Monthly Peace and Justice Vigil: #NO DAPL
Last Updated on Thursday, 27 October 2016 16:59
PEACE COALITION PEACE AND JUSTICE VIGIL SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5
“STAND WITH STANDING ROCK AND MISSISSIPPI STAND: NO DAKOTA ACCESS PIPELINE”
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 https://m.facebook.com/SoILStandswithStandingRock/
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.
CAMPAIGN NONVIOLENCE SEPTEMBER 20-28TH, 2015
Last Updated on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 20:13
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
2016 Margie Parker Teach-In for Peace: Medea Benjamin
Last Updated on Sunday, 16 October 2016 13:06
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7:00 P.M. AT THE SIU SCHOOL OF LAW AUDITORIUM
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 www.codepink.org.
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.
Campaign Nonviolence--September 20 -27, 2015
Last Updated on Sunday, 26 July 2015 13:47
“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 20-27th” and 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.