Never Again is Now

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“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”

Maya Angelou

Dear Friends,

78 years ago yesterday, on February 19, 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066. This order ultimately led to the forced relocation and incarceration of around 120,000 Japanese Americans and Japanese immigrants, 11,000 people of German ancestry, 3,000 people of Italian ancestry, as well as a number of Jewish refugees fleeing Germany without trial or hearings. Around 67% of those with Japanese heritage were U.S. citizens and many of the rest had spent several decades in the country by 1942. It is important to acknowledge this history and take a stand of never again.

For the project TSURU for Solidarity, never again is now. The goals of TSURU (Japanese for crane) for Solidarity is to educate, advocate, and protest to close all U.S. concentration camps; build solidarity with other communities that have experienced forced removal, detention, deportation and separation of families; & coordinate inter-generational, cross-community healing circles addressing the trauma of our shared histories. This summer TSURU for Solidarity will make a pilgrimage to Washington D.C. to close the camps. Standing on the moral authority of Japanese Americans who suffered the atrocities and legacy of U.S. concentration camps during WWII They say, “Stop Repeating History!” TSURU for Solidarity plans to take 125,000 origami paper cranes with them on their pilgrimage and have put out the call to all who want to help them reach this goal.

So, from now until the end of April you can bring paper cranes to JRPC and we will add them to the boxes we will be sending from Missoula. Whether you make 10, 100, or more we will be happy to send them along! Don’t know how to fold paper cranes? You can find lots of great tutorials on youtube or drop by JRPC and we will teach you! If you have any questions about this or have a group that is interested in a larger folding event email programs@jrpc.org or call 406.543.3955 and ask for Carol.

Big Sky Documentary Film Festival 2020

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“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty, truth, and compassion against injustice, lying, and greed. If people all over the world would do this, it would change the earth.” William Faulkner

Dear Friends,

Its that time of year again. The Big Sky Documentary Film Festival is just around the corner and I am so excited about the incredible films we are sponsoring this year. During the 10-day festival (Feb 14-23) BSDFF will present a total of 56 features and nearly 100 short documentaries. The full lineup includes 24 World Premieres and 13 International Premieres. Festival screenings will take place at The Wilma, The Roxy, the Hellgate Elks Lodge and the all new Zootown Arts Community Center in downtown Missoula. Visit their website for more information, to read about the selected films, and purchase tickets.

Healing From Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation
Life After Hate, founded by former skinheads and neo-Nazis, supports white nationalists who are seeking to break away from radical movements. HEALING FROM HATE profiles the organization, exploring the root causes of radicalization, and considers what it might take to create a more tolerant world. Screenings: Elks Lodge Saturday, Feb 15th @ 9:00 pm & ZACC Monday, Feb 17th @ 3:00 pm

Colette
Former French Resistance member Colette Marin-Catherine refused to step foot in Germany for 74 years. That changes when a young history student named Lucie enters her life and convinces her to visit the concentration camp where the Nazis killed her brother. Screenings: Elks Lodge Sunday, Feb 16th @ 9:00 pm & Elks Lodge Saturday, Feb 22nd @ 6:30 pm

Objector
Like all Israeli youth, Atalya is obligated to become a soldier. Unlike most however, she questions the practices of her country’s military and decides to challenge her forced conscription. Despite her family’s wishes, she refuses military duty, knowing she will be imprisoned for her dissent. Screening: ZACC Thursday, Feb 20th @ 7:00 pm

A Syrian Woman | Human Stories From Jordan
After nearly a decade of conflict, Syrian refugee women have become some of the most vulnerable amid the crisis. Thousands have lost their families and husbands, and now must provide for their children, alone in an unfamiliar country. Hearing firsthand accounts of the refugee crisis in Jordan, we reflect on what it means to be a Syrian woman. We follow their experiences of survival – from displacement, danger, child-marriage, and trauma, to their resilience and hope to rebuild a better future for their children. Screenings: Elks Lodge Monday, Feb 17th @ 4:00 pm & ZACC Tuesday, Feb 18th @ 1:30 pm

Carol Schwartz

He Who Has Health Has Hope

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He who has health has hope; and he who has hope has everything.

Arabian Proverb

Dear Friends,

Our health care system is a source of anxiety for most Americans who realize that a gap in coverage can cost them their loved ones’ health, their livelihood, and their homes. We have the most expensive system but it does not deliver the best results. The “Follow the Money in Health Care” panel will look at the forces that impact our ability to manage costs, quality, access, and waste in health care. This will be a unique opportunity to hear experienced voices from economics, health insurance, and health care fields.

The “Follow the Money in Health Care” panel will take place on Thursday, February 13 at 7pm in UM Gallagher Business Building Room 123 (600 Connell near Arthur). Moderator Tom Roberts MD (helped form Montana Health Co-op MHC) will be joined by panelists Jim Edwards (health insurance, helped form the MHC), Marilyn Bartlett (former MT employee health insurance program), Marc Mentel DO (Western MT Mental Health Centers and MT Medical Association), and Dick Barrett PhD (retired UM Economics).

This will be a non-partisan and informational event in order to give you background for the choices ahead. The panel will be presented by Montanans Move to Amend and is Co-sponsored by Missoula League of Women Voters, MontPIRG, and Jeannette Rankin Peace Center.

Sue Kirchmyer
Montanans Move to Amend

12 Things I’ve Learned Not Owning A Car

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“The quieter you become, the more you can hear.”            Ram Dass

Dear Friends,

Upon moving to Missoula at the end of November, I made the decision not to own a car. Now there are several reasons why but that would be an entirely different list. I wanted to share some things I’ve learned about myself, our community, and life over the last two months.

  1. Backpacks are life! This is hands down the most useful thing I have purchased in the last two months.
  2. Speaking of money, I save a lot by not owning a car. Not just by not having a car payment and insurance but I also shop less and buy less when I do shop.
  3. It takes longer to get most places. Yes, but I don’t have to look for parking. So I’m going to mark this as a net positive.
  4. With all that travel time, I can get through a lot of books, audio books, and podcasts on my way around town.
  5. There are times to leave the headphones out of my ears and take in my environment.
  6. The world looks different when I’m on foot. I’m not entirely sure how to explain this one but I really have time to look at things and be present when I’m on foot.
  7. Walks are a great time to call your family.
  8. Always and I mean ALWAYS have a coat, preferably one that is at least water resistant.
  9. Shoes, shoes, shoes! Select footwear to match transportation (Then have a pair backup for that meeting you forget about and have to walk to).
  10. Missoula’s bus drivers are some of the nicest people in our community.
  11. Everyone has a story to share and sometimes the person sitting across from you on the bus is just the person to tell.
  12. Life is quieter and moves slower. I am a much happier person for it.

Now I’m not saying that going up a car is a possible or practical option for everyone but I hope you all take at least one day in February and go car-less if this is not already part of your lifestyle. Walk, take the bus, bike – I would love to hear about the things you learn!

Carol Schwartz

P.S. We had an amazing peace activist drop by the center last week who is looking to relocate to Missoula. If you have any leads on an affordable place to rent let us know!

Fear, Danger, Courage

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“Fear creates danger, and courage dispels it.”
Henry David Thoreau

Dear friends,
Many of us are rightly concerned about the future of our country. The times we live in are perhaps the most uncertain of any in our history and our fears are well-founded. There are many politicians that we don’t agree with – ones that we blame for all that is wrong with our country. However, I refuse to respond in blame and ugly name-calling. Someone recently called me a coward for that. Maybe so and yet blame and anger have never moved a conversation forward. In fact they are the tools that sustain our divisions. We recently celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He is my example of courage – to speak the truth of his own vision without attacking the character or Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr.

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“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” — Martin Luther King Jr.

Dear friends,
When I reflect on the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. this is the quote that always comes to mind. To me it beautifully reflects his life as a pastor and they way that he approached action. We can never really know what is going to happen on any given day there are just too many elements operating outside of our control. We can however decide to act or take that first step in faith that the world can be better and that we can do better. Martin Luther King remains one of the worlds greatest peace heroes and it is important to celebrate his lasting legacy and reflect on the work still to be done. There Continue reading

“Do what you can,..”

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“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are”
President Theodore Roosevelt

Dear friends,
The new year has come with a lot of emotion so far and I have been encouraged by how many people we have heard from in the past week wanting to know what they can do. Doing what we can will look different for each of us and this is the moment to share your time, energy, passion, ideas, compassion, understanding, positive vibes, chants, prayers, and whatever else you can. I invite you all to to do what you can in the next few weeks to help leave this world looking a little better and more peaceful than it does today. Here are just a Continue reading

Gratitude

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“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

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“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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Jeannette Said No – Musical Tribute to Jeannette Rankin

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Jeannette Said “No”

We are pleased to share this musical tribute to Montana’s Jeannette Rankin,
the first woman elected to Congress.

Jeannette Said “No” is composed by Joe DeFilippo and performed by the R.J. Phillips Band, a group of Baltimore musicians. Joe DeFilippo: vocals, piano, bass guitar; Sue Tice: fiddle; Bill Phelan: mandolin; Leslie Darr: background vocals; Bill Pratt: drums, organ, background vocals. Produced & recorded by: Bill Pratt @ the Bratt Studio, Baltimore,MD.

 

  

Jeannette Said No – music   

Be the Change

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“Be the change you want to see in the world.” ~Gandhi

Dear friends,
9-11-01 changed our world. It is easy to feel insignificant and even hopeless in the face IMG_2711 smallerof the world we have become — full of fear, hatred and division. But, September 11 is another anniversary as well – one that offers us great hope and significance. On 9-11-06 Mohandas Gandhi took his first action of non-violent resistance against a world that he saw as terribly unjust. Here was a man who, despite being trained as a lawyer, was too shy to actually practice law. And yet, he knew that the problems of his day were only being compounded by an “eye for an eye” mentality. And he knew that he must Continue reading

Cheers to our Peacemakers

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“There’s always a story. It’s all stories, really. The sun coming up every day is a story.
Change the story, change the world.” ~Terry Pratchett

May 10, 2018
Dear friends,

Today, I would like to introduce you to several young people who are changing the world. They are living stories of courage, compassion and justice that will inspire us allmarchforourlives with hope. These are the nominees for our new Fr. Jim Hogan Search For Peace Award.

Allison Moran, a 5-year-old kindergartner at Cold Springs Elementary who epitomizes kindness and caring by volunteering in the community, looking at the positive in every situation, going out of her way to help others and pay it forward and spreading love everywhere she goes.
Marita Growing Thunder who stepped up in a very visible way to respect her heritage, raise awareness and express solidarity for a very under represented voice in her community — the plight of the many missing and murdered indigenous women in our community.
The SOAP Girls (that stands for Save Our Amazing Planet) a group of 4 girls who have been working on social justice issues for 8 years — since they were ages 9-10. They focus on positive ways to make a difference, from the useful tips on their website for conserving natural resources, to the many causes their fundraising has supported both locally and globally, including a summer camp for kids ages 4-8 and a two day overnight camp for older kids (ages 7-11).
The Group that Organized the Hellgate HS Walkout on 2/21/18 — They mobilized a lot of kids quickly and effectively into a nonviolent civil disobedience action to move things forward around the topic of public safety and guns.
The long list of students from across town and across schools — from 3rd grade through High school, ages 6-18 who organized Walk Outs at all schools on March 14, then went on to organize, lead and speak out at the community rally March For Our Lives on March 24 with 1,000 people in attendance.
These are the faces and voices of the future stewards of our world — the authors of the stories that will change our world. A group of their peers has selected one of these individuals or groups to receive a cash award for their contribution to the search for peace. But we want to honor and appreciate all of them for giving us hope for the future.

On Sunday, May 20 at UCC Church from 2 to 3:30 pm, at our annual Peacemaker Celebration we will honor and thank all these young people and announce the winner of the Fr. Jim Hogan award just prior to celebrating our 2018 Peacemaker, Steve McArthur.

If you are at all discouraged by the world around you, these inspiring young people along with our very own Peacemaker Steve will renew your hope for the world and make you proud to be part of this community. This is a celebration you won’t want to miss and there will be a reception to follow so you can meet and mingle with all the movers and shakers of peace in Missoula!

Betsy