Wednesday, August 30, 2006


To show our support for the Creating A Culture of Peace program being offered by the Fellowship of Reconciliation, North Fork People of Conscience are offering five need-based scholarships to enable five people in the community to participate in the three-day workshop to be held at the Southold Methodist Church on September 22, 23 and 24.

In the words of the organizers, here is the purpose of the workshop:

Peace is possible

You may believe there is a need to replace violence with peace in your community, across our country and around the world. Did you know that you have the power? Creating a Culture of Peace is a program which uses an interfaith and intergenerational approach to help people just like you achieve nonviolence in their communities. CCP is a program of FOR—Fellowship of Reconciliation—which works with schools, civic organizations, veterans, congregations, and many others seeking personal and social change through practice of active nonviolence.

We invite you to our three-day workshop.

Creating a Culture of Peace
Nonviolence Training for Personal and Social Change

The cost of the workshop is $75 of which the NFPOC scholarship will pay $60.

If you or anybody you know--of any age or faith--would be unable to attend this nonviolence training workshop without the scholarship, please email us at or call Pat at 631 765 4612. Please tell us why you would like to attend the workshop and how you think you might use the training to achieve nonviolence in our community.

If you are not applying for the scholarship, you may use the attached form to register for the workshop. William Moore at 631-765-4663 or Lorraine DeArmitt at 631-765-3449, organizers of the workshop, can answer any questions you may have.

For more general information, please visit the Fellowship of Reconciliation website at

We hope you can join us at the workshop starting on Friday, September 22.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

NFPOC receives generous grant from LICF

Southold, New York
August 24, 2006
Contact: Pat Hovey 631 765 4612 or


The Southold-based peace group, North Fork People of Conscience, is the recipient of a $10,000 grant from the Long Island Community Foundation (LICF). The award came with a recommendation from the Long Island Unitarian Universalist Fund (LIUU Fund).

This generous grant will be transmitted through the Community Land Trust of Southold, Inc. (CLT) which will serve as the funds administrator for North Fork People of Conscience. NFPOC is a not-for-profit organization run by volunteers. The group is non-partisan and the funds will not be used to support fundraising events for political candidates or other electioneering activities.

According to NFPOC director, Pat Hovey, “We are grateful to LICF and LIUU because this grant will help support our ongoing work, including educating the public about the consequences of the war in Iraq and the connections between war and other national and local issues confronted by our community.”

The funds will support NFPOC’s Honor the Fallen memorial to the casualties of the Iraqi and Afghanistan wars. Through panels of photographs and biographies, the Honor the Fallen memorial bears witness to the U. S. servicemen and women who have lost their lives in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The memorial also honors the Iraqis who have perished in the war. The memorial, which was started in 2002 by Nicholas Cohen, a New Yorker and former Army Ranger, has been displayed in numerous venues, from New York City to Greenport. “Visiting the memorial has been a very moving experience for most people,” said Eleanor Oakley, an NFPOC director. “when they look at the faces of those killed and read about whom they have left behind. After spending time with the panels, those killed can no longer remain anonymous. Unfortunately, we have to update the memorial every month because every month more soldiers die.”

As part of its community-based mission, NFPOC is presenting a Documentary Film Series spotlighting films that deal with the consequences of war. The first in the series, “Sisters in the Resistance” will be shown at Peconic Landing in Greenport on August 25 at 8PM. Admission is free. The group plans to screen films on a monthly basis. “This very generous grant will allow us to screen more films in numerous venues”, says Ms. Hovey, “and this in turn will, hopefully, generate more awareness and discussion about the costs of war”.

Friday, August 11, 2006


North Fork People of Conscience is pleased to announce the first film in our series dealing with issues of war.

SISTERS IN RESISTANCE, a documentary about four French women who put their lives on the line to fight the Nazi occupation of France which led to their arrest by the Gestapo and and deportation to the Ravensbruck concentration camp.

The film shows them as they are today, still activists, still bound by an enduring friendship. More information about the film and Maia Wechesler, the film maker, can be found at

The film will be screened in the Peconic Landing auditorium in Greenport on Friday, August 25 at 8 pm, and will be followed by an open discussion.

Admission is free.

We hope you and your friends can join us to watch this compelling story of courage, conviction and commitment.

For more information, please contact Gwynne Schroeder at 631 298 4912 or email us at

If you live on the North Fork, we hope you will be seeing our poster all around town.