Archive for August, 2021

Monthly Meeting Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Our monthly meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 7, at 7 pm via Zoom. Note that for this month only, we are meeting on the first Tuesday of the month instead of on the first Thursday as we normally do. We need to be really efficient since Karl and Maia will be Zooming in from the East Coast and it will be very late there. Here is the Zoom link:

All are welcome! This is somewhat of a transitional time for the Alaska Peace Center. It is important to review our values and priorities, and to make decisions about where we are going. The more inputs from different points of view that we can get from our members, the better off we will be.

  • What do we value?
  • What are our current priorities?


Some ideas for things to work on:

  • Advocating for local good
  • Peace, Justice, Sustainability
  • Can we resume our monthly potlucks?
  • International Peace Day is September 21. Can we do anything?
  • Is it time for a new bus ad ? With an ICAN theme?
  • See about becoming a sponsor/supporter of Just Transition Collective?
  • “A Permanent Peace” sign at FAI airport to balance out “Welcome Military” sign there
  • VFP has a “Shut Down Creech” event, Sep 26-Oct 2. Anything we can do locally? Fly kites, not drones?
  • “Epic Warrior“ program for combat Vets starting locally
  • Arctic Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zone
  • ICAN Cities Appeal
  • GI Rights

Contact with questions.

Further Zoom details for those who need them:

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2021 Tanana Valley State Fair Wrap-up

First: A joyful, heartfelt thank you to each volunteer for the time and positive energies you gave to a very successful Alaska Peace Center booth at this year’s Tanana Valley State Fair! Even though traffic past the booth was somewhat lower this year, donations and sales were excellent, including our support for KWRK radio. You reported many valuable conversations, and more folks than usual expressed interest in the Alaska Peace Center. Your Presence for Peace resonated in a very special way this year. Thank you!

Second: Thank you so much to everyone who stopped by! It was wonderful to greet folks again after the more-than-a-year shutdown. The next APC meeting will be announced shortly, including a current Zoom link. 

Third: The results of the Bean Poll are attached and discussed below. This was an opportunity to designate how you would like your federal income tax dollars distributed, instead of how they actually go.

Finally: Our latest newsletter, from March 2021, highlights the projects, events and our partner news from the past year and more. If you have suggestions for APC activities or goals that would mean a lot to you, please reply with your input!

Thank you so much to everyone. Peace and blessings, Maia Genaux for the Alaska Peace Center, in the unceded territory of the Chena and Tanana peoples.

Bean Poll Results: The question was: If you have 20 beans representing the federal income tax you pay, how would you choose to distribute them among the 6 categories we offered, listed here.  
The results were:1) Environment 23%, 2) Healthcare  21%, 3) Education 20%, 4) Infrastructure 17%, 5) Other 10%, 6) Military 9%.

We offered this Bean Poll at the Tanana Valley State Fair, July 30-August 8, and also at the Renewable Energy Fair the following weekend.  This was not a scientific poll! It was done out of informal curiosity and a desire to engage the public a bit. 

Nonetheless, the results are interesting, and my effort (moderately defensible) to understand the results, in the context of the actual proposed 2022 federal budget (spending), is presented in the document linked to below. It might change the structure of next year’s poll — or not!

A summary of the total proposed 2022 federal spending, by our categories could look like:  
1) Other 39% (w/ Social Security), 2) Military 28% (w/ interest on debt), 3) Healthcare  21% (w/ Medicare and Medicaid), 4) Education 3%, 5) Infrastructure 2%, 6) Environment 0-1%

Bean Poll Analysis (with pie charts).

Note: Income tax is about 1/2 of total revenue, and total revenue does not cover the total spending. 
Don’t get me started on all the other things I learned!  But feedback is welcome!
Peace and blessings, Maia


Come See us at the Fair!

Today (Sunday) is day 3 of the Fair, and it will continue through Sunday, August 8. Our booth is at its usual spot in the Borealis Building.

Suzanne and Carrie at the 2108 Fair.