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Peace Day Forum: Building Respect, Safety and Dignity Now!

Join us at the Peace Center, Thursday, Sept. 21, 5:30-8pm for an International Day of Peace Forum exploring the intersection between official violence toward refugees and migrants and the re-emergence of domestic ultra-nationalist violence based on race or group membership. In light of recent events in Charlottesville and across the country, we will explore government programs targeting refugees and immigrants and the deeper issues of racism in our society. Please come prepared to commit to action to support safety, dignity and humanity of all. Frito Pie and refreshments will be served.

Speakers include:

-Dr. Jamal Martin, Director of Peace and Global Justice Studies, UNM

-Daniel Vega, Dreamer and Organizer for the NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice

-Jessica Martin, Supervising Attorney, NM Immigrant Law Center

-Speaker from the Refugee Well Being Project, UNM

-Moderator: Dr. Rosemary Blanchard, Chapter President, UN Association ABQ Chapter

Peace Day Block Party!

You and your family are invited to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace and Campaign Nonviolence Week of Direct Actions at the Peace Day Block Party, Saturday, Sept. 23 from 3-7pm at the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, on Silver between Harvard and Cornell (we are closing down Silver from the corner to the alley). This year’s theme is “Together: Safety, Respect & Dignity for All,” and everyone is welcome! There will be music, poetry,dances, food trucks, social justice tables and more. Confirmed live music performers include Medicine Drum Circle, NM Peace Choir, and Eileen & the In-Betweens; poets Hakim Bellamy, Manuel Gonzalez and his daughter Sarita, Aztatl, and Nikki Archuleta; plus face painting by Sarina, an interactive Peace Tree by Peaches & Kyle, and kids drumming with Abram/Nyol.

     The theme this year for UN International Day of Peace is “Together for Peace: Respect, Safety & Dignity For All.” This theme will be celebrated by thousands of people all over the world including in Albuquerque. Sponsoring groups are the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations Association, Power Through Peace, Campaign Nonviolence New Mexico, UNM Peace Studies Program, and the New Mexico Interfaith Coalition for Immigrant Justice.This is a community event to foster conversations about peace and an opportunity to build community and for neighbors to get to know each other better.

     The City of Albuquerque will likely be declaring Sept. 21 International Day of Peace with a proclamation on Sept. 6th. And if you are an educator and want to help your students explore the theme of TOGETHER for Peace – Respect, Safety and Dignity for All, you can get some ideas and resources for lessons and activities and share your students’ work by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information. Finally, groups around the country will be taking action for peace all week long, from September 16 through 24. If your organization is planning any Action for Peace and Justice during this week, please share your plans with the Albuquerque Peace and Justice Center or with Power Through Peace ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) so we can combine all the local actions in addition to our Forum and Block Party

     Please call us if your social justice organization would like to table at the Peace Day Block Party! For more info: 268-9557.

     We are grateful to the City of Albuquerque and especially city councilor Pat Davis and his staffer Sean Foran for all their support of our Peace Day Block Party including providing assistance during the process of obtaining permits and for supporting us by covering the cost of the barricades and traffic control plan. Thank you Pat!

A Public Forum on the Israel Anti-Boycott Act

 

WHEN/WHERE: August 10, 6:30–8:30pm at Albuquerque Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard Blvd NE (south of Indian School Rd.)

PURPOSE: To explain the intent of the bill under consideration by Congress, how it might violate free speech of supporters of boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel’s occupation of Palestine, and how to respond to it.

The Israel Anti-Boycott Act, legislation introduced in the Senate by Benjamin L. Cardin (D-Md.) and in the House by Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.), would make it a crime to support or even furnish information about a boycott directed at Israel or its businesses called by the United Nations, the European Union or any other “international governmental organization.” Violations would be punishable by civil and criminal penalties of up to $1 million and 20 years in prison. The Act is intended to stifle efforts to protest Israel’s settlement policies by boycotting businesses in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories. The bill’s target is the BDS movement.

Background: The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement was launched by 170 Palestinian organizations and civil society, inspired by the anti-apartheid movement against South Africa. Its purpose is to urge non-violent pressure on Israel to comply with international law by 1) ending the occupation of Arab lands and dismantle the separation wall, and 2) recognizing the full rights of Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel, and 3) respecting the rights of refugees to return to their homes and properties stipulated in UN Resolution 194.

The ACLU has sent a letter to the US Congress opposing the bill. It stated it a Washington Post op-ed on 7-25-17: Whether one approves or disapproves of the BDS movement itself, people should have a right to make up their own minds about it. Americans engage in boycotts every day when they decide not to buy from companies whose practices they oppose. Students have boycotted companies that sold clothing manufactured in sweatshops abroad. Environmentalists have boycotted Nestlé for its deforestation practices. By using their power in the marketplace, consumers can act collectively to express their political points of view. There is nothing illegal about such collective action; indeed, it is constitutionally protected.

SPEAKERS: American Civil Liberties Union representative; Nancy Hollander and John Boyd, human rights lawyers; Alan Wagman, Jewish Voice for Peace; staff member from Sen. Tom Udall’s office, and possible speakers from the Friends Meeting and other faith and activist groups.

SPONSORS: Jewish Voice for Peace Albuquerque, Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice (Other sponsors forthcoming)

Annual Sackcloth and Ashes Hiroshima Day Peace Vigil at Los Alamos, NM

Church Rock Uranium Spill Memorial, July 15

The Annual Commemoration of the 1979 Church Rock Uranium Spill takes place Saturday, July 15, 7am-3pm. meet at Red Water Pond Rd. Community, 12 mi. north of Red Rocks State Park near Church Rock on the Navajo Nation. Starts with sunrise prayers, then a 3mi. walk to the spill site, gathering under shade for speeches, educational booths, free food and drinks and a fundraising auction. A special tent with activities will be set up for children. Contact: Annie, 905-1288 or Jackie, 905-0022. For more info, visit Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (mase) on facebook.

PAJOLA Potluck July 12!

Join Us for a PAJOLA Potluck Gathering!

Dear Peace And Justice Organizations Linking Arms (PAJOLA) groups:

      Please send at least one representative from your group to attend our next Pajola Potluck which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Peace Center. We invite all groups to share information about their ongoing work for social justice. Hear brief updates from new Pajola group reps: Peaches Blackbird (Power Thru Peace), Elaine Cimino (Common Ground Rising), Nkazi Sinandile (NM Global Women's Pathways), Lissa Callirhoe (ABQ Move to Amend), and Roberta Rael or her representative (Generation Justice), and then open it up to announcements. Please bring food or drink to share. For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 268-9557.

 

Burque PRIDE is Not For Sale!

ORLprideBy Father Frank Quintana

Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community is boycotting the ABQ Pride Parade for 2017. Pride has pandered too much to corporate interests. Corporations have co-opted our movement and have transformed it into a pursuit of consumerism over a pursuit of justice, a pursuit of revelry rather than a pursuit of community. While there is a time and place for partying, now is the time to get back to our roots and build our community to defend against these attacks on our civil liberties. The present administration is militant in its efforts to roll back any gains LGBTQIAA people have made in procuring their human rights! People of color, Immigrants, Trans-Folk and religious minorities in our community are once again under attack because of the boldness this administration has given to bigots. This administration has wielded attacks on water, the environment, and in this state poor families are facing the probability of a tax on food. We need to support one another. We find ourselves in the real possibility of ever expanding war because of ―45.‖ Rather than a parade, we should be marching in protest. Rather than partying, we should be galvanizing for the fight that lies ahead, in the spirit of Stonewall. Blessed Oscar is staging a March on Saturday, June 10. It will begin at 9:30am at the UNM Bookstore with a few speeches, then at 10am, marching up Central on the sidewalks, not blocking any traffic, to the site of the old Pulse bar on Central Ave. SE & Montclaire. There will be a memorial at a Descanso there at 11am. We will honor people of color, and all those who lost their lives in Orlando’s PULSE Nightclub shooting. We will conclude with a few words, and then march over to the 7th Annual Family Pride Celebration at Morningside Park, organized by Young Women United. Please watch for details on the ―Burque PRIDE is NOT 4 Sale‖ Facebook event, and at facebook.com/ pridesnotforsale or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Let us march for Justice for one and for all.

P&J Movie Night

REALBOY-wpFriday, June 16

Movie and Music P&J Movie Night partners with KNME as part of NM PBS’ Indie Lens Pop-up Series, to screen Real Boy, a documentary film by director Shaleece Haas, followed by old-time banjo music by Billy Stewart. Reception 5:30 pm, screening 6 pm, Friday, June 16 at the Peace Center. More info: www.realboymovie.com

Synopsis

REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given but chosen.

REAL BOY has screened at more than 70 festivals worldwide, received 20 awards, and will be broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in June 2017.

REAL BOY trailer from Shaleece Haas on Vimeo.

P&J Movie Night

J48Friday, May 19, 6pm

Junction 48, a love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists who use their music to fight against both the external oppression of Israeli society and the internal repression of their own crime-ridden, conservative community.

Synopsys

Kareem leads an aimless life between odd jobs and hanging out with his buddies in a crime-ridden Arab ghetto of the mixed city of Lyd. A family tragedy brings him closer to his singer girlfriend, Manar, and motivates him to do something more with his life. When Kareem and his group finally get a chance to perform in a Tel Aviv hip-hop club, the star potential of the 'first Arab rapper' is quickly noticed. Although he raps "I'm not political," Kareem and the group use music to express their tough life as Palestinian youth. But the road to success is never easy. Kareem and his group must face violent nationalistic Jewish rappers, government-imposed gentrification, and troubled drug-dealing friends. When Manar's family threatens to harm them if she performs publicly with him, the time comes for Kareem to either surrender to conservative tradition or stand up for the woman he loves, the artist he respects. ~Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Rating: 71%

At the P&J, free and open to the public.
Info: 604-1261.

Iris Keltz to Read & Sign Her New Book

UBPLWednesday, May 17 th at 7pm

Iris Keltz will read from her new book, Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land: Journeys in Palestine and Israel, at the Peace Center. Keltz might be the only Jew, American or Israeli, to have found sanctuary with the Palestinians during the Six-Day War in 1967. Her story of self-discovery takes her from the streets of Paris where she dreamed of becoming a writer to the volatile Middle East.

After hitchhiking from Paris to Jerusalem, Jordan in 1967, Keltz had to wait 3 days for permission to cross a UN checkpoint into Jerusalem, Israel—enough time for her to meet a handsome young Palestinian poet, musician, and world traveler. After a whirlwind courtship, they married and were planning their honeymoon when war broke out. The day Israeli soldiers barged into a basement apartment in Ramallah where the newlyweds had found sanctuary with other Palestinians, Iris was frozen with fear. She meant to cry out, “I’m Jewish, American and these are my friends.” Her silence that day compelled her to write this book.

Keltz is retired from a forty-year teaching career that began in Harlem, NY, and ended in Albuquerque, NM. Her first book, Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie (2000, CincoPuntos Press) is an award-winning memoir documenting the counterculture in Northern New Mexico, where she has lived since the early seventies. Her articles, op-eds, and essays have appeared in print and electronic media. She has spoken at universities, synagogues, churches, high schools, and civic centers, and has represented her district in a national Tikkun lobby. Keltz is a founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-Abq) and Friends of Sabeel Abq. Both groups are sponsoring this event.

For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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