World Beyond War Chicago

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World Beyond War’s Chicago Chapter is led by World Beyond War’s Organizer Mary Dean.

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Mary Dean is Organizer at World Beyond War. She worked previously for various social justice and antiwar organizations, including leading delegations to Afghanistan, Guatemala, and Cuba. Mary also traveled on human rights delegations to several other war zones, and has done volunteer accompaniment in Honduras. In addition she worked as a paralegal for prisoner rights, including initiating a bill in Illinois to limit solitary confinement. In the past, Mary spent six months in federal prison for nonviolently protesting the U.S. Army School of the Americas, or School of Assassins as it is commonly known in Latin America. Her other experience involves organizing various nonviolent direct actions, and going to jail a number of times for civil disobedience to protest nuclear weapons, end torture and war, close down Guantanamo, and walk for peace with 300 international activists in Palestine and Israel. She also walked 500 miles to protest war from Chicago to the Republican National Convention in Minneapolis in 2008 with Voices for Creative Nonviolence. Mary Dean is based in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.

We had an excellent “meet and greet” meeting last month. Thank you to all who attended on such a stormy night! And I look forward to meeting those who weren’t able to make it that day. Due to an 8th Day scheduling conflict, our next meeting is scheduled for March 21st from 6 pm to 7:30 pm at 8th Day, 205 W. Monroe, Chicago. The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. Feel free to bring a sandwich or snack for yourself to eat during the meeting.

World Beyond War, along with Voices for Creative Nonviolence and the DePaul Peace, Justice, and Conflict Studies Department, has planned an event, “World Beyond War: Politics Beyond Partisianship.” It will take place on April 9th at 2:30 p.m. at the DePaul University Schmidt Academic Center, 2320 N. Kenmore, Chicago. The room number will be posted on the door when confirmed.

We also discussed the a possible tax day flyering event at the Federal Plaza post office on April 18th, but have not confirmed a time yet. In addition we discussed the possibility of working on either a city resolution to decrease military spending or a divestment campaign. The decision was made to bring it back to the next meeting for further discussion after consultation with other peace groups.

Please let me know if you are able to attend the next meeting. Thank you again, and I look forward to continuing our work together to abolish war!

Best Regards,



Contact Mary below or call 1- 872-223-4463.

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