One bright sunny morning
in the shadow of the steeple
by the relief office I saw my people.
As they stood there hungry
I stood there wondering
if this land was made for you and me.
Click for printable December, 2013 calendar of events.
You're invited to join us for these
enriching and enlivening
Monday, December 9, 6:30-8PM, The Story of Stuff, a film short (21 minutes) by Annie Leonard. Celebrate the holidays with less stuff and more fun! The Story of Stuff is a fast-paced and fact-filled cartoon style film that looks at our consumption patterns and their connections with environmental and social issues. After viewing the film, we will share ideas with one another for making our lives and holidays more fulfilling with free gifts, gifts of time and other alternatives that can help the planet and our local community. Refreshments.
Tuesday, December 17, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, Celebrating the Commons--Why Public Libraries Still Matter, with Diana Anderson, Director; Mickee Stuckmeyer, Interlibrary Loan and volunteer coordinator, and Phil Jensen, building coordinator, of the Olson Memorial Library. A presentation about Eagle River's Olson library and the important role it plays in our community. Soup featuring local and organic ingredients served at noon, followed by the program. For reservations, call 715.480.4697 or email us.
Wednesdays, 11:30-12:50, Yoga with Betsy Schussler, registered Yoga teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT-500). Combining Thich Nhat Hanh's breath awareness (breathing in, I know I'm breathing in/breathing out, I know I'm breathing out) with a sense of equanimity, peacefulness and good humor is the focus in this Hatha yoga class. Newcomers and beginners are always welcome. $8 per sessioon, 50% of revenue returned to Many Ways of Peace to support programs. Class meets upstairs, park in back and use back stairs.
Mondays, 9-10AM, Guided Sitting and Walking Meditation in the tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, led by Mary Jo Berner. When our breathing is in harmony with our steps, we transform our walking path into a field of meditation and with each step, a gentle breeze blows, a flower blooms. Whether you're walking to your car or at home, walking with awareness calms the mind. Group meets upstairs, use back stairs.
Past programs in 2013:
Monday, October 28, 7-9PM, "Let's Try Democracy" with David Swanson (via Skype) from Charlottesville, VA. David, a prolific author, has a Masters Degree in philosophy from the University of Virginia. His newest book is "War NoMore: The Case for Abolition". In addition to being a writer, he's a journalist, activist, and educator, and hosts "Talk Radio Nation". David serves on the communications committee for Veterans for Peace, of which he is a non-veteran member. Copies of three of his books are available for purchase or to check out of the Many Ways of Peace library. In addition to "War No More: The Case for Abolition", "War is a Lie" and "When the World Outlawed War", the story of the Kellogg-Briand Pact, when 80 nations--including the United States--signed a pact renouncing war in 1926 in Paris. David is an outspoken critic of our govenrment's drone killing program.
By: Mary Jo Berner, creator and producer of the series
For four Monday nights--January 28 through February 18--we came to Many Ways of Peace to learn about drones. You might have heard of the administration's "kill list". You've certainly heard about drones. But much about our government's deployment of drones remains shrouded in secrecy. What is not a secret, however, is the rapid rise of drones as the "weapon of choice" by the military and CIA following 9/11.
After Pat Chaffee's presentation (January 28) about her visit to Pakistan and what life is like for Pakistanis living under our drones 24/7, we began to have a sense that there is more to drones than we had anticipated. Pat is a sister in the Dominican order located in Racine. She went to Pakistan in October, 2012, with a Code Pink delegation to protest US drone strikes in that country. Here is a link to an important and revealing BBC special report,"The Secret Drone War", she showed us.
Even if you watched it once, it's worth seeing again!
Ethan Cummings, moderator and facilitator for the entire KILLING BY REMOTE CONTROL: DRONE WARFARE series, conducted the second program, Drones 101: how they evolved into killing machines in remotely piloted war (February 4). Ethan's presentation was packed with information critical to a basic understanding the issues swirling around the use of drones primarily by the military, CIA, and the State department. Ethan's program primed us for the Senate Intelligence committee's hearing later that same week on the Obama administration's nomination of John Brennan to head the CIA. Brennan serves as Obama's counter-terrorism chief, with responsibility for the drone program. Here are links to the videos shown during the program::
Code Pink's Medea Benjamin Brings Voices of Pakistani Drone Victims to Obama Inauguration
Drone Strikes: Where Are Obama's Tears for Those Child Victims?
Drones: Less Distance from War
Living Under Drones
The third program (February 11) featured a panel discussion on drones with area religious leaders. Seated from left, Fr. Dean Einerson, rector of St. Augustine's Episcopal church in Rhinelander; Dale Bishop, former pastor of First Congregational-UCC church in Rhinelander; and Jerry Woolpy, who is active in the Jewish Reform congregation in Wausau. Fr. Robert Koszarek, pastor of St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic parish in Eagle River, was unable to participate on the panel because of a family funeral. Following presentations by each of the panelists, the audience was invited to ask questions and make comments.
Our guests for the final program on February 18 were activists from No Drones Wisconsin and WI Coalition to Ground the Drones and Stop the
Wars. Lars Prip, left, and David Soumis brought the Reaper drone replica to display for the evening's program.
Bonnie Block is a longtime peace activist who explained she works to ground the drones because she thinks they are illegal, immoral, and ineffective. "I want a safer, more just, and peaceful world for my grandchildren to live in."
Joining Bonnie were Lars Prip of Janesville and David Soumis of Madison, who started the Drone Working Group within national Veterans for Peace. David also attended the International Drone Summit in Washington, DC, and runs No Drones Wisconsin. David says we need to stop the militarization of the United States, bring our troops home, and bring peace and harmony to all on the earth.
If you attended any of the programs in the series, your feedback would be most appreciated.