Give Yourselves

To the wrongs that need resistance, To the right that needs assistance,
To the future in the distance, Give yourselves. ~ Carrie Chapman Catt

Dear friends,

If 2020 has taught us anything it is that the ability and willingness to adapt is key. That’s what this week is about. It is great that record numbers of people showed up to vote. But what is more important is that the same record numbers show up every day to do the work of co-creating this democracy with liberty and justice for all. The fractures in our country that need healing have never been more apparent. It is not the work of anyone we elected – rather it is we who need to roll up our sleeves and keep working. Take a break now and renew because the future needs you! It has never been more important to offer ourselves and each other – peace! You can start by joining me in signing this pledge to rise above the division and hatred and live our better angels 

 

And then, check out our Peace Offerings online – our adapted peace party auction! So many generous folks have offered their time and talent to support this important work. Several businesses have offered gift certificates and items despite seeing income losses this year. And our community has stepped up with handmade quilts, meals, pies, cookies, garden help and even a cooking class with a well-known local chef. All of this is a testament to how important we are to each other, and how important the Peace Center is to our community. Now it is up to you. Go to our Peace Offerings site, sign up with an account and start bidding. The auction will be live from 5 pm Nov 6 until 5 pm on Sunday, November 15.

With your support, we’ll roll up our sleeves and get to work with you,

Betsy

 

Peace Offerings Auction Nov 6 to Nov 15

Check out our Peace Offerings online – our adapted peace party auction! So many generous folks have offered their time and talent to support this important work. Several businesses have offered gift certificates and items despite seeing income losses this year. And our community has stepped up with handmade quilts, meals, pies, cookies, garden help and even a cooking class with a well-known local chef. All of this is a testament to how important we are to each other, and how important the Peace Center is to our community. Now it is up to you. Go to our Peace Offerings site, sign up with an account and start bidding. The auction will be live from 5 pm tomorrow until 5 pm on Sunday, November 15.

Calling All Women

Plan to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment with other women in Missoula on October 24, 2020.  Let’s honor the women who fought for our rights and women’s equality over the years, including the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center and the League of Women Voters of Missoula are asking you to wear white in honor of the suffragists (and maybe a little yellow and purple trim!). Bring your ballot to the election office (140 N Russell St.) in person Saturday, October 24 between 9 am and 1 pm.  You can either drop it off in the box located in the election office or use the convenient drive by box. Please wear a mask and keep a safe social distance from others. Continue reading

Peace Party 2020 – Online  Auction November 6 to 15

Peace Party 2020 – Online  Auction November 6 to 15

Each year, we come together as a peace community at our Fall Peace Party! It’s our chance to celebrate the past year and look ahead. We also raise the money we need each year for our programs. Your generosity each year inspires us and keeps us working for peace!

A little over a week from now  (October 8th)  is the date we had planned for our annual Peace Party. Not being able to share this event with you adds to the sadness of a year marked with distance, division and tragedy. We have had a wonderful outpouring of support from our letter asking for donations to help us raise the funds needed to keep the Peace Center going. We are SO grateful for all of you and your kindness.

But we can’t let the opportunity to connect with each other pass us by. It is important that we keep physical distance. But it is more critical that we continue to find ways to socially engage with each other. It is necessary to our wellbeing as social creatures and a basic foundation of peacemaking. So we are organizing an online auction to begin on November 6 and run until November 15 and our theme is “Peace Offerings”. We want this auction to focus on YOU and the gifts and talents you have to share. That way we can really connect with each other in a meaningful way. So we are asking you to think about what you have to offer our peace community. For instance, maybe you can offer something you have baked or made, teach a skill or donate some hands-on help to someone. The possibilities are endless! We just need to know by October 30.

If you’d like to offer something, please complete our google form or let us know the following information by October 30:

1) A description
2) The value
3) A suggested minimum bid
4) Can you deliver it or would you like us to pick it up?
5) And possibly a picture we can use for the auction (especially if it’s something you are offering to make or do in the future!)

Thank you for considering our request. We may follow up with a phone call, but we are cutting down on the paper we are using! There are a lot of online auctions happening now, but you have the opportunity to make this one very special. Even if you can’t donate something, we hope you will plan on getting an account at 32 auctions and checking us out with a bid or two or several in early November!
So grateful for you,

Betsy Mulligan-Dague
Executive Director
peace@jrpc.org or 406-274-6171

Healing from Hate

Dear friends,
Violence by white supremacy groups has dominated our news from the stories of Charlottesville, Parkland, Pittsburgh and El Paso to anti-Semitism in our own state and the power given those groups by a leader who this week refused to criticize them on national television. It seems hate is part of a profound change in the crumbling American Dream. Earlier this year, JRPC was honored to sponsor a film in the Big Sky Documentary Film Festival that examines this phenomenon with depth and understanding. It was the official selection of DOC NYC & our own BIG SKY DOCUMENTARY FILM FESTIVAL. We are thrilled to bring it back for another showing in Missoula. Continue reading