Alternative Holiday Sale Vendors Wanted

The Peace Education Center will be holding its annual Alternative Holiday Sale on Saturday, November 19, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This year the sale will be held at Edgewood United Church at 469 Hagadorn Road in East Lansing.

We still have limited spaces available for vendors. The cost for a vendor space is only $40. This provides you one six foot table and chairs. To reserve your space now, please complete the vendor information sheet and return it with your check to the Peace Education Center. The vendor form is available by clicking here.

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. Come celebrate with us in a tradition that combines holiday shopping with a true spirit of community.

Please feel free to call me at the PEC office at 517-515-5634 or send Alternative Holiday Sale inquiries via email to


Lessons From The Court-Martial

An article published in the July newsletter of the International Association of Directors of Law Enforcement Standards and Training (IADLEST) was shared with us by Erick Williams, the author. The article, titled “Lessons From The Court-Martial,” relates to the need for a better system of licensing of police, more akin to other professional licensing. This article is posted here with permission.

IADLEST is a national organization of state agencies that train police officers. According to Mr. Williams,

The fact that this police organization was willing to circulate such an article to its members is a sign that the idea of professional licensing for police officers may be gaining some traction among the police.

Click this link for the newsletter excerpt. Mr. Williams’ article starts on page 2.


PeaceNotes Summer 2016

The Peace Education Center has published its Summer 2016 digital edition of PeaceNotes. This edition includes information and reports on numerous activities and events. Among the events covered are the 2016 Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award winners, the PEC annual meeting and Peacemaker Awards, the Pulse Night Club Mass Shooting, Peace Quest 2016, and much more. And check out the spring calendar of peace and justice events, actions, and celebrations!

Click here to read the PeaceNotes Summer 2016 edition in PDF format.


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

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 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!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 or calling the office at 517-515-5634.