Upcoming Events: Week of 4/15

Posted on April 14, 2013

Events upcoming this week:

2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival
WHEN: Consecutive Mondays from April 8 – May 6
WHERE: Gene Siskel Film Center
DESCRIPTION: On consecutive Mondays from April 8 through May 6, the Gene Siskel Film Center collaborates with Human Rights Watch to present the 2013 Human Rights Watch Film Festival. Through the eyes of committed and courageous filmmakers, the festival showcases the heroic stories of activists and survivors from all over the world facing human rights issues. The featured works put a human face on threats to individual freedom and dignity, and celebrate the power of the human spirit and will to prevail. Discussion with filmmakers is a key component of this year’s festival. Confirmed guest appearances are noted with film descriptions, with more pending. Check this page updates.

Sex Wars: The Turbulent Times of the First Wave of the Women’s Movement with Marge Piercy
WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 6:00p-7:30p
WHERE: Jane Addams Hull House
DESCRIPTION: The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at University of Chicago and Jane Addams Hull-House Museum are honored to host accomplished novel, poet and memorist Marge Piercy. Program will include Piercy’s presentation, “Sex Wars: A Novel of The Turbulent Post-Civil War Period” and a reading from, Sex Wars: A Novel of Gilded Age New York. RSVP online.

Climate Change and Migration
: Wednesday, April 17, 6:30p
WHERE: Casa Michoacan – 1638 S. Blue Island Ave.
DESCRIPTION:  The United Nations predicts that by 2050, there could be as many as 150 million “climate refugees” around the globe – people forced to flee their homes because of a changing climate. Many of those forced to migrate because of climate change will come from Latin America. We have already seen the impact of the drought in northern Mexico over the past three years and hurricanes like Hurricanes Mitch, Stan and Wilma. We will see more of these extreme weather events in the coming years. Governments need to acknowledge that these events will result in increased migration and prepare to assist those who are forced to migrate. Come to a discussion on… • How will climate change force people to migrate? • How does US immigration policy need to change to address climate change? • What international agreements need to be made to deal with this crisis? For more information go to www.pilsenperro.org Co-Sponsored by P.E.R.R.O. & Red Mexicana de Líderes y Organizaciones Migrantes

Doctors of the Darkside: Screening & Panel Discussion
WHEN: Thursday, April 18, 7:00p
WHERE: Northwestern University, Room 122, Parkes Hall
DESCRIPTION: Featuring panelists Mary Fabri, PsyD, Former Senior Director, Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center; Brad Olson, PhD, Co-Director, Community Psychology Program, National-Louis University; Frank Summers, PhD, ABPP Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Northwestern University

May Day: Solidarity Speak Out
WHEN: May 1, 12:45p
WHERE: Union Park, Randolph and Ashland
DESCRIPTION: This May Day, Occupy Chicago asks supporters: Who does the American government work for? Occupy Chicago calls on our brothers and sisters throughout the city to join us on May 1st to stand up against the assaults on the 99%. At 12:45pm on May 1st we will gather at Union Park, Randolph and Ashland. At 1:00pm sharp we will engage in a lively speak-out on the issues affecting us all: austerity, debt, joblessness, foreclosures, endless war, gun violence, climate change, the war on drugs, school closings, the two-tiered justice system, deportations, etc. All are free to speak their minds! Then at 2:00pm, we will join in solidarity with the International Workers Day March for Immigration Reform. The march ends at Federal Plaza, Dearborn and Jackson.

Beneath the Blindfold Screening
WHEN:  Thursday, May 9, 7:30p
Wellington Avenue United Church for Christ
DESCRIPTION: Co-presented by Heartland Alliance Marjorie Kovler Center, Percolator Films, and Human Rights Watch Chicago. Where are the voices of torture survivors? In a time when fictionalized accounts in Hollywood films like Zero Dark Thirty dominate the public’s understanding of torture, Beneath the Blindfold reveals the reality of life after torture. Four survivors from around the globe face the psychological and physical fallout from their experience, while going through the daunting steps of building new lives, careers, and relationships. Beneath the Blindfold takes an unflinching look at the consequences of torture through the eyes of survivors while celebrating their ability to regain agency and hope. Produced by Chicago filmmakers Kathy Berger and Ines Sommer, the documentary recently screened on Capitol Hill for members of Congress and their staff.

Tribute: A Brunch with Stan Willis
WHEN: June 22, 11:30a – 2:30p
WHERE: Small Business Center, Amberg Hall, 1140 N. Lamon Ave., Chicago
DESCRIPTION: Save the date!  Join CCDBR in honoring Stan Willis on June 22 from 11:30 – 2:30. Brunch, followed by program. For information/reservations, call: Brenetta Howell Barrett (312.733.9692) or Bob Clarke (773.281.5164), or email Bob Clarke, Shango1@aol.com.