Category Archives: Public Program

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

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