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Upcoming Peace Center Events

JENI Jobs & Education - Not Incarceration Meeting
Wednesday, July 1, 5:15 pm
At the Peace Center
1407 N. Topeka

    We'll meet to update the latest on our new research and plans.

Latin American Action Group – LAAG
Monday, July 6, 5:30 pm
At the Peace Center

Palestine Study Group
Thursday, July 16, 7 pm
At the Peace Center

Peace Center Board Meeting
Saturday, July 18, 12 pm
At the Peace Center

Ice Cream Social & House Concert with Tom James
Saturday, July 18, 7:00 pm
At the Peace Center

     Join us for sundaes, music and a house concert with activist, singer/songwriter, Tom James. We’re excited to hear that Tom has some new songs to perform! 
*********Other Community Events********
Public Broadcast System Premiere of 
1913:  Seeds of Conflict
Tuesday, June 30, 8 pm
KPTS Channel 8

     Once Arabs and Jews lived together relatively peacefully in Palestine. How and why that changed...     
     1913: Seeds of Conflict examines the divergent social forces growing in Palestine before the outbreak of World War I that caused the simultaneous rise in Jewish and Arab nationalism. Combining the perspectives of a wide range of Arab, Israeli and American scholars, the film includes information from documents previously unavailable from the Turkish Ottoman archives and largely untouched by historians. Shot on location in Beit Jamal, dramatized scenes bring many of the key figures of the era to life, with dialogue in five languages taken directly from the historical record — personal letters, government documents and newspaper accounts.

Stand Up to Regressive Taxation:
No Shopping July 1, 2015
Wednesday, July 1, all day
Kansas – Statewide
Beginning July 1, 2015, Kansas will hit the accelerator on regressive, consumption-based taxes. Sales taxes disproportionately tax lower-income citizens, who typically must spend ALL their income for basic necessities. Kansas makes no exception for sales tax on food, as do neighboring states. All this so that Kansans who earn income from business profits can enjoy ZERO income tax.

What if the legislature passed a sales tax hike, but NOBODY SPENT A DIME? Obviously, never again spending money isn't possible. But neither is it necessary. A brief but firm show of SOLIDARITY can speak volumes about the will of the people.  To that end, on July 1st ("tax-hike-on-the-poor day"), let's join together for a day-long shopping strike. On July 1st, don't spend a single penny in Kansas.  With your help, but only with your help, WE CAN DO THIS. Spread the word: no retail spending in Kansas, July 1st, 2015.

Peace Poetry Readings (Tuesdays)
6 pm - 8 pm
July 7, Watermark Books
July 21, R Coffeehouse, 11th & N. Bitting

People of Faith for Peace invites community members to share their poetry on the theme of peacemaking this summer. They encourage people to arrive early and patronize the local businesses. 
Readers/singers will be Mike Poage, Aaron Fowler, Tom James and Kirk Miller;
Local poets will read their own work (Michael Poage and Diane Wahto, to name a couple) and others’ poetry will be shared as well – in spoken word and in music!  Each event is from 6:00-8:00 p.m.  Come at 6:00 to eat and drink at each of the venues – poetry will begin at 6:30 Bring a poem to share! 

Where Freedom Stands: Civil Liberties in Kansas Today
Thursday, July 9, 6-7:30 p.m.
College Hill United Methodist Church
2930 E 1st St N, Wichita

Tell us your thoughts and visions for the future of civil liberties in Kansas, and ask all of those questions you’ve been wondering about.
Light refreshments will be served. Click to RSVP today!

Rally to Stop Westar's Attack on Solar and Efficiency: Wichita Stands
Thursday, July 23, Rally - 4:30 pm; Public hearing 6 pm
Metroplex, Wichita State University, N. Oliver & E. 29th Street N.
Kansas stands for solar choice and fair electric rates. Westar is trying to raise your rates and eliminate your options to control your bill through efficiency or solar energy. You can say no!
Westar is proposing discriminatory fees on solar customers, and they are blocking solar advocates and businesses from raising their concerns. If Westar’s new rates are approved, Kansans will not be able to choose solar energy to lower their energy bills. Westar’s proposal will kill the solar industry in Kansas.

Your voice is more important than ever to make sure the KCC hears how Westar’s proposal will hurt Kansans. We need you to rally on July 23st in Wichita or July 21st in Topeka (see invite here -

2nd Annual Masque Charity Event
Penthouse at Mayflower Plaza, 209 E. William
Saturday, August 1. 8:30pm 

     Masque is a charity masquerade to benefit ICT SOS; a local organization that is dedicated to fighting human trafficking in the Wichita community. General admission tickets will be $10 on Eventbrite:
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Peace Center Hours 
Beginning  July 7, 2015

Tuesday          10-3
Wednesday     10-3
Thursday        10-3