading politicians of both parties have tinkered around the edges of these massive, deadly problems. At worst, they’ve thrown more gasoline on the fire. Either way, their measures fall far short of what working people need, especially Black, Latinx and Native American people.

For all the “change” they promise, both parties stay committed to preserving and extending U.S. domination of the world. They each have an iron-clad commitment to funding its massive nuclear and conventional arsenals with a devastating cost to working people here and abroad.

History has shown that the only times we get changes of the magnitude we need are when masses of working people, organized and with clear strategy, take matters into their own hands. This was the power behind the union struggles of the Great Depression, the struggles of Black people and their allies in the Civil Rights Movement, and the anti-war, Black Power, Chicano, feminist and LGBTQ movements of the late 1960s.

In the spirit of those earlier movements, on Saturday, March 20th – the 18th anniversary of the United States’ second longest Forever War, the invasion and occupation of Iraq – please join us as we demand:

** End State Repression & Institutional Racism
http://ccawr.org/end-state-repression-institutional-racism/

** Promote an Economy That Serves Working Class People
http://ccawr.org/promote-an-economy-that-serves-working…/

** Housing, Food, Education & Healthcare are Human Rights
http://ccawr.org/housing-food-education-healthcare-are…/

** We Have the Right to Control Our Bodies
http://ccawr.org/we-have-the-right-to-control-our-bodies/

** International Peace & Human Rights
http://ccawr.org/international-peace-human-rights/

** Protect the Planet, Protect Us All
http://ccawr.org/protect-the-planet-protect-us-all/

CAPA Open Membership Meeting
Friday, March 19th, 6:30— 8:00 PM CST 

 
It’s a New Year, a new President in DC, and CAPA is up to new work!
In our 40 year history, we’ve stayed busy no matter who is in office, because when it comes to US imperialism, the US government doesn’t sleep! We’ve seen some mild improvements over the first days of the Biden Administration, but also many toothless measures and unfortunately a status quo belligerent attitude towards China, making diplomacy more difficult in favor of rationalizing the ever increasing Pentagon budget.
 
This year, CAPA’s two working groups have developed five specific advocacy campaigns, and we want to bring you up to speed on our work, let you know how you can get involved, and find ways to work together as progressives working towards a better world.
 
2021 Campaigns:
Defund The Pentagon, by 10% in 2022
Nuclear No First Use
No New Cold Wars
Palestinian Civil and Human Rights
Climate Group Campaign Updates
 
You’ll have the opportunity to choose two of the five campaigns during the meeting to learn more about each in specific breakout sessions.

The Doomsday Machine- Talk with Daniel Ellsberg
Thursday, March 18th, 6:00— 7:00 PM CST 

As part of an ongoing series of of events this year addressing the dire nature of U.S. nuclear weapons policy, CAPA and other Peace Action affiliates are pleased to invite you to a conversation with Daniel Ellsberg about his blockbuster book, The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner. In Edward Snowden’s words, “The father of American whistle-blowing” has written an urgent chronicle that “is both an urgent warning and a call to arms to a public that has grown dangerously habituated to the idea that the means to our extinction will forever be on hair trigger alert.”

Please join us for an important evening that will offer you insight into what you can do as a private citizen to shine a bright light on a frightening under reported unstable architecture and help move us one step closer to the dream of abolition .

CAPA is a cosponsor of this event. Learn more here

Register here! 

 

International Day of Action for Yemen
Monday, January 25th, 5:00 PM CST
Chicago Federal Plaza 

The country of Yemen is widely recognized as suffering the world’s deadliest humanitarian crisis, a crisis that owes much of its severity to actions by our government. The United States has provided arms and other aid to a bombing campaign begun in 2015 by its close ally, the dictatorship which currently controls Saudi Arabia.
Join us to demand an end to the war on Yemen!
On January 25th we will be gathering at Chicago’s Federal Plaza (230 S. Dearborn) at 5:00PM because #YemenCantWait! You can also take action from home using this toolkit: https://bit.ly/EndYemenWarNow
Since 2015, the Saudi-led bombing and blockade of Yemen has killed hundreds of thousands of people and devastated the country. Yemen has one of the very worst COVID death rates in the world: It kills 1 in 4 people who test positive. The pandemic, along with withdrawal of aid, is pushing more people into acute hunger. Half the country’s health care facilities have been destroyed; hundreds of doctors are dead or have fled the country; public sector salaries of nurses and other medical workers have gone unpaid; and sanitation and clean water are in short supply. And yet Saudi Arabia is escalating its war and tightening its blockade.
The war is only possible because Western countries — and the United States and Britain in particular — continue to arm Saudi Arabia and provide military, political and logistical support for the war.
The disaster in Yemen is human-made. It is caused by the war and blockade. It can be ended.
Over 115 organizations from the US, UK, Yemen, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Chile, Cyprus, France, Germany, India, Italy, Poland, Spain, Switzerland, and across the world, are coming together to call for an end to the war in Yemen and solidarity with the people of Yemen.
 
On January 25th, just days after the U.S. presidential inauguration, we are demanding that President Biden commit to the following during his first 100 days:
– Restore all humanitarian and food aid to Yemen, including USAID that was cut by President Trump at the beginning of the pandemic
– Stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
– Stop all US involvement in the war in Yemen including intelligence and logistics support.
– Pressure Saudi Arabia to stop the blockade that is starving Yemen.
– lift the designation of the Houthis as a terrorist organization
 
Speakers for the January 25th event include:
° Danaka Katovich of CODEPINK
° Grace of CAPA DePaul
° SJP Chicago
° Nancy of SWANA Chicago
° Nadiah who will be sharing a poem
 
 
Co-Sponsors
Action Corps Illinois
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Area Peace Action— DePaul Chapter
Chicago Committee Against War and Racism
Chicago Democratic Socialists of America
CODEPINK
SJP Chicago

Ban Nuclear Weapons Car Caravan
Friday, January 22nd
12 PM
Around Federal Plaza, Chicago

A landmark U.N. treaty that criminalizes nuclear weapons will become international law on January 22nd. Join activists from the Chicago area on January 21st and 22nd to celebrate this historic moment and call on the United States to take tangible steps to change its nuclear weapons policies. Grassroots support for changing policy is a critical next step in moving towards complete abolition of nuclear weapons.
Take action and join the caravan!

Sign-up for the caravan: https://forms.gle/akKQrA7emtxZzoM19
 
We are demanding that when President-Elect Joe Biden takes office, he takes the following actions within his first 100 days:
– Declare a no first use policy on nuclear weapons
– Renew New START for 5 years
– Reengage in the INF and Open Skies treaties
 
Co-sponsors 
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Area Fellowship of Reconciliation
Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism
Chicago Physicians for Social Responsibility 
Nuclear Energy Information Services 
Union of Concerned Scientists 
Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Panel: Is this the end of nuclear weapons? 
Thursday, January 21st 
6:00 PM

A landmark U.N. treaty that criminalizes nuclear weapons will become international law on January 22nd. Join activists from the Chicago area on January 21st and 22nd to celebrate this historic moment and call on the United States to take tangible steps to change its nuclear weapons policies. Grassroots support for changing policy is a critical next step in moving towards complete abolition of nuclear weapons.
Tune in for the panel:
Join a panel of nuclear weapons experts to learn more about the significance of the ban treaty entering into force, and what the U.S. can do to move toward nuclear weapons abolition. The United States has not yet signed the ban treaty, but substantial reforms are possible in 2021 including renewed international agreements, reductions in nuclear weapons spending, and bold policies like a No First Use position.
 
Co-sponsors 
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Area Fellowship of Reconciliation
Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism
Chicago Physicians for Social Responsibility 
Nuclear Energy Information Services 
Union of Concerned Scientists 
Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Inauguration Eve: Demand REAL Change
Tuesday, January 19th
4:00 PM
Chicago’s Federal Plaza

** EL ESPAÑOL SIGUE EL INGLES **
 
After four nightmarish years of Trump, we need to do more than breathe sighs of relief as the Biden-Harris administration takes office.
During previous Democratic administrations, many hoped that the rhetoric about promoting diversity and ending “stupid wars” would translate into sweeping civil rights progress and redress growing economic inequalities.
 
Instead we got:
** continuing police murders of Black and Brown people
** bailouts of banks and other big businesses while millions lost their homes
** failure to honor long-standing promises to legislate a level playing field for unions to organize
** expansions of U.S. wars
** expansion of already-bloated Pentagon budgets
** arms exports to oppressive governments
** drone bombings
** record deportations
** record attacks on whistle-blowers
** continued attacks on the right to choose abortion, and
** huge expansion of the petroleum industry thru fracking.
 
We cannot afford another Democratic administration that fails to meet the needs of those who hoped it would bring sweeping change. If there is little progress to diminish the huge inequalities in this country, many will drift into apathy or end up supporting another right-wing demagogue in 2024.
 
We must pro-actively make demands on the new Biden-Harris administration:
** End State Repression & Institutional Racism
http://ccawr.org/end-state-repression-institutional-racism/
** Promote an Economy That Serves Working Class People
http://ccawr.org/promote-an-economy-that-serves-working…/
** Housing, Food, Education & Healthcare are Human Rights
http://ccawr.org/housing-food-education-healthcare-are…/
** We Have the Right to Control Our Bodies
http://ccawr.org/we-have-the-right-to-control-our-bodies/
** International Peace & Human Rights
http://ccawr.org/international-peace-human-rights/
** Protect the Planet, Protect Us All
http://ccawr.org/protect-the-planet-protect-us-all/
 
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To protect the safety of everyone, all attendees are required to wear masks properly and do their best to keep a minimum of 6 feet distance from others not in their households. If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, please respect the safety needs of others by not attending. Thank you.
 
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Evento del Comité de Chicago contra la Guerra y el Racismo
230 S Dearborn St, Chicago, IL 60603, Estados Unidos
Martes, 19 de enero de 2021 a las 4 PM CST – 5 PM CST
 
Después de cuatro años de la pesadilla de Trump, necesitamos hacer más que suspirar con alivio cuando la nueva administración demócrata Biden-Harris asuma el cargo.
 
Durante las administraciones demócratas anteriores, muchos esperaban que la retórica sobre la promoción de la diversidad y el fin de las “guerras estúpidas” se tradujera en un avance radical de los derechos civiles y corrigiera las crecientes desigualdades económicas.
 
En cambio, lo que obtuvimos fue:
** continuos asesinatos policiales de personas negras y latinas
** rescates económicos de bancos y otras grandes empresas mientras millones perdieron sus hogares
** incumplimiento de las viejas promesas de leyes para lograr un terreno de juego nivelado para que los sindicatos puedan organizar
** expansiones de las guerras de Estados Unidos
** expansión de los presupuestos del Pentágono ya de por sí abultados
** exportación de armas a gobiernos opresores
** bombardeos con ‘drones’ (aviones no tripulados)
** récords del número de deportaciones
**ataques récord a denunciantes de corrupción gubernamental** continuos ataques contra el derecho a elegir el aborto, y
** enorme expansión de la industria petrolera a través del fracking.

No podemos permitirnos otra administración demócrata que no satisfaga las necesidades de quienes esperaban que trajera un cambio radical. Si hay poco progreso para disminuir las enormes desigualdades en este país, muchos caerán en la apatía o terminarán apoyando a otro demagogo de la derecha en las elecciones del 2024.
 
Debemos hacer demandas proactivamente a la nueva administración de Biden-Harris:
** Fin al Estado de Represión y Racismo Institucional
http://ccawr.org/poner-fin-a-la-represion-estatal-y-el…/
** Promover una economía que sirva a la gente de la clase trabajadora
http://ccawr.org/promover-una-economia-que-sirva-a-la…/
** Vivienda, alimentos, educación y atención médica son derechos humanos
http://ccawr.org/vivienda-alimentacion-educacion-y…/
** Tenemos el derecho a controlar nuestros cuerpos
http://ccawr.org/tenemos-el-derecho-a-controlar-nuestros…/
** Paz y derechos humanos mundialmente
http://ccawr.org/paz-y-derechos-humanos-en-todo-el-mundo/
** Proteger el planeta, Protegernos a todos
http://ccawr.org/proteger-el-planeta-protegernos-a-todos/
 
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Para proteger la seguridad de todos y todas, es requisito que todos y todas las y los asistentes a este evento usen mascarillas apropiadamente y traten de mantener la distancia mínima de 6 pies de la mejor manera posible con aquellos que no vivan con Uds. Si Ud. resultó positivo al COVID-19 o tiene algún síntoma, favor de no asistir por respeto a la seguridad de los demás. Gracias.

Webinar: Stop the War on Yemen!
Thursday, January 14th
6:00 PM CST 

This month, people in the U.S. and around the world are demanding an end to the brutal U.S.-supported war on Yemen. Since 2015, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates have waged war against Yemen, killing and injuring thousands of Yemeni civilians. After five years of war, roughly 14 million people are at risk of famine and over 24 million people rely on food assistance for survival.
 
Please join the following presenters to learn more about this critical issue — and what you can do to help put an end to this horrific war:
> Aisha Jumaan, MPH, PhD., President of the Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
> Hassan El-Tayyab, Friends Committee lead lobbyist on Middle East policy
> Danaka Katovich, Yemen campaign coordinator for CODE PINK.
> Haig Hovaness, Secretary of Green Party Peace Action
 
PLEASE REGISTER HERE TO JOIN THE WEBINAR ON ZOOM: https://zoom.us/…/tJEvceuqpzwjE9LeaIsWDczsGXfsAHJoxUnX
 
President-elect Joe Biden has promised to end U.S. involvement in the war. However, experience teaches us that a complete cessation to U.S. support for the war is unlikely to occur without strong and highly visible public demands for it.

CAPA Membership Meeting
Monday, December 7th, 7:00— 8:30 PM

This is a critical moment that we as progressives might feel like we can step back, feeling more secure under a Biden presidency, or choose to step up and work even harder to push more just policy and shape a better world.
 
We’re working towards a world in which justice prevails for all — free of the devastation caused by war, racism, poverty, nuclear weapons, and environmental degradation. And we can’t do it without you.
 
Join us virtually next Monday, December 7th at 7pm to learn more about CAPA’s work, share your ideas and vision, and find your place in the movement.
 
We’ll be giving report-outs on the work of our Climate and Foreign Policy working groups, as well as a presentation from our students on digital advocacy. Once you’re up to speed on our current work, we’ll go into breakout rooms for open discussion and get your feedback and visions for our work going forward.

41st Annual Benefit
Thursday, November 12th
6:00 PM— 7:30 PM CST

For the past forty years, we’ve gathered with fellow peace, justice, and climate activists to dine and learn together at CAPA’s annual fall dinner. Due to the circumstances of this unusual year, we, like many other groups, are going virtual. What once seemed like a hindering obstacle, has instead revealed a unique opportunity to rethink our yearly program.

While we may not be gathering together in person this year, the need for peace and justice minded individuals to learn, connect, and activate is greater than ever.

 We are thrilled to host the progressive champion, US Representative Ro Khanna to speak on Building Bridges, Not Barriers: Redefining Security. At a time when our nation will still be reeling from 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.

 For too long, our nation has bought into a broken “post 9/11 siege mentality” of amorphous external threats requiring bullets, bombs and intimidation to keep us “strong and safe”. Now, we are seeing more clearly than ever, that true security for all must include: access to healthcare, intentional peace building, attention to the global effects of climate change and the thoughtful dismantling of systemic racism. 

 No matter the outcome of November’s election, we, as lovers of peace and justice, have a lot of work to do and can not afford to sit on the sidelines. With nearly uncontested bipartisan support of the Pentagon’s $690 billion budget and plans to spend a trillion dollars on modernizing the US nuclear arsenal and delivery systems over the next thirty years, we must be prepared to call for bold steps to redefine security!

 Join us to learn what must be done, discuss solutions, and get activated to be the change we want to see in the world!

Learn more here

Get your ticket!

Wednesday October 7th
Chicago Federal Plaza
12:00 PM— 1:30 PM

October 7 marks the 19th anniversary of the longest war in U.S. history, the 2001 invasion and occupation of Afghanistan.

And Afghanistan is just one piece of a worldwide kaleidoscope of US military violence around the world including:

  • occupations of Iraq and Syria
  • drone bombings from Africa to Pakistan
  • the proxy wars of Saudi Arabia vs. Yemen and Israel vs. Palestine
  • threats to invade Venezuela
  • devastating sanctions against dozens of countries
  • over 500 military bases around the world, many with nuclear weapons — daggers at the throats of the peoples nearby them.

Almost an entire generation of Americans has lived with endless war. Babies not even born at the time of the US invasion of Afghanistan are now fighting in that country. Far worse, however, is the fact that over 1 million Middle Easterners are now dead to avenge the 3000 killed in the 9/11 attacks, and war has spread throughout the Middle East.

As revealed in the so-called Afghanistan papers – government documents released through Freedom of Information Act requests – senior U.S. officials have knowingly lied throughout the war, making optimistic pronouncements of success even while hiding evidence that the war was a disaster.

Despite this, in an effort to turn the tide of the Afghan war in the U.S.’s favor, Presidents Obama and Trump have both launched “troop surges.” Death and destruction were the predictable results while the puppet Afghan regime’s hold on the country, far from being strengthened, remained as precarious as ever.

While people in this country do not feel the direct physical effects of these wars, every bomb
dropped represents millions of dollars less for our schools, health care, affordable housing, public transportation, physical infrastructure, and a myriad of other social services desperately needed in a time of pandemic and severe economic recession. With one-half of the federal discretionary budget going to the US military, and much of the rest given over to subsidizing the already-rich, it’s little wonder that there are only crumbs left for the left of us.

US politicians’ support for war and U.S. domination has been and remains thoroughly bipartisan. The 2020 election will not change that. To establish their “patriotic” credentials, Democrats typically vote for military financing and war with the same frequency as Republicans.

On the 19th anniversary of the United States’ Forever War, and relentless US violence around the world, please join us to denounce these wars that both major political parties continue to finance.

 

We will be having our event on the Plaza so that we can be socially distanced. Out respect for the health of everyone, please wear a mask.

View the Facebook Event here.

Saturday, September 26th


Stay tuned for more details to come! 

Wednesday, August 26th, 6:00— 7:00 PM CST
This is an online event. Please register here to receive a Zoom link. 

 

Join us on Wednesday, August 26th for a discussion with Danny Sjursen on a his new book Patriotic Dissent: America in the Age of Endless War published by Heydey books. He’ll join us virtually from his home in Kansas to talk about his latest work and take your questions.

This incendiary work by Daniel Sjursen is a personal cry from the heart by a once-model US Army officer and West Point graduate who became a military dissenter while still on active duty. Set against the backdrop of the terror wars of the last two decades, Sjursen asks whether there is a proper space for patriotism that renounces entitled exceptionalism and narcissistic jingoism. Once a burgeoning believer and budding conservative, Sjursen performed an intellectual and spiritual about-face. He now calls for a critical exploration of our allegiances, and he suggests a path to a new, more complex notion of patriotism. Equal parts unsentimental and idealistic, this is a story about what it means to be an American in the midst of perpetual war, and what the future of patriotism might look like.

Danny Sjursen is a retired U.S. Army Major and regular contributor to antiwar.com, Truthdig, The Nation, Tom Dispatch, The Huffington Post, and The Hill.  His work has also appeared in Harper’s, The LA Times, and Buzz Feed. He served combat tours with reconnaissance units in Iraq and Afghanistan and later taught history at his alma mater, West Point. He is the author of a memoir and critical analysis of the Iraq War, Ghost Riders of Baghdad: Soldiers, Civilians, and the Myth of the Surge (2015).  He co-hosts the progressive veterans’ podcast “Fortress on a Hill.”  Follow him on Twitter at @SkepticalVet.

Sunday, August 9th  12:15— 3:30 PM, 
4600 N Clark St
Chicago, IL 60640

August 9th is the 75th Anniversary of the U.S. nuclear bombing of the city of Nagasaki, Japan, just 3 days after the U.S. bombing of Hiroshima. The two attacks killed in excess of 150,000 people immediately, and caused cancers, birth defects and premature deaths to this day.
 
Humanity arguably now faces a worse nuclear danger than it did at the height of the Cold War. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists have set their famed “Doomsday Clock” at 100 seconds, the “Clock’s” first time counted in seconds. Currently 40 out of a needed 50 nations have ratified a U.N. treaty definitively criminalizing the world’s few nuclear stockpiles. Yet vital international agreements to reduce and control nuclear weapons worldwide are being abandoned by the Trump administration. And rather than reduce nuclear weapons, the Obama administration launched a multi-billion dollar “modernization” of the US nuclear arsenal, which continues under Trump.
 
At a time when the #BlackLivesMatter movement has sparked a new public consciousness about the diversion of community resources to state violence, the federal budget for developing and producing new nuclear weapons continues to grow. Tensions among nuclear-armed nations are rising to levels not seen since the Cold War.
People created nuclear weapons and designed the systems governing their use — and people can work to eliminate them.
 
As the only country to use nuclear weapons in conflict, the United States has a moral obligation to lead the world in ending this threat and to remember all those who were harmed in their detonation, testing and development.
 
As residents of, by far, the biggest military power in the world, we must continually press our leaders to take the actions necessary to ensure nuclear weapons are never used again, and to negotiate in good faith the global elimination of these most devastating weapons of mass destruction.

 

Event details:
12:15p – Gathering & preparation of the cars for the Memorial procession at the Staples parking lot, NW corner of Wilson and Clark in Chicago (4600 N. Clark Street).
1:00p – Speakers in Staples parking lot before send-off of car procession (Route to be provided to those who RSVP)
Roughly 2:45-3p – Procession arrives at the Henry Moore sculpture, 5625 S Ellis Ave, Chicago, for additional speakers, a memorial and acknowledgement of the lives lost.
 
Out of respect for others, all attendees and speakers will practice social distancing and wear masks.
Nagasaki Memorial Procession drivers should arrive early so that themed, consistent signage along with large, black event flags can be attached by poles to their cars (we will provide both). RSVP here (https://forms.gle/SBG5jE2z65Ai2eHu5)
We plan for the procession to be solemn and slow ending at the Henry Moore sculpture, site of the world’s first nuclear chain reaction.
Sponsoring organizations in formation: Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA), Chicago Committee Against War & Racism (CCAWR), Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Fellowship of Reconciliation – Chicago, Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS), Neighbors for Peace – Evanston, Union of Concerned Scientists – Chicago

Tuesday, August 4th  6:30— 8:00 PM CST
This is an online event. Register to receive Zoom link here.

This summer’s nationwide struggle against police violence faces a multinational movement.
 
Speakers:
 
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson is a distinguished professor of government and public policy at the College of William and Mary and was Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell from 2002 to 2005. Wilkerson is a critic of the US invasion of Iraq, the ongoing War on Terror now in its 18th year, and the turn to a new nuclear arms race. He asserts the U.S. is not a democracy but a war state that forces its will on the global community, and recently has worked on bipartisan projects to assess what will happen if a defeated Donald Trump refuses to leave office.
 
Mic Crenshaw is an independent Hip Hop artist, respected emcee, poet, educator and activist. He is the Lead U.S. Organizer for the Afrikan HipHop Caravan and uses Cultural Activism as a means to develop international solidarity related to Human Rights and Justice through Hip Hop and Popular Education. Mic is the NW Regional Director of Hip Hop Congress and will give us a firsthand report of the struggle in Portland.
 
Hosted by: Massachusetts Peace Action

 

Wednesday, July 15th
This is an online day of action. See more details here.

Join us Wednesday, July, 15th for a National Day of Action to urge Members of Congress to pressure humanitarian agencies (USAID) to restore and expand aid into Yemen, to withdraw military support and to cut arm sales to the coalition-especially while Yemen is dealing with COVID.
 
Yemen has been enduring the world’s worst humanitarian crisis that we’ve seen in modern history. Over five years of war, a blockade, disease, famine and now COVID. In order for Yemen to breathe, the war must end NOW!
 
WHEN: Wednesday, July 15th, ALL DAY
 
WHERE: Online (wherever you are)
 
WHY: To raise awareness about Yemen and to urge our lawmakers that Yemen can not wait, Yemen needs medicine and aid, not bombs and a blockade!
 
HOW: People HAVE power! ON the Day of Action (July 15th)
Use your social media platforms (FB, Twitter, IG, etc) to share our graphics, record a short video and tag your Member with a script that we’ll provide AND donate to Yemen: 
Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
More details will be posted soon! Please stay tuned!
 
Are you an organization that would like to sponsor this action?
Message us or email: yemenialliancecommittee@gmail.com
 
HOSTED BY: Yemeni Alliance Committee
 
SPONSORS:
Friends Committee on National Legislation – FCNL
Yemen Relief and Reconstruction Foundation
Action Corps
Freedom Forward
Students for Yemen
Just Foreign Policy
CODEPINK: Women For Peace
Demand Progress
US Palestinian Community Network
Arab American Action Network
Chicago Area Peace Action
Win Without War
STAND
SJP Chicago

Tuesday, July 14    5:00 PM- 6:00 PM
Federal Plaza
219 S Dearborn
Chicago, IL 


July 14th marks the 5th anniversary of the Iran-EU-US nuclear agreement that was to pave the way for lessening economic sanctions against Iran. But Trump nixed that agreement and imposed more sanctions that, during a pandemic, make supplies urgently needed to protect public safety more expensive and often impossible for Iran to obtain.

People in a host of countries – Venezuela, Cuba, North Korea, Palestine, Yemen and more – suffer as their economies crumble under the effects of US sanctions imposed by politicians of both parties. Lack of essential food and medicines mean people die.
 
In Iran, for example, the U.S. continues to uphold sanctions that have caused a deep recession in that country. As a result of U.S. policies, Iran no longer has the means to purchase medical, pharmaceutical or hospital equipment.
 
U.S sanctions on Venezuela have resulted in 40,000 deaths. Importation of needed health care resources and supplies have been blocked by the U.S. in an attempt at regime change.
 
The U.S./Saudi blockade has starved 87,000 Yemeni children during a three year civil war. Even before the pandemic, Yemen was suffering from a severe cholera outbreak due to bombing of water treatment facilities. Yemen continues to battle COVID with the highest death rate in the world.
 
In the West Bank, a new wave of the virus, even stronger than the first wave, is striking Palestine. Israeli military operations in the West Bank—including raids, home demolitions, arrests, detention, and land confiscation—have continued, exposing the affected Palestinians to a greater risk of infection. The Gaza strip, blockaded by the Israelis, is potentially vulnerable to COVID-19 since people living there have a low level of health access and are trapped in one of the most densely populated areas in the world.
In these countries and others throughout the world, lethal U.S. sanctions are causing misery and pain. They are morally untenable. Join us in standing against U.S. sanctions.
 
Event begins at Federal Plaza at 5 pm. for an in-person press conference (Please respect your fellow demonstrators by wearing a mask and, where possible, social distancing.)
*Car-a-van – Those wishing to participate via car caravan are asked to line up in front of Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn, at 4:20 PM. Bedeck your car with lots of signs on both sides. Express your outrage and your creativity! (Route details will be provided onsite)

Tuesday, May 26th,   6:00— 7:00 PM CST
Online Event. Register here to get Zoom link. 

We will examine the role that sanctions play as important tool of U.S. foreign policy. We will hear from 3 speakers on the toll that sanctions, which are economic warfare, take on the civilian populations of the nations targeted. We will present a general overview and then more specifically issues surrounding their use against North Korea and Iran.
 
Introduction by Jeff Hoey, Executive Director of New Jersey Peace Action
 
Panelists:
Cavan Kharrazian
Researcher @Center for Economic and Policy Research
Cavan Kharrazian is an Iranian-American researcher at the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC, where he has studied humanitarian impacts of US economic sanctions, along with their legal implications both domestically and internationally. He co-authored the Jacobin article “US Sanctions Are Designed to Kill” See https://www.jacobinmag.com/2019/09/us-iran-sanctions-donald-trump-iran-deal-oil-bank
 
Minju Bae
@Nodutdol for Korean Community Development
Minju Bae is an educator and historian of Asian America. She is a member of Nodutdol for Korean Community Development, a New York City-based organization of diasporic Koreans and comrades that organizes to advance peace, decolonization, and self-determination in Korea and Turtle Island.
 
Diana Duerte
Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement @MADRE
Diana Duarte is the Director of Policy and Strategic Engagement at MADRE, leading the organization’s policy, public education and communications work, and designing and implementing campaigns to advance women’s human rights. She directs MADRE’s Feminist Foreign Policy Jumpstart initiative, bringing grassroots women’s perspectives and analysis into US policy making. For more than 14 years, she has worked in policy analysis and communications to advocate for human rights, gender justice, and progressive change. She has served as a board member of Women, Action and the Media: NYC and currently is the board chair of ActionAid USA.

Thursday, February 27th   6:00 PM- 7:30 PM
DePaul University- Lincol Park Campu
Room TBA

CAPA DePaul will be joining DePaul Islamic World Studies for this event. 

Being young and Muslim in the United States has only gotten more complicated since the terrorist attacks of 2001. From warrantless government surveillance to rising incidents of hate crimes, Muslim Americans have had to deal with their new reality in many different ways, ways that are sometimes heartbreaking and just as often inspiring. In this lecture, author Moustafa Bayoumi will survey what being young and Muslim has meant since 2001 and ask if and how Muslim American life has changed under the Bush, Obama, and Trump administrations. Bayoumi will also focus on how we, as a nation, must think beyond our perceived conflicts and look instead through the long lens of justice as a means of securing our country and our shared humanity.

Facebook Event can be found here. 

Thursday, February 20th   6:30 PM- 8:00 PM
DePaul University – Lincoln Park Campus
Student Center
2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
Chicago, IL 60614

The Trump administration, and their predecessors, love to blame immigrant families just looking for a better life for themselves and children, but who really caused the need for people to flee from their homes?

Presenters Victoria Cervantes and Laura Nussbaum, of La Voz de los de Abajo, will share and discuss the impact of U.S. policy and actions in Latin America, and how military and economic violence in the region is the underlying cause of the immigration crisis.

We must not let the U.S.’s violent imposition continue to destroy an entire region, while criminalizing the victims of our actions. We’ll learn what it means to oppose U.S. interference in Latin America and begin taking the very important steps towards change.

This is a free event, but please let us know you are coming by signing up through this ticket link!

Facebook Event can be found here. 

January 21st  7:00-8:00 PM
DePaul University
Room TBA 
Chicago, IL 60604

Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What is it? How does it work? Who do they target? Who is in charge? What are my rights? What does Abolish ICE mean? Join Chicago Area Peace Action DePaul for small group discussions about how ICE has changed under Trump, ICE Methods, Trial & Rights, ICE Detention Centers, and more.

Facebook Event can be found here. 

January 13th   7:00 PM
Evanston City Council
2100 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Residents of greater Evanston are urged to come to City Hall Council Chambers for the beginning of the City Council meeting at 7pm to stand in support as Evanston residents speak to Resolution 136 R 19 which calls for the US to ratify the International Convention on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (“ICAN”) that has already been approved by 122 nations at the UN, signed by 79 countries, and ratified by 33. The Evanston resolution, similar to those adopted by 43 other US cities, will be proposed as part of the Consent Agenda at the beginning of the meeting. 
If the City Council passes this resolution, it will be the first Midwest city to join the campaign to convince the US government to sign the ICAN treaty.

See the resolution here.

We will not be forced into another war. CAPA will join with Indivisible Evanston and others in the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to oppose Trump’s war and say #NoWarWithIran.

Evanston – 5:00pm – Church and Benson

Chicago – 5:30pm – Wabash and Wacker

CAPA joins with CCAWR, ANSWER, VCNV and many other Chicago area peace groups to say, We will not be forced into another war.

5:30pm Corner of Wabash and Wacker, Chicago

December 8th  1:30 PM- 3:30 PM
Evanston Public Library
Third Floor, Falcon Room
1703 Orrington Ave.
Evanston, IL 60201

Join us this Sunday from 1:30-3:30 for a screening of “The Beginning of the End of Nuclear Weapons” and a discussion of the Treaty to Prevent Nuclear Weapons with David Combs (Union of Concerned Scienctists) and David Kraft (NEIS). 

This important program comes just one day before the Evanston City Council takes up “Back from the Brink” anti-nuclear resolution that has the support of nineteen greater-Evanston faith communities and peace and justice organizations. 

Click Here for Facebook Event

Sponsored by:
Chicago Area Peace Action
Neighbors For Peace
Union of Concerned Scientists– Illinois
Nuclear Energy Information Service
Physicians for Social Responsibility– Illinois

November 14th    7 PM – 9 PM
Loyola University
Cudahy Science Hall, Room 202
Chicago, IL 60660

Join Chicago Area Peace Action’s Loyola Chapter for a conversation about the uncharted effects of climate change and potential solutions. The panel discussion with feature activists, professors, researchers, and students.

October 19    2p-4p
Grace Lutheran Church
1430 South Blvd
Evanston, IL 60202

The military is sacrosanct in this country. We’re taught to honor the military, even though it has played, and continues to play, an outsized role in our extinction. The military protects Big Oil and other extractive industries. It is the single largest institutional consumer of fossil fuels in the world. Military operations leave a toxic legacy on their bases and across the world. Wars ravage fragile ecosystems and kill plants, animals, people and the earth. Join us as we examine the nexus between “Climate Disruption and U.S. Militarism”.

Free and open to the public

Sponsored by Veterans for Peace – Chicago Chapter. Co-sponsored by Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA).

6 PM, Wednesday, October 9th Grace Place, 637 S. Dearborn St.
On the anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, please join a conversation with two of the most thoughtful anti-war activists in the U.S.
CAPA is a co-sponsor of this event. Click here for more information.

CAPA Climate group and other CAPA friends will be participating in the events called for by Extinction Rebellion Chicago (XR Chicago) Daley Plaza, Chicago – 4pm-7pm. Click here for more details

A MEMORIAL TO THE VIETNAMESE VICTIMS OF THE AMERICAN WAR

My Lai Memorial Exhibit provides participants with a powerful anti-war experience. The experience invites participants to make a renewed commitment to peace and social justice and provides opportunities to support initiatives working to reduce violence and militarism both at home and abroad.

Veterans for Peace-Chicago Chapter and CAPA board member, Gerry Gorman worked together to put this exhibit together at UIC where Gerry is a faculty member along with many other activities.

Come find us from 1 to 5PM at Evanston’s Streets Alive fair!

https://www.cityofevanston.org/government/departments/parks-recreation-community-services/programs-events/festivals-events/streets-alive

CAPA’s Loyola and DePaul Chapters ask you to join them
Wednesday Aug. 7th at 11am
at Federal Plaza
(NE corner of Dearborn and Adams)

On 9 August 2018, Saudi Arabian expeditionary aircraft bombed a civilian school bus passing
through a crowded market with U.S.-made bombs in Dahyan, Saada Governorate, Yemen.
Thirty-four students and 4 of their teachers were killed along with 12 passers-by.
An additional 78 people were wounded, including 55 students.

This rally is to remember the lives lost as well as we urge Congress to end the Yemen war
during consideration of the defense budget. Come out to support and stand in solidarity!

Event co-sponsored by Voices for Creative Nonviolence, Chicago Committee Against War and Racism, Neighbors for Peace-Evanston and others

An ad hoc group of peace and justice activists
will gather in Hyde Park on
Tuesday, August 6th 2019
5:30 to 6:30pm

(rain or shine, program subject to change)
Meet at the Henry Moore sculpture, University of Chicago, E. 56th St and S. Ellis Ave.
Bring seating (chair or blanket) and umbrella; bring a hat and sunscreen

Come Join Us!

For a one hour commemoration featuring representatives
of peace and justice groups offering brief:
Readings; Songs; Poetry
Mindful breathing and walking meditation

From July 18-20, 2019, Voices for Creative Nonviolence will join with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s US Boats to
Gaza campaign, supporting their North American Freedom Flotilla for Gaza project with three days of Chicago
actions to include a Saturday July 20th mini-flotilla of kayaks and other craft on the Chicago River, joining shore-
based protesters to urge freedom for the people of Gaza starting at 11:00am from the Lake Street Bridge, NE corner!

From July 18-20, 2019, Voices for Creative Nonviolence will join with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s US Boats to
Gaza campaign, supporting their North American Freedom Flotilla for Gaza project with three days of Chicago
actions to include a Saturday July 20th mini-flotilla of kayaks and other craft on the Chicago River, joining shore-
based protesters to urge freedom for the people of Gaza.

On Friday, July 19th, we’ll have gathered at 11:30am outside the Israeli Consulate at 500 W. Madison and proceed
to warmaker Boeing’s corporate HQ at 100 N. Riverside Plaza for a rally at Noon.

From July 18-20, 2019, Voices for Creative Nonviolence will join with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition’s US Boats to
Gaza campaign, supporting their North American Freedom Flotilla for Gaza project with three days of Chicago
actions to include a Saturday July 20th mini-flotilla of kayaks and other craft on the Chicago River, joining shore-
based protesters to urge freedom for the people of Gaza.

On Thursday July 18th, we’ll host four-time flotilla veteran (Ret.) Col. Ann Wright and Gazan
scholar/activist Jehad Abusalim for a 7pm speaking event at Chicago’s Grace Episcopal Church at 637 S. Dearborn.

Lecture: DeCOALonize and Degrow: Ending the Tyranny of Growth and Revitalizing our Future.

Where: College of the Complexes, Dappers East Restaurant

Address: 2901 West Addison 3600 North between California and Sacramento.

Time: 6:00PM sharp
 

More information:

http://www.collegeofcomplexes.org

Each year on the last Friday of the Chicago Public School year, Faith Community of Saint Sabina hosts a summer kickoff rally and march for peace.

The rally is on the front of the steps of Faith Community of Saint Sabina followed by a march through the community with special guests. Join as we Unite and bring Peace for our Children
 
Date: June 14th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: 1210 West 78th Place

Where: In Logan Square at the Dill Pickle Food Coop

When: June 1, from 1PM – 3PM

We are almost out of time to stop global warming. Come to the Dill Pickle on Saturday, June 1, starting at 1 pm, and join with your neighbors to see these presentations addressing the challenge of global warming with performance, a strategy for collective non-violent direct action, an existential description of our problem, and the concept of degrowth.

June 1 is Global Degrowth Day (www.degrowth.info/en/globalday/participate). Degrowth ideas began in France. The movement started about 10 years ago. DegrowUS (www.degrowus.org) started in Chicago last fall with a vision of a popular movement for a transition to a just, participatory, and ecological future for all.

The degrowth movement chooses to face head-on the existential truth that the survival of humanity as we know it and the progress of democracy depend on reducing our consumption of the Earth’s resources and breaking the link between economic growth as we know it and human needs such as employment, education, and health care.

Degrowth challenges us to reimagine our resource-intensive convenience-obsessed civilization: Why disposable instead of reusable, products that can’t be repaired rather than a culture of repair, and high tech extreme measures health care but little real focus on disease prevention?

More information about Global Degrowth Day from www.degrowth.info: https://www.degrowth.info/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Global-Degrowth-Day-Call-for-Participation-English.pdf

We’ll start this first DegrowUS Chicago event with a short piece of pop-up theater. The main presentations will run 15-20 minutes. There will be short presentations about local activities. Global vision, local action! You are also invited come early or stay later and enjoy some food or drink from the Dill Pickle.

Awaken Giant!
Barry Feldman, Rebel For Life Pop-Up Theater

HEADING FOR EXTINCTION & WHAT TO DO ABOUT IT!
Joe Phillips, Local Coordinator for Extinction Rebellion Chicago

How We Got Here; How We Get Out of Here
H. Peter Steeves and Danielle Meijer, DePaul University Department of Philosophy

DeCOALonize and DeGrow:
Ending the Tyranny of Growth and Creating a Revitalized Sense of Possibility
Rachel Elfant, Climate Justice Organizer at CAPA, Youth Worker at Centro Romero, and student of DeGrowth

Master of Ceremonies
Mike Strode, The Kola Nut Collaborative

Chicago Area Peace Action DePaul will be hosting a panel about climate change featuring Dr. Sean Kirkland, Dr Liam Heneghan, Rachel Elfant, and Rose Gomez.

In this panel we will move past the conversation of climate change denial. It is real and happening. In the face of catastrophe why can’t we seem to take action? How does climate change disproportionately affect communities of color? What does climate change look like right now? We will tackle those important questions in this event.

Come join us for food and conversation!

When: Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 6 PM – 7:30 PM
Where: Arthur J. Schmitt Academic Center (SAC) located at 2320 N. Kenmore Avenue, Chicago, IL

Join Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah, Faith in Place, Go Green Wilmette, and Chicago Area Peace Action to dive deeper into the process of installing solar on your House of Worship. In the first workshop held on January 16th, we explored the benefits of going solar, learned from examples of other faith communities that have installed solar, and discussed a variety of ways to finance solar projects at your house of worship.

This workshop will build on those lessons! 

  • Learn from examples of faith communities installing solar
  • Dive into financing solar for your House of Worship – bring your electric bills & a satellite view of your roof
  • Learn about ways to advocate for a just solar economy

The event is free and open to anyone who is interested in bringing solar to their faith community.

Date: Thursday, May 23, 2019 from 10:00am to 11:30am
Location: Beth Hillel Bnai Emunah 3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, IL 60091

Tuesday, May 21 join us as we demonstrate against Chase Bank’s continued funding of tar sands oil pipeline construction and to support efforts to stop Line 3 in MN. Fellow climate activist organizations Rising Tide Chicago and Rainforest Action Network are organizing this rally to coincide with Chase’s annual shareholder meeting. 

When: Tuesday, May 21 at 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Where: Chase Tower, 21 S Clark St, Chicago

Why: To make it clear that we can’t continue with ‘business as usual:’ continued investment in fossil fuel infrastructure will plunge our home planet further into a climate crisis with unimaginable impacts on our families, communities and future generations.

Check out this Facebook event page for further details: https://www.facebook.com/events/608891802853228/

Amira Hass brings a fresh and much needed insight to the past, present, and future of Palestinian Israeli relations. She draws on 30 years of experience as an Israeli journalist and analyst who has sought and achieved unparalleled immersion in Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza.

Born in Jerusalem in 1956, Hass joined the Israeli daily Haaretz in 1989 and had been its correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 1993. She has lived in the West Bank city of Ramallah since 1997. “Ramallah Chronicles”, a compilation of her articles between 1997-2003, was published in 2005. Before taking up residence in the West Bank, Hass lived in Gaza for three years, which experience served as the basis for her widely acclaimed book “Drinking the Sea at Galilee”.

Hass is the only child of a Sarajevo-born Jewish mother who survived nine months in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and a Romanian born Jewish father who survived three wartime years in a ghetto.

Meet us there from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary 2121 Sheridan Rd. Evanston, IL.

You can find the event on facebook here.

Dilemmas of an Israeli Journalist Covering
Palestine: Amira Hass​
Monday, April 29, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM  
Evanston Public Library, 1703 Orrington Ave., Evanston, IL 60201

Amira Hass brings a fresh and much needed insight to the past, present, and future of Palestinian Israeli relations. She draws on 30 years of experience as an Israeli journalist and analyst who has sought and achieved unparalleled immersion in Palestinian communities in the West Bank and Gaza.

Born in Jerusalem in 1956, Hass joined the Israeli daily Haaretz in 1989 and had been its correspondent for the Occupied Palestinian Territories since 1993. She has lived in the West Bank city of Ramallah since 1997. “Ramallah Chronicles”, a compilation of her articles between 1997-2003, was published in 2005. Before taking up residence in the West Bank, Hass lived in Gaza for three years, which experience served as the basis for her widely acclaimed book “Drinking the Sea at Galilee”.

Hass is the only child of a Sarajevo-born Jewish mother who survived nine months in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and a Romanian born Jewish father who survived three wartime years in a ghetto.

A Guide to Nonviolent Direct Action Campaigning
an activist training with legendary Quaker civil rights activist/author
George Lakey
Saturday, April 27, 2019
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
NEIS, 3411 W. Diversey, Chicago.
(Logan Sq. “Blue” Line stop; #76, 82, and 56 Buses; 5 blocks
south of the Kennedy X-pwy, Kimball Ave. exit. Street parking.)
Suggested donation: $25, $10 for
students/low-income individuals.
A non-violent, direct-action
training, based on the highly
praised, new book by George Lakey, “How We Win: A
Guide to Non-Violent Direct Action Campaigning.” $13.59.
https://www.mhpbooks.com/books/how-we-win/
Advance registration required through NEIS by e-mail
(neis@neis.org), or phone (773)342-7650, space limited to
the first 30 registrants. Make checks payable to “NEIS”
and send to above address; or pay online at
www.neis.org/donate/).

Lakey _How We Win_ flier (1)

Chicago Area Peace Action is partnering with Love Without Borders to bring art made by Refugees displaced in Greece to be displayed for purchase at DePaul. All money made from a sale goes back to the artist. The art we will be displaying will be primarily from Yemeni, Palestinian, Syrian, and Iraqi refugees. This event is open to the public. Thank you to our cosponsors: the Islamic World Studies Program, the International Studies Department, the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Department of Peace, Conflict, and Justice Studies, Students for Justice in Palestine, and the Art History Club.

RSVP TODAY

April 6 – 2019 Chicago Peace Summit

The Chicago Peace Summit will feature national peace movement activists and foreign policy experts from across the country and around the world. Join us to hear from Kathy Kelly, Jehan Hakim, Natasha Erskine, Kevin Martin, Vincent Emanuele, Nan Kim, Robert Naiman, Paul Street, Rachel Elfant, and other noteworthy leaders about pressing issues of peace.

RSVP HERE

  • Drawing from her experiences living in war zones and prisons in the U.S., keynote speaker Kathy Kelly will discuss the consequences of U.S. militarism and strategies to withdraw consent for endless wars. Across various panels, these experts will address Climate Change, Middle East conflicts, and nuclear warfare. Their presentations will be followed by Q&A as well as interactive breakout sessions co-led by student activists.

All are welcome! Please come out to learn more about the dire peace issues plaguing communities in our own backyards and across the world.

CAPA’s FPWG is co-sponsoring with Evanston Neighbors for Peace, programs at EPL (2-5p) and the Sulzer Library in Chicago (7-8:30p)

See the Facebook event page for more details.

Global Climate Strike. All over the nation and world, 
the Youth will lead a strike. Ours in Chicago is from 11AM – 2PM and 
meets in Grant Park. 

09.22.19

40th ANNUAL