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Homeless Peoples’ Memorial Vigil

HomelessWednesday, Dec. 21, 12:30-3pm

Homeless Peoples’ Memorial Vigil Please join us again in honoring and celebrating the lives of our friends and neighbors who have experi- enced homelessness and who passed away in our community during the past year. The memorial vigil will be held on Wednesday, December 21, from 12:30pm to 3pm. At 12:30 pm we will meet at the "Memorial Wall" at Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless (1217 First St. NW) for lunch (provided by Joy Junction) and a short ceremony at 12:45pm. We will begin the silent march from AHCH to The Rock at NoonDay (2400 Second St.) at 1pm. The Vigil will be held from 2-3pm, inside The Rock at NoonDay (2400 Second St.). Please arrive a few minutes early so you do not miss the ceremony. If you have questions, please contact Hana Ottesen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Students Raise Awareness: Church Rock Uranium Spill

sandersThursday, Dec. 1, 6-8pm

Students from UNM’s Nuclear New Mexico class give a presentation for awareness and action on the July 16, 1979 Uranium Tailings Spill in Church Rock, NM, one of the largest radioactive leaks in human history. More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

“The Church Rock Uranium Spill of 1979: NM’s Little-Known Nuclear Accident”

UNM students from Eileen Shaughnessy's ―Nuclear New Mexico‖ class present an evening to raise awareness and spur action on the July 16, 1979 Uranium Tailings Spill in Church Rock, NM, one of the largest radioactive leaks in human history, at the Peace Center, Thursday, Dec. 1, 6-8pm.

Learn what happened, what cleanup has occurred, what threats remain, and how you can take action. Organized by students Amy Sedillo, Denise Brown (Diné), and Sue Schuurman, the panel will feature members of the Red Water Pond Road Community Association, Edith Hood and Bertha Nez, plus Chris Shuey from the Southwest Research and Information Center (SRIC). Excerpts from the films The River That Harms and Four Stories on Water will be shown. Everyone is invited, and refreshments will be served. This is also a fundraiser for the Red Water Pond Road folks to build a much-needed Hogan for community healing.

24th Annual Muertos y Marigolds Día de los Muertos Parade

DDM24 600Sunday, Nov. 6, 2-6pm

The 24 th Annual Muertos y Marigolds Día de los Muertos Parade, followed by Celebration at the WestSide Community Center, 1250 Isleta Blvd. SW in the South Valley. The Peace Center will be tabling, call 268-9557 to help.

Theme Meaning

So near yet another pivotal election season, feelings of entrapment in a corrupt Bi-partisan system continue to plague us. Nuevomexicanos must resist and engage in any capacity they can to restore their communities to their flourishing states. Whether that be voting, petitioning, protesting, creating, reflecting or protecting, we ask our gente to take a stand against injustices in their community. We reclaim our demon, the chupacabra as an ally in ridding this land of malicious, power-hungry, exploitative entities.  

Reclaiming our querencia is reclaiming the mountains that replenish the rivers, the arroyos that nourish the chile, beans, corn, squash, pecans and pinon. It calls up the herencia of that which is dear to us; food, tradition, tamales steaming: calls up that which is self, home, land and sky; calls up a pre-contact-pre-colonial, pre-industrial past of the mesoamericas; calls up the land of the ephemeral waterways, dry farming, sheep husbandry and the acequias. 

La reclamacion is to protect the home that is the dear nuevomexicano heritage: the language, the land, the water and the culture. We implore everyone to act, and unite in defying systemic, institutional and internal oppression.

For more info: muertosymarigolds.org

Do Not Resist film at the guild

 poster-largeSaturday & Sunday, Nov. 19-20, 1pm ONLY

Do Not Resist, a documentary about the militarization of police forces, followed by panel discussion co-sponsored by ACP&J, at Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave NE

Guild Cinema

 Watch the trailer below.

 An urgent and powerful exploration of the rapid militarization of the police in the United States. Starting on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, as the community grapples with the death of Michael Brown, DO NOT RESIST– the directorial debut of Detropia cinematographer Craig Atkinson – offers a stunning look at the current state of policing in America and a glimpse into the future. The Tribeca Film Festival winner for Best Documentary puts viewers in the center of the action – from a ride-along with a South Carolina SWAT team and inside a police training seminar that teaches the importance of “righteous violence” to the floor of a congressional hearing on the proliferation of military equipment in small-town police departments – before exploring where controversial new technologies, including predictive policing algorithms, could lead the field next.

http://www.donotresistfilm.com/

 

Peter Neils in Concert

PNFriday, Oct. 14, 7pm

A performer off and on for 50 years and a singer-songwriter who focuses on the real stories & events of the world we live in. He resided in Maine from 1969 to 1999 & has lived in and around Albuquerque, NM since. He has dedicated many years to political activism (Earth First!, Public Lands Defense, Indigenous Struggles Solidarity, Anti-Nuclear Power & Weaponry & more) as well and that also informs his songs. He has performed with a lot of great songwriters including Jim Page, Robert Hoyt, Bill Oliver & David Mallett (last fall, right here in Maine!)

Songs for Troubled Times: Peter Neils in Concert - a benefit for, and at, the Peace Center. $10 donation; more info: 268-9557 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF Party to Raise Money for Refugee Children

ToTSaturday, October 29, 3-5pm 

The Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations Association will host a Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF party Saturday, October 29, 3-5pm at the Peace Center.

The event will also celebrate the 71st anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (October 24, 1945) and raise money to support UNICEF’s work helping refugee children. Today, as at its founding, the United Nations is working to provide peaceful alternatives to violence, to shelter refugees and to improve the quality of life for people all over the world. It’s a formidable job.

The U.N.'s refugee agency reports that the number of displaced people is at its highest ever -- surpassing even post- World War II numbers, when the world was struggling to come to terms with the most devastating event in history. The total at the end of 2015 reached 65.3 million -- or one out of every 113 people on Earth, according to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). The number represents a 5.8 million increase on the year before.

Students, community members, families and kids of all ages are invited to come in costume, enjoy some snacks, cider, costume parades and Halloween fun. There is no charge for admission. However, guests are asked to contribute what you can to the big UNICEF jar at the center of the party (donations from $5-$25 [or more] per attendee will be greatly appreciated). UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, will use all the money raised to help refugee children around the world. People who want to do more, may sign up to receive a Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF box to collect more donations for UNICEF over Halloween and return them to the Albuquerque Chapter after Halloween.

For more info, check out the UNA Albuquerque Chapter: www.facebook.com/unaabq or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Seeds of Change: Nonviolence Strategy Workshop

Seeds-247x300Conducted by Rivera Sun
Saturday Sept. 17, 9:30am-3:30pm
at the Peace Center.

Learn about Gene Sharp‟s “198 Methods of Nonviolent Action” and how to use them to become more effective agents of change here in our local communities. Learn how to use nonviolence to confront injustice, resist militarization, uphold the rights of threatened minorities and build sustainable communities. The training is conducted by Rivera Sun, nationally recognized author/activist and nonviolence trainer for Campaign Nonviolence, with a focus on the dynamics and strategies of nonviolent action.

Cost is $20 in advance (register online at www.paceebene.org/abqtraining or in person at the Peace Center), $25 at the door. Scholarships are available. Brown bag lunch or local eateries, drinks provided. Contacts: Sharon;  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Judith; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Local Co-Sponsors: Campaign Nonviolence NM, Creating Peace Project-ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, and ABQ Chapter-U.N. Association USA .

Celebrate the U.N. International Day of Peace

idp-poster-071-200x300Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4-8pm at the Peace Center.

What Can Gandhi Teach Albuquerque in 2016?
Greg Polk, international development advisor, peace advocate, and former Peace Corps volunteer will share his experience of retracing Mahatma Gandhi's historic Salt March. Greg, who lived and worked in India for 5 years, will explore Gandhi‟s legacy and its relevance to the challenges of our times.

Participants will gather after Greg‟s presentation to discuss the lessons of Gandhi‟s Salt March for today‟s peace and social justice challenges and envision a contemporary “Salt March Response” to institutionalized violence in the community and beyond.

Also: poetry with Hakim Bellamy, music with Johnny Alston, Frito Pie and food treats prepared by the Center‟s own Peace Café. Free of charge--donations accepted. Contacts: The Peace Center (268-9557), Judith ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ), or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Local Co-Sponsors: Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Campaign Nonviolence NM, United Nations Association-ABQ

Women’s Equality Day Rally

Womens-Equality-DayFriday, Aug. 26, 11am-1pm

Women’s Equality Day Rally

By Sylvia Ramos, ABQ NOW

On June 4, 1919, 71 years after the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, Congress approved the woman's suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The national campaign for ratification by the states was led by suffragists Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, who used different tactics but got all the states needed by August 18, 1920. Women’s right to vote in the U.S. became the law of the land when it was added to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. In 1971, New York Representative Bella Abzug was successful in having a bill passed in Congress to have August 26 recognized annually as Women’s Equality Day.

Over the past few years the Humanist Society of NM and the Albuquerque Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) have held public celebrations of Women’s Equality Day to remind all citizens that the right to vote comes with the responsibility to vote and that our work for women’s inclusion as equal partners with men in our country will not be done until the Equal Rights Amendment, written by Alice Paul in 1923, is ratified by 38 states and added to the Constitution.

The Southwest Women’s Law Center, collaborating with ABQ-NOW, League of Women Voters and other women-focused local and statewide organizations, will hold a rally at Civic Center Plaza in Albuquerque on Friday, August 26 from 11am-1pm. There will be real-time linkages with women around the state focused on getting women registered to vote.

This will be a non-partisan event aimed at building a community of strong women who will get engaged and get to the polls in 2016 to vote. For more information and to participate in this event, please contact Pamelya Herndon, Executive Director SWLC, at 505-244-0502 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Teacher Resistance in Oaxaca

imagenFriday, Aug. 26, 6-8pm

“School Reform” and Teacher Resistance in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico The unionized teachers of CNTE (National Coordinator of Education Workers) in Oaxaca, Mexico, have sparked a nationwide resistance movement against imposed federal “school reforms,” a movement that has become a massive popular movement against these and other neoliberal reforms in Mexico. Lois Meyer, who has collaborated closely for 17 years with indigenous teachers and who was with the encamped teachers in Oaxaca this June, will analyze the impacts of the imposed reforms and the current teacher resistance on teachers' job security and community-based education efforts in rural, marginalized Oaxacan communities, Friday, August 26, 6-8pm at the P&J. Current updates on the teacher/popular resistance movement will be provided by Clayton Levine and Hope Alvarado followed by a Q&A.

For more info, visit the Facebook page.

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