JRPC Peace Party 2019

Peace Party 2019 – We The People!

Sunday Oct 13, 2019.  3:30 to 7:30, Missoula Fairgrounds Home Arts Building

Online Registration/Donations/etc is now closed.  Come to the Party to register and have a great time!

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!

100 years ago, Congress passed the 19th amendment giving white women the right to vote, and it was sent to states to ratify, which happened in August of 1920. Today it seems absurd that women were denied this basic participation in our democracy, but in reality, it was not until 1984 that the last state ratified the amendment. This amendment was a step toward equality and 100 years ago it was a huge step, one that had started 61 years before at the Seneca Falls, New York Convention where 300 people (mostly women) outlined the Declaration of Sentiments and began a movement toward equality for women. But it was only toward equality. Black women, Native women and immigrant women had to wait longer to be granted a franchise to participate in democracy in this basic way. While the vote is an important indicator, there are other measures of true equality. Even as we gather in 2019, women of all colors do not enjoy the same opportunities, the same pay or the same social standards as men. Around the country people of color In Montana, Native Americans are just 6.7 percent of the total population, but make up 26 percent of missing persons cases. And around the country, indigenous people and people of color are far more likely to end up in prison or victims of police violence. Gender diverse women and men are discriminated against in housing, jobs, and social settings. In truth, there is far too much oppression in a country built on the promise of liberty and justice.

We celebrate the efforts of women like Jeannette Rankin and others 100 years ago to start the march toward equality. However, we know that we are not done yet. Peace is about the way we live our lives and also how we treat other people. So this was a perfect theme for us to celebrate our peace community and the work we are about. We look back on 100 years of work getting us closer to and we look forward to the work still to be done so that “We the People” truly are WE THE PEOPLE, with equality and justice for all.

Online Registration/Donations/etc is now closed.  Come to the Party to register and have a great time!