Next PPJ Meeting – From Ferguson to Guantanamo

Sr. Paulette Schroeder (from Project Peace in Tiffin) and Josie Setzler will present at the next meeting of People for Peace and Justice Sandusky County, Wednesday, May 20, First UCC Church by the Ballville Bridge, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.  A potluck starts at 6:30, followed by the program at 7:30 pm.  Their presentation is entitled:

From Ferguson to Guantanamo: White Silence = State Violence

Paulette and Josie spent a week with Witness Against Torture in Washington, DC earlier this year.  A week of community building and reflection led the group to adopt the above theme for their nonviolent direct actions at week’s end . They’ll show several short video clips of performances by young street poets/performers from New York City who joined them and profoundly challenged them.

Three members of the Peace Poets, pictured below, spent the week with them.
From their website: “We are a collective of artists that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. Our art can take you on a journey from the Boogie Down to Berlin, from the border to the bodega. Our style emphasizes lyricism, rhythm and authenticity. We hail from the Bronx and have been rocking the mic since 2005.”

We’ll also hear a short poetry performance given with the Witness Against Torture group outside the DC jail by poet, rapper, and civil rights attorney, Shahid Buttar, who describes himself as “rhyming to stop NSA spying” and a whole lot more!

Josie said, “These men shared their artistry and their deep compassion for the lives of people of color to teach us about our own responsibility to pay attention and speak out.  Paulette and I look forward to sharing with you on Wednesday.  We hope you can join us!”
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