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Urge Congress to pass the Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act

The Nuclear Weapons Abolition and Economic and Energy Conversion Act (H.R. 1976 in the U.S. House of Representatives) would “provide for nuclear weapons abolition and economic conversion … while ensuring environmental restoration and clean-energy conversion.”

Let your representative know you want them to support it:
http://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=11837

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JOIN US AT PEACE HOUSE FOR: 2016 WILPF Nuclear Free Future Tour
http://peacehouse.net/wilpf-nuclear-free-future-tour/

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Visit visionquilt.org to learn how to get involved.
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Contact: visionquilt@gmail.com

visionquilttrib‘Vision Quilt’ project aimed at gun violence – article published by Mail Tribune

http://www.mailtribune.com/article/20160114/NEWS/160119770

You might not immediately associate quilts and gun violence, but when you sit across from Cathy DeForest, an Ashland artist who created the “Vision Quilt,” it seems obvious: “It’s about comfort, nurturing, home. People are offering gifts to each other,” she says in a sunny upstairs room at Sew Creative on East Main Street in Ashland.

The Vision Quilt is a lesson in contrast and an offer of warmth to soothe the psyche of all Americans wounded by gun violence whether directly or indirectly. It is a collection of individual panels urging an end to gun deaths and created by individuals from around the nation.

DeForest wants to change the tone of the conversation from fear and judgment to a positive expression of a willingness to solve the tragedy of more than 30,000 gun deaths in the U.S. annually (33,636 in 2013), according to the latest numbers available from the Centers for Disease Control.  Continue reading article on Peace House website….

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We’ve had two major program successes this past year

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Collage5On September 21, when the world celebrates the UN’s annual International Day of Peace, Ashland launched its new Ashland Culture of Peace Commission (ACPC). Instituting this broadly representative body to move peace-building from the periphery to the center of the city was the main goal of the Culture of Peace Initiative-Ashland, formed and nourished by Peace House for three years. Having achieved its objective, the Initiative has ended. Peace house hopes that every Ashland resident will look to, and work with, the ACPC in the years to come to make sure that the city is characterized by mutually caring and respectful relations.

IDP-ACPC Program and Fair Participants (click for PDF).
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Urgent take Action Today! Save this man from protest starvation (being held in Israeli prison without charges).

A hearing was held on Feb. 4, 2016 regarding Mohammed Al Qiq's case. If you would like to take action about Al Qiq, please do the following: Contact government officials and demand that they break their silence on Al-Qeeq and support for Israeli violations of Palestinian rights. In the United States, call the Israel Foreign Service Desk 1-202-647-3672 and the White House – 202-456-1111. Demand action on al-Qeeq’s case and an end to aid to Israel. Also, please read this article, take the other recommended actions and pass it on: Mohammed Al-Qeeq enters 69th day of hunger More information on the Peace House website at http://peacehouse.net/west-bank-take-action-eye-witness-reporting-by-deb-vanpoolen/

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Calendar of Local Peace & Justice Events

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Letter to Sen. Wyden – 1500 organizations against TPP

Over 1500 Organizations Urge Opposition to the TPP – Letter delivered to Sen. Wyden’s office 2/4/2016 Over 1,500 Organizations Urge Opposition to the TPP Below is the letter delivered on 2/4/2016 to Senator Wyden via staff at his Medford office: January 7, 2016 Please Oppose the Trans Pacific Partnership We urge you to oppose the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), a binding pact that poses significant threats to American jobs and wages, the environment, food safety and public health, and that falls far short of establishing the high standards the United States should require in a 21st Century trade agreement. If enacted, the TPP would set rules governing approximately 40% of the global economy, and includes a “docking” mechanism through which not only Pacific Rim nations, but any country in the world, could join over time. The questions policymakers should be asking about these rules is whether, on the whole, they would create American jobs, raise our wages, enhance environmental sustainability, improve public health and advance human rights and democracy. After careful consideration, we believe you will agree, the answer to these questions is no. Our opposition to the TPP is broad and varied. Below are just some of the likely effects of the TPP that we find deeply disturbing. Continue reading at CLICK HERE

December 2015 Clear Actions Newsletter