Jul 172014

From the SERPAJ STATEMENT OF PURPOSE – October 4, 1990

We, the people of the Helena Service for Peace and Justice, are a community of persons committed to working nonviolently for peace, justice and ecological responsibility.

Because we are people with hope, we have organized ourselves as a grassroots community of peace and justice workers.

Our hope is grounded in the truth that peace, justice and nonviolent living are possible.

Our actions flow from our belief that real peace is the fruit of social and economic justice, democratic empowerment of people and ecological responsibility…

Full text of Statement of Purpose

Urgent Action Requests for ending the violence in Palestine/Israel:

  1. Sign on to the Open Letter by Jewish Voices for Peace (http://jewishvoiceforpeace.org/
  2. Join in the petition created by Just Foreign Policy to urgently press John Kerry, President Obama/the White House, and congressional representatives to push for a Gaza Ceasefire.

Join Helena SERPAJ for Community Dialogues on the Israel/Palestine crisis

SERPAJ Community Dialogues on the Israel/Palestine crisis: Thursday evening, July 17 (7 p.m., Helena library, small conference room ) and/or Saturday morning, July 19 (10 a.m. Helena library, large conference room).

  1. To learn more about the current crisis in Palestine/Israel with two short videos — one video from If Americans Knew: “Behind the Barbed Wire: What we aren’t being told about Israel-Palestine but need to know” — and one video from The Israel/Palestine Mission Network of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., — “Steadfast Hope: The Palestinian Quest for Just Peace” — also available online.
  2. To develop further Helena actions to help end the crisis in Israel/Palestine and help our Helena Community, as Jewish Voices for Peace asserts (below), “acknowledge that the crisis in Israel and Palestine has its root in the Israeli government’s commitment to occupation.” Jewish Voice for Peace: “We must reaffirm that all Israelis and Palestinians deserve security, justice, and equality. We must mourn all those who have died.”