News of the Peace and Social Justice Center
From the Wichita Peace and Freedom Party;
The mass incarceration of people in
Issues were hammered out at this year’s board meeting and retreat, last Saturday. One issue that held almost everyone’s interest was mass incarceration. That one ties into other related issues the board is dealing with such as police brutality, recent police shootings of unarmed young people and poverty issues.
For example CNN;
“This comes at a time when soaring costs of prisons are wreaking havoc on federal, state and local budgets, as schools, libraries, parks and social programs are slashed. When I graduated from the
The board decided that some issues, such as Women’s rights and environmental problems are being address by other groups in the area. It was decided to work with these other groups rather than duplicate their efforts."
Many board members took an interest in inequality due to the actions of Governor Sam Brownback, the Koch brothers, David and Charles and other people and groups promoting inequality to the state of
Another category the board will use is the constant militarization of our society. The board already has an Opt-out program to let high school students know they can refuse to let the military have all their personal information. The military uses the information to push military recruitment.
This year Board Member Steve Otto ended up attending a school assembly at
This event was put on mostly by the “cadets” from the “leadership Class,” which is nothing more than an indoctrination class for the
The center’s members also want to deal with Latin American issues. This includes peace groups past efforts to shut down the SOA(Schools of the
The board is hoping to have an active year and addressing a lot of issues, both international and local. The boars also want to reach out and involve more young people. This will also be a priority.