Saturday, June 11, Demonstrate to End War in Ukraine, 1pm at Geist & University Ave.

“Every war eventually ends with diplomacy. The question is how long the killing goes on before the diplomats stop it.”

We should not underestimate the very grave danger we are all in from the potential for this war to escalate into a nuclear conflagration.

Russia needs to cease military operations and pull its troops out of Ukraine.  The United States, Western Europe, and Kyiv need to be prepared to listen honestly to Russia’s security concerns and to take concessions.  We should call on President Biden to begin good faith negotiations with all concerned parties, respecting each party’s security concerns.

Peace, please.

For a better understanding of the issues at stake, please see the March 3 & 24, 2022, posts at www.alsakapeace.org.   

2022 Alaska Peace Center Newsletter is out!

View or download it here. Look for it soon in your inbox and, if you have provided us your USPS mailing address, in your mailbox. A big “Thank You” to editors Violet Toney and Maia Genaux, and to all who contributed.

9th Annual Peace Feast Saturday June 4th, 2022

9th Annual Peace Feast

Saturday, June 4, Noon to 2 pm

Square Dance Pavilion, Pioneer Park

Celebrating Peacemakers in Our Community
Come Help Us Celebrate!

Free barbeque! Please bring a dish to share and eating utensils if possible.

We’ve worked hard all winter and dealt with the December snowcalypse, months of icy roads, and more recently, floods. Soon it will be summer and we can take a day to relax. The Peace Feast is an opportunity for people working to make Interior Alaska a better place to live to come together, relax in the summer sun, share ideas and interests, and find out about each other’s activities. Our community is blessed with a multitude of small organizations working quietly to make all our lives better. We’ll be featuring short presentations from a sampling of these organizations that are improving the quality of life in our community.

5th Annual Peace Feast, May 2017

The Square Dance Pavilion (aka picnic shelter) is between the Dance Hall and the Pioneer Air Museum.

The Alaska Peace Center works for peace, justice and sustainability – individually, in our community and globally – with a commitment to nonviolent conflict resolution. For more information, contact info@alaskapeace.org.

Monthly Meeting Thursday, June 2, 7 pm via Zoom

The Alaska Peace Center monthly meeting will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, June 2.

The link to join the meeting is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09

This link will be used for all monthly meetings this winter (first Thursday of each month) through June 2022.

More Zoom specifics: Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547, Passcode: 492648

All welcome! The primary topic will be finalizing plans for Saturday’s Peace Feast at Pioneer Park

Annual Members Meeting Thursday, May 5, 2022

7:00 pm via Zoom

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09
Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547
Passcode: 492648

All welcome! It’s time for the election of board members. New board members are needed. Board members serve two-year terms. We gladly anticipate fresh board energy, possibly moving the organization in new directions! Please contact apcboard@alaskapeace.org if you are able to help steer us by serving on our board of directors. ****** We Need You! *******

There are many upcoming events to plan for as well: Arbor Day on May 16, the 9th Annual Peace Feast on June 4, and the Tanana Valley State Fair in August.

Last Friday Video and Discussion, April 29th, 7pm

The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs

documentary via Zoom, April 29, 2022, 7:00 pm

We’ll watch the documentary “The Nuns, the Priests, and the Bombs” via Zoom. This is about nuns and priests breaking into the storage facility for radioactive elements at Oak Ridge, Tennessee. These elements are the ingredients from which nuclear bombs are made and the facility is intended to be one of the most secure sites in the nation. The activists intention was both to call attention to these obscenely destructive materials in the center of our country, and to show that the security of these materials was not as good as has been advertised. The ease with which they got into the site and the length of time they had to wait to be discovered and arrested was quite embarrassing to the officials in charge of the facility. You can see the trailer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kL6qxsvo_qc. More information and a synopsis can be found at http://www.passionriver.com/the-nuns-the-priests-and-the-bombs.html. The movie is 1 hour and 27 minutes long and we will have time for discussion afterward.

Here is the link to the Zoom meeting:
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81364808482?pwd=U0hpcmRJbEFQeFF4SzdEdE4xL2lKZz09

Meeting ID: 813 6480 8482
Passcode: 948893

Demonstration to End War in Ukraine

Geist Road and University Avenue, today, Saturday, April 16, 2022, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

We will meet again this afternoon to demonstrate for peace in Ukraine. Intersection of Geist Road and University Avenue, Saturday, April 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm

War is a terrible thing and my heart goes out to all the Russians and Ukrainians killed and wounded, and their loved ones, and all those who have already lost homes and livelihoods. Government pronouncements and the media provide a steady stream of denunciations of Russia’s invasion. Certainly the invasion should be condemned, but we should also acknowledge that the U.S. and NATO played a large role in escalating tensions. We have backed Russia into a corner and have failed for decades to give any credence to Russia’s legitimate security concerns.

In the midst of all the propaganda from both sides I think we can agree that the solution to violence is never more violence. Every war ends in a political solution. We should strive toward that solution and try to leave out the war part as much as we can.

STOP THE WAR IN UKRAINE!
Russian Troops Out! / No NATO Expansion!
Real Diplomacy, not Killer Sanctions!
Remove US Nuclear Weapons from Europe!
Cease Fire/Neutrality for Ukraine!

Below are links to a small part of the barrage of news and analysis that has arrived over the last few days.

Continue reading

Last Friday Video and Discussion, March 25th, 7:00 pm

Ukraine on Fire

A documentary by Oliver Stone on the 2014 Maidan coup

Video and discussion, via Zoom at 7:00 pm on Friday, March 25. We will watch Oliver Stone’s “Ukraine on Fire.” This documentary provides details and historical background for the 2014 Maidan revolution in Ukraine orchestrated by the U.S. Department of State and the CIA. It includes interviews with the deposed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, Vladimir Putin, and many other players. It also includes some amazing (and amazingly violent) footage from events of the time. It provides critical insights helpful toward understanding the situation in Ukraine today. There are rumors that this video may get removed from YouTube because it is controversial in today’s political climate. If this happens then we will show instead “The Nun, the Priests, and the Bomb” about the protest at Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the site where Uranium is concentrated for use in atomic bombs. This 2017 documentary by Helen Young is an excellent history of the tragedy of nuclear bombs and the activism against them.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81934292585?pwd=K1RHZU5sREJGTTF4V0ZmZ0FYV24vQT09

Meeting ID: 819 3429 2585
Passcode: 278799

Protestors fighting government forces in Kyiv, 18 February 2014 (from Wikipedia)

Monthly Meeting Thursday, March 3, 7 pm via Zoom

The Alaska Peace Center monthly meeting will take place at 7 pm on Thursday, March 3.

The link to join the meeting is:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/82408901547?pwd=WjZLZ2FMRGZXaWFibjJSdGNUY2xtUT09

This link will be used for all monthly meetings this winter (first Thursday of each month) through May 2022.

More Zoom specifics: Meeting ID: 824 0890 1547, Passcode: 492648

All welcome!

End the War in Ukraine!

Demonstration to End the War in Ukraine

1:00 in the afternoon on both days this coming weekend (March 5 & 6). If you can only come one day come Sunday! Intersection of Geist Road and University Avenue. Bring a sign if you can, but mostly bring yourself! Dress warmly!!

A lot has changed in the past week now that Russia has actually invaded Ukraine. War is a terrible thing and my heart goes out to all the Russians and Ukrainians killed and wounded, and their loved ones, and all those who have already lost homes and livelihoods. Government pronouncements and the media provide a steady stream of denunciations of Russia’s invasion. Certainly the invasion should be condemned, but we should also acknowledge that the U.S. and NATO played a large role in escalating tensions. We have backed Russia into a corner and have failed for decades to give any credence to Russia’s legitimate security concerns. We have manipulated the internal politics of Ukraine and fomented the 2014 coup that installed a government hostile to Russia.

Sunday (March 6) has been declared a global day of action to end the war in Ukraine. People all over this country and the whole world will be out in force that day. We will stand in solidarity with the 2,000 or more Russians in Moscow and St. Petersburg that have been protesting for peace and are threatened with arrest for doing so. We need to make sure that the U.S. stands back and makes genuine concessions so that negotiations for a meaningful long-term solution can be found. Since we’ve been demonstrating on Saturdays all along I propose that we demonstrate both days this weekend. Sunday will be the big one so if you can only come one day, try for Sunday. We will have a presence there both days. March 5 and 6, 1:00 to 2:00 at the intersection of Geist Road and University Avenue.

Suggested themes:

  • Russian Troops Out! / No NATO Expansion!
  • Real Diplomacy, not Killer Sanctions!
  • Remove US Nuclear Weapons from Europe!
  • No war with Russia
  • No more weapons to Ukraine and the European Union
  • Obey international laws and the UN Charter
  • Resolve the current conflict within the United Nations Security Council
  • Restore the Minsk Agreements
  • De-escalate the threat of a nuclear war
Continue reading