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
Champion of Justice: $1,000
Agent of Change: $600
Friend of CAPA: $400
Student/Limited Income: $35
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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’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
— 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