7:00 PM19:00

An Evening with Father Tom Lumpkin

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Father Tom Lumpkin - a giant peacemaker in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood - now 80, slender and soft-spoken who was born and grew up in Detroit.  For five decades Father Tom has tended to poor people by working at a soup kitchen, overseeing a homeless shelter for women, and celebrating Mass every Sunday at the Wayne County Jail.  He wants Corktown to continue as a home for all kinds of people including those who are homeless.

Father Tom wonders if the coming of Ford Motor Company to Corktown will displace the poor.  His peacemaking skills are in high demand as changes come to his neighborhood.

This is the annual Peace Action of Michigan’s Fishman-Perrin Lecture.  Both Al Fishman and Gene Perrin died six years ago after decades in the Peace with Justice Movement.  Al Fishman was a genius at organizing for fair labor practices and countering the military-industrial complex.  Dr. Gene Perrin - long active in many peace, justice and public health groups - wore a sport coat with many peace and justice buttons including, “I’m already against the next war.”

There is no admission charge for this conversation with Father Tom, a seasoned and wise peacemaker.  For more information call 248-548-3920.

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6:00 PM18:00

Holiday Party & Annual Meeting

Dinner ware and beverages will be provided.  Please bring a dish or two to share.  The Annual Meeting will include a review of 2018 highlights, the election of Board officers, and a recognition of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  If you want to nominate yourself or a friend for the Board, please contact Rev. Rich Peacock, rjpeacock@wowway. 

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Memory and Meaning in the Representations of the American War in Vietnam
7:00 PM19:00

Memory and Meaning in the Representations of the American War in Vietnam

Free and open to the public

Location: University of Detroit Mercy Campus, Engineering 120; Enter at Livernois to park in Lot D

March 16 is the 50th anniversary of the My Lai Massacre and the 53rd anniversary of Alice Herz's attempted immolation.  This beloved Detroit peace activist died 10 days later.

With the September 2017 airing of the PBS 10-episode Burns and Novick Documentary, The Vietnam War, the American War in Vietnam continues to demand attention.  The March 16 anniversaries add informational and emotional depth to the war-making.

Dr. Fran Shor, retired Wayne State University History Professor, will present a  power point lecture to highlight through key moments and images drawn from history to underscore the Vietnam War is remembered and/or misremembered.  The second half will consider the "lessons" of the Vietnam War and the ways that the tragedies of the past keep haunting us in present wars.  Participants will learn how we can confront and remedy the follies of today's wars.

Sponsored by Peace Action of Michigan, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, and the Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network.

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