In a world full of violence and tragedy it is important to celebrate and treasure the stories that unite us, that show us the way forward. Dan Gallagher and I were fortunate to meet John Noltner and be part of his project to highlight these stories from around the country in a book called, a Peace of My Mind: American Stories. His book holds up examples of people from all backgrounds who are working for positive change in the world —
Two more black men shot by police. And in Baghdad, the city originally named “the city of Peace” in the twelfth century, an explosion this week has devastated the city with the death toll currently at 285. Continue reading
“The sky is falling” The British decision to leave the EU is a bit more than Chicken Little’s acorn. To read the media, from Fox to NYT, it is the end of the world as we know it, markets crash, European stability is in doubt…… Is it the beginning of the revolution, the young against the old, the worker against the rich and powerful, fear of the Other? Is it a shadow of the upcoming US elections? Continue reading
At the June 11 celebration of JRPC’s 30 years, and Jeannette Rankin’s birthday, a Declaration naming Betsy Mulligan-Dague as Peacemaker of the Decade was presented to her by members of the Missoula peacemaking community. On Monday, June 13 I had the pleasure of meeting Betsy at the Peace Park to determine the exact spot where she would like to have a bench in her honor placed. It was installed on Thursday between the two pine trees, west of the rock wall and bell.
We join the world in our grief over Sunday’s murders in Orlando. We have watched the vigils, shared the tears and read moving speeches as our country tries to make sense out of what will never make sense. We add our love and care to our brave lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and gender non-conforming friends and neighbors so they can stand strong and proud. Despite the progress made toward gay rights, last weekend was a harsh reminder that the struggle is far from won. Continue reading
Each June, we designate as JRPC membership month to celebrate the birth of Jeannette Rankin, our hero and namesake, and our connection together as a community working to give wings to the roots of peace that Ms. Rankin bravely stood for. This year is more special than ever because the JRPC turns 30 this fall! Continue reading