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Youth Peace Summit

April 5th 2014- The 2nd annual Youth Peace Summit

– location: Unitarian Universalist Church, in Raleigh Court Roanoke.  Free!

Plowshare Peace Center invites youth age 12 – 19  for a day of fun and informative workshops on Peace, Empowerment, Art & Social Justice led by facilitators and teachers from the community.   Youth organizers also participate in facilitation.  Arrive for registration 9 Am.  Opening speaker ; Gene Edmunds, minister – 9:30;

First workshops 10 AM; see schedule below;  art projects; free breakfast and lunch; entertainment by youth musicians; closing and comments  4 PM.   A really great day!  2014-Youth-Peace-Summit-Registration-Form  Your pre-registration will help us get a head count idea.   You are also welcome to come on the day to register.  Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd. at the corner of Brandon and Grandin.

There will be 4 workshop sessions: 10 – 11, 11- 12, 1-2 and 3-4 Breakfast and Lunch provided FREE       THIS YEAR’S WORKSHOPS INCLUDE:  

  • Qigong, (pronounced chee-gong) – breath and body awareness
  • Singing For Social Change - learn songs from civil rights movement and other songs of peace and empowerment
  • Conversations with Afghan Youth - through a Skype link
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Stress Mangement 101 for youth
  • Youth in Islam - what’s it like to be a youth in Middle East?
  • Celebrating Diversity - what happens when you see someone being bullied because of  their gender?
  • Yoga and meditation for world peace
  • Making Peace Cranes
  • Activism through Social Media
  • Drama practice to create a conflict/peaceful resolution scene.
  • Peace Perspectives from a war veteran
  •   For more information Call Gary at  (540) 989-0393, or Polly at (540) 598-1118 or email Plowshare@plowshareva.org or acornbranch64@aol.com    If you are interested in volunteering during the day with food prep or registration time, call or send us a note.   Thank you!

JUST IN!   Music during lunch provided by: Levi’s Gene Pool, a youth band from Blacksburg.

Youth Peace Summit 2014

Peace building Workshop, 3/16

cooperative games_last_ 001text_edited_1title_Kim_only_edited-5Using cooperative games, Kim Kristensen will guide us through activities and discussion about how and why we unconsciously compete with others and ourselves.  Join us for a Sunday afternoon in the Grandin Village, at the YOGA Center, 1316 Grandin Rd. above Grace’s Pizza.  A donation is requested, but not required if you can’t.  For more info., or to give us a head count, call Polly (540) 598-1118

Come learn some new tools for sharing with your family or groups!

Kim balances his day job as a manager for the Dept. of Transportation with teaching Leadership and Managing Conflict, Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Critical Thinking, Sociology, and Management at several colleges and universities. Kim is a certified mediator with a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelors degree in Management and Human Resources. He also is a Life Coach, men’s group leader, and former circus performer (which ties it all together). Kim provides one on one conflict coaching, and couples relationship coaching. Life Mission: I’m putting together a workshop/process on developing one’s Life Mission. This includes some powerful processes where a person looks at their life, why they are here, and how they will proceed in the direction of their Mission.

Vigil at museum, protect negotiations with Iran – no sanctions

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Contact Senator Warner at Roanoke Office: 540-857-2676  or via email found on Virginia Senate contact page here.

Please tell Virginia’s Sen. Mark Warner that you would like him to withdraw his co-sponsorship for the Menendez-Kirk Bill which increases sanctions against Iran.  Tell him to support President Obama’s negotiations to settle the nuclear proliferstion issue without further violence in the Middle East.

Photographs taken outside The Taubman Museum, Jan. 11, 2014 during last day of the Yoko Ono “Imagine Peace” Exhibit.  Note: the art museum is free.  Please see the last week of the photography exhibit on Civil Rights events.

 

 

Peace Maker of the Year to Michael Bentley

We honored the work and dedication to peace making by presenting the annual “Peace Maker Award”  to Michael Bentley.  Michael has been a consistent presence with Plowshare and our work for peace.   He is our organizer for the monthly silent peace vigil in downtown Roanoke, where we recently celebrated our 100th vigil!  Michael is on the steering committee, has been a guide in the awareness of public radio access, and is a speaker for various programs, as well as keeping up with lobby efforts.  Thank you Michael!  Seen here between director, Gary Sandman and long time Plowshare supporter, Gene Edmunds .IMG_1265small

Daily Vigil and Sat. March for Syria

Please join us for an hour each day this week    12 Noon – 1 PM.    Now until Sept 9th as congress makes a decision on Syria strike.  Sat. Sept. 7, March from vigil to the Market.  Come to 250 Franklin Rd.; corner of Frankin and 3rd SW downtown.  Are you willing to make a stand and tell congress and our fellow citizens NOT to approve a strike on Syria?  Thanks!   Diplomatic relations need to continue and consequences for chemical use recognized and implemented to full extent of International Laws.  We do not need to continue the suffering of the people with US military strike.  Syria War Protest 8-31-13 (11)

James O’Dea AUDIO interview on initiations of a peace maker.

During the Summer of Peace 2013, groups around the world have been studying peace making and organizing in their communities.  James O’Dea former director of Amnesty International in D.C,  and teacher for the Institute for Noetic Sciences speaks of his experiences, and outlines the skills and qualities needed for peace makers now.  He has been working with “The Summer of Peace ” Initiative as discussed at end of interview with host Stephen Dinan of the Shift Network, and others in the field.

The MP3 recording is approximately  1 hour 15  mins     PeaceAmbassador-7InitiationsOfAGreatPeacemaker

 

Skills For Peace Making Workshop, August 7

Wednesday, August 7th,  6:30 – 8:30 in the Grandin Village, 1327 Grandin Rd. Roanoke, 24015.   The CODA building with FireFly Media.  Next to Valley Bank, across from Reid’s Furniture.  Skills in Peace Making:  An interactive question and answer session that offers skills in deep listening, basic conflict resolution, compassionate assertiveness, team building,  the neuropsychology of conflict, conflict coaching, leadership, dealing with difficult people, and emotional processing. The format will be informal and  interactive with some presentation by Kim depending on where the questions and conversations go.”

Kim Kristensen  balances his day job as a manager for the Dept. of Transportation  with teaching Leadership and Managing Conflict, Applied Psychology, Human Relations, Critical Thinking, Sociology, and Management at several colleges and universities. Kim is a certified mediator with a Master’s degree in Social Sciences and a Bachelors degree in Management and Human Resource. He also is a Life Coach, men’s group leader, and former circus performer (which ties it all together).

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Freedom From Gun Violence

Plowshare hosts:  Stories from Va. Tech families,  June 22  at 7 PM  Location:  The Roanoke Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd.

Presented by Andrew Goddard, of the Virginia Center for Public Safety and Catherine Koebel of the Coalition to  Stop Gun Violence .  Goddard is the father of Colin Goddard, survivor of the Virginia Tech massacre.

Plowshare hopes to organize an action group to work on reducing gun violence as a result of this program. PLEASE spread word about this program to all your friends and groups.

Andrew Goddard has spent 20 years in international humanitarian relief and development, working and living in developing countries.  Andrew is the President of the Richmond Chapter of the Million Moms March Against Gun Violence.  He is a board member of both the Virginia Center for Public Safety and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services. He also serves as Board Chair of the National Gun Victims Action Council.

The Virginia Center for Public Safety is a non-profit, non-partisan grass roots
organization dedicated to the reduction of gun violence in Virginia. VACPS
strives to accomplish this mission through awareness, education and advocacy.
VACPS members represent a cross-section of racial, religious, professional and
political groups.

Catherine Koebel grew up in Blacksburg, VA.  In the spring of 2007 her father
taught the 10am MWF class in Norris 207 at Virginia Tech. Jamie Bishop, the 9am  professor, was murdered, as were numerous students in his classroom. After the VT  massacre, due to the advocacy of family members of VT victims, “I found out about  the lax gun laws in this country. I’ve been volunteering and advocating for better  gun laws since 2009 in Richmond and nationally with Virginians for Responsible  Gun Laws, which is the Virginia campaign of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.
The Coalition to Stop Gun Violence (CSGV) seeks to secure freedom from gun
violence through research, strategic engagement and effective policy advocacy.

Their organizational structure is unique among national gun violence prevention
organizations. CSGV is comprised of 47 national organizations working to reduce
gun violence. Their coalition members include religious organizations, child
welfare advocates, public health professionals, and social justice
organizations. This diversity of member organizations allows us to reach a wide
variety of grassroots constituencies who share our vision of non-violence.

 

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“Let’s transform the culture of violence into one of peace and healthy relations!”

For more information, contact Gary Sandman: plowshare@plowshareva.org     www.plowshareva.org

(Swords into plowshares:  weapons into garden tools)

What is Urbiculture? May 3rd, 7PM

What is Urbiculture?
Join us on Friday, May 3 for an overview of urbiculture. The term has a history going back to the 50′s and roughly means “having care of cities and city people.” Location: The Roanoke Natural Foods Co-op 1319 Grandin Rd.    7PM
In practice, this may take us a step away from our comfort zones; into the ideology of being more connected with our environments and the people who live there.
The Urbiculture Foundation began when this philosophy was realized by Ron McCorkle in 2007. He soon started integrating permaculture principles into this and all sorts of new growth arose, including a desire to share this information.
Ron McCorkle is a permaculture teacher, neighborhood advocate and explorer of new ideas. Since 2007, he’s been understanding ways of integrating spiritual permaculture with his ways of living. He has studied life at its biological level and believes that there is much more at work than what we see.

Earth Day Roanoke, in the Grandin Village

2014 – Come out and enjoy the festivities and educational opportunities during Earth Day, Saturday, April 26;  10 Am – 4 PM.   We need volunteers at the Plowshare Booth, and appreciate your help.  We have literature, and T-shirts to share; and good conversation!   Please call Polly 598-1118 or e-mail acornbranch64@aol.com