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News from KNOW – 8/8/2012

News from Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW)
August 8, 2012

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Wednesday, August 8th (TONIGHT) Bronson Park vigil tonight 7:30. In memory & support for Milwaukee Sikh Gurdwara shooting & Joslin Mosque arson.  The public is invited to show support to our local Sikh community.

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August 9: 5:15 pm regular KNOW meeting (KNOW meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays) at 1st Presbyterian Church downtown Kalamazoo (park and enter at rear of building).
Michael Dwyer will be giving a talk and slide show on his recent visit to Palestine/Israel.  KNOW helped sponsor his unique trip which will utilize art and creative writing for peace.  We’ll order pizzas if there is interest.
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Annual gathering of Families, Friends, Neighbors, and Residents–young and old—
at Bronson Park in Kalamazoo, Michigan
Sunday, August 12, 2012,
6:30-8:30 P.M.
To celebrate our lives
To remember and mourn the victims of nuclear weapons
Origami paper cranes,  Japanese calligraphy, Floating boat lanterns at the pool
MI Hiryu Daiko (Michigan Flying Dragon Drummers)
Sharing stories about what Hiroshima means to us
Making messages–in words and in pictures–for our elected leaders

Sponsored by Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW)
For information: 269 345-0489; 269 226-4731
Rain location: First Baptist Church, 315 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo.
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August 12: “Striving Together For All That’s Good” is an Interfaith Street Fair organized by Bilal Islamic Center and Imam Hussain Matteen. .  It is held from 2pm-7pm.
The Imam and owner of the Fish Dock – will be providing food from his restaurant.  The event is located on Trimble near East Main.
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News from Occupy Kalamazoo:

Chris Wahmhoff, 269-217-6600,
Join us for picnics in the park
Occupy Kalamazoo is happy to announce weekly potlucks in Bronson Park.  Occupy Kalamazoo invites anyone interested to participate in weekly potlucks to begin at 6pm EST. We invite anyone interested in participating to bring a dish to pass, we also invite groups and local business to participate, we will provide a public microphone for announcements.

With this event, we aim to empower other groups, organizations, and local businesses to bring material or a stand. We would like to begin to schedule presentations and demonstrations. This week we will kick off the potlucks with music. As the potlucks continue, we hope to be a forum for community empowerment where folks can come together to enjoy community, discuss issues, concerns, politics, food and music. This event is in solidarity with Occupy groups across the country and in support of grassroots groups like Food Not Bombs who have lead by example for a long time. We will also be sharing some upcoming plans for the next couple months

This world of ours… must avoid becoming a community of dreadful fear and hate, and be, instead, a proud confederation of mutual trust and respect.
Dwight D. Eisenhower

> Tuesday Potluck Schedule
> Every Tuesday night at Bronson park:
> 6:00pm – Bring a dish to pass and enjoy a community meal
> 6:10pm – Interested groups may make announcements (contact us)
> (also, demonstrations, teach in’s etc)
> 6:50pm – Procedure on how General Assembly works (hand signals, mindfulness of time, stand up stand back, respectful communication etc), set up
> 7:00pm – General assembly, introductions, report backs, agenda is formed.
> 7:10pm – General assembly ongoing
> 7:50pm – Checkouts/ closing
> 8:00pm – Open mic/ music/ poetry

We sincerely hope this change in our general assembly will assist our community to communicate. We envision a safe forum where folks can to know new people, network with others from diverse backgrounds, and hear the concerns and interests that exist within Kalamazoo. This is something many of us have discussed and agreed on during our visioning process at the National gathering July 4th. We intend to offer members of the community to have a voice, and welcome new views and perspectives. Thank you for your time. Be the change.

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Thanks for all you do,
Daniel Smith. communications chair for KNOW