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

Peace Party 2020 – Online  Auction November 6 to 15

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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

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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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

 

Shop Fair Trade Online Here

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