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Upcoming Peace Center Events

Marijuana Sentencing Reform Petition Meeting  
Wednesday, April 26, 6 pm    
At the Peace Center, 1407 N. Topeka  

We had a great day at the Special Election voting polls and are about halfway to our target of 10,000 signatures. We’ll meet to share stories and plan future work.

Others are welcome to join us collecting signatures from your voting friends and families. We’ll help you get them notarized. Petitions must be turned in to the Peace Center and collected to be turned in all together before 6 month deadline.
You can pick up blank petitions, or print them off here. Come to the Peace Center, Monday-Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. Call 316 263-5886 ahead.
FOCUS Meeting
Friday, April 28, 6:30 pm
At the Peace Center, 1407 N Topeka
May GLC event: "Don't Forget Saudi Arabia"
Sunday, May 7, 6:00 pm Social, 6:30 Dinner, 7:00 Presentations and Q&A
Olive Tree Banquet Hall, 2949 N Rock Rd

Who are Wahhabi, Hashemite, Shia and Sunni?  
What is the relationship among those groups in today's Saudi Arabia? Can we identify some historic strands of political development within the Arabian Peninsula? What is the economic situation in the contemporary Saudi Arabia? How can we describe the U.S. and Saudi connection today? 

Panel Discussion:
Saudi students and community members will address these issues and address how they affect their lives. Michael Poage, Moderator.

*********Other Community Events********
I Am Not Your Negro
Thursday, April 27, from 7:00 - 10:00 pm
Wichita Orpheum Theatre, 200 N Broadway ST

In 1979, James Baldwin wrote a letter to his literary agent describing his next project, "Remember This House." The book was to be a revolutionary, personal account of the lives and assassinations of three of his close friends: Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr. At the time of Baldwin's death in 1987, he left behind only 30 completed pages of this manuscript. Filmmaker Raoul Peck envisions the book James Baldwin never finished.

Wichita Orpheum Theatre is thrilled to partner with TKAAM and Tallgrass Film Association for a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary, I Am Not Your Negro. Tickets are $10 General Admission and on sale now via Select-A-Seat.
South Central Legislative Delegation Public Town Hall
Saturday, April 29, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
WSU Hughes Metroplex, 5015 E 29th St N

The South Central Legislative Delegation consists all the Republican and Democratic House and Senate members who represent Wichita and the surrounding areas in the Kansas State House. You are invited to meet, discuss and share your thoughts with legislators at this public, town hall style public forum. Hope to see you there!

Beyond Tolerance City-Wide Rally
Sunday, April 30, 5:00 - 6:30 pm
WSU Miller Hall, Duerksen Fine Arts Center

Last year the “Beyond Tolerance Movement” was launched at city hall with the support of Honorary Chairperson Mayor Jeff Longwell. This year we are planning our second “City-Wide Rally”. It will include a mass choir singing music from the many cultural traditions of our community, as well as city leaders sharing what they will do to live “beyond tolerance.”

Register Today!
Call: (316) 269-0635
Mayo 1: Un Dia Sin Inmigrantes
No compraremos. No iremos a la escuela. No trabajaremos. Pelearemos por proteccion permanente, dignidad, y respeto para todos los inmigrantes en este pais.

Sin Manos No Hay Obra

May 1: A Day Without Immigrants
We will not buy. We will not go to school. We will not work. We will fight for permanent protection, dignity, and respect for all immigrants in this country.
Unéte al Dia Sin Inmigrantes/Join the Day Without An

El primero de mayo, Cosecha invita a los trabajadores que dejen los campos, la maquilas, los restaurantes y los hoteles para paralizar la economía y demostrar los millones de dólares que los inmigrantes contribuyen a este país cada día.

No vamos a trabajar. No vamos a la escuela. No vamos a comprar. Te uniras?
On May 1st, Cosecha invites workers to leave the fields, the factories, the restaurants, and hotels to paralyze the economy and demonstrate the millions of dollars that immigrants contribute daily.
We will not go to work. We will not go to school. We will not buy. 

Will you join us?

Join a local Cosecha group!
Cosecha KS:
Immigrants MAKE America GREAT!
Monday, May 1, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wichita, KS

We are still finalizing details with members and other organizations in Wichita that will join us in unity for this National day! Please mark it on your calendar. We will march and show how immigrants already make America great and we will finish with a celebration to celebrate diversity, immigrants and unity!

Varias organizaciones de Wichita están planeando el evento nacional del 1 de Mayo. Los detalles todavía no están finalizados pero marque su calendario. Haremos una marcha para mostrar que los inmigrantes ya hacen American bueno y terminaremos con una celebración para celebrar la diversidad, los inmigrantes y unidad!
Un Día sin inmigrantes/ A Day w/o Immigrants
Monday, May 1, 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Lawrence-Dumont Stadium, 300 S Sycamore St

Unase al movimiento Cosecha en nuestra marcha Nacional. Inmigrantes de todo el mundo están listos para que sus voces sean escuchadas. Necesitamos respeto, que nos regresen nuestra dignidad, y protección permanente. Ya no mas a las promesas falsas. ¡Ya es hora!! #Cosecha #Respeto #Dignidad #proteccionpermanente 

Join Cosecha on national march. Immigrants from all around the world are ready to have their voices heard. We are asking for Respect, we want our dignity back, and permanent protection. No more false promises. The time is now!! #Cosecha #Respect #Dignity #permanentprotection
Stop Deporting Families/Rise Up to Stop Hate!
Monday, May 1, 4:30 - 7:00 pm
City Hall, 455 N Main St

On May 1st, immigrants and allies all over the country will rise up in resistance to demonstrate the power, resilience and strength of immigrants in America. The #RiseUP movement is growing by the hour, 42 organizations with the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) will be leading in cities with marches, rallies, and community events to shut down the hate in our communities!

Our event in Wichita will open with a press conference at 4:30, followed by a march from City Hall to Nomar Plaza, through Broadway St. It will close with a Rally, following with a multi-cultural Kermes at Nomar plaza, with food and cultural art presentations to celebrate our contributions to this country.

El 1o de Mayo, inmigrantes y aliados en todo el país se van a levantar en resistencia para demostrar el poder y la fortaleza de inmigrantes en los Estados Unidos. El movimiento de #RiseUP esta creciendo más cada hora, 42 organizaciones de el Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM) van a dirigir marchas y otros eventos para acabar el odio en nuestras comunidades!

Nuestro Evento De Alto A las deportaciones empesara con una Reunion enfrente de el edificio de la ciudad 455 N Main alas 4:30pm, en punto, segido por una Marcha demandando dignidad, respeto y proteccion para las familias immigrantes, llegaremos asta la Nomar Plaza para la Rally y Celebraremos nuestra contrubucion a este Pais con evento Cultural, Con Comida y Arte. No Mas Departaciones de nuestra familias!
Officers of Color Panel Discussion
Tuesday, May 2, 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Evergreen Library, Parkview Room, 2601 N Arkansas

Join us for a candid conversation with a diverse array of police officers who know the challenges of being part of the community and part of the Wichita Police Department.  How does their race and ethnicity create opportunities?  Are there special pressures on them from the community they serve?  Learn more from these men and women in blue.  The panel will be facilitated by Danielle Johnson, from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Wichita State University.  This program is part of the Candid Conversations project, underwritten by the Kansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

10 Years of Restored, Rebuilt, Rethought Community
Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 AM - 10:30 PM
Rebuilt after the devastating tornado 10 years ago. Now they have:
~The most LEED certified buildings per capita in the world
~Innovative Learning in their new School
~State of the Art Health Care at Kiowa County Memorial Hospital (LEED Platinum)
~Beautiful Downtown Shopping
~Big Well Museum & Visitor Information Center

We will take a Green Tour and see how they put the "Green" in Greensburg! Let them show us how they rebuilt with very few building surviving and how they decided to build Green for the future of their city. 

The cost is only $20 for a bus ride to Greensburg and back! Contact Lori at 316-516-3632 or for the address to send your money! Or meet her at another Southwind meeting or event.
Solar v. City of Wichita
Saturday, May 20, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
College Hill Creamery, 3700 E Douglas Ave, STE 30

Have you tried to or installed solar on your property? Have you found the City of Wichita to be as unhelpful and even punishing as possible? Were you thinking of putting solar on your roof yourself or in your yard? 

Join Brent Janssen and I to discuss this problem and try to find solutions. City Council members will be invited. Feel free to share this event with everyone you know who has or might face this assault on our rights as homeowners.

Come upstairs to the meeting room. Come early and get some of their delicious ice cream! This place is locally owned and operated.



When asked about how our lifestyles affect our risk of cancer, most are aware that smoking can cause lung cancer, and that sun exposure can lead to skin cancer.  However, physical activity is known to lower the risk of some cancers, specifically breast cancer and colon cancer.  A new study published in 2016 also saw an association of physical activity with lower risks of 13 other varieties of cancer. This is an interesting finding which further suggests that being active is good for your health in all kinds of ways!  Choose your favorite activity, and try to spend at least 30 minutes, five days/week, doing it.  Remember that walking at a moderate pace counts! Wichita has many parks, biking and walking paths.  Take advantage of them!

If you missed the Annual Dinner, catch the presentation of the 2015 Dinner below!

Peace Center Hours 
Monday         1-5
Tuesday          1-5
Wednesday     1-5
Thursday        1-5
Friday          9-1

The Peace and Social Justice Education Fund is proud to be supported in part by a grant from the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts!