Third Annual Hullabazoo! Tomorrow

This will be the 3rd year of Hullabazoo, a celebration of diy and our local community.
There’s going to be music, workshops, and local artists, crafters, zinesters, and other makers and doers selling their wares.
We’re looking for folks to be a part of this awesome event (and folks to attend)!
If you are able to volunteer, it’s going to be a long day and we would love your help! Please email

there will be a 10-minute setup/teardown between workshops! keep in mind that THESE TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE!
11a-11:50a ~ Bike Maintenance ~ learn the basics of keeping your bike in shape!
12a-12:50a ~ Book Making ~
1p-1:50 ~ Screen Printing ~
2p-2:50 ~ Sexual Assault and Intervention ~
3p-3:50 ~ Self Defense ~
4p-4:50 ~ Arm Knitting ~ a quick afternoon knit project!
5p-5:50 ~ Organic Gardening ~
6p-6:50 ~ Local & Urban Farmers Panel ~
7p-7:50 ~ Herbalism ~
8p-8:50 ~ DIY Community Organizing and Event Planning ~

Expect to see salves, balms, jewelry, knitted goods, All Species Kinship,The Corner Record ShopAlready Dead Tapes & Records, homemade clay plugs, crafted goods, and more! (further details to be announced soon)

Music Provided by Students for Progressive Action And:
Violet Eyes 
Acoustic artist from Michigan.
Andrew Buczek
Acoustic solo Project
Aric Smejkal
Acoustic solo Project
Folk/Pop Punk
The Green River Company
Alternative Indie Blues Post-Garage Punk Revival band
Jake Down and the Midwest Mess
Grand Rapids MI FOLK ROCK
Amber Nicole
Ambient Alt music
Circle, Get Square!
Saxsquatch and the All-Purpose, Semi-pro Brass Band
Neat brass band from Kalamazoo
Kentucky Lavender
Alex Young and Neal Shah
Kelsey/Rusty Vining
Solo low sad introspective songs
Brown Cow
Lo-fi, high gravity.
The Free Life
“Serious music that sometimes isn’t serious.”
Cardboard Highway
3 piece band from Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Rock Bottom String Band
Folky rowdy country punks from Grand Rapids.
AM Stations
Grave Hounds
Alt rock/punk band from Kalamazoo
2 punk kids with a drum machine
The Honey Pot
Rock & Roll/Garage Rock
Thats Blood
The Dandy Chums
Super punk, super cool chums.
The Hex Bombs
Punk Rock & Roll from Kalamazoo, MI

And! Just added : The Campus Beet will be offering lunch to folks for a small price of $3! Please enjoy this delicious offering.

Boots Riley to speak tomorrow despite free speech censorship on Western’s Campus

Boots Riley will be giving a keynote speech in celebration of the Kalamazoo Peace Center’s 35th Annual Peace Week! Boots Riley, an activist, musician, progressive labor advocate, union supporter, and overall revolutionary will be speaking tomorrow (Thursday) at 7pm in the Cafe of the Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo, 2101 Wilbur Avenue. His lecture will consist of a brief history of his actions, as well as ideas and tactics to progress social justice. There will be a question and answer period, as well as a meet and greet after the lecture is finished.


Boots Riley is best known for his intellectual lyrics in his eclectic hip-hop, soul, funk, and and punk band The Coup. The group’s music is characterized by aggressive, yet danceable bass-driven backbeats overlaid by humorous, hopeful, and witty lyrics- with a bent towards the literary- that critique, observe, and lampoon capitalism, patriarchal exploitation and police brutality.

The Kalamazoo Peace Center was told by University correspondence that Boots Riley was not able to speak on Western’s campus without undercover police officer at the event. This is because his affiliation with the Occupy Movement, otherwise known as the 99%. Therefore, The Wesley Foundation has graciously supported Boots Riley’s right to free speech, as the Wesley building is not technically University campus.

As the 35th Annual Peace Week ensues, The Kalamazoo Peace Center urges you to come to this insightful, edgy, and musically influenced event. Admission is free thanks to Western Student Association Allocations Commission. Fun will be had.

KCAC / Peace Center Benefit – Nostalgic and Folksy Edition – 3.29 – Milhouse


This is show is our Saturday kick-off for Peace Week!

Originally posted on DITKalamazoo:

Maybe if you were in Kalamazoo in 2008, you went to Rocketstar Cafe. Primarily a coffee shop, sometimes also hosting all ages shows of a variety of genres. Maybe at that time you, like me, saw Ghost Mice and Eric Ayotte play a lovely and energetic folk show.

Photo by Jes Kramer

And if you’re familiar with Kalamazoo, you’ll also know that accessible venues have had a hell of a time remaining open. Shortly after this, Rocketstar ceased to be. Other spots have come and gone through the years, and many houses have picked up the slack – though not in a particularly legal or accessible way either.

Around the time of this Ghost Mice show, there was talk of creating the Kalamazoo Collective Arts Center. Tons of work was done on creating bylaws for this all ages art space, but when nailing down a location became exceedingly difficult, the…

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35th Annual Peace Week is upon us!

“Peace week is a wonderful, action packed week of events to get people pumped to work for a more just and socially conscious world” said Peace Center organizer Jessica Clark. For the last 34 years, the Kalamazoo Peace Center has united with other organizations and individuals within the community to raise awareness about social justice issues. This week there are several events the Peace Center is helping put on. All of these events are free and open to the public.

ImageOn Saturday, March 29th, 9 pm there is a kick off concert in the vine neighborhood to raise funds for the new Peace Center office. Almanac Shouters, Ghost Mice and Minor Kind will play a fun-filled sing-along show. The show starts at 9 pm.

Visit for more information.

Sunday, March 30th from noon to 1pm, members of the Kalamazoo Peace Center will join Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War outside the federal building in downtown Kalamazoo standing in opposition to war and drone warfare.

Tuesday, April 1st from 12 pm-4 pm LGBTQA Awareness Tabling outside of the Wesley Foundation/Peace Center on WMU’s campus. Come and get a rainbow ribbon and discuss gender issues! From 4-8 pm, we invite people to join us to write letter and bring toiletries donations for prisoners in the main lounge of the Wesley Foundation.

Wednesday, April 2nd at 7 pm, the 3rd Occupation 101 film screening of Where Should the Birds Fly: a documentary about Gaza made by Palestinians can be viewed at the Multiculturalism Center/ Trimpe Hall on Western Michigan University’s campus.

Thursday, April 3rd at 7 pm will be our Keynote Speech by Boots Riley. Riley will speak about capitalism, liberation and organizing for a better world at the Wesley Foundation on WMU’s campus. This event is sponsored by the Western Student Association and the Allocations Fund.

Friday, April 4th at 6 pm the Peace Center will perform street theatre about drone warfare downtown Kalamazoo during art hop, on the Kalamazoo Mall.

Saturday, April 5th from 10 am-10 pm the 3rd annual Hullabazoo: Celebration of DIY Arts & Culture at the Wesley Foundation on WMU’s campus. This fest will include a local artisan market, regional musicians, and free workshops.

These events will be exciting, energizing and empowering. For more information on any of these events, please visit the Kalamazoo Peace Center’s facebook page or visit You can feel free to email with any questions.

Facebook event covering the week can be found here.

Joe Gump

Dear Friends,

We mourn the death and celebrate the life of Joe Gump, a folk hero for peace, who passed away on Saturday.  Joe was a wonderful friend and mentor to all who knew him and worked with him. Our thoughts go with his wife Jean and their family during this sad time.

Memorial service at St. Thomas More (St. Tom’s) church
421 Monroe Street, Kalamazoo, MI
10:00 am, Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Please feel free to bring a dish to a pot luck lunch following.


 Joe has been a mainstay of Kalamazoo Nonviolent Opponents of War (KNOW) peace activities since he helped found the organization in 2002. Indeed, it is Joe who came up with the name.  It takes one on quite a journey to reflect on just a few of the many ways Joe has been an active peace activist in Southwest Michigan over many years, together with his wife Jean.    Joe and Jean shared a deep commitment to working for peace that inspired us so much.  (for some information about Joe’s nonviolent peace actions in Chicago before he and Jean moved to Bloomingdale, Michigan, see the article from People Magazine, 1987, below).

In September 2002 Joe and Jean joined a small group that grew each week, to hold a peaceful anti-war vigil in front of the Federal Building,to echo the voices for peace when the drums for the Iraq War were beginning to sound. This weekly vigil for peace still continues today. Joe and Jean were already standing with a few others at the Federal Building each Tuesday afternoon (since 1998) to protest US sanctions against Iraq, as a part of Voices in the Wilderness. In October 2002, Joe was a leading founding member of KNOW, as a small group of peace vigilers began to meet weekly in the basement of the Wesley Foundation. Joe served as KNOW treasurer from the beginning, keeping track of donations, expenditures for buses to Washington DC and New York City, yard sign and t-shirt sales, and financial details for many other KNOW programs and activities.

Joe and Jean led KNOW in bringing Kathy Kelly, of Voices in the Wilderness, to Kalamazoo to speak several times, including a memorable Milham Park KNOW picnic, when Joe led the gathered group in an amazing Orchestra extravaganza (thanks to Olga Bonfiglio for the footage):

As KNOW grew and held many different kinds of gatherings and marches and programs, Joe challenged KNOW members to consider more direct action to protest the growing war machine. He organized a meeting at St. Thomas More to discuss nonviolent direct action, or civil disobedience. Although he continued to advocate this approach, he faced hesitation and caution from others, and this did not develop into actuality.  In 2008 Joe arranged for Father Peter Dougherty of the Michigan Peace Team to conduct a Non-violence Training in Kalamazoo, to learn strategies for difficult conversations and nonviolent direct action or civil disobedience.

Joe traveled from Bloomingdale to Kalamazoo for peace activities many times each week, through bad weather and late nights. We cannot describe how much we will miss his gentle nature, his ready smile, his great sense of humor, and his earnest determination to commit fully to working and standing and agitating for peace.

Joe, thank you for your inspiration and your example. Your spirit is still with us!