Weekly Update: September 18, 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 (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!
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.
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.
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; firstname.lastname@example.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.