Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice


Make Peace our “Natural” State!

September 18-25, 2016

Arkansas Peace Week celebrates peacemaking and non-violence as means to instill justice, end war, alleviate poverty, protect planet earth and eliminate the scourge of violence in our communities. 

Last year Arkansas Peace Week included over 40 events, hosted by dozens of organizations throughout our state.  These events featured education, service and outreach activities promoting peacemaking, non-violence, social justice, ecological stewardship, and community building.

Plans for 2016 are being developed now.  These include Peace Across Faiths: An Interfaith Program with Food and Fellowship and the 2nd Annual Arkansas Peace Fest, culminating the week's activities. 

Be a part of Arkansas Peace Week 2016!

We invite likeminded groups to join us in this effort.  Consider hosting a peace related event or include peace related curriculum in your programs during Arkansas Peace Week.

Here are some ideas:

  • School Activities: Incorporate lesson plans and student activities that teach about building peace and justice.

  • Business:  Plan an open house or special event for Peace Week.  Offer a special menu or discounts.  Help us get the word out by putting a Peace Week Poster or Sticker in your window.

  • Libraries, Community Centers and Parks:  Incorporate exhibits, activities and education events exploring the history of social justice and peacemaking.

  • Lawmakers and Local Government: Issue a proclamation advocating for non-violent responses to address conflict your community.

  • Film Screening: Share your favorite peace-inspiring film or make your own film.

  • Public Dialogue: Schedule a speaker or panel discussion about peace and justice.

  • Service Projects: Plan an activity that helps your community realize broader justice, betters the environment or improves opportunity for others.

  • Faith Activities: Encourage your church, synagogue, or mosque to incorporate messages of peace and justice in their education and worship plans.

  • Race Relations:   Host an event to promote better understanding of race relations and discrimination.

  • Vigils: Host a vigil promoting peace or remember those touched by violence.

  • Other Ideas: How about a peace walk or march? A peace garden? A lemonade stand for peace? A free day of yoga for peace? An art project? Write an editorial or letter to elected official? A music composition? An event promoting ecology?

These could be activities that you are already doing or can be new events planned for the Arkansas Peace Week.  We will compile a daily calendar of these events and promote them on our website, flyers and our social media network.

Email arpeaceweek@gmail.com or call Bob Estes at 501-666-3784 with questions.

About Arkansas Peace Week

Arkansas Peace Week is conducted by a coalition of local, national and international organizations, faith groups and individuals with a mission to promote peace and instill justice, end war, alleviate poverty, protect planet earth and eliminate the scourge of violence in our communities.

During Arkansas Peace Week, we plan activities to educate and promote peace and justice in our communities and raise awareness of organizations working to build a lasting peace in Arkansas.  The lessons learned and relationships formed during Arkansas Peace Week create a foundation for continuing a sustainable peace in our neighborhoods throughout the year.

Arkansas Peace Week is planned in observance of the United Nation’s International Day of Peace on September 21, and in coordination with the nationwide Campaign Non-Violence Week of Actions.

Please visit our website www.arkansaspeaceweek.com or Facebook Group www.facebook.com/groups/ArPeaceWeek/ for the latest information.  Email arpeaceweek@gmail.com or call Bob Estes at 501-666-3784 with questions.

Arkansas Peace Week’s success relies on your financial support. Mail your tax-deductible donations for Arkansas Peace Week to: 

  • Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice, PO Box 250398, Little Rock, AR, 72225 - note “Peace Week 2016” in the memo. 

  • Or donate on line at http://arkansaspeaceweek.com/donate/