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

Update 08/15/2014

Weekly Update: August 15, 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: This past week we were pleased to host two gatherings at the Center; in bringing eight people together to discuss The Last Gun by Tom Diaz on Tuesday, and in inviting the community to stop by the Center in remembrance of Hiroshima to make peace cranes.  We will be continuing our Community Conversation on Gun Violence this coming Thursday (Aug. 14th) morning, and welcome all to participate.  If you are interested in receiving additional emails related to our Gun Sense group or notes from our meetings, please let us know.

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.

 

Sat., August 9, 9am-4pm: First Annual Holistic and Spiritual Wellness Fair: Cresco Expo Center — Howard County Fairgrounds.  Free admission and lectures; door prizes!  Gift bags for the first 50 attendees!  For more information, contact Joan Johnston at (563) 547-4744 or jkj1iam@hotmail.com.

 

Every 2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m.,: Holistic Mom’s Network: support, education, sharing about childcare. Contact person: Trish Johnson-563-547-5232.  Sat., Aug. 9, “Relaunch Ice Cream Social”.

 

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 our website and view events on the calendar.

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COMING EVENTS:

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:

 

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: “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Update 08/08/2014

Weekly Update: August 8, 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: This past week we were pleased to host two gatherings at the Center; in bringing eight people together to discuss The Last Gun by Tom Diaz on Tuesday, and in inviting the community to stop by the Center in remembrance of Hiroshima to make peace cranes.  We will be continuing our Community Conversation on Gun Violence this coming Thursday (Aug. 14th) morning, and welcome all to participate.  If you are interested in receiving additional emails related to our Gun Sense group or notes from our meetings, please let us know.

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

 

Thurs. August 14, 9am: Gun Sense Community Conversations will host Kristi Vreeman, Domestic Violence Advocate, working with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa.  Vreeman is also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of Moms Demand Action.

 

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.

 

Sat., August 9, 9am-4pm: First Annual Holistic and Spiritual Wellness Fair: Cresco Expo Center — Howard County Fairgrounds.  Free admission and lectures; door prizes!  Gift bags for the first 50 attendees!  For more information, contact Joan Johnston at (563) 547-4744 or jkj1iam@hotmail.com.

 

Every 2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m.,: Holistic Mom’s Network: support, education, sharing about childcare. Contact person: Trish Johnson-563-547-5232.  Sat., Aug. 9, “Relaunch Ice Cream Social”.

 

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 our website and view events on the calendar.

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COMING EVENTS:

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:

 

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: “Nonviolence means avoiding not only external physical violence but also internal violence of spirit. You not only refuse to shoot a man, but you refuse to hate him.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

08-01-2014 Update

Weekly Update: August 1, 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: Thanks to all who helped out and attended the First United Methodist Church/Peace & Justice Center Taco Bar!  We are pleased to announce that it was a successful fundraiser for both organizations, and a great time was had.

 

Looking into the fall, we have several programs lined up that will focus on the violence and turmoil unfolding in the Middle East.  During the month of August, we will gather each Wednesday morning at 10:00am to make peace cranes to send to legislators.  In September, we will host Bob Wolf, “Violence in the Holy Land” play.  And finally on October 31, our program Tent of Nations will be presented by Daoud Nassar, a speaker and peace activist from Palestine.  Stay tuned for additional details.

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

 

Tues., August 5, 9am: Community Conversations for Gun Sense. We will gather at the Peace & Justice Center to begin discussing The Last Gun by Tom Diaz.  Questions: Call Joann Hagen, (563) 382-6462.

 

Wed., August 6, 10am: Hiroshima Peace Memorial Day. Come make a peace crane in reflection of the violence and strife in the Middle East.  During the month of August, every Wednesday at 10am, we will gather and make peace cranes to send to legislators and others 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.

 

Friday, August 1, 4pm: Gaza Protest in Des Moines, IA.

Des Moines peace groups have organized a march that will proceed from the Iowa State Capitol to the Neal Smith Federal Building, 210 Walnut St. to protest Israel’s invasion of Gaza. The protest will conclude following a die-in (where people lie on the ground to simulate being dead) at the Federal Building.

 

Sat., August 2, Birth Healing Retreat: Offerings of a Deep and Powerful Birth

Hosted by: Mamatoto’s Brenda Burke and Belly Mama’s Lara Martinsen-Burrell

Featured Guest: Birth and Postpartum Mentor, Kelly Fischer

 

Come nurture yourself in a completely new and timeless way – by connecting in community with other women. This gentle, experiential event will refill your cup – with self care, self awareness and self love.  We warmly invite mothers in all stages of life to join us as we explore our birth stories through the lens of walking a labyrinth, creating birth art, storytelling, and heartfelt conversation.  Following the retreat we invite all community members to join together for a nourishing potluck dinner at 5pm – please bring your favorite dish to share!

 

Location:  Good Shepherd Church, 701 Iowa Ave., Decorah, IA  52101

Schedule: 9:30am Registration, 10am – 5pm Gathering/Retreat for women-babes in arms welcome, and if you need to come and go that’s fine too.

5pm-7pm Potluck dinner for anyone and everyone

7pm-9pm Women: Red Tent Gathering

Men (and children who would prefer): Song Circle

Cost: Freewill donation

 

Every 2nd Sat., 10-11 a.m.,: 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.

********

COMING EVENTS:

 

Thurs. August 14, 9am: Gun Sense Community Conversations will host Kristi Vreeman, Domestic Violence Advocate, working with Helping Services of Northeast Iowa.  Vreeman is also a member of the Minnesota Chapter of Moms Demand Action.

 

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:

 

New Tenant: We are excited to welcome Cindy McCaffrey into the space.  Cindy is renting suites 1 and 2 to practice health coaching.  Be sure to check out her window for announcements of her upcoming events!

 

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: “This is the unusual thing about nonviolence — nobody is defeated, everybody shares in the victory.”― Martin Luther King Jr.

Update 07-25-2014

Weekly Update: July 25, 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 had such a great turn out for yesterday’s gathering on gun sense at the Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center.  Thank you again to all for attending, and especially to Chief of Police, Bill Nixon for taking time to speak and help educate us on gun laws in Iowa.

 

Nordic Fest is here!  Stop by First United Methodist Church (302 W. Broadway —  air conditioned) Friday and Saturday and enjoy a taco and taco salad buffet!  Enjoy an expansive offering of fresh, local produce, meat and vegetarian options, gluten free friendly, and of course, a few Norwegian inspired options!  9am-9pm both Friday and Saturday.  Adults: $10; Children 11-15: $5; Children 6-10: $3.

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

 

Tues., July 29 from 9am – 4pm, National Call In Day: Stop the punishment of Ziyad Yaghi.  Move Yaghi out of the Solitary Housing Unit now.  As part of the National Coalition to Protect Civil Freedoms initiative, we encourage you to make two calls for freedom.  1) Call Warden Charles Lockett at 352-689-7000, US Prison Coleman II; and 2) Director Charles E. Samuels at 202-307-3198, Federal Bureau of Prisons.

 

Ziyad Yaghi is a Palestinian American and a political prisoner.  Represented by a court-appointed attorney, this young North Carolina man was convicted of a conspiracy to provide material support to an unknown terrorist group, at an unknown time, in an unspecified place.  He has been in a 23-hour a day lockdown for the past ten months in the Solitary Housing Unit.  Please help us support this individual.

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.

********

COMING EVENTS:

Tues., August 5, 9am: Community Conversations for Gun Sense. We will gather at the Peace & Justice Center to begin discussing The Last Gun by Tom Diaz.  Questions: Call Joann Hagen, (563) 382-6462.

 

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: In the spirit of Nordic Fest, here are some words from famous Norwegian playwright, Henrik Ibsen: “A community is like a ship; everyone ought to be prepared to take the helm.

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.

********

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