Church Rock Uranium Spill Memorial, July 15

The Annual Commemoration of the 1979 Church Rock Uranium Spill takes place Saturday, July 15, 7am-3pm. meet at Red Water Pond Rd. Community, 12 mi. north of Red Rocks State Park near Church Rock on the Navajo Nation. Starts with sunrise prayers, then a 3mi. walk to the spill site, gathering under shade for speeches, educational booths, free food and drinks and a fundraising auction. A special tent with activities will be set up for children. Contact: Annie, 905-1288 or Jackie, 905-0022. For more info, visit Multicultural Alliance for a Safe Environment (mase) on facebook.

PAJOLA Potluck July 12!

Join Us for a PAJOLA Potluck Gathering!

Dear Peace And Justice Organizations Linking Arms (PAJOLA) groups:

      Please send at least one representative from your group to attend our next Pajola Potluck which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 12th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Peace Center. We invite all groups to share information about their ongoing work for social justice. Hear brief updates from new Pajola group reps: Peaches Blackbird (Power Thru Peace), Elaine Cimino (Common Ground Rising), Nkazi Sinandile (NM Global Women's Pathways), Lissa Callirhoe (ABQ Move to Amend), and Roberta Rael or her representative (Generation Justice), and then open it up to announcements. Please bring food or drink to share. For more info, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 268-9557.


Burque PRIDE is Not For Sale!

ORLprideBy Father Frank Quintana

Blessed Oscar Romero Catholic Community is boycotting the ABQ Pride Parade for 2017. Pride has pandered too much to corporate interests. Corporations have co-opted our movement and have transformed it into a pursuit of consumerism over a pursuit of justice, a pursuit of revelry rather than a pursuit of community. While there is a time and place for partying, now is the time to get back to our roots and build our community to defend against these attacks on our civil liberties. The present administration is militant in its efforts to roll back any gains LGBTQIAA people have made in procuring their human rights! People of color, Immigrants, Trans-Folk and religious minorities in our community are once again under attack because of the boldness this administration has given to bigots. This administration has wielded attacks on water, the environment, and in this state poor families are facing the probability of a tax on food. We need to support one another. We find ourselves in the real possibility of ever expanding war because of ―45.‖ Rather than a parade, we should be marching in protest. Rather than partying, we should be galvanizing for the fight that lies ahead, in the spirit of Stonewall. Blessed Oscar is staging a March on Saturday, June 10. It will begin at 9:30am at the UNM Bookstore with a few speeches, then at 10am, marching up Central on the sidewalks, not blocking any traffic, to the site of the old Pulse bar on Central Ave. SE & Montclaire. There will be a memorial at a Descanso there at 11am. We will honor people of color, and all those who lost their lives in Orlando’s PULSE Nightclub shooting. We will conclude with a few words, and then march over to the 7th Annual Family Pride Celebration at Morningside Park, organized by Young Women United. Please watch for details on the ―Burque PRIDE is NOT 4 Sale‖ Facebook event, and at facebook.com/ pridesnotforsale or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Let us march for Justice for one and for all.

P&J Movie Night

REALBOY-wpFriday, June 16

Movie and Music P&J Movie Night partners with KNME as part of NM PBS’ Indie Lens Pop-up Series, to screen Real Boy, a documentary film by director Shaleece Haas, followed by old-time banjo music by Billy Stewart. Reception 5:30 pm, screening 6 pm, Friday, June 16 at the Peace Center. More info: www.realboymovie.com


REAL BOY is an intimate story of a family in transition. As 19-year-old Bennett Wallace navigates early sobriety, late adolescence, and the evolution of his gender identity, his mother makes her own transformation from resistance to acceptance of her trans son. Along the way, both mother and son find support in their communities, reminding us that families are not only given but chosen.

REAL BOY has screened at more than 70 festivals worldwide, received 20 awards, and will be broadcast on PBS’ Independent Lens in June 2017.

REAL BOY trailer from Shaleece Haas on Vimeo.

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. .

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