We KNOW that you enjoy our films, but take a look at what else is happening in our community. These events are free and open to the public. We hope to see you there!
Walker Institute Community Forum Series: Unequal Justice, Race, Class, and the Criminal Justice System
Challenges Facing Ex-Offenders Returning to the Community
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Bethany Reformed Church, 1833 South Burdick Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
What can we do today to make our community a more just, more equitable place to live? Can’t we do better?
- National and local data on ex-offenders retuning to the community
- Stories of challenges faced and overcome
- Discussion of what Kalamazoo is doing, and what more we can do, to connect ex-offenders with jobs and housing
- Why “the right thing to do” is also “the smart thing to do.”
Striving for Justice and Peace in the Middle East with Daoud Nassar, Palestinian Christian
Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
Christ Memorial Church Chapel, 595 Graafschap Rd, Holland, MI 49423
Daoud Nassar, a Palestinian Christian farmer whose family works its 100-acre farm and orchard just outside the town of Bethlehem. It is on this farm that the family members strive to maintain a haven of peace and kinship through activities at the Tent of Nations (TON.) This dynamic peace and local education center was established by the Nassar family in 2000. International visitors, including many Israelis, join together to plant trees, harvest olives and fruit, teach at the Women’s Education Center, lead activities in Youth Summer Camps, and come together in solidarity and shared goals in the pursuit of a just peace through non-violent activities. In May, 2014, 1,300 maturing fruit trees were uprooted by the Israeli Defense Force (IDF). He is in an on-going nonviolent legal struggle to retain ownership of his ancestral (1916) acreage. He is an engaging speaker, and his message is a call to both justice and reconciliation.
K.N.O.W. is proud to sponsor Don’t Say We Did Not Know with Amos Gvirtz, Israeli Peace Activist
Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 3:00 p.m.
Friends Meetinghouse, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo, MI 49006
We are very fortunate to host the Israeli peace activist, Amos Gvirtz. Amos is on an extended tour of the US and Canada, and was able to swing by Kalamazoo the day before flying back to Tel Aviv. Amos Gvirtz, a long-time Israeli peace activist on a tour of Canada and US, will speak to the conflict in Palestine and Israel. A founding member of the Israeli Committee Against Housing Demolitions and other Israeli peace groups, Amos has developed an international audience with his Don’t Say We Did Not Know weekly emails about unpublicized incidents, events, and government actions affecting the Palestinian and Bedouin communities in Israel and Palestine. Currently he is active in supporting the rights of the Bedouin in the Negev as a member of the Israeli Co-Existence Forum.