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Upcoming Peace Center Events

P.E.A.C.E - Call for K-12 Entries 

Deadline extended to Saturday, April 30

 “What does protecting the environment mean to you?”  Explore in essay or art!  The Peace Essay and Art Challenge Experience (PEACE) encourages students (grades K-12) to reflect on the issues and challenges faced by society. This year we’re asking students to consider the environment. From global climate change to fracking-related earthquakes, it’s important for students to begin exploring issues that will affect their future.  
Students are welcome to write essays, poems, and/or make illustrations.

This year’s prompt: 

What does protecting the environment mean to you? Why is protecting the environment important and what are some approaches we can use to protect it?

Prizes: Participating students will receive t-shirts while supplies last. For information packet &  rules contact:  admin@wichitapeace.org or call (316) 263-5886.


Latin American Action Group presents
The Empire Files: 
The U.S. School That Trains Dictators & Death
 Squads

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm
At the Peace Center

     Abby Martin investigates this notorious school that is largely hidden from the American public; it’s crimes around the world, it’s star graduates, why it exists and the movement to shut it down. Featuring interviews with School Of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois and other SOAW leaders.
     Also available online: https://youtu.be/GUtumGk0E6Q
Remembering Manfred Menking
April 22, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
At the Peace Center
     We were all saddened to learn of the death of our friend and fellow peace and justice advocate Manfred Menking.  We will share our remembrances and thoughts about Manfred.  Please try to join us as we “Remember Manfred.”  Just think of us as “Friends of Manfred.”

Latin American Action Group presents
The Empire Files: 
The U.S. School That Trains Dictators & Death
 Squads

Tuesday, April 12, 7:00 pm
At the Peace Center

     Abby Martin investigates this notorious school that is largely hidden from the American public; it’s crimes around the world, it’s star graduates, why it exists and the movement to shut it down. Featuring interviews with School Of the Americas Watch founder Father Roy Bourgeois and other SOAW leaders.
     Also available online: https://youtu.be/GUtumGk0E6Q
Detaining Dreams:
No Way to Treat a Child

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 pm
At the Peace Center

     Detaining Dreams is an intimate documentary featuring the stories of four Palestinian youth and their families undergoing the ordeal of Israeli military detention. This 20-minute short film was commissioned by the No Way to Treat a Child Campaign (begun in January 2014), and produced by Amr Kawji and Nawal Musleh. Detaining Dreams is sponsored by the American Friends Service Committee, and Defense for Children International Palestine.

Potluck for International Workers’ Day
Sunday, May 1. 5:30 pm
At the Peace Center
     Join us to celebrate Mayday with a potluck and discussion on the current and historic situation in the workers’ movement.
*********Other Community Events********
Film:  The Second Cooler
Tues. April 19, 20167:30 pm
College Hill United Methodist Church2930 E 1st St NWichita
     The Second Cooler is a migrant justice documentary for English and Spanish speaking audiences which unravels why twelve million Latin American migrants are in the U.S. illegally and brings major implications into focus. It is narrated by Martin Sheen, and has won several awards. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director of the documentary, Ellin Jimmerson. Additional information about the film is available at www.secondcooler.com .

Earth Day Movie Night: "Groundswell Rising"
Wednesday, April 20. 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Alpha Title building (Great Plains Earth Institute)
8406 W Maple, Wichita, KS
Party for the Planet: FREE Admission to Sedgwick County Zoo
Thursday, April 21, 9 am to 2 pm 
Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Blvd

    This FREE environmental fair gives everyone the opportunity to learn how to protect and care for the world we live in. With hands-on activities and interactive exhibits, there are many learning opportunities for children. Activities are geared towards third through fifth grade. Admission is FREE the entire day.  Teachers who would like to bring their classes for field trips are encouraged to register.  Individual visitors are not required to register.
Rally to Save Jobs due to
Brownback/Legislative Budget Cuts

Monday, April 25, 5 pm
North High, E 13th St. N at the Little Ark River
     Join teachers, staff, students, parents and supporters of education in a rally before the next Board of Education meeting. We’ll be standing against cuts affecting students and teachers and the privatization of custodial jobs.

LEAGUE AND LIBRARY present
TUESDAY TOPICS – Winter/Spring 2016
 4th Tuesday: 11:30 am -1:00 pm
At the Central Branch of the Wichita Public Library 
Main and William Streets

Bring a brown bag lunch, drinks furnished.
 
Election Integrity
Tuesday, April 26, Noon-1 p.m., Central Library, 223 S. Main 
     Dr. Beth Clarkson, a statistician at the National Institute for Aviation Research (NIAR) in Wichita, has noticed inconsistencies in the voting results for Sedgwick County.  Her attempts to gain access to voting tapes from the 2014 election have led to a lawsuit against the Sedgwick County Election Commissioner.  Learn more about the issue from Beth Clarkson.  The Sedgwick County Election office was invited, but declined to participate. There will be time for questions from the audience at the conclusion of the program.

Job Fair Expo
Saturday, April 30, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm  
Saint Mark UMC Family Life Center, 1525 N. Lorraine 
    Job Fair Expo will feature employers who hire persons that have been formerly incarcerated or have criminal history.  Also there will be a resume building/interview skill workshop, educational resources, community resources and a free lunch of chili dogs will be served. Everyone is Welcome.  Sponsored by Team Saint Mark Prison Ministry Group and Saint Mark United Methodist Church.  Contact David @ 316 247 1349  for more information. 


KIPCOR film series: The Waiting Room
At 3 p.m. in the Krehbiel Auditorium Luyken Fine Arts Center
Bethel College, North Newton, Kansas
 
May 1:                The Waiting Room    http://www.whatruwaitingfor.com/

Break Free: Keep it in The Ground
Saturday, May 7, 12 pm
Old Town SquareWichita
     The world is becoming dangerously hotter by the day. Through peaceful direct action across the globe we can demonstrate to those in power that people everywhere are prepared to resist the fossil fuel industry’s plans to wreck the planet. This is the moment we’ve been waiting for. Let’s seize it.  Be with us to educate the public on how to Keep It In The Ground. Bring signs promoting Solar/Wind Energy. Enjoy meeting others and learning what is available to see, do, eat and live. There will be booths with lots of opportunity!


EngageICT 
Tuesday, May 10. 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
The Boathouse, 515 S. Wichita St.
Topic: Diversity & Immigration


The Telling It Like It Is Forum
Saturday, May 14. 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Hotel at Old Town Conference Center
210 N. Mosley, Wichita, KS

Mark your calendar now and plan to attend this one-of-a-kind Forum, where you will witness an unexpected alliance. Two former Kansas governors--Republican Mike Hayden and Democrat John Carlin--will stand together to remind us of the way we were ... and what we must do to put our beloved state back together again.
 
You'll also hear
  • about the workings of the Kansas Supreme Court;
  • the many ways Brownback's disastrous tax plan has damaged Kansas;
  • how decisions made in Topeka affect access to health care for Medicare beneficiaries and other Kansans;
  • about the lives of the disadvantaged and how they're being changed.
WE PROMISE. The Telling It Like It Is Forum, with its knowledgeable, highly respected speakers, will be an eye-opening, much talked-about event. Don't miss it! Q&A to follow each session. 
 
Reserve your place today!
$30 Early Bird Reservation: On or before May 1
$35 Late Bird Reservation: May 2-13
Prices include the Flint Hills Prairie Buffet

RESERVATION DEADLINE
Monday, May 9, 2016

Mail your check, along with the number of reservations, to

Women for Kansas
Dept TF
PO Box 8774
Wichita, KS 67208

Or Pay with PayPal
(You do not have to have a Paypal account to use this service)

If you missed the Annual Dinner, catch the presentation below!

Peace Center Hours 

Tuesday          10-2
Wednesday     10-2
Thursday        10-2

The Peace and Social Justice Education Fund is proud to be supported in part by a grant from the Amalia & Nicola Giuliani Foundation for Religion and the Arts!