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Eric Sirotkin presents: “Truth and Reconciliation in Korea: The Elusive Peace and Moving from Reaction to Relationship”
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New Mexico lawyer, educator and mediator Eric Sirotkin has visited North Korea (DPRK) four times and travelled to South Korea and Washington multiple times to call for peace. He spoke at an international peace conference in Pyongyang, presenting his 12 Steps to Peace to the DPRK. While attending state functions he was able to speak with high officials about the possibilities of peace. He then took his “Roadmap to Peace” on the road, including to the State Dept. and Congress.
Learn what has driven this conflict for over 60 years, led to nuclear tests and now holds the key to halt the march toward increased militarization in Asia.
“Eric’s multimedia presentation shows you a side of the DPRK that gets lost in the shuffle, presenting a new approach to peace negotiations that can change the U.S. relationship to the world.”
Thursday, April 9, at 6pm at the ABQ Center for Peace and Justice, sponsored by Ubuntuworks Peace Education Project and ACP&J.
For more info, visit www.uwpep.org
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P&J Gets Matching Grant!
Help Us Meet Our Goal!
A generous donor who wishes to remain anonymous is giving the Peace Center a $2,000 Matching Grant. To raise the matching amount, our goal is to recruit 50 new memberships at $40 per person. We are half way to our goal already! Has your membership expired? Please renew today! Do you have a friend, family member or colleague who believes in the Peace Center mission and vision but is not a member? Please invite them to join. With your help, the P&J continues to provide space, services and support for these and many other accomplishments:
- Creation of a community action network (Action NM) fostering collaboration of single-issue groups to advocate for peace and justice issues in the legislature
- Hiring additional coordinator Bob Allen and raising staff salaries
- Peace Café & Food Distribution fosters conversations, builds community and alleviates hunger
- Website calendar, newsletter and Grassroots NM on KUNM publicize social justice events
- Peace Hall continues to be an affordable space for events and meeting
- Mentoring of high school and college interns
Here is what two members said recently about the P&J: “It‟s a great place to connect with positive community building peace and social justice movements.” And, “the Peace Center is such an important center in our community. Thanks to all the good people who made it possible and continue to make it possible, thanks all you wonderful spirits—to another 30 years of peace and justice work in Albuquerque—andiamo!”
You can join online at ABQPeaceAndJustice.org, mail your membership form (see page 7), or come into the office at 202 Harvard SE, 87106. And meet our new Administrative Coordinator Bob Allen! Huge shout-out to the hardworking Membership Committee—Bob A., Cecilia C., Renee W., Sharyn K., and Troy F.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Council presents “Focus on Human Values” 25 th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration The celebration of Dr. King’s life and accomplishments provides opportunities for all person to reaffirm the ideas of freedom and justice. An important part of this celebration is honoring New Mexico individuals and organizations who have advanced the values put forth by Dr. King through volunteer work or other activities of great benefit to others:
Ms. Laura Elliott Threet has been active in Albuquerque and New Mexico civic affairs for many years and is well-known for her leadership in the volunteer community with education as a focus. Ms. Threet was instrumental in providing the initial funding for the MLKMC scholarships 25(twenty-five) years ago.
Reverend Judith Maynard is pastor of the Metropolitan Community Church which has been at the forefront of civil and human rights movements by addressing issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ageism and other forms of oppression. She brings her religious commitment and powerful voice to unite people.
As founder & CEO of Act Now to Stop War & End Racism (ANSWER) Coalition of New Mexico, Mr. Preston Wood continues today in his commitment to bringing about social change. He is known as a principled and effective organizer for peace & social justice in our community.
The Honoring Celebration takes place:
Monday, Jan. 19 th from 1-3pm
Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd NE
Free admission. Ethnic dress is encouraged.
The MLK Coalition and ANSWER NM are both PAJOLA groups.
For more info, call Jewel Hall at 994-2335.
The Peace Center is proud to be part of the MLK Coalition working against police violence.
Peace Center Holiday Gala 2014
- a fundraiser -
Saturday, Dec. 6th, 6pm to 11pm
You are cordially invited to eat, drink and be merry with your favorite social justice activist pals. Warm up from the cold by eating yummy bowls of steaming hot posole, tamales and burritos!
Sing along with satirical songs by the Raging Grannies! Be inspired by the social justice Latin folk music of Los Otros/Las Otras! And Groove to the African rhythms and vocals of the all-female ensemble Mala Maña!
Support the Peace and Justice Center with your presence and your purchases of items at our Silent Auction and baked goods table, and sign petitions and pick up literature from nonprofit info tables and vendors. Get into the holiday spirit while supporting the P&J, the hub you count on all year round to be there to host events, meetings and share info on social justice activism in ABQ.
Please bring donations of warm clothing for St. Martin's Hospitality Center, especially men's coats, socks and underwear.
Suggested donation $12, no one turned away for lack of funds. Food and drink at additional cost. Thank you for supporting the P&J at their most important fundraiser of the year! Peace Center Holiday Gala will be held again at the First Congregational Church, located on the NW corner of Lomas and Girard, 2801 Lomas
For more info, call 268-9557.
March Against Corruption, a national movement calling for activism and events in over 100 cities from November 1st -8th, has partnered with Central New Mexico Move to Amend, Burque Media, The Coalition for Climate Change, APD in Crisis, ABQ Justice and 20 other groups in the Alb. peace and justice community for a series of planned events.
Saturday November 1st will see a mass demonstration against corruption at all levels, with a march gathering 11am at Montgomery and San Mateo to rally at Montgomery Park at 1pm. On
Sunday November 2nd we'll be marching with the "Desert Spirits" float honoring those individuals killed by APD and the Westside murder victims at the Muertos y Marigolds (Day of the Dead) parade near the BCSO substation at Isleta & Central Familiar SW at 2pm.
Monday November 3rd we're calling for a gathering at or near Civic Plaza prior to the City Council meeting at 5pm. We are also planning a massive Get Out The Vote campaign for election day and a follow-up to our very successful Life After the Consent Decree forum.
To join events, help with planning or for further updates and info, visit March Against Corruption-Albuquerque on Facebook or call Tom, 450-1268.
Help Sally-Alice to Get the MOP!
Turning 91 on the second day of her walk from Albuquerque to Santa Fe beginning Monday, October 13, 8am at the Peace Center, Sally-Alice Thompson will join Rhana Bazzini (hiking 333 miles from Sarasota to Tallahassee) to embrace the spirit of the late campaign-finance reform activist Doris Haddock (Granny D), who gained fame by walking across the U.S. in 1999 in an effort to amend the Constitution and get the Money Out of Politics. Sally will host a breakfast at 9am at the Convention Center before continuing 4 miles north on 4 th Street. She plans on walking six miles per day ending at the Roundhouse on Oct. 25.
Walk is at www.facebook.com/sallyalicethompsonmops. Sponsored by the ABQ Center for Peace & Justice, Common Cause NM, Central NM Move to Amend, Veterans for Peace and a rapidly growing number of other organizations. See back page for related events.
Support peace and justice while getting rid of your clutter at home! Bargains galore! Find new treasures! See old friends! Clothing, jewelry, books, some furniture, political buttons and posters.
Drop off your donations of clean items in good, working condition to the Peace Center Wednesday thru Friday, Sept. 24 - 26 between 9am & 5pm. Please, no used computers or electronics.
Pre-sale for $10 admission the evening before the yard sale, on Friday, Sept. 26 from 5-7pm. Thanks for your support!
Saturday, September 27th
9am to 3pm
People who traveled on the New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice tour to
Paso/Juarez in April will tell about experiences meeting with the Border Patrol, immigrants and deportees at the Wall and their interviews with people who servethem, including a doctor, a lawyer, small library staff, volunteers at Annunciation House and others. (See page 5 for Lily Hansen’s personal reflections about her immersion experience.)
We want to take more people on tours to witness the border, become involved and inform others about the horrendous conditions on our Southern Border. Come and help work at the local, state and national levels to change this intolerable situation- the most important civil rights issue in American today. If you wish, bring clothes or money to send to children attempting to cross the border into the U.S. We need to work together to help protect the children arriving in the U.S. and to respond to their basic needs. Border immersion experiences help us to understand the root causes that compel children to flee their homes and come to the U.S. Please join us Thursday, Aug. 21, 6-8pm at the Peace and Justice Center to learn more and lend a hand to help us in reaching out to these children. Refreshments will be served, contact Joanne Calkins 268-1733 or Mary Beth Howe (816) 516-1246 for info.
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Peace Center Supports March and Rally to End Police Brutality
On Saturday, June 21 st , hundreds of people marched peacefully from Roosevelt Park along Central
Avenue to Girard and back down Silver, passing in front of the Peace Center,
Palestinians & Israelis Visit Peace Center
On May 10, a combined delegation of nine Israeli and Palestinian emerging leaders and three organizers from the U.S. State Department visited the Peace Center under the auspices of the International Visitor Leadership Program. They entered into a lively and wide-ranging discussion with,