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)

Interfaith Vigil for Michael Brown

Lawrence Stands for Racial Justice
Thursday evening, August 28, 7:30 pm
St. Luke AME Church, 900 New York Street

Monthly Peace Vigil

Saturday, September 6, 2014 beginning at noon on the corner of 9th and Massachusetts. This is our 11th year of standing for peace.

LCPJ Monthly September Meeting

Sunday, September 12, 2014 beginning at 3:30 pm in the Education Room of the Community Mercantile at 9th & Iowa. If you have items for the agenda, please send them to with AGENDA in the Subject Line.

August 27 Update

Turnaround Tuesdays
Topeka Center for Peace and Justice will be collaborating with other local groups this fall on Turna-round Tuesdays, a series of educational events that will be held at 5:30 each Tuesday on the south State House grounds. The nonpartisan events are modeled after North Carolina’s Moral Mondays.

2014 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.

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

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.