Kzoo People’s Movement

Monday, June 29, 5-8pm @ Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative, 1249 Portage street, Kalamazoo, MI, 49001
Come join us as we build and organize together to dismantle the oppressive patriarchal system/s of Colonialism, Capitalism, Racism-White Supremacy. As we look at local issues related to the criminal in-justice system, education, and environmental/health.

Help in growing the movement in Kalamazoo toward a more “Just” community. Build solutions strategies and action items.

Hear about our Social Justice Leadership and Organizing program and how you can help be involved in getting it up and running.

Food and Childcare provided.

David Swanson VT 6-16-15… “Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly”

Originally posted on Kauilapele's Blog:

veterans_today_banner_NEW_133Related to this post of 2 months ago, this appears to be another step in the direction of de-warriorizing the (internationally illegal) drone programs.

“…44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel and whose military service spans 60 years, “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/ assassination missions. These missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.”

“Those involved in United States drone operations who refuse to participate in drone missions will be acting in accordance with Principle IV of the Principles of International Law Recognized in the Charter of the Nuremberg Tribunal and the Judgment of the Tribunal, The United Nations 1950,” that states: “The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his Government…

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White violence, white silence, the Charleston Massacre

Many people have been mourning the deaths of nine black folks, many women in Charleston . This instance is repulsive and heart breaking.
I just read a really powerful article over at BlackGirlDangerous.org called White Fragility, Silence, and Supremacy: Why All White Hands Are Bloody. The genocide of black folks continues to this day. It’s our responsibility, fellow white folks to acknowledge our participation in the ongoing systemic violence against black communities, and to listen and learn how to stop the violence.

-Kestrel

Happy Mothers Day for Peace

Happy Mothers’ Day for Peace : A Field Report from Benjamin Ayer

A Blooming flower of a Saguaro

A Blooming flower of a Saguaro

Happy Mothers’ day. As you may know, Mother’s Day for Peace originates from the abolitionist Julia Ward Howe 1819 –, reacting to the blood shed of the American Civil War and the Franco-Prussian War. It was later championed by Anne Jarvis. Mothers’ Day soon became commercialized, and Anne herself was arrested for protesting the hijacking of her intent. Which was to honor mother’s selflessness worldwide. Americans now spend an estimated $20 billion on Mother’s’ Day. Around $2 billion of that is spent on flowers alone.

Today, while volunteering with a humanitarian aid group called No More Deaths, I am thinking about the mothers worldwide that are struggling to create a better world for their children.

Out here in the Sonoran desert, thousands of refugees are fleeing Latin American violence to seek a better life in the U.S.

I am thinking about a woman I met in Tucson. This spring she climbed a border wall and on descent shattered her ankle. I’m thinking about her newborn son, who thankfully is healthy and will have U.S. citizen status. I’m thinking about the children in Kalamazoo who came home to a parentless household four years ago. Their parents were taken by Immigration Control and Enforcement. I still have a lot to learn about U.S. immigration policy. At its premise is violence, racism, colonialism and profit. Our economic model of infinite growth–combined with neoliberal policies such as NAFTA and the new Trans-Pacific Partnership–is forcing people to leave their homes, their communities and travel great distances, encountering violence in their journies and at their destinations.

This Mothers’ Day I am thinking about my own mother  and her longstanding commitment to advancing the Democratic Party. I’m thinking about  Marius Mason, a trans incarcerated mother who is unable to be with his children today because of direct action hetook against genetically modified organisms.

I am thankful to the Peace Center for bringing No More Deaths to speak at Western in Febuary 2013 (hear the radio segment

Carrying water to a predetermined drop spot.

Carrying water to a predetermined drop spot.

at  http://wmuk.org/post/saving-undocumented-migrants-arizona-desert ).  It was through this presentation that I decided to come to the borderlands. I have been volunteering with No More Deaths since March. I have contributed far less than I imagined due to scheduling and family issues. Three times I have gone out into the desert, leaving food, water, socks, and a loving message. We drive on rough roads, and hike 1/10th-1/2 a mile and leave supplies for whomever  may need it. Through the Peace Center I attended the School of Americas Watch Vigil in Georgia we attended workshops and met compañeros (our comrades in struggle) from latin america. We attended a protest at Stewart Detention Center [take out the parenthetical statement anc make the name of the center a link]  (read report here http://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/detentionwatchnetwork.org/files/ExposeClose/Expose-Stewart11-15.pdf ) ,  a for-profit detention center for undocumented imigrants  who often receive no medical or legal support. Stewart Detention Center and the Corrections Corporation of America (the company that runs it) has no place in our country.

At the School of the Americas protest I spoke with new friends and saw the anger in their eyes. The anger and fear that their parents or they themselves could be held in such a wretched place. Today I am thankful to my mother and so many strong women around the world struggling and winning a better world for their families and communities.

One of the few deciduous trees I came across. A calm shady spot in a canyon in the Tucson Sector. The bucket contains socks and snacks

Julia Ward Howe declared, “We will not have great questions decided by irrelevant agencies. Our husbands shall not come to us, reeking with carnage, for caresses and applause. Our sons shall not be taken from us to unlearn all that we have been able to teach them of charity, mercy and patience. We, women of one country, will be too tender of those of another country, to allow our sons to be trained to injure theirs. From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says: Disarm, disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice. Blood does not wipe out dishonor, nor violence vindicate possession. As men have often forsaken the plough and the anvil at the summons of war, let women now leave all that may be left of home for a great and earnest day of council.”

September 1870, “Appeal to womanhood throughout the world.”

Today I think of all the strong mothers who helped build the world i live in. I reflect on all the mothers currently in struggle to build healthy, sustainable, and a just world for our future.  Thank you for all you do.

Today I think of all the strong mothers who helped build the world i live in. I reflect on all the mothers currently in struggle to build healthy, sustainable, and a just world for our future.  Thank you for all you do.

Updates & our Indiegogo Campaign

Now that Peace Week and Ballyhoo are over and the collective has taken a small breather, we are enthusiastically raising money for our capital campaign! Please consider checking out our capital campaign website here.

Peace Week was a successful series of events once again. Some highlights:

Our 4th annual Hullabazoo happened! It was bigger than ever and local vendors were able to share their handmade items. There were informative workshops and great music.
Kate Elko lead a yoga workshop on Monday of Peace Week.
Emilio Howell gave an informative lecture on transgender History.
Emilio Howell & Janet Aladetohun facilitated a keynote conversation with Mia McKenzie of Black Girl Dangerous .
Leah facilitated a Feminist Tea Party about being an ally.
We had another Prison Letter Writing workshop and made over 30 birthday cards for prisoners!

Since then, the second annual Ballyhoo Moon Poetry festival happened! It was 3 nights of poetry and literary creativity, focusing on amplifying queer and trans voices of color!

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Also Kestrel was able to participate in a peace trip to South Korea.

Now, as a collective we are focusing with fervor on our capital campaign. We are trying to secure a new office to be a safer space for organizing for generations to come. Are you able to donate? Anything from $5 on up is so helpful! Are you able to share this link? We have some interesting and exciting perks.
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Thanks for your continued support.