2014 PEC Alternative Holiday Sale: Nov. 22, 2014

The Peace Education Center will host its very popular annual Alternative Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lansing, 855 Grove St, East Lansing, MI 48823. There will be plenty of free parking at and near the church.

The Alternative Holiday Sale gives the Greater Lansing community the opportunity to meet and shop with others in the peace and justice community while supporting small personal businesses, nonprofit groups, and fair trade cooperatives. The Peace Education Center is inviting everyone to come celebrate a tradition that combines holiday shopping with a true spirit of community.

Vendors this year will include soap artisans, booksellers, photography, handmade jewelry, batik, dried herbs and teas, and other craft goods and products. Some tables will also provide information about how to get involved in peace and justice groups in the Greater Lansing area.

As always, PEC will have outstanding fresh homemade food for sale, including soups, salads, and desserts as well as coffee and cider. These will be available throughout the day.

To get the flavor of the fun, food, and crafts, you can see photos from the 2012 holiday sale here, 2011 holiday sale here, and the 2010 holiday sale here.


Interfaith Gathering at State Capitol, Lansing, September 15


Monday, September 15, 2:00 p.m.

Monastics from the Blue Cliff Monastery, in the Plum Village tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh, will hold a walking and sitting meditation at the State Capitol in Lansing on Monday, September 15. The meditation starts at 2:00 p.m. Up to a thousand people from all religions are expected to participate in this interfaith gathering. This event is the culmination of a two-week visit of the monastics to the Great Lakes with many events planned in Lansing/East Lansing and Ann Arbor.


All events are free (just come, there is no registration) but donations are requested to help feed the monastics and financially support them during their Great Lakes Tour. Further information can be found on the Lansing Area Mindfulness Community website http://lamc.info/great-lakes-tour-retreat/ and www.facebook.com/LansingAreaMindfulnessCommunity.

PEC Hosts June 19th Insurgent Theatre Production of Daring, Original Play, BEHIND THE BADGE

The Peace Education Center welcomes back to mid-Michigan the radical troupe, Insurgent Theatre, from Columbus, Ohio, for a one-night-only performance of its daring original play BEHIND THE BADGE.  The performance will be on Thursday, June 19, 2014, at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street, East Lansing, Michigan.  The event is free and open to the public.

What does it mean to be a compassionate, dedicated, humane police officer in a country with the world’s highest incarceration rate and a continuing tradition of racial injustice?
Insurgent Theatre brings audiences behind the badge of a neighborhood liaison officer, using stripped down, interactive and a radical analysis to peer into the inner life of a man in blue.

Insurgent Theatre strives to connect performing arts with radical struggles to make theatre that is relevant, engaging, challenging, and useful for those who confront the U.S. police state and global capitalist empire.  The troupe was founded in 2003 and has toured the country since 2008.  Lansing-area audiences enjoyed the company’s earlier highly charged, energetic productions, IN THE BELLY (2011) and ULYSSES’ CREWMAN (2009).

BEHIND THE BADGE was written by Ben Turk, who also plays the lead character.  The production is directed by Kate Pleuss.  A community discussion with Turk and Pleuss about prison conditions will immediately follow the play.  Donations for the production will be accepted with half of all funds raised supporting prisoner resistance.

“Insurgent Theatre brings a unique, intimate, and challenging experience to the audience,” said Tom Rico, co-chair of the Peace Education Center.  “The previous two productions were unforgettable and we anticipate that BEHIND THE BADGE will be no different.”

Further information from Insurgent Theatre about BEHIND THE BADGE can be found at insurgenttheatre.org.  Event information is available from the Peace Education Center by phone at 517-515-5634.