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APC News week of May 20th, 2018

Viet Nam 50 Years After the War

Friday, 18 May 2018, 6:30 pm at the Temporary Quaker Meeting House, 1744 Farmers Loop Road

(at the end of Short Road, the next road northeast of the light at Ballaine Road)

For those who missed it the first time, Alan Batten will report on the Commemoration in Viet Nam of the 50th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre. On March 16, 1968, soldiers from Charlie and Bravo Companies of the Americal Division killed 504 unarmed civilians, mostly women and children, in My Lai and adjacent subhamlets of Son My Village. This past March the Vietnamese held a commemoration at the site, and Alan was there as part of a Veterans For Peace delegation. He will report on the event and give an update on the two legacies of the war (unexploded ordnance and agent orange dioxin contamination) that continue to impact the Vietnamese people.

Sponsored by the Chena Ridge Friends Meeting, Alaska Peace Center and North Star Veterans For Peace and will be held at the Temporary Quaker Meeting House, 1744 Farmers Loop Road (at the end of Short Road, the next road northeast of the light at Ballaine Road).

 

VietNam 50 yrs later: Impressions of the People and Reflections on the War & its Legacies. Potluck & Presentation Friday, April 28, 2018, 6-9 pm at 159 Kniffen rd; Sharon & Sean’s “Dome Home”

Vietnam is full of vibrant energetic people pulling themselves out of poverty caused in large part by a century of colonization by the French; decades of war with the French, Japanese, French again, Americans, Cambodians and Chinese; and 2 decades of economic isolation by America & its allies.    They are happy, pragmatic people with a strong sense of history and a rich literary tradition, who are simultaneously looking toward the future.

Alan has just returned from 5 weeks in Viet Nam where he was part of the Veterans For Peace delegation to the 50th anniversary commemoration of the My Lai Massacre on March 16. He will report on that commemoration and also provide an update on the two main legacy issues remaining from the war: unexploded ordnance and agent orange dioxin contamination. These are heavy issues, but the overall attitude to them in Viet Nam is one of optimism and moving beyond them to a peaceful and
productive future.

Alan probably won’t be able to stop himself from also commenting on other aspects of his trip unrelated to wars and violence.

For more information call Veteran For Peace Alan Batten: 488-3205

The People’s Amendments: potluck & presentation/ discussion, Friday, March 30th, 6-9pm

An Alaskan’s journey around the U.S. trying to fulfill a centuries old promise of a citizen democracy. Our focus is to eliminate the overwhelming unequal influence of money, and the suffocating grip of the two-party duopoly, on OUR American political system. Presented by Dave Matheny.

6pm potluck, 7pm presentation/discussion, at the HUB, 410 2nd Ave, Ste 100, Fairbanks.

See http://northview-magazine.com/brief-encounters/dave-matheny-on-the-peoples-amendments/ .

For information, conatct info@alaskapeace.org, or call 457-5578.

Resolve: Youth Restorative Justice in Our Community – Friday, Feb. 23, 6-9pm with potluck

Youth Court & Potluck Poster

Alaska Peace Center Potluck & “Resolve: Youth Restorative Justice in Our Community,” presented by North Star Youth Court* Executive Director Jazzanne Fretwell.   Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

Phone: 907-457-6792   E-mail ednsyc@gci.net or info@alaskapeace.org

At North Star Youth Court – Sadler’s Furniture Store  Ste 302 (3rd fl; take the elevator up.)  Park in Sadler’s lot, 610 Cushman St., Fairbanks.

* “This is our Mission Statement: Reducing Juvenile Crime While Promoting Restorative Justice and Alternative Dispute Resolutions, Resulting in a Safer Community.”

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!

Ring in Peace on Armistice Day

Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 am

Veterans Memorial Park, 700 Cushman Street

Bell and dovesWriter Kurt Vonnegut, a WWII Prisoner of war wrote: “…November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy all the people of all nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

“It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.” (Breakfast of Champions, 1973)

In remembrance of the universal sense of joy felt around the world when World War One ended, and in renewal of the call for world peace, a world-wide tradition of ringing bells on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was observed for over 35 years.

Congress declared November 11 a holiday in 1938, “ …a day to be dedicated to the
cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

On June 1, 1954, Congress amended the Act of 1938 by deleting the word “Armistice” and
inserting the word “Veterans”.

With rhetoric and patriotic symbolism have we been distracting ourselves from recognizing the majority of war’s victims?

Can we envision a world without war and still appreciate friends, family, and neighbors who have made great sacrifice?

Maybe the best way we can honor our veterans is to stop making them. In the meantime, can we honor the original meaning of this holiday?

Please consider joining us in ringing bells for peace. You have no bell to ring? Come
anyway or be creative and make your own. This could be a great art project for children.

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