2nd Annual Peace Summit
Organizing Towards Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution

A Virtual Conference for Peace
Saturday, May 22nd & Sunday, May 23rd
9am— 12pm &  10am— 1pm CST

Keynote speaker

We are excited to host Margaret Flowers as our keynote speaker, the co-director of Popular Resistance
an online publication for movement news and resources. Register today to attend her keynote address!

Organizing is a beautiful, and critical, act. It is an altruistic effort to gather community members, to educate them on important issues, and most importantly, to collectively move humanity towards a more just future.

Chicago Area Peace Action’s Student Network is dedicating their yearly Peace Summit to Organizing Towards Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution. Activists, organizers, and community members of all backgrounds and experience levels are invited to join and grow together to strengthen our movements. Join us to forge and reconnect relationships, increase the skills in your toolbox for change, and find inspiration to continue this important work.

View the PDF of the Program for the Peace Summit here
Click here to view the options and Zoom links for Breakout Sessions! 

A special thank you to our fiscal sponsors: the Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies program at Loyola University, Nonviolent Peaceforce, Jewish Voice for Peace– Chicago, Chicago Committee Against War and Racism, Department of Peacebuilding Campaign, and James Gibbs! 

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DAY 1 

9:00 Day 1 of Peace Summit Begins

9:10- 9:30 Keynote Address from Margaret Flowers of Popular Resistance

9:30- 10:15 Media Strategy for Organizers Panel 

Featured panelists include:

10:20 – 10:40 Peace Connect Rooms 

    • Breakout rooms for attendees to discuss what they’ve learned and meet other activists. Think of it like chatting in the lobby between sessions at an in person event! 

10:50- 11:00 BREAK

11:00- 11:45 Breakout Sessions #1

    • Activism 101 with Danaka KatovichDanaka Katovich, CODEPINK’s Yemen Campaign and Youth Outreach Coordinator will be speaking on the basics of organizing. She will cover one on one meetings, setting demands, setting goals, and coalition building.
    • Unarmed Civilian Protection Tactics with Nonviolent PeaceforceMarna Anderson, the Director of Nonviolent Peaceforce USA, will be speaking about using unarmed civilian protection methods in the U.S. and abroad and how we can reimagine safety and security. NP’s mission is to protect civilians in violent conflicts through unarmed strategies, build peace side by side with local communities, and advocate for the wider adoption of these approaches to safeguard human lives and dignity.
    • Building a Local Peace Economy: Grounding Ourselves Through this Tumult with Kelly CurryFortifying our activism and inner strength through the intensity of uncertain and tumultuous times. What’s building a Local Peace Economy have to do with it?!” Grassroots Discussion on the importance of our own personal inner grounding as we endeavor to grow & nurture community resources that call in love, hope, freedom, healing and equity as we deal with the ongoing tyrannies of colonization, White Supremacy & War Economy.
    • Lobby Visit Training w/ Hassan El-Tayyab of FCNL and Lizzie Turner of CAPA — Legislators regularly tell us that meetings with constituents have the biggest impact on the actions they take in office. Lobby meetings should be a regular part of strategic advocacy, and experienced lobbyists, Hassan El Tayyab of FCNL, and Lizzie Turner of CAPA, are here to help you learn the ins and outs to prepare for your own lobby meetings! We’ll review how to set-up and plan for your lobby meeting and give attendees the chance to role-play their lobby meeting. In this training, we’ll be role-playing an ask for a 10% cut to the Pentagon budget. You can use this training to prepare for a meeting with your legislators to make that same request, or you can utilize the skills you learn to plan and execute a lobby meeting on a different topic.

    • Building Coalition and Solidarity: Projects and Practices of the Women’s Center and WGS at DePaul— In this session, members of the Women’s Center and WGS Department will share values, ideas and strategies we draw from as we seek to build relationships that support accountability, coalition, and solidarity for social change and transformation. We will focus on building through and across the power lines created by capitalism, white supremacy, heteropatriarchy and heteronormativity, imperialism, ableism and other systems of oppression and violence.
    • Education Not Militarization – Defend Indigenous Schools in the Philippines! Workshop with Malaya Chicago and Chicago Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines

      Nine out of ten Lumad (Indigenous) children in the Philippines have no access to education. To address this need, the Save Our Schools (SOS) Network helped establish schools that make free and accessible education a reality for Indigenous communities – teaching subjects such as language, history, math, agriculture, and the right to their ancestral lands. Yet, the Philippine government sees these schools as a threat. Philippine President Duterte continues to call for the closure, destruction, and bombing of the schools. Over 200 Lumad schools have been forcibly closed under his regime, and countless Indigenous leaders were assassinated by government forces. $550 million U.S. tax dollars funds this bloodshed in the Philippines.  Join this break out room to learn how to rise in solidarity for Lumad rights and to demand an end to US military aid to the Philippines.

11:45- 12:00 PM  Closing remarks 

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10:00 Day 2 of Peace Summit Begins 

10:10- 10:55 Antiracism in Organizing Workshop with Beautiful Trouble 

 11:00- 11:10 BREAK 

11:10- 11:55 Breakout Session #2

    • Kingian Nonviolence Principles with Chicago’s Addie Wyatt Center— Learn the principles of Kingian Nonviolence with the facilitators from the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training. Their mission is to engage and empower communities with the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation.

    • Beautiful Trouble Strategic Campaign Design Workshop— This workshop will be a high-level overview of the makings of effective, creative campaigns. We will focus on exploring a suite of tools for campaign development – all available for further exploration in the free, online Beautiful Trouble Toolbox.

    • Department of Peacebuilding Campaign Presentation— How we strive to co-create the beloved community in our teams advocating for a cabinet-level Department of Peacebuilding–transforming ourselves, our communities and our government toward a culture of peace.

    • Creating Organizing Spaces that Don’t Lead to Burnout Panel with Kathleen Dillon, Ebony Deberry of One Northside,

      Nancy Bartekian of SWANA Chicago,  and Leah Bae of The Burnout Project.— The topic of burnout has become a growing point of conversation, especially in the pandemic world. We often see self care lists that include things like mediation, taking time-off, saying no— all important things, but also all things that put the burden of doing something to prevent burnout on those that are often overworked. It’s time for organizations and leaders to start asking themselves what they can be doing to create an environment that doesn’t lead to burnout. 

12:00- 12:45 Breakout Session #3

    • Activism Through Pop Culture with Frank Dorrel, the publisher of Addicted to War, and Emily Dorrel, CODEPINK’s Social Media and Communications Director— This breakout room will focus on distilling and disseminating challenging and complex information to be accessible to a wide range of audiences. Frank will discuss his work publishing the illustrated expose, Addicted to War, and how he’s sought to get it into homes and classrooms across the US and the world. He’ll also discuss his compilation film, What I’ve Learned About US Foreign Policy, and his work compiling and curating works from great activists as a tool for teaching foreign policy. Emily will discuss her work as CODEPINK’s social media communications director, and the methods through which she presents foreign policy issues in an engaging, concise, and easily digestible way for social media audiences.

    • Community Organizing: Lessons from the Rust Belt with Vincent Emanuele of PARC- Politics Art Roots Culture Politics is about power. And right now, ordinary people have very little. Over the past four years, Vincent Emanuele has been organizing in Michigan City, Indiana, a deindustrialized city that’s been ravaged by Neoliberal economic policies, the War on Drugs, and over-policing. In 2017, Vince and Sergio Kochergin opened P.A.R.C. | Politics Art Roots Culture, a community center and organizing space that’s hosted hundreds of events ranging from political organizing workshops and live music performances to poetry readings, felony expungement workshops, soup kitchens, documentary film screenings, community barbeques, art installations, and much more. Vince will talk about the methods and approaches they use in Michigan City, Indiana.


    • Moving Beyond an Us vs Them Perspective with Peace Journalist Robert C KoehlerIn this breakout, Robert will address questions such as— what is Restorative Justice? What is a peace circle? How do they fit into a transcendent future? He will review excerpts from his work “Power With, Power Over”; talk about his book project, which is about moving, at an institutional as well as a personal level, beyond a belief in domination, violence and punishment to connection, empathy and healing; then open things up to a Q&A discussion.


    • Kathy Kelly on Why We Need to Ban Ban Killer DronesKathy Kelly will talk about experiences living in lands where weaponized drones fire at civilians who also experience trauma because of constant drone surveillance. Noting increasing use of drones by police and military groups in the U.S., this breakout session will consider campaigns for an international treaty to ban weaponized drones and also prohibit police and military use of drone surveillance.


    • CAPA’s Defund the Pentagon Campaign Presentation— CAPA is advocating for a 10% cut to the bloated military budget for next year’s National Defense Authorization Act. Join this breakout to learn why we need to defund the Pentagon, learn about the campaign, and how you can get involved!

12:45- 1:00 PM Closing remarks 

Don’t miss out on this program! Register today for the 2021 Peace Summit! 


Beautiful Trouble

Beautiful Trouble is bringing their experienced trainers for workshops on Being Antiracist in our Organizing and Strategic Campaign Design to the Peace Summit!
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Leonna McAfee

Leonna is a News Reporter for Medill News Service. We met Leonna when she covered Chicago's Day of Action for Yemen back in January. She will be speaking on the Media Strategy on the first day of the Peace Summit!
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Hassan El-Tayyab

Hassan is the lead lobbyist on Middle East policy for the Friend's Committee on National Legislation! He will be joining the Peace Summit to speak on the Media Strategy Panel and to co-lead a Lobby Meeting Training.
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Jerome McDonnell

Jerome was the former host of WBEZ' Worldview program. He will be joining the Peace Summit for a panel on media strategy for organizers.
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Lizzie Turner

Lizzie is CAPA's Organizing & Advocacy Director. She will be bringing her educational and lobby experience to co-lead a Lobby Meeting Training in the 1st Breakout Session.
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Danaka Katovich

Danaka, formerly a CAPA student organizer, is now CODEPINK's Middle East Coordinator and will be leading an Activism 101 Workshop during the 1st Breakout Session.
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Kelly Curry

Kelly is the Local Peace Economy Organizer with CODEPINK based in Oakland, CA. She is an author, publisher, relationship builder and social justice activist. Kelly will be leading a workshop on Building a Local Peace Economy on Saturday @ 11am.
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Robert C. Koehler

Robert C. Koehler, an award winning Chicago reporter and editor for over 30 years, proudly calls himself a peace journalist. He will be speaking about his work on Sunday @ 12pm.
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Nonviolent Peaceforce is a global civilian protection agency based in humanitarian and international human rights law. They will be leading a workshop on Saturday of the Peace Summit on Unarmed Civilian Protection.
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Leah Bae

Leah is the co-founder of The Burnout Project and will speaking on the Creating Organizing Spaces that Don't Lead to Burnout Panel during the 2nd breakout session.
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Addie Wyatt Center

The Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training engages and empowers communities with the philosophy and methodology of Kingian Nonviolence, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s approach to nonviolent conflict reconciliation. They will be doing a workshop during the 2nd breakout session.
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Ebony DeBerry

Ebony is a Community Organizer with One Northside, former CPS teacher and youth worker, and restorative healing conversations practitioner. She will speaking on the Creating Organizing Spaces that Don't Lead to Burnout Panel during the 2nd breakout session.
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Kathleen Dillon

Kathleen is a Ph.D. Student and Instructor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Disability Activist, and Community Organizer . She will be speaking at the Creating Organizing Spaces that Don't Lead to Burnout Panel during the 2nd breakout session.
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Emily Dorrel

Emily is the Social Media Communications Director for CODEPINK. She'll be leading a workshop alongside Frank Dorrel on Activism Through Pop Culture during the 3rd breakout session.
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Frank Dorrel

Frank is the publisher of the anti-war classic comic Addicted to War. He will be joining Emily Dorrel to lead a workshop on Activism Through Pop Culture during the 3rd breakout session.
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  • +Peace
  • Action Corps Illinois
  • Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
  • Chicago Committee Against War and Racism 
  • Department of Peacebuilding Campaign
  • DePaul Chapter of Chicago Area Peace Action
  • Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice
  • Jewish Voice for Peace— Chicago
  • Just Foreign Policy
  • Korea Peace Now Midwest Chapter
  • Loyola Chapter of Chicago Area Peace Action
  • Malaya
  • Massachusetts Peace Action
  • Occupy Elgin
  • Peace Action
  • Peace Action New York State
  • Peace Action Wisconsin
  • Peace, Justice & Conflict Studies at Loyola University
  • Network 49 
  • Student Nurses for Social Justice at UIC 
  • SWANA Chicago
  • University of Illinois Chapter of Chicago Area Peace Action
  • Veterans for Peace— Chicago


In order to ensure this Summit is both equitable and accessible to all activists, we will not be charging a ticket price. 

We need your financial support to help bring the best presenters, free of charge, to Chicago area peace activists attending this 2021 Peace Summit. Become a Sponsor to help make this vision a reality! 

Please direct any questions about the Peace Summit to Lizzie@ChiPeaceAction.org


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