Resource, entertainment fair brings issues of peace to surface

Peace and justice issues will be discussed at a resource and entertainment fair, Just Peace Kaleidoscope, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday in the Tamarack Room of Davies Center.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are invited to learn more about different views of justice and peace.

“I think that anything we can learn about how the whole world can become more just – like fairness, equality, unity (is helpful),” member of Just Peace from the Chippewa Valley, Sandra Helpsmeet said.

Just Peace from the Chippewa Valley, Students for Peace and the UW-Eau Claire Chapter of Amnesty International are sponsoring this free event.

Just Peace also participated in Halloween festivities by having members dress in costumes and hand out candy in front of the Eau Claire federal building. The theme was “Sweet Peace” and one of the costumes was a Statue of Liberty with a black eye.

The day after Thanksgiving, Just Peace advertised its message by a Burma-shave type of advertising. Members held signs on the side of the road leading to the mall that said “Let every person raise their voice that war is not the only choice.”

Domestic and international peace and justice issues will be presented by local and regional groups. About 25-30 groups are expected to participate. Some of these groups include Interfaith Hospitality Network, Bolton Refuge House, Children’s Music Network and Advocates for Multicultural Education.

Displays and information tables will be presented by these organizations. A Sweet Peace baked goods table also will give away baked goods and peaceful messages.

Geography Professor Ingolf Vogeler will add to the evening with his speech addressing the question of why people hate the United States and how human beings are related.

Vogeler said he wants the audience to explore the meaning of the “they” and the “us” and how to analyze propaganda.

“Us is they. That’s the point,” he said. “Freedom is about being different. United we do not stand (because) we are different people.”

Vogeler stressed that the United States is mostly made of foreigners, but Americans are afraid of them.

Musicians Bruce O’Brien, Poppy Molter and Bryce Black, will perform peace related songs from 6:30 to 8 p.m.