by oneota on April 14, 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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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.




ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT POSITION: NEIPJC is soliciting applications for this position. For job description and application email us: You may also pick up application at 119 Winnebago, Decorah, 10am-3pm. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 14.


Thurs., April 10, 11:00 a.m. Screening of documentary “Trashed” at NEIPJC. Bring your friends. Bring your lunch. We’ll have the popcorn. Free.


Thurs., April 10, Senior Center Potluck is CANCELED  due to conflict with Oneota Coop Dinner and Annual Meeting.


April 12, Sat., 11 a.m. at NEIPJC: WENDY STEVENS of the Winneshiek County Planning and Zoning Commission will be our special guest for coffee, donuts and conversation. We encourage all citizens to know their county officials on a more informal, personal basis. Take advantage of this opportunity. Followed by DOVE Potluck at noon.


Tues., April 15, 2014, 1pm: Free screening of documentary “Trashed” at NEIPJC. This enlightening  film, shown at the Oneota Film Festival, takes us on a world investigative journey to explore the extent and effects of the global waste problem. Jeremy Irons showcases the individuals and advocacy groups who are working to reform the current model. This is an excellent preparation for our local Earth Day Events: City-wide litter clean up and rally.

** NOTE: DOVE Potluck has been cancelled for April 12 and further due to lack of participation.




Tues., April 22, Earth Day: Citywide litter cleanup Campaign: Call and let us know what areas you or your group would want to be responsible for. We need leaders for every street and park in the city as well as Dry Run Creek and along the dike. So far the areas covered are:

Palisades; Trail from Bruening Gravel Pit to Walmart; Middle School to Mechanic, up to Broadway and return; Van Peenen and Ice Cave Road; hiways 9 and 52.  Opportunites galore! Adopt your favorite Decorah haunt and make it sparkle for Earth Day.


How do we prevent  injustice and war? Answer: Sister Parish–see below:


Mon., April 28, 11:30 a.m.: Sister Parish Update with Carrie Stengel ( formerly from South Minneapolis), since 2004 in Guatemala, building mutually beneficial relationships. Carrie will inform us about how Sister Parish works toward social justice in Guatemala and El Salvador by linking congregations in the North to faith communities in Latin America: education, advocacy, coordinating community-based accompaniment. She will show the inspirational film: Generations in Solidarity. Followed by informal sharing and good fellowship. Bring Brown Bag Lunch!




NEW: Tues. and Thurs. 10 a.m.-11:30: Coffee Bar. Just curious? Or have an issue you want to discuss? Come in, share refreshments, tour the Center, browse the library or converse with staff and friends. All welcome.


Tuesdays noon, at NEIPJC: New DVD lecture series on the Understanding the Universe. Bring your lunch and fight the winter blues by traveling into outer space!


Cancelled on April 22 due to conflict with Earth Day Event. Tuesdays, 2nd and 4th, 3:30-4:30, at NEIPJC: “What in the World is Going On?” Current events  (bring articles and essays to share) and facilitated discussion for ages middle school and up. (This is the easy way to ACE your social studies!) This is not just about what’s going wrong!  We strive to feed our creativity, courage and hope by sharing some of the good things we hear about also.

Refreshments served. Jim McIntosh facilitator.

Every Wed. 10a.m.   Bundle Seed Savers Exchange Seeds for Herman’s Gardens Project at NEIPJC .  Help sort  Seed Packets to be sent to non-profit, organic garden projects across the U.S. We need more help on this! Enjoyable, easy, interesting motion to music, tenderly caring for SACRED GERM PLASM! WOW, all the varieties!


Ethnic Dance: Every Monday, 3pm, at NEIPJC with Qigong instructor. FREE. All women welcome, all ages. Beginners will easily catch up. Wear comfortable clothing. March and April will start with Qigong by Gaianne Jocquin and move into different dance forms.


Every 2nd Thursday, 5:30 pm at Senior Center: Open Community Potluck, all welcome! Bring dish to share and table service.CANCELED APRIL 10TH.


“Meet Your Local Government”, every 2nd Sat., 11 am to noon. We alternate between City and County officials.


Immigration Working Group: Thursdays, 1pm at NEIPJC.


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


NEW: 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.




We are planning and sponsoring a CITY WIDE LITTER CLEANUP CAMPAIGN for Decorah as a Spring/ Earth Day event. It will take place the week of April 22. We need co-sponsors: federated clubs, Scouts and youth clubs, civic organizations, schools, and lots of individuals to help.  Please call us at 382-5337 and sign up.

We have ordered the documentary “Trashed” and will be screening it numerous times as a run up to this community event. After April friend of the NEIPJC can schedule a movie night at the Center for friends or family  groups to watch the documentary.



This summer we will be doing a discussion of the book The Last Gun by Tom Diaz, approaching the issue of gun violence as a public health challenge. We seek dialogue participants from every perspective. If you want to participate in the discussion, let us know now; we will order books together for a discount. This book is a well-documented myth-buster, a game changer, and contains information we must get to a wider audience. You can help.


“Must see” movies: we are collaborating to order 3 environmental movies to show at the NEIPJC and loan out to show to groups in your home: “Hemp”, “Trashed”, and “Symphony of the Soil”. Watch update for listings. If you want to underwrite the cost of any of these films, we can sure use your help! We have our own copy of Trashed and plan to show it multiple times in run up to Earth Day. Get your friends together and get “Trashed” at the P&J! We’ll run it for any group of 10 or more.


Essays to recommend: Statement of County Commissioner John Olivas, Chairman, Mora County, New Mexico: Defending Our Community Bill of Rights Ordinance Which Bans Corporate Oil and Gas Drilling in Mora. March 2014. We have copies at the Center. Come and read it.


This is a copy of Dave Anderson’s essay “Trade “Trade That link will probably only work with an Open Source word processor. This link will probably work with everything. David’s pamphlet will help you understand the origins of and present struggle with corporate power vs. the Community Rights Movement.


Quote of the week:

“The older you become, the more you drink from the well of gratitude and the deeper it gets.”

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