Whitefeather Peace House
Whitefeather Peace House was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2005 in the spirit of nonviolence, in the spirit of Dorothy Day, in the spirit of Larry Cloud Morgan—Whitefeather of the Ojibwe—and in the spirit of nonviolent resistance to war, militarism and injustice. We are a vegetarian, non-smoking, alcohol-free home. Currently, no one who lives here owns a car and the old driveway is being converted to garden beds. Our primary contributions to the larger community are to conduct nonviolence/justice educational Roundtables and to provide meeting space for groups grounded in nonviolence. When possible, we open our doors and offer overnight hospitality to traveling nonviolent resisters (be sure to email in advance to discuss the possibility). We offer Roundtables in the Catholic Worker tradition—food and focused discussion. We help organize nonviolent resistance to war, injustice and militarism. We are hoping for your involvement.
We bid fond farewell to Summer 2011 and look forward to fall.
Children and friends are welcome. Vegetarian refreshments are offered at every Roundtable.
August 2011Sunday, 7 August, 6 p.m. film and discussion. Dorothy Day: Don't call me a saint. Come learn all the dirt on the founder of the Catholic Worker movement!
July 2011Wednesday, July 6, 6 p.m. Pastors for Peace are in town just one night on their way to bring a Friendshipment to Cuba. Meet the delegates and learn about current conditions in Cuba and about the people-to-people relationships.
Sunday, 10 July, 6 p.m., film and discussion. Orange Revolution, with special discussant Jen Birk, who was in Ukraine shortly after their nonviolent defense of democracy.
Tuesday, 12 July, 6 p.m. Michael Knox on Creating a culture of peace. Dr. Knox is founder of the US Peace Memorial Foundation.
Sunday, 31 July, 6 p.m. film and discussion. The Camden 28, the documentary of the largest draft board raid in the Vietnam Era.
June 2011Friday, June 24, 6 p.m. Peter Bergel of Oregon PeaceWorks will lead an Olde Tyme songfest. This will be a benefit for Oregon PeaceWorks and the great work they do. Bring your guitars, your drums, your voices, and bring an item for our silent auction. Plan to make a bid on some item, great or small, in our benefit auction for this great group.
May 2011Friday, May 6, 6 p.m. Kate Chester will lead a discussion about the interfaith work she is a part of in the Portland area, in particular the relationships between Christians and Muslims. In an environment of multiple wars and extremism from some, how can we spread peace and understanding? Please join this conversation.
Friday, March 4th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Rhea DuMont will screen and lead a discussion of the film Tough Guise. Refreshments served.
February 2011:Friday, February 4th, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.: Jen Vasquez facilitates a discussion of the Jasmine Revolution in Tunisia. Refreshments served.
November 2010:November 4th: Join us for a special Roundtable screening of The Singing Revolution, and
presentation by Gerli Taal, an Estonian who lived through that time in her homeland.
Taal is a Masters candidate in Conflict Resolution at Portland State University.
We will share a vegetarian potluck at 6 p.m., then view the film, and then Taal will offer her commentary and invite your discussion.
October 2010:October 14th: Cindi Fisher of CodePink fame will be presenting on her time in Tamera peace village in Portugal.
We will share a vegetarian potluck at 6 p.m., then hear about Cindi's experience
and engage in a Roundtable discussion with her about her journey.
September 9th: "Steps on the Path: How Friendship and Remembrance Could Help Save the World" with Linda Richards, a grassroots anti nuclear activist
since the cross country 1986 Great Peace March for Global Nuclear
Disarmament, is a PhD student in the History of Science at Oregon
State University studying nuclear history.
This August she attended the official 65th commemorations in Japan of
the nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. She retraced some of
the steps of Ava Helen and Linus Pauling (Portland native and two-time
Nobel laureate) in Japan when they participated at the official
Hiroshima Commemorations in 1959. She also met with today’s leaders of
the disarmament movement including several Hibakusha (Japanese
survivors of the bombings), Atsushi Fujioka, Director of the Kyoto
Peace Museum, the Mayor of Hiroshima and founder of the Mayors for
Peace, Mayor Akiba, and Manual Pino of the Acoma Pueblo who attended
the commemorations in Japan to raise awareness of the disproportionate
exposure of indigenous people to the nuclear fuel chain.
Richards then traveled to the Navajo Nation, the origin of some of the
uranium used to produce the weapons, and met with indigenous leader
Perry Charley of the Navajo Nation and Diné College. She would like to
share her insights from the trip with the Whitefeather Peace House
community as well as her hope that the often underestimated power of
friendship and remembrance will help achieve global nuclear weapons
disarmament in our lifetime.
We will share a vegetarian potluck at 6 p.m., then hear Linda Richards
and engage in a Roundtable discussion with her about her journey and
the implications of what she learned.
August 12th: CASE, Communities for Alternatives to Starbase Education (no2starbase.org), will present the history and current status of the Starbase program in the Portland Public Schools and what steps CASE has taken to inform the parents of its more subtle use as a recruitment tool for DoD. Even if you don't have children, or ever plan to, this is a window into the future. Militarism and violence are on the rise in our culture, and this is yet one more mechanism to help continue that trend.
This talk will follow a vegetarian potluck at 6pm.
July 22nd: Gandhian nonviolence and the theory and practice of conflict resolution.
May 2010:May 13th: VOZ Worker's Rights Outreach. This night we welcome a speaker with VOZ to share the latest from this worker-led organization that empowers immigrants and day laborers to gain control over their working conditions. We will see the film "Jornaleros". It's a film that widens one's perspective about who joraleros are. It also touches upon immigration issues through the lens of artists, who also happen to be jornaleros.
The talk will follow a vegetarian potluck that begins at 6pm.
Past news and events
Earlier Events 2010:
saw the arrival of Terri and Alexa to the Whitefeather House. Alexa
wants to welcome other children to come to the house for roundtables,
and she'll share her great kids films and her abundant collection of
toys while the adults work hard to bring peace to the world.
13th we'll hear from VOZ, watching the film "Jornaleros". It's a film
that widens one's perspective about who jornaleros are. It also touches
upon immigration issues through the lens of artists, who also happen to
be jornaleros. It's a great film.
Earlier Events in 2009:
Speaker Jean-Denis Couillard on transgender violence; Evergreen
Professor Peter Bohmer on peace activism and the economy; Community
Organizer Patrick Nolen on Portland's Sit-Lie law and the homeless
June: Speaker Ako Yamakawa on struggles of indigenous people of Okinawa (more information and how you can help at Ako's blog, http://usmilitaryinokinawa.blogspot.com); also, discussion of Europe's environmental sustainability progress, and presentation on US Department of Peace
May: Discussions on solar power for home use, immigration conflicts in The Netherlands, and the death penalty; plus Film The Power of Song on Pete Seeger
April: Discussions on war taxes and eco systems, Visioning workshop, and the film Bringing Down A Dictator
March: Speaker Ronald Hall on Inner Peace, plus films Camden 28 and The Take
February: Films - War, Inc., Peace Patriots, Sophie Scholl; and Speaker Claire Chin on Taiwan.
Some 2008 Events:
November: Speakers Ambika Kaphle on Nepal and Gloria Ngezaho on Burundi, plus films - Alex Jones' Terrorstorm and Michael Moore's Sicko.
October: A month of war-related documentary films, including Paper Clips and War Made Easy.
June: We were pleased to host the PASTORS for PEACE on June 20th as they came through Portland on their way to Cuba:
April: Sustainability month. We viewed films on the climate - Global Warming - Signs and Science (PBS) - and on population - World in Balance - Population Paradox (NOVA).
OF JUSTICE - Nonviolent education and action against the war and
occupation in Iraq and Palestine for justice and universal human
Visit their website, www.justicewheels.org, for more information.
PEACE WITNESS FOR IRAQ. Film shown was No End in Sight - Iraq's Descent into Chaos, followed by discussion, Peace Witness readings and music.
January 13: US Senate Candidate John Frohnmayer shared his views and took our questions.
January 20: The film Everest Peace Project was presented by the filmmaker, Lance Trumbull.
January 27: We listened to and discussed the Beyond Vietnam speech made by Martin Luther King, Jr.
December: Focus was on The Holy Land.
We had presentations from Rachel Joy, who recently returned from a trip
to Palestine; from Waddah Sofan, a Palestinian, who spoke of the
current conflict and possibilities for peace; and from Joy Ellison, who
was on a break from her work with Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in
November: Weekly showings of episodes from 500 Nations, a PBS documentary about the Native American nations of North America. We also had Special Guests from the Pima and Siletz tribes, with discussion following.
Oct. 5 Film Night: Gandhi.
Oct. 19 Film Night: Gandhi's Salt March excerpt from A Force More Powerful.
Sept. 7. Film Night: An Inconvenient Truth.
Sept. 21 Film Night: Who Killed the Electric Car?
August 3. Iran: The people and the politics. Jackie & Mike Spurlock shared their experiences and photos of life in Iran for several years with the Peace Corps, and then again in 2006 for a visit with Global Exchange. Interesting discussion followed.
July 6. Film Night - Syriana.
July 13. Film Night - The Agronomist.
July 20. Oregon Peace Institute Presentation. Josh Eddings, Executive Director, on the current work of OPI, followed by discussion. A “Rent Party” for OPI, with a silent auction and a pass-the-hat donation opportunity.
July 27. Film Night - Good Night and Good Luck.