Weekly Update 04-18-2014

by oneota on April 18, 2014

Weekly Update: April 18, 2014

Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center, Inc.

119 Winnebago, Decorah, IA 52101


“Practicing Peace, Pursuing Justice—through Research, Education, and Action.”

email: neipjc@gmail.com

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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: The Board of Directors is reviewing applications. We anticipate informing applicants for interviews by first week of May.


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.


Tues., April 22, Earth Day:CITY-WIDE LITTER CLEAN UP CAMPAIGN: Call and let us know what areas you or your group will take on. 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. THEN MEET AT 119 WINNEBAGO 7 PM FOR POPCORN AND PEP TALK ON ZERO WASTE BY ANNIE ZYLSTRA!




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!


KUNDUN screening, the true story of the 14th Dalai Lama, his life as young Buddhist leader, his escape from Tibet and subsequent exile. Sun. May 11, 7pm at Decorah Zen Center with talk by Charlie Langton; Wed, May 14, at noon, NEI Peace and Justice Center with talk by Lee Zook.




NEW: Tues. and Thurs. 10a.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!


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.


“Meet Your Local Government”, every 2nd Sat., 11am 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 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 screened the mind-changing documentary “Trashed” 3 times and will continue to show it to any family, friendship, club, or church group by appointment. Please share this information and take action. We may not change the whole globe, but we CAN change what we do in Decorah.


IRIS, Iowa Resource for International Service seeks host families for exchange students. This is a hands-on way of building bridges for peace. To see details of program and how to apply go to www.yesprograms.org/ Frequently asked questions: www.iris-center.org/FAQs.html


Seed Sorting for Herman’s Gardens will continue through April, Wed. at 10 am. We can use a few more volunteers to sort. It is easy, so you can sit and socialize and drink coffee as you work.



May is Wldflower Month. Make a promise to yourself and your family to participate in some of the guided walks. A list of park and preserve locations and wildflower walk dates will be found here: www.iowanativeplants.org and www.mycountyparks.com.


Composting EARTH MACHINES: We are ordering again, but we need 13 more to get the discounted price of $52. If you got one last time and like it, please tell your friends. This is a great way to turn your kitchen waste into garden gold. Call Julie at 563-382-5337.


Silver Cord Program: This is a new opportunity for 9-12th graders at Decorah High School. They can volunteer for community organizations and accrue their hours. If they have 200 or more hours at graduation, they will be specially recognized for their service.


April 12, Sat., 11 a.m. at NEIPJC: WENDY STEVENS of the Winneshiek County Planning and Zoning Commission was our special guest. We learned about the selection of commissioners process, their 5 year terms, their work and interaction with the County Supervisors, how issues are researched, public hearings scheduled and meeting agendas posted. Planning and Zoning Commissioners serve as volunteers without compensation except for county business travel mileage. A fuller summary of the discussion topics can be obtained at our office. We left the discussion feeling so grateful for the selfless contributions of these citizen commissioners and made sure Wendy knows that.


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.


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. https://docs.google.com/document/d/1blfVX0_t8aImIBQJZCGvxJErzPMxBIp0BhJXoR-xVmk/pub


Quote of the week:

“In our era, the road to holiness necessarily passes through the world of action”.–Dag Hammerskjold

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