Saturday, April 1st, 2023,
10 A.M.-4 P.M. Central Time
Loyola Univ., 1050 W Sheridan, Chicago, IL, 60660



Chicago Area Peace Action’s Student Network is dedicating this year’s Peace Summit to Fighting the War Machine: in Chicago and Beyond. Keep reading for more info on planned presenters and sessions below!

CAPA Student-Led Peace Summit 2023:
Fighting the War Machine in Chicago and Beyond

Throughout this past year’s news cycle, one of the major events commonly covered has been the war in Ukraine. Although it may have been the most highlighted, this conflict is just one of many ongoing violent catastrophes around the globe. From Palestine to Yemen, from El Salvador to right here in Chicago, the international war machine continues to destroy people’s lives.

Such militarism is often framed as “just” and “necessary,” while communities around the world know it is anything but. This is why Chicago Area Peace Action’s Student Network is hosting a peace summit that will help organize, empower and educate activists from all backgrounds and experience levels so we can band together and demand global peace!


SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST, 2023  …………………………………………………………………………… 10 A.M.-4 P.M. (all times U.S. Central)…………………………………………………………….. Loyola University, 1050 W Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60660



    • 10:00 – 10:20      Opening Remarks from CAPA Student Chapters

    • 10:20 – 10:40      Keynote Address 

    • 10:45 – 11:45      Panel 1: The War in Ukraine and its Relation to Wars Globally 

        • feat. Margaret Kimberley of Black Alliance for Peace; Glenn Michalchuk of Association of United Ukrainian Canadians; Behind Enemy Lines; ANSWER Coalition

    • 12:00 – 12:45      Breakout Sessions, Round 1 Options:

        • Ending War on Palestine, Ending War on Yemen, R.E.A.L. Youth Initiative, GoodKidsMadCity 

    • 1:00 – 1:45          BREAK – Lunch and Endorser Exhibits

    • 2:00 – 2:45          Breakout Sessions, Round 2 Options:

        • Divesting Chicago from the War Machine, Dissenters Boeing Arms Genocide Campaign, GKMC Peace Book Initiative

    • 3;00 – 4:00          Panel 2: Uniting the Left, Locally and Globally

        • Feat. Anakbayan, Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project, IL Poor Peoples Campaign, Gay Liberation Network, World BEYOND War

(See “Peace Summit 2023 Detailed Schedule” below!)

——-SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST, 2023, 10 A.M.-4 P.M. (all times U.S. Central)———
10:00 – 10:20 A.M.: Opening Remarks from CAPA Student Chapters – 
      •  Meet our Student Chapters: CAPA Loyola, CAPA UIUC, and CAPA DePaul!


10:20 – 10:40 A.M.: Keynote Address: How War Impacts Chicago Communities and Beyond


10:45 – 11:45 A.M.: Panel 1: “The War in Ukraine and its Relation to Wars Globally”

      • feat. Margaret Kimberley of Black Alliance for Peace; Glenn Michalchuk of Association of United Ukrainian Canadians; Behind Enemy Lines; ANSWER Coalition


12:00 – 12:45 P.M.: Breakout Sessions, Round 1 Options:

      • BREAKOUT A: Ending War on Palestine

feat. Students for Justice in Palestine DePaul, Loyola, and UIUC


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      • BREAKOUT B: Ending War on Yemen

feat. Hassan El-Tayyab of Friends Committee on National Legislation


      • BREAKOUT C: R.E.A.L. Youth Initiative      .

feat. REAL Youth Initiative

      • BREAKOUT D: Good Kids Mad City / Peace Book Initiative     .

feat. Good Kids Mad City

1:00- 1:45 P.M. BREAK – Grab refreshments and meet fellow peacemakers!


2:00- 2:45 P.M.:  Breakout Sessions, Round 2 Options:

      • BREAKOUT E: Divesting Chicago from War

feat. the Divest Chicago from the War Machine Coalition


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      • BREAKOUT F: Youth Organizing Against Weapons Makers.

feat. The Dissenters’ Boeing Arms Genocide (B.A.G.) Campaign


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      • BREAKOUT G: GoodKidsMadCity / Peace Book Initiative

feat. Good Kids Mad City



3:00 – 4:00 P.M.:  Panel 2: “Uniting the Left, Locally and Globally”

      • Feat. Janessa Juntilla of Anakbayan Chicago, Orion Meadows of Inst. for Nonviolence and PNAP, Andy Thayer of Gay Liberation Network, Greta Zarro of World BEYOND War, and IL Poor Peoples Campaign



                            ——–Join with us to fight the war machine together! Register today for the 2023 Peace Summit! ——–

**See map for location: Loyola Univ., 1050 W Sheridan Rd, Chicago, IL, 60611 – Quinlan Life Sciences Center 


Meet our Student Leaders:

Mahnoor Sukhera - CAPA Loyola

Mahnoor Sukhera is a Junior studying Political Science and Psychology at Loyola University. She is the president of CAPA Loyola and plans on going to law school after graduation.

Stefi De La Torre - CAPA DePaul

Stefi De La Torre is Co-President of CAPA DePaul.

Julia Alfaro - CAPA DePaul

Julia Alfaro is Co-President of CAPA DePaul.

David Pavletic - CAPA UIUC

David Pavletic is a current junior at the University of Illinois who has a passion for environmental and social justice. He hopes to spread that passion with the world and has plenty of experience in direct actions and facilitating trainings to other youth organizers.


Speakers & Presenters:

Margaret Kimberley -

Black Alliance for Peace

Margaret Kimberley is Executive Editor of Black Agenda Report and author of the book, Prejudential: Black America and the Presidents. In addition to being a Coordinating Committee member of Black Alliance for Peace, she is an Administrative Committee member of the United National Antiwar Coalition, and the Board of Directors of the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation.

Glenn Michalchuk -

Assoc. of United Ukrainian Canadians

Glenn Michalchuk was elected National President of the Association of United Ukrainian Canadians (AUUC) in October 2022 after serving several terms as Vice President. He is also President of the Canadian Society for Ukrainian Labour Research. Glenn is on the Editorial Boards of the Ukrainian Canadian Herald and New Cold War: Know Better; and serves on the Board of Directors for Canadian Dimension, an on-line magazine. Glenn has been in active in the peace and anti-war movement for more than 40 years. He is currently Chair of Peace Alliance Winnipeg. Glenn is a retired railway worker.

Shea Leibow -

Divest Chicago from the War Machine

Hassan El-Tayyab -

Friends Cmte. on Nat'l Legislation

Greta Zarro -

World BEYOND War

Orion Meadows -

Inst. for Nonviolence, PNAP

Andy Thayer -

Gay Liberation Network

Andy Thayer is a co-founder of the Chicago Committee Against War & Racism – formed in 2001 in response to the repression that followed the 9/11 attacks in New York and the growing threat of more US wars. He is also co-founder of the LGBTQ Gay Liberation Network, which takes an intersectional approach to organizing including supporting abortion rights, anti-racist organizing, immigrant rights, pro-Palestinian and anti-war activism.

Assata -

Through Restorative and transformative justice, Assata has healed, grown, and developed a clear understanding of how the world can be transformed through the power of community. She has become a passionate and fierce advocate for the work of Restorative justice. Assata has partnered with various organizations, companies, and schools such as: Good Kids mad city, Kuumba Lynx, James Madison University, free spirit media and more, to provide comprehensive training and development plans.

Michael Boyte -

Behind Enemy Lines

Michael Boyte has been involved in anti-imperialist struggles since organizing against the Iraq War in high school with Not In Our Name. He was the founding chairperson of the Chicago Committee for Human Rights in the Philippines, and currently organizes with Behind Enemy Lines: a Chicago based anti-imperialist organization that is committed to standing with the people of the world, and taking anti-imperialist politics to the masses of people. He is a college dropout, unemployed barista, and a White Sox fan.


Endorsers so far:



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