Monday, October 27, 2008

Letter sent to peace and religious organizations

Dear members,

We are members of the Dutchess Peace Coalition, a small group of citizen activists who care deeply about peace and social justice issues affecting both our community and our world. We hold our meetings the first Monday of every month at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Poughkeepsie. The Fellowship offers us a room to use for our meetings, but we are not affiliated with them in any other way.

The Dutchess Peace Coalition shows monthly screenings of the best anti-war, pro-peace and social justice films made within the last several decades. Each film is shown free of charge at the Muddy Cup Coffee House, 305 Main Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601 on the first Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. Our films are followed by a lively group discussion initiated by one of our members. We've had many insightful and thought-provoking discussions in the past.

We offer these free films to encourage communities to talk about peace issues, exchange ideas and foster independent thinking. We believe that small group meetings are the best way to reassert our country's basic commitment to human rights and international law. Individually, we cannot change the direction of our country, but we believe by working together with focused intention, we are able to cultivate optimism and initiate change.
We hope that you will post this movie flyer on your community bulletin board, and perhaps even mention our group and movies to those people who might be interested. We invite your comments, suggestions and welcome you to any of our meetings. Please feel free to visit our website to find out about additional social justice activities we are involved with:

At this time of great change and uncertainty it is important to reach out to our brothers and sisters to let them know we are in this together. When small groups gather with other small groups to watch a thought-provoking film and have a lively discussion over a cup of coffee or tea, it reinforces the concept of unity and goodwill. We hope to see you at one of our films! Thank you.

Very Sincerely,

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