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)

Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award Winner - Individual

KT Walsh - KT Walsh is this year's winner for an individual. KT Walsh uses her considerable talent in art to further peace and justice issues in all of Lawrence. As a board member of the East Lawrence Association of Neighborhoods (ELNA), she champions its “live and let live” culture. A steadfast attendee at weekly City Commission Meetings she speaks up for safe sidewalks, street lighting and vernacular architecture. She keeps a vigilant and benevolent eye on our community.

2014 Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award Winner - Organization

Centro Hispano - Centro Hispano is this year's organizational winner. Established in 2006, Centro Hispano builds Lawrence’s capacity to meet the health, educational and social service needs of the 5000 Latinos in Douglas County. By bringing together Latinos and native speakers of English to enjoy time together, Centro Hispano also promotes the vibrant cultural diversity that makes Lawrence an exciting peaceful place to live.

Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice Annual Meeting

The Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice will present the twentieth annual Tom and Anne Moore Peace and Justice Award at its annual gathering on Thursday, May 8, 2014 at the Lawrence Union Pacific Depot, 402 N. 2nd Street, beginning at 7 pm. The program will feature Streetlevel Uprising, a folk-reggae band from Lawrence. Lead by Jay Canters, the group's balmy and bold music is rich with social commentary, uplifting affirmations, and masterful songwriting.

May Business Meeting Postponed

The business meeting for May will be held on May 18th. It begins at 3:30 pm in the Education Room of the Community Mercantile, 9th & Iowa. We postponed it until the 3rd Sunday so that member could celebrate Mother's Day. We will be discussing the next Peace Monitor among other things.

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.

April 23 Update

Stand Up to ALEC
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is headed to the Heartland. They're bringing state politicians to Kansas City - pushing a dangerous agenda that rewards greedy CEOs and hurts middle class workers and our public schools.

Join KC Jobs with Justice and many other allies at a KC Stands Up to ALEC Rally. The rally is Friday, May 2, 11:30am - 1pm. The rally is at the downtown Marriott, 200 W 12th St, KCMO 64105.

To RSVP contact KC JwJ Organizer Justin Stein at 816-805-2385 or

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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

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.

Food Not Bombs Saturdays: Cooking, 8:30 am, ECM 1204 Oread Serving Brunch 10:30 am, ECM Building, 1204 Oread

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.