POET'S CORNER
I Am Curious and Smart
by Chad, age 12
I am curious and smart
I wonder about the troops in Iraq
I hear my stereo on full blast
I see me beating my video game again
I want a TV in my room
I am curious and smart

I pretend to be on a college lacrosse team
I feel small in this big world
I touch fantasy in my dreams
I worry about the troops in Iraq
I cry when in a movie a boy gets separated from his dog
I am curious and smart

I understand some world politics
I say that quantum theory is testable
I dream about getting high honors
I try hard in basketball
I hope for world peace
I am curious and smart
Chad age 12
WHERE WE'VE BEEN...
COMING FALL 2006
DENNIS KUCINICH
Speaking at KUUC Church
69 Washington Street, Keene, NH
FEBRUARY 3rd, 7PM
In 2004, MothersUniting brought Dennis Kucinich, Presidential candidate, to Keene to speak about his Plan for Peace. Fast forward 3 years and our nation continues to be embroiled in a devestating war. Please join us to once again listen to Dennis Kucinich, Presidential candidate 2008, as he talks about his vision for Peace. Call 603-357-9413 for more information



INTERNATIONAL
WOMEN'S DAY
MARCH 8th, 3:30-6:00
Once again, MothersUniting invites all to join in a Peace Parade and a conversation from the "Ovary Office" in Central Square on International Women's Day. We'll celebrate our committment to Women's Rights, to creating a more peaceful and just world, and to taking care of the world's children. Men, women and children are welcome. Wear Pink!


STAY TUNED:
MUCH MORE INFORMATION TO FOLLOW!

10 DAYS OF
WAGING PEACE

For the 10 days from September 21st, the International Day of Peace, and September 30th, which is a huge march in Concord to bring an end to the war in Iraq, Mothersuniting, with other local peace and social justice groups will be filling the Keene Region up with speakers, music, films, children's activitities and some very serious fun as we work to increase our collective belief in, and commitment to, non-violent approaches to settling conflict.

 CALENDAR BELOW:

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
International Day of Peace

12:00 noon
Meditation for Peace
Monadnock Mindfulness Practice Center
Mayor Blastos reads the UN Resolution
Central Square
Evening
Walking the Labyrinth
Baptist Church, Maple Ave, Keene
7:00 pm
Candle Light Vigil for Peace
Central Square

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 22
7:00 pm
Film: A Force More Powerful
Non-violent social change in 20th century
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 23
10:30 am
Reading for Peace with Children
Keene Public Library
11:00 am
Peace Vigil
Central Square
2:00 pm
Singing for Peace
With the JKirks from Needham, MA 
Followed by Open Mic
Railroad Square

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
7:00 pm
FILM PREMIERE: Encounterpoint
A Look at the work of Palestinian/Israeli Peacemakers
Q and A with the film maker
Colonial Theatre

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
11:00 am
FILM PREMIERE: Encounterpoint
Special pricing for high school groups
(contact sue@mothersuniting.org)
Colonial Theatre

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
7:00 pm
Department of Peace
Learn more about this important legislation 
Railroad Square

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
2:00 pm
Peace Action
Inviting Congressman Charles Bass to sign the Declaration of Peace Pledge
Read the names of the war dead and add flowers, poems, thoughts to a memorial outside the office
Central Square
7:00 pm
Inter-faith Worship Service
With Rev. Sue Phillips, Rabbi Micah Becker-Klein, Rev. Mark Ferrin and others
Keene UU Church, Washington St, Keene

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Ongoing
OREOMOBILE/Priorities NH
A tasty look at military spending
Various locations
12:00
Clergy Panel on Peace
Hindu Swami Yagatmananda, Rev. Nancy Wood-Lyczak, Rabbi Micah, Becker-Klein, Rev. Mark Ferrin, Rev. Paul, Cullity, and others 
Mabel Brown Room, Keene State College
7:00
Teach In: The New Order in the Mideast
Challenges for PeaceMakers
All and Everywhere
Madison St Lounge, Keene State College

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29
4:00
NH Peace Actions Hosts:
Poets/Musicians/Artists for Peace
Bring something to share
Central Square

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
PEACE MARCH IN CONCORD!
10:15
BUS TO CONCORD LEAVES KEENE
from Ashuelot Parking Lot
($10.00/adults $6.00 children)
Registration required: call 355-2816 or
eileenre@worldpath.net
Ashuelot Parking Lot, West Street, Keene
12:15
Declaration of Peace March to State House
Gather at Department of Transportation
Corner Loudon Rd. and Hazen Dr.
Concord, NH
                                         

DEPARTMENT OF PEACE
We continue to champion the creation of a cabinet level
Department of Peace within the federal government.  Join us here in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District as we work with this national, grassroots campaign committed to researching, articulating and facilitating non-violent solutions to domestic and international conflicts.
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, Keene NH

For more information on any of these please call MothersUniting at 603-357-9413.

Give Peace a Tri
SPRINT TRIATHLON

Saturday July 1st, 2006

At the Surry Mountain Recreation Center in Surry NH.  Event will include a 1⁄4 mile swim, 5k race and 8 mile bike ride.  Registration opens at 7:30 am and the race starts at 9:00 am. 

INDIVIDUALS AND TEAMS WELCOME! 

 Join us if you are a serious triathelete or someone just getting started.  Consider, “If I can do a triathlon, how else might I stretch and work to build a more peaceful community”.  Bring a picnic lunch and spend part or all of the day with us. Profits will go to Mothersuniting to support our local peace and social justice work, and to BigBrothersBigSisters. 

 Registration forms are available at:
Keene Family YMCA
Ladies of America Gym
Golds Gym
And online at gotendurance.com


The PIGGIES are coming!

What?
Pig Mobile created by Ben Cohen (of Ben & Jerry’s) & Priorities!

When?
Mothers Day, May 14th, 12:00 - 3:00ish

Where?
Meeting at Keene State College (the arch on Main St.)
and proceeding to RAILROAD SQUARE

Why?
To see how our Federal Government spends our Money!

SERIOUS FUN & SURPRISES!!!

For more info: www.PrioritiesNH.org or 357-0130


DEPARTMENT OF PEACE
We continue to champion the creation of a cabinet level
Department of Peace within the federal government.  Join us here in New Hampshire's 2nd Congressional District as we work with this national, grassroots campaign committed to researching, articulating and facilitating non-violent solutions to domestic and international conflicts.
Next meeting:  Monday, January 30th - 6:30 PM
Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, Keene NH

NON-VIOLENCE AND ME
A film series and discussion group.  Come join us as we view  the award winning documentary, "A Force More Powerful", learn about real world examples of effective, non-violent resistance to repressive regimes and injustice, and explore our own perspectives on non-violent change initiatives. First of eight sessions : Monday Feb. 27th, 6:30, Keene Unitarian Universalist Church, Keene New Hampshire

MAKING A DIFFERENCE:
EVENING SERIES

Are you concerned about bullying in our community?
Bullying affects children of all ages from elementary school through high school. Join us, as mothers and others, to examine the problem of bullying in our community. We'll explore why it happens and what we can do, as individuals or as a group, to create a bully-free community.
Session 1: March 1st
Session 2: April 5th
Session 3: May 3rd
All sessions run from 7:00pm - 8:00pm. At 6:30pm light refreshment will be served, so come early if you'd like.
For more information contact Kath McLaughlin, 499-1735.

For more information on any of these please call MothersUniting at 603-357-9413.


2nd Annual
DAY OF WAGING PEACE
Another World is Possible!

September 21st - Wednesday
9am - 10pm
FREE! WORKSHOPS - SPEAKERS - PEACE WALK CHILDCARE & CHILDRENS ACTIVITIES
CONCERT at 7pm
All Day And Night Event!
Keene State College Student Center

CLICK HERE FOR FULL SCHEDULE & DETAILS

WORKSHOPS & PRESENTATIONS
Coleman McCarthy
Journalist & Peace Educator

Peaceful Tomorrows

Free The Children

Many More..!

CONCERT
Lisa McCormick

Maggie & Suzzy Roche

emma's revolution/
Pat Humphries & Sandy O

CHILDRENS CONFERENCE
9am - 4:30pm


Coleman
McCarthy


Lisa
McCormick


Maggie &
Suzzy Roche


emma's revolution/
Pat Humphries
& Sandy O


EYES WIDE OPEN
Boots Memorial & Vigil
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Keene Central Square
August 30th, 2005
(click here to see more pictures)


April 25th A talk by COLONEL ANN WRIGHT
7:00pm
Location: Keene Unitarian Universalist Chuch
69 Washington Street
Keene, NH
Colonel Ann Wright is one of the hightest ranking U.S. diplomats to resign over the Bush administraiton's decision to invade Iraq.

"I strongly believe that going to war [in Iraq] now will make the world a more dangerous place, not safer." - from Ann Wright's resignation letter to Secretary of State Colin Powell.

This event is co-sponsored by:

Sowing the Seeds of Non-Violence:
Parenting for a New Age

The reward and punishment system has been around for too long. It is inefficient and ineffective. It establishes a dictate of external control motivated by fear that inhibits learning to trust oneself, defeating an internal sense of right and wrong. In fact, punishment, intending to teach a child "proper" behavior, only provokes anger, defiance and rebellion. Parents need to take responsibility for how they are parenting but in an atmosphere of support rather than blame. Non-violence begins at home. When children are respected as equal human beings they treat others that way too. Punishment is easy; fostering responsible behavior is not. This talk will outline the truth about the effects of punishment and what you can do differently.


CLICK HERE to see the photos.

KEENE STATE COLLEGE STUDENT CENTER
FREE Workshops, Speakers
& Children's Conference

PLUS World Musician & Activist
HOLLY NEAR

in concert at 7:30pm
Workshop Schedule

10am Doors Open
10:30 Keynote Talk with
Holly Near!
12:30 - 2:30 Workshops Session 1
A) A Personal Passion
for Peace
I
ncludes discussion, activities and practices designed to identify and strengthen our commitment to peace. John Scottland, Vermont Peace Academy, peace educator, parent and counselor.
B) Speaking Peace: Non-Violent Communication for Activists
Presenting a way of thinking, speaking, and acting that transforms relationships into ones that nourish and enliven us.Wendy Webber and Richard Dror, founding members of the Vermont Peace Academy.
C) Organizing for Social Justice: Joining Together to Make Our Voices Heard
This interactive workshop explores effective strategies for creating social change. We can make a difference! Dr. Susan Theberge, Dr. Janaki Tschamerl and Dr. Candy Wiggum, co-chairs KSC Diversity Commission.
D) Writing Peace Songs
Expressing peace and antiwar messages through song is a powerful way to open hearts and minds. Bring your creative energies to this participant-driven workshop. Patrice Strifert, Associate Director of KSC Student Center and Dr. Karen Cangialosi, Professor of Biology at KSC.
E) Demystifying Activism: Speaking Your Heart Even When Your Voice Shakes
Activism is often seen as a
way to change the world. What if activism is also a personal invitation to discover ones finest self? Holly Near, singer songwriter, ambassador for peace.
F) Spirituality and
Peace Activism
A panel discussion with local religious leaders. How do we connect our beliefs and our actions in a complex and violent world? When, if ever, is war justified?
2:30 - 3:15 Break:
Visit the Resource Center and Action Area
3:15 - 5:15 Workshops Session 2
G) Young People Working for Peace
Examine the often unique challenges young activists
face, and explore ways for youth to work effectively towards a more peaceful world. Kate Kerman, Youth Project Coordinator at Cheshire Mediation.
H) Creating Peaceful Classrooms
How do we deal with aggression and exclusion in our classrooms? This interactive workshop will provide and resources for developing respectful and peaceful classroom environments.Mary Mayshark-Stavely, Interim Director of the KSC Child Development Center and Deborah Black, KSC Education Faculty.
I) Teach Your Children Well
In a world preoccupied with war and terrorism how can children develop a sense of hope and the power to make the world a better place? Through discussion, brainstorming and interactive activities this workshop will explore how adults can help empower the children in our lives with the goal of leaving the workshop with a personal and/or group plan for action. Forrest Seymour & Damien Licata, Co-Directors, Monadnock Men’s Resource Center, Robert Schultz, Steering Committee.
J) The Department
of Peace
Come learn about this initiative introduced by Dennis Kucinich, and supported by 40 members of Congress, to create a cabinet level Department of Peace. Dr. Nina Lynn Meyerhoff, founder of Children of the Earth, and Heart Phoenix, Peace Circle Leader.
K) They Are Coming After Our Children: Pending Draft and Recruitment in Our Schools
Come learn about efforts to reinstate the draft, military recruiting in our schools and alternatives to military service.  Participants will leave the session with plans for next steps in local schools.   Ellen Kaye, Alternatives to Recruitment by the Military.
L) Media Literacy in a Time of War
Explore a variety of perspectives on how the media influences public opinion and why our society needs a more independent media. Robin Rieske, Coordinator of Know Media.
5:30 Peacewalk with Granny D.
7:30 Concert with Animaterra opening for
HOLLY NEAR!