Alexander Cockburn to Keynote 5th Illinois Coalition for Justice, Peace, and the Environment Conference in Urbana, April 9-10

The 5th Illinois Coalition for Justice Peace and the Environment Conference, "Connecting and Communicating"

April 9 & 10, 2010 will feature Alexander Cockburn as Keynote speaker at the Independent Media Center • 202 S. Broadway, Urbana, IL 61801.


The Illinois Coalition for Justice Peace and the Environment invites you to join us as we celebrate our 5th annual conference in the town where we began, Urbana, Illinois.

This year we come together to forge new connections and to explore new ways to communicate with each other as we meet the challenges of a movement seemingly drawn down while injustice, war and environmental degradation rage on. Yet, in four years ICJPE has grown to include over 160 member groups.
We are led by the activism of an extremely talented group of activist/speakers who will guide us in our presentations: Connecting and Communicating, Transforming Empire, Transforming the Land and finally Transforming Social Relations. Join us.

Conference Details:

Friday Fri, April 9, 2010
Keynote Address from 7:00pm - 9:00pm:
Alexander Cockburn, The Nation magazine's "Beat the Devil" columnist and co-editor of CounterPunch will deliver the keynote address on Friday night. A reception follows with music provided by the Ruthless Goats.

The Saturday Conference will begin with a business meeting at 8:30 am followed by a series of three panels and breakout sessions including broad themes on transformation and distinguished speakers to begin at 10:00:

I. Transforming the Land will feature

Gary Cziko, founder of Transition Champaign County, and member of Urbana's Sustainability Commission,

Ken Dunn, president and founder of Chicago's Resource Center, dedicated to moving society in an equitable and sustainable direction

Terra Brockman, member of a farming family in Central Illinois, speaks, writes and advocates for sustainable agriculture

Karen Hudson, expert on the consequences of concentrated animal feeding operations and anti factory farming activist.

II. Transforming Social Relations will feature:

Paul Street, independent radical-democratic policy researcher, journalist, historian, author, writing on the interrelated evils of racism, capitalism, and militarism-imperialism,

Jamie Kalven, writer and human rights activist, has reported widely on public housing and police abuse issues in Chicago

Cristobal Cavazos, Latino and immigrant rights activist active in Dupage County, a county west of Chicago

Mike Griffin, member of the Carpenters Union and veteran of the Staley lockout, long engaged in the struggle to build international solidarity and advance coalitions

III. Transforming Empire will feature:

Kathy Kelly, noted peace activist and co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Non-violence

Aaron Hughes, Midwest organizer for the Iraq Veterans Against the War

Doug Rokke, former Depleted Uranium Project director for the US Army, physicist and an expert on the after effects of depleted uranium.

Representative[s] from the Zenko Peace movement in Japan

Rev. Geri Solomon, peace activist, community organizer for Aurora Peace and Justice.

The conference will close at 6:30pm.

Admission costs $10 ($5 low income) on Friday Night and $30 ($15 low income) for the Saturday Conference including Lunch.

Roy Zimmerman, satirical singer-songwriter and guitarist will perform Saturday evening. $12 separate cover for conference attendees.

Full Details and Registration are available online at

Information on travel and lodging are available at or by contacting ridesandrooms (at)

Marcia Bernsten 312-480-1331
Laurel Lambert Schmidt 773-991-8751
conference (at)


Interview with Cockburn at SP

Go here for Joel Gillespie's interview with Alexander Cockburn:


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