What it Will Take to Overcome Racism

DuPage Coffee House ● Wednesday, March 2, 2016

What It Will Take

to Overcome Racism

As author Rita Starr* grew to understand the complexity of racism in the United States, she decided to help others by breaking racism down into     understandable pieces and developed educational      programs to make sense of this complicated history.

She went on to write two books. Making Sense of Racism which succinctly captures crucial information for deconstructing the complex dynamics of racism. Her most recent book, Healing Our Nation, points to the spiritual principles that can help us overcome racial conditioning in ourselves as we strive to become an inspiring model for the societies in which we live.

Starr’s presentation, What It Will Take to Overcome Racism, explains processes required to eradicate this social illness and usher in an age of justice worthy of all of us, regardless of our ethnic or racial heritage.

Racism is our national disease.

Getting sick was not our fault.

Getting well is our responsibility.

Date/Time:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:00p.m.

(Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

Location:

Hosted by the Wheaton Franciscan Sisters at the Tau Center

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

(Follow the signs to Entrance #5.)

*Co-founder of Healing Our Nation (www.HealingOurNation.com

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The Dynamics of Compassion

 

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

 

7 p.m., Wednesday, January 6, 2016

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

 

The Dynamics of Compassion

Syndicated columnist and peace journalist Bob Koehler will discuss humanity’s achingly difficult transition to nonviolence.  As, hopefully, part of this transition, he has launched what he calls the Compassion Project, which aims to imbue the highest of human values with real political power.  How have we reached out to potential enemies with love and understanding?  Let’s tell such stories as though they apply directly to international relations and public safety.  When people start doing so by the millions – by the billions – the military consensus will have to shift.  The future begins now.  Bring a story to tell.

Bob is author of the book Courage Grows Strong at the Wound.  He has been a Chicago journalist for nearly 40 years.

 

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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What Are We Celebrating?

 

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

 

7 p.m., Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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

 

What Are We Celebrating?

Poet-actor-singer Earl Valentine Fischer will offer his thoughts on peace and love – and their place in today’s society – as we enter another holiday season.  The presentation will include poetry and a sing-a-long.  The poetry and discussion will focus on the truths and practices common to all religions and the need for all of us to live in harmony.  At this time, perhaps more than ever, we need something to celebrate … and we will celebrate!

 

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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Resolving Problems At The Next Level Of Awareness

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, November 4, 2015

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

 

RESOLVING PROBLEMS AT THE

NEXT LEVEL OF AWARENESS

             

Humankind is being inundated with problem after problem all having grave consequences.  The enormity of finding solutions to these issues leaves most of us feeling exhausted, overwhelmed and hopeless.  But Einstein gave us a hint as to how we can resolve them:  “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of awareness that created them.”  Numerous ancient civilizations spoke of the time we are now living as “The Great Awakening”; “The Shift of the Ages”; “The Next Stage of Human Evolution”… Intrigued?  You may come away with a totally new perspective on what is happening in our world and elated that you are a part of it!

Join Lauren Tratar, a talented designer and author, to explore this next level of awareness so that you can help make a difference at this historic critical juncture.  Lauren has authored four books: Two in print and available from Amazon.com  and Barnes and Noble — Life: A Complete Operating Manual; and, September 11: A Case For The Higher Purpose.  And two free online at SCRIBD.com: We, the Sheeple vs. the Banksters; and, 2012: Humankind at a Crossroads: A Call to Action!

 

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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Income Inequality: Who Cares, Why, and What Can One Do?

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, October 7, 2015

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

 

Income Inequality: Who Cares,

Why, and What Can One Do?

    

        Income inequality has received considerable public attention of late, starting with the Occupy Movement’s focus on the 1%.  How accurate are our perceptions of the levels of, and trends over time in, income inequality?  How is support for government action to reduce income inequality related to such characteristics as gender, family income, race, religion, and political identity?  And how can one potentially use this information to affect social policy on income inequality?

Our presenter, Dee Wernette, is a retired Professor of Sociology at Lewis University, where he taught courses on this and related topics for 25 years.  He is also retired from 20+ years as a staff sociologist at Argonne National Laboratory, where he conducted applied social science research on related topics, and trained DOE and DOD staff on public involvement, public perceptions of risk, and conflict management.  He conducted and used surveys in his work at both institutions.  He is also a long-time student of and participant in social/political movements.

 

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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Education Not Militarization

 

 

 

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 2, 2015

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

 

Education Not Militarization

    

        The U.S. Military employs more than 10,000 recruiters, and spends nearly $700 million on advertising each year, trying to recruit young people to travel to one of America’s 668 bases around the world to fight in war.  Ten thousand students are currently enrolled in Junior Reserve Officer Training Corp (JROTC) in the Chicago Public School system – disproportionately targeting children of color in CPS.  JROTC operates in 45 Chicago-area public high schools.  Rory Fanning will provide a counter argument to the military’s messaging.

         Rory Fanning walked across the United States for the Pat Tillman Foundation in 2008-2009, following two deployments to Afghanistan with the 2nd Army Ranger Battalion.  He is a war resister; military counter recruiter; and, writer living in Chicago, Illinois.  His book, Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America, was published by Haymarket Books in November 2014.

His writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Nation, Mother Jones, Salon, Truthout, and others.

 

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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Nuclear Weapons: An all too brief pictorial history of nuclear weapons since 1942

 

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 5, 2015

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

 

Nuclear Weapons:  An all too brief pictorial history of nuclear weapons since 1942

    

     The subject of nuclear weapons is something people don’t think about unless imminently threatened.   As we approach the 70th anniversary of entering the nuclear age with the detonation of “Gadget” at Trinity and subsequent bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, it is time to begin educating the public.  It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.  With that in mind, we are going to take a fairly quick pictorial adventure where we look at various aspects of nuclear weapons: what they do and have done; how we tested and deployed them; their effect on our environment; and, tremendous cost.

     Our presenter, Bob Farquhar, grew up in the Western Suburbs and joined the U.S. Air Force from 1971 to 1995 where he was a nuclear warfare shelter manager in the Azores and also stationed at Indian Springs, next to the Nevada Test Site.  In retirement Bob has become a self-described “Cold War warrior.”  He works with and supports various organizations dedicated to the elimination of nuclear weapons. Bob has written a book entitled, Duck and Cover: A Pictorial History of Nuclear Weapons (www.waging peace.org).   

 

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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Break every chain: Liberating ourselves from systems of war and injustice

 

 

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 1, 2015

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

 

Break every chain:  Liberating ourselves from systems of war and injustice.

    

     Kathy Kelly recently returned from Afghanistan after spending 3 months in a U.S. federal prison.  She was imprisoned for protesting drone warfare.  In Afghanistan, she continued learning about ravages of war as experienced by her hosts, a group of young people who, as Afghans for Peace, have steadily worked to share their meager resources with others who are even more needy.  Most recently, they opened an alternative school to help child laborers become literate.  She hopes to understand and nonviolently resist complex systems of violence by living alongside people who can’t escape these systems.

 

     Kathy Kelly co-coordinates Voices for Creative Nonviolence (www.vcnv.org),

a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare.  During each of fourteen trips to Afghanistan since 2010, Kathy Kelly has lived alongside ordinary Afghan people.  She has also joined with activists in various regions of the U.S. to protest drone warfare.   

 

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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An Approach to Ecological Living in the Suburbs

 

 

 

 

 

NEW ONE-TIME LOCATION!!!!

 

7 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 2013

From 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

at the home of Ted Lowe

2003 Paddock Ct., Wheaton, IL

 

An Approach to Ecological Living in the Suburbs

Ted will take visitors on a tour of his yard and home describing various ecological aspects.  This will be an interactive tour with lots of Q&A and discussion along the way.  Expect to see and discuss: Harnessing solar energy, electric transportation, native landscaping, organic food growing, rainwater collection and energy efficiency.  When the topic of energy efficiency is discussed, Ted will turn over the floor to Jeff Gahris who will discuss the SCARCE Program and Elevate Energy that can help make heating and cooling at least 15 percent more efficient.

Ted is an engineer and computer scientist by trade, but a committed environmentalist by passion.  Twenty-eight years ago he became part of the Bell Labs environmental club working on projects like a comprehensive recycling program, “bike to work” day and native landscaping.  Ted served on the board of directors of the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) from 2001-2007, and the Fox Valley Electric Auto Association (FVEAA); he is a member of the Wild Ones, and a member of the Midwest Fruit Explorers. He has been driving his electric car for 14 years!
A retired engineer with the Environmental Protection Agency, Jeff Gahris now works at SCARCE, a non-profit agency that provides environmental education programs.  He also organized the Glen Ellyn Sustainability Group.

 

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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Budget Axe? or LaSalle Street Tax?

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, May 6, 2013

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

 

Budget Axe?  or LaSalle Street Tax?

      Governor Rauner is proposing deep cuts to public health, human services, education, public transit, services for seniors and people with disabilities, and jobs. These cuts will greatly increase the harm to our most vulnerable neighbors, who are already suffering from an unfair economy and tax system running public services “like a business.”
The Alliance for Community Services, made up of consumers and front-line providers of public services, is working to put the HUMAN back in human services and promote ways to fund public services Illinois deserves.  Politicians pretend they have no choice but to cut.  Now, a growing coalition has fair and workable solutions to the revenue problem, including a small sales tax on buying and selling derivatives with a “LaSalle Street Tax.”
Francis X. Tobin, Alliance Coordinator, has been a policy advocate and community organizer for 25 years, at the local, statewide and national levels, working for affordable housing, living wages, accountable government and economic justice.

 

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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