Sherri Bevel, Chicago nonviolence educator, activist, and the daughter of civil rights movement leaders James Bevel and Diane Nash, will headline “A Call to Conscience: Revisiting King’s Radical Revolution of Values.” This convening of peace and justice organizations, along with a reading of excerpts of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s prophetic Riverside Church speech, will take place Sunday, April 2nd, from 1:30 – 4:30 pm, at Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago, Illinois. This event is free and open to the public.
Today, the nation reckons with a new political reality: a Trump administration that has pledged to roll back gains in environmental protection, nuclear disarmament, civil rights, corporate accountability, human services, and pathways to citizenship.
Moreover, the Chicago area suffers from racial and economic segregation that results in the extremes of gun violence and high unemployment in some neighborhoods, and good quality jobs, housing and education in others. This disparity in opportunity should not stand. Indeed, Dr. King was prophetic when he intoned fifty years ago at the Riverside Church in New York City: “When machines and computers, profit motives and property rights, are considered more important than people, the giant triplets of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism are incapable of being conquered."
As David Borris, President of Chicago Area Peace Action (CAPA), states, “At this political moment, we at Chicago Area Peace Action feel that the necessity for this nation to undergo a ‘Radical Revolution in Values,’ is more poignant than ever – and urge all groups who have been marginalized and oppressed to share their voices at this event.” With its convening in the name of Dr. King, CAPA provides a platform for unity and all-important coalition building.
DATE: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM
PLACE: Chicago Temple, 77 W. Washington, Chicago, IL
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Sherri Bevel, co-founder of the Addie Wyatt Center for Nonviolence Training in Chicago and the daughter of civil rights legends James Bevel and Diane Nash, 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.
- Closing call to action by William McNary, Co-Director of Citizen Action Illinois.
READING: Excerpts of speech to be read by people of different ages and backgrounds
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression
Chicago Area Peace Action
Inner-City Muslim Action Network
The People’s Lobby
Veterans for Peace
World Beyond War
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
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.