07/18/2014 Update

Weekly Update: July 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 provides a space for education and networking. We create initiatives to promote peace, human rights, social and environmental justice.

 

NOTES FROM COORDINATOR: With Nordic Fest right around the corner, we at the Peace & Justice Center are gearing up for a new fundraiser.  Stop by First United Methodist Church (302 W. Broadway —  air conditioned) during Nordic Fest and enjoy a taco and taco salad buffet!  Enjoy fresh, local produce, vegetarian and meat options, and of course, a few Norwegian inspired options!  We will be serving 5-9pm Thursday, 9am-9pm both Friday and Saturday.  Adults: $10; Children 11-15: $5; Children 6-10: $3.

 

If you are interested in volunteering for this fundraising event, please call the P&J Center (382-5337).

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

 

Sat., July 19th, 11am-3pm at the YMCA Community Room, Postville, IA: Fiesta Hispaña: The Postville Diversity Council is hosting an all ages, family friendly event with a meal, games, music, and traditional dress.  Please bring a dish to share.  Meal will be served from 12-1pm.  The Diversity Council will provide tableware and drinks.  Hope to see you there!

 

Sun., July 20th at 7pm at the NEIPJC.  Doing Death Differently: Amber Balk will talk about her research and dissertation, stories about death and dying that help us help others prepare for our own last wishes.

 

Thurs., July 24th at 9 a.m. at the NEIPJC, Chief of Police, Bill Nixon will answer questions about current Iowa gun laws and his perspective as public safety officer on guns and public health/safety.  By means of these planned encounters we aim to educate ourselves and the public about this life and death issue and shape creative actions to reduce gun violence. Please set your calendars and join us.

 

During the month of July: Wed. mornings at 10:00am.  Inspired by an initiative of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, we will gather to write letters to muslim prisoners during the month of Ramadan.  As a result of your letters, many prisoners will  receive communication with the outside world for the first time.  Prisoners of many faiths including many Muslims have been targeted in the U.S. and incarcerated today because of their beliefs and associations. The majority of the defendants have been persecuted under draconian laws where the government systematically punished people for thought crimes or by using entrapment and manufactured charges.  Please join us to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters.

 

Every 2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m., starting July 12th: Holistic Mom’s Network: support, education, sharing about childcare. Contact person: Trish Johnson-563-547-5232.

 

Immigration Working Group:Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 7pm at NEIPJC.

 

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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COMING EVENTS:

Tues. July 29th, 8am – 5pm, in Waterloo, IA: Mental Health First AidTraining: Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing signs or symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis and is provided until appropriate professional or other help can be engaged.

  • How to support an individual experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is available.
  • The prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. and the emotional and economic cost.
  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance use disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to appropriate professional care.
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health concern

Contact Nancy Papin, for registration: Nancy-Papin@uiowa.edu, 563.583.5545, Cost $60  includes material & certificates.

Training Location:

Hawkeye Community College (Tama Hall)

1501 E. Orange Rd

Waterloo, IA

 

Mon. August 25, 12pm:Great Climate March with Ed Fallon and Faith Meckley.  Mark your calendars.  Great Climate March Activists, Ed Fallon and Faith Meckley will stop in Decorah, on their walk across the United States.  Join us at 12pm in the Water St. Park (outside of the Oneota Co-op) for food and learning.  The goal of the Great 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.

 

                                                         

NEWS:

 

Office Space for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available 8/1:

  • Suite 4: 2 rooms (120 sq. ft.), (76 sq. ft.), internet access, $200/month, available Aug. 1 or earlier.  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.

 

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

 

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: “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” — Edward Abby

07/11/2014 Update

Weekly Update: July 11, 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: We are pleased to share that the NEIPJC is continuing to build our video library.  We hope that these resources will inspire, and engage you.  Stop in to the Center, and check out new videos added to our collection.

 

The Four Stories of Our Future, Sophy Banks

What do you think the future will hold? There are four key stories around at the moment. If you look in our media we can see the different stories in what’s being reported – but also underlying our plans for the future, our investment in technologies, in advertising and politics.  Banks outlines these four paths: Business as Usual, Green Stability, Energy Descent, Collapse.  Getting clear on what the stories are, what distinguishes them, and which ones are actually plausible helps get the ground back under our feet in what can otherwise be a bewildering time.  Originating from David Holmgren’s Four Stories of the Future, Banks adds insights from psychological fields which helps illustrate why we get stuck in the two least helpful stories, and gives a way of seeing all the stories as part of a huge change process that the dominant global culture is going through.

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

 

NEW: Join us Wed. mornings at 10:00am during the month of July, inspired by an initiative of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, we will gather to write letters to muslim prisoners during the month of Ramadan.  As a result of your letters, many prisoners will  receive communication with the outside world for the first time.  Prisoners of many faiths including many Muslims have been targeted in the U.S. and incarcerated today because of their beliefs and associations. The majority of the defendants have been persecuted under draconian laws where the government systematically punished people for thought crimes or by using entrapment and manufactured charges.  Please join us to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters.

 

Every 2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m., starting July 12th: Holistic Mom’s Network: support, education, sharing about childcare. Contact person: Trish Johnson-563-547-5232.

 

Immigration Working Group:Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 7pm at NEIPJC.

 

Saturday, July 12, at 4:30pm, Bluffton, Iowa: 2nd Annual Driftless Drift: Driftless Drift is a low-impact celebration of the beauty and health of the Driftless Region.  Campground activities begin at 4:30 pm, July 12, 2014 @ Randy’s Country Store & Campground, Bluffton, IA. Call (563) 735-5738 to reserve canoes.

Group canoe trip departs from Randy’s @ 1 pm.

Group bike trip departs @ 10 am from Decorah’s Oneota Co-op.

FEATURING THE MUSIC OF: Mike Munson – Jake Manders – Luke & Paul

GUEST SPEAKERS: Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project – Keith Lesmeister

SPONSORED BY: River Root Farm, Decorah Chick Hatchery, The Courtyard & Cellar, Oneota River Cycles, La Rana Bistro, The Good Foot, Common Market (Galesville, WI), La Crosse People’s Co-op, Oneota Co-op, Driftless Edge Farm

 

Wed., July 16th at 7:00pm in T-Bock’s Upstairs, DamNation: Documentary in the 2014 River Series: Oneota Film Festival, with the sponsorship of the Decorah Hatchery presents a free showing of the documentary “DamNation.”  Three years in the making, “DamNation” is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the accelerating change in the nation’s attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers.  Its majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

 

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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COMING EVENTS:

 

Sun., July 20th at 7pm at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago, Decorah.  Doing Death Differently: Amber Balk will talk about her research and dissertation, stories about death and dying that help us help others prepare for our own last wishes.

 

Thurs., July 24th at 9 a.m. at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago, Decorah. Moms Demand Action has invited Chief of Police, Bill Nixon to answer questions about current Iowa gun laws and his perspective as public safety officer on guns and public health/safety.  By means of these planned encounters we aim to educate ourselves and the public about this life and death issue and shape creative actions to reduce gun violence. Please set your calendars and join us.

 

Sat., July 19th at 10am-12pm near Kendallville, IA, Prairie Walk with MJ Hatfield

Always wanted to know more about the insects and plants that can be found in Iowa’s beautiful prairies? Here’s your opportunity join us as we hike through a reconstructed prairie done by MJ Hatfield. MJ will discuss the work and the dream she had over 14 years ago when she began the project. She will share her knowledge on prairie reconstruction to do’s and not to do’s, plants and insects found in her prairie. The hike will begin in the prairie and for those who wish to stick around are welcome to join in a walk through her oak forest. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the beauty of the Upper Iowa River valley in the summer.

Parking will be alongside the road from the bridge to the gate that leads to MJ’s Prairie.

Event is FREE to attend.

We will be outside in the sun so please remember sunscreen, water, bug spray, and a hat would help keep the beating sun off yourself. A sack lunch is also suggested to bring along.

If you are interested in the event please email josh@northeastiowarcd.org so he has your information in case of rain and to give you directions to MJ’s prairie.

 

Tues. July 29th, 8am – 5pm, in Waterloo, IA: Mental Health First AidTraining: Mental Health First Aid is the initial help given to a person showing signs or symptoms of mental illness or in a mental health crisis and is provided until appropriate professional or other help can be engaged.

  • How to support an individual experiencing a mental health crisis until appropriate professional help is available.
  • The prevalence of mental illness in the U.S. and the emotional and economic cost.
  • The potential warning signs and risk factors for depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, psychotic disorders, eating disorders and substance use disorders.
  • A 5-step action plan to help an individual in crisis connect to appropriate professional care.
  • Resources available to help someone with a mental health concern

Contact Nancy Papin, for registration: Nancy-Papin@uiowa.edu, 563.583.5545, Cost $60  includes material & certificates.

Training Location:

Hawkeye Community College (Tama Hall)

1501 E. Orange Rd

Waterloo, IA

 

                                                         NEWS:

 

Office Space for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available 8/1:

  • Suite 4: 2 rooms (120 sq. ft.), (76 sq. ft.), internet access, $200/month, available Aug. 1 or earlier.  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.

 

Sign a Petition to President Barack Obama:Now is the time to take executive action to improve the relationship between our nation and Cuba.  For many years, US and the Cuban religious communities have worked with one another toward common goals.  IFCO/Pastors for Peace is proud to be a part of that partnership.  Thus, we join Cuban and US faith leaders in urging your Administration to take major new steps toward pursuing a policy of engagement and normalization by taking the following actions:

  • Open up a high level dialogue between the US and Cuba to address a wide range of issues, including the issue of Alan Gross and the Cuban Five.
  • Allow all US citizens the freedom to travel to Cuba.
  • Remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, an unnecessary irritant in an already tense relationship which undermines the credibility of the list itself and harms our relations with the rest of the Western Hemisphere.
  • Open the opportunity for US citizens to support the emerging small business and cooperative sector in Cuba by permitting US citizens to buy from, sell to, or provide investment or technical assistance to Cuban small businesses and cooperatives.

 

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

 

Quote of the week: “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

07/04/2014 Update

Weekly Update: July 4, 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:

As this past weekend marked the beginning of Ramadan, we are joining and supporting a larger initiative by the National Coalition To Protect Civil Freedoms (NCPCF) to write letters to our muslim brothers and sisters who have been incarcerated because of their beliefs and associations.  This Wednesday we gathered together and composed letters of hope, joined by Mel Underbakke and Fred Bryant of the NCPCF.  They have shared some moving videos, Inventing Terrorists and The CMU Graduate, which highlight the depth of discrimination many muslims face in this country.  These are available to view at the NEIPJC.  Please join us this month to learn, share, and serve as support to those imprisoned.
To learn more about the Inventing Terrorists study, read here.

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY:

Monday, July 7, 12:15pm, Luther College, Location TBD — It’s Not Too Late! Things You Can Still Plant this Season: Have your ambitious plans to plant your first garden have gone by the wayside due to a busy May and June? Not to worry. Just because it’s July doesn’t mean it’s too late to get started. This class is for anyone looking to learn what can still be planted this season. Maybe you already planted your garden, but have a little extra space. Perfect! You can fill it with vegetables that will be ready to harvest in a few months as it starts to get cold. Spinach, mixed greens, rutabaga, carrots, cilantro and broccoli are just a few of the vegetables that you can still plant. Planting in the middle of Summer can be challenging, but this class will provide you with the tips you need to be successful.
Instructor: Seed Savers Exchange
To register, follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1malh7hfKvqTLypx7mMrcF810OJtOpJrW5DmeHqyzP_o/viewform

Every 2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m., starting July 12th: Holistic Mom’s Network: support, education, sharing about childcare. Contact person: Trish Johnson-563-547-5232.

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COMING EVENTS:

Saturday, July 12, at 4:30pm, Bluffton, Iowa: 2nd Annual Driftless Drift: Driftless Drift is a low-impact celebration of the beauty and health of the Driftless Region. Campground activities begin at 4:30 pm, July 12, 2014 @ Randy’s Country Store & Campground, Bluffton, IA. Call (563) 735-5738 to reserve canoes.
Group canoe trip departs from Randy’s @ 1 pm.
Group bike trip departs @ 10 am from Decorah’s Oneota Co-op.
FEATURING THE MUSIC OF: Mike Munson – Jake Manders – Luke & Paul
GUEST SPEAKERS: Bob Anderson of the Raptor Resource Project – Keith Lesmeister
SPONSORED BY: River Root Farm, Decorah Chick Hatchery, The Courtyard & Cellar, Oneota River Cycles, La Rana Bistro, The Good Foot, Common Market (Galesville, WI), La Crosse People’s Co-op, Oneota Co-op, Driftless Edge Farm

Wed., July 16th at 7:00pm in T-Bock’s Upstairs, DamNation: Documentary in the 2014 River Series: Oneota Film Festival, with the sponsorship of the Decorah Hatchery presents a free showing of the documentary “DamNation.” Three years in the making, “DamNation” is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the accelerating change in the nation’s attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the growing awareness that our own future is bound to the life and health of our rivers. Its majestic cinematography and unexpected discoveries move through rivers and landscapes altered by dams, but also through a metamorphosis in values, from conquest of the natural world to knowing ourselves as part of nature.

Sat., July 19th at 10am-12pm near Kendallville, IA, Prairie Walk with MJ Hatfield
Always wanted to know more about the insects and plants that can be found in Iowa’s beautiful prairies? Here’s your opportunity join us as we hike through a reconstructed prairie done by MJ Hatfield. MJ will discuss the work and the dream she had over 14 years ago when she began the project. She will share her knowledge on prairie reconstruction to do’s and not to do’s, plants and insects found in her prairie. The hike will begin in the prairie and for those who wish to stick around are welcome to join in a walk through her oak forest. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy the beauty of the Upper Iowa River valley in the summer.
Parking will be alongside the road from the bridge to the gate that leads to MJ’s Prairie.
Event is FREE to attend.
We will be outside in the sun so please remember sunscreen, water, bug spray, and a hat would help keep the beating sun off yourself. A sack lunch is also suggested to bring along.
If you are interested in the event please email josh@northeastiowarcd.org so he has your information in case of rain and to give you directions to MJ’s prairie.

Thurs., July 24, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago, Decorah. Moms Demand Action has invited Chief of Police, Bill Nixon to answer questions about current Iowa gun laws and his perspective as public safety officer on guns and public health/safety. By means of these planned encounters we aim to educate ourselves and the public about this life and death issue and shape creative actions to reduce gun violence. Please set your calendars and join us.

REGULAR WEEKLY OR MONTHLY EVENTS:

Mondays, 3pm, at NEIPJC (starting again after 8 wk break): Ethnic Dance with Narine Babayan. Free. All welcome. Wear flexible clothing! Excellent exercise to music.

NEW: Tues. and Thurs. 10:00-11:30am: “Conversation Peace”. Do you have an issue you want to discuss or an article to share? We invite you to check out our periodical collection for an inspiring read and engaging discussion. Included in our collection can be found: The Nation, Utne, Sojourners, The Reporter, and Iowa Peace Network, amongst many more. Or are you just curious to learn more about NEIPJC? We welcome you, whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned regular, please join us for coffee and conversation. Share refreshments, tour the Center, browse the library or converse with staff and friends. All welcome.

NEW: Join us Wed. mornings at 10:00am during the month of July, inspired by an initiative of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, we will gather to write letters to muslim prisoners during the month of Ramadan. As a result of your letters, many prisoners will receive communication with the outside world for the first time. Prisoners of many faiths including many Muslims have been targeted in the U.S. and incarcerated today because of their beliefs and associations. The majority of the defendants have been persecuted under draconian laws where the government systematically punished people for thought crimes or by using entrapment and manufactured charges. Please join us to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters.

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Tuesdays noon, at NEIPJC: New DVD lecture series on the Understanding the Universe. Bring your lunch and escape the noonday heat by traveling into outer space! This week: Wormholes — Gateways to Other Universes?; Quantum Physics and Black-Hole Evaporation.
Every 2nd Thursday, 5:30 pm at Senior Center: Open Community Potluck, all welcome! Bring dish to share and table service. Will be held in Phelps Park Shelter in good weather; otherwise in Senior Center 806 River St.

Every Thursday, 2:30pm: ESL Group, Led by Joann Hagen, engage in informal conversation with members of the community on a variety of topics. All are welcome.

Immigration Working Group: Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 7pm at NEIPJC.

Fourth Monday, 7 pm, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets at NEIPJC. We welcome all parents and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders and LGBT people themselves. Membership not required. Confidentiality is respected. Questions: call Pat at 563-864-3781.

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7pm at NEIPJC: Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County offers a time for study and sharing. To discover how people in our county can reclaim their democratic rights to govern, join this group for an empowering experience.

Every 1st and 3rd Sat. 10am-2pm Katie Becker will have the Center open for drop in, visiting, and browsing. When the weather allows, she will be outside. Haven’t laughed in a while? Katie can help!
NEWS:

2 Office Spaces for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available 7/15 and 8/1:
Suite 2: 1 room (75 sq. ft.), recently redecorated, internet access; $100/month, available July 15th. Call (563) 382-5337 for inquiries.
Suite 4: 2 rooms (120 sq. ft.), (76 sq. ft.), internet access, $200/month, available Aug. 1 or earlier. 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.

Local Food Directories Available
The Northeast Iowa Food and Farm Coalition has released the 2014 Local Food Directory. The directory connects consumers with direct marketing farmers in Allamakee, Chickasaw, Clayton, Fayette, Howard and Winneshiek counties. Buying local products from farmers is good for you, your family, your community and the environment.
This year’s directories were printed in partnership with Inspire(d) magazine, a local publication based out of Decorah, Iowa. Inspire(d) covers positive news in the Driftless Region – Northeast Iowa, Southeast Minnesota, and Western Wisconsin and can be picked up for free at more than 100 locations across the region.
Directories are also available online at www.iowafreshfood.com – click on Finding Local Food.
The Northeast Iowa Buy Fresh Buy Local Chapter is part of the Northeast Iowa Food & Farm (NIFF) Coalition and the Food & Fitness Initiative (FFI). Together, they are working to create community environments that support access to fresh, locally-grown food. More information about these programs can be found at www.iowafoodandfitness.org.

Sign a Petition to President Barack Obama: Now is the time to take executive action to improve the relationship between our nation and Cuba. For many years, US and the Cuban religious communities have worked with one another toward common goals. IFCO/Pastors for Peace is proud to be a part of that partnership. Thus, we join Cuban and US faith leaders in urging your Administration to take major new steps toward pursuing a policy of engagement and normalization by taking the following actions:
Open up a high level dialogue between the US and Cuba to address a wide range of issues, including the issue of Alan Gross and the Cuban Five.
Allow all US citizens the freedom to travel to Cuba.
Remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, an unnecessary irritant in an already tense relationship which undermines the credibility of the list itself and harms our relations with the rest of the Western Hemisphere.
Open the opportunity for US citizens to support the emerging small business and cooperative sector in Cuba by permitting US citizens to buy from, sell to, or provide investment or technical assistance to Cuban small businesses and cooperatives.

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

Quote of the week: “Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.” ― Benjamin Franklin

Update 06/27/2014

Weekly Update: June 27, 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:
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 would very much appreciate a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY:

Friday, June 27, 6:30pm @ Phelps Park: Potluck Celebration with the Oneota Community Co-op: The Oneota Community Co-op invites you to what we are calling our Biggest Best Potluck. What better way to celebrate 40 years of the Oneota Community Food Co-op than with a potluck. Please feel free to bring your family and friends to this outdoor event next Friday at Phelps Park in Decorah. Everyone is welcome at this community event held in celebration of our 40th Anniversary!

For potluck planning:
Last names beginning with A through I: Please bring a main course
Last names beginning with J through R: Please bring a side dish
Last names beginning with S through Z: Please bring a dessert.

Every 2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m., starting in July: Holistic Mom’s Network: support, education, sharing about childcare. Contact person: Trish Johnson-563-547-5232.
Saturday, June 28, 10:00am (full day) Access Consciousness The Bars® Class @ NEIPJC
Pre-registration appreciated by Wednesday evening, June 24th.

The Bars is an energetic body process that contains 32 different points on your head that when run, assist you in releasing decisions about any area of your life that you have made solid and as a result cannot change. The Bars is the first class in Access Consciousness – a dynamic set of tools designed to transform any area of your life. When you’ve had a Bars session the worst that can happen is you’ll feel like you’ve had a great massage. The best thing that can happen is that your whole life could change.

Contact: Call or text Victoria Oestmann, MA, LMT, Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator at 563-419-7776 for more information or to register, or email wellspringhealings@massagetherapy.com.

June, 28, Saturday, @ Effigy Mounds National Monument Moonlight Hikes will begin every 15 minutes starting at 7:30, 7:45, 8:00 and 8:15 pm and last approximately two hours per tour. The hike, which is a night time exploration of the monument, will follow the two-mile Fire Point Loop Trail. Participants will encounter an 1800s voyageur telling American Indian and Mississippi River stories at Fire Point. Participants will meet at the visitor center to start the guided walk.
Everyone must bring flashlights and suitable walking shoes (no flip-flops) for safety purposes. Bottled water and insect repellent is suggested. Be prepared for a moderately strenuous night hike up a 400-foot bluff. Pets are not allowed.
Reservations are required and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday, June 23, until Friday, June 27. Participants please call 563-873-3491 ext. 202, and provide their name and the number of people who will be attending.
Effigy Mounds National Monument preserves prehistoric American Indian burial and ceremonial mounds, including some in the shape of animals. The monument’s main entrance is located three miles north of Marquette, Iowa, and 22 miles south of Waukon, Iowa, on HWY 76. For more information call (563) 873-3491 ext. 202, or visit the park’s website at www.nps.gov/efmo.

Monday, June 30, 9:30am – 2:00pm Winneshiek Medical Center Blood Drive, Winneshiek Medical Center is hosting a Blood Drive. To register online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Community Relations 563-382-2911. Walk-ins are welcome as time allows.
Contact: Community Relations 563-382-2911 or communityrelations@winmedical.org

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COMING EVENTS:

Monday, July 7, 12:15pm, Luther College, Location TBD — It’s Not Too Late! Things You Can Still Plant this Season: Have your ambitious plans to plant your first garden have gone by the wayside due to a busy May and June? Not to worry. Just because it’s July doesn’t mean it’s too late to get started. This class is for anyone looking to learn what can still be planted this season. Maybe you already planted your garden, but have a little extra space. Perfect! You can fill it with vegetables that will be ready to harvest in a few months as it starts to get cold. Spinach, mixed greens, rutabaga, carrots, cilantro and broccoli are just a few of the vegetables that you can still plant. Planting in the middle of Summer can be challenging, but this class will provide you with the tips you need to be successful.
Instructor: Seed Savers Exchange
To register, follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1malh7hfKvqTLypx7mMrcF810OJtOpJrW5DmeHqyzP_o/viewform

Thurs., July 24, 2014 at 9 a.m. at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago, Decorah. Moms Demand Action has invited County Sheriff Leon Bohr to answer questions about current Iowa gun laws and his perspective as public safety officer on guns and public health/safety. By means of these planned encounters we aim to educate ourselves and the public about this life and death issue and shape creative actions to reduce gun violence. Please set your calendars and join us.

REGULAR WEEKLY OR MONTHLY EVENTS:

Mondays, 3pm, at NEIPJC (starting again after 8 wk break): Ethnic Dance with Narine Babayan. Free. All welcome. Wear flexible clothing! Excellent exercise to music.

NEW: Tues. and Thurs. 10:00-11:30am: “Conversation Peace”. Do you have an issue you want to discuss or an article to share? We invite you to check out our periodical collection for an inspiring read and engaging discussion. Included in our collection can be found: The Nation, Utne, Sojourners, The Reporter, and Iowa Peace Network, amongst many more. Or are you just curious to learn more about NEIPJC? We welcome you, whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned regular, please join us for coffee and conversation. Share refreshments, tour the Center, browse the library or converse with staff and friends. All welcome.

NEW: Join us Wed. mornings at 10:00am during the month of July, inspired by an initiative of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms, we will gather to write letters to muslim prisoners during the month of Ramadan. As a result of your letters, many prisoners will receive communication with the outside world for the first time. Prisoners of many faiths including many Muslims have been targeted in the U.S. and incarcerated today because of their beliefs and associations. The majority of the defendants have been persecuted under draconian laws where the government systematically punished people for thought crimes or by using entrapment and manufactured charges. Please join us to reach out to our Muslim brothers and sisters.
Tuesdays noon, at NEIPJC: New DVD lecture series on the Understanding the Universe. Bring your lunch and escape the noonday heat by traveling into outer space! This week: Wormholes — Gateways to Other Universes?; Quantum Physics and Black-Hole Evaporation.
Every 2nd Thursday, 5:30 pm at Senior Center: Open Community Potluck, all welcome! Bring dish to share and table service. Will be held in Phelps Park Shelter in good weather; otherwise in Senior Center 806 River St.

Every Thursday, 2:30pm: ESL Group, Led by Joann Hagen, engage in informal conversation with members of the community on a variety of topics. All are welcome.

Immigration Working Group: Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 7pm at NEIPJC.

Fourth Monday, 7 pm, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets at NEIPJC. We welcome all parents and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders and LGBT people themselves. Membership not required. Confidentiality is respected. Questions: call Pat at 563-864-3781.

Every 1st and 3rd Thursday, 7pm at NEIPJC: Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County offers a time for study and sharing. To discover how people in our county can reclaim their democratic rights to govern, join this group for an empowering experience.

Every 1st and 3rd Sat. 10am-2pm Katie Becker will have the Center open for drop in, visiting, and browsing. When the weather allows, she will be outside. Haven’t laughed in a while? Katie can help!

NEWS:

2 Office Spaces for Rent at 119 Winnebago St. available 7/15 and 8/1:
Suite 2: 1 room (75 sq. ft.), recently redecorated, internet access; $100/month, available July 15th. Call (563) 382-5337 for inquiries.
Suite 4: 2 rooms (120 sq. ft.), (76 sq. ft.), internet access, $200/month, available Aug. 1 or earlier. Call (563) 382-5337 for inquiries.

Taking Action:

June 26, 1987 marks the day when the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment went into effect. But is this ruling actually in effect in our country or just words? Mel Underbakke has interviewed Hatem Fariz, a Muslim CMU “Graduate” who was for 10 years in CMU (communication management Unit=solitary confinement) in Terra Haute, Indiana. The jury found no evidence of terrorism against him. And yet, he was convicted of minor charges and robbed of 10 years of his life. You may witness yourself the conditions he lived with and the hardships forced upon his family by watching a 17 min. youtube video Mel has sent us. As Martin Luther King, Jr. reminded us:” Injustice anywhere is the threat of injustice everywhere.”During Ramadan(June 28-July 28) you will have the opportunity to send messages of hope to Muslims incarcerated injustly. It’s simple, just a note saying,”I know where you are. You have not been forgotten.” We provide all the materials and addresses. Watch the video, here: http://youtu.be/sn_U-YYbrtI. Send hope.

Sign a Petition to President Barack Obama: Now is the time to take executive action to improve the relationship between our nation and Cuba. For many years, US and the Cuban religious communities have worked with one another toward common goals. IFCO/Pastors for Peace is proud to be a part of that partnership. Thus, we join Cuban and US faith leaders in urging your Administration to take major new steps toward pursuing a policy of engagement and normalization by taking the following actions:
Open up a high level dialogue between the US and Cuba to address a wide range of issues, including the issue of Alan Gross and the Cuban Five.
Allow all US citizens the freedom to travel to Cuba.
Remove Cuba from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism, an unnecessary irritant in an already tense relationship which undermines the credibility of the list itself and harms our relations with the rest of the Western Hemisphere.
Open the opportunity for US citizens to support the emerging small business and cooperative sector in Cuba by permitting US citizens to buy from, sell to, or provide investment or technical assistance to Cuban small businesses and cooperatives.

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

Quote of the week: ““We need to defend the interests of those whom we’ve never met and never will.” ― Jeffrey D. Sachs

06/20/2014 Update

Weekly Update: June 20, 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

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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: This summer we are excited to be working again with talented Luther students, to address community and campus needs.  Luther Interns Tiffany Ackerman, and Annie Zylstra are researching Zero Waste communities and how we can shift our behaviors toward waste reduction and resource conservation. After some preliminary research, they discovered that our recycling facility is only operating at 40% of capacity.  How can we capture more recyclables and increase staff needs to handle them?–a benefit to our entire county.

 

Our summer plans also include program development to address a campus need: How do we increase youth awareness of and participation in local government operations?  Two volunteers will be collaborating and spearheading this effort to create a program that can serve to guide students gradually into seeing how decisions are made and how they can contribute to the process.

 

Lastly, it is fresh on our minds, with the dedicated work of the Immigration Working Group: What can we do to welcome immigrants and new citizens to our community?  We strive to be supports, to show where to find needed resources, and to invite them to share their knowledge and gifts.

 

All of these endeavors are underway at the Peace & Justice Center through volunteer efforts.

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY:

 

Saturday, June 21: A Community Conversation centering around an upcoming documentary, “The U-Turn” by Luis Argueta 4:00-6:00pm will be held at the Y Community Center in Postville.

 

The recent announcement of Vice President Joe Biden’s additional stop in Guatemala on his Latin American trip has affected the anticipated visit of three Guatemalan ambassadors to Postville. The June 21st Community Conversation, “The U-Turn: Stories of Transformation” scheduled for 4pm at the Postville Y Community Room is still on, but the panel will be missing three high level ambassadors from Guatemala City.

 

Fernando Carerra, Foreign Minister (comparable position to Secretary of State John Kerry); Oscar Padilla, Vice Foreign Minister of Immigration Affairs; and Fernando Sanchez, Advisor to the President, will be back in Guatemala, working with President Molina on the June 20th meeting with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.  The meeting with President Molina and other Guatemalan officials will deal with causes of the increased migration, the humanitarian efforts dealing with the issue, and the violence stemming from drug trade.

The Postville panel event will still include Guatemalan Consul from Chicago, Hugo Hun, another person from the Chicago Consulate, and Luis Argueta and his wife, Jennifer. Argueta is the film director of the award winning documentary, abUSed:Raid in Postville;, Abuelos y Nietos Juntos,(Grandparents and Grandchildren Together,) with its U.S premiere in Worthington, MN, the evening before, and currently working on The U-Turn.  The event is sponsored by the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, Luther Campus Ministries, and Maya Media Corporation. The panel discussion will include a preview of Argueta’s latest documentary and followed by a light reception.

 

Saturday, June 21, 11:00am – 12:30pm Luther College Hosts Renewable Energy Tour: On the summer solstice, the day with the most hours of daylight in the year, Luther College will host a public tour of its renewable energy facilities. The tour is part of the “Solar Works for Iowa” campaign, which is promoting similar events in communities across the state to discuss the potential for solar energy to heat and power Iowans’ homes, businesses and farms.

 

The “Solar Works for Iowa” campaign highlights Governor Terry Branstad recently signing legislation that triples the size of Iowa’s successful solar energy tax credit program and makes additional improvements to it. Iowa’s program is linked to two federal tax credit programs. When used together these tax credits can almost cut in half the cost of a solar water heating or solar photovoltaic electric system.

 

The public is invited to learn more about solar power by joining the tour, hosted by Luther College’s Center for Sustainable Communities. Luther staff will pick up interested persons at the Decorah Farmers’ Market, on the southeast corner of River and Heivly Streets, at 11 a.m. and then drive via Luther vans for a tour of Luther’s renewable energy projects. The tour will conclude by 12:30 p.m. with a drop-off back at the Farmers’ Market.

 

Children are welcome, but spots are limited. Follow this link to register: http://tinyurl.com/luthersolartour.

Questions? Contact Stratis Giannakouros, gianst01@luther.edu or (563) 387-1809.

 

Thurs., June 26, Neipjc 7pm:Cancer 101: What is it? Why does it happen? What can we do to help prevent it? As part of our environmental mission, this will be an educational  7 part series of DVDs produced by Ty Bolinger, to help folks understand the causes and physiology of cancer. Our overriding interest ( and part of our environmental mission) will be to identify ways we can prevent cancer in our community and country. (What we do to our Earth, we do to ourselves.)

 

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

 

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COMING EVENTS:

 

Saturday, June 28, 10:00am (full day) Access Consciousness The Bars® Class @ NEIPJC

Pre-registration appreciated by Wednesday evening, June 24th.

 

The Bars is an energetic body process that contains 32 different points on your head that when run, assist you in releasing decisions about any area of your life that you have made solid and as a result cannot change. The Bars is the first class in Access Consciousness – a dynamic set of tools designed to transform any area of your life. When you’ve had a Bars session the worst that can happen is you’ll feel like you’ve had a great massage. The best thing that can happen is that your whole life could change.

 

Contact: Call or text Victoria Oestmann, MA, LMT, Access Consciousness Bars Facilitator at 563-419-7776 for more information or to register, or email wellspringhealings@massagetherapy.com.

 

Monday, June 30, 9:30am – 2:00pm Winneshiek Medical Center Blood Drive, Winneshiek Medical Center is hosting a Blood Drive.  To register online at www.lifeservebloodcenter.org or contact Community Relations 563-382-2911.  Walk-ins are welcome as time allows.

Contact: Community Relations 563-382-2911 or communityrelations@winmedical.org

Monday, July 7, 12:15pm, Luther College, Location TBD — It’s Not Too Late! Things You Can Still Plant this Season: Have your ambitious plans to plant your first garden have gone by the wayside due to a busy May and June? Not to worry. Just because it’s July doesn’t mean it’s too late to get started. This class is for anyone looking to learn what can still be planted this season. Maybe you already planted your garden, but have a little extra space. Perfect! You can fill it with vegetables that will be ready to harvest in a few months as it starts to get cold. Spinach, mixed greens, rutabaga, carrots, cilantro and broccoli are just a few of the vegetables that you can still plant. Planting in the middle of Summer can be challenging, but this class will provide you with the tips you need to be successful.

Instructor: Seed Savers Exchange

To register, follow this link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1malh7hfKvqTLypx7mMrcF810OJtOpJrW5DmeHqyzP_o/viewform

 

REGULAR WEEKLY OR MONTHLY EVENTS:

 

Mondays, 3pm, at NEIPJC (starting again after 8 wk break): Ethnic Dance with Narine Babayan. Free. All welcome. Wear flexible clothing! Excellent exercise to music.

 

NEW: Tues. and Thurs. 10:00-11:30am: “Conversation Peace”.  Do you have an issue you want to discuss or an article to share?  We invite you to check out our periodical collection for an inspiring read and engaging discussion.  Included in our collection can be found: The Nation, Utne, Sojourners, The Reporter, and Iowa Peace Network, amongst many more.  Or are you just curious to learn more about NEIPJC?  We welcome you, whether you are a first time visitor or a seasoned regular, please join us for coffeeand conversation.  Share refreshments, tour the Center, browse the library or converse with staff and friends. All welcome.

 

NEW: Join us Wed. mornings at 10:00am and put your creativity and caring to work!  Throughout the month of June, we will be making homemade Thank-You cards that will be used to thank our community partners and esteemed speakers as needed.  All materials will be supplied.

 

Tuesdays noon, at NEIPJC: New DVD lecture series on the Understanding the Universe. Bring your lunch and escape the noonday heat by traveling into outer space! This week: Einstein’s Theory and the Warping of Space and Time.

 

Every 2nd Thursday, 5:30 pm at Senior Center: Open Community Potluck, all welcome! Bring dish to share and table service. Will be held in Phelps Park Shelter in good weather; otherwise in Senior Center 806 River St.

 

Every Thursday, 2:30pm: ESL Group, Led by Joann Hagen, engage in informal conversation with members of the community on a variety of topics.  All are welcome.

 

Immigration Working Group:Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 7pm at NEIPJC.

 

Fourth Monday, 7 pm, PFLAG (Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets at NEIPJC. We welcome all parents and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders and LGBT people themselves. Membership not required. Confidentiality is respected. Questions: call Pat at 563-864-3781.

 

Every 1st and  3rd Thursday, 7pm at NEIPJC: Community Rights Alliance of Winneshiek County offers a time for study and sharing. To discover how people in our county can reclaim their democratic rights to govern,  join this group for an empowering experience.

 

Every 1st and 3rd Sat. 10am-2pm Katie Becker will have the Center open for drop in, visiting, and browsing. When the weather allows, she will be outside. Haven’t laughed in a while? Katie can help!

                                                          

NEWS:

 

We continue to feel grateful and blessed for the hard work and dedication of our generous volunteers.  The final paint touches were finished this week by Lisa Beiwel, and the Center looks great!  Additionally, we are very appreciative of Dima Belyi, of West Union, for taking time and care to wash the windows.  Stop in to see the wonderful improvements!

 

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 would very much appreciate a volunteer for an hour once every other week to clean windows and vacuum.

 

Quote of the week: Today, more than ever before, life must be characterized by a sense of Universal responsibility, not only nation to nation and human to human, but also human to other forms of life.” — The Dalai Lama