New Hampshire Creative Club – Art for Social and Political Change

Event Details Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015 5:30 – 7:30 PM New Hampshire Institute of Art, Fuller Hall 156 Hanover Street Manchester, NH 03104 The American Friends Service Committee’s new traveling exhibit, “All of Us or None,” examines the effects of militarism at both the foreign and domestic policy levels. It also highlights alternatives and positive nonviolent solutions. The opening, to be held October 20th at 5:30 pm, is the first of its kind for the New Hampshire Creative Club. Partnered with American Friends Service Committee and New Hampshire Peace Action, we are bringing the “All of Us or None” exhibition to New Hampshire. This event will start with general networking and a viewing of the artwork. Following the viewing, a discussion will be held nearby.

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“METAMORPHOSIS TWO: The Corporation Strikes Back”

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Join us for Concord’s premier performance of “METAMORPHOSIS TWO: The Corporation Strikes Back”, a Historical ~ Musical ~ Comedy written by Arnie Alpert of AFSC NH, which asks the question:

HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WOKE UP ONE MORNING AND DISCOVERED YOU HAD BEEN TRANSFORMED INTO A CORPORATION?

This play is a fabulously fun way to learn the history and impact of the Supreme Court’s “Citizen United” decision and corporate “personhood”.

Program starts promptly at 6:30 PM
Discussion & Refreshment to follow

FREE TO ALL

For more information, please contact LR Berger, Building a Culture of Peace Forum 603-496-1056</p

Delfeayo Marsalis Benefit Concert sponsored by Henniker Peace Community

September 26th
Henniker Congregational Church and Parish Hall, Maple Street, Route 114, Henniker, NH

5:00 PM Potluck Dinner Bring your favorite international dish 7:00 PM Concert
An evening of music by world renowned recording artist Delfeayo Marsalis.

This event is held by Henniker Peace Community to benefit Uptown Music Theatre, New Orleans UMT presents a message of racial & cultural diversity, building a stronger community.

Donation: Adults $10 Students $5 Children under 5 are free.

For more information please contact Barbara C. French 428-3366

DOOR PRIZES GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY AREA MERCHANTS

Laconia Multicultural Festival

NH Peace Action will have a table at the Laconia Multicultural Festival is a signature event in the Downtown which celebrates the rich cultural diversity of Laconia and the Lakes Region from it’s earliest days to recently arrived New Americans. The festival highlights the music, arts, crafts and cuisine in honor of this growing diversity. Authentic artists from cultures represented in our community perform in Rotary Park. In the last thirty years in particular, immigrants and political refugees/New Americans arrived from almost every country in the world. They are our friends and neighbors, adding richness to our community. http://laconiamulticulturalfestival.org/html/about.html12004110_10207639932295587_9012951146787577490_n

NH Peace Action 32nd Annual Event & Fundraiser!

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Complimentary Cocktails at 5 PM
Full and Flavorful Feast will be served at 6 PM

Come and support NH Peace Action while enjoying an evening of education, entertainment and mouth watering cuisine! Special Guest and Keynote speaker will be Robert Shetterly, Harvard graduate and author of “American’s Who Tell the Truth”. Robert has created a series of paintings depicting people who have powerfully spoken out about the truth, even against difficult odds. He has poignantly combined their images with their words. His work has sparked conversations with adults and children alike on the necessity of dissent withing a democratic system. Robert´s paintings and prints have gained popularity and now are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. Read more about him at http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/.

Music will be provided by the popular Patrick Scanlon! Pat Scanlon is a Vietnam veteran and the coordinator (elected leader) of the Boston chapter of Veterans for Peace, also called the “Smedley Butler Brigade”, as well as a talented banjo player. He has written and performed such songs such as “War is Not the Answer, Never Was, Never Will” , “Extremists”, (This song is a comment on the police surveillance that has been done on peace activists in the Boston area who were using their First Amendment rights of free speech and peaceful assembly. For background see: http://aclum.org/…) and “Where is the Rage?”

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Tickets
$40 for Members or if purchased in advance
$50 if purchased at the door
$10 for Students/ Low Income

Annual Fall Fundraiser

SAVE THE DATE!

 NH Peace Action Education Fund Fall Fundraiser will feature Artist Rob Shetterly of American’s Who Tell the Truth.

Robert´s paintings and prints are in collections all over the U.S. and Europe. A collection of his drawings & etchings, Speaking Fire at Stones, was published in 1993. He is well known for his series of 70 painted etchings based on William Blake’s “Proverbs of Hell”, and for another series of 50 painted etchings reflecting on the metaphor of the Annunciation.

His painting has tended toward the narrative and the surreal, however, for more than ten years he has been painting the series of portraits Americans Who Tell the Truth. The exhibit has been traveling around the country since 2003. Venues have included everything from university museums and grade school libraries to sandwich shops, the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and the Superior Court in San Francisco. To date, the exhibits have visited 26 states. In 2005, Dutton published a book of the portraits by the same name. In 2006, the book won the top award of the International Reading Association for Intermediate non-fiction.

The portraits have given Shetterly an opportunity to speak with children and adults all over this country about the necessity of dissent in a democracy, the obligations of citizenship, sustainability, US history, and how democracy cannot function if politicians don’t tell the truth, if the media don’t report it, and if the people don’t demand it.

Shetterly has engaged in a wide variety of political and humanitarian work with many of the people whose portraits he has painted. In the spring of 2007, he traveled to Rwanda with Lily Yeh and Terry Tempest Williams to work in a village of survivors of the 1994 genocide there. Much of his current work focuses on honoring and working with the activists trying to bring an end to the terrible practice of Mountaintop Removal by coal companies in Appalachia, on climate change, and on the continuation of systemic racism in the US particularly in relation to the school-to-prison pipeline.

You can read more on his website: http://www.americanswhotellthetruth.org/

Cocktails at 5, sit-down dinner at 6.  Details will be mailed soon.

NH Peace Action Annual Membership Meeting

Please  join us on June 13th for our Annual Membership Meeting featuring Keynote speaker Michael McPhearson, Executive Director of Veterans for Peace and Co-Chair of the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot! Coalition”.  Michael will address how the epidemic of police violence against unarmed black men in the United States is a part of the struggle for Peace and Justice.   mcphearson

Please see the full event listing by clicking HERE.

Schedule for Saturday, April 18th

7th Annual BUILDING A CULTURE OF PEACE AND NONVIOLENCE: Overcoming Money in Politics

Saturday, April 18
Plymouth State University Boyd Hall

9:30 Check-in
10:00 Welcome
10:15 Keynote by Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of  State Colin Powell.
11:05 Bird-dog Training and Advanced Bird-dog Training
12:05 Brown Bag Lunch
1:00 Workshops Block 1
2:00 Workshop Block 2
3:00 March and Rally

10:00 WELCOME – Room 144

10:15 KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Room 144

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Colin Powell, Wilkerson has criticized many aspects of the Iraq War, including his own preparation of Powell’s presentation to the Unite Nations. He appears as a frequent Republican commentator on The Ed Show with Ed Schultz on MSNBC commenting about the problems with Republican Party. An expert in foreign policy, Wilkerson offers honest criticism of America’s policies on war and militarism.

11:05 – 12:05 BIRD-DOG TRAINING – Rooms 001 & 005

Bird dog activists attend candidate events to speak their concerns publicly, for all to see and hear. They lift up the issues that matter and educate the candidates, the media who follow them and the public. We, New Hampshire residents, can shift the political tides of the nation through our incomparable access to the Presidential candidates. When we tell the candidates what’s on our minds, they listen. We affect their policy positions and their stump speeches. With good preparation, we can drive the political discourse towards justice, peace, and democracy.   Led by American Friends Service Committee’s Governing Under the Influence Team – Olivia Zink, Addy Simwerayi, Judy Elliott and Eric Zulaski.

ADVANCED BIRD-DOG TRAINING- Room 236

If you’ve already been to an AFSC bird dog training, and you’ve been out bird-dogging more than once, here’s a chance to boost your skills.  This workshop will cover bird-dogging strategy, adapting to the environment, and reporting on what happened.  You’ll get  chance to share your stories of successes and disappointments with other experienced bird dogs.    Led by Arnie Alpert, Co-Director, AFSC/NH.

Block 1 Workshops 1pm to 2 pm

IS OUR WORLD REALLY ‘UNRAVELING’? – Room 144

Col. Lawrence Wilkerson will discuss “The Unraveling”, an essay by Richard N. Haass, President of the Council on Foreign Relations, wherein he describes a global scene–and specifically the region of the Middle East–as more like the Thirty Years War than the post-WWII cold but relatively stable conflict between the US and the USSR.  What does such an unraveling of a half-century’s hard work by America mean and who or what is most responsible for this state of affairs?  If Haass’ portrayal of the power situation in the world is accurate, what is the best course of action for the United States?

BIG MONEY, DARK MONEY, AND POLITICAL CORRUPTION AFTER CITIZENS UNITED – Room 005

Rick Bourdon will present a brief history of campaign finance efforts leading up to the Citizens United ruling. He will also cover trends in political spending, the rise in outside (independent) spending, corruption and the ongoing and proposed reform efforts. Rick Bourdon is a member of the board of Open Democracy, the Concord based reform group founded by Doris “Granny D” Haddock.

CLIMATE CHANGE ACTION AND MONEY IN POLITICS- Room 236

The last few decades, money has gained overwhelming influence over our political system, keeping us from addressing the most basic problems facing our country. The undue influence of large donors and special interest money has a significant impact on what public policy issues are addressed and which policy alternatives are considered. The policy and politics of addressing the challenge of climate change will be examined in the context of a post Citizens United v. the FEC campaign finance system. Rob Werner, NH State Director, League of Conservation Voters.

APRIL 18TH GLOBAL DAY OF ACTION AGAINST UNFAIR TRADE – Room 001

Bonnie Wright will be speaking about the TransPacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), massive trade deals that will affect not only food safety and environmental issues, but all aspects of our lives. She will also discuss how Big Business has already stalled, and is trying to prevent our right to know what we are eating with the DARK Act, a federal bill recently introduced in Congress to block GMO labeling. Bonnie Wright is the founder of NH Right to Know GMO, a statewide grassroots network of safe food advocates. Volunteers work together to educate NH citizens, our state legislators, and members of the US Congress, about genetically engineered foods, commonly called Genetically Modified Organisms or GMOs.

Block 2 Workshops 2 pm – 3 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION ON TACTICSRoom 144

Interactive panel discussion on how the goals and tactics of a campaign drive our movement. Olivia Zink, Grassroots Engagement Coordinator, AFSC/NH on bird-dogging, Lindsay Jakows, NH Campaign Coordinator for People for the American Way on local resolutions and Paul Brochu, NH State Coordinator for Stamp Stampede on culture jamming. Moderated by Susi Nord.

GMO: THE SCIENCE AND THE EVIDENCERoom 001

Daniela Connelly and Laura Wolfer will present the hard results of years of personal experience from two separate fields of science regarding the use of GMO products. An explanation of the practice of creating GMO and the potential harms that result. Daniela Connelly, MD is a Family Medicine and Integrative Medicine physician.  She and her husband run a meat CSA in Chester NH. Laura J. Wolfer holds an M.A. in Molecular Biology and an M.A. in Archaeology.  She is an avid farmer, biodynamic gardener, and naturalist.

WHAT DOES YOUR SIGN SAY?Room 236

            Demonstrations and protests need good signs! A well-made sign provokes thought and starts conversations. Matt Lawrence, NH League of Conservation Voters and Eric Zulaski, AFSC, will discuss what goes into making good signs, and we will make signs for the 3pm rally.

PRISONS, PROFITS, AND POLITICS – Room 005

The USA leads the world in incarceration.  One reason why:  there is plenty of money to be made building prisons, feeding prisoners, providing them with health care, and even running the facilities.    And where there’s money to be made, there’s potential for political influence to be purchased.  This workshop will explore where the profit motive drives high rates of incarceration and look at a couple of examples, including the immigrant detention bed quota, the successful campaign to block privatization of NH prisons, and a new proposal to privatize the state’s juvenile detention facility in Manchester. Arnie Alpert is the Co-director of American Friends Service Committee’s (AFSC) New Hampshire program. Addy Simwerayi is interning with AFSC’s Governing Under the Influence project.

Conference Sponsors: NH Peace Action, Plymouth State University Peace & Social Justice Studies Council, PSU Office of Environment Sustainability, American Friends Service Committee-NH Program, Climate Action New Hampshire, Open Democracy, People for the American Way, Stamp Stampede.