Annual Fundraiser Dinner 11/11/17 at St. Francis Xavier Church

We are thrilled to invite you all to CAPA's 38th Annual Dinner Fundraiser November 11th at St. Francis Xavier Church in Wilmette. The reception starts at 6pm and the program runs from 6:30pm- 9pm.

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Our guest speaker for this event is award winning author and historian Nancy MacLean. Her topic, The Radical Right Stealth Agenda: What is it and What We Can Do About it, is compellingly central to our mission. 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 explains 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 what actions we can take to stop this radical right agenda and why the Guardian calls this book "The missing chapter: a key to understanding the politics of the past half century.”

You are welcome to join for the full dinner or just the talk. Take advantage of this opportunity and get your tickets today. Thanks so much for the time and we look forward to seeing you Saturday November 11th at St. Francis Xavier Church at 549 9th Street (at Linden) Wilmette, Illinois.

- CAPA Board

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 CAPA's Priorities and Recommended Actions for 2017/2018
 
 
1. Climate Change:
 
We agree with alarmed scientists who warn there is little time to ward off catastrophic climate change. During the next four years actions at every level of government and efforts by private citizens and organizations will be crucial. The recent hurricanes, floods and fires have caused great destruction and loss of life. 215 deaths, $325 billion in property destruction, 10,000 homes destroyed, and 20 million plus people without electricity as a result of the hurricanes and wild fires in the United States, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands.... 
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2. Endless Wars
 
During the past four years American military operations have expanded in countries around the world. This has been a growing trend in America’s military expansion, particularly since World War 2. While we have reduced our military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have increased our military presence in direct combat operations in Syria and Yemen. In total the United States has active-duty and reserve troops in at least 172 countries, including 40,000 U.S. troops in Japan, 23,600 in South Korea, 36,000 in Germany, and 8,000 in Britain.... Read more
 
3.  Restricting First Use With Nuclear Weapons
 
In response to the growing national security threat that is our current commander in chief, there are bipartisan bills pending in the House and Senate that could prevent a worst-case scenario by requiring an official declaration of war from Congress to do a first strike with a nuclear weapon. S.200 or H.R.669 — The Restricting First Use with Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017 — would force a robust debate on this potentially civilization ending decision and reassure other leaders around the world that our nuclear stockpile was only for deterrence and not aggression. In this harrowing period of a potential nuclear first strike, it is imperative that Congress pass this legislation to restrict the president’s authority to unilaterally start a nuclear war.... Read more
 
 
 
    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 Right Now

Voice your opinion to your elected representatives…

1) Pass HB 669, Restricting first use of nuclear weapons act of 2017. This has 53 co-sponsors as of today. This would mandate congressional oversight prior to any first use of a nuclear weapon.

2) Pass HR 3671, OFF Fossil Fuels for a better future act; Currently has 6 co-sponsors, See detailed information below.

3) Stop all sales of weapons to Saudi Arabia and stop all U.S. support ie., refueling of Saudi planes bombing Yemen. (Pass the Young- Merkley amendments to stop supporting Saudi war crimes. Sign the petition at JustForeignPolicy website.

4) Reject the newly proposed increases in the Military Budget (80 Billion). For more information go to Peace Action and Move the Money. Follow the NYT on proposed increases for 2018.

5) Tax Carbon using CCL model: "fee and dividend". The most equitable mechanism for all American families. For more information go to Climate Citizens Lobby, CCL website.

We are very much aware of the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean Islands and in several states. We encourage citizens to support Congressional funding and providing timely assistance to those in need of water, food, shelter, medical attention. We encourage citizen contributions to the organization of their choice (Oxfam and Physicians for Social Responsibility come to mind).

The 5 Concerns expressed above help us stay focused on the primary issues of our mission: stopping our continuous wars, preventing nuclear proliferation and slowing climate warming that are so critical for congressional actions.

MORE ON this newly proposed legislation

The OFF Fossil Fuels for a Better Future Act (“OFF Act”) is based on the most recent science and is the strongest piece of legislation on climate in Congress to date. It recognizes that we must make massive changes to our energy system in the next decade if we are to avoid even worse and more frequent impacts of climate chaos. The bill also recognizes the critical need to place racial and economic justice at the forefront of the climate fight.

The OFF Act will:

*Provide for a just transition with a focus on environmental and economic justice communities.

*Require 100% of electricity sold in the United States to come from clean energy by 2035, with an interim benchmark of 80% by 2027;

*Require 100% of car sales from manufacturers be zero-emission vehicles by 2035;

*End federal fossil fuel subsidies and puts a moratorium on new major fossil fuel projects;

*Place a tax on offshore corporate income to help fund the renewable energy revolution; and
*Require elimination of fossil fuels without allowing for interim marketplace avoidance mechanisms like cap and trade that have proven ineffective in significantly reducing emissions.

Here’s how you can support this landmark legislation:

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.

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.


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

6/1/17 - Our Growing Climate Crisis and Trump’s Response: Denial and Contempt. What You Can Do!

4/3/17 - 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!

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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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