Category Archives: Environment

#NO DAPL Action Events for December 1st in Chicago Metro Area

For those of us who cannot go to the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota to be physically with the Standing Rock Sioux, there are important things we can do locally. to support them.

As most of you know, the Army Corp of Engineers has issued a notice that they will evict water protectors and their allies from the Sacred Stone Camp on Monday, December 5th. The Standing Rock Sioux have vowed to stand and hold their positions. Most of you are also aware of the violence perpetrated upon the Sioux and their allies by law enforcement bodies.
We plan some solidarity actions beginning on Thursday, December 1st. We will target branches of the banks which are invested in and supportive of the Dakota Access Pipeline. We call upon them to withdraw their funding from the project, as the Norwegian bank has done. We will call upon the customers going in and out of those banks to consider moving their money to other institutions.
Please Join us.
Here is the schedule of our plans for Thursday:
1) 8 AM till 9 AM, Chase Bank at Grove Avenue and Chicago Street in Elgin.
2) 10 AM till 11 AM, Citibank at 800 S. Barrington Road in Streamwood,
3) 1 PM till 2 PM, Wells Fargo Bank at 210 So Roselle Rd in Schaumberg.
4) There is also at least one event planned for Chicago. You can read about it here.
5) We are also aware of an event planned for a bank at 4 PM in South West Naperville. The details of this event are not yet available, but you can sign up to get more information here.
Bring a relevant sign and join us. read more

Occupy Elgin for December 3rd

Our basic message for Occupy Elgin on Saturday, December 3rd will again be We Will Not Be Silent.  That’s our response to the results of the November 8th election.  We will continue to stand up for all the progressive policy issues that we have been supporting for the past five years.

But we will again express our Solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux in North Dakota.  We are alarmed that the Army Corp of Engineers has announced an eviction of the Sioux camp for December 5th, and are determination to go ahead with construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens the drinking water and the way of life of the Sioux.  Such an action, on the part of the Army Corp would constitute a return to the genocidal policies of a hundred years ago when treaties with indigenous tribes were routinely violated.    We hereby record our strenuous objection to than eviction. read more

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

WE WILL NOT BE SILENCED!

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 350.org asking that this administration, the next administration AND the Army Corp of Engineers reject this pipeline and all those that follow it.  read more