Wednesday, Sept. 21, 4-8pm at the Peace Center.
What Can Gandhi Teach Albuquerque in 2016?
Greg Polk, international development advisor, peace advocate, and former Peace Corps volunteer will share his experience of retracing Mahatma Gandhi's historic Salt March. Greg, who lived and worked in India for 5 years, will explore Gandhi‟s legacy and its relevance to the challenges of our times.
Participants will gather after Greg‟s presentation to discuss the lessons of Gandhi‟s Salt March for today‟s peace and social justice challenges and envision a contemporary “Salt March Response” to institutionalized violence in the community and beyond.
Friday, Aug. 26, 11am-1pm
Women’s Equality Day Rally
By Sylvia Ramos, ABQ NOW
On June 4, 1919, 71 years after the Seneca Falls Declaration of Sentiments, Congress approved the woman's suffrage amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The national campaign for ratification by the states was led by suffragists Alice Paul and Carrie Chapman Catt, who used different tactics but got all the states needed by August 18, 1920. Women’s right to vote in the U.S. became the law of the land when it was added to the Constitution on August 26, 1920. In 1971, New York Representative Bella Abzug was successful in having a bill passed in Congress to have August 26 recognized annually as Women’s Equality Day.
Over the past few years the Humanist Society of NM and the Albuquerque Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) have held public celebrations of Women’s Equality Day to remind all citizens that the right to vote comes with the responsibility to vote and that our work for women’s inclusion as equal partners with men in our country will not be done until the Equal Rights Amendment, written by Alice Paul in 1923, is ratified by 38 states and added to the Constitution.
The Southwest Women’s Law Center, collaborating with ABQ-NOW, League of Women Voters and other women-focused local and statewide organizations, will hold a rally at Civic Center Plaza in Albuquerque on Friday, August 26 from 11am-1pm. There will be real-time linkages with women around the state focused on getting women registered to vote.
Friday, Aug. 26, 6-8pm
“School Reform” and Teacher Resistance in Oaxaca and throughout Mexico The unionized teachers of CNTE (National Coordinator of Education Workers) in Oaxaca, Mexico, have sparked a nationwide resistance movement against imposed federal “school reforms,” a movement that has become a massive popular movement against these and other neoliberal reforms in Mexico. Lois Meyer, who has collaborated closely for 17 years with indigenous teachers and who was with the encamped teachers in Oaxaca this June, will analyze the impacts of the imposed reforms and the current teacher resistance on teachers' job security and community-based education efforts in rural, marginalized Oaxacan communities, Friday, August 26, 6-8pm at the P&J. Current updates on the teacher/popular resistance movement will be provided by Clayton Levine and Hope Alvarado followed by a Q&A.
For more info, visit the Facebook page.
You are cordially invited to the P&J Sustainability Reception! Featuring live music by Eileen & the In-Betweens!
Saturday, July 23 rd from 2-4pm
at the Peace & Justice Center
202 Harvard SE (corner with Silver)
Albuquerque NM 87106
Help us celebrate our latest project to lower our carbon footprint--an Energy Star-rated refrigerator and energy efficient back doors--thanks to another generous Reduce Your Use grant from PNM Foundation.
Enjoy cake, lemonade and live music by Eileen and the In-Betweens, a five-piece social justice-oriented indie folk band from right here in Albuquerque.
Lead singer/songwriter Eileen Shaughnessy teaches at UNM in the Sustainability Studies program, including a class called Nuclear New Mexico. The band is comprised of: Eileen Shaughnessy: guitar, ukulele, banjo, vocals, Ben Martinez: keyboards, trumpet, Britt Letcher: viola, vocals, Colin Baillio: bass, vocals, and Kenny Broyles: drums. Find more info about the band at eileenshaughnessy.com.
Everyone is welcome! For more info about the reception, call the P&J at 268-9557.
Friday, July 15, 6pm
Join us as we learn about journalists fleeing violence and death threats in Mexico, hosted by immigration attorney Carlos Spector, and co-organized with SWOP. Free and open to the public; light refreshments served, donations welcome.
Saturday, June 11
People are welcome to walk with the P&J banner in the pride parade. Meet up at P&J at . Steps off at . We plan to walk with Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community folks, and then turn right at Morningside and head to Family Pride at Morningside Park.
Co-sponsored by ABQ Mennonite.
Friday, June 17, 6pm
Doors open 5:30pm
Frito pie will be served
for more info, contact 268-9557.
Friday, May 20, 6pm
Co-sponsored by Don Schrader, Vets for Peace ABQ and Stop the War Machine.
Doors open 5:30pm
Frito pie will be served
THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE is a documentary film about an international group of veterans who are building a village in Vietnam for children with Agent Orange-related deformities.
Built on a former rice paddy near Hanoi, the Vietnam Village of Friendship stands not only as a symbol of peace and reconciliation, but as a testament to the potential for all people to come to terms with the past, heal the wounds of war, and create a better world.
Following the story of the village's founder, American veteran George Mizo, THE FRIENDSHIP VILLAGE takes us through his experiences of war's horror to the personal transformation that led to the birth of this remarkable village. Working alongside the Vietnamese general responsible for killing his entire platoon in 1968, George and other veterans from the US, Vietnam, France, Germany, Japan, Great Britain and Australia are attempting to mitigate the ongoing effects of the toxic herbicide sprayed during the war. Their efforts are a powerful example of how average people can still make a profound difference in our increasingly globalized world. As such, the Vietnam Friendship Village has the potential to change not only the lives of the children who live in it and the men who build it, but all who come to understand its vision.
author of Refusing to be Enemies: Palestinian and Israeli Nonviolent Resistance to the Israeli Occupation A book talk and discussion by Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta takes place Thursday, May 19, from 7-9pm at Albuquerque Friends Meetinghouse, 1600 5 th St., NW, sponsored by the Albuquerque Chapter of United Nations Association USA (other local organizations are invited to co-sponsor as the event is finalized). A Quaker-Jewish activist, Maxine lived in Jerusalem for seven years and has written widely on Palestinian and Israeli nonviolent activism and related topics.
The book is an interview-based study that presents the voices of over 100 practitioners and theorists of nonviolence, the vast majority either Palestinian or Israeli, as they reflect on their own involvement in nonviolent resistance and speak about the nonviolent strategies and tactics employed by Palestinian and Israeli organizations, both separately and in joint initiatives. In their own words, these activists share examples of effective nonviolent campaigns and discuss obstacles encountered in their pursuit of a just peace, as well as the changes required for their organizations—and the nonviolent movement as a whole—to more successfully pursue this goal. The book will be available for purchase and signing afterwards. For more info, visit www.refusingtobeenemiesthebook.wordpress.co.
For more information on the local event, contact Arthur Shurcliff:
Native American activist Leonard Peltier has spent nearly 40 years in prison for a crime he did not commit. Prosecutors and federal agents manufactured evidence against him (including the so-called “murder weapon”); hid proof of his innocence; presented false testimony obtained through torturous interrogation techniques; ignored court orders; and lied to the jury. People are commonly set free due to a single constitutional violation, but Peltier—innocent and faced with a staggering number of constitutional violations—has yet to receive equal justice. Please call Obama at 202-456-1111 and ask him to grant Peltier clemency. Learn more at whoisleonardpeltier.info