The Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery is Southeast Michigan's unique location for peace and justice related art exhibits as well as a location for a number of peace-related events. The Gallery also has a gift shop featuring books, cards and artwork that can be purchased. For more information about the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, its history and mission, click here
Gallery & Peace Center - Days Open & Hours
Due to the virus pandemic, the Gallery & Peace Center are closed until further notice. Updates will be posted on this website, our Facebook page, on the Gallery doors and on our answering machine (313-963-7575).
Current & Upcoming Gallery Exhibits & Events
ALL GALLERY EVENTS AND RENTALS HAVE BEEN CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Please check our website beginning in late June for further details at www.swordsintoplowsharesdetroit.org. We hope you will continue to care for your family and friends, and ALL those in need during this difficult time in our world. In Peace, Clara Lawrence, Director
Hiroshima 2020 - Take Trump’s Finger Off the Nuke Button
Thursday, August 6 at 7:00 pm (EDT)
Join dozens of peace activists online (via Zoom) to hear University of Michigan Professor Juan Cole speak on Hiroshima Day.
Professor Juan Cole teaches at the University of Michigan and is the author of many books, including Muhammad: Prophet of Peace. His daily “Informed Comment” at juancole.com sheds light on how war, climate change, and U.S. policy is shaping our world. There will also be tribute to Motoko Huthwaite (1928-2020).
Zoom is coming to you from Detroit Area Peace with Justice Network (DAPJN) members: Chuck Altman; Kim Redigan, Pax Christi, Meta Peace Team; Laura Dewey, Women’s International League of Peace and Freedom; Kim Bergier, Michigan Stop the Nuclear Bombs Campaign; Lon Herman, Democrats for Socialist America; Judy Burkhardt, Pointes for Peace; Sherry Wells, Oakland County Green Party; Rev. Rich Peacock, Peace Action of Michigan; Clara Lawrence, Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery.
To join the Zoom online meeting (August 6th, 7pm EDT) with full video and audio over your computer click on the link below and when prompted, enter a passcode of 019849...
The Meeting ID is 891 5864 4641. If you have never logged on to Zoom before, log on to the above link at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the program.
To join the Zoom online meeting by telephone only (talk audio only), dial 312-626-6799 or 646-558-8656 and when prompted, enter a Meeting ID: 891 5864 4641 and Passcode: 019849
Quick Action To Really Take Trump’s Finger Off The Nuke Button
Ask Senator Gary Peters to cosponsor S.200 - This bill would prohibit the President from conducting a nuclear strike against an enemy that did not first launch a nuclear strike against the United States or a U.S. ally, unless Congress expressly authorizes such a strike. Call Senator Peters recorded comment line at 202-224-6221 (or email https://www.peters.senate.gov/contact/email-gary) and ask him to co-sponsor S.200. Senator Stabenow is already a co-sponsor!
Visions Of Peace Exhibit
See below for private, small-scale visits of this exhibit
The mission of the exhibit is to transform the world by encouraging peace and human rights through art education based on the United Nations Convention On The Rights Of The Child (www.ohchr.org/en/professionalinterest/pages/crc.aspx). Artists are youth ranging from kindergarten through 12th grade.
To arrange a private, small-scale viewing of the exhibit, contact Clara Lawrence, Gallery Director, at 248-863-7705.
Cosponsored by the Wayne State University Center For Peace and Conflict Studies (www.clas.wayne.edu/CPCS) and the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. The exhibit itself will continue through the summer of 2020.
Call For Justice
Stay at home. Stay safe. Make a phone call for justice!
During a world pandemic, how does the Detroit government treat its citizens? Please call Mayor Duggan's office 313-224-3400, leave a voice mail and simply ask for a continued moratorium on water shutoffs (this is currently needed at approximately 10,000 Detroit homes).
.Peace Center & Gallery Updates
Swords Into Plowshares Annual Scholarship Awards
The Gallery has established annual scholarships for College students who are pursuing studies that support our mission statement of celebrating justice and peace through the visual and performing arts. The memorial scholarships are in memory of our volunteers and friends who worked tirelessly to support our mission. This year we have awarded seven $1000 scholarships to the following students:
Mariam is a student at Wayne State University studying interior design. A professor described her as a smart, dedicated and curious student who pays attention to detail. Mariam’s vision for peace and justice is to use her designs to help people feel peace and calmness.
Sofia is a student at The College of Creative Studies, pursuing a degree in Fine Arts. She is a volunteer at the Gallery serving as a curator for the gallery’s annual Visions of Peace show. Sofia believes that it is her generation’s responsibility to heal the injustices and hatred that is so apparent in our country and world. One of her professors said that she is an exceptional human and strives to be an advocate for peace and progressive change through her action and her art.
Syed Sohaib Farrukh
Syed is a student at Michigan State University in Electrical Engineering where he is active in the Pakistan Student Association. He feels that we need to listen and learn from people who are facing injustice. On his application, Syed stated, “The best way to take action for peace and justice is to vote.”
Taylor is a student at Wayne State University in Digital Arts. Taylor hopes that her art will give voice to those who are otherwise unheard. An employer stated that she is well rounded and able to juggle school, her art and her work. A professor said that she has a passion and dedication to her work that sets her apart from most students.
Chandler will be a senior at Michigan State University studying organizational communication. He will strive to uphold the values of peace and justice in his career. An employer said that Chandler has a great work ethic and knows that he works hard to get good grades. He described him as a “righteous” person who cares about his fellow humans.
Chase is studying Information Science at Michigan State University. He participates in the United Nations Association and is a volunteer for a climate change lobbying organization. In his field he will strive for justice and equity regarding the accessibility of tools, Internet platforms and media to those who are marginalized. One of his references replied that Chase works hard and was accepted for an internship before the pandemic.
Anika is enrolled in Methodist Theological School of Ohio where she is seeking a Master of Divinity degree. Peace and justice are at the core of her call into ministry. As a person of color she states that peace has been subjective and “threatened”. She wants people to know that peace is a God-given value. One of her professors said she is a fine student who is bright, reflective, highly motivated and hard working. “Anika is deeply committed to guiding the congregations she will serve to be a transformative presence in the world through peacemaking with justice.”
Project Noah Feeding The Homeless at CUMC
The NOAH Project (Networking, Organizing, and Advocating for the Homeless) at Central United Methodist Church (CUMC - upstairs from the Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery) continues to feed the homeless and continue to seek housing for their clients. Bag lunches and hand washing stations are situated in the church lobby from 10 a.m.- Noon Monday through Thursday. If you need a meal please stop by. Or if you would like to help with this humanitarian program, please call Jinnia at the NOAH Project 313-964-5422 Ext 120. For more information about The Noah Project visit http://noahprojectdetroit.org.
New Volunteers Needed!
We are always seeking new volunteers to help out with the Peace Center and Gallery Join us in 2019! Contact Clara Lawrence (email@example.com)
to discuss becoming one of our dedicated volunteers.
Web Page Addresses
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Swords Into Plowshares Gift Shop
While visiting the Swords into Plowshares Peace Center & Gallery, be sure to visit our Gift Shop! We have a variety of peace and justice items available for socially and environmentally conscious buying.
We offer items from 3rd world countries, non-profit entrepreneurs, upcoming artists, books from area authors, and a wide array of nicely priced items to help promote 'peace in action' gifts for the upcoming generation. The Gift Shop is open during Peace Center & Gallery’s operating hours (generally 1-5pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday).
Box Up Your Used Books
Donate them to the small FREE lending library that is installed outside Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery. Just bring them by during normal SIP Gallery hours. Thanks!
Area Peace And Justice Events
For a listing of area peace and justice events, please click here
Donate To The Gallery
Donations to the Peace Center and Gallery are always welcome. Your donation check is fully tax-deductible under the law and can be sent to... Swords into Plowshares Peace Center and Gallery, 33 E Adams, Detroit MI 48226