About Speaking Up

‘Speaking Up’ is a new film-book series from PeaceAble Cities: Evanston, whose goal is to work toward a violence-free Evanston by the year 2020. The group, explains acting executive director Joey Rodger, believes violence is almost always preventable, that citizens can learn to live together peaceably, and that violence prevention is the job of everyone in Evanston.

“We named the film-book group ‘Speaking Up’ because it’s only when we speak up and intervene that bullying, violence and other types of abuse can be stopped,” explains Rodger, who’s also a member of the Evanston Police Department’s clergy team.

Part of PeaceAble Cities: Evanston’s strategy is to understand the causes of violence and stimulate discussion on how to prevent and treat it. Toward that end, the film-book series was launched. A new topic will be explored monthly, ranging from domestic violence to gang issues to prejudice against immigrants.

‘Speaking Up’, which is co-sponsored by the Evanston Public Library, will alternate films with books. The library will provide a limited number of copies of the books in the series on a first come, first serve basis. EPL will also maintain this blog featuring related materials and connections to library materials for those interested in taking the discussion further. All are welcome to the film and book discussions, which will take place on Sunday afternoons in Evanston and are free of charge.

For additional information please contact Joey Rodger, Acting Executive Director of PeaceAble Cities: Evanston at 847-475-5740 or joey@peaceablecitiesevanston.org



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