July, 2014 Calendar of Events
Many Ways of Peace
217 S. Main St.
Monday, July 28, 7-9PM, The LaCrosse WI School District Compassion Project--aspiring to teach the practice of compassion through the use of art and writing. The inspiration for the project came from reserach of UW-Madison psychcology and psychiatry professor Richard Davidson, whose research found that those who practice compassion have measurably healthier brains and generally a happier outlook on life. Learn about this dynamic program involving 6,000 K-12 art students through videos from WKBT-TV in LaCrosse and Wisconsin Public TV. Discussion follows.
Tuesday, August 5, 7-9PM, Money and the Divisive Nature of Politics with Alan Tulppo, Social Studies Teacher at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. As another political season heats up, the impact of money in politics is becoming increasingly clear to more and more people. Supreme Court rulings and the reluctance of Congress to do anything about the problem is resulting in a political system, government, and citizenry held captive by money and special interests. Join us for an enlightening and stimulating presentation and discussion with Alan Tulppo, who teaches Political Science, Economics, Sociology, Criminology, and History at Northland Pines High School in Eagle River. Click for PDF.
Thursday, August 14, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, Preserving the Seed Commons: Creating a Community Seed Library, with Debbie Jircik, Director of Many Ways of Peace. Debbie is a graduate of Native Seeds/SEARCH's Seed School and founder of Seed to Seed Edible Garden Project. She will give an interactive presentation on basic seed saving and the why's and how's of building a seed library in the community. Soup with organic and local ingredients and fresh baked bread are served at noon, followed by the program. $6.00 per person, reservations recommended. Call 715.480.4697 or email us.
Tuesday, August 26, 7-9PM, Is Women's Equality a Pre-Requisite for Human Survival with Mary Sanderson, DeForest, WI, a 35 year member Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. How are women faring after 6,000 years of patriarchy? Bring your ideas and join the conversation. Mary will share news from the 2014 WILPF National Conference and discuss how women's work and common sense can creative positive futures.
Thursday, August 28, 6-9PM, Learn the Ancient Art of Lacto-Fermentation with LynnAnnThomas. Join LynnAnn for a hands-on class making a mixed vegetable relish using organic vegetables from EverGood Farm with one of the oldest methods of food preservation. You'll take home a jar of relish and the knowledge to make ferments from your favorite vegetables. $8.00 per person. Pre-registration required. Space limited. 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 session, 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.
Thursday, July 17, Noon-1PM, Peace Cafe, GMOs: The Truth is Hard to Swallow, with Tina Koller.Tina's presentation will feature the concerns about genetic modification of our food supply and the hidden impact on the environment. There is a way to make certain fear is not an ingredient in your food. Tina is co-owner with her husband, Dave, of Grass Roots Health Foods east of Eagle River and a proponent of organic and sustainable agriculture, local foods and living well. Soup with organic and local ingredients and fresh baked bread (all non-GMO) is served at noon, followed by the program. $6.00 per person, reservations recommended.
Monday, July 7, 7-9PM, The Crisis in Iraq and the Chance for Peace with David Carlson, Professor of Religious Studies, Franklin College, Indianapolis, IN. Where did the ISIS group come from? What are their goals? What can peace-loving Americans do in the face of this new violence? This program will address questions related to the latest developments in Iraq, Syria and beyond. Dr. Carlson and his wife, Kathy, are summer residents of Three Lakes. He is the author of Peace Be With You: Wisdom for a Terror-Filled World.
Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 6:30-8:30PM: Special Screening of INEQUALITY FOR ALL. This award-winning documentary is a passionate argument on behalf of the middle class featuring Robert Reich--professor, best-selling author, and Clinton cabinet member--as he demonstrates how the widening income gap has devastating impact on the American economy.
This film is an intimate portrait of a man whose lifelong goal remains protecting those who are unable to protect themselves. Through his singular perspective, Reich explains how the massive consolidation of weath by a precious few threatens the viability of the American workforce and the foundation of democracy itself. In this "inconvenience truth" for the economy, Reich uses humor and a wide array of facts to explain how the issue of ECONOMIC INEQUALITY affects each and every one of us. The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was picked up for distribution by the Weinstein Company - RADIUS. Discussion will follow the showing of the 85-minute film.
Monday, October 28, 2013, 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, 2013--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.