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News from KNOW – March 2013

News from Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW)

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The next KNOW planning meeting is 5:00 pm, Thursday, Mar. 28th, at 1st Presbyterian Church downtown.  Park and enter at rear of building.  Meeting is in the second floor library.  All are welcome to the planning meetings which are held on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays.  This meeting will feature a pot luck dinner and discussion of the future mission of KNOW as we “digest” the ideas expressed at the annual retreat.

KNOW Sunday peace vigils at noon continue in front of the Federal Building downtown, and most Tuesdays at 4:00 pm as well.

If you would like to join the KNOW Yahoo group so that you can be involved in group discussion and meeting minutes, etc, send a request to Mark Miller

Please “LIKE” us on Facebook, we are going for 500 likes, please help:

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Critical Issues, Alternative Views is on Charter cable channels:

Sundays at 8:00 pm on channel 95

Tuesdays at 9:00 pm on channel 97

or on youtube:

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Occupy Kalamazoo is meeting every Tuesday at Friends Meeting House.

Pot luck is at 6:00 pm and meeting at 7:00 pm.

508 Denner St., corner of Forbes St., Kalamazoo

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March is the 10th anniversary of the Iraq Invasion and there are several events happening in Kalamazoo that will reflect on this milestone.

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Please join the Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice in the



Sunday, March 17, 2013


5:00 pm at First United Methodist Church

212 South Park Street, Kalamazoo

Keynote Address:

A Vision for Peace in Palestine/Israel:

A Palestinian Christian Perspective

Rev. Naim Ateek

(Service will be followed by refreshments and discussion)

Naim Ateek was born in 1937 in the Palestinian village of Beisan, south of the Sea of Galilee. His family went to live in Nazareth after Zionist troops occupied Beisan in 1948. He was ordained in the Anglican Church in 1967. He holds degrees from Hardin-Simmons University and the Church Divinity School of the Pacific. He earned a Doctor of Divinity degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in 1985. Ateek established the Sabeel Ecumenical Liberation Theology Center in Jerusalem in 1991. Prior to that, he served as Canon of St. George’s Cathedral in Jerusalem and also served as parish priest in Haifa and Nazareth. He is author and editor of numerous books, including Justice and Only Justice: A Palestinian Theology of Liberation; Faith and the Intifada; Jerusalem: What Makes for Peace; Our Story: The Palestinians; Holy Land, Hollow Jubilee: God, Justice and the Palestinians; and A Palestinian Christian Cry for Reconciliation. Ateek lectures widely in Palestine and Israel as well as internationally. He has been called “the Desmond Tutu of Palestine” .


Kalamazoo Non-Violent Opponents to War, the Muslim Community of Kalamazoo, Women in Black, United Campus Ministries

Donations (tax deductible) will be accepted for Friends of Sabeel North America (FOSNA).

In case you can’t attend the service, Rev. Ateek, our keynote speaker, is also speaking at Western Michigan University from 4:00-5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, in Room 1060 at the Fetzer Center.

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Marking the 10 year anniversary of the Iraq invasion

Wednesday, March 20, 7:00 pm at the Brown and Gold room at the Bernhard Center on Western Michigan University campus.

Featuring the dynamic speaker:  Kathy Kelly.

Kathy Kelly is an American peace activist, pacifist and author, one of the founding members of Voices in the Wilderness, and currently a co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence.

From wikipedia:

As part of peace team work in several countries, she has traveled to Iraq twenty-six times, notably remaining in combat zones during the early days of both US-Iraq wars. She has been arrested more than sixty times at home and abroad, and written of her experiences among targets of U.S. military bombardment and inmates of U.S. prisons. She lives in Chicago.

Before the talk at WMU, KNOW will have a special vigil in front of the Federal Building at the corner of Park and Michigan downtown Kalamazoo at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, March 20th.

On WMU campus, there will be a rally at 6:00 pm at the flagpoles before the Kathy Kelly talk.

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The Invisible War is a 2012 documentary that centers on sexual assault in the United States military. Approximately half a million women have been sexually assaulted in the U.S. military. This documentary has inspired the activist campaign Invisible No More, which offers the public opportunities to become involved in fighting the war against sexual assault.

Please view the trailer and additional resources here:

WMU Peace Center will be hosting a screening as a part of Peace Week.

When: Monday, March 18th at 7 pm

Where: Chemistry Building (Room 1260) WMU

Cost: $2 for WMU students, $5 for general public

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ISAAC 2013 Banquet on March 23, 2013. 5:00 pm seating, 5:30 program

WMU Bernhard Center

The Muslim-Jewish Children’s Choir!  A very talented Kalamazoo Central pianist named Marques Ware!  Awards to the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, our Youth Violence Prevention Task Force, and NAACP President Dr. Charles Warfield!   And a keynote address by Harvey Hollins III, the Director of the new Michigan office responsible for urban and metropolitan revitalization!

It’s quick to purchase individual Tickets online at For a Table of 8 ($30/person instead of $35), please call ISAAC at 269-341-4213. (Leave a message for Lalitha if no one is there.)

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Walk for Water 2013

Saturday, March 23 1:00 pm

The Fountain, Miller Plaza, WMU campus

Facebook: Walk 4 Water 2013


“Every 15 seconds a child dies from waterborne disease.  Together, we can change that statistic.”  Bring your pledges and be ready to walk!

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Imagine Kalamazoo a city of Compassion and Peace

Kalamazoo Department of Peace Initiative invites you

to join people dedicated to peace and justice for our

second event to realize this vision.

Wednesday, March 27th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo

315 W. Michigan Avenue


Speaker:  Mirabai Bush

Mirabai co­authored, with Ram Dass, COMPASSION IN ACTION: Setting Out on the Path of Service.

A Senior Fellow, and founding Director of the Center for

Contemplative Mind in Society, she works to create a more just, compassionate,

and reflective society.  At Smith College, School of Social Work, she teaches

compassionate practices.  Mirabai has led trainings with corporations, from

Monsanto to Google, to create more mindful and compassionate workplaces.  A

founding board member of the Seva Foundation, she directed the Guatemala

Project supporting sustainable agriculture and integrated community development.

“The work I’ve done in the world grew from a place within me that was determined to battle injustice ­ and to win,”  Mirabai

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Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War is in need of financial donations. We are a totally volunteer organization, and contributions will be used in our peace efforts: i.e., speakers, films, leaflets, web site, subsidizing students to go to regional and national marches are some of the things we do which cost money. If you would like to help, please make out a check to “Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War” and send it to

KNOW, P.O. Box 1536, Portage, MI 49081-1536

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Thanks for all you do,

Daniel Smith. communications chair for KNOW

PS – don’t forget to “like” our new facebook page!