Our Impact with Fair Trade

Friends,

Becoming a conscientious consumer might not seem like a lot in the battle to move the social good of the world forward but it is. I cannot stress this point enough. For better or worse, our world is driven by economics. That gives your dollar power. Trust me, I get it, it can be an overwhelming process to look behind the label of everything you buy, research, and agonize between about the, “lesser of two evils” when all you want is a new toothbrush. Thankfully, there are so many people out there rethinking and innovating how business is done. When we make the commitment to support that change by buying local, fair trade, environmentally friendly, etc. the rule rather than the exception, your positive purchases begin to add up.

I took some time this week to do a deep dive on the impact of our little shop. Turns out we have representation from over 50 Countries, Territories, and Indigenous Tribal communities!  Not bad for a small shop in Missoula. Here are just a few of the ways your purchases in our shop impact these communities,  Continue reading

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

A Call for Peace, Dignity, Equality and a Healthy Planet

Dear friends,
What a week! Ruth Bader Ginsberg’s death last Friday was a hard blow to our nation and the work we still need to do. On Monday, the United Nations Secretary General, Antonio Guterres presided over the International Day of Peace and made a new push for a global ceasefire to be a reality by the end of 2020. In his opening statement, he said, “there is only one winner of conflict during a pandemic: the virus itself”. In the US, we can count 200,000 lives lost to the virus, and the grieving families left behind – families who are disproportionately black and indigenous. Continue reading

Bringing You Stories of Hope and Humanity

Dear friends,
One of the things I am proudest to have been a part of is helping to create a Missoula that welcomes refugees with love. Out of those early meetings, Soft Landing Missoula came to be. And they continue to create that Missoula we all envisioned. JRPC is proud to continue to be part of their annual Welcoming Week celebration each year. This year, thanks to the financial support of Imagine Nation Brewing Company, we are able to bring you the free film, DAY ONE that will make you cry, laugh at times, but most importantly be inspired as it follows the journey of several young refugees as they heal and learn together to overcome trauma and tragedy (more information below). Grab an INBC beer, a Kamoon Arabian meal and…

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You Care – and We are Grateful

Dear peace community,
This year more than any other time, we can see what is really important in our lives, our workplaces and our communities — our connections with each other are the most valuable thing we have. At a time when we can’t see faces or give hugs or handshakes, it is more important than ever to celebrate and appreciate each other. It is after all, the foundation of peacemaking.

Last week, I sent out a letter to our current members letting them know that our annual Peace Party, which we all love so much, is not going to be possible this year. Obviously, we will miss the thrill of being with so many of you. But we will also miss the income generated by the event — $30,000 or more that we use for programming and support throughout the year.

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