Friday, January 4, 2008

Palestine/Israel: What Hope for Peace?

The Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing will host two Lansing residents who will speak on the prospects for peace in the Middle East; both spent significant time in Palestine in 2007. Bill Petry and Peter Dougherty will address the topic, "What Hope for Peace for Palestine/Israel?", on Monday, January 14, 2008, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 855 Grove Street, in East Lansing. A community fundraising dinner supporting an upcoming peacemaking mission to Palestine will precede the talk beginning at 6 p.m.

Petry and Dougherty (pictured at right) spent almost three weeks in Palestine in 2007 as peacemakers sent by the Lansing-based organization, the Michigan Peace Team (MPT). The two men served as international observers visiting various communities near Bethlehem. They will supplement their talk with a photo slide show of people and places they visited during their stay in this volatile region. The presentation is free and open to the public.

The Peace Education Center's Middle East Awareness Committee (MEAC) will host a fundraising dinner preceding the talk starting at 6 p.m. at the same location. Proceeds will support the upcoming deployment of a MPT peacemaking mission. Tickets for the fundraising dinner are $10 suggested donation for adults and $5 for children 12 years and under. Tickets may be purchased at the following:

* Everybody Reads Bookstore, 2019 E. Michigan Avenue, in Lansing. The phone number is 517-346-9900.

* The Michigan Peace Team, 1516 Jerome Street in Lansing. The phone number is 517-484-3178.

* The Peace Education Center, 855 Grove Street, in East Lansing. The phone number is 517-889-1175, or the center may be contacted by email at .

The Peace Education Center was founded more than 37 years ago, and has steadily worked to provide citizens with information, education, and leadership on peace and justice issues.

Note: I will have these event tickets for sale for those of you who see me around the Greater Lansing area.

Also, you may want to catch my interviews with Bill Petry (Episode 15) and Peter Dougherty (Episodes 10 & 11) on the "Peace Podcast from the PEC."
-- Rico Thomas Rico

Peter Dougherty Giving a Talk on MSU Campus, March 2006

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