News from KNOW – Sept. 2013

News from Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW)

Sept. 25, 2013

The KNOW planning meetings are at the First 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 at 5:00 pm.   KNOW Sunday peace vigils at noon continue in front of the Federal Building downtown.

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In this issue:

Climate change schedule of events

cleanup at MLK park

Josh Reubner speaking here

ISAAC “Issues Convocation” Oct. 3

NAACP Freedom Fund banquet

Interfaith Coalition meeting

Tasleem Jamila el-Hakim book launch


A richly varied, full schedule of climate change events for this fall in Kalamazoo is available online here:

Note that Bill McKibben, founder of, will be speaking at WMU’s Miller auditorium on Oct. 10, 7:00 pm.  The event is free but you have to register for a ticket, so don’t delay:

Just a sampling of the upcoming events:

Thursday, Sept. 26, 5:30-7:30p.m. Kalamazoo Institute of Art

Michele Oka Doner, The Ocean as Inspiration, the Ocean as Fabricator

Thursday, Sept. 26, 7p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library

Mark Cowell, Otsego farmer & former U. of Missouri Professor of Geography, Consequences of Climate Change for America’s Biological and Agricultural Landscapes

Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. Kalamazoo Public Library

Dave Karowe, WMU Professor of Biological Sciences, Five Things Everyone Should Know About Climate Change

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Peace Cleanup crew at MLK park

Sunday, Oct. 13, 1:20 pm – 2:45 pm

How about joining in with a little landscaping project at one of Kalamazoo’s most stressed and important parks, yes, Martin Luther King, Jr. Park near the Amtrak station.

The first rate sculpture of MLK strides into world history with his important accomplishments depicted in his flowing robe.  MLK is a man of our history, the events of his life have made a deep impact on our lives.  The plan is to improve the park by picking up trash.

City Parks Manager recommends leather gloves, warns NEVER put hands in the trash bin, and for our group to fairly stick together.  Key to this is to have 8-10 folks who will seriously commit to a date – and don’t come late, don’t leave early. This is highly important for everyone’s safety.

Coffee afterward for discussion, and to decide on future dates for monthly cleanup.

More info and RSVP:

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Save the date, Saturday, November 23 evening  (7 pm)

Josh Reubner, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

National Advocacy Director, activist and author of

Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace

We are currently working on the venue for this informative and timely event.

Maps out a true path forward for the United States to help achieve Israeli-Palestinian peace.

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ISAAC “Issues Convocation” Oct. 3


“We’re in the middle of exciting work on all four of our issues–Youth Violence Prevention, County-wide Transportation, Affordable Housing, and Education & Early Childhood!”

Join us!  Help build a more just community!  Put feet to your faith!

Thursday, October 3

7:00 – 8:30 pm

First Congregational Church, UCC

129 S. Park St. (enter on W. Michigan Ave.)

Kalamazoo MI 49007

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NAACP Freedom Fund 2013 banquet       Saturday, November 2, 2013

The Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch continues to advocate for the rights of all people. for more information.

WMU Bernhard Center —  3:30pm reception | 5:00pm banquet


Adult (non member) – $60 per person
Adult (NAACP member) – $50 per person

Senior 65+ (non member) – $50 per person
Senior 65+ (NAACP member) – $40 per person

Student (up to 25 yrs old) – $25 per person

Full Table (8 people ) – $400 per table

Checks can be made payable and mailed to:

Metropolitan Kalamazoo Branch -NAACP

ATTN: Freedom Fund 2013

PO Box 51473

Kalamazoo, MI 49005

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Kalamazoo Interfaith Coalition for Peace and Justice

Individuals from many communities of faith working together to bring peace and social justice to this community and to the world.

The next meeting is on Sunday, October 20, at 5:30 p.m., at the Kalamazoo First Presbyterian Church, 321 West South Street, Kalamazoo.  All interested people are welcome.

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Awesome and inspirational poet, Tasleem Jamila el-Hakim’s new book release!

Including a talk and preview screening of the documentary about Tasleem’s travels to Ghana: “Transformational Journey in Ghana”.

Tasleem Jamila el-Hakim will be selling, signing and reading from her new poetry collection:         “Black Baptist Muslim Mystic: from the Cosmos”

October 5, 2013

Epic Center

Gail Sydnor Art Gallery, Suite 202

Kalamazoo, MI 49007


Sponsored by the Black Arts & Cultural Center

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Thanks for all you do,

Daniel Smith, Communications Chair KNOW