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Peace House marched with our banner in this year’s Ashland 4th of July Parade. We were joined by Our Revolution, supporting Health Care for All (expanded Medicare, single payer) and other issues of justice upon which peace depends. Share from https://www.facebook.com/PeaceHouseAshland/ the post of this slideshow (as well as below slideshow) with your friends on Facebook.
In this slideshow below, also from the Ashland 4th of July Parade, are photos of the majority of the crowd gathered (estimated 20,000 in attendance) who are in support of Health Care for All.
Click here to read the June 2017 Clear Actions Newsletter – Editor Elizabeth V. Hallet.
The VFP 156 Profile: Elizabeth V. Hallett — by Allen Hallmark
The VFP 156 Profile: Elizabeth V. Hallett
(Your editor realizes that this profile is a little lengthy, but he hopes that you will find it interesting and will want to learn about the life & times of this very interesting woman, who is an associate member of Veterans for Peace and our chapter.) — Allen Hallmark
Elizabeth V. Hallett’s activism for peace & justice goes back a long way and her life story is a fascinating one with many twists and turns, travels and travails along the way.
Many of you probably know that Elizabeth is the current chair of the Peace House Board of Directors, having followed Herb Rothschild in that role in January 2016, but did you know that she served as executive director of Peace House from 1993 to ’96 and served another year (1997) as co-director with Ruth Coulthard after that?
Like many folks of a certain age, Elizabeth’s activism began during the Vietnam War, when she was a college student at Miami University of Ohio, where she graduated in 1969 with a degree in American Studies and minors in Portuguese and French. She’s a whiz with foreign languages and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish to this day. Continue reading…
Photos from the 6th Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser for Food Security (Click on photo below to go to page with slide show).
Feeding the Hungry and Advocating for Economic Justice
“When I feed the hungry they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor are hungry, they call me a Communist.” – Dom Helder Camara, Archbishop of Olinda and Recife, Brazil (1964-1985)
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Peace House is proud of Uncle Foods Diner, which Ashland has taken to its heart, supporting it with volunteers and funding. It’s not a soup kitchen, but an occasion when the community interacts with people in distress and affirms its readiness to welcome all our brothers and sisters no matter what their circumstances.
But there is no excuse for hunger in the wealthiest nation in history. Nor is hunger anywhere caused by scarcity. The root cause of hunger is economic injustice, and economic injustice must be addressed and challenged because it is getting worse year by year, and hunger is not its only consequence.
The two gravest threats to human existence now are climate change and nuclear war. We cannot succeed in averting either without recognizing the role of the enormously wealthy few and the corporations and financial institutions they
control. Their quest for control of global labor and natural resources drives practices and policies of exploitation and the organized violence that is required to enforce them.
Since its beginning in 1983, Peace House has been anchored in a commitment to promoting nonviolence at every level of social organization—interpersonal through international. That commitment has led us to address causes that have varied as changing historical circumstances require. For the last five years we have increasingly focused our attention and energies on the multiple forms of violence stemming from economic injustice.
These focuses include one long-standing one—U.S. intervention in the affairs of other nations to advance an agenda of economic domination, and the huge, far-flung military establishment it requires. But more recent ones are our opposition to trade agreements that promise even greater exploitation of labor and natural resources, a health care system that provides access to everyone to affordable and quality care, a living minimum wage, and campaign finance reform to loosen the stranglehold of money on policymaking at the national and state levels.
Not every organization, much less every individual, can work on all the challenges we face. We can, however, understand how interconnected they are, and find ways to support each other in our work for a better world.
Donald Trump has asked Congress to raise the military budget by $54 billion. That increase is more than Russia spends on its military. Currently we are spending far more than any meaningful notion of defense requires–almost as much as the rest of the world combined, and most of that spending is by nations who are our allies. And the competition between military spending and social programs could hardly be more obvious. Deep cuts are proposed in safety net programs like child nutrition and Medicaid, in environmental protection, and in education. Use the information in the graphic below to advocate with our Congressional delegation for spending our tax dollars on life, not death.
Photo above: Standing Rock Sioux Chairman Dave Archambault II, photographed in the offices of The Washington Post on Feb. 8, 2017. Thomas Simonetti,The Washington Post. Standing Rock Sioux chairman: ˜I was slighted. I was disrespected.”
Posted Feb. 16, 2017 Message from Peace House Chair: UP-Date on Standing Rock from ROP : Peace House has been a supporter of the Standing Rock Resistance in North Dakota and the sovereign rights of the Lakota People. The work that Rural Organizing Project has coordinated out of Scapoose, Oregon, up North, mirrors support in our Southern Oregon community in that we have created fundraisers and hosted Winona LaDuke to speak, as well as having several public demonstrations of solidarity.
Please read the complete update that comes from Oregon’s Rural Organizing Project (ROP). Thank you for your continued support of the Standing Rock Resistance.
Elizabeth V. Hallett,
Peace House Board Chair
Please forbear the 30 sec ad that precedes the very moving and important video below – thank you.
Veterans Stand Ground with Pipeline Protesters at Standing Rock 5:20
CANNON BALL, N.D. — For months, Dustin Monroe has made the 11-hour drive from his home in Missoula, Montana, to this remote part of the frozen North Dakota plains to bring supplies and support to the thousands protesting the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline.
The Oceti Sakowin camp has become a second home, a place that has given him a new purpose.
As a Native American U.S. Army veteran, Monroe, 35, has for years struggled with regret. He struggled with fighting in the Iraq War for a nation that had displaced millions of his people. When he was deployed in Iraq, he says, he noticed the parallels between Iraqis and Native Americans.
Both, he said, had suffered for centuries from colonial rule, brutal military occupations and loss of their land through re-written borders. For Monroe, the fight at Standing Rock to protect the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s sacred lands and water was an opportunity to right those wrongs. Continue reading….
Peace House co-sponsored event at SOU where Ms. LaDuke discussed the danger the North Dakota pipeline poses to the safety of Missouri River water if a pipeline were to be dug under it, with the potential for oil leaks that would contaminate drinking water for some eighteen million Americans downstream.
She described the Standing Rock Water Protectors and the resistance at the North Dakota site as only one of the places in which the oil pipelines are jeopardizing the environment, showing a map of pipeline systems across the country that all pose environmental threats, along with fracking extraction, as corporate oil interests pursue their agenda to extract resources for private and corporate
At the end of the talk, retired Native American Studies Professor David West, publicly presented the Peace House 2006 Peacemaker Award for Agnes Baker Pilgrim that she had been unable to accept earlier at the annual Peace Maker Awards Dinner.
See slideshow of photos from event
Please see the link below for facts about pipeline extraction. You will find much information regarding the environmental issues involved in the pipeline corporate extraction economy and effects on the environment
There have been 85 pipeline oils spills in 20 years. In North Dakota alone there are 55 pipelines. Many are old and need to be repaired. Often the oil companies just leave them to create new pipelines rather than repair the old ones.
For related articles on Veterans at Standing Rock, see http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/forgiveness-ceremony-unites-veterans-and-natives-at-standing-rock-casino_us_5845cdbbe4b055b31398b19
PHOTO SLIDE SHOW – PEACE HOUSE AWARDS DINNER 2016, SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Awardees honored: Roy Bourgeois, Grandmother Agnes Baker Pilgrim, Peter Buckley, Senator Alan Bates (posthumously), Rogue Valley Peace Choir. Also view slideshow at http://peacehouse.net/peace-house-awards-dinner-2016/
At the heart of the 2016 School of the Americas Watch Encuentro is increasing awareness of the militarization of the US-Mexico border and Latin America, as well as the criminalization of migrants, asylum seekers, refugees and people of color. Read more here.
Read article: Native American Activist Winona LaDuke at Standing Rock: It’s Time to Move On from Fossil Fuels | Daily Digest 09/12/2016
Anti-Nuclear Activist Greg Boertje Interview on Jefferson Exchange
JPR, “Greg Boertje-Obed describes his activism and motivation.
It’s been 71 years since an impossibly bright light flashed over Hiroshima, Japan: the first use of a nuclear weapon in war. Thousands died there and at Nagasaki three days later.
It scared the world badly enough that nuclear weapons were not used in war again. But our country and others certainly built more of them. Peace House in Ashland spent three days commemorating the Hiroshima-Nagasaki anniversary (August 6-9) with the help of anti-nuclear activist Greg Boertje-Obed. He was one of three activists arrested for breaking into a nuclear facility in Tennessee.”
Special thank you to Allen Hallmark for his photos and commentary:
Seventy-one years ago the United States dropped an atomic bomb over Nagasaki, Japan on Aug. 9, 1945. Estimates are diffcult but at least 39,000 people were killed that day and tens of thousands more died in subsequent days, months & years from radiation poisoning and many more years later from cancers caused by exposure to the radiation of the bomb. In contrast to those ghastly figures, the closing ceremony of this year’s Hiroshima-Nagasaki Vigil in the Japanese Gardens of Lithia Park in Ashland, Oregon, was very peaceful & serene. We need to work to rid the world of nuclear weapons.
KOBI5 “Five on 5” Interview of Ivend Holen & Estelle Voeller on H/N Vigil:
Peace House shares the sorrow of the Orlando massacre with all those who are affected by this tragedy. Our hearts are especially with the families, friends and those who responded to the aftermath with protection, healing and coordination to help everyone through the tough days ahead. The kindness that now illumines the dark after this brutal attack, is a profound message to us all. May we carry that forward.
Orlando / Gun Violence Awareness: Vigil Photos in Ashland Plaza June 13, 2016.
We will continue to stand for nonviolence and unity, to support our local Southern Oregon PRIDE, and the LGBT community as a whole, as we look for ways to dissolve prejudice and hatred, finding new ways to care for each other as human beings.
Read article by Elizabeth Hallet, Peace House Chair, “Vision Quilt Calls for Gun Violence Awareness”
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….
Honduran indigenous and environmental organizer Berta Cáceres has been assassinated in her home. She was one of the leading organizers for indigenous land rights in Honduras.
In 1993 she co-founded the National Council of Popular and Indigenous Organizations of Honduras (COPINH). For years the group faced a series of threats and repression.
According to Global Witness, Honduras has become the deadliest country in the world for environmentalists. Between 2010 and 2014, 101 environmental campaigners were killed in the country.
In 2015 Berta Cáceres won the Goldman Environmental Prize, the world’s leading environmental award. In awarding the prize, the Goldman Prize committee said, “In a country with growing socioeconomic inequality and human rights violations, Berta Cáceres rallied the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras and waged a grassroots campaign that successfully pressured the world’s largest dam builder to pull out of the Agua Zarca Dam.” [from article]
Looking for Justice in Honduras – by Lucy Edward
Contact your Congressional Representative with regarding the murder of Honduran indigenous leader Berta Cáceres and demand:
1) Independent impartial investigation to determine the material and intellectual authors of the crime that includes a cooperation agreement with the Inter American Commission on Human Rights to allow international experts to participate in the investigation, and other pertinent Human Rights bodies.
2) Government of Honduras must allow that FAFG (Fundación de Antropología Forense de Guatemala) to review the autopsy report and issue findings regarding that report that the family can have access to.
3) Suspension of US support for Honduran security forces, including the US trained 1st Battalion.
4) Suspension of Multilateral development bank funding to Honduran private sector because the governance conditions are not adequate to insure gross human rights violations do not occur.
5) Cancellation of the concession of the Gualcarque River to DESA so that the river remains free.
People around the world are reacting to the assassination of well known and beloved Berta Caceres, Honduras indigenous environmental leader. Read more here.
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: