Actions Inspire!

“Action is the antidote to despair.” ~Joan Baez

Dear friends,
How often do we see a story or read about an issue and feel powerless in the face of it. And yet, there are examples all around us of folks who found their voices and theirPeaceInSnow muscles in the face of what seemed insurmountable. We recently became aware of a couple of local efforts that deserve to be recognized. Rosa delDuca grew up in Missoula before joining the Army National Guard a year before 9/11. As the war in Iraq unfolded, she grew increasingly disturbed about her role in the military and ended up fighting for a discharge as a conscientious objector. Continue reading

Become an Ethical Consumer

“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Dear Friends,
The holidays are fast approaching and each year, we are challenged to shop in waysjrpcwindow that reflect our values and support our world in positive ways. JRPC’s Olive Branch offers you a way to do just that — to support our work as well as the many farms, cooperatives and people around the world who rely on the fair trade market here to buy their goods so they can make a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. Continue reading

Why Peace in 2018?

Dear friends,
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I. TryPeaceThis war and the many before and after have left indelible marks on our country, our people, our military and our societal structure.

The 1918 armistice brought hopes of world peace after the “war to end all wars,” and Armistice Day was soon designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.” Congress rebranded this day as Veterans Day in the 1950’s, and as time went on, it changed from a day of remembrance and peace to a day to celebrate militarism.

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Getting What We Want

“The first step in getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.” ~Unknown

Dear friends,
Many of you know that my husband and I are getting ready to make a move to a smallerPeace house that will better fit our lifestyle. So our lives are full to the brim with making decisions about what to get rid of and what to keep — what gives us meaning and what provides clutter. I was pondering what to write about today and Rusty (who is often quite wise) said, “getting rid of things”! It actually fits quite well with the times we are in. I sat in a crowd at Har Shalom last Saturday and listened to Laurie Franklin call us to exercise our “unity muscles” and speaker after speaker call us to love. In order to do that we must find the courage to look deep inside and get rid of the things in our own souls that stand as obstacles to love and unity.

A hundred years ago, our grandparents celebrated what they wanted — a world without war, believing they had ended the “war to end all wars”. But they failed to do the work of getting rid of the oppressive ideas and attitudes that would not only keep war with us but grow it into the largest industry we support. We can do better — on small scales in our individual lives and in bigger ways in our voting booths and communities. Your work matters and your vote matters. Thanks for joining me in the work for unity and love…Betsy