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Upcoming Peace Center Events

Palestine Study Group
Thursday, February 26. 7 pm
At the Peace Center

Marijuana Reform Initiative Meeting
Sunday, March 1. 3 pm
At the Peace Center
Short meeting to finalize details for flyer distribution on Tuesday, March 3.

Volunteer to pass out flyers at the March 3 City Primary
Tuesday, March 3, 1.5 - 2 hour shifts throughout the day

Voting sites all over Wichita
Volunteer to help us get our educational flyer out to voters at the City Mayoral primary election!  Call 316 269-3729 to volunteer.
Latin America Action Group
Monday, March 9. 5:30 pm
At the Peace Center
*********Other Community Events********
Friday, February 27. 6-8 PM
At The Kansas African American Museum
601 N Water Street

       In Wichita 1967 and 1968, incidents between police and African American young people escalated into a major show of force by law enforcement and some young blacks' frustration boiled over. Tear gas and tanks and National Guard in gas masks rolled  into black Northeast Wichita in 1968. 

The Kansas African American Museum with the East High Class of 1967 and the Kansas Humanities Council are preparing a documentary film on Wichita during the racially troubled time of 1967 and 1968.   Nine '67 grads of East High have been interviewed so far.  A first cut edition of their experiences and insights to that time will be shown in  at the Museum on Friday evening, February 27, 6:00 p.m.  Come and bring your memories to share.    

      PLEASE CONTACT TKAAM IF YOU LIVED IN WICHITA DURING THE "RIOTS" OF 1967 OR 1968 AND ARE WILLING TO BE INTERVIEWED ON CAMERA.   Come and sign up to add your experiences to this living history resource. This event is FREE. 

Interviews led by: 
Gretchen Eick, Ph.D. 
Professor of History, Emerita 
Friends University 

Author of Dissent in Wichita: The Civil Rights Movement in the Midwest, 1954-72  [University of Illinois Press, 2001/2007] and Herstories: Woman to Woman [Amazon Kindle, 2014] 

For more information contact: 
Jacquette Thompson 
Visitor Services/Volunteer Coordinator
601 North Water St. Wichita, KS 67203 
Sunday, March 1. 3:00 p.m.
Luyken Fine Arts Center, Bethel College, N. Newton KS.
Free, Open to the public. More information at 

The film is "Released", and it is a series of hopeful, moving stories of four parolees who prove that the tide of recidivism can be reversed, if former prisoners are given the support they need to reenter society.  The Retired Deputy Warden of the Hutchinson Correctional Facility, Steve Dechant, will be facilitating our Talk Back session after the film.
Wichita Democratic Socialists of America Meeting
Thursday, March 5th. 5-7 pm.
At the Peace Center
1407 N Topeka
Peace Pole Dedication
March 5. 12:00 p.m.
Shocker Hall Courtyard
     Global Faith in Action - College and other student organizatios are sponsoring  the dedication of a Peace Pole in the courtyard of Shocker Hall at 12:00 p.m. with a community-wide call for peace. The Peace Pole will be first student artwork permanently installed on Wichita State’s campus. The ceremony will include inspirational speaker Rev. Dr. Gerald L. Durley, Vice President of WSU, Dr. Wade Robinson and the WSU Madrigals, and a community choir under the direction of Dr. Michael Hanawalt. They will sing “The Gift of Peace” composed by Dr. Dean Roush.

     The Sculpture Guild at Wichita State University is a registered student group at WSU that has designed and built the Peace Pole that will be dedicated on March 5th.  The Peace Pole Project is an international movement that started after the bombing of Hiroshima. Communities all over the world have planted large poles with the words “May Peace Prevail on Earth” written in different languages on all sides. A reception will follow with hors d’oeuvres provided by Student Involvement at WSU.
Climate Change Is A Civil Rights Issue 
Thursday, March 5. 2:00 p.m and 6:00 p.m. 
Marcus Welcome Center, WSU 
Guest Speaker: Rev. Dr. Gerald Durley 
     Globally influential speaker and long-time civil  rights leader, Dr. Durley will present on this vital issue at an eveinng  roundtable event. Attendees are invited to take part in moderated group  discussions following the presentations. Light hors de'oevuvres and beverages  will be served. Reservations are required ( RegisterClimateKCU) An afternoon lecture is also open to the  public at 2:00 p.m. at the CAC Theatre on the WSU campus. 
March 5, 7:00 p.m. 
First Church of the Brethren
1103 Jefferson, Wichita 
Music by Delores and the Pickin-Fretter and  Mutual Kumquat  (featuring Ethan Setiawan,  Walnut Valley Mandolin  Chamption, 2014.
Culture High - Film screening
Friday, March 6, 7 pm – 9 pm
Murdock Theatre, 536 N Broadway St, Wichita, KS 
     A movie about the criminalization of marijuana. Networking on the Marijuana Sentencing Reform measure on the April 7 Wichita ballot. Suggested donation is $8. Snacks and refreshments can be purchased.  MRI-ICT, JENI and Get The Word Out ICT.
March 10, Light Meal 5:30-6:30 p.m./Presentation at  6:30 p.m 
First Church of the Brethren 
1103 Jefferson,  Wichita 
     Speaker: David Radcliff, Director, New Community  Project. 
The New Community Project. a faith-based nonprofit  organization working for environmental sanity and global justice, supports  women's empowerment, girl's education and forest preservatin through its  partners around the world, while challenging the U.S. consumption-based  economy for what it does to planet, people and soul. David is a frequent speaker  in schools, college and churches, and leads NCP Learing Tours to the Arctic,  Amazon, Africa, South Asia and Central America. Childcare will be provided. 
Mennonite Church of the Servant. 2401 N.  Woodland 
March 13, 7:00 p.m. 
      As the United States continues to build a wall  between itself and Mexico, "Which Way Home" shows the personal side of  immigration through the eyes of children who face harrowing dangers with  enormous courage and resourcefulness as they endeavor to make it to the United  States. The film follows several unaccompanied child migrants as they journey  through Mexico en route to the U.S. on a freigh train they call "The Beast"  These are stories of hope and courage, disappointment and sorrow. They are the  ones you never hear about--the invisible ones. 
St. Patrick's Day Parade in Delano with MRI-ICT
Saturday, March 14, 11 am – Noon
     Line up in the Lawrence Dumont Stadium parking lot (enter from Sycamore)
Join the Marijuana Reform Initiative - Wichita at the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Come and walk with us! We will be passing out VOTE YES tennis balls in support of the ballot issue for the April 7 election!  Contact Esau to march with us! 316 373-5911
Groundswell Rising
Monday, March 16th. 6:30 PM 
Chaparral High School

467 N. State Road 14
Anthony KS 67003 
Discussion with film producer and local experts to follow. 
Rev. James Atwood on "America's Fascination With Violence"
Thursday, March 19. 7pm.
Bethel College, Luyken Fine Arts Center in Krehbiel Auditorium

     Jim, a gun owner and deer hunter for more than 55 years, and a member of the NRA, is a retired Presbyterian pastor who became involved in gun violence prevention after a member of his congregation was shot and killed by a robber with a Saturday Night Special. For over 30 years he has served as board member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence. He has been Interfaith Coordinator of the Million Mom March, chair of the Greater Washington chapter of the anti-gun-violence group Heeding God's Call, and National Committee member of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. He is the author of America and its Guns: A Theological Exposé, and a contributor to Gun Violence, Gospel Values: Mobilizing in Response to God’s Call, a resource for Presbyterians approved by the 219th General Assembly in 2010. Most recently, Jim’s work with Heeding God’s Call is featured in the video TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence.

Veg Film Fest
Saturday, March 21 10:30am - 5:30pm
Wichita Public Library - Downtown
223 S. Main St
Since 1985, thousands around the world have celebrated the first day of Spring by eating vegan for the day in a huge international event called Meatout. Every year, Meatout raises awareness of the benefits of eating vegan; helping animals, achieving great health, and saving the planet."
The Wichita Animal Rights Meetup Group, in conjunction with Animal Outreach of Kansas, is hosting a day of entertaining, interesting, and informative films as part of the international Meatout celebration - We will be screening 4 critically acclaimed films throughout the day, starting with 
Vegucated - -at 10:30.  This will be followed by 
Forks over Knives -at 12:15, 
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret - - at 2:00, and 
Live And Let Live - -at 3:45. And that's not all - we will also have delicious food samples in between film showings. And it's all FREE! Please contact Dianne Waltner at or 316-946-1115 for more info. 
"Not an official Wichita Public Library program."
We have office space available! Call or email for more information or an appointment:
Peace Center Hours for Fall/Winter 2014:
Tuesday            12 pm to 4 pm
Wednesday        5 pm to 7 pm
Thursday            4 pm to 6 pm