Walking for Justice – Voices for Creative Nonviolence

Wednesday, 7:00 pm

July 6, 2016

Doors Open at 6:30

The Tau Center

Wheaton Franciscan

Sisters/Marion Joy

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5) 

Walking for Justice

Voices for Creative Nonviolence

      For two weeks in May and June 2016, the local Chicago group, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, held a 150-mile walk against indefinite detention, solitary confinement, and the racist U.S. prison system.

A group of 20 justice seekers walked across the State of Illinois from east to west, interacting with hundreds of passers-by, carrying placards to give a momentary reminder to thousands of motorists, and holding public face-to-face discussions at churches and libraries.  Hear more about their campaign on July 6, 2016 at the DuPage Coffeehouse.

Presenter:  Buddy Bell has been a co-coordinator with Voices for Creative Nonviolence since January 2012, and a volunteer since 2005.  He organized Voices’ five most recent walks in protest of prisons, drones and the NATO Summit.  He visited Afghanistan three times with Kathy Kelly, where they lived with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in Kabul.  Buddy was with the Afghan Peace Volunteers in November 2012 as they began a project to distribute duvets to needy families in anticipation of a cold winter.

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.

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

 

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Institutional Racism

 

7:00 pm, Wednesday

June 1, 2016

Doors Open at 6:30

The Tau Center

Wheaton Franciscan Sisters/Marion Joy

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

Institutional Racism

    We will discuss the historic timeline of social interactions among cultures in contact, and the social contracts and accepted social conventions that result.  Aspects of linear and cyclical transitions of civil attitudes will be addressed.  The phenomena and impact of governmental policy; by executive order, congressional legislation or Supreme Court decisions will be covered. Watershed moments lost in history will be focused upon, to include the U.S. Civil War postscript.  Solutions in education will be suggested, in consideration of identifying a social pathology in order to cure the civil disease.

Presenter:  Frank Flores, Jr., a graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he received his bachelor’s in History with a minor in Political Science.  He is currently CEO of Development Research & Analysis.  Formerly, Frank was CEO of Immigration Solidarity DuPage, where community education and issues of due process for immigrants were his focus.  Frank has been a social organizer, as well as a wilderness instructor with Vision Quest National.  Frank served his country as an Army Ranger.  Frank is currently writing a book entitled, The Hidden Circle: Kryptos Kuklos, which contains some of the information he will be sharing with the Coffeehouse audience.

 

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.

  

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

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George Washington’s Liberty Key: Mount Vernon’s Bastille Key – the Mystery and Magic of its Body, Mind and Soul by Bill Bahr

7:00 pm

May 4, 2016

Doors Open at 6:30 pm

The Tau Center

Wheaton Franciscan Sisters/ Mariaon Joy

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

(Follow Signs To Enrance #5)

George Washington’s Liberty Key: Mount Vernon’s Bastille Key

the Mystery and Magic of its Body,
Mind, and Soul, by Bill Bahr

This presentation will discuss the most interesting key ever made, which now hangs in the central passageway of Mount Vernon, George Washington’s mansion. The main key to the Bastille prison in Paris, it was given to Washington by the
Marquis de Lafayette who took the “sacred fire” of liberty he discovered in America and tried to fan its flames in France.  Find out how this unique key was made, how the man who made it helped kill a king, how it made its way to Mount Vernon, and what Washington and Lafayette each believed was the “key” to establishing and maintaining liberty.

Presenter: Bill Bahr is a graduate of West Point and a retired telecommunications executive. Bill has three master’s degrees and held marketing sales directorships at major corporations and wrote books and numerous magazine articles. His work helped spark the revolution in facsimile machines  and the build-out in cellular systems and the internet, with both Bill and his products receiving many public accolades.  Bill is a active volunteer in several
community service organizations. Bill’s book is a result of his curiosity and extensive reading about Washington and the Bastille Key at Mount Vernon.

More information at www.BahrNoProducts.com/Bastille_Key.htm

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.

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

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Waging Peace in an Era of Perpetual War

7:00 pm

Wednesday

April 6, 2016

Doors Open at 6:30

The Tau Center

Wheaton Franciscan Sisters/Marion Joy

26W171 Roosevelt Road, Wheaton, IL

(FOLLOW SIGNS TO ENTRANCE #5)

Waging Peace in an Era of Perpetual War

We are midway through the second decade of “perpetual war” in the United States.  Wars are begun but never ended.  New targets of US warfare keep being added.  Perpetual war is never debated in the media, the Congress, the campaign trail; even the Oval office.  How did we get to this point?

This presentation will discuss the current state of perpetual war in the US by looking at America’s history of warfare and militarism.  To facilitate the discussion to follow, it will offer some thoughts on how we as citizens should act as we seek a peaceful world for ourselves and future generations.

Presenter:  Walt Zlotow is a retired logistics manager and educator.  He has been a student of US wars and militarism for over 60 years, first becoming interested in America’s undeclared Korean War (1950-1953).  Upon entering the University of Chicago in 1963, he became involved in the anti Vietnam War movement.  A fellow student his first year was a young progressive from Brooklyn named Bernie Sanders who continues to be a steadfast anti war advocate.  In 2002, Walt renewed his activism when he determined the US was preparing to embark on a wholly unnecessary, made up war against Iraq.  He blogs frequently on anti war subjects at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.

 

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.

  

Sponsored by the DuPage Coffeehouse Planners – an independent group of citizens

Not sponsored by any other organization.

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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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