Jun
27
7:00pm 7:00pm

Viewing of "13th" Movie Documentary

"Ava DuVernay’s 13th is a documentary about how the Thirteenth Amendment led to mass incarceration in the United States, but it’s also a gorgeous, evocative, and maddening exploration of words: of their power, their roots, their permanence. It’s about those who wield those words and those made to kneel by them. Many Americans by now are familiar with the coded language of the country’s racial hegemony. Some shun certain words while others make anthems out of them."

Join OPAL & Unitarian Church of Evanston for the viewing of the documentry "13TH". Following the movie there will be a community discussion.

 

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Jan
31
5:00pm 5:00pm

OPAL Candidate Forum - City Clerk, Wards 3 & 9

In support of a healthy, robust democracy and our mission of supporting new residents to hold elected office, we are hosting candidate forums in the auditorium of Chute Middle School (1400 Oakton Ave). Due to the large pool of candidates, we have spilt the forums in order to allow ample time for audience questions and candidate responses.

The event will follow the schedule below:
Candidate Meet 'n Greet from 5:15-5:45p
followed by the forum from 6-7:30p. 


Wards 3, 9 and City Clerk Candidates from 6p-7:30p

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Jan
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

OPAL Candidate Forum - Mayoral & Ward 1, 6, & 8

In support of a healthy, robust democracy and our mission of supporting new residents to hold elected office, we are hosting candidate forums in the auditorium of Chute Middle School (1400 Oakton Ave). Due to the large pool of candidates, we have spilt the forums in order to allow ample time for audience questions and candidate responses.

The event will be scheduled as following:
Candidate Meet 'n Greet from 5:15-5:45p
Candidate forum from 6-8


Mayoral Candidates from 6-7p
Wards 1, 6, & 8 following from 7-8p

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Jan
24
5:00pm 5:00pm

OPAL & NAACP Education Candidate Forum

In support of a healthy, robust democracy and our mission of supporting new residents to hold elected office, we are hosting candidate forums in the Historic Foster Theater located in Family Focus (2100 Dewey). Due to the large pool of candidates, we have spilt the forums in order to allow ample time for audience questions and candidate responses.

The evening will begin with a Candidate Meet 'n Greet from 5:15-5:45p
followed by the forum from 6-8p. 

District 65 candidates from 6-7p
District 202 candidates from 7-8p

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Racial Equity in City Budgeting
Sep
17
9:30am 9:30am

Racial Equity in City Budgeting

This fall OPAL is planning to launch an effort to pursue racial equity in budgeting at the City of Evanston. We applaud the efforts of the City staff to encourage citizen participation in the budget process by hosting meeting to elict community comment and provide a budget overview presentation.

In preparation to have a fully educated and engaged dialogue OPAL is hosting "Racial Equity in City Budgeting" on Saturday Sept 17, 9:30-11:30am @ Gibbs-Morrison (1823 Church). Please join us as we discuss how racial equity can be applied to budgeting, highlight some areas of concern from the current budget, and resource allocation disparities. 

COE Budget Mtg: Wed. 9/21 @7p, Fri. 10/7 @5p, Mon. 10/17 @ 7p, Sat. 10/29 @9a
*All mtgs held at Morton Center - 2100 Ridge Ave 

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Jul
4
12:30pm12:30pm

4th of July Parade

March with us down Central St as we spread our vision for an Racially Equitable Evanston. 
If you would like to join us please email engage@opalevanston.com.

Parade Instructions:

OPAL is unit number 61

Sector number 6 (north side of Central St between Highland and Prospect)

Please arrive between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM at OPAL'S designated sector.

** Please wear an OPAL or a Black Lives Matter T-shirt.
(Shirts can be purchased at Parade or email us at engage@opalevanston.com)

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April Community Meeting
Apr
12
7:00pm 7:00pm

April Community Meeting

It's time to hit the streets. As the weather warms we will begin our door knocking and community outreach efforts to provide voters with education on community issues, the impact of voting on their lives, and the benefits of running for office. Join us at the April meeting and to get more information.
Unitarian Church Evanston
1330 Ridge Ave

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Senator Cory Booker
Feb
26
7:30pm 7:30pm

Senator Cory Booker

OPAL is joining Family Network Network to bring US Senator Cory Booker to Evanston to speak about his new book "United - Thoughts on Finding Common Ground for the Common Good". Senator Booker has been an advocate for Equity in Education, Criminal Justice, Political Capital, and many other tasks. 

We are excited for the opportunity to share our mission for Equity in this venue and invite you to come (early) to hear him speak.

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February Community Meeting
Feb
16
6:30pm 6:30pm

February Community Meeting

 

How does the State's Attorney affect your life in Evanston?

Come here retired Juvenile Court Judge and Public Defender Andy Berman talk about his experience with the States Attorney’s Office and the importance of the upcoming Primary Election.

Second Baptist Church
1717 Benson Ave

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Oct
29
7:00pm 7:00pm

Community Conversation

OUR FIRST EVENT!
A community conversation around Evanston community leadership and what we as citizens can do to be a part of the process. We'll have an opportunity to learn and share information about living in Evanston. Representatives from the League of Women voters will be there to register people to vote. Please come join our conversation.

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