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for Independent Weekly Vol. 9 Issue 6, Feb. 6-12 1991
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In Kannapolis, NC the Piedmont Peace Project is recognized nationally as a model for groups who want to form tight-knit, multiracial peace coalitions. Made up of farmers, truckers, millhands, and other blue collar individuals, the group got its start registering voters and petitioning for more social programs in local area. With the Persian Gulf War underway and many community members affected by the war, their focus has shifted to lobbying for peace. They have made an impact through community organizing and their non-confrontational approach to lobbying.
With the Persian Gulf War little more than a month old, peace activists in the Triangle area are attempting to regroup after failing to prevent war. The Triangle peace movement had success before the war holding one of the nation’s largest anti-war rallies. Now that the war has started, the group is facing challenges within its member groups about the strategy going forward. They recognize the need to be more inclusive, but the many differing opinions on how to do so is causing conflict and preventing continued peace efforts.
Duke University’s Museum of Art has seen many changes over the last four years under new director Dr. Michael Mezzatesta. The building and galleries have been updated and interdepartmental cooperation has been important to the museum’s success. This cooperation with other disciplines has led to the award of a National Endowment for the Humanities Planning Grant. Plans are also underway to build a new art museum between the East and West Campuses. The new building will showcase their major holdings of Pre-Columbian Art, one of the premier collections of such art in the world.