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Upcoming Peace Center Events

Hurricane Harvey Supply Drive
August 30 - September 8


Our brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Harvey need our help. Our brothers and sisters affected by Hurricane Harvey need our help. This is an entirely non-partisan effort because, in times like these, we must come together and put all politics and differences aside. We have connected with a couple of organizations that are requesting specific items. Please join us in this effort!

Here is a list of drop off locations and below you will find a list of requested items. 

JAMES THOMPSON FOR KANSAS is collecting at 555 N. Woodlawn, Suite 130, beginning Aug. 29

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

SEN. JERRY MORAN is collecting at 3450 N. Rock Rd, Ste 209, beginning Aug. 30

Hours: 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

BRANDON JOHNSON FOR WICHITA is collecting at 2251 E. 21st St. Suite 110 N., beginning Aug. 30

Hours: 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Monday through Thursday Closed on Labor Day

VAN WAGNONER FOR KS HOUSE is collecting at 605 Central Ave Hoyt, beginning Aug. 31

Hours: Thursday, August 31 1:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Friday September 1 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Saturday September 2 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Sunday September 3 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Monday September 4 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Wednesday September 6 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM

PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE CENTER OF WICHITA is collecting at 1407 N. Topeka, beginning Aug. 30

Hours: 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM Monday through Thursday and 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM on Fridays

THE VAGABOND is collection at 614 W. Douglas, beginning Aug. 31

Hours: 7:00 AM to 2:00 AM 7 days a week

RUTLEDGE ALLSTATE OFFICE is collecting at 2330 E. Douglas Ave, beginning Aug. 31

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

RUTLEDGE ALLSTATE OFFICE is collecting at 4590 N. Maize Rd. #7, beginning Aug. 31

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

RUTLEDGE ALLSTATE OFFICE is collecting at 1121 College Park Suite 300 Derby KS, beginning Aug. 31

Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

RED COACH INN is collecting at 1301 E 1st Street Newton KS, beginning Aug. 31

Hours: 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM 7 days a week

WESTAR ENERGY is collecting at 300 W 1st St Newton, beginning Sep. 5

Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM Monday through Friday

To add your organization, business or group to the collection site list, or to volunteer as a driver or to provide a trailer or truck for transportation, please email: rhonda@votejamesthompson.com

Here is a partial list of supplies needed for survivors and first responders affected by Hurricane Harvey:

bottled water
pasta
tomato based sauce (canned or plastic jars)
peanut butter (plastic jars)
ramen noodles
canned tuna
macaroni and cheese
boxed crackers
granola bars
cereal
canned soup
canned vegetables
canned fruit
baby food - of all varieties in plastic containers
baby formula
diapers - of all sizes, including adult
wipes
soap
shampoo and conditioner
tooth paste
tooth brushes
towels
sheets
blankets
feminine hygiene products
plastic forks, spoons, knives
paper plates 
paper towels
bleach
Lysol
Pine-Sol
rubber gloves, disposable gloves
toilet paper
For animals:

dog food
cat food
litter
litter boxes
treats
newspaper
towels
crates for transportation 
collars and leashes
*********Other Community Events********
Richard Rothstein discusses and signs The Color of Law:
A Forgotten History of how our Government Segregated America

Thursday, September 7, 4:00 pm  
Wichita State University, 231 Hubbard Hall

In this groundbreaking history of the modern American metropolis, Richard Rothstein explodes the myth that America's cities came to be racially divided as the result of individual prejudices, personal choices to live in same-race neighborhoods, income differences, or the actions of private institutions like banks and real estate agencies. Rather, The Color of Law  uncovers a forgotten history of how racially explicit policies of federal, state, and local governments created the patterns of residential segregation that persist to this day. The Color of Law  concludes that because residential segregation was created by government action

DEMOCRACY TOMORROW:

INCREASING CITIZEN PARTICIPATION IN

KANSAS ELECTIONS

SEPTEMBER 8, 9:30am-4pm

 

Wichita State University

Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Rm 180

5015 E. 29th St. N, Wichita

 

Join the ACLU of Kansas, the League of Women Voters of Kansas, and the NAACP - Kansas State Conference of Branches

 

Democracy Tomorrow will serve as an opportunity for Kansas activists, legislators, and engaged citizens to begin a statewide conversation on the importance of promoting stronger civic health and higher levels of electoral participation. Featuring:

  • Neal Kelley, Registrar of Voters, Orange County, CA
  • Tova Wang, Director of Research and Policy, The Center for Secure and Modern Elections, and Senior Democracy Fellow, Demos
  • Burdett Loomis, Professor of Political Science, The University of Kansas
  • Bryan Caskey, Kansas State Election Director

MORE SPEAKERS AND DETAILS AVAILABLE SOON!

 

This event is made possible through the generous support of the Kansas Health Foundation. The Kansas Health Foundation is a philanthropy dedicated to improving the health of all Kansans. For more information about the KS Health Foundation visit www.kansashealth.org.
Eagle Valley Raptor Center
Friday, September 8, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Eagle Valley Raptor Center, 927 N 343rd ST W, Cheney, 67025


Ken Lockwood, Program Director, will give a guided tour of the Eagle Valley Raptor Center beginning at 6:30 pm. Specializing in native Kansas Birds of Prey, including Eagles, Hawks, Owls, Kites, Falcons and Vultures, Eagle Valley Raptor Center, Non-Profit organization, takes in birds due to injuries, poisoning or orphaned as babies.It is the Center's great pleasure to help these animals become independent again and return back to their natural way of life. The Valley Raptor Center has become a positive influence in the community, providing educational opportunities for today's youth.

The tour will take about 2 hours. Come and see the birds being rehabbed. Take pictures of Eagles, or Fly our Harris Hawk. You will get to feed our Vulture, pose with our Bald Eagle for photos & Hoot with our Owls. Restrooms and a large parking lot are on site.

Eagle Valley Raptor Center is an easy twenty-five minute drive from Wichita on Kellogg (US-54). The overpass for 343rd Street is relatively new, and has very nice, large signs. The drive North on 343rd is only two miles, and EVRC is on the West side of the road. 927 North 343rd St West, Cheney, Kansas.

Members of the Sierra Club will be meeting at D'Mario's Pizza, 1635 Cheney Rd, Cheney, KS at 5:00 for dinner. Had to change the restaurant, sorry. Hank just had surgery! Come & Join us, all are welcome!

For more information contact: Stuart Bolt, boltstuart@yahoo.com, (316) 299-3946
2nd Volunteer Training for Citizenship Workshop
Saturday, September 9, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The International Rescue Committee in Wichita, 1530 S Oliver, STE 270


We are searching for 20 or more volunteers to help with our citizenship workshop. The workshop is 09/16/2017 at Evergreen Park in Wichita from 9:30 to 3:30. 

PLEASE RSVP BY SELECTING "GOING" ON THIS PAGE.

IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER YOU MUST ATTEND A TRAINING OR COMPLETE A TRAINING WITH COLE. YOU DO NOT HAVE ATTEND BOTH.

Come to the IRC office at 1530 S. Oliver STE 270. Call or text Cole at (913) 271-5473 if you have questions about logistics. 

This is the first of three trainings we will be hosting before the event takes place. We will create the event on Facebook about a week before to give you time to make plans.

PLEASE BRING A LAPTOP IF YOU CAN. WE WILL BE DOING SOME ONLINE TRAINING. 

This workshop is to help permanent residents (green card holders) to complete their N-400 (Application to become a U.S Citizen/Naturalize). We divide the task into different stations, that help people complete the application step by step. 

At our trainings we will describe the responsibilities of each station and give volunteers their roles at the workshop. 

This workshop requires committed volunteers willing to be trained and display trust, responsibility, commitment and professionalism.

This is a great way to get involved and help your fellow citizens of Wichita.

We may see speakers of Arabic, Spanish, Vietnamese, Swahili and/or French at this event. Anyone with language skills will be a tremendous addition, but it is not required. 
Citizens Climate Education Meeting
Saturday, September 9, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Newman University - Sacred Heart Hall, 3100 W McCormick ST


Citizens Climate Lobby is a non-partisan, international climate solutions organization. The Wichita chapter meets the 2nd Saturday of every month. Climate experts speak and we have structured group discussions about what can be done to curb climate change. This Saturday we will meet to talk about carbon fee and dividend and listen to the national call from CCL.
Science Cafe Wichita
Topic: The Climate Emergency: The Case for Immediate Action
Speaker: Craig Wolfe
Monday, September 11, 7:30 pm 
The Donut Whole, 1720 E Douglas


The climate crisis is real. But what are the facts? What are the threats that we face? Where are the opportunities going forward? If the climate emergency is an existential threat to life on the planet, does our response reflect that of an emergency? What can and must individuals do to avert the worst consequences of the climate crisis?
As part of Craig Wolfe’s role in Al Gore’s Climate Reality Leadership Corps, he uses slides prepared by the Climate Reality Project along with his own to demonstrate the seriousness of the climate emergency and to provide actions we must take before the clock runs out on our window of opportunity to fight the climate crisis.
Live original music accompanied by video can be used as an introduction to the topic.
About the Speaker:
Craig Wolfe was trained by Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project to make presentations regarding the Climate Emergency. He is President of the Heartland Renewable Energy Society; co-founder for the KC Climate Coalition; a long-time activist with Kansas Sierra Club; and
singer/songwriter in the group Soular, writing songs about climate and Mother Earth.
Ahead of his time, Mr. Wolfe in the 1980’s built 60 passive solar/super insulated houses under Craig Wolfe Solar Design & Construction before interest in the energy crisis fell off the public’s radar. He has worked as a consultant in Kansas City, Missouri and Kansas City, Kansas urban cores on housing projects, and has always been most interested in energy related activities.
Leonard Pitts, JR. Presentation and Book Signing
Tuesday, September 12, 7:00 pm
Memorial Hall, Bethel College, North Newton


Join us in the Memorial Hall on the Bethel College campus for an evening with Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Leonard Pitts Jr. as he reflects on our times.
Neal Allen on Local and State Politics / Musician Amanda Lind
Sunday, September 17, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Wichita Oasis, 200 N Broadway STE 220


Neal Allen, Phd, the Assistant Professor of Political Science at WSU will be speaking to us about politics in Wichita and Kansas. Have your questions ready for the Q&A!

If you need inspiration for questions, here is his Curriculum Vitae: 
http://webs.wichita.edu/depttools/depttoolsmemberfiles/polisci/Allen%20Vita%20-%20October%202016.pdf

Amanda Lind will be back!
Immigration Celebration #3 at Confluence Community Center
Saturday, September 16, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Confluence Community Center, 520 Commerce STE 101


1pm to 2pm - Mix & Mingle: Foods, Crafts, time to get to know each other and hangout before the speakers begin.
ICTindivisible will be attending every event, speaking about voter registration and have a booth to register. Talk will begin at 1:15pm
2:00 - 2:30pm - Speaker #1
2:30 - 3:00pm - Speaker #2

Join us after the event for our Community Planning Meeting to share what you’re working on in the community, and learn more about what’s going on throughout Wichita. Community Planning Meetings in September will be from 3pm to 4pm, and will resume regular meeting hours in October - 2pm to 4pm.

#3: Middle East 
September 16th - LEBANON - 1pm to 3pm 
(Looking for TWO Lebanese Speakers)
(Looking for interested restaurants or food sponsors that would like to participate, please reach out.)
(Looking for Musicians, dancers or performers)
EcoFest Wichita: Spiders and Sunshine and Bees, Oh My!
Saturday, September 23, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 E 21ST ST North


Join us for the fourth annual EcoFest Wichita on Saturday, September 23, 2017 at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, 7202 E. 21st Street North.  Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Admission is $2.00, with children 12 and under admitted free.
 
Environmentally friendly vendors will offer entertainment, goods, services, art works and information to help Wichitans learn to live in ways that are kind to the earth.  Speakers include naturalists, technology experts, home and garden specialists, artists, activists and environmental educators.  Lunch will be available with plant-based and grass-fed ingredients.  Children's activities will include make-it/take-it crafts; games; demonstrations, and education about green living.
 
A tag sale will feature recycled, upcycled, repurposed, and vintage jewelry, furniture, collectibles, home decor, clothing, plants and household items.
 
EcoFest is sponsored by First Unitarian Universalist Church of Wichita, a liberal religious community with long and proud history of providing and supporting liberal religion.
 
For more information, please see our website, ecofestwichita.org., or call the church office, at (316) 684-3481.
Faith, Conscience, and Immigration
Saturday, September 23, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Immigration Advocacy Network, 700 N Market ST


Our first Immigrant Heritage Scholarship Award to recognize and honor an academically talented and gifted Kansas immigrant student. Proceeds from the event will fund the next Immigrant Heritage Scholarships. Good company, food, fun, music, immigration updates and a Question/Answer session by veteran Immigration Attorney, Sandrine Lisk, Esq., of Wichita, Kansas. Keynote Address by Sarah C. Oglesby-Dunegan: When Faith & Conscience Informs the Immigration Debate. Childcare Provided.

Buena compañía, comida, diversión, música, actualizaciones importantes de inmigración, y una sesión de Preguntas/Respuestas por abogada de Inmigración con mas de 20 años de experiencia, Sandrine Lisk, Esq. de Wichita, Kansas. 
Discurso Principal: Cuando la Fe y la Consciencia Informa el Debate de Inmigración. (Incluye cuidado de niños).

Suggested Donation: $25 Adults/Adultos; 
$10 Children Under 10/Niños menores de 10 años,

Tickets Available/Entradas:
Https://Donorbox.Org/Ihm2017reception
Open Streets ICT
Sunday, September 24, 12:00 - 4:00 pm

Open Streets ICT is a FREE event that brings all Wichitans together for an active fun, community-building afternoon on Wichita's iconic Douglas Avenue. Four miles of Douglas Avenue will be closed to traffic and open for biking, walking, running, dancing, yoga, entertainment, food, art, music, and more!

More information at http://openstreetsict.com/
Up on the Roof
Thursday, September 28, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
The Hill Bar & Grill, 4800 E Douglas AVE

Come learn about green roofs! We could find no one in Wichita with any expertise so we are bringing in a professor from K-State to explain to us how we can do it and what is involved. You're not going to learn this anywhere else!

Lee R. Skabelund, Associate Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional & Community Planning at Kansas State University will be joining us to tell us all we need to know about putting on a Green Roof!

We have the back room reserved and he will bring us a slideshow with pictures to explain different plans. Bring all your questions for Lee. He is very knowledgeable about Green Roofs and has actually put one on Seaton Hall and one at the stadium at KSU. 

If you can be there by 6:00 that would be good. We are trying to bring enough tables and chairs into the back room so you want to get here early so you don't have to stand and eat your food!
Unheard Voices From the Heart of Palestine
Saturday, September 30, 8:45 am - 4:30 pm
First United Methodist Church, 1001 Pleasant St, Des Moines, IA


Whether you are new to the issue of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict or you have studied the topic for years, this symposium is for you.
Come and learn about:
  • America’s role in the Occupation
  • Faith perspectives on the conflict
  • Becoming active in peacemaking
The Middle East Peace Education Coalition (MEPEC) is guided by a belief in the worth of every individual.

Our mission is to work toward a just peace in Israel/Palestine by:
  • Changing US policies that have supported and continue to support the Israeli occupation of Palestinian lands.
  • Affirming the human rights of all people to self-determination and to security within identified borders.
  • Recognizing the right and responsibility of the people of the region to decide on the governance of their state(s).
  • Committing to the principle that international law must be the framework for resolving the conflict.
If you are interested in becoming a part of our work, contact Christine Anders at christine@dmfirstchurch.org or
Kathleen McQuillen at kathleenmcquillen@gmail.com
Big Pharma: Market Failure
Monday, October 9, 7:00 pm
First Unitarian Universalist Church, 7202 E 21st ST


Big Pharma: Market Failure explores the problem of extreme drug prices in the US and how drug cost impacts on the public, on businesses and the overall US economy.

This documentary makes an effective business case for realizable change. It digs deep to answer key questions. How much do pharma companies really spend on research and development of truly innovative drugs? Do "free market" principles impact on drug prices and help control cost? Do the normal rules of business apply to the pharma industry? How do TV ads impact consumers and doctors?

The documentary proposes to create a solution that makes business sense for employers and health sense for employees. It is a compelling drama that reveals the truth of pharma cost and what we can do about it.

Expand Medicaid in Kansas NOW and First UU are co-hosting this movie viewing event.
​ Please say you are going on our Facebook event!​
The Kansas Death Penalty: What a Waste, 2017!
2017 Kansas Abolition Conference
Saturday, October 21, 1:00 - 3:30 pm
McPherson Church of the Brethren, 200 N Carrie, McPherson


Come listen to KANSANS SPEAK about the social, economic, political, and psychological costs of the death penalty. Our three panelists - Roger Werholtz, Celeste Dixon, and Carolyn McGinn - each have personal experience with and a unique perspective to share on the death penalty.

The ANNUAL MEETING of the KCADP will start at 1:00 pm. All KCADP members are invited to attend. The brief meeting will include the election of new officers and board members. The panel will start immediately afterwards.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! Pre-registration recommended; contact us at 785-235-2237 or info@ksabolition.org. Same day registration begins at 12:30 pm

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!