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Upcoming Peace Center Events

Palestine Study Group Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 7 pm
At the Peace Center

Wichita Coalition Against Gun Violence Meeting
Thursday, February 11, 11:00 am

Mennonite Church of the Servant 
     We will evaluate our recent trip to Topeka and make plans for how to proceed.

Peace Center Board Meeting
Saturday, February 20. 12 p.m.
At the Peace Center
All are welcome to attend, only the board may vote.
Action Alert!
Summary Judgement Hearing
February 18, 1:30 p.m.
Sedgwick County Courthouse

A motion for summary judgement has been filed by the plaintiff on my lawsuit.  If granted, this would destroy my chances of getting access to the paper records. It would be a loss before I even have a chance to present my case in a trial.  
My lawyer tells me it is a public hearing, so I can use your support. By being there to support me, you will let the judge know I am not alone. The citizens of Sedgwick County support my request to verify the accuracy of the voting machine paper records. 
For those of you with the ability to be there, thank you very much for your support.
Beth Clarkson

Bryan Stevenson coming to Kansas!

Save the date – Saturday, February 20, At around 1 pm in Wichita
Time and Location will be finalized soon!


     Professor Stevenson, nationally recognized criminal defense attorney and anti-incarceration activist will make a quick visit to Wichita to help support the Kansas Repeal Campaign. While the location is still being firmed up, do go ahead and mark your calendars so you can plan to be there. -Your Kansas Coalition Against the Death Penalty Team

Bryan Stevenson Coming to Kansas!

BRYAN STEVENSON is the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Mr. Stevenson is a widely acclaimed public interest lawyer who has dedicated his career to helping the poor, the incarcerated and the condemned. Under his leadership, EJI has won major legal challenges eliminating excessive and unfair sentencing, exonerating innocent death row prisoners, confronting abuse of the incarcerated and the mentally ill and aiding children prosecuted as adults. Mr. Stevenson has successfully argued several cases in the United States Supreme Court and recently won an historic ruling that mandatory life-without-parole sentences for all children 17 or younger are unconstitutional.
*********Other Community Events********
First Friday Alternative Film: Oklahoma Shakedown
Friday, Feb 5, 7:00 pm
Murdock Theater, 536 N. Broadway

     Oklahoma Shakedown is a documentary film focusing on the dramatic rise of man-made earthquakes across the state of Oklahoma and the reaction from concerned citizens and experts on the issue. The film follows activist Angela Spotts and the grass roots organization Stop Fracking Payne County as they push for safer zoning regulations within the city of Stillwater and raise awareness about the dangers of induced seismicity in a state dominated by the oil and gas industry.

$5 donation suggested, however no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Co-sponsored by the Kansas Sierra Club Fracking Group. Report all earthquake damage and send photos and address to:

"Young Wichitans Who Changed History: 
The First Successful Student-Led Sit-in."
Saturday, February 6, 11:45 am
The Ambassador Hotel, 104 S. Broadway, Wichita, KS
     The League of Women Voters - Wichita invites you to join us as we celebrate Black History Month:  Lunch and Dr. Gretchen Eick presenting at the historic site of the former Dockum Drug Store.  A special lunch meeting at a special location, our lunch will cost $20.00 and requires RSVP by February 3rd to 316-259-6182 or

ACLU Meet and Greet & Activity Update 
Thursday, February 11, 5:30–7 pm
Mead's Corner, 430 East Douglas Ave. (at Emporia St) Wichita
American Civil Liberties Union Executive Director Micah Kubic will be giving an update about work on voting rights, including the ongoing battle with Kris Kobach's voter suppression attempts, and the other legislative issues we're watching. Refreshments will be provided!  If you're able to make it, please RSVP by emailing, or call Mary Bata at 913-490-4109.

South Central Kansas Legislative Forum
Saturday February 13. 10 am - 12 pm
Haysville Public Library. 210 Hays Ave, Haysville, KS 

     This Saturday, February 13th, will be the first legislative forum for the South-Central Kansas delegation. Sen. Michael O'Donnell is currently the chairman and will be hosting the forum. There will be a large number of local representatives and senators, County Commission Chair Jim Howell and Haysville Mayor Bruce Armstrong will also be there to address the crowd. Please come and bring your questions for all of us at the forum.

Save Kansas - Direct Action
Tuesday, February 16, 4 pm - 7 pm
Kansas Expocentre. 1 Expocentre Dr, Topeka

     We are a group of like-minded Kansans planning to demonstrate at the Kansas Chamber Annual Event on Tuesday, Feb. 16 in Topeka. The event will take place at the Kansas Expocentre Exhibition Hall in Topeka. The VIP Reception (for VIP guests) will begin at 4:30 pm, General Reception (for all attendees) at 5:30 pm, dinner and program at 6:30 pm. This event will be the only time before the elections that the Kansas Chamber, Brownback, Jerry Moran, and all the Legislators supported by Chamber Director Mike O’Neal, (former Speaker of the Kansas House) are at the same place to celebrate their policies. The keynote speaker, Charles Krauthammer, will be touting how successful the Brownback experiment has been and we should not miss an opportunity to demonstrate that we don’t agree. Signs and other creative ideas are encouraged.

Tim Wise - Anti-Racism Activist Speaks at WSU
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 6:30 pm (doors open at 5:45)
Hughes Metropolitan Complex - E 29th N and Oliver
     Wichita State University's Office of Diversity and Inclusion is celebrating Black History Month with keynote speaker Tim Wise, an anti-racism activist, essayist and author who will present a speech titled "Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter and White Privilege."  Tickets are free for students, faculty and staff and $5 for general admission. They are available at the WSU Bookstore and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion (Rhatigan Student Center room 208).
     Wise has authored seven books, from “Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority” to his most recent, “Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America.”  Named one of “25 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by the magazine “Utne Reader,” Wise has spoken in all 50 states at over 800 college and high school campuses and community groups.  For more information, go to

Director's Discussion: Groundswell Rising
Saturday, February 20, 2016, 3 p.m.
Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, 655 S Lorraine Avenue, Wichita.

     Renard Cohen, co-producer/director of Groundswell Rising, who has been producing award winning television for over twenty years, will be in Wichita Saturday to speak about this film. Clips from the film will be shown. Renard Cohen is a singer/songwriter and will perform at the event along with other musicians. Coffee, tea and refreshments will be available.
     Information, Dan Wassink, 316-284-5880 or

Groundswell Rising: Protecting Our Children's Air and Water
 February 21, 2016. 3 p.m.
Krehbiel Auditorium, Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College, North Newton, KS

   A fracking documentary. This film gives voice to ordinary folks engaged in a David vs. Goliath struggle against Big Oil and Gas. These individuals from all walks of life decry the energy extraction process known as fracking that puts profits over people. This is part of the Kansas Institute for Conflict Resolution Film Series.
Information:  316-284-5217


"Bro. B" Hate Speech and Social Media
Saturday, February 20, 10 am - 1 pm
WSU, 209 Hubbard Hall
     Bro B will speak on Healthy Relationships. Youth groups ages 11-18 are encouraged to attend. Food will be served. Sponsored by Real Men, Real Heroes

Beyond Tolerance Dinner Dialogues

Monday, February 23, 6 -8 pm

Homes across Wichita

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to meet people of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds. It's not too late to sign up and reserve your spot today. If you have already signed up, help us get the word out and encourage your friends and family to register. Also, you can share our post on Facebook. Questions? Call Chandler at 316.708.8980.  Global Faith in Action

Clean Slate Expungement Project Events


Clean Slate Project Informational Session 
Friday, February 26, 5:30 pm
The Kansas African American Museum, 601 N. Water
The Clean Slate Project 316.262.7651
     Attorneys from the Wichita Bar Association will provide information related to the upcoming Clean Slate Project. The Clean Slate Project is a one-day opportunity to expunge criminal records at no cost for low income persons who are otherwise unable to pay expungement filing and attorney fees. Clean Slate Day will take place on March 4, 2016 from 9 am to 2 pm at the Sedgwick County Courthouse. The purpose of this informational session will be to provide information regarding expungement eligibility and to answer questions related to the Clean Slate Project. You can find additional information about the project at:
Can't Make This One?
Public information sessions will also be held at:
Evergreen Branch-Wichita Public Library, 2601 N. Arkansas, Tuesday, February 16,  10:15 am
St. Francis Community Services, 4155 E. Harry, Wednesday, February 17, 6:00 pm
Central Branch of the Wichita Public Library, 223 S. Main St, Monday, February 22, 3:00 pm
For assistance in Spanish or Vietnamese translation, please send a request to
If you need a sign language interpreter for that day, please send a request to Karin Kirk by February 26, 2016.

Clean Slate Expungement Project
Friday, March 4, 2016. 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Sedgwick County Courthouse, 5th floor

This is a FREE event to help people obtain expungements. Attorneys will be on hand to help you determine if you qualify and to prepare the necessary paperwork. If you or someone you know has a felony or misdemeanor conviction it is worth your time to see if you qualify for expungement. 

Please see the Facebook event for more details on the event and how to qualify: Clean Slate Expungement Project on Facebook
**This event is sponsored in part by Volunteer Kansas and is only free for qualified individuals who are economically disadvantaged.

KIPCOR film series: Save the Date
Each film is at 3 p.m. in the Krehbiel Auditorium Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas
May 1:                The Waiting Room
If you missed the Annual Dinner, catch the presentation below!

Peace Center Hours 

Tuesday          10-2
Wednesday     10-2
Thursday        10-2

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!