Category Archives: Economic Justice

What did we learn from the election? Where do we go From Here? Sat., Dec 10th, Elgin

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice will hold a meeting on Saturday, December 10th, 2016 from 1 PM till 3 PM
at Highland Avenue Church of the Brethren
783 W. Highland Avenue
Elgin, IL  60123

This special meeting will be an opportunity for our members, friends, and allies to come together to explore how we can constructively and vigorously act in response to the election results of November 8th.

We will have four very brief speakers to get us started with some focused ideas, but we will save 90 minutes for open discussion.

  •            Vince Hardt will talk about how progressives might take over Democratic Party organizations, especially at the local level, and work to make the party more responsive to human needs and less controlled by corporate interests.
  •             Earl Silbar will discuss the centrality of social class and the potential to  organize our resistance movement around that recognition. He will also discuss the potential for and difficulties facing a working class based socialist party.
  •              Traci Ellis will talk about how we can protect populations that are vulnerable to attack under the new regime: the undocumented,  Latinos, Muslims, African-Americans, Jews, Women and others.
  •              Deni Mathews will talk about how, in the face of the climate crisis which threatens human civilization itself,  we can and must act to protect the natural world under the new administration.

We face attacks on everything we value.  We anticipate attacks on the press, on civil rights and civil liberties, as well as on vulnerable groups and individuals.  We anticipate increased militarism and war, attacks on organized labor and workers, attacks on the natural environment. Economic inequality will likely get worse, and corporate power, (already extreme) will continue to grow. It is time to gather our resources, renew our outreach to our fellow-citizens, and re-commit ourselves to fight for peace and justice at home and abroad.    Let us rise to that call. read more

Occupy Elgin for Sat., Nov. 26th, 2016

Occupy Elgin will gather on Saturday, November 26th at the corner of Kimball Street and Grove Avenue in Elgin from 1 PM till 2 PM. Our message will be


Below is the text of the flyer we will distribute.
We are shocked and saddened by the recent election. But we will continue to stand up for peace and diplomacy along with racial, economic, gender, social, and environmental justice. These are moral commitments, and we will not back down from them.

We celebrate the greatness of America in the enormous diversity of our population, in our constitution and bill of rights which gave citizens protections against tyranny, and in the proud history of the social movements which fought to expand that citizenship and those protections to groups that had previously been excluded, oppressed and even enslaved. read more

Rally in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux, Nov 15th, Chicago

Rally in Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux.  #NoDAPL Day of Action at Army Corps of Engineers, Tuesday, November 15th.

Please join us as we start at Daley Plaza  and march to the office of the Army Corp of Engineers,   231 South LaSalle Street,  5 blocks away to deliver our letter demanding that they revoke the permits for the Dakota Access Pipeline. This is part of a nationwide action sponsored by asking that this administration, the next administration AND the Army Corp of Engineers reject this pipeline and all those that follow it.  read more

Just Transition dialogue, Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Lombard, 7 PM

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The video of this event is now available  Just click on the link to see it. 

A Just Transition from a fossil fuel based economy to a renewable energy economy. Come to this gathering, the third in our ongoing series:
Free and Open to the Public
November 15, 2016 at 7 PM
Lombard Mennonite Church
528 East Madison Street
Lombard, IL 60148

The Climate Crisis and ongoing environmental degradation, especially in low-income communities, presents us with the need to shift quickly from fossil fuels to renewable energy. But how do we make that transition without terrible social, economic, and political disruption? Who will pay the price and bear the burden of this transition? How can we structure our society so that the burden is shared fairly? read more

Victory! Benefits for Illinois Food Stamp Recipients will Continue!

Some members of Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice worked to  spread the alarm that food stamp benefits might be completely cut off  for up to 200,000 low-income unemployed or underemployed citizens in Illinois.   We handed out flyers and asking people to call Governor Rauner.  All our Governor had to do was to apply to the federal government for a routine waiver which would allow Illinois to receive federal funds to continue supplying the food stamps. It would not take any money from the Illinois State Budget.  For several weeks, the Rauner administration only said that they would “review” the matter, thus leaving all those people hanging in suspense. read more