Weekly Update: July 4, 2014
Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.
119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101
“Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
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!
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