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Thomas Merton & Dorothy Day, Pilgrims and Prophets of Peace

This play will be performed at the Peace Center on Friday, Jan. 27, at 7pm. The dramatic presentation is a Reader’s Theater style and brings to life two of the most important and inspiring spiritual teachers of the last century. We learn of their deepest struggles and intuitions about the meaning of death, about prayer, mystical experience, war and peace, and the way of universal compassion and nonviolent love.

     Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day never physically met each other, although they very much knew of each other and read each other’s writings. In the last ten years of Merton’s life they frequently exchanged letters in which they shared their deepest concerns. In some ways, they lived parallel lives ultimately pointed in the same direction, toward inner and outer peacemaking. Thomas Merton lived the life of one seemingly withdrawn from the world, and Dorothy Day lived a life of activism. What we learn during this play is how much Merton was engaged in the world and what a contemplative Dorothy Day was.   

      The play is performed by David Hoover and Sharon Halsey-Hoover. They have lived in Albuquerque for the past three years and are involved with the Trinity House Catholic Worker, Campaign Nonviolence, and Inscape Ministries, which is a PAJOLA member of the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice. They bring with them to Albuquerque decades of work in peace and justice and spirituality. Several years ago they created Inscape Ministries through which they present dramatic presentations on the lives of Merton, Day, and St. Francis of Assisi. Suggested donation is $10, but no one will be turned away due to lack of funds. Their website is inscapeministries.com and they can be found on Facebook at Inscape Ministries.

From NM to Palestine: Ending Israel/U.S. Police Exchange, Reclaiming Safety

Join The Red Nation, Jewish Voice for Peace, and the Indigenous Rights Center on Friday, Jan. 26, 6pm at the Peace Center for a presentation on ending the Israel/U.S. Police Exchange.

     One of the most dangerous places where the regimes of Trump and Netanyahu converge is in exchange programs that bring together police, ICE, border patrol, and FBI from the U.S. with soldiers, police, border agents, etc. from Israel. In these programs, “worst practices” are shared to promote and extend discriminatory and repressive policing in both countries. These include extrajudicial executions, shoot-to-kill policies, police murders, racial profiling, massive spying and surveillance, deportation and detention, and attacks on human rights defenders.

     This event will feature Native and Palestinian-American speakers who can testify to the impact of deadly police violence on their communities. We will also discuss what actions activists can take back to their communities to bring an end to this violence.

Speakers include:

Melissa Tso, advisor to JVP End The Deadly Exchange Campaign and lead organizer in The Red Nation
Jennifer Marley, lead organizer in The Red Nation
Jeff Haas, Santa Feans for Justice in Palestine
Raneen Khweis, UNM Muslim Student Association
(More TBA)

     Refreshments will be provided. Please consider making a donation at the event; however this is not required to attend. For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , visit deadlyexchange.org, Also find the event on Facebook to RSVP

Co-Sponsors: Indigenous Rights Center, Jewish Voice for Peace National, Albuquerque Peltier, and UNM Muslim Student Association. Friends of Sabeel ABQ endorses this event.

Holiday Gifts at the P&J

P&J merch makes great gifts and stocking stuffers! We are open until Dec 22, Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm if you want to buy yard signs, posters, blank cards, mugs, bumper stickers or T-shirts.

Dismantling the Nuclear Beast

Connecting Local Work to the National Movement, Friday through Sunday, Dec. 1- 3, 2017 at UNM in the Hibben Center.

New Mexico, as the belly of the nuclear beast, has been and continues to be greatly affected by every link of the Nuclear Fuel Chain. The Nuclear Issues Study Group invites you to a three-day symposium featuring national and local speakers, poets, artists, music, and more. For more info, go to nuclearnewmexico.com

art by Klee Benally, indigenousaction.org

Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Symposium Schedule

Day 1: Friday, December 1, 2017

2:30-5pm   Environmental Justice: Nuclear Colonialism, Social Work, and our Future in NM -- Leona Morgan, Diné No Nukes (this workshop is in

collaboration with the NM Chapter of the Nat’l Assoc. of Social Workers)

5:30-7pm   Dismantling the Nuclear Beast through Art & Poetry Opening

Reception (in Lobby): DJ Jezmundo!, BlueBird-poetry/song, poetry by Joel Larimer, short film Hiroshima & Nagasaki, 1945

7-8:30pm Keynote Address: Verna Teller, Pueblo of Isleta Council

Day 2: Saturday, December 2, 2017

9-10am Morning Reception in Hibben Ctr, lobby with coffee & refreshments

10-10:45 Welcome & History of the Anti-Nuclear Movement in New Mexico by Eileen Shaughnessy & Leona Morgan, NISG Cofounders

11am-2pm Healing Arts Massage by Cal for donation (in lobby)

11-12:30 Uranium Mining, Milling, & Enrichment Panel: Edith Hood, Red Water Pond Road Community Association; Yolanda Badback, Ute Mountain Ute, White Mesa Concerned Community; Sarah Fields, Uranium Watch; Chris Shuey, SRIC; Tommy Rock, Diné Researcher

1:30-2:45 Nuclear Weapons Development, Testing, Stockpile & UN Treaty: Kathy Sanchez and Beata Tsosie-Peña, Tewa Women United; Tina Cordova, Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium; Joni Arends, Concerned Citizens for Nuclear Safety; Jay Coghlan, Nuclear Watch NM; Myrriah Gomez, UNM

3-4:15pm  Student Presentations: Nuclear NM/Environmental Justice Classes

4:30-6pm Nuclear Energy & Waste: Lindsay Harper, Georgia WAND (Women’s Action for New Directions); Karen Hadden, Sustainable Energy & Economic Development [SEED] Coalition; Diane D’Arrigo, NIRS; Kevin Kamps, Beyond Nuclear; Don Hancock, SRIC

7-9pm Dismantling the Nuclear Beast Through Art & Poetry: Walatowa Massive-Hip Hop, short films, music by Eileen & the In-Betweens

Day 3: Sunday, December 3, 2017

9-10am Morning Reception in Hibben Ctr. lobby with coffee & refreshments

10-11am  Welcome & Prayer: People of Color Yoga for Healing

Empowerment “Which Indian?” Morning Yoga Practice

11am-2am Healing Arts Massage by Cal for donation (in lobby)

11:15-12:30 Indigenous-Rooted Direct Action: Resisting Nuclear Colonialism: Klee Benally, Indigenous Action Media

1:30-2:45 Take Action! Locally, Nationally, & Internationally: Dave McCoy, Citizen Action NM; Petuuche Gilbert, Pueblo of Acoma; Leona Morgan 

3-4:15pm Student Presentations

4:30-5:30 “Hall of Victories” - Eileen Shaughnessy and Leona Morgan, NISG: Honoring our anti-nuclear elders and “passing the torch” to the next generation ceremony

5:30-6pm Closing--Leona Morgan and Eileen Shaughnessy

This schedule is subject to change.

Palestinian Human Rights Advocate to speak on Israeli Occupation of West Bank

Saturday, Nov. 18, 6:30pm, Palestinian human rights activist Iyad Burnat offers a lecture, “Palestinian Rights: Bil'in and the Non-Violent Resistance” at Congregation Nahalat Shalom, 3606 Rio Grande Blvd NW.

     Burnat is the founder and head of the Bil’in Popular Committee Against the Wall, a citizen’s group formed in 2004 to deal with regular raids by the Israeli forces. It seeks to slow down the theft of Bil’in’s olive trees and the confiscation of farmland. The group has led weekly demonstrations since 2005 against the Separation Barrier Israel built on Occupied Palestinian land. He is also head of Friends of Freedom and Justice in Bil’in, a pro-Palestinian organization with the stated aims of building a “wide network of people from all over the globe who support Freedom and Justice for all.”

    Bil’in’s fight for survival was documented by Iyad’s brother, Emad Burnat, in the Oscar-nominated documentary, 5 Broken Cameras. First and foremost, Iyad Burnat has been a leading proponent of a non-violent peace protest against the Separation Wall. Resistance has cost Iyad years in jail, the loss of friends murdered by the Israeli military, and injury to his children by the occupying soldiers. Under his skillful eye, Emad captured the images of occupation, and documented the ensuing violence meted out to the protesters, young and old. Iyad was the recipient of the James Lawson Award for Achievement in the Practice of Nonviolent Conflict 2015.

     Iyad will be selling his recently-published book, Bil’in and the Non-Violent Resistance. This event is open to the public. A suggested cash donation of $10 will be most appreciated; no one will be turned away.  Sponsor: Jewish Voice for Peace – Albuquerque. Contact:  Alan Wagman, (575) 590-7942. More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The Peace Center Holiday Gala 2017

Join Us for the Peace Center Holiday Gala!

Saturday, December 9, 5-9pm

Featuring the Raging Grannies, l@sotr@s, and Wagogo! Enjoy food (posole and tamales), a silent auction, info tables and vendors. Thanks to the Albuquerque Center for Spiritual Living (CSL) for generously donating their lovely space for our Gala this year, we really appreciate it! Rev. Kylie Renner has been so helpful and supportive. If you have an item to donate to our silent auction, please bring it to the Peace Center by Monday, Dec. 4--include your name, a description of the item, and a suggested value. Reminder that this is a fundraiser; we are asking for between $10-$15 at the door, and food is for additional cost. We also invite everyone to donate a warm coat, socks or underwear for unhoused folks this winter. The Peace Center Holiday Gala will take place at CSL, 2801 Louisiana Blvd. NE, two blocks north of Menaul, on the west side. There's plenty of parking behind the building accessible from Claremont. Call 268-9557 if you have any questions or can help with decorations or washing dishes. Time to eat, dance, and enjoy the company of other social justice activists!

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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

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