Never Again is Now

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

Maya Angelou

Dear Friends,

78 years ago yesterday, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order ultimately led to the forced relocation and incarceration of around 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants, 11,000 people of German ancestry, 3,000 people of Italian ancestry, as well as a number of Jewish refugees fleeing Germany without trial or hearings. Around 67% of those with Japanese heritage were U.S. citizens and many of the rest had spent several decades in the country by 1942. It is important to acknowledge this history and take a stand of never again.

For the project TSURU for Solidarity, never again is now. The goals of TSURU (Japanese for crane) for Solidarity is to educate, advocate, and protest to close all U.S. concentration camps; build solidarity with other communities that have experienced forced removal, detention, deportation and separation of families; & coordinate inter-generational, cross-community healing circles addressing the trauma of our shared histories. This summer TSURU for Solidarity will make a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. to close the camps. Standing on the moral authority of Japanese Americans who suffered the atrocities and legacy of U.S. concentration camps during WWII They say, “Stop Repeating History!” TSURU for Solidarity plans to take 125,000 origami paper cranes with them on their pilgrimage and have put out the call to all who want to help them reach this goal.

So, from now until the end of April you can bring paper cranes to JRPC and we will add them to the boxes we will be sending from Missoula. Whether you make 10, 100, or more we will be happy to send them along! Don’t know how to fold paper cranes? You can find lots of great tutorials on youtube or drop by JRPC and we will teach you! If you have any questions about this or have a group that is interested in a larger folding event email programs@jrpc.org or call 406.543.3955 and ask for Carol.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2020

“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty, truth, and compassion against injustice, lying, and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.” William Faulkner

Dear Friends,

Its that time of year again. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is just around the corner and I am so excited about the incredible films we are sponsoring this year. During the 10-day festival (Feb 14-23) BSDFF will present a total of 56 features and nearly 100 short documentaries. The full lineup includes 24 World Premieres and 13 International Premieres. Festival screenings will take place at The Wilma, The Roxy, the Hellgate Elks Lodge and the all new Zootown Arts Community Center in downtown Missoula. Visit their website for more information, to read about the selected films, and purchase tickets.

Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation
Life After Hate, founded by former skinheads and neo-Nazis, supports white nationalists who are seeking to break away from radical movements. HEALING FROM HATE profiles the organization, exploring the root causes of radicalization, and considers what it might take to create a more tolerant world. Screenings: Elks Lodge Saturday, Feb 15th @ 9:00 pm & ZACC Monday, Feb 17th @ 3:00 pm

Colette
Former French Resistance member Colette Marin-Catherine refused to step foot in Germany for 74 years. That changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life and convinces her to visit the concentration camp where the Nazis killed her brother. Screenings: Elks Lodge Sunday, Feb 16th @ 9:00 pm & Elks Lodge Saturday, Feb 22nd @ 6:30 pm

Objector
Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most however, she questions the practices of her country’s military and decides to challenge her forced conscription. Despite her family’s wishes, she refuses military duty, knowing she will be imprisoned for her dissent. Screening: ZACC Thursday, Feb 20th @ 7:00 pm

A Syrian Woman | Human Stories From Jordan
After nearly a decade of conflict, Syrian refugee women have become some of the most vulnerable amid the crisis. Thousands have lost their families and husbands, and now must provide for their children, alone in an unfamiliar country. Hearing firsthand accounts of the refugee crisis in Jordan, we reflect on what it means to be a Syrian woman. We follow their experiences of survival – from displacement, danger, child-marriage, and trauma, to their resilience and hope to rebuild a better future for their children. Screenings: Elks Lodge Monday, Feb 17th @ 4:00 pm & ZACC Tuesday, Feb 18th @ 1:30 pm

Carol Schwartz

He Who Has Health Has Hope

He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.

Arabian Proverb

Dear Friends,

Our health care system is a source of anxiety for most Americans who realize that a gap in coverage can cost them their loved ones’ health, their livelihood, and their homes. We have the most expensive system but it does not deliver the best results. The “Follow the Money in Health Care” panel will look at the forces that impact our ability to manage costs, quality, access, and waste in health care. This will be a unique opportunity to hear experienced voices from economics, health insurance, and health care fields.

The “Follow the Money in Health Care” panel will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm in UM Gallagher Business Building Room 123 (600 Connell near Arthur). Moderator Tom Roberts MD (helped form Montana Health Co-op MHC) will be joined by panelists Jim Edwards (health insurance, helped form the MHC), Marilyn Bartlett (former MT employee health insurance program), Marc Mentel DO (Western MT Mental Health Centers and MT Medical Association), and Dick Barrett PhD (retired UM Economics).

This will be a non-partisan and informational event in order to give you background for the choices ahead. The panel will be presented by Montanans Move to Amend and is Co-sponsored by Missoula League of Women Voters, MontPIRG, and Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.

Sue Kirchmyer
Montanans Move to Amend

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

Thank you!

Dear friends,
The words, “thank you” do not come close to expressing the emotion, the gratitude and the pride I feel as I look back to the generous contributions of time, energy, money, muscle, music, food, services, gifts and so much more that was given to us last Sunday to make our peace party a success.  And it was a very wonderful success.  We had fun together, we raised money for a cause close to our hearts and we celebrated our successes and our connections.  It was a perfect example of what “we the people” can do.  Many people do not know that the Peace Center relies entirely on the money we receive from the public to survive — that’s your memberships, your donations at the end of the year, the sales from our fair trade store and this event.  And for 33 years, the public – our community – has come through for us.  Check out the list of donors and volunteers below and make a point to thank them yourself!  Thanks to all of you, we will forge ahead into the future to work alongside you in order to leave a better world to those who come behind

With much gratitude for each and every one of you, Betsy

In case you missed the 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, see the program or give us a call at 543-3955.

  • The Flavors of Tuscany: Cuisine of the Italian Heartland by Chef Ray Risho, November 9, 2019, 1 plate at $350
  • 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

And of course, THANKS to our sponsors: