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5th Annual Peace House Sponsored Empty Bowls Supper, held Friday, May 13, 2016 at the
First United Methodist Church – Wesley Hall, Ashland, OR
Also view on separate page at http://peacehouse.net/empty-bowls-2016-photos/
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 FEDERAL BUDGET – Crisis and opportunity for Oregon
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:
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….
We’ve had two major program successes this past year
On 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).