Weekly Update: June 14, 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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EVENTS THIS WEEK at NEIPJC and in COMMUNITY:
Sun., June 16, noon-3pm: Final meeting of Overeaters Anonymous. The Decorah group is disbanding.
Mon., June 17, 6pm Waukon, Supervisors’ Room: citizen presence urgent for protesting the RR spur which is being requested to load frac sand from Allamakee and Winneshiek counties. Carpooling will be available. Meet at NEI Peace and Justice Center by 5:15pm if you want to drive a group or ride.
Mon., June 17, 6:30 pm at NEIPJC: showing the DVD “Reclaiming Democracy”: How Communities are Saying No to Corporate Rights and Recognizing the Rights of Nature” , recommended at the recent “Becoming We the People” seminar. Public invited. Call us if you are able to schedule a group screening. (Chris at 382-5337). The information is eye-opening and previous responses have been very positive.
Tues., June 18, 5:30 pm, at NEIPJC: Board Meeting: Public invited.
Thurs., June 20, 7pm, at NEIPJC: Screening of documentary“Rooted Lands”. The villages of Mora and San Miguel counties in New Mexico (labeled among the poorest communities in the U.S.A.) stand up and speak out against one of the world’s most powerful industries. Faced with the threat of natural gas development by fracking in their pristine landscape, citizens rise up and defend their culture, their heritage, their landscape, their place. Lynne Zotalis facilitates discussion.
Sat., June 22, 10am-1:15 pm: READ-A-THON of Senator Rob Hogg’s book America’s Climate Century: (What Climate Change Means for America in the 21st Century and What Americans Can Do About It.) Senator Hogg will be present. What do you think? Is climate change a myth or a reality? This will offer you a chance to consider the evidence and decide. In 3 hours and 50 minutes readers will read aloud to attendees for 15 minutes each. Audience may come and go, but please COME for a while. Books on hand for sale so you can finish reading at home if you cannot stay for the duration. Coffee and donuts provided in the morning, sandwiches at noon. (Books are available now at the Center: $6.50 ea.) We need a few more readers for the afternoon.
Sat., June 22, 3pm-Sunday June 23: Driftless Drift, First Annual gathering at Blackhawk Bluffs, sponsored by Allamakee and Winneshiek County Protectors. A family friendly event. Folksy Rock music by Paul Lawrence begins at 3pm. Picnic dinner (Oneota Co-op cuisine) at 5pm, please rsvp. More music from 7 pm on. Camp overnight and hike the Fish Farm Mounds. Free will donation benefits tourism directly. See google website under “driftless drift”. Connect by Facebook too.
ICCI Statewide Convention: July 13, 9am-5pm Hilton Garden Inn, Johnston, IA. We may be able to take a van from Decorah. Let us know of your interest by June 30. Registration $35 before July 1.
Veteran’s Resource Fair, June 29, 10-3pm, Winneshiek Hotel, Steyer Opera House. Neipjc will have a booth and Craig Kitchen and Randall Duvall, both veterans who volunteer at the NEIPJC, will visit with vets about our mission and resources.
REGULAR WEEKLY OR MONTHLY EVENTS:
DOVE Potluck (Decorah Organization for Vegan Education): Every 2nd Saturday at noon in the NEIPJC. We are seeking a local organizer for this event.
Tuesdays, 7 pm, KPVL 89.1 FM “Just Imagine”. Interviews and information sharing on issues and events important to peace education, social and environmental justice, immigration reform, and more. If you have issues you want aired or people you would suggest for interviews, call us.
Wednesdays at noon Immigration Working Group meets at NEIPJC unless otherwise noted (new regular time). Every other month they meet on the 3rd Thursday in Postville at the retirement home.
Wed., 7:00pm Winneshiek County Protectors meet in the basement of the First United Methodist Church at 302 Broadway, use east door. All interested persons are welcome.
Fourth Monday, 7 pm, PFLAG meets at NEIPJC. All parents and friends of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgenders.
Yeah! The Mediation Team is organized, entered on the website, and soon to have an information card to hand out. If you know of anyone who might benefit from mediation services, call the Center’s number to arrange. Look for picture and news release in the papers this week.
Worker-Owned Co-ops documentary was attended by 12 people who followed by brain storming businesses that might be started in Decorah on this model. If you are entrepreneurial and interested in starting such a business, you can see our list or add your ideas.
REQUESTS FOR IN-KIND DONATIONS:
Box of tissues
Bags of microwave popcorn.
Quote of the week:
“The first feeling was hunger for reality and sincerity, a desire for simplicity.”
Georgia O’Keefe, artist