Past Events: 2006
We are proud of our political/social education, fundraising, community outreach, and other activism events! The events listed below were presented, hosted, or strongly supported by Merriam Park Neighbors for Peace or our members during 2006.
Sami Rasouli Speaks at Merriam Park Public Library
Wednesday, March 1, 2006
Merriam Park Public Library, Meeting Room B
1831 Marshall Avenue (at Fairview Avenue), St. Paul
Iraqi-American, Sami Rasouli, will speak about his experiences working for the past six months in Iraq with the Christian and Muslim Peacemaker Teams. Rasouli moved to Minnesota in 1986, and he has been back to Iraq twice in recent years. You are invited to hear Mr. Rasouli describe his first-hand impressions of Iraq.
A WALK FOR PEACE
Saturday, March 18, 2006
5:45 p.m.: Walk begins at corner of Snelling and Summit Avenues, St. Paul
6:40 p.m.: Candlelight vigil and speaker at Summit Ave. and Mississippi River Blvd.
Minnesota Neighbors for Peace invites you to join us for A WALK FOR PEACE in remembrance of the beginning of the war in Iraq. We will quietly walk west from the corner of Snelling and Summit in St. Paul down to the Mississippi River.
Upon arrival at the river we will have a sunset candlelight vigil with Sami Rasouli, an Iraqi American, who has spent the last six months working in Iraq.
Invite neighbors, family, and friends to join with us to mark the beginning of the war, to honor the troops, to remember the victims of war, and to hope for peace.
Non-perishable food items for Neighborhood House will be collected.
Crocus Hill/West 7th, Merriam Park, Hamline-Midway, and Como Neighbors for Peace
Krista Menzel (651) 641-7592 or email@example.com
Linda Winsor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Resch: email@example.com
Sunday, June 4, 2006
9:30 a.m. – Meet at 708 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul
9:45 a.m. – Walk to Grand and Dale for line-up
10:30 a.m. – Parade Starts
Come one, come all! Pack up the kiddies and grannies, friends, and family!
Minnesota Neighbors for Peace will be walking in the Grand Old Day Parade. We hope you will join us as we spread our message of peace and justice in our communities and the world.
Wear your Minnesota Neighbors for Peace t-shirt and bring your yard sign. You may order shirts and other items online to be shipped to you via CafePress, or from Linda Winsor to be picked up locally in St. Paul. She has t-shirts ($15), Neighbors for Peace yard signs ($10), sweatshirts ($22), mugs ($12), and totes ($15). Please contact Linda by June 1 to reserve your t-shirt or sweatshirt for pick-up on the day of the parade: firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 224-6004.
Other positive, pro-peace signs are welcome in the parade. (Please don't bring "anti-war" or issue signs).
This is going to be a fun event. Let's show the crowds along Grand Avenue who we are and how to contact us to get involved.
More Info: Linda Winsor at email@example.com or (651) 224-6004.
Click here for a map to 708 Goodrich Avenue, St. Paul.
Letters To, Letters From…Letters Never Written: A Production of the War Plays Project
Thursday, June 22, 2006
7:00 p.m. (discussion and refreshments to follow)
Hamline-Midway Library, 1558 West Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul
The voices of Minnesota veterans from across the years live today through Letters To, Letters From…Letters Never Written, a production of the War Plays Project. Actor and director Frances Ford has compiled a 50-minute, simply-produced, but fast-moving presentation of letters, journals, and memories of soldiers from the Civil War to the present. As seven professional actors read the actual words of the soldiers themselves, the reality of war and its effects upon the participants and their loved ones reverberate. Letters engages audiences and starts conversations about the impact of war on all of us.
The War Plays Project aims to educate and enlighten citizens — particularly young people — about violence and war and, perhaps more importantly, its impact on individuals and society, through theatre, the spoken word, and the facilitation of community dialogue. With support from Twin Cities Friends Meeting, Veterans For Peace Chapter 27, Fellowship of Reconciliation, and individual donors, the War Plays Project offers its presentation to schools, educators, and community groups.
Suggested donation is $5.00, but not required.
Anne Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (651) 647-0580.
Click here for a map to the Hamline-Midway Library.
Minnesota Neighbors for Peace Metro-Wide Potluck Picnic
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Newell Park, 900 North Fairview Avenue (corner of Fairview and Pierce Butler Route), St. Paul
All friends and neighbors interested in supporting efforts for peace are welcome! Please join us for a picnic, a time to feast and socialize with friends old and new while enjoying a beautiful mid-summer evening.
Please bring a dish to share as well as your own beverage, utensils, plate/bowl, and blanket or lawn chair. A grill will be available, so bring charcoal if you would like to barbecue. There is also electricity just in case. No alcohol is allowed in the park and dogs must be on a leash at all times.
Bring your family and friends, and if you are looking for a Neighbors for Peace group to be a part of, this is the place to be.
ACTION NOTE: Bring non-perishable food items for the Keystone Community Services food shelf! Food donations are always at their lowest during the summer, but the need doesn't change! We will collect donations at our picnic and deliver them to Keystone on Monday.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Hamline Midway Library, 1558 West Minnehaha Avenue, St. Paul
Join Merriam Park and Crocus Hill/West 7th Neighbors for Peace for a screening of the new Robert Greenwald film, Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers.
Iraq for Sale: The War Profiteers is the story of what happens to everyday Americans when corporations go to war.
Acclaimed director Robert Greenwald (Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price, Outfoxed, and Uncovered) takes you inside the lives of soldiers, truck drivers, widows, and children who have been changed forever as a result of profiteering in the reconstruction of Iraq. Iraq for Sale uncovers the connections between private corporations making a killing in Iraq and the decision makers who allow them to do so.
Brave New Films are both funded and distributed completely outside corporate America. Over 3,000 people donated to make Iraq for Sale.
The film is 75 minutes long, and it will be followed by a short discussion and treats.
Click here for more information on the film or to view the trailer.
Please click here to RSVP for this event, so we know how many people to expect!
Krista Menzel or Anne Benson at email@example.com, (651) 641-7592, or (651) 647-0580.
A film screening and presentation by film director, David Martinez.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
St. John's Episcopal Church, 60 Kent Street, St. Paul
Produced by Graffiti Films, 500 Miles to Babylon is a one-hour documentary film about Iraq under U.S. occupation. Narrated by filmmaker David Martinez, using footage shot in Iraq during the past year threaded with graphically animated archival sequences to provide historic context, the film addresses the current war not simply as a conflict over petroleum profits or a scheme to fill a company's coffers, but as part of a larger American imperial project.
Through impromptu interviews, glimpses of daily life, still photographs, and footage of car-bombs, demonstrations, night-time graffiti artists, Sufi rituals, and the celebrations following Saddam's capture, 500 Miles To Babylon reveals the complex situation in contemporary Iraq through a personal lens. Far from being a simple anti-war movie, 500 Miles attempts to illustrate the terrible complexity of a people brutalized by a dictatorship, and the catastrophic results when that system is changed overnight by shortsighted military means.
Click here for more information on the film on the Graffiti Films web site.
A minimum donation of $5 per person is requested, but not required.
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Krista Menzel: (651) 641-7592
Anne Benson: (651) 647-0580
Minnesota Neighbors for Peace Web Site: www.mnneighbors4peace.org
Graffiti Films Web Site: www.graffitifilms.com
Annual Winter Solstice Peace Vigil
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Corner of Snelling and Summit, St. Paul
Bring a candle and join neighbors from throughout the Twin Cities to quietly witness for peaceful solutions to world problems.
After the vigil, warm up and socialize at a local Grand Avenue restaurant or coffee shop (to be determined).
Krista Menzel or Anne Benson at firstname.lastname@example.org, (651) 641-7592, or (651) 647-0580.
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