Film “Where to Invade Next?” September 20th

Michael Moore photo for "Where to Invade Next?"

Celebrating Arkansas Peace Week

Academy Award®-winning director Michael Moore is back with Where to Invade Next: a provocative and hilarious comedy in which Moore will stop at nothing to figure out how to actually make America great again.

Just in time for election season, America’s favorite political provocateur, Michael Moore, is back with his new film, Where to Invade Next.

Honored by festivals and critics groups alike, Where to Invade Next is an expansive, hilarious, and subversive comedy in which the Academy Award®-winning director confronts the most pressing issues facing America today and finds solutions in the most unlikely places. The creator of Farenheit 9/11 and Bowling for Columbine has returned with an epic movie that’s unlike anything he has done before – an eye-opening call to arms to capture the American Dream and restore it in, of all places, America.

“One of the most genuinely, and valuably, patriotic films any American has ever made… Optimistic and affirmative, it rests on one challenging but invaluable idea: we can do better.” — Godfrey Cheshire, rogerebert.com

Free Admission – Free Parking nearby

Theater opens at 5:30 p.m. ~ Screening at 6:30 p.m.

Post-screening Discussion led by Ernie Dumas, columnist for Arkansas Times

For Early Arrivals: Box Suppers of Turkey or Hummus Sandwich, chips and cookie ~ $8

Wine, Beer, Sodas, and Bottled Water at the Bar

Sponsored by Arkansas WAND and the Fred Darragh Foundation

“Provocative, hilariously funny … Moore’s latest film is his most bold and most sophisticated” – Sophia A. McClennen

“Impassioned, Mr. Moore’s most far-reaching film.” – Stephen Holden, New York Times

“Funny, but also as serious as a heart attack” – Entertainment Weekly

Arkansas Peace Week 2016

We are making plans for our participation in Arkansas Peace Week!

Please note: September Pot-Luck is early.
When: Tuesday, September 6, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Where: 2510 Hidden valley Drive in Little Rock

Get a sneak preview of the exciting events during the week of Septemter 18th to 25th – sponsored by Arkansas Coalition of Peace and Justice, Arkansas WAND and many faith and social service groups. Your help is needed to make these events successful and truly “peace promoting.” Volunteer to distribute flyers beforehand and greet guests, usher, or serve refreshments at an event. Whether you can be there or not, please share this post!
We will have fun making peace our “Natural State!”

“You can’t do all the good the world needs, but the world
needs all the good that you can do.”
– Benje de la Piedre

Peace Vigil: Hiroshima Remembered

banner for Hiroshima/Nagasaki Peace Vigil

This Saturday, August 6th, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. near Riverfront Park in downtown Little Rock, we will hold our annual event, “Never Again! Hiroshima Remembered” – open to the public. You will find us between the River Market Pavilion and the Junction Bridge. Each year, WAND joins the Arkansas Coalition for Peace & Justice (ACPJ), in organizing an observance as a means of remembering the horror of the bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on August 6th, 1945.

More than 100,000 men, women and children died that day as a result of this single bomb. Three days later, on August 9, 1945, the United States dropped a second atom bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, which resulted in another 60,000 deaths. This should never be allowed to happen again. The event will feature a reflective silent vigil, music, and speakers, including Michael Vaughn, founder of the Arkansas Chapter of Veterans for Peace.

Mother’s Day Luncheon 2016

Mother's Day Luncheon poster

On Thursday, May 5th, we will honor Jean Gordon, the founding member of Arkansas WAND, at our annual Mother’s Day Luncheon, which will be held this year at Temple B’Nai Israel, 3700 Rodney Parham Road in Little Rock from 11:30am-1:00pm. Jean has been an advocate for peace and social justice issues for over a half century, and we are so grateful to have her as an active member of our Board to this day.

We will recognize Arkansas women legislators.

Dr. Sherece West-Scantlebury, President and CEO, Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation will be our keynote speaker. The Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation is a private, independent foundation whose mission is to improve the lives of all Arkansans in three interrelated areas: economic development; education; and economic, racial, and social justice. Involved in philanthropy for over 20 years, Dr. West-Scantlebury served as CEO at the Foundation for Louisiana and as a program associate at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 30 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service.

Tickets are $45.00 and can be purchased here through Eventbrite, or you may write a check and mail it to Debbie Goolsby at 21 Hickory Hills Circle, Little Rock, AR 72212. For more information, please contact Garbo Hearne: hearnefineart@gmail.com, (501) 372-6822 or Toni Roosth: teroosth@gmail.com or (501) 772-3495 for more information.

Now is a good time to pay your 2016 membership if you have not done so.

1997 | Jean Gordon, Founder

Jean Gordon

When Little Rock in 1957-58 found itself paralyzed by deep seated segregationist attitudes and shuttered public high schools, the Women’s Emergency Committee (WEC) organized and enlisted hundreds of women to campaign for the reopening of the high schools in the Fall of 1959. Jean Gordon was an energetic member of the WEC as well as the Council on Human Relations (CHR), a bi-racial community group working to break the divisive color line between whites and blacks. During these years, the CHR combined forces with local black leaders to end the Jim Crow era of segregated downtown Little Rock lunch counters, retail stores and public theaters.

Jean’s tireless work for equal public education propelled her to the presidency of the Little Rock Council of the PTA, and for the first time white and black PTAs were integrated. Jean’s reputation for leadership pushed her further into the crucible of change with her election to the LR School Board in 1965. Negotiating amid the clash of local politics over the pace of desegregation proved invaluable to Jean’s later encounters with Congressmen and national leaders in the cause of nuclear disarmament and a reformed military budget.

1982 witnessed the founding of Peace Links by Betty Bumpers and other congressional wives. Their idea was that American women could form lasting relationships with women in the Soviet Union to promote peace instead of war. Peace Links needed women leaders from everywhere, and Jean Gordon was among the first to enroll. Jean ultimately served as Chairperson of Arkansas Peace Links and organized and led a delegation of Arkansas women to the Soviet Union. Locally Jean Gordon was chairperson of the Arkansas Peace Center.

The military build-up and threat of nuclear confrontation in the 1980s spurred progressive women again to organize. Women’s Action for Nuclear Disarmament (WAND) lobbied congress to curtail the nuclear arms race. With the close of the Cold War in the early 1990s, WAND (now Women’s Action for New Directions) adopted a broader mission of promoting world peace and security and a federal budget that redirects excessive military spending toward human and environmental needs.

Our own Arkansas WAND chapter was formed in 1997. After both the Arkansas Peace Center and Peace Links of Arkansas had folded, Jean Gordon invited women working with non-profits who needed federal funds to a luncheon to interest them in starting a WAND chapter here in Central Arkansas. Over 50 women showed up. She showed them how the federal budget pie is sliced – with the military getting over 52% of the discretionary budget.

They decided to organize around a local issue – the planned incineration of chemical weapons in Pine Bluff.   They had heard about problems with incineration in Utah and that there were newer and safer methods of disposing of the weapons.   After they held a demonstration there, the Army personnel were not too happy with these ladies from Little Rock, but did invite them to a presentation to convince them it was safe. The Pine Bluff Arsenal proceeded with the incineration, but WAND became part of a lawsuit questioning their methods.

Arkansas WAND’s de facto home is Jean Gordon’s house. She hosts monthly potlucks for WAND members. She lived at this same address when she was elected to the school board in the 1960s. Her living room was the place where ACORN was founded and where Presidential candidates and Nobel Peace Prize winners have visited – all in the cause of peace and justice.
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