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A successful Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace featured John Dear, Outreach director of Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service and initiator of  upcoming Campaign Nonviolence events including a National Conference and Campaign Nonviolence actions being planned for the week of September 20 to the 27th, 2015.  During his visit John invited the Peace Coalition to send representatives to the Conference and begin planning to participate in the September week of nonviolent actions.  Below are announcements about training opportunities in preparation for the Campaign Nonviolence events and links for more information about the National Conference.
From the Pace e Bene Nonviolence Service website:
A new series of online webinars with Ken Butigan May 12, 19 and 26th.  If you have never had a chance to attend our workshops in person, consider joining us online for this informative event.  It will be especially helpful for folks planning nonviolent actions during CNV week September 20-27, 2015.  Learn more and register here!
August 6-9 will mark the seventieth anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the beginning of the nuclear age.  Two of the most solemn places on earth for remembering this horror -- and committing ourselves to a future free from war and nuclear weapons -- are Japan and New Mexico, where the bombs used in 1945 were created at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Pace e Bene and Campaign Nonviolence are joining with our friends in New Mexico to make a pilgrimage to Los Alamos on August 6 and 9 both before and after the CNV National Conference in nearby Santa Fe.  We invite you to consider joining us for this powerful series of events.  Only 40 spots remain, so please register soon!
Last Updated on Saturday, 25 April 2015 12:04

2015 Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace features Nobel Peace Prize Nominee, Fr. John Dear

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The Peace Coalition initiated the Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace as a tribute to Margie’s long service to our community and her commitment to efforts for peace.  The Teach-In is scheduled for Tuesday, March 24th, during the 11 Days for Compassion.  It will take place at 7:00 PM at the SIUC Student Health Center Auditorium, on Grand Avenue, east of the Recreation Center in Carbondale, Illinois.  A reception catered by Crustaudo's and book signing will follow the talk.

Presenter John Dear is a world recognized leader in nonviolent action and thinking currently working with Pace e Bene, ( as Outreach Director to initiate a new effort: Campaign Nonviolence .  A peacemaker, organizer, lecturer, and retreat leader, he is the author/editor of 30 books, including his autobiography, “A Persistent Peace,” and "The Nonviolent Life." In 2008, John was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and again in 2015 by the International Parliament, Intergovernmental Organization of the States.

His work focuses on three important aspects on the path toward becoming people of nonviolence – being nonviolent toward ourselves; being nonviolent to all others (including creation and creatures); and joining the global grassroots movement of nonviolence.

A former Jesuit, John is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Monterey, California.  From 1998 until December 2000, he served as the executive director of the Fellowship of Reconciliation, the largest interfaith peace organization in the United States.

After the September 11th, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center, John served as a Red Cross Chaplain, and became one of the coordinators of the chaplain program at the Family Assistance Center.

From 2002-2004, he served as pastor of several parishes in northeastern New Mexico. He co-founded Pax Christi New Mexico and works on a nonviolent campaign to disarm Los Alamos. These days, he lectures to tens of thousands of people each year in churches and schools across the country and the world.

John has been arrested over seventy-five times in acts of nonviolent civil disobedience for peace, and has organized hundreds of demonstrations against war and nuclear weapons at military bases across the country, as well as worked with Mother Teresa and others to stop the death penalty.

The Peace Coalition is fortunate to have sponsorship support from the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Nonviolent Carbondale, the Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, the Covenants Committee of the Church of the Good Shepherd, the Carbondale Friends Meeting, the Gaia House, and the United Nations Association-Southern Illinois.

For more information contact Georgeann Hartzog, 521-4239 or Hugh Muldoon, 549-1051.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 18 March 2015 10:24

Peace Coalition Monthly Meeting and Weekly Vigil Schedule Changed

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At the Monthly Meeting this Wednesday we discussed the proposal for changing our monthly meeting and weekly peace vigil and unanimously decided to change each activity to coincide on the first Saturday of each month.

Thus the weekly vigil will become a monthly vigil and we will identify an issue of focus for each month.  This will allow us to invite groups already interested in issues of consequence to the peace and health of our society and world to join in the vigil.  Our first Monthly Vigil and meeting are described below.

Monthly meetings have previously been held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month.  We are changing that meeting to follow the monthly peace vigil at 1:15 pm at a location close to the vigil site.  We hope this will allow some who have not been able to attend monthly meetings to join us and to expand the pool of voices involved in planning and discussion.  Please consider bringing your issue to our attention for a special monthly vigil.
Georgeann, Michael, Hugh, Gary, Norma

The Peace Coalition will hold a Monthly Peace and Justice Vigil on Saturday, June 7 from noon to 1pm in front of the Carbondale Town Square Pavilion, Rts 13 and 51.  The vigil will focus on the violence of fracking and the non violence of renewable sources of energy.  Any and all fracktivists from the area are invited to join us on the 7th.  Bring your signs if you wish.  The Peace Coalition will have signs in accord with our nonviolent and peace values.  We will meet afterwards at Cristaudos for the Monthly Meeting to talk about issues and future vigils.  For more information contact Hugh Muldoon at 618-549-1051.  


Peace Coalition Monthly Vigil November 1st.

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Peace Coalition Monthly Vigil, Saturday, November 1st, Noon to 1 PM, the Monthly Meeting will follow at 1:15 PM at Cristaudo’s

In the spirit of Halloween, All Saints/Day of the Dead we will feature signs that play with the themes of violence and militarism that the Peace Coalition has long drawn attention to. Please join us, costumes optional. Anyone inspired by the theme can bring their own sign.

RIP--Resist In Peace

We Are Tricked--War Profiteers Are Treated

Keep the Candy--Distribute Justice Instead

War is Horrorween--Enough is Enough

Saints Don't Bomb Civilians--Ghouls Do

Don't Put a Mask on War--It's Hell

All Saints Want Peace

Dead Soldiers Want Peace

CIA-NSA--Spooks in Control

Vote for Peace Every Day

Elect Humans Not Minions.




The Peace Coalition of SI/FOR affiliated with the Fellowship of Reconciliation in 1992.   We share a commitment to achieve a just and peaceful world community with full dignity and freedom for every human being.  We promote nonviolent resolution of conflict, the integrity of the environment, and tolerance of diversity.




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