Imagine Peace at PPJ’s County Fair Booth 2019

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It’s an annual tradition! We had our first fair tents back in 2007 and 2008. We took a few years off and now we’ve been back at it for the last half dozen years. Our fair booth chair Elaine Bast … Continue reading

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Natalia Alonso to speak at our February 20th meeting

Natalia Alonso
We are pleased to welcome Natalia Alonso, founder of Los Niños de Corsos, as guest speaker at our next meeting of People for Peace & Justice on Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 pm, at First UCC, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.  We’ll begin with a potluck dinner.  We invite you to join us!
Natalia, a student at Ross High School in Fremont, organized a large scale grassroots campaign, called Los Niños de Corsos, to help the families who were affected by the ICE raid at Corsos in Sandusky in June. R She spoke at the June rally we cosponsored in Norwalk in support of justice for the Corsos workers and their families. The News-Messenger’s latest article about Natalia tells about her invitation to speak at the Women’s March in Cleveland last month, one of many speaking invitations she has accepted.  We are so delighted that she has agreed to be our guest at our Feb. 20 meeting!
Natalia at Seneca County ICE facility
Natalia and fellow Los Ninos de Corsos members join a protest at the ICE detention facility at Seneca County Jail in Tiffin last summer.
Corsos rally in Norwalk
Natalia was one of the featured speakers at a Norwalk rally attracting some 250 people in support of the families of Corsos workers who were detained in the raid.

Corsos rally in Norwalk 3Corsos rally in Norwalk 2


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Speaker: Global Climate Disruption

Please join us for our Nov. 14 public education event at Terra State Community College:

Climate Change flyer photo 2

Noted Climate Change Educator to Speak at Terra State Community College

Terra State Community College will host Dr. Andy Jorgensen, Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 pm, in the Neeley Center for a presentation entitled: “Global Climate Disruption: How do we know? What can we do?”

Dr. Jorgensen is Associate Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at the University of Toledo and a Senior Fellow at the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

The presentation will give background information about the climate change phenomenon and methods which have been used to characterize these changes. The human dimension of the problem and possible solutions will be emphasized.

Participants will be able to share their views using personal response devices and to compare their replies to those of more than 10,000 members of Dr. Jorgensen’s previous audiences.

Dr. Jorgensen developed climate change curricular materials which are included in a web repository of over 300 resources hosted by NCSE. His work on climate change education has been supported by grants from NASA and NSF.

Jorgensen has received a University of Toledo Outstanding Teaching Award and was twice appointed as a Master Teacher in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The event is cosponsored by Terra State Community College and People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County.

Climate Change Presentation flyer

Feature article about the presenter in the Fremont News-Messenger


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PPJ is at the county fair this week

“Meet me at the Fair!
We invite you to stop by our booth at the Sandusky County Fair this week, Aug. 21 – 26!  People for Peace & Justice’s booth will feature two actions:
1. Still registered to vote?  Check here! 
We’ll help fair-goers check their voter registration online and/or give them info to do it at home.  If they’re not registered, we’re prepared to help them register on paper or online.
2. Sign our  “We Welcome Immigrants” sign. 
We’ll take the finished signature posters to the offices of our members of Congress.  The posters will also make a trip to DC in January (with Josie) to be photographed in front of the White House!
Read our giant poster about immigrants’ impact on our economy!

Here’s a sneak preview of our big sandwich board which will be in the entrance of our tent starting tomorrow morning!

When your feet get weary, please stop by our tent to sit down and hang with us for a while. Let’s enjoy some good conversation together!
Our booth is right across from the restrooms on the Rawson Avenue side of the fairgrounds. We’re within shouting distance of the Democrats’ tent.
Thanks to the folks who set up the booth this morning:  Elaine Bast (booth chair), Dave Pasch, Dave Johnson (easel construction), Judy Donnan (posters), Mike Ryan, and the Setzlers.  And a big thank you to Ed Schleter and Dave Pasch for lining up our great roster of volunteers to staff the booth!  Sincere thanks to our many supporters who donated during 2017 and 2018.  You’ve made it possible to do this booth without a special fundraising drive this year!  Hats off to all of you who have shown solidarity in one way or another.
“Meet me in St. Louis, Louis,
Meet me at the fair,
Don’t tell me the lights are shining
Any place but there…”
We hope to see you this week!
People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County

P.S.  We’ll be posting photos this week on our Facebook page and on our website.


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January 17th meeting – a little new year’s introspection



Our first meeting of the new year is January 17th, starting with a 6:30 pm potluck at First UCC, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.

The new year gives us a nudge to reflect on our personal lives.  We can bring the same introspection to our community life in People for Peace & Justice.  Let’s spend a little time at this meeting on the following questions:

  • What draws you most to belong to this peace and justice community?  (The food, right?)
  • What has PPJ accomplished that makes you proud or happy to participate?
  • How would you describe the particular identity or purpose of this group?
  • Why did you start coming to meetings?  And is that still true or is it now something else?
  • What are your hopes for the group?
  • What changes would you like to see?
  • What are we called to do or be in 2018?

We will also reserve a little time to hear a report-back from Josie Setzler and Sr. Paulette Schroeder about their week in Washington, DC with Witness Against Torture, coming up Jan. 7 – 14,  You can follow the Witness Against Torture community’s activism next week at their Facebook page, website, or at Josie’s Facebook page.  #CloseGitmo #StopTorture #ResistIslamophobia

Here’s a poster showing a sampling of what they’ll be up to next week.

Gitmo Week of Actions graphic (1)


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Meeting will feature film on Danish nonviolent resistance to the Nazis


Join us next Wednesday, Nov. 15th, 6:30 pm, at First UCC for People for Peace & Justice’s monthly meeting.

6:30 pm – Potluck and open discussion on current events and potential actions we might take in response.
7:30 pm (approx.) – A half hour film and discussion:

From the PBS series, A Force More Powerful: A Century of Nonviolent Conflict



When German troops invaded Denmark during World War II, the Danes managed to save most of their Jewish residents and prevent the Nazis from taking over Danish industry for the war effort. Learn how they opposed Hitler using nonviolent resistance.
In past meetings, we’ve viewed two other segments from this series.  One member described these segments as a way to foster hope in these dark times.  Nurturing that hope in our own hearts is what makes it possible for us to act together in community.
We hope you can join us!
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Oct. 18 meeting: Messaging this Moment

People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County
Monthly meeting, Wednesday, Oct. 18
First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont
6:30 pm Potluck and informal conversation
7:30 pm Informal mini-workshop on messaging for progressives (led by Josie using the handbook below)

Messaging this Moment:  A Handbook for Progressive Communicators
View or download the handbook at:

How do we have conversations with family, friends, political leaders, or the public about the values we hold dear and the change we’d like to see?  How do we frame our message?  What approach works or doesn’t work?  Let’s explore and practice!

We hope you can join us!


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People for Peace & Justice will meet Sept. 20

Greetings to People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County (PPJ)!

Our monthly meeting is coming up Wednesday, Sept. 20 at First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont.  We’ll start with a potluck at 6:30 pm and end by 8:30 pm.

On our agenda:

  • We’ll debrief our fair booth experience at the Sandusky County Fair last month.  Booth chair Elaine Bast will lead the discussion.
  • We’ll talk briefly about the upcoming single payer healthcare forum many of our members are helping with.  Healthcare for All: The Path to Single Payer will take place on Oct. 3, 6:30 pm, at Birchard Public Library.  The forum is particularly timely in light of the Medicare-for-All bill that Bernie Sanders just introduced!   Single Payer Forum Flyer
  • If you’ve read our free book offering, On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder, we’ll invite you to highlight one of the “Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century” that was meaningful to you, if you care to share.  If you haven’t read it and would still like to,  several copies are still available via Josie Setzler.  Read a review of the book at this link.
  • What are your priorities for fall and winter activism/advocacy?
  • We will consider whether to explore at a later meeting some lessons from the attached manual, entitled “Messaging this Moment: A Handbook for Progressive Communicators.”  Download the manual here: Messaging-This-Moment-Handbook  The manual can be useful for talking with family and friends as well as for framing messaging for letters to the editor, columns, or campaigns.

Note to newcomers:  All are welcome. Our group thrives on informal table sharing during our potluck.  If you choose not to join in the meal, you are welcome to have a cup of coffee or soda with us and join in the informal discussion that happens over our dinner.  We transition into business and/or program as the dinner concludes.

More news from PPJ:

Farmers Market

Thanks to our members who staffed our booth at last Saturday’s Farmer’s Market in downtown Fremont: Deb and Dave Johnson, Elaine Bast, and Judy Donnan! They talked with many market-goers about the upcoming Single Payer Healthcare Forum at Birchard Public Library on Oct. 3, 6:30 pm.

Welcome Your Neighbor Signs

We have around five signs left. Let us know if you’d like one for your front walk or driveway. Email us at We are asking a $15 donation (our cost).

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Meet us at the Fair!


We’re back at the Sandusky County Fair this week and waiting for some good conversation with friends new and old!  Stop by to see us.  Find the Marine Corps tent and we’ll be just two tents south (not too far from the Flower Building). Continue reading

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Fremont area residents hold Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil

People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County organized a Charlottesville Solidarity Vigil on Wednesday to speak out against racism and white supremacy and to embrace love. Thanks to the News-Messenger for covering the vigil in an online article, entitled Fremont residents rally against racism. Not only did many motorists honk in solidarity, but one woman delivered three pepperoni pizzas to us as a way of saying thanks. Here are some additional photos:

Yes, Never Again. Amen.

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