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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.

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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


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!



- 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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January Newsletter

January 2016

You are invited to the 26th annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration


Monday, January 18th, 2016, 1-3pm Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE 


The celebration of Dr. King’s life and accomplishments provides opportunities for all persons to reaffirm the ideas of freedom and justice. Please join in honoring New Mexico individuals and organizations advancing the values put forth by Dr. King through volunteer work or other activists of great benefit to others. Two of the honorees this year include an individual and an organization with a strong commitment to social justice: Mr. Richard Moore - co-director of Los Jardines Institute, founder of Southwest Network for Environmental and Economic Justice (SNEEJ). Encuentro - building immigrant leaders and a strong community for all. 


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December 2015 Calendar & Newsletter

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Regularly Scheduled Events

held at the Peace Center unless otherwise noted

MONDAYS 1 st & 3 rd Monday, 5-7pm, 255-1222.
Veterans for Peace 2 nd Monday, 5:30-8pm, 271-9274.



NVC Discussion Weekly, 11:15am-1:15pm, 243-6174
ABQ Hours Orientation, 3 rd Tues., 6-8pm,
Race Dialogue 2 nd Tuesday, 5pm, 917 Vassar NE, 272-5085
ABQ NOW 4 th Tuesday, 6:30-8pm, call for location: 881-6365



Grassroots New Mexico Community Radio Action Calendar weekly, 3:55pm on KUNM 89.9FM.
ABQ Justice weekly 5:30pm at a private residence, for info:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
The Water Groups 1 st Wednesday, 3pm @ SRIC, 243-6174.
People for Peace 1 st Wednesday, 7-9pm, The Commons (parlor), 2300 West Alameda, Santa Fe, (505) 983-3906.
Peace Center’s Coordinating Council 2 nd Wednesday, meeting at 6pm (optional potluck at 5:30). All are invited.



Peace Café Weekly, Noon-3pm, Free coffee, snacks, Wi-Fi, chess, jam session. Everyone welcome!
Women in Black Weekly, 12:30-1pm, silent vigil on Lomas between 3 rd & 4 th streets. All invited, wear black. 341-9307.



P&J Movie Night 3 rd Friday, 6-8pm, 604-1261
NVC Book Club 3 rd Friday, 10:30-12:30pm, 881-4536
Peace Center’s Admin. Committee 4th Friday, 1:30pm-3pm, call to confirm 268-9557.



Food Distribution Weekly, 9am in Parking Lot.
St. Mary Magdalene Community Mass, Weekly, 5-7pm, First Congregational UCC, 2801 Lomas NE. 345-3677, 977-4661.
Tulane St. Peace Rally Weekly, Noon-1:30pm at Central & Tulane, 898-4544.
Humanist Society of NM 2 nd Saturday, 11am-1pm, 344-6102
Grandmother’s Council of NM 2 nd Saturday, 1:30-3:30pm, 610-8258
ABQ Hours Exchange 3 rd Sat., 4-6pm,
Dialogue Group 3 rd Saturday, 1:30-3:30pm, 492-3594
Economic Reform Advocacy Group 3rd Sat., 10:30am - 2:30pm, 1st Unitarian Church, Carlisle/Comanche. 323-0364.
Gray Panthers 4th Saturday, 1-2:30pm at Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE. Contact: 266-8823.
Peña Cultural / Coffee House Monthly, 7-10pm, Bandido Hideout, 2128 Central SE, 385-3670.



Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Weekly, 11am-noon.
Potluck on 5 th Sunday, 11am-2:30pm. 440-6688.
Light Mission Pentecostal Church Weekly 1pm-4pm 804-8787
Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community Weekly 11am at SWOP, 211 10th SW. 352-4061.

November 2015 Calendar & Newsletter

2015 November

Friends of Sabeel Albuquerque presents “Justice, Freedom & Equality: the Keys to Peace in Palestine/Israel” a talk and presentation by Israeli peace activist Miko Peled


Friday, Nov. 6 at 7pm
First Unitarian Church, 3701 Carlisle Blvd. NE, ABQ
Suggested donation $10
(no one turned away for lack of funds)


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Miko Peled is the author of The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. His father was a young officer in the war of 1948 and a general in the war of 1967, and his niece was killed by a suicide bomber in 1997. He is a courageous and visionary activist in the struggle for human rights. Miko will also be speaking in Santa Fe on Thursday, Nov. 5 th at the Unitarian Church, 107 W. Barcelona Rd.


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Both talks will be followed by a book signing.


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October Newsletter

Oct 2015Monday, Oct. 12

The Peace Center will be closed in honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Regularly scheduled events at the Peace Center will still take place.


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September Newsletter

Sept 2015International Day of Peace at the P&J

Monday, September 21, 4pm – 8pm

Join us to celebrate a day of peace activities honoring the UN International Day of Peace 2015 and in coordination with the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions (Sept. 20-27).

4pm-5:45pm: Nonviolence and the Struggle for Justice - This interactive forum will explore the principles and practices of nonviolence in the context of contemporary struggles for justice and an end to oppression. A panel of committed social justice activists and nonviolence practitioners will explore, with the participants, their own commitments, beliefs and perspectives. Panel: Albino Garcia (La Plazita Institute), Dr. Jamal Martin (UNM Peace Studies Program), and additional Social Justice practitioners.

5:45-6:30pm: Food - frito pie treats prepared by the P&J's own Peace Café. 

6:30-7:30pm: Poetry – New Mexico poets, headed by Mary Oishi, will read their Peace Poems in partnership with the Austin-based “Poems for Peace” project, joining poets nationwide that day in the goal to read a million poems for peace. Mike Swick will video this reading, to become part of a Poems For Peace collaborative work that will be available online later. 

7:30- 8pm: Candlelight vigil - flute by Cliff Wilkie. Sponsored by the Creating Peace Project of the Peace & Justice Center, the United Nations Association USA Albuquerque Chapter and UNM Peace and Justice Studies Program 

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August Newsletter

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Veterans for Peace Albuquerque Invites you to Commemorate the Kellogg-Briand Peace Pact with Ray McGovern & Rey Garduño

Some men see things as they are and say why...I dream of things as they never were and say why not. -George Bernard Shaw Just because “There have always been wars,” we need not resign ourselves to living with the endless wars that contribute so greatly to a culture of violence, that desensitize us to killing, and keep the world in chaos and poverty.

In 1928, two statesmen, U.S. Secretary of State Frank Kellogg and French Foreign Minister Aristide Briand developed the Kellogg–Briand Pact or Pact of Paris to outlaw war as a policy and require that international disputes be resolved by “pacific” (nonviolent) means. The people’s longing for peace was so intense that 14 countries signed on immediately, and eventually 62 countries signed.

We can’t let the fact that the treaty has been ignored so far deter us. This is a dream that we must not allow to die! We must do everything in our power to coalesce the growing yearning for peace.

In order to bring this important historical document to public awareness, our Donald & Sally-Alice Thompson Chapter of Veterans for Peace is sponsoring a press conference on the anniversary of the original signing, Thursday, August 27, 1pm at the ABQ Mennonite Church, 1300 Girard Blvd. NE.

The main speaker will be retired CIA analyst Ray McGovern. There will be other speakers, and City Council President Rey Garduño will moderate. Refreshments will be served, and donations to defer expenses will be accepted.

Endorsed by Albuquerque Center for Peace and Justice, ABQ Unitarian Fellowship, South West Organizing Project, ANSWER, Rev. John Dear, David Swanson, and others.

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And don't forget the P&J Annual Yard Sale
Saturday, Sept. 26, 9am to 3pm

Please drop off your gently used donations in clean, working condition to the Peace Hall anytime from Wednesday, Sept. 23 to Friday, Sept. 25 between 9am and 5pm. Then support the Peace Center by shopping on the day of the sale and find a few bargains and treasures! Questions, call Sue at 268-9557.

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