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.

COMING EVENTS

Sunday, February 16, 2020 1:30 -3:00pm Pax Christi West Michigan Meeting  in Dominican Center  After a brief business meeting, we will view two TED talks and two short videos about gun violence from the perspective of victims, health care providers, and police officers, followed by group discussion. All are welcome. 


Monday, February 17, 6:30-8:30pm Climate change . . . Heading for extinction . . .and what we can do about it.
Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain St. NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

THE GUN SHOW – Sunday February 23, 2020 at 2PM Fountain Street Church, 24 Fountain Street NE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503

MARK KANE, aka Marcus the Clown, Sunday March 15, 2020 1-3:00pm at Dominican Center Marywood, 2025 Fulton St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 “How to sustain nonviolent activism in an atmosphere of Militarism and Corporate Greed.” Dr. Mark Kane will 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. – All are welcome. R.S.V.P. – Gloria Switzer; email hidden; JavaScript is required or Sr. Maria Goreti-Beckman; email hidden; JavaScript is required. Pax Christi Western Michigan. All welcome.

SALT OF EARTH I.G.E Film Saturday March 21, 2020 at IGE from 2pm-4pm. At New Mexico’s Empire Zinc mine, Mexican-American workers protest the unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts. Ramon Quintero (Juan Chacon) helps organize the strike, but he is shown to be a hypocrite by treating his pregnant wife, Esperanza (Rosaura Revueltas), with a similar unfairness. When an injunction stops the men from protesting, however, the gender roles are reversed, and women find themselves on the picket lines while the men stay at home.

GR Latin American Film Festival  Cinema Without Borders – Pre-screening options:  

1] Me llamaban King Tiger
February 26, 2020 Wealthy Theatre 7:00 PM Documentary, 88 minutes Dir. Ángel Estrada Soto / México / 2017
Followed by panel discussion

2] The Unafraid
March 25, 2020 Wealthy Theatre 7:00 PM Documentary, 85 minutes
Dir. Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney / USA / 2018
Followed by panel discussion

Rescheduled for March…..(Date to be announced) 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

April 1, 2020 6:30  to 8:30pm Wangari Maathai   Environmentalist, Human rights activist, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, April 1  her 80th birthday.  Film and Discussion, at Catholic Information Center, Diocese Building, Wealthy and Division, 2nd  Floor,  parking in off street structure. Donation  with some funds going to Arbor Day Foundation 

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)

http://www.graama.org

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

EXHIBITS
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.

IGE Supports the Young Lords

Institute for Global Education supports Young Lords 50 Years Commemoration

More than 1000 people gathered at DePaul University in Chicago to hear Jose “Cha Cha” Jimenez, founder of the Young Lords and Oscar Lopez River, freed political prisoner who spent 34 years in U.S. prison for supporting Puerto Rican independence. The Institute for Global Education funded seven members travel and participation in the Young Lords 50 year events. There was also a conference at DePaul University and a lively march through the Lincoln Park neighborhood with signs, “Free Puerto Rico!” and “Remember the victims of Hurricane Maria and Trump!”

The Young Lords 50 Year Memorial tour honored and remembered the Reverend Bruce and Eugenia Johnson, as well as five members of the Young Lords and Black Panthers who gave their lives for freedom and liberation.

The Rev. Bruce Johnson and his wife Eugenia, of the People’s Church, were murdered in the most horrible way due to their selfless and unwavering support for the Young Lords in the struggle against neighborhood displacement, racism and poverty. In their honor, we gathered at the former site of the People’s Church to rededicate ourselves to their mission for a society with peace and justice!

Power to the people!

50 Years of Young Lords

SEPTEMBER 21, 2018

50 Years of Young Lords

 · Hosted by National Young Lords
SEPTEMBER 21, 2018
50 Years of Young Lords
September 21, at 7:00 p.m.  to September 23, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Sep 21 at 7 PM to Sep 23 at 2 PM
Lincoln Park, Chicago
We are coming back to Lincoln Park to celebrate the birthplace of the Young Lords Movement and their achievements, and to re-commit to continue going forward for self determination for Puerto Rico, all Latino and other oppressed nations, and for neighborhood empowerment.

50 Years of Young Lords–Grand Rapids Kickoff

50 Years of Young Lords

Grand Rapids Kickoff

 

Friday, September 22, 2017

6:30 PM till 9:00 PM

ANNEX: 1110 Wealthy Street, Grand Rapids, MI

Free Admission/Refreshments

WWW.GVSU.EDU/YOUNGLORDS         email hidden; JavaScript is required

IN COLLABORATION WITH UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

 

See flyer here:  Young Lords Kick Off

 

 

 

In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and what we can do about it

Love in action will change the lives of women who are survivors of addiction, prostitution, and human trafficking. Our Sisters and the Institute for Global Education invite you to hear author Nita Belles speak of a way out of exploitation. Ms Belles is the author of In Our Backyard: Human Trafficking in America and What We Can Do to Stop It.
We’re changing location this time only — we’ll meet Monday, May 1 from 7-9 p.m. at Baker Book House, 2768 East Paris Ave SE, in the meeting area at the west end of the building. If anyone would like transportation, please inquire.
You have heard the stories and are aware of the scandal of modern slavery. Would you respond to a woman in severe and chronic distress? Find out about Our Sisters’ project to reach women who want to change their lives.

IGE Talks presents: Building the movement against Trump’s attacks

IGE Talks presents:  Building the movement against Trump’s attacks

There is a rising movement opposing the racist, anti-woman, anti-Muslim, and anti-worker attacks of Trump and the Republicans. Can we turn it into a force that will actually make gains for women, oppressed nationalities, immigrants, and working people?

 

Monday, February 27 at 7:00pm at the Institute for Global Education

1118 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI

 

All are welcome to participate in this one hour plus discussion and to present their views to be aired on Grand Rapids cable television.

Please make a donation to keep the Institute for Global Education moving forward. We need it now more than ever. https://www.igegr.org/

Hosted by Tom Burke and Barbara Howard

Produced by Chuck Neller

Fred Van Liew on Restorative Justice

fred van liew photoFred Van Liew will be speaking in Grand Rapids on restorative justice on November 16, 2016.

The first talk will take place at noon at the Kent County Courthouse and the second will take place at 7:00pm at the Dominican Center at Marywood.

Please see the flyers for more information:

Fred Van Liew – lawyer, mediator, consultant, community organizer, and writer:

“I write about ordinary people and their experiences with the justice system, with the professionals – the police, prosecutors, judges, those who run our jails, prisons and correctional programs, those who defend the accused and, most importantly, those most adversely effected by the system.” from The Justice Diary – An Inquiry into Justice in America by Fred Van Liew