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

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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

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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.

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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
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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

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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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