Understanding

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Dear friends,Palestine-Israel

It is heartbreaking to read the news of the senseless killing of children and young people in Palestine and Israel. There are reports of anti-Semitic outbursts in France and elsewhere, triggered by Israel’s military actions against the Palestinians in Gaza. Anger and heartbreak are justified in the face of violence. What is not, Continue reading

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

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Dear friends,Hobby_Lobby_protest

We all listened on Monday as the Supreme Court told corporations — like Hobby Lobby — that they can opt out of providing contraception coverage on the basis of religious beliefs. In the case of Hobby Lobby, most of their customers are women; most of their goods come from China where forced abortions are commonplace; and they invest their employees retirement accounts in the manufacturers of the very contraception products they refuse to cover. Continue reading

My Time in Cambodia

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Dear friends,Besty newsletter photo

I returned a little over a week ago from an amazing trip to Cambodia arranged through the Mansfield Center’s Economic Empowerment Program.   Congress created this international exchange in 1961.The Berlin Wall was being built, the Cold War was driving fear in our politics and conflict in Vietnam was becoming a real possibility. Continue reading

Women in Montana Politics

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Women in Montana Politics

Women in Montana Politics exhibit at University of Montana

On November 3, 1914 women won the right to vote in Montana. Over the last one hundred years women in Montana have continued to fight for reform and equality. The Women in Montana Politics exhibit, at the  Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library,features photographs and documents from well-known early twentieth century suffragists Jeannette Rankin and Ella J. Knowles Haskell Continue reading

Welcome Back, Betsy!

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Hello all,Children and Soliders

This is the last weekly e-newsletter before Betsy comes back from her travels, and we’re so excited to see her again! Don’t forget to stop in to the Peace Center to catch up and hear stories of her visit to Cambodia, and thank you for your continued support of the JRPC!

-Dylan Chaffin, Media Intern