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!

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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. .


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

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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.


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.

New Art Exhibit features Works by Aztatl

Aztatl with artI am Aztatl (az-tat-le) of Coahuila and Mexican Ancestry. Aztatl means Heron, given me in ceremony. Born in San Antonio, Texas, I grew up in Detroit, MI. I have lived in the Albuquerque area since 1999. I am a retired social worker with 34 yrs. experience in the mental health field as an activist, artist and writer. My art resulted from the need to learn more about my culture. This was pre- 1960's and the struggles of communities of color.

The current selected artwork hanging at the Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice consists of multimedia pieces centered on drawings, pastel, acrylic, collage and water color paintings. They cover a range of ideas I have learned about my Coahuila-Xikano culture in Mexico and the Southwestern U.$.A. They are focused on the spiritual concepts of Earth Mother's 4 principles - Earth, Water, Air and Sun. Also included is contemporary art and writing.

The exhibit us currently up and runs to December 15, 2014. A reception will be held on December 5 th at 6pm in the P&J Peace Hall. The office telephone # is 268-9557. Everyone is welcome.

Help for the Central American Mothers and Children detained in Artesia, NM

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With the changing landscape at the Artesia Detention Center, as concerned members of the community, we too need to change our strategies and our focus. We’ve been soliciting donations in kind (clothing, food, etc.), and the response has been overwhelming – many many thanks! At this moment, we will no longer be accepting these donations until further notice. ICE continually changes its practices, which adds to the mix of what we can do. At this point, the most important thing needed is to help fund attorneys who can process asylum claims in order to have women and children released, rather than deported. Due to pro-bono efforts, over 200 mothers and their children have been released from the center to join their family members in the US. Their families have paid their bond and bus tickets.

Since June (or, for the last 5 months) American Immigration Lawyers Association has been providing pro-bono legal assistance in Artesia to file asylum cases for detained women and children. Donate online at www.aila.org.

Allegra Love, a Santa Fe attorney deeply involved with work in Artesia, has set up a site to donate online for legal services: www.youcaring.com/other/support-children-in-immigration-detention/220516

You can also write a check to NMCC (New Mexico Conference of Churches) with NMFCIJ-Artesia in the memo line and mail to: NMFCIJ, P.O. Box 40679, ABQ, NM 87196.

Finally, donations to Somos un Pueblo Unido go to support grassroots help by individuals in the community who have been assisting released people when possible. Send checks to: 1717 W. 2nd St. Ste. 203, Roswell, NM 88201.

For more info/updates, call Renee at 504-0463 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Thank you for your involvement!

New Mexico is for Immigrant Justice

Border Immersion Experience

BE 1The NM Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice will be taking a delegation to El Paso and Juarez on November 13-16. We invite anyone interested in learning face to face about issues regarding immigration. We will meet with immigrants, both documented and undocumented, Border Patrol agents, an immigration attorney, visit colonias where immigrants often find housing, and several projects in Juarez such as a medical clinic, an immigrant shelter and related agencies. We are invited to attend the Sunday services of Cristo Rey, giving us another opportunity to share in the life experience of the people.

We will be housed in the church. Although the Faith Coalition covers most of the cost, we still need help. The cost of the immersion is $240, but we don’t want to turn anyone away and will make partial or full scholarships available.

This is an opportunity to learn from those involved about the current and ongoing issues of this important and current topic. Immigration policy is a vital concern for all of us and being well informed will help us influence our policy makers toward a just and lasting reform. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to get involved.

New NVC Study Group Forming

nvcWe are going to start a new Non-Violent Communication study group at the Peace Center in October. We use Marshall Rosenberg's book, Non-Violent Communication, as our text. Most of our Coordinating Council members have participated as well as our coordinator, and we are reaching out to our volunteers and members. Anyone is invited to attend.

Please contact Suzanne Ziglar at 255-4074 for more info and to sign up.

Join Us-Peace Walk For the Mosque

Please join us for a Peace Walk for the Mosque

Thursday, Oct. 30th at 5:30pm

Walk from the Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice, 202 Harvard SE, 87106, to the Islamic Center of New Mexico, 1100 Yale SE, 87106. We will walk two blocks west on Silver, then take Yale to the ICNM. The walk is just under one mile long, and should take about 15 minutes.

Please bring a candle, flowers and/or messages of support. This is a family-friendly walk, so please bring your children! This is a teaching moment, as we respond to last Thursday's molotov cocktail hate crime with a gesture of good will, love and concern for our Muslim sisters and brothers in our community.

Chris Adams, Public Relations Director at the ICNM, has messaged Sue that the ICNM board welcomes our Peace Walk and that he would try to make sure that Imam Shafi is there and he said:  "They (board members)want to have a reception prepared for the guests with food (or at least snacks) and drinks in the general-purpose (mixed gender) meeting room. I'll give you more details about that soon. "

We will present our statement of support to the imam there.

Please walk with us if you can, and please help spread the word. 
-Sally and Sue (505-702-4203)


Susan Schuurman, Coordinator

Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice

202 Harvard SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

(505) 268-9557

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