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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

Office space for Rent

For-Rent1-600x474The 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.

Please call 268-9557 to see the office. Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice 202 Harvard SE ABQ NM 87106 268-9557 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sign Up For P&J Action Alerts During the Legislative Session

ActionNM Logo 72dpiGet 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!

Help Hold Police Accountable!

policeVolunteer 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.

Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and you will be notified of meet-up dates and times. If you have experienced abuse by the police, we would like to hear your story (you can be anonymous if you like).

Documentary: A Path Appears

Image of A Path AppearsA 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.
Info: www.kimotickets.com/event/179709.

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,

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

THE CHRISTMAS TRUCE OF 1914

polls Christmas truce 1914 3125 38468 pollby 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

Afghan Peace Volunteers Duvet Project

distributing-duvetsBy 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.

The generosity of numerous supporters enables the APVs to purchase supplies, storage and distribution space, and pay wages plus transportation expenses for the women who manufacture the duvets. Photo and video documentation is available at http://vcnv.org/the-duvet-project and http://ourjourneytosmile.com/blog/the-winter-duvet-project. Any support you could offer will be most welcome. Checks can be made payable to Voices for Creative Nonviolence, (VCNV), and mailed to VCNV at 1249 W. Argyle Street, Chicago, IL 60640. Please write “duvet project” in the memo section. If you’re sending funds via PayPal as below, please make sure that you inform Douglas Mackey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

To donate to the Duvet Project via PayPal, sign into your PayPal account and submit the funds to email identity “ This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ”. One-hundred percent of the funds go directly to the Duvet Project of the Afghan Peace Volunteers, with no administrative expenses. Please let us know if there is any way that we could assist with outreach, in your community, on behalf of the duvet project.

Sincerely,

Kathy Kelly, Co-coordinator, Voices for Creative Nonviolence, (773) 878-3815

Dr. Hakim, Afghan Peace Volunteers, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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