by Charles R. Powell
The First World War, AKA, World War I, The Great War, "The War To End All Wars" lasted from July 1914 until November 1918. Ultimately, it was carried on by more than 70 million military personnel in two opposing alliances with repeating rifles, machine guns, artillery, poison gas, tanks, war ships and planes. Millions perished, it was one of the largest and deadliest conflicts in history. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died. Another 20 million were wounded.
It would start with shouted holiday greetings and caroling. Then exchanges of food, tobacco and souvenirs would follow. And soon, men from both sides would enter “no man’s land” unarmed, to shake hands, play music, dance and kick soccer balls around. In some spots the two sides showed family photos, exchanged addresses and even drank beer and spirits. Joint burial ceremonies were conducted in some places.
Thousands of enemies met as friends in “no man’s land” on the Western Front during Christmas 1914. Today, 100 years later, the extraordinary event is seen as a shining episode of sanity from among the bloody chapters of human warfare. It left a profound impact upon some of those who took part -- a spontaneous effort by the lower ranks to create peace that could have blossomed were it not for the interference of generals and politicians. A valuable lesson showing that peace is possible.
Charles R. Powell, President of The Donald and Sally-Alice Thompson Chapter of Veterans For Peace, 202 Harvard Dr SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, 505-514-9487
"The greatest form of sanity that anyone can exercise is to resist that force that is trying to repress, oppress, and fight down the human spirit." Mumia Abu-Jamal
By Kathy Kelly
During chilly Kabul mornings last winter, the yard outside the Afghan Peace Volunteer (APV) home became a hub of activity as mothers, children, and young APVs participated in “the duvet project.” Duvets are heavy blankets, stuffed with wool, which can make the difference between life and death during Kabul’s extremely harsh winters. The volunteers coordinated manufacture and distribution of three thousand duvets, at no cost to recipients, during the winter of 2013-14.
Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, (773) 878-3815
I am Aztatl (az-tat-le) of Coahuila and Mexican Ancestry. Aztatl means Heron, given me in ceremony. Born in San Antonio, Texas, I grew up in Detroit, MI. I have lived in the Albuquerque area since 1999. I am a retired social worker with 34 yrs. experience in the mental health field as an activist, artist and writer. My art resulted from the need to learn more about my culture. This was pre- 1960's and the struggles of communities of color.
The current selected artwork hanging at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice consists of multimedia pieces centered on drawings, pastel, acrylic, collage and water color paintings. They cover a range of ideas I have learned about my Coahuila-Xikano culture in Mexico and the Southwestern U.$.A. They are focused on the spiritual concepts of Earth Mother's 4 principles - Earth, Water, Air and Sun. Also included is contemporary art and writing.
The exhibit us currently up and runs to December 15, 2014. A reception will be held on December 5 th at 6pm in the P&J Peace Hall. The office telephone # is 268-9557. Everyone is welcome.
By Renee Wolters
With the changing landscape at the Artesia Detention Center, as concerned members of the community, we too need to change our strategies and our focus. We’ve been soliciting donations in kind (clothing, food, etc.), and the response has been overwhelming – many many thanks! At this moment, we will no longer be accepting these donations until further notice. ICE continually changes its practices, which adds to the mix of what we can do. At this point, the most important thing needed is to help fund attorneys who can process asylum claims in order to have women and children released, rather than deported. Due to pro-bono efforts, over 200 mothers and their children have been released from the center to join their family members in the US. Their families have paid their bond and bus tickets.
Since June (or, for the last 5 months) American Immigration Lawyers Association has been providing pro-bono legal assistance in Artesia to file asylum cases for detained women and children. Donate online at www.aila.org.
Allegra Love, a Santa Fe attorney deeply involved with work in Artesia, has set up a site to donate online for legal services: www.youcaring.com/other/support-children-in-immigration-detention/220516
You can also write a check to NMCC (New Mexico Conference of Churches) with NMFCIJ-Artesia in the memo line and mail to: NMFCIJ, P.O. Box 40679, ABQ, NM 87196.
Finally, donations to Somos un Pueblo Unido go to support grassroots help by individuals in the community who have been assisting released people when possible. Send checks to: 1717 W. 2nd St. Ste. 203, Roswell, NM 88201.
New Mexico is for Immigrant Justice
The NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice will be taking a delegation to El Paso and Juarez on November 13-16. We invite anyone interested in learning face to face about issues regarding immigration. We will meet with immigrants, both documented and undocumented, Border Patrol agents, an immigration attorney, visit colonias where immigrants often find housing, and several projects in Juarez such as a medical clinic, an immigrant shelter and related agencies. We are invited to attend the Sunday services of Cristo Rey, giving us another opportunity to share in the life experience of the people.
We will be housed in the church. Although the Faith Coalition covers most of the cost, we still need help. The cost of the immersion is $240, but we don’t want to turn anyone away and will make partial or full scholarships available.
We are going to start a new Non-Violent Communication study group at the Peace Center in October. We use Marshall Rosenberg's book, Non-Violent Communication, as our text. Most of our Coordinating Council members have participated as well as our coordinator, and we are reaching out to our volunteers and members. Anyone is invited to attend.
Please contact Suzanne Ziglar at 255-4074 for more info and to sign up.
Please join us for a Peace Walk for the Mosque
Thursday, Oct. 30th at 5:30pm
Walk from the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard SE, 87106, to the Islamic Center of New Mexico, 1100 Yale SE, 87106. We will walk two blocks west on Silver, then take Yale to the ICNM. The walk is just under one mile long, and should take about 15 minutes.
Please bring a candle, flowers and/or messages of support. This is a family-friendly walk, so please bring your children! This is a teaching moment, as we respond to last Thursday's molotov cocktail hate crime with a gesture of good will, love and concern for our Muslim sisters and brothers in our community.
Chris Adams, Public Relations Director at the ICNM, has messaged Sue that the ICNM board welcomes our Peace Walk and that he would try to make sure that Imam Shafi is there and he said: "They (board members)want to have a reception prepared for the guests with food (or at least snacks) and drinks in the general-purpose (mixed gender) meeting room. I'll give you more details about that soon. "
We will present our statement of support to the imam there.
Please walk with us if you can, and please help spread the word.
-Sally and Sue (505-702-4203)
Susan Schuurman, Coordinator
Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice
202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Join this community event coinciding with the People’s Climate March and the UN Climate Meeting in New York. This is a 1.5 mile walking pilgrimage to various downtown ABQ locations for short creative presentations making connections between climate change and immigration, refugees, health, food, water, national and international security, children, etc. Organized by a diverse coalition including human services, faith communities and environmental groups, all are welcome.
Convene at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 619 Copper Ave NW at 9am to register, get organized and start the march. The route is all downtown, planned as a 90 minute march/pilgrimage with about 7 stops. Various folks are contacting groups to set up events at the stops. We do need musicians and artistic folks to join us to make it lively.
Saturday, Sept. 20, 9-11am
If anyone can help with this, please contact
The Peace Center Celebrates UN International Day of Peace.
Everyone is invited to participate!
Activities will take place at the Center from 11am-5pm.
The schedule for the day is as follows:
- 11-noon: ABQ Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (AUUF) resident musicologist Jane Ellen speaks on activist music of the '60s at the Peace Center.
- 1-3pm: ―Moving from Separateness to Unity‖ presentation and discussion led by Trish Herron in the Peace Hall, and Banner Painting led by Bob Allen in the parking lot.
- 3-5pm: Music and dancing in parking lot. Please join us as we visualize a peaceful world and as we promote peace in Albuquerque.
People who traveled on the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice tour to El
Paso/Juarez in April will tell about experiences meeting with the Border Patrol, immigrants
and deportees at the Wall and their interviews with people who serve them, including a
doctor, a lawyer, small library staff, volunteers at Annunciation House and others. (See page
5 for Lily Hansen’s personal reflections about her immersion experience.)
We want to take more people on tours to witness the border, become involved and inform
others about the horrendous conditions on our Southern Border. Come and help work at the
local, state and national levels to change this intolerable situation- the most important civil
rights issue in American today. If you wish, bring clothes or money to send to children
attempting to cross the border into the U.S. We need to work together to help protect the children arriving in the U.S. and to respond to their basic needs. Border immersion experiences help us to understand the root causes that compel children to flee their homes and come to the U.S.
Please join us Thursday, Aug. 21, 6-8pm at the Peace and Justice Center to learn more and lend a hand to help us in reaching out to these children. Refreshments will be served, contact Joanne Calkins 268-1733 or Mary Beth Howe (816) 516-1246 for info.
Thursday, Aug. 21
Peace and Justice Center