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Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois

Caravan to Cuba in Carbondale Monday, April 24

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The IFCO/Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba arrives in Carbondale on Monday April 24! For the last 27 years the Peace Coalition has helped organize an event as the Caravan passes through Southern Illinois.  Joined by the Program and Social Action Committees of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC we will host a dinner and presentation at the Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane.

The evening will begin at 5:30 PM with a performance of Latin jazz from our local band, HOT! Sauce. Dinner at 6:00 PM will be followed by a presentation from Gladys Abella, who is currently a church leader at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Marianao, Havana and works for the Cuban Council of Churches. Ms. Abella played a key role in the creation of the historic Martin Luther King Center in Havana, a project of the Ebenezer Baptist Church which recently renewed its’ sister church relationship with Carbondale’s Church of the Good Shepherd UCC.

Under President Obama, the US and Cuba have established diplomatic relations but the embargo remains in place. According to the Latin America Working Group “…the future of bilateral relations is unclear. President Donald Trump has simply said that he wishes a “better deal” for the Cuban people, and that the administration is “reviewing Cuba policy.” Unfortunately, neither political insiders nor pundits know what to make of these statements, and the pendulum of relations could swing either way”.  Gladys will help us understand the consequences of the continued embargo on the Cuban people and how we can help IFCO/Pastors for Peace challenge it.

We are again asking for funds to help the Caravan proceed with this important campaign to educate the U.S. of the need to normalize relations and pass legislation to lift the embargo with Cuba.  Checks may be made to the Peace Coalition with Pastors for Peace on the memo line.  They may be mailed to our treasurer, Lee Hartman, 1442 E. Gary Drive, Carbondale, Illinos 62902.


Please join us at the event! For more information contact Georgeann Hartzog, 618-521-4239.  More information on this amazing effort to break down the barriers with Cuba can be found at the IFCO website:


11 Days for Compassion Begins April 1-11, 2017

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Peace and Justice Vigil
What Does Compassion Look Like?
Saturday, April 1 @ 12:00 PM
Town Square Pavilion

The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation Monthly Peace and Justice Vigil, Saturday April 1 will help kick off Nonviolent Carbondale’s 11 Days for Compassion 2017. The vigil will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the corner of Main Street and Illinois Ave., Town Square Pavilion, Carbondale. The vigil will have the theme: What Does Compassion Look Like? Appropriate signs will be provided, the public is invited to join and attendees are encouraged to bring their own signs.
Following the vigil, the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation will join the Understory Kitchen for a free lunch and discussion at 216 N Washington St, Carbondale. Georgia de la Garza, founder of Shawnee Hills and Hollers will share her experiences with Nonviolent Direct Action, reflecting on principles of training, planning and preparing for actions designed to impact issues of great consequence when traditional advocacy and protest fail to change oppressive or damaging policies or institutions. The event is free and open to the public. Email to confirm attendance for lunch and discussion,  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , for more information see Facebook: Center for Subsistence Research.

These events are part of the 11 Days for Compassion  Please check out the website or go to the Nonviolent Carbondale facebook page to see an amazing variety of events during the 11 will surely want to attend a number of them!

Monthly Peace and Justice Vigil: #NO DAPL

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The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR Monthly Vigil for Peace and Justice is scheduled for Saturday, November 5, Noon to 1 P.M. at the corner of Illinois Ave. and Main Street in Carbondale.  The Vigil will have a justice theme: Stand with Standing Rock and Mississippi Stand: No Dakota Access Pipeline(DAPL).  The Noon vigil will be followed by a brief rally, updating the community on the current situation with this campaign. Supplies and donations for the Standing Rock and Mississippi Stand resistance camps will be collected at the vigil. The Peace Coalition will be joined by co-sponsors Southern Illinois Stands with Standing Rock and Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment (SAFE). For more information, visit


The DAPL is a $3.8B, 1,100 mile fracked-oil pipeline under construction from the Bakken shale fields of North Dakota to Patoka, Illinois, crossing or threatening to cross Lakota Treaty Territory, the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers and impacting many sacred indigenous sites. The Members of native nations have come together with non-native supporters to block the construction, establishing encampments in North Dakota and Iowa and with ongoing non-violent civil disobedience efforts along the path of the pipeline. These efforts aim to protect endangered fresh water supplies, the resource that all life depends on, of upward of 10 million people. Additionally, finishing this pipeline would continue the bad public policy of investing in fossil fuel development; instead these massive resources should be shifted to climate saving renewable energy projects.


Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:59

December 3 Monthly Peace and Justice Vigil

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The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR Monthly Vigil for Peace and Justice is scheduled for Saturday, December 3, Noon to 1 P.M. at the corner of Illinois Ave. and Main Street in Carbondale.  The Vigil will have the theme: Make America better and more secure by embracing diversity, standing up for human rights and racial justice, welcoming immigrants, ending violence and hate crimes, building a just economy that limits life-killing military spending and forges ahead to reverse global warming with conservation and renewable energy. Signs will be provided, but all are encouraged to bring appropriate messages that fit the theme of making America better.

The Vigil will be followed by the Peace Coalition monthly meeting at Cristaudo’s Café and Bakery. All are welcome.



Last Updated on Thursday, 01 December 2016 14:04

2016 Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace: Medea Benjamin

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Local organizer and activist Margie Parker led the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR for more than 20 years. After her death, the Peace Coalition initiated a Teach-in for Peace in her memory which this year will host Medea Benjamin, whose latest book, Kingdom of the Unjust, Behind the US-Saudi Connection, explores this issue of national significance.

Medea is one of America’s best-known 21st-century activists. Co-founder of CODEPINK and the fair trade advocacy group Global Exchange, in 2012 she was awarded the U.S. Peace Memorial Foundation’s Peace Prize; she received the 2014 Gandhi Peace Award and the 2010 Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Prize from the Fellowship of Reconciliation. She is mother of two children and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

The co-founder of CODEPINK has become famous for fearlessly tackling head-on subjects most of us studiously avoid. Sometimes she does so in person—as during President Obama’s speech at the National Defense University, or during a reception for drone manufacturers and members of Congress, or in Cairo, where she was assaulted by police. With her latest book, she’s researching the sinister nature of the relationship between the U.S. and Saudi Arabia. What is the origin of this strange alliance between two countries that seemingly have very little in common? Why does it persist, and what are its consequences?

With extremism spreading across the globe, a reduced U.S. need for Saudi oil, and a thawing of U.S. relations with Iran, the time is right for a re-evaluation of our close ties with the Saudi regime. More information about this effort can be found at

The program will be held Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 PM in the SIU School of Law Auditorium, Corner of Oakland and Douglas Dr., Carbondale. The speech will be followed by a reception and book signing in the Formal Lounge. The event is free and open to the public, for more information contact Georgeann Hartzog, 618.521.4239 or M.J. Smerken, 618.534.5403.

Co-sponsors of the Teach-In include the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation, Nonviolent Carbondale, Carbondale Public Library, SIU School of Law, Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, the Shawnee Green Party, Covenants Committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, Southern Illinois Quaker Meeting, and Gaia House.


Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 13:06
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