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Ring in Peace on Armistice Day

Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 am

Veterans Memorial Park, 700 Cushman Street

Bell and dovesWriter Kurt Vonnegut, a WWII Prisoner of war wrote: “…November eleventh, accidentally my birthday, was a sacred day called Armistice Day. When I was a boy all the people of all nations which had fought in the First World War were silent during the eleventh minute of the eleventh hour of Armistice day, which was the eleventh day of the eleventh month.”

“It was during that minute in nineteen hundred and eighteen, that millions upon millions of human beings stopped butchering one another. I have talked to old men who were on battlefields during that minute. They have told me in one way or another that the sudden silence was the voice of God. So we still have among us some men who can remember when God spoke clearly to mankind.” (Breakfast of Champions, 1973)

In remembrance of the universal sense of joy felt around the world when World War One ended, and in renewal of the call for world peace, a world-wide tradition of ringing bells on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month was observed for over 35 years.

Congress declared November 11 a holiday in 1938, “ …a day to be dedicated to the
cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day’.”

On June 1, 1954, Congress amended the Act of 1938 by deleting the word “Armistice” and
inserting the word “Veterans”.

With rhetoric and patriotic symbolism have we been distracting ourselves from recognizing the majority of war’s victims?

Can we envision a world without war and still appreciate friends, family, and neighbors who have made great sacrifice?

Maybe the best way we can honor our veterans is to stop making them. In the meantime, can we honor the original meaning of this holiday?

Please consider joining us in ringing bells for peace. You have no bell to ring? Come
anyway or be creative and make your own. This could be a great art project for children.

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“Ban The Bomb” Rally, Fairbanks, Alaska, July 1, 2017

A group of Alaskans gathered for a rally in support of the United Nations’ current effort to institute a Treaty outlawing nuclear weapons. Heather Koponen’s sign saying “Don’t Bank On The Bomb” elicited the angst of the local Wells Fargo Bank’s management. An official came out and told her that she couldn’t use the public sidewalk to protest. The bank official told her that she was upsetting their clients.

Ban the Bomb Rally Sat. July 1, corner of University Ave. & Geist Rd,1:30-2:30

Come show that it is time to support the current NUCLEAR BAN TREATY NEGOTIATIONS.

After campaigning from civil society, governments are now in negotiations at the United Nations on “a legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination”. This new international agreement will place nuclear weapons on the same legal footing as other weapons of mass destruction, which have long been outlawed.

The negotiations are taking place at UN headquarters in New York from 27 to 31 March and from 15 June to 7 July 2017, with the participation of governments, international organizations and civil society representatives.

The U.S.”leaders” are not taking an active part, but we can let the world know that the people support ending nuclear arms race, testing and devastation.

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Emma’s Revolution Concert Sat. June 3rd

Keep the Resistance going with an inspiring concert
from “activist power duo” Emma’s Revolution

EmmaRevolutionNow Cover

Photo: Irene Young

Revolution Now
CD Release Concert

Saturday, June 3rd 8pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Fairbanks
4448 Pike’s Landing
Tickets $25

available at Gulliver’s Books, Grassroots Guitar, or via

Sponsored by the Alaska Peace Center

Community News, 17 April 2017

Alaska Peace Center Community News and Actions (and KWRK-LP 90.9 FM Radio Report on Mondays, 10am) Week of April 17, 2017

Briefly: In the recent past: $100 million is the cost of the 59 Tomahawk missiles

Call to Protect Education Funding

Tax Day demonstrators

U.S. citizens increased our complicity in war crimes


1. Friends of Fox Spring citizens’ group

2. U.S. Senators & Representatives are out of session. until April 23rd: challenge them to do better.

3. U.S. Navy Northern Edge 2017, live fire exercise in Gulf of Alaska

4. –Tell President Trump not to approve another $390 million in arms sales to Saudi Arabia!

In the near future:

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Monthly Meeting Thursday 1 December 2016

The monthly business meeting of the Alaska Peace Center (held on the first Thursday of every month) will take place at 7 pm at the APC office, upstairs in the College Mall, 3535 College Road Suite 203 (catty corner across the parking lot from Gulliver’s Books–stairs are at the west end sharing an external door with the Fuji Restaurant).

Alaska Peace Center draft Agenda, Thursday, December 1st, 2016, board of directors meeting
7 pm at APC office: 3535 College Rd, Suite 203, Fairbanks, AK 99709


Actions taken by APC Board &/or officers since the last meeting, not elsewhere in the agenda:
Review Action Items from last meeting:
Treasurer's report: 

Fairbanks Open Radio/KWRK-LP 90.9 update - APC radio spots idea ...

Miscellaneous - Start planning next newsletter with target early January.
Ideas for remembering Chris White?
APC board recruitment of replacement members?
Discussion of building a movement, lessons from George Lakey talk...

Past month: Nov. 11 Armistice Day Ring Bells; Nov. 18 Vegan/Veg potluck

Potential Events
Monthly potlucks  
Dec. 30, Friday movie A Force More Powerful, at office.
Future Potlucks  - last Fridays at the office.   

APC Open Hours  Friday evenings 5-7

Next mtg: Thursday, January 5, 2017


Come Celebrate the 4th Annual Peace Feast                at the Square Dance Pavilion in Pioneer Park on Saturday, May 28th!

Alaska Peace Center will supply barbecue which all are invited to supplement with potluck starting at 12 noon.

The ‘program’ will feature folks sharing what they have been doing that helps support movements for peace, justice, and sustainability:
Susan Grace and fellow singers sing songs of peace, justice, and earthcare;
Flyn Ludington will talk about our new all-volunteer radio station, KWRK-LP 90.9 FM;
Nathan Baring* will tell about the children’s environment protection court case;
Karl Franke will share the progress made by FCNL citizen lobbying in Washington, D.C.;
Rob Mulford will tell about the upcoming visit by peace activist David Swanson;
Dave Matheny* will share insights about climate justice from his time in Paris for the Climate Conference last winter;
Princess Johnson, who also attended the Paris climate conference, will talk about the activities of Fairbanks Climate Action Coalition;
John Stowman will share the opportunities of Fair Bikes; and
Carrie Farr will update us on the Alternatives to Violence Project.
(*attendance to be determined by circumstances beyond their control.)

Family friendly and free!

For more information:

APC meeting

Alaska Peace Center monthly meetings are the first Thursday of each month; however, we will take a break for June, so the next meeting will be Thursday, July 7th, 2016, at 7pm at our office at 3535 College Rd, suite 203 (which we share with Fairbanks Open Radio, KWRK-LP, 90.9 FM – now regularly on air!).

To contact us, you can email or leave a message by telephone: 374-0577.


Monthly Potluck and Discussion, March 2016

“Fukushima Fish Fry”

In commemoration of 5 years of leakage from the Fukushima powerplant, we will be having a “Fukushima Fish Fry” theme for the Alaska Peace Center March potluck: Though there is a chance that one of the dishes brought – Alaska-caught salmon – could have a small amount of nuclear contamination, there will also be foods that may have less risk.

We will have a film, handouts, and discussion about nuclear effects. It’s a little out of date, but check out the Alaska Radioisotope Information Center.

Join us at 6 pm for potluck, 7pm for film, at Alaska Peace Center office, 3535 College Rd, suite 203, above Fuji Restaurant and across the parking lot from Gulliver’s Books.

March 2016 Newsletter is out

View or download the pdf version of this newsletter


Issue 12                                                                                March 2016

In This Issue:

Overview of Events, Past and Future

Fairbanks Open Radio on the Air!

Fairbanks Peace Choir

APC Partners with Love INC

Alternatives to Violence Program/Alaska

Global Days of Action on Military Spending

Federal Constitutional Climate Case

Dear Friends of Peace, Justice, & Sustainability

Thank you to all who have supported our efforts with energy, time, funds, and/or encouragement!

Here is a brief update on events we have organized or collaborated on in the past year.   In peace, Heather K.

 Open hours every Thursday 5-7pm.

Potluck & Presentation each last Friday (except a few)

Monthly board meetings first Thursdays, 7pm.

Annual Peace Feast

Ongoing: Monitor encroaching militarism.

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