The purpose of the vigil will be to gather a diverse group of faith- based organizations and communities together to re-discover and re- affirm the power and importance of interfaith work around immigration in Chicago, and to recommit ourselves to keep working together in light of new challenges with a new Congress.
The one hour program will include brief faith reflections on immigration from leaders in numerous diverse faith communities throughout Chicago, stories from leaders in Chicago's immigrant
As the world faces a changed reality with the dangerous situation brewing in the Korean Peninsula, the problems with the legitimacy of elections from Iraq and Afghanistan to Egypt, Haiti, and Guinea, to the battles over severe austerity programs in Europe, organization is a burning question being debated from Latin America’s Indigenous struggles to the labor movement in Iran to battles against evictions in Chicago. In exploring these questions we will look at what is at the heart of Raya Dunayevskaya’s work on the dialectics of organization and philosophy.
Don't miss this evening of performance and art! On Dec. 2, Chicago area actors will be performing the Ashtar Theatre's "The Gaza Monologues!" Written by teenagers in Gaza, the monologues are their stories of life under occupation and siege. "The Gaza Monologues" reveal the human face of Palestinian youth with virtually no outlet to the outside world.
The monologues have been brought to venues around the world and will be performed at the United Nations on November 29th. Join us as we bring this world-renowned performance to Chicago for the first time!
Carl Zimring of Roosevelt University will speak on Sustainability. Zimring is an American environmental historian who currently serves as an assistant professor at Roosevelt University, where he co-founded the Sustainability Studies program. Zimring's research focuses on ways that human societies manage wastes, and how waste management practices shape environmental, technological, economic, and social systems.
Rob Burns will speak on "Capitalism Considered Harmful." Burns is an economist who did PhD studies in Marxian Economics at the University of Massachusetts, at Amherst. He was involved in the founding of the Grant Park Advisory Council and served as its Chair in its infancy and was President of the South Loop Neighbors Association and active on the board of Friends of Downtown. He was also involved in forming a federation of Regional Park advisory councils to improve our regional parks such as Humboldt, Douglas, and McKinley.
Chuck Thomason will speak on Restorative Justice: a Conversation on its history, scope, and function. How should our society and we as individuals respond to wrongdoing? What does justice require? What do our religious or philosophical beliefs indicate should be our response? A model that has brought hope for improving our response has been called Balanced and Restorative Justice.
Tapped the Movie - includes exerpts from this 2009 documentary film about Nestle, bottled water, and the struggle of local activists to stop privatization of groundwater in Main. The film examines the role of the bottled water industry and its effects on our health, climate change, pollution, and our reliance on oil. From the production of plastic, to the ocean in which so many bottles wind up, this film follows the path of the bottled water industry into the communities that are caught at the intersection of big business and the public right to water, including Maine communities..
Joel Finkel of Jewish Voice for Peace presents an overview of the troubled history of the region. Moderated discussion to follow. Free and open to the public with refreshments. Co-sponsored by the Evanston Public Library and Neighbors for Peace.
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