Peace House turns 30

The Peace House in Ashland is 30 years old, but don't expect members of the organization dedicated to nonviolence and economic and social justice to be spending too much time looking at the past.

With volunteers busy helping the homeless, supporting the Occupy movement and opposing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, treasurer Herb Rothschild says the grassroots' group is busier than ever and in need of new members and donations.

At 11 a.m. today, Ashland Mayor John Stromberg will read a proclamation at the Peace House, 542 S. Mountain Ave., recognizing the organization's contributions through the Uncle Foods Diner community meal, conflict resolution workshops and public advocacy. He will also declare today Peace House Appreciation Day.

The nonprofit organization formed in 1982 after Ashland residents, without the support of the mayor and City Council, passed a referendum that made Ashland a nuclear-free zone.

At today's event, Rothschild and former executive directors will sum up past accomplishments and then announce new initiatives, including work on a statement about Iran from Peace House and five local groups committed to nonviolence.

"We are always interested in collaboration,'' says Rothschild.

Also to be announced at the event will be the monthly Happy Hour Peace Talks, commencing Feb. 20 from 5 to 6 p.m. at the Playwright Public House, 258 A St. Michael Niemann, a professor of International Studies at Southern Oregon University, will speak about the possibility that the United States and Israel may go to war with Iran.

In the summer, the group would like to sponsor an Arts for Peace Festival. "That is on our wish list," says Rothschild. "We will need a lot of volunteer help to do it."

People interested in hearing about upcoming events that support nonviolence and economic and social justice sponsored by the Peace House and other local groups can email and ask to receive the biweekly calendar.

Rothschild also invites people interested in the organization's activities to visit the Peace House Ashland Oregon Facebook page.

For more information, visit Peace House at 542 S. Mountain Ave., call 541-482-9625, or visit on the Web at

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