Celebrating a Peacemaker

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Many of you have been asking who the 2017 peacemaker is and today I am able to tell you. We are thrilled to honor and celebrate Mary Poole, founder and director of Soft Landing Missoula. It started with a picture — the one we all saw of the small body of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned as he and his family were trying to reach Europe in the midst of the refugee crisis. Mary, the mother of a small boy herself was moved. But Mary went further and acted. Continue reading


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At the June 11 celebration of JRPC’s 30 years, and Jeannette Rankin’s birthday, a Declaration naming Betsy Mulligan-Dague as Peacemaker of the Decade was presented to her by members of the Missoula peacemaking community.  On Monday, June 13 I had the pleasure of meeting Betsy at the Peace Park to determine the exact spot where she would like to have a bench in her honor placed.  It was installed on Thursday between the two pine trees, west of the rock wall and bell.

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Peacemakers Wanted!

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We are looking for Missoula peacemakers.  Who do you know who walks the walk daily; who bravely addresses conflict; who makes justice for all central to everything they do;  who is not afraid to stir the waters a little — or a lot; who is brave enough to speak the truth; who teaches us to be better; who inspires you? Continue reading

Work for Peace Art Show!

2015 Search for Peace Art Show Coming May 1 as part of First Friday!2015 sfp
La Stella Blu, 612 South Higgins, is hosting the 2015 Search for Peace Art Show and Retrospective as part of First Friday May 1, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center sponsors this annual art challenge for students from elementary, middle, high school and college. This year’s theme is “Work for Peace.”  Come see this year’s award winners and a retrospective of previous years in paintings and video imagery. Create your own expressions of peace through paper crane folding.  La Stella Blu was the recipient of the 2015 Centennial Award for Historic Preservation. Come see their beautiful building as well, with its reconstructed stain glass window!