Lunch & Learn ~ Sept 15

343 The Impact of Economic and Peace/Security Policies on the Lives of US Women


What should policymakers focus on to ensure that women and families can succeed economically? How do we create a vision for what individuals, communities, nations, and our globe need to thrive together, rather than a vision that is based on what we need to protect?


September 15th

12:00 pm

205 W Monroe Suite 500 

Chicago IL, 60606

Join Mary Zerkel of the American Friends Service Committee and Melissa Josephs of Women Employed as they discuss these topics and more at our Lunch & Learn on September 15.

8th Day Center’s Lunch and Learn event series presents timely topics on peace and justice. Please bring a lunch with you to our office at 205 W Monroe St, Fifth Floor, Chicago, IL. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP by September 13 with JoAnne Harbert Bhati at or by calling 312-641-5151, ext. 116.


Block the “Blue Lives” Chicago ordinance

Please join 8th Day in signing the petition put forth by The Bluest Lie Collaborative  to recind the "Blue Lives" Chicago ordinance.  Below the group, Showing Up for Racial Justice, lays out what the ordinace entails and why it is important for us as activists. Click "read more" below.

Please click here to listen to an interview with organizer Charlene Carruthers and historian Barbara Ransby by The Chicago Reporter.  The two are co-teaching a course on Black Lives Matter this summer at the University of Illinois, Chicago.

Local Context:

Young Adult Council - Art Exhibit


Join us for the third annual art show, "These Are Not My Problems," presented by the Young Adult Council of 8th Day Center for Justice. The art shown will represent an artistic expressions of justice through this years theme "creative expressions of reclaiming our bodies."


Molly Costello 
Isioma Odum - Spoken Word
Joyce Polance
Sean Lowry Lamble
Aaron Huges
Verbal Kwest

New artist coming soon so watch for more info.

Saturday, September 24
7pm - 9:30 pm

Preston Bradley Center
People's Church
Mason Hall (4th Floor)
941 W Lawrence Ave 
(3 blocks from Lawrence Red line)

There is parking available at Weiss Memorial Hospital for $8 and some street parking around the event. If you prefer public transportation the venue is only 3 blocks from the Lawrence Red line.

Tickets $40
Students $20

Please join us for an evening of art, dancing, good food and drink, and the presentation of the 2016 Mary Elsbernd, OSF Award! 

Raffle Tickets

1 for $10 or 3 for $25

Prizes include
Fitbit Alta
Kindle Paperwhite

To purchase tickets to the event,

or to purchase raffle tickets,

Click here

Convergence At The Border


The SOA Watch Convergence at the Border is taking place from October 7-10, 2016 at the border wall in Nogales, Sonora / Arizona. Mobilize your communities to take a stand for justice and against militarization. The convergence will include workshops and events on both sides Border Convergenceof the U.S./ Mexico border, as well as art, music, and resistance. To learn more about why SOA Watch is moving from the gates of Fort Benning to the border, read the article From the School of the Americas to the Border and watch the documentary The Empire's War on the Border.

This page includes hotel and travel information. Sign up to receive updates.

Download and distribute the Border Convergence fliers, and post information and images on your social media networks (click here for sample tweets). Get your group or organization to endorse the convergence, and to spread the word.

History is made by movements - mass movements of people who organize themselves to struggle collectively for a better world. The SOA Watch movement is a nonviolent force to change oppressive U.S. policies as represented by institutions like the School of the Americas, and to resist militarization at home and abroad. It is made up of people from many backgrounds who work towards a positive and fundamentally different alternative to the racist system of violence and domination.

Support for Orlando

The 8th Day Center for Justice Staff, Coordinating Council, and Assembly are deeply saddened and angered by the senseless massacre that happened at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on Saturday evening. Our deepest sympathy, presence, and prayers are with the families of the many innocent victims and the survivors, who have all been left to deal with the trauma of this atrocity. As we have for many years, we stand with the LGBTQ+ community whose safety and dignity have once again been threatened by this unimaginable attack.

As is the case in any situation, we know that the actions of one are not representative of any group. In times of tragedy, it is both easy and tempting to fall into the trap of blaming in order to provide answers for our hurting and healing for our wounds. We stand with the Muslim community who once again fall victim to Islamophobia simply because the perpetrator was Muslim himself. The correlation of Islam and violence is a fallacy; it is a gross generalization to blame an entire community for the action of an individual.

This attack on the queer Latino community of Orlando was inexcusable; it is an attack on the human community at large. The shooter’s actions are representative of the ills and pathologies of our culture, a culture that perpetuates violence, racism, homophobia, and hyper-masculinity. Until we address these ills of our society, we will never see an end to this violence. As a faith-based organization, we know that we must address the flawed structures and attitudes within our own faith communities that perpetuate these ills so that true justice, peace, and safety can be achieved for all.  

8th Day Center vows to stand with the LGBTQ+ community to address the systems that allow such heinous acts to take place. We cannot and we will not rest until the diversity of  the human community is celebrated, and all are reverenced for the sacredness of their humanity.

Watch our June 17 Lunch & Learn

CAN-TV showing of

Inside the Refugee Crisis

A View from Sr. Norma Pimentel of the Humanitarian 
Response along the Texas/Mexico Border



We were so pleased to have Sr. Norma Pimentel join us for a live interview to discuss her work on the U.S.-Mexico Border.  


Norma Pimentel is a Sister with the Missionaries of Jesus. As 
Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley for over 12 years, she oversees the charitable arm of the Diocese of Brownsville, providing oversight of the different ministries & services in the areas of the Rio Grande Valley. Sr. Norma is an alumna of the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies with a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Counseling. She will be honored at Loyola University Chicago's Founders Dinner as one the 2016 Damen Awardees.


Tune in at watch at these times and channels

Sunday, June 26th, 9:00 AM, CAN TV21
Monday,  June 27th, 8:00 AM, CAN TV19
Tuesday,  June 28th, 12:00 PM, CAN TV21


Supporting “A Church For Our Daughters”

8th Day Center for Justice - Women in Church and Society Committee is a supporting organization for the “A Church For Our Daughters” campaign.

The campaign states:
 “We pray together as a family of the faithful with the vision of a Church community that at its core upholds the full equality of all of its members. So that our daughters and yours may know radical inclusion and justice, equality without qualification, and an institution that transforms oppression into love without bounds, let us build a Church for our daughters.”

Join 8th Day Center - Women in Church and Society Committee and the many other organizations in signing the petition asking US Bishops to Build a Church for Our Daughters by clicking here

Learn more about the campaign here.

Spring Revel

Spring Revel 

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to all who joined us at Revel in the Revolution with Jamie Manson. It was a pleasure having you all with us, experiencing the moving words from Jamie, together. The roll out of our Feminist Plattform could have gone no other way. Thank you for being a part of it with us.  The full text of Jamie Manson's speech can be found by clicking here.

To see photos from the event click here.




Click here for more information about the Feminist Platform.

Good Friday Walk for Justice - March 25




Thank you for joining us for

Good Friday Walk for Justice


Download a copy of the 2016 Good Friday Walk for Justice program book.


Click here to see photos from the Walk.

8th Day Speakers


Watch last months Evening Speaker Series with Imam Malik Musahid. 



Watch last months Lunch & Learn with Adelaida Jiménez Cortés.