News from KNOW – May and June 2016

News — By on May 20, 2016 11:45 am
Memorial Day Parade
For several years, Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW) has been participating
 in the Memorial Day Parade.  Our message is "Remember the Fallen, No More War".  
The response from the parade onlookers to our officially sanctioned parade 
entry has always been very supportive.  They have met our contingent with cheers and applause.

Join us on Monday, May 30 for a moving experience!  
The parade route goes from downtown Kalamazoo to Riverside Cemetery on
 Gull Road, approx. 1.5 miles.  Meet between 9:30 AM and 10:00 AM
 on the west side of the parking ramp located on the corner of Water Street and Rose.
 Look for our blue banner.  The parade is scheduled to start at 10:00 AM, 
but normally starts a bit behind schedule. 
 By the way, to members of the Women in Black who are interested in walking,
 please consider joining us as honored guests. 
 Your presence adds much to the somber reflection of the day.

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Peace Pizzazz

** 8th Annual Free Childrens Festival
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** Theme: "Becoming a Golden Ruler"
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Simple... Treat others as you want to be treated.

** Saturday, May 21st, 2016
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** Noon till 4PM
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** Bronson Park, Kalamazoo
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Pictured:  BenJammin & Analisa will be providing special music for the festival.

Enjoy face painting, live music, crafts, free smoothies and more.
 This years MC is Mayor Hopewell!

The Fresh Food Fairy will be returning to the Peace Pizzazz festival again,
 providing free smoothies made with a pedal powered blender.

Peace Pizzazz Festival, a Peace Education Program for Children.
Rain site: Winchell Elementary School.

www.PeacePizzazz.org

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Doo Dah for Peace
People for Peace and Justice has a spot in the Do-Dah parade!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Come with us to 'Play for World Peace' !

Parade kicks off at 11:00, so be at the parking lot at the corner
 of Jasper and Lovell street by 10:30.

We will have some 'Play for Peace' t-shirts available in various sizes
 or wear a bright peace-themed or plain t-shirt of your own.

We will have beach balls available for play within 
 the group and to be handed out to children as we go. There will be bubbles, 
crazy headgear and whatever YOU want to bring to play with. We will have the
 Kalamazoo Russian Cultural Association walking with us and we would love our group
 to be as large and diverse as possible!

Bring a friend (including kids if they can walk 1+ miles) or several

See you there! If you have questions, contact Janice:
Janice Lakers
** lakemusic831@gmail.com (mailto:lakemusic831@gmail.com)

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Landscape Love is a group of folks interested in maintaining and
 beautifying the Martin Luther King Park in Kalamazoo.  
If you haven't seen the statue in the middle of the Park up close, 
it is quite stunning.  Scenes from the long history of the struggle for civil rights are engraved in Dr. King's robes.

Spend an hour or so to help plant flowers, weed, and pick up trash!

The next Martin Luther King Park Landscape Love citizens work date: 
 Saturday, May 28, 1:30-2:30p, RSVP to
** karen.chadwick@gmail.com (mailto:karen.chadwick@gmail.com)

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You are invited to the Kalamazoo Junior Girls Open House to celebrate
 30 years of helping teen girls become civic minded adults.

Thursday, June 2, 4:00-7:00 pm
1114 West Patterson St.

Appetizers will be served!

Information:  269-344-2330

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KNOW once-a-month meeting! Monday, June 6, 5: -7:p., at First Presbyterian Church,
 downtown Kalamazoo, across from Bronson Park, come help stir the pot! Under consideration 
- an art show, memorial for Father Dan Berrigan, and more.  
Free Parking behind the church, 3rd floor. Cookies and apple cider.

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Representatives from KNOW will attend a brainstorming and planning meeting with a new entity, 
People for Peace and Justice - PFPJ - an area wide consortium of like minded groups.

Thurs, June 9,  6:00 pm, Feed the World Cafe, 7000 Stadium Drive

The current goal is to create an online calendar for all groups to post public action events.
 Do you realize there are over 20 groups in our area who work for a better world? PFPJ 
seeks volunteers from various groups who have experience with web-based marketing, 
work with template based website or online calendar, and citizens 
who are willing to offer time and resources to see the project to completion.

This is HUGE for all SW Mi Peace groups! If you wish to be involved, please contact KNOW convener,
** karen.chadwick@gmail.com (mailto:karen.chadwick@gmail.com)
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Imagining a More Just World:Personal Reflections on Justice and Change

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

ACSJL sponsored Community Reflection

Date: Friday, May 20th, 2016

Time: 11:00 am

Duration: 30 minutes

Location: Stetson Chapel, Kalamazoo College

Sponsored by: Arcus Center

Contact: ** Morgan Mahdavi (mailto:Morgan.Mahdavi@kzoo.edu)
, 269-337-7033

Come hear stories of social justice leadership and be encouraged to think of 
how your own passions can translate into transformative action. 
 Community Reflection sponsored by the ACSJL.
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Submitted by Daniel Smith, KNOW Communications Chair
The other members of the KNOW Steering Committee are:
Karen Chadwick, convener
Bob Kildea, Sec'y,-Treasurer
Amy Damashek, Pat Lynn, Dave Staiger, Raelyn Joyce, Ron Kramer

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