Fiesta Pequeña 2015

Join Mid-Michigan Immigration Coalition for FIESTA PEQUENA 2015 on Sunday, November 15, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street in East Lansing. This is the annual fund-raiser in support of Educando Vidas, which provides scholarships to needy children in Antigua, Guatemala to attend school. The event starts at 6:00 p.m.

Suggested donation is $10. ($1 to $100+ welcome.)

6:00 p.m.
  • Sale of Mayan Women’s Handcrafts
  • Refreshments: sandwiches, veggies, sweets, and cider.
  • Kathy Lovell entertains on Marimba, the national instrument of Guatemala
  • Resource table on humanitarian work at the US-Mexico border, immigration reform actions in Michigan, and more
7:00 p.m.
  • Video update on Educando Vidas students and program from coordinator Vilma Garcia Garcia
  • “The Train of Nightmares,” a short video on immigration from Central America through Mexico with discussion following

8:30 - 9:00 p.m. Afterglow — conversation, shopping, sharing

Donations toward children’s education are welcome. $100 is enough to support one child for one year in school, providing tuition, books, school supplies, a uniform, shoes, and a backpack. Advance donations gratefully accepted. Checks should be made payable to: Lansing Church of the Brethren with “Educando” noted on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:
Lansing Church of the Brethren
3020 S. Washington Ave
Lansing , MI 48910


The Fiesta Pequeña is a project of the Mid-Michigan Immigration Coalition (MMIC)

Further information:  517-351-4081 ext 2#  or


PeaceNotes Fall/Winter 2015

International Day of Peace Celebration, Sept. 27, 2015

International Day of Peace Celebration, Sept. 27, 2015


The Peace Education Center has published its Fall/Winter 2015 edition of PeaceNotes. This edition includes a report on a visit to Michigan Senators in support of the Iran treaty, the Rebuild Black Churches Fund, Defense Budget increase, legislation to allow guns in schools, immigration/sanctuary city updates, and other contributions on peace and justice issues and activities. The upcoming 2015 PEC Alternative Holiday Sale is highlighted in this issue.

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

Audit the Pentagon

Department of Defense has a proposed budget of $585 billion for 2016 for its operations around the world, totaling half of the U.S. discretionary budget.

But guess what: The Department of Defense has never – not once – passed an audit of its activities.

Legislation was introduced to require the Pentagon to audit its activities. H.R. 942, known as Audit the Pentagon Act of 2015, was introduced on February 12, 2015, in the House of Representatives in the U.S. Congress. The bill is currently in a congressional committee and that committee determines whether this bill goes to Congress for a vote.

Sign the petition demanding that Congress pass legislation to require the Pentagon to audit its activities. The petition can be found at here .

Detailed information on H.R. 942 can be found on at

PeaceNotes Fall 2015

International Day of Peace March

The Peace Education Center has published its Fall 2015 edition of PeaceNotes. This edition includes information on Military Recruitment Opt-Out, the Climate Change Summit, the Mid-Michigan Time Bank, the International Day of Peace Celebration, and other contributions on peace and justice issues and activities. The 2015 Tom Schneider Peacemaker Award recipients are also featured.

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

Mothers’ Day Proclamation: Julia Ward Howe, Boston, 1870

Mother’s Day was originally started after the Civil War, as a protest to the carnage of that war, by women who had lost their sons. Here is the original Mother’s Day Proclamation from 1870, followed by a bit of history.

Arise, then, women of this day! Arise all women who have hearts,
whether our baptism be that of water or of fears!

Say firmly: “We will not have great questions decided by
irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking
with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be
taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach
them of charity, mercy and patience.

We women of one country will be too tender of those of another
country to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From
the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own.
It says “Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance
of justice.”

Blood does not wipe our dishonor nor violence indicate possession.
As men have often forsaken the plow and the anvil at the summons
of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a
great and earnest day of counsel. Let them meet first, as women,
to bewail and commemorate the dead.

Let them then solemnly take counsel with each other as to the
means whereby the great human family can live in peace, each
bearing after their own time the sacred impress, not of Caesar,
but of God.

In the name of womanhood and of humanity, I earnestly ask that a
general congress of women without limit of nationality may be
appointed and held at some place deemed most convenient and at
the earliest period consistent with its objects, to promote the
alliance of the different nationalities, the amicable settlement
of international questions, the great and general interests of

Julia Ward Howe


The “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world” (later known as “Mother’s Day Proclamation”) by Julia Ward Howe was an appeal for women to unite for peace in the world. Written in 1870, Howe’s “Appeal to womanhood” was a pacifist reaction to the carnage of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. The appeal was tied to Howe’s feminist conviction that women had a responsibility to shape their societies at the political level.