Louisville Peace Action Community Records, 2002-2011

Held by The Filson Historical Society

Creator:  Louisville Peace Action Community

Title:  Records, 2002-2011

Rights: For information regarding literary and copyright interest for these papers, contact the Curator of Special Collections.

Size of Collection:  6 cu. ft. and 2 oversized folders

Location Number:  Mss. BJ L888

Scope and Content Note

The Louisville Peace Action Community (LPAC) records document the domestic opposition to the war in Iraq in the early 2000s.  This collection highlights the activities of Louisville’s peace activist community during the war years of George W. Bush’s presidency.  The post September 11th world witnessed a dramatic increase in the powers of the executive branch of the U.S. government, both to pursue terrorist threats abroad as well as to conduct surveillance of its own citizens through mandates such as the Patriot Act.  LPAC records exemplify part of the backlash against this movement by a citizenry concerned by the government’s growing power, its intrusion into the lives of ordinary people, and its proclivity to embroil the country in foreign wars.

LPAC records include papers relating to the history of the organization, its meetings and activities, and the planning of events and protests.  The collection also contains informational brochures, flyers, and signage, as well as a few membership and financial documents.  Several scrapbooks of photographs and clippings document the organization’s activities.  Also present are materials gathered by activists that document the war in Iraq, including information about military casualties, the cost of war, and various articles and clippings relating to the war and to the peace movement.

Folders 1-42 contain records of the organization.  These include a history of LPAC and monthly meeting agendas from 2002-2008.

Folder 4a contains two flash drives with digital files.  Files related to the creation of the LPAC website are included, especially as the site appeared in May 2003.  There are also many images from LPAC protests.  In addition, there are a number of files concerning “Dissent! Through Performance,” an event at Christ Church Cathedral in 2006, designed to encourage reflection and discussion on the meaning of dissent.  Also included are flyers and informational brochures about LPAC events and mission, as well as documents from a forum protesting the Patriot Act.  Files from Doug Johnson’s travels to Iraq with the Iraq Peace Team are included, especially images from the trip and a journal he kept while abroad.  There are also a few images and files relating to other activist groups in the community, especially Citizens Standing Against War (C-SAW) and Citizens Against Police Abuse (CAPA).  Copies of these files have been retained on the Filson’s server.

Records from 2002-2011 have been arranged chronologically, and document the organization’s community involvement and anti-war activities.  This portion of the collection contains meeting notes from monthly gatherings as well as printouts of email correspondence between the organization’s members.  Documents relating to LPAC’s anti-war demonstrations, peace vigils, and public awareness campaigns are present.  There are also flyers and information about other anti-war events in the city, as well as clippings and articles exchanged by LPAC members relating to the progress of the war.

Folders 43-55 contain information about LPAC protests, especially reactions to the U.S. government and its leadership.  The Patriot Act, a law enhancing the ability of law enforcement officials to conduct surveillance of suspected terrorists, received a strong negative reaction from LPAC members who organized a forum to protest its passage.  The country’s leadership was a primary target of LPAC’s criticism.  President George W. Bush was greeted by protestors on his visits to the city in 2004 and 2006.  Anne Northup materials include action taken by LPAC members in response to the Congresswoman’s May 2003 letter, which contained an “erroneous” justification for the war in Iraq.

Folders 56-71 contain additional materials regarding LPAC events.  Included are planning documents for “Dissent: Through Performance”, an event designed to encourage reflection on the meaning of dissent.  LPAC’s presence at the Kentucky State Fair from 2003-2006 is also documented.  State Fair papers include materials regarding the logistics and planning for the booth, literature prepared for volunteers and visitors, signatures of supporters, and the responses of volunteers and visitors to the experience.  LPAC members also had a presence at the Kentucky Derby and the Derby Festival.

Folders 72-74a contain the writings of LPAC members, especially letters to the editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal.  Sam Avery’s correspondence includes his communications with Louisville Metro Police regarding planned demonstrations.  This portion of the collection also contains clippings of news coverage of LPAC activities and local anti-war demonstrations.

Folders 75-77 contain membership and financial documents.

Folders 78-83 include items such as flyers, brochures, posters, signs, and bumpers stickers.  Some materials reflect opposition to the war, while others criticize the leadership of President George W. Bush and his supporters in Congress.

Volumes 84-93 are scrapbooks.  Volume 84 contains a history of the organization, meeting agendas, and membership lists, as well as unpublished letters to the editor and correspondence from members of Congress responding to LPAC concerns.  Other scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, and meeting documents and correspondence which document LPAC’s activities from 2002-2009.

Folders 94-98 contain collected information on the war in Iraq, including statistics on the monetary cost of the war as well as its toll on human lives.

Folders 99-105 contain information on other peace and activist groups.  In particular, the local chapter of the Fellowship of Reconciliation often worked in conjunction with LPAC on events and protests.  Copies of the organization’s newsmagazine FORsooth are included in the collection.

Folders 106-112 contain periodicals and are representative of the reading interests of LPAC members.  Periodicals touch on national and world peace causes, as well as other social and environmental issues which concerned group members.

Folders 113-119 contain miscellaneous materials.  Included is some literature on peaceful protests and how to handle situations and the possibility of arrest.  There is also information on the efforts of Louisvillians to promote peace between Israelis and the Palestinians.  Also included is a folder with school activities, including children’s drawings and a lesson plan for teaching nonviolence to students.

Folders 120-121 contain oversized materials, especially signs used at LPAC protests.  Folder 121 contains signs used at an LPAC demonstration in Fall 2005, where protestors hung t-shirts on a line to represent those who had died in the war.  (T-shirts used in this protest were transferred to the museum collection.)

Photographs found within the LPAC records have been transferred to the Filson’s photograph collection, with the exception of images included in the scrapbooks and on the flash drives.  Likewise, materials more appropriately housed in the Filson’s museum collection have also been transferred.

 

Historical Note

In 2002, a group of concerned citizens gathered to protest against a war in Iraq.  Initially, they called themselves the Louisville Committee to Stop the War Against Iraq (LCSWAI).  In June 2003, the organization was renamed the Louisville Peace Action Community (LPAC).  LPAC was one of several peace organizations active in the region. (Citizens Standing Against the War, a student group at the University of Louisville, had similar aims and sometimes worked in conjunction with LPAC.)  LPAC saw the height of its activity during the war years of George W. Bush’s presidency; monthly group meetings ended when Barack Obama assumed office in January 2009.

LPAC is dedicated to peace, justice, and world community.  The organization strives to educate people through creative non-violent action, the use of technology, and lifestyle changes.  LPAC’s stated mission is to build local and national coalitions in order to restore participatory democracy and to act as an outlet for alternative voices in order to promote human rights, economic justice, and self-determination for all people.

LPAC members met monthly for several years to plan protests and events to engage the public about the Iraq war.  Each year, the group gathered on the anniversary of the 2003 Iraq invasion to protest the continued presence of the U.S. military in the country.  Although the group’s primary objective was to end the war in Iraq, activists also organized other events to promote peace.  For instance, LPAC organized a “Peaceful Skies Picnic,” an alternative option to the annual Thunder Over Louisville air show, which features flyovers by military aircraft.

Although group activity has significantly lessened since the end of George W. Bush’s presidency, as of 2015 members continue to occasionally gather for peace vigils.

Sources:

Louisville Peace Action Community Facebook page.

Louisville Peace Action Community (LPAC): history of events and involvement.  Draft compiled by Carol Rawert Trainer, 2009.

“Peace Activists rally, decry fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan.” 20 March 2009.  The Courier-Journal.

“’Peace Picnic’ Set for Thunder.” 10 April 2008. The Courier-Journal.

 

Folder List

Organizational Records

Folder 1: LPAC History and Mission

Folder 2: Meeting agendas, 2002-May 2003

Folder 3: Meeting agendas, June 2003-2005

Folder 4: Meeting agendas, 2006-2008

Folder 4a: Digital files, 2003-2008

Folder 5: Records, October-December 2002

Folder 6: Records, January-February 2003

Folder 7: Records, March 2003

Folder 8: Records, April-May 2003

Folder 9: Records, June 2003

Folder 10: Records, July-August 2003

Folder 11: Records, September 2003

Folder 12: Records, October-December 2003

Folder 13: Records, January-February 2004

Folder 14: Records, March 2004

Folder 15: Records, April-June 2004

Folder 16: Records, July-September 2004

Folder 17: Records, October-December 2004

Folder 18: Records, January 2005

Folder 19: Records, February-March 2005

Folder 20: Records, April-May 2005

Folder 21: Records, June-July 2005

Folder 22: Records, August 2005

Folder 23: Records, September-December 2005

Folder 24: Records, January-February 2006

Folder 25: Records, March 2006

Folder 26: Records, April 2006

Folder 27: Records, May 2006

Folder 28: Records, June 2006

Folder 29: Records, July 2006

Folder 30: Records, August 2006

Folder 31: Records, September 2006

Folder 32: Records, October-November 2006

Folder 33: Records, January-March 2007

Folder 34: Records, April-August 2007

Folder 35: Records, 2008

Folder 36: Records, 2009

Folder 37: Records, 2010-2011

Folder 38: Records, undated

Folder 39: Action Committee records, 2004

Folder 40: Media Committee records, 2004-2005

Folder 41: Writer’s Group Committee records, 2003-2009

Folder 42: Patriot Act Committee records, 2003

 

Protests against government actions & leaders

Folder 43: Patriot Act response, 2004-2005

Folder 44: Patriot Act response, 2004-2005

Folder 45: Patriot Act publicity

Folder 46: Patriot Act publicity

Folder 47: Action vs. Anne Northup

Folder 48: Action vs. Anne Northup

Folder 49: Protests vs. George W. Bush, 2004 & 2006

Folder 50: Protest vs. Condoleezza Rice, 2004

Folder 51: Downing Street Memo protests, 2005

Folder 52: Downing Street Memo protests, 2005

Folder 53: Calls for Impeachment of George W. Bush

Folder 54: Police surveillance

Folder 55: Johanna Camenisch case file

 

Events

Folder 56: “Dissent! Through Performance” event, 2006

Folder 57: “Eyes Wide Open” exhibit, 2006

Folder 58: Kentucky Derby

Folder 59: Thunder Over Louisville air show

Folder 60: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2003

Folder 61: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2003

Folder 62: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2004

Folder 63: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2005

Folder 64: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2006

Folder 65: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2006

Folder 66: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2006

Folder 67: Kentucky State Fair booth, 2006

Folder 68: “Lest We Forget: Five Years Too Many Memorial,” 2008

Folder 69: “Lest We Forget: Five Years Too Many Memorial,” 2008

Folder 70: Peace Essay Contest, 2007-2010

Folder 71: “Read Your Way to Democracy” summer reading program, 2005

 

Letters to the Editor & News coverage of LPAC

Folder 72: Sam Avery correspondence

Folder 73: Miriam Corcoran correspondence

Folder 74: Letters to the editor, 2003-2009

Folder 74a: News coverage of LPAC & local demonstrations, 2003-2008

 

Membership & Financial

Folder 75: Membership lists

Folder 76: Membership lists

Folder 77: Financial documents

 

Signage

Folder 78: Flyers & brochures

Folder 79: Flyers & brochures

Folder 80: Signs & posters

Folder 81: Signs & posters

Folder 82: Stickers

Folder 83: Fake money

 

Scrapbooks

Volume 84: Archive book: Org. history, meeting agendas, correspondence

Volume 85: LPAC archives, 2002-2003

Volume 86: LPAC archive, 2004

Volume 87: LPAC archive, 2005

Volume 88: LPAC archive, 2006

Volume 89: LPAC archive, 2007

Volume 90: LPAC archive, 2008-2009

Volume 91: “Voices for Peace” (scrapbook of peace literature, including information on Cindy Sheehan)

Volume 92: “Voices for Peace” (scrapbook of peace literature, including information on the Downing Street memo)

Volume 93: Kentucky Military Casualties

 

Collected Information on the Cost of War

Folder 94: Cost of war statistics

Folder 95: Military recruitment

Folder 96: Military casualties

Folder 97: Military casualties

Folder 98: Military casualties

 

Other Peace Organizations

Folder 99: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Folder 100: Fellowship of Reconciliation (FOR)

Folder 101: Friendly Answers retreat center

Folder 102: Friends Committee on National Legislation

Folder 103: Louisville Peace Center

Folder 104: Presbyterian Peacemaking Program

Folder 105: Rainbow Spirit Educational Center

 

Periodicals

Folder 106: The Nation

Folder 107: Religious group publications

Folder 108: Stanley Foundation publications

Folder 109: United States Institute of Peace publications

Folder 110: United States Institute of Peace publications

Folder 111: Miscellaneous publications

Folder 112: Miscellaneous publications

 

Miscellaneous

Folder 113: Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Folder 114: Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Folder 115: Nonviolence training literature

Folder 116: Political causes

Folder 117: School activities

Folder 118: Scripture and prayer readings

Folder 119: Miscellaneous documents

 

Oversized Materials

Folder 120: Protest signs

Folder 121: Protest signs

 

Subject Headings

Anti-war demonstrations – Kentucky.

Avery, Sam.

Bentley, Sue.

Bush, George W. (George Walker), 1946-

Camenisch, Johanna.

Citizens Standing Against War.

Corcoran, Miriam.

Fellowship of Reconciliation.

Iraq War, 2003-2011.

Iraq War, 2003-2011 – Protest movements – Kentucky.

Iraq War, 2003-2011 – Public opinion.

Kentucky Derby.

Kentucky State Fair.

Louisville Committee to Stop the War Against Iraq.

McMillin, James.

Munro-Leighton, Judy.

Nevitt, Ken.

Northup, Anne Meagher, 1948-

Pacifists – Kentucky.

Peace movements – Kentucky.

Police patrol – Surveillance operations.

Political activists – Kentucky.

Protest Warriors.

Sheehan, Cindy.

Trainer, Carol Rawert.

United States Foreign relations – 21st century.

United States – History, Military – 21st century.

United States – Politics and government – 21st century.

United States. Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism (USA PATRIOT ACT) Act of 2001.

War casualties – Statistics.

War on Terrorism, 2001-2009.

World politics 21st century.

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