Tuesday, November 27th at 6p.m.: Get ready for the upcoming legislature! This month, Bill Kopsky, Executive Director of the Arkansas Public Policy Panel, will discuss what to expect and how to prepare for it.
“The Arkansas Public Policy Panel advances social and economic justice through respect for human dignity, diversity, empowerment and an inclusive, fair and transparent political process. The Panel provides hands-on experience in civic participation by helping community groups organize, create infrastructure, set goals and develop action plans to reach those goals.” –http://www.arpanel.org/history/
We have a post-election treat! Poet, Molly Bess Rector, will share her interest in nuclear issues and read some of her award-winning poetry. Molly’s current work is aligns wonderfully with WAND’s interests and goals. You don’t want to miss this one!
Molly lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas where she co-curates the Open Mouth Reading Series—a community-based poetry series that hosts monthly readings by visiting writers. Molly grew up in Little Rock, attended Parkview High School and graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. She is a fellow of the Edward Albee Foundation, where she was admitted to the summer residency program in 2016. She earned her MFA in poetry from the University of Arkansasand currently works as project editor for the University of Arkansas Press. She has received many honors for her poetry and has been awarded a grant by the Artists 360 program to write poems exploring the human elements of nuclear technology.
Molly will complete a poetry collection that examines the human relationship with nuclear science as it is used in both energy production and armament. These poems will personify the results of nuclear disasters and work to create a concrete and intimate connection between individual people and this powerful technology.
Bring a dish to share Bread and Drinks provided All are welcome!
Diane Haven, former Arkansas WAND president, will share WAND news from DC where she is currently attending the national board of directors meeting. In addition to meeting WAND’s new Executive Director, Nancy Parrish, Diane is getting acquainted with WiLL members from around the country. She will share national’s “New Directions” and how we might respond here in Arkansas.
Why does the U.S. military budget matter to Arkansans?
Will spending a trillion dollars on smaller nuclear weapons make us safer?
What impact have U.S. drones made by killing innocent women and children in far off lands?
These are big questions being crowded out of the headlines these days, but they have a big impact on our peace and security. Come join the discussion on these questions and how we can more effectively support peace candidates in the coming election.
All are Invited! Bread and Drinks Provided Bring a Guest
We hope you can make it to Pizza, Peace and Politics on Tuesday, September 25th at 6p.m. to learn about Ballot Issue One! Attorney Jess Mallet will be there to lead the discussion. This amendment asks voters to approve changes to four parts of Arkansas Constitution. We will be at US Pizza in Hillcrest as usual.
School has started and Peace Week is approaching. Let’s make it the best ever by volunteering to help and encouraging our friends and co-workers o attend at least one of the many activities planned during the week of September 16 to 23 in Arkansas.
Arkansas WAND is sponsoring a week-long exhibit of the Drones Quilt Project in Pulaski Heights Methodist Church vestibule with a reception on Monday, September 17 at 5:30 p.m.
For more on these activities, come to our
SEPTEMBER POT-LUCK Tuesday, September 11, 2018 at 6:30 pm 2510 Hidden Valley Drive
Bob Estes, Chair, will give us an overview of the exciting events (Yes, Peace can be exciting!) culminating in a full day Saturday that includes a Youth Summit for students from middle school through college in the gym at Central High School.
Come with your ideas about how to involve our whole community in this Celebration of Making Peace the Natural State in Arkansas (and the world).
Breaking the cycle and giving hope to women. It’s what Hope Rises is all about. This small transition house provides holistic services to previously incarcerated women to improve their health, and provide opportunities for personal growth.
Co-founder and Executive Director of Hope Rises, Kim Roxburgh, featured in the May issue of Soiree, will be our speaker at the August pot-luck. Kim’s work began in 2010 when she and co-founder, Christine Mills, partnered with Come Back Mission to create a holistic women’s empowerment center in Johannesburg, South Africa. The experience inspired them to create a program for women back in the Arkansas.
Hear more from Kim about this exciting program which has broad community support and has won several awards for outstanding service to the women and to the community.
Come for an evening of Heart, Peace, and Passion as we hear from poet and author, Kai Coggin, of Hot Springs read from her poetry. “Her work is delivered with a rhythm, passion, perhaps some anger and plenty of confidence.” Kai found WAND on Facebook, and after praising our work for peace, added, “I write very much on the political climate (as well as women’s issues, love, and metaphysics) and try to offer hope despite all that is going on. If my words can help your cause in any way, please let me know! Thank you!”
Kai was born in Bankok, Thailand and raised in Houston. Her mother, a poet from the Phillipines, and her father, a journalist with Time magazine, met in Hong Kong. After earning a degree in creative writing, Kai has taught school in Texas and been twice named Teacher of the Year. She is very active with the Arkansas Arts Council, enjoys working with young poets, and conducts a Wine and Poetry session each Wednesday evening. Read more about Kai on her website.