The next meeting is Sunday afternoon, April 14, 3:30 pm
at Anita's house, 242 S. Wesley, Oak Park
General policy on OPCTJ projects. Everyone is welcome to come to our
meetings and propose a project. Proposals must be in writing. We
don't meet every Sunday afternoon. Call Anita (708-445-8541) to find
out about meeting dates.
Here is what happened at our meeting on Sunday, April 7 at Anita's house.
1- Peace Buttons
Ben and Val are making peace buttons for us to give away and sell.
They have a button-making machine.We need clever slogans. HELP!!! We
need a PC and Windows guru to help Val and Ben get their Microsoft
Publisher software working, since they need it to make the graphics
for the buttons.
2- March on Washington on April 20th
Joan Phillips and Shawna Black from Illinois Peace Action came to
present the information on the Stop the War March to Washington on
April 20th. Make your bus reservation by April 15th. Buses leave on
April 19th from behind the Art Institute. Most buses return on
Saturday night, so all sleeping is on the bus. A few buses return
To find out more, come to the meeting on Thursday April 11 at 7:30 pm
at Grace Episcopal Church (Lake street near Forest Ave). Local Oak
Park events on the weekend of April 20 will be discussed, including
banners on the Ike overpasses. Ann will call the Chicago Peace
Response Coalition to find out if they are planning local Chicago
events for the weekend of the march.
Websites for the March on Washington are --
3- OPCTJ Petition campaign
We will ask for signatures on our peace petition outside the main Oak
Park Post Office on Tax Day (Monday, April 15). Teams of 2 or 3 will
wear sandwich boards. The slogans for the day are --
"Bush's war - where does it stop?"
"The war on terror breeds more terror...and it's expensive too!"
Ann will make the sandwich boards.
Estelle will make the leaflet which will have our peace statement on
one side and the invitation to the next Open Mic on the other side.
4- Open Mic (Performance Peace)
Next Open Mic is planned for Thursday, May 16, 6:30 pm at Buzz Cafe
(Lombard, south of Harrison St, in Oak Park). Sign up to perform at
6:00 pm. Performance options include poetry, stories, music, dance,
humor. For more details contact Val at 708 660-0579. Our last Open
Mic was fantastic -- every seat was filled.
5- Courage to Refuse Campaign
Not In My Name is organizing a national tour of Israeli military
people who refuse to serve in the West Back and Gaza. The Oak Park
branch of NIMN will bring two speakers --
May 8 - a high school student
May 30 - a Lieutenant in Artillery.
The campaign is raising money for the families of refusers who will
be sent to jail and for full-page newspaper ads. OPCTJ will be
helping publicize these events. For more information see the website
Minutes written by Estelle Carol
Graphic design and illustration
for print and the web
Members: Graphic Artists Guild and National Writers Union
"Don't believe everything you think."