Like many nonprofits, the PJSA has been challenged to maintain the resources necessary for the business of providing professional opportunities and support for our members. Make no mistake: we are committed to you and the work that you do in the world, and have no plans of vanishing any time soon! Indeed, more so now than ever, our collective expertise and vision is essential for turning crises into opportunities and, ultimately, war into peace.
It is in this spirit that we desire to be more than merely a professional association: the PJSA strives to be a resource center, gathering point, networking locus, and (most importantly) a community.
Please help us continue to sustain and grow this crucial effort with a gift today — or recruit a new member tomorrow! Consider leaving a legacy to support the work of peace. And continue participating in our mutual efforts.
January 8, 2016
Dr. Philip Graham Ryken, President
501 College Avenue
Wheaton, IL 60187
Dear President Ryken:
We are writing out of deep concern for Dr. Larycia Hawkins. We understand from news reports and statements put out by Wheaton College that Dr. Hawkins has been placed on administrative leave and that now the provost has made a Notice of Recommendation to Initiate Termination-for-Cause Proceedings. We strongly encourage you to immediately reinstate Professor Hawkins and resolve this matter so that she is not terminated from her position.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a bi-national professional association of peace studies scholars and practitioners in the US and Canada. We are also the North American affiliate of the global International Peace Research Association (IPRA). Our members work at public and private colleges and universities and in not for profit agencies and community organizations to advance peace and justice, both here and abroad.
Position Paper: Guns Are Not the Solution to Gender-Based Violence
Issued by the Peace and Justice Studies Association
Authored by Heidi Huse, Ph.D., and Laura Finley, Ph.D.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), in keeping with its mission and values, is opposed to the argument that deadly firearms are the primary if not sole solution to the very serious problem of sexual and domestic assault that traumatizes or kills men, women, and children around the world.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association, Center for Education Equity, The Sophia Project, Code Pink, Fellowship of Reconciliation, Hands Up Coalition - D.C., and Why We Can't Wait-D.C., call on all people of conscience to participate in a week of action to bring and continue awareness around ending police violence against all people, especially people of color.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA), a bi-national professional association, including peace and justice scholars, activists, and educators in the United States and Canada, joins the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign.
A huge benefit of belonging this to PJSA is the opportunity to learn about and access many different resources because of our members’ willingness to share. With the help of members and others in this field, I've compiled a list of materials on the Israel/Palestine/Gaza situation if you wish to teach about it in your courses. I received help from many people. Special thanks to all PJSA board members, and especially Randy Janzen, Barbara Wien, Mark Lance, Ivan Boothe and other contributors: Sid Shniad, Valerie Elverton Dixon, Michelle Gawerc, John Getz, Benjamin J. Urmston, Maia Hallward, Kerry Bassett, Betty Reardon, Julia Chaitin, and Gordie Fellman.
Over the past week, we witnessed the tragic murder of Michael Brown, resulting in civil resistance and a Ferguson/St. Louis County police department's exacerbation of a community expressing its justified frustration and call for peace and justice.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is opposed to all violence. PJSA condemns the police brutality resulting in Michael Brown's death and the harm and harassment of protesters and media.
We are both saddened by the death of Michael Brown and horrified by the continuing national trend of police violence, miscarried justice and increased police militarism emerging in response to peaceful protests.
As part of our ongoing work to bring attention and change to unjust conditions, the PJSA board of directors endorses the proposals from St. Louis community and national leaders, who have suggested the following structural changes:
Approved by the Board of Directors on July 22, 2014.
The Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) is a bi-national organization (United States and Canada), dedicated to bringing together academics, K-12 teachers, and grassroots activists to explore alternatives to violence and share visions and strategies for peacebuilding, social justice, and social change. Due to the growing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, PJSA has prepared the following statement.
We call on all actors in the current violent conflict between Hamas and Israel to end their military offensives immediately. We are alarmed by the rising number of casualties — the majority of whom are civilians and Palestinian.
We believe that all people in Israel and Palestine have the human right to live in peace, and to not be subjected to violence and the fear of violence. The current retaliatory violence from both sides is not only morally wrong, but strategically very short sighted, and will not bring peace or justice to either the Palestinians or the Israelis.