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December 2017

Speak Truth to Power Exhibit

December 10, 2017 - June 24, 2018
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, 9603 Woods Dr.
Skokie, IL 60077 United States
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Highlights the experiences of fifty courageous Upstanders from around the world to educate students and others about human rights, and urge them to take action. The exhibition is based on the book of the same name by Kerry Kennedy, President of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, and Pulitzer prize winning photojournalist Eddie Adams.

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January 2018

Race: Are We So Different?

January 29 @ 9:30 am - July 15 @ 4:30 pm
Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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$16

Exhibit developed by the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, it is the first national exhibition to tell the stories of race from the biological, cultural, and historical points of view. Combining these perspectives offers an unprecedented look at race and racism in the United States.

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February 2018

Ransoming the Captive: Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Putting Forth a Victim-Centered Approach

February 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
DePaul University Richardson Library, 2350 N. Kenmore
Chicago, IL 60614 United States
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Free

Join us for this third talk in our "Corporal Works of Mercy" series with speaker Ashley Feasley, director of policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)'s Office of Migration & Refugee Services. Human trafficking, modern slavery -- we don't see it happening, but we see its effects all around us -- from the clothes we wear , to the food we eat, and the services we use. Each year, 17,000 vulnerable victims at trafficked across U.S. borders and…

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Worldwide Day of Prayer & Fasting for Peace

February 23

Pope Francis invited Catholics and members of all other religions to observe this day of prayer, fasting and initiatives for peace, urging everyone to ‘say no’ to violence and conflict.

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The Empowerment Project

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:45 pm
St. James Parish School Library, 820 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004-5666 United States
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Join us to watch award winning documentary. Stepping Stones will host a film viewing and panel presentation to honor the women in our lives, cultivate a generation of strong, compassionate young women and inspire future leaders. RSVP to steppingstones@stjames.org

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Home is a Human Right

February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Unitarian Universalist Community Church, 70 Sycamore Dr.
Park Forest, IL 60466 United States
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Free

A screening of a resource from Brave New Films that looks at one of the consequences of the current surge of anti-immigrant rhetoric: as more U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents patrol communities to lock up immigrants, more people are detained and forced to live for days, weeks, and even months in unsustainable conditions, while the corporations that detain them turn a profit. Free coffee, tea, and popcorn or bring a snack to share. Discussion following the film. Donations…

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Music for Social Change: Community Workshop with Mollie Stone

February 24 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Regina Dominican High School, 701 Locust Road
Wilmette, IL 60091-2217 United States
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Meet Mollie Stone Mollie Stone knows that music CAN cause social change!  Mollie lives and demonstrates this truth.  She grew up in Chicago, introduced at a young age to the music of South African civil rights activist Miriam Makeba, and singing in the Chicago Children’s Choir.  She’ll show everyone the power of music in her Sunday, February 25th collaboration with NSCS on our Music for Social Change: Africa, America, and the Singing Revolution of Estonia concert.  In a workshop, NSCS members…

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Intersectionality: How Race, Gender and Social Class Affect Involvement in the Muslim-American Community

February 24 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Muslim Education Center, 8601 N. Menard St.
Morton Grove, IL 60053 United States
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The MCC Interfaith & Outreach Committee invites you to celebrate Black History Month with a thought-provoking presentation and discussion.  Esteemed speakers, Tariq El-Amin (Imam at Masjid Al-Taqwa and host of Radio Islam), Aisha El-Amin (Associate Provost and Chief of Staff at UIC), and Bashirah Mack (Social Media Coordinator for Sapelo Square: An online resource on Black Muslims in the United States), will share their insights on how race, gender and social class affect involvement within the Muslim-American community. Light refreshments will be served. For…

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Music for Social Change: Africa, America, and the Singing Revolution of Estonia

February 25 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Regina Dominican High School, 701 Locust Road
Wilmette, IL 60091-2217 United States
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$25

The second concert in NSCS’s 82nd season celebrates the power of music as a vehicle for expressing that which cannot be expressed any other way: the forbidden music of one’s own homeland, sung by enormous crowds defying an empire; music to educate and promote healthy actions in the face of an epidemic; music that energizes and amplifies the causes of civil rights, human rights, and the environment. Come ready to be energized and perhaps to be invited to join along…

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The Dark Night(s) of Malcolm X: Re-Reading Catholic Spirituality through Black Political Struggle

February 28 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Catholic Theological Union, 5416 South Cornell St.
Chicago, IL 60615 United States
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2018 Tolton Lecture with Rev. Bryan Massingale -- the James and Nancy Buckman Chair in Applied Christian Ethics at Fordham University.

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March 2018

Interfaith Day of Learning and Action to Support Rohingya Refugees

March 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Skokie Valley Synagogue, 8825 E. Prairie
Skokie, IL 60067 United States
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Did you know Chicago has the largest population of Rohingya refugees in North America? Come find out what we can do locally to support their struggle for safety and freedom. 1:00pm - Panel featuring Rohingya Center of Chicago 2:00pm - Service and Advocacy Please bring new toys for 0-3 year olds. There will also be an opportunity to contribute towards creating a Mommy and Me English class. Please visit www.rccchicago.com/donate for more information.

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Solidarity with Immigrants, Refugees & Dreamers

March 11 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
St. Nicolas Parish, 806 Ridge Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202 United States
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Prayer and call to action. People of all faiths stand in solidarity with immigrants, refugees and dreamers.

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The Refugee Experience: Background Information for Teachers and Tutors

March 14 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Indo American Center, 6328 N. California Ave.
Chicago, IL 60659 United States
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Discussion points will include: The long journey from fleeing one's home to being resettled in the US What a resettlement agency does, in detail, including housing, job development, financial support, counseling, and more The wide range of refugee populations currently settled in Chicago and the unique challenges they face Cultural adjustment issues to be aware of What problems you can help with vs. which should be addressed by a manager or the student's resettlement caseworker This training is appropriate for…

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Tradition on the Move: Leadership Formation in Catholic Health Care

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dominican University Priory Auditorium, 7200 West Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
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$10

Dr. John Shea will be one of the featured speakers of the Creating a Culture of Mercy series. While religious congregations still guide Catholic health care institutions through various forms of sponsorship, they are no longer leaders on the systemic, regional, and local levels. A new generation of leaders is emerging, and there are committed efforts to form them in the tradition. But how should this formation go on so that it addresses our contemporary context? Dr. Shea is a…

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Women Re-enter

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Diocese of Joliet Blanchette Center, 16555 Weber Rd.
Crest Hill, IL 60403 United States
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The Restorative Justice Committee presents Colette Payne to speak. Colette is an organizer, student, mother and grandmother. In 2015 Colette joined the delegation to assess women's prisons in Illinois, becoming the first formerly-incarcerated woman to serve in this role in the United States. Since 2014, Colette leads the Visible Voices program for the Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM). She also serves as the Community Organizer for Cabrini Green Legal Aid. In her role, she helps engage those directly…

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Screenagers

March 18 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
First Presbyterian Church, 600 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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A presentation and discussion of an award-winning film that probes the vulnerable corners of family life, including the director's own, and depicts messy struggles, over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through insights from authors and brain scientists solutions emerge on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.

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Breakthrough Urban Ministries Pastor Breakfast

March 20 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am
Breakthrough Urban Ministries FamilyPlex, 3219 W. Carroll Ave.
Chicago, IL 60624-2031 United States
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A gathering of religious leaders to discuss the realities of violence and share prevention strategies. Breakthrough will also share their new 5 year strategic vision and ideas for deeper partnerships with one another. RSVP at: asutter@breakthrough.org

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Your God or Mine? Faith-based Activists Reflect on Unity in Difference

March 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
The Bernardin Center at Catholic Theological Union, 5416 S. Cornell Ave.
Chicago, IL 60615 United States
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Featuring: Lailatul Fitriyah, Vatican Nostra Aetate Fellow; Presidential Fellow in World Religions at University of Notre Dame Tamar Manasseh, Founder of Mothers Against Senseless Killings; Current Rabbinical Student Fr. Matthew O'Donnell, St. Columbanus, Chicago; EdMin Student at Catholic Theological Union As people of faith, Christians, Muslims, and Jews make very particular claims about the world and their role in it—claims that appear to divide the human family. At the very same time, these religions affirm certain universal values which appear…

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Wholly of Water and Holy Water

March 20 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, 3257 South Lake Drive
St. Francis, WI 53235 United States
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A presentation by Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, Ph.D. 6:00 pm Vespers 6:20 pm Reception 7:00 pm Lecture According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 40 of the 50 states have at least one region that is expected to face some kind of water shortage in the next 10 years. There are at least 10 major threats to the Great Lakes – the largest of fresh water bodies: invasive species; nonpoint source pollution; shoreline development and wetlands depletion; cargo ship channels; point…

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

March 21 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 25 E. Pearson St.
Chicago, IL 60611 United States
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Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute Fellow, Thurgood Marshall Institute, NAACP Legal Defense FundFellow, Haas Institute, University of California, Berkeley. Author, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017). RSVP required.

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US Citizenship Workshop

March 21 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Literacenter, 641 W. Lake St. 2nd Floor
Chicago, IL 60661 United States
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A comprehensive, interactive training workshop for tutors and teachers about naturalization and citizenship. Attendees will learn about: The requirements for applying for citizenship A typical U.S. naturalization timeline, from start to finish Community resources for immigration-related legal assistance The components of the naturalization interview (the "test") Engaging and effective teaching activities for one-on-one tutoring and group classes Support for low-literacy students Free online resources through USCIS for citizenship teachers and tutors Presenter:   Karen Parrillo is the Adult Literacy Coordinator at…

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The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

March 21 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Evanston Township High School, 1600 Dodge St.
Evanston, IL 60201 United States
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Richard Rothstein, Research Associate, Economic Policy Institute Fellow, Thurgood Marshall Institute, NAACP Legal Defense FundFellow, Haas Institute, University of California, Berkeley. Author, The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America (2017)

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Welcoming the Stranger: What Do the Sacred Texts Teach? What Are We Doing About It?

March 22 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Ave.
Winnetka, IL 60093 United States
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Free

Moderator: Mr. Jerome McDonnell, Broadcast Journalist, Host of Worldview WBEZ Chicago, National Public Radio Speakers: Camille Khodadad, Suzanne Akhras Sahloul, Erendira Rendon, Jennifer Gong-Gershowitz    

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A Night of Hope

March 23 @ 6:30 pm - 10:30 pm
The Diplomat West, 681 W. North Ave.
Elmhurst, IL 60126 United States
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$80

The second annual benefit of the Archdiocese of Chicago Domestic Violence Outreach will recognize their partners in ministry to domestic violence and celebrate the conferral of the Saint John XXIII Award for excellent priestly ministry and contributions to the Archdiocese of Chicago on Fr. Chuck Dahm OP, Director of Domestic Violence Outreach.  There will also be a silent auction, raffles and dancing.

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April 2018

Act Now! Unite to End Racism

April 3 - April 5
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$175

Rally planned in observation of the 50th Anniversary of Martin Luther King's assassination. Buses leave Tuesday, April 3rd for rally on the mall in Washington on April 4th. Returning on Thursday, April 5th. Registration deadline midnight: March 1. Three locations: Suburban Chicago, Springfield and Carbondale (exact location to be announced soon) Approximate departure times on April 3 Suburban Chicago: 5 p.m. Springfield: 3:30 p.m. Carbondale: 3:30 p.m. Approximate arrival time on April 5. Suburban Chicago: 6 a.m. Springfield: 7:30 a.m.…

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Unveiled

April 6 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lincolnwood Village Hall, 6900 N. Lincoln Ave.
Lincolnwood, IL 60712 United States
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A one-woman play written and performed by Rohina Malik, author of The Mecca Tales and Yasmina’s Necklace. Rohina tells the story of five international Muslim women in post-9/11 societies. Co-sponsored by Lincolnwood Multi-Cultural Task Force, Lincolnwood Human Relations Commission and the Lincolnwood Lion’s Club.

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A Boat Carrying 500 Refugees Sunk at Sea

April 8 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
St. Francis Xavier Parish, Xavier Room, 524 9th St.
Wilmette, IL 60091 United States
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A presentation and discussion of a TED Talk, featuring Melissa Fleming, telling the story of an overloaded ship carrying more than 500 refugees that sinks and how a young woman becomes an unlikely hero, giving a human face to the sheer numbers of human beings trying to escape to better lives.

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Keep Hope Alive for Immigrant Justice Benefit Concert

April 9 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 W. Roosevelt Rd
Chicago, IL 60608 United States
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$75

Music by The City Lights Orchestra conducted by Rich Daniels (Musical Director of the award-winning TV show Empire) with special guest singers (to-be-announced). Sponsors and VIP ticket holders are invited to a Reception at 5:30 p.m. Concert begins at 7:00pm. VIP Reception next door at St. Ignatius College Prep, 1076 West Roosevelt Road. The VIP reception includes wine and beer, heavy appetizers and a live auction. The evening’s host will be Cardinal Blase J. Cupich. All proceeds benefit the Archdiocese…

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Solidaritry Bridge “Somos Uno Fiesta 2018”

April 14 @ 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 78 East Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602 United States
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$175

Includes live music, exciting auctions, awards and a sneak preview of their upcoming PBS documentary. RSVP by April 4th.

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Creating a Culture of Mercy: Pope Francis as a Merciful Leader

April 22 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Dominican University Lund Auditorium, 7900 W. Division St.
River Forest, IL 60305 United States
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$10

John Allen, Jr. This lecture will explore how Pope Francis’ unique leadership style and tone have inspired both Catholics and non-Catholics to consider the virtue of mercy in new ways. Pope Francis claims that mercy “commits everyone to being instruments of justice, reconciliation and peace.”  

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