Thursday, Mar. 19, 6-8pm David Barsamian, founder/director of Alternative Radio, speaks on ―The Rise of Drone Warfare: What it means for us and the rest of the world!‖ at the Peace Center.
Admission is free, donations accepted.
Info: Stop the War Machine, 858-0882
The Peace Center has two small office spaces available for groups working on social justice issues. Available immediately. Entry is from inside the peace hall.
$250 per month unfurnished, or $300 per month furnished with desks and other office furniture. Includes utilities and Internet.
Get involved on peace and justice issues during the 60-day session by signing up for biweekly action alerts. Go to our new websitewww.ActionNM.org and click on "Pledge To Take Action" to get started. And tell your friends to join as well! Together we are stronger!
Volunteer for the People’s Tribunal
By Lisa Crane, ABQ Justice
ABQ Justice, a grass-roots activist organization, is planning a People's Tribunal in early 2015 to hold the Albuquerque Police Department accountable for crimes it has committed that have not been adequately dealt with through the courts. You can help! In preparation for the People’s Tribunal, we are on the streets every week collecting testimonials of policeabuse for presentation at the tribunal. We need volunteers to collect testimonials.
A Path Appears goes to the USA, Colombia, Haiti, and Kenya, to reveal the incredible adversity faced every day by millions of women and girls forced into a life of prostitution. Domestic slavery, teen pregnancy, the devastation of poverty—these situations are happening not just halfway across the world, but in our own backyards. A Path Appears comes from director Maro Chermayeff and the producers of the groundbreaking Half the Sky, and also explores innovative programs that have evolved to empower these women to lead more fulfilling lives.
The screening is Wednesday January 28, 7-9pm
at KiMo Theatre, 423 Central Ave. SW
Free General Admission, concessions available.
Community Cinema is a public education and civic engagement initiative featuring monthly screenings of films for the Emmy Award-winning PBS series “Independent Lens.” Visit www.communitycinema.org for details.
For info about NM PBS Presents: at the KiMo
contact 277-2121 or,
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