Free Film Series

OPPL-logo-color Oak Park Coalition of Truth & Justice and the Oak Park Public library present a free film series once a month.  A movie about a controversial subject is shown, snacks are provided, and a discussion is held afterwards.

Economics of Happiness


Both hard-hitting and inspiring, THE ECONOMICS OF HAPPINESS demonstrates that countless initiatives are happening around the globe united around a common cause: rebuilding more ecological, participatory, local and human scale economies – the foundation of an “economics of happiness.”

The film features a chorus of voices from six continents calling for systemic economic change, including David Korten, Bill McKibben, Vandana Shiva, Rob Hopkins, Richard Heinberg, Juliet Schor, Michael Shuman, Helena Norberg-Hodge, and Samdhong Rinpoche, the Prime Minister of Tibet’s government in exile.

Following the film there will be a conversation café, led by Sally Stovall of Green Community Connections.

Light refreshments are served.

63 min. 2011 For more information, see:

South of the Border


opctj-slide14south_borderThere's a revolution underway in South America...

 but most of the world doesn't know it.


 Academy Award winning director Oliver Stone sets out on a road trip across five countries to explore the social and political movements as well as the mainstream media's misperceptions of South America while interviewing seven of its elected presidents. In casual conversations with Presidents Hugo Chavez (Venezuela), Evo Morales (Bolivia), Lula da Silva (Brazil), Cristina Kirchner (Argentina), as well as her husband and ex-President Nestor Kirchner, Fernando Lugo (Paraguay), Rafael Correa (Ecuador) and Raul Castro (Cuba), Stone gains unprecedented access and sheds new light upon the exciting transformations in the region.

Following the showing, there will be a brief presentation by Eunice Escobar, member of CAMI and of the Chicago Religious Leaders Network on Latin America, and Q & A and open discussion.

 Light refreshments are served.

78 Minutes, 2010,




GASLAND reveals a web of secrets, lies, conspiracy, and contamination.

Part mystery, part travelogue, and part banjo showdown, Gasland documents filmmaker Josh Fox's

cross-country odyssey to find out if the controversial process of hydraulic fracturing - or fracking - is actually

safe. As he interviews people who live on or around current fracking sites, Josh learns of things gone horribly

wrong, from illness to hair loss to flammable water, and his inquiries lead him ever deeper into a web of

secrets, lies, conspiracy, and contamination - a web that potentially stretches to threaten the New York Watershed.

Unearthing a shocking story about a practice that is understudied and inadequately regulated, Gasland races

to find answer about fracking before it's far too late.


 Following the showing there will be a brief presentation by Doug Burke, of Oak Park Energy Initiative, and

Dr. Clare Butterfiled, of Faith in Place, and Q &A and open discussion.

Co-sponsoring organizations:

Green Sanctuary Committee of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation;

Oak Park Energy Initiative; Faith in Place; and the Environment and Energy Commission).

Light refreshments are served.

106 min. 2010.

New New Deal

Defending the Public, Our Families, and Our Communities

Saturday, April 9, 2011, 3:00–5:30pm
Chicago Temple
77 West Washington, Chicago

Featuring a Keynote Address By:

U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Jr., (D-MI)

Sponsor of HR870, "Humphrey-Hawkins 21st Century Full Employment and Training Act"

Also Featuring:

Jesus G. Garcia, Cook County Commissioner, 7th District

Join progressive leaders and activists to discuss strategies for defending our rights to earn, learn, and live in dignity. In the wake of the all-out attack against workers' rights and against programs that help our communities, it is more important than ever to come together across movements and push to realize a vision of FDR's "Second Bill of Rights." Panelists will discuss a roadmap to fight back and push for progressive priorities including ending wars and militarism; enhancing workers' rights; and developing economic policies that promote jobs and communities instead of corporate profits.


Emcee: Lori Challinor – DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition

Opening Remarks: Jesus G. Garcia – Cook County Commissioner (7th District)


Adrienne Alexander – Policy & Legislative Specialist, AFSCME Council 31

Bill Barclay – Chicago Political Economy Group, Democratic Socialists of America

Judge William Cousins (ret.) – Member of the Board and Former Political Action Committee Chairperson for South Side NAACP

Bamshad Mobasher – United for Peace & Justice, Oak Park Coalition for Truth & Justice

Keynote: John Conyers, Jr. – U.S. House of Representative (D-MI)
"Towards a New New Deal: A 21st Century Full Employment Act"


Organized by: New New Deal Project


Center for New Deal Studies – Roosevelt University, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression, Chicago Coalition Against War & Racism, Chicago Jobs with Justice, Chicago Political Economy Group, Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, DeKalb Interfaith Network for Peace and Justice, Democratic Socialists of America (Chicago and Detroit), DuPage Peace through Justice Coalition, Lincoln Park Neighbors United for Peace, North Side Action for Justice, North Suburban Peace Initiative, Oak Park Coalition for Truth and Justice, portoluz, Progressive Democrats of America-Chicago, SOUL, South Austin Coalition Community Council, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, West Suburban Faith-based PEACE Coalition

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Sunday, November 19, 2017

OPCTJ Meetings

You're welcome to join us. Check this space for the listing of the next meeting. We try to keep general meetings short and work out details at project committee meetings.

Free Film Series

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