(due to technical difficulties with submission process, deadline now 6-30-15)
The PJSA Steering and Host Committees are pleased to report that overall processes for our annual conference, October 15-17, 2015, are proceeding very well. We’ve received a large number of high quality proposals, and also are delighted to announce a stellar line-up of keynote speakers, which thus far includes: Catherine Barnes; David Cortright; John Dirkx; and Emily Welty.
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.
When was the last time you made a donation to the PJSA? We're guessing it's been a while, and we understand. In an increasingly complex world that places many demands on our time and resources, it's easy to have our attention diverted from the core of our work and the communities that support it. This is where the PJSA comes in: we're your peace and justice professional network, a community of trusted advisors, a place to share good news and seek assistance, a resource base to bolster what you do in the world.
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.