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Peace Coalition of Southern Illinois

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

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.


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

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



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.



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