Give cheerfully and accept gratefully

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ~Maya Angelou

To you — the members, supporters and volunteers of the Peace Center,
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – a perfect time for me to say thank you for the contributions of time, money and ideas you make each year to keep us going strong. There is much work for peacemakers – in our world, in our community, and I suspect, even at our own tables, so I am grateful that you have chosen to be part of our “peace community”.

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Dear friends,
One week from today many of us will sit down with friends and family to begin the holiday season in gratitude. I grew up hearing the story of grateful pilgrims sitting down in thanks with the people whose land they took. Of course, the story never included that last part, but today we know that those days were the beginning of great trauma for the first nations of this country. Family gatherings have always been joyful for me. However, I know that is not the case for many. Some families will face empty seats this year because of violence and war. Some families are as divided in perspective as our country and face difficult conversations and the reliving of past traumas. As we prepare our grocery lists, let us also prepare our hearts and minds to embody ourselves with a presence that is authentic, check our assumptions and biases so we can truly honor each other for the stories we each bring, and connect with each other in a healing way.

Our thanks to all of you who contributed to make our Peace Party a success. Check out our LONG list of generous sponsors, donors and volunteers

And — In case you missed the PEACE PARTY, but still want to get in on the fun, we have a few dinners left that are available for purchase. To find out more, give us a call at 543-3955.

  •  Authentic Portuguese Dinner by Sofia Reis at the home of Steve and Connie Running on Saturday, January 18, 2020, 2 plates at $225 each
  •  A Turkish Delight from Leslie Burgess, Serena Early and Cyndy and Ray Aten on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 2 plates at $350 each
  • Taste of New Orleans Cajun and Creole Dinner by Nancy Leifer and Linda Andrus on Saturday, February 8, 2020, 2 plates at $225 each
  •  Authentic Indian Dinner from former Coordinating Council member Srini Mondava on Saturday, February 29, 2020, 3 plates at $375

The Jeannette Rankin You May Not Know

“Introducing the Jeannette Rankin You May Not Know”

The Peace Center’s namesake, Jeannette Rankin, was a tireless campaigner for women’s suffrage, not only leading the movement in Montana that won women the right to vote in 1914, but also working for the cause in New York, North Dakota, South Dakota, Missouri, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida. Rankin was the first woman elected to the US Congress, where she voted against US entry into WW1. In her second Congressional term, she voted against US entry into WW2. In later life, Rankin led a peace march against the Viet Nam War.

The New York Times described Rankin this way: “Given her electric presence, she was eminently suited to symbolize the emergence of women in national politics.”

Who was the woman behind the image?

Rankin was born and raised right here in Missoula, and is our most famous native daughter. It’s no wonder we have generated a set of common beliefs about her life that have built up an image of Rankin as an egalitarian Montanan of high integrity on issues of women’s rights and peace. In actuality, Rankin was a product of her family and the times. A closer look at her life, her actions and words reveal the contradictions and failings of a real person grappling with the need to make a life of meaning for herself and sometimes succeeding, other times falling short.

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center, together with the League of Women Voters of Missoula, are co-hosting “Introducing the Jeannette You May Not Know: The Life and Times of Jeannette Rankin,” a free public lecture:

When: Wednesday, November 20, from noon to 1:00 pm,
Where: Missoula Public Library large meeting room.

The presentation and discussion feature James Lopach and Jean Luckowski, authors of the book “Jeannette Rankin: A Political Woman.”. In writing their book, Lopach and Luckowski did extensive research into the correspondence of Rankin’s family members and contemporaries. What they found gives us a more realistic picture of Rankin, one that makes her less iconic, more human and imperfect.

Come join us on November 20th and meet the Jeannette Rankin you may not know.

Nancy Leifer, member Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and co-president, Missoula League of Women Voters

in the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour..

“in the eleventh month, on the eleventh day, at the eleventh hour…”

Dear friends,
Over 100 years ago, the world celebrated peace as a universal principle. Armistice Day, which took effect at the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918, was designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.”

It’s time to reckon whether the world is safer or more dangerous than it was this time last year. As Afghanistan is moving into its 19th year of conflict, civilian victims of this enduring war continue to be killed by Americans, the Afghan army and the Taliban alike.  The Saudis, aided by the US, have been bombing Yemen since 2015, causing massive civilian casualties that are worsened by blockade-induced shortages of food and medicine.  And, Iraq has yet to recover from the destructive 2003 U.S. invasion, its corrupt government resorting to slaughter of civilians who dare protest in the street.

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