When all Americans are treated as equal

“When all Americans are treated as equal, no matter who they are or whom they love, we are all more free.”

–Barack Obama

Dear friends,
June 11 was the 139th birthday of our namesake, Jeannette Rankin. She inspires us yet today with her tireless work for peace and justice and her courage to stand for what is right – even if that meant standing alone. But she would not want us to stop at inspiration alone. She would ask us to do more and work harder, to follow her lead and persevere for an end to war and violence, the restoration of civil liberties, a government accountable to the people and dignity and human rights for all people. 

The PRIDE Celebration is in Helena next week (and in the hearts and minds of LGBT+ and allies everywhere!), and I can imagine Jeannette’s feisty spirit will be there marching for justice. Change is happening, but so is an increase in hate crimes and violence aimed at the LGBT+ community. There is much more work to do to crack the shell of indifference and hatred, to remove the barriers of misunderstanding and intolerance. Martin Luther King, Jr. said it best, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Our LGBT+ friends and neighbors teach us daily about courage in the face of hatred and injustice. PRIDE is about celebrating that courage and standing proudly with our friends to say we will not tolerate the injustices they confront. We will work with them to make the world a different place. It’s the one week when the queer community doesn’t have to try to fit into a mold to be like everyone else. They can stop feeling less than or different than and just be proud. Jeannette Rankin never tried to fit the mold that was assigned to women in her day. She stood out with courage and vision. I think she asks us to do the same. If you can’t go to Helena , get out your rainbow gear (or get some new at The Olive Branch!) and make a statement of proud support.

Still Haven’t Bought Your Father’s Day Gift? Treat your father fairly with a gift from the Olive Branch Fair Trade Store! We have lots to choose from including “buy-one-get-one-half-off coffee!! Come in today to purchase your Father’s Day gift!!

Thursdays, June 13, 20, 27 and July 11 and 18, 5:30-7 pm, JRPC . Mark your calendar for our popular international discussion series with Humphrey Fellowship professional from around the world. This year will feature 15 mid-level folks from 15 countries in professions as varied as education, journalism and government. Tonight’s discussion will focus on Public Policy & Economic Development with Fellows from Mali, Tunisia and Ecuador.

 

Bee the change!

Dear friends,            Go to our Missoula Gives page
Harriet Tubman said, you “gotta look past everything you know and believe in something better.” That’s what we do at JRPC. For 33 years, we’ve been keeping the idea of peace alive because we know that war is not the answer. It drains our BeeTheChangeeconomies, pollutes our planet, and destroys lives. If war is not the answer, what is? We believe it is connection, conversation and education — plus a little decency and diplomacy in the way we interact with each other. So one of the other things we work hard at is building a society and a world where those values are the ones we hold in relation to each other. You are likely hearing from many nonprofits in our community asking you to contribute to Missoula Gives today and tomorrow. We all work because of you our community! And if you care about our work, if you need what we offer the world, you need to fund that care with dollars. All it takes is $10 and you can support us or a variety of other deserving groups working in our community. Deepest gratitude for your help and support..Betsy

P.S. Did you notice the peace sign on our bee? It’s a little different than the other bees around town and we hope it helps you step up to look past everything you know, believe that a better world is possible and “Bee the change” for peace. Go to our Missoula Gives page between now and 8 pm tomorrow to show us you care. I

PSS: We have to correct a mistake we make last week — The group that was nominated for the Fr Jim Hogan Search For Peace Award was the University Congregational United Church of Christ Missoula Youth Group — good luck to them and thanks for their great work!

One Voice

“When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” ~Malala Yousafzai

Dear friends,
Dr Martin Luther King, Jr, who we will honor this next Monday talked often about MLKbuilding beloved community, where everyone matters and truly cares about and works for the welfare of all. Thanks to the courage of many indigenous women, we are learning about an epidemic that must be addressed in our communities so we can move the needle a little closer to “beloved”. Native American women and girls around the country are disappearing and being murdered at an alarming rate — 5,712 reports in 2016, which begs the question — “how many remain un-reported?” Even more Continue reading

Thank you

To you — the members, supporters and volunteers of the Peace Center,

As we end 2018 and celebrate our winter holidays, it is a perfect time for me to say mailthank 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”.

To put our thank you in other terms — come and shop our best sale of the year! 50% off our entire store for members and 35% entire store for non-members. And, it’s never too late to become a member to unlock more savings and also to be a beacon of peace in the New Year by being more involved in JRPC events and programs!

Also, our entire clearance section is 75% off for everyone!

With our love and thanks,
Betsy and Jenny

Actions Inspire!

“Action is the antidote to despair.” ~Joan Baez

Dear friends,
How often do we see a story or read about an issue and feel powerless in the face of it. And yet, there are examples all around us of folks who found their voices and theirPeaceInSnow muscles in the face of what seemed insurmountable. We recently became aware of a couple of local efforts that deserve to be recognized. Rosa delDuca grew up in Missoula before joining the Army National Guard a year before 9/11. As the war in Iraq unfolded, she grew increasingly disturbed about her role in the military and ended up fighting for a discharge as a conscientious objector. Continue reading