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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Alternative Voting Systems

Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, February 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

Alternative Voting Systems

Alternative voting systems have the potential to reform the political landscape by producing more voter choice, higher candidate turnout, and more competitive elections. While the dysfunctional nature of our democracy is complex, the absence of cumulative voting is certainly one contributing factor. Cumulative voting was used in races for the IL House of Rep from 1870 to1982, while a winner-take-all system was employed for local races, IL Senate seats and the Governor’s Office. The good news is that “Home Rule Municipalities” can adopt alternative voting systems, which means some Illinois electors are armed with legal tools to take action!

Presenter Ms. Andrea Alvarez joined the Citizen Advocacy Center staff in October 2013. She currently assists clients under supervision by the community lawyer, organizes community groups to address issues of public concern, monitors local governments for abuse of power, and speaks out against policies that deteriorate the fabric of our democracy. Ms. Alvarez also spearheads the Center’s youth civic education program which empowers youth to make a difference.

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.

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Visions for World Peace

 

 

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, January 8, 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

 

Visions for World Peace

 

     Frank Goetz, a servant leader of the West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition and Founder of the DuPage Coffeehouse, has invited local peace activists to share their experiences and their visions for world peace.  He will lead a discussion on topics that should interest most of us.  What is peace?  Does America want peace?  Do Americans have a clue about peace?  Where – the answer may startle you – can you find peace?  And, the most important question:  Is there anything I, personally, can do to advance world peace?

     If you are one of those rare individuals who engage in peacemaking as a major activity, you are invited to share your experiences and visions.  If you are curious about peace you are invited to listen and to ask your questions.       

 

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.

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

7 p.m., Wednesday, December 4, 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

Navigating Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare

ACA Navigators/In Person Counselors offer free education and assistance to help Illinois residents enroll in the new Adult Medicaid and ACA insurance on the federal marketplace through our state-federal partnership.

Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP) counselors provide free one-on-one assistance to anyone on Medicare or about to become eligible for Medicare. Open enrollment periods are underway now.

Our presenters are VNA Health Care employees: Carol Tritschler, In Person Counselor, and Steve Simmons, LCSW, SHIP Coordinator. VNA is a non-profit, providing affordable health care to over 50,000 women, men and children primarily in Kane, DuPage, and Will counties through seven Federally Qualified Health Centers (www.vnahealth.com).

Bring your questions about health care reform and how this affects you!

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.

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Theology Meets Revolution

 

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, November 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

 

Theology Meets Revolution

 

     Liberation Theology sees the Gospel as a blueprint for human material

and spiritual liberation from our oppressors. In this talk we will look at the historical and economic foundations that gave rise to Liberation Theology in Europe and Latin America. As we struggle for justice in today’s world against the myriad of economic, social and environmental challenges and impersonal corporate and governmental forces that multiply around us we will inquiry into Liberation Theology’s continuing relevance as an inspiration in the fight for transformation.

 

     Cristobal Cavazos, Founder and Coordinator of Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, will be our main presenter with special guest Andy Williams, Housing Director, DuPage NAACP.  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. 

 

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.

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Do You REALLY Have the GUTS to BE HEALTHY?

  

   Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

7 p.m., Wednesday, October 2, 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

Do You REALLY Have the GUTS
to BE HEALTHY?
 

Our speaker, Nancy Lee Bentley, Wholistic Health Expert,  says “It literally takes GUTS – a healthy GI tract, courage and conscious lifestyle choices – to be healthy these days.”  With her unique trademark wit and wisdom, innovative food and health pioneer, Nancy Lee Bentley calls-it-like-it-is about the state of our food and health and what it takes to be healthy today.  Get back to basics, love your guts, take control of your food and health, and reduce your stress, allergies, waistline and even your grocery bill!  Nancy will share how.

     Nancy Lee Bentley is a dynamic internationally-celebrated Wholistic Health Expert, speaker, author of Truly Cultured and Dr. Mercola’s Total Health Program.  This innovative healthy foods celebrity chef and pioneer has a 35+ year “full circle” food, nutrition and health career, including organizing NYS’s first organic conference, educating about GMO’s, developing wheat-free recipes for Cher and founding the Organic Trade Association.

 

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.

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The Dreadful Power of the 1%: Growing Economic Inequality and the Crisis of American Democracy

 

     Join us for the next in our series of monthly community

discussions, free to the public, light refreshments served

  

7 p.m., Wednesday, September 4, 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

 

The Dreadful Power of the 1%:

Growing Economic Inequality and the Crisis of American Democracy

 

    Since the mid-1970s, the economic divide between the rich and the rest of us has grown dramatically.  Today, the wealthiest 1% of households capture about 21% of the income generated by our economy and they control nearly 40% of the nation’s financial wealth, more than double the share owned by the poorest 80% of American households.  The last time we experienced economic inequality this severe was in 1929, at the beginning of the Great Depression. 

    In his talk, Steve Macek will trace the history of American inequality and suggest some ways of reversing this trend.

    Dr. Steve Macek is Associate Professor of Communication and Coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies at North Central College.  He is author of Urban Nightmares: The Media, the Right and the Moral Panic over the City.  He is currently working on a critical history of the Chicago Media in the 20th Century.

 

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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Nonviolence in Afghanistan

     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 7, 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

 Nonviolence in Afghanistan

Over the last 40 years two million people have been killed in Afghanistan. During the American war in Afghanistan there have been over 23,000 people killed in Afghanistan, of those more than 2,100 were American troops.  The majority of the other victims of this conflict were Afghan civilians.  Sadly, but not surprisingly – since violence begets violence – Afghan, American, and UN officials are predicting increased violence in the future.

Patrick Kennelly, director of the Marquette University Center for Peacemaking (www.mu.edu/peacemaking ), will provide a concise history of Afghanistan during the last thirty years, an overview of peacemaking efforts in Afghanistan, and facilitate a discussion on how Afghans are using the nonviolent methods developed by Dr. King and Gandhi to bring about an end to this war.  Kennelly has traveled to Afghanistan three times with Voices for Creative Nonviolence to research how Afghans are using nonviolent solutions to resolve the conflict in their country. 

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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How to Avoid GMO Foods and Take on Monsanto

  

   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., Tuesday, July 9, 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

How to Avoid GMO Foods and Take on Monsanto 

         The Organic Consumers Association is a grassroots non-profit campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. Crucial issues are food safety, industrial agriculture, genetic engineering, children’s health, corporate accountability, Fair Trade, and environmental sustainability. We’re the only US organization focused exclusively on promoting the views and interests of the nation’s 50 million organic and socially responsible consumers.

      Mike is a GMO-Free, Vegan Organizer, Anti-Cmsumption-ist, Climate & Social Justice-ist, Egalitarian-Horizontal-ist. He adopted a plant based diet 33 years ago while attending College of DuPage.  Mike’s interests and motivations are informed by both personal self interest, such as health and longevity, as well by, enlightened self interest and a deep concern for others.  His altruism includes a non-human, centric egalitarianism – treat others’ as you would like yourself to be treated.

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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