About the Chicago Network for Justice and Peace

The Chicago Network for Justice and Peace assists individuals and organizations in their efforts to promote literacy and the use of the literary arts for creating effective communication between and among cultures and groups within cultures; in doing so, we seek to foster community building and the common cause for justice and peace.

To fulfill its mission, CNJP supports:

  • Volunteer tutoring programs in schools and in prisons;
  • Cross cultural literary conferences;
  • Collaboration with International PEN’s International Women Writers Committee, Linguistic Rights Committee, Writers in Prison Committee;
  • Library development;
  • Collaborative publication projects;
  • Literacy programs;
  • Collaborative artistic projects involving the literary arts;
  • Scholarship programs for students of merit who would otherwise be denied appropriate education for financial reasons.

To view the current list of projects, please see our Service Program.

Status

The Chicago Network for Justice and Peace is incorporated in the State of Illinois by the Secretary of State as an Illinois Not For Profit Corporation. It is recorded in the Office of the Recorder of the County of Cook of the State of Illinois as a Not For Profit Corporation; and it is registered as a Charitable Organization with the Attorney General of the State of Illinois.

Chicago Network for Justice and Peace (CNJP) has been recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a tax exempt not-for-profit educational organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS code. Accordingly, contributions to CNJP are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please consult your accountant concerning your contributions.

Board of Directors

Nicholas Patricca, Ph.D. (President), Professor Emeritus, Loyola University, Chicago.

G. Dennis Conroy (Vice-president), Consultant. Retired: Senior Vice President, External Affairs, Metropolitan Family Services, Chicago

Lucina T. Kathmann (Secretary/Treasurer), International Vice President of Pen International, San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

James Cascaito, Ph.D. (Commissioner for Linguistic Rights), Poet and Translator, Retired: Chairperson, Dept. of Modern Languages and Cultures, FIT/SUNY, New York City.

Michael J. Garanzini, S.J., Chancellor, Loyola University, Chicago.

Martha Neira, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.. Consultant, Retired: Department of Children and Family Services, State of Illinois, Chicago.

Janet Sisler, M.A., M.Ed. Executive Director, Ann Ida Gannon Center for Women and Leadership at Loyola University Chicago.

Web Master

Keith Marran, New York City.

Legal Consultant

Jeanne M. Miller at Law Office of Jeanne M. Miller, LLC, McHenry, IL.