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Whose Streets?

Sunday to Wednesday, Oct 1 to 4, 6pm ONLY, at Guild Cinema

Dir. Sabaah Folayan & Damon Davis - 2017 - 100m - No Matinees

Told by the activists and leaders who live and breathe this movement for justice, Whose Streets? is an unflinching look at the Ferguson uprising. When unarmed teenager Michael Brown is killed by police and left lying in the street for hours, it marks a breaking point for the residents of St. Louis, Missouri. Grief, long-standing racial tensions and renewed anger bring residents together to hold vigil and protest this latest tragedy. Empowered parents, artists, and teachers from around the country come together as freedom fighters. As the national guard descends on Ferguson with military grade weaponry, these young community members become the torchbearers of a new resistance. Filmmakers Sabaah Folayan and Damon Davis know this story because they are the story. Whose Streets? is a powerful battle cry from a generation fighting, not for their civil rights, but for the right to live. Trailer HERE

Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF Party

Raise Money for Refugee Children and Celebrate UN Day!

The Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations Association will host a Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF party on Saturday, Oct. 28, 3-5pm at the Peace Center.

     Students, community members, families and kids of all ages are invited to come in  costume, enjoy some snacks, cider, costume parades, games, contests and Halloween fun. There is no charge for admission. However, guests are asked to contribute what you can to the big Trick-or-Treat-for-UNICEF jar at the center of the party (donations from $5-25 or more per attendee will be greatly appreciated).

There will also be game tickets for sale (6 for $1) so that children can play games, win prizes and make their own contributions to UNICEF’s programs to help children. All donations and funds raised will go to UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, to help refugee children around the world. There has never been a more critical time to support UNICEF’s work with refugee children.

The UN Refugee Agency's annual Global Trends study found that 65.6 million people were forcibly displaced worldwide at the end of 2016 – larger than the population of the United Kingdom and about 300,000 more than last year. It noted that the pace at which people are becoming displaced remains very high. The UN Refugee Agency notes: “On average, 20 people were driven from their homes every minute last year or one every three seconds – less than the time it takes to read this sentence.”

This event also celebrates the 72nd anniversary of the founding of the United Nations (Oct. 24, 1945). 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, made even more difficult by attempts by some political leaders, both domestically and globally, to discredit United Nations programs.

Sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter of the United Nations Association and the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. For more information, check out the UNA Albuquerque Chapter on Facebook: facebook.com/unaabq or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

 

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