How About Building Community?

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Arming the Left (Independent May 18-25) starts with so many hypotheticals of armed inhuman Nazis shooting into crowds of pacifist demonstrators. After spinning this dystopian tale Michael Siebert writes “Let’s say you’re black or Jewish or” fill in the blanks. “You’re unarmed and your belief that something like this could never happen here has just been shattered.”

I am Jewish. I am well aware that it can happen here. It already has. Many times. Continue reading

Decoration Day

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This weekend we will spend extra time with our families as we enjoy a Memorial Day holiday from work.  Memorial Day was originally known as “Decoration Day” because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was started by two Mississippi mothers who laid wreaths on the graves of soldiers both Confederate and Union, because, “after all, they are somebody’s sons.” Continue reading

Brian Willson Comes to Missoula

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S. Brian Willson is a Vietnam veteran and trained lawyer whose wartime experiences transformed him into a revolutionary nonviolent pacifist. He gained renown as a participant in a prominent 1986 veterans fast on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington, DC, protesting the funding for Reagan’s Contra wars in Central America. Continue reading

Celebrating a Peacemaker

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Many of you have been asking who the 2017 peacemaker is and today I am able to tell you. We are thrilled to honor and celebrate Mary Poole, founder and director of Soft Landing Missoula. It started with a picture — the one we all saw of the small body of Alan Kurdi, a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned as he and his family were trying to reach Europe in the midst of the refugee crisis. Mary, the mother of a small boy herself was moved. But Mary went further and acted. Continue reading

Missoula Gives

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Harriet Tubman said, you “gotta look past everything you know and believe in something better.” That’s what we do at JRPC. 47 years ago today, 4 students were gunned down by our national guard as they joined thousands around the country protesting the escalation of war in their name. All these years later, we keep the idea of peace alive because we know that war is not the answer. It drains our economies, pollutes our planet, and destroys lives. If war is not the answer, what is? Continue reading

UnConference: Beyond Us and Them

The 2017 Un-Conference on June 10. Read All About it! Beyond-Us-and-Them-Poster-724x1024
The Jeannette Rankin Peace Center presents “Beyond Us And Them: What is Possible?” a day-long “un-conference”. A key foundation of our work for peace is encouraging the dialogue and connections that build understanding among the huge variety of people on this planet. Our world is changing rapidly. It demands that we learn to cut through the mounting divisions—both within and outside the choir—that keep us separated to meet the unquestionable challenges of the emerging future together. When divisions dominate—whether politics, economics, cultures, issues, or opinions—we remain stuck in a worldview that is destined to fail.

We ask you to join us as we search for the courage, compassion, and respect to learn these skills, build these new connections, and imagine the world that is possible.  Continue reading for more information and to register. Continue reading