IGE is a meeting place for community groups that share our concerns about human rights and education for multicultural and religious awareness. We promote peaceful conflict resolution through training, workshops with youth and adults, and ongoing community discussion.

Global Protest for No War on Iran – Grand Rapids, MI

Saturday, January 25, 2020. 

At Fulton and Divison
TIME: 1pm-3pm

Tom Burke, Barb Howard, Tony Geren, and Mike DeRuiter will be leading the Protest in Grand Rapids.

Martin Luther King Jr 1/15/29

It’s the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr., (books by this author) born on this day in Atlanta (1929). He is best known for his work as a leader during the civil rights movement and his commitment to nonviolence. On April 4th, 1967, King delivered a speech called “Beyond Vietnam,” in which he strongly denounced America’s involvement in the Vietnam War. He was concerned that the war was recruiting poor and minority soldiers, that it was draining resources from much-needed social programs at home, and that it was an unjust war anyway, targeting the poor people of Vietnam. He said, “A nation that continues year after year to spend more money on military defense than on programs of social uplift is approaching spiritual death.”

Throughout the next year, he continued to speak out against the war, and said that the civil rights movement and the peace movement should come together for greater strength. He began a “Poor People’s Campaign” to fight economic inequality. On April 4th, 1968, exactly one year after his first anti-war speech, King was assassinated while he was standing on the balcony of his Memphis motel room. He was preparing to lead a protest march in solidarity with garbage workers who were on strike.

He said, “If a man hasn’t discovered something that he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.”

And he said: “Here and there an individual or group dares to love, and rises to the majestic heights of moral maturity. So in a real sense this is a great time to be alive. Therefore, I am not yet discouraged about the future. Granted that the easygoing optimism of yesterday is impossible. Granted that those who pioneer in the struggle for peace and freedom will still face uncomfortable jail terms, painful threats of death; they will still be battered by the storms of persecution, leading them to the nagging feeling that they can no longer bear such a heavy burden, and the temptation of wanting to retreat to a more quiet and serene life. Granted that we face a world crisis which leaves us standing so often amid the surging murmur of life’s restless sea. But every crisis has both its dangers and its opportunities. It can spell either salvation or doom. In a dark confused world the kingdom of God may yet reign in the hearts of men.” ( from Garrison Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac)

Local Pax Christi Meeting

CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW STORM Will be rescheduled for March 2020

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020 1 PM-3 PM in rooms 10 & 11, at Marywood, Dominican Center.

Guest speaker: Dr. Mark Kane, a seasoned local and international peace activist who, for the last 20+ year, has counseled veterans with PTSD. Mark, originally from Indiana, came to Grand Rapids to work for the Americans Friends Service Committee which later evolved into the Institute for Global Education (I.G.E.).

He will speak on the topic of how peace activists and people of faith can sustain their resolve to work nonviolently for peace and justice when militarism and corporate greed are ingrained in our Nation’s history.

Meeting is open to all those interested, not only PCWMI members.

To be sure we have enough chairs and refreshments (famous DC cookies) RSVPs are appreciated to Gloria Switzer; email hidden; JavaScript is required or Sr. Maria Goreti-Beckman; email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Volunteers Welcome

1. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer opportunities. If you are interested in Peace & Justice issues, and passionate about people and developing more community. The Board of IGE is seeking individuals with good computer skills, add names to our database, send notices to people in data base about upcoming events, and send other information when needed. Board would like new volunteer to work in office at least one day a week, and be able to work independently, or other with other volunteer(s) from time to time.
2. Institute for Global Education is seeking volunteer to work with another volunteer to display and organize our fair trade items that we sale in office that IGE sales. These fair trade items represent Peace & Justice. This volunteer will work with the Treasurer and treasurer assistant to keep track of sales, keep a log, order new supply when need. This job can be done a once or twice month basis.
If Interested please email your information to email hidden; JavaScript is required or call the office 616-454-1642

Grand Rapids African American Museum and Archives (GRAAMA)


GRAAMA 87 Monroe Center, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 Hours Opened: Tues-Sat 12-5pm 616-540- 2943

June- September Local Quilts from “ Changing America; The Underground Railroad and March on Washington”  &
“ City of Hope”: Resurrection City and 1968 Poor People Campaign Nergo League Baseball 

POP-EVENTS June-September Rotating exhibits honoring local activist including Carl Smith, Cleo Cross, the Northeast 4, Robert F. Williams, Emory Douglas, Phyllis Scott, the Bergmans and Sonya Hughs.
Speakers June- September Local Activist, such as Dr. Emmett Bolden and Dr. Eugene Alston . They will recount their personal accounts in the many activist moments within Grand Rapids.

Please donate to IGE

The Institute for Global Education stands for peace and justice here in Grand Rapids. Please make a donation to keep the Institute for Global Education moving forward.

Every penny goes towards stopping attacks on women, immigrants, unions, African Americans and other oppressed peoples. IGE marched at the airport against Muslim ban. IGE hosts the International Day of Peace where over 150 people participated. IGE supported our union bus drivers of ATU in the struggle to preserve pensions, keep health care benefits, and win a good contract here at the Rapid. IGE rallies and protests against putting children in cages, and taking babies from their parents at the border to ship them to Bethany Christian Services here in Grand Rapids. IGE supported the Young Lords 50 Years Conference in Chicago. IGE has participated in Day of the Dead, Mandela Day, and many other efforts. Together we can build strong movements.

Please donate now! We need your donation more than ever.

A.J. Muste Birthday 1/8/1885

1885  – “A.J.” Muste was born in Zierikzee, Netherlands (d. February 11, 1967 in New York, NY); a Dutch-born American clergyman, later a Quaker,  and political activist.

Muste is best remembered for his work in the labor movement, pacifist movement, anti-war movement, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Muste grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Hope College in Holland, MI.  

In 1966, Muste traveled with members of the Committee for Non-Violent Action to Saigon and Hanoi. He was arrested and deported from South Vietnam.

He was remembered by his contemporary, Norman Thomas, as a man who made ” a remarkable effort to show that pacifism was by no means passivism and that there could be such a thing as a non-violent social revolution.”


Saturday, January 25, 2020 Global Protest for No War on Iran in Grand Rapids, MI 1-3pm at Fulton Street and Division Avenue. Tom Burke, Barb Howard, Tony Geren, and Mike DeRuiter are leading the Protest.

CANCELLED Reschedule for March…..Sunday January 19, 2020 1-3 PM at Marywood Dominican Center. Dr. Mark Kane to talk on the topic of how peace activists and people of faith can sustain their resolve to work nonviolently for peace and justice when militarism and corporate greed are ingrained in our Nation’s history. – Su All are welcome. R.S.V.P. – Gloria Switzer; email hidden; JavaScript is required or Sr. Maria Goreti-Beckman; email hidden; JavaScript is required. Sponsor: Pax Christi of West Michigan

January 20, 2020

Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929. He was a Baptist minister and leader of the civil rights movement, championing justice and equality from the mid-1950s until his death by assassination in 1968. As he said, ”Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” Dr. King was also a strong advocate of change through nonviolent civil actions based on his Christian values. He was a great speaker, and his powerful words resonate with us today.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.
–Martin Luther King Jr. (1929–68)


The third Monday in January is Martin Luther King Jr. Day (often abbreviated to “MLK Day”). It has been a federal holiday since 1986. This means that it is an observed holiday for federal employees, as well as for many schools and businesses. This also means that the holiday does not always fall on Martin Luther King Jr.’s true birth date, January 15.

This year, Martin Luther King Jr. Day will be observed on Monday, January 20, 2020.