Current PJC Happenings

Decorah Mayor, Don Arendt signs a proclamation declaring June 2nd National Gun Violence Awareness Day. Pictured with the mayor are representatives from Gun Sense Decorah, the PJC, Decorah Community Schools, Helping Services of NE IA, NE IA Behavioral Health, Community Action Corporation.


The proclamation read:

Whereas almost 90 people die of gun violence every day in the U.S.
Whereas over 50 people commit suicide with a gun every day and 22 of those are veterans
Whereas 1.7 million guns are loaded and left unlocked in homes in the U.S.
Whereas every 16 minutes a woman is killed by a gun by someone she knows or an intimate partner
Therefore, the City of Decorah declares June 2, 2017 National Gun Violence Awareness Day in its effort to keep Decorah a safe community.

Thurs., July 13: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Let’s Talk: Q&A Decorah Municipal Utilities As part of the P.I.E.S. Peace, Immigration, Environment, and Social Justice series, Ruth Huffman will be discussing and answering questions about the potential for a municipal utility here in Decorah.
Every Thurs.: 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm, Spectrum: Plugged-In Iowa is a Peer Recovery Zone that is a safe and comfortable place for adults with mental illness such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, schizophrenia, etc., to go and hang out, play games, participate in group activities, and just socialize with other people with mental illness. The aim is to have fun yet educate and assist individuals with mental illness.
The Peer Recovery Zone is free of charge and takes place at 607 Washington St, Decorah.

Let’s Talk: P.I.E.S. (Peace, Immigration, Environment, Social Justice)

Some folks are cake people, but here at the PJC we like pie. Specifically P.I.E.S. Peace, Immigration, Environment, and Social Justice. These are the topics that we cover on a revolving schedule on Thursday mornings at 9:00 a.m.

Past discussions have included panel discussions on public schools vs. charter schools with Decorah Superintendent Mike Haluska, what happens when you are arrested with Sheriff Dan Marx and Deputy Torgrim, immigration primer with Louise Hagen, permaculture, Laura Myoko Demuth with her inspiring dharma talk: “Toolbox for Living in Reconiliation & Harmony”, Sanctuary Cities, and Voter ID laws with our County Auditor!


Upcoming P.I.E.S. Conversations will include:
July 6: Peace: Transforming Anger Through Dharma with Laura Demuth
July 13: Immigration: Trending Topics in Immigration with Yer Vang
July 20: Environment: Q&A: Decorah Municipal Utilities with Ruth Huffman
July 27: NO EVENT: Nordic Fest

Gun Sense Conversations, NEIPJC. All welcome.  Based upon information put out by Moms Demand Action Iowa and focusing on what it means to be a “Gun Sense Voter” this group meets at the PJC monthly and discusses current issues surrounding gun violence, laws, and legislation.  Meetings feature a topic or speaker. Led by Joann Hagen.

Ongoing Monthly Meetings, NEIPJC:

    • Codependents Anonymous (CoDA): Every Sunday, 6:00pm
    • Immigration Working Group: 2nd & 4th Wednesdays of the month at 4.
    • NEIPJC Board Meetings: 3rd Tuesday at 5:30pm
    • Circle of Support: Thursdays, 6:30pm, St. Ben’s Conference Rm (307W. Main, Decorah)
    • AA: Every Sat. 4 pm