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Kathy Kelly & Maya Evans of Voices for Creative Nonviolence to speak in ABQ

kelly-kathyKathy Kelly and Maya Evans are Coordinators of Voices for Creative Nonviolence in the U.S. and the U.K. In the past five years, they have lived alongside ordinary Afghans in various neighborhoods of Kabul, as guests of the Afghan Peace Volunteers. They will visit the Peace Center on Thursday, August 13, from 6:30-8:30pm for a potluck and discussion about the results of war in Afghanistan, describing the efforts of a small but determined group of young people to help child laborers, widows and displaced families survive under harsh conditions. They will also explain why they have repeatedly challenged drone warfare through nonviolent direct actions in the U.S. and the U.K.

Kathy Kelly has joined with activists in various regions of the country to protest drone warfare by holding demonstrations outside of U.S. military bases in Nevada, upstate New York, and, most recently, Missouri. From January to April 2015, Kathy was imprisoned in Lexington, KY after a federal judge convicted her for attempting to deliver a loaf of bread and a letter about drone warfare to the commander of Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. She was sentenced to one year in federal prison for planting corn on nuclear missile silo sites (1988-89) and spent three months in prison in 2004 for crossing the line at the Fort Benning military training school. As a war tax resister, she has refused payment of all forms of federal income tax since 1980.

Kathy and Maya both share in common a belief that “where you stand determines what you see.” They insist that the U.S. has not been waging a “humanitarian war” in Afghanistan and that the U.S. should pay reparations for the suffering caused in both Afghanistan and Iraq. From 1996 to 2003, activists from Voice for Creative Nonviolence (VCNV) formed 70 delegations that openly defied economic sanctions by bringing medicines to children and families in Iraq. Kathy and her companions lived in Baghdad throughout the 2003 “Shock and Awe” bombing. They have also lived alongside people during warfare in Gaza, Lebanon, Bosnia and Nicaragua.

Thursday, Aug. 13, 6:30-8:30pm
For More Info / Contact:
Judith, 243-6174.

 

Don't Forget!
P&J Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9am to 3pm

Please drop off your gently used donations in clean, working condition to the Peace Hall anytime from Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Friday, Sept. 25 between 9am and 5pm. Then support the Peace Center by shopping on the day of the sale and find a few bargains and treasures! Questions, call Sue at 268-9557. 

 

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Albuquerque NOW invites you to a Women’s Equality Day Celebration and Poetry Reading, Saturday, August 22, 1:30-4pm in Botts Hall of the Special Collections Library, 423 Central Ave. NE (at Edith). Celebrate the day in 1920 when...

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Celebrate Women’s Equality Day

womendayAlbuquerque NOW invites you to a Women’s Equality Day Celebration and Poetry Reading, Saturday, August 22, 1:30-4pm in Botts Hall of the Special Collections Library, 423 Central Ave. NE (at Edith). Celebrate the day in 1920 when women’s right to vote was recognized in the 19 th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Hear speakers on the meaning of WED and progress made toward full equality for women in the U.S., followed by a poetry reading featuring the Albuquerque Word Weavers and an open mic (sign up 1:15pm) hosted by Jules Nyquist. Bring your poems about women’s rights in the U.S. (4mins max), and inspire us with stories of:

  • Triumph—Milestones achieved, such as winning the vote
  • Progress—What has improved for women since 1920?
  • Struggle—What is yet to be achieved, including the ERA*
  • Justice—Why ensuring equal rights for all women in our country is the just and right thing to do

*The Equal Rights Amendment (E.R.A.), written in 1923, states:

“Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”

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

 

P&J Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9am to 3pm

Please drop off your gently used donations in clean, working condition to the Peace Hall anytime from Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Friday, Sept. 25 between 9am and 5pm. Then support the Peace Center by shopping on the day of the sale and find a few bargains and treasures! Questions, call Sue at 268-9557.

Please Sign Our Resolution Against Torture

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"Following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's Report on the CIA's Rendition and Interrogation Program, the Peace Center adopted a Resolution Against Torture project.  The resolution, as an expression of concern and outrage at the crimes being committed in our name, is based upon the UN Convention Against Torture and the Geneva Conventions, both of which the U.S. is signatory to and form the law of our land. We are collecting individual signatures and group endorsements for submission to the appropriate government entities."

 

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SW Shootout Poetry Slam

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SW Shootout Poetry Slam hosted by ABQ Poet 
Laureate Jessica Helen Lopez, at both the Peace Center and Winnings Coffee Co.

Friday, June 26, 6-10pm

Info: www.abqslams.org.

Stop EPA Re-certification of WIPP!

drumsDinner and presentation on upcoming WIPP issues, including EPA's June 17 visit to Albuquerque, at Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP), 211 10 th St. SW. Donations accepted.

Tuesday, June 9, 6pm

More info:
Lucille Cordova 730-1389
Don Hancock 262-1862
Janet Greenwald 242-5511

In Memoriam: Bob Davis

Robert DavisRobert (Bob) Ashley Davis passed away on April 7th, 2015 in Albuquerque, NM. Bob had been a resident of New Mexico on and off for the last 30 years. He is survived by his son George Davis, his daughter Amber Bryan, and his grandson Nathaniel W. Tyler.  He is also survived by his fiancée Susan Weiss, of Albuquerque, NM.

Bob was born in Pensacola, Fl. Although an only child, he was surrounded by a large family of cousins, uncles, aunts whom he loved and gave thanks to for the love and support he received during stormy days. His love for the beaches of Florida alongside his frustration with the ignorant backward Jim Crow ways of the south gave rise to his passion for nature and travel. Like many of us, he began his revolutionary journey by moving to California at the frightfully immature age of eighteen. His explorations also took him to such places as Yellowstone, North Dakota, New Orleans, Arizona, and finally New Mexico. 

A Carpenter by trade, Bob also was a gifted gardener, who at one time worked for a company that grew starter plants for the Biosphere in Arizona. His last employment was as a Gardener for the University of New Mexico. As a campaign worker for the New Mexico Green Party gubernatorial campaign, Robert was able to help the party make a name for itself in the land of enchantment. He also managed an entire Congress campaign for the Green Party of New Mexico. Bob was also a gifted painter/artist, gemologist, astronomer, and astrologer. He is already missed.

As per Bob’s request, a memorial will not be held. Instead a celebratory vegetarian potluck will be held on May 23rd at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice from 5-8 pm. The location is: 202 Harvard Drive SE, Albuquerque. In lieu of sending flowers, please consider donating to the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, or to the Yellowstone Park Foundation.

Celebratory Vegetarian Potluck 
Alb. Center for Peace & Justice

Saturday, May 23rd
5pm-8pm
202 Harvard SE

Friends of Khuza'a New Mexico

18-gaza0003.w529.h352.2xFriends of Khuza'a New Mexico sponsors political analyst and author Kathleen Christison, back from a visit to Gaza and the W. Bank, at Tipton Hall in the Santa Fe Univ. of Art & Design, 1600 St. Michaels Drive, Santa Fe.

Friday, May 15, 7-9 pm
Suggested $10 donation goes to benefit rebuilding the Khuza'a Kindergarten.
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Saturday, May 16, 7-9pm

Friends of Khuza'a New Mexico host Ayman Nijim for a talk and fundraiser for Gaza at the Abq Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard NE.

No More Deaths

jueves Scarface"Alternative Spring Break 2015"

A presentation about days in the Arizona desert volunteering with No More Deaths, carrying water bottles and food supplies to locations on migrant trails.  NMD is committed to ending death and suffering of migrants in the Mexico-U.S. borderlands.

6:30 – 8pm at the Peace Center, 202 Harvard SE, Abq. NM 87106

Donations for NMD will be gladly accepted.

Contact:  Renee Wolters at (505) 504-0463, or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Co-op’s 25th Annual “Celebrate the Earth” Festival

By Robin Seydel

WOW! This year marks the 25th “Celebrate the Earth” Festival. It began with just a couple of environmental groups with tables; Citizens for Alternatives to Radioactive Dumping comes immediately to mind (they were getting petitions signed to demand EPA standards be applied to the soon-to-be-opened WIPP site in southern New Mexico), set up on the sidewalk in front of the Nob Hill Co-op.

Over the years,earth-day1 this event has grown and grown thanks to the support of you, our incredible Co-op community. This spring, in its twenty-fifth year, from its humble beginnings this festival has become one of the largest Earth Day festivals in the state, and is one of the most beloved of community-based festivals. It is La Montañita Co-op’s great pleasure to once again create a celebration that, in keeping with the cooperative principles of Community Education, Information and Training (Cooperative Principle #5) and Concern for Community (Cooperative Principle #6), provides an opportunity for us all to come together.

As in years past, the Earth Festival in Nob Hill is a chance to get your bedding plants, talk to and learn from the farming and gardening experts in our midst, get educated on the important environmental issues we face, grow and strengthen our community, enjoy the creations of our gifted fine and performing artists, get active and take action together to make our community and the world a better place for us all to share.

The “Celebrate the Earth” Fest in Nob Hill this year will be held on Sunday, April 19. Our little street fills up quickly so please reserve your booth space early. We do give first priority to environmental, social and economic justice non-profit organizations and farmers and farming organizations. Artists and crafts people must make and sell their own art (no kits or imports allowed), be Co-op members, be juried if they have not set up with us before and be willing to participate in the “placement lottery.” Also, this year artists and crafters must have their City business license. (Contact the ABQ City Treasury office for a temporary one if necessary.) Some of our artists, activists and farmers will be setting up in front of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, our long-time community partner and Earth Fest co-sponsor.

As we do every year, we’re hoping for a beautiful day, and with Mother Earth’s blessing we will once again take time to celebrate “Her,” reaffirm our commitment to restoring and sustaining our blue/green planetary gem and cultivating a sustainable future. Join friends and neighbors as we educate and inform ourselves, dance joyously in the streets to welcome the upcoming growing season and take action on behalf of our precious Mother Earth. Watch for more information in the April Co-op Connection News and on many social media outlets.

For more information or to reserve your FREE space, contact Robin at 505-217-2027, toll free at 877-775-2667, or e-mail her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Rise of Drone Warfare

david-barsamianThursday, 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

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