P&J Movie Night

J48Friday, May 19, 6pm

Junction 48, a love story of two young Palestinian hip-hop artists who use their music to fight against both the external oppression of Israeli society and the internal repression of their own crime-ridden, conservative community.


Kareem leads an aimless life between odd jobs and hanging out with his buddies in a crime-ridden Arab ghetto of the mixed city of Lyd. A family tragedy brings him closer to his singer girlfriend, Manar, and motivates him to do something more with his life. When Kareem and his group finally get a chance to perform in a Tel Aviv hip-hop club, the star potential of the 'first Arab rapper' is quickly noticed. Although he raps "I'm not political," Kareem and the group use music to express their tough life as Palestinian youth. But the road to success is never easy. Kareem and his group must face violent nationalistic Jewish rappers, government-imposed gentrification, and troubled drug-dealing friends. When Manar's family threatens to harm them if she performs publicly with him, the time comes for Kareem to either surrender to conservative tradition or stand up for the woman he loves, the artist he respects. ~Rotten Tomatoes

Rotten Rating: 71%

At the P&J, free and open to the public.
Info: 604-1261.

Iris Keltz to Read & Sign Her New Book

UBPLWednesday, May 17 th at 7pm

Iris Keltz will read from her new book, Unexpected Bride in the Promised Land: Journeys in Palestine and Israel, at the Peace Center. Keltz might be the only Jew, American or Israeli, to have found sanctuary with the Palestinians during the Six-Day War in 1967. Her story of self-discovery takes her from the streets of Paris where she dreamed of becoming a writer to the volatile Middle East.

After hitchhiking from Paris to Jerusalem, Jordan in 1967, Keltz had to wait 3 days for permission to cross a UN checkpoint into Jerusalem, Israel—enough time for her to meet a handsome young Palestinian poet, musician, and world traveler. After a whirlwind courtship, they married and were planning their honeymoon when war broke out. The day Israeli soldiers barged into a basement apartment in Ramallah where the newlyweds had found sanctuary with other Palestinians, Iris was frozen with fear. She meant to cry out, “I’m Jewish, American and these are my friends.” Her silence that day compelled her to write this book.

Keltz is retired from a forty-year teaching career that began in Harlem, NY, and ended in Albuquerque, NM. Her first book, Scrapbook of a Taos Hippie (2000, CincoPuntos Press) is an award-winning memoir documenting the counterculture in Northern New Mexico, where she has lived since the early seventies. Her articles, op-eds, and essays have appeared in print and electronic media. She has spoken at universities, synagogues, churches, high schools, and civic centers, and has represented her district in a national Tikkun lobby. Keltz is a founding member of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP-Abq) and Friends of Sabeel Abq. Both groups are sponsoring this event.

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

P&J Movie Night: National Bird

posterMaxi-400x565Friday, Apr. 21, 6pm

P&J Movie Night partners with KNME to screen National Bird, a documentary about drones, as part of NM PBS‟ Indie Lens Pop-up Series, at the P&J. Free and open to the public, light meal catered by Samia Assed; discussion follows.

Info: 604-1261.

About the Film

National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: the secret U.S. drone war. At the center of the film are three U.S. military veterans. Plagued by guilt over participating in the killing of faceless people in foreign countries, they decide to speak out publicly, despite the possible consequences.

Their stories take dramatic turns, leading one of the protagonists to Afghanistan where she learns about a horrendous incident. But her journey also gives hope for peace and redemption. National Bird gives rare insight into the U.S. drone program through the eyes of veterans and survivors, connecting their stories as never seen before in a documentary. Its images haunt the audience and bring a faraway issue close to home.

Annual Membership Meeting

lsThe Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice cordially invites you to attend the Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, April 8, 1-3pm at the P&J Please enjoy lunch on us, catered by a local Mexican restaurant. Our program will include: Coordinating Council (CC) president Samia Assed about the current political climate Testimonial of what the P&J means by front desk volunteer Justin Allen Highlights from the past year by Outreach Coordinator Sue Schuurman Financial Update from Treasurer Janice Devereaux and Finance Committee member John Ellig Honoring 3 People Who Have Shown So Much Support for P&J: Bookkeeper Patti Gladstone, Former Treasurer John Ellig, and Rose Morin, Yard Sign Donor Report from PAJOLA group ABQ Friends Meeting House (Quakers) on Becoming a Sanctuary by Quaker Clerk Tina Kachele Recognize our current CC: Samia Assed, Janice Devereaux, Charlie Klinhenn, and Frank Quintana Remarks on our Vision by CC member Frank Quintana Please call the front desk at 268-9557 and confirm you can attend, or email Sue at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Now More Than Ever, we must come together and collaborate to see the change we want to manifest in the world.

Three Tours Screening

3tSunday, Mar. 12, 1pm

The Peace Center and Veterans for Peace ABQ Chapter presents a special screening of Three Tours, a 50-min. documentary about U.S. military veterans back from deployments in Iraq, healing their wounds and becoming agents of change. Screening followed by panel discussion, moderated by Peace Ctr. board member Samia Assed with film director Bettty Yu, plus featured activist Ramon Mejia and Vets for Peace member Monique Salhab. At Guild Cinema, 3405 Central Ave. NE, all seats $8. More info:

"Three Tours" a documentary film by Betty Yu (excerpt - first 15 mins) from Betty Yu on Vimeo.

Nonviolent Communication Workshop: Finding Empathy in a Radical World

sunflowerHow we communicate impacts ourselves, our relationships, our families and our communities. Join gifted facilitators Jack Lehman and Pan Vera at the Peace and Justice Center from Friday, Mar. 17 to Saturday, Mar. 18, 9am-5pm each day for this highly experiential workshop. Come ready to gain clarity of your unique communication needs and any barriers to effective interpersonal communication. Leave with a new awareness, a new set of tools, deeper empathy and compassion for self and others and the potential to make every relationship infinitely richer.

The Nonviolent Communication (NVC) process offers proven, effective interpersonal communication skills to foster healthy, satisfying relationships—with yourself and others. Learn to understand the root of conflict and emotional pain. Transform unhealthy communication habits to create satisfying relationships, resolve conflicts with ease. In this training, we will focus on using NVC to bring empathy into the political dialogue. This era marks a time of great uncertainty that presents tremendous dangers and opportunities! Let’s create a new story, titled "We Are All in This Together." We'll animate politics with compassion, and inter-being. It will take empathy; the result of the compassionate inquiry: "What is it like to be you?"

Register at cnvc.org/trainingcal/register?training_id=10921. Admission is a self-serve sliding scale; suggested range $75-200, none turned away for lack of funds. If you are unable to pay $75 for this two-day training, please select Already Paid. Price includes 14 CEU's (Continuing Education Units/Credits) approved by the NM Counseling and Therapy Practice Board.

Contact: 988-4564 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

"In This House..." Yard Signs For Sale

In this house Yard SignThe Peace Center is selling the popular turquoise yard signs and posters about human rights that say "In This House We Believe...." Rose Marin has kindly and generously offered these for us to sell, with all proceeds after her costs going to the Peace Center. The large yard signs cost $10, and the smaller posters cost $5. We do not have change, so please bring exact change in cash, or we also accept checks. (We prefer not to receive payment with credit cards. If you want to pay with a credit card, you would be given the opportunity to use one of our desktop computers to go to our website and pay online via paypal.) The Peace Center office is open Monday-Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can call us if you want to confirm we have your size and quantity available at (505) 268-9557. Thank you so much!

Dr. Lori Rudolph to Report Back about Hebron Neighborhood in Palestine

HEBRON (Ma'an) -- Dozens of Palestinians took part in planting olive tree saplings in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron on Tuesday, local activists ...Jewish Voice for Peace ABQ presents Dr. Lori Rudolph giving a report on her work in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of Hebron in occupied Palestine, on Friday, Feb. 24, 6-8pm at the Peace Center. Dr. Rudolph just returned from a 3-month stay in Palestine where she observed the apartheid regime first-hand:

  • The most oppressed neighborhood in Hebron is Tel Rumeida
  • Palestinians and Jewish settlers live under separate and unequal legal systems
  • Jewish Settlers in Tel Rumeida are guarded by the Israeli military
  • Palestinians need permits from the Israeli army to enter or leave their neighborhood
  • Military closures, surveillance technology and checkpoints keep Palestinian residents in an open-air prison

Sponsors: Jewish Voice for Peace - ABQ & Friends of Sabeel North America. More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Light refreshments served, donations requested at the door, no one turned away.

Tularosa Downwinders Release Health Impact Assessment from Trinity

The Tularosa Basin Downwinders Consortium (TBDC) invites you Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6pm at the Peace Center for the release of their Health Impact Assessment (HIA) report addressing the physical, mental, generational, and economic health impacts of the July 16, 1945 atomic bomb test at the Trinity Site in south central New Mexico. The people exposed to that radiation have been the unknowing, unwilling, and uncompensated “collateral damage” of the test that ushered in the Nuclear Age.


The purposes of the HIA are to analyze the short- and long-term health impacts of the Trinity Test in Otero, Lincoln, Socorro and Sierra Counties, and to consider the ways that the passage of amendments to the federal Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA) to include the Trinity Downwinders - and many others - may affect the health of the individuals and communities in the Tularosa Basin. The TBDC urges the U.S. government to issue an apology and award reparations to individuals and their families who have suffered as a result of radiation exposures from the Trinity Test.


This HIA report provides evidence and analysis to support the passage of the proposed RECA amendments. The three primary health determinants examined are the lack of access to healthcare; economic impact(s) to patients and families; and generational trauma. The TBDC compiled data from focus groups, literature reviews, and approximately 800 health surveys collected over the years from individuals and families living downwind and downstream of the test. No major health study by the U.S. Government or otherwise has ever been conducted on the people living downwind and downstream of the world’s first atmospheric nuclear test. Thus, this HIA attempt to cull information relevant to the health and status of these communities that has been historically ignored.

The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership of the Santa Fe Community Foundation funded the HIA, which included a two-day training and technical assistance throughout the process. To learn more and to download the HIA report, please visit www.trinitydownwinders.com.

FREE Stress Reduction Workshop!

SheilaFoxInstructor Sheila Fox presents: Keeping Your Activist Self Strong – a workshop for burnout prevention with resilience tools on Thursday, January 26, 6-8pm at the Peace Center. 

Social Change is hard work. It takes staying strong, focused and visioning a brighter future. Sometimes your body is on the line. How do you stay healthy? How do you keep your spirits up? Accessing our body and mind‟s wisdom and strength, we will use meditation, meridian tapping, vocalization and singing. We will take on animal postures like dragon, bear and eagle to strengthen ourselves. This will bring a sense of peace and well-being within ourselves that we will take back to our communities. Practicing these skills brings immediate results and should be shared widely!

Instructor Sheila Fox is a long time activist and cultural worker. She is a certified meditation teacher, Acutonics® Sound Healing Practitioner and is certified in Capacitar® Trauma Transformation Exercises. Her background includes 15 years as a licensed massage practitioner and 20 years as a professional musician and  vocalist. She is a mother and grandmother here in Albuquerque.

Donations accepted, please be fragrance free. RSVP requested by contacting Sheila at 717-2402 or  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (206) 898-5090.

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