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Week of 10 December 2017

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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.

Download the flyer

“Ban The Bomb” Rally, Fairbanks, Alaska, July 1, 2017

A group of Alaskans gathered for a rally in support of the United Nations’ current effort to institute a Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. Heather Koponen’s sign saying “Don’t Bank On The Bomb” elicited the angst of the local Wells Fargo Bank’s management. An official came out and told her that she couldn’t use the public sidewalk to protest. The bank official told her that she was upsetting their clients.

Ban the Bomb Rally Sat. July 1, corner of University Ave. & Geist Rd,1:30-2:30

Come show that it is time to support the current NUCLEAR BAN TREATY NEGOTIATIONS.

After campaigning from civil society, governments are now in negotiations at the United Nations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. This new international agreement will place nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction, which have long been outlawed.

The negotiations are taking place at UN headquarters in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July 2017, with the participation of governments, international organizations and civil society representatives.

The U.S.”leaders” are not taking an active part, but we can let the world know that the people support ending nuclear arms race, testing and devastation.

See more at: https://www.un.org/disarmament/wmd/nuclear/npt/

Emma’s Revolution Concert Sat. June 3rd

Keep the Resistance going with an inspiring concert
from “activist power duo” Emma’s Revolution

EmmaRevolutionNow Cover

Photo: Irene Young

Revolution Now
CD Release Concert

Saturday, June 3rd 8pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks
4448 Pike’s Landing
Tickets $25

available at Gulliver’s Books, Grassroots Guitar, or via
info@alaskapeace.org
emmasrevolution.com

Sponsored by the Alaska Peace Center

Community News, 17 April 2017

Alaska Peace Center Community News and Actions (and KWRK-LP 90.9 FM Radio Report on Mondays, 10am) Week of April 17, 2017

Briefly: In the recent past: $100 million is the cost of the 59 Tomahawk missiles

Call to Protect Education Funding

Tax Day demonstrators

U.S. citizens increased our complicity in war crimes

Ongoing:

1. Friends of Fox Spring citizens’ group

2. U.S. Senators & Representatives are out of session. until April 23rd: challenge them to do better.

3. U.S. Navy Northern Edge 2017, live fire exercise in Gulf of Alaska

4. –Tell President Trump not to approve another $390 million in arms sales to Saudi Arabia!

In the near future:

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