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Jan 092020
 

Two Gatherings for Peace affiliated with Montana Peace Seekers are scheduled in Montana the week of January 5-11, 2020:

  1. Thursday, January 9, at 5:00pm in Helena.
  2. Saturday, January 11, at 11:00am in Butte.

Helena Gathering for Peace

We will not be forced into another war.

Thursday, January 9, at 5pm local time (MST) in Helena (and in more than 360 other communities, https://www.nowarwithiran.org/event/no-war-with-iran/), the anti-war majority in this country will get visible to oppose Trump’s war and say #NoWarWithIran. It’s short notice, but please join Helena host Robyn M and others at 5pm in Memorial Park. If you have a battery-operated candle, please bring it. The gathering will be brief.

To access details about the Helena event tonight, and to invite friends to join you: https://act.moveon.org/event/no-war-with-iran-attend/127118/attend/

No War With Iran! Butte Demonstration

The Butte Area Rising Coalition (https://www.facebook.com/groups/229033757521011/) and Taking Action for Peaceful Solutions (https://www.facebook.com/ButteTAPS/) proudly co-sponsor a demonstration in favor of peace and against war with Iran, following President Donald Trump’s unauthorized actions and threats of illegal targeting of cultural and historic sites.

Please dress for the weather. Bring signs that are weatherproof if necessary. Prepare to make noise (bullhorns, drums, bells, etc.). We will stay on the public sidewalk and will in no way obstruct any pedestrian or vehicular traffic and will conscientiously respect any and all private property.

 January 9, 2020  Posted by at 12:16 pm Action, Events Tagged with: , , , , , , , ,
Oct 052019
 

On Tuesday, October 8, Hands On Global will present an evening at the Myrna Loy in Helena to educate attendees about the current refugee crisis (https://www.facebook.com/events/410862862898516/).

Seeking Asylum: Hands On Global at the Myrna Loy, Tuesday, October 8, 2019, 7pm. Text of graphic follows below.

The goal of this presentation is to have the audience experience a few moments in the life of a person seeking asylum. The evening will be a bit of theater, music, film and presentations.

The Hands On Global team will tell stories of the refugees they met and served and how the generosity of those Helenans who donated impact the life of a refugee.

Our Helena Village has saved lives, and this presentation will focus on what that impact is. This is based on the EU crisis that continues despite media silence.

There will be a 12 minute film featuring Omar Alkashal ( founder of Refugee4Refugees) and Hands On Global’s collaboration. Music by Wilbur Rehmann and Judy Fjell.

Speakers include Dr Georgia Milan (2013 recipient of Champion of Change by President Obama), Karen Cooper, Valerie Hellermann, Tama Adelman and Scott Craigle, all who participated in the refugee work.

“SOS” an art exhibition by Judy Paton and Valerie Hellermann will be in the lobby.

The evening is by donation. Funds raised will be used for medicines, medical supplies, medical treatment and renting a van for the mobile clinic. The Hands On Global team will be on the ground in Greece Refugee Camps October 23-November 20.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and at 7:00 p.m.

This event is sponsored by Plymouth Congregational Church, Big Sky Unitarian Universalists, Real Food Market and Deli, and RAFA.

 October 5, 2019  Posted by at 3:51 pm Events Tagged with: , , , , ,
Jul 122019
 

If you can’t attend a vigil this Friday, but want to have an impact in your community. Code Pink invites you to sign up here to Divest from the War Machine.

One week ago, Congress voted in favor of a funding package that included $144.85 million to the Department of Defense for jails — most likely tent camps — $209 million to ICE, more than a billion to Customs Border and Protection, and $155 million for US Marshals. Only four Democratic members of the House — Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib, and Pressley voted against it.

Candlelight vigils initiated nationwide by Lights for Liberty/A Vigil to End Human Concentration Camps are being held in seven cities across Montana on Friday, July 12, and Saturday, July 13th, and in hundreds of cities across the U.S. to protest cruel and inhumane U.S. detention and separation of families fleeing violence in Central America and elsewhere. Events will feature songs, immigrant stories, opportunities for action and voices of solidarity.

Friday, July 12

  • BILLINGS: 7:00 pm at the Billings First Church (310 N 27th St)
  • BOZEMAN: 7:00 pm at the Gallatin County Courthouse (205 E Main St.)
  • HELENA: 7:00 pm at Constitution Park (6th and Last Chance)
  • KALISPELL: 7:00 pm at the Museum at Central School (124 2nd Ave)
  • MISSOULA: 7:30 pm at the St Paul’s Lutheran Church (202 Brooks)
  • THOMPSON FALLS: 7:00 pm Sanders Co Court House (1111 W Main)

Saturday, July 13

  • GREAT FALLS: 11:30 am at the Great Falls Civic Center (2 S Park Dr)
 July 12, 2019  Posted by at 10:18 pm Action, Events Tagged with: , ,
Jul 072019
 

On July 12th, Montana cities will be joining hundreds of cities around the nation to stand together and call for an end to child and family detention at the border. We invite you to join us in expressing our horror at the conditions in the detention center and the deaths of seven children in America’s custody.

July 12, 2019, planned events:

July 13, 2019, event:

More about Lights for Liberty

Jul 042019
 

Dear Peace Action supporter,

This time of year, particularly with a holiday coming up, you and I ought to be enjoying some well-deserved summer relaxation, out there barbecuing and swimming 

But the military-industrial complex never sleeps. 

We just narrowly averted a war with Iran. A war that is still on the horizon. 

Can you email your House representative Gianforte in the  today and ask that he vote to stop endless wars?

After last week’s vote in the Senate to block Trump from going to war with Iran, we have another bite at the congressional apple as the House National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) comes to the floor. This must-pass bill allows us to attach language that shows Trump that there is no appetite for war with Iran here in the U.S.

The House will take up the bloated National Defense Authorization Act next week. Out of the over 600 amendments to the bill, several would reduce spending and set important policy. One amendment we want you to push your reps to support is the bipartisan effort by Reps. Khanna (D-CA) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL), which prohibits unauthorized military force against Iran. We are asking members of the House to cosponsor and then vote for the amendment.  

In addition to that critical effort, we are asking House representatives to:

  • Support any measures to reduce the wasteful and bloated Pentagon budget
     
  • Support all measures that would help end our nation’s “endless wars”

Votes are expected to happen next week but since it takes a couple days for emails to get tallied please send an email to your representative today. 

The amendment on Iran specifies that Congress is willing to use its power of the purse — war funding — to block military action by defunding that use of force. If we can get a strong enough vote, it puts Trump on notice that he can’t go to war without a big, politically costly fight with Congress. We need to make sure that we get the type of Congressional opposition that was not there in the run-up to the Iraq war.

Luckily, it only takes a few moments to take action. So you can still get out and enjoy the summer … after helping to stop a war. 

Thanks for all your efforts for a more peaceful world, 

        
Sincerely,

Jon Rainwater
Peace Action  

Jun 202019
 

Peace Action’s Paul Kawika Martin reports that we could see votes in the House and the Senate this week or next on the Pentagon’s massive, over-inflated budget.

There are a number of amendments introduced that could have a real positive impact, from blocking a potential war with Iran to cutting wasteful and dangerous spending on nuclear weapons.

If you haven’t called your representative and senators yet, please do so today!

  1. Call the Congressional Switchboard at 202-224-3121
  2. Ask for your representative or senators, and when connected say:
  3. My name is ____ and I am a constituent living at (your address). I’m calling to urge Representative/Senator ____ to support amendments that would reduce wasteful Pentagon spending, end our nation’s endless wars, and stop the Trump administration from starting an unconstitutional war with Iran. I look forward to hearing why the representative/senator does or does not support these steps I feel are important.

Montana contacts added by Helena SERPAJ:

GREG GIANFORTE
202-225-3211
406-502-1435 (Helena)
https://gianforte.house.gov/contact/email

JON TESTER
202-224-2644
406-449-5401 (Helena)
http://tester.senate.gov/?p=email_senator

STEVE DAINES
202-224-2651
406-443-3189 (Helena)
https://www.daines.senate.gov/connect/email-steve

 June 20, 2019  Posted by at 1:22 pm Action Tagged with: , , ,
Jun 072019
 

Climate crisis will be the most pressing issue the next President of the US will face. It is the most critical issue this planet has ever faced.

We are asking the DNC to reconsider their stance on not having a Presidential debate focused on climate change or allow the Candidates to have their own debate focused on the issue.

The climate crisis should be the most prominent issue on all Democratic Candidate’s platforms.

The DNC should be considering the climate crisis as its #1 platform issue as well.

That’s why Our Revolution Helena created a petition to Democratic National Committee, which says:

We are asking the DNC to reconsider their stance on not having a Presidential debate focused on climate change. Climate change is the most pressing and urgent issue the next President will face, we deserve to know what the Candidates have planned to save the planet.

Will you sign this petition?

Click here: https://petitions.moveon.org/sign/dnc-should-reconsider?source=c.em.cp&r_by=15281815

 June 7, 2019  Posted by at 1:37 pm Action, News Tagged with: , ,
May 272019
 

From May 29 to June 2, Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace, nuclear disarmament, and justice action group — with more than 200,000 supporters nationwide — will be speaking in several Montana cities.

The full schedule is listed here on our website.

Martin’s Peace Action tour in Montana starts in Billings May 29, then Bozeman May 30, Butte May 31, Helena June 1, and Missoula June 2.

Kevin Martin has traveled abroad representing Peace Action and the U.S. peace movement on delegations and at conferences in Russia, Japan, China, Mexico and Britain.

This Peace Action speaking tour across the state of Montana is being arranged by the Helena Service for Peace and Justice (SERPAJ), founded 1990, and the Montana Peace Seekers network, founded 2001, with local co-sponsors in each community.

June 3, after 5 days of speaking and traveling across Montana and a brief rest with a visit to Glacier Park, Martin will head to Idaho and Utah for more meetings with peace action citizens.

About Kevin Martin

Kevin Martin is President of Peace Action and the Peace Action Education Fund, and joined the staff on Sept 4, 2001. Kevin previously served as Director of Project Abolition, a national organizing effort for nuclear disarmament, from August 1999 through August 2001.

Kevin came to Project Abolition after ten years in Chicago as Executive Director of Illinois Peace Action. Prior to his decade-long stint in Chicago, Kevin directed the community outreach canvass for Peace Action (then called Sane/Freeze) in Washington, D.C., where he originally started as a door-to-door canvasser with the organization in 1985.
Kevin’s writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Nation, CounterPunch, Los Angeles Times, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Village Voice, The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, The Progressive, Z magazine and many other publications. He has appeared on CNN, National Public Radio, Fox News, MSNBC, BBC-TV and radio, and many other local, national and international radio and television outlets.

Kevin has traveled abroad representing Peace Action and the U.S. peace movement on delegations and at conferences in Russia, Japan, China, Mexico and Britain.

Kevin Martin’s Writings and Interviews:

The Virginian-Pilot: “U.S. Should End Role in Yemen’s Civil War

USA Today: “Experienced Diplomats Badly Needed

Democracy Now: “Obama to Make History With Hiroshima Visit, As U.S. Quietly Upgrades Nuclear Arsenal

CounterPunch: “President Obama Should Meet A-Bomb Survivors

More Kevin Martin articles at CounterPunch: Links at https://www.counterpunch.org/author/kevmar0098/

  • U.S. Support for the Bombing of Yemen to Continue (September 14, 2018)
  • The Libya Model: It’s Not Always All About Trump (May 25, 2018)
  • Trump’s Military Madness Parade Actually Makes Sense (But Must Be Stopped!) (February 9, 2018)
  • Capitalize on the Olympic Truce, Formalize a Freeze for Freeze with North Korea (January 31, 2018)
  • We Just Paid our Taxes — Are They Making the U.S. and the World Safer? (April 24, 2017)
  • Let’s Come to Our Senses on Nukes (March 31, 2017)
  • Nuclear Weapons Modernization: a New Nuclear Arms Race? Who Voted for it? Who Will Benefit from It? (December 5, 2016)
  • No Fly, Safe and Humanitarian Zones — in the United States, not Syria (November 17, 2016)
  • US to the Rest of the World: “We Can’t Eliminate Nuclear Weapons, Because We Rely on Nuclear Weapons” (November 4, 2016)
  • Whose Finger? On What Button? (September 16, 2016)
  • Obama Should Go to Hiroshima, But Not Empty Handed (April 21, 2016)

More information:

About Peace Action

Peace Action: We Are Today’s Peace Movement
https://www.peaceaction.org/;
https://www.facebook.com/peaceaction/

Peace Action works for smarter American approaches to global problems. If we want to address problems like war, the nuclear threat, poverty, global warming, terrorism — the U.S. needs to work together, cooperatively, with other nations.

It also means overcoming the partisan politics and divisive rhetoric that often drown out alternatives to war. By getting regular Americans involved, we build the political will needed to break through that deadlock. Our success comes from engaging average citizens in foreign policy issues like no other organization.

 May 27, 2019  Posted by at 9:52 pm Events, News Tagged with: , , , , ,
May 072019
 

Updated May 27

Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action, the nation’s largest peace and justice action group will be in Montana May 29 through June 2 for a Speaking Tour, arranged by the Helena Service for Peace and Justice (SERPAJ, founded 1990) and the Montana Peace Seekers Network (founded 2001), with additional local co-sponsors in each community.

Wednesday, May 29: Billings

Morning

7:00 am: Speak to the Democratic Breakfast Meeting at the McCormick Café, 2419 Montana Avenue (arranged by Tom Towe, former Democratic legislator, civil rights lawyer and member of the Billings Quakers).

10:00 am: Program hosted by EcoAngelas, 420 Grand Avenue

Evening

6:00 pm: Talk and community conversation at the First Church Billings (UCC/United Church of Christ, whose minister Rev. Mike Mulberry, has been coordinating immigration/refugee rights activity locally).

Local co-sponsors in Billings currently include the following:

  • Montana Peace Seekers
  • Billings Friends meeting (Quakers)
  • Billings Unitarian Universalists
  • Billings DSA (local chapter of Democratic Socialists of America)
  • Sunrise Movement Billings
  • EcoAngelas info[at]angelaspiazza.org

Thursday, May 30: Bozeman

6:30 pm – 8:00 pm: A talk by Kevin Martin/Peace Action and community dialogue at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Building, 325 N 25th Ave in Bozeman.

Bozeman DSA will provide snacks and free childcare in a room adjacent to the speaking area for attendees.

Martin will talk about how individuals and small groups can best take action to oppose the US military intervention in other countries, particularly those in the news today: Yemen, Venezuela, and Iran.

Co-sponsors

Friday, May 31: Butte

6:30 pm: Kevin Martin will conduct a community conversation on “Endless War” in the Highlands Room of Montana Technological University’s Student Union Building. Topics for Martin’s Butte visit include Venezuela, Yemen, and Iran, as well as disarmament, militarism and citizen activism. He will facilitate a dialogue with the community about how individuals and small groups can best act to oppose US military intervention in other countries.

Butte TAPS has also arranged for an interview with Clark Grant on community radio KBMF, http://www.butteamericaradio.org/

Co-sponsors

  • Butte TAPS (Taking Action for Peaceful Solutions)
  • Montana Peace Seekers

Saturday, June 1: Helena

Morning

10:00 am: TV interview for Helena Civic TV on the Our Revolution Helena TV program

Afternoon

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm: “Venezuela, Yemen, Iran: Peace Now or More Endless War? Community Conversation with Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action” https://facebook.com/events/417601842151918/:
A dialogue between Peace Action’s Kevin Martin and the Helena community about how individuals and small groups can best act to oppose US military intervention in other countries, particularly those in the news today: Yemen, Venezuela, and Iran.

Location: Helena’s public (Lewis and Clark) library

Evening

5:00-8:00 pm: Free supper followed by talk and community conversation: “In a Time of Trump and Endless U.S. Wars: A Conversation on Peace, Disarmament, Militarism and Citizen Activism with Kevin Martin, President of Peace Action”

Location: Plymouth Congregational Church (UCC/United Church of Christ), 400 S. Oakes, upstairs Fireside Room

Co-sponsors

Sunday, June 2: Missoula

2:00 pm: Kevin Martin will talk about the current state of conflict in the world and possible consequences for the 2020 elections. Then we’ll discuss how we can resist/dismantle the permanent war machine.

Location: Goodworks Ventures, 129 W. Alder Street

Sponsors:

 May 7, 2019  Posted by at 1:09 pm Events, News