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Upcoming Peace Center Events

April GLC Event:
Educating Resettler / Foreign Born Students in US Schools
Sunday, April 9, 2017, 6:00 pm Social 6:30 Dinner 7:00 Presentations, Q&A
Olive Tree Banquet Hall, 2949 N Rock RD
Dinner: Members $12, Non-Members $14, Students $10, or Listen for Free

RSVP to: Sarah Johnston at
by Wed. before event to allow for food prep
Pay online or cash or check at the door.

About the speaker:
Elliott Johnston, BA, English, MA, English Education, teaches freshman English at Fort Morgan High School in Fort Morgan, Colorado, where the student body is nearly nearly 70% non-white and represents more than a dozen nationalities. Mr. Johnston will explain how the “Story Project” is helping those students learn and adjust. He is a grandson of Global Learning Center founders Howard and Jeanne Johnston. Following Johnston’s presentation, local teachers Michael Poage, Tom Moore and Jim Phillips will share their experiences teaching foreign-born students
Jewish and Palestinian Voices for Peace
Monday, April 17, 7:00 pm
Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S Lorraine Ave

Laura Tillem, a local representative of Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), will partner with Jonathan Kuttab, a prominent Mennonite Palestinian human rights lawyer, on this leg of a cross-country speaking tour, exploring diverse perspectives on Israel-Palestine and prospects for peace in the current political climate. Audiences will be invited to take part in a shared vision of what Palestinian Arabs and Israeli Jews needs to live free, dignified and whole lives in the land.
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FROM THE HEARTLAND: The Kansas Heritage of President Barack Obama
February 4 through April 22

As our 44th President, and the nation’s first African American President, leaves office, The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM) presents an exhibition that reflects on the influence of his deep Kansas roots and on the Midwestern values of his mother and grandparents, who raised him. The oil industry brought two of his great grandfathers, Rolla Charles Payne and Harry Ellington Armour, to Kansas. One settled in Augusta, the other in El Dorado. Obama’s grandfather, Stanley or “Gramps,” was born in Wichita, as was his mother, Stanley Ann. This Kansas setting for his story is as unlikely as it is perfect. It’s a story of a literally African and American child being raised by white parents from a nearly homogeneous Kansas. The Sunflower state proudly entered the union as a “Free State,” but has long wrestled with a complicated racial history that included riots, lynching, and segregation. Those complexities, hate and hope, emerged in his presidency.

601 N. Water, Wichita KS 67203
Tuesday – Friday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
$5.50 Adults
$4.50 Seniors and Students
Resist Flint Hills Injection Well
March 28 - April 10

Contact the KCC!!
Ready to resist? Here are some suggested comments you can make to the KCC regarding the proposed fracking injection well in the Flint Hills. #Resist #NoKSFracking

It would be a mistake for the KCC to approve the permit request by Quail Oil and Gas Company for an injection well in Morris County, KS. This injection well is on the Nemaha Ridge geologic area, in the Humboldt Fault Zone, which is a historically, seismically active zone; there have been 3 significant earthquakes within 40 miles of that well within the past 3 years. Given the current damaging problems of earthquakes in south-central and north-central Kansas, which are linked to disposal of fracking fluids into injection wells near fault lines, it makes no sense to risk earthquakes from the injection well seeking approval in this case. The KCC must deny this permit request. 
Email or pepper the KCC with postcards sharing your objections! Refer to the docket number 17-CONS-3484-CUIC in all communications: 

Kansas Corporation Commission
1500 SW Arrowhead Road
Topeka, KS 66604-4027
Phone: (785) 271-3100
Fax: (785) 271-3354

Email address:
Beer 'n' Buzz at Central Standard Brewing
Wednesday, March 29, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Central Standard Brewing, 156 S. Greenwood

Have you always wanted ​to have ​bees? Have you always been afraid of them a little bit? Come and speak with beekeeper extraordinaire Britt Hopper. He has a special type of hive that doesn't use smoke and the bees don't mind you getting the honey out. Great idea!
Come at 6:00 and order your dinner from the Hungry Heart food truck then come inside and learn how you can start your own hive in town. Bring your questions! Britt has a wealth of knowledge!
The Black Legends of Kansas
Friday, March 31, 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Wichita State University, 1845 Fairmount St.
Engineering and Innovation Building, Multipurpose room - Rm. EE264
Rally For Equality
Friday, March 31 at 6 :00 - 7:30 pm
Old Town Square  2nd & Mead, Wichita, KS

It is now more important than ever that we Rally to show our support regardless of the decision from the Supreme Court decided NOT to hear Gavin Grimm case.

Join us to rally for Trans Rights and to show our support for our trans brothers and sisters. Join us in celebrating equality in all its forms! Remember it takes everyone to make the March forward possible.

 Rep. Roger Marshall to Hold Town Hall meeting
Sat. April 1, 9:30-10:30 AM
K-State Alumni Center Tadtman Boardroom, 2nd Floor
Last week Rep. Marshall was ready to abolish the Affordable Care Act before President Trump withdrew the bill facing certain defeat in the U.S House.

Here is how he justified his position:

“Just like Jesus said, 'The poor will always be with us.’ ”
“There is a group of people that just don’t want health care
and aren’t going to take care of themselves.”

MAPJ urges you to attend this Town Hall event.

Free health screenings
Saturday, April 1, 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Evergreen Branch Library, 2601 N Arkansas

Did you know you could have kidney disease without knowing it? Each year, kidney disease kills more Americans than breast and prostate cancer combined. If you have diabetes, high blood pressure, a family history of kidney failure, or are over the age of 60, you are at risk. Give your kidneys a checkup! The Library is partnering with the National Kidney Foundation and the Hunter Health Clinic to offer a free kidney screening. KEEP Healthy is the NKF’s community-based educational initiative to raise awareness about the kidneys, risk factors for kidney disease, and steps to take to keep kidneys healthy and reduce risk.

KEEP Healthy participants will answer a brief health-risk survey and have their height, weight and blood pressure measured. At-risk individuals will have their kidney health checked through a simple on-site ACR urine test which can identify protein in the urine, often the first sign of kidney disease. Free educational materials will be provided and a medical professional will review results and answer questions from participants. Fasting is NOT required. You must be 18 or older to participate.

While walk-ins are welcome, it will save you time on event day if you have registered in advance. Registration will begin on Jan. 30; to register, go to or call the Library at (316) 303-8181. 
4th District Candidate Educational: Q&A Forum
Thursday, April 6, 12:30 - 1:30 pm
WSU CAC Theater, 1845 Fairmount St

This is a chance for students to ask their potential representatives questions they may have about their platform and their stances on current issues. The following candidates will be present at this forum:

Ron Estes
James Thompson
Chris Rockhold

We look forward to seeing you on April 6th at 12:30 p.m.! If you have any questions, please contact Legislative Director Morton at
March for Science
Saturday, April 22, 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
504 N Main St, Wichita, KS 

We will have a rally with speakers at the Old County Courthouse starting at 11 am. After the speakers we will march from the Courthouse to the Mid-America All-Indian Center (650 N Seneca) where we will be hosting a teach-in. This is a non-partisan event for all people who support science, scientists, and policy based on scientific data and facts.
KIPCOR Presents:
Reserve 107: Reconciliation on the Prairies
Sunday, April 23, 3:00 pm
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College, North Newton

Free and Open to the Public
Contact: (316) 284-5217

Indigenous rights and title to the land remains a taboo topic for many across Canada, but in the small town of Laird, Saskatchewan, an old injustice is providing new opportunities for dialogue, friendship, and a fierce determination to right the wrongs of the past.The showing of the film will be preceded by a brief video of Chief Oren Lyon discussing the Doctrine of Discovery in relation to our film.  Reserve 107 is a modern look at the Doctrine.

Talkback session to follow the film, featuring John Stoesz, former Executive Director of the Mennonite Central Committee Central States.
Bus to People's Climate Movement Washington, D.C.
April 29th, 2017

​There​ will​ be a​ chartered​ bus to come from Wichita, KS and pick up people in Lawrence, Topeka, KC, Columbia and St. Louis. If you are along the highway ​we​ can get you! We will leave on Friday morning the 28th and come home on Sunday, the 30th. No lodging expense, just sleeping on the bus.
Ticket price is only $50 per seat! To buy your ticket go to: are selling fast so get on there today!  We also have 2 low income/student seats for free if you qualify. No proof needed, if you need them you can have them. ​Contact Lori asap with any questions,​.
For all the details go to ​ or 
Beyond Tolerance City-Wide Rally
Sunday, April 30, 4:00 pm
(location to be determined)

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.
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!



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!