One of the things I am proudest to have been a part of is helping to create a Missoula that welcomes refugees with love. Out of those early meetings, Soft Landing Missoula came to be. And they continue to create that Missoula we all envisioned. JRPC is proud to continue to be part of their annual Welcoming Week celebration each year. This year, thanks to the financial support of Imagine Nation Brewing Company, we are able to bring you the free film, DAY ONE that will make you cry, laugh at times, but most importantly be inspired as it follows the journey of several young refugees as they heal and learn together to overcome trauma and tragedy (more information below). Grab an INBC beer, a Kamoon Arabian meal and…
And we are following that up with another inspiring film next Monday September 21 to celebrate the UN International Day of Peace. The Missoula screening of WE ARE MANY is part of a worldwide 100 cities for peace special screening. But this film is even more special for us because a couple folks from Missoula are featured in the film. WE ARE MANY is the remarkable inside story behind the first ever global demonstration where, on February 15, 2003, over 20 million people on every continent on the planet (the largest demonstration in human history) tried to prevent the US war against Iraq. That moment left us with a surprising and unreported legacy – and a measure of hope we all need. The cost is $12 or $7 for students or seniors. 40% of that will come back to JRPC to help us continue this work. An energizing live panel will follow the screening with Director Amir Amirani, luminaries featured in the film, and leaders from various protest movements.
One of our fiercest social justice champions passed away last Friday. For any of you who knew Mary Kay Craig, you know what a fighter she was for justice, equality, a healthy planet and peace. For many years she organized a peace float in the Butte 4th of July parade and I was lucky to walk with her on many occasions. Mary Kay was a role model for all of us to live with our hearts and work for a world filled with compassion and kindness instead of greed and corporate corruption. Our love goes out to her husband George.
Let’s all take up the mantle Mary Kay left us and keep fighting for a better world!