9/12/17 - Annual Dinner Celebration 11/11/17  
 
We are so excited to invite you all to our 38th Annual Dinner Celebration November 11th at St. Francis Xavier Church in Wilmette from 630pm - 9pm.
 
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Our guest speaker for this event will be award winning author and historian Nancy Maclean. This event will be called The Radical Right Stealth Agenda: What it is and What We Can Do About it. MacLean’s new book Democracy in Chains is an explosive exposé of the right’s relentless campaign to eliminate unions, suppress voting, privatize Medicare, Social Security and public education, eliminate environmental and financial regulations and change the Constitution. It is perhaps the best explanation to date of the roots of the political divide that now threatens to irrevocably alter American government.

In a brilliant and engrossing narrative, Nancy MacLean will explain how a political economist, James McGill Buchanan, wrote the script 6 decades ago for the Koch brothers and others to follow to in a diabolical plan to subvert the will of the democratic majority and tilt the playing field forever in favor of the rich and powerful. As we struggle to grow the movement for social justice, Join CAPA and learn why the Guardian calls this book "The missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century.”

Thanks so much for the time and we look forward to seeing November 11th at St. Francis Xavier Church in Wilmette. RSVP on Facebook.

- CAPA Board
 
 
 
 
9/11/17 - A Folk Concert for CAPA 10/28 at Reba Place Church in Evanston
 
Chicago Area Peace Action is hosting a benefit concert with some amazing local acts from Chicago. All the funds go to help advance CAPA's grassroots organizing and policy efforts to fight nuclear war, the military industrial complex, and climate change. It's also a chance to celebrate our organizer Hassan's 34th birthday! Doors are at 7pm show is at 8pm!  There will also be a silent auction with some great gifts that have been donated from members of the community -Old Town School of Folk, local jewelers, photographers, authors, and even a State Representative.
 
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8/27 - CAPA Stands in Solidarity Against White Supremacy 
 
Thanks to everyone who joined us Sunday, August 27 at the Solidarity Against White Supremacy Rally! A coalition of over 40 social justice organizations in Chicago along with 3,000 marchers all stood up and loudly said NO to white supremacists, and the political culture & public officials propagating hate, violence and inequality. We answered a national call for solidarity actions around the country to stand with Bay Area activists who will be protesting far-right racists at Berkeley on August 27 and in San Francisco on August 26. We believe that showing our solidarity with everyone fighting the racism, violence, and bigotry of the right is how we win. Saturday, August 19, Boston gave us the template of showing up by the thousands to defeat the bigots. #nomorecharlottesvilles
 
Endorsing Organizations:

ADAPT - AFSCME Local 1989 @ NEIU - AFSCME Local 2858 - Al-Nahda Cultural Center - American Assoc. of University Professors, University of Chicago - ANSWER Chicago - Arab Jewish Partnership for Peace & Justice in the Middle East - Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance of IL - Black Lives Matter Women of Faith Chicago - Black Youth Project 100 - Chicago Alliance of Charter Teachers and Staff Local 4343 - Chicago Area Peace Action - Chicago Campaign to Expose Crisis Pregnancy Centers  - Chicago Islamic Center - Chicago Justice for Palestine - Chicago Teachers Union  - Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600 - Democratic Socialists of America - Fight for $15  Food and Water Watch - Friends Who March - Gay Liberation Network  - Hispanic Action Coalition USA - Indivisible Chicago - Indivisible IL - Indivisible Oak Park -International Socialist Organization  - Jewish Voice for Peace  - Mom & Baby - Mujeres Latinas en Acción!  - National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 825
 National Nurses United - Northside Democracy for America  - Palestinian American Congress - Party for Socialism and Liberation  - The People's Lobby  - Planned Parenthood Protect Rogers Park - Reclaim Chicago - Refuse Fascism Chicago
Resist, Reimagine, Rebuild Chicago (R3) - SEIU Healthcare IL/IN/KS/MO
Smash White Supremacy Coalition - Socialist Alternative
Solidarity - Chicago - Tzedek Chicago  
UIC Graduate Employees Organization Local 6297 - Veterans for Peace 
Westside Democracy for America  -Women's March on Chicago - Workers World Party  
 
 
 
 
8/18/17 - The 5 Issues that Concern CAPA Members 
 
 

(Information based on input received from community meetings June - August 2017)

For the past four month we, Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) conducted four public meetings on the environment and other key issues. Over five hundred people attended these meetings. At each of these meetings we had an opportunity to discuss what issues were most concerning to them. The following is a brief summary of the five issues that came up on a regular basis.

1) We must have our Congressional leaders talk about climate change. Climate Change is real, it’s proven by science, it’s caused by humans, and it’s endangering our cities and our lives. Recent news coverage is rarely connecting the horrific storms of Harvey and Irma to Climate Change or the devastating wild fires that are now happening in six western states. This is not by accident. Corporate ownership of our media is the reason. Congress must educate the public and call out Trump’s lies of climate change denial.

2) Protect the EPA. We are presently facing multiple assaults on our Nation’s environment (air and water) and public health now driven by two climate change deniers, Donald Trump and Scott Pruitt. These include a 31% cut in the EPA budget for 2018, resending all climate change regulations established over the past eight years, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement and planning to eliminate all climate change scientific research in the future. All of these destructive actions are taking place while scientific research indicates that our planet is warming at an alarming rate. We must make sure that our representatives are going to stand strongly against all of these dramatic cuts to the EPA. This is the agency that was established to protect our environment and our public health and is now under assault. We must protect

3) We desperately need a national environmental policy that would address the growing climate crisis while at the same time provide good paying jobs that cannot be imported. A policy proposed by the Citizens Climate Lobby that would put a price on carbon at the point of entry, provide over 2.1 million jobs over the next ten years, and refund all of these monies to the American people in a monthly or quarterly dividend has not been promoted by our Democratic representatives.

4) We do not and should not spend taxpayer money foolishly to build a wall between the U.S and Mexico. Mexico will not pay and has told President Trump and the American people they will not pay for this wall and neither should the American People.

5). Finally, we must clearly reject the massive increase in the military budget. The U.S. already spends more than the next seven largest countries combined on military spending. President Trump and the Republicans are proposing to increase the military budget for 2018 by $70.5 billion or 13% increase over 2017, while making drastic cuts to all domestic programs. We strongly recommend that our Democratic elected representatives reject these increases and refuse to agree to a 2018 budget until they are removed.

 

7/23/17 - Thanks to all who attended CAPA's screenings of The Age of Consequences!  
 
Thanks to all who attended CAPA's showings of this very important film. We had a great turnout at both events and had an important discussion about how we can work together to address this global climate crisis.
 
 
 
 
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7/1/17 - Join CAPA for a Screening of The Age of Consequences 7/19 and 7/23
  

       Please join CAPA July 19th 630pm at the Wilmette Public Library or July 23 230pm at the Evanston Public Library for a showing of the Age of Consequences. This compelling documentary explores climate change through the lens of military planners who assess future threats. The film reviews how water, food shortages, drought, extreme weather, and sea -level rise function as ‘accelerants of instability’ and ‘catalysts for conflict’ in volatile regions of the world with grave implications for peace and security in the 21st century. Their conclusion is that we can no longer think of national or global security without incorporating the impact of climate change.

We hope you join us for the viewing of this enlightening film and a discussion after on how we can work together to address this global climate crisis. 

 
 
 

6/25/17 -  Thanks for joining CAPA at our showing of Before the Flood! 

 
   Thanks to all who joined us for the showing of “Before the Flood”, an award-winning documentary film! As Leonardo DiCaprio presents a riveting account of the dramatic changes that are occurring around the world due to climate change. The film also reviews the catastrophic disruption of life on our planet if we do not take actions to address climate change. This discussion is particularly important in light of the recent decision by President Trump to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement.


 
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 6/18/17 - Thanks for attending the Women's Rally to Ban the Bomb 

 Thanks to all who attended the Women's Rally to Ban the Bomb at Federal Plaza Saturday June 17th. We made our voices heard loud and clear along with rallies around the planet that nuclear weapons should be banned completely. Last year 123 countries voted in the UN General Assembly to ban nuclear weapons. Negotiations began this March, which the US and other nuclear weapons possessors have boycotted. Chemical weapons, biological weapons, and land-mines have all been banned, come lend your voice to support a ban of the weapons with the greatest and most devastating penitential for destruction. Join us in supporting the Nuclear Weapons Ban!

Women Ban the Bomb is a women-led initiative building on the momentum of movements at the forefront of the resistance, including the Women’s March. It will bring together people of all genders, sexual orientations, ages, races, abilities, nationalities, cultures, faiths, political affiliations and backgrounds to march on 17 June 2017 in New York, Chicago and other cities around the country.

Cosponsored by:
Women's International League For Peace and Freedom
World Beyond War
Chicago Area Peace Action
Voices for Creative Nonviolence
Take On Hate - Chicago
 
 
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6/01/17Our Growing Climate Crisis and Trump’s Response: Denial and Contempt. What You Can Do!

 
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4/03/17 - Call to Conscience: Revisiting King's Radical Revolution of Values

 
   Thanks to all who attended CAPA's event April 2nd commemorating MLK's watershed speech criticizing the war on Vietnam. King delivered that speech in 1967 at the Riverside Church in NY and called for a radical revolution of values. He called upon us to challenge poverty, militarism, and racism. He challenged people to think deeply about our roles in society and how we treat each other. He questioned America’s use of military force at a time when that was very unpopular. It caused him to say only 16 days later, “It’s not easy to stand up for truth and justice. Sometimes it means that you will walk the streets with a burdened heart. But let us bear it - for truth, bear it for justice, bear it for peace.” This event was a chance to revisit our history in hopes we can apply it to today’s challenges. 
 
 
 
Special thanks to our amazing speakers and co-conveners for collaborating with CAPA on this event:
 
Sherri Bevel, co-founder of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago, will share reflections and a call to action.
 Olga Bautista of the Southeast Environmental Task Force
 Frank Chapman of the Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
 Toby Chow of The People’s Lobby,
 Rory Fanning of Veterans for Peace,
 Troy LaRiviere, President of the Chicago Principals and Administrators Association,
 Tuyet Le, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice
 William McNary, Co-Director of Citizen Action Illinois.
 
Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Chicago Area Peace Action
Chicago Freedom School
Citizens' Network of Protection
Haymarket Books
People for a Safer Society
The People’s Lobby
The Southside Coalition to Ban Petcoke
Veterans for Peace
World Beyond War
 
Thanks again for all the support and we hope to see you at the next event!  

Introducing Our New Website and Re-Energized Mission

Tracing our origins back to the nuclear freeze movement of the 70s, Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA) has grown and evolved to confront a much more complicated and dangerous world in the 21st century. Realizing that the methods and even the goals of the past are inadequate for a planet facing the existential threats of nuclear weapons and climate disruptions, we strive for a deeper understanding of global forces and effective methods of building a more humane and just society. We must mitigate the climate crisis by moving from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources. CAPA supports policies that break with the monopolistic energy structures of today. The opportunities for bold changes must be grasped by an informed electorate.

We don’t simply advocate for less military spending and the elimination of nuclear weapons; we strive to facilitate the construction of a world that has need for neither. We understand that seeking a world free of conflict involves building a world much more free of injustice and inequality. The magnitude of the converging crises that threaten to overwhelm us doesn’t allow us the luxury of continuing our work separately in each of our individual issue silos. We strive to build that space where the peace movement and all the various movements for social, economic, racial, and climate justice can find common ground. 

 
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