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PACG Social Justice Movie Night – Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm

Film Screening: We The People 2.0
PACG Social Justice Movie Night
Thursday, February 23, 6:30 pm
Davenport West High School
3505 W. Locust Street, Davenport, Iowa

Feeling fearful and maybe powerless or helpless in 2017 as social and environmental justice appears under siege? You’re not alone! People in hundreds of communities across the U.S. are successfully standing up for our rights.

Please join us on February 23rd to view We The People 2.0, a visual essay from the Community Legal Environmental Defense Fund, about powerful threats to our democracy in the United States. The film utilizes both original footage as well as found footage to describe a profound change in thinking at the grassroots level. The story unfolds through the eyes of rural people who have faced decades of toxic dumping, drilling, and mining in their communities. We learn with them that the reason why, in spite of all their efforts, they “get what they don’t want, again and again,” is because corporate America has become a powerful oligarchy despite propaganda that says we live in the “best democracy in the world.”

Come see what happens as these folks challenge the powers that be in an effort to save themselves and the environment. Leila Conners, the Film Director of We The People 2.0 will join us for a Skype conversation after the movie!

This PACG Social Justice Movie Night is in collaboration with the Ecology Club of Davenport’s West High School

A review by film critic Linda Cook: https://goo.gl/8Hgti0

Summit Planning Continues

PACG Board
Alta Price, President

Important Update: We have a date and place for the Summit. It will be Sunday afternoon, March 26 (time to be determined) at Plumbers and Pipefitters Local Union 25 at 4600 46th Ave, Rock Island, IL. Mark your calendar!

Summit Planning – Next Meetings – Mondays Feb 20 and March 6 at 6:30 pm at Bettendorf Public Library

We continue to meet to plan a multi-issue Summit for 2017. Our next general meetings will be Mondays, Feb 20 and March 6 at 6:30 pm at the Bettendorf Public Library (2950 Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf, IA). Although we plan to meet on these dates, groups to plan the breakout sessions can meet other times/places at their convenience as some of you already have. The idea is to come up with action plans around core issues identified by your group. Feel free to implement some of the actions (like letter writing, calls/visits to elected officials) now if the situation calls for it. As you know, new issues seem to arise every day in this political climate.

At the upcoming meetings, Summit Planners will break into small groups to plan the breakout sessions. Please join us if you can. The Summit Planners have identified the issues listed below. Feel free to come to the meeting and propose additional issues or join one of the already operational issue groups below.

If you can’t come to the meetings, but want to be involved, use the following links to sign up to help plan an issue breakout session(s).

Civil Rights

Democracy/Elections/Civics

Economic Justice

Environment

Health Care Reform
Note: Health Care Reform will meet on Tuesday, Feb 21 at 6:45 pm at St John’s Lutheran Church, 4501 7th Ave, Rock Island, IL. Join them there if you can. They will also try to have a representative at the Feb 20 general meeting.

Labor

Logistics of Summit

Media Reform Incorporated with Democracy group

Feel free to call me (563-505-2996) or email me (altaprice@gmail.com) with questions or suggestions.

Thanks for everything you are doing to save our Republic!

Alta Price

PACG Mourns Passing of Progressive Leader, Anne Corbi

Anne Corbi, a valued and loved member of PACG, passed away on Friday. Anne was active in many capacities over the years, recently serving on the Board and holding the office of Board Treasurer. She cared deeply about the Earth and was the facilitator of the Environmental Forum. She served on many committees and her help was invaluable in keeping PACG vibrant. 

Anne was a woman of many talents, a passionate activist, and a wonderful friend. We mourn her passing, even as we consider ourselves blessed to have had her in our lives. Please keep her husband, Roland Caldwell, children, Emily, Sarah, and Claire, and the rest of the family in your thoughts and prayers.

The following obituary was shared with us by her family. 

Anne Corbi, 66, a resident of Davenport passed away Friday, December 16, 2016 at the Genesis Medical Center, West Central Park, Davenport. Her family will greet friends Wednesday December 21, 2016, from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Credit Island Lodge.  A memorial tribute and time for remembrances to celebrate Anne’s life will be held at 6:00 p.m. A memorial will be held in New York at a later date. Honoring her wishes the rite of cremation has been accorded.  
           
Anne Corbi was born February 22, 1950 in Bronx, New York, a daughter of Eliadoro Corbi and Angelina Civitano. She had been married to Leonard Bowman. She was then united in marriage to Roland Caldwell on December 24, 1998, in Davenport. 

Anne had an extensive education, earning a Juris Doctorate and a Masters Degree in Urban and Regional Planning, which prepared her well to serve in many organizations that directly improved the quality of life in the Quad Cities. In her professional work Anne was a housing planner for the City of Davenport and Project NOW in Rock Island. While employed for Project NOW Anne served on the Housing Action Illinois Board and helped found and lead a 15 county Northwestern Illinois Continuum of Care coalition to help meet the needs of the homeless. Between 2008 and 2013 Anne served as primary assistant to Davenport Mayor Bill Gluba.

Anne fought passionately for the causes she believed in, to create a fairer, greener and more just society. Anne served as vice chair of the Davenport Levee Improvement Commission, as secretary of the Quad Cities Food Hub Board of Directors and as Treasurer for the Board of  Directors for Progressive Action for the Common Good (PACG) where she also headed the Environmental Forum. She was an active member of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (ICCI) and part of their effort to improve water quality in Iowa. Anne also served as a Board Member of Quad Citians Affirming Diversity and was Chairperson of the National Alliance on Mental Illness of the Greater Mississippi Valley.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts should be made in honor of Anne Corbi to Progressive Action for the Common Good and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.
          
Survivors include her husband Roland of Davenport and her three daughters and their spouses; Emily Anne Bowman (David Crowe), Boulder, CO, Sarah (Rene) Burrell, Stans, Switzerland, and Claire Bowman (David Hindman), Berkley, CA; a grandchild, Cecelia Anne Burrell; her mother, Angelina Civitano, of New York and her 7 siblings in New York; as well as numerous loving nieces, nephews, extended family and great friends. 
She was preceded in death by her father.

Online remembrances and condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Anne’s obituary at www.hmdfuneralhome.com.

PACG Annual Holiday Party – Thursday, December 15th, 5:30 PM

Duck Creek Lodge, 3300 E. Locust St, Davenport, Iowa

Please join us for our annual holiday party on December 15th at Duck Creek Lodge in Davenport. Social hour will begin at 5:30 pm. Come relax and talk with new and old progressive friends. Also,SIS International will have a table at which you can shop for fair trade items for holiday or personal gifts if you like. We also welcome your checks or cash donations for the River Bend Food Bank in lieu of canned goods.

At 6:15, we can sit down and enjoy delicious entrees, including chicken pot pie (local chickens), gluten free ham and scalloped potatoes, and vegetarian lasagna (made with regular, not gluten free pasta), from Fresh Deli. Please bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share.

Finally, the Endowment Committee will present the 3rd Annual Grant from the Dick Fallow Social Justice Endowment Fund to a worthy organization that works to further the goals of the Endowment.

So please come join us progressives for good food, good deeds, and good conversation (There’s lots to talk about this year!). See you on December 15th.

“The Man Behind the Curtain” Speaking Tour – November 12, 6:00 PM

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE VIDEO OF THIS PRESENTATION

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 6:00 PM

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad Cities
3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, Iowa.

Join us to hear Corporate anthropologist and author Jane Anne Morris in “The Man Behind the Curtain” speaking tour.

Communities across America have been successful in creating change when they’ve understood some of the key concepts Jane Anne Morris will be talking about. Find out what’s behind all these issues like the Dakota Access Pipeline, the need for a moratorium on factory farming, the water and air pollution from CAFOs and slaughterhouses, and even the struggles for fair labor practices and a livable wage.

This event is the third stop on a four city tour with Corporate Anthropologist, Jane Anne Morris, called “The Man Behind the Curtain” or “CAFOs, Slaughterhouses, and Pipelines, (Oh My!) – Pay No Attention to the Man Behind the Curtain!” You will watch as Jane Anne pulls back the curtain and helps you better understand how to address crucial issues.
We sincerely hope you can join us for this exciting and very informative event. Huge changes are possible through grassroots efforts like this.

Please bring a dish to share and invite folks!

For More Information: Bob Babcock
WeLoveDavenport@hotmail.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/events/1701463900167286/

This statewide event is sponsored in partnership locally with the Green Sanctuary Committee of the UUCQC. If you have friends in the northeast section of Iowa, Boone, Polk, Johnson and Story Counties, or down in Jefferson, Wapello, Lee, Washington, Keokuk, Louisa and similar southeast counties, please request specific flyers/handbills emailed to you for their locations.

Important internet links:
www.midlandauthors.com/morris.html
www.POCLAD.org
www.democracythemepark.org
www.celdf.org
www.100fires.com
www.communityrightsgroundwork.org

Bob Babcock
WeLoveDavenport@hotmail.com