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Oak Park Coalition for
Truth and Justice
641 S. Scoville Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
708-524-1230
contact@opctj.org

OAK PARK COALITION FOR TRUTH & JUSTICE




About OPCTJ





Our Mission and Focus

Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice  is a group of concerned citizens from Oak Park and the surrounding communities who explore humanitarian alternatives to war, protect our civil liberties, encourage citizen action and promote awareness of local and global events. OPCTJ wishes to build bridges to other local groups and individuals, and invites you to participate in their work.

We have sponsored several Oak Park Town Meetings, candlelight vigils attended by hundreds of Oak Park residents, letter-writing/petition efforts, potluck gatherings of Oak Park area progressive groups attended also by some public officials and members of congress, open-mic performance nights, and several marches and rallies in the Oak Park area. Together with the Oak Park Public Library, we have been co-sponsoring a successful  free film series on peace, justice and America's future. OPCTJ also organizes an annual Chicago Area Peace Fair in early September, and cosponsors an online directory of progressive speakers, performers and films called Voices Exchange.

We wish to build bridges between ourselves, other local groups and individuals who question the war and seek alternative responses to terrorism. This Web site and our public forum message board are in service of that connection, and to announce events that our group sponsors or that our members may find of interest.

Here are some issues our group is interested in:

  • Promote and/or explore peaceful alternatives to war
  • Tell all the truth about the Sept. 11 attack
  • Bring the guilty to justice in an international court of law such as the UN Tribunal
  • Alter U.S. foreign policy, including:
    • Focus on diplomacy and cooperation toward a peaceful resolution to terrorism
    • Halt US financing of warlord terrorist activities worldwide
    • Eradicate the poverty, hunger, and human rights abuses that nurture terrorism
    • Shut down the School of the Americas
    • Support Afghan refugees
  • Protect our civil liberties
  • End racist backlash attacks at home
  • Encourage a true watch-dog media that is uncensored and impartial
  • Find a safe alternative energy source and end the U.S. dependency on oil
  • Support the growth of other groups who are interested in these issues
Some Highlights from Our History

In response to the attacks of 9/11 a few Oak Park activists organized two town meetings, which led to the formation of OPCTJ over the next several months. Since our formation, the group has helped individuals come together into groups to accomplish meaningful actions including public rallies, signature ads in newspapers, visits to Congressional offices, passage of resolutions opposing war and infringement of civil liberties in local town councils, public film showings, town hall meetings, lectures by prominent citizens, and more. Some of our more significant accomplishments include:

  • October 2001, produced our first Town Hall meeting discussing the political environment and history of the Middle East.
  • November 2001, organized the first petition questioning the U.S. response to the 9/11 attacks, organized the first Oak Park peace rally against Bush's war policies, held a Town Hall meeting linking War, terror, power and profit.
  • January 2002, Hosted our first film showing at the Oak Park Library, "Missile Street" about sanctions in Iraq.
  • February 2002,  "No Iraq War" sign campaign -10,000 small signs distributed door-to-door in Oak Park.
  • May 2002, presented U.S. Rep. Danny Davis with over 3,000 petition signatures demanding that the U.S. not invade Iraq.
  • October 2002, Hosted a Town Hall meeting "In America's Interests? War and the policy of Preventive Aggression" featuring Univ. of Chicago Prof. Robert Pape, aimed at people undecided about the looming attack on Iraq.
  • February 2003, Oak Park Village Board passes an OPCTJ sponsored resolution opposing the U.S. plan to launch a preventive war against Iraq.
  • November 2003, Public forum on "The Cost of War: Winners & Losers in a War Economy" with Chicago Alderman Joe Moore.
  • February 2004, Oak Park Village Board passes an OPCTJ co-sponsored resolution against the Patriot Act.
  • December 2004, Public forum featuring Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly, founder of Voices in the Wilderness "Other Lands Have Dreams: Eyewitness to War, Witness for Peace", The Tom Neumann Memorial Forum, co-sponsored with Third Unitarian Church of Chicago.
  • September 2005, The first annual Chicago Area Peace Fair with Music, Art, Speakout, Booths and public draws 55 exhibitors and over 3,000 attendees.
  • October 2005, In conjunction with the Oak Park Public Library OPCTJ launches our ongoing free film series with award winning films such as "The Corporation" (23 int'l film awards) and "Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price"
  • April 2006, Lead organizer of the Founding conference of the Illinois Coalition for Peace and Justice (ICPJ), www.ilcpj.org. bringing together 80+ peace groups from across the state.
  • September 2006, The second annual Chicago Area Peace Fair with Music, Public Art, Booths and children's activities. Featured speaker is State Rep. Karen Yarbrough, author of the "Impeachment of George W. Bush" bill.

How You Can Join Us

We seek new ideas and networks. You can join or participate in the activities of our group in many different ways:

  • help us network with other groups;
  • come to our regular meetings to help organize events and activities;
  • offer your ideas for new events, actions, forums, etc.;
  • participate in or help organize a specific event or activity, such as a petition drive, tabling, vigil, or forum.

OPCTJ normally meets on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month, at the main branch of Oak Park Public Library (Meeting rooms on the second floor). The meetings will begin at 7 PM. To find out more about upcoming OPCTJ meetings, or would like to bring an issue to OPCTJ for discussion please contact John at 708-524-1230 or email contact@opctj.org. Everyone is welcome to attend.

How to Contact US

You can write, call, or email us at:

Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice
641 S. Scoville Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60304
Phone:
708-524-1230
Email: contact@opctj.org