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October Newsletter

Oct 2016

Last year, the City of Albuquerque declared the 2nd Monday in October Indigenous Peoples Day, a day formerly celebrated as Columbus Day. This victory comes at a critical time when we are seeing some of the most powerful displays of Native resistance in generations. 

From the historical protest of the Dakota Access pipeline and the final efforts to demand clemency for political prisoner and AIM activist Leonard Peltier, the movement for Native liberation is growing! 

This year’s march and rally will focus on Leonard Peltier and the call for his clemency. It is likely that only President Obama will grant him clemency, so these final months that he is in office are critical for Peltier, as it is likely that he may not survive another four to eight-year presidential term in prison.

In addition to this, the historic fight against exploitive extractivist industry taking place at Standing Rock right now is serving to challenge corporations that have long sought to extract life from Indigenous lands, as it also is bringing about the unification of tribal Nations from all around the world! #NODAPL will also be a focus of this year’s Indigenous people’s day.

The meet up location for the march route will be 5:30pm at Central and First, in front of the Alvarado transportation center. The march route will extend throughout Downtown ABQ and conclude at Civic Plaza, where the rally will take place. Speakers include local community leaders and youth!

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July Newsletter

July 2016You 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.

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June Newsletter

June 2016Renowned Artist Creates Leonard Peltier Mural at ACPJ

By Sayrah Namaste, Indigenous Rights Center volunteer

Have you seen the vibrant new mural on the west wall of the Peace & Justice Center? Nationally known artist Gregg Deal, a Pyramid Paiute Indian, created the eye-catching mural of American Indian Movement (AIM) leader Leonard Peltier in late April. The Indigenous Rights Center (IRC), home to the International Leonard Peltier Defense Committee, is located inside the Peace Center. It was formed at the behest of Leonard Peltier, who maintains his innocence after 40 years of imprisonment. The IRC coordinated the mural and hosted a public reception for Deal. He gave his original painting to Leonard’s son, Chauncey Peltier, the co-director of the IRC with the hope Leonard will be released one day and receive it.

We are so pleased that an artist as significant as Gregg Deal would come to Albuquerque to create this work of public art, said Peter Clark, co-director of the IRC. ―We hope the mural draws more people into the campaign to get clemency for Peltier. Deal has been featured in the National Museum of the American Indian, been a guest on the Daily Show, and was an artist in residence at the Denver Museum of Art. He often highlights issues Native Americans face, including the fight to stop using Native people as mascots.

Former City Councilor Rey Garduño, who led the successful change of Columbus Day to Indigenous People’s Day, was also honored at the reception. Years ago Garduño helped with the mural on the Peace & Justice Center’s north wall and was excited to see Deal create a mural adjacent to it.

Learn more about how to support the clemency campaign at www.whoisleonardpeltier.info.

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May Newsletter: Celebrate May Day

May 2016Sunday, May 1, from 12:30pm til dusk

ABQ IWW, Black Rose/Rosa Negra-ABQ, (un)Occupy ABQ & La Raza Unida Organizing Committee of NM

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Celebrate May Day 2016
International Workers’ Day!

12:30pm -- Gather at San Mateo & Central, then March to UNM’s Yale Park on Central 

2pm til dusk -- Family-friendly picnic. 

Bring signs and banners, songs and noise to this festival of solidarity and liberation.

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March Newsletter

March 2016You are cordially invited to
The Albuquerque Center for Peace & Justice
Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, March 19, 2016, 1-3pm
at the P&J, 202 Harvard SE

 

featuring: -a light lunch catered by long-time P&J supporter Olympia Cafe
-a report from our Treasurer, John Ellig, on our financial health
-a slide show of highlights from the past year by Outreach Coordinator Susan Schuurman
-affirm two new members of the Coordinating Council, beva sanchez-padilla and Frank Quintana
-an opportunity for members to participate by sharing your vision for where the Peace Center is and where it should be headed In order for the Participatory Segment of the program to be as meaningful as possible, please complete the survey below or on a separate sheet of paper with thoughtful consideration.

 

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February Newsletter: Albuquerque March & Rally to Unite Against Hate!

Sunday, Feb. 21, 2pm at Civic PlazaFebruary 2016 final

Stand Up to Trump and all Bigotry!

 

JOIN US TO DEMAND: 

- Stop the hate! Stop the violence! We are all together!

- Let's stand together with our Muslim and Arab American neighbors!

- Let's stand together with immigrant workers and families!

- Let's stand together with the Black community fighting for justice!

- Let's stand together with refugee communities!

- Let's stand together with women who only want access to reproductive healthcare!

- NO to racist, sexist and anti-LGBTQ violence! Defend those that are under attack!

There are growing efforts to whip up hatred against people in our community. We can’t stand by while people like Donald Trump use their power and money to spread hatred against Muslims, Arabs, Mexicans, immigrants, refugees, LGBTQ people, women or anyone. Enflaming hatred, scapegoating and racist rhetoric have no place in our society. Sickening acts of violence against Mosques, women’s healthcare clinics, and ordinary people everywhere are on the rise. We are united against acts of violence, including inflammatory statements against any group. Join the February 21 mobilization to Unite Against Hate! Join together with your neighbors, families, workers and everyone to stand up to Trump and all forms of bigotry! 

Called by Abq United Front Against Hate. Organized and endorsed by Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, Islamic Center of New Mexico, Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community, ANSWER NM, Party for Socialism and Liberation, The Red Nation, New Mexico Faith Coalition for Immigrant Justice, El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, United Voices for Refugee Rights, Friends of Sabeel ABQ, Coalition to Stop $30 Billion to Israel, Veterans for Peace ABQ, Stop the War Machine, Jewish Voice for Peace ABQ, Bernie Sanders at UNM, Encuentro, La Plazita Institute, Mujeres Colectiva, ABQJustice, Burque Media Productions, People's Lapel Camera of Albuquerque, UNM SOAP (Students Organizing Actions for Peace), Showing Up for Racial Justice New Mexico (SURG-NM), Rock Against Racism, St. Mary Magdalene ECC, Rev. Angela Herrera (First Unitarian), Pastor Janet Norden (University Heights United Methodist and First United Methodist).

Call 505-268-9557 if your organization or group would like to endorse and to find out more info about how to participate. Tables welcome. There will be music, kids’ area, food trucks. Everyone days at 4pm at the Peace Center. See also our Facebook page Albuquerque March and Rallywho endorses this call to action is welcome to help organize this event. We meet weekly on Thursdays at 4pm at the Peace Center. see also our Facebook page Albuquerque March and Rally Against Hate.

 

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