Weekly Update: September 29, 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 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.
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.
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
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 email@example.com.
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