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Upcoming Peace Center Events

Monthly Board Meeting
Saturday, May 20th, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
At the Peace Center, 1407 N Topeka
Annual Alternative Memorial Day PEACE Picnic
Monday, May 29, Starting at 12:00 pm
The Gazebo in Riverside Park


This will be, by best guesses & rememberings, the 12th Annual Peace Picnic, sponsored by People of Faith for Peace, and the 3rd as a “sing-along” with Wichita Rise Up Singing. Bring your lunch and drink and lawn chair; we’ll be at the gazebo in Riverside Park (Wichita), gathering at noon, Monday, May 29. (In case of driving rain, the picnic will move to 1st Church of the Brethren, 10th & Jefferson.) Bring your instrument, your voice – we’ll bring the songbooks. And, we’ll remember our peace friends who’ve gone on.
3rd Annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day
Saturday, June 3, Starting at 7:00 pm
Warren Plaza, 323 E Morris ST


Wear Orange was inspired by friends of Hadiya Pendleton, a 15-year-old Chicago high school student killed by gunfire, who decided to honor her life by wearing orange – the color hunters wear in the woods to protect themselves and others. On June 2, 2015, what would have been Hadiya’s 18th birthday, more than 200 organizations and influencers asked people nationwide to join them by wearing orange to honor her life, the lives of the more than 90 Americans killed by gun violence and the hundreds more who are injured every day. This June, we’ll hold events around the country to spread the #WearOrange message. Last year we reached more than 220 million people in just one day, this year we need your help to make Wear Orange even bigger.  Join us this June.  Wear Orange, demand to be seen, and demand to see change.  

What:
A community gathering to honor victims and survivors of gun violence and
to raise awareness on the issue.

Follow this link to RSVP:
http://act.everytown.org/event/wear-orange-2017_attend/6160

Follow this link to donate to the cause:
https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/wichitawo

For more information:
Contact Katy Tyndell at katytyndell@gmail.comAnchor
Join the Palestinian Study Group to mark 50 years since the 1967 War
Monday, June 5, Starting at 7:00 pm
At the Peace Center, 1407 N Topeka ST


From the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights:
"Israel's 1967 occupation is  the latest iteration of Israel's settler colonial project. 2017 also marks 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, which set the stage for the Zionist movement to colonize Palestine to establish a Jewish state; 70 years since Zionist militias (and later the Israeli army) began ethnic cleansing of indigenous Palestinians (the Nakba  -- or "catastrophe") following the UN recommendation to partition Palestine; and 10 years of Israel's suffocating blockade of Gaza. These anniversaries -- 100 - 70 - 50 - 10 -- provide the historical context to understand the significance of 50 years of occupation and why we must fight against Israel's ongoing Nakba in all its forms"
*********Other Community Events********
Material Drive for Boomerang Bags & Confluence Community Center
Thursday, May 18, 5:00 - 7:00 pm
At Confluence Community Center, 520 Commerce


MATERIAL DRIVE 
Fabric/Clothing/Donations

Purpose: To collect materials for creating Boomerang Bags, and clothing for another Clothing Activity and Fundraiser that will raise funds for Boomerang Bags and Confluence Community Center.

WHO: Firefly Farm, Confluence Community Center, Bag Free Wichita, Heirs to our Oceans, Organic Publishing

What: Donation Drive for fabric and clothes, and other materials that will be useful for making Boomerang Bags and other fundraising opportunities. 

When: Drop-off Donations or Make Bags on THURSDAYS from 5pm to 7pm. 

Where: Confluence Community Center Suite 101, 520 S Commerce St. Wichita KS

Goal: Make bags throughout May to build up enough to do a fundraiser that will launch the Boomerang Bag Community Initiative. 
Anti-Oppression Discussion Forum and (sort of) Book Club
Wednesday, May 17, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
Confluence Community Center, 520 Commerce


The Anti-Oppression Discussion Forum and (sort of) Book Club is an opportunity to grow your empathy, knowledge, emotional maturity, and ally/accomplice skills. It is an opportunity to engage on a deeper level with your community, to move beyond superficial levels of tolerance and understanding to deeper levels of love, commitment to equity and justice, and the wisdom that can only be gained by learning from a diverse village. 

The work of examining our preconceived notions and knowledge base, of engaging in compassionate conflict, will sometimes push us into uncomfortable territory, but if we are willing to sit in our discomfort, we will see beautiful outcomes manifest in ourselves and others. Join us as we meet to discuss books, articles, and topics that examine the ways in which our society and culture perpetuate oppression and the ways in which we may dismantle it. 

We will be meeting bi-weekly every other Wednesday night, from 7:00-9:00 PM at Confluence Community Center, 520 S Commerce St, Wichita, KS. This week we will continue discussing Angela Davis’ "Women, Race, and Class." IF YOU DON'T HAVE TIME TO READ OR DON'T LIKE TO READ, DON'T WORRY, THERE IS NO NEED TO READ THE BOOK ON YOUR OWN. I will provide excerpts and quotes from the book, along with discussion prompts, and we will talk about the books’ ideas and inspirations. Hope to see you there!
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.
Cosecha Fundraiser
Sunday, May 21, 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Confluence Community Center, 520 Commerce


Enjoy an evening of music, art and community to raise funds in support of our immigrant community. There will be a Silent Auction, Vendors, Artists and other activities. There will be snack style food. Bring your own beverages.

“Cosecha is a nonviolent movement fighting for permanent protection, dignity and respect for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.

The name, Cosecha, the harvest, honors the thousands of undocumented workers that provide food to our many tables today and for the legacy of the millions of workers that were forced to become slaves to provide for the accumulation of wealth in this country.

After so much sacrifice, pain, trauma, and hard work, we think it is time for our community to try something new. Sustained mass non-cooperation. Widespread boycotts. A general strike.

We learned that the hardships our community faces - the raids, the separation, the deportations, the exploitation - continue because we allow them to. We cooperate with these atrocities when we spend our money and when we work hard without meaningful pay. Our power lies in our bodies that are made invisible, but provide so much sustenance to this country. 

So it is time to ask - what would a day without immigrants really look like? What would a week without restaurant workers feel like? This country would have to choose between continuing to exploit workers and separate families, or finally coming to terms with our racist history and giving us the protection, the dignity, and the respect we demand.

Cosecha organizers are volunteers. Nonetheless funds are needed to feed and house them as they work, to pay for the technology that makes our decentralized organizing possible, to foster new Cosecha circles, and to keep reaching out to new communities and partners in our struggle.”

*Dates Extended!*
FROM THE HEARTLAND: The Kansas Heritage of President Barack Obama
February 4 through May 27

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
Micah Kubic - ACLU / Poet - Vanessa Rials
Sunday, June 4, 10:30 - 12:30 pm
Wichita Oasis, 200 N Broadway Suite 200


"Where Freedom Stands"
Dr. Micah W. Kubic joined the ACLU of Kansas as its executive director in January 2015 with more than fifteen years of experience in civil liberties, civil rights, and racial justice work.
Micah holds bachelors’ degrees from the George Washington University, as well as a master’s degree and a doctorate in Black Politics from Howard University.
His first book, Freedom, Inc. and the Fight for African American Empowerment, was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2016.

He will be talking about the very latest happenings in Kansas.

We will be having a poet instead of a musician.
Vanessa Rials is a poet and the President of the Student Organization of Social Work at WSU.
The Equality March for Unity and Pride - Wichita Kansas
Sunday, June 11, 1:00 - 2:00 pm
600 E Douglas Ave


This is a local march for anyone unable to attend the National Pride March in Washington DC. Please join Wichita Pride Inc as we march in solidarity with all of our brothers, sisters and allies. 

We are still working out all of the details. Please watch for updates on this event as we make final plans. 

Any other LGBTQIA etc organization or group that would like to help coordinate this march, please contact us at the folowing emails:
president@wichitapride.org 
vicepresident@wichitapride.org

DID YOU KNOW? 

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY LOWERS CANCER RISK

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!