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

Missoula Gives

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Harriet Tubman said, you “gotta look past everything you know and believe in something better.” That’s what we do at JRPC. 47 years ago today, 4 students were gunned down by our national guard as they joined thousands around the country protesting the escalation of war in their name. All these years later, we keep the idea of peace alive because we know that war is not the answer. It drains our economies, pollutes our planet, and destroys lives. If war is not the answer, what is? Continue reading

Earth Day 2017

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Imagine talking a walk in which every step takes you back in time a million years. The University of Montana is hosting the exhibit A Walk Through Time: From Stardust to Us today through next Tuesday – and you can walk back through time as you walk around the UM Oval. Continue reading