One of our most important efforts this year will be to support Greg Mortenson's efforts on behalf of the Central Asia Institute. The mission of the Central Asia Institute is "to promote and provide community-based education and literacy programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Central Asia."
** Community Read** With the Charlevoix Public Libary, we're sponsoring a community read of Mortenson's book Three Cups of Tea, culminating in a community discussion on Tuesday, April 14, at 6:30 pm. The books can be purchased for $5 at the library.
New Deal Film Festival
Well, the Charlevoix Public Library beat us to it. They've planned a New Deal Film Festival.
The LTLPF meets the third, sometimes first, Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm at the Charlevoix Public Library. We then head to the Villager Pub for an hour or so of socializing. Everyone is welcome to attend. FEBRUARY. MEETING: Feb. 4, Armstrong Room. At the February meeting we will be planning a March 21st event -- the 6th anniversary of the war in Iraq. Our MARCH MEETING will be March 18. Location TBD.
What is Little Traverse League for Peace and Freedom?
The Little Traverse League for Peace and Freedom was founded in 1980 by twelve men and women from Northern Michigan (Bruce and Barbara MacArthur, Beatrice and Hugh Henshaw, Char and Bruce Sanderson, Dr. Gerald and Martha Drake, Don and Ruth Hartman, Kirk Osoinach, and Doris Schaller).
It is an affiliate of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, one of the world's oldest continuously-active peace organizations. From World War I through the post-Cold War era, WILPF members have taken action to oppose war and promote peace and justice. Founding president Jane Addams was the first woman and the first American awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1931.
During the 1980s LTLPF members focused on ending the Cold War through educational forums, lobbying, and vigils. When the Cold War ended in 1989, the group initiated the annual Hiroshima Remembrance and Reflection event as a means of continuing to raise awareness of the nuclear threat. Members also promoted peaceful conflict resolution in schools, petitioned to ban landmines, and planted Peace Poles at churches and in parks.
Keenly aware of the connection between the environment and wars over resources, they were early promoters of recycling and resource conservation efforts.