Monthly Potluck and Movie – Syrian White Helmets

Syrian White Helmets

The monthly potluck and movie for January will be a joint meeting of the Alaska Peace Center and the University Community Presbyterian Church. It will be held in the Church basement on Friday, January 26. The Church is across College Road from the Peace Center and next door to Beaver Sports (3510 College Road). Potluck at 6:00, Program at 7:00. We will watch a movie about the Syrian White Helmets and have a discussion afterwards. The White Helmets are an urban volunteer search and rescue organization that was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2016. Pastor Neill McKay has personal knowledge of Syria so this is an opportunity to get some local insights.

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Monthly Meeting Thursday, 4 January 2018

The monthly business meeting of the Alaska Peace Center will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, January 4, at the APC office, upstairs in the College Mall, 3535 College Road Suite 203 (the stairs are at the west end sharing an external door with the Fuji Restaurant). All are welcome.

Monthly Potluck and Discussion, 29 December 2017

Join us for this month’s Alaska Peace Center potluck on Friday, 29 December 2017 at the Koponen homestead at 2.2 mile (710) Chena Ridge Road.  It is on the left  just past the fire station. There will be a peace flag out at the road. The potluck will begin at 6 pm and the program will begin at 7 pm.

The program will be a video about the life and work of Pete Seeger, “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song”. It has been rated 4 stars by film critic Roger Ebert, who wrote, “I don’t know if Pete Seeger believes in saints, but I believe he is one. He’s the one in the front as they go marching in. ‘Pete Seeger: The Power of Song’ is a tribute to the legendary singer & composer who thought music could be a force for good, and proved it by writing songs that have actually helped shape our times (‘If I Had a Hammer’ & ‘Turn, Turn, Turn’) and popularizing ‘We Shall Overcome’ & Woody Guthrie’s unofficial national anthem, ‘This Land Is Your Land’.”

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Six more days to see the Drone Quilt Project at Noel Wien Library

Heather Koponen in front of the Drones Quilt Project display at the Noel Wien Library, December 2017. Photo by Rob Mulford.

Two quilts from the Drones Quilt Project are on display in the Noel Wien Library lobby throughout the month of December. The Drones Quilt Project was created as a way to remember the thousands of people who have been murdered by missiles launched from American combat drones. The use of combat drones is immoral, illegal and ineffective, yet the U.S. continues to use them, killing countless people whose names they don’t know, and don’t want to know.

Combat drones were first used by President Bush, then expanded rapidly during the Obama administration. Recently President Trump gave carte blanch to the CIA to target and kill people with drones.

The idea for a Drones Quilt came from some women in the UK who started the project as a way to memorialize the victims of U.S. combat drones. Anti-drone activists in the U.S. wanted to make their own version of a Drones Quilt, and so the idea traveled across the Atlantic. The idea is to collectively create a piece of artwork which connects the names of activists with those killed. The names humanize the victims and point out the connectivity between human beings.

In addition to the two quilts that will hang in the Library, there will be a quilt on display at the Friends (Quakers) meeting house and another at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall. The Alaska Peace Center and North Star Veterans for Peace are sponsoring the display.  Thanks to John Spitzberg, Veterans for Peace, Wasilla for initiating the idea.  The flyer for this display is here.

Monthly Meeting Thursday, December 14th

The monthly business meeting of the Alaska Peace Center will take place at 5 pm on Thursday, December 14, at the APC office, upstairs in the College Mall, 3535 College Road Suite 203 (the stairs are at the west end sharing an external door with the Fuji Restaurant). Among agenda items will be whether & where to put up signs from worldbeyondwar.org/billboards. All are welcome.

Monthly Potluck and Discussion, 24 Nov 2017

Divest from the War Machine!

DivestWarMachine2017Join us for this month’s Alaska Peace Center potluck on Friday, 24 November 2017 at the APC office. The potluck will begin at 6 pm and the program will begin at 7 pm. The Alaska Peace Center is upstairs (Suite 203) in the College Mall building, 3535 College Road, above the Fuji Steakhouse. The stairs are at the west end of the building, adjacent to and sharing a common entrance with the Fuji Steakhouse.

The program will be to view and discuss the video of the Divest from the War Machine Summit, sponsored by Code Pink and held last month in Washington DC.  This short (35 minute), engaging video is an impressive presentation by Lawrence Wilkerson, retired United States Army Colonel and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. The summit examines the current state of the war machine (surprise- it’s thriving!) and explicates the skills and knowledge necessary to use divestment as a tool to shine a critical light on the weapons producers that supply and profit from deadly hyper-militarism both at home and abroad.

Who Lies?, Who Dies?, Who Pays?, Who Profits?

All are welcome!