The Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice is dedicated to the propositions that violence begets more violence, that the forms of violence are social and economic as well as physical, and that the human spirit can reach its highest potential only in an atmosphere of peace, mutual respect, and generosity. (read more)

October Business Meeting

Sunday, October 12, 2014. We begin at 3:30 pm and are always done by 5 pm. The meeting is held in the Education Room of the Community Mercantile, 9th & Iowa. If you have items for the agenda, please send them to with AGENDA in the Subject Line. See you there.

Monthly Peace Vigil

Saturday, October 4, 2014. We begin at noon on the corner of 9th & Massachusetts. This will be our 12th year of standing for peace. With the announcement that the US will be in Afghanistan at least another year, decisions need to be made about continuing the vigil past 2014.

October 1 Update

LCPJ Monthly Business Meeting
The business meeting for October will be held on October 12th. It begins at 3:30 pm in the Education Room of the Community Mercantile, 9th & Iowa. We will be discussing the next Peace Monitor among other things.

Peace Vigil
The October Peace Vigil will be held on Saturday, October 4, 2014 at noon. We stand on the corner of 9th & Massachusetts. We became the vigil in September of 2002 and have vowed to continue until all combat troops have left Afghanistan. Come join us.

Community Calendar
Wednesday, October 1

Weekly Activities – Meetings, Protests And Vigils

Art and Conversation: 1 -5 pm, United Way Building, 2518 Ridge Court. Art and Conversation is a friendly gathering for women high school age and above who are in recovery from the experience of sexual violence in their lives. Contact Lindsey at 785.843.8985 or to enroll in this FREE Art-Based Support Group. Meets every first Saturday.

Grandparents Kinship Support Meeting. 4 – 5:30 pm Redeemer Lutheran Church, 27—N. Lawrence Ave. Meets every 1st Sunday.

Kansas Matters by John W. Hoopes

A flurry of bills in the Kansas legislature over the past few weeks have been especially disturbing, provoking comments, disdain, and even ridicule in national and international news media.
HB 2453 - Protecting religion-based discrimination, especially against same sex couples.
HB 2473 - Expanding the ability of Kansans to carry guns and preventing municipal ordinances that control gun use.
HB 2553 - Denying Kansans the benefits of the Affordable Health Care Act.
HB 2604 – Erecting barriers to no-fault divorce.

GI Rights Hotline: 1 877 447-4487

The GI Rights Hotline provides accurate, helpful counseling and information on military discharges, AWOL and UA, and GI Rights:
Why should I call 1-877-447-4487?
The GI Rights Network is a private, nonprofit, nongovernmental organization that answers thousands of calls from military personnel and their families. There are many reasons for these calls. You can call us for help with any of the following issues:
• DEP Discharges (Delayed Entry Program)
• Entry Level Separation
• Dependency or Hardship Discharges
• Medical or Disability Discharges

Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award Winners


Shelley Miller
Shelley Miller (1954-1994) was a close friend to many, neighborhood and community activist, and citizen of the world. For several years she used the ECM kitchen to prepare weekly rice and beans dinners to raise awareness and funds to support freedom movements in Central America. She directed her estate to support her heartfelt causes, and it has funded renovations to this kitchen as an enduring tribute to her passion for freedom and justice. The ECM kitchen is dedicated to Shelly Miller.