Due to the recent inclement weather, Waynepeace’s program featuring local charity “One Big Boost,” which had been scheduled for February 1, has been rescheduled for March 1 at 5 PM at the Wayne County Library. The presentation that had been planned for March 1 is being moved to Tuesday, February 8, at 5 PM.

This will feature selections from the “History Makers” DVD series, which highlights the biographies of prominent African-Americans in many fields of endeavor throughout American history. Produced by Russell Simmons, the series groups these biographies around common themes of “Faith,” “Courage,” and “Success.” These inspiring personal stories include such luminaries as Ruby Dee, B. B. King, Ossie Davis, Gordon Parks, Vernon Jordan, and Isaac Hayes, and demonstrate the importance of perseverance, faith, risk-taking, and determination in the face of seemingly overwhelming obstacles. Refreshments will be served.

Note: The use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does
not constitute an endorsement by WCPL of Waynepeace’s policies or positions.

(This event, previously scheduled for Feb.1, was rescheduled due to inclement weather.)

On Tuesday, March 1, Waynepeace will host a presentation about a locally founded, global charitable organization called “OneBigBoost.” The presentation will begin at 5 PM, at the Wayne County Public Library on North Main Street in Honesdale.

OneBigBoost started just over a year ago, when two friends, retired art teacher Beth Burkhauser of Scranton and music teacher Marianne Milks of Honesdale, were invited to visit an impoverished public school in south-central Nepal. Friends pitched in to help purchase two laptop computers, a video projector, software and many books, which the women brought with them.

While they were finishing up their visit to Nepal, the quake struck in Haiti. it was an automatic response for all who know Beth and Marianne to contribute assistance for those affected by the quake, and since then other projects have emerged.

Marianne Kuiper Milks has been active in aid programs of many types and in many places. A life-long musician and private music teacher, she has a deep interest in global equality. She and her husband Carl, an allergist in Honesdale, have been deeply involved with relief efforts in Haiti since 2000. Haiti, says Marianne, “manages to steal volunteers’ hearts, in spite of all the pain and suffering.”

Beth Burkhauser currently teaches art education curriculum at Keystone College. She is Founder and Chair of The Hexagon Project, which guides students through a process of social comprehension and subsequent expression through art.

Over the past year, OneBigBoost has been inundated by gifts and support from people around the world, including a grant from the NE PA chapter of the United Nations Association, and has been able to accomplish far more than initially anticipated. Marianne and Beth believe that this is in part because they tend to all deliveries themselves, and 99.9% of gifts go directly to the intended causes.

For more information about OneBigBoost, visit their website at www.onebigboost.org, or contact Marianne Milks, (570) 226-6888, sunnyday.mkm@gmail.com.

Note: Use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not represent an endorsement By WCPL of Waynepeace’s policies or positions.

Local activist group Waynepeace brings its series of public discussions into the New Year with a presentation entitled “Just Lie Back and Enjoy It: The Wonderful Benefits of American Plutocracy” featuring fictional CEO T. Bigglesworth Bellows, at 5 PM on Tuesday January 4, 2011, at the Wayne County Public Library on Main Street in Honesdale.

Mr. Bellows (a creation of actor, writer, and Waynepeace co-founder Skip Mendler of Honesdale) is CEO and Chairman of the Board of Bellows Industries Worldwide International, the planet’s largest manufacturer of hot-air hand dryers, blast furnaces, car cigarette lighters, and flame throwers. (As the company slogan goes, “Where there’s hot air, you’ll find a Bellows.”) A proud member of the Billionaires for Wealthcare, he is an unapologetic advocate for plutocracy (government by the wealthy).  In fact, Bellows maintains, the US has been a plutocracy for years, and “it’s high time we quit pretending otherwise.”

In his presentation, Mr. Bellows will discuss the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s recent “Citizens United” decision, which led to an unprecedented amount of anonymous campaign donations being raised during the 2010 election cycle.  He will cavalierly dismiss as “pish-posh” the silly objections raised by democracy activists that such levels of spending skew the political process, and lead to policies that favor the wealthy at the expense of ordinary citizens.  He will also gleefully recount recent events, such as the unsuccessful struggle to rescind the so-called “Bush tax breaks,” and make the case for Reaganesque “trickle-down economics” – which he describes as “the perfectly common-sense proposition that when your feet stink, the thing to do is wash your hair.”

The public is invited to attend this surprisingly free presentation.    Refreshments will even be served, but seating will be limited.

Please note: Use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not constitute an endorsement of Waynepeace policies or positions by WCPL.



On Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Waynepeace will be holding a roundtable discussion about gas drilling and fracking  pro and con. The discussion is part of a monthly  event taking place at 5 PM at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale , PA sponsored by Waynepeace to offer education and reflection about current events and common concerns.

Drilling for natural gas is in full swing in Damascus Township and nearby areas of Pennsylvania . Some of us have leased our land to the gas companies and some of us , while opposed to this development, will nevertheless be strongly affected by it. Knowledge about the dangers of drilling is constantly growing, as is the animosity among people. We can witness this daily in local news, the numerous lawn signs, in township meetings, hearings, and environmental group meetings.

Periodically Waynepeace joins in the discussion of this very local concern, either for the purpose of learning more or, as in December’s meeting, to open up to each other of where we stand and what we hope and fear. Everyone is invited to come and participate. Refreshments will be served

On Tuesday, November 2, Honesdale resident Dick Forman will share his experiences of working in the South during the Civil Rights era. His talk, sponsored by Waynepeace, will be held at the Wayne County Public Library in Honesdale, beginning at 5 PM.

Born and raised near Seattle, Dick moved to Swarthmore, Pennsylvania with his family in 1960. After graduating from Cornell University in 1966, he joined the Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA Program). After training by the Urban League, Dick was assigned to a public housing project in Atlanta’s West End, where he established numerous community action projects for pre-school, youth, adults and seniors. 1n 1967, Dick was accepted by the United States Teacher Corps and assigned to teach African-American students in segregated public schools in Galveston and Aldine, Texas. He also worked with the Community Action Council of Galveston as a community organizer. After two years of service and completion of a Master of Secondary Education Degree at the University of Houston, he was recruited by the University to teach in an innovative resident on-campus program with 18- to 23-year-old Mexican-American migrant worker youth from the Rio Grande Valley.

In the 1970’s, Dick worked with a large construction trade union safety, education and training program as Education Director. He served for 25 years as Executive Director of the Associated General Contractors of New Jersey, retiring in 2006. Dick now lives in Honesdale with wife Sandi and a shelter dog, Savannah.

Come hear a unique and little-heard perspective on some of the momentous events of the 1960’s, and on the not-so-momentous but still impactful day-to-day work involved in the struggle for social justice. Refreshments will be served.

(The use of Wayne County Public Library facilities by Waynepeace does not constitute an endorsement by WCPL of Waynepeace’s policies or positions.)


In partnership with the Economics Department of King’s College
The Peace and Justice Center announces:

The 2010 Barbara Sabol Lecture

“So much to be thankful for …”

by Rob Robinson of Picture The Homeless

Monday, October 25, 2010 at 7:00 PM
Burke Auditorium at King’s College

Please join us on Monday, October 25, 2010, 7:00 PM, Burke Auditorium, King’s College, Wilkes-Barre, PA.  Mr. Rob Robinson is a member of the Campaign to Restore National Housing Rights which is supported by the National Economic and Social Rights Initiative (NESRI).

He is also a member of the Land and Housing Action group of the Take Back the Land Movement which is coordinated by the US Human Rights Network.  Rob honed his skills as an activist working as a board member and housing campaign leader with Picture the Homeless, a grassroots organization in New York City.

The Take Back the Land Movement asserts that housing is a human right and, as such, the policies which violate that right are morally wrong and, therefore, must be directly challenged.  As such, organizations across the US are engaging in “live-in” campaigns designed to house human beings and directly challenge those policies and laws that promote vacant housing during this housing crisis.  Too many of our citizens are forced into overcrowded conditions.  Homelessness has soared to never before seen numbers while the very banks that foreclosed on our property are being bailed out by the tax dollars of the people they forced into homelessness.

The NEPA Organizing Center will be on hand to provide follow up information and related initiatives.

For more information, see the Peace Center’s website.

Waynepeace will mark the eighth anniversary of its founding, and the ninth anniversary of the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, with a “Musical Potluck for Peace.” The event will take place beginning at 6 PM on Sunday, October 17, at the Grace Episcopal Church Parish Hall on Church Street in Honesdale.

“We’re inviting people to bring food to share, like a regular potluck,” says Waynepeace co-founder Skip Mendler, “but we also want them to bring their favorite songs of peace, along with their voices and instruments.”  Mendler anticipates “a wide mix of music – everything from hymns to punk anthems to folk classics.”

There is no admission charge for the event.  Monetary donations will be collected for the Central Asia Institute to help in flood recovery efforts in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and canned and nonperishable goods will be collected to help local food pantries.