WESTERN VIRGINIA ACTIVIST Events – And Contact Links. ONGOING EVENTS listed first, then scroll down for more details -we are planning to create a better calendar (contact Polly – email@example.com if you can help, thanks!)
Ongoing – Plowshare Peace Vigil, every third saturday of the month. Meet in front of the Market Food Court Building in downtown Roanoke on Campbell Ave. Signs available. We stand in silence and welcome all.
Ongoing- Commpassionate Communication, Mondays, 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist Church, and Unity Church, contact freeda Cathcart for schedules; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ongoing-Occupy Roanoke in Elmwood Park. Rallies every Saturday at the Mayor’s Monument in Elmwood Park at the corner of Elm Av. & Williamson Rd., Roanoke For more information go to www.occupyroanokeva.com.
Ongoing-Keep the Uranium Ban meetings, listed below.
Ongoing-Mondays at 7 PM-Open Meditation with Richard Cook, at Lifestream Center, 2006 Windsor Ave off Grandin Rd. Roanoke. $5 investment. www.lifestreamcenter.org. To contact Richard at the Peace Spiritual Center call 540-907-5289. Website is www.peace-spiritual-center.org
Ongoing-First Friday Anti-War Vigil organized and hosted by the Coalition For Justice in front of the Blacksburg Main Street Post Office. Contact Mark Barbour at email@example.com for more information.
Ongoing-Roanoke Pride meeting. Every second Wednesday at 7 PM in Community Room of Metropolitan Community Church, 806 Jamison Av., Roanoke. Go to www.roanokepride.org for more information.
Ongoing-Earth Friendly Friday film and speakers by Sierra Club. Every second Friday at 7 PM at Unitarian Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd. For more information contact Dan Crawford at 540-343-5080.
Ongoing-Dances of Universal Peace. Every third Friday at 7:30 PM at Unity Church, 3300 Green Ridge Road, Roanoke. For More information, contact: Rachel Theo-Maurelli at 540-556-2233 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeff Tiebout at 540-239-2302.
Ongoing-Occupy Washington DC in Freedom Plaza, Washington DC. For more information go to www.occupydc.org.
Community Garden in Floyd. Contact email@example.com.
Coalition for Justice, Mark Barbour at firstname.lastname@example.org
Conflict Resolution Center, www.conflictresolutioncenter.us
Forest Watch, www.virginiaforestwatch.org
Keep the Ban, www.keeptheban.org
Legacy International, www.legacyintl.org
Lifestream Center, www.lifestreamcenter.org
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, www.naacp.org
Occupy Blacksburg, Facebook page at occupy blacksburg
Occupy Roanoke, www.occupyroanokeva.com
Oracle Institute, www.theoracleinstitute.org
Roanoke Diversity Center, email@example.com
Roanoke Pride, www.roanokepride.org
Virginias Against the Death Penalty, www.vadp.org
Virginia Organizing Project, www.virginia-organizing.org
Voices of Faith interfaith group, firstname.lastname@example.org
Virginia People’s Assembly, Facebook page at virginia people’s assembly Wayside Center for Popular Education, www.waysidecenter.org
ROANOKE DIVERSITY CENTER
Please consider joining the “Roanoke Diversity Center” on 1, 2, or even 3 group trips to area LGBT Pride festivals this Spring and Summer. Registration deadlines –> April 15th . Please Reply asap via FaceBook pages linked from the RDC website: www.RoanokeDiversityCenter.com , or send a note to : admin@RoanokeDiversityCenter.com. if you are interested in participating in any of the three trips.
–> Did we mention that the RDC Initiative could use your help? Please consider giving your time, energy, resources, or donations to our LGBT community center effort. Together, we can and will realize a stronger, more empowered LGBT community. Thank You !
Also: “4th Annual Roanoke Equality -Stonewall Rally” on June 30th(sat) 10am-11am…Century Square downtown.
KEEP THE BAN
Danville Local Group: PRIDE a chapter of Blue Ridge Environmental Defense League. Next Monthly Meeting: For more information call Karen Maute (434) 429-4667.
Floyd County Local Group: Floyd UBan Next Monthly Meeting: 2nd Tuesday of Every Month 7:00pm — 8:30pm Floyd Library Community Room. 321 West Main Street Floyd, VA 24091 (540) 745-2947
Fredericksburg Next Monthly Meeting: Contact Graham Givens email@example.com Martinsville
Local Group: Keep the Ban Martinsville Next Monthly Meeting: For more information and next meeting time email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pittsylvania County Local Group: League of Individuals for the Environment, LIFE Next Monthly Meeting: For more information and next meeting time email: email@example.com
Roanoke Local Group: Keep the Ban Roanoke Next Monthly Meeting: For more information and next meeting time email firstname.lastname@example.org
Sierra Club EARTH FRIENDLY FRIDAY Presents: “HABITAT AT HOME: Gardening with Natives” Feb. 8, 2013 — social time, 6:30 (snacks welcome) program 7:00 As we plan our gardens and landscaping, we consider aesthetics, flavor, dietary preferences, aromatic qualities and other choices. Butch Kelly will show us how to attract birds, butterflies, and other critters using their natural preferences for cover and food. Your property can be a lively habitat that delights you and supports wildlife. Butch Kelly, now retired, taught biology, ecology, and physical and Earth sciences in Roanoke County schools for 26 years. He was the system’s energy manager for nine years and for 13 seasons was a National Park Service interpreter on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Butch has a BS from WVU and an MS from Va. Tech. He is a member of Blue Ridge Wildflower Society, Roanoke Valley Bird Club, New River Valley Master Naturalists and the Sierra Club. Interests include
birding, biking, hiking, photography, botany and history. He lives in Catawba with his wife, Betty.
MIKE BOEHM TALK
Roanoke Quaker Meeting is pleased to present:
“HANDS IN THE PADDY-Twenty years of humanitarian work in Vietnam,” presented by Mike Boehm, Executive Director of Madison Quakers, Inc.
The program will include a slide presentation and discussion of a series of current peace and reconciliation projects in Vietnam.
Vietnam veteran Mike Boehm has been working in My Lai and elsewhere in Vietnam since 1992. Boehm has traveled to Vietnam 26 times since then to facilitate humanitarian projects in collaboration with Phan Van Do, an English teacher from Quang Ngai province. Their efforts have facilitated the construction of a medical clinic, primary schools in My Lai, and loans to more than 3,000 poor women based on the Grameen Bank model of micro credit. Other projects include construction of more than 100 Compassion Houses for extremely poor women, victims of Agent Orange and extremely poor veterans.
They were also instrumental in creating the My Lai Peace Park, of which Yoko Ono said “Congratulations for having created such a significant and beautiful park. This park will not only help the wronged spirits to rest peacefully, but it will send a strong healing vibration to the whole world.”
Since 1996 they have facilitated, through the Art Penpals project, the exchange of art work between the children of My Lai and Madison, WI. These humanitarian projects of Madison Quakers, Inc. have been covered by media from around the world including, here in the U.S., Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! and Mike Wallace of 60 Minutes.
The event is free and open to the public.
PAUL CHAPPELL TALK
Paul Chappell will give the keynote lecture at Roanoke College, Tues Feb 12, 7:30 p.m., Colket Center Wortmann Ballroom. The title of his talk is “Why World
Peace Is Possible and How We Can Achieve It.” The college calendar, which is mailed to the community, includes this statement: Paul K. Chappell, West Point graduate of 2002 and former army captain who served in Iraq, will discuss the myths that perpetuate war and how we must wage peace in order to solve our national and global problems of the 21st century. Part African-American, part Asian and part Caucasian, Chappell is now Peace Leadership Director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation. His talk is the keynote lecture for the 2013 Honors Conference “Eight Days Around the World.”
Also on Wed Feb 13, 7:30 PM, place TBA, we are planning a follow-up conversation
with Paul for those who attend Tues evening’s lecture.