Become an Ethical Consumer


“As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” ~John Fitzgerald Kennedy

Dear Friends,
The holidays are fast approaching and each year, we are challenged to shop in waysjrpcwindow that reflect our values and support our world in positive ways. JRPC’s Olive Branch offers you a way to do just that — to support our work as well as the many farms, cooperatives and people around the world who rely on the fair trade market here to buy their goods so they can make a better life for themselves, their families and their communities. Continue reading

Why Peace in 2018?


Dear friends,
2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the armistice that ended fighting in World War I. TryPeaceThis war and the many before and after have left indelible marks on our country, our people, our military and our societal structure.

The 1918 armistice brought hopes of world peace after the “war to end all wars,” and Armistice Day was soon designated as “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated.” Congress rebranded this day as Veterans Day in the 1950’s, and as time went on, it changed from a day of remembrance and peace to a day to celebrate militarism.

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Getting What We Want


“The first step in getting what you want is having the courage to get rid of what you don’t.” ~Unknown

Dear friends,
Many of you know that my husband and I are getting ready to make a move to a smallerPeace house that will better fit our lifestyle. So our lives are full to the brim with making decisions about what to get rid of and what to keep — what gives us meaning and what provides clutter. I was pondering what to write about today and Rusty (who is often quite wise) said, “getting rid of things”! It actually fits quite well with the times we are in. I sat in a crowd at Har Shalom last Saturday and listened to Laurie Franklin call us to exercise our “unity muscles” and speaker after speaker call us to love. In order to do that we must find the courage to look deep inside and get rid of the things in our own souls that stand as obstacles to love and unity.

A hundred years ago, our grandparents celebrated what they wanted — a world without war, believing they had ended the “war to end all wars”. But they failed to do the work of getting rid of the oppressive ideas and attitudes that would not only keep war with us but grow it into the largest industry we support. We can do better — on small scales in our individual lives and in bigger ways in our voting booths and communities. Your work matters and your vote matters. Thanks for joining me in the work for unity and love…Betsy

With Gratitude


“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” -Maya Angelou

Dear friends,
Thank you for being part of our story at JRPC. Thanks to the many donors who thankyousupported our peace party and to all the folks who came and celebrated with us. Just in case you didn’t make it and want to be part of our great tradition of dining together, check out the dinners that are left over from the live auction. Call us at 543-3955 to reserve your spot. Or we appreciate donations to help cover the cost of a new website — We still have $3000 to raise!…With our deepest gratitude, Betsy

Traditional Saudi Dinner on Saturday, November 3, 2018 cooked by Hanan Alomar at the home of Charlotte Kasl…3 plates left @ $70 ea

Delicious Portugese Dinner and Musical Soiree with Charlotte Kasl on Sunday, January 12, 2019…2 plates left @ $80 ea

Authentic Indian Dinner by Srini Mondava (the last dinner at the Dague’s Elison Ln home!) on Saturday, February 23, 2019…2 plates left @ $150 ea

le Tour de France with Suzzette Dussault on Saturday, June 29, 2019…3 plates left @ $70 ea

An International Food Journey for Local Connoisseurs by Udo and Nancy fluck on Saturday, August 3, 2019…3 plates left @ $180 ea

Changing a mind…

“Changing a mind is different than having an argument.
Persuasion takes patience, skill and insight, not force.” ~Seth Godin

October 18, 2018
Dear friends,
Recently the Missoulian featured a picture of a sign that read, “While everyone has a civility-cartoon-f-you(2)right to their opinions, politics and religion are not to be discussed in here due to the passionate emotions of some of us.” The message caught me eye and made me sad. The fact that many of us have passionate emotions about our country and its future is one of the bright spots, likely what will save our democracy. But the fact that we cannot and will not talk to each other is not such a bright spot.It suggest and nurtures fear and division. I decided I want to find ways of reaching out to listen and see if I can learn about some of that passionate emotion and share some of my own. I invite you to join me. We don’t have to start with the hardest conversations, but we do have to start…Betsy


Thursday, October 18, 2:30-6 pm, Playfair Park. Missoula Rises is planning an afternoon of community connection and protest. If you want to protest Trumps visit the event, the details are below. There was going to be a march on Higgins Ave. organized by Sierra McMurry and that group has decided to join Missoula Rises at this event. You can follow the updates and RSVP at From 2:30 – 6:00  volunteers will be available to escort you to the polling stations at the fairgrounds to cast your ballots.

  • 2:30 – 4:30 pm We Create Community Connection. The Native community will open the event. We will then sing, educate ourselves on the ballot initiatives, candidates, we sign up to canvass and volunteer. We will participate in community art, sharing in food, making signs and t-shirt printing. There will be yoga, face-painting, activities for kiddos and time for us to meet, talk and connect in person. We will be together.
  • 4:30 – 5:30 pm We Rally. We won’t stand silent. We won’t turn our backs. We will share our passion, our rightful rage and our stories. We are community of interwoven stories. We have stood side by side and shared our stories, sadness, anger, hope. We have empowered each other, and ourselves, through our stories. We will make our voices heard when Trump comes to our community with his hateful rhetoric. We respond as a community with our unified voice.
  • 5:30 – 6:00 pm We March. We march from Playfair Park down South Avenue and wrap around the fairgrounds to Russell Street. We surround the sidewalks around the Missoula County Fairgrounds. We surround the polls. We protest AND we get out the vote. We do both.

Thursday, October 18, 6:30 pm, UM Law School Room 101. UM Professor, Tobin Shearer and several colleagues are holding a teach-in as an alternative to those seeking something positive to do on this day. It is open to all.