"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 – at the Peace Center, 202 Harvard SE, Abq. NM 87106
Donations for NMD will be gladly accepted.
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, 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.
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