CAPA's 44th Annual Benefit— October 5th, 2023
"Threats to Democracy: How We Rise Up and Resist"
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WHEN: Thurs., Oct. 5th, 2023, 6-9 P.M.    WHERE: Irish-American Heritage Center,                4626 N Knox Ave, Chicago, IL,                    60630


Panel: Delia Ramirez, Jacqueline                          Luqman, Paul Street, and Will                  Tanzman (Moderator) 


Catering by: Curt’s Cafe


Registration Levels:

      Champion of Justice: $1,000

      Agent of Change: $600

      Friend of CAPA: $400

      Attendee: $155

      Student/Limited Income: $35

      (Click to register!)

     _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                                                                                                                                                                                    Please join CAPA as we welcome esteemed panelists Congresswoman Delia Ramirez (IL-3), professor and author Paul Street, journalist and D.C. Coordinator of Black Alliance for Peace Jacqueline Luqman, and moderator, Executive Director of the Peoples Lobby, Will Tanzman, to share their unique perspectives on threats to democracy, and how we rise up and resist! (Click here for full event program)

As we witness the rollbacks of protections embedded in the landmark Voting Rights Act, the attacks on LGBTQ rights, and the fascist assault on freedom of thought in our public schools and libraries, we are deeply concerned whether this 236-year-old experiment in constitutional democracy can survive. We are now less than 20 years away from the most significant demographic shift in U.S. history, when the U.S. becomes a minority-majority nation. Will we live up to the ideal of “with liberty and justice for all” and truly mean all, not just the privileged few with the right skin color?

In addition to our panel, we will enjoy a delicious dinner catered by Curt’s Cafe and celebrate the important work of CAPA’s Student Network, our Climate and Foreign Policy Working Groups, and invite attendees to share their passions and insights among fellow peacebuilders. See you there!

PANELIST: Delia Ramirez (IL-3)  

Delia Ramirez was elected in 2022 to represent Illinois’ 3rd Congressional District and became the first Latina Congresswoman in the Midwest. In just a few months in Congress, she already has introduced and passed out of committee legislation to help student veterans, is co-leading the Dream and Promise Act, and is introducing legislation that gives tenants the right to organize. She serves as Co-Chair of the Strengthening Democracy Task Force, Vice Ranking Member of the Homeland Security Committee, and Vice Chair of the Equal Rights Amendment Caucus.

PANELIST: Jacqueline Luqman  

Jacqueline Luqman brings a background in activism and in journalism, and describes herself as a “Pan-Africanist, anti-capitalist, anti-imperialist revolutionary.” Jacqueline co-hosts the weekday radio show, “By Any Means Necessary,” on Radio Sputnik as well as the weekly Black Power Media show, “Luqman Nation.” She also is the organizer of the Mid-Atlantic Region of the Black Alliance for Peace and is an organizer with Pan-African Community Action.

PANELIST: Paul Street  

Paul Street is an independent progressive policy researcher, award-winning journalist, historian, author and speaker based in Iowa City, Iowa, and Chicago, Illinois. He is the author of seven books to date. His writings, research findings, and commentary have been featured in a large number and wide variety of media venues, including The New York Times, CNN, Al Jazeera, the Chicago Tribune, WGN (Chicago/national), WLS (ABC-Chicago), Fox News, and the Chicago Sun Times.

MODERATOR: Will Tanzman

Will Tanzman has been organizing since 1999 and has been with The People’s Lobby and its predecessor organizations since 2008. Will organized The People’s Lobby’s successful campaign to raise the minimum wage in a number of Cook County suburbs, and led a campaign of mass actions and civil disobedience that played a major role in closing $125 million in corporate tax loopholes in Illinois. Will grew up in Chicago and began organizing as a high school student in Chicago Public Schools, where he started an organization of students across the state working for a more just education system, successfully changing citywide standardized testing policies and practices. 

CAPA Student Network  

CAPA’s students chapters at Loyola, Depaul, and U of IL-Urbana Champaign bring their amazing activist and peacebuilding skills throughout their campuses and beyond. With direct action campaigns, legislative advocacy, and grassroots organizing, they are showing what is possible for a just, sustainable, and peaceful future. 

CAPA Climate Group

The CAPA Climate Group tackles some of the most pressing issues of our time, working in solidary with movements to protect land and water, stop pipelines, divest from fossil fuel-investing banks, and change harmful U.S. climate policy. 

CAPA Foreign Policy Working Group

CAPA’s Foreign Policy Working Group is engaged in several exciting campaigns to resist U.S. militarism locally and globally. We collaborate with incredible partners like the Midwest Nuclear Disarmament Coalition, Dissenters, Codepink, World BEYOND War, as well as multiple Palestinian rights and Filipino rights groups among others.  

Thursday, October 5th, 2023

                                    — Click for Full Benefit Program

6:00    Doors open; hors d’ouevres and drinks served
6:40    Self-serve style dinner with three food stations – catered by Curt’s Cafe
7:20    Welcomes, Acknowledgments, Introductions to  CAPA Team and our work: Board,                Student Chapters, Working Groups
7:50    Panel discussion on “Threats to Democracy: How We Rise Up and Resist”
8:40    Audience Q+A 
9:00    Program Ends

Progress toward Our Fundraising Goal of $30,000
$18,600 62%

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