Community Rights and the Fight Against Fracking

 

 

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm

hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center (Follow Signs to Entrance #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

 

Community Rights and the Fight Against Fracking

 

     In 2013, the Illinois state government passed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, rendering Illinois communities vulnerable to the practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  Illinoisans now find themselves joining citizens across the country standing up against corporate assaults on their communities.  As state governments legalize the very harms that citizens oppose, community members continue to discover that current law protects corporate rights over community rights.  This presentation focuses on how the law is failing our communities…and how we can work to change that.

  

     Tonight’s presenter is Natalie Long, a community organizer and attorney from Southern Illinois.  After finishing her undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University, Long completed her law degree at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.  Long is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and a current member of the Illinois Bar.  Her previous legal work includes working in southern and central Mexico, building human rights cases for communities affected by industrial harms.  Currently, she works as a community organizer in Southern Illinois, supported by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Americans for Democratic Action, organizing around the principles of community rights to protect the region from fracking. 

  

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org
Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners – an independent group of citizens.

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Community Rights and the Fight Against Fracking

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm

hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center (Follow Signs to Entrance #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

 

Community Rights and the Fight Against Fracking

 

     In 2013, the Illinois state government passed the Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act, rendering Illinois communities vulnerable to the practice of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”).  Illinoisans now find themselves joining citizens across the country standing up against corporate assaults on their communities.  As state governments legalize the very harms that citizens oppose, community members continue to discover that current law protects corporate rights over community rights.  This presentation focuses on how the law is failing our communities…and how we can work to change that.

Tonight’s presenter is Natalie Long, a community organizer and attorney from Southern Illinois.  After finishing her undergraduate degree at Saint Louis University, Long completed her law degree at DePaul University College of Law in Chicago.  Long is a member of the National Lawyers Guild, and a current member of the Illinois Bar.  Her previous legal work includes working in southern and central Mexico, building human rights cases for communities affected by industrial harms.  Currently, she works as a community organizer in Southern Illinois, supported by the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund and Americans for Democratic Action, organizing around the principles of community rights to protect the region from fracking.

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org
Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners – an independent group of citizens.

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How Intimate Partner Violence Infiltrates the Workplace

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm

hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center (Follow Signs to Entrance #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

How Intimate Partner Violence Infiltrates the Workplace

Seventy-eight percent of surveyed perpetrators used workplace resources at least once to express remorse or anger, check up on, or threaten their victims. Pam Paziotopoulos will illustrate a plan for workplace violence intervention. She will show us how to help to prevent violence from erupting in the workplace by understanding the factors of power and control, implementing effective training programs, and promoting a culture of trust.

Pam Paziotopoulos began her career in 1990 as a prosecutor for the Cook County States Attorneys Office, focusing on domestic violence. In 1996, she joined the American Prosecutors Research Institutes Criminal Prosecution Division as a Senior Attorney educating and training attorneys and allied professionals. In 1997, Pam was recruited to the Cook County States Attorneys Office to create and supervise the Domestic Violence Division. She monitored the prosecution of over 100,000 domestic violence cases each year. She created a Career Resource Center that continues to assist victims of domestic violence. She has appeared on national news programs, and the FBIs Training Network.

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners – an independent group of citizens.

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HARD TIMES 2014; HUNGER GAMES 2025?

at the Tau Center

  

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community discussions,

free to the public, light refreshments served

 

7 p.m., Wednesday, September 3, 2014

 

Doors open at 6:30 pm hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

  

 

 

HARD TIMES 2014; HUNGER GAMES 2025?

 

     What do today’s young adults face in regards to education, jobs, housing and families?  What can be done to secure their futures?  Dr. Vince Gaddis will examine the hard financial times since 2008, and particularly how this affects college age students.  Dr. Gaddis envisions two alternative futures – Hunger Games with persistent aggressive inequality or the Beloved Community and the realization of a future of dignity and respect.

 

     Dr. Vince Gaddis, Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Benedictine University, will present this timely and important Topic.  Dr. Gaddis is a specialist in 20th Century U.S. Policy History, and the author of Herbert Hoover, Unemployment, and the Public Sphere.

 

 

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org

 

 

Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners-an independent group of citizens.

Not sponsored by any other organization.

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Exploring Simple Living

at the Tau Center

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community discussions,

free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

Exploring Simple Living

 

 

                     In this session we’ll explore advantages and disadvantages of simple living and discuss alternatives to our present lifestyle.  We’ll examine the consequences resulting from over-consumption and how it’s affecting our environment and our social, psychological and spiritual well-being.  At the end we’ll identify some personal benefits of adopting voluntary simplicity as a reasonable and sustainable way of life.

Tonight’s presenter is Peter Potamianos, a member of the Sierra Club who was recently elected to the Executive Committee of the River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club in DuPage. A Chicago area native, Peter earned a BA degree from Northwestern University in history and religious studies; and, received a fellowship to the University of Illinois where he completed studies for his Ph.D. in English. Peter worked for AT&T and retired from Ameritech as Director of External Affairs.  Peter then continued as a consultant for the Ameritech Foundation in Corporate Communications running the five-state United Way program and projects involving the volunteer services of the Ameritech Pioneers.  He has taught as an adjunct professor at many local educational institutions and recently retired after teaching for 25 years at College of DuPage.  He and his wife Mary are long-time residents of Glen Ellyn.

 

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org

Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners-an independent group of citizens.

Not sponsored by any other organization.

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Banned in Chicago: Eight Decades of Film Censorship in the Windy City

at the Tau Center

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community discussions,

free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

Banned in Chicago:  Eight Decades of Film Censorship in the Windy City

 

                    

        In 1907, Chicago became the first city in the country to adopt a motion picture censorship ordinance.  Any film screened in Chicago had to secure a permit from the chief of police.  And until the early 1980s, the Chicago film censor board banned hundreds of films and ordered cuts of particular scenes or dialogue as a condition for receiving a permit.  This presentation examines in detail the sorts of films that attracted the ire of the censors, details some of the more noteworthy political and legal battles fought, and considers why film censorship persisted in Chicago as long as it did.

Tonight’s presenters are:  Steve Macek, is Associate Professor of Speech Communication and Coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies at North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, and author of Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right and the Moral Panic Over the City (University of Minnesota Press).  Brian Failing, is a 2014 graduate of North Central College where he majored in Urban and Suburban Studies and History, and curator of the Museums at Lisle Station Park in Lisle, Illinois. 

 

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org

Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners-an independent group of citizens.

Not sponsored by any other organization.

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HARD TIMES 2014; HUNGER GAMES 2025?

at the Tau Center

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters at the Tau Center

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

HARD TIMES 2014; HUNGER GAMES 2025?

What do today’s young adults face in regards to education, jobs, housing and families? What can be done to secure their futures? Dr. Vince Gaddis will examine the hard financial times since 2008, and particularly how this affects college age students. Dr. Gaddis envisions two alternative futures – Hunger Games with persistent aggressive inequality or the Beloved Community and the realization of a future of dignity and respect.

Dr. Vince Gaddis, Chair of the Department of History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies at Benedictine University, will present this timely and important Topic. Dr. Gaddis is a specialist in 20th Century U.S. Policy History, and the author of Herbert Hoover, Unemployment, and the Public Sphere.

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org

Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners-an independent group of citizens.  Not sponsored by any other organization.

 

 

 

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Money, Politics and Democracy

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm

hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center (Follow Signs to Entrance #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

Money, Politics and Democracy

 

     Tonight’s presentation will focus on the influx of enormous sums of money into politics.  We’ll explore the strange path of Supreme Court decisions that allowed that to happen and the corrosive effect that has on democracy.  Finally, we’ll talk about today’s efforts to bring better balance to campaign financing and to democracy.  How did we get here?  What do we actually have?  What can we do about it?

 

     Presenter Jack Altschuler, leadership workshop and keynote speaker for Fully Alive Leadership©, has been a successful entrepreneur, an industry leader and association president.  Jack has 25 years of hands-on executive experience as CEO of the commercial and industrial water treatment company he founded.  He holds a BS in economics from Miami University (Ohio) and is involved in several personal and philanthropic endeavors.

 

NOTE:  This issue has nothing to do with party affiliation or right versus left.  This is strictly a non-partisan conversation about America.  Join us.

 

The DuPage Coffeehouse provides a time and a place for people to

regularly and respectfully share their dreams and concerns about our
community and how we can improve it for generations to come.

 

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org
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Flat or Fair? The Case for a Graduated Income Tax Rate

at the Tau Center

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community discussions,

free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters

at the Tau Center

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

Flat or Fair? The Case for a Graduated Income Tax Rate

Learn the latest about the campaign in support of the State constitutional amendment to allow a graduated income tax in Illinois (HJRCA 33/SJRCA 40).  Current tax policy is neither fair to all taxpayers nor designed to sustain funding of current services into the future. With the sunset of the temporary income tax increase, Illinois will lose $7B over the next eighteen months. Funding for education, public safety, human services, and health care will likely see continued significant reductions. When all taxes are taken into account, as a percentage of income, tax burden on low and middle income families is much greater than on affluent families. A fairer graduated income tax will help to balance this, putting money back in the pockets of those most likely to spend it in the local economy on services their families need. The State Legislature must pass legislation to put a referendum on the Nov 4th general election ballot. Then the voters will decide, embodying an important democratic principle: citizen participation.

Hilary Denk, Co-President of the Downers Grove-Woodridge-Lisle League of Women Voters of Illinois will present the League PowerPoint on this subject and seek participant input and involvement. Martin McAlpin, organizer for A Better Illinois Coalition, of which the League is a member, will suggest concrete actions to move our legislators and to support the amendment.

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org

Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners-an independent group of citizens.  Not sponsored by any other organization.

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TPP and Fast Track: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

at the Tau Center

  

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Doors open at 6:30 pm hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters at the Tau Center

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

  

 

TPP and Fast Track:  What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You!

  

Congress will soon vote on an international agreement that would allow corporate interests to override the laws enacted by our elected representatives in many important areas of our daily life. Unless we intervene, this will be done in secrecy under the provisions of yet another law now before Congress that would allow no meaningful opportunity for public input. It is not too late to prevent this but we must act now. Learn about this threat to democracy masquerading as a trade agreement, and learn what you can do to advert it.

 

Joan Levin, J.D., M.P.H. Will present this information and lead a discussion.  Joan is a retired attorney who has spent most of her life working in the public interest in a variety of contexts.  She now serves as Legislative Director of Illinois Right to Know GMO, an organization focused on labeling genetically engineered foods. She is presenting this program because if the Trans-Pacific Partnership becomes law under Fast Track, GMO labeling along with other informative food labeling might become one of the many casualties.

 

Please attend this event knowing the NAME and CONTACT INFORMATION of your Congressional Representative so that you can call and share your views?

 

The DuPage Coffeehouse provides a time and a place for people to regularly and respectfully share their dreams and concerns about our community and how we can improve it for generations to come.

  

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org

 

Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners-an independent group of citizens.

Not sponsored by any other organization.

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