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Juneau People for Peace and Justice to hold Celebration of Hope Saturday

Posted: November 22, 2012 - 1:04am

Juneau People for Peace and Justice will host a Celebration of Hope on Saturday to commemorate 10 years of working locally to cultivate hope for a more peaceful world. The event will be held from 6-8:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at Northern Light United Church and will include food, conversation, music, poetry, story and art. Music will be provided by The Song for the Journey, an upbeat bluegrass, traditional and gospel group. The potluck-style dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., and attendees should plan to bring a dish to share.

In commemorating the activities of Juneau People for Peace and Justice, Rich Moniak shared these memorable moments in the group’s history.

December 2002: The group collected 1000 signatures for a full page ad in the Juneau Empire titled “War Is Not The Answer.”

February 2003: They mobilized an estimated 1,500 people in a march across the Juneau-Douglas bridge as a demonstration against the impending war in Iraq.

March 2003: The Juneau Committee for Defense of the Constitution, a subcommittee within JPPJ, led an effort to pass a local resolution outlining the city’s approach to investigations under federal anti-terrorism legislation and asked Congress to re-examine the Patriot and Homeland Security acts. As a result the Alaska ACLU gave the group their “Citizen Activists of the Year Award.”

May 2006: The group initiated and organized “Juneau Speaks On Iraq”, with Sen. Lisa Murkowski. More than 350 people attended with about 37 of 38 people giving statements opposing the war in Iraq, then in its third year.

2011 to the present: Members of the group acted as local coordinators for YES high school exchange student, a national program that Congress created in the aftermath of 911 to bring Muslim students to study in the US to build bridges between their world and ours.

In between, JPPJ has sponsored numerous speakers, often in partnership with UAS and the Juneau World Affairs Council, and more than once was the largest group marching in the 4th of July parade.

For more information on Saturday’s event, visit Juneau People for Peace and Justice on Facebook or call 586-6738.

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