Effective January 2005, the Ann Arbor Area Committee for Peace will have a new name. We’re finally shaking off our geographically limiting, sterile-sounding, too-long, acronym-defying moniker in favor of one that’s snappier, more dynamic, and easier to say.
The new name gives us the flexibility to work anywhere in the state AND ushers in an expansion of our mission.
It has become evident that advancing peace in the world requires making repairs on the home front. The social inequities, feelings of powerlessness, and lack of information about world events among U.S. citizens enables dominant government and corporate actors to wage wars while neglecting social and environmental needs.
Therefore, our continuing work around peace will involve collaborating with low-income communities around issues that affect their quality of life while making the link between local and global issues. What will that work look like? Here are some examples:
- provide trainings and consultancy for grassroots organizations in low-income communities
- organize accountability sessions with elected officials
- establish youth-organizer trainings and peace pilot programs in high schools
- engage in voter education and registration
- continue our tried-and-true methods of promoting peace through community education, demonstrations, and media advocacy.
We also wish to facilitate the tremendous energy that you all have for various peace-related projects. Get involved! Come to Thursday night’s community gathering and potluck!
Peace Community Gathering & Potluck
THIS Thursday, November 18
Northside Presbyterian/St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church
1679 Broadway, Ann Arbor (off Plymouth Rd.)
Enter through the farthest north door.
Bring a tasty dish to pass! AAACP will provide beverages, plates, cups, and utensils.
We’ll share reflections and ideas in a large group, then break down into small groups by areas of interest for further conversation. We’ll facilitate the swapping of contact information so you can stay in touch with like-minded souls. Come for the camaraderie!
Show up at 6:30 pm if you’re able, to help set up tables and chairs.