Whereas over 50 people commit suicide with a gun every day and 22 of those are veterans
Whereas 1.7 million guns are loaded and left unlocked in homes in the U.S.
Whereas every 16 minutes a woman is killed by a gun by someone she knows or an intimate partner
Therefore, the City of Decorah declares June 2, 2017 National Gun Violence Awareness Day in its effort to keep Decorah a safe community.
We are also networking with other Iowa peace groups to better amplify what each of us is doing. We aim to bring people of diverse perspectives together for conversations regarding the common good. If you want to understand how to resolve conflict, win-win approach, call us at 563-382-5337.
The first conflict resolution workshops will take place in October 2017.
What Does Iowa Workforce Do?
On Sept.14, at 9:00 am, we will have a presentation by Fern Rissman, Director of the Iowa Workforce Development, followed by questions and discussion. Director Fern Rissman will inform us about the variety of resources, trainings and services available to prospective employees and employers in 5 counties. It assists job seekers from diverse backgrounds to learn new skills and gain satisfying employment. Fern Rissman has 34 years’ experience in employment & training programs with Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission and has served as the Workforce Director for 22 years. Those years included the Job Training Partnership Act, Workforce Investment Act, and the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act. As an informed citizen, administrator, pastor, counselor, teacher, or business owner you will be able to tell others about the resources available through Iowa Workforce.
Upcoming P.I.E.S. Conversations will include:
Sept. 7, 2017: Joann Hagen & Julie Fischer will share a summary of the Annual Meeting of Cedar Rapids-based “Iowans for Gun Safety”. We may play audio clips from River to River radio program and discuss a Des Moines Register editorial on the costs of gun violence.
Sept. 14, 2017: Fern Rissman, Regional Director of Iowa WorkForce Development Office, will inform us of resources and newly implemented diverse programs available through her agency to help people overcome related work barriers, enhance work skills, and find work..
Sept. 21, 2017: International “Day of Peace”!
“Myoko” Laura Demuth, priest of Solo Zen tradition, will deliver her dharma talk on Buddhist philosophy of “Care of the Earth.” Peace is rooted in reverence for our life source.
Sept. 28, 2017: Tabita Green, author, speaker & community organizer will speak about “Childhood Emotional Distress” as a social justice issue. Our children are important indicators for redirection of our society. How can we Help?
Ongoing Monthly Meetings, NEIPJC:
- Codependents Anonymous (CoDA): Every Sunday, 6:00pm
- Immigration Working Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at 4.
- NEIPJC Board Meetings: Tuesday, September 26, at 5:30 pm
- Circle of Support: Thursdays, 6:30pm, St. Ben’s Conference Rm (307W. Main, Decorah)
- AA: Every Sat. 4 pm