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Peace and Justice group seeks revival

Students for Peace and Justice is an organization trying to resurface this year after their disbandment.— Lauren Matysik/TRUMPET
Students for Peace and Justice is an organization trying to resurface this year after their disbandment.— Lauren Matysik/TRUMPET

Students for Peace and Justice is trying to get itself back up and running after being disbanded last year.

An organization dedicated to spurring awareness on campus to global issues involving peace and justice, Students for Peace and Justice’s main purpose this year will be much of what the old group focused on with the addition of adding in the local element, Alec Matthew said.

Matthew, the organization’s vice president, said the new group not only will be adding in the local aspect, but they will also have a new quality brought to it by the group’s president, Hannah Creed.

“It will also focus on peace of mind and body issues too,” Creed said. “We’re going to have a yoga night, and meditation too.”

While there are places here at Wartburg to help with mental stress and anxiety, this group will really help students with the “mental fitness” part of their life, Creed said.

Creed also said that with all the stresses that college brings to students, students just need time to relax and take care of their mind and bodies.

Former president of the organization  and current member Michael Brown agreed with the new direction Creed is taking toward this group, saying that with students being inside the “bubble” that he called

Wartburg, they can sometimes get caught up in everything around them and forget about themselves too.

“There’s probably quotes out there that you have to find peace within yourself before you can even focus on helping others find peace,” Brown said.
“We try to bring awareness to external issues, but Students for Peace and Justice is kind of a broad stroke.”

In order for the group to become official, they still are in need of two things: an official Constitution and a new faculty adviser after the previous one for this group went to teach at Wartburg West.

“I think that adviser leaving was one of the reasons [they disbanded], and they were really far in debt too,” Creed said.

Creed said they still have lots of unsold merchandise like leftover T-shirts and bracelets from the past Peace and Justice group.

Brown, the Treasurer of the organization in 2012, agreed saying not only was it was the “monetary hole” they got themselves into stretching as far back as the years 2000-2001, but mostly the lack of participation and numbers that led to the groups disbandment last year.

Currently, Students for Peace and Justice has 11 or 12 members, Creed said.

Viewing it as an extremely good number considering they’ve only had one meeting thus far, Creed said she already has more students emailing her about joining.

For those interested in joining, Creed said they can attend the organization’s meetings, events, or email her or any of the executives of the group.

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