Kalamazoo Peace Center Celebrates 38th Annual Peace Week with Week Long Peace & Social Justice Programming KALAMAZOO— Peace Center of Kalamazoo is celebrating their 38th Peace Week April 4th through April 11th. Over the past year, the KPC has focused on issues of feminism, racism, militarism, self care, incarceration, drone warfare, and environmentalism. This year’s Peace Week will involve yearly traditions intermixed with new interests.
Saturday, April 4th Peace Center Collective members will call for the grounding of hellfire missile bearing drones in the middle east by flying kites at the Air National Guard base in Battle Creek from noon-1 pm. Also, on Saturday, there will be the 4th annual Hullabazoo : A Celebration of Do it Yourself Culture. This festival includes a local artisan bazaar, a series of free workshops ranging from creative writing to plant identification, and live, regional music. Jeffery Lewis, acoustic tale-teller and story-man extraordinaire, will headline the evening show. This festival is held at the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo at 2101 Wilbur Ave on Western Michigan University’s campus. It runs from 2pm-11pm.
On Sunday, April 5th, at 12pm, the Kalamazoo Peace Center will join Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents of War for their weekly peace vigil outside the Federal Building Downtown. We will voice our concerns of non-violence in Kalamazoo and the world, and have a brief conversation about local happenings.
Monday, April 6th we will host two events at the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo. At 11am, the KPC will round off their Self-Care series with a community shared Yoga Workshop on the main level of the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo. At 2pm, one of the Kalamazoo Peace Center Collective Members will give a lecture on Trans History in the upper room of the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo. There will be an opportunity for discussion and questions after the lecture.
Tuesday, April 7th, Mia McKenzie novelist, activist, and renowned blogger of “Black Girl Dangerous” will be a part of a keynote conversation at 7pm at the Little Theater on Western Michigan University’s campus. This is a phenomenal opportunity to be a part of a dialogue to help amplify voices of trans and queer women of color as well as added discourse of racism, social justice, and equity. This is a conversation-style event where students and community members can contribute questions and ideas about feminism and progress. The event, sponsored by the Kalamazoo Peace Center, the Kalamazoo Gay and Lesbian Resource Center, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion on WMU’s campus, and the Western Student Association Allocations Committee will take place at 7 p.m. You can read more about her at miamckenzie.net and her activist blog, blackgirldangerous.org.
Wednesday, April 8th, there will be a discussion on sustainability : Fifty Cent Flap Jacks (with locally made maple syrup!) in the lower level of the Wesley Foundation. The maple syrup is made by Wesley’s new Sustainability Coordinator. This talk will be at 5pm.
Thursday, April 9th, the final date of the Feminist Tea Party series will wrap up with a conversation style event at 7pm in the lower level of the Wesley Foundation. A speaker will introduce a topic of feminism, and have prompting discussion questions to involve the group in a worthwhile talk. Free tea and snacks will be provided.
Friday, April 10 there is a 2nd annual Prisoner Letter Writing workshop will be held in the lounge of the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo from 5pm-8pm. Paper and supplies provided, people will have the chance to write letters to prisoners who have been incarcerated for non-violent offenses to uplift their humanity, self-worth, and vitality. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit http://www.kzoopeacecenter.org PressRealeasefor2015PeaceWeek