April Conferences and Events

Four important local events are scheduled in April on the topics of mass incarceration; Michigan and climate change; and race, power, and privilege, as well as the Peace Education Center annual meeting. More information is provided below.

Keep Making Peace 2016, “Mass Incarceration, Locked In, Locked Up, Locked Out”

April 16, 2016, 9am-4pm, University United Methodist Church, East Lansing, Michigan.

There are Americans who are locked in by poverty, racism and structural systems. Those Americans are likely to be locked up in prisons that fail to be “correctional systems.” Once out of prison, those Americans are likely to be locked out of jobs and families. How can we set the prisoners free – free to learn and earn, love and be loved? Rochelle Riley will be the keynote speaker and workshop leader. On Friday evening, April 15, there is a soup supper and screening of the documentary “Breaking Down the Box” with a discussion to follow. More information and registration can be found at www.msuwesley.org/kmp2016.

Earth Day Week Event

Michigan and Climate Change: Does the UN Paris Agreement Go Far Enough? And How Can we UNravel Resistance to Positive Climate Change Action?

April 21, 2016, 7:00 pm, University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan

David Gard, Senior consultant with 5 Lakes Energy, and Tom Stanton, from the National Regulatory Research Institute, will offer some insights and lead a discussion.

This event is presented by the Greater Lansing Chapter of the UN Association of USA.

The event is free and open to the public; free parking at the church.

Click on the link for more information http://gluna.org/resources/GL-UNA%20Earth%20Day%20Flier%20-%20Tom%20Stanton%20and%20David%20Gard%20-%20final%20.pdf or contact GLUNA Board Member Bob Barnhart at 517-896-2850.

Pax Christi Michigan State Conference

“Breaking the Silence: Confronting Race, Power and Privilege”

April 23, 2016, at Cristo Rey Church, Miller Road, Lansing, Michigan

Details and registration can be found at www.paxchristimi.org/#!2016-state-conference/c147w.

PEC Annual Membership Meeting and Community Potluck

April 30, 4-7pm, University United Methodist Church, 1120 S. Harrison Road, East Lansing, Michigan

The annual membership meeting and potluck dinner is a time for PEC members, volunteers, and donors a well as peace supporters and activists to get together. The PEC will present updates on its activities. The Peacemaker of the Year award will also be presented. Please bring a dish to pass. If you need additional information, please email peaceedcenter@gmail.com or calling the office at 517-515-5634.


PeaceNotes Spring 2016

The Peace Education Center has published its Spring 2016 edition of PeaceNotes. This edition includes a report on the PEC office move, the TPP (Trans-Pacific Partnership) trade agreement, a summer youth empowerment camp, and defense spending, and the federal proposed budget for 2017. And check out the spring calendar of peace and justice events, actions, and celebrations!

Click here to read the PeaceNotes Fall/Winter 2015 in PDF format.


“Write for Rights”Annual Event, December 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Join in the Amnesty International letter writing/signing event, held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 855 Grove Street, East Lansing (across the street from the East Lansng Public Library).

This is the eighth year participating in the Write for Rights effort by Amnesty International USA. Letters of support are already prepared to sign for persons whose human rights are being abused. Greeting cards will also be ready to sign. There will be information sheets about the individuals who have been selected as well as those who have been freed. For a link to this year’s international effort, go to …http://write.amnestyusa.org/cases/….where you can also send your personal online letter!

The event will include an “Appetizer & Dessert” potluck, conversation, and updates on local and international peace efforts.

If you are part of the Peace & Justice groups invited to this event, Welcome! And if you are not with any specific group, please know you are welcome too! Please feel free to share this invitation with your peace loving friends.

Vigil to End Gun Violence, December 9, State Capitol

The Michigan Coalition to Prevent Gun Violence is holding a candle light vigil on Wednesday, December 9, at 5 p.m. at the State Capitol in Lansing to commemorate victims of gun violence. The vigil coincides with the third anniversary of Sandy Hook and commemorates the 90,000 American victims of gun violence since 2013. This will provide an opportunity to Unite, Reflect, and Act with words and music.

The vigil will take place at the same time as the National Vigil in Washington, D.C. sponsored by Newtown Action Alliance, Faiths United to Prevent Gun Violence and States United to Prevent Gun Violence.Over 30 events are scheduled nationwide.

Follow the Michigan Coalition on Facebook at Facebook.com/MichiganCoalitionToPreventGunViolence.