Tuesday, January 03, 2006

Happy New Year

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you a very Happy New Year and hope that you had a wonderful holiday season. With 2006 upon us I would also like to extend an invitation to you all to become more involved in the Lompoc Coalition for Peace and Justice. Whether it is dedicating a few hours a month to attend a planning meeting, volunteering your talents to help us create and produce meaningful events in our community, or just being present at these events, I encourage you to consider taking an active role in promoting peace and justice in the coming year.

LCPJ just received a generous grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara and we look forward to utilizing these funds to continue our ongoing efforts to educate and inform the citizens of the Central Coast about peace and social justice issues. It is only through education and dialogue that I believe these goals can be achieved, so it is my hope to continue our "Films and Forums" series by bringing outstanding personalities and informative documentaries to this community. We welcome any ideas or suggestions you may have about ways to make future forums more successful, about specific topics you are interested in learning more about, as well as ways to help our group outreach to more people in order to increase our membership.

Finally, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support and encouragement over the past three years. I am so honored to be a part of this organization and I am incredibly grateful for having so many wonderful people come into my life as a result of this project. I am also so proud of the outstanding events that we have produced thus far, and I thank you all for making them so successful and fulfilling through your hard work, your talents, your energy, and your dedication and commitment to peace.

I have come to the realization that peace begins with each of us...that creating a more peaceful world begins with creating a more peaceful self. This is my New Year's resolution for 2006 and I hope that you might consider it to be yours. Peace is possible if you can imagine it and then make it your reality.

If you would like more information about LCPJ call 736-5459 or email lompocpeace@yahoo.com.

In peace,
Mary AlKhaja