Youth Peace Summit, March 9th, 2013

The first annual Plowshare Youth Peace Summit is  March 9th from 9 AM to 5 PM at the Unitarian-Universalist Church in Roanoke, 2015 Grandin Rd.    The Summit is a day-long conference of workshops for youth ages 12-19.  The workshops are on peace, justice, art and living skills.

The event is open to all youth and is FREE!yps_flyer-finalresized

Registrations available at the door 9 – 9:45 am.

Workshops include :  Choose one in each time.

10-11 AM- A.)”Global Solidarity; Building Bridges Across the World” with Caroline Stanfill; B.) “Peers Creating Peace” with Katie Zawacki & Sarah Caplan; C.) “Repurposing for Art’s Sake!” with Keri Jackson & Marleigh Walsh.

11 AM-noon  -  A.) “Overcome Poverty: What Can Youth Do to Help the Poor” with Caroline Stanfill & Sarah Caplan; B.) “Step Team Dancing” with Daniel Donner; C.)  “Peacebuilding” with Sue Williams & Josh Caplan.

1-2  PM-  A.) “The Art of Family” with Debi Ellis; B.)  “Your Turn to Cook 101″ with Nancy Maurelli & Josh Caplan; C.) “Peace, Justice & Youth in Islam” with Saleem Ahmed and Nolan Wages;

2-3 PM-  A.)  “Theater for Teens” with Les Epstein; B.) “Off the Hook/On the Hook: Let’s Talk about Oppression” with S.J. Creek; C.)  “Yoga for Teens” with Ann Egge

Free breakfast and lunch as well as local teen Musician (Sharayah Spears), to play during breaks.  Conference attenders can earn community service hours for attending the YPS.  Plowshare hired youth organizers to plan and work at the Youth Peace Summit. We will also have adult volunteers to help out. Our schedule will be: 9-10 AM-Registration & free breakfast & opening speaker.   10-11AM-Three workshops to choose from, 11-noon-Three workshops Noon-1 PM-Free lunch & band 1-2 PM- Three workshops 2-3 PM-Three workshops 4-5 PM-Evaluation 4-5 PM-Music & clean-up & good-byes To register 2014-Youth-Peace-Summit-Registration-Form or for other information, please contact Gary Sandman at 540-989-0393 or plowshare@plowshareva.org

Building Peace One Couple at a Time

Saturday, FEBRUARY 16, 2013, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

“Better Marriages—Better Families—Better Communities—Better Countries—Better World—A Way to World Peace!”     plowshare t-shirt 002

Celebrate this Valentine’s Day with Dr. Gerald and Mrs. Eleanor Roller, certified “Better Marriage” trainers with over twenty-five years’ experience. Join them for an interactive program describing the four essentials of a good relationship:

  • commitment to grow together;
  • effective communication;
  • the ability to resolve conflict creatively;
  • expressions of appreciation and intimacy.

This is a FREE event for anyone in a committed relationship. . There will be a break with light refreshments, but please have lunch before arriving.

Salem Public Library, 28 East Main Street, Salem 24153

For more information or to RSVP (optional but appreciated), please phone either the Rollers at 540-343-7994 OR Nancy Maurelli at 540-345-3405 or email localfood@cox.net .

 

Witness against torture

Plowshare Peace Center will participate in the annual Witness Against Torture from January 6 to 12.  This will be our fourth year of doing so.  We ask people to take at least one day during that period, though you are welcome to take on more.  If you would like to join the fast, please contact Joan Wages at 745-2455 or jmgw42@yahoo.com.  More information about Witness Against Torture is at www.witnesstorture.org.

Write a letter about Gun Control, please

Our good friend, Edna Whittier, has sent a sample letter if you wish to contact local politicians about the UN International Arms Treaty.  She also recommends that you contact President Obama and provides a contact address.  Again, you can reach your local politician through “http://www.contactingthecongress.org/“.
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SAMPLE LETTER
The following is a sample of the email I sent to President Obama and Senator Warner.
I googled “president obama’s phone number email address” and got “http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/write-or-call
I filled out the form and wrote the following. I also did the same google for Senator Warner and will for Senator Kaine. And, for what it is worth, I will do the same for my representative Morgan Griffith.
Please feel free to use any or all of this sample to copy and paste to your representatives, the president, etc.

Dear ——
This is in support of the UN International Arms Trade Treaty and reducing the number of rounds in a firearms magazine clip, restoring the Assault Weapons Ban, enforcing background checks for firearms and eliminating the gun show loopholes.
This is a healthcare issue, a homeland security issue and a foreign policy issue.
Please help reduce the number of deaths by American-born terrorists using assault weapons by banning such weapons.
Please reduce the number of bullets in a clip. Remember that there would have been more killed at the Arizona shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords except that the shooter had to reload and a woman grabbed his arm so that he couldn’t reload.
Please help save women and children in Africa by supporting and signing the UN International Arms Trade Treaty.
Sincerely,
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Dear friends, Some Plowshare supporters are continuing to talk informally about efforts we might make to reduce gun violence.  In the meantime, here is something you can do.  The United Nations is working on an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade.  The National Rifle Association -and until recently President Obama -oppose this.  Please contact your Senators and Representatives urging them to support a treaty.  A contact form can be found at “http://www.contactingthecongress.org/“. It should be clear to us all after these many years that politicians will do nothing about gun violence unless citizens pressure them.  Only you can do something about this. Below is more information from the show “Democracy Now!”,
ARM TREATY INFORMATION As the debate over gun control intensifies in the United States, work continues on an international treaty to regulate the global arms trade. On Monday, the United Nations General Assembly voted to reopen negotiations on the treaty. The United States dropped its opposition after stonewalling talks in July, a move that prompted critics to accuse President Obama of caving to congressional Republicans and the National Rifle Association in an election year. “I have not seen anywhere else in the world a gun lobby that has the same level of influence
on its own government as the NRA does in the United States,” says Andrew Feinstein, author of “The Shadow World: Inside the Global Arms Trade” and a former African National Congress member of Parliament in South Africa. “The U.S.
buys and sells almost as much weaponry as the rest of the world combined. So what happens in the U.S. is going to have enormous impact on the rest of the world.” The Amy Goodman Show 12-26-12 You can find the show on this web site

PeaceMaker of the Year 2012 goes to Tom Nasta

Each year Plowshare Peace and Justice Center awards to an individual or group in the Roanoke region an award recognizing outstanding public service to the cause of peace and social justice. The PEACEMAKER OF THE YEAR AWARD is presented as part of Plowshare’s annual Fall Celebration event at Grandin Gardens.      Nominations are welcome from anyone in the community.  This year’s recipient went to Tom Nasta who has been with the Peace Center since its founding in 1973.  Thank you Tom for all your consistent work to keep Plowshare running throughout the years!

Peacemaker_NOMINATION_FORM   Please send in the nomination form with your favorite peacemaker in Roanoke and a brief description.

 

Nov. 17th in Grandin Village Parade.

The  Holiday Parade in the Grandin Village.  It is the same day as the monthly vigil and the “Organizing 101 Workshop” (see events).  Thank you to those came to walk with us, carry hand made signd and hand out our “P” is for Peace, coloring book page to children along the route.

Plowshare has attended festivals during the year including, Earth day, Local Colors, Catawba Farm Fest, Pride in the Park, Labor Day Parade, the Pagan Festival and the Latin Festival.  Plowshare  shares information about our programs and sells cool t-shirts and buttons which are great conversation starters.       For information about Plowshare at festivals, contact Polly, acornbranch64@aol.com  or call Gary to pick a time to come volunteer at the table for an hour or two .  989-0393  .

 

Education Tabling is Fun

There have been many new and young interested people meeting with us to learn about the Peace Center.  We set up a table at Earth Day and Local Colors, the Latin Fest, Pride int he Park, Catawba Farm Fest and other festivals, where we have T-shirts and Stickers along with all of our literature, and calendar of events.  The Plowshare Information Table needs people to sit at it for various festivals throughout the year.  Does this sound like something you’d like to help with?  Call Polly if you can volunteer at a festival.  540-774-6232 or acornbranch64@aol.com

 

Move Your Money Project

Dear friends,
Recently Occupy Roanoke has encouraged others to join the Move Your Money movement.  As a result, Plowshare Peace Center has moved its treasury to a local credit union.  We urge you to do so, too.  Below is a link to the Move Your Money group and some information from their website:
http://moveyourmoneyproject.org/
The Move Your Money project is a nonprofit campaign that encourages individuals and institutions to divest from the nation's largest Wall Street banks and move to local financial institutions. Little has changed to prevent another financial crisis or to end 'Too Big To Fail,' and with Congress unwilling to act, we are encouraging individuals to take power into their own hands by voting with their dollars and no longer contributing to a financial system that has led our country astray. We are a campaign that gives people real, concrete actions they can take to create a more sane, stable and localized banking system.
Gary Sandman Plowshare Director

Plowshare Vigil is Back at the Market Building!

Press coverage about  vigil

Roanoke Times

 Channel 7

Plowshare Peace Center holds peace vigil in Roanoke,     Source: wdbj7.com

Members of the Plowshare peace group returned to their spot outside the Roanoke City Market Building on Saturday.

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/wdbj7-plowshare-peace-center-holds-peace-vigil-in-roanoke-20120121,0,6744168.story

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 Roanoke Times

Roanoke City Market Building peace vigils resume A ruling by a federal judge paved the way for a settlement to allow Plowshare Peace and Justice Center to continue holding public assemblies.

Please visit: http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/303839

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 Channel 10

Check this out – http://wsls.com/ar/1629586/

Silent Peace Vigil, back at the Market Building

Dear friends,
Thanks to those who turned out for the silent peace vigil today.  We had about 40 people, twice our usual group.  We were particularly pleased to see Occupy Roanoke people present.
Passerby were very supportive, honking and flashing peace signs.  Some people brought us donuts and others hot chocolate.  The businesses -whom the City Market Building Foundation were concerned we were going to disrupt -in fact, offered to bring us out water and to store people's belongings during the vigil.  And after the vigil, most of us went into the City Market Building and had lunch. 
This is what free speech look like.  Thanks, Roanoke!
Gary Sandman Plowshare Director
540-989-0393 www.plowshareva.org Facebook page at plowshare peace center
PS Channels 7 and 10 and the Roanoke Times covered the event.  Please check them out.