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Arkansas Coalition for Peace and Justice




ACPJ brought the AFSC’s (American Friends Service Committee) national exhibit, “Eyes Wide Open” to Little Rock.  The exhibit highlighted the human losses from the Iraqi war.  It consisted of pairs of boots, each standing for one service man or woman killed; shoes representing the many Iraqi civilians who perished– adults and children –were included. 


ACPJ organized periodic demonstrations against the Iraq war, allowing citizens to make their voices heard.  


Along with coalition partners, ACPJ supports activities associated with the International Day of Peace on September 21st of each year.  This is observed with a week-long series of events (Arkansas Peace Week) highlighting local peacemaking/peacekeeping efforts.  The week closes with an exciting “Peace Fest” celebration for the community in downtown Little Rock.

 

ACPJ sponsored the nationally-acclaimed “Unembedded” photo exhibit about the war in Iraq, produced by four international photo-journalists who were not officially “embedded with military forces.”  The exhibit was held at the UAMS College of Public Health and Philander Smith College.

         

In conjunction with UALR faculty, ACPJ organized a series of “Know the Candidates” events open to the public during national election seasons.  Informed faculty present information on the candidates, encouraging public discussion.


With help from the AR Humanities Council and UALR’s Middle Eastern Studies Program, ACPJ brought Dr. Erica Chenoweth, lead author of “Why Civil Resistance Works – the Strategic Logic of Nonviolent Conflict.” She spoke at area colleges, high schools and at the Clinton School for Public Service about her research into nonviolence.

         

ACPJ annually commemorates the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, in August, 1945, recommitting ourselves to help make the planet free from nuclear weapons.