June 27, 2013

Iowa Peace and Justice Caucus of the NEA activities for 2012/13

Windows and Mirrors, a reflection of the War in Afghanistan...$50 (September co sponsors)  During the month of September I volunteered with our Peace Iowa Chapter in Iowa City to host the Windows and Mirrors project.  We had regular docents at the Coralville Public Library with the pictures representing the war produced by children of Afghanistan and artists throughout the USA.  There was a charge to borrow the display and a cost came from having the leader of the United Nations, Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Voices for America spokesperson, Katy Kelly.  Once a week we sponsored an activity for a well attended meetings during the event.
      Veterans for Peace IA march and demonstration, $50 (Nov co sponsor)  The march to remind people how long we have been at war was advertised and sponsored by several groups.  The money was used for posters and press releases.  This war began in October 7, 2001
      Iowa Children's Museum Peace Party project, $100 (April, pizza for Peace party, with 4 committee meetings in Feb/March).  The money was spent on pizza for the 20 junior high students who volunteered to teach youngsters attending the ICM on April 7 peaceful ways of engaging.  This was done through parades, games and activities.  Seven students from SISEA at the U of Iowa also worked with our young people to promote peace.  Students and teachers met on four Saturday evenings to plan.
      Paul Mann Youth Activist, Colton Fey, ....$90 (Delegate Assembly, April 12, 2013).  Colton Fey, a senior from Maquoketa HS was recognized at the April Delegate Assembly in Des Moines.
             With the UNA of IA, we sponsored “Night of 1000 Dinners” with Elizabeth Heineman to celebrate International Women’s Day.
      On June 13 and 14 walkers from the anti drone demonstration stayed at my house.  Peace Iowa, Vets for Peace and NEA pandj sponsored a pot luck at the Iowa City Public Library on Friday night and a picnic in Kent Park on Saturday night.
      We held a caucus meeting at the 2013 Delegate Assembly and at the Summer Conference in Des Moines in August of 2012, minutes are available for both these meetings.
NEA caucuses are internal member only groups.  Caucuses exist and operate independently of NEA and have no authority to speak for or act on behalf of NEA.

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