2020 Peacemaker

Dear Peace Community,

In the midst of all of the uncertainty and upheaval in our world, I get to bring you a little spot of hope and inspiration.

I get to introduce our 34th Peacemaker, KD Dickinson!!

She is the founder of Portico Real Estate and her business and personal mission has always centered on people over profits — “to honor diversity, build community and create a lifestyle that promotes the health and well-being of our planet and work to bring integrity and trust into the real estate profession while creating tremendously satisfying and fulfilling lifelong relationships with the people in our community.” That sense of people over profit makes her a perfect Peacemaker for 2020 when we so need to remember our humanity and our connections to each other. And outside of work, she has walked the walk of peace and justice for a very long time.

Imagine the courage needed to be the first out, gay, female firefighter back in the 70’s or the only realtor among the vocal advocates of an open space bond that preserved Mt Jumbo in 1995. She has helped countless people — showing up when they need her the most, even if it meant a sacrifice for her. She has helped build community by giving generously of her time, talent and treasure to many of our local organizations, JRPC included. In her words, “I love this community and I love being able to support it”. KD shows us a peace that is steadily grounded in service, relationship and authenticity as well as large doses of music and play. Several people have described her as “the real deal”.

This year, we are unable to celebrate in the same way we usually do with a large gathering, music, food and lots of speeches! We will plan all that when we are able and present her with the unique quilt the Missoula Peace Quilters are working on. In the meantime, KD’s history of service to so many nonprofits in our community has given us the idea for the perfect way to celebrate and honor her today. 

We are inviting the Missoula community to make a donation in honor of our 2020 Peacemaker to JRPC or ANY participating organization during the Missoula Gives event which begins at 5 pm today, and goes until 7 pm tomorrow, May 1

Not only will we be able to see the impact KD has had around Missoula with donations to several of our organizations, but we can also truly celebrate our connections to each other through this remarkable lady. Thank you KD for your daily commitment to peace, justice and a livable planet, and for doing it with understanding and love…Betsy

Shop Fair Trade

 

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As you board any airline, you will be advised that in an emergency you should secure your own oxygen mask before helping someone else secure theirs. For the past two weeks, we at JRPC have been working to secure our “oxygen mask”. We have figured out some new routines for our work and some new ways to connect with each other and all of you. Your memberships and donations are helping us continue to pay our employees, to give rent abatements to our wonderful renters (Upcycled and HŌM·BÄDĒ) and to keep up with the expenses of our building and business.

The Olive Branch store is a big part of our business income, but we know its bigger mission is one of justice for communities around the world struggling to lift themselves out of poverty. The artists and craftspeople who make our Fair Trade items also need an “oxygen mask”. If businesses like ours quit selling their goods, they will cease getting an income. Every dollar you and I spend – even now – is a vote for the kind of world we want to live in. The support for local businesses and front-line responders is nothing short of awe-inspiring! But in our global world, local casts a larger net.

We introduced this community to Fair Trade back in the 1980’s and your purchases have made a big difference and cast many votes for justice in the world. Now is not the time to abandon that difference and those communities who rely on us. We succeed together. So, we selected a few items that we felt would be useful and relevant now and created an Online Olive Branch. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, just let us know and we’ll do our best to make it happen! We are happy to offer several ways to get things to you – and happy also to throw in some Fair Trade chocolate for every purchase to say thank you for helping us continue to make a difference in our community and around the world…Betsy

Gratitude

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

Dear friends,
I am thrilled to welcome Carol Schwartz back home to JRPC. She started 4 years ago as a work-study student and then when she graduated, she became our Administrative Assistant. Today she begins a new journey as our Program Director. Come meet her at our Open House on Saturday, December 7 for the Parade of Lights. We are open 10 am to 7 pm and we’ll be teaching everyone to fold origami cranes from 11 am to 3 pm. We hope to see you for holiday treats and special savings! To thank you for being members, we are offering 25% off fair trade purchases and 75% off our sale items — a deal you can’t beat!! If you’re not yet a member this is a great time to fix that but you can still save 10%. See you Saturday!

But before that, we will be hosting our annual Kid’s Night on Friday, December 6 from 5 to 7. Check the details below. And here’s a nice gift for the Earth. You can help Citizen Initiative I-187 get on the ballot by signing its petition. If passed, I-187 would require that electric utilities use much more renewable energy (& less fossil fuels), would protect and strengthen net metering, would put a small tax on electricity to replace the coal severance tax and fund a worker retraining program for fossil fuel workers. More info at www.mtcares.org. Look for the I-187 petition signature gatherers at First Friday events on Dec 6, Missoula Parade of Lights events on Dec 7 and at the Missoula Holiday Made Fair in UM’s Adams Center on Dec 8. Now’s your chance to give a gift to the Earth.

Let the holidays begin!!

Give cheerfully and accept gratefully

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

To you — the members, supporters and volunteers of the Peace Center,
Tomorrow is Thanksgiving – a perfect time for me to say thank you for the contributions of time, money and ideas you make each year to keep us going strong. There is much work for peacemakers – in our world, in our community, and I suspect, even at our own tables, so I am grateful that you have chosen to be part of our “peace community”.

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We Stand on the Shoulders

“If we stand tall, it is because we stand on the shoulders of many ancestors.”
~African Proverb

Dear friends,
Nelson Mandela reminded us of how important it is “…to celebrate milestones as you prepare for the road ahead.” The road we face today is laden with ruts and rocks — obstacles to the world we want. To any one of us, the obstacles may be unbearable. But together, it is a different story. We know we have much to be grateful for at JRPC. We stand on the shoulders of some pretty amazing founders and guardians, and we want to acknowledge them and their contribution to our journey.

This year marks our 25th year owning our storefront on the “Hip Strip” and I continue to marvel at the foresight of those who gave us this gift and to rejoice in being part of this great community of businesses and residents. We invite you to share in our celebration on Tuesday, July 23 from 4-7 pm at the Gild (check out the details below).

We are also planning a July 31 reunion of the folks who have served us as board members over our 33 years. We unfortunately don’t have contact information for some of the 120+ folks on our list. So if you helped steer this organization as a member of the Coordinating Council and haven’t heard from us, please call us at 543-3955 or send me an email. Let’s celebrate the people and passion of the past and join together to raise the bar a little higher…Betsy

Tuesday, July 23, 4-7 pm, The Gild. Join JRPC for a celebration of our 25 years on the Hip Strip. A suggested donation of $25 includes snacks and 2 drinks. Jesse Dee will play music from 5-6:30 and everyone who comes will be entered into a raffle for a basket filled with goodies from our generous Hip Strip neighbors. Of course, you can purchase extra raffle tickets or items off the Gild menu. Thanks for celebrating with us!