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Film premier: “War on the Family”; citywide meeting on school closings; gay rights rallies; Cardinal George at CeaseFire in Logan Square; a local Muslim leader on the U.S. and Afghanistan; Chicago lawyers on torture at Guantanamo and in Chicago; Jewish peace groups meet on Gaza crisis.


Based on the book “Women in Prison and the Children They Left Behind” by Chicago author and longtime prison rights activist Rennie Golden, the film “War on the Family” will get its premier showing tonight at Wellington Avenue Church, 615 W. Wellington (Friday, January 9, 7 p.m.)


Teachers, parents and community groups — facing another round of school closings and “turnarounds” from CPS — will meet for a citywide forum on “Turnarounds, Charters, and Privatization” at Malcolm X College, Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Calling on President Obama to keep his promise to repeal the Clinton-era “Defense of Marriage” Act, which allows state and federal governments to disregard marriages of people of the same sex in states which allow it. Equality Illinois will rally at the Hyatt Corporation headquarters, 71 S. Wacker, at 11 a.m., protesting a Hyatt owner’s support for Proposition 8, joining a rally at the State of Illinois building at 11:30 a.m. and marching to Holy Name Cathedral, Saturday, January 10.


Cardinal Francis George and Rev. Calvin Morris, CeaseFire board president, lead a conversation about creating a safe community with the Alliance of Local Service Organizations, sponsor of CeaseFire of Logan Square, at the Logan Square Boys and Girls Club, 3228 W. Palmer, Saturday, January 10 at 7:30 p.m.


Myths and Realities – U.S. War in Afghanistan. Abdul Malik Mujahid, an imam and author who is vice chair of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago, speaks at First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn, Saturday, January 10, 7 p.m.

Witness Against Torture: Guantanamo to Chicago. NIU Law Professor Marc Falkoff, who has represented more than a dozen prisoners at Guantanamo, and G. Flint Taylor, attorney in a series of Burge torture cases, First Unitarian Church, 5650 S. Woodlawn, Sunday, January 11, 7 p.m.


Israeli peace activist Avner Inbar and Aliza Becker of Brit Tzdek v’Shalom (Jewish Alliance for Peace and Justice) discuss the crisis in Gaza, and Rabbi Andrea London of Beth Emet reporting on a Chicago-area Jewish-Muslim peace statement, at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation, 303 Dodge Avenue, Evanston, on Sunday, January 11 at 7 p.m.

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