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

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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

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Powering Illinois: Our Energy Future

 

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, April 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

 

Powering Illinois: Our Energy Future

 

     It’s a big year for energy policy in Illinois! With all 50 states required to draft a plan to meet carbon emission standards passed down by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, now is a time of significant action for energy legislation in our state. The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, made up of environmental and business groups across the state, is touting energy efficiency and renewable energy as the most cost-effective and environmentally friendly solutions to meeting our emission reductions.

 

     The decisions made this year in regards to energy will affect all Illinois businesses and residents both directly and indirectly. Join the DuPage Coffeehouse and a panel of energy and policy experts to learn about the upcoming legislation and have a chance to discuss the different options in-depth. An overview of current energy savings programs for residents will also be given during the panel presentation.

 

     Local nonprofit Elevate Energy convened the panel and will moderate the discussion.

 

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org
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Restorative Justice

 

 

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, March 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

 

Restorative Justice

 

     Be a part of the Restorative Justice Movement.  Robert Koehler will discuss his research and implementation of the Restorative Justice Movement in Chicago and its impact in schools, juvenile detention and elsewhere.  He will include a demonstration circle composed of audience volunteers who agree to give responses to a question or two about the nature of community.

Tonight’s presenter is Robert Koehler, a nationally syndicated columnist and self-proclaimed peace journalist. He describes his work as “prayers disguised as op-eds.” He has been a Chicago-based reporter, editor and columnist for over 30 years. His work has appeared in dozens of newspapers, large and small, and he is a featured writer on such sites as Huffington Post and Common Dreams. His website is commonwonders.com. His book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, a collection of essays on grief, single-parenting and the quest for peace, was published in 2010 by Xenos Press. He teaches a class at DePaul University called Peace Journalism and is a trained restorative justice practitioner. He has received numerous awards for his writing and been called many things. His favorite:“blatantly relevant.”

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org
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Immigrants Comming Out of the Shadows

 

 

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, February 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

 

Immigrants Coming Out of the Shadows

 

     The struggle for immigrant rights has seen some victories in the course of the past years through the State of Illinois issuance of Temporary Driver’s Licenses in 2014; Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in 2012 of the Obama Administration; and, the recent Executive Order that will alleviate the day to day struggle for some undocumented immigrants. However, the number of deportations and families separated by deportations have been and still remain at record levels. Meanwhile the grassroots Immigrant Rights Movement in Chicagoland and across the nation is recharging for a massive push in the coming year for immigrant justice by means of a just and comprehensive immigration reform.

Cristobal Cavazos, Founder and Coordinator of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, will be our main presenter along with ISD Secretary Rafael Vieyra. Immigrant Solidarity DuPage is a community-funded, activist group whose goal is to build solidarity locally with the immigrant community.  They educate, organize, and unify the community in support of the rights of both the immigrant and Latino community in DuPage County.

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org
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Restorative Justice

 

 

 

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, January 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

 

Restorative Justice

 

     Be a part of the Restorative Justice Movement.  Robert Koehler will discuss his research and implementation of the Restorative Justice Movement in Chicago and its impact in schools, juvenile detention and elsewhere.  He will include a demonstration circle composed of audience volunteers who agree to give responses to a question or two about the nature of community.

  

     Tonight’s presenter is Robert Koehler, a nationally syndicated columnist and self-proclaimed peace journalist. He describes his work as “prayers disguised as op-eds.” He has been a Chicago-based reporter, editor and columnist for over 30 years. His work has appeared in dozens of newspapers, large and small, and he is a featured writer on such sites as Huffington Post and Common Dreams. His website is commonwonders.com. His book, Courage Grows Strong at the Wound, a collection of essays on grief, single-parenting and the quest for peace, was published in 2010 by Xenos Press. He teaches a class at DePaul University called Peace Journalism and is a trained restorative justice practitioner. He has received numerous awards for his writing and been called many things. His favorite:“blatantly relevant.”

  

Registration for this discussion is available at

www.dupagecoffeehouse.org
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Reform and Good Governance at the College of DuPage?

 

 

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, December 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

 

Reform and Good Governance

at the College of DuPage?

 

     In June the College of DuPage burst into headlines with the publication of an email from its president that showed him seeking $20 million in state funding with no clear purpose.  The email, released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request, led to a scathing Chicago Tribune editorial and activated residents concerned that COD was empire building at taxpayer expense.

Tonight’s speaker is College of DuPage board vice chair Kathy Hamilton.  Hamilton holds an MBA from New York University, is a licensed CPA and worked in corporate finance for two Fortune 200 firms.  Hamilton has demanded openness and transparency at COD, questioning the college president, administration and board majority, even as COD’s faculty union voted “no confidence” in the president by a tally of 189 – 53.  For her independence, Hamilton, the board’s only CPA, has been bounced from its audit committee, removed from setting the board agenda and censured by the board – leading to another Tribune editorial, strongly supporting reform.  Hamilton is a married mother of two from Hinsdale.  She is a first-time officeholder.

Registration for this discussion is available at

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