Global Peace Issues

RPEC educates about and works for peaceful alternatives to war and militarism. 

 

The center sponsors educational forums and other activities to promote peaceful foreign policy, challenge the military industrial complex, and promote the resolution of global conflicts.

 

Our current programming includes the following:

 

Public Forums
Education is a key component in both understanding the costs of war and creating peaceful solutions. Over the years, RPEC has held numerous public forums aboutU.S.foreign policy, militarism, and peace. Recent public forums that RPEC has sponsored include:

 

  • Reclaiming Our Democracy Forum (cosponsored with ACLU of VA) (2016)
  • The US In the Middle East (2015)
  • Eyes Wide Open Virginia in Monroe Park (2014)
  • International Day of Peace Gathering (cosponsored with Interfaith Council of Greater Richmond) (2012)
  • Peace Perspectives on Iran: Why Military Intervention is Not the Answer  (2012)
  • Report Back from Afghanistan: An Eyewitness View (2011)

 

Other forums RPEC has organized in recent years include “Is the Occupation Really Ending? The Future of Iraq;”  “Building Foundations for a Lasting Peace: An Agenda for the 21st Century;” and “Torture and the ‘War on Terror’.” All have been informative, factual, and have provided peace perspectives on critical foreign policy issues.

Peace Advocacy
Besides educational forums, RPEC also actively promotes peace both globally and in our own community. As an organization, we are always looking for new ways to advocate for peace. We lobbied for the Richmond Public Schools to adopt a military opt-out form that is now used. We met with advisors to Cantor and Warner about U.S. foreign policy towards Iran. We have also cosponsored peaceful vigils and protests in opposition to war.
Eyes Wide Open
Eyes Wide OpenVirginia (Afghanistan and Iraq) is a display memorializing the Virginia soldiers who have been killed in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. The display includes combat boots representing soldiers from Virginia who have died, shoes symbolizing civilian casualties, and signs with additional information about the costs of the war. The display is designed to promote reflection and dialogue about the human and economic cost of war to the Commonwealth of Virginia.

 

This powerful and moving display is available for free to community groups to host in their own communities. It has been shown all over the state. To host Eyes Wide Open in your community, contact rpec@rpec.org.

 

RPEC co-coordinates the exhibit statewide together with Richmond Friends Meeting, in a collaboration with the American Friends Service Committee. Download the Eyes Wide Open-Virginia posters here: EWO VA Poster 1, EWO VA Poster 2.