Weekly Update 11/21/14

 

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Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, & Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

Weekly Update: November 21, 2014

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

NOTES FROM THE DESK: The holidays are almost upon us and with it, what many call the “season of giving” or, what many see as the time of year where you get hit up for the most donations. We are lucky, here in the office to have this sort of giving from our PJC community all the time! You most likely will have gotten your Annual Fundraising Letter from us either in the mail or via email or will be getting a Phonathon call soon. So we thank you for your consideration in giving to the PJC, we know fundraising letters and calls aren’t the most fun thing to receive! Kids are another group that are thought of this time of year and we have two different opportunities here in the office to help out in that aspect.  First is the Cookies for Crossroads program that we are still working on; and the second is the Christmas Tree for Helping Services that is now up in our office. You can see below for information on both!  -Erin

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in the COMMUNITY

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I know it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but bear with us! Once again, we’ve partnered with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa to collect present donations for their victims of domestic abuse program.  There is a Christmas tree set up in the office (I’ll hold off on the music for now!) with ornaments listing gifts that have been requested.  You can pick up a tag and then bring the new, unwrapped gift with it’s tag, back to the Center! Help make this holiday happy for a local child!

cookie

We currently only need 12 more helpers for our Crossroads Cookie Project.  The goal is to let these students know that the wider community cares about them in hopes of building supportive relationships. Please contact the office to sign up!


filmfest

Nov. 25, 12pm, NEIPJC: Instead of our normal Tuesday Universe video; we will be viewing the trailers for the potential Oneota Film Festival selections that we are able to sponsor. Help us choose one!


sseNov. 19, 10am, NEIPJC: Our Wednesday morning event is sorting seeds for Seed Savers.  Come and put together packets of seeds to donate to Herman’s Gardens.  

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Ongoing Monthly Meetings, NEIPJC:

  • Let’s Get Organized (LGO): 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at noon.
  • Immigration Working Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at noon.
  • NEIPJC Board Meetings: 3rd Tuesday at 5:30pm
  • Overeaters Anonymous: Every Thursday at 6pm
  • Community Rights Alliance & PFLAG as announced

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

Office Space for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available immediately: Suite 4: 2 rooms (120 sq. ft.), (76 sq. ft.), internet access, $200/month.  Call (563) 382-5337 for inquiries.

We are in the process of remodeling our webpage.  If you have any feedback about our site or talents to lend to this project; please contact Erin in the office.

We are a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

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TAKE ACTION:

1000 Kids for Iowa is working to find safe homes in Iowa for child refugees from Central America.  If you are interested in helping in any way from hosting a child to supporting services, please inquire. More information can be found at www.1000KidsforIowa.org.

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  (563) 380-1361 for more information.

Quote of the week: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”  – Winston Churchill

All donations to NEIPJC are tax deductible.

Weekly Update 11/14/14

LogowithbirdrevisionNortheast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice ~ Through Research, Education, & Action”

email: neipjc@gmail.com; 563-382-5337

“Like” us on Facebook!

                                      Weekly Update: November 14, 2014

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, a 501(c)(3) public charity, provides space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

NOTES FROM THE DESK: 

As usual; thank you for all that YOU do to make the PJC a place where cool things happen.  We’ve got some great things coming up, and I’d like to especially point out the fact that we only need 12 more cookie helpers for our donations to Crossroads Academy. Stay warm! -Erin

 

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in the COMMUNITY

cookie

We currently only need 12 more helpers for our Crossroads Cookie Project.  The goal is to let these students know that the wider community cares about them in hopes of building supportive relationships. Please contact the office to sign up!

green_iowa_americorps_logoA CITY-WIDE open house of some of Decorah’s energized all-stars; diverse homes and businesses who have made efficiency upgrades, installed solar and other renewable energy, drive electric cars, and more! You’re free to wander at will, discuss financials, and visit with contractors.This is the first opportunity to see such diversity in residential and non-residential energy innovation in all Iowa. See their webpage for more information.

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Nov. 18, 12pm, NEIPJC: Every Tuesday we meet at noon to view a video together. The series we are currently working through is one on our Universe.

 

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Nov. 18, 5:30pm, NEIPJC Board Meeting

 


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Nov. 19, 10am, NEIPJC: Our Wednesday morning event is sorting seeds for Seed Savers.  Come and put together packets of seeds to donate to Herman’s Gardens.  


gunsensevoterNov. 20, 9am, NEIPJC: Gun Sense Community Conversations welcomes Deputy Sheriff, Dan Marx to present about “Gun Facts”. Come and ask any questions you may have and hear facts about everything from conceal and carry to gun sales in general, and everything in between.

This will be our last morning Gun Sense Conversation of the year and will have a second series starting in the new year that will be meeting in the evening.

LGONov. 20, 12pm, NEIPJC: Let’s Get Organized (LGO) is a confidential 12-step support group that gives  people who face the common problems of disorganization and messiness the opportunity to meet with others and share their experiences, knowledge, strengths, and hopes. Meetings held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month at noon. For further information call Cynthia, at 563-532-9612.

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

Office Space for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available immediately: Suite 4: 2 rooms (120 sq. ft.), (76 sq. ft.), internet access, $200/month.  Call (563) 382-5337 for inquiries.

We are in the process of remodeling our webpage.  If you have any feedback about our site or talents to lend to this project; please contact Erin in the office.

We are a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

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TAKE ACTION:

1000 Kids for Iowa is working to find safe homes in Iowa for child refugees from Central America.  If you are interested in helping in any way from hosting a child to supporting services, please inquire. More information can be found at www.1000KidsforIowa.org.

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  (563) 380-1361 for more information.

Quote of the week: 

“The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson

All donations to NEIPJC are tax deductible.

 

 

Weekly Update 10/10/14

Weekly Update: October 10, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (a 501(c) public charity) provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

NOTES FROM THE DESK: Wow. What a great conversation you all brought to our most recent Gun Sense Community Conversations Series. We featured Decorah School Superintendent, Mike Haluska, and he spoke about gun violence and ways that his district works to keep our kids safe. We were able to speak candidly with him and see just how much he cares about our children. (It’s a lot.)  If you haven’t attended one of these conversations yet; do consider it. Our next one is on Oct. 30, 9am with Chelsea Carrol from County Services and will focus on suicide prevention.

See also our “Community Needs” this week. There is a really great opportunity to let some at risk kids know that you care. I know there are a lot of great bakers out there. -Erin

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in the COMMUNITY

Community Needs: NEIPJC volunteers have an opportunity to donate cookies for the children at “Crossroads Academy,” alternative school.  They have 40 children and 15 staff, so we will need 5 dozen cookies each week.  You may choose to drop off your cookies and let others deliver them or go yourself to meet the children.  Our goal is to let these students know that we care about them in hopes of building supportive relationships. Contact: Ellen Cutting 382-3894 with donations and any questions.

October 14, 12pm, NEIPJC: Every Tuesday we meet at noon to view a video together. The series we are currently working through is one on our Universe. It’s a great group and a fun, informational series!

October 15, 10am, NEIPJC: Our Wednesday morning event will be sorting seeds for Seed Savers.  Come and put together packets of seeds to donate to Herman’s Gardens.  These seeds go out to schools, community gardens, and non-profit organizations and is a great cause to come lend a hand with.  Coffee will be on, and all are welcome!

NEIPJC “favorites”: We come across a good deal of really great online resources, pages, blogs, and podcasts here in the office.  Here are some of our “favorites”: http://www.goodradioshows.org/, http://iowapeacenetwork.blogspot.com/p/events.html, http://viridorari.blogspot.com/, http://archive.kpvlradio.org/album/just-imagine, http://beehivecollective.org/en/.

LOOKING AHEAD:

BIG NEWS: Daoud Nassar of Tent of Nations will be coming to our Center on Oct. 31st, Friday, at 11:30 am. Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer whose family works its 100-acre farm and orchard just outside the town of Bethlehem. It is on his farm that the family members strive to maintain haven of peace and brother/sisterhood through activities at Tent of Nations (TON), a dynamic peace and local education center established by the Nassar family in 2000. International visitors, including many Israelis, join together to plant trees, harvest olives and fruit, teach at the Women’s Education Center, lead activities in Youth Summer Camps, and come together in solidarity and shared goals in the pursuit of a just peace through non-violent activities. On May 19th of this year, Israeli Military bulldozers destroyed several hundred trees on their farm. Come and hear his family’s courageous response to such action.

The PJC is seeking Interns for the 2014-2015 school year to work on a variety of projects and ideas here in the Center.  If you are a college student or know a college student, pass along the word!

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

We are a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

TAKE ACTION:

Get Out The Vote! 2014 general election is November 4th. You can find all your voting information and absentee ballots online at http://www.winneshiekcounty.org/election-information.html. Information on judges up for election can be found at www.iowacourtsonline.com. The Extention Office has information on Ag Executive Council nominees. Make your voice heard!  All candidates are listed on the absentee ballot, so if you still haven’t done your homework, you can look them up before election day!

1000 Kids for Iowa is working to find safe homes in Iowa for child refugees from Central America.  If you are interested in helping in any way from hosting a child to supporting services, please inquire. More information can be found at www.1000KidsforIowa.org.

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  (563) 380-1361 for more information.

Quote of the week: “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.”― Winston Churchill

All donations to NEIPJC are tax deductible.

 

 

Update 10-03-2014

Weekly Update: October 3, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

 

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (a 501(c) public charity) provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

NOTES FROM THE DESK: Thanks for all of you that attended the Eco-Village conversation; we had a really great turn-out. If anyone wants to have a follow-up, “now what” conversation, we’d be glad to continue talking about this.  As usual, more great stuff coming your way in the city of Decorah this coming week! If you haven’t checked out the artwork from the Beehive Collective (ArtHaus, Oct. 7), it is very cool. You can find much of it online and it’s worth checking out.  Keep warm! -Erin

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in the COMMUNITY

TODAY, October 3, Fri., 7pm, Luther College, Valders Hall, Room 206: A forum featuring candidates for U.S. congress, the Iowa Legislature, and Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors.

 

October 7, 7pm, ArtHaus: “Rock Bottom in the Age of Extreme Resource Extraction”, Our water, source of all life, is being threatened by a trio of new extreme extraction processes: fracking, tar sands, and sulfide mining. Hard-hitting, honest analysis. Entertaining and compassionate story-telling. With graphics from the Beehive Collective and stories from around the Great Lakes.

 

October 8, 10am, NEIPJC: Our Wednesday morning event will be sorting seeds for Seed Savers.  Come and put together packets of seeds to donate to Herman’s Gardens.  These seeds go out to schools, community gardens, and non-profit organizations and is a great cause to come lend a hand with.  Coffee will be on, and all are welcome!

 

October 9th’s Gun Sense Community Conversation will feature Mike Haluska of the Decorah School District and fill focus on safety and what is taught about this topic in our schools. 9 am, NEIPJC.

 

NEIPJC “favorites”: We come across a good deal of really great online resources, pages, blogs, and podcasts here in the office.  Here are some of our “favorites”: http://www.goodradioshows.org/, http://iowapeacenetwork.blogspot.com/p/events.html, http://viridorari.blogspot.com/, http://archive.kpvlradio.org/album/just-imagine, http://beehivecollective.org/en/.

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

 

The PJC is seeking Interns for the 2014-2015 school year to work on a variety of projects and ideas here in the Center.  If you are a college student or know a college student, pass along the word!

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

We are a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

TAKE ACTION:

Get Out The Vote! 2014 general election is November 4th. You can find all your voting information and absentee ballots online at http://www.winneshiekcounty.org/election-information.html. Make your voice heard!  All candidates are listed on the absentee ballot, so if you still haven’t done your homework, you can look them up before election day!

 

1000 Kids for Iowa is working to find safe homes in Iowa for child refugees from Central America.  If you are interested in helping in any way from hosting a child to supporting services, please inquire. More information can be found at www.1000KidsforIowa.org.

 

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  (563) 380-1361 for more information.

 

Quote of the week: “There is no substitute for human bodies standing as one, voices raised as one making a political demand” -Chris Hayes

All donations to NEIPJC are tax deductible.

Quote of the week: “To make democracy work, we must be a notion of participants, not simply observers. One who does not vote has no right to complain.” -Louis L’Amour

Update 09-25-2014

Weekly Update: September 26, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

 

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (a 501(c) public charity) provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

NOTES FROM THE DESK:  We’ve got a busy week coming up at the PJC! We are having our Lunch & Learn about Net-Zero Housing on Monday at noon (still space available!), the CRA is bringing in John Olívas to speak about his county’s ban on fracking, and a brand new group, Messies Anonymous, will have its first meeting.  Another new thing that came across our radar is something called “Peace Radio”. We are looking at having a time to meet where folks can have coffee and listen to the podcasts, but if you just can’t wait, they are all available streaming online at http://www.goodradioshows.org/, they’ve got a lot of really cool programs! -Erin

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in the COMMUNITY

Sept. 28, Sun., 7pm, The Cellar (basement of Old Armory Building): John Olívas, Mora County, New Mexico Commission, will speak on how his county banned fracking.  In April 2013, Olívas led the charge to make his county the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking or otherwise developing oil and gas within its borders.   He will also be speaking with the Winneshiek Board of Supervisors on Monday, Sept. 29 at 10:30.

 

Sept. 29, Mon., noon, Mabe’s pizza (lower level): Jim Cooper, Project Manager and Dave Engstrom, Executive Director will present on the St. Croix Valley, WI Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Housing project and answer any questions about construction, financing, and community involvement in this inspiring model of energy efficiency. Pizza and drinks provided. RSVP required for meal.

Free to attend. Free will donation. You can preview the project at: www.scvhabitat.org

 

October 1, Wed., noon, NEIPJC: Messies Anonymous (MA), is a 12-step support group that gives  people who face the common problems of disorganization and  messiness the opportunity to meet with others and share their experiences, knowledge, strengths, and hopes. For further information call Cynthia at 563-532-9612, www.messies.com, or theorganizerlady.blogspot.com.

 

October 3, Fri., 7pm, Luther College, Valders Hall, Room 206: A forum featuring candidates for U.S. congress, the Iowa Legislature, and Winneshiek County Board of Supervisors.

 

Coffee Bar & Materials/Talking Points:  Just a reminder that most Tuesdays and Thursdays at the PJC, we are open for coffee bar at 10am.  Come in, have some coffee, browse our library and magazines, and talk about current events! We have many great publications in office, as well as our new “Red Hot Articles” folder where you can find many articles that are of particular interest right now. Topics in the folder right now cover gun violence, fracking, the background and future of Mom’s Demand Action, as well as some stuff to make you feel good too!  If you want to donate your favorite publication, please do!

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

 

October 7, 7pm, ArtHaus: “Rock Bottom in the Age of Extreme Resource Extraction”, Our water, source of all life, is being threatened by a trio of new extreme extraction processes: fracking, tar sands, and sulfide mining. Hard-hitting, honest analysis. Entertaining and compassionate story-telling. With graphics from the Beehive Collective and stories from around the Great Lakes.

 

October 9th’s Gun Sense Community Conversation will feature Mike Haluska of the Decorah School District and fill focus on safety and what is taught about this topic in our schools. 9 am, NEIPJC.

 

The PJC is seeking Interns for the 2014-2015 school year to work on a variety of projects and ideas here in the Center.  If you are a college student or know a college student, pass along the word!

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

*******

                                                         

NEWS:

We are now officially a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

TAKE ACTION:

Get Out The Vote! 2014 general election is November 4th. You can find all your voting information and absentee ballots online at http://www.winneshiekcounty.org/election-information.html. Make your voice heard!  All candidates are listed on the absentee ballot, so if you still haven’t done your homework, you can look them up before election day!

 

1000 Kids for Iowa is working to find safe homes in Iowa for child refugees from Central America.  If you are interested in helping in any way from hosting a child to supporting services, please inquire. More information can be found at www.1000KidsforIowa.org.

 

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  (563) 380-1361 for more information.

 

Quote of the week: “There is no substitute for human bodies standing as one, voices raised as one making a political demand” -Chris Hayes

All donations to NEIPJC are tax deductible.

Update 09-19-2014

Weekly Update: September 18, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

 

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center (a 501(c) public charity) provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

Note from your Board Director: I am so grateful to have been a part of the work of the NE Iowa Peace and Justice Center for the past three years as Board Chair. I have deep gratitude for all of the people who have supported that work with their time, their ideas, and their monetary support. The Peace and Justice Center speaks with a loud and consistent voice to the values of peace and non-violence; social and economic justice; humanitarian values applied to our immigration policies, and a strong commitment to healing our earth. It is an important voice to have in our local community, where we can SEE the difference we are able to make.  I want to individually thank the members of the Board who have served during the time I did, Matt Tapscott who is assuming a new leadership role, and especially Julie Fischer, who is an amazingly energetic and talented woman who has kept the fires burning in the Center day after day….welcoming everyone who comes in the door and working with them to make the most of their ideas and talents in the cause of peace and justice. The folks I’ve had a chance to work with fill me with gratitude. I know that the future of the Center is very bright and that we are very lucky to have this amazing place in our community. I look forward to being a part of the work of the Center in new ways. -Janet Alexander

 

NOTES FROM THE DESK:  Two things I want to highlight this week! First of all, we are hoping for a great turnout for our Eco-Village presentation on the 29th. This is going to be a dynamite presentation! Secondly, please look at the News section this week and notice the 1000 Kids for Iowa program. We are such a loving and supportive community with so much to offer to so many. -Erin

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in the COMMUNITY

Sept. 22, 7pm, NEIPJC: PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians & Gays) will be showing a great film called “Shared Origins”. “Zoe and Tsehaye were born in Ethiopia and adopted by Lory and Sonya, a lesbian couple living in the US. When the girls are in middle school, Lory takes them to Ethiopia to explore their heritage. Although her same-sex partnership has been accepted within her community for over 20 years, Lory chooses to keep it a secret on their trip. In Ethiopia, homosexuality is a crime punishable by death. Helen is an orphan living with her aunt and uncle in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When Helen, Zoe, and Tsehaye meet in Ethiopia, a strong bond is formed. Together, the two girls with two mothers and one motherless girl navigate the geographical, cultural, and emotional space of losing and finding family.”

Sept. 28, 7pm, The Cellar (basement of Old Armory Building): John Olívas, Mora County, New Mexico Commission, will speak on how his county banned fracking.  In April 2013, Olívas led the charge to make his county the first in the U.S. to permanently ban corporations from fracking or otherwise developing oil and gas within its borders.   He will also be speaking with the Winneshiek Board of Supervisors on Monday, Sept. 29 at 10:30.

Sept. 29, noon, Mabe’s pizza (lower level): Jim Cooper, Project Manager and Dave Engstrom, Executive Director will present on the St. Croix Valley, WI Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Housing project and answer any questions about construction, financing, and community involvement in this inspiring model of energy efficiency. Pizza and drinks provided. RSVP required for meal.

Free to attend. Free will donation. You can preview the project at: www.scvhabitat.org

 

Coffee Bar & Materials/Talking Points:  Just a reminder that most Tuesdays and Thursdays at the PJC, we are open for coffee bar at 10am.  Come in, have some coffee, browse our library and magazines, and talk about current events! We have many great publications in office, as well as our new “Red Hot Articles” folder where you can find many articles that are of particular interest right now. Topics in the folder right now cover gun violence, fracking, the background and future of Mom’s Demand Action, as well as some stuff to make you feel good too!  If you want to donate your favorite publication, please do!

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

 

The PJC is seeking Interns for the 2014-2015 school year to work on a variety of projects and ideas here in the Center.  If you are a college student or know a college student, pass along the word!

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

 

Office Space for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available immediately:

  • Suite #2: 1 room (75 sq. ft.), recently redecorated, WiFi internet access, storage space, utilities included, $100/month.  Call (563) 382-5337 for inquiries.

 

We are now officially a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

TAKE ACTION:

 

1000 Kids for Iowa is working to find safe homes in Iowa for child refugees from Central America.  If you are interested in helping in any way from hosting a child to supporting services, please inquire. More information can be found at www.1000KidsforIowa.org.

 

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator: Teresa Dehning

(563) 380-1361; tdehning@helpingservices.org

Quote of the week: “Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” -Nelson Mandela

All donations to NEIPJC are tax deductible.

 

Update 09-12-2014

Weekly Update: September 12, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

 

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

COORDINATOR’S NOTES: The warnings are consistent and congruent: our planet’s life support systems are faltering. We of the privileged world particularly need to take immediate action in the right direction: radically reduce our fossil fuel extraction and consumption. The People’s Climate March, Sept. 21 in NYC pulls together groups from throughout our country to witness for “people, planet, & peace over profit” days before the 2014 UN Climate Summit. We cannot all travel to NYC, but we can raise our voices in solidarity.  We must act  to protect our common home. We must commit to changing our behaviors, individually and nationally.  We must urge our leaders to join other nations and sign onto a significant climate treaty for measurable results. NOW is the time to speak up. -Julie

 

NOTES FROM THE DESK: Sometimes we look at Climate Change and wonder how we can really help. How, with something so big, we can actually make a difference or a change for the better. It is too scary and all too real. But let’s remember back to 1987 when countries around the world decided to phase out CFCs. I heard a great piece on MPR about how the ozone levels are finally beginning to improve.  A ray of hope in what seems like a sometimes hopeless battle; but it shows that if we stand together and decide to change for our world and for the better, we really can turn it around.

Here’s the links I mentioned: http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/09/10/ozone-rebounds, http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/09/11/347642658/ozone-levels-bounce-back-showing-first-increase-in-35-years. Check them out, get some hope, and raise your voice to be heard! -Erin

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in the COMMUNITY

Sept. 13, 10-11 a.m.: Holistic Moms Network: HMN also welcomes Holistic Dads! This month’s meeting is “All About YOU”! We want to hear from you, your stories; your parenting style; anything you feel compelled to share. Your stories might just impact another mother. Contact person: Trish Johnson, 563-547-5232.

 

Sept. 15-Sept.21: NEI Voices in Solidarity with The People’s Climate March: Solidarity. Voices raised. The unequivocal message: We must join the rest of the world to preserve LIFE on our planet. Come to the Center Tuesday, Sept. 16 at noon or Thursday, Sept. 18 at noon or 7pm to view the film “Disruption”.  The movie discusses the science, politics, stories, and solutions of climate change and seeks to answer the question “When it comes to climate change, why do we do so little when we know so much?”

After any of the viewings, we urge you to write any and all of your elected representatives to urge them to join the rest of the world in doing something that is measurable (not just words!) about climate change in anticipation of the 2014 UN Climate Summit on Sept. 23.  We have a binder in office with contact information for your officials.

If you can’t make it in at any of these times, the movie is available streaming online at http://watchdisruption.com/.  The movie is about an hour long.

 

Sept. 16, 5:30 p.m.: NEIPJC Board Meeting, NEIPJC.

 

Coffee Bar & Materials/Talking Points:  Just a reminder that most Tuesdays and Thursdays at the PJC, we are open for coffee bar at 10am.  Come in, have some coffee, browse our library and magazines, and talk about current events! We have many great publications in office, as well as our new “Red Hot Articles” folder where you can find many articles that are of particular interest right now. Topics in the folder right now cover gun violence, fracking, the background and future of Mom’s Demand Action, as well as some stuff to make you feel good too!  If you want to donate your favorite publication, please do!

 

LOOKING AHEAD:

Sept. 29, noon, Mabe’s pizza (lower level): Jim Cooper, Project Manager and Dave Engstrom, Executive Director will present on the St. Croix Valley, WI Habitat for Humanity Net Zero Housing project and answer any questions about construction, financing, and community involvement in this inspiring model of energy efficiency. Pizza and drinks provided. RSVP required for meal.

Free to attend. Free will donation. You can preview the project at: www.scvhabitat.org

 

The PJC is seeking Interns for the 2014-2015 school year to work on a variety of projects and ideas here in the Center.  If you are a college student or know a college student, pass along the word!

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

 

Office Space for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available immediately:

  • Suite #2: 1 room (75 sq. ft.), recently redecorated, WiFi internet access, storage space, utilities included, $100/month.  Call (563) 382-5337 for inquiries.

 

We are now officially a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

TAKE ACTION:

 

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator: Teresa Dehning

(563) 380-1361; tdehning@helpingservices.org

An especially timely quote for this week:  “There is no substitute for human bodies standing as one, voices raised as one making a political demand” -Chris Hayes

 

Update 08-29-2014

Weekly Update: September 29, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

NOTES FROM COORDINATOR: “Mitakuye Oyasin.”  This week we learned that these are the Lakota words for “we are all related”.  Special thank you to Karen Esterl for her recent article in the Religion section of the Decorah Journal.  Karen was part of a group sponsored by Decorah UCC that visited Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. These beautiful words of the Lakota, are as beautiful as their sentiment and remind us that this is exactly what we encourage and work towards here at NEIPJC.

There are some great conversations and ideas being talked about in the office this week; we look forward to continuing to bring you insightful and relevant programs and opportunities in the coming months. Pay especial attention to the opportunity to vote online for the Freeport Trail Project and Sept. 5th’s Gun Sense Community Conversation!

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

Now-September 7: Vote for the Freeport Trail! The Freeport Trail needs your support to help win $7,500 from Wellmark BlueCross BlueShield.  Money will be allocated to the organization that garners the most online votes by Sunday, Sept. 7. Participants may vote once per day, per computer ISP address.  Voting website: www.wellmark75.com/, select “Vote For Your Favorite”. The project is listed under “Help us Build the Freeport Trail”.  For more information, contact the Winneshiek County Conservation Board at (563) 534-7145.

 

Wednesdays in September: We have yet to reach our goal of 1,000 paper cranes, so we will be continuing this project until it is met. Come to the Center and make a peace crane in reflection of the violence and strife, not only in the Middle East, but around the world. We will gather each Wednesday at 10am to make cranes and send to legislators of your choice. We have a binder in the office of all addresses you may want to look over for the mailing of your cranes.

 

Tues. September 2, 5:45pm, City Building (The Parks & Rec Building, 400 Claiborne Dr.): A public hearing will be held on a proposed urban revitalization plan that includes tax abatement for residential and commercial residential (apartments) property. Inform yourselves and take advantage of this meeting to ask questions or voice your concerns. More information available at http://decorahnewspapers.com/Content/Home/Home/Article/-Urban-revitalization-hearing-Sept–2/-2/-2/35089 .

 

Fri. September 5, 9:00am, (NEIPJC):Gun Sense Community Conversations will host Sheriff Leon Bohr to discuss the legal and safety aspects of gun ownership and the importance of community relationships with law enforcement.

Gun Sense Community Conversations are sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center and seek to educate the community on issues surrounding the legal and moral responsibilities of gun ownership, gun laws, and gun violence. Gun Sense is a public health issue and all are invited to join the conversation.

Upcoming Conversations include October 9th, with Mike Haluska, superintendent of Decorah Community School District to discuss safety and education in our schools.

2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m.,: Holistic Mom’s Network: This month’s meeting is “All About YOU”! We want to hear from you, your stories; your parenting style; anything you feel compelled to share. Your stories might just impact another mother. Contact person: Trish Johnson, 563-547-5232.

 

Coffee Bar:  Just a reminder that most Tuesdays and Thursdays at the PJC, we are open for coffee bar.  Come in, have some coffee, browse our library and magazines, and talk about current events!

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

 

We are now officially a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

 

Bring in your cancelled stamps: We are collecting cancelled stamps in support of Right Sharing of World Resources.  This is a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supporting grassroots projects for economic development and offering educational materials for the study of the lives of the poor, the lives of the rich, and the spiritual meaning of both.  Your contribution of cancelled stamps will financially support microloan financing to female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

 

TAKE ACTION:

 

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator: Teresa Dehning

(563) 380-1361; tdehning@helpingservices.org

 

Seed Savers Exchange — Preservation Department Needs Volunteers: SSE Trials and Evaluation team is seeking several volunteers for the remainder of the summer through mid-October. Contact: Renata Christen, Events & Outreach Coordinator, (563) 387-5688 or renata@seedsavers.org.

 

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement are collecting signatures from 10,000 Iowans to send a message to the DNR to crack down on factory farms and stand up for clean water.  Thus far, 5,000 people have signed on.  Share or sign the pledge here: www.cleanwaterfight.org

 

For more information and to sign the petition, stop by the Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center.

 

Quote of the week: “I never doubted that equal rights was the right direction. Most reforms, most problems are complicated. But to me there is nothing complicated about ordinary equality.” – Alice Paul

 

2nd Weekly Update 08-22-2014

2nd Weekly Update: August 22, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

 

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

NOTE FROM ADMIN ASSISTANT: Hello All!  Thank you for your patience this week while I’ve been getting my bearings in the Center while Julie has been out.  Erika sent out your normal update at the beginning of this week, so I won’t reiterate everything from that, but I do want to remind you all about Monday’s special event and encourage you to attend if you’re able. We are planning on wrapping this event up in time for the County Board of Supervisors meeting at noon, regarding the recently discovered mineral deposits in the area. So this would be a great lead-in to that conversation. We’re looking forward to seeing you there!

Mon. August 25, (Change of time) 11:00am:Great Climate March Mark your calendars for Monday, August 25, from 11:00-noon for the Great Climate March with Faith Meckley of Ithaca College. Activist Faith Meckley (who has been working with Ed Fallon, former State Rep. and host of the Fallon Forum) will stop in Decorah to share the experience of the ongoing, 3,000 mile walk across the United States, speak about fracking in New York, and have a q&a session with attendees.

 

Join us at 11am in the Water Street Park (outside the Oneota Co-op) for food, music, and learning.

The goal of the Great Climate March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders, and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis. This event is free and open for all ages to attend.

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

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Quote of the week: In the 21st century, I think the heroes will be the people who will improve the quality of life, fight poverty and introduce more sustainability.”  Bertrand Piccard

Update 08-19-2014

Weekly Update: August 19, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101

563-382-5337

Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

Like” us on Facebook

 

Our Mission

The Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

NOTES FROM COORDINATOR: The end of the summer is marking changes here at the Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center.  We are saying good-bye to our Administrative Assistant, Erika Kambs, as she is taking on a new role in the community.  While we will miss her, we are grateful for her hard work.  We are pleased to announce Erin Ryan, as our new Administrative Assistant.  Her first day was August 18th, and she will be at the Center Monday – Friday 8am-12pm.  Stop by the Center to meet Erin and see the beautiful paper cranes that our volunteers have made during the month thus far!

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

 

Wednesdays in August: Come to the Center and make a peace crane in reflection of the violence and strife in the Middle East.  We will gather each Wednesday at 10am to make peace cranes to send to legislators of your choice.  We will provide paper and instruction, to teach you how to make a paper crane.  Please join us in remembrance of Hiroshima and the devastation of all wars.

Mon. August 25, (Change of time) 11:00am:Great Climate March Mark your calendars for Monday, August 25, from 11:00-noon for the Great Climate March with Faith Meckley of Ithaca College. Activist Faith Meckley (who has been working with Ed Fallon, former State Rep. and host of the Fallon Forum) will stop in Decorah to share the experience of the ongoing, 3,000 mile walk across the United States.

 

Join us at 11am in the Water Street Park (outside the Oneota Co-op) for food, music, and learning.

The goal of the Great Climate March for Climate Action is to change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders, and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis. This event is free and open for all ages to attend.

 

2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m.,: Holistic Mom’s Network: support, education, sharing about childcare. Contact person: Trish Johnson-563-547-5232.

 

NOTE, CHANGE OF MEETING TIME: Immigration Working Group:Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday at 12pm at NEIPJC.

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit ourwebsite and view events on the calendar.

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NEWS:

 

We are now officially a Retired Senior Volunteer Program site (RSVP). That means if you volunteer at our Center, you accrue volunteer hours in the RSVP program. We are currently seeking a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.  If you have another skill to share, please stop by M – F 10am – 3pm to discuss your ideas with us.

 

Cancelled Stamps: We are collecting cancelled stamps in support of Right Sharing of World Resources.  This is a program of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) supporting grassroots projects for economic development and offering educational materials for the study of the lives of the poor, the lives of the rich, and the spiritual meaning of both.  Your contribution of cancelled stamps will financially support microloan financing to female entrepreneurs in developing countries.

TAKE ACTION:

 

Helping Services of Northeast Iowa — Volunteers Needed: Multiple opportunities that fit your comfort level are available.  From answering the phone, to comforting a child, to responding to a crisis, to organizing donated items–your support is encouraged.

Contact Volunteer Program Coordinator: Teresa Dehning

(563) 380-1361; tdehning@helpingservices.org

 

Seed Savers Exchange — Preservation Department Needs Volunteers: SSE Trials and Evaluation team is seeking several volunteers for the remainder of the summer through mid-October.  Volunteers will assist primarily with data collection and scanning plant material for documentation, with occasional opportunities to prepare and taste food as part of the evaluation process.  Volunteers who enjoy photography will have opportunities to take field photos for plant documentation.  The work can be physically demanding and involves standing, bending, and kneeling in all types of outdoor summer and autumn weather.  Attention to detail is critical, training will be provided.  Proficiency using a computer and performing data entry is desirable.  Half or whole day commitment opportunities (8am-12pm; 12:30-4:30pm).  Contact: Renata Christen, Events & Outreach Coordinator, (563) 387-5688 or renata@seedsavers.org.

 

Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement are collecting signatures from 10,000 Iowans to send a message to the DNR to crack down on factory farms and stand up for clean water.  Thus far, 5,000 people have signed on.  Share or sign the pledge here:www.cleanwaterfight.org

 

For more information and to sign the petition, stop by the Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center.

 

Quote of the week: In the 21st century, I think the heroes will be the people who will improve the quality of life, fight poverty and introduce more sustainability.” — Bertrand Piccard