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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



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

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:

Bob Babcock

Upcoming PACG Events

Mark your calendars to join us at an upcoming event:

Social Justice Film Festival

Saturday, October 15 at the Village Theater in the Village of East Davenport. Four films relating to our active forums. Join our Weekly Email list or return to this website for details as they become available.

10:00 am – Health Care Reform: The Price of Life
11:30 am – Civil Rights: The New Asylums
1:00 pm – Environment: Chasing Ice
2:45 pm – Economic Justice: Dream On

Click here to download a poster.

Solar Energy: Iowa’s Path Forward

Thursday, October 20, at 7 pm at the Unitarian Congregation, 3707 Eastern Avenue, Davenport, Iowa.


Center for Energy and Environmental Education
Dr. Kamyar Enshayan, Director

Iowa Environmental Council
Nathaniel Baer, Energy Program Director

Utility Company Perspective

Iowa State Representative Phyllis Thede

Click here to download a poster.

PACG Holiday Party

Thursday, December 15 at Duck Creek Lodge in Davenport, Iowa.
Time to be announced.

Dick Fallow Endowment for Social Justice Accepting Applications for Annual Grant

The Dick Fallow Endowment for Social Justice has announced it is accepting applications for its annual grant. Applications must be submitted by October 23rd, 2016.

The Dick Fallow Endowment for Social Justice was established in 2013 to carry on the life work of Richard E. Fallow who fought for Labor and Economic Justice; Environmental Sustainability; and Democracy and Human Rights.

Each year the Endowment will issue a grant in one of these categories:
1. Labor/Economic Justice
2. Environment/Sustainability
3. Democracy/Human Rights

The endowment is administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend and managed by Progressive Action for the Common Good.

Criteria for grant applicants:

Their work must serve the Quad Cities and immediate surrounding areas
It must be an organization and not an individual
It must fit under one of the three categories of serving Labor/Economic Justice Environment/Sustainability, and Democracy/Human Rights
With some exceptions, the organization has to be locally chartered and not part of a national organization with access to resources that local groups do not have
The grant will not be available to partisan organizations

Once all grant applications are received, beginning October 24th, a grant selection committee will evaluate all applications and make their decision no later than November 15th.

The first year’s grant was awarded to the Center for Workers Justice of Eastern Iowa to support their Jobs with Dignity Campaign, and last year’s grant was awarded to the Palomares Social Justice Center in Moline, Illinois, to assist with bilingual publication of their outreach materials.

We encourage all interested applicants to download an application here:

Grant Application

Grant Structure

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