Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois

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Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois


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The Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/Fellowship of Reconciliation is joining Pace e Bene Peace + all good's  national Campaign Nonviolence initiative.  A series of events scheduled in Carbondale voice the call to “create a Culture of Peace, free from war, poverty, the climate crisis and the epidemic of violence.”  While that sounds like a monumental undertaking, there are diverse groups working in our communities to meet this challenge.  Campaign Nonviolence seeks to connect the dots that show the violent impacts our status quo has on ourselves, others - particularly those less well off - and the whole natural world.   Information about the weeks’ events can also be seen at View Campaign Nonviolence - Carbondale calendar.

The week will showcase the alternatives and positive interventions being created and shared locally. These include the struggle to end the ravages of war, homelessness, domestic violence, police militarization, and mass incarceration, and the major efforts to prevent the destruction of fracking in southern Illinois while pushing ahead with vigorous alternative energy, conservation, and local food security plans.

Currently nearly 300 events around the country are planned for the week of Campaign Nonviolence.  On September 20th events in Carbondale will begin at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship and the Carbondale Public Library and will continue through the week.  One capstone will be a Rally for Campaign Nonviolence to be held on Sunday, September 27th, 4:00 pm at the Labyrinth Peace Park, next to Gaia House, 913 S. Illinois Avenue.  Under the Geodesic Dome Sculpture the event will bring together music, speakers from participating community groups, and an introduction to the plan for a new Community Peace Mural.  Information about the weeks’ events can be seen at View Campaign Nonviolence - Carbondale calendar

Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 20:13

Campaign Nonviolence--September 20 -27, 2015

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“Campaign Nonviolence is a long-term movement to mainstream active nonviolence; to build a culture of peace and nonviolence; and to foster a world free of war, poverty, the climate crisis, and the epidemic of violence”.

Members of the Peace Coalition and  Nonviolent Carbondale met on June 22nd to begin organizing local public actions as part of the week of Campaign Nonviolence initiated by the Pace e Bene/Peace and All Good Nonviolence Service to be held this September 20 – 27th at numerous locations around the United States.  Local groups will be invited to join in creating events with a focus on Nonviolent problem solving and action here in southern Illinois.

The event in Carbondale will use a model established by Nonviolent Carbondale’s (NVC) 11 Days events which, in the past, focused on Peace, Compassion and Food Justice.  It will be titled “Campaign Nonviolence-September 20-27thand will work to pull a variety of local groups together in recognizing our common interests and goals to bring about a less violent world.  A concluding event will connect our multiple threads building toward  a world free of war, poverty and climate crisis.

Pace e Bene Nonviolent Action Service has produced a number of organizing resources and ideas and is holding periodic calls to talk about developing plans.  CNV week September 20-27, 2015. Learn more here.

The Peace Coalition will support three  members of our community in attending the August 6-9th Campaign Nonviolence Conference to be held in Santa Fe, New Mexico.   A report on their experience will provide part of the programming for Campaign Nonviolence-Sept. 20-27th.   Anyone interested in taking part in ongoing planning please contact Hugh Muldoon, 549-1051, or Georgeann Hartzog, 521-4239.

Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2015 13:47

Pastors for Peace Caravan to Cuba Event Tuesday, July 7th

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The 26th IFCO/Pastors for Peace Friendshipment Caravan to Cuba will be in Carbondale on Tuesday, July 7th. The visit is an opportunity to show support for ending the U.S. economic blockade and travel ban on Cuba and to support the changing diplomatic environment.

Manolo de los Santos will lead the delegation of Caravanistas arriving at the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship, 105 N. Parrish Lane, Carbondale. The evening will begin:

At 5:00 PM with a performance from the great local Latin band HOT!Sauce.

At 6:00 PM a Cuban-inspired dinner will be served, to be followed by a message from the Caravanistas.

Manolo De Los Santos has worked for Pastors for Peace in coordinating caravans to Cuba since 2008 and other projects in Haiti, Mexico and Central America.  He is currently the IFCO/Pastors for Peace liaison in Cuba with the US students at the Latin American School of Medicine. He resides in Matanzas, Cuba where he is a student at Evangelical Theological Seminary.

His presentation will be a unique opportunity to hear from someone who is seeing the changes in Cuba up close.

Since 2000, the Peace Coalition has worked with other friends of the Cuban people in southern Illinois to assist the Caravan as it transports donated construction, medical and education supplies for the people of Cuba.

The US and Cuba are on the verge of establishing diplomatic relations but the embargo is still in place. The work of the Caravan helps keep the pressure on the US government to do the right thing. The Caravanistas’ journey challenges the legality and morality of the longstanding US economic blockade of Cuba and this year focuses on community organizing, visiting senior centers, children’s programs, cooperatives, and Cuban churches.

Funds will be collected to help with the expenses of transporting donated supplies.

The event is being cosponsored by the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR and the Social Action Committee of the Carbondale Unitarian Fellowship. For more information about Pastors for Peace and IFCO go to



70th Anniversary Hiroshima/Nagasaki Atomic Bombing: Aug 1st Vigil, Aug 9th Commemoration

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On Saturday, August 1, 2015 from Noon to 1 PM at the corner of Main and Illinois Avenues in Carbondale, the Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois/FOR will hold the Monthly Vigil for Peace and Justice in recognition of the 70th Anniversary of the Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

The vigil will call for reducing the world wide Nuclear threat by supporting the nuclear agreement with Iran and by redirecting spending on Nuclear weapons in the U.S. to
meet the needs of U S. cities.

A resolution adopted by the U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) at its’ most recent meeting “expresses its support for the successful conclusion of negotiations with Iran on a comprehensive nuclear deal and urges the U.S. government to support the convening of a conference on establishing a Middle East Zone free of weapons of mass destruction at the earliest possible date.”

Citing the fact that over the next decade the U.S. plans to spend $348 billion to maintain and modernize its nuclear forces, the USCM declares that “the needs of America’s cities can only be met by adopting new priorities to create a just and sustainable economy, infrastructure and environment,” and “calls on the President and Congress to reduce nuclear weapons spending to the minimum necessary to assure the safety and security of the existing weapons as they await disablement and dismantlement, and to redirect those funds to address the pressing needs of cities.”

In our own communities, we see the need for funds to support public services, rebuild roads and bridges and numerous other projects that keep our cities livable. Members of the Peace Coalition and others are familiar with the terrible devastation of nuclear weapons demonstrated in Japan 70 years ago and support this call for a multi-pronged effort to make the world safer from the dangers of an accidental or purposeful use of them. We call for vigorous support of the recently concluded Iran negotiations, especially in the U.S. Senate.

The Peace Coalition will hold its monthly meeting at Cristado's, across from Carbondale Civic Center, at 1:15pm following the vigil.

The Peace Coalition will also hold the annual  Hiroshima/Nagasaki Commemoration on Sunday, August 9th, at the Church of the Good Shepherd UCC, corner of Orchard and Schwartz in Carbondale.  The event will begin at 5:30 pm with a potluck, followed by a presentation on Trinity, the first bomb, by Jessica Bradshaw; and a ceremony of remembrance.

The public is invited to these free events.



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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 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 Thursday, 18 June 2015 08:51
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