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.

********

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.

********

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.

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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

07/11/2014 Update

Weekly Update: July 11, 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 are pleased to share that the NEIPJC is continuing to build our video library.  We hope that these resources will inspire, and engage you.  Stop in to the Center, and check out new videos added to our collection.

 

The Four Stories of Our Future, Sophy Banks

What do you think the future will hold? There are four key stories around at the moment. If you look in our media we can see the different stories in what’s being reported – but also underlying our plans for the future, our investment in technologies, in advertising and politics.  Banks outlines these four paths: Business as Usual, Green Stability, Energy Descent, Collapse.  Getting clear on what the stories are, what distinguishes them, and which ones are actually plausible helps get the ground back under our feet in what can otherwise be a bewildering time.  Originating from David Holmgren’s Four Stories of the Future, Banks adds insights from psychological fields which helps illustrate why we get stuck in the two least helpful stories, and gives a way of seeing all the stories as part of a huge change process that the dominant global culture is going through.

 

EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

For a full list of our regular weekly and monthly meetings, please visit our website and view events on the calendar.

********

COMING EVENTS:

 

Sun., July 20th at 7pm at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center, 119 Winnebago, Decorah.  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 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.

 

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 josh@northeastiowarcd.org so he has your information in case of rain and to give you directions to MJ’s prairie.

 

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

 

                                                         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.

 

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: “Peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek, but a means by which we arrive at that goal.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

07/04/2014 Update

Weekly Update: July 4, 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:

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.

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COMING EVENTS:

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 josh@northeastiowarcd.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.

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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!
NEWS:

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