People for Peace & Justice Sandusky County (PPJ)
Monthly Meeting this Wednesday, Feb. 15, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
First UCC, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont
All are welcome!
6:30 pm – Our meeting begins with a potluck. We will discuss business and announcements over dinner. In particular, we’ll share opportunities for resisting the Trump agenda. Please bring any ideas, efforts, or events you’d like to discuss.
7:30 pm – We’ll view a half hour film segment from the PBS series, A Force More Powerful. This segment portrays how a grassroots people’s movement helped bring down the dictatorship of Pinochet in Chile. We’ll look for and discuss elements of active nonviolence that contributed to this campaign. We believe it’s the right time to learn what history can teach us about people power.
All are welcome to attend and bring a friend! If you’d rather have dinner before you come, we encourage you nevertheless to enjoy a cup of coffee or soft drink and dessert with us and join the conversation.
Our meeting is coming up this Wednesday, Nov. 16. It begins with a 6:30 potluck and ends at approximately 8:30. We meet at First United Church of Christ, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont. You are welcome to invite friends.
We will hold a roundtable discussion to learn what members view as the most pressing concerns arising from the election of Donald Trump. Then we’ll proceed to our major question: What shall we do in response both as individuals and as a group?
We would like to support each other in our personal responses, and we would especially like to explore what we can do as a group (either locally or as part of a larger mobilization). Our Facebook page has a few useful links about what people can do next. Here are two of them:
Dave Pasch will update us on what Bernie Sanders is organizing through his movement, Our Revolution
. You may have other suggestions you’d like to share.
Last week, we shared an email with you from the Cleveland Catholic Worker that operates a drop-in center in a poor neighborhood. They are out of blankets, coats, boots, hats, gloves, toiletries, sleeping bags, etc. for the homeless who come to them. If you’d like to donate any items, please bring them to the meeting. Thanks!
Peace and solidarity,
P.S. If you’d like to learn more about the difference between a one-off protest and a larger campaign or movement, please read:
People for Peace and Justice will host two police accountability activists from Cleveland at our March 16th meeting at First UCC in Fremont.
Chris Knestrick and Bishop Chui, two Cleveland residents and activists, will discuss the work being done in Cleveland to end systemic racism and its manifestation as police brutality. The conversation will begin with seeking to understand systemic racism in general and then focus the discussion on the work being done in Cleveland to end police brutality.
Chris Knestrick is a member of Cleveland Catholic Worker Community and Witness Against Torture. He helps run a drop in center in Cleveland and organizes to end state sponsored violence.
Bishop Chui is a community organizer in Cleveland’s Glenville neighborhood, a protester against police brutality and a longtime advocate for police accountability.
The schedule for the evening is:
6:30pm – Potluck and conversation with our guests
7:30 – 8:30pm – Program: Cleveland activism to end systematic racism and police brutality
First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont
All are welcome for both the potluck and the program! We hope you’ll make plans now to join us and bring a friend!
Top photo: Cleveland Action Justice for Tamir demonstration.
Middle photo: Witness Against Torture rally at the Department of Justice in Washington to demand justice for Tamir Rice, a 12-year old boy shot by police on a Cleveland playground.
Bottom photo: Washington, DC police officer photographs activists banner at the DOJ.
People for Peace and Justice Sandusky County
Next meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17
6:30 pm Potluck dinner, announcements, and business
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Roundtable Discussion on Campaign 2016
First UCC Church, 1500 Tiffin Rd., Fremont
With the Ohio primary coming up on March 15, PPJ is holding a roundtable discussion about the presidential campaign at our February meeting. Please join us as we explore the issues surrounding the election and the extent of our own roles in creating political change that supports a more peaceful and just world.