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PLOWSHARE-INVITATION TO OUTREACH AND PROGRAM COMMITTEE MEETINGS

Dear friends,

We invite you to join the Plowshare Outreach Committee and/or Program Committee. We meet every other month to plan outreach and programs, through Zoom. Meetings are combined, one committee following the other.

As you may know, Plowshare does a lot of outreach: tabling, social media, newsletter, visits, etc., etc.

Plowshare also organizes a lot of programs and workshops. Over the last 20 years we have probably offered more than 200 events. Recently, for example, we held a Palestine program and in a few weeks we will present a Lobbying workshop.

The Plowshare Outreach and Program Committees will be gathering on Tuesday, June 25 at 7 PM, through Zoom. We will meet again probably sometime in August.

Contact me for the Zoom link. Below are the tentative agendas. Please join us to do this important work!

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
www.plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: Plowshare, PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

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PLOWSHARE OUTREACH COMMITTEE
Date:
Present:

Current
Newsletter
Tabling
Social media-Email list, website, Facebook page, Facebook group, Plowshare & Activist Calendars, YouTube Channel, Instagram
New members
Other
Next Meeting

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PLOWSHARE PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Date:
Present:

Past Programs
Teen Peace Jam
Palestine Program

Upcoming Programs
Lobbying Workshop
Progressives Potluck
Open House

Potential Programs
Iranian protests
Nonviolent Communication
Picturemotion films
Red Terry
Nathan Richards
Transgender Issues
Civil Disobedience
Community Organizing 101
JustVision films

Co-Sponsored Programs-Voices from the Holy Land Films

New members

Other-Pastors for Peace

Next Meeting

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON-INVITATION TO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly peace vigil on Saturday, June 15. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building, 32 Market Square E.

Please note: it is supposed to be rather hot on Saturday.  Please bring water, wear hats and sunglasses, etc.

Plowshare especially invites people concerned about the Gaza-Israel War.

The Plowshare peace vigil format is an hour of silence, though participants unused to silence do talk softly. That time of silence encourages us to reflect on peace and ways we can work toward peace. It also allows us to speak with people who don’t agree with us. Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. Poles for flags are not permitted, though you may hold flags. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. You may also take a break in the City Market Building.

Pay parking is usually available in the city lot behind the Wells-Fargo building or in the Center in the Square parking, 335 Campbell Av. Free parking is available along the street on Campbell Av., east of Williamson Rd. Walking time for the pay parking is about one minute; walking time for the free parking is about two minutes.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

June 15 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE LOBBYING WORKSHOP ON JULY 13 AT 2 PM THROUGH ZOOM

Plowshare will offer a lobbying workshop on July 13 at 2 PM, through Zoom.

Mwan Kamwendo from the Friends Committee on National Legislation will present the workshop. The focus will be on general lobbying skills with a special emphasis on Palestine. FCNL is one of the most respected lobbies in Washington DC. Want to learn how to express your concerns to political officeholders? Come join us!

Cost will be $10 or whatever you can afford. If you can afford more, pay more; if you can afford less, pay less. If you can’t afford anything, don’t pay anything. No one will be turned away.

For more information and the Zoom link contact Gary Sandman at 540-492-3582 or plowshare@plowshareva.org.

PLOWSHARE-CHANGE TO ZOOM FOR PALESTINE PROGRAM

Plowshare Peace Center will present a Palestine program on June 9 at 3 PM. Frances Fuller, author of In Borrowed Houses, will be the speaker. Fuller lived in for over 30 years in the Middle East.

Plans had been to present the program at the Friends Meetinghouse. We have decided, however, to offer it through Zoom.

For more information and the Zoom link please contact Gary Sandman at 540-492-3582 or plowshare@plowshareva.org.

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON-INVITATION TO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly peace vigil on Saturday, May 18. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building, 32 Market Square E.

Plowshare especially invites people concerned about the Gaza-Israel War.

The Plowshare peace vigil format is an hour of silence, though participants unused to silence do talk softly. That time of silence encourages us to reflect on peace and ways we can work toward peace. It also allows us to speak with people who don’t agree with us. Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. Poles for flags are not permitted, though you may hold flags. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. You may also take a break in the City Market Building.

Pay parking is usually available in the city lot behind the Wells-Fargo building or in the Center in the Square parking, 335 Campbell Av. Free parking is available along the street on Campbell Av., east of Williamson Rd. Walking time for the pay parking is about one minute; walking time for the free parking is about two minutes.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

May 18 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE-PROGRESSIVES POTLUCK ON MAY 19

Dear friends,

A reminder:

The next Progressives Potluck will gather on May 19 at 6 PM at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. After the potluck, we will hear from Mike Bentley of the Plowshare Peace Center board as our main speaker. There will also be an opportunity for people to speak about their activist projects and groups. The Progressives Potluck is a joint effort of the Tree of Life Church and Plowshare Peace Center.

The Progressives Potlucks are an opportunity for activist groups and individuals in southwest Virginia to gather and get to know each other. There have been as many as 40 people at them. They began in 2019, were discontinued during the pandemic and have now been resumed.

Please spread the word! Please like this post!

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Website: https://plowshareva.org/

TEEN PEACE JAM

The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM at William Fleming High School, 3649 Ferncliff Av., in Roanoke.  It’s for teens ages 12 to 18.  And it’s all free!

Schedule will be:

9 AM               Registration

10 AM             Welcome & Schedule of Day-Xan Whitt

10:15 AM        Keynote speech-Jayveon Tucker

10:30 AM        Ice-breaker

11 AM             Six workshops

11: 50 AM       Break

Noon               Short Reports

12:15 PM        Lunch

12:45 PM        Performances

1:30 PM          Six workshops

2:20 PM          Break

2:30 PM          Short Reports

2:45 PM          Open Time-Hanging out, crafts, music, on-going art project, etc.

3:30 PM          Evaluation

4 PM               Clean-up & Good-byes

Jayveon Tucker, a college student active with the NAACP, will be our keynote speaker.

We have confirmed these workshops: Interfaith Panel on Religions; Climate Change; Conflict Resolution; Anti-Gun Violence; Dances; Affirmations Through Art; Yoga; Trees; and LGBTQ+.

An Open Time for teens to hang out or do crafts will also happen.

Light breakfast will be served at registration.  Lunch will include gluten free items.

Plowshare hopes to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

This year Plowshare Peace Center, Points of Diversity and Roanoke City Youth Services are organizing the event.

Please support the next generation of activists and organizers!

Gary Sandman                                                           

Plowshare Director    

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015 www.plowshareva.org           

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON-INVITATION TO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly peace vigil on Saturday, March 17. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building, 32 Market Square E.

Plowshare especially invites people concerned about the Gaza-Israel War.

Please note: the Saint Patrick’s Day parade and the Plowshare vigil may overlap. Please plan to get down to the vigil early so you can find parking.

The Plowshare peace vigil format is an hour of silence, though participants unused to silence do talk softly. That time of silence encourages us to reflect on peace and ways we can work toward peace. It also allows us to speak with people who don’t agree with us. Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. Poles for flags are not permitted, though you may hold flags. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. You may also take a break in the City Market Building.

Pay parking is usually available in the city lot behind the Wells-Fargo building or in the Center in the Square parking, 335 Campbell Av. Free parking is available along the street on Campbell Av., east of Williamson Rd. Walking time for the pay parking is about one minute; walking time for the free parking is about two minutes.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

March 17 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON-INVITATION TO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly peace vigil on Saturday, February 17. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building, 32 Market Square E.

Plowshare especially invites people concerned about the Gaza-Israel War.

The Plowshare peace vigil format is an hour of silence, though participants unused to silence do talk softly. That time of silence encourages us to reflect on peace and ways we can work toward peace. It also allows us to speak with people who don’t agree with us. Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. Poles for flags are not permitted, though you may hold flags. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. You may also take a break in the City Market Building.

Pay parking is usually available in the city lot behind the Wells-Fargo building or in the Center in the Square parking, 335 Campbell Av. Free parking is available along the street on Campbell Av., east of Williamson Rd. Walking time for the pay parking is about one minute; walking time for the free parking is about two minutes.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

February 17 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE-BOYCOTT-DIVESTMENT-SANCTION MEETING ON FEBRUARY 11 AT 7 PM

Dear friends,

A reminder:

As you know, recently Plowshare Peace Center has been working hard on opposition to the Gaza-Israel War and for many years has been concerned greatly with the oppression of the Palestinian people.

The Plowshare board has agreed that where we can make an impact, in the long term and in accord with our nonviolent beliefs, is through the Boycott-Divestment-Sanction movement.

For those not familiar with BDS:

https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Boycott,_Divestment_and

With that in view, Plowshare has affiliated with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the national BDS organization. I encourage you to sign up for their emails. They can be reached at https://uscpr.org/

Plowshare will hold another meeting to explore working on Boycott-Divestment-Sanction in Roanoke on February 11 at 7 PM, through Zoom. We have several ideas. All are welcome.

Contact us at plowshare@plowshareva.org to get the Zoom link.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-2024 PLOWSHARE TEEN PEACE JAM FLYER

Dear friends,

Please check out the new Teen Peace Jam flyer, created by our wonderful graphic designer, Astrid Anderson!

The Teen Peace Jam is an annual teen conference offering a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; performances, food; open time; and more. This year Plowshare Peace Center, Points of Diversity and Roanoke City Youth Services are organizing the event.

An update on the 2024 Teen Peace Jam:

The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM at William Fleming High School, 3649 Ferncliff Av., in Roanoke. (Please note: this is a change from the previously announced Roanoke Unitarian-Unitarian Church. The church has graciously hosted us for a number of years, for which we are deeply grateful. We are expecting a very large turn-out this year, however, due to the collaboration between Plowshare, Points of Diversity and Roanoke City and thought a larger venue might be wise)

Schedule-Schedule will be:

9 AM-Registration

10 AM-Welcome & Schedule of Day

10:15 AM-Keynote speech

10:30 AM-Ice-breaker

11 AM-Four workshops

11: 50 AM-Break

Noon-Short Reports

12:15 PM-Lunch

12:45 PM-Performances

1:30 PM-Four workshops

2:20 PM-Break

2:30 PM-Short Reports

2:45 PM-Open Time-Hanging out, crafts, music, on-going art project, etc.

3:30 PM-Evaluation

4 PM-Clean-up & Good-byes

Jayveon Tucker, a college student active with the NAACP, will be our keynote speaker.

We have confirmed these workshops: an Interfaith Panel on Religions; Climate Change; Conflict Resolution; Anti-Gun Violence; and Dances of Universal Peace. We are hoping to get workshops on Affirmations Through Art; Yoga; and Diversity.

Bagels and juice will be available during registration, and pizza, sodas and fruit for lunch. We will also have gluten-free items.

Plowshare hopes to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. It’s all free. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to teens to help organize the event. They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc. As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event.

Plowshare is also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

Plowshare gathers monthly to organize the Jam. Please contact us to help plan the event. All are welcome.

Please like this post. Please tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam. Please spread the word any way you can. Please support the next generation of activists and organizers!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-BOYCOTT-DIVESTMENT-SANCTION MEETING ON JANUARY 30 AT 8:30 PM

Dear friends,

A reminder:

As you know, recently Plowshare Peace Center has been working hard on opposition to the Gaza-Israel War and for many years has been concerned greatly with the oppression of the Palestinian people.

The Plowshare board has agreed that where we can make an impact, in the long term and in accord with our nonviolent beliefs, is through the Boycott-Divestment-Sanction movement.

For those not familiar with BDS:

https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Boycott,_Divestment_and…

With that in view, Plowshare has affiliated with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the national BDS organization. I encourage you to sign up for their emails. They can be reached at https://uscpr.org/

Plowshare will hold another meeting to explore working on Boycott-Divestment-Sanction in Roanoke on January 30 at 8:30 PM, through Zoom. We have several ideas. All are welcome.

Contact us at plowshare@plowshareva.org to get the Zoom link.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-PROGRESSIVES POTLUCK ON JANUARY 28

Dear friends,

The next Progressives Potluck will gather on January 28 at 6 PM at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. After the potluck, we will hear from Jordan Bell of the Gainsborough Southwest Neighborhood Organization as our main speaker. There will also be an opportunity for people to speak about their activist projects and groups. The Progressives Potluck is a joint effort of the Tree of Life Church and Plowshare Peace Center.

The Progressives Potlucks are an opportunity for activist groups and individuals in southwest Virginia to gather and get to know each other. There have been as many as 40 people at them. They began in 2019, were discontinued during the pandemic and have now been resumed.

Please spread the word! Please like this post!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

PLOWSHARE-2024 PLOWSHARE TEEN PEACE JAM-NEXT MEETING ON JANUARY 21

The next planning meeting for the Teen Peace Jam is on Sunday, January 21 at 2:30 PM at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av.

The Teen Peace Jam is an annual teen conference offering a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; performances, food; open time; and more. This year Plowshare Peace Center and Points of Diversity are organizing the event. Roanoke City Youth Services have also expressed interest in involvement.

An update on the 2024 Teen Peace Jam:

The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road, in Roanoke.

Schedule-Schedule will be:
9 AM-Registration
10 AM-Welcome & Schedule of Day
10:15 AM-Keynote speech
10:30 AM-Ice-breaker
11 AM-Four workshops
11: 50 AM-Break
Noon-Short Reports
12:15 PM-Lunch
12:45 PM-Performances
1:30 PM-Four workshops
2:20 PM-Break
2:30 PM-Short Reports
2:45 PM-Open Time-Hanging out, crafts, music, on-going art project, etc.
3:30 PM-Evaluation
4 PM-Clean-up & Good-byes

Jayvione Tucker, a college student, who is active with the NAACP, will be our keynote speaker.

We have confirmed these workshops: an Interfaith Panel on Religions; Yoga; Creating Activist Flyers; and Dances of Universal Peace. We are hoping to get workshops on Anti-Gun Violence; Climate Change; LGBTQ; and Conflict Resolution.

Bagels and juice will be available during registration, and pizza, sodas and fruit for lunch. We will also have gluten-free items.

Plowshare hopes to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. It’s all free. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to teens to help organize the event. They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc. As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event.

Plowshare is also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

Plowshare gathers monthly to plan the Jam.

So please support the next generation of activists and organizers.
Like this post. Tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam. Spread the word!

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
www.plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON-INVITATION TO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly peace vigil on Saturday, January 20. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building, 32 Market Square E.

Plowshare especially invites people concerned about the Gaza-Israel War.

The Plowshare peace vigil format is an hour of silence, though participants unused to silence do talk softly. That time of silence encourages us to reflect on peace and ways we can work toward peace. It also allows us to speak with people who don’t agree with us. Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. Poles for flags are not permitted, though you may hold flags. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. You may also take a break in the City Market Building.

Free parking is usually available in the city lot behind the Wells-Fargo building or along the street on Campbell Av., east of Williamson Rd.; pay parking is available in the Center in the Square parking, 335 Campbell Av. Walking time for the free parking is about two minutes; walking time for the pay parking is about one minute. Pictured below are vigil participants.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

January 20 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE-2024 PLOWSHARE TEEN PEACE JAM-NEXT MEETING ON JANUARY 21

PLOWSHARE-BOYCOTT-DIVESTMENT-SANCTION MEETING ON JANUARY 16

Dear friends,

As you know, recently Plowshare Peace Center has been working hard on opposition to the Gaza-Israel War and for many years has been concerned greatly with the oppression of the Palestinian people.

The Plowshare board has agreed that where we can make an impact, in the long term and in accord with our nonviolent beliefs, is through the Boycott-Divestment-Sanction movement.

For those not familiar with BDS: https://en.wikipedia.org/…/Boycott,_Divestment_and…

With that in view, Plowshare has affiliated with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the national BDS organization. I encourage you to sign up for their emails. They can be reached at https://uscpr.org/

Plowshare will hold a meeting to explore working on Boycott-Divestment-Sanction in Roanoke on January 16 at 8:30 PM, through Zoom. We have several ideas. All are welcome.

Contact us at plowshare@plowshareva.org to get the Zoom link.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

WASHINGTON DC DEMONSTRATION FOR GAZA ON JANUARY 13-CARPOOLING AVAILABLE

Dear friends,

The ANSWER Coalition is sponsoring a “March on Washington for Gaza” on January 13. Participants will gather on the National Mall at 1 PM. More information can be found at https://www.answercoalition.org/.

As always, Plowshare is offering to connect people wanting to carpool. If you can offer a ride or need a ride, please call or text or email Gary Sandman at 540-492-3582 or plowshare@plowshareva.org. You can also call or email Herb Beskar at 540-989-6875 or hbeskar@gmail.com.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
www.plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-BUILDING A LIBERATED FUTURE WEBINAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare Peace Center has affiliated with the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, the national BDS organization. On Thursday, January 25 at 1 PM, USCPR will offer “Building a Liberated Future”, a webinar featuring Iman Abid, Rashida Tlaib, Huwaida Arraf and Linda Sarsour. You must register ahead of time. Here is the link:

More information about the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights is at https://uscpr.org/

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
www.plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-2024 PLOWSHARE TEEN PEACE JAM UPDATE

The next planning meeting for the Teen Peace Jam is on Sunday, December 17 at 2:30 PM at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av.

The Teen Peace Jam is an annual teen conference offering a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; performances, food; open time; and more. This year Plowshare Peace Center and Points of Diversity are organizing the event. Roanoke City Youth Services have also expressed interest in involvement.

An update on the 2024 Teen Peace Jam:

The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road, in Roanoke.

Schedule-Schedule will be:

9 AM-Registration

10 AM-Welcome & Schedule of Day

10:15 AM-Keynote speech

10:30 AM-Ice-breaker

11 AM-Four workshops

11: 50 AM-Break

Noon-Short Reports

12:15 PM-Lunch

12:45 PM-Performances

1:30 PM-Four workshops

2:20 PM-Break

2:30 PM-Short Reports

2:45 PM-Open Time-Hanging out, crafts, music, on-going art project, etc.

3:30 PM-Evaluation

4 PM-Clean-up & Good-byes

We have tentatively lined up a college student, who is active with the NAACP, as our keynote speaker. This is to be confirmed.

We have several workshops: Muslims & Youth (or an Interfaith Panel); Anti-Gun Violence; Climate Change; LGBTQ; Conflict Resolution; Yoga; Recycled Art; and Dances of Universal Peace. This is also to be confirmed.

Bagels and juice will be available during registration, and pizza, sodas and fruit for lunch. We will also have gluten-free items.

Plowshare hopes to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. It’s all free. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to teens to help organize the event. They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc. As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event.

Plowshare is also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

Plowshare gathers monthly to plan the Jam.

So please support the next generation of activists and organizers.

Like this post. Tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam. Spread the word!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON-INVITATION TO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly peace vigil on Saturday, December 16. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building, 32 Market Square E.

Plowshare especially invites people concerned about the Gaza-Israel War.

The Plowshare peace vigil format is an hour of silence, though participants unused to silence do talk softly. That time of silence encourages us to reflect on peace and ways we can work toward peace. It also allows us to speak with people who don’t agree with us. Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. Poles for flags are not permitted, though you may hold flags. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. You may also take a break in the City Market Building.

Free parking is usually available in the city lot behind the Wells-Fargo building or along the street on Campbell Av., east of Williamson Rd.; pay parking is available in the Center in the Square parking, 335 Campbell Av. Walking time for the free parking is about two minutes; walking time for the pay parking is about one minute. Pictured below are vigil participants.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

December 16 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE-REMINDER: TEENS & LOBBYING WORKSHOP POSTPONED

Dear friends,

A reminder:

The Teens & Lobbying workshop we had hoped to offer on December 3 has been postponed. We plan to hold it in the spring, probably in February or March. Please spread the word.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-2024 PLOWSHARE TEEN PEACE JAM UPDATE

The Teen Peace Jam is an annual teen conference offering a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; performances, food; open time; and more.  This year Plowshare Peace Center and Points of Diversity are organizing the event. Roanoke City Youth Services have also expressed interest in involvement.

An update on the 2024 Teen Peace Jam:

The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Road, in Roanoke.

Schedule-Schedule will be:

9 AM-Registration

10 AM-Welcome & Schedule of Day

10:15 AM-Keynote speech

10:30 AM-Ice-breaker

11 AM-Four workshops

11: 50 AM-Break

Noon-Short Reports

12:15 PM-Lunch

12:45 PM-Performances

1:30 PM-Four workshops

2:20 PM-Break

2:30 PM-Short Reports

2:45 PM-Open Time-Hanging out, crafts, music, on-going art project, etc.

3:30 PM-Evaluation

4 PM-Clean-up & Good-byes

We have tentatively lined up a college student, who is active with the NAACP, as our keynote speaker.  This is to be confirmed.

We have several workshops: Muslims & Youth (or an Interfaith Panel); Anti-Gun Violence; Climate Change; LGBTQ; Conflict Resolution; Yoga; Recycled Art; and Dances of Universal Peace.  This is also to be confirmed.

Bagels and juice will be available during registration, and pizza, sodas and fruit for lunch.  We will also have gluten-free items. 

Plowshare hopes to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. It’s all free. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to teens to help organize the event.  They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc.  As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event.

Plowshare is also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

Plowshare gathers monthly to plan the Jam.  Next Planning Meeting is on December 17 at 2:30 PM at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av.

So please support the next generation of activists and organizers. Like this post. Tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam.  Spread the word!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-CARPOOLING TO VIRGINIA TECH PALESTINE RALLY ON MONDAY

Dear friends,

Some local people have expressed an interest in going to the Palestine rally at Virginia Tech on Monday. Below is more information on the rally.

If you would like to carpool to Virginia Tech, that is, if you can provide a ride or need a ride, please contact Herb Bekar, our carpooling coordinator, at 540-989-6875 or hbeskar@gmail.com. If you call, leave a voicemail, and Herb will get back to you.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
www.plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

MORE INFORMATION ON CARPOOLING TO WASHINGTON DC

If people plan to go to Washington DC to support the hunger strike, here is more information on the schedule:

10 AM: Labor Press conference

Noon: Sam Rasoul will be present

5 PM: Reading of names of those killed

6 PM: Hunger Strike concludes

See below for more information on carpooling.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

PLOWSHARE-CARPOOLING TO HUNGER STRIKE IN WASHINGTON DC ON FRIDAY

Dear friends,

Some local people have expressed an interest in going to the White House in Washington DC on Friday to support the hunger strikers. As you may know, San Rasoul, our representative in the Virginia House of Delegates, is taking part in the strike.

If you would like to carpool to Washington, that is, if you can provide a ride or need a ride, please contact Herb Bekar, our carpooling coordinator at 540-989-6875 or hbeskar@gmail.com.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2023/11/28/715470/Palestine-Israel-US-Gaza-hunger-strike-White-House-ceasefire-

PLOWSHARE-TEEN PEACE JAM PLANNING MEETING ON NOVEMBER 26 AT QUAKER MEETINGHOUSE

Dear friends,

Another planning meeting for the Teen Peace Jam will be held on Sunday, November 26 at 2:30 PM at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. All are welcome to attend, particularly teens.

Please see below for more information on the Teen Peace Jam.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

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The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd. This is our annual youth conference. Points of Diversity and the Roanoke City Youth Services are collaborating with us on the Jam this time around.

We hope to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Teen Peace Jam will include a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; lunch; performances by teen artists; free time; and crafts. And it’s all free.

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to young people to help organize the event. They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc. As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event. We are also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

In addition, Plowshare will offer a Teens and Lobbying workshop next spring. This has been rescheduled from its original December 3 date.

So please support the next generation of activists and organizers.

Please like this post. Tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam. Spread the word!

TEMPLATE LETTER FOR CEASEFIRE IN GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Please check the Action Alerts page for a template letter about a ceasefire in the Gaza-Israel letter. Please contact your local officeholder and newspaper regarding this. Do it NOW.

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON-INVITATION TO PEOPLE CONCERNED ABOUT GAZA-ISRAEL WAR

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly peace vigil on Saturday, November 18. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building, 32 Market Square E.

Plowshare especially invites people concerned about the Gaza-Israel War.

The Plowshare peace vigil format is an hour of silence, though participants unused to silence do talk softly. That time of silence encourages us to reflect on peace and ways we can work toward peace. It also allows us to speak with people who don’t agree with us. Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. You may also take a break in the City Market Building.

Free parking is usually available in the city lot behind the Wells-Fargo building or along the street on Campbell Av., east of Williamson Rd.; pay parking is available in the Center in the Square parking, 335 Campbell Av. Walking time for the free parking is about two minutes; walking time for the pay parking is about one minute. Pictured above are vigil participants.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

November 18 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE-ELBIT PLANT DEMONSTRATION ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9

Dear friends,

Plowshare Peace Center and others will be gathering for a demonstration across from the Elbit plant at 7635 Plantation Rd. on Thursday, November 9 from 4 to 6 PM.

Elbit is part of the Israeli arms industry. The Roanoke plant makes night vision goggles for use in combat.

We plan for a peaceful protest against the creation of arms in Roanoke used in the Gaza-Israel War. Please join us.

As well, please like this post. Please spread the word through word-of-mouth, emails, Instagram, etc., etc. See you on Thursday!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-TEEN PEACE JAM PLANNING MEETING ON OCTOBER 29 AT QUAKER MEETINGHOUSE

Dear friends,

Another planning meeting for the Teen Peace Jam will be held on October 29 at 2:30 PM at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. All are welcome to attend, particularly teens.

Please see below for more information on the Teen Peace Jam.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
www.plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

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The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd. This is our annual youth conference. Points of Diversity and the Roanoke City Youth Services are collaborating with us on the Jam this time around.

We hope to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Teen Peace Jam will include a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; lunch; performances by teen artists; free time; and crafts. And it’s all free.

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to young people to help organize the event. They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc. As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event. We are also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

In addition, Plowshare will offer a Teens and Lobbying workshop on December 3 at 7 PM at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. Sam Rasoul of the Virginia House of Delegates will facilitate.

So please support the next generation of activists and organizers.

Please like this post. Tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam. Spread the word!

PLOWSHARE-PLOWSHARE ANNUAL OPEN HOUSE ON OCTOBER 28

Dear friends,

Plowshare Peace Center will hold our annual Open House on October 28 from 2 to 4 PM at the Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. We are an activist organization and usually spend our time working on our projects. This is our chance to socialize. Come meet the Plowshare Director, the board, committee members and coordinators and supporters!

Roxana Navab of the Plowshare board and the Peace Vigil Committee will receive the 2023 Plowshare Peace and Justice Maker of the Year Award.

Plowshare Peace Center is also happy to note that 2023 is the 50th anniversary of our organization. This is remarkable for a volunteer, grassroots group. We are the oldest peace center in Virginia.

Please come celebrate with us! Please like this post! Please spread the word!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON SATURDAY AT NOON

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly silent peace vigil on Saturday, October 21. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building.

Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. Pictured above are vigil participants.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

October 21 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information.

PLOWSHARE-TEEN PEACE JAM COMING ON APRIL 20, 2024

The Teen Peace Jam will gather on April 20, 2024 from 9 AM to 4 PM at the Roanoke Unitarian-Universalist Church, 2015 Grandin Rd. This is our annual youth conference. Points of Diversity and the Roanoke City Youth Services are collaborating with us on the Jam this time around.

We hope to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Teen Peace Jam will include a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; lunch; performances by teen artists; free time; and crafts. And it’s all free.

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to young people to help organize the event. They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc. As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event. We are also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

In addition, Plowshare hopes to offer a Youth and Lobbying workshop this fall.

So please support the next generation of activists and organizers.

Please like this post. Tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam. Spread the word!

PLOWSHARE-TEENS & LOBBYING WORKSHOP ON DECEMBER 3

Plowshare Peace Center will offer a Teens & Lobbying workshop on December 3 at 7 PM at the Friends Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av.

Sam Rasoul will facilitate the workshop. Sam is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates from the 11th district. He has presented several lobbying workshops in the past.

The workshop will consist of a half-hour talk, followed by questions and discussion. It will also have an interactive element.

Lobby for what you are passionate about!

PLOWSHARE-PROGRESSIVES POTLUCK ON SEPTEMBER 23

Dear friends,

The next Progressives Potluck will gather on September 23 at 6 PM at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. After the potluck, we will hear from Jordan Bell of the Gainsborough Southwest Neighborhood Organization as our main speaker. There will also be an opportunity for people to speak about their activist projects and groups. We ask that people who attend be vaccinated, but masks are optional. The Progressives Potluck is a joint effort of the Tree of Life Church and Plowshare Peace Center.

The Progressives Potlucks are an opportunity for activist groups and individuals in southwest Virginia to gather and get to know each other. There have been as many as 40 people at them. They began in 2019, were discontinued during the pandemic and have now been resumed.

Please spread the word! Please like this post!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

On Saturday, September 16 at 10 AM, at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av., Plowshare will gather with Points of Diversity to continue planning the Teen Peace Jam, our annual youth conference. The Jam itself will occur on April 20 from 9 AM to 4 PM. Teens are welcome to attend. They will be paid $10 an hour, up to five hours, for their help in organizing the Jam. We also need adult volunteers.

On Saturday, September 16 at noon, Plowshare will gather in front of the Roanoke City Market building, 32 Market Square SE, for our monthly peace vigil. All are welcome.

On Saturday, September 16, from noon to 5 PM, in Elmwood Park, Plowshare will table at the Henry Street festival. Please stop by!

In September the Voices of the Holy Land film was “Erasing Palestine from the US School Curricula”. More information about the film is at https://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org/…/erasing…. The monthly salon occurred early this month). Plowshare is a co-sponsor.

PLOWSHARE-TEEN PEACE JAM PLANNING MEETING ON AUGUST 19

A reminder:

The Teen Peace Jam is coming back! In 2014, Plowshare began holding an annual youth conference. Unfortunately, we couldn’t offer it during the pandemic.

A planning meeting will be held on August 19 at 10 AM, Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. Points of Diversity is collaborating with us on the Jam this time around.

We hope to encourage young people learn about peace and justice issues through the Jam. We draw them from many different communities (cities, schools, religious groups) and backgrounds (ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations) and give them a chance to meet. And we mean for them to have fun, too!

The Teen Peace Jam will include a keynote speaker; workshops on peace, justice, art and life skills; lunch; performances by teen artists; free time; and crafts. And it’s all free.

The Jam is open to young people, ages 12 to 18. Plowshare will pay $10 an hour, up to five hours, to young people to help organize the event. They will help plan the Jam and carry out tasks, as they feel able, like putting up flyers, co-leading workshops, helping out on the day of the Jam, etc. As well, we will pay teen artists $10 a performance. Young people can also earn eight community service hours for attending the event. We are also recruiting adult volunteers to help organize the Jam and to spread the word about the Teen Peace Jam.

Plowshare and Points of Diversity plans to hold the Teen Peace Jam in the spring. In addition, we hope to offer a Youth and Lobbying workshop this fall.

So please support the next generation of activists and organizers.

Please like this post. Tell teens about the Teen Peace Jam. Spread the word!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-SILENT PEACE VIGIL ON AUGUST 19 AT NOON

Dear friends,

Plowshare will hold its monthly silent peace vigil on Saturday, August 19. The vigil will gather from noon to 1 PM in front of the City Market Building.

Plowshare provides signs, though you may make your own. All signs should be respectful. If you find it difficult to stand for an hour, you may bring a stool. Pictured below are vigil participants.

Plowshare has held vigils on the City Market since the 1970’s. We began our monthly silent peace vigil in April 2005 and with a few breaks for blizzards, hurricanes, heatwaves and the current plague have gathered ever since.

We always gather on the third Saturday of the month from noon to 1 PM in front of the Roanoke City Market building. All are welcome.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Website: https://plowshareva.org/

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PLOWSHARE CALENDAR

August 19 from noon to 1 PM: Silent Peace Vigil in front of the City Market Building, Campbell Av. & Market St., Roanoke. Contact Mike Bentley at 540-389-3752 or greenprof2@gmail.com for more information

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PLOWSHARE-VOICES OF THE HOLY LAND SALON ON AUGUST 20

Dear friends,

A reminder: the Voices from the Holy Land Salon occurs on Sunday, August 20 at 3 PM. Film discussed will be “The Truth: LOST AT SEA”. To register for the salon and for more information go to https://www.voicesfromtheholyland.org/.

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

www.plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: Plowshare, PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

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PLOWSHARE-LABOR DAY PARADE ON SEPTEMBER 2

Dear friends,

Plowshare will march in the Roanoke Labor Day Parade on September 2. Please meet at Third Street and Campbell Avenue at 11 AM (or as close to that time as you can make it). March begins at noon and proceeds down to Campbell Avenue and Williamson Road.

Please like this post.

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Peace Center Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
www.plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: Plowshare, PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

PLOWSHARE-TABLING AT HENRY STREET FESTIVAL

Dear friends,

Plowshare will table at the Henry Street Festival on September 16 from noon to 5 PM. Tables will be along Franklin Rd. If you would like to help us to table, please contact me at the information below. And if not, please stop by. It’s a wonderful event!

Please spread the word! Please like this post!

Gary Sandman

Plowshare Director

540-492-3582

plowshare@plowshareva.org

Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center

Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center

Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015

Website: https://plowshareva.org/

PLOWSHARE-PROGRESSIVES POTLUCK ON SEPTEMBER 23

Dear friends,

The next Progressives Potluck will gather on September 23 at 6 PM at the Roanoke Quaker Meetinghouse, 505 Day Av. After the potluck, we will hear from a main speaker. There will also be an opportunity for people to speak about their activist projects and groups. We ask that people who attend be vaccinated, but masks are optional. The Progressives Potluck is a joint effort of the Tree of Life Church and Plowshare Peace Center.

The Progressives Potlucks are an opportunity for activist groups and individuals in southwest Virginia to gather and get to know each other. There have been as many as 40 people at them. They began in 2019, were discontinued during the pandemic and have now been resumed.

Please spread the word! Please like this post!

Gary Sandman
Plowshare Director

540-492-3582
plowshare@plowshareva.org
Facebook page at Plowshare Peace & Justice Center
Facebook group at Plowshare Peace Center
Mail: PO Box 4367, Roanoke VA 24015
Website: https://plowshareva.org/