Monthly Meeting Thursday, Oct 7, 2021

Our monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, October 7, at 7 pm via Zoom. The link to join the meeting is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09

This link will be used for all monthly meetings this winter (first Thursday of each month) through May 2022.

More Zoom specifics: Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547, Passcode: 492648

All welcome! We would like to get back to meeting in person, but considering our current struggles with the Delta variant, now is not the time. Now that snow is on the ground we need to start planning winter activities.

Monthly Meeting Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Our monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 7, at 7 pm via Zoom. Note that for this month only, we are meeting on the first Tuesday of the month instead of on the first Thursday as we normally do. We need to be really efficient since Karl and Maia will be Zooming in from the East Coast and it will be very late there. Here is the Zoom link:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86544114475?pwd=UlRmeExnNmJWOW5Oa1VEczVIQXFBQT09

All are welcome! This is somewhat of a transitional time for the Alaska Peace Center. It is important to review our values and priorities, and to make decisions about where we are going. The more inputs from different points of view that we can get from our members, the better off we will be.

  • What do we value?
  • What are our current priorities?

Agenda

Some ideas for things to work on:

  • Advocating for local good
  • Peace, Justice, Sustainability
  • Can we resume our monthly potlucks?
  • International Peace Day is September 21. Can we do anything?
  • Is it time for a new bus ad ? With an ICAN theme?
  • See about becoming a sponsor/supporter of Just Transition Collective?
  • “A Permanent Peace” sign at FAI airport to balance out “Welcome Military” sign there
  • VFP has a “Shut Down Creech” event, Sep 26-Oct 2. Anything we can do locally? Fly kites, not drones?
  • “Epic Warrior“ program for combat Vets starting locally
  • Votevets.org
  • Arctic Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone
  • ICAN Cities Appeal
  • GI Rights

Contact info@alaskapeace.org with questions.

Further Zoom details for those who need them:

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2021 Tanana Valley State Fair Wrap-up

First: A joyful, heartfelt thank you to each volunteer for the time and positive energies you gave to a very successful Alaska Peace Center booth at this year’s Tanana Valley State Fair! Even though traffic past the booth was somewhat lower this year, donations and sales were excellent, including our support for KWRK radio. You reported many valuable conversations, and more folks than usual expressed interest in the Alaska Peace Center. Your Presence for Peace resonated in a very special way this year. Thank you!

Second: Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by! It was wonderful to greet folks again after the more-than-a-year shutdown. The next APC meeting will be announced shortly, including a current Zoom link. 

Third: The results of the Bean Poll are attached and discussed below. This was an opportunity to designate how you would like your federal income tax dollars distributed, instead of how they actually go.

Finally: Our latest newsletter, from March 2021, highlights the projects, events and our partner news from the past year and more. If you have suggestions for APC activities or goals that would mean a lot to you, please reply with your input!

Thank you so much to everyone. Peace and blessings, Maia Genaux for the Alaska Peace Center, in the unceded territory of the Chena and Tanana peoples.

Bean Poll Results: The question was: If you have 20 beans representing the federal income tax you pay, how would you choose to distribute them among the 6 categories we offered, listed here.  
The results were:1) Environment 23%, 2) Healthcare  21%, 3) Education 20%, 4) Infrastructure 17%, 5) Other 10%, 6) Military 9%.

We offered this Bean Poll at the Tanana Valley State Fair, July 30-August 8, and also at the Renewable Energy Fair the following weekend.  This was not a scientific poll! It was done out of informal curiosity and a desire to engage the public a bit. 

Nonetheless, the results are interesting, and my effort (moderately defensible) to understand the results, in the context of the actual proposed 2022 federal budget (spending), is presented in the document linked to below. It might change the structure of next year’s poll — or not!

A summary of the total proposed 2022 federal spending, by our categories could look like:  
1) Other 39% (w/ Social Security), 2) Military 28% (w/ interest on debt), 3) Healthcare  21% (w/ Medicare and Medicaid), 4) Education 3%, 5) Infrastructure 2%, 6) Environment 0-1%

Bean Poll Analysis (with pie charts).

Note: Income tax is about 1/2 of total revenue, and total revenue does not cover the total spending. 
Don’t get me started on all the other things I learned!  But feedback is welcome!
Peace and blessings, Maia

 

Come See us at the Fair!

Today (Sunday) is day 3 of the Fair, and it will continue through Sunday, August 8. Our booth is at its usual spot in the Borealis Building.

Suzanne and Carrie at the 2108 Fair.

Monthly Meeting Thursday, July 22, 2021

Our monthly meeting will take place on Thursday, July 22 at 7 pm via Zoom.

https://zoom.us/j/91248436667?pwd=Y0t2QVhVcGFzZzkwSWFBR1J4MldqZz09

All Welcome! This meeting is primarily to finalize plans for our booth at the Tanana Valley State Fair. The Fair this year runs from July 30 through August 8. It’s also time to start planning for this fall and winter.

More Zoom specifics, though I don’t think any of the following are necessary if you follow the link above:

Meeting ID: 912 4843 6667
Passcode: 966467

Annual Members Meeting Thursday, June 3

7 pm via Zoom

The Annual Meeting originally scheduled for April 1 had minimal attendance, so has been rescheduled to occur in conjunction with our June 3 monthly meeting. Below is the Zoom link. More Zoom details are at the end of this post

https://zoom.us/j/98670596338?pwd=aWlVSmtmMSt1WUhCdTFnaEo0U2dHQT09

All welcome! Front and center for this meeting will be the election of board members. Some board members have reached term limits, so some new people are needed. Our by-laws state that we can serve on the board for five consecutive two-year terms. We gladly anticipate fresh board energy, possibly moving the organization in new directions! Please contact apcboard@alaskapeace.org if you are able to help steer us by serving on our board of directors. ****** We Need You! *******

We also need to start planning for our booth at the Tanana Valley Fair coming up at the end of July. We will need lots of volunteers for booth sitting. Other ongoing concerns include developing ways to support the Treaty on Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (and supporting the Juneau Vets For Peace program), the expansion of local military bases including the F-35 deployment, and monitoring the relationship between UAF and the Department of Defense.

Contact info@alaskapeace.org with questions.

Further Zoom details for those who need them:

Topic: Alaska Peace Center monthly meeting
Time: Jun 3, 2021 07:00 PM Alaska

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Meeting ID: 986 7059 6338
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8th Annual Peace Feast Saturday, May 22, 2021

8th Annual Peace Feast

Saturday, May 22, Noon to 2 pm

Square Dance Pavilion, Pioneer Park

Celebrating Peacemakers in Our Community

Come Help Us Celebrate!

 

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6th Annual Peace Feast, 2018

Free barbeque! Dick Farris has again agreed to cook his famous barbeque for us. Please bring a dish to share and eating utensils if possible. We missed the Peace Feast last year because of the pandemic, but now we’re back! However, since there are still covid concerns the Borough requires that we have no more than 25 people at a time under the pavilion and that everyone wear a mask while not actually eating.

The Peace Feast is an opportunity to relax in the summer sun and share ideas and interests. We encourage those with a passion for peace to get involved at the personal level to make a difference in our own community. We’ll be featuring short presentations from organizations working toward peace, justice, and sustainability in our community. The Square Dance Pavilion (aka picnic shelter) is between the Dance Hall and the the Pioneer Air Museum.

The Alaska Peace Center works for peace, justice and sustainability – individually, in our community and globally – with a commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution. For more information, contact info@alaskapeace.org.

Community News and Opportunities for Action

David Swanson, host of Talk Nation Radio, conducts provocative interviews examining important issues. A recent one is with Jon Mitchell, author of the new book Poisoning the Pacific. A link to Talk Nation Radio and other local and national websites of interest can be found under the “Links” tab.

Community News and Opportunities for Action, Week of May 9, 2021

Community News and Opportunities for Action, Week of May 2, 2021

For older posts see the “community news and opportunities” tab.

 

Thurs, 4-15-21, 3pm: Jet Line: Voices from the Flight Path

…those drowned out by the ear-shattering F-35 “sound of freedom.” Exploring the relationship between picturesque residential areas and the deafening weapons systems overhead, Jet Line is a poetic portrait of a community plagued by war machines, documenting untenable
conditions in a small city once voted one of the best places to live in America.

Join for a free screening of this12-minute film and discussion (via Eventbrite) by going to jetlinefilm.com.

Annual Members Meeting Thursday, April 1, 2021

Our Annual Members’ meeting will take place in conjunction with our monthly meeting, on Thursday, April 1 at 7 pm via Zoom. The Zoom link is the same for all monthly meetings this winter and spring:

https://zoom.us/j/93703738136?pwd=UlRBMU1lQXR2c0ZKKzlEaklvb1VNZz09

All welcome! Front and center for this meeting will be the election of board members. Some board members have reached term limits, so some new people are needed. Our by-laws state that we can serve on the board for five consecutive two-year terms. We gladly anticipate fresh board energy, possibly moving the organization in new directions! Please contact apcboard@alaskapeace.org if you are able to help steer us by serving on our board of directors. ****** We Need You! *******

Other topics for discussion include developing ways to support the newly enacted UN Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (TPNW). There are opportunities both locally within our community (see ICAN cities appeal), and statewide in collaboration with Veterans For Peace Chapter 100 in Juneau who are developing a dynamic program for getting Alaskan youth involved. Locally, we also need to finalize a new TPNW-related ad to run on the Borough buses here in town. Additionally, our annual Peace Feast at Pioneer Park is coming up in late May and we need to begin advance planning for that.

Contact info@alaskapeace.org or call 479-0981, Heather, with questions.