EAPJ (Elkhart Advocates for Peace & Justice)

Address : 2525 Pleasant Plain Ave.
City: Elkhat
Zipcode: 46517
Phone: 5742937042
Scope of organization:
  • Local
This organization is a:
  • Organization with Counter-recruitment as a major component
Organization base:
  • Church community based
Outreach to specific communities:
  • Educators
Other Outreach: • Annual Palm Sunday Peace Parade since 2010 • Peace / anti war vigils; most recently calling attention to U.S. build up toward war with Iran • Hosting speakers at community events on justice and peace issues • Presentations to churches and organizations regarding EAPJ's counter recruitment and peace information outreach in Elkhart area high schools • meetings in congressional offices regarding justice and peace issues
Issues you are working on:
  • General counter-recruitment/Truth in Recruitment youth education
Years in Operation: 11-20 years
Summary describing your organization:: EAPJ (Elkhart Advocates for Peace & Justice) Mission: Cultivating justice and peace in our personal lives, churches, neighborhoods, the city of Elkhart and the wider world. • EAPJ grew out of a group that carried out weekly peace / anti war vigils at the Elkhart Civic Plaza from 2007 to 2009 with other occasional actions such as vigils summer 2019 protesting U.S. build up toward war with Iran. EAPJ has planned and led an annual Palm Sunday Peace Parade starting in 2010. EAPJ members have met with congress persons related to justice and peace issues and have hosted the following speakers for the wider community: o Rich Meyer – Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in Palestine/Israel) o Hilary Scarsella – CPT in Kurdistan, Iraq o Mary Yoder Holsopple – Elkhart school district's bullying prevention coordinator o Alan & Eleanor Kreider, authors of Culture of Peace o Andre Stoner – “Center for Peace and Nonviolence” (CPNV) • In October of 2015 EAPJ met with the Superintendent of Elkhart Community Schools, to discuss EAPJ’s plan to come to the high schools with information about ways to serve this country other than joining the military, as well the realities of military service that recruiters might not tell students. Follow up meetings were held with key school administrators and guidance counselors. • In spring of 2016 EAPJ began to provide Peace Education Tables (PET) at Memorial, Central and Concord High Schools. Included on the PET is information about the realities of war and military service and alternatives to the military for career building, paying for education and peace conflict resolution degree programs in the region. Typically, EAPJ provides our Peace Education Table in each of the three high schools once a month during the school semesters. By the end of spring 2019 EAPJ volunteers have talked to hundreds of students in Elkhart area high schools representing the rich racial / ethnic diversity of our neighborhoods; many who are considering military service or have already signed up. Students are familiar with information form recruiters who frequent our schools from every branch of the military. Students have not heard about the alternative information EAPJ is providing. • EAPJ has given presentations to a number of churches and organizations related to our outreach in the high schools.
Contact Person: Wendell Wiebe-Powell
Approximate number of volunteers: 4
Approximate number of members: 4
Located in: Indiana
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