AFSC Indiana June News
Happy June fellow AFSC supporters and Friends!
This Spring was a very busy time for AFSC Indiana and so far Summer hasn’t slowed down. Below are a few items I’d like to report and some upcoming events you should know about:
NUVO Covers AFSC Indiana!
In February, NUVO Newsweekly wrote an article on the current state of peace organizing in Indiana. They featured AFSC, Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, the Midwest Peace and Justice Summit, The Peace Learning Center and the former Indianapolis Peace Institute. If you missed the article, you can read it here: http://www.nuvo.net/nuvo/the-new-face-of-peace/Content?oid=1329206
AFSC Office at Earth House
Thanks to the kind folks at the Indianapolis Peace and Justice Center, AFSC now has a home in their office housed at the Earth House. If you haven’t been by the Earth House, please stop by Monday-Saturday from 11am-9pm to sample some organic, fair-trade coffee or tea and get a tour of this beautiful building. For correspondence, AFSC Indiana’s new address is 237 N. East St, Indianapolis, IN 46202.
“If I Had A Trillion Dollars” Youth Video Contest
On May 30, the cost of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan reached $1 trillion. In partnership with the National Priorities Project, AFSC launched the “If I Had A Trillion Dollars” youth video contest. If you know youth age 13-23, this is their chance to make their voice heard on what they would do with a trillion dollars for themselves, their family, their school or their community. We’ve already had submissions from youth in Chicago and Massachusetts and I would love to have some submissions from Indiana! The deadline for videos is November 30, 2010 and you can find more info at http://afsc.org/action/if-i-had-trillion-dollars-youth-video-contest.
AFSC Peace Fellowship for College Students
The AFSC Peace Fellowship was created to offer campus organizers a small stipend for organizing work, access to AFSC campaigns and exhibits and mentorship from an AFSC staff member. Last year, we had students at IUPUI and Earlham college receive the Fellowship and this year we’d like more. If you are or know someone who is a college student at an Indiana college, please share with them the attached flyer on the Peace Fellowship. Deadline for applications is July 30, 2010.
Indiana’s Connection to Drone Warfare Technology
Investigative reporter Fran Quigley recently ran two articles in NUVO Newsweekly on Indiana’s connection to the production of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV’s) (http://www.nuvo.net/nuvo/indiana-connections-to-drone-warfare-technology/Content?oid=1343970 and http://www.nuvo.net/nuvo/drone-warfare-part-2/Content?oid=1365940). In his research, he learned of one company, Lite Machines, that is manufacturing a UAV called the Voyeur that is currently being used for surveillance but has the capability to be weaponized in the future. Lite Machines, which is housed on Purdue University’s campus, receives millions in funding from the U.S. Military and seems to have an intimate connection with Purdue University. AFSC and other area peace groups have teamed up with Quigley to continue this investigation and are interested in forming a campaign to stop the production of drones in our backyard. If you are interested in learning more, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Afghan Memorial Mural Project
To memorialize Afghan civilians, AFSC recently commissioned artists from across the country to create mural panels depicting Afghan civilians. The murals are incredible and we are planning to tour them across the country, working with local artists along the way to add more panels to the exhibit. To see a slideshow of just some of the mural panels, go to http://drop.io/muralproject. There are plans for a display at the Earth House for Fall 2010. If you are a local artist who would like to take part in the Indianapolis exhibition, please contact email@example.com.
Eyes Wide Open to Visit College Campuses this Fall
Eyes Wide Open: The Cost of War to Indiana will be at Manchester College September 15, 2010. If you would like the exhibit to visit your campus or community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Indiana Peace and Justice Network Annual Meeting-September 11, 2010
IPJN plans to meet in Indianapolis on September 11 to do some state-wide strategizing and form sub-committees. Please stay tuned for more details on times and location.
Author of “The Green Zone”, Barry Sanders to visit Indy on October 18, 2010
Sanders recent book, “The Green Zone: The Environmental Costs of Militarism” explores the U.S. addiction to oil and the huge carbon footprint left by the military. Sanders will be doing a speaking tour throughout Indiana and stopping in Indianapolis on October 18. If you would like to help organize this event or would like to co-sponsor, please contact email@example.com.