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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