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Jean T.Gordon has died at 97

Jean Gordon

It is with great sadness that we share with you that Jean Gordon has died. She passed away peacefully early on February 1st. A final illness led to in-home hospice and loving care by Jean’s son Tom, daughter Anne, friend Sandi White, and long time WAND friends. Jean lived to improve her world and by example led many others to action for reducing the threat of maintaining the arsenal of nuclear weapons. Her sword was her pen, and in her published writings she never stopped working to convince the people of the United States that nuclear weapons do not make them free or secure.

Memorial Service for Jean will be Saturday February 10th at 11:00a at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Little Rock, 1818 Reservoir Road 72227.

Potluck with Tamara Lorincz

Tamara Lorincz

Thursday, October 26, 6 PM
2510 Hidden Valley Drive

Tamara Lorincz will be visiting from Canada and is eager to meet with peace activists in Little Rock and hear about our activities including Arkansas Peace Week. She has a lot to share about her activism against war and the political issues involved here and in the Middle East. (See her awards below.)

Come for an interesting evening and maybe some new ideas!

Bring a Dish to Share
All are welcome!

Canadian peace activist to visit Clinton Library for Ph.D. research

Her research interests are the military’s impacts on the environment and climate change, the intersection of security and peace, gender and international relations, Canadian defense and foreign policy, feminist foreign policy, disarmament, resistance to NATO, and military sexual violence.

Tamara Lorincz is a Ph.D. candidate in Global Governance at the Balsillie School for International Affairs (Wilfrid Laurier University). Tamara graduated with an MA in International Politics Security Studies from the University of Bradford in the United Kingdom in 2015. She was awarded the Rotary International World Peace Fellowship and was a senior researcher for the International Peace Bureau in Switzerland. Tamara is a member of the Canadian Pugwash Group, the Canadian Voice of Women for Peace and the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom. She is currently on the international board of Global Network Against Nuclear Power and Weapons in Space. Tamara was a co-founding member of the Vancouver Island Peace and Disarmament Network (now World Beyond War-Victoria). Tamara has an LLB/JD and MBA specializing in environmental law and management from Dalhousie University. She is the former Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Environmental Network and co-founder of the East Coast Environmental Law Association. For several years she was on the national board of Ecojustice Canada and the Nova Scotia Minister’s Round Table on Environment and Sustainable Prosperity.

Awards:

Ontario Graduate Scholarship 2018-2019, 2019-2020
Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Scholarship 2018, 2019
Balsillie Doctoral Fellowship, 2017-2020
Laurier Graduate Fellowship, 2017-2018
Rotary International World Peace Fellowship, 2013-2014

Select Publications:

Lorincz, Tamara. 2022. “Canada and NATO escalating conflict with Russia,” The Hamilton Spectator. January 30.
Lorincz, Tamara. 2019. ““Canada needs to join global movement to ban nuclear weapons.” Waterloo Record, Hamilton

Education:

Master of International Politics and Security Studies, University of Bradford, UK, 2015
Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Law, Dalhousie University, NS, 2003
Bachelor of Commerce, University of Victoria, BC, 1997
Bachelor of Arts, University of Alberta, AB, 1992

Opening Reception, Textiles for Peace

Flyer for the opening reception for Textiles for Peace.

The opening reception for our juried exhibit, Textiles for Peace will be held Friday, April 14th from 6 to 9 p.m. at New Deal Gallery and Studio, 2003 S. Louisiana in Little Rock. Textiles for Peace features textile art by Arkansas fiber artists, including knitting, crocheting, felting, weaving, embroidery and collage. Sponsored by Arkansas WAND and Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice.

Pilgrimage for Peace 2023

Pilgrimage for Peace Little Rock logo

Nine years ago Caroline Stevenson organized the first Pilgrimage for Peace, an inter-faith event beginning at the Clinton Center and walking to the Beacon of Peace and Hope for a celebration of Peace and non-violence there. Join WAND as a co-sponsor along with many faith and advocacy groups to make Little Rock a City of Peace. Funds raised will support victims of violence.

The 9th Pilgrimage for Peace, comprised of a coalition of interfaith and community organizations, will be held on Sunday, April 16th at 2 p.m. Walkers will gather in the circle outside Heifer International, 1 World Avenue, Little Rock, where the walk begins. Participants will pass the Clinton Presidential Library, walk through the River Market, then cross the Junction Bridge to the Beacon of Peace and Hope, located at 120 Riverfront Drive, North Little Rock.

At the Beacon, walkers and others will gather for a Remembrance Service at 3 p.m. to “mourn the violence committed in our community, nation, and world.” The interfaith service will be led by community peacemakers offering prayers, reflections from literature and scriptures, songs, and the reading of names of this past year’s homicide victims in central Arkansas.

All ages are welcome. There will be plenty of parking available in the area between the Beacon of Peace and Hope and the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum. Seating will be available and water will be provided. The Service will also be live-streamed on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PilgrimageforPeaceLR.

For more information, call Mary Hunt at (501) 690-1609 and by email at paxchristilr@gmail.com. Please also visit the website, www.pilgrimageforpeace.com, where you will find a list of sponsoring groups, information on how to become a sponsor, the
program, and photos of past Pilgrimages. The proceeds generated from sponsors will be donated to the Center for Healing Hearts and Spirits to be used in their Victims Services Program.

THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

February 2023 Potluck

potluck food table

Dear Friends of WAND!
We’re having a Pot-luck! We have missed you! Not only those wonderful dishes you shared before Covid struck but our monthly conversations about making the world a better place. It’s time we get together and share our thoughts about the year-long death and destruction in Ukraine, it’s effects on the rest of the world, and threats in the future.
Dr. Donnal Walter, Chair of ACPJ board and board member of World BEYOND War, has agreed to facilitate this discussion. He wants us to know that he is not an expert on Ukraine or Russia or NATO, but he believes it is important to consider the issues from several viewpoints. Donnal is a retired physician (Neonatologist)and lives in Little Rock.

Peace Week 2022

AR Peace Week logo

There were a variety of great events for Arkansas Peace Week 2022, beginning with a delicious free interfaith meal and ending with a mural arts festival and included a photography exhibit that ended with an expert panel discussion (Congressman French Hill, Mouaz Moustafa, and Omar Alshogre), sessions for dialogue on a variety of peace-related issues, volunteer opportunities to help feed the hungry, a play, and a mural arts festival!

War in Ukraine — a Conversation

Poster for a discussion on the war in Ukraine

A public conversation about the war in Ukraine led by Dr. Wiebelhaus-Brahm.
Why has the United Nations not been effective at dealing with the invasion?
What role could the International Criminal Court could play?
How should we evaluate Russian concerns about NATO?
Why countries have taken the position they have on the invasion.
What steps can the United States take now in dealing with the invasion?
What could/should we have done differently?
How can we discern between misinformation/disinformation/malinformation and credible news surrounding the conflict?
How can members of the community help with the Ukraine situation now?

Pizza, Peace, and Politics March 15th

Pizza, Peace & Politics

Our speaker will be Ruby Welch, a motivational speaker, criminal and restorative justice advocate, and Founder of F.E.L.O.N. (Formerly Incarcerated Empowered Leaders Overcoming Negative Stigmas).

After experiencing first-hand the harmful effects of serving seven years in the Arkansas Department of Correction, Ruby vowed to educate her community about the disparities of incarceration and its lasting effects on individuals.

Ruby is currently employed with Dream Corps Justice as a Campaign Coordinator.

PP&P Returns!!

Susan Inman
We are so excited that we can finally resume our beloved Pizza Peace and Politics forums! We will celebrate on Tuesday, November 16th at 6 p.m. at US Pizza in Hillcrest (2710 Kavanaugh Blvd.) with Susan Inman as our guest presenter. How much do you really know about voting districts? Susan is ready to enlighten us! 

“I’m eager to present to our members info about voting districts and where they come from and what they mean. As a county election commissioner, one of my duties is to redistrict the Quorum Court districts (Justice of the Peace) after every census. We are in the process of doing that now in Pulaski County, so this is a timely opportunity to discuss the importance of districts and why they change, etc.”

Susan Inman
Please note: All attendees must be fully vaccinated for the protection of everyone. Thank you for understanding!