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Application for Our Scholarship

                  FOX VALLEY CITIZENS FOR PEACE & JUSTICE SCHOLARSHIP

 To be considered for this $750 scholarship, you must meet the following criteria.

  • Be a senior in a District U-46 high school
  • Be enrolled in or have an application pending at an accredited college

The following items must be mailed no later than April 9, 2021, to Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice, PO #3, Geneva, IL 60134.                             

  • A recommendation from a teacher and/or supervisor
  • An essay of no more than 1,000 words, typed
  • The application form below, completed and stapled to the essay

The essay:  Many of the issues that Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice addresses are on the back of this page. After reviewing them, select one or an aspect of one and explain in your own words why you believe it to be important. Include any volunteer work or social action you have participated in to advance this and/or any other of these issues. read more

We oppose any new fossil fuel infrastructure

Fox Valley Citizens for Peace and Justice opposes any new fossil fuel infrastructure or fossil fuel expansion.  We especially oppose new  oil pipelines or the expansion of the volume of oil transported through existing oil pipelines.  In particular, we oppose  Enbridge’s Line 3 in Minnesota,   which already brings tar sands oil down from Canada, through Wisconsin and Illinois  to refineries in Patoka, Illinois, and ultimately to the Gulf Coast.  

Enbridge wants to replace  it’s existing Line 3 in Minnesota.  If they succeed in getting the permits to do that, they will certainly expand the operation of their Line 66 in Wisconsin. And then they will almost certainly want to expand their existing Line 61 in Illinois, by building a “twin” to Line 61 or by simply increasing the volume of oil they transport through  Line 61.    Every step along the way, these changes would increase the risk of leaks and spills of tar sands oil, the dirtiest, most polluting form of petroleum on the planet.  And every step along the way, they would  make the climate crisis more catastrophic than it already is.  read more

Occupy Elgin at the Women’s March, October 17th, 2020

Hundreds of cars whizzed past us every moment while the wind blew, but spirits were high.  We were joining the Women’s March, urging people to vote, and supporting the Illinois Fair Tax proposition.  

Kathy
Sandy N., Marie, Dan

Mary S.

Mary talks with Roger
Nancy guards the banner.
Rex sticks with his message.
the mysterious stranger
Ralph, Sandy K, & Sandy N
Roger Fraser
Kathy, Maura, & Frederic

Notes from the FVC4PNJ meeting of July 4th, 2020

Notes from the FVC4PNJ meeting of Saurday, July 4th 2020

Those present were: Kathy Hamill. Bill Koehl, Paul Scott, Mary Roberti, Vince Hardt, Sherry Liske, Barbara Evans,  Bettina Perillo, Steve Bruesewitz, Earl Silbar, Karen Beyer, Ro Maziarz, Don Bak,  Mary Shesgreen.

 Once again, most of our meeting focused on conversation about the first discussion question on our agenda:  Are the protests for police accountability and racial justice working?  What else needs to happen?  Paul talked about his work in DuPage County with the NAACP and Unity Partnership and their hopes to move toward better racial justice especially in the area of policing.  He talked about moving to change the wording of police procedures and policies as California has done:  Use of lethal force is only permitted when it is “necessary.”  Earl stated that the wording of Elgin’s police standards was excellent, but good wording did nothing to protect DeCynthia Clements, and did nothing to bring Lieutenant Jensen to account.   Paul also talked about citizen oversight boards for police departments.  Earl said those only made a difference when they had the power to subpoena police officers, interrogate them under oath, and then have disciplinary power to fire or even change officers. read more

FVC4PNJ meeting of August 1, 2020


Agenda for FVC4PNJ meeting of August 1st, 2020

Discussion Questions:

Evaluation of July Activities:

Password to join is PHOt76.  Post screening  panel via zoom requires registration https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0lcu-oqDksE9RY6IywyLHoCEmm9mXn7FZJ?fbclid=IwAR1CxjhxKgEiyoJXXBV2WSG-giPIiR1YxSKMt5_i5K7ewcK3k2eGKXT_2Qo

Ongoing Campaigns

Occupy Elgin is doing substantial work on homelessness and doing weekly demonstrations each Saturday from 1 PM till 2 Pm  at Kimball and Grove in Elgin  calling for racial justice. read more