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Upcoming Peace Center Events

Rannfrid's 50th Birthday Bash
Open House Potluck for Peace
Tuesday, May 24, 6:00- 8:00 pm
At the Peace Center, 1407 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS 67214

     Rannfrid is turning 50, which calls for a party. Her wish is to celebrate with all her good friends here in Wichita, so bring a dish, a snack, or a dessert, and come join the fun!
     Presents aren’t required, but Rannfrid strongly recommend a donation to the Peace and Social Justice Center of South Central Kansas. Your gift on my birthday will go to the work of the JENI Committee (Jobs & Education – Not Incarceration), the Palestine Study Group, and the general work of the Center. To donate, bring cash or a check on the day of the party, or go to:

Get Your Vote Back with JENI at the Riverfest 
Friday, June 3 - 11, 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Douglas & Waco Riverfest Entrance
     Volunteer to help register voters with JENI (Jobs & Education-Not Incarceration) at the Riverfest! Call 316 269-3729. We are also educating our fellow citizens that ex-felons CAN register and vote in Kansas. Please help spread the word! New registrants need a paper copy or a camera photo of their birth certificate, US passport or other citizenship document to complete registration.

Ex-felons CAN register and vote in Kansas!
     Ex-felons do not forfeit their right to vote. People convicted of a felony can't vote in prison or jail, but if they are US citizens, no longer behind bars and not on probation or parole, they CAN vote in Kansas. Voting rights will be restored as soon as they register.
     In 2011, Kansas passed laws to make voter registration much harder requiring proof of US citizenship by mailing or emailing a photo or copy of your birth certificate, passport or other citizenship documents with voter registration applications.
     Our group, JENI (Jobs & Education-Not Incarceration) is working to get the word out and register voters. Please share this information with your family, friends and co-workers!  
      You can also register at the Sedgwick County Elections Office at the old courthouse at 510 N. Main, M-F, 8 am-5 pm. Call 316 660-7100.  Take your birth certificate, US passport, Bureau of Indian Affairs Card  or other citizenship document.                                      Get your vote back!
    Call JENI 316 263-5886 or email

Learn about the Plight of the Palestinian Christians

Friday, June 3, 7:00 pm
College Hill UMC, 2930 E 1st St N.

The Peace and Social Justice Center, Pilgrims of Ibillin and the Mercy and Justice Team of The Great Plains Conference of the United Methodist Church will present Archbishop Elias Chacour on June 3 at College Hill United Methodist Church in Wichita. This is free and you don't need tickets.

*********Other Community Events********
KanCare Contract Renewal Feedback Forum

Wednesday, May 25, 1 - 3 pm and from 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Marriott, 2100 Corporate Hills, Wichita

     The state will host a series of meetings around Kansas to talk about renewing contracts for its privatized health insurance program for people with disabilities or who have low incomes.

     Kansas privatized Medicaid in 2013 and dubbed the system KanCare.

     The state will present its plans for changes to the system and wants to gather feedback from the public at meetings in Wichita, Topeka, Kansas City, Hays and Pittsburg.


     The three privatized Medicaid companies in Kansas – Sunflower, UnitedHealthcare and Amerigroup – are due for contract renewals, but have been criticized for not meeting previously promised expectations.

     Medicaid recipients have reported longer wait times and more reimbursement denials since the privatization.  And an inspector general position, which serves as a watchdog over the program, has been vacant since January 2014.

     Meeting information

Two meetings will be held in each location – from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The same information will be offered at each meeting.

▪ Topeka: Ramada Hotel and Convention Center, 420 SE 6th St., May 24

▪ Wichita: Marriott, 2100 Corporate Hills, May 25

▪ Kansas City: Jack Reardon Civic Center (Hilton Garden Inn), 520 Minnesota, May 25

▪ Hays: Rose Garden, 2350 E. 8th, May 26

▪ Pittsburg: Pittsburg State University, 1701 S. Broadway, May 26

From The Wichita Eagle:

Peace Picnic! 
Monday, May 30. 12:00-2:00 p.m.
Riverside Park (at the Gazebo)

     An alternative Memorial Day activity, Monday, May 30 from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in Riverside Park (at the Gazebo) in Wichita.  Bring a picnic lunch for yourself and those coming with you.  Bring lawn chairs or blankets – and bring friends!  Musical groups, Shoulder to Shoulder/Rise Up Singing will sing and play.  Come and sing along for peace!  Sponsored by People of Faith for Peace.  In case of inclement weather, the picnic will move to First Church of the Brethren at 10th and Jefferson.
What Really Matters: How Our Food Choices Affect Our Health, the Environment, and Social Justice
Saturday, June 4 from 10-3
Unity Church of Wichita, 2160 N. Oliver

Microbiologist and activist JoAnn Farb will address the interconnections between health, environmental sustainability, and social justice, by presenting a cross-cultural, historical lens through which to see humanity’s fundamental challenge and how we can really make a difference. Join us for a day of discovery, inspiration, exchange, & contemplation.
General Admission: $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Payment by cash or checks made payable to Unity of Wichita.
Check the Facebook event page for details and updates -

Song on the Lawn
June 12, 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm
WillowSpring Downs, 1582 Falcon, Hillsboro, KS 

     This year’s mini-music festival features the Book of JEBB, Cottonwood River Band, Newton Men’s Quarter, Senior Jammers, and Elaine Unruh/Emil Schmidt and Friends. Meal catered by Keith Banman. Bring your lawn chairs, table service, friends and family. Admission is free, donations accepted for MCC.  This is a fund raiser for the Mennonite Central Committee.

     In case of rain, event will be at Goessel Elementary School. Call 620-386-0709 or 620-367-8432 for updates. 

     Directions to WillowSpring Downs for both events: From Goessel: 3 miles north on Hwy K-15, 4 miles east on 150th, ¾ north on Falcon.  From Hillsboro: 4 miles south on Indigo, 3 miles west on 150th, ¾ north on Falcon.

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!