News from KNOW – January 2014

News from Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW)

January 2014

In this issue:

KNOW annual retreat – Saturday, Jan. 11, 10am-3pm

Department of Peace meeting

MLK event Jan. 21

How we stopped a war in 2013

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Please mark Saturday, January 11th down on your calendar. The annual KNOW retreat will take place at Skyridge Church of the Brethren (394 S. Drake Road, Kalamazoo) from 10:00 am until 3:00 pm.  Come for all or any part of the day.

There will be a pot luck for lunch.

Expect an enjoyable day of brainstorming our dreams for a more peaceful tomorrow and how to get there.

issues that KNOW has focused on:

nuclear disarmament

federal funds for human needs rather than military uses

an end to wars and occupation supported by our tax dollars; a foreign policy based on diplomacy and justice rather than militarism (Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine-Israel, Syria, Iran, stopping drone warfare)

climate change and peace

some possible discussion topics to make KNOW a more effective issues advocate:

how to attract more folks willing to be active in some way and how do we involve and welcome them

how to frame our message and have fun doing it

build up a healthy bank account to fund our ideas

how to connect with other groups

how to get our message out

What are your ideas?  Do these get your creative juices flowing for 2014?

Valentine’s peace cookies, a pot luck every month inviting a local group, musical events, skits, street theater, flash mob, twitter, facebook, billboard, picnics, teach-ins, a People’s Filibuster, book discussion groups, youtube, giant papier mache hog symbolizing military budget, May Day march, Kalamazoo Peace Chorus, church outreach, working with Dept of Peace, Peace House, Peace Center, NAACP, unions, immigration justice, ISAAC, Michigan United, MICATS, City of Peace and Compassion,, divestment.

Please come, even if for just a short time, we need you!   We’re hoping this year that like minded individuals will join us in discussions, whether you consider yourself a part of KNOW or not.  The pot luck lunch is always great!

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January 15, 2014 is the next DoP meeting

The January Department of Peace Meeting will be the second Wednesday this quarter.  Note the change of time from 6:30 to 6:00 p.m. at Skyridge Church of the Brethren on Drake Road.  We will be discussing our annual children’s art and peace festival in May called Peace Pizzazz.  People for Peace and Justice will be reporting on upcoming events.  We will hear how our Non-Violent Communication groups are doing.  The Peace Alliance (our national group) is working hard in Washington DC to help promote peace related legislation.  Come hear more about their work.  We are open to new ideas in how to spread peace in our lives and therefore our community and world.  Please put this date on your calendar and bring your much needed energy to the table.

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Jan. 21, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event

“Making Connections: MLK on the Giant Triplets of Racism, Materialism and Militarism” Don Cooney and Ron Kramer-

Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:00-8:30

WMU Bernhard Center Room 208

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We stopped a war in 2013.  Let’s remember that we do make a difference!


“In late August, war with Syria appeared inevitable. The President said we were going to war. So did the Secretary of State. But over the course of two weeks, something extraordinary happened. Americans rose up and said, “No way.” Nearly 100,000 signatures, 80,000 Facebook shares, and more than 10,000 tweets later, a war with Syria was no longer inevitable, or even possible. Together, we won the war against the war. “

Here in Kalamazoo, KNOW opposed the war on Syria with a published Viewpoint article in the Gazette, with signs at our vigils, and with visits to our US Senators’ offices.  This was one of the biggest victories for peace in recent memory.

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Thank you for taking the time to stay involved and aware.

Daniel Smith, Communications Chair KNOW

The KNOW planning meetings are at the First Presbyterian Church downtown.  Park and enter at rear of building. 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 5:00 pm.

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