Upcoming Events

                          West Suburban Faith-Based Peace Coalition Presents****************

The Suppressed Narrative of The Roots of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict


The narrative surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been one-sided and suppressed in the U.S. for most of the past 71 years since the creation of Israel (1948). The dispossession and ethnic cleansing of the indigenous native Palestinian population of the Holy Land is too often swept under the rug.  That’s why most Americans are – quite rightly – confused about what is going on.  Here is an attempt to clarify the roots of the conflict that may help you understand the “Why’s” of what is going on today.

Awad Paul Sifri was born in Haifa, Palestine, before Israel was created in 1948.  His father’s family came from Jaffa and his mother’s from Nazareth, in what was then still Palestine. Awad’s family ended up as refugees in Lebanon.  He studied at the Evangelical High School in Tripoli, Lebanon, and later attended Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, where he met his future wife, Rhoda Johnson.

Awad worked internationally for three leading American multinational companies in various countries in Europe and the Middle East/North Africa, including Lebanon.  He and his family lived in Beirut for 5 years, before the civil war started there. They emigrated to America in 1976, and have been living in Naperville for over 40 years.


7 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Lombard Mennonite Church
528 E. Madison St.
Lombard, IL 60148

Free and open to the public

West Suburban Faith-based Peace Coalition 213 S. Wheaton Ave., Wheaton, IL 60187
(630) 510 – 8500, ext. 104 • wsfpc.peace@gmail.com http://www.faithpeace.org





The DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition invites you to… JUST VIEWS: a Free & Open Film & Discussion Program Mark your calendars for the 2nd Friday of Each Month!
Friday, October 11, 2019 at 7:20 pm: A Bold Peace: Costa Rica’s Demilitarization Another way to live beacons to the world: “The money other countries spend on arms, here (in this little Central American republic) it’s spent on roads, running water, electricity, hospitals, schools.” Oscar Arias. In 1948, after a civil war, Costa Rica dismantled its military establishment and intentionally cultivated security relationships through treaties, international laws and organizations. And for more than six decades it has survived serious threats — including from the USA. This moving documentary has won 15 awards for outstanding presentation of principles and history that teach and inspire. For more information about the film, go to http://aboldpeace.com/.
Following the screening, we’ll discuss film, USA/global cost of militarization and war, and the benefits of living in peace. Joining us for discussion will be Rory Fanning, author of Worth Fighting For: An Army Ranger’s Journey Out of the Military and Across America and co-author of Long Shot: The Triumphs and Struggles of an NBA Freedom Fighter. Rory also writes for The Guardian, The Nation, and Tom Dispatch. We’ll learn about Rory’s background and activism for education (vs. militarization). We’ll offer ways to get involved with World Beyond War and Immigrant Solidarity DuPage, which are organizing this event with us. We welcome active participation and all points of view for civil multilogue. Join us!
Save this Part for Year-Round Reference: 2nd Friday Nights are for Just Views! Just Views programs are sponsored by the DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition and are held in Naperville IL at the DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church at 1828 Old Naperville Road. Directions: If coming from east or west on route I-88, exit at Naperville Road onto Freedom Drive. Turn left (East) onto Diehl Road and continue across Naperville Road/Naper Blvd, and then turn left/north at the first street (Old Naperville Road). The Unitarian Church is down one block on your right. Note: For other route options and a map, see church website: http://www.dupageuuchurch.org. The church phone is 630/505-9408.
Our timely issues programs are nonpartisan, open to the public, and free — no reservations required. Parking is free, too. Just Views shows great films about matters vital to social and economic justice on the second Friday of each month throughout the year. View and then share views from different vantages with citizens attending and invited resource persons. Each night is a stimulating, informal, stand-alone program. Join the multilogue!
To receive Just Views meeting notices via e-mail, join our new Just Views & Diversity Dinners group on http://www.meetup.com and find DuPage Peace Through Justice Coalition on Facebook. You can also find meeting notices on our website at http://www.dupagepeacethroughjustice.org/. Please mark your calendars ahead for the second Friday of every month, share these notices, and bring friends! Just Views Director is sociologist Stephanie Hughes 630/ 420-4233; Associate Director is Carol Tritschler 630/961-0106.