Peace Week 2022

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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!

Remember Hiroshima: 76th Anniversary Program

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Remember Hiroshima: Anniversary Program: August 6, 7pm commemoration of the 76th anniversary remembrance of the American bombing of Hiroshima. Presented by Arkansas WAND, Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, Arkansas Peace Week, Pax Christi Little Rock and students from Pulaski Academy, the event is a reminder of the urgency to rid the world of living under the threat of nuclear annihilation.

All guest are asked to wear mask and maintain social distancing of 6′.

Friday, August 6, 2021 at 6 PM UTC-06

Reservoir Park Pavilion

Dr. Ira Hefland speaks

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Along with Climate Change, nuclear weapons present an existential threat to the future of life on planet Earth. Experts all agree that the only solution to the nuclear threat is complete abolition of these destructive weapons. Cancelling the plan to upgrade our nuclear arsenal would also slow the progress of climate change. Arkansas WAND is happy to announce the return of Dr. Ira Hefland, who spoke on the urgency of the nuclear threat at the Clinton Center before the pandemic. Don’t miss it!

To join this zoom presentation on Thursday, July 17 at 6:30 CST, use the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89158450068


Annual Meeting via Zoom

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Dear Members and Friends of WAND,

We invite you to attend our Annual Membership Meeting by Zoom on January 24th at 3:00pm to 4:30pm.

The link to the Zoom meeting will be posted also be posted on our Facebook page.

We also encourage you to renew your membership by returning the enclosed envelope with your check. You may also renew at here on this website.

We are especially excited that Medea Benjamin, Founder of CODEPINK and author of 10 books, primarily on the Middle East, will be our speaker. She has worked on peace and justice issues over 40 years, traveled extensively, and has won numerous awards for her work in many parts of the world. Her vision for the future will inspire us to use our power as women, to disarm the patriarchy, and demand diplomacy not war. CODEPINK women use their power strategically on many fronts including today’s campaign, China is Not the Enemy. Visit their website!

January 22nd we will be celebrating the day that nuclear weapons become illegal after 50 nations ratified the Treaty to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. Our challenge will be to join CODEPINK and others in convincing the U.S. to take steps toward reducing our arsenal and signing the treaty. Let’s turn the Doomsday Clock back from the brink!

WAND thanks you for your support in the past as we worked to empower women to reduce violence and militarism and abolish nuclear weapons. Now, more than ever, our mandate is to cut military spending significantly and fund climate change, education, and health care.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, January 24th.

Armistice Day Intent

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Growing up in a military family we observed Veterans Day. We thanked and honored our veterans for their sacrifices with patriotic parades. Later, I learned about Armistice Day, the forerunner of Veterans Day, and wondered about its roots in our country.

Armistice Day began Nov. 11, 1919. The president announced a day of mourning for the dead of World War I. Congress later adopted it as a national holiday. It joyfully celebrated the end of war and committed to ensuring peace and diplomacy among nations to prevent future military conflicts.

After the Korean War, the U.S. Congress rebranded Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. Honoring the warrior quickly morphed into honoring the military and glorifying war. Armistice Day was flipped from a day of peace into a day of displayed militarism.

Both days claim to honor our veterans and our country. But how we focus and what we honor matters. Shall we glorify war and killing? Or shall we honor one another and our humanity by choosing diplomacy first, to prevent war? Armistice Day focuses on prevention. It reflects on the cost and horrors of war rather than glorifying it.

We should honor one another when we live in peace with our neighbors. War should be a last resort to defend our great nation. This Armistice Day, let’s remember the full cost of war: the loved ones lost while serving their country, the wars we waged despite no evidence that we were in danger, the innocent casualties of war, the veterans who battle post-traumatic stress disorder and the despair of job losses, homelessness and suicide. Perhaps we’ll conclude that the message of Armistice Day and preventing future wars is the measure of true patriotism.

Little Rock
Jane Estes is chair of Arkansas Women’s Actions for New Directions.