International Day of Peace

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Since its 1981 inception, the United Nations International Day of Peace has marked humanity’s personal and planetary progress toward peace. The United Nations International Day of

Peace is recognized around the world every September 21. The celebration has grown to include millions of people in all parts of the world. Dubuque’s Festival Celebrating the UN International Day of Peace spans the two week period surrounding that date. We began in 2010 with a single event. By 2016, the festival included 16 events, with participation from many community groups. Past keynote speakers include Rajmohan Gandhi (grandson of Mohandas K. Gandhi), Phillip Lawson (early civil rights pioneer) and Rohina Malik (Muslim actress and playwright).

Jim Bear Jacobs, Thursday, September 21, from 7-8:30 PM
Alumni Campus Center at Loras College.

In our eighth year, our 2017 main speaker, Jim Bear Jacobs, will explore current and historical views of what it is to be an American, an immigrant and/or a refugee, the ways that race enters into the discussion, and the need to take into account indigenous perspectives on these issues in his talk “Who is an American?” on Thursday, September 21, from 7-8:30pm in the Alumni Campus Center at Loras College. The other main events are:

Hike to Help Refugees, Saturday, Sept. 24, 12-2pm, Start at Loras College (outside Christ the King Chapel), touch base at University of Dubuque (outside Blades Chapel) and end at Clarke University (outside Atrium). Cosponsored with Iowa United Nations Association (IUNA). All proceeds raised go to the U. N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which helps provide refugees with life sustaining tools. Suggested Donation: $20 adults; $10 students. One can also register and/or donate online at

This how we BBQ in DBQ , Saturday, Sept. 24, 2pm-6pm, Kehl Center, Clarke University Cosponsored with Clarke University, Dubuque Branch NAACP, Dubuque Community Foundation, the Dubuque Human Rights Commission, the Dubuque Police Department and Auxiliary Police and The Jule. This community Barbeque is an event where residents can bond and engage with different cultures through free food catered from a variety of local vendors. A live DJ will play family-friendly music. Activities include milkbottle knockdown, popbottle ringtoss,football tiretoss, small putting green, and beanbags. More information can be found at or

To register for 3-on-3 baskeball tournaments go to Please register no later than 23 September 2017 at 5pm please. Community organizations, Not-for-profit groups, and Businesses can have free tables to hand out information. To sign up for a table, go to

Attendees may ride The Jule to and from these events on Saturday September 24 with special event tickets. These tickets are available from the Human Rights Commission Office, the Multicultural Family Center, the Dream Center and the Jule’s new intermodal transit center. If attendees do not show a ticket for all trips, they will be asked to pay the full fare. Tickets for the return trip will also be at This is how weBBQ in DBQ on Saturday. “Until 5:22pm, The Jule’s Orange 1-Clarke route provides service between the Intermodal Transfer and Delhi Transfer while traveling to Allison Henderson Park, Clarke University, Senior High School, near Our Lady of Guadelupe Elementary School, Jackson Park, Five Flags Center, and near Prescott Elementary School. In the evenings, Nightrider Lines 1 and 2 stop at Clarke and Loras until 2am on Saturdays and Sundays.”  Call 563-589-4196 or visit for route and schedule information.


Proclamations will be on the agenda for the City Council meeting at 6pm on 6 September and the County Board of Supervisors’ meeting at 5:30pm on 11 September 2015. These proclamation can be viewed at

The public is also invited to related Festival events, which are free unless a price is noted:

Sept. 10-16, “I’m A Dubuquer” photographic display, Alumni Campus Center, Loras College. It is time to expand our imagination about what it means to be a Dubuquer. Instead of using this word to draw a line, let’s expand the circle and open our hearts to all who call Dubuque home..

Sept. 17, 2-5pm, “Vang” by Mary Swanders, a former Iowa Poet Laureate. Shalom Retreat Center, 1001 Davis St. The one-hour play is about the experiences of recent immigrant farmers, and will be followed by an audience discussion with the playwright.

Sept. 17-24, Peace of My Mind: American Stories Art Exhibit by John Noltner featuring 58 individual portraits exploring the meaning of peace. Alumni Campus Center, Loras CollegeThe author will be present for a keynote presentation on a date TBD.

Sept. 18, 6-7:30pm, How Does One Become a Naturalized Citizen? Presentation Lantern Center, Suite LL5-1, 900 Jackson Street. Get to know how an immigrant becomes a citizen, hear from a panel of naturalized citizens, tutor volunteers and Lantern staff about the citizenship process.

Sept. 19, 3:30-5pm, Jesus Nebot, a renowned filmmaker, social entrepreneur and transformational speaker and trainer, will give a talk entitled “Illegal Immigration: Challenges and Solutions.” Charles and Ramona Myers Center 146, University of Dubuque, University Avenue.

Sept. 19, 7-9pm, “No Turning Back”, a film by Jesus Nabot, Charles and Ramona Myers Center 146, University of Dubuque, University Avenue.

Sept. 22, 7-9pm, 100 Thousand Poets for Change, The Smokestack, 62 E 7th Street. Local poets and musicians scheduled for about 10 minutes each.

Sept. 23, 9am-1pm, Integrating Yoga and Native American Spirituality, Shalom Spirituality Center, 1001 Davis Street. Facilitator: Nancy Thompson, Yoga Instructor & Student of Native American Spirituality; Offering: $30, includes lunch; Register and prepay by Sept. 20 by calling 563-582-3592

Sept. 23 7-9:30pm, Historic District Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Dubuque (UUFD), 1699 Iowa Street. The Historic District Coffeehouse (HDC) is an event like no other for people who either love to play music or love to listen to music in a welcoming, peaceful environment with no cover-charge! Bruce Schmidt (608-348-5099) and Art Roche (563-581-6521) are coordinating the line-up of performers, which includes time for “walk-ins”.

Sept. 24, 1-2:30pm, Dr. James Martin-Schramm on “Joyful Stewardship”, Sisters of the Presentation, Carter Road, Dubuque. Schramm, former board chair of Iowa Interfaith Power and Light is a Luther college religion professor and author responsible for helping the college drastically cut their emissions.

Sept. 25, 6-9pm, Immigration Simulation,University of Dubuque. The simulation is a hands-on activity for participants to explore the roots of migration and the challenges faced by immigrants.

Sept. 24, 2-4pm, Coalition for Nonviolence: “Concert Across America”, Blades Hall, University of Dubuque. Supporters of effective gun control across the nation will hold “Concerts Across America” in city after city on Sunday, September 24. Last year over 350 cities held concerts with over 5,000 participants. Our local event will include three singing groups and two speakers.

Sept. 26, 6:30-9pm, “A Portrait of Wendell Berry”, a film produced by Laura Dunn, Robert Redford and Terance Malick. Sinsinawa Mound Center, 585 Sinsinawa Road, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin.

Sept. 27, 7-9pm, Decolonizing Together: A Discussion led by Eric Anglada, Coordinator of Ecological Programming at Sinsanawa Mound and St. Isidore Catholic Worker Farm,

2752 Clay Hollow Road, Cuba City, Wisconsin. This event is intended for those of us seeking to understand and grapple with the legacy of the colonization of this continent and to explore how we can join in the struggle for justice and decolonization. Call  608-568.3630 for more information.

Sept. 28 – 30, 7-9pm, Dubuque One Acts, Mindframe Theaters, John F Kennedy Road. Three live one-act play performances each night, including “Grind City”, in which cultures and values clash as a mosque attempts to relocate into an upscale Hoboken neighborhood.

Oct. 1, 7pm, Interdenominational Vespers Service, Divine Word College, 102 Jacoby Drive W, Epworth

September 12 2017


Start: September 12, 2017 @ 8:00 AM
End: September 30, 2017 @ 5:00 PM
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