Weekly Update: Dec. 6, 2013
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.
EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY:
Kwanza Celebration at Luther, Sat., Dec. 14, 4-6 pm, Peace Dining: Sponsored by Diversity Center and College Ministries. Talents, Memories, Food and Entertainment: Tickets $12/ adult, at Box Office and Diversity Center.
REGULAR WEEKLY OR MONTHLY EVENTS:
Bundle Seed Savers Exchange Seeds for Herman’s Gardens Project at NEIPJC every Wed. 10a.m. . You may also come any day when you may have an hour to contribute at NEIPJC between 10 a.m and 3 pm.: Help sort Seed Packets to be sent to non-profit, organic garden projects across the U.S. Enjoyable, easy, interesting motion to music, tenderly caring for SACRED GERM PLASM! WOW, all the varieties!
Ethnic Dance: Every Monday, 3pm, at NEIPJC with Eastern instructor. FREE. All women welcome, all ages. Beginners will easily catch up. Wear comfortable clothing.
Every Thursday, 9 a.m. at NEIPJC: Tutorial in Conversational English for non-native speakers. Learn how to speak more fluently, while having fun, drinking tea or coffee, and building friendships with interesting people. FREE. ALL WELCOME.
“Meet Your Local Government”, every 2nd Sat., 11am to noon. We alternate between City and County officials. (No meeting in December).
DOVE (Decorah Organization for Vegan Education): 2nd Sat., noon: we have changed the format of our meeting to focus more on education. In Dec. we will see a DVD clip of 12 min. about preparing and using nuts in the vegan diet. Potluck will follow.
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.
Mon., Dec. 9, 3pm, Ethnic Dance: Great exercise, lots of laughs and expert instructor. We are all beginners, drop in any time.
Tues., Dec. 10, 6:30 pm: OHFA -Oneota Historic Futures Alliance-meeting. Questions: call Deborah at 563-379-0637.
Thurs., Dec. 12, 9 am: English as Foreign Language Conversation Group. Free, all welcome.
Sat., Dec. 14, 2013, noon: Vegan Potluck. 12 min. dvd segment will be shown on preparing raw foods, thereafter we eat together and share news and recipes. Bring dish to share and your own table service. All welcome; you do not have to be a vegetarian to attend.
BIG NEWS! Our 501-c(3) application has finally been reviewed. IRS requests some additional information by Dec. 16, and then we hope to see definite action on it soon thereafter. Our staff is working hard to put all the information together! We can do this!
New Program in planning: “What in the World is Going On?” Current Events Discussion Group: bi-monthly, starts Jan., 2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 3:30 pm. Refreshments provided.Open to all ages. Jim McIntosh will facilitate.
Pedro Lopez Education Fund: Inspirational Luther College freshman, “Dream Act” immigrant, needs help with college funds due to familial illness and unexpected expenses. David Vasquez appeals for donations to be sent to the Trinity Cluster, P.O. Box 1521, Monona, IA 52159. Write Pedro Lopez education fund in the memo line of your check. Donations are not tax-deductible because they are made to an individual. Donate at any time, but this month is most critical. Pedro is also working at outside jobs to help himself through.
Community Rights Democracy School: Discussion ensues among interested parties, trying to assimilate the information and plan where to go with it. You can still connect and help.
OPPORTUNITIES FOR ACTION:
Urgent: from Ric Zarwell of the Allamakee County Protectors:
The Coast Guard is considering a dangerous new rule to allow shipment of fracking “flow-back” waste (full of toxic chemicals, some of them radioactive) to be shipped by barge on our rivers, including the Mississippi. The Coast Guard is allowing public comment until this Friday, Dec. 6, 5 pm. Please send them an email by Friday. Remember, oil floats and can be seen; “flow-back” chemicals, in case of barge disaster, would mix into the drinking water of millions along our rivers. A thorough environmental impact review is necessary.
Email address: Dr. Cynthia A. Znati at HazmatStandards@uscg.mil
Important: Include this in subject line at top of your comment:
Comments on Proposed Coast Guard Policy, Docket #–USCG 2013 09 15
Bring the TPP Trade Deal out of the closet! Write a letter!
Tuesday, Dec. 3, the NEIPJC hosted a “Soup and Bread” lunch at 119 Winnebago for 20 citizens, informing them about provisions of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal being worked out in secrecy by 600 corporate advisers. “Occucards” were distributed with the basic information about the TPP. Participants requested model letters to start a writing campaign to Congress to find out more. Model letters and Congressional addresses are in our letter writing binder. Please come in and write a letter!
Christmas Gift Tree, sponsored by Helping Services, is now available for those who wish to buy a gift for a family with needs. You just take an ornament off the tree, buy the gift for the person on the ornament,, and bring it to the Center with the ornament attached. You should not wrap the gift! Others will do that.
Pedro Arturo Lopez, immigrant “Dreamer”, is finishing his first semester at Luther College. Education means so much to him he is also working to help himself through, but he needs additional financial help. If you are looking for a way to invest in the future of our country, Pedro is a more secure investment than the stock market! Rev. David Vasquez, campus minister, is campaigning on Pedro’s behalf. All contributions are appreciated and should be sent to: Trinity Cluster, P.O. Box 1521, Monona, IA 52169. On memorandum line write: Pedro Lopez Education Fund
Quote of the week:
“All the beautiful sentiments in the world weigh less than a single lovely action.”
–James Russell Lowell