By Ira Harritt, program coordinator in Kansas City
“This is America’s opportunity to help bridge the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. The question is whether America will do it.” ~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., in his last Sunday sermon, Remaining Awake through a Great Revolution
Dr. King’s question is still before us. We still have the ability to bridge this gulf, even though it has been growing larger and larger, especially in the past 30 years.
Join us at AFSC-SENE's annual dinner to celebrate local women performing artists on International Women's Day! Food will begin at 6:00pm. There will be a silent auction. The performances will begin at 7:30pm. Performers include Franny Choi, Rachel Miller, Nada Simah, Courtney Smith, RI Raging Grannies and more! It will be a fun night of celebrating work for peace and justice.
Now that the elections are over, with President Obama re-elected and some new exciting senators in office, including a record number of women, we have the opportunity to really impact the future of this country. However in order to do that we need to build a much stronger grassroots movement and come up with new creative ideas for getting our concerns heard.
President Obama’s meeting with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and other world leaders in November was an opportunity for Asian countries to discuss international relations. Meanwhile, civil society representatives of those countries took the opportunity to hold their own regional meetings in Phnom Penh, discussing the issues they wanted to raise to regional and world leaders.
To build international peace, many agreed, Asian leaders must focus on solving internal conflict first.
Fiscal Cliff on Trial Forum- Testimony by Mary Lindsay, KC Move to Amend coordinator, addressed corporate abuses of power and budget and tax policy.
The event, organized by AFSC and co-sponsored by Jobs Now, UMKC Economics Club and National Lawyers Guild, Occupy KC, Move to Amend, and PeaceWorks KC, took place on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the University of Missouri, KCMO.
Board member, renders his verdict of the fiscal cliff and its perpetrators, commenting, "In study after study, it has been shown that a billion dollars of U.S. spending on the military produces much fewer jobs than a billion dollars in spending almost anywhere else." He analyzed excessive military spending and cuts and conversions which can be made without decreasing national security while increasing employment.
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